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Nokia at Photokina 2006

Posted by: Mark Peters Monday 25th, September 2006

Nokia, the global leader in mobility, today kicked off a weeklong display of its latest imaging achievements at Photokina 2006, Germany. Highlighting the benefits that mobility brings to imaging, Nokia's exhibition area is packed with the newest Nokia Nseries multimedia computers and the very latest experiences offered by them. Nokia is pleased to invite the media to attend a press conference at Photokina 2006 from 3 pm to 4 pm on Tuesday, 26 September, in the Offenbach Saal, Congress Centrum Ost. To learn more about Nokia's comprehensive offering in multimedia computers and solutions, you can also visit Nokia at Photokina 2006 in hall 4.2, C 010/E 019.

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Dust removal technology demonstration

Posted by: Mark Peters Sunday 24th, September 2006

FotoNation, one of the world’s leading embedded imaging and connectivity companies, announced today that it will demonstrate its new patented FotoNation Dust Removal Technology at Photokina 2006, held in Cologne, Germany from September 26 - October 1st, 2006. The FotoNation Dust Removal and detection Technology completely and automatically removes dust from digital images. FotoNation has been awarded a United States patent for this technology and has 10 additional patents pending in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. FotoNation eliminates dust from images using in-camera software which distinguishes between dust and real detail in the photo.

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Ten years of Canon Digital IXUS

Posted by: Dennis Hissink Monday 18th, September 2006

Canon marked reaching another milestone by holding a lavish celebration in the company of hundreds of journalists and guests from the photo, fashion, design and lifestyle industries. Last Thursday, 14 September, guests were flown in from all over Europe to one of the several hotels reserved for the occasion. Canon Digital IXUS was celebrating its 10th birthday and Canon wanted to share this anniversary with everyone who directly or indirectly involved in the IXUS's success. The original IXUS Advanced Photo System (APS) camera immediately became a design classic when it was introduced in 1996. The Canon IXUS design still has record sales up to the present day.

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myPIXmania and ACD Systems

Posted by: Mark Peters Friday 15th, September 2006

ACD Systems International, makers of ACDSee digital imaging management and editing software, and myPIXmania (FotoVista), Europe's leader in online photo development, have announced a strategic partnership to fulfill the growing demand for an easy-to-use, high quality Web-based photo services experience. As part of the partnership a myPIXmania program extension to ACDSee 3.1, ACDSee PowerPack, ACDSee Photo Manager 7 and later, will be made available for ordering prints and photo gifts. It will be distributed among customers via a secure download page. This product and service pairing is a great opportunity for users to manage, organize, and enhance their digital photos in ACDSee Photo Manager, go to myPIXmania directly, order their prints and gifts, and pick them up at a convenient retail outlet or have them mailed directly.

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Pentax SLR test drive

Posted by: Ilse Jurrien Tuesday 12th, September 2006

Pentax Imaging has launched a test drive A Pentax program to introduce consumers to the manufacturer's new K Series digital SLR camera line. From now until December 31, 2006, any customer who visits a participating dealer and test drives a Pentax K Series camera becomes eligible to win the Grand Prize 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser. A Pentax test drive consists of visiting a participating retailer and asking for a hands-on demonstration of any Pentax K Series camera or viewing a product video online at the Pentax website. "The DSLR marketplace is extremely competitive, and we want the new Pentax DLSR line to be given the recognition it deserves," said Ned Bunnell, marketing director, Pentax Imaging Company.

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Underwater Photo & Video Competition

Posted by: Mark Peters Monday 11th, September 2006

Wetpixel and DivePhotoGuide have teamed up again in association with Our World Underwater to celebrate the beauty and delicacy of the marine environment with their 2nd annual international underwater photography and video competition. The competition aims to become the “Superbowl” of international underwater photo competitions - with fantastic prizes, celebrity judges and the opportunity to have your images showcased to the world as some of the world’s best.

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Photokina Future of Imaging

Posted by: Dennis Hissink Monday 11th, September 2006

Following the success of its industry briefing at Photokina two years ago, IDC will again present an overview and explanation of the consumer digital imaging market at Photokina 2006. This event will offer industry players key insights into the directions within the market and will pinpoint emerging opportunities that will define success over the years to come. Senior IDC analysts will offer detail of how consumers will choose and use the technologies available from digital capture through to print and photofinishing. The presentations will address the worldwide, Western European, and Eastern European digital camera and photofinishing markets. The briefing will be of particular interest to digital camera manufacturers, distributors, and resellers; suppliers to the digital imaging industry; printer and peripheral manufacturers, distributors, and resellers; and industry trade press. IDC will be presenting at Photokina on Thursday, September 28.

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Apple iTunes Music Store in Japan

Posted by: Ilse Jurrien Friday 8th, September 2006

Apple launched the “Summer of Music” in Japan with free music from iTunes, Japan’s favorite online music store, collectible iTunes Cards and exclusive live performances at Apple Retail Stores. All summer long, iTunes is offering free music, music videos and collectible iTunes Cards featuring free downloads from the hottest artists in Japan, including Ken Ishii, Simon Le Bon, Hifana, and the world premiere of a brand new video from Beck. Music fans at Summer Sonic will receive collectible iTunes Cards with free music downloads on August 12 in Tokyo and on August 13 in Osaka. Apple’s seven Retail Stores in Japan are holding in-store performances with favorite local and international artists, including upcoming performances by PE’Z and She Wants Revenge.

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The Photokina Messe 2010 will be the event where manufacturers will be able to share its latest status within the market of imaging. Are they moving on, will they merge, or did they survived the worldwide financial crisis and already aim to expand their market share with new and innovative electronic devices and professional services? The market is competitive and will remain so in the following years. But it has become clear that manufacturers need to adept to the change of the consumer, or loose contact with the consumer market at all. Consumers connect via modern communication channels are better informed than before. Social media is for many consumers part of their daily lives where as companies still need to find out how and when to communicate at all. The Photokina 2010 show will give the companies a change to present themselves in full glory, stay tuned for our live Photokina report!

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