NewsChannel4 has learned of a massive system failure affecting all blackberry users in the western hemisphere.
The RIM Company, which stands for Research In Motion, developed blackberry technology and said its infrastructure failed around 8 p.m. Tuesday and has been down ever since.
E-mails are not being pushed to portable blackberry devices.
Officials with RIM said they are trying to reset the system and told NewsChannel4 that they are concerned that the backlog of data, which will rush through when it comes back on line, could cause a bigger problem.
17 April 8pm (EDT) would be 18 April 12 noon in (NZ). I wonder if this affected New Zealand or Australia. I will be contacting Vodafone New Zealand (or they can comment here) to find out more.
Without requiring any additional hardware, the Vidoop login system provides the user with a method of receiving a one-time access code at the last moment, just in time for login.
The innovative system draws the user’s eye to the secret based on a personal selection made during the enrollment process. Instead of a password, each user chooses from a number of “categories,” like “airplanes,” “cars” or “keys.” At time of login, Vidoop displays an array of images including an airplane, a car, or a key, and several other unrelated images. Without knowledge of the secret, the display appears completely random to other observers.
The user spots the secret categories known only to him and notices a series of digits that act as the one-time access code. Since other observers do not know the user’s categories, they do not know which of the displayed access codes to use as the key. Only the user can interpret the one-time access code from the display.
What's more interesting is the company's beta site, Myvidoop.com, which provides integration with OpenID. The company also hosts a video showing how the solution works.
The technology is being developed by Tonic Systems, a company based in San Francisco and Melbourne, recently acquired by Google.
And to think that "Microsoft Office Live" is not the Microsoft Office package being offered on-line. What a bad branding decision. In the meantime Google is eating the pourridge from the edges.
The movie was the New Zealand made Black Sheep, a tale of horror and comedy, about some genetically modified sheep spreading terror in a New Zealand farm. Strange? You bet. But with some good New Zealand humour in that...
We had the chance to quickly chat with Trade Me's Rowan Simpson, who introduced us to Wayne Campbell, Managing Director of VIANET International, the company working with Trade Me to help the auction website enter the tourism space. Wayne and his business partner Vaughan explained a lot of the Trade Me deal, but nothing that isn't publicly available yet.
It is going to be interesting... Trade Me dominates the New Zealand Internet with almost 60% of the entire Internet traffic in this country, and they have virtually no competitors in auction, online car sales and now entering the online tourism space, the top area of interest for kiwis buying goods and services on-line.
So, how it happens that a large mobile operator such as Vodafone is locked out of the largest technology website in New Zealand?
Easy... Trolls. It seems some people inside that organisation don't understand criticism, and instead of engaging in a conversation decide that using a computer to anonymously post a comment calling someone "retard" is fine.
No, it's not fine. It's the corporate image that's hurt. You think you are anonymous, but now the entire organisation has an image problem.
Vodafone New Zealand has two ways of fixing things... One is bad, another is good:
1.Teach people inside the organisation to respect other people's opinions, and that what you say in public reflect on peoples' perception of the company, or
2.Tell everyone inside the company to never access Geekzone again, hurting the company's image even more, as one that's not interested in engaging with customers.
It sure shows that some people inside the organisation couldn't be smart enough to think of the consequences of trolling?
People love branding, but every one inside an organisation is part of the branding. And this is not the first time the Vodafone proxy server was blocked. The first time it was a surprise and I didn't know it was the company's main Internet access. But this time it wasn't a surprise.
UPDATE: Access has now been restored.
The cool stuff about this new feature is that gamers will be able to connect to other Windows Live Messenger users, regardless of those friends being connected from other Xbox 360 console, a PC or a Windows Mobile device. The chat feature allows up to six people to be added to a conversation.
The service will be available from 7 May 2007, with the Xbox Autumn Update (hey it's Autumn in the south). Users with Gold and Silve membership will be able to access the service, and it include video, voice and text chat.
After receiving the pictures I asked for the official press release, and I found out more features coming soon:
• A richer Achievement notification pop-up will showcase the name of the unlocked Achievement and the gamerscore value without needing to leave the game to check the Achievements list.
• Enhanced family settings features for Xbox LIVE communications enable different defaults for video chat and voice chat.
• A new Xbox LIVE Marketplace blade lets Xbox LIVE members access the content they seek from one place on Xbox LIVE.
• Updates to Xbox LIVE Arcade allow owners to quickly see which Xbox LIVE Arcade games their friends are playing and join in the fun. Xbox LIVE members can also compare progress of leaderboard scores and Achievements directly with all friends on their friends list. Expanded ‘Tell a Friend’ capabilities make it easier than ever to boast about Achievements and high scores.
• A new option in Auto Downloads provides faster access to the entire collection of free, trial-version Xbox LIVE Arcade games.
• New progressive download controls provide easy access to optimal viewing options by letting people fast-forward, rewind, pause and resume as their video is downloaded from Xbox LIVE Marketplace.
• Extension of the background download functionality will allow owners to set their Xbox 360 console to turn off automatically after downloads are complete.
The chat device should be in the stores soon.
We have three copies of Symantec Norton 360 to give away - and you can install each copy in up to three PCs - complete security for all your Windows-based computers at home.
The original post talks about the costs of mobile data in Canada, and who to contact about this. I am just posting the image here because it shows how we compare with other countries.
It is an interesting chart, and the author lists links to the mobile operators to support these prices. I just hope Vodafone and Telecom don't come together saying "See, we offer great prices", instead of "See, we can do better"...
Note that this chart lists Vodafone New Zealand only, but Telecom New Zealand offers similar data plan.
Thanks to a Geekzone reader working at First Mobile, I managed to get in contact with Sony Ericsson New Zealand and I have just received a Sony Ericsson M600i for testing.
The keypad is easy to use after a couple of hours working through it, and having a free copy of DataViz RoadSync with the handset doesn't hurt either.
With DataViz RoadSync it's possible to enable Direct Push ActiveSync on this handset, and it synchronising over the air with my Exchange mailbox (e-mail, calendar, contacts), including push e-mail.
Installing my self-signed certificate was a breeze, unlike the Windows Mobile Smartphone experience, where devices are so locked down that it's impossible to install a self-signed certificate without hacking the device or a firmware update.
The e-mail client only shows a limited set of folders though. It may not be enough for my needs (I have rules on the server moving messages automatically) but I am sure the other users here at home won't complain.