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Thanks to augmented reality technology, you can discover a world of pretty interesting things right outside your front door using apps like Junaio and Layar.

What they basically do is reveal things on your phone that you wouldn't be able to see using your eyes, like events that are going on or where to find discounts nearby.

Designed for Android 2.1 and newer iterations of the OS, it's basically a barcode or QR code reader if it were made by the Incredible Hulk.

Instead of relying on scanning bits of information specifically created to be recognised by the app on the side of a packet, Google Goggles can be used to scan absolutely anything - and the beauty of it is that there's not a code in sight.

You can go one step further than basic note taking and start using the power of your camera plus the Evernote app to take picture notes too.

The real beauty of this is that anything you snap that contains text will be recognised by Evernote, allowing you to categorise the picture and search the text later, so it effectively writes notes for you.

The main use for your phone camera's flash is taking pictures in low light, naturally, but some people also use it as a torch to find their way at night.You can even geotag your live stream and share it with your entire social network, so everyone knows where you are!Probably one of the most underrated features of a phone is the ability to take notes at random whenever something happens to pop into your head.Simply point it at what you want and it will pull information relevant to it straight to your phone.If it's a famous landmark like Big Ben, it'll beam you a complete history of the building. Augmented reality in phones has been around for some time now and tools like AR translation apps are great, but nobody ever seems to show you how to use the technology for fun.You then have the option of emailing the PDF or putting it in a Dropbox folder.

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