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Global Internet Outage Temporarily Knocks Some of the Biggest Websites Offline

Eightpoint Technologies has learned from USA Today that a widespread internet outage took down a number of websites on Tuesday June 8, including Amazon, Google, Reddit and CNN. 

The problem started on Tuesday, early in the morning and lasted for a couple of hours. Zoom, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Spotify, Etsy and PayPal have been among the websites that were affected, according to DownDetector. The problem also appeared on popular news websites, such as CNN.com and Financial Times.

Many of the sites’ outages were reportedly linked to Fastly cloud platform.  Thankfully, Fastly posted an update a couple of hours later saying that the issue has been identified and fix has been applied, with most impacted websites to be back up and running.

According to the USA Today, “With edge computing, thousands of data centers are strategically scattered around the world to shorten the distance each user needs to reach a cloud storage site, speeding up service. Similar to how your Wi-Fi signal weakens the further you are away from your hot spot, the closer you are, the faster and stronger the signal.

Brief outages have become part of the price paid by internet users who operate in an always online environment. In most cases, those outages are amplified on social media with users highlighting when online services have disruptions.

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Clubhouse Multiplies its Users After Launching Android Version & Introduces a Monetization Tool

The Android version of Clubhouse was launched about a month ago. The rapidly growing audio app introduced its iOS version to the market last year with a huge success, and since then it has been showing no signs of slowing down.

The app caught the attention of many A-listers and the general public, making it one of the most sought-after apps in the market. The invite-only app completed its one-year run with the iOS version only. After making waves during its first year, Clubhouse recently launched its android version.

According to Clubhouse, the app has already exceeded 2M users on Android alone, doubling its base in just a week following a global launch. As Eightpoint Technologies has learned, the audio chat app is planning to lift the invite-only limitations in the near future, making Clubhouse available to everyone.

It’s worth mentioning also that last month the social audio app started letting all users pay other creators, with that being the first monetization tool built right into the app. Clubhouse won’t be taking a commission on the payments, meaning that creators will be getting the full amount users send them.

According to The Verge, “Not everyone will be able to receive payments just yet, though; that will be rolling out in waves, starting with a small test group”.

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Step by Step Guide for Making Instagram Carousel

Social media keeps on updating their UI and applications overall. With every update, there is a possibility of the features undergoing a makeover. This makes things difficult for many users who have to re-learn how to perform a certain function.

The recent update on Instagram has changed the way of making carousels.  As Eightpoint Technologies has learned from The Verge, “In a recent update, Instagram tweaked the way it asks its users to create carousels (groups of up to 10 photos or videos that rotate through a single post), and this is apparently causing a bit of confusion. This new method was pointed out in the Instagram account Digital Mums, where you can find some great tips on how to use various features of Instagram.”

Select Add Post which is the plus icon..This leads to the photos, you can select the source of the photos to select from the desired folder.

Press and hold the first picture that you wish to add to the carousel, you will see number 1 appear on the photos in blue.

On Android, there is a “select multiple” option on the right above the photos. For iOS you need to press, hold and select multiple photos accordingly.

Once you are done with all photos you can proceed with posting it by clicking the right arrow on the top right corner.

Add the caption and click post.

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Benefits of Working in the Cayman Islands

The Benefits of Working in The Cayman Islands

The Cayman Islands are one of the overseas British territories that have quietly become a huge attraction among expats from all over the globe. The fact that there is no personal income tax in the Cayman Islands has only led more expatriates to settle down here over the years.

One reason why so many expats choose to move to the Cayman Islands is that it offers them a welcome break from their fast-paced lives. They can enjoy the same relaxed lifestyle almost everyday, which is nothing less than a dream when coming from a big city.

More Benefits of Working in The Cayman Islands

Food Choices

In the Cayman Islands, they have been influenced by several countries. Over the years, the collection of cuisines has become a favorite for anyone who loves food.

Weather

 Cayman summers can be a bit hot for some people, but that only makes the beaches more majestic! It’s the country’s hospitable weather that brings in large quantities of people throughout the year. The rainy/hurricane season last for 6 months, between May and November.

Cultural Diversity

This has left a very diverse cultural mix behind. It is heartening to see this melting pot of cultures in such a small country, each one celebrating the other’s beliefs and diversities. Such a diverse mix is contagious and will not let you leave any time soon.

Not to mention it’s super safe and close to other Caribbean islands for quick traveling!

The Cayman Islands also has a currency of their own (KYD), though US dollars are also accepted in most places. There are multiple modes of transportation available too, so expats will never face difficulty traveling through an island or from one to another.


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Ask The Experts “Software & Product Development” with Yasmany and Laurentiu

Eightpoint Employees Featured on Nova's 'Ask The Experts' For Software and Product Development

Two of Eightpoint’s employees participated in a seminar to discuss the software and product development industries as part of Nova Recruiting’s “Ask The Experts” series. The seminar focused primarily on what it’s like to work in Cayman and how to get your first job in the tech industry.

We got to listen to Eightpoint’s Yasmany Corcho and Laurentiu Gruia discuss their unique paths to the tech and computer science world and how they ended up working for Eightpoint in The Cayman Islands.

Yasmany Corcho is a C++ Software Engineer at Eightpoint Technologies. He first became interested in software engineering because it allowed for his interest in mathematics and computing to overlap. Yasmany shared that the technology space is so exciting because it is changing very quickly, which allows him and others to constantly look for new ways to solve problems and use new technologies.

Laurentiu Gruia is a Product Development Manager at Eightpoint. He has been in the tech industry for more than 10 years. He started as a support engineer and then took on bigger roles on the product management side of the business. Laurentiu explained that working with multiple platforms (like Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android) has helped keep his job exciting by presenting new topics to learn about on a regular basis.

What is the most important skill in the tech industry?

One of the biggest takeaways from the seminar was Laurentiu and Yasmany’s view that the most important skill in tech is problem solving. If you’ve been hired as a software engineer, obviously it’s important to have skills in coding and different programming languages, but you’ll likely spend a lot of time solving problems. If you’re a fast learner, you can acquire the skills you need on the job so having the ability to find new solutions for problems is a very important trait.

Another reason that problem solving skills are so valuable is that the tech field is always changing and new technologies are always emerging. Even if you’re trained in a given language or technology, you’ll experience new ones on a regular basis. You’ll have to use your existing knowledge to find solutions on the new platform or with the new language. Want to get hired in tech? Show that you’re capable of solving complex problems.

Working in Cayman

Both Yasmany and Laurentiu shared that Cayman presents some exciting opportunities for people looking for new careers in the tech world. Cayman had been an attractive locale for businesses in the banking, finance and legal industries, but has recently seen a boom in tech companies moving to the island.

Remote Work in Cayman

Another reason that Cayman is attractive for workers in the tech space is the ability to work remotely from a beautiful island in the Caribbean. COVID has now made remote work a viable option for most employees in the technology field.

In 2020, The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism (CIDOT) launched a program for digital nomads looking to work from Cayman. This program, called the Global Citizen Concierge Program, allows travelers to stay in the Cayman Islands for up to two years while working remotely. 

There are a number of other perks to working in Cayman, including the country being a tax neutral jurisdiction, which means we don’t pay income, capital gains, property or inheritance tax. This can make a big difference in making your job in tech even more lucrative.

Cayman Code Academy

One way to develop your skills in software and web development is to enroll in a code academy. If you are located in Cayman already, or are relocating soon, the Cayman Code Academy can help you learn the skills you need to get hired as a developer or software engineer.

The increase in tech companies working in Cayman has created a need for high-quality tech professionals on the island. Cayman Code Academy is helping to fill that gap by training people to write quality code and solve high-level problems that one might come across in a software job.

Working at Eightpoint

One of the final points that Laurentiu and Yasmany discussed was that Eightpoint and the tech industry as a whole really wants to make work a fun and enjoyable experience. Eightpoint offers some awesome perks to its employees to reward them for the great work that they do:

  • Company paid insurance premiums for health, dental, vision, and disability coverage.
  • Unlimited paid time off for employees to enjoy time away from work and recharge.
  • Competitive compensation & pension contribution plans making planning for the future easier.
  • An awesome office in George Town, Grand Cayman with ocean views.
  • Fun-filled and casual work environment.
  • Catered lunches on Mondays & Wednesdays.
  • A fully stocked fridge with beer, drinks & snacks.
  • Break room with a ping pong table, gaming console, and darts.

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