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DrawCast review

DrawCast gives you the tools to create your own unique artwork and share it with other users or on other social networks. You can also browse art created by others, follow them, and even watch an animation of their drawing being made. This is a great app, whether you enjoy making art, yourself, or just like seeing what other people can do.

When you open DrawCast, you'll find yourself on the main menu screen. In the upper left-hand corner there is a button that will take you to the drawing screen. But if you'd like to check out … Read more

Review: Model chemicals in 2D and 3D with ACD/ChemSketch Freeware

Advanced Chemistry Development's ACD/ChemSketch Freeware bundle is the sort of easy-to-use cutting-edge toolkit that chemist Isaac Asimov predicted years ago, only it's not science fiction but real software you can download today. ACD/ChemSketch is an easy-to-use chemical modeling and rendering program with a versatile 3D viewer that lets you specify everything from shapes and colors to Initial Internuclear Distance (in Angstroms). You can drag and rotate 3D models, zoom in and out, record frames, and manipulate the view in many ways. ChemBasic, a chemistry-oriented programming tool, is included.

ChemSketch's layout bears a strong resemblance to … Read more

Researchers bypass blood work, favoring lasers to detect malaria

Diagnosing malaria can be a bit of a pain, especially when trying to test in remote parts of the world where such tests are most needed. For one, it requires a standard blood smear test with the right chemical reagents and a high-quality microscope. It also should be done by a lab technician with proper training, and each test takes 15 minutes and costs roughly $1. Oh -- and the tests spoil in hot climates if not properly stored.

Now, thanks to researchers at Rice University, a new test that uses laser pulses -- and requires no blood draws, microscopes, … Read more

Review: One Touch Drawing offers a fun premise and plenty of challenging levels

One Touch Drawing isn't a drawing app. It's a game that makes you draw a continuous line to solve hundreds of challenging puzzles. It's a unique game that happens to be really fun to play if you like basic brain teasers.

One Touch Drawing asks you to trace a shape without repeating any lines. It lets you see the finished shape so you can think about each move before you make it. There's an easy "reload" button in case you mess up and hints show up if you've failed ten times, which is … Read more

Review: Photo Sketch Free provides numerous hand-drawn effects and filters

Photo Sketch Free is a fun photo editing app that manages to perfectly capture the style and theme of the filters it uses in the interface and design. The result is an attractive, well-made, and quick app that offers a number of editing tools with only a handful of issues. If you enjoy filtering your photos and want an app with new and fun options for doing so, this is a good place to start.

When you open Photo Sketch free, you see immediately what you're working with. The interface and design features are all hand drawn and they … Read more

Zynga quietly shutters OMGPOP games

Zynga officially has marked the end of OMGPOP, the game development studio behind the game Draw Something. The company quietly announced the closure of OMGPOP and four of its games last week in its player support forum.

Zynga will continue to provide support for Draw Something, Draw Something 2, and Draw My Thing. Although Zynga laid off its entire OMGPOP team in June, the company officially is shutting down OMGPOP on Sept. 30. The unit's four other games -- Cupcake Corner, Gem Rush, Pool World Champ, and Snoops -- will go dark on Aug. 29.

The struggling gaming company … Read more

Review: Draw Something 2 offers more of the fun drawing tools of the first

Draw Something 2 is the first iteration of the popular social app produced by Zynga and it improves in many ways on the Draw Something original, including providing even deeper social integration. With the trademark Zynga interface and numerous social tools to drive your play of the game, Draw Something 2 brings with it hundreds of new words, a gallery to view past drawings, and much more -- ultimately making it a better game.

The first step after installing Draw Something 2 is to set up your account. You'll need to log in with your Zynga or Facebook ID … Read more

Heartbeats now in 3D, no special glasses required

When surgeons thread a catheter through a vein to the heart -- a procedure called cardiac ablation -- they are relying on electrodes at the catheter's tip to listen to the heart's electrical activity and find the source of -- and hopefully fix -- any heartbeat irregularities.

Now, a new system called the Rhythmia Mapping System, recently bought by Boston Scientific, translates that activity into a 3D map of the heart as it pumps blood. The system received FDA 510(k) clearance in the U.S., only months after receiving the similar CE Mark of approval in Europe.… Read more

Review: Lucky Draw creates seemingly random numbers for a variety of purposes

Lucky Draw is an interesting app in that it doesn't seem to be necessary until you use it and find that the random number generators are quite good at being absolutely unpredictable. Once you realize just how hard it is to program a random number generator, let alone multiple generators for different situations, Lucky Draw becomes a relatively useful app in many situations.

In the case of Lucky Draw, there is a list of functions--things like a six-sided die, a coin flip, and a rock-paper-scissors simulator--and you can tap any of them and they will run automatically until you … Read more

Getting started with iPad app Tayasui Sketches

If you like Paper and want another sketch app for the iPad that looks and acts like Paper but with a slightly different set of tools, check out Tayasui Sketches. The app offers an impressive assortment of drawing tools for free, and the in-app Pro Mode upgrade, at a reasonable $1.99, is cheaper than any of the upgrades Paper offers.

Launch Tayasui Sketches and you'll be greeted with a blank canvas and nine drawing tools, plus an eraser and a color strip for selecting a color for your brush or pen. Like Paper, Tayasui Sketches is not cluttered … Read more