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All that's going down a storm

PUBLISHED : Friday, 08 June, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 08 June, 2012, 12:00am

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Blindsquare

Going to an unknown place can be quite difficult. You don't know what the area looks like, which street is the right street, which bus stop is the right one, and so on. Now imagine how much harder that would be if you were a blind or visually impaired person. But a brand new iPhone/iPad app called Blindsquare hopes to give them a break.

The app integrates data from the popular check-in app Foursquare and its two billion check-ins worldwide with Apple's VoiceOver technology to create a location-based virtual map through sound. When the app is turned on, it will read addresses, street names and surrounding locations out loud to its user to give them an exact sense of where they are, even though they cannot see it.

It was built by Finnish app developer Ilkka Pirttimaa in six months and hopes to help blind people in unfamiliar areas. Besides giving out locations and directions, the app can also suggest the most popular restaurants and cafes in the area.

www.blindsquareapp.blogspot.hk/

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Like any proud bike owner, Felix Guirola of Havana, Cuba, enjoys getting around the city on his two-wheeled vehicle. It just happens that his bike puts him four metres up in the air.

Guirola built the 3.45m tall bike in a workshop near his home and rides it every day. He's working on building a 5.5m tall bike and hopes to ride it all the way into Guinness World Records.

This week's top 10 album downloads on iTunes

1 Born and Raised, John Mayer

2 21, Adele

3 Bear Creek, Brandi Carlile

4 Yellow Submarine Songtrack, The Beatles

5 Some Nights, Fun

6 Thirty Miles West, Alan Jackson

7 Here, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

8 Up All Night (Deluxe Version), One Direction

9 Rage Valley - EP, Knife Party

10 That's Why God Made the Radio, The Beach Boys

www.apple.com/itunes/charts/albums

Top videos on YouTube

My chemical romance

A student project explains the relationship between chemicals with an adorable love song and animation.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcWeUUzOuHk

Bottoms up

Piggy the cat has come up with an ingenious way to climb down from the top of the refrigerator head first.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=z4VixiGLweY

Something's missing

A worker fails to notice what is missing while vacuuming.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=bl4B9NA-NLE

In other news ...

Any good politician today knows that they need to become more tech-savvy and social media-friendly to keep up with the voters. Take US President Barack Obama, for example - he has an incredible social media presence with more than 16 million Twitter followers. His likely opponent in the next election, Mitt Romney, has followed suit. His campaign recently launched a free mobile app called With Mitt and it was a hit with the public, but for all the wrong reasons.

The app allows Romney's supporters to upload pictures and add an overlay reading 'A Better America'. But someone forgot to check the spelling and the overlay became 'A Better Amercia'. The mistake was quickly fixed by Romney's team but not before the internet got hold of it. Loads of photos with the misspelling have been posted all over the internet.

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