Elliot Richards

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This "Secret" Amazon Technology Could Be Worth $15 Billion to Shareholders

Many professional analysts are calling Amazon's $1,000 stock price overvalued. But the e-commerce giant is deploying a new technology that could …

WikiLeaks releases files that appear to offer details of Russian surveillance system

WikiLeaks, a secret-sharing organization accused of playing a key role in Russian attempts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election, has released documents that it claims offer details of how Moscow uses state surveillance to spy on Internet and cellphone users.<p>The release, dubbed “Spy …

Six U.S Agencies Conspired to Illegally Wiretap Trump; British Intel Used as NSA Front to Spy on Campaign

Share:<p>From the beginning it was a set up to find dirt on Trump campaign insiders and if possible to topple Donald Trump’s presidential …

More Than 5,000 Objects of Espionage Are Coming to the Spy Museum

A portion of the spy plane flown by pilot Gary Powers that was shot down over Russia, the axe used to hack exiled Soviet communist Leon Trotsky to …

What We Still Don't Know About Obama-Era 'Unmasking'

Who requested that U.S. citizens' names be revealed, and how often, and why? Most importantly: Was it business as usual?<p>Like most Washington scandals, the frenzy over a senior Obama adviser unmasking identities of Trump officials is larger and smaller than both sides imagine.<p>President Donald Trump …

It looks like Obama did spy on Trump, just as he apparently did to me

Many in the media are diving deeply into minutiae in order to discredit any notion that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump greets 3 American …

Review: Apple’s $329 iPad is not without compromise, but a solid buy for upgraders and new users [Video]

I fully expected to outright dislike the new budget-friendly 9.7-inch iPad, but it’s the type of product that’s hard to hate. Sure, it lacks the gorgeous laminated, anti-reflective display of the iPad Air 2, and sure it’s not as svelte in either thickness or weight. But there’s no denying that the …

Samsung is beating Microsoft in the battle to turn a phone into a PC

DeX vs. Continuum<p>Samsung unveiled its new Desktop Experience (DeX) during its Galaxy S8 launch in New York City yesterday. It’s designed to turn a Galaxy S8 into a PC, with Android apps running in a desktop-like environment. To work well, it will ultimately require apps to support larger displays. …

What 60 Straight Months of Selling on LinkedIn Taught Me | Inc.com

Having spent the past 60 months testing, tweaking and refining various approaches on how to sell B2B products and services over on LinkedIn, I've found that the world's largest social network for professionals is indeed a fertile ground for sales and marketing - <i>if</i> you use the right approach.<p>Some …

Selling

Samsung’s biggest challenge now is Google software, not Apple hardware

The Galaxy S8 signals an escalation in Samsung’s rivalry with Google<p>It’s an occupational hazard among gadget geeks to fixate on new hardware, and yesterday’s introduction of the gorgeous Galaxy S8 by Samsung made that easier than ever. I could write for days about how pretty and pleasant that new …

Amazon and Walmart are in an all-out price war that is terrifying America’s biggest brands

Grocery suppliers are feeling the squeeze — big-time.<p>Last month, Walmart gathered some of America’s biggest household brands near its Arkansas headquarters for a tough talk. For years, Walmart had dominated the retail landscape on the back of its “Everyday Low Price” guarantee. But now, Walmart was …

Amazon confirms acquisition of Souq, marking its move into the Middle East

Amazon today confirmed that it has acquired Souq.com, an e-commerce marketplace serving the Middle East based out of Dubai, which was already commonly described as “the Amazon of the Middle East.” We had reported last week that the companies had already reached an agreement and that “the ink [was] …

Microsoft says it provided U.K. authorities with ‘information’ following London terror attack

In response to mounting criticism from the U.K. media, Microsoft has now confirmed that it complied with a request for information from authorities last week within 30 minutes of receiving an order. This was in relation to the horrific terrorist attack in London on Thursday.<p>The attack in …

Uber executives defend embattled CEO in latest damage-control effort

Board member Arianna Huffington and other executives repeatedly said they support Travis Kalanick despite weeks of turmoil and public relations crises<p>Top executives at Uber defended its CEO, Travis Kalanick, on Tuesday, claiming that the company roiled by scandals can “fundamentally change” its …

Sexual Harassment

Twitter opens up Periscope broadcasts to take on Facebook Live

Twitter made it clear that Periscope was more than just a live selfie platform when it added support for professional cameras and GoPros last year. Now, the social network is ready to extend that same platform beyond its own native apps. In a post on the company blog today, Twitter engineer John …

Facebook Live

Apple launches red iPhone 7 and video app

<b>Apple has launched a red version of its iPhone 7 and 7 Plus as well as a new video app for iOS.</b><p>The red iPhone celebrates Apple's 10-year partnership with Red, an organisation that aims to combat Aids.<p>A video app for iOS, called Clips, has also been revealed and will be released with iOS 10.3, which …

The PS4's Too-Small HDD Problem Is Solved With Today's Update 4.50

Update 4.50 for the Playstation 4 (PS4) begins rolling out today in North America and Europe. The update includes a number of useful improvements led by the ability to easily get around the PS4’s too-small internal hard drive by connecting an external drive to the console.<p>The PS4’s 500 gigabyte HDD …

North America

Tesla's new solar energy station will power Hawaii at night

Renewable energy supplies are great because they produce power without filling the air with pollution. Yet, once the sun goes down solar panels become pretty useless. But Tesla and Hawaii have a solution that'll use the sun's rays both day and night using Powerpacks built at the Gigafactory.<p>The …

Renewable Energy

Google confirms acquisition of data science startup Kaggle

At its Google Cloud Next conference in San Francisco today, Google announced that it has acquired Kaggle, a startup whose website has hosted competitions in which data scientists solve challenges that other companies provide. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.<p>Kaggle competitions have historically …

Data Science

Uber stops using Greyball 'secret program' to dodge regulators

<b>Uber says it will ban a secret software tool from being used to evade undercover regulators.</b><p>The software, called Greyball, seeks to identify officials around the world trying to catch Uber drivers operating illegally. It then denies them service.<p>The ride-hailing firm has been using the tool to …

Google says it’s already fixed many exploits from WikiLeaks’ CIA document dump

Google has fixed many of the vulnerabilities in its Chrome and Android platforms identified in yesterday’s WikiLeaks dump of CIA documents, the company said today. In a statement provided to <i>Recode</i> by Heather Adkins — Google’s director of Information Security and Privacy — Google said that it was …

WikiLeaks drops 'Grasshopper' documents, part four of its CIA Vault 7 files

After publishing thousands of politicised emails during the US presidential election, Wikileaks has turned its focus to the US intelligence …

Teen jumps to death in Snapchat stunt gone wrong

A teen from Singapore died on Friday while trying to perform a risky stunt for a Snapchat video.<p>Johnathan Chow, 17, jumped over the railing at a Singapore mall, hoping to land safely on a ledge just beneath him.<p>But the ledge couldn’t support Chow’s weight and he fell through the plasterboard to his …

Google offers developers a chance to win a trip to I/O 2017

Google I/O 2017 is still a couple of months away, but to build up a little hype, Google has just announced this year’s “Experiments Challenge”. Google says that developers have already built thousands of projects for its Android, Chrome, and AI Experiments initiates and is looking to reward the …

This smart watch is actually a Raspberry Pi computer running Windows 98

Running Windows 98 from your browser is pretty rad, but did you know you can boot the legendary operation system straight from your self-made smart watch? One recreational inventor has managed to do precisely that and now you can too – all you need is a Raspberry Pi.<p>Giving in to his sense of …

Nintendo Switch brings back the widely reviled Friend Codes

No one rains on Nintendo's parade quite like Nintendo itself.<p>While the gaming internet raves about how sensational the new <i>Zelda</i> game is, Nintendo's …

Retrogaming

Indie devs can publish on Xbox without Microsoft's help

It wasn't too long ago that Microsoft released an update that turned every Xbox One into a software development kit. Now, hobbyist developers will have a platform for publishing their wares on the console. It's called the Xbox Live Creator's Program.<p>"With the Xbox Live Creators Program, you can …

Game Development

How a typo took down S3, the backbone of the internet

Hello, operator<p>Earlier this week, much of the internet ground to a halt when the servers that power them suddenly vanished. The servers were part of S3, Amazon’s popular web hosting service, and when they went down they took several big services with them. Quora, Trello, and IFTTT were among the …

Oculus co-founder talks new Rift pricing, Touch adoption and possible Mac support

While so many virtual reality hardware companies have been tasked only with selling their own product, Oculus has had the intense challenge of building the entire industry’s ecosystem for the last several years. That growth has come with some hiccups by way of lawsuits, product launch delays and …

Virtual Reality

Yahoo confirms 32M accounts hacked as CEO forfeits annual bonus

Yahoo continues its downhill slide as an investigation by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) confirmed more than 32 million accounts were breached in a cookie-forging attack dating back to 2015 and 2016.<p>The news follows two separate massive breaches affecting over 500 million and one …