MWC 2008

  • The Ladies of MWC Caption Contest vote-off

    I was a little jet-lagged and failed to pick a winner for our caption contest. To that end, we encourage you, the readers, to pick the best caption and that caption writer will receive an Aliph Jawbone. Voting closes tomorrow, Tuesday, at noon. UPDATE – Looks like BinaryBiker (“seamen” line) takes it. Thanks for playing! {democracy:27} Read More

  • PacketVideo showing off video-to-mobile transfer technology

    There’s no telling if this product will ever ship, but PacketVideo was showing off a little “transmitter” for WiFi-enabled — and, presumably, non-WiFi — phones that allows you to serve content to almost any handset. They showed it at MWC last week and the little puck-sized server was sending video to a stock iPhone. It’s all very pie-in-the-sky, letting… Read More

  • CrunchGear/TechCrunch/MobileCrunch Barcelona Meet-up report

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    Proof: It was not a total sausage party. There was sausage, obviously, but it was chorizo. It has been said that there is no party like a CrunchGear party because a CrunchGear party never comes to an end. This, friends, was true about our strange little meet-up in a weird paella place near the Fira last Wednesday where I got to meet some cool… Read More

  • Neo promotional video: Now you can see the small phone move!

    http://www.crunchgear.com/video/player.swf?movie=neo.flv Just converted Neo’s promo video for your wee-phone-loving edification. Don’t say I never gave you nuthin’. Read More

  • The wee Neo 808i: Awful small

    Well this is interesting. As manufacturers make bigger and bigger handsets, Dubai-based Neo is making one of the tweeist handsets known the man. The 808i has a 4-megapixel camera, WiFi, and plays MP3s and MPEG4s. It’s also small enough to be ingested by a Shi Tzu. They should be available in the US shortly, with no carrier mentioned. I suspect this will be an online sales play although… Read More

  • Hands on with GestureTek's camera-based gesture system

    http://www.crunchgear.com/video/player.swf?movie=gesture.flv I lost quite a bit of this video but here’s a look at GestureTek’s EyeMobile system that uses a phone’s camera to create a gesture-based experience for maps and games. It worked really well and could be a way to add interesting interactivity features without adding an accelerometer to the package. Product Page Read More

  • Dr. Marty Cooper, inventor of the mobile phone, likes the iPhone


    Engineer and all-round-nice-guy Marty Cooper told some gathered reporters and industry folks that he likes the iPhone… and Samsung and Motorola phones, but for different reasons. He did, however agree that it’s not as good as everyone says but he does enjoy using it. He was talking about the future of mobile and his point was fairly simple: have faith. Things can and will get… Read More

  • Spice Mobile's optical media disk hands-on


    I just wandered over to the Spice booth to see their weird optical-disk-reading phone. It was pretty clunky and I probably wouldn’t use it, but that won’t stop the rest of the world from giving it a go. A lot of us forget that IP-based media, in the aggregate, is unfairly distributed. Overlay a heat map on the globe and you’d see white hot action in most of Asia, warmish… Read More

  • Block Guy gets drunk

    [photopress:scaled.IMG_1301.JPG,full,pp_image] Yesterday I asked you all to name this block guy. He’s still nameless but he got drunk last night and his head fell… Read More

  • Blom's oblique aerial navigation images: Like Doom for your GPS

    http://www.crunchgear.com/video/player.swf?movie=blom.flv Saw a very cool demo of an upcoming technology by Blom. It’s basically oblique, rendered navigation in three dimensions. The company takes aerial pictures of an area and extrapolates the angles and shadows to make 3D buildings with all the features of the real buildings. It only works on PCs now, but their oblique photography is… Read More

  • Name this SpinVox guy with a block for a head


    SpinVox gave me a doll with a block for a head that I will attempt to photograph in various compromising positions. I’d like the CG audience to name him. There will be no prize, but you can always caption our MWC sailing girls. For some insane reason, SpinVox made hundreds of these little guys and you can go to the website and sent a message and some interns will change the position of… Read More

  • TechCrunch/CrunchGear/MobileCrunch Barcelona Meet-up – UPDATE!


    We will hold tomorrow’s TC/CG/MC meet-up at the Cafe del Sol, Av Paral.lel 182, right down the street from the Fira. I’ve received quite a few emails already but RSVP with the subject line “BCN MEET-UP” to john @ crunchgear.com so I can put together a head count. Apparently a bunch of strangers in a law office wasn’t quite a good idea. Remember: this is TOMORROW… Read More

  • JCB Toughphone

    http://www.crunchgear.com/video/player.swf?movie=jcb.flv Need a phone for your next manure-picking-up job? Have we got one for you. It’s the JCB Toughphone. They’re selling it in the UK right now and there’s a 3 year warranty and IP54 rating for splash, shock, drop, and dust resistance. It has up to 4 hours of talk time and 200 hours of standby. Fun Fact #1: I just realized… Read More

  • Another show, another set of Golla bags

    We see Golla at almost every show and they keep showing off nicely designed cases and bags for laptops and mobile gear. Now they have a new line of backpacks and some sleeves for different sized laptops — up to 17 inches. They don’t quite fit in with the little booths selling “unified mobile development platforms” but it’s nice to see a bit of color. Product Page Read More

  • Solio Magnesium and Hybrid

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    Fans of the solar powered Solio chargers will be pleased to note that the new Magnesium model will now power your laptops iPods and other low-power goodies and the Hybrid has a dual charging method which includes solar and wall power. The Magnesium costs $199 and the Hybrid costs $79.99. You may now go back to your granola-making… Read More

  • Hands on with LG's great big shining stars

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    Here we have the KF700 and KF600 in all their haptic, touchscreen glory. Can we expect these stateside? Probably not, but it’s nice to know we can drool. Oh, and the “watch phone” was there for all to ogle and shoot. Both phones are very slick and very dark, a massive change from their “Shine” movement of a few years ago. Read More

  • The Ladies of MWC Caption Contest

    Friends, welcome to the MWC 2008 caption contest featuring the SeaBees of the conference floor. The picture is sadly a bit dark but I’m sure you can make out their jaunty uniforms and sassy smiles. What, then, should we caption this image. The best entry, left in comments and judged by the CG staff, gets an Jawbone Bluetooth headset. Start captioning! The contest closes tomorrow at noon EST. Read More

  • Readius in the wild: Well met, old friend

    [photopress:scaled.IMG_1211.JPG,full,pp_image] It’s not quite vaporware, it’s not quite ready to ship, and it’s not quite first to market anymore. But don’t we all love the Readius, Polymer Vision’s foldable e-book? I saw the old girl again awaiting shipment “later this year.” She was even next to a bunch of shipping boxes, as if the Polymer Vision… Read More

  • GPhone mauling

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    Another collection of photos from my mauling of the GPhone in the wild. It’s ugly, sure, and it doesn’t work. But isn’t it… Read More

  • TechCrunch/CrunchGear/MobileCrunch Barcelona Meet-up – UPDATE!!


    We will hold tomorrow’s TC/CG/MC meet-up at the Cafe del Sol, Av Paral.lel 182, right down the street from the Fira. I’ve received quite a few emails already but RSVP with the subject line “BCN MEET-UP” to john @ crunchgear.com so I can put together a head count. Apparently a bunch of strangers in a law office wasn’t quite a good idea. [Map] Read More