LinkedIn acclimated to accept its own business agenda scanning app, CardMunch, which served a advantageous purpose in a apple area cardboard cards artlessly debris to die. But that app was shut bottomward aback in 2014, with LinkedIn suggesting users move to Evernote instead. Today, Microsoft is bringing aback business agenda scanning – but this time, not with a committed agenda scanner app, but with its multipurpose, A.I.-powered camera app, Microsoft Pix.
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Since its barrage in 2016 as an iOS app that helps you booty bigger pictures, Microsoft has added begin added productivity-related uses for Pix. In September, for example, the app was adapted to accommodate a way to breeze bigger photos of documents, post-its, whiteboards, and yes, business cards.
But with today’s update, Pix’s business cards accuracy are actuality upgraded – this time with a LinkedIn integration. In the latest adaptation of the iOS app, Pix includes a new business agenda affection that will add new contacts both to your iPhone’s abode book, as able-bodied as to your LinkedIn account.
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To booty advantage of this option, you aloof barrage the app and point it at the business card. Pix again automatically detects what it’s seeing, and asks you if you appetite to “Add Contact” or “Find on LinkedIn.”
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When you tap to add the contact, Pix captures and organizes the acquaintance advice – like name, phone, address, and URL – into the actual fields, and adds the anew created acquaintance to your iPhone’s Contacts app. If you opt for LinkedIn, you’re able to appearance the person’s contour in the LinkedIn app on your iPhone, and optionally add them to your account of connections.
The business agenda scanning feature, like others in Pix, leverages A.I. technology beneath the awning to enhance and advance the image. In the case of business cards, Pix is able to ascertain the edges of the cards, acuminate focus, and abuse the bend of the photo to cede the angel in a straight-on angle so it can abstract the advice from the card.
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The Pix amend is aloof one of several means Microsoft has chip with LinkedIn back accepting the aggregation for $26.2 billion in 2016. It has additionally angry LinkedIn into its added products, including Office 365, Outlook.com, Dynamics 365, Word, and Windows 10.
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