Peekster: scan an article to read and share the online version


Ever read a printed version of an article that you wish you could instantly share on Twitter? Or see a photo in a story that you’re desperate to pin? Well Peekster aims to make linking up online and offline media as easy as possible.

All you need to do is scan the headline of an article, or a small chunk of text, and Peekster will serve up the online version on your phone seconds later using its optical recognition technology. Think of it a bit like Shazam, but for online media. Once you’ve found what you’re looking for, there’s an option to share the article to different social networks, as well as a related stories feature too.

For now Peekster is free, but it’s already looking to become more of a marketplace for related articles that can drive in-app purchases, having struck up deals with the likes of The Guardian and The Evening Standard already.

Peekster is available for free from iTunes.

Becca Caddy