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WhatsApp, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and more down in Turkey in apparent internet ban

The Independent - Tech

Much of the internet appears to have gone down in Turkey. People in the country are having problems accessing much of the internet's biggest websites and services, including Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube, Twitter and more. The website Down Detector confirmed problems in the country, particularly in the west. Some have reported that the sites are simply slow, but that it is still possible to access them. Others say they are down entirely.

iPhones are less reliable than Android devices, study finds

The Independent - Tech

Apple's iPhones and iPads are losing the battle against Android devices. That's according to a new study by mobile diagnostics firms Blancco Technology Group (BTG), which claims that Apple's devices are less reliable and experienced a bigger failure rate than their Android counterpart, driven by bugs in the iOS 10 update. For the purposes of the report the word "failure" refers to any number of problem including instances of apps crashing, connection difficulties and overheating. About 62 per cent of iOS devices suffered performance failures in the third quarter of 2016 compared with 47 per cent of Android devices, the report found. The iPhone 6 was the main culprit with the highest failure rate of 13 per cent.

Sony Is Contemplating A PlayStation 'Classic Edition', So Why Not Backwards Compatibility As Well?

Forbes - Tech

Sony is considering making a PlayStation classic console. Following a recent interview, it seems that Sony has cottoned on to how popular the NES and SNES Classic Edition consoles have been and is thinking of making something similar for the original PlayStation. In a new interview over at Mantan Web, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO John Kodera talks about the fact that they are contemplating a Classic Edition type console for the original PlayStation. The original PlayStation that was released in 1994 and was a worldwide hit. There have been discussions (within the company) about what kind of ways to make a classic console release happen.

ExoMars mission: Schiaparelli robot appears to be lost on the Mars surface, European Space Agency says

The Independent - Tech

Mission controllers appear to have lost contact with a tiny craft that was Europe's big hope for Mars exploration. The paddling pool-sized "Schiaparelli" lander appeared to have made its way safely through the harsh atmosphere of Mars and onto its surface. But something appears to have gone wrong while it did so – and mission controllers are now unable to speak with it. The lander sent communications to its mothership, the Trace Gas Orbiter, on its way down. But the signal was lost before touchdown.

Sony wants you to control PlayStation games on your phone


Sony doesn't think your friends should have to sit on the sidelines while you're engrossed in a PlayStation game... if anything, it wants them to dive in. It's launching PlayLink, an effort that lets you participate in PS4 games from your Android or iOS device. Think of it like you would Jackbox's party games, only on a grander scale -- you can play or influence all kinds of games without picking up a gamepad. Sony has only shown a handful of examples of what you can do, but the initial game roster includes the quiz game That's You, the drama Hidden Agenda (from the team behind Until Dawn), Frantics, Knowledge is Power and Singstar Celebration. We're still waiting on full launch details as we write this, but That's You will be first out the gate with a July 4th launch.