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
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Nintendo Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. 1. Microsoft is facing online outrage and calls for a boycott over its cloud computing contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. ICE has been heavily criticized in recent days for enforcing a policy of separating families at the US-Mexico border and operating detention centers for separated family members and children. 2. Google AI can help doctors predict when patients might die. The company has a new algorithm that can quickly sift through thousands of digital documents in a patient's health record to find important information, Bloomberg reported. 3. AOL's billionaire cofounder and venture capitalist Steve Case is convinced that the future of American startups lies outside of Silicon Valley, New York City, and Boston. Business Insider joined Case on one of his "Rise of the Rest" bus tours encouraging entrepreneurship across the country. 4. Software company Domo, last … [Read more...] about 10 things in tech you need to know today
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