Google goes down for 5 minutes, global Internet traffic plunges by 40%

Google refuses to explain the reasons behind the blackout, merely confirms that it happened.

Google goes down for 5 minutes, global Internet traffic plunges by 40%

Google goes down for 5 minutes, global Internet traffic plunges by 40%

Early last Saturday, the unthinkable happened- Google, and all its services like Gmail and YouTube, went dark for a duration that spanned a single minute to five minutes starting from 4:22 AM to 4:27 AM. As a result, global Internet traffic crashed by 40% as users couldn’t access any of the dozens of hugely popular services that the search giant runs. The number-crunching was done by GoSquared, a Web analytics company who also noticed that global Web traffic spiked once Google was back up and running,.

This number (scarily) proves how intensely everyone relies on Google. In spite of the clear effects that its health has on the global Internet, Google has refused to divulge any details about why the blackout happened, responding merely with a statement that said, “Between 15:51 and 15:52 PDT, 50 percent to 70 percent of requests to Google received errors; service was mostly restored one minute later, and entirely restored after 4 minutes.”


GoSquared graph showing the fall and spike in global Internet traffic because of the Google blackout.

While a Google services outage has happened before, it’s not exactly a common occurrence. Back in May, Indian users reported that they were unable to access Gmail and some other Google services. Similarly,last year in July, Google Talk (now known as Hangouts) went down for over an hour.

Sources: WiredGoSquared

6 Amazing Reasons to Eat More Almonds

Elderly women in the family have always stressed the importance of eating almonds, be it for school-going children, pregnant women or working adults. Let’s delve into the truths behind the tradition.

You must have seen your mum adding a handful of almonds inkheer or you might have eaten these nuts which were soaked overnight. The elderly women in the family have always stressed on the need of eating almonds, be it for a school going kid, a pregnant woman or a working man. Almonds help in skin rejuvenation and are great memory boosters as well. So, let us delve deeper into their amazing benefits, and soak in the goodness of these crackling nuts.

Clear your bowels

The way our skin looks and feels is directly related to how well our digestive system functions. A weak digestive system can lead to constipation, which in turn would cause pimples and acne. Eating almonds on a regular basis helps to increase the levels of gut bacteria in your stomach. And, it is these gut bacteria which are responsible for a healthy digestion, thus giving you a clear and healthy skin. 

A rich source of Vitamin E
If you have ever visited a skin specialist for acne, dark spots, blemishes or pimples, you would have noticed the doctor prescribing you vitamin E supplements and capsules. Vitamin E contains Alpha-Tocopherol, which nourishes your skin and gives you a radiant glow. And, almonds are a rich source of vitamin E. So, eating almonds will keep all skin ailments at bay. 

Anti-ageing properties
It is a much proven fact that almonds have anti-ageing properties in them. Massaging pure almond oil on the entire face, especially under the eyes, helps in delaying wrinkles. A regular application of it also lightens dark spots and under eye dark circles, thereby giving you a beautiful and even skin tone.

Heart-friendly nuts
Well, let’s put it in simple words- almonds protect your heart. The fibre in almonds blocks the body’s ability to absorb fat. Also, these nuts are a very rich source of vitamin E, monounsaturated fat, magnesium, and antioxidants that increase blood flow. Moreover, their cholesterol-lowering effect helps in maintaining a healthy heart. 

Memory and energy booster
Almonds help in boosting the power and capacity of your brain. All the essential nutrients that they contain boost your memory, and also reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease (loss of memory in old age). They have riboflavin and magnesium, which are great energy boosters that allow you to stay fresh the entire day. Not to forget, almonds increase your productivity at the workplace as well. 

Get rid of that flab
Almonds can also help you shed kilos. These nuts have a variety of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, which are needed to curb your cravings for carbohydrates. And, it is these cravings, which lead to weight gain. So, having them is a good idea if you want to get rid of that extra flab. 

Power packed with energy, almonds are a great snack, all by themselves. So, soak in water, roast or eat them raw, but do include them in your diet.