More Than 400 Flights Cancelled Due To Technical Glitch

So it’s the weekend and you’re flying out somewhere nice? The problem is your flight has been cancelled, and so has over 400 other flights. The reason, a bug in the system.

This weekend over 440 flights was cancelled while hundreds more were delayed on the east coast of America this Saturday. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) stated that they believe a center in Leesburg, Virginia may be the cause of the problem. The problem itself being that a bug in the tracking software resulted in the system going haywire.

While expressing its resolve to work with carriers to resume normal service they expressly stated that the incident had nothing to do with “an accident or hacking”.

It should be noted that while tens of thousands of passengers were affected in the cancellations and delays, severe and large-scale weather systems can cause cancellations numbering upwards of 1,000 per day.

With technical problems ranging from the wide systems used in this example to the systems used on a single flight, with researchers claiming they were able to issue commands to a plane’s engines through its WiFi. Is it time for us to upgrade the technology we use on an everyday basis and that a lot of us take for granted when going on holiday or travelling for business?

Thank you Yahoo News and Engadget for the information.

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First Robot Olympics To be Hosted by Tokyo in 2020

Japan has high hopes of bringing a new type of Olympics in 2020, alongside the actual summer games. Shimzo Abe, Japan’s Prime Minister, said that he hopes to bring the world’s first Robot Olympics, having discussed the creation of ‘robotic revolution’. He apparently wants to gather all robots around the world and place them in an event where they could compete based on their technological skills. Abe states that this event could increase the value seen in the robotics industry, while also boosting the nation’s economy and encourage people to sign up for the robot factory workforce.

It is not currently clear on what to expect from the event just yet. The Prime Minister is said to be keen on showing off technical talents for robots, focusing on care and industrial use. It is said that there are more and more reports about robots taking over human jobs, with 47% of the US labor (702 humans) being threatened by the change. One example of a technologically advanced robot is Baxter, made by Rethink Robotics, who can already learn from human factory supervisors. Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk are also said to be working on a robot that can think like a person, with many more examples being out there. Therefore, it’s everybody’s guess on what to expect from the 2020 Robot Olympics.

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Cracked iPhone 5C Screens Can Reportedly Be Fixed At Your Local Apple Store

Apple can now repair your iPhone 5C screen at the local Apple store, so don’t fret if your iPhone 5C has suffered a drop that eventually lead to having a broken display. You can now take it to any Apple store to have it replaced, though expect to have a big wallet as well.

It is reported that Monday was the first day on which Apple stores started taking in iPhones with broken displays to have them replaced. The screen-repair service will cost you $149 though, less than what Apple offered for an alternative to ship the handset to a repair center, which eventually lead to a repair cost of roughly $229.

Cnet has reported that the price will eventually take longer and be more expensive, depending on the damage suffered by the display. Those with minor scratches and cracks are said to be treated in-store and quicker, for a less fee. However the more extreme cases are required to be shipped out and have the display (or phone) replaced completely, eventually upping the price.

There have been reports from last year that Apple will introduce in-store technical support for the 5S and 5C. However, nothing has been heard of the iPhone 5S and the 4S receiving in-store support, leading to the handsets still having to be shipped to a repair center to get the proper repairs done on them.

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