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Just in case: Optical Character Recognition makes text in pictures usable

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Issue # 35

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This week was Apple release week.

So there is a ton of new features for the Apple Fans. My favorite new hardware was the new Apple Watch Ultra.

It’s a really cool device. I don’t see myself dropping $800 for it since I’m not an extreme sports athlete. But If they ever drop a cheaper version with the new case on it, I am in.

Check the links at the bottom to see what else dropped.

Also this week I started writing my first book.

If you are parent with kids using iPads and iPhones you will be interested. I am going to make it easier on you to keep up with what they are doing. I’ll let you know more as I get closer to finishing it up.

My best Twitter thread this week left many people walking down a 90s tech memory lane. It was fun to look at tech from the past as a kid growing up in the 90s.

One more thing…

Please make sure to leave a review good or bad. There’s a link at the bottom.

Optical character recognition (OCR) makes text in pictures functional

In 2008 a small company called Evernote made a big impact on the note taking industry.

I remember installing Evernote. I would snap pictures of things I needed to remember. Then I would save them to my Evernote account.

I remember this because Evernote introduced me to Optical Character Recognition (OCR).

Because Evernote had OCR, I was able to search my Evernote account to find relevant text in the photos saved to my account. Evernote was saving me time. I didn’t need to type my notes.

Instead, I just took a photo of it and OCR was able to find the photo.

OCR is the technology allowing computers to scan the contents of photos for text.

I was surprised by someone this week didn’t know OCR existed so I wanted to share more with you.

This tech allows computers to get the text content of a photo and covert it to language the computer understands. Like the example of Evernote above you can use it to search for text in photos.

The best part is you can use it to copy from and paste to a page.

The phone operating systems even allow you to save calendar dates, and make phone calls straight from the pictures.


Tech without the jargon

Passwordless future is here

(possible paywall) Apple introduced the new iPhone, Watch, and iPod Pro to the world this week.

But the most important feature is coming via the iOS 16 update.

A way to login to your favorite site with no password.

You will start noticing changes to your favorite sites asking you to setup a passkey. This will allow you to login from any computer. You will either use your fingerprint, face, or QR code to login instead.

Best part is your password can’t be stolen from a data breach at a company.

New way to organize your files.

Johnny Decimal is a system for organizing your digital notes and files.

Its organization is similar to the Dewey Decimal system used in libraries. The basis of it is organizing your files under 10 categories. Then you break down the categories using decimals.

Here’s what it looks like in action.

I’ve started using this Johnny Decimal to organize my iCloud drive.

I don’t see myself moving away from the system. I’ve struggled for years keeping files organized. This system is just too easy.

The site says you can use the system for almost anything.

Other News

iOS 16 was released yesterday. See what’s new

I case you didn’t hear, the iPhone 14 was presented to the world last week. If you’re on the fence about the upgrade.

There’s 5 questions to ask yourself about your current phone situation.

Rough start to the football season for app users.