A great CNET tradition at the end of the calendar year and big technology trade shows like Mobile World Congress is the CNET TV blooper reel. Flubbed lines, accidental swearing, and breaks in concentration are bound to happen. And really, after so many long hours walking a show floor, so few hours of sleep, and so much dodgy press room food, exhaustion and general mental fuzziness are bound to set in. But we're not complaining in the least, as it's all part of the fun. And the results are hilarious.CNET's full coverage of Mobile World Congress … Read more
Whenever someone tells me they're serious, I'm wary. Whenever someone tells me they're "100 percent serious," I imagine their noses at twice the length.
So when I hear that BiteLabs is making salami out of celebrity tissue, I reach for a precautionary Kleenex.
BiteLabs offers an impressive headline: "Eat Celebrity Meat." After all, it's what we do every day.
We masticate on celebrities' personal lives and we swallow the storylines often peddled by their own PR people.
But would we really push a little genetic matter from a celebrity into our mouths and stomachs? Of course we would. It would be something to talk about, to post on our every social network.
BiteLabs promises that it will obtain biopsies from the likes of Jennifer Lawrence ("A Different Type of Hunger Game"), James Franco ("He's Sexy. He's Artsy. Let's Make Him Salami") and, quite naturally, Kanye West ("Always Push The Boundaries In Taste").… Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- BiteLabs Web site claims to grow "meat" from celebrity tissue samples.
- IBM uses thinking computers to generate chocolate burritos and other weird food.
- This machine will translate your dog's thoughts into words.
- Facial hair transplants are rising amid hipster beard craze, doctors say.
BARCELONA, Spain -- It's been a whirlwind week for our team of reporters at Mobile World Congress: we have taken hundreds of briefings, sat through hours of press conferences and bought you all the news, hands-ons, pictures and video that we could muster.
Today our crack team of 25 took some time out from the hustle and bustle of the show to think about the products, concepts and news stories that have impressed us most over the last week.
Here, in no particular order, are the team's highlights.
Wearable tech you might actually wear Samsung was focussing on … Read more
BARCELONA, Spain -- Two-year-old Israeli company Corephotonics is ready to change how you take pictures with your smartphone, and it could happen as early as this year. The company's dual-camera technology has been making waves here at Mobile World Congress, and it's hard not to see why.
Before we begin though, I've checked with Corephotonics to see if the company is working with HTC's upcoming flagship, and it vehemently denies any claim of involvement. So no, the HTC M8 will likely be using a different technology.
Using two 13-megapixel cameras, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 platform and … Read more
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
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- If you're in the area and are dealing with either substance use or compulsive behaviors, check out the Center for Motivation and Change.
- For loved ones dealing with addiction, Josh King recommends "Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change."
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