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Here Are the Most Mesmerising Things I Saw at MWC 2018

Go to any big trade show and you will see plenty of things on show. Tech shows are no different, and even though MWC is primarily aimed at businesses and enterprise users, there was no shortage of interesting things on display. Most of it was mobile and 5G related, but there were plenty of wacky things on show that you could easily sit and watch for hours. Here are all my favourites. Read More >>

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MWC 2018: I Got to Shoot Bad Guys With HTC’s Standalone Vive Focus Headset

Last year, HTC announced that it was developing its own standalone VR headset, known as the Vive Focus. It was, and still is, a Chinese exclusive, but HTC did bring a couple of models over to Barcelona for MWC and I got to have a go for myself. Read More >>

MWC 2018: This Wild Concept Phone’s Got All the Sweet Gimmicks the Rest Should Have

I’m not going to lie, despite all the hype about 5G and new phones announced at MWC 2018, it still felt kind of like a down year. LG didn’t have much, HTC, Xiaomi, and Motorola were essentially no shows, and while I appreciate that Samsung went hard on the S9's camera, aside from a new processor, the rest of its new flagship phone seems to have largely remained the same. Read More >>

MWC 2018: Asus Has Basically Made a More Affordable iPhone X Ripoff with Android

While better known for its various PCs and gaming products, Asus has been making smartphones for quite some time. Over the previous four generations of Zenfones, Asus had always skipped the world’s largest smartphone trade show, MWC in Barcelona. The reason? According to Asus’ head of global marketing Marcel Campos, “[We] just weren’t ready.” But it seems things are different now, because at MWC 2018, Asus is coming hard with the new Zenphone 5. Read More >>

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MWC 2018: I Sat in a Room With a Projector That Wants to Replace the VR Headset

If you want to enjoy 360-degree video or any other kind of virtual reality content, you only really have the one choice: wear some sort of headset and cut yourself off from the outside world. It's not really that convenient, and it's not exactly the most sociable of activities. There is another option out there, albeit an option that's expensive and definitely not within reach of the normal person. Read More >>

MWC 2018: Holy Crap, Actual Working AR Glasses That Aren’t Completely Shit

It's a good thing there are people out there too sensible to listen to everything Tim Cook says. Last year Mr We-Can't-Make-Quality-AR-Glasses-Yet claimed we don't have the actual tech to make AR glasses that are any good. I was lucky enough to get a go with the Vuzix Blade AR glasses at Mobile World Congress, and I can tell you that Tim Cook was either lying to cover Apple's tracks as it develops its own AR glasses, or completely wrong. Read More >>

MWC 2018: Intel’s Only Gone and Made a 5G Laptop

5G is one of the big themes at MWC this year, with companies trying to flog hardware, infrastructure, and concepts to take advantage of the next generation of mobile signal. Intel is no different, and amongst the many 5G-related things it has on show is something fairly cool: a 5G laptop concept. Read More >>

MWC 2018: It Doesn’t Feel like Sony’s Xperia XZ2 is Even Trying to Compete With the Big Dogs

When you think about the race to the top of the 'Best Smartphone' list over the last few years, you'll see names like Apple, Samsung, Google, LG, OnePlus, and maybe Huawei pop up time and time again. Back in the day, those lists would also include HTC and Sony, and while HTC seems to have been trying quite hard to keep itself up at the top, it's never felt like Sony was putting in a significant amount of effort. Read More >>

Samsung Galaxy S9’s AR Emojis Are a Step Forward for Diversity in Tech

You'd be forgiven for missing it in the maelstrom of information about the Galaxy S9 yesterday — not to mention the general influx of phone news from MWC — but Samsung has launched its own rival to Apple's Animoji, and it's a positive development for diversity and inclusion in tech. Read More >>

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Everything Happening at MWC 2018

As we speak, the second big tech event of the year is going on in Barcelona. The Mobile World Congress is where all the big phone companies (and others) come together to show off everything they didn't feel like showing us at CES. That means new flagships, new gadgets, and lots of tech innovations that the general public won't get to see anytime soon. Read More >>

MWC 2018: Did You Think the Landline Was Dead? Guess Again

It's 2018, and being in my 20s I have never personally owned a landline. My parents have one, but I don't. It's probably quite annoying for the Virgin Media salesman trying to upgrade my broadband, because that's yet another thing they can't try and upsell (I refuse to pay for a live TV service when I have the internet).  In fact, I'm not even sure whether or not the phone line into my house even works. Read More >>

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MWC 2018: Alexa and Cortana Will Duke It Out in the Update to the Best Laptop Under £1,200

Alexa already dominates a tonne of living rooms and kitchens thanks to Amazon’s huge line of Echo smart speakers. But there’s still one major category of devices Alexa has yet to conquer: PCs. However, at CES 2018, Amazon announced that Alexa would be making its way onto computers too. That brings us to now, at MWC 2018, where Lenovo is showing off its line of new Yoga 730 2-in-1s, which are going to be one of the first systems sporting Alexa’s new PC integration. Read More >>

MWC 2018: Can Nokia’s Breezy New Sirocco Phone Stand Up to Samsung’s Mighty Devices?

As slick as the designs on the Galaxy S8 and the brand new S9 are, some people just can’t get down with all the changes Samsung makes to Android on the inside. It’s an understandable complaint, especially since just a few year ago, Samsung’s TouchWiz skin (which is now called the Samsung Experience), was often responsible for causing phones to lag. But what if there was a phone with the good looks of a late model Galaxy S, but with stock Android inside? Well here’s your answer, it’s the Nokia 8 Sirocco. Read More >>

MWC 2018: Sony’s New Buds Have Holes in Them for Your Own Good

How many times have you seen this: a guy or gal walking down the street with one earbud in, while the other hangs loose around their shoulders and neck like some ridiculous techie bolo tie. If you’re like me, it’s a daily occurrence, and a sad symptom caused by design that doesn’t quite work. Read More >>

The Samsung Galaxy S9’s Biggest Competition Isn’t the iPhone

This weekend, Samsung finally took the wraps off the rather lovely new S9 and S9+. They have all the headline-grabbing features they need to be top contenders in the smartphone world: huge glorious screens, incredible cameras and benchmark-topping specs — but they have one massive competitor that may just sink them, and it isn't the iPhone. It's the Galaxy S8. Read More >>