Is the number up for Sudoku? Google application with phone camera to solve any puzzle (Mail online)

Gap-fill exercise

Fill in all the gaps, then press "Check" to check your answers. Use the "Hint" button to get a free letter if an answer is giving you trouble. You can also click on the "[?]" button to get a clue. Note that you will lose points if you ask for hints or clues!
If you're type of person who can't help but peak at the answers in a quiz then Google may have just made Sudoku a easier.
But for brain-tease fans love puzzling over the devilish little number crunching grid then it may just have ruined the passtime millions.
update for mobile phone application Google Goggles can now use a handset's camera snap a pic of the puzzle and, via the internet, whiz back the solution seconds.
Google Goggles, available on the iPhone and Google Android phones, intended mainly for price comparison information and general searching.
But by capturing images and sending them to the company’s central servers, the firm’s enormous web archive will find answer just as if it were searching for a term entered as text.
The application previously available but the updated version means the software now also recognises adverts barcodes.
Recent scientific studies suggested that brainteasers and logic puzzles can help brain to perform better.
One found that completing playing Sudoku and completing crosswords can your brain up to 14 years younger. Puzzles involving words and numbers were found to best at retaining mental dexterity.
Another study, published in October 2010, showed that when it comes Sudokus and crosswords, it’s women that tend to take them seriously
Women were four more likely than men to admit to being compulsive puzzle players obsessed only with winning, research commissioned by Nintendo found.
On the other hand, more men women said their motivation for completing puzzles was to keep themselves intellectually sharp.