MWC demos innovations at the ‘edge of real and virtual’

Peel Technologies and Avegant demonstrated products at Mobile World Congress 2015’s final keynote – a smart remote app and a headset that becomes an 80 inch screen – which their makers claim will become an essential part of life in the near …

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US medical player Wicab has a big vision

Robert Beckman told delegates at this morning’s Mobile World Congress keynote on innovation about his firm Wicab’s product, which makes the extraordinary claim that it can enable blind people to see. The device, which is called the Brainport, is close …

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Klarna sucks up risk to boost m-commerce

Conversion rates on m-commerce sites shrink when consumers are on mobile devices, but it’s a problem that Niklas Adalberth, cofounder of Klarna, claims he can fix. The rate at which browsers become buyers on a site falls through the floor …

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5G a “special generation” – but in good time

The mobile industry should consider 5G as a “special generation”, introducing “challenges in all layers of the technology”, Mike Short, VP of public affairs Telefónica Europe, said at Mobile World Congress today. Speaking in one of today’s sessions covering the …

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Visa ready to help partners launch mobile payments after work on Apple Pay

Ryan Mclnerney, global president of Visa Inc, speaking at this morning’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) keynote on digital transactions and social interactions, said the huge effort involved in helping Apple Pay get off the ground has put it in a …

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Tele2 still open to making acquisitions, sees fewer opportunities for MVNOs

Tele2 knows a thing or two about buying and divesting international telecom operations. In January it reduced the number of countries in which it operates to nine, from a peak of 24, when the Norwegian Competition Authority (NCA) approved the …

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BBVA sees Apple, Samsung as threats – and likes it

Spain’s BBVA is a bank that no longer wants to behave like one and, according to CEO Francisco Gonzalez, is happy to live with rivals moving onto its patch. Earlier this week at Mobile World Congress, Samsung announced its plan …

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Orange puts pieces into place for MEA growth

Orange is building the foundations for its continued growth in the Middle East and Africa (MEA), and also hopes to be able to exploit future opportunities for consolidation in the region. The France-based operator is in the process of placing …

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Huawei’s Honor aims high with latest smartphones

Ambitious smartphone brand Honor announced two new products targeting its market of “digital natives”, including a device with camera technology it hopes will set it apart from rivals. The Honor 6+ (pictured) has a “unique bionic parallel 8MP rear camera, …

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