Many subscribers in Hawaii failed to receive text messages under the Wireless Emergency Alert system during the Jan. 13 erroneous missile alarm, and many in Alaska don't receive the text messages at all. On Friday, a Federal Communications Commission official explained to Hawaiian lawmakers about the signal's distribution requirements, while Alaskan carrier GCI said smaller telecoms have until May 2019 to adopt the system.
Apple has outlined several improvements it will make to iOS 11.3 in the spring, including a new battery health monitor. Other upgrades include: accessing personal medical records in the Health app; four more face-tracking Animoji in the iPhone X; an updated Siri; and new features in ARKit 1.5, the augmented reality system.
AT&T on Monday introduced the logo that will be used to brand products and services from its FirstNet partner in marketing the national emergency services network, while FirstNet will retain its logo to label its internal activities. Also, AT&T this week disputed Verizon Communications' assertion that Verizon was negotiating an interconnection agreement with FirstNet and AT&T.
Less than one-fifth of US cellular customers switched their carrier when they last changed their service plan, reveals Parks Associates, which also says that only 39% of all subscribers have made any changes to their plans in the past year. Carriers can no longer count on unlimited data plans to persuade subscribers to switch, per a Parks Associates analyst.
Entrepreneur Doris Oyong launched a cellphone repair company in Nigeria in 2007 after years of doing electronics repairs. Oyong is also opening a cellphone repair training school that will offer practical courses.
Counterfeit iPhones have been turning up in Oklahoma, with CPR Cell Phone Repair's Scott Norris saying stores are finding them each month. Counterfeit iPhones often come in Apple boxes and cases, but without authentic Apple interior parts.
Target's 2013 data breach was caused by a third-party vendor whose system was not compliant with Payment Card Industry standards. AZDS Interactive Group CEO Adam Deflorian highlights those compliance requirements and the importance of hiring an experienced auditor.
Sprint has rolled out its next-generation, push-to-talk service for enterprises, Sprint Direct Connect Plus. SDC Plus, which uses the Kodiak PTT platform, offers support for Wi-Fi communications and tablets, as well as presence information.