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Customers report difficulty accessing Chase Bank’s mobile and online banking

“The site tracks “internet providers, mobile providers, airlines, public transport, and online services,” among other services” writes Sarah Gray for businessinsider.com. Chase Bank customers were having trouble accessing the bank’s website and mobile app on Friday night, according to the website DownDetector.com.In a statement released on Twitter, Chase Suppor t confirmed that “some customers are having trouble accessing the mobile app and our website.”. The DownDetector website offers a real-time map of outages.DownDetector.com “offers a realtime overview of status information and outages for all kinds of services,” their website explains. Source:…

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IBM develops new technology to help prevent power outages

“LONDON (Reuters) – IBM Corp. has developed technology to predict and monitor when and where trees and vegetation threaten power lines which could help improve power supply operations and reduce outages, it said on Wednesday” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Vegetation can cause disruption for energy companies, often growing over or obstructing power transmission lines. “The ability to layer weather data with satellite and sensor data gives utility companies powerful new insights to help them improve operations and minimize impact on their customers,” he added.IBM’s system uses data collected…

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Power outages hit 45,000 homes in Sydney suburbs as temperatures soar

“Power outages hit around 45,000 homes across Sydney’s upmarket eastern suburbs on Thursday as a forecast 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit) heatwave hit the harborside city, with media reports of people being trapped in lifts and one hospital losing power” writes Lisa Maree Williams for cnbc.com. Ausgrid, which provides power to more than over 1.7 million customers down the east coast, later said power had been restored to 10,000 homes around Double Bay. A record-breaking heat-wave across southeastern Australia earlier this month triggered outages in some areas and sent…

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SSAB profit shy of expectations amid outages

“There are no major planned maintenance outages during the first quarter of 2019, SSAB said” writes Dominic Chopping for marketwatch.com. STOCKHOLM–Swedish steelmaker SSAB AB (SSAB-A.SK) Tuesday reported a fourth-quarter net profit that landed just short of expectations amid prolonged maintenance outages, but said that the near-term outlook is relatively good for its business. Source: marketwatch.com

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California storm brings power outages, shuts down highway

“The National Weather Service on Monday issued a winter storm warning for areas in the Sierra Nevada above 4,000 feet (1,200 meters), saying snowy and gusty conditions will limit visibility” reports thebusinessjournal.com. The National Weather Service reported winds included gusts of more than 60 mph (95 kph) at the storm’s peak Saturday night and early Sunday morning.In the northwest, about 49,000 Puget Sound Energy customers in Oregon and Washington remained without power Monday morning.(AP) — Utility crews worked Monday to restore power to thousands of people after a winter storm…

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Trains and flights canceled as snowstorm hits parts of Virginia and the Carolinas

“Duke Energy reported more than 240,000 outages in North Carolina and 170,000 in South Carolina Sunday afternoon” writes December At Pm for washingtonpost.com. As snow fell from northeast Georgia into central North Carolina winter storm warnings stretched to portions of Tennessee, Kentucky and Virginia. The North Carolina Emergency Management office said crews were out clearing roads and reported more than 140,600 homes without power Sunday morning. Source: washingtonpost.com

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Ericsson software glitch hits mobile services in Britain and Japan

“O2 , Britain’s second biggest network, and Japan’s Softbank reported network outages on Thursday, leaving many customers unable to access internet services” reports businessinsider.com. O2, which is owned by Spain’s Telefonica , said customers of Tesco Mobile, Sky Mobile and GiffGaff, which all use its network, were also affected by the outage.The Ericsson logo is seen at the Ericsson’s headquarters in Stockholm Thomson Reuters LONDON/STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Ericsson said it was working with mobile companies in Britain and Japan to restore full service to millions of customers hit by outages…

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Ericsson says working with operators to solve network outages

“STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Ericsson said on Thursday it was aware some of its mobile operator customers were suffering outages and it was working with them to solve the problem” writes Min Read for reuters.com. Mobile operators O2 in Britain and Softbank in Japan reported disruptions to data services on Thursday affecting millions of customers. O2 said the problem was caused by an issue at one of its suppliers. “We are aware of the issue and are working together with our customers to solve it as soon as possible,” an Ericsson…

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