Industry News

Okidata to get out of printer/MFP business Reported its last quarter’s earnings Net sales down 24.4% to 81.4 billion yen ($756.5 million) Operating income was a loss of 1.1 billion yen (-$10.2 million) Components & Platforms (includes printers and MFPs) division net sales down 25.1% to 40 billion yen ($371.7 million) Reported a loss of

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Sweat

TIPS TO LIVE BY How Sweat Works: Why We Sweat When We’re Hot, as Well as When We’re Not Aug. 19, 2020 – Katie McCallum Did you know that there are only two mammals capable of long-distance running — and that humans are one of them? (Horses are the other, since I’m sure you were curious). While

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Labor Day – Be safe

Community: The Harris County Sheriff’s Office Announces Multi-Agency Partnership for DWI Initiative Ahead of Labor Day Weekend HOUSTON – (September 3, 2020) – The Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, and the Texas Department of Public Safety are joining forces ahead of the Labor Day holiday weekend to crack down on

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Industry News

HP reported its last quarter earnings net revenue down 2.1% to $14.3 billion earnings per share was $0.52, down from $0.78 for third-quarter 2019 Net earnings down 37.7% to $0.7 billion Printer/MPF division net revenue down 20% to $3.933 billion 2% operating margin Total hardware units were down 2% Commercial hardware units down 32% Consumer

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Security Risks

By: Key Kain on August 11th, 2020 What are the Security Risks Associated with the use of Unmanaged Print Devices? Are thousands of work-from-home employees from across the United States tempted to introduce unmanaged technology (and the associated cyber threats) through a personal printer to their workplace network? I had never thought of this. Until one day…

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Hurricane Laura

Laura has prompted hurricane and storm surge warnings for the northwest Gulf Coast. A storm surge warning is in effect from Freeport, Texas, to the mouth of the Mississippi River in southeast Louisiana, including Galveston Bay and areas inside the Port Arthur, Texas, hurricane flood protection system. This means a life-threatening storm surge is expected. Residents in

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Microsoft to roll out new security protocol

Microsoft to roll out new security protocol announced that the Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.3 protocol is now enabled by default in Windows 10 Insider Preview builds will be rolled out to all Windows 10 systems. latest version of the traffic encryption protocol was approved and published in 2018, providing improved communication security compared to

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Potential security risks may exist

Fujifilm admits issues with Ripple20 Fujifilm makes most of the current Xerox branded printers, MFPs and PPS In a notice to its customers, “Recently we have found that potential security risks may exist (Ripple20: CVE-2020-11896, etc.) for some of our multi-function and office printers” “We are in the process of preparing new firmware, and plan

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Houston-area tolls waived

All Houston-area tolls waived ahead of Hurricane Laura, Gov. Abbott says – All tolls on Houston-area toll roads will be temporarily waived to help those evacuating as a result of Hurricane Laura, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced on Tuesday evening. The Texas Department of Transportation is waiving all tolls along the agency’s portion of SH 99/Grand Parkway

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State of Higher Education Meeting

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bkDjVJoJQ-Wx-GRZLTyUyg September 1 from 11;30 am – 1 pm, The Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce is presenting “The State of Higher Education as part of their “KEYNOTE SERIES”. The four speakers include Dr. Shah Ardalan of Lone Star College, Melinda Kirtley of Our Lady of the Lake University, Dr. Tyrone Tanner of Prairie View University

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Working from home hurts productivity

According to research recently published by Victoria University of Australia Claims it was cause millions of dollars to be wiped from the economy data suggested that productivity losses were between 1% and 3% equivalent to between 5 and 15 minutes of an 8-hour workday  school and childcare closures only worsened productivity levels, with parents distracted

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cycreekstoptheflooding.com

Our message to residents in the Cypress Creek Watershed from cycreekstoptheflooding.com Developing Problem It’s late August – the heart of the storm season.  It’s going to be an interesting next several weeks as we look toward the sea.  Buy flood insurance.  ANY place in Harris County can flood, don’t be another surprised flooding victim.  “I’ve

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COVID-19 Fraud

 Protect Yourself Against COVID-19 Fraud Recently, the IRS Criminal Investigation Unit has seen an uptick in scam cases related to COVID-19 and Economic Impact Payments (EIP). This attempted scam may be in the form of phone calls or emails by individuals posing as the IRS attempting to gather sensitive personal information. While members of the IRS Wage

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Security & Ransomware

Canon ransomware attack update Bank Info Security magazine published article with update on recent event According to Emsisoft Security, the Maze ransomware group has posted on its Dark Web website some of the data is claims it stole from Canon USA Claims it posted only 5%, or 2.5GB of the data it now has possession

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Industry News

Ricoh posts last quarter’s earnings Total sales down 26.2% to 352.2 billion yen ($3.3 billion) Gross profit down 33.8% to 122 billion yen Operating profit was a loss of 21.2 billion yen Profit attributable to owners of parent was a loss of 18.6 billion yen Office Printing division hardware sales down 32.1% to 174.7 billion

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Industry News – Xerox

Xerox downgraded the Fitch Ratings credit-rating agency announced that it revised its Rating Outlook for Xerox from Stable to Negative firm said its rating actions followed Xerox’s second-quarter revenue decline of 35% noted that lost post-sale revenue (such as toner cartridges, paper, etc.), which declined 34%, will likely not be recovered. Xerox’s business “has also

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Canon confirms major ransomware attack has taken down its systems

Canon confirms major ransomware attack has taken down its systems By Joel Khalili 3 days ago Canon ransomware attack takes down website, email and various other services (Image credit: Canon) Update: An internal memo delivered to Canon staff has confirmed the company is suffering the effects of a ransomware attack. “Canon U.S.A, Inc. and its subsidiaries understand the

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Reward in Risk

Agent of Change: Kyocera Difference Maker Oscar Sanchez Sees Reward in Risk Thursday, August 6, 2020 Erik Cagle Oscar Sanchez, Kyocera The great Russian writer Leo Tolstoy once observed, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” But with all due respect to the man who penned “War and Peace,”

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Congressman Dan Crenshaw Thursday August 6 at 9:00 am

Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce’s ongoing KEYNOTE SERIES will feature Congressman Dan Crenshaw at 9:00 am Thursday August 6. www.HoustonNWChamber.org This event is presented by Lone Star College – University Park   AND   cycreekstoptheflooding.com “Get insight into what is going on in Washington DC in regards to COVID, local flood control and the possibility of additional

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Work from home study

Work from home study published Survey research published by Harvard Business Review Studied all the employees that Microsoft sent home to work remotely “People were ‘on’ four more hours a week, on average” Work days on average are now longer People were taking time out during the day for things like: Walking dog Teaching child

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Toner Cartridges

Ninestar battles OEMs over firmware Ninestar of China, owner of Lexmark, is launching new solution which is being advertised as helping customers use its non-OEM toner cartridges by getting around manufacturer’s firmware that prevents non-OEM cartridges Named the “Upgrade without Unpacking Solution”, updates cartridges affected by firmware upgrades without opening the packaging Claims that its

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Security

Xerox security issue in MFPs/printers Company sent out a bulletin warning that some of its devices are at risk from the Ripple20 security vulnerability Ripple20 affects devices that use Treck Software to manage their TCP/IP stack The bulletin lists a number of devices that are made by Fujifilm for Xerox that have this issue ‘we

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HIPAA & Cybersecurity Update

HIPAA & Cybersecurity Update Walmart was sued for allegedly violating California’s new data breach law, in regards to lack of proper security with a large amount of customers have their info exposed. Walmart notified an unknown number of pharmacy customers that their PHI was exposed after several of its California stores were looted by rioters.

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Universal Print

Microsoft to launch Universal Print Offered public preview of new technology on 7/21 and 7/22 during Microsoft Inspire event New technology advertised as eliminating need for customers to have print servers on site, and getting rid need to maintain all print drivers, print queues and firmware Claims it currently costs customers up to $4000 per

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Remote Work Not So Great?

Article published in The Wall Street Journal Company executives interview admitted that 4 months ago, when COVID-19 pandemic started, employees were sent home and were very productive initially Some companies even vowed to give up their physical office spaces entirely. Now, as the work-from-home experiment stretches on, comments include:L projects take longer training is tougher

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Recall of some hand sanitizers

FDA recalls more hand sanitizers due to toxic chemical Kelsie Sandoval July 22, 2020, 12:12 PM FDA recalls more hand sanitzers due to toxic chemical The Food and Drug Administration has expanded the list of hand sanitizers — some sold at Walmart, Costco and other national chains — being recalled to at least 75 recently,

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