The Verge: Google Photos now lets you search for text in pictures you’ve taken

The Verge: Google Photos now lets you search for text in pictures you’ve taken. “Google made a subtle announcement today on Twitter: it’s in the process of rolling out new AI features for its Lens platform that will let you search your Google Photos library for text that appears within photos and screenshots. Then, you’ll then be able to easily copy and paste that text into a note, document, or form.”

Digital Collections OCR: What it is, and what it isn’t. (DigitalNC)

DigitalNC: Digital Collections OCR: What it is, and what it isn’t.. “At the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center, we scan and store digital heritage materials as images. When we notice that an image contains printed text–documents, posters, ledgers, scrapbooks, and more–we also run it through OCR software. Without OCR, text shown in images is ‘locked’ inside them; with OCR we can leverage the power of full text search to help people discover relevant images a little better than before.”

TechCrunch: HyperScience, the machine learning startup tackling data entry, raises $30 million Series B

TechCrunch: HyperScience, the machine learning startup tackling data entry, raises $30 million Series B. “HyperScience, the machine learning company that turns human readable data into machine readable data, has today announced the close of a $30 million Series B funding round led by Stripes Group, with participation from existing investors FirstMark Capital and Felicis Ventures, as well as new investors Battery Ventures, Global Founders Capital, TD Ameritrade and QBE.”

Lifehacker: How Do I Create a Searchable Archive of PDFs?

Lifehacker: How Do I Create a Searchable Archive of PDFs?. “In this week’s tech-advice column at Lifehacker—keep your questions coming, folks!—we’re helping out a reader who has way too many important papers that need to make a magical transition to the digital realm. At least, that sounds a lot more exciting than ‘Optical Character Recognition,’ which doesn’t really roll off the tongue.”

UNC: Grant Will Help Librarians Examine Jim Crow Laws Through Lens of Data

UNC: Grant Will Help Librarians Examine Jim Crow Laws Through Lens of Data. “Using optical character recognition and machine learning, the team will build a text corpus of North Carolina session laws from the end of the Civil War through the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and will then compile a listing of North Carolina’s Jim/Jane Crow laws. This effort builds upon work done by civil rights pioneer Pauli Murray in the 1950s.”

The Verge: Google Translate can now visually translate 13 more languages

The Verge: Google Translate can now visually translate 13 more languages. “Starting this week, the Google Translate app will be capable of visually translating 13 new languages by using the camera on your smartphone, according to a report from VentureBeat. In 2015, Google added the visual translation feature to the Translate app with the support of 27 different languages. It allows users to translate dinner menus and signs in real time, making communicating abroad much easier. ”

TechCrunch: Dropbox finally adds automatic OCR for all your PDFs and photos

TechCrunch: Dropbox finally adds automatic OCR for all your PDFs and photos . “Enterprise Dropbox users have a useful new feature that some would say is long overdue for the cloud storage company: optical character recognition that automatically transcribes all their images and PDFs. No more rummaging around in your saved photos for a receipt or opening dozens of mysteriously named documents to find the right one. Just search and ye shall find.”