March 28, 1996: In a dire message to Wall Street, Apple warns that it will report a $700 million after-tax loss for its most recent quarter. turned out to be a disaster for Apple. Third-party manufacturers only paid Apple $50 as a licensing fee for each machine produced. This might have been good for Apple if clone Mac sales exploded overnight. However, the end result of clone Macs was not more Macs, but cheaper Macs. Start of the Apple turnaround Gil Amelio took the reigns after previous CEO Michael Spindler got dumped following a failed merger attempt between Apple and Sun Microsystems. “I’m confident at this point that I know what the problems are and that they are fixable,” he said in a statement concerning Apple’s $700 million loss. “The strategic and operating plans we are currently developing will enable us to build upon Apple’s fundamental strengths and competitive position.” On the ground, Apple products continued to do well. Being an … [Read more...] about Today in Apple history: Apple’s worst quarter ever reveals depth of financial trouble
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FORTNITE is DOWN after Epic Games confirmed that servers were offline for "emergency maintenance". The hit battle royale game stopped working at 3:21am UK time – leaving players rather bored and confused. Fortnite is a battle royale game where up to 100 players are dropped on to an island to fight in a last-person-standing death match. Earlier today, the hugely popular game went down for players around the world. In a tweet, Epic Games said: "We're bringing the servers offline for emergency maintenance. "We apologise for this inconvenience." We're bringing the servers offline for emergency maintenance. We apologize for this inconvenience. We currently have no ETA on when servers will be back up. Stay updated with our status page here: https://t.co/3y0X6buriO— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) April 12, 2018 Worse still, Epic Games said that there's "no ETA" on when servers will be back online. The company's latest update on its 'Account Service Issues' status page says: "We're … [Read more...] about Fortnite DOWN – why the game is offline today in the UK and globally
FORTNITE is back online as Epic Games confirms that the video game's scheduled "downtime" for new updates has been completed. The hit battle royale game went offline at 8am in the UK (or 4am New York time) – leaving players rather bored and confused. Fortnite is a battle royale game where up to 100 players are dropped onto an island to fight in a last-person-standing death match. Earlier today, the hugely popular game went down for players around the world. Epic Games took the game offline for a scheduled outage – and it happened for one very exciting reason. We’re applying updates to our backend services tomorrow, April 5 at 4am ET (0800 GMT) that will help with scaling. There will be downtime.— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) April 4, 2018 The downtime was allowing Epic Games to roll out new updates that will help improve the " back end" of the game – the technical bits you don't see. Epic Games confirmed the Fortnite outage in a tweet, revealing it would … [Read more...] about Fortnite is BACK – why the game went offline today in the UK and globally
The numbers aren’t encouraging. Despite women making up 59% of the US labor force and almost 51% of the entire US population, according to the US Census Bureau, only 30% of workers in the tech industry are women. That figure drops to a paltry 16% when you look at the engineering workforce within the tech industry. If you’re wondering about open source, women make up only 6% of users on GitHub. Many women are unfortunately deterred from entering the field, noting that the scarcity of women seems isolating and that subtle discrimination still exists in the sector. While the ethical imperative for gender equity is quite clear, recent research has also demonstrated that gender balanced teams tend to outperform predominantly male or predominantly female teams, offering a strong business rationale for closing the gender gap in tech as well. So in a sector that prides itself on being full of the best and brightest problem-solvers, how do we tackle the persistent … [Read more...] about Could STEM scholarships for women be the key to closing the gender gap in tech?
When I thought about writing this essay to kick off Women's History Month, I began compiling a list of amazing women who've done amazing things but whose accomplishments have been largely overlooked (Rosalind Franklin, DNA and Photo 51) or forgotten (Lois Weber, one of the most influential directors and screenwriters in early Hollywood). Then I stopped. There are already plenty of lists calling out the unsung women of tech, so I decided to take a more positive approach for 2018. In the weeks and months ahead, I'm looking forward to reading reports from Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and the other companies that release data about workforce diversity. And I'm optimistic the numbers will have changed enough that we won't have to hear tech leaders' same old line about "we need to do better" when it comes to adding women and minorities to boards, executive teams and employee ranks. Why are my fingers crossed, hoping for good news? Three reasons. First: Scandal drives change … [Read more...] about Diversity in tech makes business sense, but it’s scandal and greed forcing change