tripleevenfall writes: Democratic National Committee documents recently released by WikiLeaks include spreadsheets and emails that appear to show party officials planning which donors and prominent fundraisers to provide with appointments to federal boards and commissions. The records, which WikiLeaks released along with nearly 20,000 hacked DNC emails and other documents on Friday, also expose one of the Beltway’s worst kept secrets: that wealthy politicos can often buy their way to presidential appointments.
tripleevenfall writes: Tuesday, July 12 brings the second annual Amazon Prime Day. Last year Amazon promised deals better than Black Friday, but was blasted on social media for underwhelming savings on items that sold out in seconds.Amazon is promising better savings this year on more than 100,000 items throughout the day, nearly twice as many as last year.
tripleevenfall writes: The below video from the Houston Police Department shows a man entering a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. After a few minutes of fiddling with a laptop, the car disappears down the street. The whole job takes about 13 minutes.
The police are unclear as to what role the laptop played in the theft, according to the Wall Street Journal article that mentions this video. Fiat Chrysler gave the WSJ not much more than a boilerplate response about taking security seriously.
tripleevenfall writes: The first-ever fatality in an autonomous car occurred nearly two months ago when a Tesla Model S in "Autopilot" mode crashed into the side of a turning semi-truck on a Florida highway. The fatal accident, which happened on May 7 in Williston, Florida, was confirmed by U.S. regulators and the car company Thursday afternoon. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has launched a probe into the incident. According to a report from the Associated Press, the Autopiloted Model S crashed into the truck as it was making a left turn at the intersection of a divided highway. The truck crossed in front of the electric sports car and the Autopilot system failed to apply its brakes.
tripleevenfall writes: The ability to respond to text messages received on your phone with the same app on your PC. It’s a dream that’s been a reality for Mac users since 2014, and Windows 10 Mobile users were supposed to get the feature, called Messaging Everywhere, with the Anniversary Update rolling out August 2.
But that’s not happening anymore.
Instead, Microsoft thinks it has a better idea: add Messaging Everywhere to an upcoming version of Skype for Windows 10 PCs.
tripleevenfall writes: Microsoft sold a minuscule 2.3 million Lumia phones last quarter, down from 8.6 million a year ago. Phone revenue declines will only “steepen” during the current quarter, chief financial officer Amy Hood warned during a conference call. That’s dragged down Microsoft’s results as a company, too. As the company's mobile device strategy continues to disintegrate, Microsoft may feel compelled to push harder on Windows 10 adoption and paid services to prove it can survive without a viable smartphone. CEO Satya Nadella’s strategy is simple enough: grow Microsoft’s revenues by convincing customers to adopt its paid subscription services.
tripleevenfall writes: Pebble is laying off 25% of its employees — that's 40 pink slips — taking it down to just 80 people. It seems indicative of the smartwatch market's terrible state. Previously the darling of the crowdfunding fraternity — it raised over $30 million on Kickstarter — Pebble is finding it hard to keep the plates spinning in 2016.
tripleevenfall writes: Based on data from the App Store, Apple says 61 percent of devices are now running iOS 9, which was released on September 16. By way of contrast, Android's Lollipop revision, which was released on November 3, 2014, is at 23.5% adoption according to the Android Developer Dashboard. Over 90% of all iOS devices are now running iOS 8 or 9.
tripleevenfall writes: Former Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer has taken a 4 percent stake in Twitter Inc, according to his spokesman, making him the third-biggest individual shareholder in the social media company. Ballmer now owns more of Twitter than co-founder and CEO Dorsey, who has a 3.2 percent stake. Only co-founder Evan Williams and Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal have greater stakes among individual investors.
tripleevenfall writes: CNN will stage the first Democratic presidential debate this week, and debate moderator Anderson Cooper said he won't be encouraging confrontations between the candidates. This will represent a marked departure from the GOP debate hosted by CNN, which featured split-screens showing candidates' reactions, and questions designed to incite the candidates to argue personally with each other.
tripleevenfall writes: Last week's removal of several apps from Apple's store leaves questions over the use of root certs. Apple said the apps, which it did not name, used root digital certificates that could expose data to untrusted sources.
tripleevenfall writes: On the heels of Sprint's announcement that it will not participate in a major auction of low-band spectrum, a memo to managers states that the company now aims to reduce its number of employees and cut between $2 billion and $2.5 billion in costs over the next six months. The cost-cutting will also include a hiring freeze.
T-Mobile recently overtook Sprint as the United State's third largest mobile carrier.
tripleevenfall writes: The New York Times reports on the case of 29-year-old Ross Ulbricht, who was recently arrested for allegedly running a Tor hub for trading in illegal drugs called Silk Road, netting himself $80 million in Bitcoins. The article quotes Nicholas Weaver, researcher at the International Computer Science Institute, who says “I suspect that the online drug marketplace is a passing fad because it’s too traceable, too vulnerable to hacking. Once Bitcoins are converted to another currency, the government can subpoena the records of the exchange where the transaction took place and harvest all the information it needs. Bitcoin isn’t really a ‘coin’ as much as a distributed, public balance ledger, with every balance and transaction recorded.”
Hence Bitcoin’s wry new nickname in legal circles: “Prosecution Futures.”
tripleevenfall writes: The last nationwide book retailer may be writing its final chapter. Barnes & Noble's latest quarterly results show a 7.4% drop in revenues and a $122 million loss for the fourth-quarter of its fiscal year.
B&N's disastrous focus on making Nook e-Readers is weighing heavily on the chain's operations. A 17% drop in Nook revenues and stunning $475 million loss for the device division in 2013 are hobbling the company's ability to keep its stores afloat. B&N appears to be cannibalizing itself with branded tablets and cross-platform e-reader applications, which render the stores increasingly irrelevant.