A sweeping set of leaks tonight revealed many of AT&T's planned phone updates for the year, including its first-ever Android phone. The HTC Lancaster (pictured at top) pictured by Engadget should be a variant of the touchscreen Magic with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, AT&T-native 3G, a 3-megapixel camera and GPS. Importantly, it will also be treated as a flagship device: the carrier intends to have a six-month exclusive on the Lancaster before T-Mobile or other US carriers can use it. A launch is tentatively slated for August 3rd.
JOTOMI has released its second iPhone application, JMDictate, which can be used to record voice messages. The software features a voice-activation system that automatically removes silence from recorded tracks. Dictations can be paused, rewound, or edited anywhere in a track. Users can share recordings via e-mail, MobileMe, FTP servers, while content can also be directly downloaded to a computer. For multilingual users, the interface supports UTF8 characters in e-mails.
seyDoggy has released its newest RapidWeaver website theme, CR3ATiV3 Ultimate. The theme aims to be more multifunctional than the basic RapidWeaver themes, through the incorporation of ExtraContent technology which allows usable content spaces to be extended beyond the regular limits. The system allows content, such as Twitter streams and images, to be placed outside the common parameters of a webpage.
Toon Boom Animation has announced its latest high-performance animation tool, Toon Boom Animate Pro. The program offers a variety of animation, lip-sync and cell-swapping tools for creating tradigital and bitmap animation. The software includes a graph editor and over 50 effects that range from blurs to color correction, deformation and keyframing. A morphing tool enables users to automatically create in-betweens.
baKno has released a new game, PunkTrader 1.0, that focuses on the stock market and uses actual historical data for gamers to test their trading abilities. The game picks a stock and places the gamer at 9:30 a.m. on a random day in the past five years. Players must battle the market, buying and selling with profit as the objective. Trade volumes and averages, such as industry, exponential and moving averages, give the player indications of when to buy or sell.
Tycoon Games has announced that its upcoming Bionic Heart sci-fi game has entered the closed beta stage. Bionic Heart takes place in the year 2009 when the Earth's climate has been ravaged by pollution and global warming, leaving most of the world covered by an unending rain. During the game, players taker control of an informatics engineer, Luke Black, who works for one of the leading nano-technology companies, Nanotech.
USBfever has released two new iPhone accessories for vehicles, an air-vent mount and a leather case that can be mounted onto a car windshield with the appropriate bracket. Both items are compatible with the iPhone 3G, but the air-vent mount is also compatible with the iPod touch and the original iPhone.
Cartier, a high-end watch manufacturer and jeweler, has filed a lawsuit accusing Apple of trademark infringement, according to the Wall Street Journal. The dispute involves several iPhone apps, Fake Watch and Fake Watch Gold Edition, that show the current time on several virtual watches which replicate famous designs. Users can choose a Cartier Tank timepiece presented with the company's trademarks.