Internet Cut Off in Syria; Nokia Teases Lumia 928; YouTube Launches Trends Map
Topping tech headlines on Tuesday, Internet activity in Syria dropped off sharply yesterday afternoon, according to various sources.
Internet monitoring firm Renesys tweeted that it confirmed a “loss of Syrian Internet connectivity 18:43 UTC. BGP routes down, inbound traces failing.” Google later tweeted “Google services inaccessible in Syria,” with a link to its Transparency Report, which showed a complete drop in activity from the region shortly before 3 p.m. Eastern (left).
In other news, Nokia has confirmed via a magazine ad, a billboard, and now a new website that its next Lumia device for the U.S. will be the Lumia 928 on Verizon. Nokia’s new website encourages fans to “Stay tuned for updates about the newest Nokia Lumia. It features a photo of a Lumia device, which looks a bit less rounded than previous Lumias, snapping a photo of people on a beach.
Also making headlines, YouTube on Tuesday launched a new interactive Trends Map, a visualization of the most shared and viewed videos over the last 12 to 24 hours in a number of major U.S. markets. The map lets you see what’s popular across all of YouTube, among women or men, or different age groups.
In addition, the YouTube app for Windows Phone 8 got a major upgrade yesterday, turning it into a full-featured app rather than a link to the YouTube mobile site.
Here’s some other headlines you might have missed:
- Terrafugia Previews Plug-in Hybrid Flying Car, TF-X: The company unveiled plans for a plug-in hybrid version of its flying car, or “street-legal airplane.”
- Microsoft Windows Blue Coming Later This Year: Microsoft will release a public preview of Windows Blue at its Build conference next month. For more, check out 10 Things Microsoft Needs to Fix With Windows Blue.
- RunKeeper App Lands on Pebble Smartwatch: RunKeeper and Pebble yesterday released an integrated app that turns the Pebble smartwatch into a personal trainer.
- Berlin Court Strikes Down Apple’s Customer Privacy Rules: Apple was dealt a setback on Tuesday when a Berlin court ruled that its data-use rules violated German law.
- Quantum Internet Has Been Running at Los Alamos for 2.5 Years: Quantum Internet has been hailed as the one true answer to securing Web-based networks, but it has not yet been put to the test – until now.
- Sony Unveils Vaio Fit Entry-Level Laptop Line: Sony yesterday introduced four new portable PCs, all of which include cheap price tags, sleek design, and touch-screen capabilities.
- ‘Wolfenstein: The New Order’ Set for Late 2013 Release: The first-person shooter that started it all is back.
- Dropbox Holding First Developer Conference, DBX: The cloud storage and file-synching service announced plans to hold its first-ever conference for developers this summer.
- New York Times Launches Web-Based Documentary Series: One of the oldest players in traditional media is looking to become a full-fledged online video network.
- Sync ‘Angry Birds’ Progress Across Devices With Rovio Accounts: Ever start playing Angry Birds on your phone, but later wish you could pick up where you left off from your tablet? Now you can.
By Angela Moscaritolo, PCMag