Google scrambled to fix an issue which caused its search engine, YouTube, Gmail and Drive to crash on Tuesday night.
The tech giant posted updates to say issues on each of its products have been resolved on the G Suite Status Dashboard.
“We apologise for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support. Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google, and we are making continuous improvements to make our systems better,” the company said as an update to each of the affected products.
Gmail, YouTube, Drive, Google Maps and other services were reported to have experienced issues around the world.
South Africans also experienced problems, with 176 issues reported on the local DownDetector from 18:00 on Tuesday evening.
Other DownDetectors from around the world reported issues from around the same time.
Google said all services have since been restored, but had not indicated what had caused the problem in the first place.
By Kyle Venktess for Fin24
Google has developed a tool that lets you permanently mute Web sites that automatically play videos with sound.
It’s an extremely irritating problem, and the new option will be welcomed by the majority of internet users.
Videos – often ads – that play with sound can be distracting, especially if you’re trying to watch or listen to something at the time.
To turn one off, you usually need to stop what you’re doing, figure out which background tab it’s playing from and then scroll down the page to actually find it.
Google is only experimenting with the feature right now, according to Chromium evangelist François Beaufort, so it’s not currently available to Chrome users.
“This will give you more control about which website is allowed to throw sound at you automatically,” he said in a Google+ post.
You can, however, try it out in Chrome Canary, an experimental and unstable version of the browser.
By Aatif Sulleyman for The Independent
This year, for the fourth year running, Google was named as the best company to work for by Fortune magazine. A significant reason for this is the environment that Google creates for their staff.
The “Google Effect”, which is the impact on our memory of being able to find information online, has extended to include important personal information and mobile devices. A new study by Kaspersky Lab reveals that the majority of connected consumers across Europe can’t recall critical phone numbers from memory, including those of their children (53%), children’s schools (90%) and place of work (51%). Around a third could not remember their partner’s number – yet just four in 10 have forgotten their home phone numbers from when they were aged 10 to 15.
Google is adding its considerable weight to the online security space by giving a rankings boost to sites that go HTTPS. HTTPS means adding an SSL 2048-bit key certificate to a Web site, and thus increasing the security of the site.