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anything? Welcome to Click. Brian Spencer
Kelly and welcome to Barcelona. This is the city's exhibition space
just behind the Olympic Park. For a few days every February this is the
place if you want to know anything about mobiles. This is the Mobile
World Congress 2012. This week, there is something new in the air
as we crash the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. We will have
all of the announcements from the show, from superpower affianced to
Super resolution cameras, to super- fast mobile connections. All of
that plus the other news stories of the week and a tool to help you
grab your time in the spotlight in Webscape.
There is always so much to see at this event. New services, new ideas,
sometimes even whole new ways of thinking. There is certainly more
than one person could ever hope to see. But a reporter is giving it
his best shot. Mobile World Congress is the biggest event in
the mobile-phone industry calendar. Thousands pounds the packed halls,
all eagerly prodding and applying with the very latest mobile devices.
There are dozens of new handsets on show. Most of them use the Android
operating system and most of them look extraordinarily similar to one
another. In fact you would be forgiven for not being able to tell
the difference between different modes of finds from different
manufacturers. The reason so many smartphones looks the same is not a
lack of imagination. Large touch- screen small less dictate the look
of the majority of today's telephones. -- more or less. In an
effort to make most of these handsets individual, we have to
look beyond surface aspects and form factor. Most of the new
features can be found under the skin. The big noise at this year's
event is all about increased processing power. Slimmer, sleeker,
some with quad core processes which are capable of speeding up a wide
variety of applications. It is a natural evolution. Last year we had
dual-core. This is a new phase. People want to have quicker devices
just to do things quicker, faster and easier. Heavy duty applications
such as games and videos, you should see especially with a quad
core device, quick application opening, smooth video content, I
frame rates which means basically you see no blurring or edging. It
should make for a comfortable experience. LG's quad core is
called the Optimus 4X. And it's Vedeotagra 3 processor. It has a
4.7 inch display. And this one, known as Ice Cream Sandwich. This
makes use as the same process that as LG and at the same operating
system. The stand-out feature is its camera which really puts its
processor to the test. The eight megapixels Cannes is capable of
shooting 99 still images in a rapid burst. -- camera. And the HD video,
an impressive feat on a mobile. Get out of my shop! Some people will do
anything to get on the television. Fujitsu is not content with making
a powerful quad core fine. Its handset is water present can be
amerced in up to one metre of water. -- mobile phone. A philosopher once
wrote, or perhaps it was Stanley, that with great power comes great
responsibility. Although these new smartphones come with unheard of
computational grunt, we are yet to see any compelling applications.
It's faster opening apps and Gloria's gaming is all well and
good but surely more can be achieved. -- glorious. A bonus
track is when you get into applications. The ability to create
applications with quad core in mind that, which allows you to talk to a
television programme as well as watching it, straining it and
downloading yet, and posting it on your social networking site. It is
not just quad core phones. Nokia surprised many with its 808
Pureview, a mobile phone with a whopping 41 megapixels camera. It
is a digital camera so sensitive it is capable of taking detailed
images which can be enlarged to poster size easily. All without a
loss of resolution bawdy tale. It is not just about blowing up images
to making them a beat. So much resolution means that zooming into
the tiniest detail of a photo is possible with the swipe of a finger.
This has said has been designed with the help of an technology guru.
While its Cannes is impressive, Nokia's choice of operating system
is less so. The eight-year wait is powered by Symbian OS, an operating
system that in a landscape dominated by fire West, is not long
for this world. Have let news was a bit thin on the ground. Samsung
showcased and Android tablets. It can receive in Port. Perhaps the
most interesting tableau at news came from Asus with its padfone.
Take an Android power smartphone and one docking station. Flip open
the flat and the fire slides home. It's the phone transforms into a
tablet. And if you are a fan of keyboards, just at the optional
keyboard dock to create a bolt together laptop. It is not just
hardware on show. Earlier we saw Spencer enjoyed an oxygen bar.
Become be it -- Nivio was showing the ultimate use for Cloud
computing, running your entire operating system online. Yes, this
is a Windows seven on an iPad. Those who need full-blown PC
software but Microsoft offers on their mobile device can lock into a
virtual Windows environment. All you need is a decent internet
connection. It even works into a smartphone. It's there is a virtual
mouse designed for those operations which require a more accurate quit.
There is more from the Mobile World Congress Sioux. First, a look at
this week's that technology news stories. Roaming charges in Europe
could be slashed if the committee of European MPs get their way. They
have voted to cut fees for calling to 12p a minute, four pens at X10
no more than 16p for a megabyte of data from 20th July 14. It is
expected to be approved by European Parliament before being passed to
the European Council for a final decision. As the trying out the
brand new version of Windows? Microsoft has released the preview
its version of Windows eight which has been redesigned to work better
on touch-screen tablets. It is hoped that the Touchtile, and apps
combined with the more traditional law will help the company to get
back ground lost to enjoy it and the like that. The trial is
available now from muggers of's website.
French regulators and the Japanese government and getting ready to
conditions mean Google will bring altogether the musette data across
many platforms to be used for targeted advertising and other
services. There will be more on exactly what the policy says later
in the show. Finally, Pablo Picasso's Guernica
1075 this year and is due to get the complete hi-tech check up. --
turns 75. Every night, the pablito droid takes tens of thousands of
shots of the masterpiece using advanced infrared and ultraviolet
photography. When it completes his mission in June expects will
examine the 24,000 images that it has created and will get a clear
view of the painting but of Pablo Picasso's underlying that touch ups.
We have looked at some of the new kit you could be holding in your
hand or a tree or in the coming months and as always there is
plenty of interesting stuff to see. Some of it is less obvious than
others because it is actually happening inside these things.
Last year we visited Turkey to look at a technology which has begun to
catch on in the summer, but not all, parts of the world. Many shops
allow you to pay for things by swiping the card or a phone. And
that's all. It is called Muirfield communications. Datchet in the
device is activated when it passes near to reader, deducting money
from your account without the need to enter any details. This idea of
the mobile wallet was pioneered in Japan, but since then the arrival
of smartphones with ING belts NFC chips and apps means it is possible
to manage the payments more effectively. -- with in-built.
There were plenty of GMOs in Barcelona showing ways to use your
phone to make payments of the owner of another NFC phone or to claim
loyalty points and cinema tickets, all of which could mean that in the
future your phone becomes your digital wallet. I say, could,
because NFC still has a long way to go to work its way into our hearts
and minds. This is one of just a few handsets which currently has
NFC builds in. You can even see the little logo at the top of the
screen. It is not just about payments. There are plenty of ideas
knocking around about how and why we might want to touch or swiped
our phones in the near future. In a couple of months LG will start
bundling little sticky end of see tans with their NFC phones. The
idea is you stick them to different locations. One on your desk at work,
one in your car. When you get to work you touch the phone to the
attack and it goes into work mode. You touch it to the attack in your
car it might put the loudspeaker on and programmed the satellite
navigation to take you home. One thing you can do at the moment is
sent contact between two NFC phones literally by touching the back of
the phones together for four seconds. You can see the contact
has arrived. While the demo is here had a mainly financial focus, NFC
should have a broad appeal in years to come as we start using it in
Your phone is really you, it is your right and a vocation. This
makes it really easy to identify yourself. It is like a key. I
walked into my house, I tapped and now I can see the football I paid
for. If you do not have my phone, who cannot read my e-mails. When
you next five if you're a new smartphone, you may find an NSE
chip has been squeezed inside it. 3G my last signals have given our
phones and have a device the capacity to search and download
quickly. As smart cars purchase devices that are hungry for data on
the move, our own devices struggle to keep up with demand. This is one
of the first phones that is running on the next generation of mobile
network, 4G. We are starting to see these phones pop up around the
world. Basically, we are talking about what they tell the insect to
your device over the same amount of radio spectrum. It means better
coverage. And at the moment, it also means of a faster connection
to your device. We even have is the detest app on this phone. There in
mind, there are not many people using this network at the moment
but we are getting speeds of in excess of 12.5 megabits per second.
That is fast. At the top end of its performance, he can deliver a
blisteringly fast mobile connection. We could have faster access to
services like video-on-demand than our fixed line of internet
connections. There has been no-one really interesting development at
this conference. After years of false starts and failed
announcements, Intel is getting in to smartphones. This is it. The
world's first smartphone of with an Intel achieved inside. It has a
camera with a tough megapixel stills in rapid succession. --
eight. It is the Medfield Atom processor inside and it currently
runs version 2.3 of the Android operating system. All our graves
will run version of four. It goes on sale this summer in India, China
and France. Michael Bell is the vice-president in charge of Intel.
He also used to work for Apple. How important is it for at Intel to be
in the smartphone market? These are really hand-held computers, Intel
and computing are synonymous. It is very important that we get a
foothold in this market. That has taken you a while, hasn't it?
turns out that doing a hand-held device is difficult and not
everybody can do it. The only difference by now is that we put
together a world-class team of people both from inside the company
and from outside and we focused on building the best Android
smartphone on the planet with the best technology, which is ours.
Most smartphones container arm chips. How do you plan to get a
foothold in this market? building the best product.,
fiercely, all microchip makers will say they have the best and a
fastest phone. What will differentiate an Intel smartphone
from that? It is not about being the fastest but the experience. At
the end of the day, it depends on what people can do with their phone.
Then it does not matter if you are using Android... I would disagree.
This is more than the microchipped, it is about the pieces you built
around it. We will have power efficient ways to play video and
play games. We will be able to have anti-shake and, motion composition.
The geocache. And you are building this into the microchipped? Yes.
Hardware and software combine to make a great device. You have got
to start with an idea and build both in concert with one another.
was told last year that having an Intel-based portable device is
great thinkers Windows works better with Intel. Can you see a future
where one version of Windows will run on an Intel-based smartphone?
You never know. We are partners with Microsoft in many areas. Right
now, we are focusing on what the market is asking for her and that
is Android. Tell us what you think.
The internet is a creative space. Video sharing websites are full of
short films, sketches and documentaries. For writers and
artists, there are endless resources. You can even make your
own animation. If you have an idea, you can find an audience somewhere
online as long as you can bring it to life. Celtx Is a free download
designed for that production process. If you are writing a novel,
screenplay, comic or storyboarding a sketch, there is a tool to help
at every stage of the project even the really boring bits like project
management. The basic download is free but there are paid a
subscription for extra features. I phone users have an Apple that lets
you storyboard a project on location using your camera phone to
take pictures. I cannot give you such a great pre-
production tool without adding to your collection of executions. This
is a free programming tool that lets you create games and animated
movies in a simple drag and drop environment. Alice.org. You can
download countless more features online. The software is easy to use
once you figure out where everything is. There are great
tutorials online to help you figure out the basics. It is great that
they have created a simple, cut- down version for younger students.
The end result might not be particularly slick or polished but
once you have mastered the early elements, you can even start
building your own. It is a great tool for any would-be codas out
there. -- coders. Sometimes, no matter how many times you try to
make sure things are perfect summer someone is always trying to look
the other way. This app lets you change people's heads around from
one shot to another literally with a couple of touches. There is
always one, isn't there? Sneezing, looking the wrong weight or
scratching their nose at just the wrong moment. All you have to do is
take four or five shots from the same position and then switched the
heads around afterwards. If only everything was that simple. This
app is not free but it is a small price to pay to get everyone
looking good on camera at the same time. Finallme. Finallvacy policy
ev evtalking about. It contains much of what you should
expect. Some highlights include and the unifying of a user's name
across their services even if you have accounts under different
personas. They also say they might give your social profile name and
photograph to anyone with your e- mail address. All this data
including your credit card information might not be stored on
a server in the same country as you. Let us hope their security is
airtight. We do not want another repeat of the Sony hack debacle
last year, do we? We have all of those lof those lr
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All the latest smartphones and tablet tech from the Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona. Quad core phones, super high-res cameras, and super-fast internet connections.
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