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Feb 27, 2017 - RIL shares cross Rs4 trillion in market cap

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Sree Vijaykumar
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As smartphones have proliferated, so have the kinds of people obsessed with them, from car-makers to media chieftains. Every year, they gather at Mobile World Congress, an annual extravaganza that brings together telecom companies, internet giants, handset makers and everyone in between to talk mobile computing for four days in Barcelona. The 2016 edition attracted over 100,000 visitors, the most in its 30-year history. This year in Barcelona, the theme is "The Next Element." With 5G still years away, MWC's participants are trying to come up with something-anything--that could be the next element in the smartphone's evolution. That includes trying to turn cars into smartphones (connected cars), packing home appliances with sensors and radios (the Internet of Things), and strapping phones onto various limbs (wearables). Here are some of the themes and products that will likely emerge from this year's gathering, which runs from Feb 27 to Mar 2.

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