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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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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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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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.
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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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