CES 2013: what we care about?

The paperless office is not new today. For many years, we’d have easy access to documents all the time.  And we wouldn’t need to store documents to take much space in the office.

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Now Fujitsu announced their latest scanner ScanSnap iX500, that brings the paperless office a step closer to reality. This new scanner can help you to send files directly to any iOS or Andorid device, not just send to your DropBox or Evernote. Thanks to a new processor,  it can scan up to 25 double-sided pages per minute, compared with 20 ppm on Fujitsu’s last desktop model.

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Let’s go paperless like Google in 2013

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Can you imagine many companies in the United States are still using tons of paper every year? Yeah, even with the popularity of cloud computing, most US offices are still using tons of paper; around 10,000 sheets of paper a year per worker, according to the EPA.

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Ways to be productive

Most of us are busy at work and life. Some of us jump out of bed, have a quick breakfast and rush to catch a bus or metro every morning. Life can be so busy. If you are like me, you might be looking for ways to be more productive with your time at this moment.

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5 ways to create paperless business cards

Do you want to be armed with your business card at every moment of every day? Do you have trouble finding your clients’ business cards when you need them? Do you have difficulty to organize your business cards?

Here is 5  solutions for you  to solve these problems and use paperless business cards(or called digital business cards):

1. ScanCard: A business card recognition application turns your phone camera into a powerful business card scanner. In addition, the digital business cards made by ScanCard are powered with Google Maps feature and Linkedin share, which makes digital business cards even more useful.  Would you like to try it? Click here to get one!

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2. LinkedIn: With over 161 million users around the world, LinkedIn is a fast-growing professional networking site that allows members to create paperless business contacts, search for jobs, and find potential clients. Click here to sign up an account.


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Tips for business card scanning apps

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1. OCR is not 100% accurate all the time.

2. The most important thing for business card scanning apps is the quality of initial image. The background, the font size, the font color, the clearness of objects and other aspects all affect the quality of the image taken by your camera(or phone camera) and will affect the recognition results finally.

3. 300 DPI is the standard quality for image to scan. Why? 300 DPI is just that number where you gain the most accuracy without sacrificing speed and file size according to analysis. Because the improvement gap between 200 DPI scan and 300 DPI scan will be at least 2 times the improvement gap of any other resolutions. However, the improvement gap of 300 DPI and 400 DPI  is nearly absent.
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OCR, DPI and accuracy

What is OCR? OCR is short for optical character recognition. It’s a technology which anbles you to change any scanned images of handwritten, typewritten or printed text into machine-encoded text. OCR is now used in many enterprises, not just libraries and goverments.(Note: OCR is not new. Because it has been developed since 1912)

Now, OCR can reach 98% accuracy. But it will decrease the accuracy when processing the images with different quality. And for OCR softwares, the quality of images is really important. Basically, the OCR softwares require a 200 megapixel camera with auto focus at least.

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Will 16MP Omnivision camera appears on iPhone 5?

Camera is a competitive area for smartphone manufacturers. Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 4S use the same camera sensor from Sony, while Nokia will release Nokia 808 PureView with crazy 41 mega pixels on June.

Apple has introduced significant improvements to the iPhone’s camera capabilities in nearly every generation of iDevice so far. And when I get a new iPhone with new camera, it always make me feel it’s whole new phone even other hardware specs don’t get a lot of improvements. iPhone camera is so excellent that people love to take photos by iPhone. It’s said that iPhone has been the most popular camera on Flickr for years. And there is so-called iPhoneography.

Recently, camera rumors for iPhone 5 are increasing sharply. As we know, Omnivision had supplied 3MP camera for iPhone 3GS and a backside-illuminated 5MP camera for iPhone 4 except iPhone 4s. iPhone 4S’s 8MP camera is from Sony instead of Omnivision.

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