Finding hidden gems in cities and countries with new apps

Mon Oct 27, 2014 1:40pm EDT
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By Natasha Baker

TORONTO (Reuters) - News apps are helping users share information about sights and hidden gems in cities and countries around the globe so other people can benefit from their knowledge.

Findery, a free app for iPhone and Android available worldwide, lets people view trivia and stories about favorite locations, whether it's a building, beach, or a landmark like the Eiffel Tower.

"We want to help bring curiosity, adventure and exploration into daily life,” said Caterina Fake, founder and chief executive officer of Findery, based in San Francisco.

When users open the app they can read notes and inside tips or view photos and videos by others about nearby locations, which can be viewed on a map.

“I was standing in front of a building I pass a thousand times and found out that Ann Rice wrote 'Interview with a Vampire' there,” Fake said of the vampire novel by the American author.

The app includes copious notes about cities like New York and San Francisco and information about countries around the globe.

“We want to ground people in the place they’re standing and where they are, which technology has the tendency to take us away from,” Fake said.

Findery and other apps aim to enhance the travel experience.   Continued...