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Briefs...Emerging Technologies Flash E-newsletter, August 17, 2006

Wed, 02/28/2007 - 1:25am

Geographic content provider Tele Atlas says Americans haven’t given up driving, but they are on the verge of giving up maps. A new survey of 1,100 adults shows road trips are still regarded as a fun thing to do. And 80 percent of those surveyed said they are more comfortable now using digital mapping resources on the road than a year ago.

The CDMA Development Group says a nationwide CDMA 450 MHz network has been launched in Norway by Nordisk Mobiltelefon. CDG Executive Director Perry LaForge says CDMA2000 is now deployed across Europe with 12 operators in Belarus, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, and the Ukraine. He says other operators are planning to deploy similar CDMA2000 in Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Estonia and Sweden.

The IPv6 company Innofone.com Inc. has acquired Mobile Technology Group, a provider of mobile solutions for messaging, content and commerce.

The analyst firm NPD Group says in a new study that the number of mobile phones sold with removable media slots has risen 250 percent. There were 2 million such handsets sold in the first quarter of 2006, the study says. “The industry expects to see a continued and sustained increase in phones sold with this feature, as manufacturers focus on anticipating consumer demand for more capacity for storing and transferring digital data,” says analyst Neil Strother said.

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