MWC 2012

Samsung squashes iPhone in MWC awards

Samsung squashes iPhone in MWC awards

Samsung has pipped Apple to the post and won the coveted GSMA Best Smartphone award at Mobile World Congress, the Galaxy S II taking the crown in devices and Samsung itself named Device Manufacturer of the Year. The news follows Apple's surprise victory with the iPhone 4 at MWC 2011 - despite not even attending the show. However, Samsung's tablets were less fortunate, with the iPad 2 grabbing the Best Mobile Tablet award as a product "that has defined the market."

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QNX Porsche 911 Hands-on

QNX Porsche 911 Hands-on

It's strange to see a vehicle here at MWX 2012, especially one running BlackBerry - but here it is, a QNX Porsche 911 working also with a set of BlackBerry PlayBooks. This vehicle has the ability to connect to your BlackBerry smartphone using NFC to stereo telephony, while connections between devices then works instantaneously from there on out with Bluetooth. Control the music at the front of the car with the PlayBooks set in the seats in the back, play video from one part of the car to the other, and roll out on the web throughout the vehicle.

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Schmidt’s Privacy Obsession Leaves Google Torn

Schmidt’s Privacy Obsession Leaves Google Torn

Privacy is a hot topic at Google, and chairman Eric Schmidt wasted no time in cultivating an MWC 2012 keynote around personal freedoms, the role of the internet as activist, and safeguarding of our individual information. Yet what Schmidt's appearance did show us more than anything is that the chairman is consumed with an obsession around the topic, either attempting to convinced us that we have the option of anonymity, or outlining the dance which Google follows trying to balance between the public and the private.

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Google Keynote MWC 2012 Round-Up

Google Keynote MWC 2012 Round-Up

This year's Mobile World Congress has turned out to have more than a couple surprises, and the highly quotable Eric Schmidt is no exception to the rule this week in the Google keynote address. Speaking to the entire world via webcast as well as an audience of press and mobile enthusiasts alike on not just the state of the mobile world today, but the future in which the developing world will be utterly changed for the better by a web-connected community. In addition, both privacy and the most recent release for Android by Google: Google Chrome, were touched upon by both Schmidt and Android's Hugo Barra.

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Android forking “is fine” says Schmidt, we don’t sue like Apple

Android forking “is fine” says Schmidt, we don’t sue like Apple

The Android team predicted forking in the ecosystem, Google chairman Eric Schmidt said today at Mobile World Congress, taking the opportunity to snipe at Apple over the company's litigious tendencies. "We understood that this stuff would happen ... and it's fine" Schmidt said, explaining that while Google hoped that those manufacturers not sticking to the search company's official guidelines for Android would realize the potential benefits, "We don't sue them… if you get my drift."

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“Prison is no bandwidth” jokes Google’s Schmidt

“Prison is no bandwidth” jokes Google’s Schmidt

A life without internet access is a life equivalent to spending it incarcerated, Google's Eric Schmidt has joked at Mobile World Congress today, quipping that "prison is no bandwidth" after a question from an Iranian attendee. Speaking during the Q&A section of his keynote session, Schmidt was asked whether Google would lift blocks on the company's services in Iran. After a brief consultation with his lawyer, Schmidt said that such a move was impossible as it contravened US law.

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Samsung Galaxy Note S Pen app contest announced

Samsung Galaxy Note S Pen app contest announced

Samsung's new Galaxy Note device is turning a lot of heads, not only because of its large display but also because of the "S Pen" that comes with it, turning it into more of a tablet/PDA hybrid than a traditional phone. The only problem with launching something like that is that it isn't a universal accessory and so developers need to have intense confidence in that one product if they want to incorporate it. Well, that, or Samsung could just bribe them with the chance to win $100,000.

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P2P Google Bucks mentioned by Google’s Schmidt

P2P Google Bucks mentioned by Google’s Schmidt

Upon being asked a question about mobile payment - or being pitched an idea about doing peer to peer payments, as it was, Google's Eric Schmidt responded with a treat of a forgone technology not oft, if ever, spoken about in public. It's Google Bucks, and though it was only tested internally apparently, it was a peer-to-peer payment system that may well have been ready to take place in the real world had such a technology been rendered essentially useless via laws restricting payment in such ways.

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Google’s Schmidt gleeful at 3D-capable personal robots

Google’s Schmidt gleeful at 3D-capable personal robots

Google chairman Eric Schmidt has presented his vision of the future and technology, describing a world where people have their own personal robot that can represent them remotely and from which they can see a remote 3D visual stream. "We're beginning to see science fiction become a reality" Schmidt said during his MWC 2012 keynote. "Look at Star Trek or, my favorite, Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy."

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