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Local software developer is semi-finalist in smart-phone app contest

A local software developer, Steelthorn Software, is a semi-finalist in the Verizon Wireless Developer’s Contest.steelthorn software small Steelthorn’s BlackBerry application, edocrab, is a shopping companion tool that helps consumers save money and buy smarter.

“We decided to enter the app in this contest because we truly believe that it has the potential to be one small part in helping millions of Americans stretch their dollars with wiser purchases,” Jeff Mixon, CEO of Steelthorn Software says.

Edocrab (“barcode” spelled backwards) is an application that enables consumers to make real time price comparisons from hundreds of stores, read reviews regarding the product’s they are considering, and even make online purchases straight from their phone by simply “scanning” a product’s UPC barcode with the newest BlackBerry device cameras.

Edocrab is the ninth application that Steelthorn has created. In August, it achieved one million downloads.

Verizon Wireless created a global competition to bring new applications and developers to the Verizon platform with the hopes of creating a storefront for application purchases much like the App Store has done for the iPhone.  Steelthorn hopes to be one of the companies that could win a portion of the more than $200,000 in cash and prizes that also include national marketing and promotional opportunities. Edocrab is one of 19 semi-finalists.

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