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European photo groups combine into one giant United Imaging Group Feature News Opinion 

European photo groups combine into one giant United Imaging Group

The European trade publication Fotowirtschaft (“Photo Business”) reports three major photo groups have combined under one operating structure. As of July 1, Ringfoto GmbH & Co. ALFO Marketing KG, Europafoto, and Photo-Porst dealers, under the umbrella of United Imaging Group GmbH & Co. KG (UIG). By contrast, FOTOCO Fotohandelsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG, headquartered in Eschborn, was dissolved and trading business... Read More
APTech launches new learning program series Events Opinion Press releases 

APTech launches new learning program series

The PRINT Innovation Exchange featured dynamic speakers and unparalleled networking opportunities  Minneapolis, MN—The Association for PRINT Technologies brought the print community together for lively discussions dynamic speakers and high impact networking in late June at the PRINT Innovation Exchange at the Millenium Hotel in Minneapolis MN. Launched in December 2018 to rave reviews the program has now expanded into an on-going... Read More
It’s time we give Eastman Kodak some credit Feature News Opinion 

It’s time we give Eastman Kodak some credit

Another business/tech writer is trying to make their bones with a continuation of the tired story of how Eastman Kodak Co. flubbed the analog-to-digital transition. This time, Tracy Moran, deputy editor of Ozy.com posted “Kodak Got The Digital Picture Too Little, Too Late.” The tagline for Ozy.com is “Fresh Stories and Bold Ideas,” but ironically, this blog post is neither... Read More
DOJ files suit to block Quad purchase of LSC Communications Feature News Opinion 

DOJ files suit to block Quad purchase of LSC Communications

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Antitrust Division, filed a civil antitrust lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois June 20 seeking to block printing giant Quad/Graphics Inc.’s proposed $1.4 billion acquisition of competitor LSC Communications. The all-stock transaction was announced on Oct. 31, 2018, and was approved Feb. 22, 2019, by shareholders of both companies. Either... Read More
ASG acquires PhotoLynx, will work with ImageQuix Acquisitions Events News Opinion 

ASG acquires PhotoLynx, will work with ImageQuix

ASG, the Walnut Creek, Calif.-based SaaS company, announced it has acquired PhotoLynx, a leading provider of workflow, image and studio management software for the high-volume photography market. Terms weren’t disclosed. ASG, which “buys, builds and operates” software-as-a-service (SaaS) in niche verticals, purchased ImageQuix, a provider of end-to-end workflow management and eCommerce solutions for photographers, in November 2018. ASG has more... Read More
Analysis: Gauging the impact of the new Shutterfly-Snapfish merger deal Acquisitions Feature News Opinion 

Analysis: Gauging the impact of the new Shutterfly-Snapfish merger deal

The breaking news this week wasn’t that Apollo Global Management announced $2.7 billion all-cash deal to acquire Shutterfly Inc.; that had been telegraphed for some time. Shutterfly’s board had set up an exploratory committee to make this happen (although it wasn’t the first time). Nor was it the announcement the company found a new president and CEO in Ryan O’Hara,... Read More
Google announces changes to Google Drive, Google Photos News Opinion Updates 

Google announces changes to Google Drive, Google Photos

In a blog post attributed to Google Drive product manager Dan Schlosser and Google Photos product manager Jason Gupta, the company outlined the changes to the backup and storage functions for these popular services. Backup and Sync for Windows and macOS will still work as before. “We’ve heard feedback the connection between these services is confusing, so next month, we’re... Read More
Apollo Global Management to acquire Shutterfly, Snapfish News Opinion 

Apollo Global Management to acquire Shutterfly, Snapfish

Funds Managed by Affiliates of Apollo Global Management Announce the Acquisition of Shutterfly, Inc. in an All-Cash Transaction Valued at $2.7 Billion Shutterfly, Inc. stockholders to receive $51.00 per share in cash in a transaction with an enterprise value of $2.7 billion Apollo Funds separately enter into a definitive agreement with Snapfish NEW YORK, June 10, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —... Read More
Rumor: Buyout firm Apollo Global in the lead to acquire Shutterfly News Opinion 

Rumor: Buyout firm Apollo Global in the lead to acquire Shutterfly

According to Reuters, private-equity firm Apollo Global Management LLC is in the lead to acquire Shutterfly Inc after making the highest offer, people familiar with the matter said on Monday. According to the article: “Apollo’s exact offer could not be learned, but the deal would value Shutterfly at close to $2 billion, excluding its debt pile of more than $900... Read More
As digital cameras struggle, global smartphones reach peak sales point News Opinion 

As digital cameras struggle, global smartphones reach peak sales point

The photo enthusiast sites frequently bemoaning the continued decline in camera shipments from Japan. Citing CIPA stats, it’s clear the trend isn’t optimistic, as shown from the chart at right. The growth in mirrorless category hasn’t done much to offset the secular decline in the digital camera industry. We can all debate the merits of which is better – the... Read More
Apple improves camera, photo features in iOS 13 Events New Products News Opinion Press releases 

Apple improves camera, photo features in iOS 13

At the Apple World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) today, Apple executives previewed iOS13 with updates to the photo and camera apps. Portrait lighting adjustments can be made right in the Camera app to virtually “move” the light closer or to “push” the light farther away. A new High-Key Mono effect creates a monochromatic look for Portrait mode photos. iOS13 also... Read More
Apple adds smart photo selection to new MacOS Catalina Events News Opinion Press releases 

Apple adds smart photo selection to new MacOS Catalina

At the Apple World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) today, Apple announced the new MacOS update, MacOS Catalina, will include an iTunes replacement, Music, less-intrusive iPhone integration, a Podcast app with indexing for easy finding and Apple TV with Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision support. There’s a new app called Sidecar that lets you use the iPad as a second display. In... Read More
ViewBug branches out into image licensing Feature News Opinion 

ViewBug branches out into image licensing

After a decade in business, most photo industry members are familiar with ViewBug, the online photo contest community. The Dead Pixels Society recently spoke with co-founder Ori Guttin about the recent expansion of its business model into image licensing. Up until recently, the site provided photo contests for members, along with white-label photo contest services for brands like Squarespace, Snapfish, Sony, Sandisk... Read More
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