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Europe moves closer to launching in-car eCall emergency service in 2018

The European Parliament has moved closer to mandating the installation of an emergency call system in all new cars and smaller commercial vehicles.

Earlier this week MEPs voted to require all new car models to have its eCall system installed from 31st March 2018. They’d originally hoped to mandate eCall from 2015.

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TomTom navigation coming to Acer smartphones

TomTom navigation coming to Acer smartphones

Navigation and mapping specialist TomTom has agreed a multi-year deal with technology manufacturer Acer.

It’s powering a new navigation application called ‘AcerNAV’ that’ll be available on Acer smartphones.

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Nokia appoints Sean Fernback to head its HERE mapping and location business

Nokia appoints Sean Fernback to head its HERE mapping and location business

Nokia has announced that Sean Fernback will be taking over as president of its HERE mapping business from 1st November.

He’ll be taking over from Cliff Fox, who’d been appointed as an interim leader after CEO Michael Halbherr left in August.

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More than 50 new cars launched at the Paris Motor Show use Nokia's HERE mapping

More than 50 new cars launched at the Paris Motor Show use Nokia's HERE mapping

The majority of navigation-equipped cars that are being launched at this week’s Paris Motor Show have their in-dash navigation powered by Nokia’s HERE mapping business, the company says.

Its maps can be found in more than 50 of the estimated 62 new car models with in-dash navigation at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.

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New Android smartphone launched for children

New Android smartphone launched for children

Includes parental control application

Lisbon-based Science4you, which until now has been best known for developing toys and games, has launched a smartphone that’s designed for children aged from 6 to 12 years old.

Its new Mobile4you handset is described as “the first smartphone in the world specifically developed for children, with focus on parental concerns”.

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