Microsoft will expand its rural broadband footprint using white space technology into six states that will also provide tech training for students through its TechSpark program. The software company launched the initiative last week in Fargo, N.D., with other programs planned for communities in Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Texas and Virginia.
Apple is investigating reports of swelling iPhone 8 batteries that reportedly have caused front panels to lift away from the devices. "We are aware and looking into it," the company said.
Ninety-five percent of CIOs have created a cybersecurity plan based on national standards, up from 78% in 2013, according to a NASCIO survey, in cooperation with CompTIA and Grant Thornton. The survey also noted that most state CIOs want to lead the oversight and direction of their states' cybersecurity programs.
In addition to the toll at a personal level, the World Health Organization estimates, up to 12 billion workdays will be lost to mental health issues and emotional distress by 2030. In the U.S. alone, depression and anxiety cost businesses $210 billion every year. The "emotional wellbeing" or "emotional fitness" of workers is becoming an increasingly important issue for employers. Identifying employees in need of support and providing it is of paramount importance in maintaining the overall health and productivity of your team. Read more.
Women fill most of the 350 jobs on the engineering and digital tech staff at beauty retailer Sephora, which focuses on tech that connects with its customers and rewards staffers for taking risks. "Even if a female candidate doesn't have all the requirements for a technical job, we want that person to come in and show what they can do," said Yvette Nichols, Sephora's vice president of talent.
T-Mobile's recent investment in low-band wireless frequencies has made a better case for the telecom's possible merger with Sprint, network-tracking firm Mosaik asserted, saying a combined entity would prove an effective competitor in rural areas against its larger rivals. T-Mobile has spent more than $9 billion buying licenses in the 600 MHz and 700 MHz bands.
Phone Medic CEO Christine Ricci was the keynote speaker at the Wireless Repair EXPO 2017, which attracted more than 600 attendees, and urged conference participants to intelligently manage processes and people for maximum performance. Meanwhile, uBreakiFix co-founder Justin Wetherill stressed partnerships among industry leaders, which he said provided "continued learning opportunities for our team."
The Federal Communications Commission will consider proposing changes to the Citizens Broadband Radio Service band at its Oct. 24 meeting, with two of the Republican members on record as opposing rules approved by the previous FCC. The agency posted a notice of proposed rulemaking this week for the 3.5 GHz band.