Shortly after HPE’s decision to split-merge with Micro Focus, HP Inc. has signed an agreement to acquire Samsung Electronics’ printer business for US$1.05 billion.
The goal of HP is to reinvent its printer business, which hasn’t seen innovation in years, according to HP. Samsung has built a portfolio of A3 MFPs (multifunction printer technology for copiers that gives them more power and reliability than other outdated copiers). With Samsung’s printer business and HP’s PageWide technologies, the company hopes to create a portfolio of printing solutions with the best device, documents and data security.
Samsung’s printer business brings more than 6,500 printing patents and nearly 1,300 researchers and engineers with imaging knowledge and laser printer technology knowledge, as well.
The acquisition is expected to close within 12 months pending regulatory review and other closing conditions. After closing, Samsung has agreed to make $100 million to $300 million in equity investment in HP through open market purchases.
This is the largest print acquisition in HP’s history, according to the company.
CA updates its API-management portfolio
CA Technologies is giving its users the ability to better secure and develop APIs for today’s modern development world. The company announced it is adding new capabilities to its API-management portfolio.
The updates include CA Live API creator to simple back-end creation; CA API Gateway support for Docker containers; open-source access to CA mobile app services components; and CA Mobile Gateway support for Android.
“Digital transformation is more than just embracing mobile and cloud,” said Rahim Bhatia, general manager for CA API Management. “It’s also about transforming how the applications that drive today’s economy are built. The new releases in CA’s API Management portfolio arm API and mobile developers with powerful tools that make their jobs easier, and we’re engaging other key stakeholders in the development process so organizations can accelerate time-to-market for new apps and services.”
Vim 8.0 released
The text editor Vim is getting its first major update in the past 10 years. The team announced version 8.0 with new features, improvements and bug fixes.
Vim is an improved version of the UNIX editor Vi. “This editor is very useful for editing programs and other plain text files,” the team wrote on its GitHub page. “All commands are given with normal keyboard characters, so those who can type with 10 fingers can work very fast. Additionally, function keys can be mapped to commands by the user, and the mouse can be used.”
The latest features include asynchronous I/O support, channels, JSON, jobs, timers, partials, lambdas, closures, packages, a new testing style, GTK +3 support, and MS-Windows DirectX support.
Verizon to acquire Sensity Systems
Verizon announced it has signed an agreement to purchase Sensity Systems, a private company that is a provider of IoT solutions for smart communities.
According to Mike Lanman, senior vice president of enterprise products and IoT at Verizon, “This transaction will accelerate the deployment of large-scale implementations that will drive the digital transformation of cities, universities and venues.”
Sensity Systems converts old lightning systems to LED lighting, which will affect 4 billion lights worldwide over the next few years. This process will create a high-speed sensor-based multiservice IoT platform, according to a Verizon release.
Terms of the transaction have not yet been disclosed, but the acquisition is subject to customary regulatory approvals, and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2016.