April 22, 2021

Network Tech

Top Microsoft events scheduled in 2021

Microsoft offers many educational opportunities for its products and services for IT pros. Here are the Microsoft events highlights of 2021.

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In January 2020, we followed tradition and presented a list of Microsoft events that IT pros might want to attend during the year. Of course, COVID-19 and the global pandemic eliminated most travel and changed how we all interact. Physically attending conferences, seminars and meetings was just not part of the equation for most of 2020.

Consequently, in 2021, while Microsoft will still have events where IT pros can learn about new technologies, products and services, those events will be digital and virtual. Attending a virtual Microsoft event can be just as informative and enlightening. And a side benefit of going virtual is the venue does not get sold out, so there is space for everyone who wants to attend.

Despite being a schedule of digital

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FirstNet public safety cellular network adds 5G and data encryption

AT&T’s public safety network picks up new features, including full tower-to-core encryption and a custom 5G setup.

FirstNet One is a 55-foot tethered blimp that can fly and restore communications access in areas that have lost connectivity because of natural disasters or other incidents.

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FirstNet, the dedicated public safety cell carrier, is adding 5G support and new encryption for user data. The network, which is operated as a public-private partnership between AT&T and an independent government agency called the FirstNet Authority, is exclusively for first responders like police, fire and EMS agencies and employees and other similar organizations.

AT&T’s 5G service has been inaccessible to FirstNet users ever since it launched because a number of FirstNet-exclusive features that are available on the FirstNet 4G LTE do not yet exist on the newer, more cutting-edge network.

FirstNet users receive automatic priority and preemption across AT&T’s commercial cellular bands as

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How to become an iOS developer: A cheat sheet

If you are interested in pursuing a career in mobile development and don’t know where to start, here’s your go-to guide for salaries, skills and the best programming languages to learn.

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As more companies adopt a mobile-first approach, iOS

who build apps for Apple devices are in high demand, with talent shortages leading to large salaries and many open developer jobs for many of those in the field. Developers who know the necessary programming languages and other skills can create apps that enterprises and consumers use every day to make their lives more productive.

SEE: IT Hiring Kit: Programmer (TechRepublic Premium)

To help those interested in the field better understand how to break into a career in mobile development, we compiled the most important details and resources. This guide on how to become an iOS developer will be updated on a regular basis. It is

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Elon Musk: Tesla hiring 10,000-plus employees for Austin, Texas Gigafactory

Tesla’s next Gigafactory needs workers and a college degree isn’t required for many positions.

The Cybertruck is one of the vehicles that will be manufactured at the Texas Gigafactory.

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Elon Musk is once again using his Twitter account to hawk for new employees. On Wednesday evening, he tweeted, “Over 10,000 people are needed for Giga Texas just through 2022!”

The day before,
Musk announced via Twitter

that SpaceX would be hiring “several thousand” employees in the Brownsville/South Padre area of Texas to work at the SpaceX launch facility in the Boca Chica community. The jobs in the Brownsville/South Padre area will consist of engineers, technicians, builders and essential support personnel.

SEE: Elon Musk and the cult of Tesla: How a tech startup rattled the auto industry to its core (TechRepublic free PDF download)

The factory that Musk is referring to as Giga Texas is a $1.1 billion plant

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Elon Musk hiring “several thousand” people to work at SpaceX Starbase in Texas

Musk tweeted that he needs more employees, and he is giving $30 million to the community where SpaceX launches its prototype Mars rockets.

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If you’re an engineer, technician or builder and you’re ready to move to the Brownsville/South Padre, Texas area, Elon Musk has the job for you. 

On Tuesday, Musk tweeted that he’s looking for employees at SpaceX, and in less than 24 hours, his post received over 162,000 likes and more than 20,000 retweets. This follows on the heels of Musk announcing he was donating $20 million to Cameron County schools and $10 million to the City of Brownsville for downtown revitalization. Brownsville is the county seat for Cameron County and the quality of schools is always a big draw for anyone with kids. 

SEE: Elon Musk and the cult of Tesla: How a tech startup rattled the auto industry to its core (TechRepublic free

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These new e-bikes are built for business pros on the go

On Tuesday, manufacturer Gocycle announced a series of lightweight, foldable electric bikes with ample range, a built-in USB port for device refreshes and a paired app to boot.

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Amid COVID-19-related restrictions, people set their sights on the open road and bike sales boomed leading to stateside shortages. From 2019 through 2020, bike sales jumped 65% and the burgeoning electric bike market also kicked into high gear with sales surging 145%, according to a New York Times report. On Tuesday, e-bike manufacturer Gocycle released its Generation Four (G4) electric cycle lineup including three models packed with ample range and design features for the smart device era and business professionals on the go.

“G4 has been in development for many years and represents the most significant product update for Gocycle since our G1 to G2 engineering programme. Our generation four models have been developed through a combination of listening to

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How to reset a network connection in Windows 10 with a batch file

Network connections in older or repurposed PCs may stop working for no apparent reason. Users can overcome this frustrating situation by running a simple batch file.

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In the relentless battle to stay ahead of criminals with malicious intent, Microsoft and other vendors constantly update, repair and refine network security protocols. For the most part, modern network interface connectors, the hardware that is responsible for establishing and maintaining your network connection, can handle these changes through software updates.

Older NICs (typically Wi-Fi) in older or repurposed PCs and laptops, however, may stop working for no apparent reason at the most inopportune time. Whether it is during alternative schooling or an important team meeting, an internet network connection is the primary prerequisite. If you have a troublesome network connection that tends to fail periodically, you can create a simple batch file to reset the connection on the fly in seconds.

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How to install the Pritunl VPN server on Ubuntu Server 20.04

Looking for an easy-to-deploy VPN server for your data center? Jack Wallen walks you through the steps for installing the open source Pritunl solution.

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At this point in the game, you probably have several employees that will be working from home permanently. That being the case, you might need to deploy a VPN or two, to virtualize your private networks. There are several tools available to make this possible. One such VPN is the open source Pritunl VPN Server. One of the reasons why I like Pritunl for this task is that it includes a very user-friendly, web-based GUI for the management of the VPN.

I want to walk you through the process of installing Pritunl on Ubuntu Server 20.04. The process is fairly easy and should allow you to start configuring your VPN to perfectly meet your needs within minutes.

SEE: Identity theft protection policy (TechRepublic

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