FirstNet outlines next phase of its roadmap; Apple enlists A-list celebrity for hands-free Siri

More wireless tech news from across the Web:

> Qualcomm Technologies introduced a new virtual reality (VR) software development kit (SDK). Release

> Sony plans to launch its PlayStation VR system in October for $399. Wall Street Journal article

> Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter (CORD) has the potential to give networks the flexibility they need to meet residential and enterprise customers' needs for innovative services. Light Reading article

> Sequans Communications has licensed Acorn Technologies' hellaPHY for LTE and is considering it for use in future products. Release

> FirstNet outlined the next phase of its Strategic Roadmap, including a sequence of milestones leading to the initial deployment of the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network (NPSBN). Release

> Mission-critical push-to-talk (MCPTT) functionality is now part of the LTE standard in Release 13, which was "frozen" by the 3GPP standards body last week in Sweden. As a result, MCPTT-capable equipment should be available for FirstNet when Release 13 is scheduled to be implemented as early as 2018. IWCE's Urgent Communications article

How will GE bring the Industrial IoT to life? Network World article

And finally… Apple teams up with Cookie Monster to sell you on hands-free Siri. Tech Crunch article

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