CNET at MWC 2013: Asus press conference live blog

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  • Nick Hide 2/25/2013 12:16:12 PM
    Afternoon all, and welcome to Asus' press conference at MWC. I'm Michael Collins to Stephen Shankland's Neil Armstrong and Rich Trenholm's Buzz Aldrin, forlornly orbiting Barcelona at a distance of several hundred miles, while they get to bounce around in craters full of mobile devices.
  • Nick Hide 2/25/2013 12:19:06 PM
    Stephen, Richard and our ace photographer Sarah Tew have just been let into the event in the Fira Congress Hotel in Barcelona, Spain, and are getting setup now. We expect proceedings to start in around 15 minutes or so.
  • sarahtew 2/25/2013 12:21:20 PM
  • Nick Hide 2/25/2013 12:21:28 PM
    Asus' strategy in recent years has been to carpet-bomb Barcelona with cheap Android phones and tablets, but it's likely to have Windows 8 in its sights this year. As Charles Cooper explained in his handy primer for this event, Asus has been blurting out cryptic teasers, with "metallic miracle" this and "new discovery" that. What are you hoping to see this afternoon?
  • sarahtew 2/25/2013 12:21:55 PM
  • sarahtew 2/25/2013 12:22:26 PM
  • sarahtew 2/25/2013 12:22:59 PM

    Liveblog preparation in line: busting his knees!

  • sarahtew 2/25/2013 12:23:34 PM
  • Anonymous 2/25/2013 12:24:51 PM
    Is there a stream for this event?
  • Nick Hide 2/25/2013 12:25:39 PM
    @Anonymous: See if this works. I couldn't get it to load:
  • sarahtew 2/25/2013 12:26:06 PM
  • Anonymous 2/25/2013 12:31:12 PM
    ASUS Global tweeted me this link. Seems to be working.
  • Nick Hide 2/25/2013 12:32:34 PM
    There's a delay of 10 minutes, Stephen tells me. They're having connectivity problems at the event.
  • Nick Hide 2/25/2013 12:36:18 PM
    Here's Asus' 'Metallic Miracle' video while we wait:
  • sarahtew 2/25/2013 12:36:58 PM
  • Nick Hide 2/25/2013 12:37:21 PM
    Asus has just tweeted that the press conference has been delayed by 30-40 minutes. Sorry folks!
  • stephen.shankland 2/25/2013 12:38:38 PM
    We've got some moody, dreamy music, presumably to inspire us in our "search of incredible." It beats the Muzak version of Frank Sinatra's "My Way" we had a few minutes ago.
  • stephen.shankland 2/25/2013 12:41:24 PM
    You think the livestream is crowded -- but you should see this basement room at the Fira Congress Hotel. Pretty sure this isn't up to fire code!
  • richard.trenholm 2/25/2013 12:41:35 PM
    It's standing room only here in this tiny conference room. Asus, no need to underestimate yourself! Be bold, be confident -- book a bigger room!
  • stephen.shankland 2/25/2013 12:42:03 PM
    OK, here we go!
  • richard.trenholm 2/25/2013 12:42:22 PM
    Floating above the clouds with harp music. Is this heaven?
  • stephen.shankland 2/25/2013 12:42:31 PM
    Video with spacy music, We're flying through space, above the clouds. I feel inspired already!
  • stephen.shankland 2/25/2013 12:43:32 PM
    "New Ubiquitous cloud computing era. Everything is easy, efficient, effortles, enjoyable."
  • sarahtew 2/25/2013 12:43:41 PM
  • richard.trenholm 2/25/2013 12:43:51 PM
    Oh, we're in 'the Cloud'. I get it.
  • stephen.shankland 2/25/2013 12:44:02 PM
    "New Ubiquitous cloud computing era. Everything is easy, efficient, effortles, enjoyable."
  • stephen.shankland 2/25/2013 12:44:07 PM
    55 second countdown before we get to the end of the space floaty video, it appears.
  • stephen.shankland 2/25/2013 12:44:10 PM
    Before we get to the goods, we're going to revisit Asus history here for a bit.
  • sarahtew 2/25/2013 12:44:51 PM

    it's the magician

  • stephen.shankland 2/25/2013 12:45:07 PM
    It's the magic trick guy! I saw him at IFA in Berlin, but his show went a bit haywire then. Now he's fiddling with a giant Windows tablet. He's just intro guy though.
  • sarahtew 2/25/2013 12:45:35 PM
  • stephen.shankland 2/25/2013 12:45:45 PM
    Here's Asus chairman Jonney Shih on the screen -- and in reality! Tumultuous applause. OK not really that tumultuous.
  • sarahtew 2/25/2013 12:46:31 PM
  • stephen.shankland 2/25/2013 12:46:43 PM
    "Asus open cloud computing is an open and well-balanced architecture which provides the best ultimate solution for ubiquitous cloud computing."
  • richard.trenholm 2/25/2013 12:46:46 PM
    The presenters 'step out' of the video, then 'reach into' the screen of the phone. It's exactly like the video for Take On Me.
  • stephen.shankland 2/25/2013 12:46:52 PM
    "The home CIO gets software and services to help care for their families' ubiquitous computing needs"
  • stephen.shankland 2/25/2013 12:47:15 PM
    Home CIO? I don't want to be a home CIO.
  • sarahtew 2/25/2013 12:47:40 PM
  • sarahtew 2/25/2013 12:48:18 PM
  • stephen.shankland 2/25/2013 12:48:23 PM
    First service: aoHelp. Online first aid (for tech), self and remote diagnostics tools, automatic system optimization, Asus e-support as backup.
  • stephen.shankland 2/25/2013 12:49:36 PM
    Then we have aoStream. personal cloud for syncing your devices. And aoCloud, with one account to bridge between public cloud and your personal cloud.
  • sarahtew 2/25/2013 12:49:58 PM
  • stephen.shankland 2/25/2013 12:50:29 PM
    Another video: Lots of happy people doing crafts projects with tablets and phones and PCs scattered around.
  • sarahtew 2/25/2013 12:51:08 PM
  • stephen.shankland 2/25/2013 12:51:10 PM
    They've used aoHelp for tech support and transferred a file. Jubilation ensues among the video actors.
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