Mobile World Congress Day Three [Liveblog]

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This year we’re covering the Barcelona Mobile World Congress a little differently. Each day there will be one liveblog post here on Cult of Mac and one on Cult of Android.

Instead of gathering up press releases and writing them up in the press office at the show, and then hitting the parties, we’ll be posting quick photos and snippets of info from the show floor itself.

Think of it as a kind of Instagram/Twitter hybrid, only right here on the site. Currently the newest posts are at the top, reverse-chronological style. Killian has given up and gone home already, so maybe I’ll get a chance to actually check out some gadgets today (Killian is a terrible influence).

If you want me to check something out, Tweet me @mistercharlie.

Now, let’s get on with Day three, the final proper day (Thursday is for the suits and the cleaners).

February 26, 2014 6:02 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

Signing off for now, and going to take a nap in that sweet-looking wifi lounge. Kidding! Actually going to get a massage or something.

We’re planning a few follow-up posts tomorrow, but that’s about it from the 2014 MWC.

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February 26, 2014 5:44 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

The Wi-Fi lounge. Siesta time

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February 26, 2014 5:28 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

The HTC One looks great, on paper and in person. Good specs, lovely hardware marred by jerky-jerky screen scrolling. It must be an Android problem because the hardware should be up to the job.

It does have these great home screens, though, which I’d love to see on the iPhone. Lock-screen notifications are ok, but imagine live tiles like this on your iPad mini’s screen.

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February 26, 2014 5:19 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

Golla has regular looking bags with pockets inside for iPads and notebooks. These two here are $120 each.

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February 26, 2014 5:04 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

LOLWUT?

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February 26, 2014 4:54 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

SBS’s zipper headphones have a proper clothes-style zipper that joins the two wires together. No tangles, and every sweater can be made to look like a cardigan.

In-line remote and mic. $19.99.

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February 26, 2014 4:29 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

Somebody really phoned it in with this slogan, huh?

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February 26, 2014 4:28 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

This is Brother’s answer to the Doxie, wireless, battery-powered scanner with SD card and Mac/PC support. 600dpi, 7.5 pages per minute.

Oh, and €300. Nice try Brother.

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February 26, 2014 4:13 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

OMG NASA

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February 26, 2014 4:08 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

Omate’s phone watch (a regular phone shrunk to wrist size) apparently has a two-day battery. I swear this screen popped up just as I was asking about it.

They really do look like old iPod Nanos with straps

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February 26, 2014 3:58 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

Tried to find someone to talk to, but everyone was already drunk.

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February 26, 2014 3:55 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

HTC must sponsor every major football competition, because there’s a different cup on the stand each day. This is the UEFA cup right? Tweet me if I’m wrong.

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February 26, 2014 3:46 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

This seems like a great idea. Plus it should work even if your battery dies, right?

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February 26, 2014 3:42 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

Funny: I haven’t seen any of these for iOS.

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February 26, 2014 3:37 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

Got a phone without a fingerprint reader? Like swiping your digit over the same spot several times before your fingerprint is recognized?

No problem! Fingerq.com has you covered with it’s add-on cases which have built-in scanners. A companion app lets you lock applications and the like, but it’s all Android-only.

Still, it could point to the kind of thing the iPhone’s own scanner could do in the future. Screen unlocking is a bit wasteful of this tech.

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February 26, 2014 3:28 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

Elecom’s bike “speakers” attach to your helmet strap and don’t cover your ears, so you can hear the traffic. Bluetooth means no wires (apart from the one that joins them together). This is a prototype; the finished model will cost between $90-110.

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February 26, 2014 3:08 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

Don’t get in a bar fight with this guy.

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February 26, 2014 3:06 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

Pretty sure Lionrock was a 90s house music outfit, but what do I know?

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February 26, 2014 3:03 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

Switchcase.com fuses your photos to an aluminum plate and puts it into an iPhone case.

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February 26, 2014 2:54 am PDTCharlie Sorrel


Waterproof phones are everywhere. How long before Apple waterproofs the iPhone?

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February 26, 2014 2:53 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

Kyocera has some neat speaker tech that pairs hearing-aids with glass to turn the phone’s screen into a speaker.

That’s cool, but the best part is that if you touch it to your head or even your ear defenders, you can still hear it clearly this’ll let you chat on the phone in a club, or somewhere equally noisy.

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February 26, 2014 2:32 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

Buzzword-ize

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February 26, 2014 2:29 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

Should I tell this guy about Head and Shoulders?

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February 26, 2014 2:21 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

Fewer iPads at the show this year, and most if those are minis. Either folks are using phones instead or they have iPads mini in their pockets.

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February 26, 2014 2:13 am PDTCharlie Sorrel

The Eye-Fi Mobi card has been amazing. Sometimes slow to connect on the show floor thanks to the crazy number of wifi networks, but rock solid. I’ve been shooting on my Fujifilm X100S, beaming to the iPhone using the Eye-Fi app, and editing in Snapseed before uploading to the liveblog via the browser.

99% of the liveblog has been done with the iPhone so far! with only the intros written on the iPad. The iPad’s better for troubleshooting the upside-down photo problem, too.

A big thumbs up for the Eye-Fi then. It only took them like five years to get it right.

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