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

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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 it. That appears to be happening today, with Amazon reporting “high error rates” in one region of its S3 web services, and 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.

Isitdownrightnow.com also appears to be down as a…

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Is It Down Right Now is down right now

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Is It Down Right Now, a website that tells you when websites are down, is down right now. With Is It Down Right Now down, you will be unable to learn what other websites are down — at least until it’s back up. At this time it’s not clear when Is It Down Right Now will be back up.

Like many websites, Is It Down Right Now has been affected by the partial failure of Amazon’s S3 hosting platform, which is down right now. While we can’t tell you everything that is down right now, some things that are down right now include Trello, Quora, IFTTT, and Church Web, which built your church’s website.

For other outages you would be able to tell that these websites were down by visiting Is It Down Right Now. But, as we mentioned earlier, Is It Down…

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Intel’s diversity efforts are somewhat paying off

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Danielle Mastrangel Brown (Intel) (left) and Carissa Romero (Paradigm) It became clear in last year’s mid-year diversity report that Intel had a leaky bucket, meaning that even though it had increased the number of underrepresented minorities it was bringing in, its overall minority representation was on the decline. Based on Intel’s latest diversity report, it seems the company is moving in the right direction when it comes to retention of diverse… Read More

Glossier’s Emily Weiss and Outdoor Voices’ Tyler Haney to talk shop at TC Disrupt NY

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disruptny_skyline-crop Disrupt NY is fast approaching, and the agenda is shaping up to be a real doozy. Alongside speakers like Handy’s Oisin Hanrahan, Managed By Q’s Dan Teran, WayUp’s Liz Wessel, Ford’s Raj Nair, and AngelList’s Naval Ravikant, we’re also pleased to host Glossier’s Emily Weiss and Outdoor Voices’ Tyler Haney on the Disrupt NY stage. We’ve… Read More

Amazon AWS S3 outage is breaking things for a lot of websites and apps

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aws logo Amazon’s S3 web-based storage service is experiencing widespread issues, leading to service that’s either partially or fully broken on websites, apps and devices upon which it relies. The AWS offering provides hosting for images for a lot of sites, and also hosts entire websites, and app backends including Nest.
The S3 outage is due to “high error rates with S3 in… Read More

Heat Pump Gets Brain Transplant; Such is Life in Latvia

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If you buy a used heat pump that was made in China and try to use it in Northern Europe, there are bound to be issues. If your heat pump ends up encased in a block of ice that renders it ineffective, you’ve got two choices: give up and pump a proper heater, or hack a new ice-busting brain board into the heat pump and get back to life.

[Evalds] chose the latter course, obviously, and in the process he gives us a pretty good look at how heat pumps work and how to overcome their deficiencies. In [Evalds]’ Latvia, …read more

SpaceX’s Moon flight will be the first truly private ticket to space

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Yesterday, Elon Musk announced a bold new SpaceX mission for 2018, flying two as-yet-unnamed passengers in a full orbit of the Moon. This will be the first entirely private passenger flight that’s ever been attempted, without the benefit of broader government support — an achievement with new possibilities and new dangers.

People have paid for the privilege of reaching orbit before — seven of them, in fact. Musk’s passengers will be going farther, slingshotting around the Moon, and they won’t be tagging along on an existing mission, either.

Of course, Elon Musk didn’t invent space tourism, and he isn’t proposing anything that’s beyond its current capabilities. Since 2001, a Virginia company called Space Adventures has offered…

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Cathay Pacific designed a beer to taste better when you’re at 35,000 feet

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Studies have shown that foods taste different when you’re up in the air. The combination of low air pressure and humidity apparently combine to effect your sense of taste and smell by up to 30 percent, according to some studies, leading airlines to invest in new techniques and recipes to try and make airplane food more palatable.

Cathay Pacific is applying that idea a little farther with Betsy Beer, a custom craft brew that the company says is the first in the world to be designed and calibrated to specifically taste better when you’re 35,000 feet up in the sky. Betsy Beer was brewed in conjunction with Hong Kong Beer Co. and is named after Cathay Pacific’s first plane, a Douglas DC-3 airliner called “Betsy.”

The beer will be…

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How much are SpaceX tourists actually paying to fly around the Moon?

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Two mystery space tourists put down a “significant deposit” with SpaceX to take a round-trip around the Moon, CEO Elon Musk announced yesterday. Musk didn’t say much about the two unidentified passengers, let alone how much money they’re shelling out for their Moon voyage. Turns out, it’s remarkably difficult to guess the costs of human spaceflight.

That’s because, unsurprisingly, there’s a lot that goes into launching someone into space. There are the obvious costs: the spacecraft, the rocket, and the fuel. But then there are the less obvious, just as key, costs: the years and equipment needed to train the astronauts, building and maintaining the launchpad, paying…

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Up close with Roborace’s beautiful self-driving racecar

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Self-driving race cars sounded ridiculous to me the first time I heard about the idea. Why not just televise CPU vs CPU Gran Turismo races while we’re at it? But at Mobile World Congress this week, Formula E boss Alejandro Agag and Roborace CEO Denis Sverdlov unveiled the Robocar with a compelling pitch: it’s all about trust.

If we’re ever to get to a point where all cars are electric and autonomous, demonstrating that robots can drive themselves around complex tracks at 200mph without exploding would seem to be as good a way as any to convince the public at large that these machines can be safe and reliable. It’ll also probably help if the car looks as ridiculously beautiful as the Robocar.

So here are some pictures.

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Blaster Master Zero launches on Nintendo Switch on March 9th

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There is plenty of justified concern over the Nintendo Switch’s anemic launch lineup of games, but the consensus seems to be that Zelda: Breath of the Wild will be enough to sell the system in its early months. Well, if “classic but slightly difficult Nintendo games” is the sort of thing that hits you right in your nostalgic heart, let me give you the best news: Blaster Master Zero launches on March 9th on the Switch.

It’s also coming to the Nintendo 3DS, if you are somehow lucky enough to buy that system.

For the uninitiated, the original B…

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Reflect drops public beta to power developer-first data visualization

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Abstract pattern of yellow pie charts on multiColored background of geometric shapes Data visualization has been done — we have publicly traded, interactive, real-time and heck even artificially intelligent companies promising data visualization. But despite all the noise, Portland-based Reflect is making a go of it in the space, opening up its public beta today. By putting developers first and letting them integrate and customize visualizations in their own… Read More

Google Play now considers user engagement, not just downloads, in ranking games

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Nexus 5X smartphone, co-developed by LG Electronics Inc. and Google Inc., and manufactured by LG Electronics, sit on display at the NTT Docomo Inc. unveiling in Tokyo, Japan, on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. Docomo, Japans largest mobile-phone carrier by subscribers, introduced 10 smartphone models today. Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg via Getty Images Google is making a significant change to how its app store, Google Play, will work in terms of making the best games more easily discoverable by end users. At the Game Developers Conference, the company announced that it recently tuned its app store algorithms to take into account user engagement, and not just downloads in order to better reward quality titles, as opposed to those that are… Read More

Google calls time on the Pixel laptop

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pixel-chrome In a small meeting with journalists at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today, Google’s senior vice president for hardware Rick Osterloh dropped a little bit of news: it looks like the Pixel laptop — Google’s premium Chromebook and the original product bearing the Pixel name — has hit the end of the line after just two iterations. The Pixel brand these days is… Read More

WorkJam raises $12 million to communicate with hourly workers

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workjam_visual_v2 There is plenty of enterprise software for the white-collar workforce, but there still isn’t an ideal way to communicate with employees who aren’t sitting at a desk. That’s the thesis behind WorkJam, which is announcing $12 million in funding from Lerer Hippeau Ventures, Blumberg Capital, Founder Collective and NovelTMT.
The Montreal-based startup, whose clients include… Read More

What is Fat Tuesday again? A Mardi Gras explainer

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It’s Mardi Gras! Before you head out to party, here are all your Fat Tuesday questions answered. When is Mardi Gras this year? Mardi Gras is Feb. 28. It’s always 47 days before Easter, which changes every year based on old lunisolar calendars. What does Mardi Gras mean? I use Lent to get bikini- …See …

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