Showing posts from February, 2017

Amazon’s web servers are down and it’s causing trouble across the internet

Amazon's web hosting services are among the most widely used out there, which means that when Amazon's servers goes down, a lot of things go down with them. That appears to be happening today, with Amazon reporting "high error rates" in one region of its S3 web services, and a number of services going offline because of it.
Trello, Quora, IFTTT, and Splitwise all appear to be offline, as are websites built with the site-creation service Wix; GroupMe seems to be unable to load assets (The Verge's own image system, which relies on Amazon, is also down); and Alexa is struggling to stay online, too. Nest's app was unable to connect to thermostats and other devices for a period of time as well. also appears to be down as a result of the outage. Amazon has suffered brief outages before that have knocked offline services including Instagram, Vine, and IMDb. There don't appear to be any truly huge names impacted by this outage so far, but…

Some Users Experiencing Issues With iCloud Services

According to Apple's System Status page, a small number of users are having ongoing issues with some iCloud services, including iCloud Backup, iCloud Drive, iCloud Notes, iCloud Web Apps, iWork for iCloud, and Photos.

Apple says less than 0.04 percent of users are affected by the iCloud problems, with those users experiencing "slower than normal performance." The iCloud slowdowns may be due to an Amazon Web Services outage that is affecting multiple websites and web services this morning.

Over the weekend, Apple updated the look of its System Status page, and the company now provides additional information on individual services that are experiencing problems. Prior to the update, Apple used a status bar at the bottom of the page to relay problems, but now each service can be clicked for an individual report that better outlines what's going on.

The page also provides a better look at past incidents that have since been resolved. It is not clear when t…

Microsoft Gives Users More Control Over Updates in Windows 10 Creators Update

We are on the final lap of the Windows 10 Creators Update preview schedule. The feature update is launching in April, so expect previews to come thick and fast in the next month. However, also expect the features to wind down as Microsoft has most of them already locked. One such feature is an improved updating experience that is baked into the Settings app.
If you have charted the history of Windows 10 since its 2015 launch, you will know this is important. The way the platform updates is undoubtedly the most complained about aspect of Windows 10.
Microsoft decided to make updates automatic. This essentially means that they can happen at any time and without much of a warning. Users are given a distinct lack of control over update timing. The results of this policy have been amusing, but have also been annoying. So much so that Microsoft was forced to change up its policy after several court cases were filed.
Lumping an update on users is not something that appeals to the ma…