Charlie Sorrel (7:23 am PDT, Feb 23rd 2014)
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.
That’s it. Signing out. Tomorrow me and Killian will be on the show floor, kicking down doors and taking names.
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.
Castanets. The schwag isn’t so good this year…
Logitech’s Ultimate Ears Boom speakers. Use two of them with the app and they become left and right stereo channels.
Best. Name. Ever.
Sounds awesome, Microsoft.
Blood sausage hidden inside pastry. On the cheese table. Somebody hates vegetarians
Mobile blogging setup. Notebook and pen, iPhone and battery case, plus a Fujifilm X100S and Eye-Fi Mobi card.
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.
Flamenco. From Andalucía. Not from Barcelona. This is like serving grits at a New York-themed party.
But whatever. Spain’s Spain right?
No Wi-Fi devices? Yeah right.
It’s Giles’s job to smash his fingers over and over to show off Tech21’s protective foam.
Tech 21 makes these near smashproof iPhone cases.
Speaking of panoramas, this is the Panono, a ball that stitches together 360-degree panos from its 36 x 3MP cameras.
Venue two: Palau de Congressos, over on the other side of town
Oaxis’ 2nd-gen e-ink screen can be used with your iPhone, or any old Android device.
Coming in spring.
Mad Catz new iOS controller.
50 hours on a pair of AAAs, Bluetooth, iOS 7.
And guess what? The buttons feel good.
Google Glass. So cool.
Olloclip is giving away Olloclips. It’s like throwing chum into a shark pool.
The remote for the Back to the Future Zero 1 speaker looks like another movie prop. Can you guess which one?
Somebody made Marty McFly speakers! These huge Zero 1 speakers use a dongle to get music from your iPhone wirelessly.
This is the real reason press folks come to these shows.
Aving news network used to use shoulder-crushing camera rigs. Not any more.
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.
Blackberry, god bless ‘em. Still hanging in there.
Meet the press!