Posts Tagged ‘Down’
After four years in office, FCC Chair Julius Genachowski is stepping down today. Genachowski pioneered an ambitious plan for rural broadband and a shift towards net neutrality, but his leadership was also seen by some as plodding and ineffective. Regardless, in a candid interview with The New Yorker, Genachowski says he remains an optimist, though he acknowledges limits to how far he was able to change national policy during his tenure. He also touches on some of the most controversial decisions made under his leadership, from rejecting an AT&T / T-Mobile merger but approving an NBC / Comcast one to absolving Red Sox player David Ortiz for using profanity on the air during a memorial speech after the Boston Marathon bombings. After his…
LTE might be all the rage right now, but next generation mobile technology is already in the works. According to Korea’s Yonhap News Agency, Samsung has successfully tested its 5G platform, pulling down data at 1Gbps in recent tests. The company apparently needed 64 antenna elements to pull the trick off, but says the technology will be available to customers by 2020 — matching the European Commission’s goal quite nicely. It may not be the fastest 5G test we’ve seen in recent months, but we’re not going to scoff at progress.
Source: Yonhap News
Google users across the internet are experiencing outages on desktop. The outage appears to be limited to the desktop. Update: It’s fixed.
Around 2:50pm this afternoon, reports started surfacing from Twitter users unable to access Google Drive/Docs. The outage appears relegated to the desktop client, meaning the documents are still accessible via mobile.
Direct links to documents, which can be found via most mobile interfaces, will allow you to load your documents. A friendly Friday reminder of just how dependent we are on the cloud.
Google has not yet returned a request for comment.
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While Microsoft executives have been hinting at the arrival of a Windows 8 update, codenamed Blue, two Acer execs have been voicing their approval of planned changes for the OS. Speaking to The Wall Street Journal, Acer president Jim Wong explained that Microsoft is making alterations “at a high percentage” rate thanks to OEM input. Arguing that the world is not going 100 percent touch in the next five years, he says “touch makes a lot of possibilities for PCs,” but that “you need to take care of the rest of the world that doesn’t need touch” too.
Windows chief Julie Larson-Green dropped big hints about changes for non-touch use of Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system recently. Speaking at the Wired Business Conference earlier this…
Now that OUYA consoles are shipping out to the masses, the folks at iFixit were able to grab a box and immediately undo all of the precious packaging work accomplished at the factory. In its usual style, the site gently dissected the world’s best-known Android game console, commenting on “a very clean and simple layout.” Overall, the splaying seemed to happen with little to no fuss, with the fan being the only modular (and moving) component in the entire thing. All told, the OUYA notched a 9 out of 10 on the all-important Repairability Meter, aided by the fact that only standard-head screws were used, and that no abstract glues or other black magic was used while piecing it all together. You’ll definitely want to give the source link a look if you’re yearning for more eye candy.
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This is a shot of a bike broken down into all its specific parts by photographer Todd McLellan. You know, I just recently got back into biking once again after my physician told me my constant inactivity and beer usage were turning me into a fat corpse. He keeps it genuine and never sugarcoats anything– I like that about him. Plus one he fooled me into thinking I had a significant heart disease. That, I can have done without. Actually I simply want he ‘d provide me the prescriptions that I request. I imply, I get YOU ‘RE the physician and everything, but it’s MY body. No one knows my body better than I do. It’s my own little holy place of doom. Isn’t that right, Indy? \* Indy and Short Round blow up out my ass in a runaway mine cart, Indiana Jones style blaring \* Wow, really guys?
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Nope, it’s not your picture of “the best duck confit I’ve ever had” that’s causing your Twitter post to error out — the service is down for “some users,” says a Twitter status page update. It’s unknown what’s causing the issue (again, probably not your photweet), but we’re assured “engineers are currently working on this issue.” Hang tight!
But maybe don’t try to while away your time on the iTunes Store or by backing up your phone to iCloud, as those services are also experiencing some downtime issues this morning. An Apple support page lists both as seeing “some users affected;” we’ll just have to assume engineers are also hard at work on fixing that. As always, we’ll let you know when things get better.
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Important Google services down for you? Well, you’re not alone. Tips have actually been gathering this AM that many of Mountain Take’s apps are down, including Gmail and Drive. We were able to independently confirm the partial outage and Google’s App Condition Dashboard has actually been updated to mirror the “service interruption.” The down time isn’t impacting everyone, nonetheless. Many of those spending time the Engadget compound are still able to check their hate mail and Caskers notifications. Are you having problem getting through to Google’s servers? Let us understand in the remarks.
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Google Fiber might be making waves with its 1Gbps speeds, but it’s no match for exactly what’s being hailed as the world’s fastest commercially-provided house internet service: Nuro. Introduced in Japan yesterday by Sony-supported ISP So-net, the fiber connection pulls down information at 2Gbps, and sends it up at 1Gbps. An optical network unit (ONU) provided to Nuro customers comes equipped with 3 Gigabit ethernet ports and supports 450Mbps over 802.11 a/b/g / n. When hitched to a two-year contract, web surfers will be set back 4,980 yen ($ 51) per month and pony up a required 52,500 yen (roughly $ 540) installation fee, which is currently being waived for individuals who apply online. Those lucky adequate to call the Land of the Rising Sun home can register their residence, apartment or small company to receive the blazing hookup, so long as they’re found within Chiba, Gunma, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Tokyo, Kanagawa or Saitama. Click the bordering source link for even more information on registering.
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Reports that cell service had been suspended in Boston turned out to be false. But emergency cellphone interruptions are real — and they've happened before.
In response to the 2005 terrorist attacks in London, which targeted multiple trains and one bus, authorities temporarily shut down cellular access in New York tunnels. Phones couldn’t make calls in the Lincoln, Holland, Battery and Queens tunnels — a call that was made by the federal government and executed by the Port Authority without carriers' permission. The intention was to guard against cellphone-triggered explosive devices. But the result, according to a National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee report, was “disorder for both Government and the private sector at a time when use of the communications infrastructure was most needed.”
So, in 2006, the Committee set out to codify a set of rules for how emergency interruptions can be initiated, resulting in a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) 303, also called “Emergency Wireless Protocols.”
According to SOP 303, which has not been published but has been described in government documents, shutdowns are organized through an agency called the National Coordinating Center, which was created after AT&T's phone monopoly was broken up in the early 80s to establish a central channel for emergency communication between telecom companies and the government.
Requests to shut down service can be initiated by “State Homeland Security Advisors,” to whom state authorities — governors, for example — have direct access. The requests are submitted to the NCC, which vets them to see if a shutdown is warranted, then informs affected carriers, which perform the actual shutdown. SOP 303 gives the NCC authority to enact a shutdown “both within a localized area, such as a tunnel or bridge, and within an entire metropolitan area.” (The NYC tunnel situation was unusual in that the cell towers, by virtue of being placed in tunnels operated by the Port Authority, could be easily shut down without carrier consent).
Cellphone carriers were, and still are, onboard with SOP 303. According to their trade organization, the CTIA: “The development and implementation of SOP 303 involved substantial government and industry stakeholder participation, with the wireless industry supporting the procedures adopted.”
Critics of SOP 303 have declared it flatly unconstitutional. And recently the FCC has expressed public concern about a lack of sufficient regulation and transparency concerning cellphone shutdowns. In a Public Notice last year, which was issued in response to a controversial cellphone shutdown in California's BART train system, the Commission wrote of insufficient “discussion, analysis,
and consideration of the questions raised by intentional interruptions of wireless service by government authorities,” and requested input from the public.
The notice reflected just how uncertain and untested the system is: it asked not only whether or not such shutdowns are legal, and whether or not wireless carriers can “still ensure that the public can make wireless 911 calls” during an interruption, but whether or not the FCC even has any authority in these issues.
For the time being, though? Yes, in a state of emergency, it's possible that the government could compel a carrier to shut down cell service.
The FCC has not yet returned a request for comment.
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