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Cascades for BB10: Beta 3 released

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Good news from the twittersphere: Cascades Beta 3 is out!

Cascades is the beautiful UI framework that’s being developed over at RIM based off of the highly celebrated acquisition of The Astonishing Tribe from Sweden. This will enable developers to make highly responsive and polished applications that are sure to make BB10 a hit.

Developers will be treated in this beta to the BB10 Social Platform that we all know and love. We can also expect to see developers take full advantage of the new UI additions or even start integrating calendar, contact, and email support. These additions are just the tip of the iceberg and a promising first few steps in the right direction. Keep your eyes peeled for the Beta 4 and 5 releases in November as well as the beta 6 in December of this year.

TAT Demos a Mind-Blowing BlackBerry PlayBook Document and File Sharing Concept App

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The PlayBook is gearing up to be a pretty awesome Professional Tablet and at Mobile World Congress, TAT was showing off a demo of a concept app for how documents and files could be shared among a group of tablets. It’s demos like this that show TAT as being a great acquisition for the company. As QNX provides the powerful OS that will enable the apps of the future, TAT will provide the UI/UX that will make them stand out above the competition. See the videos below to see what file sharing among PlayBooks could look like.
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5 Products That Would Be Awesome If Branded BlackBerry

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Cool CTV video showing some of the ways QNX can be used other than PlayBook.

You really get the feeling a new age is dawning with RIM. With the acquisitions of QNX, TAT and Torch Mobile, there’s a lot of potential on the horizon. Also, consumers are demanding a lot more than just smartphones and RIM’s first foray into the tablet market shows its willingness to enter relatively new markets. Companies like Apple and Google are well diversified in the products they offer, and RIM still seems like a bit of a one trick pony. But if RIM were to enter more markets with the BlackBerry brand, here are 5 we would love to see:
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Teknision: The Company Behind the PlayBook UX Design

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A little known fact about the BlackBerry PlayBook is that the company that led the User Experience design is an Ottawa firm called Teknision. The company worked closely with RIM’s executive team and provided creative direction, conceptualization and lead design execution for the Tablet OS.

While we all know that the QNX operating system will come to smartphones, what isn’t clear is how it will actually look on the device. From Teknision’s site, they drop the hint that the UX will be similar. The company writes: “The BlackBerry Tablet OS is a completely new user experience direction for BlackBerry, which will eventually extend to all RIM devices.” From the small handling we’ve done of the PlayBook, the UX has been great and it will be interesting to see how it works on a small screen. Touchscreen and QWERTY hybrids are probably going to play a role in all this.
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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 and TAT Show Off Scrapbook App for the PlayBook

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At Mobile World Congress 2011, RIM and The Astonishing Tribe showed off a Scrapbook app for the PlayBook. The app looks okay, and it’s a pretty basic photo app, but it’s fun nonetheless.

Read more over at Inside BlackBerry.