Server outage turns Harmony Link into a paperweight

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The Cloud is great place right? It's all puppy dogs and ice cream, until it isn't. We'd suspect that's what Harmony Link users who ditched their old school remotes for an iOS device are thinking right about now. You see while typical Harmony remotes are only programmed via MyHarmony.com, the Harmony Link apparently requires a quick phone home to work at all. That's according to a number of users at Logitech's forums starting yesterday morning claiming their Harmony Link is now a "very nice and sleek paperweight," only showing an error when they try to turn on the TV for their not-so-super Super Bowl party tonight. While we're sure this is a temporary problem and the servers will be restored before too long, it does make you wonder why Logitech would design a solution that wouldn't work at all when a server can't be contacted.

Update from Logitech: The issue is fixed. "As soon as the issue surfaced, Logitech worked as quickly as possible to restore it, and the server is up and running again."

[Thanks, Kevin]

Server outage turns Harmony Link into a paperweight originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 05 Feb 2012 23:42:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Phobos-Grunt Mars probe to die a fiery death in the next two weeks

Russia's latest attempt to visit the Red Planet has, unfortunately, gone as well as its previous attempts, which is to say... poorly. We've been tracking the satellite, named Phobos-Grunt, since its successful liftoff, failure to leave earth orbit, abandonment, and now, destruction. Estimates indicate that Phobos-Grunt will reenter our atmosphere sometime between January 6th and the 19th, when it'll break into pieces and meet its end as a flaming ball of interplanetary fail. One consolation for the Ruskies: $165 million down the tubes is a lot less than, say, $1.2 billion.

Phobos-Grunt Mars probe to die a fiery death in the next two weeks originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 05 Jan 2012 10:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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The Kodak Moment it never wanted: company reportedly prepping for Chapter 11 filing

Tough to smile in times like these, folks. Barely three years after yet another staple in the photography business filed for Chapter 11, Kodak is reportedly getting its paperwork in order to do the same. The Wall Street Journal has it that bankruptcy protection is looking all the more likely in the coming weeks, as its efforts to hawk a "trove" of digital patents proved to be in vain. As it stands, the employer of around 19,000 is currently working with lenders to secure around $1 billion in debtor-in possession financing to keep it alive during the actual bankruptcy process. Should this all pan out, its portfolio of 1,100 patents would then be re-listed via a court-supervised bankruptcy auction. Oh, and to make matters worse, it warned earlier in the week that it could be delisted from the New York Stock Exchange after Kodak shares closed at under $1 for thirty straight trading days.

The Kodak Moment it never wanted: company reportedly prepping for Chapter 11 filing originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 04 Jan 2012 14:51:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Twitter … failing

Their servers ping out, their API fails … you can’t even update or change your profile picture without dying out. A good idea (I guess) but a poor implementation of same. FAIL. 0 out of 5 jalapenos.

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