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Nik Software new company name of Nik Multimedia


Ilse Jurriën : 2006-02-24 05:40:00
Nik Software new company name of Nik Multimedia : Nik Multimedia, Inc. announces today that the company has changed its name to Nik Software, Inc. effective immediately and has unveiled its new corporate identity keeping the familiar “Nik” and replacing “Multimedia” with “Software” to better represent the company’s focus on software development for the digital imaging market. “Nik Software’s new name and corporate identity marks a significant milestone,” said Michael J. Slater, Nik Software, Inc.’s President & CEO. “These changes have been made to underscore the company’s dedication to developing software products and technologies for amateur and professional photographers involved in the fast-growing digital photography market.”


Rollei and Horseman form joint venture


Ilse Jurriën : 2006-02-24 03:45:00
Rollei and Komamura form joint venture : Professional and advanced consumer photographers can now save money, time and avoid product obsolescence, thanks to a joint venture between Franke & Heidecke (for Rollei) and Komamura (for Horseman) to provide a family of integrated products that allow photographers to easily interchange lenses, backs, and accessories without having to outsource. The two companies will unveil a major part of their new product family at PMA. Among the products to be shown are the Rollei 6008 AF "Bundle," the Rollei X-Act 2, the Horseman SW-D Pro wide angle, the Horseman LD "movement" camera for DSLRs and the Horseman 6x17 Super Panorama camera. Horseman will also show a 3D stereo camera proto type.


Kodak and Bibble Labs announce technology agreement


Mark Peters : 2006-02-17 19:10:00
Kodak and Bibble Labs announce technology agreement : Kodak and Bibble Labs announced a cross-licensing and co-marketing agreement that will allow both companies to offer new, improved products to imaging professionals that further strengthens Kodak’s ‘Connect with Pro Quality’ products and programs. Under the agreement, Kodak is licensing to Bibble two proprietary technologies, the Kodak ColorFlow Color Management Module and the Kodak ColorFlow ICC Input API. New versions of Bibble’s highly successful professional workflow software will integrate both of these technologies to create a best practices data path for generating finished files suitable for display and printing on Kodak output systems with minimal image adjustments.


Getty Images acquires iStockphoto


Ilse Jurriën : 2006-02-17 01:00:00
Getty Images acquires iStockphoto photography community : iStockphoto, the world’s leading stock photography community, today announced that it has been acquired by Getty Images, Inc., the world’s leading creator and distributor of visual content. The acquisition underscores the growing importance of social media and places Getty Images at the forefront of the explosive growth of the imagery industry’s value segment. “We took a look at where we wanted to go and found Getty Images singularly capable of helping us get there,” said Bruce Livingstone, iStockphoto founder, CEO and president. “This new relationship will greatly extend the reach of our contributors, exposing their work to untapped global markets."


SanDisk joins forces with Top Security providers


Mark Peters : 2006-02-14 14:50:00
SanDisk joins forces with Top Security providers : SanDisk announced strategic partnerships with the two providers of authentication security solutions to provide an easy-to-use way to protect consumers against online fraud. SanDisk has forged an additional partnership to protect enterprises against the theft of corporate data. SanDisk will add highly secure functionality to its line of Flash USB drives and mobile cards using TrustedFlash technology. TrustedFlash combines SanDisk’s 32-bit controller architecture with an embedded high-performance cryptographic engine to provide real-time encryption and tamper-resistant security to keep stored data secure. TrustedFlash is ideal for supporting one time passwords and secure applications.


Nikon imaging software collaborates with Nik Software


Ilse Jurriën : 2006-02-14 07:00:00
Nikon Imaging Software collaborates with Nik Software : Michio Kariya, President of Nikon Corporation, is pleased to announce collaboration in the field of imaging software for digital cameras with American software developer, Nik Software, Inc., formerly nik multimedia, Inc. with Headquarters in San Diego, California. With this collaboration, the technologies of both companies will be merged to develop and market innovative software products based on new concepts. This new relationship will enable a stronger presence and guarantee a leading role in the imaging software market. To further the success of this collaboration, Nikon has also made equity investment in Nik Software, Inc.


Kodak named to list of Most Sustainable Corporations


Ilse Jurriën : 2006-02-12 23:58:21
Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations : Eastman Kodak Company was recently named to the list of “Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World.” The list was started last year as a project of Corporate Knights, Inc., with Innovest Value Strategic Advisors as the research analytic data provider. Kodak has been selected for the list in both years of its existence. As noted on the Global 100 website, companies whose sustainability performance falls within the top five per cent of their sector, and have been chosen from among 2,000 of the world's largest corporations. These companies have demonstrated through performance and strategic ability an ability to manage the “triple bottom line” (society, environment, and economy).


ITC investigates SanDisk patent violation


Mark Peters : 2006-02-12 19:10:00
ITC investigates SanDisk patent violation : SanDisk Corporation today announced that the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) has instituted an investigation in response to a complaint filed by SanDisk. The investigation, entitled In the Matter of Certain NOR and NAND Flash Memory Devices and Products Containing same, has been assigned Investigation No. 337-TA-560. The ITC will investigate whether NOR and NAND flash memory chips manufactured by STMicroelectronics and sold in the USA infringe SanDisk’s US Patent No. 5,172,338 and US Patent No. 5,991,517, and whether ST’s NOR and NAND flash memory chips should therefore be barred from importation into and sale in the United States.


Pentax UK appoints key account managers


Ilse Jurriën : 2006-02-12 17:29:00
Pentax UK appoints key account managers : Pentax UK announces the appointment of two new Key Account Managers (KAMs) to its Imaging Systems Division. Tim Stevenson and Michael Tate will provide dedicated support to a range of retail partners across a number of diverse channel sectors. As part of Pentax’s newly developed channel strategy, both KAMs will focus their support across the photographic, consumer electronic, IT and mass merchandiser market sectors. Stevenson joins Pentax from BSkyB, where he held a Business Development Manager position while Tate joins from Douwe Egberts, where he held the position of Business Development Manager and will apply some of the key skills he has gained from his work in the drinks industry.


OKI Printing Solutions C5400


Ilse Jurriën : 2006-02-12 17:00:00
OKI Printing Solutions C5400 : OKI Printing Solutions (the brand name for Oki Data Corporation), today announced a partnership with Anoto. The first integration project is already underway with the C5400, the first color printer to complete the Anoto Print Qualification Program. The Anoto solution is similar to using a digital pen and paper as an interface to the digital world, as the pen stores everything you write in ink onto its digital memory. The paper is printed with the Anoto dot pattern (it is not visible to the eye, but gives the paper a slightly off-white color) and the pen takes a digital snapshot of anything written on the page. Anoto is the only company that licenses the dot pattern technology.


Shutterfly adds new members to Board of Directors


Mark Peters : 2006-02-09 19:25:00
Shutterfly adds new members to Board of Directors : Shutterfly the leading independent online photo service, today announced that Pat House, Cofounder and Vice Chairman of Siebel Systems, and Jim White, Sutter Hill Ventures Managing Director, have joined the Shutterfly Board of Directors. "I am extremely pleased and honored to add such talented and experienced executives to our Board," said Shutterfly President and CEO, Jeff Housenbold. "Pat and Jim have deep strategy, operations, and marketing backgrounds along with exceptional track records of growing technology based companies, which will be invaluable as we continue to scale our business and extend our position as the leading online photo service."


Fujifilm Europe on a consistent digital course


Mark Peters : 2006-02-09 19:05:00
Fujifilm Europe on a consistent digital course : Fuji Photo Film Europe is beginning the New Year with confidence. The upheaval in our industry is like the change from the horse-drawn carriage to the motorized vehicle, Helmut Rupsch, Manager of German Operations. We have been making preparations for this for years, have actively participated in this process and expect growth in turnover and revenue in 2006. Digitalization brings multiple opportunities and new business areas with it, but calls for extensive changes in the company´s structure and product strategy. On the basis of the core competency of image and visualization, solutions for the consumer as well as for the industry sector should also be on offer in the future.


Fuji Graphic & Fuji Photo deliver Digital powerhouse


Mark Peters : 2006-02-09 18:30:00
Fuji Graphic & Fuji Photo deliver Digital powerhouse : Fuji Photo Film Canada Inc. and Fuji Graphic Systems Canada Inc. are joining their operations into one company that will serve the photo imaging, graphic arts, computer media, and motion picture markets in Canada. The name of the new company will be Fuji Photo Film Canada Inc. and the headquarters will be located at 600 Suffolk Court, Mississauga. The amalgamation is expected to be completed by April 1, 2006 and a president for the new combined Fuji Canada operation will be named by that date. In a meeting with employees of both companies, Shunji Saito, President of Fuji Photo Film Canada explained that “we are in the midst of a dramatic shift in digital imaging technology…"


Pentax UK Celebrates 25 Years


Mark Peters : 2006-02-09 18:10:00
Pentax UK Celebrates 25 Years : This year marks the celebration of Pentax UK’s 25th anniversary. A subsidiary of the Pentax Corporation of Japan, it formally established in the UK in 1979 to directly market Pentax products and services, embracing a brand that had enjoyed an envied reputation for continued innovation in the field of optical technology since the 1950s. Pentax has successfully cemented its position with a range of divisions now servicing the UK market, from imaging systems, medical, to surveying. All of these divisions are recognised as innovators their respective fields and have built loyal customer bases, serving to fully embed the Pentax brand into the hearts of the British public.


Canon USA acquires Uinta Business Systems


Mark Peters : 2006-02-09 18:05:00
Canon USA acquires Uinta Business Systems : Expanding its direct presence in the Western United States, Canon USA today announced the acquisition of Salt Lake City-based Uinta Business Systems, and its subsidiaries. As part of the agreement, Uinta Founder Joe Weis will remain as President and continue to have responsibility for the day-to-day operations of the organization. He will report directly to Ryoichi Bamba, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Systems Group, Canon USA, who will serve as Chairman of UBS. “As one of the largest technology solutions resellers in the country, UBS has a tremendous reputation in the Western United States for providing quality Canon products, solutions and support,” said Bamba.


SanDisk speeds up expansion of Flash Memory Facility


Mark Peters : 2006-02-09 06:02:52
SanDisk speeds up expansion of Flash Memory Facility : SanDisk intends to accelerate the expansion of the 300-millimeter (Fab 3) wafer fabrication facility in Yokkaichi, Japan. The move is expected to bring Fab 3 wafer capacity from the previously planned 48,750 wafers per month to 70,000 wafers p/m by March 2007. The incremental investment by SanDisk for 50% of this higher Fab 3 output is currently estimated at $500 million over the next 12 months. SanDisk’s total expected 2006 investment in Fab 3 is approximately $1 billion, of which a portion is anticipated to be financed through operating lease financing or other sources of capital. Fab 3 is operated by Flash Partners, Toshiba and SanDisk’s venture for NAND flash memories.


Samsung Cameras appoints Steven Cordova


Mark Peters : 2006-02-09 03:00:00
Samsung Cameras appoints Steven Cordova : Samsung Opto-Electronics America, Inc., (SOA) announced that Steven Cordova has been appointed to the position of Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. In this position, Cordova will be responsible for developing and overseeing a more expansive and aggressive sales and marketing organization within SOA as part of the company's effort to increase market share in the digital still camera space. Steven Cordova will work closely with all members of the Samsung Opto-Electronics sales and marketing staff, and report directly to J. W. Ahn, the President of Samsung Camera."Steven is a valuable addition to the Samsung Camera sales force," said Ahn.


Richard Campbell to lead Panasonic Imaging Products


Mark Peters : 2006-02-07 20:00:00
Richard Campbell To Lead Panasonic USA Imaging Products : Panasonic Corporation of North America today announced that Richard Campbell has been appointed Director, Digital Imaging Products, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company, based in Secaucus, N.J. With Campbell’s appointment, Panasonic signals its intention to aggressively build market share for the category as it capitalizes on the company’s optical image stabilization and other breakthrough technologies. In his new position, Campbell oversees Panasonic’s emerging Digital Imaging Products division, which includes the successful Lumix line of digital cameras. Campbell was Product Marketing Director for Olympus Imaging America, before that Development Manager for Polaroid.


Fujifilm cuts 5,000 jobs


Ilse Jurriën : 2006-02-07 19:40:00
Fujifilm cuts 5,000 jobs : Fuji Photo Film (President & CEO: Shigetaka Komori) is implementing a full spectrum of policies and measures based on VISION75, a mid-term management plan formulated in Feb. 2004 that articulates three fundamental strategies: “Building new growth strategy,” “Implementing comprehensive structural reforms over all management levels,” and “Enhancing consolidated management.” Policies and measures include: actively investing in growing businesses such as the flat panel display materials business; conducting drastic reforms in R&D structure to create new businesses; establishing the Advanced Core Technology Laboratories that conduct the basic research in order to expand the current business domain.


Pentax SLR camera plant to be built in Vietnam


Mark Peters : 2006-02-07 15:10:00
Pentax SLR camera plant to be built in Vietnam : Pentax Corporation is pleased to announce that it will expand the production capacity of Pentax VN Co., Ltd., the company's overseas subsidiary based in Vietnam, with the construction of a second plant. Pentax VN specializes in the manufacture of optical instruments and components. This move is made to prepare for the expected increase in demand for interchangeable lenses for digital SLR cameras, as well as to respond to intensifying price competition in both the domestic and international markets. In addition to the current plant, which has 6,700m² of floor space, Pentax will build a new 6,000m² plant within the same Pentax VN compound by October 2006.






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