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.

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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

Mobile World Congress 2014 Day Zero [Liveblog]

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

Mobile World Congress 2014 Day Zero [Liveblog]

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

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February 23, 2014 12:26 pm PDTCharlie Sorrel

Mobile World Congress 2014 Day Zero [Liveblog]

Mobile World Congress 2014 Day Zero [Liveblog]

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

Mobile World Congress 2014 Day Zero [Liveblog]

Best. Name. Ever.

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February 23, 2014 11:53 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

Mobile World Congress 2014 Day Zero [Liveblog]

Sounds awesome, Microsoft.

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February 23, 2014 11:40 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

Mobile World Congress 2014 Day Zero [Liveblog]

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 World Congress 2014 Day Zero [Liveblog]

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

Mobile World Congress 2014 Day Zero [Liveblog]

Mobile World Congress 2014 Day Zero [Liveblog]

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

Mobile World Congress 2014 Day Zero [Liveblog]

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

Mobile World Congress 2014 Day Zero [Liveblog]

No Wi-Fi devices? Yeah right.

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February 23, 2014 11:01 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

Mobile World Congress 2014 Day Zero [Liveblog]

OMFG CAKE!

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February 23, 2014 10:58 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

Mobile World Congress 2014 Day Zero [Liveblog]

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

Mobile World Congress 2014 Day Zero [Liveblog]

Tech 21 makes these near smashproof iPhone cases.

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February 23, 2014 10:39 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

Mobile World Congress 2014 Day Zero [Liveblog]

Mobile World Congress 2014 Day Zero [Liveblog]

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

Mobile World Congress 2014 Day Zero [Liveblog]

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

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February 23, 2014 9:19 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

Mobile World Congress 2014 Day Zero [Liveblog]

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February 23, 2014 9:08 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

Mobile World Congress 2014 Day Zero [Liveblog]

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February 23, 2014 9:03 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

Mobile World Congress 2014 Day Zero [Liveblog]

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

Mobile World Congress 2014 Day Zero [Liveblog]

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

Mobile World Congress 2014 Day Zero [Liveblog]

Google Glass. So cool.

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February 23, 2014 8:24 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

Mobile World Congress 2014 Day Zero [Liveblog]

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

Mobile World Congress 2014 Day Zero [Liveblog]

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

Mobile World Congress 2014 Day Zero [Liveblog]

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

Mobile World Congress 2014 Day Zero [Liveblog]

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

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February 23, 2014 7:57 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

Mobile World Congress 2014 Day Zero [Liveblog]

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

Mobile World Congress 2014 Day Zero [Liveblog]

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

Mobile World Congress 2014 Day Zero [Liveblog]

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

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February 23, 2014 7:27 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

Mobile World Congress 2014 Day Zero [Liveblog]

Meet the press!

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