>Microsoft tries 4 day week
A growing number of smaller companies are adopting a four-day workweek.
Now the results of a recent trial at Microsoft suggest it could work even for the biggest businesses.
The company introduced a program this summer in Japan called the "Work Life Choice Challenge," which shut down its offices every Friday in August and gave all employees an extra day off each week.
The results were promising: While the amount of time spent at work was cut dramatically, productivity - measured by sales per employee - went up by almost 40% compared to the same period the previous year, the company said in a statement last week.
By shutting down earlier each week, the company was also able to save on other resources, such as electricity.
Microsoft says it will conduct another experiment in Japan later this year.
It plans to ask employees to come up with new measures to improve work-life balance and efficiency, and will also ask other companies to join the initiative.
>Cockpit invite: pilot sacked
An Air Guilin captain who allowed a female passenger in the cockpit during a flight was suspended for life and may lose his license, according to a notice of penalty exposed on Tuesday and later verified by Air Guilin staff.
The notice showed the airline has suggested the civil aviation authority revoke the pilot's license.
Other on-duty crew members were suspended from flying for 12 months. Senior officials of the airline, including the chief executive, general manager and maintenance vice-general manager, also were punished and fined over the incident, according to the notice.
The incident came to light on Sunday after a Sina Weibo user posted a screenshot of the female passenger's post, which showed a photo of her sitting in the cockpit of a commercial airline during a flight.
The cockpit of any commercial airline is given the highest security and any distraction of the pilots or accidental knocking of the controls might cause the plane to crash.
>China is racing ahead in 5G
China is expected to account for at least one-third of global 5G users by 2025, said Zhao Dachun, vice-general manager of a major telecom operator, China Mobile. Zhao said by 2025, a total of 409 telecom operators all over the world will offer 5G commercial services to 1.6 billion people in 117 countries and regions.
So far, 50 telecom operators have been offering 5G networks globally, serving more than 5 million users. "The development of 5G in the domestic market is also robust," said Zhao.
As of September, 86,000 5G base stations had been put into run under three major Chinese telecom operators, and the number of stations is expected to exceed 130,000 by the year's end.
But road ahead is still rough and bumpy, Zhao added, as the present technology is still not mature, the commercial mode lacks innovation and operation cost is high.