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Cloudflare outages worldwide, company says it's not an attack

Anthony Garreffa | Fri, Jul 17 2020 11:09 PM CDT

Cloudflare had some major issues across multiple regions in the last 12 hours or so, with the company announcing the news on its status page, and Twitter -- which, uh, recently was also attacked.

The internet hosting giant explained: "We are aware that some regions may be experiencing issues with some Cloudflare services. We are currently investigating. This afternoon we saw an outage across some parts of our network".

Cloudflare continued: "It was not as a result of an attack. It appears a router on our global backbone announced bad routes and caused some portions of the network to not be available".

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Reddit co-founder resigns, demands to be replaced by black candidate

Anthony Garreffa | Sat, Jun 6 2020 3:48 AM CDT

The co-founder of Reddit has just announced that he is resigning, where he will now push all-in with his time and money to "serve the black community, chiefly to curb racial hate".

In a series of tweets, Alexis Ohanian Sr. the co-founder of Reddit, said that he has "resigned as a member of the reddit board, I have urged them to fill my seat with a black candidate, + I will use future gains on my Reddit stock to serve the black community, chiefly to curb racial hate".

He has started his new life by pledging $1 million to former NFL player and now civil rights activist Colin Kaepernick's Know Your Rights Camp. He's not the only internet giant to have donated to Kaepernick's Know Your Rights Camp either, with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey pledging $3 million just a few days ago.

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Intel discontinues eighth-generation Coffee Lake desktop CPUs

Shane McGlaun | Thu, Jun 4 2020 11:03 AM CDT

Intel has announced that it is discontinuing its eighth-generation Coffee Lake CPU lineup. That includes the discontinuation of the flagship Core i7-8700K processor. In all, Intel has dropped the ax on 31 desktop parts and a trio of mobile CPUs.

Intel discontinues eighth-generation Coffee Lake desktop CPUs 01 | TweakTown.com

Intel's eighth-generation parts launched in 2017 and are falling by the wayside as the 10th generation Comet Lake processor family has debuted. When Intel launched its eighth-generation line, the processors were its response to the AMD Ryzen processors.

Intel hadn't been particularly innovative with its processor line until AMD launched the Ryzen parts. The Core i7-8700K processor had six cores and 12 threads marking the first major core increase in nearly a decade. The discontinuation program for the eighth generation line started on June 1.

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YouTube finally, only just now in 2020, has timestamps with 'Chapters'

Anthony Garreffa | Thu, May 28 2020 10:34 PM CDT

YouTube is celebrating reaching the halfway mark of 2020 by doing something they hsould've had many years ago: built-in timestamps which the company calls "Chapters". Check out the tweet, with the video, below:

Content creators won't need to do anything special to get Chapters on their videos, they just need to write up the timestamps in the description of their video. The first chapter has to begin at 0:00 for YouTube's new Chapters feature to work, while videos need to have at least 3 chapters with over 10 seconds or longer, too.

It's kinda funny that it took YouTube this damn long to get its Chapters feature into its video service, but at least it's finally here.

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17-year-old built coronavirus tracking site, denies $8 million ad deal

Jak Connor | Thu, Apr 9 2020 2:41 AM CDT

As the coronavirus continues to spread around the globe, many of those who are on the internet are googling trackers to find out how many cases/deaths there are.

One of the websites that some of you have have come across is nCoV2019.live. This website was created by 17-year-old Avi Schiffmann, as he noticed that at the start of the pandemic finding a unified tracker that contained all of the relative numbers such as total number of global cases, deaths, serious cases, total recovered and more.

Avi took the data set from Chinese websites and added them to a much larger data set, and basically did this same thing for every country. Once that was done, Avi had created a unified coronavirus-tracking website that has amassed a staggering 350 million visitors in total. Avi says that each day the website has about 30 million people on it checking the statistics. In the above video, Nathalie Acher, Avi's mother, explains that Avi was offered an $8 million advertising deal, but she says that Avi turned them down.

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UK ISP's will lift all data caps during coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak

Jak Connor | Mon, Mar 30 2020 12:33 AM CDT

Most people are now doing their best to stay at home to avoid spreading the coronavirus COVID-19. This means that the internet is taking an unprecedented amount of traffic with people attempting to work from home.

UK ISP's will lift all data caps during coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak 01 | TweakTown.com

To assist people who are working from home, and overall help people out who are staying at home, major telecoms in the UK will be lifting internet restrictions. According to the Gov.UK website, the government has struck a new deal with telecom companies to life "all" data caps on internet connections. The website also states that internet providers will also have to provide mobile users with new "generous" packages to assist users to still be connected with each other in this time of hardship.

The new agreement also states that all providers will have to be "committed" to working with customers who are having a difficult time following up on their bills as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. In the event of landlines not being repaired due to the outbreak, the new agreement says that all providers will give users "alternative methods of communication wherever possible if priority repairs to fixed broadband and landlines cannot be carried out."

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Since everyone is staying home, Facebook is getting ridiculous traffic

Jak Connor | Wed, Mar 25 2020 3:38 AM CDT

Since everyone is staying home due to the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, many forms of entertainment are seeing surges in popularity, and to no one's surprise, Facebook is one of those forms of entertainment.

Since everyone is staying home, Facebook is getting ridiculous traffic 01 | TweakTown.com

Since millions of people around the world are being forced to stay home, Facebook is seeing millions of more people being active on its platform. In Italy, Facebook has said they have seen a 70% increase in traffic and a 50% increase in messaging. This increase in traffic is happening globally, and Facebook has now said that this new level of traffic is straining the companies resources.

VP of Analytics, Alex Schultz, and VP of Infrastructure, Jay Pareikh, wrote a joint statement, saying, "The usage growth from COVID-19 is unprecedented across the industry, and we are experiencing new records in usage almost every day. Maintaining stability throughout these spikes in usage is more challenging than usual now that most of our employees are working from home."

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Coronavirus causes YouTube to globally reduce video quality to 480p

Jak Connor | Wed, Mar 25 2020 1:33 AM CDT

The coronavirus COVID-19 has caused many people to say in-doors, and with many people at home, forms of entertainment are getting unprecedented amounts of traffic - one of those forms of entertainment is YouTube.

Coronavirus causes YouTube to globally reduce video quality to 480p 02 | TweakTown.com

Since people are distancing themselves socially, forms of entertainment such as YouTube are seeing high levels of traffic. It's no surprise that the world's most popular video site is seeing an increase, but now its gotten to a point where YouTube is going to have to decrease video quality globally to just 480p to deal with the increase in overall traffic.

Starting today, YouTube will be reducing every video's automatic quality setting down to 480p. Users can watch videos in higher quality, but they will have to manually change the quality of each video they watch. If you aren't sure how to do this, once you have clicked on a YouTube video, there is a cog icon located in the bottom right-hand side of the video. Click on the cog and select 'quality' then choose the resolution you wish to watch the YouTube video in.

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Pornhub wants you to stay at home and watch Premium videos for free

Jak Connor | Wed, Mar 25 2020 1:07 AM CDT

Pornhub has announced that they are encouraging social distancing between people, and through that social distancing, many people are deciding its better to just stay home. But what are they going to do while they are home?

Pornhub wants you to stay at home and watch Premium videos for free 01 | TweakTown.com

Pornhub has an idea to encourage people to stay home, the adult content website has announced a special "stay home" landing page that allows all users to enjoy premium porn videos completely free for the next month. Corey Price, Vice President of Pornhub, said the following in a press release, "With nearly one billion people in lockdown across the world because of the coronavirus pandemic, it's important that we lend a hand and provide them with an enjoyable way to pass the time." The free service starts on March 24th.

He continued and said, "We hope by expanding our offer of free Pornhub Premium worldwide, people have an extra incentive to stay home and flatten the curve." Not only is Porhub giving out free premium porn to those who are staying at home, but they are also giving 100 percent of the video sales after the processing fee of 15 percent back to the performers. Pornhub is also donating large quantities of surgical masks to many different health officials.

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Coronavirus COVID-19 expected to overrun hospitals, check yours here

Jak Connor | Tue, Mar 24 2020 2:33 AM CDT

This week will not be a good week for the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19, or at least that's what US Surgeon general Jerome Adams said this past Monday on NBC's The Today Show.

Coronavirus COVID-19 expected to overrun hospitals, check yours here 03 | TweakTown.com

With now 35,000 people around the United States infected with COVID-19, we are most likely going to see a massive influx of patients who are discovering they have contracted the virus. Those patients will need to go to the hospital to begin isolation and treatment, but how many patients can a hospital take before it is overrun? A team of data scientists, engineers, and other experts have created a tool that answers that question, its called COVID Act Now, and it could, in fact, be a little scary.

COVID Act Now is an interactive website that allows users to monitor their state's current hospital situation in comparison to how many infected people there are. The idea behind this website is that it will be able to provide an estimation for when COVID-19 patients will overwhelm state hospitals, and give people time to act accordingly. According to the website creator, "We built this tool to answer critically important questions such as: What will the impact be in my region be and when can I expect it? How long until my hospital system is under severe pressure? What is my menu of interventions, and how will they address the spread of Coronavirus?".

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