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9/20/2018

The Federal Communications Commission's Disaster Information Reporting System shows that only 8% of cell towers in North Carolina and 0.5% in South Carolina were not operational as of Tuesday. By comparison, on Sunday, 13.6% of cell sites in N.C. were reporting outages.

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Inside Towers
9/20/2018

Improving your awareness of who you are, how you behave and what you need helps with your career and has grounding in research, writes LaRae Quy. "Inaccurate self-assessment leads to sales targets that can't be met, deadlines that can't be carried out and performances that are promised but not delivered," she writes.

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LaRae Quy
9/20/2018

While Apple has always staggered the release of its latest iPhone models, this year, the company is rolling out its two priciest models first. The iPhone XS and XS Max, both priced at about $1,000, will be available Friday, five weeks before the cheapest of the new models arrive in stores, giving Apple time to get consumers to snatch up the higher-priced models without any competition from the lower-priced newbie.

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9/20/2018

AT&T will open more than 1,000 stores in the next 18 months, including 100 pop-up shops in apartment buildings and other sites in New York, San Francisco and other cities. Among them is a store opening Friday in a Seattle coffee shop.

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Telecompetitor, Forbes
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AT&T
9/20/2018

C Spire, JF Phillips Farm and PrecisionKing are experimenting with new equipment and automated irrigation techniques to analyze production and conserve groundwater levels in the Mississippi Delta; the companies hope to increase crop yields. Previous research has suggested that "using the IoT in agriculture can increase yields by as much as 15% and revenue by $100,000 for a typical 1,000-acre farm," this article states.

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Telecompetitor
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IoT
9/20/2018

The Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Emergency Management Agency have decided to put off testing the "Presidential Alert" emergency warning system due to the dangers resulting from Hurricane Florence and its aftereffects; the test date has been moved from Sept. 20 to Oct. 3. The system will allow the president to send messages to cellphones during a national emergency, and users cannot opt out of receiving the messages.

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FCW
9/20/2018

If T-Mobile is unable to fulfill its merger agreement with Sprint, the carrier will have to acquire 38,000 more cell sites to keep up with demand, New Street Research data indicate.

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FierceWireless
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T-Mobile, Sprint
9/13/2018

Apple rolled out its iPhone XR, XS and XS Max models Wednesday, with the 6.5-inch, $1,099 Max getting much of the focus, although each new model features Apple's A12 Bionic processor, Face ID systems and TrueDepth cameras. The 5.8-inch XS is an updated version of the discontinued iPhone X, while the $749, 6.1-inch XR is Apple's latest budget entry.

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9/13/2018

Hurricane Florence has sent wireless carriers into action from Virginia to the Carolinas preparing for its expected destruction and widespread outages. Carriers have put thousands of workers on reserve and activated an array of recovery gear to help victims and repair damage once the storm has passed.

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Hurricane Florence, Carolinas
9/13/2018

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will test the National Emergency Alert System with a "Presidential Alert" on Sept. 20 on cellphones nationwide. The first-of-its-kind alert will determine if improvements are needed to disseminate emergency information nationally through current infrastructure.