Online Communities Stories April 22, 2014

As part of its recent environmental campaign, Apple has taken out some tongue-in-cheek full-page print advertising in newspapers around the world today. The ad reads ‘There are some things we want every company to copy’. The ad was first spotted by David McClelland on Twitter. (Hi-res version below:)

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Online Communities Stories July 28, 2013

Housecleaning: We’ve moved to WordPress comments

Just a quick note that we’ve moved our comment system to WordPress. You can log in with your WordPress, Twitter or Facebook accounts and you will need manual approval by mods the first time you comment (so prepare to wait a few minutes/hours). Previous stories will continue to contain  previous comment archives.

Why didn’t we go to Disqus or Livefyre? If it was only comments, we probably would have. But we’re building something kind of cool behind the scenes with WordPress and this is just the start.

As always, we read and appreciate your feedback and look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Online Communities Stories February 28, 2013

iCloud hasn’t had its coffee yet today folks, multiple services remain down

After experiencing some outages earlier this month, iCloud users continued to experience service disruptions across a number of services today. Earlier this morning, Apple reported on its System Status page, which at the moment appears to be experiencing some hiccups, that 11 percent of iCloud users were affected, and it listed all iCloud services as impacted by the outage (pictured above).

Apple later updated the system status page and listed only three services with outages: Photo Stream, Documents in the Cloud, and Backup. It also changed the 11 percent of users affected for all services to “Multiple iCloud Services- Some users affected.”

Unfortunately, Apple’s system status page doesn’t seem to be functioning properly, and it is not displaying values for outages tracked for each hour of the day. As witnessed on Twitter, many users continue to experience issues with several iCloud services including some not currently listed as being down by Apple.

Online Communities Stories January 3, 2013

Upper West Side NY Apple Store closes due to adjacent building fire (Gallery)

As noted by several New Yorkers on Twitter, a fire in a building next to the Upper West Side NY Apple Store has caused the retail store to close temporarily. There was some confusion on Twitter from people who first reported that the fire was actually at the Apple retail location, but several have since reported the smoke is coming from an adjacent building. An Apple employee at the location confirmed to us that the fire is in a neighboring building, but he also said the Apple Store has been evacuated with all appointments cancelled for the time being.

https://twitter.com/gregcmartin/status/286847786144653312

Shit's on fire behind the store.

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Fire on 67th st? Strangely no sirens from fire dept on 66th st…#UWS

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So this is happening right now…the store itself isn't on fire but an adjacent building is

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Online Communities Stories November 5, 2012

Facebook iOS app updated with new messaging features, multiple photo sharing, & Facebook Gifts

Update: As noted by commenters below, you might want avoid this 5.1 update. It appears to have made the app unusable for some.

Update 2: Facebook gave us this statement: 

Facebook found the issue and have addressed it server side. It should be working fine as of 30 minutes ago.

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Facebook updated its iOS app today to version 5.1 with a number of new features including the ability to send real “Facebook Gifts” (for U.S. users)—a feature previously only available through the desktop app. There are also a few new messaging and sharing features included:

• Swipe left anywhere in the app to quickly see who’s available and send a message • Add friends you message most to the top of your Favorites • Share multiple photos fast • Give real gifts to your friends using Facebook Gifts (US-only) • When sending messages, see who’s active so you and your friends know how soon to expect a reply

Online Communities Stories August 23, 2012

S. Korean court rules that Samsung and Apple infringed on each other’s patents

A Seoul court ruled Friday that Apple infringed on two of Samsung’s technology patents and “must stop selling the infringing products in South Korea.” In addition, the judge said Samsung infringed on Apple’s “bounceback” design patent but not its icon design patent. These only apply to older model Apple products (perhaps pre-Qualcomm, now Apple is indemnified?), from the sound of it, and the damages are in the tens of thousands of dollars, which is meaningless.

Bloomberg, WSJ and Reuters have more. Tweets below:

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