Saturday, February 18, 2012

Google Goggles- App Review Nick Vallas

This app is developed by Google Inc. Goggles uses image recognition technology to recognize images and give you search results, all by taking a picture. It identifies products, famous landmarks, logos, storefronts, artwork, and popular images online. It can also translate English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian. Compatible with Android and Apple products.

`Upon first downloading, the app gives you a tutorial on how to use Goggles. You basically take a picture and it translates it into a web search. There are many things that Goggles searches for.

Text- You can take a picture of a foreign language and Goggles gives you a translation of it.

Landmarks- Take a picture of a famous landmark, and the app gives you some information about it.

Books- By taking a picture of a book, it gives you all the basic information about it (author, title, publisher, etc.). Goggles also can send you to the Google store, and gives you some reviews.

Contact Info- Goggles can take a picture of a business card or something and take that information and translate it to your contacts.

Logos- A picture of a logo will send you to the company’s site and other useful information.

Goggles can also solve Sudoku puzzles. These are the features of the app and what it does.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Aroundme App Review-Brian Irish

Aroundme is an app created by Tweakersoft and can be used by both Apple and Android devices. It is a free app that can help you find many different interests close by. It is very useful if you are in an unfamiliar area and need to find something to do.

Aroundme uses the GPS feature on the device to determine your current location. It then uses the Google’s business listings to create a list of attractions that you may be interested in. One downside to this is that local businesses may not be in the database and will not show up on the app. Another problem you may experience is if you have a device with no mobile service such as an iTouch or iPad, the app will not be able to determine your location and come up with all of the listings.

There are many different options available you have to search from. There is basically any type of category you will need to find what you are looking for. Some of the categories listed on this app are hotels, parking, restaurants, supermarkets, banks, gas stations, and etc. If there is a certain place you are looking for, there is a search feature you can use to find the closest one.

A great feature on this app is that when you click on the desired place, it will give you the contact information. You can tap the number to call the business directly. This is great if you need to make reservations for a restaurant. Another good feature is that the app will give you a map of where you are and where the place is in relation to you. It will also give you directions to the destination, which are very accurate.