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New Rules for Unlocking Phones

Mar 04, 2015 in Tech . 0 Comment

New Rules for Unlocking Phones

Thanks to a new law that has come to pass, switching carriers is easier than ever. The freedom to unlock your cell phone was officially granted by the White House in the summer of 2014. However, the unlocking process varied from carrier to carrier. This made the entire process confusing for many consumers. Now, all U.S. carriers are required to comply with any requests to unlock their devices. Read on to learn more about the new rules associated with unlocking phones. 

Wireless Regulations

The newest regulatory changes come as a result of the actions of the industry group CTIA. An international nonprofit membership organization, CTIA represents the wireless communications agency. The association advocates on behalf of its members at all levels of government, including working to coordinate the voluntary efforts of the industry. These efforts include creating industry guidelines. Through the organizing efforts of CTIA, the wireless carriers have committed to adhering to the new regulations by February 11, 2015. 

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How to Dig Out of Small Business Debt

Mar 02, 2015 in Business/Finance . 0 Comment

How to Dig Out of Small Business Debt

Starting a business often involves acquiring a certain amount of debt. For those who can start a business without incurring much debt, other financial obligations may eventually arise. Many small business owners need loans to take their company to the next level of growth. Others need assistance to simply make ends meet. Regardless of why the debt is accrued, the fact remains that it can quickly take a toll. When it isn’t handled properly, small business debt presents a huge threat to your livelihood. 

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FCC’s Net Neutrality Plan

Feb 27, 2015 in Tech . 0 Comment

FCC’s Net Neutrality Plan

Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler recently introduced a plan to treat wireless phone carriers much like traditional phone carriers. This means greater oversight and regulatory control. The older rules were abandoned due to their impracticality in the context of today’s communication technologies.  

In fact, the modification will be implemented within Title II of the Communications Act of 1934.  This act essentially transferred the regulation of interstate telephone services from the Interstate Commerce Commission to the FCC. Title II stipulates that a “common carrier” that transports goods to citizens (structural internet backbone, in this case) for public necessity, must be willing to demonstrate that it is willing and able to do so.   

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The Legality of Employee Testing

Feb 25, 2015 in Business/Finance . 0 Comment

The Legality of Employee Testing

Is it legal to require your employees to take certain tests? The answer is a qualified “yes.” It’s only kosher to administer these tests if they’re professionally developed and pertain directly to the employee’s job. Read on to learn more about the types of testing you can use and their applications.

Drug Testing

It’s generally legal to use drug testing for applicant screening, but the rules change once the person has actually been hired. Restrictions and exemptions vary by state, so it’s advisable to check with your state’s department of labor before administering a drug test to employees. A typical exception might include vehicle drivers, such as those who operate buses or semi-trucks, or people who may be directly involved in a workplace accident.

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Snapchat Adds Entertainment Content

Feb 23, 2015 in Tech . 0 Comment

Snapchat Adds Entertainment Content

Snapchat has introduced a new feature that will change the way many of its users get their news. Most people know Snapchat as the app that lets users send self-destructing selfies. According to recent estimates, nearly 400 million messages are sent each day using the app. Now the company seeks to transform the landscape of traditional news media by providing disappearing news stories. The service is called Snapchat Discover.

Snapchat Overview

Snapchat had earlier introduced Snapchat Stories, a service that allowed users to narrate a story by linking snaps together. Unlike the typical photo messages that would disappear after a minute, Stories would last for a full 24 hours. Snapchat Discover builds on the Stories format by providing news content from a variety of editorial outlets. A number of leading news organizations are collaborating with Snapchat to make this groundbreaking offering possible. 

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