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December 28, 2018

So, you got an IoT device for the holidays

IoT devices are at once a grotesquerie for the security- and privacy-conscious, and a delicious, convenient poison. And, chances are pretty good you got one as a holiday gift.

You might say we’re in the heyday of IoT — though a significant num…

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December 27, 2018

Philips Hue has been having a holiday outage, too

Alexa wasn’t the only thing that crashed over Christmas due to an influx of new users. Apparently, Philips Hue has been having an outage as well. A multi-day outage, in fact. The company confirmed on Wednesday that customers were experiencing issues creating new accounts, logging in, and linking their account to third parties. It blamed the issues on “a lot of new activations.”

In other words, many people received Hue’s connected lighting products over the holidays and were now trying to set up their smart bulbs and other devices all around the same time. Hue’s servers couldn’t keep up with the demand and weren’t responding to the incoming requests. [...]

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December 20, 2018

Drones cause holiday chaos at one of London’s busiest airports

Drones spotted over the UK’s second-busiest airport have halted flights for hours, heavily disrupting the holiday travel of tens of thousands of passengers. Flights at London’s Gatwick airport currently can’t take off or land, and airport authorities…
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December 13, 2018

Amazon extends free shipping until Dec 18, announces Christmas Eve delivery in select markets

Amazon will again enable procrastinators to hold off on completing their Christmas shopping until the last minute. The company today announced it will offer free, two-hour delivery up until midnight on Christmas Eve, powered by Prime Now, in select markets. Prime Now is currently available across 30 U.S. cities, Amazon says. In addition, Prime members in over 10,000 cities and towns now have access to free same-day delivery and free one-day shipping up until the final days before Christmas.

Specifically, December 23 is the last day for one-day shipping, while December 24 is the last day for same-day delivery, if orders are placed by 9:30 AM local [...]

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