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Weekend of February 16, 2024

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Tech News and Commentary

Dave and Chris discuss Vizio and Walmart, a delayed Apple Watch, Google’s Ai for vacation planning, crying babies and smart speakers, and more.



John in Sharon Township, Ohio asked: “This year I’m trying to get a better handle on my finances as we get closer to retirement. Is there a device out there that can read receipts from the store and then convert it to text so it can be placed in a worksheet?”

John, there are several but theyre usually marketed at businesses so theyre not very cheap.

Both Brother and Epson have receipt scanners that are really full page scanners that can be used to scan receipts. You can look at the Brother DS-40 or at the Epson WorkForce ES-50 as examples.

Epson also sells the more receipt-centered Epson RapidReceipt series, its still a regular document scanner as well but it comes with the OCR software to scan the receipts.

Alternatively, you can look at apps that will just scan the receipt from the camera. The catch here is that theyre mostly put out by companies that want to handle your receipts like Neat, Quickbooks, or Expensify. They do a good job, but they dont offer you the ability to just add the values to your own spreadsheet rather than to their systems.


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Written by Dave Graveline

Dave Graveline is the founder, Host & Executive Producer of "Into Tomorrow" in addition to being President of the Advanced Media Network".

Dave is also a trusted and familiar voice on many national commercials & narrations in addition to being an authority in consumer tech since 1994. He is also a former Police Officer and an FBI Certified Instructor.

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