“Techno Clause'” Top Holiday Gifts for 2018

You know it’s the holiday season when CBS Sunday Morning presents (spoiler alert, David Pogue) as “Techno Clause” with his top must-have, and oh so ho-ho jolly gadgets.  

Ho! Ho! Ho! David Pogue, disguised as a jolly man in red, emerges from the “Sunday Morning” fireplace to deliver some gift suggestions for those on your list who love gadgets:


Oh, ya’ better watch out
Today is the day!
‘Cause I am about
To blow you away
Techno Claus is comin’ to town!

In America, now, at the end of the year,
It’s tough to come up with the requisite cheer.
Yet I, Techno Claus, will attempt nonetheless
To bring joyful tech gifts to every address.

Via CBS Sunday Morning

Moodo Smart Aroma Diffuser ($98)

Furbo Dog Camera ($169)

Jackery PowerBar ($130)

Plugable Compact Bluetooth Folding Keyboard and Case ($55)

HotSips Reusable Straws ($9)

Ekster Parliament Wallet with Tracker ($83)

© 2018 CBS Interactive Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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2018 Holiday Photo Scanning 50%* Off Sale

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Save 50%* On Photo Scanning (when you spend over $399)

2018 Holiday Photo Scanning Sale On Now. AT CHECKOUT, USE PROMO CODE “Holiday2018”

Details, fine print, and all that stuff are posted below. Before ordering, please check out this new CNET review, Orlando Sentinel story and big reveal as our CEO was interviewed on the popular photography podcast “This Week in Photo.”

BONUS SAME-DAY PHOTO SCANNING: If you order today, you will receive same-day express photo scanning. To add our express speed pass same-day scanning, please type “Free Same Day Scanning” under special instructions at checkout. Speed pass is only free if you type that at the time your order is placed. Cannot be applied afterward, or towards prior orders.   

ScanMyPhotos.com Corporate Headquarters in Irvine, CA

Save 50%* With This Promo Code At Checkout: “Holiday2018”

*The Fine Print:
Many popular add-on featured services are also available at our regular, already low prices to enhance your experience. When your original order exceeds $399, you will save 50 percent, includes free S/H; Free shipping includes your returned digital media. If you want your pictures returned too, it’s $19.95 extra per box.scanning.

    • When you order $399 or more online of our most popular service, prepaid fill-the-box scanning, you instantly save 50% until this deal disappears, so hurry.
    • Only applies to the prepaid fill-the-box photo scanning service, but not valid towards add-on services, 35mm slides, negative scanning, film, VHS digitization, VIP Photo Pack, Family Generation Collection, Pay-Per-Scan Photo services, or anything else including not valid towards eGift certificates, prior orders, applicable sales tax
    • Not prorated. Discount only applies when your original order exceeds $399, if your original order is under $399, sorry, no discount applies
    • Example, if you spend $400, you only pay $200 at checkout
    • Online orders only
    • Certain restrictions may apply, may be canceled without notice
    • Excluding applicable sales tax. Void where prohibited.
    • Not prorated. Sorry, cannot be applied to prior orders, discounts, or if you did not enter the promo code at the time your order was placed. No exceptions
    • Certain restrictions may apply. Please hurry, as we don’t want you to miss out and we love referrals
    • Free shipping includes your returned digital media. If you want your pictures returned too, it’s $19.95 extra per box.scanning.
    • Don’t rush, after ordering, you have six months to return your photos to be scanned
    • BONUS SAME-DAY PHOTO SCANNING: If you order today, you will receive same-day express photo scanning. To add our express speed pass same-day scanning, please type “Free Same Day Scanning” under special instructions at checkout. Speed pass is only free if you type that at the time your order is placed. Cannot be applied afterward, or towards prior orders.

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How to Prepare for #CES2019

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ScanMyPhotos CEO, Mitch Goldstone at CES

Take it from us, as this will be our 28th time visiting Las Vegas in early January for the annual CES – The Global Stage for Innovation.

Formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show, the annual trade show organized by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) is home to the top gadgets and technologies that will become commonplace in your homes and lives.

The keynote presentations and gathering of nearly 200,000 techies is pure inspiration and magic.

CES.tech features scheduling tools, exhibitor directories and important show information and discounts that will help you make the most out of your time in Las Vegas. Now is the time to book your hotel, sign up for a curated show tour, order discounted Monorail tickets and more.

Make the most of every moment of your time at CES by taking a tour of the show floor guided by one of our subject matter experts. Choose from a variety of options presented by our official tour contractor, StoryTech™, whose team of industry insiders will help you navigate your way through the latest technology trends that will have the most impact on your business goals.

Each year, ScanMyPhotos.com attends for engaging with other tech executives, the media and to walk the cavernous trade show halls, especially Eureka Park to be inspired by the next new-new entrepreneurial marvels.

Not to be missed are the corporate keynotes showcasing the top global industry leaders, offering insider insights into the technologies changing our industry and our lives.

CES 2019 Speakers

The CES conference program spotlights technology’s most influential leaders as partners and speakers, sharing insights on premiere technologies and what will continue to redefine the industry in the future


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DJI Osmo Pocket: The Most Innovative, Smartest Camera EVER Invented!

Osmo PocketOK. Here is the thing. As avid photo and camera experts, we have never seen anything more innovative than the new brand extension to the top-selling drones by DJI. They repurposed their gimbal and camera technology for the smartest teeny-tiny vertical ever seen.

This is the smallest 3-axis stabilized handheld camera DJI has ever designed, the compact and intelligent Osmo Pocket turns any moment into a cinematic memory. Measuring in at just under five inches long, this tiny stabilized vlogging camera is certainly an impressive piece of kit, boasting the smallest three-axis gimbal in DJI history.


[Photos courtesy of DJI

The DJI Osmo Pocket is so compact it fits inside your pocket. At 4.8″ tall and weighing 0.25 lb, the Pocket is the smallest 3-axis stabilized handheld camera from DJI.  It may also be the smallest mechanical gimbal available on the market. Can you imagine if back in the 1800s George Eastman saw it, or even Steve Jobs in the 1970s? Despite its pocket portability and small stature, the Pocket packs innovations the likes of which nobody has ever seen before. Not even James Bond (his crazy-cool back-in-the-day camera was a Minox).

The Osmo Pocket has a 3-axis gimbal atop a tiny little rectangular piece – the whole unit is about the size of a large fork or one-third the size of a smartphone. It’s crazy small.

DJI Osmo Pocket Product Highlights

  • Gimbal Camera with 1/2.3″ CMOS Sensor
  • Compact 4.1 oz, 4.8″ High Design
  • Up to 4K Video at 60 fps, up to100 Mb/s
  • 12MP JPEG or DNG RAW Still Photos
  • Handle with Retractable Extension
  • Wi-Fi & Bluetooth Monitoring & Control
  • POV, ActiveTrack & FaceTrack Modes
  • Standard Time-Lapse & Motion-lapse
  • NightShot & 3 x 3 Panorama Modes

Prior to the DJI Osmo Pocket Camera, and next to smartphone camera technology, we have to look way back to the Minox A/IIIs camera–was used by George Lazenby in the movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969).

The original Minox subminiature camera was invented by Walter Zapp in 1936. He wanted to create a portable camera that would fit easily into the palm of the hand and yet take high quality, spontaneous pictures. The Minox subminiature camera, in its various models, was for years the world’s most widely used spy camera. The ultralight aluminum shell Minox A/IIIs was produced from 1955 until 1969. Because of its small size (82 x 28 x 16 mm!), it was easy to conceal and operate in one hand. It could take excellent photographs of documents at close range and was a natural for clandestine photography. [Source: http://www.jamesbondlifestyle.com]


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CRITICAL REPORT: Legacybox and Southtree vs ScanMyPhotos.com

Comparing and contrasting, mostly contrasting, Southtree® and Legacybox® with ScanMyPhotos.com®

Before choosing a photo digitization service, and there are many distinguished options available, first, ask yourself “what’s in it for me?” Sure we all get an occasional one-star review, but there is usually a backstory behind it.

To quote, the popular song by George and Ira Gershwin, from Porgy and Bess, “It ain’t necessarily so!”

What you hear and read by Legacybox and Southtree (same company) ain’t necessarily so. Listen to their customers. This narrative explains why to review every company before ordering.

You know you are in trouble when former customers share their stories with the competition. In the case of ScanMyPhotos, our order desk regularly hears stories from people who first went to Legacybox and its other brand Southtree  [“AMB Media LLP“].

Character counts in relationships and when deciding whether to trust a business. It is often the intangibles, those signals you pick up that determines how credible a company is. When it comes to businesses, an easy monitor is to Google them. Type: “[business name] + complaints,” “[business name] + reviews,” “[business name] + BBB,” or “[business name] + Yelp.”

The best way to win over customers is by being honest. Work extra hard as a service provider and to excel with a higher level of service. Honesty is always the best policy, especially when supported by a guarantee of exceptional service!

We compiled an ocean-sized list of reviews and even three consumer affairs TV news links from Massachusetts, Arizona, and California that were shared with us. Having pioneered bulk photo scanning, ScanMyPhotos had looked the other way when digital imaging vendors infrequently did things that hindered the important legacy of helping many preserve their pictures.

Beyond the complaints are these separate TV news consumer reports filed across the nation in three top markets concerning Southtree and Legacybox. Check for yourself, but here is a sampling of the worst of the worst

Sitejabber Reviews*** Hey, funny to see nearly a dozen updated all five star reviews posted within days of our report being published. #Ethics!

Better Business Bureau(r) *** Search Google for “Southtree+BBB” to view

Well, you get the picture. And it is not pretty.  Why so many negative posts?

Competition is always embraced at ScanMyPhotos, as it raises the tide of awareness for digitizing pictures. With trillions of still-analog photos to scan, the market is bigger than any one company. But, when a company egregiously records a stream of complaints, it is time to stand up. And, standing up we are.

We actually embrace and recommend other specialty scanning services all the time for work that they excel at. In the case of Legacybox and Southtree, not so much.

Many may be aware of our decades of consumer and business advocacy campaigns, from litigating against the banks and credit card companies (leading to massive reforms to the runaway hidden costs of accepting credit cards and a $6.2 billion settlement), championing women and diversity issues, climate change, to supporting and occasionally challenging the photo imaging industry. Now, our sights are aimed at Legacybox with the hope this becomes a teachable moment to have them improve their game and improve the issues that are publicly shared by their customers.

This narrative explains why when comparing Legacybox and Southtree to ScanMyPhotos, ScanMyPhotos “gets the edge,” just as they penned on their “Analog: A Legacybox Blog” as they compared themselves to Costco, ScanCafe, FotoBridge, iMemories, and get this, even Southtree without identifying they are one and the same.

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