Amazon Packages Pile Up as AWS Outage Spawns Delivery Havoc

An Amazon Web Services outage wreaked havoc on the e-commerce giant’s delivery operation, preventing drivers from getting routes or packages and shutting down communication between Amazon and the thousands of drivers it relies on, according to four people familiar with the situation.

Three delivery service partners said an Inc. app used to communicate with delivery drivers was down as part of Tuesday’s system failure. Vans that were supposed to be on the road delivering packages sat idle with no communication from the company, the person said. Amazon Flex drivers, independent delivery people who carry parcels in their own cars, couldn’t log into Amazon’s app to get assignments, said another person.







スマートロック「Qrio」で障害、発生から4日たつも直らず 遠隔操作できない状態

スマートロック「Qrio」を遠隔操作するためのデバイス「Qrio Hub」でネットワーク障害が発生している。Qrio社(東京都渋谷区)によると、11月26日に障害の発生を告知して以来、30日午後9時の時点でも復旧できていないという。

Qrioは、Bluetoothで接続することでスマートフォンから鍵の施錠/解錠ができるスマートロック。Qrio Hubを導入すればインターネット越しの操作も可能。例えば、出先からの鍵の施錠/解錠や、スマートスピーカーをつなげば声による操作にも対応する。

今回の障害は、Qrio Hubとサーバ間で通信エラーが発生。リモート操作による施錠/解錠と、Qrio Hubによる施錠/解錠の履歴更新ができなくなっている。一方で、Bluetoothを使ったスマートフォンからの操作は利用可能という。

Amazon drops Echo Show 15, Astro robot plus Glow, View, Blink and Ring

The e-commerce giant’s invite-only press event brought us Astro, a robot Alexa, a Disney partnership and tons more smart devices.

It’s been a busy couple of months in tech. Today, Amazon held its big product event for the year, during which we usually get upgrades to popular devices. This year Amazon brought us a Nest competitor, Amazon’s Smart Thermostat, the Echo Show 15 and it introduced Disney to Alexa with Hey Disney. The Amazon Glow for kids combines video calling with activities and the Halo View brings Amazon to your wrist. There are more Blink products, and the Ring Alarm Pro lets a service monitor your home while you’re away — or the flying Always Home Cam drone can watch it for you. And Astro the robot brings wheels to Alexa, for $1,000.

IBM Physicist Demonstrates Why a Roomba Can’t Clean His House

When a robot vacuum sees black stripes on a rug as ‘cliffs’ your floors will remain dusty.

iRobot may have impressed us recently with its latest robot vacuum capable of detecting and avoiding dog poop around the home. However, there’s a much more common object found on floors that presents a big challenge for the tiny robots.

Dmitry Krotov is a physicist working on neural networks and machine learning at IBM. It makes sense that someone with that day job would choose to rely on an intelligent vacuum to clean his house while he’s at work, but the problem is, his Roomba won’t carry out the task.