Google’s Goggles is a useful feature that allows you to search for information by taking a picture of the item you want more information on, but it’s geared towards the Android OS. Now Microsoft seems to be looking to take advantage of that, by updating its free Bing app for the iPhone, which now supports the scanning of barcodes and cover art. So if you’re looking for information on a particular book or music CD, you can just snap a picture of the front cover, or its barcode, and Bing will be smart enough to pull up the relevant information for you. Pretty useful, and maybe it’ll spur Google to offer Goggles on more platforms. The downside is that it’s still unable to recognize objects and monuments like Goggles. The latest Bing app is already in the App Store, so you’re free to give it a try.
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