Paying your annual tribute to Amazon will get you in on the DC superhero action five days sooner.
Can’t wait to watch the new Aquaman movie? If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you’ll be able to get in on the action a few days early.
Dec. 15, in fact, is the date on which Prime members will get their Jason Momoa on in the latest from the DC franchise. You’ll buy the tickets through Atom, which is one of our favorite ways to get tickets these days anyway.
The movie is about objectifying actor Jason Momoa for nearly two and a half hours.
The movie also is about the following:
Ready for a deep dive into the kingdom of Atlantis? After his introduction in 2017’s Justice League, Jason Momoa returns as Arthur Curry, the superhero known as Aquaman, as he faces off against his half-brother King Orm (Patrick Wilson) with the fate of the surface world hanging in the balance.
Amber Heard is back as Mera, while newcomers to the DC universe include Nicole Kidman, Dolph Lundgren, Willem Dafoe, Graham McTavish, Randall Park, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta… and a host of underwater warriors riding great white sharks. Aquaman is directed by James Wan (Furious 7).
For everyone who’s not an Amazon Prime member (apparently those people do, in fact, exist), Aquaman will be out on Dec. 20.
Back in September, Microsoft announced a virtual desktop solution that lets customers run Office 365 and Windows 10 in the cloud. They mentioned several partners in the announcement that were working on solutions with them. One of those was FSLogix, a Georgia virtual desktop startup. Today, Microsoft announced it has acquired FSLogix. It did not share the purchase price.
“FSLogix is a next-generation app-provisioning platform that reduces the resources, time and labor required to support virtualization,” Brad Anderson, corporate VP for Microsoft Office 365 and Julia White, corporate VP for Microsoft Azure, <a href=”https://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2018/11/19/microsoft-acquires-fslogix-to-enhance-the-office-365-virtualization-experience/”>wrote in a joint blog post today.
When Microsoft made the virtual desktop announcement in September they named Citrix, CloudJumper, Lakeside Software, Liquidware, People Tech Group, ThinPrint and FSLogix as partners working on solutions. Apparently, the company decided it wanted to own one of those experiences and acquired FSLogix.
Microsoft believes by incorporating the FSLogix solution, it will provide a better virtual desktop experience for its customers by enabling better performance and faster load times, especially for Office 365 ProPlus customers.
Randy Cook, founder and CTO at FSLogix, said the acquisition made sense given how well the two companies have worked together over the years. “From the beginning, in working closely with several teams at Microsoft, we recognized that our missions were completely aligned. Both FSLogix and Microsoft are dedicated to providing the absolute best experience for companies choosing to deploy virtual desktops,” Cook wrote in a blog post announcing the acquisition.
Lots of companies have what are essentially dumb terminals running just the tools each employee needs, rather than a fully functioning standalone PC. Citrix has made a living offering these services. When employees come in to start the day, they sign in with their credentials and they get a virtual desktop with the tools they need to do their jobs. Microsoft’s version of this involves Office 365 and Windows 10 running on Azure.
FSLogix was founded in 2013 and has raised more than $10 million, according to data on Crunchbase. Today’s acquisition, which has already closed according to Microsoft, comes on the heels of last week’s announcement that the company was buying Xoxco, an Austin-based developer shop with experience building conversational bots.
Office 365, Azure users are locked out after a global multi-factor authentication outage
Good morning! Except if you’re a hosted Microsoft customer who’s locked out of your account right now.
Microsoft’s cloud-based multi-factor authentication services went down across the globe early Monday morning, preventing access to users who are required to sign in using a second layer of authentication to their account, such as a text message, a push notification on their phone, or a hardware key. You hit the password page, and then you’re stuck — no code, no notification, nothing.
“Affected users may be unable to sign in,” said a notice on Office 365’s service health page, confirming the outage.
More than half a day later, the service is still struggling.
Engineers are actively investigating an ongoing issue affecting Azure Active Directory, when Multi-Factor Authentication is required by policy. Please refer to https://t.co/Dw19fIoS5H for updates.
— Azure Support (@AzureSupport) November 19, 2018
Impacts O365 MFA too. I should point out, it is normally rock solid – I ponder how many orgs will globally turn it off due to this outage.
— Kevin Beaumont (@GossiTheDog) November 19, 2018
At the time of writing, Microsoft said it has deployed a hotfix to get the service up and running again, but will “continue to monitor any updates” for the next couple of hours. “We’ve received reports that users may no longer receive alerts, so we’re analyzing diagnostic logs to understand why,” the company added.
So far, there’s no clear reason for the outage, and the company is still investigating. A spokesperson for Microsoft said that while some users “are now authenticating successfully, we’re working to address the delay some customers continue to experience using multi-factor authentication in some regions.”
It’s not been a great week for Microsoft’s multi-factor authentication. On Friday, TechCrunch reported that Voxox, a SMS gateway provider used by Microsoft and other companies to deliver two-factor codes by text message, exposed millions of text messages, thanks to an exposed server. But sources familiar with Microsoft’s ongoing effort to remediate its multi-factor authentication outage said the two are not linked.
Multi-factor authentication adds a significantly greater layer of protection on an email account than just a password. But, as a crucial mechanism for users to log in, it’s also a single point of failure if the system breaks.
A system so secure that even its users can’t log in. Who knew?
A leaky database of SMS text messages exposed password resets and two-factor codes
As previously announced, Microsoft has lowered the price of the world’s most powerful console to just $399 for Black Friday week.
Making good on its previous X018 promise, Microsoft has made the Xbox One X $399 in the US for Black Friday, available now on both Amazon and the Microsoft Store.
The Xbox One X is a monstrous gaming console, powering visuals far beyond its Xbox One S counterpart, and often beyond more expensive PC gaming rigs. Even without a 4K set to compliment it, the Xbox One X will produce faster loading, better details, and better frame rate performance across the board in all games, when compared to the Xbox One S. This is owed to the change-resilient architecture Microsoft created for Xbox platform game development.
It even enhances many backward compatible Xbox 360 titles from yesteryear including Fallout 3 and Final Fantasy XIII, giving classic games a new lease on life.
The Elgato Stream Deck Mini live content creation controller is down to $79.99 on Amazon. This content controller has been selling for around $94 since late August and was selling as high as $100 before that. This is only the second time it has dropped significantly lower than that, leaving it just around 50 cents above its best price ever.
This mini deck has six LCD keys you can customize to perform unlimited actions. If you need to switch scenes, adjust your audio, send out social media messages, or anything else, you can assign these keys to do that on the fly. In fact, one key can perform an unlimited number of actions so you can get your routine down to just a button. The controller has direct integration with programs like OBS, XSplit, Streamlabs, and more. Users give it 4.5 stars based on over 400 reviews.
The Logitech G502 Proteus Spectrum wired optical gaming mouse is down to $34.99 at Amazon today. This deal saves you nearly $15 off the mouse’s average price there, which is a match of the lowest it’s ever reached before. The G502 mouse goes for as much as $60 these days at retailers like B&H.
The G502 Proteus Spectrum optical gaming mouse features 11 programmable buttons and an adjustable hyper-fast scroll wheel, along with DPI that’s capable of switching from 200 to 12,000, and customizable RGB lighting effects with up to 16.8 million color options to choose from. It also has repositionable tuning weights so you can find the absolute best fit for your playstyle. Using the Logitech Gaming Software, you can customize its lighting, surface tuning, button macros, and other settings. It’s compatible with Windows 7 and up.
This Black Friday deal is one you won’t want to miss.
While supplies last, you can grab the DualShock 4 Wireless Controller for PlayStation 4 for only $38.99 via Amazon as part of its early Black Friday deals. These controllers regularly sell for up to $65 each depending on where you’re shopping, though the standard versions can more regularly be found priced around $50.
Today’s sale includes several models of the DualShock 4 controller, including black, red, midnight blue, camo, and gold. Gamers can also grab a year of PlayStation Plus for only $40 right now, which is also a deal you won’t want to miss if you’re not currently a member. Both new and existing members can get in on that offer, too.
PlayStation gamers will also want to be aware that they can grab a one-year subscription to PlayStation Now for only $79.99 right now, saving $20 off its regular price.
Ever since Xbox One backward compatibility was announced, gamers have been asking for a few high-profile games. While the majority of requests revolve around the Call of Duty franchise, the Final Fantasy franchise has been another hot series. Recently, Microsoft announced that Final Fantasy XIII, Final Fantasy XIII-2, and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII would be backward compatible. Furthermore, these games would receive an Xbox One X update.
There are good deeds. Then there are truly special deeds.
There are times when you come across someone doing deeds for someone else, but this week saw a leading Injustice 2 esports player do something truly special. On-the-other-hand, Toronto-based esports team for Overwatch pulls out due to branding issues, and we wrap up the Rocket League Championship with Cloud9 taking the trophy home.
PlayStation VR has two bundles on sale today at Amazon.
You’ll be able to get the PlayStation VR Astro Bot Rescue Mission and Moss bundle for $199.99, which is $100 off its regular price. Or go for the Creed: Rise to Glory and SuperHot bundle for $249 down from $350.
These are two of the newest bundles for the PlayStation VR. They were just revealed back in September in time for the holidays, and today’s deals are the first major discount we’ve seen as well. The bundles come with the PSVR headset and the PlayStation camera in addition to the games. The Creed bundle also comes with two PlayStation Move controllers.