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App Wrap: 'BirdSnap,' 'GolfMatch'

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NY1 highlights the coolest and newest apps for your cell phone or mobile device in the twice-weekly segment "App Wrap." NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.


It might seem counter intuitive, but there are a few ways that using your mobile device might actually help enhance your time outdoors with nature this summer, with BirdSnap, for example. Created by researchers at Columbia University and the University of Maryland, just like with the LeafSnap app they created and we told you about a while ago, with BirdSnap you can learn about all sort of birds, where they live, their habits, etc. The real "wow" factor here, though, is that you can take a picture of any bird you see, then the app will simply have you point to its eye, point to its tail, and through some recognition software tell you what kind of bird you’re likely looking at. The clearer the picture, the more accurate the results—which is why, it's probably better to use a good zoom camera and then import the photo than to use your phone's camera. While BirdSnap is a free app for iOS devices, there’s actually a more full experience via your computer at, where you can also import photos for analysis but the added bonus of the website is that you can hear what the birds sound like.


If golfing is your preferred method of becoming one with nature, there is GolfMatch. As the name implies, it helps you find a match by matching you up with similar golfers around you, looking for a competitive foursome. You start by inputting your profile, then add information like your golf handicap and what type of matches you prefer: friendly, competitive, networking, or family. Then simply choose a course around you, type in how many golfers you’ll be—maybe you’re a single or a twosome—and the app will help find you the proper number of golfers with similar interests and of similar ability to round out your group. GolfMatch is a free app right now just for iOS devices. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP