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Amazon: Here's what caused major AWS outage last week – apologies

ZDNet

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has explained the cause of last Wednesday's widespread outage, which impacted thousands of third-party online services for several hours. While dozens of AWS services were affected, AWS says the outage occurred in its Northern Virginia, US-East-1, region. It happened after a "small addition of capacity" to its front-end fleet of Kinesis servers. Kinesis is used by developers, as well as other AWS services like CloudWatch and Cognito authentication, to capture data and video streams and run them through AWS machine-learning platforms. The Kinesis service's front-end handles authentication, throttling, and distributes workloads to its back-end "workhorse" cluster via a database mechanism called sharding. As AWS notes in a lengthy summary of the outage, the addition of capacity triggered the outage but wasn't the root cause of it.


Burn Off That Turkey With These Cyber Monday Fitness Deals

WIRED

A fitness tracker can tell you a lot about your body these days. The best of them help you plan and keep track of your workouts, whether you're trail running in the woods or circuit training in your apartment's basement gym. We have a few more smartwatch deals in our Cyber Monday phone and gadget deals guide. This watch can track workouts and help plan your hiking routes. It runs Google's Wear OS platform, which supports iOS but is particularly suited for those with Android phones.


Amazon Cyber Monday deals: Echo, Kindle, Fire TV, and more

ZDNet

Here's a great lineup of gift ideas and resources to get you started. Cyber Monday is here, and we have rounded up the best deals on Amazon devices. Amazon has an ever-expanding list of devices. With tablets, smart speakers, streaming devices, and much more, it's bound to have something for everyone on your shopping list. As usual, most of the best prices on Amazon's devices can be found on Amazon's website.


One of the most popular Roomba models is $100 off

Mashable

Save $101: The iRobot Roomba 675 is on sale on Amazon for $179 as of Nov. 28. Yes, Thanksgiving was a few days ago. Yes, we are still finding crumbs of corn bread on the floor. No shame in admitting that not every mess is easy to clean but definitely don't let the crumbs sit there any longer. Get yourself a Roomba so you can stop guessing if you got every spot and instead be sure that your robot vacuum buddy left no corner untouched.



Amazon Black Friday deals: Echo, Kindle, Fire TV, and more

ZDNet

Here's a great lineup of gift ideas and resources to get you started. Black Friday is here, and we have rounded up the best deals on Amazon devices. Amazon has an ever-expanding list of devices. With tablets, smart speakers, streaming devices, and much more, it's bound to have something for everyone on your shopping list. As usual, most of the best prices on Amazon's devices can be found on Amazon's website.


Widespread Amazon cloud service outage disables Roombas, Ring doorbells, even Christmas lights

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A large-scale outage on Amazon's cloud service this week wreaked widespread havoc on websites and software services. In addition to disabling Flickr, Adobe and the Washington Post's website, the outage of Amazon Web Services (AWS) on Wednesday caused Roombas, Rokus, Ring doorbells and other smart household appliances to stop functioning. The issue, which impacted the US East-1 region, sent Twitter users into a tizzy. 'My f---ing doorbell doesn't work because AWS us-east-1 is having issues,' tweeted one disgruntled Ring user. 'I... can't vacuum... because us-east-1 is down,' complained Geoff Belknap, Chief Information Security Officer for LinkedIn.


The best robot vacuum and smart home deals you can get for Black Friday

Engadget

Black Friday offers a number of good opportunities to up your smart-home game. Over the past couple of years, we've seen more good deals each year on things like smart light bulbs, robot vacuums and more during the holiday season. And that's in addition to sales on the usual suspects when it comes to "smart" home tech -- things like the Instant Pot and other small appliances. Instead of sifting through the hundreds of robot vacuum and smart home deals out there, we've gathered what we think are the best devices at the best prices below. If you want a truly multi-purpose small appliance, the Instant Pot Duo Crisp fits the bill.


Black Friday 2020: The best headphone, laptop, TV, and gaming deals at Best Buy, Amazon, and more

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

The Samsung Q60T is an affordable, mid-range QLED TV that offers quantum dot technology for a budget-friendly price. Purchases you make through our links may earn us a commission. Black Friday is finally here, and we've spent days scouring for the best Black Friday deals on TVs, laptops, gaming consoles, headphones, smart home devices and more. If you're looking for tech for yourself or someone else in your life, now is the perfect time to pick something up. Here are all the best tech Black Friday deals we've found so far: Samsung's QLED TVs deliver excellent sharpness, clarity, and brightness--and they're on sale for Black Friday.


Amazon dropped thousands of deals for Black Friday — here are the very best ones

Mashable

BEST LAPTOP DEAL: Apple MacBook Air (early 2020, 256GB) -- save $199.01 BEST GAMING DEAL: Nintendo Switch system bundle -- save $67.98 BEST ROBOT VACUUM DEAL: iRobot Roomba 675 -- save $100.99 After a weird, month-and-a-half-long limbo period following its rescheduled Prime Day event, Amazon's 2020 Black Friday sale is in full swing -- and there's no shortage of good deals, to say the very least. The online retailer's holiday savings event is scheduled to last through Black Friday proper on Nov. 27, though you can count on many discounts carrying over through the weekend to Cyber Monday. Bear in mind that some of its daily deals will only stick around for 24 hours or while supplies last, so put some hustle into your purchase if something on your shopping list gets a decent discount.