ECHO Urgent Messenger Aims to Notify Your Friends When You Are In Distress

A new personal SOS device is apparently in the works over at Indiegogo website, having it be able to let people know where you are and even speak to them after you press the ‘panic button’. The device by the name of ECHO Urgent Messenger, which basically has the same principle as a normal panic button, is said to fit on your keychain and help you in calling for help whenever you need it. The company is aiming to raise at least $5,000 in order to start production for the aforementioned gadget.

What makes the device stand out of the crowd is its ability to add friends to the contacts it sends a distress signal upon triggered. Aside from the staff, who will receive your distress signal and be able to talk to you (if you can) or at least listen to what is going on, the device is said to let users add individual phone, email and even Facebook contacts, who will be notified about your distress as soon as you press the button.

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The message sent when triggered is said to contain your location within five feet, based on GPS, GLONASS and cell tower triangulation. However, with all the privacy concerns out there, this might sound as a way people could track your every movement. Nonetheless, the company has stated that all location tracking features will only activate once the user presses the button and will remain deactivated otherwise.

In terms of power, the ECHO gadget is said to run on a AAA battery, having the company stating that it would last as long as 7 years in standby or 5 hours of talk time in the case where it has been triggered. People interested in acquiring one can pledge at least $144 and wait for it to be delivered in December, though the target crowdfunding plays an important role to its actual release on the market.

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Facebook Outage Lasts Around 30 Minutes, Prevents Millions of Users from Connecting

The popular social media network known as Facebook appears to have been down for most users today. Reports were coming in from Europe, with countries such as Belgium, UK, France, Romania and others, as well as other countries from Asia and possibly the US.

Facebook users wanting to connect to the social media website or mobile applications such as the Facebook or Facebook Messenger application have noticed that the service was down and a “Connecting” notification constantly being present, indicating that the applications were attempting to reach Facebook’s servers, but were unable to do so.

Users wanting to connect to the website version were greeted with the following message:

Reports started to come in a few minutes after the outage, which appears to have started occurring at 08:50 UK time. Hundreds or even millions of users who noticed the outage started tweeting on about it, generating a small worldwide panic. However, questions regarding the cause of the outage is still unknown.

After roughly 30 minus, the service appears to have been resorted. Even so, users are still awaiting an explanation for today’s outage from Facebook officials. Until now, no official announcement regarding the cause of the outage has been made.

Update:
I appears that TechCrunch have contacted Facebook to shed some light on what exactly happened that took the network down worldwide. A Facebook spokesperson apparently told TechCrunch that they have experienced an ‘issue’ which led to the worldwide outage, without going into more details about what the ‘issue’ was exactly. The full statement can be seen below:

“Earlier this morning, we experienced an issue that prevented people from posting to Facebook for a brief period of time. We resolved the issue quickly, and we are now back to 100%. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.”