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Report: Kroger to spruce up Houston market

BY Allison Cerra

HOUSTON — It seems that Kroger is looking to upgrade some of its stores in the Houston area, according to published reports.

The grocer is planning on opening a Marketplace store — a larger-scale model — in Willis, Texas, and will do major overhauls on five stores and minor remodels on six stores, according to the Houston Chronicle. The report also noted that Kroger planned to close two underperforming stores in the area as well.

"We’re continuing to invest in Houston, with a new Marketplace store and upgrades of existing stores," Gary Huddleston, consumer affairs director of Kroger’s southwest division, was quoted as saying.

Kroger is based in Cincinnati and operates under nearly two dozen banners, including its namesake and King Soopers.

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Kodak boosts EasyShare portfolio with new digital cameras

BY Allison Cerra

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — As it celebrates the sale of its 100 millionth digital camera this year, Kodak is expanding its EasyShare portfolio.

The Kodak EasyShare Touch, a 14-megapixel camera that features a 3-in. high-resolution capacitive touchscreen LCD, has an auto organization feature that sorts by people, date, keywords and videos, so it’s easy to find the moments you want to share. The Kodak EasyShare Touch camera will be available in silver, black, red-orange, purple and red for $149.95.

The Kodak EasyShare Mini is Kodak’s smallest camera to date. This 10-megapixel camera includes a 2.5-in. bright LCD and has Smart Capture and face recognition features. The Kodak EasyShare Mini camera will be available in white, purple, red and black for $99.95.

The Kodak EasyShare Sport camera, Kodak’s first waterproof digital still camera, can go up to 10 ft. underwater, and also is dustproof to withstand dirt, dust and sand. The 12-megapixel camera, which features a 2.4-in. bright LCD and Smart Capture, will be available in white, grey, red, yellow and blue for $79.95.

All of the new cameras will be available this spring at major retailers and on Kodak.com.

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Kodak’s new Pulse digital frame gets social

BY Allison Cerra

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Kodak’s popular wireless frame with its own e-mail address is keeping up with the times.

The new generation of Kodak Pulse digital frames, which have Wi-Fi capability, will allow users to comment on photos they receive from friends and family with a Quick Comment button on the frame’s touchscreen. What’s more, the Pulse frame also connects to Facebook and Kodak Gallery albums, so pictures automatically are streamed to the frame.

"It’s now even more fun to share pictures using your Kodak Pulse digital frame with new features like Quick Comment that give you a two-way connection to family and friends. Now, you can let your friends know what you think of the pictures they send you right away from your frame," said Phil Scott, VP marketing, digital capture and devices at Kodak. "With the enhanced sharing and social networking features of the Pulse frame, Kodak is making it simple and fun to stay connected and celebrate and relive life’s moments."

The Pulse frames will be available at major retailers this spring in 7-in. and 10-in. sizes for $129.95 and $199.95, respectively.

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