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How Mobile Technology is Changing the World

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Did you know that 45% of the world’s population is concentrated in just five countries and the most prevalent use of the internet is not through personal computers but through mobile devices?  According to NetworkWorld, Brazil, Russia, China, India, and Indonesia are home to 610 million Internet users.  Furthermore, internet usage in these countries is predicted to double to 1.2 billion by 2015.  Mobile phones in Africa represent more than 90% of all phone lines and the mobile penetration rate is around 50%.  With these statistics in mind, consider the technology innovations that are or will be supporting this rapidly growing population of global mobile internet users.

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Location-Based Web Tools Enhance Mobile Device Experience

Connecting to the internet on a small screen mobile device is only fun when you can interact with useful information without extensive typing or squinting.  Things get even better when web tools provide useful ways to interact with a place using a mobile device’s camera and GPS.   There are dozens of location-sharing tools out there, but I recently explored some interesting ones you might not have heard about yet.

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Barnes & Noble to Sell E-Books

Barnes & Noble is finally getting into the e-book business. Between it’s purchase of the FictionWise e-book seller and its partnership with Plastic Logic, maker of a yet-to-be released e-book reader, Barnes & Noble plans to sell e-books in a big way. According to the Wall Street Journal, BN plans to sell 700,000 titles (500,00 of which are public domain books from Google). In comparison, Amazon.com currently sells 300,000 electronic titles. As expected, the BN e-book format will not work on a Kindle or a Sony e-book reader, but will be compatible with the iPhone/iPod Touch and other mobile devices.
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