Gmail Goes Down, Frustrating Office Workers

Some Gmail users had trouble starting the work week on Monday. Google’s e-mail service was inaccessible for many users on Monday morning, for both personal and business accounts. Google said it was a global service disruption. Chrome, Google’s browser, was reported to be crashing frequently in some instances. Google reported on its site that the problem had been resolved by… Read more →

FTC voices concerns over mobile apps for kids

The Federal Trade Commission has published a new report after conducting a review of mobile applications being targeted towards children and sold within the in the Google Play and Apple App stores. The short story of the report is that the FTC is still concerned over a number of issues — namely that parents still… Read more →

How Square enables rapid service creation

Square is a fast-moving company that provides iOS and Android apps that enable merchants to accept credit-card payments right from their smartphones. It also is branching out into a service-oriented architecture to make it easy to create new services while enforcing documentation.  A couple weeks back, at RubyConf 2012, Square’s Chris Hunt described, in detail,… Read more →

Enter the ‘cloud architect': Anything new here?

Some of the big Web companies now have “cloud architects” on staff who oversee the growth of service-oriented, highly distrubuted infrastructures — versus more traditional “hub-and-spoke”-based architectures. Is this something that will go mainstream?  Cade Metz, writing in Wired, describes this new breed of professional emerging on the enterprise tech scene: “Traditionally, data center networks are… Read more →

Students turn to crowd-funding for Facebook privacy court case, raise €20,000

A student group planning to take legal action against Facebook has turned to crowd-funding to finance its court case. The Austrian student group Europe-v-Facebook announced its intention last week to press ahead with a civil case against Facebook, claiming the social network is violating European data protection law. Still a long way to go: Europe-v-Facebook… Read more →

Robotic Gadgets for Household Chores

His creation, the Hexy, is a six-legged, crablike creature that can navigate its own environment and respond to humans with a hand wave or other programmable gesture. Mr. Schlesinger said he had been able to lower production costs by using free software and by molding a lot of the plastic parts locally in Massachusetts, not in China. Since setting up… Read more →

Japanese Manufacturers Rescue Chip Maker Renesas

Fuminori Sato for The New York TimesRenesas’s Naka factory in Japan. Renesas supplies 40 percent of the world market with a crucial car computer chip. When a 9.0-magnitude quake knocked out one of the Renesas Electronics Corporation’s chip-making factories in northeastern Japan last year, Toyota Motor and other manufacturers dispatched hundreds of workers to help get the plant running again…. Read more →

Kindle Fire HD 8.9 on sale for $50 off today only

Looking for a sweet deal on a tablet? Amazon’s decided to post a promo code that knocks an extra $50 off the already-cheap 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD. Even at regular price the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is substantially less expensive than the new iPad, and it’s $100 less than Apple’s last-gen model and the brand-new Google… Read more →

Windows 8’s Clarity Problem

Windows 8, featuring SkyDrive. A modest suggestion to Microsoft: Next time, more verbs. Last week I was lent a Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga, a high-end ultrabook running Windows 8. In many ways, it is an impressive machine, with a clear screen, a fast Intel processor and a great keyboard. The touch screen is clever, with both responsive glass and software that… Read more →

Windows 8’s Clarity Problem

Windows 8, featuring SkyDrive. A modest suggestion to Microsoft: Next time, more verbs. Last week I was lent a Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga, a high-end ultrabook running Windows 8. In many ways, it is an impressive machine, with a clear screen, a fast Intel processor and a great keyboard. The touch screen is clever, with both responsive glass and software that… Read more →

Daily Report: The Browser Wars Are Back

Many consumers are not so sure what a Web browser is. But these programs have become a crucial business for tech companies like Google and Microsoft, Claire Cain Miller reports in Monday’s New York Times. That is because they are now the entry point not just to the Web but to everything stored online, like Web apps, documents and photos…. Read more →