Items tagged with Kodak

In case you have not noticed, prices for solid state drives have fallen off a cliff over the past year. At this point, there is really no excuse to go with a mechanical hard drive over an SSD as your primary storage, unless you must have oodles of capacity for your boot drive. Otherwise, grab yourself a speedy SSD and never look back. If that is in fact your plan, one of the best deals right now is for a Kodak-brand 2.5-inch 480GB internal SSD (EKSSD480GX150K). We don't see Kodak's name pop up in the storage space all that often, so it's interesting that the lowest price 480GB-class SSD belongs to a company that is best known for cameras and photography. This specific model falls under the Power... Read more...
If you woke up this morning thinking the world would be a better place if only another company would jump into the smartphone market, well, your wish is about to come true. Kodak is putting the word out that in intends to launch a range of Android-powered mobile devices with best-in-class image management software and features, which will make their debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month. This is an interesting play on Kodak's part. The company is obviously known for its deep roots in photography, which happens to be a critical part of the smartphone experience. With its brand recognition in tow, there's a real opportunity for Kodak to capture an audience of smartphone... Read more...
Onward and upward, isn't that right? For Kodak, it sure hopes so. After falling from grace as one of the premier names in photography and printing, right into Chapter 11, the company has finally announced a new plan and settlement that will hopefully push it towards an exit from bankruptcy. Eastman Kodak Company today announced a comprehensive settlement agreement with the U.K. Kodak Pension Plan (KPP), its largest creditor. Under the agreement, which will be filed with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Kodak’s Personalized Imaging and Document Imaging businesses will be spun off under new ownership to KPP. The settlement agreement provides, among other things, for the spin-off of Kodak’s... Read more...
There's no love lost between Google and Apple. Steve Jobs once vowed to destroy Android even if it meant bankrupting Apple, and given his competitive nature, there's every reason to believe he fully meant it. More recently, Apple raked one of Google's hardware partners (Samsung) over the coals by winning a $1 billion patent verdict. Despite all that, the two companies have come together to jointly bid more than $500 million to buy Kodak patents out of bankruptcy, Bloomberg reports. It seems strange that the two would set aside their differences, but it's not unusual in instances like this. By partnering up to buy these patents, both sides protect themselves from potential litigation, which as... Read more...
You knew this was coming sooner or later. Kodak has been winding down its businesses and has finally gotten around to its consumer inkjet printers, which were popular (but not popular enough) for using long-lasting ink cartridges. Kodak plans to continue selling those ink cartridges long after it officially shuts down the inkjet printer business in 2013.   Kodak isn’t the only one departing the inkjet printer arena. Lexmark has also announced plans to stop selling its inkjet printers. That leaves Epson and HP with some elbow room in the market, though it’s not an appealing market to most, right now. Inkjet printers are selling at stunningly low prices (and... Read more...
"Nothing lasts forever," as the saying goes, and the time has come to wave goodbye to a staple of the photography industry. Eastman Kodak has announced intentions to sell off the film business that made it an icon around the world. In an effort to raise cash for itself (and perhaps fund ongoing digital patent battles), its traditional print-film business and "several others" will be sold. Those others include things like kiosks that develop photos on-site, heavy-duty commercial scanners, and software used for enterprise companies to process thousands of forms at once. Heck, it's even selling off the business that takes those theme park photos as you waltz in. Kodak says that the selling will... Read more...
When Kodak filed for bankruptcy earlier this year, the company made it clear that selling off its digital imaging patents was a key part of its strategy. The company had hoped to raise as much as $2.5 billion from selling off its war chest, which is why rumors of a partnership between Google and Apple,  have the erstwhile film giant backpedaling. At present, bidding is reportedly around the $500 million mark. That's considerably higher than the opening price the auction kicked off with, but a fraction of the cash Kodak hoped to earn. The company is now saying that it may not sell certain intellectual assets, while Google, Samsung, and Apple have reportedly joined forces to explicitly avoid... Read more...
Ouch. Kodak's had some troubles of late, but now that the end may be near, they're trying everything they can to stay afloat. Samsung is the latest company to get nailed by passing debris, as Eastman Kodak announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., alleging infringement of certain patents related to Kodak digital imaging technology. Kodak's been on somewhat of a lawsuit streak lately, and taking aim at Samsung is proof that they aren't playing around. Kodak has licensed its digital imaging patents to more than 30 leading technology companies, including LG, Motorola, and Nokia, with all of the licenses royalty-bearing to Kodak, but of course Samsung isn't... Read more...
Its products defined nearly a century of photography, cinema, and home video, but the venerable Kodak company is on the verge of bankruptcy. While the company is reportedly preparing to file a Chapter 11 bankruptcy, which permits restructuring, the firm is caught in a merciless slide. Once so synonymous with film that its products coined the phrase "Kodak moment," the Rochester, NY-based corporation lost 95 percent of its value between 1999 - 2000. Revenue for 2010 was just $7.18 billion, down from 1996's $15.97 billion. It's stock, which traded at $30-35 per share back in 2006-2007 has fallen to 44 cents as of this writing; the company has been warned that it faces de-listing from the NASDAQ... Read more...
Printing over USB is so... yesterday. Kodak, a name known for old-school printers, agrees. They've just launched the Document Cloud Printing app for Android phones, which allows customers to send documents from their Android device to their Kodak all-in-one printer using Google Cloud Print. Supported files include web pages, Microsoft Office documents including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF and text files, as well as image files. In addition to printing files that are located locally on an ANDROID OS device, files can be accessed on Google Docs, Dropbox and Evernote sites. Web pages can be accessed using the Kodak Document Print App's built-in browser. "In today's mobile society, it's... Read more...
And just like that, the Flip Video craze continues. Pure Digital was once the only major company out there producing these pocket-friendly camcorders, but now a slew of other outfits have joined in. And Kodak's obviously not keen on missing the bandwagon. Following the release of their M590 camera comes the PLAYTOUCH, a new pocket camcorder capable of shooting 1080p video. The camera itself is quite small and sleek, and it offers a 3" touch screen on the rear, on-camera editing features, a 5MP camera for taking still shots, a built-in USB arm, Smart Face tracking, external stereo speakers, an HDMI output and an SD/SDHC card slot for holding up to 32GB of HD footage. There's also a Li-ion battery... Read more...
Social networking nuts have reason to rejoice today. With the introduction of Kodak's EasyShare M590 digital camera, uploading pics to Facebook, Flickr, or wherever else it is you post your photos is as easy as pressing Kodak's exclusive Share Button, which is also capable of tagging photos and videos directly on the camera before whisking them into cyberspace for all the world to see. "We are thrilled to see how people have embraced Kodak's Share Button as an easier way to share life's moments with family and friends, in three simple steps," said Phil Scott, Vice President of Marketing, Digital Capture and Devices, Kodak. "With the new Kodak EasyShare M590 Digital Camera, we are continuing our... Read more...
Kodak announced a few new cameras at CES that are designed to provide easy sorting and uploading to popular sites such as Facebook, Flickr, Kodak Gallery, and YouTube. The most noteworthy camera among the new offerings is the Slice, which is half camera, half photo album. This 14 megapixel camera features a 3.5-inch touchscreen for image playback. The Slice also lets you tag images of people with their names using an onscreen keyboard. The KODAK SLICE Search Feature and Face Recognition lets you sort your pictures by person, place, date, or occasion. In a day where we're seeing more and more connectivity features built-in to digital cameras, one thing the Slice is lacking is built-in wireless... Read more...
Kodak announced a new Zi8 Pocket Video Camera that can capture video in 1080p HD. The Zi8's predecessors, the Kodak Zi6 and the weather-resistant Kodak Zx1, maxed out at 720p. In addition to recording 1080p video, the Zi8 can capture 5 megapixel still images with a 16:9 aspect ratio. This slim pocket video camera is designed to help users capture life’s important memories at the touch of a button—the camera doesn’t have a lens cap, dials to turn, or settings to adjust that will hinder the ability to quickly capture video. KODAK Zi8 Pocket Video Camera Specifications: Full HD 1080p video capture wherever you go; Built-in electronic image stabilization for sharper videos and reduced blurring; Vivid... Read more...
Kodak has added three new 12 megapixel compact cameras to its lineup. Leading the introductions is the EASYSHARE Z950 Digital Camera with a 10x image stabilized Schneider-Kreuznach optical zoom lens. The company also refreshed its ‘M’ range by adding the EASYSHARE M381 and EASYSHARE M341 digital cameras. All three new cameras have Kodak's Smart Capture scene recognition and exposure system. Kodak EASYSHARE Z950 You’ll find a 3-inch LCD and HD picture and video capture capabilities on the Z950. To help you get the best possible picture in any setting, this camera incorporates Kodak’s Smart Capture feature which automatically adjusts focus, flash, and exposure. Other features include a fast click-to-capture... Read more...
Kodak. A name synonymous with "camera." A legend and an icon in the industry. And yet, even it can't resist technological changes forever. As the world continues to go digital and the idea of shooting on "film" becomes more far-fetched with each passing day, Kodak has been forced to slam the axe on its KODACHROME Color Film. In a tear-jerking announcement made today by the company, it will "retire" said film later this year, which means you should probably stock up now before leftover units start going for 4x MSRP on eBay.If you'll recall, KODACHROME got going some 74 years ago, which means it'll probably die shortly before its milestone 75th birthday. The product first saw commercial success... Read more...
Kodak expanded its EasyShare line of digital compact cameras with the new EasyShare Z915. This 10-megapixel camera has a 10x image stabilized optical zoom lens (35–350 mm) and a 2.5-inch LCD. You’ll also find Kodak’s Smart Capture feature on this camera, which promises high quality images by analyzing scenes and applying the most appropriate camera settings. Smart Capture also applies Kodak’s Perfect Touch processing to the image to enhance highlight and shadow areas. Kodak touts the Z915 as having a best-in-class click to capture speed of less than 0.3 seconds. With this speed, you’ll be able to capture action shots without delay. For low-light shooting conditions, the Z915 supports an ISO up... Read more...
New introductions from Kodak deliver brilliant images, unique ways to create, and easy ways to connect  Pocket-sized HD Digital Video Camera and 24x Ultra-Zoom Digital Camera Highlight Kodak Launches at 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show LAS VEGAS, N.V., Jan. 5 -- Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) today introduced new products and services that make it easier than ever for consumers to make the most of life’s moments, from go-anywhere High Definition video recording to simple, automatic capture of brilliant images. Kodak’s latest innovations will be on display at Kodak’s booth at the 2009 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas (January 8-11, booth 31400, South Hall).... Read more...
Kodak is one of those companies that had problems adapting to changing technologies. The death of film cameras- you remember film cameras, don't you? -sorely tested Kodak's reason to exist. Now researchers from Kodak have made a 2 - 4 times improvement in the light sensitivity of the image sensor in any digital camera using what they call "panchromatic" technology. When the shutter opens on a digital camera, an image is projected onto the sensor, which converts light into an electric charge. Most sensors use the Bayer mask: Half of the millions of cells on a checkerboard grid are filtered to collect green light and a quarter each are filtered to let through red and blue light. A computer... Read more...
In a follow-up to the distinctive 5.0MP dual-lens EasyShare V570, Kodak has announced the new 6.1MP EasyShare V610. The dual Schneider-Kreuznach C-Variogon zoom lenses are still carried over with the V610, but this time one has a focal length of 38-114mm while the second lens goes from 130-380mm. The V610 looks strikingly similar to its predecessor, but is slightly larger to accommodate the new 2.8" LCD screen (up from 2.5" on the V570). As with most new P&S digital cameras released these days, the V610 has the ability to capture 640x480 video at 30FPS with sound. And speaking of video, the camera also features the ability to zoom up to its... Read more...