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Kodak is coming out with a new smartphone, one that it hopes will capitalize on its reputation for photography.

This is not the first time Kodak has tried marketing a smartphone. There was a Kodak branded phone last year, but the company is trying to make a bigger splash in the marketplace with the new Kodak Ektra Smartphone, trying to focus on people who want a more sophisticated camera with their phone.

The name hearkens back to an iconic Kodak camera, also called Ektra, which was built in the 1940s.

The program Marketplace, which visited Rochester recently to do a story about the city's changing economy, this week spoke to Kodak's CEO.

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Kodak officials say they are hearing a lot of buzz at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas about their announcement they will be bringing back the Super 8 Camera.  That's a film camera that was put into production 50 years ago, and hasn't been made since the early 1980s.

But the film is still made at the Eastman Business Park, and the company figures demand for it will increase with this new camera that has some of the features of the original, but also incorporates digital capabilities.

Kodak is going back to its film legacy to develop a new product.  It is reviving the famous Super 8 camera and film, which the company says is an initiative aimed at putting the Super 8 movie cameras into the hands of a new generation of filmmakers, as well as meeting the needs of top directors.

The product is being introduced at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, with a prototype of a new Kodak Super 8 camera that combines the classic features of that camera along with some digital features.

Kodak Name Will Be Back On Cameras, Under License

Jan 7, 2013
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Kodak may no longer be making digital cameras but the company has reached an agreement to lend its name to another company’s products.

A multi-year agreement will see the Kodak brand name on various digital cameras, pocket video cameras, and portable projectors made by JK Imaging.

Need To Know Rochester: The Business Section

Dec 14, 2012

Democrat & Chronicle business reporter Matt Daneman talks Kodak, regional economic development, and Bausch & Lomb with Julie Philipp.

MVP Hosts Healthcare Sessions for Kodak Retirees

Nov 13, 2012

Numerous healthcare providers are holding benefit meetings to let thousands of former Kodak employees know what their Medicare options are. That's as Kodak retirees, and their dependents, will lose their healthcare benefits at the end of the year. A bankruptcy judge O.K.'d Kodak to relinquish its 1.2 billion dollar annual liability in healthcare costs off the books earlier this week. During today's MVP Health Care session, retiree Lee Henner says he's concerned about how deeply he may have to dig into his wallet to make up the difference.

Kodak Plan to End Retiree Benefits

Oct 11, 2012

Eastman Kodak wants to terminate retiree benefits by the end of the year.
It says it has reached agreement with its Official Committee of Retirees to eliminate medical, dental, life insurance and survivor income benefits for tens of thousands of former workers.
The company says it will provide the Committee with 7 and a half million dollars in cash, a 15-million dollar administrative claim and 635-million dollar unsecured claim to subsidize a limited portion of future benefit costs.

Eastman Kodak says it needs more time to reorganize, and is cutting more jobs.
The company says it plans to submit a motion in Bankruptcy Court today highlighting its restructuring accomplishments so far, and will ask the court to extend until February 28th, 2013 its exclusive right to file a plan of reorganization.
Kodak says the extension will help the company successfully emerge from bankruptcy in the first half of next year.
A hearing to consider that motion and other matters is scheduled for October 17th.

Wednesday was supposed to be the day Kodak would announce the outcome of its auction of over a thousand technical patents to bidders in the imaging and communications fields. But as of now, there has been no announcement, and possibly no sale.

This is the latest bump in the road toward Kodak's planned recovery from bankruptcy. The company had hoped to raise over $2 billion from the sale, but initial bids reportedly came in at a fraction of that amount.