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Why on Earth would you build a closed Android phone?

This is the Doro 740, announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week and expected to ship in the summer. The Doro 740 might be the last phone you'll ever need While other Android phone manufacturers are struggling to differentiate their phones, this one has no problems: it’s aimed at older folk. The major players …
Simon Rockman, 6 Mar 2012
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MWC: Inscrutable slogans, Google toys and the invisible Apple

MWC 2012 I go to Mobile World Congress every year and come home bemused. A few observations to explain. I don't get marketing As you walk around the booths of Barcelona you read names, marketing slogans and brief descriptions of services offered. Mainly you leave none the wiser, even after repeating the process over several days. What …
Ed Moore, 1 Mar 2012
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Mobile whizzes tout gadgets that touch you, save your life

MWC 2012 A search around the MWC in Barcelona for something more interesting revealed a phone which can perform an ECG, a headset you operate by shaking it about like a loon, and a touchscreen that touches you back. Mobile phones have morphed into black slabs these days, better distinguished by the logo on the front than any …
Bill Ray, 1 Mar 2012
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Inside Eric Schmidt's brain: Holodecks, robo-cars and jail bandwidth

MWC 2012 Telephony standards supremos at the GSMA love the phrase "connecting the unconnected" – the notion of getting data and voice links out to the masses. Google skipper Eric Schmidt has similar sentiments, but he's got only one thing on his mind: data. The executive chairman isn't fussy about who will bear this information, …
Simon Rockman, 29 Feb 2012
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Microsoft drops 'risky' Windows 8 preview on World

Microsoft has released to the World near-final code for Windows 8 - its riskiest bet yet. Officially called a Consumer Preview, but actually a beta, the next Windows 8 milestone will be the release candidate followed by release to manufacturing, Windows Division president Steven Sinofsky said Wednesday. Microsoft chose the …
Tim Anderson, 29 Feb 2012
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Riot police encircle Mobile World Congress

MWC 2012 Student protesters are gathering outside the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, chanting and shouting, which would be more concerning if they weren't more or less outnumbered by the riot police. A helicopter is circling overhead and a large group of students is gathered on the roundabout outside the congress site, but the …
Bill Ray, 29 Feb 2012
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Wireless operators to become less, er, wireless

MWC 2012 Everyone is making small base stations this year, some will even drop into the palm of a hand, but that's good as operators are desperate to get their wireless services safely ensconced in copper as quickly as possible. Radio is very expensive, both in terms of power consumption and the cost of spectrum, so the less radio an …
Bill Ray, 29 Feb 2012
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Qualcomm poised to zap wireless charging rival into dust

MWC 2012 Qualcomm is on the verge of licensing its wireless charging tech WiPower to a big-name brand, which could be enough to unplug rival standard Qi. Despite general agreement that topping up batteries wire-free desperately needs a single standard, and the fact that companies such as Energiser and Philips are already making Qi- …
Bill Ray, 29 Feb 2012
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CBOSS puts out operator bait: Dinner date with 'booth babe'

MWC 2012 The quest for attention has ratcheted up a notch at this year's MWC, with CBOSS putting "booth babes" – the attractive staff at its MWC stall – on the table as dinner companions in the hope that someone will ask just what the company does. One of Mobile World Congress's most famous exhibitors has decided it's going to have to …
Bill Ray, 29 Feb 2012
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UK Broadband flicks switch on Blighty's first 4G network

MWC 2012 UK Broadband, wireless internet service provider to Swindon Council and beyond, has switched on its LTE network to claim the UK first, but don't expect to be making 4G phone calls any time soon. UK Broadband's network is LTE, which qualifies as "4G" under the ITU's most-recent interpretation, and UK Broadband does have a …
Bill Ray, 29 Feb 2012
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Trusted computing: It's BACK, and already in a pocket near you

MWC Trusted Computing, the widely-derided idea of computing secured for, and against, its users, is back and the necessary hardware is already in the majority of pockets. When Intel and Microsoft tried to introduce Trusted Computing, under the Palladium brand, they were pilloried as betraying the freedoms which had made desktop …
Bill Ray, 29 Feb 2012
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New tool turns any marketing wonk into a mobile app whiz

MWC 2012 Calling a company Antenna when what you make is an abstraction platform, rather than antennas, might not be sensible – especially at a congress stuffed with mobile techies – but what the firm actually does works well for the trend of this age. Technology follows fashion more than we’d like to admit, and apps are where it is at …
Simon Rockman, 29 Feb 2012
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Cisco CEO: Mobile cloud threat for service providers

MWC 2012 Network pitchman John Chambers has cautioned service providers that they risk being stranded by the mobile cloud. Chambers, chief executive of Cisco, is reported to have said that the mobile cloud has descended and will change the service provider industry forever. Telcos who don’t adapt risk getting left behind, he told the …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Feb 2012
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Mobile net kingpins v the world: 'Why should we pay the 4G tab?'

MWC 2012 Life’s tough for a mobile operator. The regulators treat you like a cash cow and the over-the-top services are leeching all the money. And unless we get back to the good old days of the 1990s, they "won’t be able to make the investments necessary for 4G". This was the tone of the Mobile Operator Strategies Keynote at Mobile …
Simon Rockman, 28 Feb 2012
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41-megapixel MONSTER mobe shutters Nokia knockers

MWC 2012 Nokia's PureView 808, unveiled today in Barcelona, boasts a 41-megapixel camera - a spec that trumps rivals' 8- and 12-MP sensors spectacularly. Naturally your humble hack had a play with one on the Nokia stand. The hefty handset features an f2.4 Carl Zeiss lens and new pixel oversampling technology. Zooming in on an image is …
Simon Rockman, 27 Feb 2012
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Crap mobile networks shamed by Carrier IQ API

MWC 2012 Caught-out cellphone snoopster Carrier IQ has decided to come clean, hoping that punters will be prepared to have their phones' behaviour logged if they get to see the data too. On Monday the company launched an API which allows network operators to create self-service portals showing customers how many times they've dropped …
Bill Ray, 27 Feb 2012
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ITU supremo offers top tips on thwarting next Arab Spring

MWC 2012 The International Telecommunication Union's general secretary reckons the Arab Spring spate of revolutions is pretty much over, except possibly in Syria, and to keep it that way we need better-connected countries. Dr Hamadoun Toure was speaking at Mobile World Congress, mostly about how the ITU is absolutely, positively, not …
Bill Ray, 27 Feb 2012
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IBM and Huawei hook up to start Chinese takeaway

MWC 2012 IBM's enterprise consultancy, IBM Global Business Service, has joined up with Huawei to create enterprise solutions, initially for Chinese companies but with global aspirations. Huawei wants its smartphones embedded into businesses, and to give those businesses a reason to buy its tablets too. IBM wants to push its Chinese …
Bill Ray, 27 Feb 2012

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