“3 New Year’s Tech Resolutions You Must Keep,” Photo Scanning

USA TODAY PROFILES SCANMYPHOTOS

Coming off feature profiles in the past month in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Inc. Magazine, and to the 37 million readers of AARP The Magazine, ScanMyPhotos.com begins the new year with this: ” 3 New Year’s tech resolutions you must keep,” published by USA Today


Our 26-year passion and purpose is to digitize the world’s 3.5 trillion analog photos for today’s all-digital world.  What better way to draw attention than from a profile during CES week in Las Vegas, when USA Today’s tech columnist and host of #TalkingTechJefferson Graham wrote this:


ScanMyPhotos.com corporate headquarters in Irvine, CA. Home to its 26-year digitization business which has professionally scanned more than 300 million pictures[br]

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Digitize.


For those of you from the analog era, with your shoe boxes of photos and shelves of 8mm and VHS videotapes, let’s get them saved to digital in 2017, okay?


For one, they’ll be safe, and secondly, now you can share them on Facebook, Twitter and privately. I like the services iMemories (50 cents per image, $12.99 per video, and/or $49.99 yearly to have stored on its website for sharing) and Scanmyphotos.com ($149 for a box holding up to 1,800 photos, and $19.99 per video) for getting the entire collection done in one full swoop.)


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The Best New Ways to Scan Your Old Photos (WSJ)

The following article was written by WSJ Personal Tech columnist, Joanna Stern, who has spent the better part of the past decade on the gadget beat, knows phones, tablets and laptops inside and out. In her weekly columns and lively videos she helps people make smarter tech decisions.

 

Posted with permission; published online and in the Dec 21, 2016 (D-4) print edition of The Wall Street Journal
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The Best New Ways to Scan Your Old Photos
 

With Google’s PhotoScan app, Epson’s (r) FastFoto ™ scanner or a mail-in service, it’s easier to rescue and digitize family memories, Joanna Stern says 

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By JOANNA STERN
Updated Dec. 20, 2016 1:12 p.m. ET

New rules for the holidays: When the family is over, turn off the TV, tell Alexa to pipe down and ground your drone. Now go find those dusty shoeboxes full of old photographs.

 

Explain to those under 20 that these were taken on film—sort of like Snapchat, only the photos take a very long time to disappear.

Laugh at that Polaroid of Aunt Sally with a Bob Ross perm. Appreciate the dog-eared shot from your great-grandparents’ wedding. Ask the tough questions about Dad’s handlebar ’stache.
 

Then do not—I repeat, do not—put the photos back in the coffer. Instead, make a plan to bring them into the digital world.
 

  With the Photomyne app for iOS and Android, you can set the photo's original date.
 

With the Photomyne app for iOS and Android, you can set the photo’s original date. PHOTO: DREW EVANS/THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Most of us have thousands of digital photos covering the past two decades backed up on hard drives, maybe even up in the cloud. But the trove of one-of-a-kind shots from earlier days? You’ve dumped them in the attic to feed the mice and the moths.
 

There are no more excuses. With new photo-scanning apps and a dedicated photo scanner like Epson’s FastFoto, it’s easier than ever to digitally organize your entire timeworn collection yourself. They can even automatically enhance the quality and sort by date—even by people in the shot, thanks to facial recognition.
 

I took my own advice. I scanned hundreds of photos to find the best method, while learning about near and dear family members—and even some I never met. Here are three options so you can do the same.
 

Cheap, Tedious Option: An App
 

The best photo scanner is the one in your pocket—sort of. It’s certainly the least expensive. With the right app, your smartphone can capture decent-quality photos. But if you’ve got a stack the size of a Jenga tower, it’s the most tedious option.
 

Don’t just point your smartphone camera at a photograph and hope for the best. Google’s new free PhotoScan app for iOS and Android couldn’t be any simpler to use. Clear off a well-lit space and lay down the photo. The app prompts you to move the phone over each edge so it can take four separate images. Then it combines them into one shot without glare or bright spots.
 

The same photo scanned two times, using Google's PhotoScan (at left, without automatic color adjustment), and Photomyne (right, with color adjustment).
The same photo scanned two times, using Google’s PhotoScan (at left, without automatic color adjustment), and Photomyne (right, with color adjustment). PHOTO: COURTESY OF JOANNA STERN

You can save the scans to your phone or to Google Photos, where Google makes each shot searchable by person or object. The scans aren’t as high-resolution as the ones you’d get with a dedicated scanner, but they are adequate for reprints and social media posts. They are also ideal for capturing all those framed photos Grandma keeps on her piano.
 

Now for the major shortcomings: The app can scan only one photo at a time, and there’s no built-in way to color-correct or set the photo’s original date. Photomyne, a free-to-try app for iOS and Android, solves all three of those problems.
 

When I held the app over a page in my mom’s 1975 photo album, it separated four photos into their own files. Then I set the date to May 1975 and hit the Restore setting to bring the orange washed-out prints back to their full-color glory. Snapping multiple prints at the same time, however, did decrease the quality and cause some glare. (Who’s that at my mom’s college graduation? Uncle Jim, or Patrick Swayze in “Ghost”? Hard to say.)
 

For unlimited photo saves, though, you’ll need to buy the paid version of the Photomyne app.
 

Expensive, Efficient Option: A Scanner
 

  Epson's FastFoto slurps up old photos and scans them, one a second.
 

Epson’s FastFoto slurps up old photos and scans them, one a second. PHOTO: DREW EVANS/THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

When you consider that time is money, the $650 Epson FastFoto FF-640 scanner shouldn’t scare you away. This isn’t an annoying flatbed scanner: It’s a photo-slurping robot. Connect it to your PC or Mac, put a stack of up to 30 photos in the feeder and watch it scan them, one a second. Who knew you could have so much fun with something that resembles a fax machine?
 

Quality and resolution are much better than the shots captured via one of the smartphone apps. You can choose 300 dots per inch (best for reprints and slideshows) or 600 dpi (best for poster printing or cropping).
 

The real greatness is in the software. Before you start, the software asks what year or date the batch was taken. There’s even a setting to tell the scanner to look for writing on the backside of the photo. It can’t read it, but it will save it for you.
 


Turn Back Time
 

Epson’s FastFoto scanner and software can digitize then color-correct old photos that have begun to fade.
 

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Photos courtesy of Joanna Stern

My favorite part: Epson’s software can automatically save the original photo and a color-corrected copy. Dozens of faded, orange-ish photos instantly looked better. Even glossy photos taken in the ’90s of my sister and me looked better. What can’t be corrected? My terribly frizzy hair.
 

The photos are stored on your computer’s drive when scanned, but you can upload them to a cloud service, like Google Photos or Apple Photos.
 

The FastFoto isn’t perfect, though. The scanner jammed repeatedly when trying to scan older, smaller square prints. To fix the issue, I had to go one by one. (Epson recommends using the included carrier sheet for scanning smaller or fragile shots.)
 

Instant Polaroid pictures also aren’t currently supported. Since my parents took the bulk of my toddler shots with an instant cam, I kept trying anyway—and managed to scan some individually. (And FastFoto doesn’t scan negatives; that’s a whole other project.)
 

  Before you send your photos to a mail-in service, organize them by date.
 

Before you send your photos to a mail-in service, organize them by date. PHOTO: DREW EVANS/THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
 

ScanMyPhotos.com will scan all the photos you can fit in this 11-by-8.5-by-5.5-inch box.
ScanMyPhotos.com will scan all the photos you can fit in this 11-by-8.5-by-5.5-inch box. PHOTO: DREW EVANS/THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
 

Outsourced Option:
A Mail-in Service
 

If you’re not a do-it-yourselfer, you can always box up your memories and send them out to a photo-scanning service. This option can be efficient and even fairly inexpensive, but you have to be OK with handing over your most cherished memories to complete strangers for a few days.
 

I gave it a shot. I organized a group of 100 shots by year, labeled them with Post-its and sent them off via FedEx to ScanMyPhotos.com, based in Irvine, Calif. Within a few days, my prints had been uploaded and the originals were back safely in my possession. A nice woman named Shannon kept me updated on the process throughout the week. Like other services including Memories Renewed and DigMyPics, ScanMyPhotos offers photo editing.
 

With the $145 prepaid service, the company sends you an 11-by-8.5-by- 5.5-inch box and asks you to stuff it full—that’s around 1,800 snapshots, according to company Chief Executive Mitch Goldstone. The company makes 300-dpi scans of the photos, at a price that comes out to about 8 cents each; for $250, or almost 14 cents each, you can double the resolution.
 

My biggest disappointment? ScanMyPhotos sends you a DVD with your digital copies. I haven’t owned a computer with a DVD drive in years. For an extra $20 you can have the photos uploaded to the cloud as soon as they are scanned, or to an 8GB USB drive for an extra $16. The service also offers options to scan negatives and slides.
 

When it came to my family project, I liked the Epson the best. I now have more than 600 old photos scanned and organized on a hard drive and in Google Photos. Of course, $650 is a lot of money to pay for a scanner, but you could split the cost with family members. I mean, can you really put a price on sharing Mom’s mullet on Facebook?
 


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Why An Entrepreneur Advocates Rebranding CES® Name

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Outdated CES® Name Should Be Modernized to Reflect Today’s All-digital World:

CES: “Digital Technology Show”


Irvine, CA –After nearly 50 years, it is time to rebrand and modernize the formerly iconic name International Consumer Electronics Show (“CES®”). The consumer technology marketplace has evolved with spectacular innovations since CES’ launch in 1967– rooted from a time when analog electronics commanded attention. Back then, pocket radios, integrated circuitry and transistors ruled. But, today’s culture-changing tech products are no longer relegated to electronics, but rather to transformative, digital inventions.

 

“For nearly 50-years, CES has been the home to groundbreaking innovations to captivate the world. Now, it is time for a change to celebrate a much larger universe of next generation consumer products which have a singular commonality . . . digital,” said Mitch Goldstone, president & CEO of ScanMyPhotos.com, the e-commerce photo digitization company.

 

Goldstone, a well-known CES supporter and longtime attendee, since 1990, today launched an advocacy campaign to have The Consumer Technology Association (“CTA”), as the global stage for innovation, change and rebrand the name of its trade show to “CES: The Digital Technology Show.”

 

By seeking support from the entire consumer technology industry, Goldstone aspires to score attention from the CTA trade organization, major companies, exhibitors, attendees and industry professionals to modernize the CES moniker to “CES: The Digital Technology Show.”

 

Can a single advocacy campaign by one entrepreneur motivate this name change? “Yes,” asserts Goldstone, “just as single products over the decades have continually reinvented CES.” Past advocacy campaigns by Goldstone included his role as lead plaintiff in the multi-billion dollar merchant interchange credit card settlement, and among the first business owners to loudly challenge Donald Trump’s presidential aspirations.

 

“Even the name ‘consumer’ is outdated, as the world’s largest tech show is a private event– closed off from consumers’ participation, yet they are spotlighted in the name,” explained Goldstone.

 

As the mainstay for new product announcements– introduced to the worldwide media each January in Las Vegas, including to influential tech bloggers and trending social media reporters, CES has changed. Just as technology has led to a near wreckage of traditional retail stores and mall shopping experiences–replaced by online sales, so too has CES seen an ocean-sized shift in its vendor’s products.

 

“Using the name ‘electronics’ to describe CES is dated in 1960’s technology,” said Goldstone. By modernizing its name to reflect the fact that most consumer products in today’s all-digital world are digital, CES would vastly broaden the landscape for many new vendors to participate.

 

Prior to the digital transformation, electronics was limited to analog technology. By spearheading a proposal to modernize the CES name and reflect the swift changes from “electronics” to digital, Goldstone hopes the new name will be announced soon.

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Heightened Security Announced by #CES2016

The Below was announced by The International Consumer Electronics Show. Since 1990, ScanMyPhotos.com has been involved and attended the world’s largest consumer trade show in the world each January in Las Vegas.

 


 

New procedures include bag checks, body screening and increased security personnel

Due to recent global tragedies we have new security procedures for CES. This includes bag restrictions as well as additional security measures that you will need to know before coming to CES.

We want you to have a safe CES experience. We are implementing these enhanced measures with the goal of maintaining the safety of all of our guests – attendees, exhibitors, members of the media – and show personnel while creating as little inconvenience as possible. Please review the following new measures:

New Rules for CES 2016

  • Luggage may not be brought into official CES exhibit and conference areas. This means no suitcases at the venues.
  • Sorry, no rolling bags of any size. This includes luggage, carry-ons, laptop and computer bags and rolling luggage carts.
  • Only two bags, each smaller than 12” x 17” x 6” (30 cm x 43 cm x 15 cm), may be brought into official show premises. CES exhibitorsand credentialed members of the press may receive specific exceptions.
  • Bags will be searched. We suggest you use clear bags (mesh, plastic, vinyl, etc.) to expedite this process.
  • Bags and backpacks with many pockets are not helpful. Pockets slow search times.

 

 

What to Expect On-Site

  • Bags will be searched. We suggest you use clear bags (mesh, plastic, vinyl, etc.) to expedite this process.
  • Everyone will be subject to metal detector screening and body pat downs upon entering show premises. CTA will conduct searches at specific points to ensure quick and easy access to exhibit halls and reduce the number of times you have to go through security.
  • Bag check availability at show venues will be extremely limited. Please keep this in mind if you are bringing your luggage to the show. Please allow extra time for checking and retrieving your luggage.
  • Expect more security and law enforcement personnel both inside and outside of show properties.
  • As precautionary measures only, you will see police officers in armored gear and explosive detection dogs throughout various CES facilities.
  • While we will be as sensitive to lines and inconvenience as possible, you can expect delays entering show facilities.

 

 

Helpful Tips

  • Avoid bulky clothing.
  • Leave bags and luggage at your hotel.
  • Limit bags you carry to two and make sure they fit size requirements.
  • Use clear, vinyl or mesh bags to expedite bag search process.
  • All attendees must have an official CES badge and government-issued photo ID before entering CES show venues. Keep both close by as you enter official show venues.
  • Pre-registering on-line and picking up your badge at the airport or hotel is strongly encouraged. A list of badge pickup locations can be found here. 
  • Build time into your schedule for screening delays.
  • Plan ahead to avoid continuously changing venues. Use the official CES App to help you navigate the show.
  • Do not bring luggage to show venue your last day in Las Vegas.
  • If you see something suspicious, please use the emergency contact numbers below.

 

 

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11 Tips To Score Media Attention At CES 2015

HOW TO MAKE NEWS AT THE INTERNATIONAL CES 2015 TRADESHOW

[Source: ScanMyPhotos.com Media Department].  Here are eleven tips for breaking

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through the mountainous media clutter at the 2015 International CES in Las Vegas. Having attended all prior Consumer Electronics Shows since 1990, ScanMyPhotos.com  has dozens of additional tested recommendations that worked for us, but those are secret to keep us light years ahead of others attempting to score media coverage. Hey, we need to keep some cards face down. CES is the world’s largest consumer trade show, held each January in Las Vegas and attended by hundreds of thousands of tech innovators and an ocean of media contacts.


1) Have a compelling story. You have less than the standard 30-second elevator pitch time to grab attention. Two sentences max to attract interest. Have your story 10-times better and create urgency. Solve a problem: ScanMyPhotos.com solved the biggest problem in photography: we pioneered an easy and affordable – with a game-changing crazy low price to scan the nations and overseas pictures. ScanMyPhotos.com digitized one-quarter billion photos.  People are sharing these decades of nostalgic memories on all the photo sharing Apps and new photo gadgets introduced at CES.

 

2) Download and memorize every tech reporters’ and bloggers’ headshots. Print up like baseball cards and study their backgrounds. Reporters at CES hide their name badges or use others so they aren’t recognized.

 

3) Focus. This is like a safari hunt to locate and capture media attention. Don’t be looking down at your mobile phone when walking, instead look forward at everyone you pass for the media in the crowd.

 

4) Position yourself. Stand near media events and news conferences and chat with reporters as they enter, leave. Start with a friendly intro, vs. heavy pitch.

 

5) Be visible, but silent. Don’t use social media to alert competitors to the media contacts you met.

 

6) Be ready with background information. Have an OMG “news peg” ready. Explain why it is it news, timely and have a sizzling appeal. Be relevant and honest. Your detailed pitch and links should be available on your phone in notes to immediately send to those you meet. Today, reporters are on lightening-fast deadlines and can file stories and publish live on the spot. That’s how I scored this HuffPost CES story: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mobileweb/2013/01/10/scan-my-photos-com-digitized-photography-scanning_n_2442816.html post

 

7) Be prepared to fulfill an onslaught of orders. Work with your customer service team (at ScanMyPhotos.com they are called “personal customer service concierges”) to prepare them for pending media coverage. The most important process in making media is to then dazzle every new customer. We even send flowers to customers with compelling stories. From needing pictures scanned for a memorial service to raving fans who used our live support or called to comment on how impressed they were with ScanMyPhotos.com.  Surprizing customers with flowers are our only marketing budget item; people take pictures of the flowers, post with a lengthy narrative about their ScanMyPhotos.com experience and we reach dozens or hundreds of new raving fans.

 

8) Wear comfortable shoes. Start early, stay late and network. Be bold. Ask everyone you meet what their best, most successful marketing and media pitch was and who profiled them.

 

9) Only connect with reporters who cover your beat. There are many at CES who don’t write about your specific industry, product.

 

10) Take advantage of other companies held captive in the booths. Most attendees are stuck at their booths, immobile all day. Use that as your advantage to walk the show and gain valuable visibility. Never rest. Stand near company sponsored events to track down media guests.

 

11) Smile and buy drinks. All day and night, use this strategy to invest in scoring 15 minutes of Face time and fame. When you encounter influential media contacts on line or eating, surprise them by buying their food and have the server simply hand them your card; write a brief ” your lunch was on me” message on the back.   Continue reading