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5 surprising uses for your smartphone camera

5 surprising uses for your smartphone camera
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Your smartphone is a pocket-size computer loaded with powerful features and useful apps. You can use it to make calls, send messages, listen to music, play games and browse the Web.

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Your smartphone also has a built-in point-and-shoot camera. Most folks use it to snap pics on the fly and share them with friends via social media.

But that's just the tip of the iceberg. Did you know your smartphone camera is capable of all kinds of neat tricks?

You can turn your camera into a powerful search tool, a foreign language translator, a scanner and more.

I'll show you some fun and useful ways to get the most out of your camera. You might be surprised just how handy your smartphone camera really is.

1. Search visually
Have you ever struggled to identify an object or landmark? You can turn your smartphone camera into a powerful visual search tool.

Let's say you're traveling in a foreign city and you spot a landmark. Just snap a pic using your smartphone's camera, run it through a search engine and quickly get up to speed.

Google Goggles is the most popular visual search app. The app's recognition technology still isn't perfect, but you might be surprised what it can recognize.

It isn't just objects, barcodes are everywhere you go. Apps like Google Goggles, ShopSavvy and Barcode Scannerturn your smartphone's camera into a handy mobile barcode scanner.

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