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National Geographic uses Košice appFocus short
18 Feb 2013 Compiled by Spectator staff IT
USERS of iPhones are no longer limited to Angry Birds. Now they can learn about the lives and behaviour of birds in the real world, thanks to IT experts from the Košice-based office of Ixonos, which has developed a bird watching application for the popular magazine National Geographic, which turns a smartphone into an ornithological encyclopaedia, the Hospodárske Noviny financial daily wrote in late January.
“This is the first complete encyclopaedic and illustrated book of birds … transformed into a mobile application,” said Roman Klimčík, the general director of the Košice-based arm of Ixonos.
For now the app is available only for iPhones and iPads, as National Geographic is focusing on the Apple brand and its clients.
But Slovak developers have already developed versions for Windows Phone and Android.
The application National Geographic Birds: Field Guide to North America, enables easy identification of all birds on the basis of several criteria.
The user can also keep records of what kinds of birds were seen and when.
A total of seven programmers at the Košice-based office worked on the application for eight months. Ixonos is currently negotiating with National Geographic about publishing another encyclopaedia.
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