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The Astonishing Tribe Demos Stereoscopic 3D App

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The Astonishing Tribe has been showing off some pretty cool concept apps at Mobile World Congress and one of them is a stereoscopic 3D app. The app shows off a carousel style view of some stereoscopic 3D images and shows how the 1080p high definition display, combined with the HDMI output, a nice flatscreen and some fancy coding, all work smoothly together.

The idea of wearing glasses to view 3D is a little lame, but again, it’s just a concept app. Read more about it from Inside BlackBerry.

RIM’s Andrew Bocking Talks NFC at Mobile World Congress 2011

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At Mobile World Congress 2011, RIM’s Andrew Bocking talked about NFC and what that means for users and businesses. There are a ton of different ways that NFC can be used including Bluetooth style picture transfers, mobile payments and any scenario where your phone’s proximity to something pulls or pushes data.
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Roundup of PlayBook Apps Demo’d at Mobile World Congress

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There are some pretty cool PlayBook apps being demonstrated at Mobile World Congress 2011. The PlayBook is slated to be shipped around April 1st and everyone is hoping RIM hits this target date. Although, would anyone really be surprised if it gets delayed?

The PlayBook’s screen size provides some awesome opportunities for games and apps that use multitouch and bigger screens. Hit the jump and check out a few apps we can expect to see on the PlayBook.
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Mobile World Congress Awards 2011 Showcases the Best in Giant Companies

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Mobile World Congress held their Mobile Awards 2011 and it seems very skewed to giant companies in an industry that is made up of many small companies (fewer than 100 employees). In terms of app awards, 4/5 of the awards went to very large companies. Herocraft, the Russian subsidiary of United Fun Traders, was the smallest company in the app awards. Also, Rovio was a small company when they developed their Angry Birds app, but they’ve since been acquired by a huge firm, Electronic Arts. It’s not that large companies can’t produce compelling products, or should be ineligible for awards, but it wouldn’t be shocking to learn the awards are skewed because it’s big companies that are bringing in the dollars and making the conference possible. The awards for Global Mobile App Awards went to:
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“Many, If Not Most” BlackBerry Handsets in 2011 Will Have NFC Support

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Jim B had some pretty awesome news that he snuck into his Mobile World Congress keynote this morning. During the keynote, he said “many, if not most” BlackBerry handsets in 2011 will have NFC support. RIM hasn’t clarified as to how the funds will be processed, or what sort of access developers will have in terms of APIs, but the statement shows that RIM is on the right track. The idea of being able to swipe your BlackBerry at the cash rather than fumble around in your wallet sounds awesome. Countries like South Korea already have a huge adoption of this kind of technology and it will be great to see Western adoption.

Adobe Flash Player 10.2 Coming to a PlayBook Near You

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Mobile World Congress 2011 is going strong with announcements and yesterday we learned that Adobe Flash 10.2 will be available for the BlackBerry PlayBook (as well as Android Honeycomb). We’re hoping that this update will have a positive impact on battery life and overall user experience, as the update will support Stage Video which apparently can deliver better video quality while making more efficient use of the processor and memory.

According to the press release:

“Stage Video decreases processor and memory usage while enabling higher frame rates and improved video quality. Test results show up to 80 percent CPU savings when playing back video in 1080p on Windows® and Mac OS. Stage Video support for mobile devices will be available on Android 3.0 “Honeycomb” and BlackBerry Tablet OS. Existing H.264 video content on the Web will benefit from Stage Video on mobile platforms without any changes to the content.”

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