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Apple boosts business appeal of podcasts with new analytics in iOS 11

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At session 512 of the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on Friday, Apple business manager James Boggs announced that Apple’s Podcasts app would be getting improved presentation capabilities and analytics in iOS 11. The new features could make it easier for companies to better leverage podcasting as a useful business tool in the future.

SEE: WWDC 2017: All the news about iOS 11 (Tech Pro Research)

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The revamped app will allow users to create clear, succinct titles for their episodes, and will provide quick play to let users continue listening wherever they left off.

With the update, subscribers can download complete seasons to their podcast Library. iOS 11 will also improve the manner in which episodes are organized in a season, listing the episodes chronologically, or by most recent episode, depending on what is best for the listener.

Apple’s most exciting Podcasts feature—which Boggs mentioned briefly at the end of his session—is podcast analytics. According to Boggs’ presentation slides, the new analytics capabilities aim to answer the following three questions:

  1. “How many people are listening?”
  2. “How much do they actually listen?”
  3. “Where are they listening?”

Podcast creators will be able to view which episodes are listened to all the way through, which could help marketers and business leaders better understand what kind of content is most valuable. They’ll also be able to see how many users are listening, which episodes are being skipped over, and when listeners stop an episode.

While these basic analytics only display general listening behavior, the improvement provides more information than ever before, which is a testament to the lack of analytics podcast users and creators were privy to in the past.

Still, there is work to be done. As reported by Recode’s Peter Kafka, these analytics lack the fine grain details necessary to create and market targeted content, which could limit their effectiveness and hurt podcast advertisers.

Boggs said Apple is set to release more information later this year.

The 3 big takeaways for TechRepublic readers

  1. Apple is set to offer podcast analytics that show creators how their listeners are responding to the episodes.
  2. The new iOS 11 podcast app will have a more user-friendly interface that caters to the listener’s preferences, including quick play and episode order.
  3. This is the first look at podcast analytics Apple has ever released, but more precise details could make the content more effective for its audience.

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How to set up and manage projects in Wrike

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Wrike’s PM and collaboration software, uses four key elements: folders, projects, tasks, and subtasks to organize and categorize work. For this article, we’re covering just the basics of setting up a project in Wrike using these building blocks.

To set up a project using Wrike:

  1. On the left panel of the screen, right-click on your team’s name (1) (for this example, I’ve named mine MY TEAM.)
  2. Click on Add (2) and select Folder (3). Now enter a name for the folder. In my example, I’ve created two top-level folders, Accounting and Marketing. Under the accounting folder, I’ve created a subfolder called Financial Systems by right-clicking on the Accounting folder and following the same process. You can use this process to create as many folders and subfolders (like buckets) to organize teams, clients, work stage etc.
  3. After you’ve created all required folders, follow the same steps by right-clicking on the applicable folder or subfolder and selecting Project. I’ve created a project called 2017 AP Module Enhancements. Projects display as a clipboard icon instead of a folder.



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Now that you’ve created your folders, subfolders and project, the next step is to set up project tasks and subtasks if needed (Figure 2). On the main screen (right) click on New task (1) and enter the title for each task you would like to create. Tasks can be sorted by priority, and there’s a click and drag feature that can be used to shift task order around. A feature of Wrike projects is the ability to view projects as either lists, boards (Kanban), timelines, streams, timelogs, workloads, and even see project analytics (when the project has commenced and information is available).



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Here’s a quick peek into each of the available project views mentioned above.

Board view used for teams working with the Kanban PM framework:



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Table view:



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Timeline or Gantt chart view, where teams can see the critical path:



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Stream view allows team members to filter how much or little they want to see:



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Timelog view to track time spent on projects/tasks for payroll/billing:



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Workload view provides the ability to see project workload based on status (A), use custom filters (B) or show full workload, highlight overdue work, and show backlog (C).



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If you choose to use the custom filter (B), these additional options are available (Figure 9.) Note: There are also additional advanced filters.



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For each task, you can also create subtasks for larger projects, and for either task or subtasks you can:

  1. add assignees
  2. set start and end dates, add time entries, add subtasks, attach files,add dependencies and share task information with others
  3. Add detailed descriptions about the task
  4. Attach files and even add emojis



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At the top right of the screen (Figure 10) you’ll also see these additional options (Figure 11) that are available on tasks and subtasks.



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Now that you have the basics to start setting up projects in Wrike, keep in mind their project management and collaboration solution offers many other features.

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App of the week: Quiver combines coding and note taking in one easy app

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Apps like Evernote are great. They allow you to categorize notes, share info, make annotations, and store all your important stuff in one place. Those apps and their robust features would be even better, programmers are likely thinking, if they would recognize coding syntax like Notepad++.

Stop searching for a Notepad++ upgrade: You’ve found it with Quiver.

1. What Quiver does

At first glance Quiver looks a lot like Evernote: There’s a column on the left for sorting notes into individual books, a second column that shows all the notes in the selected notebook, and on the right is the active note.

Quiver’s interface is familiar and that’s a good thing—I knew right where most everything was when I started using it. The app also comes with 12 tutorial notes, and I highly suggest reading them all.

See: Looking for a programming job in a big tech firm? Find one by playing games with Code Arcade (TechRepublic)

The part of Quiver that stands out is the part that’s supposed to: Contextual note cells. Each note is made up of cells that have a particular format: Text, code, markdown, LaTeX, or diagram. Changing the cell type lets Quiver pick up on syntax and instantly deliver a preview of what you’re typing.

You can share notes as well, though this is the one area where Quiver falls short of apps like Evernote: Sharing is done by linking a cloud account like Dropbox or via email rather than in-app collaboration.

2. How Quiver is better

Apps similar to Quiver are numerous but they all lack one important thing: Syntax recognition. Sure, there are other apps out there that will do markdown and recognize other simple syntactical languages but Quiver stands alone as a notebook app designed for programmers.

The list of languages that Quiver recognizes is too long to include here. Suffice it to say that if you’re going to use it for hammering out code in 2017 you won’t have a problem finding your chosen language.

3. Who should use Quiver


Quiver is designed for programmers, and it’s an invaluable tool for them. It’s hardly restricted to programmers, though.

LaTeX is a standard in many academic departments, and many LaTeX editors are clunky, old, or difficult to get used to. Quiver is as simple as using any other note-taking app.

See: 3 iOS apps for learning to code in bite-size lessons (TechRepublic)

People who write for the web often use markdown to simplify formatting. With the live preview offered in Quiver you can see just what you’re doing while you’re doing it, eliminating the need to go back and make changes later on.

There aren’t too many people who wouldn’t find Quiver useful, at least in the tech and academic worlds. It can categorize and annotate just as well as other popular note-taking apps and all for just a single $9.99 purchase.

If you want to give Quiver a shot you can download a free trial from its website or you can buy it on the macOS App Store.

Sorry, mobile and Windows users: It’s a macOS exclusive for now.

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Early Warning and Payfone Sign Agreement To Provide Mobile Identity Authentication Solutions For Zelle (SM)

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� Payfone, a leader in mobile identity authentication for digital channels, today signed an agreement with Early Warning Services to provide mobile authentication technologies for ZelleSM. Payfone risk assessment solutions will help streamline consumer enrollment and transaction authentication processes, enabling more consumers to take advantage of the speed and simplicity of person to person (P2P) payments.

“Payfone’s solutions will significantly simplify the enrollment processes for millions of Zelle P2P users, while adding another layer of non-intrusive protection behind-the-scenes for Zelle,” said Eric Woodward , group president of the Risk Solutions business at Early Warning. “Payfone brings together data from across the mobile ecosystem – networks, devices, users – to help us assess enrollment and transaction risk almost instantly. This helps us balance the requirements for speed and security in the faster payments space.”

“Faster payments require instant mobile authentication, which Payfone is uniquely positioned to provide,” said Rodger Desai , CEO, Payfone. “Collaborating with Early Warning to help add further seamless security to Zelle is a shining example of how Payfone makes customer transactions safer and smoother.”

Payfone processes over 10,000,000 transactions a day for the largest financial, healthcare and governmental organizations and is set to reach 50,000,000 transactions per day by year-end, enabling its clients to provide safer, faster and easier user experiences for their customers. The company’s proprietary analytics engine processes millions of signals a day to authenticate and score transactions with unrivaled speed, safety and accuracy.

Payfone’s investors include RRE Ventures, Opus Capital, Relay Ventures, Early Warning Services, American Express Ventures, Verizon Ventures, Rogers Venture Partners, BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners, Andrew Prozes , Strauss Zelnick, Maclab Development Group and Transaction Network Services. Business Insider Intelligence recently highlighted Payfone’s recent round of funding as one of the 10 largest US VC-backed fin-tech deals of Q1 2017.

About Payfone Payfone is the leader in mobile identity authentication solutions for the connected world. Payfone breaks down barriers for top financial, governmental, healthcare and tech companies, creating more welcoming and effortless customer experiences. Learn more at

About Early Warning Creating the Future of Payments™ – Early Warning delivers innovative payment and risk solutions to financial institutions nationwide. For over 25 years, Early Warning has been a leader in technology that helps money move easier, faster, and safer. Learn more at 

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Cricket Wireless Launches Cricket Cares

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� Cricket Wireless announced today the launch of Cricket Cares to boost its commitment to bettering communities where you live, work and play.�

“Philanthropy is part of Cricket’s cultural DNA. We work with national and regional charities to make a significant impact where it matters most – in the community,” said Dawn Benton , assistant vice president, corporate communications, Cricket Wireless. “Whether donating cell phones and wireless service or helping a worthy citizen renovate their home, Cricket prioritizes giving back.”

To kick off Cricket Cares, Cricket is working once again with Rebuilding Together. The joint program, “Connecting Communities,” is an effort to revitalize communities across the country. Starting in 5 cities – Baltimore , Detroit , Miami , Minneapolis and Seattle – Cricket will contribute $25,000 in each market that will go towards community revitalization projects, funding a total of 15 projects in all.

“Cricket Wireless understands the importance of investing in communities,” said Caroline Blakely , president and CEO of Rebuilding Together. “Through the Connecting Communities program, we will impact local families and residents, contributing to our mission to rebuild underserved neighborhoods throughout the country.”

Rebuilding Together invests in communities by improving the lives of residents in need, increasing the safety and health of their homes, building economic development opportunities and working with local leaders to revitalize underserved neighborhoods. Cricket and Rebuilding Together will officially launch Connected Communities in the coming weeks. To keep up to date on Cricket’s philanthropic activities, visit our Cricket Cares page. And to inquire about our simpler, smarter and better wireless product and service offerings, visit

About Cricket Cricket is bringing consumers more value with a simple, friendly, and reliable nationwide wireless experience with no annual contract. The power of Cricket is our nationwide 4G LTE network that covers more than 319* million people; easy and affordable plans prices that include monthly taxes and fees; and a great selection of phones customers love. Cricket, Something to Smile About. To check out the new Cricket or find a store near you, visit Learn more on the Cricket newsroom and blog. And connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Cricket is a subsidiary of AT&T Inc. Coverage not available everywhere. © 2017 Cricket Wireless LLC. All rights reserved. Cricket and the Cricket logo are trademarks under license to Cricket Wireless LLC.

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iconectiv NPAC Transition Progressing with Webcast for Low-Tech Interface (LTI) Users

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PISCATAWAY, N.J.� iconectiv, the next Local Number Portability Administrator (LNPA) for all U.S. regions, is continuing the transition of the new Number Portability Administration Center (NPAC) with a webcast for users of the Low Tech Interface (LTI) GUI. �

iconectiv will host a webcast on June 14, 2017 at 3:30 pm ET to prepare users that access the NPAC via the LTI GUI for the upcoming transition. Registration is now open for the webcast, which will focus on LTI training and testing options and provide a preview of the GUI. It will conclude with a question and answer session.

Users who have not yet registered for the iconectiv NPAC are encouraged to do so as soon as possible to ensure they will be able to participate in training and testing.  

Further details on the transition can be found at Users with questions can reach the help desk weekdays from 8:00am to 8:00pm ET at 844-820-8039 or via email at

About iconectiv As the authoritative partner of the communications industry for more than 30 years, iconectiv’s market-leading solutions enable the interconnection of networks, devices, and applications for more than two billion people every day. Working closely with private, government and non-governmental organizations, iconectiv continues to protect and secure telecommunication infrastructures for service providers, governments and enterprises, while providing network and operations management, numbering, registry, messaging and fraud and identity solutions to more than 1,200 organizations globally.

A US-based company, Telcordia Technologies, doing business as iconectiv, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ericsson. For more information, visit

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Djibouti Telecom Connects Its IP Network with Hurricane Electric to Help Bring High-Speed IP Transit to East Africa

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Djibouti Telecom, East Africa’s leading telecom operator, announced today that it has joined its IP network with Hurricane Electric, the world’s largest� IPv6 native� Internet backbone. The connection was made at two key global Internet Points of Presence (POPs) located in Singapore at Equinix and Global Switch facilities, which have a direct path to the Djbouti Telecom’s data center.

With this new IP Transit agreement, networks and Internet Service Providers will have the opportunity to access Hurricane Electric’s robust global network, which is connected to over 155 major exchange points and exchanges traffic directly with more than 6,000 different networks. As a result, both new and existing customers will be able to experience increased throughput, reduced latency and improved reliability. Additionally, clients will also enjoy improved fault tolerance, load balancing and congestion management infrastructure capabilities in the delivery of next-generation IP services.

“The massive data growth projections for East Africa have prompted the rethink of the industry’s business model, with Djibouti Telecom focused on ensuring that Internet traffic is transported and managed across a reliable, diverse and secure network,” said Mohamed Assoweh Bouh, Director General of Djibouti Telecom. “That is why partnering with Hurricane Electric is a key element to our strategy in providing greater value and a better Internet experience to our partners and the whole value chain.”

“Hurricane Electric is excited to add Djibouti Telecom as a customer,” said Mike Leber, President of Hurricane Electric. “We look forward to helping them provide a greater Internet experience for their customers throughout East Africa.”

About Djibouti Telecom

Djibouti Telecom SA is a PUBLIC operator with a monopoly of national and international telecommunications throughout the Djiboutian territory.

A committed national player, because Djibouti Telecom SA believes in the strength of telecommunications as a creator of social links and as an indispensable tool for the economic development of our country, Djibouti Telecom SA thus creates close links with the local fabric.

Djibouti Telecom SA is mainly a range of products and services, (GSM, CDMA) and the Internet (IP / DATA for ADSL networks). For additional information, please visit

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Fremont, California-based Hurricane Electric operates its own global IPv4 and IPv6 network and is considered the largest IPv6 backbone in the world as measured by number of networks connected. Within its global network, Hurricane Electric is connected to more than 155 major exchange points and exchanges traffic directly with more than 6,000 different networks. Employing a resilient fibre-optic topology, Hurricane Electric has no less than four redundant paths crossing North America, three separate paths between the U.S. and Europe, and rings in Europe and Asia.

In addition to its vast global network, Hurricane Electric owns and operates two data centers in Fremont, California, including Fremont 2, its newest 208,000 square foot facility. Hurricane Electric offers IPv4 and IPv6 transit solutions over the same connection at speeds including 10 Gbps and 100 GbpsEthernet.

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HYPRES Expands Efforts in Quantum Computing with Launch of European Subsidiary SeeQC

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HYPRES, The Digital Superconductor Company, has expanded its role and efforts in quantum information processing with the launch of the company’s European based wholly owned subsidiary SeeQC. Headquartered in Rome, Italy, SeeQC will focus on developing superconducting technologies for a variety of applications, including scalable fault tolerant quantum computing, quantum communications, quantum simulators, etc.

As part of this effort, SeeQC – which stands for Superconducting Energy Efficient Quantum Computing ( – will work closely with its technology partners, including major European university labs.

“Significant research and technology development are being realized in universities and research teams throughout Europe,” said Oleg Mukhanov, CTO and Sr. EVP of HYPRES and Managing Director of SeeQC. “SeeQC will develop relationships with these quantum technology leaders who are on the forefront of ensuring scalable, commercially viable quantum information processing platforms are a part of the foreseeable future.”

Initially, SeeQC will focus on the development of superconductor circuitry to resolve control issues in quantum processing systems. One immediate objective is the development of programmable cryogenic qubit controllers that include superconducting spintronic memory – a new brand of dense, very fast, and energy-efficient memory being developed at HYPRES. Building on HYPRES’ vast expertise in superconducting Josephson junction circuits, SeeQC will provide the performance and scalability needed for the rapidly increasing quantum information processing market.

“We have reached a critical stage with our superconductor quantum computing efforts and an entity solely focused on this technology will take it to the next level,” said Richard Hitt, CEO of HYPRES and Chairman of SeeQC. “It is the right time for HYPRES efforts in quantum information processing development to be connected more closely with the innovation leaders in Europe with the launch of SeeQC. We’re excited at the prospect for rapid progress this opportunity creates. HYPRES has collaborated with leading universities in Europe for many years and this is a logical extension of that legacy.”


HYPRES develops and commercializes digital superconductor technology and integrates it into systems for customers worldwide. The company provides unparalleled economic and performance advantages for a variety of mobile network, metrology and advanced computing applications. HYPRES operates the premier commercial foundry for digital superconductor ICs and has delivered more worldwide than any other government or commercial organization.

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MCTV and SubscriberWise Executive David Hoffer Named Cablefax Independent Financial Executive of the Year, FICO Panjandrum and U.S. Credit Czar Declares

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SubscriberWise, the nation’s largest issuing CRA for the communications industry and the leading advocate for children exploited by identity fraud, announced today that David Hoffer, MCTV chief operating officer and vice president CFO for SubscriberWise, has been named Independent Financial Executive of the Year by Cablefax.

The honor is part of the Cablefax ‘Top Ops’ Awards and includes individuals and companies that represent the best in a variety of areas including marketing, technology, finance, lifetime achievement, customer service and community involvement.

The celebration was held during the TV Innovation Summit on June 8, 2017, at the New York Athletic Club ( .

“On behalf of SubscriberWise, America’s largest issuing CRA for the telecom industry, and on behalf of our families, friends, lovers, member operators, vendors, technology partners, data furnishers, colleagues, and contractors here and everywhere around the world, I conspicuously and proudly congratulate David Hoffer – along with all the honorees and operators recently recognized by Cablefax,” proclaimed SubscriberWise founder, MCTV credit manager, and humanity’s highest FICO and credit scoring achiever in the worldwide history of global banking and financial underwriting.

“Today, and again on behalf of the aforementioned, I wish each honoree and each operator, including all those who they love and care for, continued success and happiness for many years and decades to come.

“Frankly, I wish the same for all humanity,” acknowledged the global Credit Czar.

“On a personal note, I can hardly believe that it’s been more than more than 20 years since David and I started our careers together at MCTV,” continued Howe. “And over these two decades, I’ve been privileged to witness first-hand, up-close-and-personal in the most detailed and intricate ways one could imagine or conceive, the deep experience and remarkable financial expertise from this industry giant and respected leader.

“Yes, David’s far-reaching impact on telecommunications, financial and otherwise – I would argue – touches virtually every operator and every subscriber, in one way or another, directly or indirectly, everywhere in this country today.

“Moreover – and equally important to America’s exploited and innocent children victimized by identity fraud – David’s industry expertise and financial prowess has been an integral part of the evolution, growth, and continued success of SubscriberWise over the past 13 years.

“In addition to the multitudes of children and adults our ‘Red Flag’ technology has protected, today SubscriberWise touches a U.S. consumer every minute of every hour of every day. The organization’s financial impact to the industry is quantified in the billions of dollars annually.

“Perhaps the hundreds of billions.

“And we’ve done it all, since our nationwide launch more than ten years ago, without a single penny of debt and without a single day of contractual obligation from any of our nationwide member operators.

“Of course, we’ve managed to do it with David’s help and insight along the way.

“Finally, to further substantiate the record, David’s industry and financial expertise can be found in Cablefax’s past history when, in 2014, Cablefax named SubscriberWise winner of the Digital & Tech Awards.

“The competition was open to every MSO, cable network, and tech vendor in North America (

“More recently it was on display in 2015 when MCTV was honored by Cablefax during the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) and the American Cable Association (ACA) 2015 Independent Show in Boston as the ‘Independent Operator of the Year’.

“Congratulations and hats off to Mr. David Hoffer for a job well done…and a recognition long overdue,” concluded Credit Czar Howe. “Congratulations to all the others as well!”

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SubscriberWise® launched as the first issuing consumer reporting agency exclusively for the cable industry in 2006. The company filed extensive documentation and end-user agreements to access TransUnion’s consumer database. In 2009, SubscriberWise and TransUnion announced a joint marketing agreement for the benefit of America’s cable operators. Today SubscriberWise is a risk management preferred-solutions provider for the National Cable Television Cooperative.

SubscriberWise is a U.S.A. federally registered trademark of the SubscriberWise Limited Liability Co.

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Optical Cable Corporation Schedules Conference Call To Discuss Second Quarter Of Fiscal Year 2017 Results

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ROANOKE, Va.� Optical Cable Corporation (Nasdaq GM OCC) (“OCC� “) today announced that it will release its second quarter of fiscal year 2017 results on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 . The second quarter results are for the three month and six month periods ended April 30, 2017 . The Company will also host a conference call on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 10 00 a.m. Eastern Time .�

Individuals wishing to participate in the conference call should call (866) 610-1072 in the U.S. or (973) 935-2840 internationally, passcode 35424488. For interested individuals unable to join the call, a replay will be available through Tuesday, June 20, 2017 by dialing (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406, passcode 35424488. The call will also be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed by visiting the investor relations section of the Company’s website at

As in the past, OCC will answer questions from analysts and fund investors during the conference call. OCC also invites individual investors to submit questions in advance of the conference call. Questions should be submitted in writing to by 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 .

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Optical Cable Corporation (“OCC®”) is a leading manufacturer of a broad range of fiber optic and copper data communication cabling and connectivity solutions primarily for the enterprise market (or non-carrier market), offering an integrated suite of high quality products which operate as a system solution or seamlessly integrate with other providers’ offerings.  OCC’s product offerings include designs for uses ranging from commercial, enterprise network, datacenter, residential and campus installations to customized products for specialty applications and harsh environments, including military, industrial, mining, petrochemical, wireless carrier and broadcast applications.  OCC products include fiber optic and copper cabling, fiber optic and copper connectors, specialty fiber optic and copper connectors, fiber optic and copper patch cords, pre-terminated fiber optic and copper cable assemblies, racks, cabinets, datacom enclosures, fiber optic and copper patch panels, face plates, multi-media boxes, fiber optic reels and accessories and other cable and connectivity management accessories.  OCC products are designed to meet the most demanding needs of end-users, delivering a high degree of reliability and outstanding performance characteristics. 

OCC® is internationally recognized for pioneering the design and production of fiber optic cables for the most demanding military field applications, as well as of fiber optic cables suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, and creating a broad product offering built on the evolution of these fundamental technologies.  OCC also is internationally recognized for its role in establishing copper connectivity data communications standards, through its innovative and patented technologies.

Founded in 1983, OCC is headquartered in Roanoke, Virginia with offices, manufacturing and warehouse facilities located in each of Roanoke, Virginia , near Asheville, North Carolina and near Dallas , Texas.  OCC’s facilities are ISO 9001:2008 registered and OCC’s Roanoke and Dallas facilities are MIL-STD-790F certified.

Optical Cable Corporation, OCC®, Procyon®, Procyon Blade™, Superior Modular Products, SMP Data Communications, Applied Optical Systems, and associated logos are trademarks of Optical Cable Corporation.

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Why it's important for the tech industry to get more young girls interested in STEM

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It may not seem like it, but girls age nine to 14 actually run the world. Not only do they determine which pop stars rise to prominence, but also which new tech trends do, said Sara Chipps, CEO and cofounder of Jewelbots, in a keynote address at the Code PaLOUsa software developer conference in Louisville, KY on Friday. Instagram, SnapChat, and all remain popular due to the influence of this age group, Chipps said.

However, as all professions move more toward technology, and software engineer roles are predicted to grow between 20% and 30% in the next 10 years, women remain missing from the field. Women compose only 18% of computer science majors, and 19% of AP computer science test takers. Just 15% of Google’s tech team is female.

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Those are some pretty low numbers considering that women compose more than half of the US population, said Chipps, who is also the cofounder of the nonprofit Girl Develop It and former CTO of the Flatiron School.

“The internet is the largest recording of human history we’ve ever made as a species, and it’s being built by one kind of person,” Chipps said. “If the people building it are the same as the people consuming it, I think we’d be building a better internet.”

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Girls are socialized away from STEM fields at early ages, Chipps said, as evidenced by the toy options for young girls and young boys.

With Jewelbots, a company dedicated to getting more young girls interested in STEM, Chipps created hardware in the form of friendship bracelets that young women can program to connect and communicate with friends, and to perform a number of tasks. The idea was to make it open source so that the girls can learn to code on it, but not market it as a purely education tool, Chipps said.

Since late 2016, some 7,000 Jewelbot units have sold, Chipps said. And 44% of people that purchase a bracelet end up coding it. The company is currently working on an app that would pair the bracelets with Instagram and Facebook, so users can see when they recieve a friend request or are tagged in a photo, Chipps said.

How can companies work to close the gender gap? The best thing tech leaders can do is hire more women in senior management roles, Chipps said. “I think that people hire people in their networks,” she said. “It turns out when you’re a male manager, your network is mostly made up of men like yourself. If you get diversity in management and people making hiring decisions, it makes for a much more diverse team.”

Another issue is that you rarely see white male employees described as “junior,” Chipps said, while you often see women five years into their career given that label. “Recognize that bias you might have of thinking as women inherently as junior, and start looking at them as people who can be owners of their work, and people who learned a lot over a long period of time,” she said.

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Want to try Windows 10's oldest ancestor? Get hands on with the OS from the first IBM PC

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In 1981, an up and coming software company known as Microsoft was contracted to provide the operating system for the first IBM PC.

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The OS, known as PC DOS 1.0, would pave the way for Microsoft to make its fortune by selling computer manufacturers its own spin-off, known as MS-DOS. The company profited deeply from the boom in the home PC market during the 1980s, and in 1985 made MS-DOS more user-friendly by creating a graphical overlay called Windows, giving rise to an OS that dominates PCs to this day.

Now you can try out PC DOS 1.0 for yourself, and see what it was like to switch on the first IBM PC, the 5150, back in August 1981.

The site OS/2 Museum has made a pre-release version of PC DOS 1.0 available via this online emulator.

While the harsh beep that accompanies the computer booting up and the stark simplicity of the monochrome flashing cursor may be an affront to the sensibilities of the modern computer user, Michal Necasek of OS/2 Museum says the software is a genuine piece of PC history.

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“The pre-release version of PC DOS 1.0 is an interesting historical artefact, a true museum piece,” he wrote.

“Being from June 1981, it falls right in the middle between 86-DOS 1.0 (April 1981) and PC DOS 1.0 (August 1981), and while it’s not the oldest surviving version of DOS, it is the oldest known PC operating system.”

The operating system was recently sent to the OS/2 Museum, as an image of an old 160K disk.

An array of software is bundled with the OS, including a BASIC Space Invaders clone called Space Wars, a BASIC program displaying a line drawing of a 3D cube, a BASIC TTY program and various utilities for copying and comparing files.

For those who fancy a trip down memory lane, the web is full of emulators reproducing the very first command-line OSes through to the recently departed Windows XP.

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Chevy Bolt EV goes on sale nationally a month early

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Chevrolet has been slowly rolling out the Bolt EV to more states ever since the car’s introduction last December. Originally, the Bolt was supposed to go on sale in all 50 states as of September 2017, but General Motors has moved up its plans. GM representative Fred Ligouri confirmed recent reports that the Bolt EV will be released nationally in August. He also mentioned that cars will be delivered to an additional five states at the end of this month for a total of 21 states since the December launch.

For a car that has only been available in less than half of the United States, the Bolt EV has been selling pretty well, at least compared with Chevy’s other plug-in – the Volt hybrid. From January 2017 to May 2017, the Bolt EV has sold 5,950 units. The Volt, which is available everywhere, has sold 9,187 units in the same time frame. Expanding the Bolt EV’s availability will likely improve the car’s sales substantially.

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The best flashlight

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By Doug Mahoney

This post was done in partnership with The Sweethome, a buyer’s guide to the best homewares. When readers choose to buy The Sweethome’s independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read the full article here.

After spending three weeks in the New Hampshire woods with 23 flashlights, draining almost 80 batteries, researching the topic for over 50 hours, reading through countless threads at flashlight enthusiast forums, and speaking to a man who has personally reviewed almost 200 flashlights, the best one for most people is the ThruNite Archer 2A V3.

How we picked and tested

We tested a lot of lights … and drained a lot of batteries. Photo: Doug Mahoney

Flashlights can get very expensive, so we set a price limit of about $40. At this price, we hoped to find an entry-level light that offered some of the most important features standard on higher-end lights. Those included a wide, consistent beam, a selection of brightness levels that included a very low “moonlight” setting (aka “firefly” in some models), and a strobe feature that was easy to avoid cycling through in regular use—it’s useful in emergencies, but unnecessary and blinding the rest of the time. We sought models that use common, widely available AA batteries, as well as a waterproof design that could withstand a short drop and wouldn’t roll off a table.

Flashlights have either a reflector or a zoom lens, which dictates the light’s beam pattern—basically, how the light looks as it projects from the flashlight. We prefer reflectors over zoom lenses. Reflectors produce both a center hot spot of concentrated light and a lesser wide-diameter light around it (called the spill beam). Unlike a reflector, the zoom can’t show both the concentrated hot spot and spill beam at the same time. (It’s pretty telling that zoom-style lenses are disparagingly referred to by enthusiasts as “zoomies.”)

To look at battery drain over time and comparative light output, we set up a simple “bounce test.” Using an Extech LT45 LED Light Meter and flashlights loaded with new Energizer Max batteries, we positioned each light inside a large sealed box with the flashlight at one end shining across the box onto its opposite wall, and took readings at regular intervals. To learn more about this test, please read our full guide.

We had other ideas for structured tests, but we took a step back and decided on a more holistic approach to our testing. Instead of taking more meter readings in a sealed lab-like dark room, we spent night after night after night wandering around the dark New Hampshire woods. We felt this unstructured testing gave us the most useful gauge of overall usability, beam spread, and beam distance.

Our pick

The ThruNite Archer 2A V3, the best flashlight for most people. Photo: Doug Mahoney

The ThruNite Archer 2A V3 is in many ways like a high-end flashlight at an affordable price. It has four brightness levels—one of which is the very useful, very low firefly mode. The strobe setting is not part of the brightness toggle so it doesn’t get in the way of regular use. Like most of the better lights we found, the beam simultaneously projects a long-distance hot spot and a dimmer wide-angle light, which gives a great view of the surroundings. It has a two-year free replacement if “problems develop with normal use.” Beyond that is a lifetime limited maintenance policy.

The ThruNite has an interesting two-button interface. At the rear of the light is a “tail switch” that turns it on and off. Once the light is on, the brightness levels are controlled by a second button up at the head of the light. The ThruNite also has what’s called “momentary on,” which means that the light activates with a half press of the tail switch and stays on for as long as the switch is held.

For durability, the ThruNite has a high-quality fit and finish and can handle full submersion in water and a 1½-meter drop. We also like that the body is designed so that it can stand on its end, or “tailstand,” and won’t roll off a table.

Similar design, slightly limited

The Manker E12, very similar to our main pick. Photo: Doug Mahoney

If the ThruNite is not available, we recommend the Manker E12. Almost everything we like about the ThruNite is present in the Manker, and in fact it has a few minor aspects to it that we even liked a little better. But we felt that the wider range of brightness levels found in the ThruNite offers more flexibility. The Manker’s lowest moon mode is also visibly brighter than the ThruNite’s. We’re convinced that these fairly minor points would be noticed only with the lights side by side and that anyone ending up with the Manker will be wholly satisfied.

The Manker has the same two-button interface with the four brightness levels and the hidden strobe function. It has the same momentary-on feature. It also has a similar high-quality look and feel, including the knurled body, the antiroll design and the ability to tailstand. We liked that the Manker is about ½-inch shorter than the ThruNite and that the pocket clip has a little more heft to it. According to the manufacturer specs, the Manker also has a slightly deeper waterproof ability, going to 2 meters, instead of 1½ meters like the ThruNite.

A basic flashlight for about $25

The Mini Maglite Pro, less expensive than our pick, but it doesn’t put out as much light and has only one brightness level. Photo: Doug Mahoney

If the ThruNite and Manker are priced too high, or if you just want a no-frills, regular old flashlight, we recommend the Mini Maglite Pro. This two-AA light has a reflector, so it provides the wide beam with the center spot that we like. Compared with the ThruNite, the Maglite is not nearly as bright, and it lacks much of what we like about our main pick—it doesn’t have multiple brightness settings, nor a two-button interface, and it has fewer features overall.

The Maglite’s modes consist of on and off, with a single brightness level and no strobe feature. It’s also missing a pocket clip, the antiroll design, and the consistency of the light output (our tests showed a steady fading of the light). It has no buttons, so it activates with a twist of the head, a design that often caused the light to turn on in a pocket. Twisting to turn it on is an awkward motion and can be done with one hand after a little practice, but it’s done more easily with two.

We believe most people would be happier with our pick or runner-up, but the Maglite is adequate if you want to spend around $25. We wanted to be able to suggest an even more affordable option, but there wasn’t a model we could reliably recommend—for the details on why, please see “why we can’t recommend a cheaper flashlight” in our full guide.

This guide may have been updated by The Sweethome. To see the current recommendation, please go here.

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New 332 Area Code Coming to Manhattan on June 10

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� All customers within the existing 212, 646, and 917 area codes should be prepared for the introduction of the 332 area code. Verizon announced today that beginning June 10, 2017 , Manhattan customers requesting new service, an additional line, or in some cases, moving their service may be assigned a number in the new 332 area code.

To ensure a continuing supply of new telephone numbers for the New York City area, the New York Public Service Commission approved an area code overlay for the borough of Manhattan in New York City . The new 332 area code will be “overlaid” or superimposed over the area now served by the 212, 646 and part of the 917 area codes.

Important facts that customers need to know about the upcoming 332 area code overlay are:

Customers should continue to identify their telephone number as a ten-digit number (area code + 7-digit number), and include the area code when giving the number to their friends, family, business associates and customers, etc.

Learn more about the introduction of the new 332 area code, or visit the New York Public Service Commission’s website. If Verizon wireline customers have questions they should call 1-800 VERIZON (837-4966); Verizon Wireless customers should call 1-800-922-0204 or visit the Frequently Asked Questions webpage.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ), headquartered in New York City , has a diverse workforce of 161,000 and generated nearly $126 billion in 2016 revenues. Verizon operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with 113.9 million retail connections nationwide. The company also provides communications and entertainment services over mobile broadband and the nation’s premier all-fiber network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers worldwide.

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