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OK, I agree. i’m a sucker for the latest gadget. I bought a smart notebook with all the upgrades to write my daily to-do lists digitally. Yes, $600 later, I’ve used it eleven times.

It’s easy to waste money on technology. Tap or click for ways you can save money and solutions to help you save.


If you’re not getting enough life out of your gadgets, you can fix that too. Tap or Click for 8 Ways to Ruin Your PC.

Quick Tech Tip: Scan Photos and Documents Without Buying a Scanner

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The truth is, I love the feel of an actual pen on paper. Maybe you do too, but that doesn’t mean you can’t digitize all your notes for easier searching and sorting. This way.

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Have you ever wanted to turn your handwritten notes into something you can search for or edit on your computer, phone or tablet? You can take a picture, but it has some limitations. You won’t be able to search for certain phrases or edit text. You must be something made for the job.

A great way to get handwritten notes in your computer is to use an app. Evernote. You simply take a picture of the note, and Evernote turns it into a searchable document. You can also organize your notes in folders and with labels.

you can also try Microsoft’s OneNote app. You take a picture of your writing and, like Evernote, can organize things into notebooks and pages.

Pro Tip: Keep in mind that apps only work well with legible handwriting. If they’re not picking up on your notes, you need to slow down a bit.

Speaking of digitizing, what about all your old photos? Tap or click for an easy way to scan without buying a scanner.

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Bonus Tip: How to Copy Text from a Photo

Apple’s latest major iPhone update, iOS 15, has a slew of useful features to make life easier. Tap or click here for some of my favorites.

Here’s one I particularly like: The Live Text feature allows you to scan, search, and share text in photos and images.

Note: You will need an iPhone XS, XR or later with iOS 14 installed.

It’s great to translate text that can’t be copied and pasted or find a photo with specific words in it. It also works for phone numbers. For example, just take a picture of a package, and you can call the number in just a few quick clicks.

it just doesn’t work with Yours Photos, either. You can use the camera app to scan the text around you.

To scan for information in photos and images, first make sure the function is activated. tap here Adjustment app, go here Mango and then to language and region. Enable Live Text by turning it on.

For Photos on your Camera Roll, open the Photos app and select the image you want to scan. Touch and hold the text in the picture, and grab points will appear around it. You’ll see several options to copy, select all text, translate or share.

To identify text with your camera, open the Camera app and point it at the text. The indicator icon will be available in the lower right corner when the app detects text in the viewfinder. Tap the icon.

From there, you can select the text as described above. To cancel the capture, tap the screen and the image will disappear.

Digital Life Hacks: Smart Digital Tips You Need to Know

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