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Sylvie Barak races around MWC getting the best interviews and covering today's most important topics. Catch up on http://www.youtube.com/EETimesGroup as she covers NFC, Augmented Reality, and much more at the 2012 Mobile World Congress.
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What is mobile security?
Mobile phones have become such personal devices that some would rather share a toothbrush than a handset. But as our attachment to our cell phones increases, so too does consumer concern about data privacy and security.
After all, our phones are well on their way to becoming not just a communication device but also a wallet. So just how secure are they? We hit MWC to find out.
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Life Vibes multimedia software from NXP is an app that allows users to take a 10 second HD video of a scene instead of just a single snapshot, so that users can select a specific favorite frame as a picture, eliminating the annoyance of capturing a grimacing smile or having closed eyes.
In the 5 or 10 seconds it takes to capture the video on a smartphone or tablet, the subjects relax and smile more naturally, making it easier to then find that one exact moment a user wants to share. With one touch, the user can then capture that moment as a picture and easily share it out across a variety of social networks, or email.
The app also allows easy video editing, allowing users to remove frames and scenes at will.
NXP said its LifeVibes multimedia software now features in 200 million out of the 300 million Android-powered devices on the market, including handsets from major OEMs such as Samsung, LG and Sony Ericsson.
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Near Field Communication, or NFC, allows smartphones to communicate with objects via radio when in very close proximity to one another.
Now included in most new mobile phones, NFC enables applications like mobile payments, data exchange, location based tagging and much more.
While security has long been cited as a reason consumers have thus far failed to pick up NFC in a big way, proponents of the technology have long argued that the system is in fact highly secure, with the phone's SIM card holding cryptographic keys to ensure secure transactions. We hit the show floor at mobile world congress (MWC) in Barcelona to find out more.
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What is Augmented Reality?
Augmented Reality (AR) is the process of layering computer generated graphics on top of real world environments, either directly or indirectly through a tablet or cell phone. The technology provides a live direct or indirect view of a physical real-world environment whose elements are augmented by virtual computer-generated imagery, or in other words, it's what the world would look like with the Internet layered on top of it.
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At Mobile World Congress 2012 in Barcelona, NXP was showing off its "concept café" of the future, turning its booth into a demo lounge showcasing a full range of NFC applications and services.
The café included an NFC parking meter, Foursquare check-in, menu, cash point and much more besides.
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Barcelona—The Fira was temporarily locked down for a period of time Tuesday afternoon as student protestors clashed with riot police outside the event.
With helicopters circling overhead and police in full riot gear posted at the entrance, congress attendees were told to use the back exit, as around 150 meters of the main walkway into the Fira was blocked off.
Angry crowds on both sides of the Fira's blockade clashed with security personnel. The streets around the Fira were also blocked off by police vehicles.
Students were protesting a university strike as well as the current economic crisis. Just before Mobile World Congress kicked off on Monday there had also been talks of a full public transport strike in Barcelona, forcing the GSMA to implement contingency plans, but that particular protest was averted at the last minute.
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MIPS Technologies, which makes the processors that power appliances like TVs and DTV boxes has come out with its own $99 tablet running Google's Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).
The 7-inch tablet, made by Ainovo sports a 1GHz single core processor and a 444MHz Graphics Processing Unit (GPU). The JZ4770 processor, based on XBurst technology, is MIPS32, 65 nanometer architecture and is capable of both 2D and 3D video in 1080p, with a power consumption of less than 250mW.
The tablet boasts both front and rear cameras and also includes support for WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, USB 2.0, HDMI 1.3 and microSD.
Even better is another tablet on the MIPS booth being subsidized and sold into the Indonesian market. That particular model costs just $33 and comes with six months of included pre-paid wifi on a one year contract.
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One thing at Mobile World Congress 2012 that you really can't miss (both literally and figuratively) is Google's Android booth. The largest booth on the show floor, the Android booth is packed with people, toys, games, characters, robots and even a smoothie bar.
Join EE Times' Sylvie Barak as she shows you what's hot at the most sizzling booth on the show floor.
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Intel's foray into the smartphone space is a "marathon, not a sprint," according to the firm's CEO Paul Otellini.
Speaking at a company press conference on Monday, where the firm announced new partnerships with Orange, Lava International Ltd., ZTE and Visa, Otellini reminded attendees that Intel was no stranger to the mobile market, having been involved in RF for many years.
With Intel's strong background in computing, Otellini said his firm was able to approach the smartphone market "from a different perspective," leveraging Moore's law as well as a strong, in-house manufacturing prowess.
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As MWC kicks off, EETimes reporter Sylvie Barak discusses some of the mobile technology she's most excited to see at this year's show. From quad cored tablets and smartphones, to home automation, connected cars & much more...
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As Mobile World Congress kicks off in Barcelona, EE Times is on the ground, keeping you up to date, covering the stories that matter and bringing you the news as we hear it. Take a walk to the Fira with EE Times reporter Sylvie Barak.