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Intel to debut netbook apps at MWC

Chip maker pushes app store for mobile devices

Intel will show off several applications designed for netbooks and mobile devices at the upcoming Mobile World Congress, where the chip maker plans to push a software development programme designed to populate its AppUp Center store with applications.

Intel plans to show off the applications designed for netbooks and mobile devices at its booth, where executives hope to woo developers with their Atom Developer Program, according to a blog post on the company's website.

The heart of Intel's netbook application strategy is the AppUp Center, an application store like Apple's App Store and Google's Android Market that is currently in development. The chip maker is counting on developers to fill the AppUp Center with free and paid applications designed for netbooks and other mobile devices that the company calls mobile internet devices, a catch-all term that describes handheld devices with smaller screens.

Of the eight applications mentioned in blog post, four of them - Fring, PopCatcher, Fanomena, and Fluoh - were either announced previously or are produced by developers that earlier voiced their support for the AppUp Center. The remaining four applications are video editor JayCut, image browser PhotoFlow, Last.fm client Vagalume, and EyeSight, an application that relies on a netbook's built-in camera to let users control the device and applications with hand gestures.

MWC, which will be held in Barcelona, runs from February 15 to February 18.

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