A U.S. trade group representing major passenger and cargo airlines asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday to halt deployment of new 5G wireless service around many airports, warning thousands of flights could be disrupted.
AT&T and Verizon Communications are set on Jan. 5 to deploy C-Band spectrum 5G wireless service that they won in an $80 billion government auction. The petition from industry group Airlines for America seeks a deployment delay near numerous U.S. airports including ones in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York, Boston and Seattle.
The aviation industry and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have raised significant concerns that 5G might interfere with sensitive aircraft electronics like radio altimeters, which could delay or divert flights.
“Aircraft will not be able to rely on radio altimeters for numerous flight procedures and thus will not be able to land at
certain airports,” the group said in its emergency FCC petition.
It said wireless interference will “jeopardize the function of critical aircraft safety systems, which in turn threatens to divert or cancel thousands of flights” daily. It said this would disrupt “millions of passenger reservations” along with flight crew schedules and global supply chains.
The petition seeks an FCC decision by noon EST Monday or the group warned it will “seek judicial or other relief” to avoid “immediate and unacceptable safety risks.”
Wireless industry group CTIA said 5G is safe and the spectrum is being used in about 40 other countries.
CTIA said Thursday “the FCC considered and rejected these claims nearly two years ago after an exhaustive review” and the industry still plans a Jan. 5 launch for 5G service.
The FAA declined to comment on the petition. The agency has been preparing to issue notices further detailing impact of potential interference but has delayed release as intensive talks continue between the Biden administration, wireless carriers and the aviation sector.
Airlines for America, which represents American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, FedEx and other major carriers, said it wants the FCC and FAA “to work together on a practical solution.” The petition is aimed at preserving legal options if discussions do not result in an agreement.
This month, the group warned interference from 5G networks could cause 4% of U.S. flights to be diverted, delayed or canceled, and the FAA issued airworthiness directives warning 5G interference could result in flight diversions.
Airlines for America has said that if the FAA 5G directive had been in effect in 2019, about 345,000 passenger flights and 5,400 cargo flights would have faced delays, diversions or cancellations impacting 32 million passengers.
“The potential damage to the airline industry alone is staggering,” the petition says.
In November, AT&T and Verizon delayed commercial launch of C-band wireless service by a month until Jan. 5 and adopted precautionary measures to limit interference.
Aviation industry groups said that was insufficient. The aviation industry made a counterproposal that would limit cellular transmissions around airports and other critical areas.
(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Leslie Adler and David Gregorio)
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G's leaks confirm four rear, one selfie cameras – Times of India
Jan 23, 2022, 05:00AM ISTSource: ANI
New leaked pictures of Samsung Galaxy A53 5G reveal frame and rear panel components. As per GSM Arena, the panel appears black, though this could be prior to painting. Either way, black is one of the rumoured colour options for this model, alongside white, light blue and orange. This same colour palette will be used for other Ax3 phones as well, including the Galaxy A13 and A33 5G. As for the cameras, there will be four modules. The main camera is expected to have the same 64 MP resolution as the A52 models, but the ultra-wide may be getting an upgrade to 32 MP (up from 12 MP). In the leaks, there is only one centred punch hole for a selfie camera. As per GSM Arena, the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G will use two different chipsets, one of which is expected to be the Exynos 1200.
Want to preorder the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra? Here's how to reserve your spot – Pocket-lint
(Pocket-lint) – Days before an event, Samsung invites consumers to preorder whatever it’s about to announce, and this year it’s no different.
Samsung has yet to announce the Galaxy S22 of course, apart from a very brief teaser and a blog post. Nevertheless, you can now reserve one – sight unseen. That’s right. You can register your intent to buy the rumoured flagship as well as the Galaxy S22+ and Galaxy S22 Ultra models from the Korean electronics giant before they’re even announced and go on sale.
If you’re the type who must have Samsung’s latest handset before anyone else, go to this page at Samsung’s site to reserve a preorder for one of the phones.
You don’t even need to put down money yet – you’re merely reserving a slot to order the phone later, after the company’s keynote at Unpacked in February. Per usual, Samsung said you’ll get $50 of credit toward other Samsung Galaxy products when you preorder, which you can use to snag a case or charger.
To reserve, just enter your name, email, and zip code, and then select whether you want a phone or a tablet from Samsung. Easy.
If you want to know more about the next-generation Galaxy S series, based on all the rumours and leaks so far, see our guide here.
Best iPhone 13 deals on EE
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If you’re looking to buy the new iPhone 13, you can get some amazing deals on EE, the UK’s best network for 4G and 5G. Here are some of the best.
Writing by Maggie Tillman.
Activision Blizzard Workers Form a Union – PCMag
It’s nearly impossible to convince random teammates in Call of Duty to organize their efforts. The same can’t be said for the people who make the games, however, because 34 employees at Raven Software have voted to unionize with support from Communication Workers of America.
Activision Blizzard acquired Raven Software in 1997. The studio has mostly worked on the Call of Duty franchise in recent years, with its most recent title being Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, which debuted in September 2020. It’s likely working on the next franchise entry now.
Members of Raven Software’s quality assurance (QA) department voted to unionize after 12 of their colleagues were laid off in December 2021, according to Reuters, which reports that the remaining employees have also been striking in solidarity with their departed colleagues.
“While we believe that a direct relationship between the company and its team members delivers the strongest workforce opportunities,” Activision Blizzard told Reuters, “we deeply respect the rights of all employees under the law to make their own decisions about whether or not to join a union.”
Raven Software’s QA workers are seeking voluntary recognition of the union; Activision Blizzard told Reuters it is “carefully reviewing” the request. If it declines, the union will hold an election sponsored by the National Labor Relations Board, which leaves its fate up to other employees.
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This revelation follows Microsoft’s announcement that it plans to acquire Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion—in cash—pending approval from Activision Blizzard shareholders and regulators. It seems likely that all parties will be watching Raven Software’s unionization efforts closely.
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