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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Excerpt as reported by Scott Kramer at Forbes:

And then I remembered about, 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 — 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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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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How NOT to Let [Trump] Politics Ruin the Holidays

Agree on a “Quid Pro Quo” family reunion.

During your family gatherings, to make it through the holidays, implement this quid pro quo policy. All who enter your home gain access ONLY if they agree to a hiatus — no political talk.

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In the age of Trump, how to create healthy discourse during the holidays? Share nostalgic family photos, rather than waging a political minefield of bellicose bickering.

A family is thicker than water – except in this post-2016 election era. How many of you walked away from nine punishing rounds of political “discourse” during Christmas last year, vowing never to speak to your once-favorite cousin or idiotic brother-in-law ever again?

If the data is any indication, a lot of us cut visits short or avoided Christmas, Hannukah and the holidays altogether. In a paper, M. Keith Chen of UCLA and Ryne Rohla of Washington State University, politically divided families avoided each since the election. Using smartphone data, the researchers determined where people live versus where they spent Christmas – and how long they stayed. Then they collected 2016 presidential voting data at the precinct level to approximate political leanings.


pic6 300x199 - Don’t Let Politics Ruin the Holidays (Again)The results were startling. Compared to 2015, Democratic voters were about 5 percent less likely than Republicans to travel for Thanksgiving in 2016. Those who did travel did not significantly shorten their visits to Republican hosts. Republicans were more likely to travel to a distant for Christmas and holiday dinners, but they shortened their visits by over 40 minutes. Visits were also shortened proportionally to the number of political ads aired in the traveler’s home media market. For every thousand political ads, visits were shortened by 1.5 minutes. In Florida, that resulted in a 1.2-hour reduction in holiday time for politically divided families.

Given the divisive political climate, we continue to live in, things might not be much different this year. So, the big question is, how do we cross that divide? How do we enjoy a calm and (mostly) Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah and holiday season dinners? How do we get through Christmas without resorting to sword fights with rolls of wrapping paper? How do we survive – and maybe even heal – our broken families?

The effect of partisanship and political advertising on close family ties

Agree ahead of time to focus the conversation on what binds you together: your shared family history. Revisit photos and home movies from yesteryear. Put together a slideshow of digitized photos and display it on your TV. Ask everyone to bring their favorite family memories to share over dinner. If you have a family historian, request that they tote along the big photo album that contains images going back generations. (And let them know that they don’t have to bring along great-grandma’s fruit cake recipe this year.)

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  • Pull out the photos
  • Share the stories from the past, but not politics
  • Maybe instead of shrieking and whooping at each other, reminisce
  • Instead of lunging at each other, laugh
  • Instead of screaming at each other, cry together
  • How far would you travel for that kind of togetherness?


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