By Gilbert Falso :: 1:54 PM
iTunes is down. After a morning of trouble with Apple’s iTunes, iCloud and App Store services, the company has finally addressed the issue in a statement that blames a DNS problem for the outage.
Because of the nature of DNS outages, the problem has manifested in different ways for different users, depending on the ISP they use to access the Internet. The problem has been intermittent for many people around the globe, however.
Apple released the following statement:
We apologize to our customers experiencing problems with iTunes and other services this morning. The cause was an internal DNS error at Apple. We’re working to make all of the services to customers as soon as possible, and we thank everyone for their patience.
The outage comes during a particularly busy week for the company. On Monday, Apple held a press conference unveiling a number of new products and services, including a new lighter MacBook, the much-awaited Apple Watch, and announced a program to make HBO streaming services available to customers without a cable subscription.
As of right now, Apple has not provided a specific estimated time frame for the DNS fix to be made.
By Gilbert Falso :: 11:25 PM
If you’ve searched for a medial or health-related topic on Google over the past few days, you may have noticed some new content popping up along the right-hand side of your search results.
Google is rolling out a new feature on its search site that returns relevant medical details outside of the normal 10-results-per-page listings. These details may include symptoms, treatments, age factor and how contagious the ailment could be.
The search giant worked with medical professionals, including doctors, to identify sources of content for the medical details. Google’s medical team, as well as healthcare professionals at the world-renowned Mayo Clinic have reviewed the details for accuracy.
Google, or more likely, Google’s lawyers, caution that the details returned on health searches should not be considered medical advice.
It isn’t surprising that Google has called this information out in a special fashion – nearly 5% of all Google searches are for medical or health reasons.
By Gilbert Falso :: 12:52 AM
The CEO of a U.S.-based sports venue catering firm was caught on video abusing a 1-year-old Doberman Pinscher puppy in the elevator of a Vancouver, B.C. apartment building last month.
On July 27, Desmond Hague, the CEO of Centerplate, a U.S.-based catering firm with contracts for sporting venues worldwide, entered into an elevator with his Doberman, Sade. Surveillance video from the elevator, which was turned over to the local SPCA, shows Hague repeatedly kicking the dog, and then yanking up sharply on the leash, choking the dog briefly before releasing it.
Last week, officers from the B.C. SPCA entered Hague’s apartment with a search warrant and found the dog in a small urine-soaked crate, with no food or water available. The dog was taken into SPCA custody, and is doing well, according to local news reports.
No charges have been filed yet in the case, although the SPCA has recommended to the local prosecutor that Hague be charged under the criminal and/or provincial prevention of cruelty to animals act, which could bring jail time or a lifetime ban on pet ownership in Canada.
Hague lists a Stamford, Connecticut address as his U.S. residence.
As news of the cruelty broke last week in Canada, there has been a growing public outcry at stadiums, arenas, and other venues that have contracts with Hague’s company to terminate those contracts immediately.
Hague released the following statement: “I take full responsibility for my actions. This incident is completely and utterly out of character and I am ashamed and deeply embarrassed.”
Below is the surveillance video from the elevator that shows Hague kicking and choking the dog.
By Paul Thomson :: 4:07 PM
Yesterday there was a minor setback in the long journey to Mars when a Space-X test rocket exploded during a trial flight from the company’s launch facilities near McGregor, Texas.
The model F9R test rocket performed a self-destruct procedure as a safety precaution after a computer detected a glitch during the launch process. Space-X confirmed the computer-controlled self destruction in a statement released shortly after the disaster.
Space-X’s F9R rocket is unique because it has been designed to return to a landing pad after launch. Most space rockets are designed for a one-way trip only. They fall back to earth and land in the ocean, or burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere. This is not so with the F9R, which has landing legs that allow it to set back down in a spot near where it launched from.
Although Space-X has launched this exact model in successful test flights in the past, Friday’s launch was designed to test some of the rocket’s limits – and as you can see in the video below, the tests were unsuccessful.
Space-X founder and CEO Elon Musk issued the following Tweet shortly after the explosion: “Rockets are tricky …”
By Cynthia Herbert :: 12:05 AM
On Saturday night, NASCAR driver Tony Stewart was involved in a fatal dirt-track racing accident at upstate New York’s Canandaigua Motorsports Park. Stewart was in New York for a NASCAR race on Sunday, which he did not compete in, at nearby Watkins Glen International Race Track. Saturday night’s race was not a NASCAR event.
Another racer on the dirt-track course was killed when Stewart’s car slide into him and tossed him about 50 feet down the track.
20-year-old Kevin Ward Jr. died from his injuries at a nearby hospital. His car was struck by Stewarts in a turn, and after he spun out, he climbed out of the car and walked along the edge of the track, motioning towards Stewart. Stewart’s vehicle then approached alongside of Ward and struck him by sliding into him.
Law enforcement investigators are still working on the case, and many spectators allege that Stewart purposely drove close to Ward as he was walking on the track, and accelerated as he passed him, causing the car to slide into Ward and throw him into the air.
At this time, no charges have been filed, and Stewart released the following statement: “There aren’t words to describe the sadness I feel about the accident that took the life of Kevin Ward Jr. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and everyone affected by this tragedy.”
Video from the race, below, shows Ward being struck by Stewart’s car.