BlackBerry users hit with first service outage since BB10 launch

TORONTO — Some BlackBerry users were hit with yet another a service outage Friday morning.The company said its technical teams addressed the problem and services were returning to normal levels.However, BlackBerry did not say how widespread the problem was or how many users were affected, and a representative for the company did not return calls to confirm any details.“We apologize to customers for any inconvenience,” the company said in an emailed statement.“We take all service issues — no matter how small — very seriously and through constant monitoring and investigation we aim to ensure our network meets customer expectations.”The outage was the first for the company since it launched its new BlackBerry 10 smartphones earlier this year.It came a day after BlackBerry received approval from the U.S. Defence Department for the use of its new devices on its networks.The company launched its long-awaited Z10 touchscreen at the end of January, while the Q10 version with a physical keyboard went on sale in Canada this week.Shares of the company closed down six cents to $15.77 on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The Canadian Press read more

Chris Hadfield tweeted this animation by Dublin schoolboys and its winning high

first_img Source: Niall Leech/YouTubeHadfield was moved to tweet the video to his 1.1million followers, saying it was the same thing that had inspired him when he was 10 years old. Whoops! We couldn’t find this Tweet More: Three school teachers are trying to tweet photos from all 32 counties in 24 hours> And perhaps most touchingly… Source: Niall Leech/Twitter The same thing that inspired me since I was 10 continues today. Short video from Grade 4 Irish students— Chris Hadfield (@Cmdr_Hadfield) June 21, 2014 Source: ann harris/Twitter @Cmdr_Hadfield WOW! Thanks for that Chris! The boys in my class will be so excited on Monday morning when I show them.— Niall Leech (@niallleechphoto) June 21, 2014 Source: Chris Hadfield/Twitter @Cmdr_Hadfield I’m often blown away by the abilities of young people! May they receive every encouragement to make their dreams come true!— ann harris (@oppoftop) June 22, 2014 @Cmdr_Hadfield it’s just wonderful. Thanks for sharing Chris.— Jean Norton (@JeanNorton) June 21, 2014 Source: Jean Norton/Twitter The boys’ teacher Niall Leech, who edited the video and uploaded it yesterday, says he’ll be giving the class *quite* the surprise on Monday morning. And the video is winning high praise from his followers around the world. A CLASS OF nine and ten-year-olds at an inner-city Dublin school made a beautiful short animation about the Apollo 11 moon landings.The video – by the boys of fourth class at St Paul’s CBS on North Brunswick Street – uses paper figures and sound effects to tell the story of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s pioneering moon mission.And it’s all done to the soundtrack of David Bowie’s Space Oddity – the track Commander Chris Hadfield famously sang on board the International Space Station.last_img read more