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Mobile Location Services: The Definitive Guide by Andrew Jagoe

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Chapter 1. Mobile Location Services

From mainframes to minicomputers to PCs, computer hardware has long been bulky—so bulky that not only was it not mobile, but it was kept in special air-conditioned rooms on a raised antistatic floor. Ethernet technologies developed to allow these computer systems to communicate first privately and then publicly, worldwide over the Internet. Developments in liquid crystal displays and hardware miniaturization allowed computers to become “mobile” as laptop computers. However, laptops are actually movable computers and not mobile computers. Radio signaling systems technology, complex cell networks, and further miniaturization of computer processors and memory made mobile phones possible. As mobile phones become ...

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