Microsoft to cut 3,000-4,000 jobs
Yesterday Microsoft announced that they were planning layoffs that would cut 3,000-4,000 employees. The majority of the cuts will come from locations abroad and center on sales and marketing jobs. The company has over 120,000 employees globally.
Microsoft has made a push to enter into the could based computing, where software as a service earns substantial amounts of revenue for Google, IBM and Oracle. The move will allow Microsoft to shift focus into the lucrative market.
Nintendo SNES Classic Edition
Last year Nintendo released a small version of their classic NES console that came with built in games and a controller. The NES Classic was a high demand sought after product for the 2016 holiday season. While many wanted to purchase the NES classic, shortages were present leading to an increase in the price.
Nintendo had a high demand product on their hands and then suddenly they announced that production would cease. Nintendo has now released another small hand held unit based upon the SNES. The new SNES will retail for $80 and be available at the end of September.
DJI Spark compct drone
There have been many companies that manufacture drones that are small and capable of fitting in a small bag. They small drones that look like toys, rarely had good battery life, camera or features that would make them work for a professional photographer/videographer or vlogger, but DJI has changed that. DJI has introduced the Spark, a small drone that's about the size of a soda can and hosts a variety of technology not found in the average small toy drone.
The DJI Spark features full 1080p HD video, a 2 axis gimbals for stabilization and 15 minute battery life. The Spark allows a user to control it via a smartphone, but also hand gestures. The hand gestures allow the drone to pivot, increase altitude, fly away, return to the user and take a selfie. All of this without the use of a smartphone. If a user would like more control a smartphone app allows them to do so.
The DJI Spark will be available in mid-June and retail for $499. It will be available in five colors.
Nintendo discontinues the NES Classic
Rumors have been circulating that Nintendo has stopped production and cancelled the NES classic. The NES Classic was a smaller version of the original NES that housed numerous classic games and retailed for $60. The device was an instant sell out over last seasons holiday, with most units selling for a markup over the original price.
No reason was given by Nintendo as to why a highly successful game console was cancelled, but I suspect it had something to do with poor sales of the Nintendo switch console that was launched a few months ago.
Amazon web outage caused by errant key stroke
On Tuesday the internet experienced an outage that resulted from an errant command sent by an engineer at Amazon. The command was to remove a certain number of S3 server, but unfortunately was incorrectly typed, removing more servers than originally intended.
Amazon Web Services is a critical part of the internet, providing services for websites and apps across a variety of industries and companies. In the early part of the internet companies would build their own servers, IT departments, backup data centers and hire large numbers of engineers. The advent of Amazon Web Services had resulted in many companies not having to build out their own server farms and hire hundreds or thousands of engineers.
The reduced number of independent server farms hosted by companies created a situation that many would rely upon Amazon Web Services, or Azure. This reliance means that if an outage effects the large virtual hosts, it could mean dozens if not hundreds of websites could go down.
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