Future Looks Grim For SanDisk As Toshiba Tells Them To ‘Shove Off’.

SanDisk whose products are significantly over priced in Australia is facing major problems with parent Company Western Digital now battling to retain a foot in the door at Toshiba.

Dumped by Apple SanDisk is dependent on the production coming out of Toshiba factories for their memory, now Toshiba wants to rid itself of both SanDisk and Western Digital. At the weekend Toshiba took another stab at its U.S. joint venture partner, Western Digital Corp., saying it has no rights to new chip production that’s vital to the future of both companies.

The latest escalation of the fight between the two centres on a new factory called Fab 6. Toshiba said it will build the plant without any participation from its U.S. partner, thereby cutting off Western Digital from chips made with the factory’s new technology. Western Digital inherited its stake in the joint venture when it bought SanDisk who after being dumped by Apple was acquired by Western Digital.

“Toshiba is dismayed by Western Digital’s pattern of exaggerating SanDisk’s rights under the relevant agreements,” the Tokyo-based company said Friday in a statement.

“Despite claims to the contrary, Western Digital does not now possess any legal ‘rights’ to participate in this phase of investment, which is an important investment in the next generation of flash memory.”

Western Digital soon countered with a statement of its own, saying Toshiba’s position is wrong and affirming its rights.

“The terms of the agreements and our related legal rights are clear, and we remain confident that we will receive our share of any capacity from Fab 6,” the San Jose, California-based company said. “We are continuing our constructive dialogue with Toshiba on this and other matters.”


On Friday, a judge in San Francisco agreed to change a temporary restraining order — prohibiting Toshiba from blocking Western Digital employees access to shared databases and other joint-venture facilities — into a preliminary injunction. The order also requires Toshiba to continue to supply materials and sample wafers to Western Digital in the U.S.

Western Digital needs to retain access to output from new Toshiba factories as improvements in manufacturing technology are one of the key determinants of success in the memory chip industry. Newer plants and equipment typically produce better semiconductors more cheaply.

Toshiba said the talks haven’t proved fruitful.

“Toshiba provided an investment proposal to SanDisk earlier this year,” it said in the statement. “Despite numerous meetings and negotiations, including at the CEO to CEO level, Toshiba’s proposal was not accepted on the timetable set out in the agreements.”

Western Digital shares declined 4 percent Friday to close at $81.17 in New York. The stock has gained 19 percent this year.

Konica Minolta Starts Presale of Kunkun body, a Body Odor Measuring Solution, through Crowdfunding in Japan
Using an Odor Measuring Platform Developed Jointly with Osaka Institute of Technology

Tokyo (July 31, 2017) - Konica Minolta, Inc. (Konica Minolta) started presale of Kunkun body, a body odor measuring solution, in Japan on July 13, 2017, through Business Innovation Center (BIC) Japan, an organization responsible for developing new businesses in response to regional and market needs. In preselling the device, Konica Minolta is using the Makuake crowdfunding service (https://www.makuake.com/New Window), a platform which solicits support for innovative ideas.

For Kunkun body, Konica Minolta uses an odor measuring platform developed jointly with Osaka Institute of Technology through open innovation.


Presale of Kunkun body

Prior to the official launch, Konica Minolta started presale of Kunkun body on Thursday, July 13, 2017, using the Makuake crowdfunding service, a platform which solicits support for innovative ideas (https://www.makuake.com/New Window).

Makuake is the most accessed and one of the largest platforms in Japan and has supported about 2,500 projects to date, and thus will increase public recognition and understanding of Kunkun body.
By preselling Kunkun body, Konica Minolta aims to gauge the response of its supporters, and thus offer solutions to better address various social issues for the good of society.

Following the presale of Kunkun body, Konica Minolta will offer the device for trial use in the following facilities and stores:

  • Umeda campus of Osaka Institute of Technology
  • NEUTRALWORKS.TOKYO by Goldwin sportswear manufacturer in Kita-Aoyama
  • THE NORTH FACE + Grand Front Osaka store, MXP deodorant underwear section
  • Selected Loft stores

At Loft stores, Kunkun body will be on display in accordance with the following schedule.

  • August 5 (Sat.) - August 8 (Tue.), 2017
    Sendai Loft, next to the 2nd floor main entrance
  • August 5 (Sat.) - August 6 (Sun.), 2017
    Sapporo Loft, 6th floor, Esta
  • August 11 (Fri.) – August 13 (Sun.), 2017
    Senri Bampaku Loft, 1st floor, LaLaport EXPOCITY; Tenjin Loft, 2nd floor
  • July 16 (Sun.) – August 16 (Wed.), 2017
    Umeda Tsutaya Bookstore

Joint Development with Osaka Institute of Technology

Konica Minolta BIC Japan has been working to identify and examine social problems relating to odors from customers’ viewpoints to offer solutions to such problems to society.

Meanwhile, the Faculty of Robotics and Design of Osaka Institute of Technology has been studying ways of distinguishing different odors through neural network-based AI technology using gas sensors, led by Dr. Shigeru Omatsu, visiting professor.

By using several gas sensors, Konica Minolta BIC Japan and Osaka Institute of Technology jointly developed a technology to identify the characteristics of individual odors, learn the differences, and discriminate among different odors. The result is a new odor measuring platform.

The technology is effective not only for measuring body odors, but also for solving problems relating to odors with its ability to visualize odors around us.

Konica Minolta and Osaka Institute of Technology have been jointly developing the device and solutions to visualize odors by combining their respective technologies through open innovation and industry-university cooperation, enabling them to complete the process from planning to commercialization of Kunkun body in only two years or so.

Kunkun body

1. Value offered by Kunkun body

With its pioneering ability to measure body odors*, Kunkun body can display levels of three major body odors, namely sweat odor, old-age odor, and sebum (oil) skin odor unique to middle-aged people. Generally speaking, people cannot easily recognize their own odors; they become desensitized through prolonged exposure to the same smell, a phenomenon called odor masking. Kunkun body can easily measure such odors, reducing people’s anxiety about their own body odors that they cannot easily recognize.

2. Main features

Kunkun body, simply consisting of a device and a smartphone application, can measure odors of the scalp, armpits, skin behind the ears, and feet. Measured odor data are sent via Bluetooth and displayed in the smartphone app in 20 seconds or so. Odors are classified into 10 levels, allowing users to objectively decide whether they need to take some deodorizing measures, for example.

Under the brand proposition “Giving Shape to Ideas,” Konica Minolta remains committed to delivering services that offer new value to customers, helping achieve a better society and serving as a company that is vital to society.

Print’s Not Dead

Despite the drive towards digital, the reality is that many small businesses rely on print every day.

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The big buzz in small business these days is the move towards digital business practices, and how it’s changing the landscape. However, there’s one aspect of business that is incredibly important to most small businesses, and it’s something that has been getting lost in all of the digital noise.

Print is still a vital channel for SMBs, in terms of marketing and other elements – and, of course, as much as we would all love to be completely environmentally friendly, just about every small business still uses ink and paper to get by with their day-to-day operations.

“Printed documents are still an integral part of everyday business. Small businesses still have to deal with incoming paper documents such as invoices and documents that need to be printed internally and distributed,” says Andrew Simpson, National Marketing Manager for Toshiba.

“The most important aspect for small businesses is getting the right mix of print and digital workflows to make their business run at maximum efficiency.”

Print solutions

Given that small business is often a paperwork-heavy environment, it stands to reason that in order to operate efficiently and remain competitive, SMB owners would need a print solution.

However, the reality is that a lot of small businesses underestimate how powerful their printer can be as a tool in the workplace. For many, a printer is still perceived as a simple photocopier that spits out a print or copy – but things have changed in recent years, and the humble office printer has evolved.

“The days of the “old photocopier” that could only print, scan and fax are long gone. These days the modern multi-function device (MFD) is like a business hub at the heart of running your small business,” Andrew says.

“They can make your business more productive by streamlining workflows that give the business owner (and their staff) more time to work on more important things, like growing their business,” he says. “They can even help you save money and resources by automating document workflows that previously took staff countless hours to perform.”
The biggest shift has been towards an integrated system, where the printer and software you use are more of a suite of additional tools, services or features that can be installed with your printer to turn complex processes into simple, streamlined workflows.

“Although it is important for devices to have supreme functionality such as cloud or mobile print, it is just as important that these devices are simple to use. Look for a MFD that has a large screen or a UI (user interface) that is customisable and has tablet like functionality, i.e. pinch and swipe,” Andrew says. “That way you can tailor your MFD to suit your business needs.”Big businesses have been using systems like this for years – largely because of the fact that the cost of having a print solution put together, along with a behemoth-sized printer, was huge.

These days, the cost of a print solution has come down by quite a large percentage, and the big players in the market have come up with tailored solutions specifically with small business in mind.

That’s because SMB owners need their printing solution to address the pain points of their business work flows. Printing is no longer just about the devices, but an integrated software and hardware solution.

Each business is different and the printing environment should reflect this. Some of the considerations should be: how many and which devices are needed, the ability to control printing from both a sustainability and fiscal responsibility perspective, document security, as well as the full cost scenario including installation, service and support.

This allows you to reuse the same piece of paper up to 5 times. The benefit of this is a reduction in paper consumption by up to 80%, and a reduction in your CO2 emissions by up to 50%.

Environmentally friendly

As print solutions continue to evolve, so do the demands of small business owners – and one of the more frequent reasons the SMB owners give for wanting to make changes to the way they use print is environmental.

The good news is that recent developments in this part of the industry have produced some truly startling results.

“Our e-STUDIO3508lp is an ECO friendly printer that allows you to print and then erase the toner on the page,” says Andrew. “This allows you to reuse the same piece of paper up to 5 times. The benefit of this is a reduction in paper consumption by up to 80%, and a reduction in your CO2 emissions by up to 50%.”

What kind of printer should you get?

The current trend in printers is still the ‘all-in-one’ print solution approach – a multi-function unit that does everything a small business would need: print documents, operate as a fax, scan documents, make photocopies and send emails.

And while it’s always tempting to get the latest and greatest, all-bells-and-whistles equipment for your office, before you lay out the capital, ask yourself: do I really need it?
Choosing the right system doesn’t need to be a chore, either. SMB owners really are spoilt for choice, as

“Small business owners need to consider their own systems and document workflows when deciding on what print solution to go with,” Andrew says. “For example, if a small business needs to do a significant amount of double sided scanning to send to the cloud, the business may look at purchasing an MFD with dual scan capabilities with a scan to cloud app.”

It’s good practice to think very clearly about what you need your printer to do. And the easiest way to figure out what you need in a printer is to assess your requirements now, before you need to buy a new one.

Keeping a log of when, and how, you use your printer for a couple of weeks will give you a really solid understanding of your requirements. If you do keep a log, it’s also useful to make a note of the times when you wanted your current printer to behave or perform differently.

For instance, if you find yourself wishing that the printer was faster, or less noisy, make a note of that. Likewise, if you find yourself clutching a document and wishing that you could make a photocopy of it, or scan it in to create a PDF that you can email, then make a note of that, too.

What you’ll be left with is a much clearer idea of what you actually need, and a better understanding of how important any functionality that might be on your ‘wish list’ actually is to your business.

“The best thing to do is speak to a professional that can come in and do a print and document audit to help you work out the best solution for your business,” Andrew adds.

What quality of printer do I need?

This is one of the toughest questions to answer, and to do so will require a certain amount of technical jargon – but bear with us, and we’ll try to explain it as efficiently as possible.

When we talk about “print quality”, we’re discussing the maximum resolution that the printer is capable of producing – and, broadly speaking, the higher the number for DPI (Dots Per Inch), the higher the quality of the finished product… and the higher the price for the printer.

It can be very easy to get a bit carried away when looking at new office hardware, and a common ‘mistake’ is to buy top-of-the-line equipment because you ‘might need it, one day’. Unless you’re absolutely positive that you’re going to need something completely whizz-bang in the office, then consider what your actual, day-to-day needs are and purchase accordingly.

You take great strides to ensure your business is secure. You use individual passwords at each employee’s workstation, which are required to access shared files. Your servers are encrypted, and you’ve spoken at length with your IT department about protecting the most sensitive information that your company retains.

Then you send that data to your printer.

Research shows that 90 percent of companies have had security breaches linked to printing. Most printers and MFPs capture and save images of your documents, making them potential security targets if left unsecured. All of your business documents—everything from client contracts to proprietary data—are at risk if you fail to secure your company’s imaging devices.

Consider implementing the following tips to secure your business documents.

Beef up your armour. Check to ensure that your devices aren’t using a public Internet connection. Make sure they are on your private network behind a firewall or router, so that only you and your users have access to them. Check with your IT provider to ensure you are protected.

Reset default passwords. Network printers can be accessed remotely with a simple password. One easy way to secure your printer is to change your device’s default password regularly, so that unauthorized individuals can’t access sensitive data. You know the drill—be sure to choose a password that is at least eight characters in length with a unique combination of letters, numbers, and special characters.

Secure outputs. Forgetting to pick up prints provides others the opportunity to access sensitive information intentionally or accidentally. Many networked printers include security features that require users to type in a code at the machine before the job is released. This reduces the chances of printouts being left in the tray for anyone to grab.

Engage sophisticated encryption such as Toshiba's Self Encrypting Hard Disk Drive technology.

Keeping your data safe. Ensure you purchase an MFD with SED HDD technology – Toshiba’s unique SED (Self Encrypting Drive) technology employs sophisticated encryption which only allows the MFP it has been installed in to access the data. If removed and connected to another PC or MFP the data cannot be extracted. Instead the encryption key, which is stored on the HDD itself, will be deleted.

Switch to MPS.
Managed Print Services (MPS) shifts the management and security of your imaging devices to a trusted managed services partner. With MPS, you can rest assured that all of your devices are secured at all times and that any latent information will be wiped clean when your leases expire or when you decide to upgrade your printing equipment. MPS offers the added benefits of cost and time savings, since your staff will no longer have to worry about securing and maintaining your printing equipment.

Reach out to us to ensure you have safe and secure printing and imaging devices.


Toshiba's unique erasable toner, allowing the user to erase printed paper by up to 5 times.

Reduce paper wastage by up to 80%**

Reduce carbon emission

The world's first MFP to incorporate a unique erasable toner enabling the output to be erased and re-used multiple times. By reducing paper consumption, not only means lower cost but a smaller, more eco friendly carbon footprint.

Eco Friendly

The e-STUDIO3508LP removes the unique blue toner colour from printed documents so paper can be re printed up to 5 times.

Reduce your carbon foot print

Due to the unique re-use of paper. Reduction in paper usage by up to 80% can be achieved. Such paper saving can also reduce Co2 emission by up to 47.8%.

Improved blue toner

The e-STUDIO3508LP now features a new high pigment toner with increased density for improved readability. The unique blue toner is used to notify users that paper can be erased and reused.

Erasing and Scanning

Documents printed on the e-STUDIO3508LP can be erased at the touch of a button, or can be combined with the  e-STUDIO RD301 eraser unit which also provides added the convenience of automatically sorting paper from erased documents into reusable and non-reusable sheets. What's more, the e-STUDIO RD301 comes with a scanner that makes it easy to digitise and store documents electronically.

Cloud & Mobility

Today, many Cloud & Mobility solutions are provided and these are absolutely imperative for business. Toshiba MFPs easily integrate your workflow by supporting protocol and providing application.