Seriously Boston Dynamics. Stop now, you’re scaring us.

Seriously Boston Dynamics. Stop now, youre scaring us.
Those rather clever robot makers are getting a little too good at their job now. This latest robot is called “Handle” but look a little bit too “alive” for me..

What next? Will it start watching TV and reading books really quick like Johnny Five in Short Circuit? (Yes, I accept that this is a super-old reference, but it’s a cool film).

Look at the thing. Rolling downstairs, dancing around in circles and carrying large loads. How long though before it gets an “unofficial upgrade” and sneaks up on you in the night? It’s the future folks. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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  • MWC – Hands on with the Nubia Z11

    MWC   Hands on with the Nubia Z11

    This one was actually launched at IFA last year but still takes pride of place on the Nubia stand. First there’s a “Standard Edition” which comes in either silver or grey. This has 4GB RAM and 64GB of storage. It costs €499. Then you have the rather bling-tastic “Black Gold Edition” below with uprated specs (6GB RAM and 64GB storage) and gold highlights for €599 RRP.

    MWC   Hands on with the Nubia Z11

    Most of us “normal people” will be getting the standard one (available via their store), so I took a look at that one first. The specs on this flagship are very good indeed. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 64-bit CPU with Areno 530GPU, and has a fingerprint sensor, Dolby Atmos Surround Sound and you can whack in a microSD card (up to 200GB) for more storage.

    MWC   Hands on with the Nubia Z11

    It’s powered currently by Android 6.0 and has a 5.5″ “Borderless” 2.5D curved screen (1080×1920) at around 403 ppi. WiFi, NFC, Fast Charging, GPS and an 8 megapixel front camera are included too. It also has a double antenna to reduce power consumption and increase speed. It’s equipped with Dual 4G LTE, dual SIM dual standby and VoLTE.

    The key feature here is that rear 16 megapixel Sony camera, which Nubia staff are keen to show off. They have a large model village here on the stand and it’s designed to test the camera to its fullest pixel density). The “NeoVision 6.0 camera system” has an electronic aperture which basically stabilises the image and delivers “SLR quality” to your shots. The tech details of this include “IMX298 with 6P drive motor lens, F2.0 aperture, Blue glass IR filter and 0.1s fast focus”. Basically, when you put all that together it means that the images are really sharp and you I was able to take a panoramic shot without really having to concentrate on keeping it level. The OIS (Optical Image Stabilizer), the clever nubia HIS (Hand-Held Image Stabilization) and EIS (Technology and Electronic Image Stabilizer) combined to make photography a really pleasurable experience. You can also take long exposure shots without using a tripod

    MWC   Hands on with the Nubia Z11

    Perhaps the best way to show this off is via video again, so I asked a Nubia rep to show us the camera..

    The aviation aluminium frame made the phone feel solid and light. I was properly impressed with this one. A company to keep an eye on, definitely.

    More shots below..

    MWC   Hands on with the Nubia Z11

    MWC   Hands on with the Nubia Z11

    MWC   Hands on with the Nubia Z11

    MWC   Hands on with the Nubia Z11

    MWC   Hands on with the Nubia Z11

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  • MWC – Hall 8 and 8.1. The video tour special.

    MWC   Hall 8 and 8.1. The video tour special.
    Today it’s March 1st. Can you believe it! Where does the time go eh? We’re still in Barcelona though, catching up on the biggest phone show around. Yesterday we ran the Hall 1,2 and 3 Video Special so today, as you’d expect, we’ve got … umm… Hall 8 and 8.1 ! Yeah. Sorry about that. It’s gone a bit out of sequence but we have covered a lot of the companies in halls 4 and 5 on Sunday and Monday 🙂

    Today you’re going to learn all about graphene, chatbots, monetizing your customer, optimizing revenue, drones, robots, cameras and, for some strange reason, a couple of the promotional ladies decided to do an impromptu dance for me.

    It’s all here folks!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtLHzetZ9kE

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  • Kensington Debuts NanoSaver Keyed Laptop Lock and Security Slot

    Kensington®, celebrates 25 years of innovation and leadership in physical security with the introduction of its new NanoSaver™ Keyed Laptop Lock and accompanying Kensington Nano Security Slot™. The new lock and slot were designed for today?EU?s increasingly thin and lightweight devices. HP Inc. is the first manufacturer to integrate the Kensington Nano Security Slot into its new Pro x2 — paving the way for next generation security for ultra-thin devices and desktop peripherals.

    Kensington invented the first laptop lock in 1992 with the launch of the original MicroSaver® Lock and Kensington Security Slot™, and has since been the standard in physical security. With 20 million locks sold stretching more than 132 million feet — enough to circle around the equator — global brands like Acer®, ASUS®, HP Inc.®, and Lenovo® trust Kensington to provide the anti-theft protection users need to secure their devices and the valuable data kept on them.

    “The HP Pro x2 was designed to deliver enterprise-class security, from data to user identity to the physical device,” said Terrell Aubert, Senior Product Marketing Manager, HP Commercial Mobility Accessories, HP Inc. “With Kensington?EU?s long-standing expertise and number of years in the lock security industry, the Nano Security Slot was the logical choice when determining which slot to integrate with the Pro x2, and we?EU?re pleased to be the first manufacturer to do so.”

    Kensington Keyed Laptop Lock™

    Kensington NanoSaver™ Keyed Laptop Lock – (SKU# K64444)

    Kensington NanoSaver™ Keyed Laptop Lock – Like Keyed (SKU# K64445L)

    Kensington NanoSaver™ Keyed Laptop Lock – Master Keyed (SKU# K64445M)

    Kensington NanoSaver™ Keyed Laptop Lock – Supervisor Keyed (SKU# K64445S)

    Kensington NanoSaver™ Keyed Dual Head Laptop Lock – (SKU# K64448)

    Kensington NanoSaver™ Keyed Dual Head Laptop Lock – Like Keyed (SKU# K64449L)

    Kensington NanoSaver™ Keyed Dual Head Laptop Lock – Master Keyed (SKU# K64449M)

    Kensington NanoSaver™ Keyed Dual…
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    New FCC Chair Tells MWC Net Neutrality Rules Were a 'Mistake'

    Calling the Open Internet Order adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) two years ago a “mistake,” new FCC chairman Ajit Pai today told attendees at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that the agency intends to return to a “light-touch approach” to regulations. MWC 2017, running this week from Feb. 27-March 2, is the mobile industry’s largest annual conference and expo.

    Supporters of the FCC’s 2015 order say such comments are a sign that Net neutrality is under attack. They are vowing to fight efforts to roll back the order, which established “clear, bright-line rules” against blocking, throttling and paid prioritization of content delivery by Internet service providers.

    Pai, who was appointed by President Donald Trump to succeed outgoing FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, has been vocal in his opposition to the Net neutrality order. After it was adopted, Pai called the order a “heavy-handed solution that won’t work for a problem that doesn’t exist.” Since taking the reins at the FCC, Pai has already led a number of reversals on measures adopted under Wheeler, including a stop to the investigations into “zero-rating” offerings and a stay on new broadband privacy rules that were approved in October.

    Net Neutrality and Infrastructure Investment

    “[T]wo years ago, the United States deviated from our successful, light-touch approach,” Pai said in his talk at the MWC. “The FCC decided to apply last-century, utility-style regulation to today’s broadband networks . . . This reversal wasn’t necessary to solve any problem; we were not living in a digital dystopia . . . Two years later, it has become evident that the FCC made a mistake.”

    He added that the Open Internet Order, “injected tremendous uncertainty into the broadband market. And uncertainty is the enemy of growth.” The adoption of Net neutrality rules led to the first non-recession decline…
    Source: Mobile Tech Today

    MWC – Hey Honor. Perform some Magic in Europe!

    MWC   Hey Honor. Perform some Magic in Europe!

    Imagine a pebble. One of those really cool pebbles that you find at the beach. Those ones that you use for skimming across the water. They’re brilliant aren’t they? Here at Mobile World Congress I’ve managed to get some time with the Honor Pebble Magic. It’s very pebble shaped and, as we mentioned before, it has a very curvy 5.09″ screen that’s perhaps hard to show in pictures. The QHD 2560×1440 resolution – yes, I did say QHD – looks amazing and it slides away at each corner before doing a similar trick at the rear.

    Here’s a video to try and show you just how nice it is to hold..

    MWC   Hey Honor. Perform some Magic in Europe!

    There’s a fingerprint scanner, 2.5 GHz Kirin CPU, 4GB RAM and it’s just 7.8mm thick. Powered by a 2900 mAh battery there’s 64GB of storage. WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth feature along with a 12 megapixel f/2.2 camera (with dual-LED flash) and an 8 megapixel selfie cam.

    MWC   Hey Honor. Perform some Magic in Europe!

    MWC   Hey Honor. Perform some Magic in Europe!

    MWC   Hey Honor. Perform some Magic in Europe!

    MWC   Hey Honor. Perform some Magic in Europe!

    But.. BUT….

    It’s NOT coming to Europe. China only. Boooo!!!! Come on Honor.. Can I buy you some cakes? This is a little beauty. A proper change from the norm and I thought it was amazing. Let’s get it available in Europe too.

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  • Samsung to Push RCS Messaging On Its Own Handsets

    Samsung today said it intends to adopt Rich Communications Services messaging on its smartphones. RCS is a more advanced messaging standard that supports group chats, video messaging, and more. Samsung acquired RCS technology when it picked up NewNet late last year. Samsung plans to work with overseas carriers such as Deutsche Telekom, Korea Telecom, SK Telecom, T-Mobile, and Vodafone to enable RCS on its devices. Samsung’s move follows a similar one made by Google, which is working with a wider selection of phone makers and carriers to bring RCS to Android devices around the world. Samsung is one of only a few device makers not supporting Google’s RCS push, and now we know why.

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    VeloCloud Announces Partnership with Tata NetFoundry

    BARCELONA, SPAIN, MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS — FEB. 28, 2017 — VeloCloud™ Networks, Inc., the Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN™ company, today announced a partnership with NetFoundry™, a new venture of Tata Communications, and interoperability with the NetFoundry platform.

    VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN enables Enterprises to securely support application growth, network agility, and simplified branch and end-point implementations. At the same time, VeloCloud delivers optimized access to private datacenters and enterprise applications and to cloud services through its system of VeloCloud Gateways.

    NetFoundry’s software provides secure, resilient packet routing across multiple mid-mile Tier One Internet connections to optimize application delivery of SaaS, cloud and IoT services. VeloCloud customers are able to continue to leverage the system of VeloCloud Gateways in addition to the NetFoundry optimization. Customers of NetFoundry are able to connect branch offices to the NetFoundry platform via this integration.

    “Partnering with Tata NetFoundry gives our joint customers greater options for delivering quality of experience across the Internet,” said Sanjay Uppal, Co-founder and CEO, VeloCloud. “Tata NetFoundry gives businesses improved performance and security across long Internet distances.?EU?

    Proen Internet announced that they are leveraging the VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN and NetFoundry integration. “We are pleased to bring this combined solution to our customers,” said Kittipan Sri-bua-iam, CEO of Proen Internet. “Security, performance and value are of enormous importance to the businesses we serve, and our pilots have shown the improved performance to Office 365, which is critical for our customers.” Proen is one of the leading systems integrators based in Thailand.

    VeloCloud Cloud-Delivered SD-WAN enables Enterprises to securely support application growth, network agility, and simplified branch and end-point implementations while delivering optimized access to cloud services, private datacenters and enterprise applications. Global Service Providers are able to increase revenue, deliver advanced services and increase flexibility…
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    MWC – Oh wow, I’m in love! Hands-on with the Xiaomi Mi MIX

    MWC   Oh wow, Im in love! Hands on with the Xiaomi Mi MIX

    This morning I talk a walk to the China Mobile stand and there, amongst the robots and networking kit, was the Xiaomi Mi MIX we covered last year. This, though, was my first time seeing it in the flesh and .. woaha…

    A 6.4″ display oozes right to the very, very edge of this phone. This corners of the screen are rounded too, just like the LG G6. Don’t forget the Xiaomi also brought us a slightly-different-than-normal screen format. The LG G6 has 18:9, but this bigger 6.4″ 2040×1080 pixel screen is 17:9.

    MWC   Oh wow, Im in love! Hands on with the Xiaomi Mi MIX

    There’s a couple of versions available, with the “18K” model packing 18K gold rims around the camera and fingerprint sensor. This is the “cheaper” model which you can buy online for $859.99 and .. it…is… stunning. To think that we’ve used tablets with 7″ screens – this screen is only a tiny bit smaller!

    MWC   Oh wow, Im in love! Hands on with the Xiaomi Mi MIX

    The Xiaomi Mi MIX is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core CPU with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage. It’s powered by Android 6.0 and there’s a 16 megapixel shooter at the back plus a 5 megapixel front camera which is actually housed in the “chin”. Other specs include 4G, GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth.

    MWC   Oh wow, Im in love! Hands on with the Xiaomi Mi MIX

    Why is the camera (which is 50% smaller in size than most cameras) at the bottom? Well, the screen uses all of the area up top – no room for a camera or an earpiece. Instead there’s piezoelectric ceramic acoustic technology coming through the screen so that you can hear callers. Clever stuff, and our friends at Elliptic Labs have worked to on the ultrasonic proximity sensor, which sits hidden behind the display and replaces the traditional infrared sensor.

    The handset has a ceramic frame, back cover and buttons. It achieves a massive 91.3% screen-to-body ratio. I want one! I want one now! Hardly any bezel, a stunning screen and a well-built handset which really doesn’t feel big in the hand at all.

    MWC   Oh wow, Im in love! Hands on with the Xiaomi Mi MIX

    MWC   Oh wow, Im in love! Hands on with the Xiaomi Mi MIX

    MWC   Oh wow, Im in love! Hands on with the Xiaomi Mi MIX

    MWC   Oh wow, Im in love! Hands on with the Xiaomi Mi MIX

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  • Smartphone cameras. They may not always be perfect, but they’re getting closer

    I tend to follow a wide selection of people and organisations on a Twitter. One is the National Police Air Service.

    Don’t ask me how I started following them, but they do lots of good work keeping us safe from the skies. They also have a website where you can learn more about their work but they also post live updates on Twitter.

    The reason why I mention all this? Well, they tend to use a smartphone when posting tweets, and they also take some pictures that way too. Last night they added some shots of London which were taken on a Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. Please do bear in mind that Twitter has obviously compressed and reduced these somewhat, but they’re still pretty stunning. Don’t forget that these have been taken by hand from a helicopter flying across London at night, and then shrunk down for Twitter. In years past we would’ve had motion blur a-go-go. Look at it now.

    Smartphone cameras. They may not always be perfect, but theyre getting closer

    Smartphone cameras. They may not always be perfect, but theyre getting closer

    Smartphone cameras. They may not always be perfect, but theyre getting closer

    Smartphone cameras. They may not always be perfect, but theyre getting closer

    Meanwhile I also had to marvel at the photos I produced during a visit to a roof top pool. I didn’t take time to frame then particularly, and I didn’t use any special settings other than HDR. They look absolutely amazing. These were all taken on an LG G5..

    Smartphone cameras. They may not always be perfect, but theyre getting closer

    Smartphone cameras. They may not always be perfect, but theyre getting closer

    Smartphone cameras. They may not always be perfect, but theyre getting closer

    Smartphone cameras. They may not always be perfect, but theyre getting closer

    Have we seen the back of dodgy cameras? Well no, there’s still a few mid and entry-level smartphones here at Mobile World Congress that have horrible cameras, but if you choose your phone well then they can produce some awesome imagery.

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