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Star Coloring has unveiled an educational application, Animals Coloring Book, aimed at children between the ages of 4 to 13. The program combines 3D graphics, sounds and music to help provide children with an interactive interface for coloring and creating pictures. It features images of various animals and objects, ranging from donkeys to flowers, while the full background consists of different environments that can also be colored.
Markzware has released PageZephyr, an app that provides tools for searching and retrieving content. The program allows users to find documents and extract text from popular publishing formats including Adobe InDesign and QuarkXPress. Documents can be searched using specific keywords or phrases, in any language, while individual files can be targeted by specifying size, modification date, or creation date.
EA Mobile has announced that the 1980s game Dragonís Lair has been remade for the iPhone and iPod touch. The animated adventure focuses on a Knight, Dirk the Daring, who is on a quest to rescue Princess Daphne from the lair of a fire-breathing dragon, Singe, who dwells inside the castle of an evil wizard. Players have to defeat a variety of monsters including the Lizard King and the Giddy Goons, all while exploring different caverns and overcoming obstacles.
A leaked HTC roadmap posted this weekend has revealed that the majority of the company's smartphones for the first half of 2010 will run Android, not Windows Mobile. Of the eight phones slated for launch in the XDA slip, five run Google's platform and are aimed at more interesting categories such as Performance, Design/Lifestyle and Social. The Windows Mobile devices are all relegated to a Productivity category.
App4mac has announced updates to its project management app, Projector, as well as the online backup utility, Twin. Projector provides tools for keeping track of tasks and calculating project costs. The latest version has been completely rewritten in Objective C 2.0 for improved performance and enhanced 64-bit support. The update also features a redesigned user interface and a new engine optimized for both small and large projects.
Motorola will be the first to produce a push-to-talk phone for Android if a leak proves true. The Opus One appears destined for Sprint's iDEN network and would make for one of the few modern smartphones to support the network. It would be a touchscreen-dependent device without a keyboard, but it would have a direction pad and should be particularly thin compared to even most other Android devices.
StarTech's Crash Cart is an appropriately named tool: much like the emergency medical kit, it allows any USB-equipped notebook to function as the monitor, keyboard, and mouse for any 'headless' server or for a desktop computer that may need urgent maintenance. It's not a trivial expense at $470, but does it work well enough that those who need it can expect to work well? Our review finds out.
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Apple to open R&D center in India
A new report says that Apple will be opening a new technology center in Hyderabad, India, helping to boost the city's growing reputation as a tech center. The facility would operate within the WaveRock facility, and create 4,500 new jobs at a cost of around $25 million. In 2015, India surpassed the $1 billion in yearly sales milestone, and Apple has recently received permission to open retail stores in the country under its own control, an exception to rules that usually block foreign ownership. http://zd.net/1SMBVu4
Google killing Picasa starting May 1
Google Photos head Anil Sabharwal confirmed in a blog post today that the search engine giant will be shutting down acquisition Picasa. Support and downloads for the desktop application will terminate on March 15 with the application continuing to work for the time being. The transition to Google Photos truly commences on May 1, with deprecation of some Picasa API calls happening shortly thereafter. Users that have Google Photos access will find their photos already migrated. A mass-download tool for users not wishing to use Google Photos will be available sometime after May 1. http://bit.ly/1SmV2KH
Rogue Amoeba Piezo updated, departing App Store
In order to continue working on audio capture tool Piezo, developer Rogue Amoeba has simultaneously updated the app to version 1.5, and announced that it will pull version 1.2.6 from the Mac App Store. Customers who own the Mac App Store version have a one-time migration process to the Rogue Amoeba-served version. The company notes that the sandboxing restriction placed on Mac App Store versions "effectively stopped our ability to upgrade Piezo in any meaningful way." [8.80MB] http://bit.ly/1PIjz7l
FCC spectrum auction will happen without Google
After throwing its hat in earlier, Google (and associated companies) has declared that it is not participating in this year's FCC spectrum auction. A company spokeswoman said of the auction that "like all those interested in improved connectivity and equitable access, we'll be following the upcoming spectrum auction closely. That said, we have not filed to participate." http://on.recode.net/1oy5LWk
iPad Air 3, iPhone 5se sold Friday after launch?
Reverting the way products are actually released by Apple after an announcement to the way it was a decade ago, reports are circulating that new products revealed at a March announcement will go on sale the Friday immediately following the unveil. Slated to appear at a conjectural Tuesday, March 15 event are a new Apple four-inch phone with more up to date internals currently referred to as the iPhone 5se, and a new iPad Air 3 model with Smart Connector and other enhancements. http://bit.ly/1o7mqiY
Lexmark prevails in toner import appeal
Printer manufacturer Lexmark has won an appeal on the third-party US resale of its printer cartridges originally destined for markets outside North America. The appeals court ruled in a 10-2 vote in favor of Lexmark's demand to stop the sale and against Impression Products, both on the toner cartridge resale matter, as well as a related matter regarding overturning the reseller's refilling one-use cartridges and selling those in the US market. The ruling has ramifications in the tech industry, as well as the pharmaceutical and medical technology markets. Impression Products promises an appeal before the supreme court. http://reut.rs/1SLVmmG
AT&T expands BOGO promo to iPhone 6s
Beginning today, new and existing AT&T customers can purchase a new iPhone 6s and get another one free when adding a second line. Over the weekend, customers must purchase two phones through AT&T Next (one can be an existing number), and add both phones to a qualified plan. AT&T notes that "after three bill cycles or less" the account will start to receive up to $650 spread out over 30 monthly bill credits to offset the cost of the installment plan for the phone. Taxes are due at time of sale. http://soc.att.com/1SLUP4k