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Internet outage takes down Twitter, Netflix, PayPal and many of the web's most visited websites

The Independent - Tech

An ongoing internet outage appears to be spreading and taking down many of the world's biggest websites. Companies including Twitter, Netflix, PayPal and eBay appeared to have their websites broken. And other services like PlayStation Network appeared to be hit by the outage. Almost every major service that isn't part of a major internet provider seemed to be having issues. As such, Google and Facebook appeared to stay up – but almost everything else was down, according to Down Detector's dashboard.


BT kills the phone box and announces new Wi-Fi and phone charging kiosks to go in their place

The Independent - Tech

BT has announced that it will be replacing its famous and much-revered red boxes with new kiosks. Those kiosks won't allow people to hide in them, but will otherwise offer the modern version of phonebox technology – super fast Wi-Fi, free calls and chargers for phones, instead of traditional handsets. The new kiosks will start opening up on major high streets in London from next year. They'll eventually roll out to the rest of the country – though there'll be fewer of them than there are traditional phone boxes. Amy Rimmer, Research Engineer at Jaguar Land Rover, demonstrates the car manufacturer's Advanced Highway Assist in a Range Rover, which drives the vehicle, overtakes and can detect vehicles in the blind spot, during the first demonstrations of the UK Autodrive Project at HORIBA MIRA Proving Ground in Nuneaton, Warwickshire Chris Burbridge, Autonomous Driving Software Engineer for Tata Motors European Technical Centre, demonstrates the car manufacturer's GLOSA V2X functionality, which is connected to the traffic lights and shares information with the driver, during the first demonstrations of the UK Autodrive Project at HORIBA MIRA Proving Ground in Nuneaton, Warwickshire In its facilities, JAXA develop satellites and analyse their observation data, train astronauts for utilization in the Japanese Experiment Module'Kibo' of the International Space Station (ISS) and develop launch vehicles The robot developed by Seed Solutions sings and dances to the music during the Japan Robot Week 2016 at Tokyo Big Sight.


iOS 10.1 fixes issue that lets Apple iPhones get hacked by just receiving a picture

The Independent - Tech

Apple just released iOS 10.1, an update that has the headline feature of bringing the all-important Portrait Mode to the iPhone 7 Plus. But it also includes security fixes that stop iPhones from being easily hacked into, and so all Apple users have been urged to update as soon as they can. As well as iPhones, iPads, Macs, Apple Watches and other products have received updates that keep them safe from similar attacks. Amy Rimmer, Research Engineer at Jaguar Land Rover, demonstrates the car manufacturer's Advanced Highway Assist in a Range Rover, which drives the vehicle, overtakes and can detect vehicles in the blind spot, during the first demonstrations of the UK Autodrive Project at HORIBA MIRA Proving Ground in Nuneaton, Warwickshire Chris Burbridge, Autonomous Driving Software Engineer for Tata Motors European Technical Centre, demonstrates the car manufacturer's GLOSA V2X functionality, which is connected to the traffic lights and shares information with the driver, during the first demonstrations of the UK Autodrive Project at HORIBA MIRA Proving Ground in Nuneaton, Warwickshire In its facilities, JAXA develop satellites and analyse their observation data, train astronauts for utilization in the Japanese Experiment Module'Kibo' of the International Space Station (ISS) and develop launch vehicles The robot developed by Seed Solutions sings and dances to the music during the Japan Robot Week 2016 at Tokyo Big Sight. Aurora Flight Sciences' technicians work on an Aircrew Labor In-Cockpit Automantion System (ALIAS) device in the firm's Centaur aircraft at Manassas Airport in Manassas, Va.


Cincinnati Zoo returns to Twitter after taking hiatus because of Harambe abuse

The Independent - Tech

Cincinnati Zoo has finally re-joined Twitter, after receiving an onslaught of abuse that forced it to delete its account for two months. And it is already getting more of it. The zoo was the home of Harambe, the gorilla, who was shot earlier this year after a child fell into his enclosure. And it was that event that eventually forced it off Twitter and Facebook. While it attempted to use its account to highlight other parts of the zoo, all of its post ended up being filled with replies making reference to Harambe and holding the zoo responsible.


Liberia internet down after huge cyber attack cuts web access for entire country

The Independent - Tech

Liberia has lost access to the entire internet in apparent preparation for shutting down the entire internet. Repeated attacks are flooding the country's network with requests and taking it down entirely. That has intermittently knocked the entire web offline, meaning that people can't access any websites or web services. The attacks appear to be a way for hackers to test a variety of ways of attacking internet connections and taking offline. In that way they resemble the attacks launched recently, when hackers brought down many of the world's biggest websites.