Top 10 Software Calamities of 2016

Before we get too far into 2017, it’s time to take a look back at 10 of the biggest screw-ups, meltdowns and miscalculations related to software development. As a retired late-night talk show host used to do, we’ll count ’em down in reverse: 10. Apple bricks its iOS release: Back in September, the world’s best-known purveyor […]

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Time for a holiday tradition: Black Friday website crashes

I hate to say I told you so. In a tradition as reliable as Christmas itself, network and server outages have again crippled retail apps and websites on the very day that customers come running with bulging wallets. You’d think companies would be better prepared, seeing as how a lion’s share of their revenue rains down between […]

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Recent botnet attacks highlight importance of automated testing to harden defenses

Massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks have become a weekly scourge, and with software now embedded in most consumer electronics (Hey, is it too late to turn back from the Internet of Things? Asking for a friend.) the problem will likely only get worse. Hackers have learned how to harness the items you use around the house […]

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Netflix outage shows brand vulnerability to software, network issues

So, your company accounts for 53 percent of all streaming TV subscriptions, and 127 million users count on you to watch their favorite shows, and you’ve just dropped a new season of a wildly popular superhero series. What’s the worst that could happen? For Netflix, the worst-case scenario happened recently, when its service was interrupted […]

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Glitchy airbags point toward a growing problem for all companies

There’s another big problem for automotive airbags, and this time it’s an issue that points to mounting trouble for car makers: systems that have been mostly mechanical for more than a century are increasingly run by problem-prone computer software. Last year, of course, we learned that up to 100 million airbags made by Japan’s Takata Corp. were […]

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5 costly software failures that could’ve been avoided

  Our monthly roundup of software failure around the world includes the grounding of Singapore’s stock exchange and more than 2,000 flights at Southwest Airlines. There’s also a glitchy software update at Lexus that left an unknown number of motorists riding around lost in luxurious silence because their stereo and navigation systems were shut down. […]

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