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Facebook is back online after a massive outage that also took down Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, and Oculus

Facebook is back online after a massive outage that also took down Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, and Oculus

Filed under:‘Networking issues’ took the sites down just before noon ETJust as Facebook’s Antigone Davis was live on CNBC defending the company over a and its handling of research data , its entire network of services suddenly went offline.The outage started just before noon ET and took nearly six hours . This is the worst outage for Facebook since a 2019 incident , as the downtime for their income.After failing all tests for most of the day, a test of ISP DNS servers via showed most of them successfully finding a route to at 5:30PM ET. A few minutes later, we were able to start using...

Oct 5
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The new Apple TV 4K arrives with HDMI 2.1, Thread wireless tech | Engadget

The new Apple TV 4K arrives with HDMI 2.1, Thread wireless tech | Engadget

Earlier today Apple introduced (and a redesigned Siri remote that should be easier to use), and a close look at the reveals a few more details about what it can do. Confirming , this box has an HDMI 2.1 video output, however as 9to5Mac notes, despite code leaks that mention support for a 120Hz mode, at launch the device's "high frame rate HDR" will top out at 60 FPS. That could change with the next version of tvOS — or once 4K TVs aren't as finicky with their support — but it's something to keep an eye on.One other thing to be aware of, , is that this is the first Apple TV box with...

Apr 21
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Ingenuity Mars Helicopter completes a 'spin test,' moves closer to flight | Engadget

Ingenuity Mars Helicopter completes a 'spin test,' moves closer to flight | Engadget

Plans for the first flight test of were delayed after it , but now the team behind it says the craft has completed a full-speed spin. As described in a and , the team has apparently been taking two approaches to deal with the problem they identified. An alteration of the commands in the flight sequence was apparently enough to help it complete the test, while work on a . They've tested the new software, but transferring and loading it could take a few days to complete, with the craft currently residing 174 million miles away from Earth. A decision on what to do could happen tonight, and we...

Apr 17
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Logitech is done making Harmony remotes | Engadget

Logitech is done making Harmony remotes | Engadget

After going a long time without any hardware updates, Logitech has finally announced what many of us suspected was coming. points out confirming that Logitech will no longer manufacture . :While Harmony remotes are and continue to be available through various retailers, moving forward Logitech will no longer manufacture Harmony remotes.We expect no impact to our customers by this announcement. We plan to support our Harmony community and new Harmony customers, which includes access to our software and apps to set up and manage your remotes. We also plan to continue to update the platform...

Apr 10
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Neuralink's brain-computer interface demo shows a monkey playing Pong | Engadget

Neuralink's brain-computer interface demo shows a monkey playing Pong | Engadget

Elon Musk's last update on — his company that is working on technology that will connect the human brain directly to a computer — with one of its chips implanted in its brain. Now by showing a Macaque with one of the Link chips playing Pong. At first using "Pager" is shown using a joystick, and then eventually, according to the narration, using only its mind via the wireless connection.Today we are pleased to reveal the Link’s capability to enable a macaque monkey, named Pager, to move a cursor on a computer screen with neural activity using a 1,024 electrode fully-implanted neural...

Apr 9
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Pinterest is reportedly in talks to acquire VSCO | Engadget

Pinterest is reportedly in talks to acquire VSCO | Engadget

So what can do to jump higher up the list of social networking sites? According to a report by the , one possibility is acquiring the owner of , the app for editing / sharing photos and videos that has brought in-depth tools to mobile users for years. Neither side directly confirmed the negotiations, and there's no word on a possible price, but maybe combining forces can bring some Instagram-like glow. As it is, Pinterest is still mostly known for planning and organizing, and as the NYT article points out, other than some , VSCO is currently best known for the "VSCO girls" meme.

Apr 3
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Microsoft's cloud services are down again, possible DNS issue | Engadget

Microsoft's cloud services are down again, possible DNS issue | Engadget

It has only been a couple of weeks since the , and once again its growing network of cloud-operated service is struggling. points out an Azure Status tweet indicating problems in the network, and reported they had problems even pulling up Bing. I was able to access some aspects of Xbox Live — excuse me, the Xbox Network — but noticed some features aren't loading right now, and reports known issues with signing in for some people.I'd tell you more about what is causing the problem, but it's so widespread that several of the status pages for Azure and Office have been unreachable. The most...

Apr 1
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Xbox March update adds toggles for old games, kills the live TV guide | Engadget

Xbox March update adds toggles for old games, kills the live TV guide | Engadget

Xbox consoles — from Day One Xbox Ones all the way up to Series X — are . The Xbox Accessories app for PC as well as consoles both new and old will get a patch that adds compatibility with , so gamers can access all of the available audio controls and even the brightness of its lights.One feature that's going away is the that has been a part of the Xbox One since it launched. Microsoft's aspirations for controlling TV via the HDMI passthrough of the Xbox One didn't work out, and live TV viewing isn't nearly as important as it once was, so that feature in the great beyond. The OneGuide...

Mar 10
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Amazon Alexa app for Xbox | Engadget

Amazon Alexa app for Xbox | Engadget

Microsoft has slowly opened the Xbox platform to non-Cortana home automation voice assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, but now Amazon is going one step further. Now an Alexa app for Xbox is poised to roll out "in the coming days" — you can see it in the Microsoft Store here but it's not available for download yet.While you've already been able to , installing the app will apparently enable visual features that pop up on your TV and add a few more interactions. Once it's available, the app should work on Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S consoles. There is one caveat — in this...

Mar 4
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Sprint sues AT&T over its fake 5G branding

Sprint sues AT&T over its fake 5G branding

11m ago1h ago4h ago610h agoImage credit: AT&TAfter AT&T and networks that use 4G LTE Advanced technology, competitors have had to make decisions on how to respond. While T-Mobile mocked it with a sticker, Verizon (Engadget's parent company) fired off a letter. So what is Sprint going to do? It has filed a lawsuit in federal court, seeking an injunction to prevent AT&T from using tags on its devices or advertising.In its claim, Sprint said it commissioned a survey that found 54 percent of consumers believed the "5GE" networks were the same as or better than 5G, and that 43 percent think if...

February 8, 2019
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