In today’s Bulldog wrapup of technology news:

  • North Carolina’s Department of Commerce releases a new app for job seekers
  • Google launches a wireless router
  • Google also unveils a new, cheap smartphone
  • FCC says Dish Network can’t use credits in airwave auction
  • A guilty plea in the marketplace

The details:

  • NC launches NCWorks mobile app

NCWorks Career Centers, part of the N.C. Department of Commerce, has launched a new mobile app to help job seekers.

“The mobile app allows users to apply for jobs, compare their skills to job requirements, find training opportunities, and learn more about a career or industry through wage and employment projections. In the mobile app, individuals search for jobs by keyword or circling a select area and all job postings within that circumference will be displayed,” according to the department. 

“The app also contains special features for veterans, who can review job postings up to 24 hours in advance of the general public and search for civilian careers using the Military Occupational Code.”

The app is free. For more information about NCWorks Online, visit  

  • Google heads down new path with ‘OnHub’ wireless router

Google is making a Wi-Fi router as part of its ambition to provide better Internet connections that make it easier for people to access its digital services and see more of its online advertising.

Pre-orders for the $199 wireless router, called OnHub, are now being accepted at Google’s online store, and The device will be in stores in the U.S. and Canada in late August or early September.

Google is touting the cylinder-shaped OnHub as a leap ahead in a neglected part of technology.

The Mountain View, California, company is promising its wireless router will be sleeker, more reliable, more secure and easier to use than other long-established alternatives made by Motorola, Netgear, Apple and other hardware specialists. Google teamed up with TP-Link to build OnHub.

  • FCC says Dish can’t use $3.3B in credits in airwaves auction

The Federal Communications Commission says Dish Network Corp. cannot apply $3.3 billion in small-business credits toward the purchase of airwaves it gained in a government auction.

The government sells spectrum to carriers like AT&T and Verizon so they can add more capacity for wireless Internet. Dish is a satellite TV company that has stocked up on airwaves although it has no cellphone business.

Dish has reportedly been in talks to acquire wireless carrier T-Mobile. But on an earnings call earlier this month, Dish Chairman and CEO Charlie Ergen said that the prospect of losing the discount had caused difficulties in the negotiations.

  • Man to plead guilty to role in cybercriminal marketplace

A Florida man is expected to plead guilty today to his role in a cybercriminal marketplace where hackers bought and sold stolen databases, malicious software and other products that could cripple or steal information from computers and cellphones.

Authorities say 27-year-old Naveed Ahmed, of Tampa, is part of a three-person team who used software to bombard people’s cellphones with spam text messages and break into routers in developing nations.

He’s one of 12 people in the U.S. charged in connection with the site,

  • Google expands low-cost phone program in 6 African countries

Google is introducing a low-priced smartphone in six African countries where most people still can’t afford an Internet-connected device.

The phone made by Infinix will cost about $87. It will be sold in stores in Nigeria and offered by online retailer Jumia in Egypt, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya and Morocco.

Infinix worked with Google on the “Hot 2” phone as part of a program called Android One that made its debut in India last year.

Android One represents Google’s push to lower the prices of smartphones in less developed parts of the world where computers are considered a luxury.