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From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Roundup: Lost and found, photo into video, new word game, more



Social media to the rescue: A tourist's photo of an abandoned stuffed bunny on Instagram led to the toy returning to its desperate young owner.

Photo into video:
Takes app turns your regular photos and transforms then into a video, with musical soundtrack.   USA Today

Popular word game: A word game from France called 94 Seconds has jumped high up on the Apps Store listWall Street Journal

Colorful and fun weather app: Everybody needs a weather app. If you want some yours to be attractive and fun, check out Solar for iOS.   New York Times

$3,000 phone for women:
New Cruiser White from Gresso, aimed at a very specific audience – ladies – carries a price tag of $3,000. The case is made from a solid titanium slab.   CNet

Swamp cooler for pooches:
Keep your dog cool this sweltering summer with a Swamp Cooler by Ruffwear. It's a dog vest that uses evaporation to keep your pet cool. Just pour some water on it.

Phone data abroad: Traveling soon? Here are some tips to keep your costs down when using data while you're traveling abroad.

Phone unlocking: Is the cellphone unlocking debate moving into the political arena?  How would Obama's support hurt the effort?

A peek into Apple's future:
Apple's patent shows disappearing keyboard for the MacBook, and a squeezable mobile devices.

Windows Phone surge:
Thanks to some smartphone releases, Windows Phone usage has jumped – quadrupled. Leading the pack is Nokia with its Lumia line.

Be forewarned: Red Cross has released a new Tornado Warning and Alert app to let you know when danger is near. It also gives you tips on how to prepare for emergencies, and also things you need to know post storm.  

Birds and the Bees:
What do you do when your child asks where babies come from? Turn to Birdees, an interactive sex education app to help parents come up with an answer.

School ranking: Want to be an app developer? Here's a ranking of the 10 best schools in the world to jump-start your career.

Lost something? Smart "stickers" helps you find just about anything with your smartphone.

[Last modified: Friday, March 8, 2013 4:43pm]


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