Amazon's new distribution center in Sacramento, Calif., will feature robots that are expected to improve shipping times, compared to its traditional, nonrobotic counterparts, the company said. The 855,000-square-foot facility will open this month, and robots will perform tasks such as delivering products to human employees, who sort the orders for shipment.
Texas-based DryBox has developed technology that it says offers a 75% chance of repairing phones that have been dropped in water. DryBox's proprietary technology evaporates moisture before corrosion can take place, and the company says it has saved 30,000 phones at DryBox stands.
Competitive Carriers Association has linked with five other trade groups in challenging Sinclair Broadcast Group's effort to buy TV station group owner Tribune Media. CCA said the merger, in addition to being anti-competitive, could throw havoc into the Federal Communications Commission's 39-month repacking plan for stations that surrendered spectrum in the recent auction.
California legislators have moved swiftly on a bill aimed at giving the state greater say over placement of small cell antennas in order to broaden cellphone service in rural and other areas. The measure has advanced despite objections that it usurps local governmental authority.
T-Mobile told the Federal Communications Commission that it will focus heavily on rural areas in putting its 600 MHz-based wireless network build-out on the fast track this year. In a filing, T-Mobile wrote that it needs a speedy transition for TV stations to relocate from frequencies they surrendered in an auction.
Montana has become the 11th state to opt in to the FirstNet deployment plan since the national emergency-services provider opened its network to states and territories on June 19 under a contract with AT&T. Verizon Communications said it will continue to pursue public-safety agreements with states that opt out of the FirstNet process.
Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a cellphone that works without a battery by harvesting small amounts of power from radio signals. The current prototype is basic, but researchers plan to further develop it and hope to create a battery-free phone for the mass market.
The H-1B visa program added $17.3 billion to the combined incomes of the US and India in 2010 and added $431 million in wealth to US workers, per a study by the Center for Global Development and the University of Michigan. Total IT output from both countries increased by 0.45% in 2010, the study said.