HONOLULU (AP) — Slow internet service has become an increasing problem for Molokai residents on Hawaiian Home Lands properties.
Service provided by a single telecom provider has caused difficulties for residents working at home or families engaged in distance learning, Hawaii Public Radio reported Monday.…
Shortly after coronavirus forced Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte to lock down the country, lawmaker Massimiliano Capitanio took an unusual call at his office in Rome.
It was an appeal for help from a hospital at the epicenter of the outbreak in northern Italy. Its administrators direly needed faster internet connections and computers to deal with the flood of patients. Capitanio — who sits on parliament’s telecommunications committee — called the country’s phone companies to help out.
To Capitanio, the pandemic was a wake-up call to fix Italy’s creaking internet. Now Conte has stepped in with a plan to kick-start investment by merging the country’s two biggest landline networks.
“Some families still don’t own a computer,” said Capitanio. “The government has been forced to step in and tackle this social emergency.”
Europe’s internet infrastructure is riddled with gaps and bottlenecks, exposed over the past seven months by surging hospital admissions to the rise of home working and explosion of e-commerce. Governments are now deciding how to intervene, after predicting the introduction of faster networks could lead to an annual benefit of 113 billion euros ($133 billion).
In Italy, the state investment vehicle Cassa Depositi e Prestiti SpA is expected to obtain a significant stake in a unified national network and give former monopoly Telecom Italia SpA confidence to speed up a roll-out of faster fiber-optic connections by removing rival Open Fiber SpA.
The plan tears up a guiding principle of the European project that more competition leads to better services. It’s part of a new pattern of engagement with industry that suggests Europe is watering down its anti-monopoly principles in response to China’s state-led expansion and Donald Trump’s America First agenda.
Building more robust infrastructure would stimulate stricken economies and spur the
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis briefly extended the state’s Tuesday voter registration deadline hours after its website crashed in the final hours of availability.
Florida residents now have until 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday to register online or in-person, Secretary of State Laurel Lee said in an email.
Voters who tried to visit the Florida Department of State website on Monday night were greeted with a message from Cloudflare, a cybersecurity company that specializes in mitigating attacks from hackers who try to knock sites offline with a massive influx of traffic. The voter registration site received 1.1 million visitors an hour, Lee said.
But Cloudflare’s CEO, Matthew Prince, said that increased traffic to election sites Monday night didn’t appear to be an attack.
“Traffic up, but that’s to be expected as people are legitimately registering to vote,” Prince said in a text message Monday evening. “As of now, no indications of malicious traffic to any of the voter registration sites we help protect.”
The problems lasted for “about seven hours,” DeSantis said at a news conference Tuesday.
Seven organizations filed a lawsuit Tuesday to extend the new deadline.
Andrea Mercado, executive director of New Florida Majority, a progressive group that took part in the lawsuit, said 7 p.m. was not enough time to let people know they can still register.
Mercado said there is always a spike in registrations as states get closer to election day. In the past week, New Florida Majority registered 800 people online and another 840 people in person.
“It’s too bad that our Florida leadership doesn’t do better,” Mercado said in a phone call. “It’s denying democracy to so many people.”
Florida is one of at least three states whose voter registration sites have gone offline in recent weeks, though the only one that did so
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In iOS 14, iPhone owners have received one of the best generational upgrades in years, but it is far from bug free. And now Apple has just confirmed a number of serious problems for upgraders.
In an official post, Apple reveals seven significant data and battery-related problems with iOS 14 and watchOS 7, and the company states the only fix is to “erase all content and settings from your iPhone”.
Breaking these down, Apple classifies six as related to its Activity, Health and Fitness apps as well as the broader problem of “Increased battery drain on your iPhone or Apple Watch.” The latter will not be a surprise to anyone who has seen the growing number of complaints directed at the company’s @AppleSupport Twitter account since iOS 14 was released. Some examples:
“@AppleSupport Whoa. iOs 14.0.1 major battery drain, days later. Whyyyyyyyy? Sigh. Hate having to recharge mid-day again.” – source
“@AppleSupport … good grief! iOS 14.0.1 … the battery life drain … you’re killing me with this. My brand new phone and I can’t take [it] anymore!” – source
“The battery drain with the iOS 14 update is ridiculous, feel like I shouldn’t have done it. comeeee on @Apple @AppleSupport” – source
“The battery drain is unbelievable in iOS 14. Do something @AppleSupport @Apple” – source
“@AppleSupport Updated iOS 14 on iPhone major battery drain and overheating. Pls help?” – source
On the plus side, Apple’s belief that these problems can be fixed