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Facebook Goes Down for an Hour, As Drone Crashes into White House [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 27-01-2015

Facebook suffers outage, drone crashes into White House, Microsoft announces financials, Nest replaces Dropcams, Funny or Die thinks weather is funny, and the BMW ad celebrating ignorance.


Facebook was Down, Albeit Briefly

Facebook suffered an outage of around 40 minutes on Monday night (Jan 26), and the Internet immediately lost its head. Instagram, Tinder, Hipchat, Pinterest and others all seemed to be suffering similar fates at around the same time.

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Whoever was ultimately to blame, the panic that ensued online shows just how important Facebook is to many people. And for those still not convinced by the power of Twitter 7 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Twitter Twitter has now been with us for seven years and counting. This was seven years to the day since Jack Dorsey sent out the first tweet in 2006, at a time when the micro-blogging social... Read More , the alternative social network proved its worth by allowing people to vent about Facebook’s temporary downtime.

Drone Crashes on White House Lawn

A drone has crashed into the White House lawn, triggering a security lockdown over fears an attack was imminent. However, the drone, otherwise known as a quadcopter due to its four rotors, was eventually determined to pose no threat to national security.

The drone landed in the grounds of the White House early Monday morning. The Secret Service investigated the incident as UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Drone Wars: How UAV Tech Is Transforming the Future of War A revolution is taking place right now on the battlefields of the world: wars are fought increasingly by drones. Read More ) are banned from being flown in the area. However, it turned out there was never a threat to the building or its occupants.


A government employee came forward to claim the drone as his, explaining that he lost control of it while flying the drone for recreational purposes. A statement claims, “The individual has been interviewed by Secret Service agents and been fully cooperative. Initial indications are that this incident occurred as a result of recreational use of the device.” And no one needed to shoot the drone down, either.

Microsoft has a Difficult Quarter

Microsoft has released its financial results for Q2 2015, and the share price has tanked as a result of the news. This despite Microsoft meeting the street’s expectations with $26.5 billion in revenue and $5.6 billion in net income.

The company did rather well in terms of hardware, with the Surface Pro 3 Surface Pro 3 Reviews, Happy Google Employees, Free Amazon Fire TVs [Tech News Digest] Microsoft Surface Pro 3 reviews, an update on Apple buying Beats, Google keeps its employees happy, free Amazon Fire TVs, the PlayStation 4 in China, Google+ Stories, and an iPhone ringtones dance track. Read More bringing in revenues of $1.1 billion, a record number of Windows Phone handsets Why You Should Consider Switching To Windows Phone [Opinion] I want Windows Phone to succeed. The problem is persuading you Apple fanboys and Google droids to give Windows Phone a chance. Read More being shipped, and the Xbox One outselling the PlayStation 4 in the U.S. over the holidays.

The Verge has an extensive report on all of the various aspects of Microsoft’s latest financial results. But it can be summed up with a simple, “Must do better.” Microsoft is clearly gearing up for a healthier future led by the launch of Windows 10 Will Windows 10 Make Productive People Even More Productive? It's official, the new Windows will be a perfect 10. Why Windows 10? Because Windows 7 8 (ate) 9. And here is what you will find inside the Technical Preview. Read More , but that is, unfortunately, still several months away.


Nest Replacing Old Dropcams for Free

Nest is offering to replace old Dropcams Dropcam Pro WiFi Monitoring System Review and Giveaway The Dropcam Pro is a small, WiFi enabled, security camera for personal use. We bought this unit for our review. Read More for free as part of a “legacy camera replacement program.” The cameras that need to be replaced are the original Dropcam and the Dropcam Echo, which were launched between 2009 and 2011. Both will stop connecting to the Dropcam cloud service on April 15, thereby becoming obsolete.

Dropcam explained, “As we improve Dropcam, we’ll no longer be able to give Original Dropcam and Dropcam Echo owners an experience that meets our standards. So we decided to stop supporting these products and offer owners a free replacement Dropcam HD camera.” Affected users eligible for the upgrade will be contacted directly.

Funny or Die App Mixes Weather & Jokes

Funny or Die has released a new iOS app called Funny or Die Weather. As you would expect, in keeping with every other weather app The 7 Best Mac Weather Apps Here are the best weather apps for Mac, allowing you to check the current conditions right from your menu bar. Read More out there, this one tells you the weather forecast for the days ahead.

However, what differentiates Funny or Die Weather from the rest is the joke which accompanies the forecast. Which is especially useful if you, like me, live somewhere cold and wet. Boo to the cold and wet.


BMW Ad Celebrates Ignorance

And finally, while ignorance should never be celebrated, it can be used to sell things. Just ask BMW, which has roped in Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel for its new Super Bowl ad for the BMW i3.

Why these two in particular? Because in 1994 the pair embarrassed themselves 10 Videos Exploring The Internet As It Was In The 1990s The history of the Internet stretches back as far as 1969, but it didn't become popular until the 1990s when the whole thing became commercialized, ISPs started offering access, and the World Wide Web emerged... Read More on live television by not knowing what the Internet was or how to pronounce the @symbol. I guess the “i” in the i3 stands for “idiots.

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Did you panic when Facebook when down? Did you even notice?! What punishment should the White House drone owner face? What’s your immediate reaction to the latest Microsoft financials?


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  1. Jessica C
    January 28, 2015 at 8:26 am

    You know the most ridiculous thing about Facebook being down? People calling 911 about it. Awful.

    • Aibek
      February 6, 2015 at 10:59 am

      Oh man, this is just sad. I feel bad for those people)
      Imagine having a constructive argument with someone who calls 911 when Facebook is down.