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Printing and Peripherals

Samsung Launches in Printers

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Samsung Launches in Printers

Sharpened by competition against Apple, Samsung no longer fears the competition-- declaring war on the dominance HP and Xerox currently hold over business printers at a recent Milan launch event.

Samsung is not only refreshing its printer range, it is also adding technologies learnt from the smartphone arena. High-end Samsung printers now carry touchscreen UIs, with 7-inch touchscreens for A3 copiers/printers and 4.3-inch displays for A4 printers.

The UI allows users to customise up to 40 short-cuts, with actions customers can summon through Read more...

Sharp Unveils 80” Whiteboard at ISE 2012

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Sharp Unveils 80” Whiteboard at ISE 2012

In addition to its pro displays and monitor installations, Sharp unveils the prototype of its interactive whiteboard, with a diagonal screen size of more than two metres (80“)—and available to the European retail trade for the first time in this size.

Featuring an intuitive interface, the whiteboard is designed for efficient and creative teamwork. By combining the touch panel with a touch pen and detection software, modifications can be immediately integrated in existing drafts on the display.

Developed specifically for Sharp touch-screen Read more...

How Many Pages Does EMEA Print Daily?

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How Many Pages Does EMEA Print Daily?

According to IDC, the answer to the above question is 3 billion-- enough pages to either reach the moon and back (if laid one of after another) or cover the area of 18 football pitches... every minute!

In other words EMEA printing mirrors WW trends, which IDC says reached 3.1 trillion in 2010. Page volume is slightly down in W Europe (by -1% Y-o-Y), but is up in CEMA by over 14% Y-o-Y, with MFPs leading in page share (and thus, usage). 

IDC says colour laser devices are up in both W Europe and CEMA, with page volume growing by around 16% Y-o-Y in Read more...

Fuji Xerox Printers Get Dropbox-Alike

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Fuji Xerox Printers Get Dropbox-Alike

Fuji Xerox launches a cloud storage service connecting directly to its multifunction copiers-- "Working Folder," allowing users to upload and store documents to the cloud by scan or fax.

The service is similar to Dropbox or box.net, and has encryption, versioning and access control by user. It uses a virtual filing cabinet concept, with "drawers" and "folders" users share amongst each other, and should work seamlessly on a new line of Fuji Xerox copiers. 

It does need a subscription though-- ¥3500 ($45) monthly allows 10 users to access 10GB of s Read more...

HP Buys into Web-to-Print

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HP Buys into Web-to-Print

HP acquires Hiflex Software GmbH, a German software vendor specialising in web-to-print and management information systems solutions for printing services, for an undisclosed sum. 

Founded in 1991, Hiflex offers Webshop (a web-to-print portal with a Drupal-basd quote generator tool for print jobs) and MIS Office suite (a product handling order processing, materials management, CRM, connections to financial and payroll accounting). 

The company also allows develops to integrate applications with MIS office via XML/SOAP-based API, and a partner program Read more...

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