Google Goggles

Google Goggles

see Google Goggles is a refreshing new way to search for stuff you can see. It uses your phone’s camera to capture an object, sign, building etc., and then allows you to conduct search directly via that photo/visual, rather than use a regular search bar on your browser!

It’s super cool and super fun!

Just point your mobile phone camera at a painting, a famous landmark, a barcode or QR code, a product, or a popular image. If Goggles finds it in its database, it will provide you with useful information concerning the object of your attention, right then and there!

Goggles can read text in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, and Turkish, and translate it into other languages too.

Here are some other ways you can use the Goggles app:

  • Scan barcodes using Goggles to get product information
  • Scan QR codes using Goggles to extract information
  • Recognize famous landmarks
  • Translate by taking a picture of foreign language text
  • Add Contacts by scanning business cards or QR codes
  • Scan text using Optical Character Recognition (OCR)
  • Recognize paintings, books, DVDs, CDs, and just about any 2D image
  • Solve Sudoku puzzles

Zomato – Restaurant Finder

Zomato is a great app to search for, and discover great places to eat.

It’s a beautifully designed, easy-to-use social restaurant finder app that lets you explore all dining options in your city. you can browse through updated menus, pictures, and user reviews to decide where you want to eat, and even use the map feature to guide you there.

Build a trusted network of friends and discover great new restaurants through them. Set off on your own food journey with reviews, stunning filtered pictures, and handy lists!

Here are some key features of the app:

  • Search easily for Restaurants, Cafes, Pubs and Bars by location, cuisine or name. Or choose to browse through beautifully crafted Collections to discover something special.
  • Explore every restaurant in your city, including the ones around your current location, and use search filters to find the one that suits you best.
  • Build a trusted network of foodies you choose to follow. See their reviews, pictures, and recommendations, and discover new restaurants through them.
  • Rate and review restaurants you’ve been to, and share photos of your foodie moments directly from the app.
Find My Friends

Find My Friends

Find My Friends allows you to easily locate friends and family using your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. The idea behind the app is a simple one, but it’s applications are many:

Use it to make sure your family members are okay (say if you’re tracking your spouse on her way home from the airport at night), find them in crowded markets if separated, or guide friends home or to the restaurant you’re currently at.
The app also lets you set up location-based alerts that can notify you automatically when a friend arrives at the airport, a child leaves school, or a family member arrives home safely.

We used it guide guests home for our dinner party!

You can give the other person permanent access to see your location, or temporary access (which is time based). The only catch is that they have to be on Apple devices to be able to use this app with you!

Install this free Apple app and sign in with your Apple ID. Adding a friend is easy, choose from your contacts or provide an email address to send an invitation. When your friend accepts your invitation using the Find My Friends app on their device, you can start following their location.

If you prefer, you can use temporary sharing to share locations with a group of friends for a specific period of time, such as an evening or a long weekend. If at any time you don’t want to be followed, you can hide your location.

Some key features of the app are:

  •     Easily locate friends and family
  •     Temporary sharing option
  •     Location-based notifications
  •     Simple privacy controls
  •     Works even when the app is in the background
  •     Has been optimized to avoid draining your battery
Nokia City Lens

HERE City Lens

City Lens gives you an entirely new way to reveal what’s around you using your Lumia phone’s camera display. Simply hold up your phone as though taking a photo, and City Lens overlays the best shops, restaurants, and points of interest right on your display.

Tap a place icon to call ahead or get more information such as hours, reviews, and directions. You can even save a place for later or share it with friends. Tilt your phone and City Lens brings up additional view options like list.

No more wandering around for a café. No more looking for street signs. With City Lens, you see what’s around you with an eagle’s eye, so finding nice places and things to do has never felt more natural!