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We are just a day away from the weekend! But before we party like it's 1999, let's dial back the calendar to that year. On that day, July 21, 1999, Apple introduces the iBook laptop, the first mainstream computer that, according to the New York Times, uses novel wireless technology to let people roam around their houses as they roam around the Internet.
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Microsoft Teams outage: Here's what went wrong
What started as a minor Microsoft Teams outage then began to take down various Microsoft 365 services with Teams integration, including Exchange Online, Windows 365, and Office Online.
According to ZDNet:
"The service issues, which started on the evening of Wednesday July 20 and continued into Thursday morning, slowed down or prevented access to several Microsoft services, including Microsoft Teams, Exchange Server, Microsoft 365 admin center, Yammer, Microsoft Word and other Office applications. The issue also prevented autopatching within Microsoft Managed Desktop and other services.
Microsoft said most service availability was up and running as of this morning (July 21), although some services are still suffering from issues, meaning users may struggle to access some Microsoft 365 services for the time being.
"We've determined that a recent deployment contained a broken connection to an internal storage service, which has resulted in impact," the company Tweeted."
Skip the Spam: Google Calendar Can Now Filter Invites by 'Known Sender' Only
Google has announced that it has started rolling out a new method to block Google Calendar invitation spam.
According to PCMag:
"Has your Google Calendar been filling up with spam invites? A new option will allow you to only display events that come from people you know.
That includes people with your company domain, those in your contact list, or folks with whom you've interacted before. The tool doesn't block unknown senders entirely; you'll still get invitations from non-contacts, but the event only appears on the calendar after you approve it."
CompTIA Security+ or GISF: Which Certification Should an InfoSec Beginner Choose?
For those of you who may have been in the IT industry for years but learning to expand your toolkit or if you're new and want to focus on InfoSec, you may find this article helpful.
According to Spiceworks News & Insights:
"The demand for Information Security professionals worldwide is steadily rising as organizations look to build skilled and experienced teams to defend against an avalanche of emerging cybersecurity threats. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects a 33% growth rate in information security analyst positions through 2030. Salaries for InfoSec professionals are rising as well. According to Glassdoor, the average salary for an Information Security Specialist is $83,611 per year.
How can beginners enter such a lucrative field? For those with minimal InfoSec experience, the most effective way is to achieve a certification that will validate their security skills and demonstrate to a prospective employer that they are qualified to do the job. But among the dozens of security certifications on offer, which ones should they choose?"
I know we have a lot of experienced members in InfoSec and IT security, so if you have any questions or recommendations, don't hesitate to post them in the Community.
Microsoft starts blocking Office macros by default, once again
Bonus story as I know we've covered this subject a few times, and we want to make sure everyone has seen the latest update.
According to BleepingComputer:
"Microsoft announced today that it resumed the rollout of VBA macro auto-blocking in downloaded Office documents after temporarily rolling it back earlier this month following user feedback.
The change comes after the company improved its user and admin support documentation to make it easier to understand the available options when a macro is blocked.
"Based on our review of customer feedback, we've made updates to both our end user and our admin documentation to make clearer what options you have for different scenarios," Microsoft explained in a new update in the Microsoft 365 message center."
But there's more going on in the
world galaxy than that.
NASA sets tentative launch dates for debut of its massive new rocket
NASA continues to make progress in preparing the massive Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft for a launch later this summer.
According to The Verge:
"NASA is aiming to launch its new monster rocket, the Space Launch System, on its first trip to deep space as early as late August, the agency announced today. NASA says it has placeholder dates for August 29th, September 2nd, and September 5th for the rocket’s debut, though there is still plenty of work left to do on the vehicle between now and then.
The Space Launch System, or SLS, is a major component of NASA’s Artemis program, the agency’s initiative to send humans back to the Moon. Designed to carry NASA’s Orion crew capsule into deep space, the rocket is slated to perform a series of missions over the next few years that should eventually culminate with astronauts landing on the lunar surface again. But first, NASA wants to see it fly without a crew on board, sending an empty Orion capsule around the Moon."
The inner solar system spins much more slowly than it should. Now, scientists may know why.
According to a new study from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), the motion of a tiny number of charged particles may solve a longstanding mystery about thin gas disks rotating around young stars.
According to Space.com:
"A thin disk of gas and dust — known as an accretion disk — spirals around young stars. These disks, where planets form, contain leftover star-forming material that is a fraction of the star's mass. According to the law of conservation of angular momentum, the inner part of the disk should spin faster as the material spirals slowly inward toward the star, similar to how figure skaters spin faster when they bring their arms closer to their bodies.
However, previous observations have shown that the inner solar system — the region of the solar system that extends from the sun to the asteroid belt and includes the terrestrial planets — does not spin as fast as predicted by the law of conservation of angular momentum. Using new simulations of a virtual accretion disk, scientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have demonstrated how particles in the accretion disk interact. "
In case the above didn't put the song You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) into your head, I apologize if I just did.
And you can't not know this.
Robotaxis in China Are Replacing the Steering Wheel With a Vending Machine
Technology giant Baidu has unveiled the next vehicle to join its Apollo Go self-driving taxi service, the Apollo RT6.
According to PCMag:
"Baidu's intention is to introduce this AV as a cheap, autonomous taxi next year across China using its Apollo Go autonomous ride-hailing service. The extra space inside the vehicle created by removing the steering wheel will be used for a vending machine, games console, desk area, or extra seating. I suspect the vending machine will work best for generating additional income during taxi rides, though."
And one more story, this one for all of you Xbox gamers.
Xbox Owners Will Finally Be Able to Connect to Discord Voice Chats from Their Consoles
Microsoft has tried to acquire Discord previously for about $10 billion USD. They have now opted for perhaps the next-best thing, integrating Discord's voice-chat capabilities into Xbox consoles.
According to IGN:
"In a press release, Discord notes that Xbox Insider will be able to use its voice chat feature on their consoles, starting today. The feature coming at a later date for all users. As Discord notes, the feature has been widely requested by users. Previously the company allowed Xbox owners to connect their accounts, but could only be used to display information, like Gamertags.
Discord also confirmed that Discord Voice chat on Xbox will allow users to transfer their voice call from the app (Desktop or mobile) directly onto their consoles using the Xbox mobile app. As you can see from the image below, the transfer process looks pretty straightforward."
Speaking of Discord, we do have members who run an unofficial Spiceworks Community server, in case you're interested.
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