Welcome to Printing Industry News Digest (PIND) issue 106, providing a summary of major news items from the printing, publishing, packaging, digital, and communications technology sectors. PIND incorporates brief summaries and links to the week’s key news stories so that you can look up that all important detail, digging deeper behind the headline.
The newest version of OS X for Mac is out this week. Code-named Mountain Lion, this latest update provides tighter integration with the mobile iOS operating system, notably with apps such as Notes and Reminders, both of which interface with iCloud. Another big feature amongst the 200 additions is Dictation which provides support for speach-to-text in any software that requires keyboard input. For $20 / £14 Mountain Lion is very well worth the upgrade.
Manroland’s sheetfed operation in the UK has parted company with its MD and sales manager this week. We understand that its premises will soon be sold too, as the building is the only asset of value of the now defunct Manroland GB business. These issues have not effected the performance of owner Langley Holdings though, with a £29.6 million operating profit for the first six months of 2012 reported by both Print Monthly and the Print Business.
Printed or plain cigarette packaging is a big question it would seem. Answers in UK have been put back to August 10th in order for further debate and input. Issues regarding job losses in print and packaging and a strong argument with regard to counterfeit products are countering the obvious focus on deaths by the Department of Health.
Religious texts too are seeing the invasion of the e-book. A new God-focused colour e-reader incorporates, it would seem, “special religious features”. The Android based tablet will cost you some $150 in Family Christian stores. An app is also available for both Android and iOS.
The book business, meanwhile, is celebrating the way that digital print has saved the industry. Frank Romano, as part of his Frankly Speaking tour, offers this summary of the wonders of digital production for publishers. From another angle, e-books just seem to be getting ever cheaper: is that a good thing? What about the author?
In the world of newspapers, doom and gloom appears to be everywhere. However, the UK-based Daily Mail & General Trust has reported a 3% revenue increase in its third quarter interim results. This reversed a 4% drop in revenue in the previous quarter according to our good friends at PrintWeek.
Regular readers might have noted that last week we mentioned quarterly earnings reports for both Microsoft ($18.6 billion) and Google ($12.2 billion) in PIND105. This week we can compare these numbers with Apple ($35 billion) in its Q3 announcement.
Our favourite 7-inch tablet, the Google Nexus 7, has received more plaudits this week, and also a new distribution point, with Carphone Warehouse now stocking the machine. Not too sure whether you really need a contract with it: £20 per month and a free device? (the 16Gb Nexus is only £199). Our own review of the product still glows: small enough to be portable, large enough to be readable; very handy and easy to pick up in the evening for couch surfing purposes too! Commentators are convinced that Apple must deliver a product in this format. More news to come, we are quite sure.
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Issue 104: Kodak bosses bonuses
Issue 103: Printed electronics latest
Issue 102: British banking