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You can't buy this kind of service. No, literally


BT-owned infrastructure provider Openreach has confirmed plans to stop sales of copper-based phone and broadband services in 77 exchange locations across the UK, affecting roughly 700,000 premises.

The “stop-sell” order will come into effect on April 29, 2022. Included in the 77 locations are Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, Hayes in Greater London, Kelso in Scotland, and Coleraine in Northern Ireland.

Those clinging to their legacy-based copper phone lines won’t necessarily see any immediate changes to service. However, the “stop sell” order means that anyone who switches broadband or landline providers will only be able to choose from products delivered over fibre.

The announcement came days after Openreach activated a stop-sell order in the small Suffolk town of Mildenhall.

Mildenhall was selected due to the diversity of providers operating in the area, as well as its ideal mix of business and home users. Openreach said it hopes the shift to fibre-delivered telecoms in the town will allow providers to iron out the kinks in their transition processes, ahead of the wider withdrawal of the legacy copper network.

In a statement, James Lilley, Openreach director of Managed Customer Migrations, described the new stop-sell orders as “a really big deal for our industry.”

“Whilst we’re building more and more full fibre infrastructure across the country, we’re also working closely with our communications providers customers to plan the withdrawal of legacy services and make upgrades from copper to fibre as smooth as possible. This is the next step on that journey – a further commitment that we’ll stop selling copper products in areas where Full Fibre’s going to be widely available,” he said.

Openreach plans to cease sales of new analogue products nationwide by 2025, with the aim of shifting more and more people to fibre. The provider has previously cited the cost of running two parallel networks as a justification for the transition from copper.

Although fibre promises faster speeds and improved reliability for broadband users, it’s a little more complicated when talking about phone products.

Landline connections delivered over fibre will require the use of a router, regardless of whether the user has broadband. Openreach has said telcos will provide these for free. Certain telephone-based alarm systems may also cease to function, and punters may be forced to replace their phone handset with a newer compatible model.

Additionally, as fibre-based telephony products are powered via the mains, rather than via the telephone exchange, there's a potential for a loss of service during power outages. ®


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Operated by the FCC's Wireless Communications Bureau division, the consultation [PDF] aims to gauge the health of the telecoms semiconductor supply chain, with a focus on lead times and prices across multiple technologies. It expressed an interest in seeing whether industry leaders think semiconductor suppliers could meet ongoing demand beyond the current crisis.

The scope of the consultation has proven broad, with responses welcomed from those dealing with infrastructure (RANs, satellites, and so on), as well as makers of consumer devices and products that sit somewhere in between, like Wi-Fi routers and connected devices.

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In mid-January, the Dept of Defense, under America's previous administration, added Xiaomi to its list of military companies overseen by the Chinese Communist Party. Being on that list is bad news: it's rather hard to do business in or with America if you're branded this level of a security risk.

Xiaomi challenged its inclusion on the list at a Washington DC federal district court, and now the matter has been settled, with the government agreeing to an order throwing out the earlier designation.

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Problems began with getting out enough of those semiconductors we all rely on but don't have a lot of fanfare, and then grew to affect supplies for personal and data center computers as well as systems in other industries for all sorts of reasons. There's a demand for machines and devices as people stay home in the pandemic; factories paused their component orders during the coronavirus outbreak and are now scrambling for parts; some manufacturers hoarded parts; and disasters and lockdowns held up output.

In a research note, the analyst house stated:

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In short, it's possible to use passing Apple devices to sneak out portions of information from one place to another, such as a computer on the other side of the world, over the air without any other network connectivity.

Fabian Bräunlein, co-founder of Positive Security, devised a way to send a limited amount of arbitrary data to Apple's iCloud servers from devices without an internet connection using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) broadcasts and a microcontroller programmed to function as a modem. That data can then be retrieved from the cloud by a Mac application. In a blog post on Wednesday, he dubbed his proof-of-concept service Send My.

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Folks reporting from Canada, America, and Czechia say they are unable to transfer media to their Amazon-hosted online storage. Others in Brazil and Italy have similar complaints, though the internet giant claims the outage affects "North American customers."

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Most notably that Cupertino built the wider iOS ecosystem with an aim to deter people from switching to other platforms.

On the seventh day of the bench trial, Epic Games called to the stand Stanford micro-economist Susan Athey, who testified that the peripheral apps that ship with iOS – most notably the App Store, but also the various music, e-book, and video storefronts – are designed to keep users loyal.

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At the time we asked Seagate whether it was shipping disks to the much-maligned Chinese tech biz and it responded by saying it "complies with all applicable laws including export control regulations", and "We do not comment on specific customers." 

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Sketch is popular for prototyping designs for websites and user interfaces. Although less feature-rich than projects from its giant competitor, Adobe, Sketch is appreciated for its clean user interface and is well supported by plugins.

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The Hasso Plattner Foundation's website says it "directly and exclusively pursues charitable purposes" and was established by the billionaire SAP founder as an independent, not-for-profit organisation in 2015.

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You can't buy this kind of service. No, literally


BT-owned infrastructure provider Openreach has confirmed plans to stop sales of copper-based phone and broadband services in 77 exchange locations across the UK, affecting roughly 700,000 premises.

The “stop-sell” order will come into effect on April 29, 2022. Included in the 77 locations are Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, Hayes in Greater London, Kelso in Scotland, and Coleraine in Northern Ireland.

Those clinging to their legacy-based copper phone lines won’t necessarily see any immediate changes to service. However, the “stop sell” order means that anyone who switches broadband or landline providers will only be able to choose from products delivered over fibre.

The announcement came days after Openreach activated a stop-sell order in the small Suffolk town of Mildenhall.

Mildenhall was selected due to the diversity of providers operating in the area, as well as its ideal mix of business and home users. Openreach said it hopes the shift to fibre-delivered telecoms in the town will allow providers to iron out the kinks in their transition processes, ahead of the wider withdrawal of the legacy copper network.

In a statement, James Lilley, Openreach director of Managed Customer Migrations, described the new stop-sell orders as “a really big deal for our industry.”

“Whilst we’re building more and more full fibre infrastructure across the country, we’re also working closely with our communications providers customers to plan the withdrawal of legacy services and make upgrades from copper to fibre as smooth as possible. This is the next step on that journey – a further commitment that we’ll stop selling copper products in areas where Full Fibre’s going to be widely available,” he said.

Openreach plans to cease sales of new analogue products nationwide by 2025, with the aim of shifting more and more people to fibre. The provider has previously cited the cost of running two parallel networks as a justification for the transition from copper.

Although fibre promises faster speeds and improved reliability for broadband users, it’s a little more complicated when talking about phone products.

Landline connections delivered over fibre will require the use of a router, regardless of whether the user has broadband. Openreach has said telcos will provide these for free. Certain telephone-based alarm systems may also cease to function, and punters may be forced to replace their phone handset with a newer compatible model.

Additionally, as fibre-based telephony products are powered via the mains, rather than via the telephone exchange, there's a potential for a loss of service during power outages. ®


Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced his electric car maker will stop accepting Bitcoin payments for its vehicles.

The occasional host of television sketch comedy program Saturday Night Live took to Twitter to deliver the news. Tl;dr: Tesla is concerned about the "increasing use" of fossil fuels, particularly coal, to support Bitcoin's electricity-hungry mining and transaction processing. The cost to the environment cannot be ignored, Tesla isn't selling its Bitcoin stash, it will consider using more energy-friendly crypto-coins instead, and will return to using Bitcoin when mining uses more sustainable energy.

Continue readingFCC starts probing effects of semiconductor drought on the US telecoms supply chain If only there was a business to consult about chip shortages? Ah, that's right. Huawei, awks

America's communications watchdog has issued a public request for comments from telco providers and suppliers to see how they're faring amid the ongoing chip crunch.

Operated by the FCC's Wireless Communications Bureau division, the consultation [PDF] aims to gauge the health of the telecoms semiconductor supply chain, with a focus on lead times and prices across multiple technologies. It expressed an interest in seeing whether industry leaders think semiconductor suppliers could meet ongoing demand beyond the current crisis.

The scope of the consultation has proven broad, with responses welcomed from those dealing with infrastructure (RANs, satellites, and so on), as well as makers of consumer devices and products that sit somewhere in between, like Wi-Fi routers and connected devices.

Continue readingPentagon backs away from labeling smartphone maker Xiaomi a military org run by China's communist elite Biz to be removed from naughty list following out-of-court settlement

The Pentagon has agreed it will no longer label Xiaomi a Communist Chinese military company after the smartphone maker sued Uncle Sam to overturn the designation.

In mid-January, the Dept of Defense, under America's previous administration, added Xiaomi to its list of military companies overseen by the Chinese Communist Party. Being on that list is bad news: it's rather hard to do business in or with America if you're branded this level of a security risk.

Xiaomi challenged its inclusion on the list at a Washington DC federal district court, and now the matter has been settled, with the government agreeing to an order throwing out the earlier designation.

Continue readingIf you said the semiconductor shortage will last until Q2 2022, you would be correct, according to Gartner Chip in if you want more chips, analyst house suggests

Gartner indicated today the ongoing chip shortages are likely to persist until the second quarter of 2022 as production simply can't keep pace with orders.

Problems began with getting out enough of those semiconductors we all rely on but don't have a lot of fanfare, and then grew to affect supplies for personal and data center computers as well as systems in other industries for all sorts of reasons. There's a demand for machines and devices as people stay home in the pandemic; factories paused their component orders during the coronavirus outbreak and are now scrambling for parts; some manufacturers hoarded parts; and disasters and lockdowns held up output.

In a research note, the analyst house stated:

Continue readingApple's Find My network can be abused to leak secrets to the outside world via passing devices You gotta work hard for those three-bytes-a-second transfers, though

Apple's Find My network, used to locate iOS and macOS devices – and more recently AirTags and other kit – also turns out to be a potential espionage tool.

In short, it's possible to use passing Apple devices to sneak out portions of information from one place to another, such as a computer on the other side of the world, over the air without any other network connectivity.

Fabian Bräunlein, co-founder of Positive Security, devised a way to send a limited amount of arbitrary data to Apple's iCloud servers from devices without an internet connection using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) broadcasts and a microcontroller programmed to function as a modem. That data can then be retrieved from the cloud by a Mac application. In a blog post on Wednesday, he dubbed his proof-of-concept service Send My.

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New chief exec Rangarajan (Raghu) Raghuram was the chief operating officer of products and cloud services at VMware, and has spent nearly 18 years at the virtualzation giant. He's very much the industry veteran having started at Netscape in 1996 and also spending time at Bang Networks before joining VMware.

“I am thrilled to have Raghu step into the role of CEO at VMware,” Michael Dell, chairman of the VMware board of directors, said in a canned statement.

Continue readingIf you can't upload to Amazon Photos right now, don't worry – no one can Unlimited picture-hosting service suddenly gets very limited

Amazon has confirmed people are unable to upload files to its Photos storage service, and believes it will be fixed sometime today.

Netizens have complained neither the apps nor the websites for Amazon Photos and its sibling Amazon Drive are functioning correctly. Judging by comments posted on DownDetector.com and emails from Register readers, the platform has been broken since yesterday.

Folks reporting from Canada, America, and Czechia say they are unable to transfer media to their Amazon-hosted online storage. Others in Brazil and Italy have similar complaints, though the internet giant claims the outage affects "North American customers."

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The ongoing federal court trial in California between Apple and Epic Games has provided some unprecedented levels of insight into the iOS platform and iPhone. But most of all, it has confirmed things we already knew.

Most notably that Cupertino built the wider iOS ecosystem with an aim to deter people from switching to other platforms.

On the seventh day of the bench trial, Epic Games called to the stand Stanford micro-economist Susan Athey, who testified that the peripheral apps that ship with iOS – most notably the App Store, but also the various music, e-book, and video storefronts – are designed to keep users loyal.

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This follows the initiation of a US Department of Commerce (DoC) investigation in March into the possible supply of Seagate HDDs to Huawei.

At the time we asked Seagate whether it was shipping disks to the much-maligned Chinese tech biz and it responded by saying it "complies with all applicable laws including export control regulations", and "We do not comment on specific customers." 

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Mac-only drawing application Sketch is being repositioned as "a fully integrated platform for design and collaboration," though non-subscription users now have downgraded licences.

Sketch is popular for prototyping designs for websites and user interfaces. Although less feature-rich than projects from its giant competitor, Adobe, Sketch is appreciated for its clean user interface and is well supported by plugins.

Collaboration is a key feature for prototyping and Sketch founders Pieter Omvless (CEO) and Emanual Sá (chief design officer) have posted about the future of the product.

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The Hasso Plattner Foundation's website says it "directly and exclusively pursues charitable purposes" and was established by the billionaire SAP founder as an independent, not-for-profit organisation in 2015.

However, questions have been raised about the transparency of its investment in an alliance with Dediq, a German investment focused on providing funding for entrepreneurs, and the enterprise software giant.

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