Ivanka Trump Speaking at CES? Not So Fast

CES announces “Ivanka Trump Will Join CES 2020 Keynote Stage on The Path to the Future of Work.” ScanMyPhotos Says Not So Fast!  Did CES® Capitulate to Nepotism by Inviting Ivanka Trump to #CES2020?

Open message to CTA, all CES exhibitors, attendees, and the media,

Why Ivanka? Is she out-of-her-depth? As a CES attendee for three decades, I, along with many have celebrated that the global technology event was always about disruptive innovations, not polarizing political distractions.

This year, ScanMyPhotos is skipping CES and making an urgent appeal for them to get back on track with less political gesturing. Return the focus towards the thousand of exhibitors — and the entrepreneurial innovators at Eureka Park™ and at Last Gadget Standing. The media is now distracted. Attendees are tweeting hashtags like #BoycottCES2020.  All should be profiling breakthrough new technology innovations. What are you doing to lend your voice to urge CTA™ to rescind Mrs. Trump’s invitation?

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Nepotism is discouraged in politics. It is just as problematic in business and maybe why she is attending “the global stage for innovation” on January 7th at 2 PM (PT) in the Venetian’s Palazzo Ballroom

[Editor’s note: The Palazzo is owned by Sheldon Adelson, who according to Wikipedia donated “$25 million to Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, making him the largest donor to the Trump campaign and the largest donor in the presidential election.”]

cestrump 213x300 - Ivanka Trump Speaking at CES? Not So FastThe spotlight must be on the exhibitors who invest to present their innovations. Yet, unnecessary controversy has erupted at CES. Since learning that Ivanka Trump was invited to a coveted roundtable discussion at CES, I have yet to identify widespread support for the invitation. Have you? Why were so many female champions overlooked as CES capitulated to the president’s daughter? There are way too many feature stories like this: “‘Terrible Choice’: CES Chooses Ivanka Trump to Keynote at Major US Tech Expo.”

This is going to be awkward if during the Wednesday presentation the audience asks for clarification on this. See, back in 2016 Gary Shapiro, president, and CEO of thje CTA™ trade association (tongue-in-cheek) wrote this Medium op-ed: “Brace Yourself for a Trump Presidency.”

  • “CES chief defends invite for Ivanka Trump;
  • “President Trump will cross party lines and cut deals to move us forward;
  • President Trump will be creative in problem-solving;.
  • President Trump will hire well and has a sterling business record to prove it;
  • President Trump will be a role model for our children and the world.”

When Mr. Shapiro introduces the president’s daughter during their panel discussion, will mockery ensue as many remember his previously authored admonishments of Donald Trump?

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[Photo via Medium]

Gary Shapiro (Medium): “Unless the Republican National Committee brokers the convention this summer, there’s a frighteningly real chance Donald Trump could become the Republican Party’s nominee and maybe even our 45th president come January. Perhaps it’s time to stop fretting about whether Trump will be president and think for a moment about what exactly the presidency of an unprincipled deal-maker who defends quoting Benito Mussolini would look like.”

Gary Shapiro (Medium): “Donald Trump Doesn’t Represent the Best of America: Why it’s Time for Him to Go. Following Trump’s recent string of outrageous and headline-grabbing statements about everything and everyone from our border with Mexico to Sen. John McCain’s military service, any respect or affection I had for Donald Trump is gone. I found his comments about Hispanic immigrants not only racist and disgusting but also totally untrue. My experience with Hispanics is that they are talented and determined, often working two or three jobs to support their families. They do jobs American citizens avoid. To disparage undocumented Hispanics as racists and murderers is contemptible and wrong. As for me, I will not hold meetings at or visit any Trump property or even watch any Trump TV show until he drops out of the presidential race and apologizes to those he slandered.”

With an economy of bandwidth for media exposure during CES, exhibitors can exhaust millions of dollars to score awareness. Yet much of the noise and scrutiny about the president’s daughter is eclipsing the event’s mission. Because she is Mr. Trump’s surrogate, perhaps equal time should be offered for the other top presidential candidates or their surrogates to equally speak?

Ivanka Trump Criticized For Upcoming CES 2020 Appearance

Ivanka Trump Criticized For Upcoming CES 2020 Appearance,” by Catherine Armecin at International Business Times (Dec 14).


As a nationally-known activist on important business and social issues, I was pleased that prior concerns led to resolutions like having IBM and AMD’s female CEO’s keynote. More on: “How Businesses Use Economic Activism and Social Media For Advocacy Projects.”

Why CES Must Prioritize Diversity to #ChangeTheRatio.”

Adweek: “With No Women Keynote Speakers, Does CES Have a Diversity Problem?

Past conversations and fury resulted in FCC Chairman Ajit Pai withdrawing from also addressing CES due to similar controversy.

Part of the mounting pressure to rescind Ms. Trump’s invitation is it may be considered as an official policy for the United States of America. Or, the opening salvo in the 2020 presidential election where equal time should be afforded to all top candidates. Her presentation may have far-reaching consequences for our nation and the world. Look how she previously used a global platform for her private businesses and personal brand.

On the surface, Ms. Trump’s talking points are admirable. What could go wrong talking about “education, economic empowerment of women and girls, leveling the playing field for female entrepreneurs and job creators; and advancing the potential of women in our economy?” When it comes to the Trump family, this becomes a rhetorical question.

ces5 300x225 - Ivanka Trump Speaking at CES? Not So FastAre people at CES interested in hearing visionary wisdom by Ms. Trump? The glaring and metaphoric “elephant in the room” is that Ms. Trump represents one political party. Just as the White House restricts access to its guest list, who will meet with the president’s daughter?

Will she be exploited by foreign governments or multinational conglomerates eager to curry favor with her father? Will they say: ”I need a favor, though?”

Remember that painful-to-watch 19-second viral video of Ivanka Trump at the G20 summit? What new depths in nepotism may ensue at CES? Will her words engulf and eclipse the exhibitors’ coveted media attention?



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2020 New Year’s Resolution: 13 Things You Should Not Do Yourself

In the new decade, it is time to come together

A popular song from 1927 was “Me and My Shadow.” Over the decades it was performed by hundreds of luminary singers including renditions by Judy Garland, Robbie Williams, and Stephen Colbert & James Corden.  The message is we all need a shadow to complete us. To help make things easier. Not to sing and dance alone.

ScanMyPhotos proclaims 2020 as the year of collaboration, togetherness and working with others. The photo digitization company, which has preserved 600 million photos noticed a commonality among all the pictures digitized. There are many people included in the snapshots.


IMG 1567 217x300 - 2020 New Year's Resolution: 13 Things You Should Not Do YourselfIn the spirit of togetherness, ScanMyPhotos polled 245 customers to ask them what are the top things you should not do alone.

While many activities were included, the top 12 are listed below, plus an extra one to remind everyone the easiest way to digitize pictures is not with a photo app or costly DIY scanner that costs hundreds of dollars before a single photo is professionally preserved.

13 Things You Should Not Do Yourself:

  • Argue
  • Swim in an ocean
  • Go out on a blind date
  • Grieve
  • Make decisions
  • Buy happiness
  • Play Pickle Ball
  • See a Broadway Show
  • Sing Karaoke
  • Moving
  • Play Marco Polo
  • Eat a large pizza

IMG 1292 211x300 - 2020 New Year's Resolution: 13 Things You Should Not Do YourselfAmong the hundreds of news profiles on ScanMyPhotos.com, Forbes just reported: “This Photo Scanning Service More Than Delivers.

Another pleasant surprise: The excellent quality of the scans. Every photo was vibrant, clear, and color-corrected. We were beyond impressed with the entire service, speed and quality, and have already recommended it to several friends. It makes a fantastic and affordable holiday gift for a loved one


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Fortune Magazine Recommends ScanMyPhotos

In Fortune Magazines’ lifestyle and holiday gift guide, among the five products mentioned was digitizing pictures by ScanMyPhotos. Reported by Chris Morris.

5 of the Best Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Holiday Procrastinators.


fortune 300x247 - Fortune Magazine Recommends ScanMyPhotosIn a digital age, it’s easy to overlook the stacks of old print photos lying around, but those memories are just as important as the ones on our phone—and often, even more so. They’re also, in some ways, more fragile, since there’s no backup for them. Digitizing several albums is intimidating because of the time commitment (assuming you even have a scanner).. ScanMyPhotos is an online service that does the job for you—and does so with a remarkable turnaround time. The company sends a prepaid postage box, which is all you have to hand over as the gift. Customers can load as many pictures as they want. Approximately a week or so later, you’ll get the photos returned, as well as scanned versions on a CD or USB. Need negatives or slides or even old 8mm or VHS tapes digitized instead? That’s also in the company’s wheelhouse. Suggested Retail Price: $170

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How to Make Your 2020 New Year’s Resolution Stick

resolutionYour resolution for the new decade.

Getting organized is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions to make—and it’s a resolution we wholeheartedly endorse, especially when it comes to preserving your precious memories. But as the year wears on, the likelihood of achieving these resolutions wanes.

In order to help you stick to your resolution, we pulled together a list of tricks that will make it much easier in 2020.

From USA Today: “3 New Year’s tech resolutions you must keep.”

Break Your Big Resolution into Smaller Goals

If your resolution feels insurmountable, then it will be! See if you can break out your big goal into smaller more manageable goals. For example, if your resolution is “Get more organized,” try breaking it out into smaller tasks like:

  • Create a filing system for the home office
  • Buy and install a key rack for the mudroom
  • Sort and preserve old print photos
  • Set up a digital file backup system
  • Tackle organizing the pantry
  • Stick to a calendar system


Then schedule these smaller goals out over a series of weeks. Before you know it, it will be 2020 and your life will be much more organized.

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Forbes: “This Photo Scanning Service [ScanMyPhotos] More Than Delivers”

Breaking news as Forbes Magazine raves on ScanMyPhotos 

If you have been following our passion over the years to digitize the nation’s photos, along the way, ScanMyPhotos has scored reviews from the top, A-list media. We just added Forbes to this list.

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Click to read the review.

Excerpt as reported by Scott Kramer at Forbes:

And then I remembered about ScanMyPhotos.com, a popular service based in Orange County, Calif. I contacted them and within two days had a pre-paid return box at my house with instructions on how to fill it up with photos. Essentially, you organize the pictures by event and size and then put rubber bands around each of those “event” stacks. I did that and mailed the box back the next day. The photo service emailed me a confirmation when officials there received the box. In fact, that’s one great thing about ScanMyPhotos.com — they email you every step of the way so you are always in the loop and know what’s happening next. They had my photos scanned within the day and already had sent me confirmation (with tracking number) of the box of originals being returned to me and a link to the photo scans online. When the box arrived, it not only had my photos in there, but two USB sticks loaded with the scans. The USB sticks are each shaped like a house key and encased in a plastic box for protection. There was also a DVD with the images on it.


But perhaps the coolest — and most unexpected — item in the box was a bound coffee-table-style photo album of all of our photos, with individual numbers for referencing the images on the disk. As my wife said, “That alone would’ve made me ecstatic with the service.” I couldn’t agree more. 


Another pleasant surprise: The excellent quality of the scans. Every photo was vibrant, clear, and color-corrected. We were beyond impressed with the entire service, speed, and quality, and have already recommended it to several friends. It makes a fantastic and affordable holiday gift for a loved one — and helps clean up the house while preserving memories permanently before they fade away.  

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Michelle Obama and Ellen DeGeneres Win Our “Best News of 2019 Award”

“The Best News of the Year ScanMyPhotos Award” goes to the Randle Highlands Elementary School in Washington, D.C, Ellen DeGeneres and First Lady, Michelle Obama

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Photo Credit: Time Magazine


The definition of philanthropy and kindness. While we review hundreds of collective news stories and stockpile the best to vote on. This year’s winner came in with just hours to spare. Our second place Best News winner was today’s “Time magazine Person of the Year” recognition to 16-year-old climate activist  Greta Thunberg. The soft-spoken Swedish teenager became a global conscience for climate change and environmental activism has been named Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2019.

You won’t believe what Michelle Obama (and Tim Cook at Apple) gifted this deserving school! According to WUSA9: “There’s an elementary school in Southeast, D.C. that’s entire student body is economically disadvantaged. Sixty-five percent of the student population is either in foster care or is homeless.”

MacRumors: “Apple, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, and former first lady Michelle Obama have teamed up to donate Macs and iPads to Randle Highlands Elementary School in Washington, D.C., a school with a high percentage of low-income students.”

mobama 647x1024 - Michelle Obama and Ellen DeGeneres Win Our "Best News of 2019 Award"ENews: “Picture it: You’re in school, there are cameras there for some reason, and then Michelle Obama comes over the loudspeaker to tell you she has a surprise for you. But, she wants you to “walk quietly,” not run, to find her. What do you do? Well, if you’re the young schoolchildren in the above sneak peek, you listen to the former first lady.”

“It’s hard to tell who’s more excited to see Obama, the students or the teachers. “Now, I bet you guys are wondering what I am doing here, aren’t you? Are you wondering that?” Obama says in the exclusive preview. “Well, you guys know Ellen DeGeneres, don’t you? Yeah, she’s a funny lady on TV who always cheats at push-ups and trust me, she is a nightmare to go shopping with. Anyway, what you guys don’t know is I’m here because it’s Ellen’s Greatest Night of Giveaways.””

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Top TikTok Video Clips According to ScanMyPhotos

Ranking of the best TikTok clips

Coming up at the top of most tech journalists’ hottest app for the year is TicTok. This is the widely popular video-sharing social networking service owned by ByteDance. It is used to create short lip-sync, comedy, and talent videos. The app was launched in 2017 for iOS and Android for markets.

ScanMyPhotos spent way too many hours watching, laughing and often clicking on delete. Here are our favorites.

Tech and Media Reporter, John Herrman at The New York Times wrote: “How TikTok Is Rewriting the World. TikTok will change the way your social media works — even if you’re avoiding it.”


“Fear of missing out” is a common way to describe how social media can make people feel like everyone else is part of something — a concert, a secret beach, a brunch — that they’re not. A new wrinkle in this concept is that sometimes that “something” is a social media platform itself. Maybe you saw a photo of some friends on Instagram at a great party and wondered why you weren’t there. But then, next in your feed, you saw a weird video, watermarked with a vibrating TikTok logo, scored with a song you’d never heard, starring a person you’d never seen. Maybe you saw one of the staggering number of ads for TikTok plastered throughout other social networks, and the real world, and wondered why you weren’t at that party, either, and why it seemed so far away.

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