Welcome to Printing Industry News Digest (PIND) issue 112, 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.
Beginning with a news from the world of print: well actually packaging for a nice change, and with labels especially in focus, LabelExpo Americas will exhibit digital at the crossroads, according to Labels & Labeling Editor Andy Thomas. Trends to look out for are also highlighted by L&L, with the show due to take place this Tuesday and Wednesday.
Chicago is of course also due to host Graph Expo next month, and exhibitors are now beginning to fly their flag and tout their wares ahead of the event. Keep an eye on the show’s digital daily in the run up to the event.
On a less positive print note, it appears that the early excitement at the re-birth of Manroland Sheetfed is one the wane with some 110 jobs to be clipped at the German manufacturer, according to the experts at The Print Business.
In a more positive slant, the printed version of The Print Business offers a feature sized view on the potential for hybrid print solutions: digital combined with offset. An excellent read ahead of the rash of UK Autumn open house events, where you can talk more detail about such exciting possibilities.
As we do appear to have broken out in a rash of print focused topics, those with litho presses seeking that every improved quality of print should be focused on items such as this from the guys at ccDotmeter, which encompasses the quality control specialists at Centurfax. Measurement is the key – as with most things – and this device will measure the finest of dot details: it’s an essential if ISO12647-2 is your next aim.
Tablet talk comes back with a vengance this week: the inexorable rise of tablets continues this week with the release of a host of new Amazon branded solutions, including an even lower priced seven-inch offering, slicing beneath the recently launched Nexus 7 from Google, and even upping the tech specs at the same time!
The Amazon focus is all about content. Hardware specs are very much under-played again in this latest launch. The attitude is very much “buy whichever one suits your need” – just so long as we can tie you in to Amazon content.
Interesting to see what appeared to be a late change of heart re the mandatory ad software: buy your way out for $15 on the Fire HD.
Now all these new specs are going to get us all confused yet again. Check out what is new from Amazon with their product page. The Guardian then very helpfully provides a comparison for you: Kindle Fire v. Nexus 7 v. iPad.
The rise and rise of Android doesn’t stop there either: a company called Ainol is releasing another budget seven-inch running Jelly Bean, and the good folk at Toys-R-Us are entering the fray just in time for the festive period with a child-focused tab for just $150. Where will it all end?!
Windows 8 is coming and HP are not in any moo to let you forget. The company had debuted no less than four all-in-one PC products running the new OS. For those still planning an escape route from the world of Microsoft, Mashable asks “What will it take to get you to not to buy a Mac?”
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