Is the Internet Down? Take a Digital Snow Day
Internet pros enjoy a digital snow day thanks to AWS outage; Wendy’s takes its fast food digital; and Apple watchers wonder what’s in store for iPhone 8.
What’s a person to do when the internet breaks? While many people must use the platform to perform their jobs, Amazon unintentionally gave these folks a break from work when AWS experienced high error rates, causing the internet to break for several hours.
Amazon Outage Causes “Digital Snow Day”
Spring might be right around the corner, but social media enthusiasts had some fun with internet downtime and coined the term “digital snow day” when an Amazon Web Services outage caused sites to be unavailable for several hours earlier this week. AWS cited issues with its Simple Storage Service, which experienced high error rates Tuesday, breaking several popular sites, including Expedia, Slack, Medium and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. [GeekWire]
How’s the Internet Service There?
The U.S. News and World Report’s Best States report ranked Massachusetts, Washington and Connecticut as the top three states for internet access. Falling under part of the infrastructure category in the report, the internet access score takes into account both the percentage of households with internet subscriptions and the download speeds to those connections. [GCN]
Alexa Takes on Home Security
Amazon’s voice-activated assistant will now be able to lock the doors in the home where it resides. Amazon this week simplified smart locks for Alexa by adding a Door Lock API to its Alexa Skills Kit. That means homeowners can automate securing the door and ask if the door is locked. The company isn’t enabling Alexa to unlock doors with voice commands just yet. An Amazon spokesperson explained there is still security work to be done before that’s possible. [CNET]
Wendy’s Brings Digital to Fast Food
Wendy’s will be rolling out some 1,000 self-service kiosks across restaurants and enabling half of the locations to accept mobile ordering. And on the backend, Wendy’s is putting agile software development in place so it can more easily add features and release iterations of its customer-facing apps. The efforts around digital transformation will not only keep millennial and other customers loyal to the fast-food giant, but going digital will also help the company become more profitable. [ZDnet]
The “iPhone 8” Rumor Mill
Apple is quickly approaching the 10th anniversary of the iPhone this year, and that upcoming date has industry watchers speculating about the smartphone. From when the industry will see the next version (September 2017) to its potential (curved AMOLED) screen and the loss of the home button, Apple fans are buzzing about what the company’s next big release will bring. [TechRadar]