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Tech Check: The flashy new phones of Mobile World Congress

Doug Gross, CNN
This week on Tech Check, Doug Gross, John Sutter and Stephanie Goldberg talk about new phones from Mobile World Congress.
This week on Tech Check, Doug Gross, John Sutter and Stephanie Goldberg talk about new phones from Mobile World Congress.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Tech Check is CNN's weekly technology podcast
  • This week, the crew discuss announcements at the Mobile World Congress
  • A massive, 5.5-inch phone and one with a 41-megapixel camera are featured
  • We also discuss the facts, and fictions, of Google's new privacy policy

(CNN) -- On this week's Tech Check podcast, Doug Gross, John Sutter and Stephanie Goldberg discuss announcements this week at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

Among the phones featured were one with a whopping, 5.5-inch screen (the iPhone clocks in at about 3.5 inches), phones with touchscreen styluses (Palm Pilot, anyone?) and another that boasted a 41-megapixel camera.

And Microsoft rolled out Windows 8, a well-received operating system for tablets.

Are all these new gadgets cool, or uber-geeky? And will we ever actually see all of them come to market?

We also discuss Google's new privacy policy, which went live on Thursday. The policy's biggest change is that Google will now pull your data from all of its services, from search to Chrome to Gmail to Android phones, into a single profile.

That's raised concerns from politicians and privacy advocates. But is it really a major change? We discuss the fact and the fiction.

Our Reader Comments of the Week come from Twitter, where readers responded to our story about a smartphone, also rolled out at the Mobile World Congress, that creators claim is waterproof.

And our Tech Fail of the Week goes to Google+ -- the social network that seems to see-saw from good news to bad news on the podcast all the time. This week, there was what we'll politely call a less-than-encouraging report about how much time users are spending on the would-be Facebook rival.

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