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You’re flowing it wrong: Bad network route between Microsoft, Apple blamed for Azure, O365 MFA outage

Microsoft says last week’s multi-factor authentication (MFA) partial outage, which hit its cloud-based services, was due to a dodgy network route between its servers and Apple’s backend. According to a postmortem penned by the Azure team on Thursday this week, the whole thing kicked off at around 1330 UTC (0630 PDT) on Friday, October 18 when packets went missing between Microsoft and the iGiant’s Push Notification Service, aka the…

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We’re late and we’re unreliable but we won’t invalidate your warranty: We’re engineers!

Something for the Weekend, Sir? My pants are on fire. Would you like to take a look? Of course you wouldn’t, don’t be ridiculous. Besides, my shreddies are not ablaze at all. I was fibbing. No doubt they may be found later tonight dangling from some pole or gallows. Even if my nicknacks did catch alight, calling the emergency services would be a short-term measure, and even then only…

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Teardown gurus plunge screwdrivers into Google Pixel 4XL: Check out the speedy display from, er, Samsung

Google’s Pixel 4XL may still be wet behind its ears, but it couldn’t escape the indignity of a teardown by spudger-brandishing folk at iFixit, who came away unimpressed after some tinkering with the screwdrivers. Digging into the phone’s innards, the engineers found a variety of components sourced from rival handset manufacturers, as well as a design that’s stubbornly difficult to repair. One of the stand-out features on the Pixel…

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Daaa-aaad. She took my coding robot. No, I had it first

As the global focus on computing curricula intensifies and parents continue to push their kids towards STEM subjects in the hopes that leads to better opportunities later on in life, the proliferation of “coding kits” aimed at kids is keeping pace. Much of this seeks to teach the fundamentals of programming in an age-appropriate way, often incorporating robots, or a drag-and-drop coding interface – like MIT’s Scratch. One interesting…

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Remember the 1980s? Oversized shoulder pads, Metal Mickey and… sticky keyboards?

On Call Welcome back to On Call, The Register‘s weekly womble into the sometimes sticky situations readers find themselves in when responding to a user’s plea for help. This week’s missive from the front line comes from “Walt” and dates back to when Back to the Future was gracing cinemas and the world was a simpler and considerably less connected place. Walt’s story takes us to the mid-1980s and…

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Chinese customers to unfold their Huawei Mate X on 15 November

And rest of the world? When it comes, you’ll likely need to Play Huawei for apps Huawei’s Mate X foldable handset Almost eight months after its initial debut at Mobile World Conference, Huawei’s long-awaited Mate X foldable handset finally has a launch date. In a Weibo post earlier today, Huawei opened pre-sales of the much-delayed phone, with units expected to ship to customers in China on 15 November. The…

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Haxis of evil: Russia, China, Iran and North Korea are ‘continuous threat’ to UK, say spies

The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has said in its annual review (here) that Russia, China, Iran and North Korea “continue to pose strategic national security threats to the UK”. In the foreword, NCSC CEO Ciaran Martin said: “A significant proportion of our work has continued to take the form of defending against hostile state actors… but we can’t often talk about the operational successes and the full…

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Fed up of playing Whac-A-Mole with network of SoftBank-owned patent holders, Intel hits court

Intel is taking legal action against a spider’s web of patent holders from SoftBank-owned Fortress Investment Group and its network of subsidiaries. The Japanese megacorp bought the group for $3.3bn in late 2017, and Chipzilla claims Fortress has become more aggressive in an effort to justify its sales price to its new owners. Intel is suing the company under the Sherman and Clayton antitrust acts to “prevent and restrain…

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Billionaire Bezos unveils plans to land humans on Moon, with a little help from some old friends

Richest person in the world, Jeff Bezos, yesterday pitched NASA a team mostly made up of the usual suspects to build a lunar lander for the agency’s ambitious 2024 boots-on-Moon goal. Speaking at the International Astronautical Congress in Washington, Bezos announced the “national team”, of which his Blue Origin would be the prime contractor (naturally). The members consist of Lockheed Martin for the Ascent Stage, Northrop Grumman for the…

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Everything must go as school IT supplier Gaia Technologies’ £5.7m debt burden revealed

Documents filed at Companies House reveal the scale of Gaia Technologies’ debt burden, which led a major creditor to push the Bangor-based school tech supplier into administration. Although Gaia was turning over some £19m a year by 2018, it came unstuck by relying on capital-intensive new build projects, which it then sought to turn into long-term managed services deals. But that relied on healthy funding from banks and other…

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