Mobile World Congress 2014 Day Zero [Liveblog]

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Welcome to Barcelona. The official Mobile World Congress starts tomorrow, but today the press shows begin. Follow along for our live blog of ShowStoppers and later Mobile Focus.

February 23, 2014 12:48 pm PDTCharlie Sorrel

That’s it. Signing out. Tomorrow me and Killian will be on the show floor, kicking down doors and taking names.

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February 23, 2014 12:47 pm PDTCharlie Sorrel

The Libon app now lets you message people who don’t use the service. They get an SMS with your message and a link. The link takes them to a secure HTML5 web app where you can chat. It’s pretty near stuff, and solves the big problem of messaging apps — that you usual have to be using the same service.

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February 23, 2014 12:27 pm PDTCharlie Sorrel

Castanets. The schwag isn’t so good this year…

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February 23, 2014 12:26 pm PDTCharlie Sorrel

Logitech’s Ultimate Ears Boom speakers. Use two of them with the app and they become left and right stereo channels.

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February 23, 2014 11:55 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

Best. Name. Ever.

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February 23, 2014 11:53 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

Sounds awesome, Microsoft.

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February 23, 2014 11:40 am PDTCharlie Sorrel


Blood sausage hidden inside pastry. On the cheese table. Somebody hates vegetarians

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February 23, 2014 11:24 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

Mobile blogging setup. Notebook and pen, iPhone and battery case, plus a Fujifilm X100S and Eye-Fi Mobi card.

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February 23, 2014 11:18 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

This amazing little grip turns the iPhone into a camera with a shutter button, zoom buttons, burst mode and works as a Bluetooth remote.

You can screw lenses into it too. Just $70.

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February 23, 2014 11:15 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

Flamenco. From Andalucía. Not from Barcelona. This is like serving grits at a New York-themed party.

But whatever. Spain’s Spain right?

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February 23, 2014 11:04 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

No Wi-Fi devices? Yeah right.

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February 23, 2014 11:01 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

OMFG CAKE!

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February 23, 2014 10:58 am PDTCharlie Sorrel


It’s Giles’s job to smash his fingers over and over to show off Tech21’s protective foam.

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February 23, 2014 10:54 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

Tech 21 makes these near smashproof iPhone cases.

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February 23, 2014 10:39 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

Speaking of panoramas, this is the Panono, a ball that stitches together 360-degree panos from its 36 x 3MP cameras.

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February 23, 2014 10:33 am PDTCharlie Sorrel


Venue two: Palau de Congressos, over on the other side of town

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February 23, 2014 9:19 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

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February 23, 2014 9:08 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

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February 23, 2014 9:03 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

Oaxis’ 2nd-gen e-ink screen can be used with your iPhone, or any old Android device.

Coming in spring.

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February 23, 2014 8:49 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

Mad Catz new iOS controller.

50 hours on a pair of AAAs, Bluetooth, iOS 7.

April $80

And guess what? The buttons feel good.

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February 23, 2014 8:37 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

Google Glass. So cool.

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February 23, 2014 8:24 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

Olloclip is giving away Olloclips. It’s like throwing chum into a shark pool.

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February 23, 2014 8:19 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

The remote for the Back to the Future Zero 1 speaker looks like another movie prop. Can you guess which one?

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February 23, 2014 8:13 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

Somebody made Marty McFly speakers! These huge Zero 1 speakers use a dongle to get music from your iPhone wirelessly.

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February 23, 2014 8:01 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

This is the real reason press folks come to these shows.

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February 23, 2014 7:57 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

Aving news network used to use shoulder-crushing camera rigs. Not any more.

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February 23, 2014 7:54 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

BlueAnt’s new waterproof bluetooth headphones look pretty sweet. The booth has a kind of porny video with a wet, muscled man tossing his hair.

$129

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February 23, 2014 7:36 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

Blackberry, god bless ’em. Still hanging in there.

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February 23, 2014 7:27 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

Meet the press!

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  • aaloo

    Mad catz controller looks good.