Top 10 gadgets, tech out of Mobile World Congress 2014 so far

Top 10 gadgets, tech out of Mobile World Congress 2014 so far

Summary: Smartphones for seniors, tablets and mobiles galore -- this year's Mobile World Congress has gotten off to a blazing start.

TOPICS: MWC, Mobility

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  • The Plantronics Voyager Edge

    The Plantronics Voyager Edge is a Bluetooth earpiece for talking on the go. 

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    I own a Plantronics headset, and while the voice quality is not brilliant if receiving calls from abroad, for local use the headsets do have good range and stability. The new design includes smart sensors for answering calls through voice activation or placing the tech within your ear, noise cancellation, a portable charging case and an option of three different colors. 

    The Voyager Edge will be available from April. 

    Via: Plantronics

    Image credit: Plantronics

  • A 59 euro Firefox mobile phone

    While a number of tech firms are looking at emerging markets and low-cost entry smartphones to boost the bank account, few have gone so far as to create mobile devices for no more than 59 euros ($81).

    Running the Mozilla Firefox operating system, Alcatel's Fire C smartphone includes a 3.5-inch HVGA screen, 1.2GHz dual-core processor and VGA camera. 

    The phone is due to ship out in the first quarter of 2014. 

    Via: CNET

    Image credit: Sarah Tew/CNET

  • A data compressing, roaming cost saving app

    Opera Max, a free, data saving app has been launched at Mobile World Congress this year.

    The application compresses data across applications including video, text and images on your mobile device -- in order to get the most out of data plans and make roaming cheaper. The company says that your data plan's life can be extended by up to 50 percent. 

    A beta version is currently available and pre-registered Android users in the U.S. and Europe are able to download a version of the application. 

    Via: Opera Software

Topics: MWC, Mobility

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  • Not enough details on some items

    eg the HP Elitepad 1000, what is the screen size?
    AN O'Nymous
  • And the Yoga HD+

    Screen dimensions?
    AN O'Nymous
  • when zdnet will change this schema?

    Again, Is it the 19 century? A a exasperating
    • I won't view this article...

      Make it ONE PAGE or I go elsewhere!
      See ya!
  • Smartphone for seniors

    Why does everyone seem to assume that seniors are idiots? Who do they think did all the technical work that led to these devices? I am 71, and perfectly capable of using whatever smartphone I choose to buy. Not all seniors are Luddites, or non-technical. And if I wanted something that looks like a Vtech toy laptop, that's what I would BUY.
    • Lighten Up

      Lighten up, guys. If you're reading ZDNet you're not their target audience.
    • Smartphones for Seniors?

      Just ignore the ignorance. These fuzzballs forget we BUILD these things from scratch. I'd like to see one of them design a circuit board and build one. During the last snow storm, guess who got stuck on the highway for 2 days? 20 somethings. Not me (I am 70)! I checked Waze and INRIX on my Note III and stayed home with a beautiful fireplace and my 100 Mbps connection.
    • It's OK - the article is broken anyway.....

  • ....@ rphunter42 ....

    Damn straight.......What he said.....We invented ISO.......&.....Ethernet.......and all this foundation stuff that todays gadgets are based upon.
    • ........However....

      Those Fat Icons are nice...;)
  • Opera Max Data App

    This sounds awesome, my boyfriend has a kyocera hydro, it is a stupid version of a smartphone, it holds everything on its own RAM not on a SD card or cloud. He has like 10 apps on the phone and it leaves him about 25% available RAM. I told him to try it out, if it anywhere as good as it sounds I will be totally thrilled. I will make sure that some of our apps (Jolt, Couples Counseling and Chatting, Recipes by Ingredients...AB Mobile Apps) can be stored on it as well.
  • It's OK -

    Make it ONE PAGE or I go elsewhere!
    See ya!