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New Subaru Outback could be best fa...

New Subaru Outback could be best family wagon ever

With easy driving characteristics, standard all-wheel drive, excellent safety options and a roomy interior, it's hard to imagine a better vehicle for a family of four with outdoorsy inclinations.
Ice, snow and a river can't stop La...

Ice, snow and a river can't stop Land Rover's latest

The new Discovery Sport model may sit low in the Land Rover lineup, but a trip through Iceland reveals unstoppable offroad capability.
A promising little camera with a lo...

A promising little camera with a lot of room to grow

For $150, the iCamera Keep looks like a promising addition to one of our favorite security systems.
Thunderous sound from giant speaker...

Thunderous sound from giant speakers -- nuance not included

Fluance is back with another surround sound speaker package that delivers a lot of sonic real estate for a comparatively affordable price. But is it the best bang for your buck?
This tough garage fridge is built t...

This tough garage fridge is built to chill under trying conditions

Whirlpool's Gladiator Chillerator is made to thrive in your garage and doesn't fear harsh temperature swings.
Portability and performance redefin...

Portability and performance redefined

The T1 is the tiniest portable drive you can buy, yet it also has the best performance.

PCWorld

China signals censors will continue...

China signals censors will continue to crack down on VPN services

China has defended its growing attempts to control the Internet, after disrupting several services that allowed users to view the Web free of censorship.

?As the Internet develops, and new circumstances arise, we will take new regulatory measures to keep up,? said Wen Ku, a director with China?s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, at a news conference on Tuesday.

The statement doesn?t bode well for providers of virtual private networks (VPNs). These services can allow users to circumvent China?s censorship and access the Internet unfiltered.

Last week, VPN providers including Astrill, StrongVPN, and Golden Frog reported access problems with their services.

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Facebook, Instagram temporarily dow...

Facebook, Instagram temporarily down in many countries

Facebook and Instagram were down temporarily late Monday, suggesting that common infrastructure used by these services was hit.

?We?re aware of an outage affecting Instagram and are working on a fix. Thank you for your patience,? Instagram said in a Twitter message, which was deleted after the service was restored.

Users in various parts of the world were reporting that Facebook was down. People accessing Facebook?s website received a message: ?Sorry, something went wrong. We?re working on it and we?ll get it fixed as soon as we can.?

Facebook could not be immediately reached for comment. Some users were reporting that some other websites were also down but it could not be immediately confirmed.

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Internet problems take out Facebook...

Internet problems take out Facebook, Instagram, others; Lizard Squad takes credit

Unexplained outages took down a number of popular Internet services Monday night, including Facebook, Instagram, HipChat, and possibly others. Notorious hacker group The Lizard Squad took credit.

Users promptly took to Twitter?whose Web site also seemed to be experiencing problems?to complain. Web sites which track Web outages, such as Outage Analyzer, also noted Facebook?s downtime.

Outage Analyzer first noted Facebook?s outage at 10:24 PM on Monday night, and reported numerous other outages affecting the company?s servers. Both the Android app as well as the main Web site were unresponsive. 

But that wasn?t the only site that went under, however. Facebook?s Instagram was also unreachable, and users complained online that the dating app, Tinder, was also not working. (Tinder?s Web site was functional, although Tinder does not have a Web app.) Atlassian?s HipChat service also failed to connect. Other social apps, such as Pinterest, appeared to function normally. 

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Get ready for the 24-hour laptop: B...

Get ready for the 24-hour laptop: Battery life hits new highs

Tired of carting around that power cord? Have patience, the 24-hour laptop is almost here.

A handful of new systems are promising more than 15 hours? battery life on a single charge, or 20 hours with an optional second battery installed. The days of plugging in on the road are almost over, at least for short business trips.

On Monday, for instance, Panasonic introduced its newest Toughbook 31, which can run for up to 18 hours depending on the use case, or 27 hours with an optional second battery installed. The laptop, which has a tough briefcase-type exterior so it can withstand a fall, will go on sale next month starting at $3,699.

The Toughbook beats out two other recently introduced laptops for battery life?though it?s also a lot heavier. Dell claims 15 hours for its XPS 13, or 22 hours with a second battery. And the two batteries in Lenovo?s ThinkPad X250 can power it along for up to 20 hours. The latter two were both were announced at this month?s CES.

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Quantum bringing public cloud into ...

Quantum bringing public cloud into virtual storage fold

Data management specialist Quantum wants to make it easier for enterprises to combine two of the major trends in storage: virtualization and public clouds.

Over the coming months, the company plans to launch cloud services that will extend its StorNext 5 data management platform so customers can take advantage of public-cloud storage without changing their hardware or software.

Though based on Amazon Web Services, Quantum?s Q-Cloud Archive and Q-Cloud Vault will be managed by Quantum and will use the company?s own automated, policy-based system for moving data across tiers of storage. As with StorNext systems within an enterprise, the cloud services will fall under a single namespace so applications can continue to find necessary files wherever they may be, the company says.

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DEA cameras tracking hundreds of mi...

DEA cameras tracking hundreds of millions of car journeys across the US

A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration program to keep tabs on cars close to the U.S.-Mexican border has been gradually expanded nationwide and is regularly used by other law enforcement agencies in their hunt for suspects.

The extent of the system, which is said to contain hundreds of millions of records on motorists and their journeys, was disclosed in documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union as part of a Freedom of Information Act request. Much of the information disclosed to the ACLU was undated, making it difficult to understand the growth of the network, which is different from the cameras used to collect traffic tolls on expressways.

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ZDNet

Vodafone brings ex-T-Mobile USA chi...

Vodafone brings ex-T-Mobile USA chief on board

Vodafone has hired Phillipp Humm, who was until earlier this week the chief of T-Mobile USA, to head up its northern and...
Google targets iPhone and iPad user...

Google targets iPhone and iPad users with Chrome and Drive

Google has released an iOS version of its Chrome browser, after taking the Android version out of beta earlier this...
Wi-Fi on the Tube: 32 more stations...

Wi-Fi on the Tube: 32 more stations go live

Virgin Media has now turned on free Wi-Fi service at 38 Tube stations, as the London Underground gets ready for the...
How UK banks are flirting with IT d...

How UK banks are flirting with IT disaster

The continuing NatWest debacle has highlighted the IT systems risks faced by British banks, springing from a lack of investment in back-office staff and a reluctance to abandon legacy systems

(ZDNet UK - IT Strategy)

BT renames Openzone, Fon Wi-Fi hots...

BT renames Openzone, Fon Wi-Fi hotspot network

BT has renamed its BT Fon and BT Openzone Wi-Fi hotspot network simply 'BT Wi-Fi' in an effort to make it less confusing...
Photos: Google's Nexus 7 tablet ser...

Photos: Google's Nexus 7 tablet serves up Jelly Bean

The Nexus 7 is the first tablet that Google will sell directly to the public, starting at £159 for the quad-core device running the next version of Android, Jelly Bean

(ZDNet UK - Mobile Devices)

Wired

What Life Is Like as a Human Cannon...

What Life Is Like as a Human Cannonball

What Life Is Like as a Human Cannonball

Five times a week, ?Bullet Man? Ruben Mariani is shot out of a cannon to entertain the crowds of Circo Mundial, one of Portugal?s largest circuses. Photographer Francisco Salgueiro captured the exciting moment for Circus Life, an ongoing project that goes behind the scenes of Portugal's 25 traveling circuses.

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Why We?re Looking for Alien Life on...

Why We?re Looking for Alien Life on Moons, Not Just Planets

Why We’re Looking for Alien Life on Moons, Not Just Planets

Think ?moon? and you probably envision a desolate, cratered landscape, maybe with an American flag and some old astronaut footprints. Earth?s moon is no place for living things. But that isn?t necessarily true for every moon. Whirling around Saturn, Enceladus spits out geysers of water from an underground ocean. Around Jupiter, Europa has a salty, subsurface […]

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The Internet of Anything: A Virtual...

The Internet of Anything: A Virtual Assistant for Your Gadgets, From Phones to Refrigerators

The Internet of Anything: A Virtual Assistant for Your Gadgets, From Phones to Refrigerators

The company behind a new virtual assistant wants to give telcos and electronics manufacturers a bigger stake in the Internet of Things.

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Why You Need a Jet to Prep for a 1,...

Why You Need a Jet to Prep for a 1,000-MPH Car Race

Why You Need a Jet to Prep for a 1,000-MPH Car Race

It’s really, really hard to drive a rocket-powered “car” at extremely high speeds. Just ask Top Gear’s Richard Hammond. It takes loads of preparation, funding, and special equipment, plus a lot of communication to make sure everything’s going as planned. That’s why the folks behind the Bloodhound SSC—a rocket-powered car that’s aiming to break both […]

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Here Are the Films We?ve Caught in ...

Here Are the Films We?ve Caught in the First Three Days of Sundance

Here Are the Films We’ve Caught in the First Three Days of Sundance

We may not be able to see every movie at the festival, but we're doing our level best to track down what?s new and what?s next. Here?s how it?s gone so far.

The post Here Are the Films We’ve Caught in the First Three Days of Sundance appeared first on WIRED.

Uber Pressured Into Capping Surge P...

Uber Pressured Into Capping Surge Pricing During the East Coast Snowstorm

Uber Pressured Into Capping Surge Pricing During the East Coast Snowstorm

Uber, a ride-hailing startup that lets people book cars using their smartphones, said in an emailed statement Monday it would suspend price surges during the storm, following a policy developed with New York Attorney General Schneiderman last year.

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Digit Mag

El mercado español de las TIC super...

El mercado español de las TIC superará a Europa en 2006

Observatorio Europeo de Tecnologías de la Información destaca que el mercado español de las TIC crecerá un 4% en 2006, muy por encima de la media europea del 3,2% y casi 4 veces más que el conjunto ...
Google Video incluirá vídeos de You...

Google Video incluirá vídeos de YouTube en los resultados de búsqueda

A partir de hoy, Google Video incluirá videos alojados en YouTube en los resultados de búsqueda. Se trata del primer paso de una estrategia que convertirá Google Video en un portal de referencia de ...
Orange denuncia a Euskaltel por com...

Orange denuncia a Euskaltel por competencia desleal

Orange ha presentado una demanda de competencia desleal ante el Juzgado Mercantil de Bilbao, por la que pide que se declare que Euskaltel ha realizado manifestaciones falsas y gravemente ...
Apple presenta oficialmente iPhone ...

Apple presenta oficialmente iPhone 5

Como se esperaba, Apple ha hecho oficial esta tarde el anuncio del iPhone 5, que como características principales cuenta con todos los elementos que se habían especulado en las últimas ...
Intel lanzará su primer procesador ...

Intel lanzará su primer procesador de 45 nanómetros antes de que acabe el año

El pasado diez de enero ya les avanzábamos en la Web de PC World que Intel había conseguido ya producir ...
Mañana se decide el futuro del cano...

Mañana se decide el futuro del canon digital

Mañana jueves se votará en el congreso la Ley de la sociedad de la Información, lo que podría llevar al final del canon digital. En los últimos días el Partido Popular ha manifestado que se ...

CNN

Laser-transformed metal super rust-...

Laser-transformed metal super rust-resistant

The possibilities are many: Kitchenware, of course. Airplanes: No more worrying about de-icing, because water won't be able to freeze on aircraft in the first place.
How to catch a glimpse of asteroid ...

How to catch a glimpse of asteroid flyby

A treat is in store for sky watchers Monday, as a large asteroid will fly close to Earth.
See how technology is revolutionizi...

See how technology is revolutionizing modern policing

Policing is rapidly changing with the advent of new technology. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.
Gaming to death: What turns a hobby...

Gaming to death: What turns a hobby into a health hazard?

Earlier this month, a 32-year old male gamer was found dead at a Taiwanese Internet cafe following a non-stop three-day gaming session. This followed the death of another male gamer who died in Taipei at the start of the year following a five-day gaming binge.
One of your favorite tech activitie...

One of your favorite tech activities -- sitting -- will kill you

One of your favorite activities may actually be killing you.
X-ray method helps decipher ancient...

X-ray method helps decipher ancient scrolls

In A.D. 79, Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Almost 2,000 years later, researchers may be on the brink of reading some of the charred scrolls damaged in the eruption.

BBC

Facebook suffers widespread fault

Facebook suffers widespread fault

Facebook says it was responsible for a fault that caused its social network, Instagram photo service and other apps to become unavailable for about 40 minutes.
China blocks virtual network use

China blocks virtual network use

China has blocked several popular services that let citizens skirt state censorship systems and reach banned sites.
Facebook complies with Turkey block

Facebook complies with Turkey block

Facebook has blocked a page which a Turkish court claimed was offensive to the Prophet Muhammad.
Malaysia Airlines website hacked

Malaysia Airlines website hacked

A hacker group attacks the official website of Malaysia Airlines, but the company says bookings and user data are not compromised.
Microsoft quarterly profits fall

Microsoft quarterly profits fall

Microsoft reports falling profits but sales were helped by strong Xbox sales over the holiday season.
TalkTalk forces porn filter choice

TalkTalk forces porn filter choice

TalkTalk says customers who have not yet chosen whether to activate net filters must opt out of its safety system if they wish to continue viewing adult material online.

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