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Technotopia, a podcast about how technology will change the world for the better is hosted by John Biggs. This week, ScanMyPhotos.com shares insights about the future of photography, memory, and media. Our CEO, Mitch Goldstone, shares backstories and details about the business of photo scanning.
A PODCAST FOR A BETTER FUTURE
Full disclosure here, we are passionate and loyalist John Biggs fans and have been for years. He is the first we follow on Twitter each day (all day), and are inspired by his TechCrunch stories and entrepreneurial pursuits. John is also the indirect reason for this blog. His widely regarded book, along with Charlie White, “Bloggers Boot Camp: Learning How to Build, Write and Run a Successful Blog” was our roadmap for steering every element of publishing this blog.
Editors note (11/8/17): We are pleased to share that since we began this consumer advocacy outreach, the “Oprah’s Favorite Things” gift listing has an update on its website. Each company gift item has a direct link to order from the merchant, rather than just through Amazon. Win one for small businesses. And, there is an “ad choice” informational icon button on the “Available on Amazon, Shop Now” banner. However, on the main Amazon page, there still is no clear messaging explaining whether there may be an affiliate marketing component, as best that we can determine. We are unsure if there is “clear and conspicuous” full disclosure information of a possible relationship, if it exists, between the gift guide and Amazon?
- Did Amazon’s market power lockout small businesses from making Oprah’s Favorite Things® list if a gift item is not available on Amazon?
- Did Amazon’s influence perhaps even invalidate the credibility of the famed gift guide “handpicked by Oprah,” when you compare it with American Express’ Shop Small® Small Business Saturday® to help and promote shopping at local businesses?
- Are O Magazine editors aware of the impact for potentially only choosing items listed on the Amazon platform? Can customers directly buy from the merchant? Although, its website has a link and banner advising that Oprah’s Favorite Things are “Available on Amazon, Shop Now.” We do not have the answers to these questions but are interested to learn more. [Editors note, we reached out to identify the criteria for being listed and if products profiled must be available on Amazon? No reply yet].
We are staunch Oprah Winfrey loyalist advocates. Her inspirational, humanitarian and career of helping so many is legendary.
For two decades, a bright spotlight is again shining as 102 of the pioneering entrepreneur’s “Favorite Things” gift list is announced. We congratulate all our fellow entrepreneurs as they prepare for the “Oprah Effect” to churn out life-changing new orders from this year’s mention.
The Power of Amazon
Were small businesses shut out from being considered for Oprah’s Favorite Things® gift directory because they were not listed on Amazon.com?
In 2014, we almost made the list. After being asked to send the contributing style editor at O Magazine our ScanMyPhotos.com photo scanning box to digitize her photos, we were nearly there. [Since 1990, we have digitized 400 million pictures.] Then, we got word she and her editors “loved it.” Better yet.
We geared up for the December listing, but just weeks prior to the coveted edition, lamentably, we learned ScanMyPhotos did not make the cut — nor did she. All her pictures were scanned and hundreds of dollars spent to rush the media review kit — with overnight delivery, along with every extra scanning service included. Her departure from the magazine was an obstacle, but we persevered, never gave up and tried, again and again, to help get noticed and digitize generations of family photos.
Because if all the items are available on Amazon, it shuts out many innovative small businesses — which only sell directly to consumers — from making the famed list. At ScanMyPhotos.com, we looked into selling on Amazon but chose to stay independent to personalize each order and boost direct relations with our customers. The reason? Photo scanning is highly personalized, emotional, requires extensive concierge-level assistance and extra care.
Did many lose out because they aren’t selling on Amazon.com?
We missed being listed, but, over the years, we had feature media profiles from scores of other prominent outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and even AARP The Magazine’s Top Tech Gifts.
Were other innovative businesses with equally creative gift ideas that are not listed on Amazon get overlooked?
We love Oprah and no hard feelings, especially if we missed something here.
Everyone at ScanMyPhoto’s looks to 2018 as we try, try again. As there are still 3 1/2 trillion analog photos to scan, and the average household has 5,500 snapshots. So, we hope you will still have your pictures digitized to preserve all your nostalgic family memories — even without us making the cut… this year.
Welcome to the premiere of The ScanMyPhotos Tech Report to share helpful insights and tips with you. Today we are sharing 7 tips to prepare you for the new Apple iPhone X
The ScanMyPhotos Tech Report: 7 Tips In Preparation For Delivery Of Your New iPhone X
Today, Brian X. Chen lead consumer technology writer for The New York Times wrote what must singularly be the best review ever, as he raves on the new iPhone X. He announced that “[t]he iPhone X is the best iPhone ever made. The tests revealed that the phone was incredibly fast and took exceptional photos, which helped me arrive at this verdict: Splurge on the iPhone X.”
As millions await delivery of the new smartphone model, we share with you the premiere of The ScanMyPhotos Tech Report to help prepare you for delivery of the new iPhone X (pronounced “ten”). Do you have additional tips which we can add and share?
• Backup to fully sync your old smartphone on your computer and on iCloud to safeguard all your settings for a full and smooth transition to the iPhone X (after upgrading to iOS, version 11.1)
• Upgrade your old phone’s iOS software to the latest version (11.1)
• Watch Tutorials like Apple’s Tip and YouTube videos related to setting up the iPhone X
• Get Ready to Sell your old phone on sites like Gazelle, eBay, Craigslist, or sell it back to your phone carrier provider
• Register Now to beat the crowds to reserve your seat at the Apple Genius Bar to get personalized support
• While Waiting, Scan Your Entire Photo History. What’s missing from all smartphones are pictures. The average household has 5,500 still-analog snapshots, and there are 3 1/2 trillion old-school pictures not yet digitized. Most devices just have recent digital photos uploaded, but not those nostalgic decades-past photos, 35mm slides, and film negatives.
ScanMyPhotos.com has digitized 400 million pictures and now features scanning about 6,000 photos for under $300, including free 3-way S/H to get it done while awaiting your new smartphone
• Erase Everything from your old smartphone to remove all your personal information (Go to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings
Advanced Photo System (APS) is a discontinued film format for still photography that began production in 1996 as a one-off gateway to digital photography. It was marketed by a consortium of photography companies, including Eastman Kodak under the brand name Advantix, FujiFilm as Nexia, Agfa under the name Futura and by Konica as Centuria. The problem is there are hundreds of millions of these still-analog cartridges fading away. Most people have no way to view those memories. One APS distinction was its ability to record information other than the image, including its barcode for easier identification.
1998 commercial for Kodak Advantix system. Jim Gaffigan shows off the various features of the Advantix system which was Kodak’s branding of APS. APS’ advantages included drop-in loading and multiple image shapes including panoramic, which was experiencing a jump in popularity at the time.
Now, for just $5.00 you easily get 15, 25, or 40 exposure APS film cartridges professionally digitize from the experts in photo digitizing, ScanMyPhotos.com
Though APS was a type of film used only for a short time, the images captured on those negatives might be some of your family’s favorites. Preserve them with scanning!
Take advantage of this easy way with pay one price –regardless of exposure count (15, 25, or 40 exposure). When ordering, choose 2,000 dpi JPEG scans for just $5 per roll or 4,000 dpi for $10 per roll.
Your negatives will be individually hand-scanned onsite at our corporate headquarters in Irvine, California, and handled with the greatest of care by trained professionals to ensure the highest quality digital format. CLICK TO ORDER
- Orders include 1 DVD data disc with your scanned images (2,000 dpi, True Color, 24-bit JPEG)
- Digital ICE is only available for color negatives
- 1-business day scanning available.
- All APS cartridges are also returned to you.