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April 5, 2012
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  • Mercedes aims to advance in-car connectivity with mbrace 2
    Mercedes showed off the next iteration of its "mbrace" vehicle connectivity platform this week at the New York International Auto Show. The mbrace 2 -- which is to be formally introduced in May in the SL 65 AMG -- features always-on data connectivity and myriad third-party and proprietary applications, including Valet Minder, a virtual boundary that notifies the driver if a valet decides to go for a joyride. (4/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Device vendors are at loggerheads over new SIM card standard
    Talks aimed at agreeing on a new standard for micro SIM cards hit a wall Friday, with observers at the European Telecommunications Standards Institute's Smart Card Platform Technical Committee meeting chalking up the lack of consensus to Apple's and Nokia's conflicting visions. "The committee decided to delay any vote on the subject in the interest of trying to achieve a broad industry consensus," ETSI said. The Inquirer (U.K.) (4/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • U.K. expects 80-fold increase in mobile demand by 2030
    Demand for mobile-broadband capacity in the U.K. by 2030 will be at least 80 times what it is today, and could grow as much as 300-fold, according to estimates from the U.K.'s Office of Communications. The regulatory body has been weighing the potential of spectrum in the 700 MHz band -- which is used to deliver digital-television services -- to alleviate the strain on mobile networks, and says it could begin reallocating the spectrum to mobile broadband providers by 2018. (U.K.) (4/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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