Friday, July 4, 2014

Bank of America July 4, 2014 Outage

Bank of America  website was unavailable Friday, July 4, 2014 just before 6:30 a.m.  The website front page was accessible again at about 6:30 a.m. CDT.

Facebook 4th of July Outage: There was a problem updating your status. Please try again in a few minutes

Some Facebook users met the following message on Friday morning, July 4, 2014 at about 6:00 a.m. CDT ...

"There was a problem updating your status. Please try again in a few minutes."

System outages are rare, but social media companies like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter experience disruptions from time to time, often because some servers, routers or other service are knocked offline, or an upgrade or scheduled maintenance has run into a snag.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Apple Want to Be Comcast's X1 Replacement Box for TV, Huawei

Dan Costa and Sascha Segan chat about the day's top tech news, including reports that Apple is in talks with Comcast about a streaming TV service, the NSA hacking into Huawei servers and spying on execs, and the Microsoft/Nokia acquisition being pushed to April. PCMAG.COM also takes a look at the Roccat Ryos MK Pro keyboard.

Dan Costa and Sascha Segan talk about backroom deals so Apple and Netflix, for example, can have priority "pipes" to deliver movies to consumers. Apple wants to develop a set top box that would replace Comcast's latest X1 box.

In the US, Huawei has been challenged due to concerns of United States security officials that Huawei-made telecommunications equipment is designed to allow unauthorized access by the Chinese government and the Chinese People's Liberation Army.

Ren Zhengfei, the founder of the Huawei, served as an engineer in the army in the early 1980s.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Twitter Delay in Resolving Host -- Embedded TImelines Delayed

Embedded timelines from Twitter are delayed on Sunday morning June 1, 2014 from about 8:00 a.m. to at least 9:30 a.m.  The message in browser status bars reports "Resolving host ..."

During the delay, no tweets are displayed. The delays are lasting about 10 to 20 seconds.

Embedded individual tweets are also experiencing a delay -- showing the "resolving host" message.

Internet Service Provider: Comcast

No mention of any trouble reported at

Friday, May 30, 2014

After Upgrade No Drop Down Menu: Facebook Can Only Share Posts and Albums to Your Own Timeline

Not ready for prime time
A Facebook bug may be related to an upgrade of the Facebook page layout that is rolling out in May 2014.  Page administrators that try to share a photo album or a post do not see the drop down menu that allows the page administrator to share the album or post to another administered page. The only option available is to share on the timeline where the album already exists.

There is a work around ...
At the top of the page that you administer, you will see the following sentence:

You are posting, commenting, and liking as [YOUR PAGE NAME] — Change to [YOUR PERSONAL NAME]

Make the change so that you are operating as your PERSONAL NAME. Go ahead and share your album, photo, or post (update). You will once again see the drop down menu.

If you go back to administering as your page name, the drop down menu might disappear again (unless Facebook fixes this issue).

Reminder ...
You might want to change back to your page name, so you don't post to your timeline with your personal name. You will just have to change back and forth every time you want to share something to one of your other pages or groups, etc.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Worthy Tech Choices from C|NET: Body Dryer and Kapersky Cybermap

This week on c/net's Crave, we check out a 3D printer modified to draw tattoos -- and it looks terrifying. We check out the tiniest sandcastle ever printed onto a grain of sand. And we blow-dry our body with the prototype Body Dryer, which circulates air and lets you ditch the towel.

Checkout the global map of online malware threats from Kapersky at

Thursday, April 3, 2014

HTC One M8 Features and TV App

HTC One M8: a quick look.

The original HTC One smartphone received widespread rave reviews. But can the Taiwanese firm attract similar critical acclaim with the M8? The Guardian takes a lightning look at the new device, touching on its sleek design and build, the modified news app BlinkFeed, its Boom Sound speakers, a cute new dot matrix case, the five-megapixel front facing 'selfie' camera and the nifty new depth sensor on the main camera.

Top 5 features.

1. 4 ultra pixel camera with a hardware solution for selective focus like a DLR.

2. Build quality: Made with aluminum that does not interfere with antenna, and screen bumped up to 5 inches with a curved back that has a nice feel.

3. Speakers with a 25 percent volume boost.

4. Sixth sense BlinkFeed ... BlinkFeed is a Flipboard-like tile interface that is set permanently on the main home page. Created in collaboration with Mobiles Republic, BlinkField pulls in content from various publications and social networks (Twitter, Plurk, LinkedIn, Flickr, Zoe Share and more), as well as your calendar and TV shows from the TV app. The feed can be customized, but the first version doesn't allow custom RSS feeds.

5. Longer battery life.

A demo showing the TV remote app on the new HTC One M8 and it works.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Embedding Google Maps with Traffic Layer Included -- HTML and JavaScript

The following code can be used to create a web page with an embedded Google map with the traffic layer activated. The example shows the latitude-longitude for Los Angeles. Simply find the desired latitude-longitude coordinate for your desired location, and replace the coordinates in the code below.


<!DOCTYPE html>
    <meta name="viewport" content="initial-scale=1.0, user-scalable=no">
    <meta charset="utf-8">
    <title>Traffic layer</title>
      html, body, #map-canvas {
        height: 100%;
        margin: 0px;
        padding: 0px
    <script src=""></script>
function initialize() {
  var myLatlng = new google.maps.LatLng(34.04924594193164, -118.24104309082031);
  var mapOptions = {
    zoom: 13,
    center: myLatlng

  var map = new google.maps.Map(document.getElementById('map-canvas'), mapOptions);

  var trafficLayer = new google.maps.TrafficLayer();

google.maps.event.addDomListener(window, 'load', initialize);

    <div id="map-canvas"></div>



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