Like at any technology show, the biggest product releases of Mobile World Congress dropped in the first couple of days. But the latter days of an event remain just as interesting. You actually have time (well, a few minutes anyway) to roam the show floor to find hidden gems and underdog products, and you can dig up a few juicy scoops. All of that is just what happened on day 3 of the world's biggest wireless show.
The return of BlackBerry? By now you may have forgotten about BlackBerry, but the former smartphone powerhouse showed up in Barcelona with … Read more
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BARCELONA, Spain -- Qualcomm and KT have been giving delegates at Mobile World Congress a taste of the faster download speeds we can expect to see around the world soon.
Tucked away in the corner of one exhibition hall is KT (formerly Korea Telecom) showing off a modified Samsung Galaxy Note 3 connected to a bunch of computers at its booth. It looks boring, but it represents the future: mobiles capable of downloading data at 300Mbps.
Wander over to the Qualcomm stand and you'll see something more visually impressive: a prototype phone streaming two 4K videos to a TV … Read more
BARCELONA, Spain -- In the future, the world will be full of wearables and smartphones that can bend whatever way you want -- at least, that's what Kyocera imagines it will be.
At MWC this year, the Japanese phone company showed off some of its quirky concept devices, along with its family of waterproof Hydro smartphones.
Though none of these devices are officially brewing inside Kyocera's R&D arm, they are still enticing to think about it.
In fact, some of these products don't appear to be that far into the future -- like the arced-display … Read more
Once-dominant Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox has fallen, and in the process I lost the last .02 bitcoins I had to my name. By the time Mt. Gox disappeared from the Internet and from Twitter late Monday, bitcoin were trading for about $100 apiece, more than 75 percent lower than the price of the cryptocurrency on more stable exchanges worldwide. Since I didn't back up or keep records of my fractional amount of bitcoin anywhere else, that's roughly $2 in digital currency that's likely just vanished forever.
I shouldn't really complain. I got in on the bitcoin game relatively early and had a good run. Last summer, a while before bitcoin value hit its insane peak of more than $1,000, I bought a few hundred bucks' worth of the currency via Mt. Gox and Coinbase. I preferred the ease of trading on Gox and moved all my bitcoin over to the Japan-based exchange, which was by far the largest of the exchanges at the time.… Read more
Samsung made a splash at last year's Mobile World Congress by showing off the first reference device running not Android, but Tizen OS, an open-source operating system created by Samsung and Intel, among others. A year on at MWC 2014, what has changed for Tizen?
The year has seen big changes, not in the look and design of the software, but in its application. While last year, headlines shouted about Samsung running Tizen on its phones, Tizen has since become something of a poster child as the OS of choice for various connected devices and wearable tech.
This week, … Read more
BARCELONA, Spain -- Transmitting wireless data using radio waves is so old fashioned -- in the video above, you'll see the technology that sends data via light, and could stream Internet video to your TV from a light in your ceiling.
The system works by attaching an Ethernet-wired ceiling-based device to a standard LED light. The data about to be beamed through the air is sent to that bulb, which is instructed to flicker millions of times per second to communicate a signal -- kind of like an extremely speedy morse code.
The light signal -- which looks identical … Read more
BARCELONA, Spain -- Freescale Semiconductor, a maker of small processors called microcontrollers, has a tinier new one it hopes will help companies jump aboard the "Internet of things" bandwagon.
The microchips used in computers cost tens, hundreds, and sometimes thousands of dollars. But the Kinetis KL03 is an entirely different class for devices that aren't nearly so big and brawny: it measures just 1.6x2.0mm and costs 75 cents -- for customers buying them 100,000 at a time.
The 48MHz chip is 15 percent smaller than the earlier KL02, the company said. It's just … Read more