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Manchin won’t launch a third-party presidential bid in 2024

Manchin won’t launch a third-party presidential bid in 2024

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., leaves the Senate chamber after a live quorum call at the U.S. Capitol this week. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Alex Wong/Getty Images Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., leaves the Senate chamber after a live quorum call at the U.S. Capitol this week. Alex Wong/Getty Images West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin announced Friday that he will not run for president in the 2024 election. “I will not be seeking a third-party run. I will not be involved in a presidential run,” Manchin said at an event with his political organization, Americans Together, at West Virginia University. “I will be involved in making sure that we secure a president who has the knowledge and has the passion and has the ability to bring this country together. And right now, we’re challenged. We’ve got to see if we can get people in that direction.” In his remarks, Manchin did not make an endorsement — but he has been a vocal opponent of former President Trump. Manchin, 76, has been weighing a …

Social networks are getting stingy with their data, leaving third-party developers in the lurch

Social networks are getting stingy with their data, leaving third-party developers in the lurch

2023 was the year social networks realized that they were sitting on massive troves of data. And some companies, such as Twitter (now X) and Reddit, decided to change their terms to shut out third-party experiences on these platforms. In the process, they also put a price on their data — something they believe is highly valuable today as it can be used to train AI models. After talking to several third-party developers who built apps and services on top of these larger social networks, we learned that there are mixed feelings among the developers about building experiences around social networks. While they are excited about the rise of decentralized networks, some of them haven’t seen enough incentives to build out new apps. The APIcalypse Twitter has historically been one of the most popular social networks when it comes to third-party apps. Some of those apps even pre-date the name “tweet.” In January, however, the company started to shut out these clients without any notice. Within days, in typical Elon Musk style, the social network …

Joe Manchin Is Still Considering a Third-Party Bid (i.e., Helping Donald Trump Win)

Joe Manchin Is Still Considering a Third-Party Bid (i.e., Helping Donald Trump Win)

Last November, Senator Joe Manchin revealed that, like many Americans, he was “totally, absolutely scared to death that Donald Trump [could] become president again.” That same month, the West Virginia lawmaker warned that if Trump were to win a second term, he would “destroy democracy in America,” adding: “You can’t say that you’re going to take the most powerful office in the world and use it for vengeful purposes. You can’t have this visceral hatred spewing out every time you give a speech, denigrating Americans: The only good American is the one that likes and supports you; the only fair election is the one you win; laws pertain to everybody but you; and January 6 was a walk-in-the-park visit to their favorite place, the United States Capitol. This is crazy stuff.” Given these comments, one might reasonably assume that Manchin would not want to do anything that could help Trump win another term in office. However, one would apparently assume wrong! CNN reports that Manchin, who announced in November that he would not run for …

Apple Opens Up NFC to Third-Party Apps in EU, Allowing New Tap-to-Pay Options

Apple Opens Up NFC to Third-Party Apps in EU, Allowing New Tap-to-Pay Options

As part of major changes being made to the app ecosystem in the EU in iOS 17.4, Apple is allowing apps to access and use the iPhone’s NFC chip. Going forward, NFC payments will be available directly in apps without the need for Apple Pay or the Wallet app, paving the way for third-party payment services and banks to offer their own tap-to-pay solutions on Apple devices. ‌iPhone‌ users can set a default app that will be activated when an ‌iPhone‌ is near an NFC terminal or when the side button on the device is double clicked, which means native support for tap-to-pay payments that are not ‌Apple Pay‌ is now available. Apple will require apps using NFC for payments to confirm to industry security standards, such as having valid agreements with an authorized Payment Service Provider. Like changes to the App Store that are being implemented today, access to NFC technology is limited to banking and wallet apps that are in the European Economic Area. Popular Stories Apple Releases watchOS 10.3 With New Watch …

No Labels director doubles down on third-party ticket after New Hampshire

No Labels director doubles down on third-party ticket after New Hampshire

The national director of No Labels doubled down on the idea of running a third party ticket after the New Hampshire primary, saying the group is now more likely to present a “unity” ticket. He also did not rule out the possibility of Trump’s last remaining Republican rival, Nikki Haley, as one of the group’s candidates.  Kevin Cirilli, of The Hill’s America’s Vote 2024 on Wednesday, asked No Labels National Director Joe Cunningham in an interview Wednesday whether the group is more inclined to present a bipartisan ticket after former President’s Trump Tuesday victory in the New Hampshire primary.  “Well, I would say more because we’ve been very straightforward this entire time that if America wants another choice, we’re gonna offer it to them and that’s why we’ve been working hard to secure ballot access across the country,” Cunningham said on Wednesday.  No Labels is aiming to secure ballot access in all 50 states and D.C., and accepting donations to lay the groundwork for a third-party ticket. President Biden’s allies fear a centrist ticket would …

HP CEO Says They Brick Printers That Use Third-Party Ink Because of … Hackers

HP CEO Says They Brick Printers That Use Third-Party Ink Because of … Hackers

Last Thursday, HP CEO Enrique Lores addressed the company’s controversial practice of bricking printers when users load them with third-party ink. Speaking to CNBC Television, he said, “We have seen that you can embed viruses in the cartridges. Through the cartridge, [the virus can] go to the printer, [and then] from the printer, go to the network.” That frightening scenario could help explain why HP, which was hit this month with another lawsuit over its Dynamic Security system, insists on deploying it to printers. To investigate, I turned to Ars Technica senior security editor Dan Goodin. He told me that he didn’t know of any attacks actively used in the wild that are capable of using a cartridge to infect a printer. Goodin also put the question to Mastodon, and cybersecurity professionals, many with expertise in embedded-device hacking, were decidedly skeptical. HP’s Evidence Unsurprisingly, Lores’ claim comes from HP-backed research. The company’s bug bounty program tasked researchers from Bugcrowd with determining if it’s possible to use an ink cartridge as a cyberthreat. HP argued that …

These Third-Party Apps Are Optimized For Apple Vision Pro So Far

These Third-Party Apps Are Optimized For Apple Vision Pro So Far

Ahead of the Apple Vision Pro launching on February 2, developers are in the process of preparing their apps for the mixed reality headset. So far, around 250 apps with native support for visionOS have been submitted to Apple, according to a source. Box By natively supporting visionOS, apps can take full advantage of “spatial” design elements and offer more immersive features. In addition to some Apple apps, well-known third-party apps that will natively support visionOS at launch include Airmail, Box, CARROT Weather, Fantastical, Facades, JigSpace, MUBI, Night Sky, OmniPlan 4, Parcel, PCalc, Red Bull TV, Sky Guide, Tides, Webex, Zoom, and more, according to data compiled by app analytics firm Appfigures. CARROT Weather Webex Fantastical Microsoft will offer a variety of native visionOS apps at launch, such as Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Teams, based on App Store marketing images shared by developer Steve Troughton-Smith on Mastodon and @M1Astra on X/Twitter. Additional images show native apps for Crunchyroll, J.Crew, LEGO Builder’s Journey, Lowe’s, and others. Microsoft PowerPoint J.Crew Lowe’s In addition to native apps, iPhone …

Apple Offers to Open NFC Payment Technology to Third-Party Developers in Europe

Apple Offers to Open NFC Payment Technology to Third-Party Developers in Europe

Apple has proposed opening its NFC payment technology to third-party developers in Europe, allowing direct rivals to Apple Pay to operate on the iPhone for the first time. Historically, the use of Apple’s NFC chip in iPhones and Apple Watches for payments has been exclusively utilized by ‌Apple Pay‌, limiting the ability of banks and other financial services to offer their own contactless payment solutions on Apple’s platforms. In a statement to Reuters, Apple said: We have offered commitments to provide third-party developers in the European Economic Area with an option that will enable their users to make NFC contactless payments from within their iOS apps, separate from Apple Pay and Apple Wallet. The concession comes as part of Apple’s efforts to address antitrust charges levied by the European Commission, which accuse the company of stifling competition by restricting third-party access to NFC capabilities on iOS devices. Under the proposed commitments, developers of payment, banking, and digital wallet applications in the European Economic Area (EEA) will be able to integrate their own solutions with the …

Best Apple Pencil Deals: Save on Apple’s Styluses and Third-Party Alternatives

Best Apple Pencil Deals: Save on Apple’s Styluses and Third-Party Alternatives

$40 at Amazon Adonit Note Stylus: $40 No discounts currently available Show more (4 items) Apple’s iPads have long been counted among the best tablets you’re likely to find. But to get the most use out of one, you’ll want to consider pairing it with an Apple Pencil or similar stylus. There are three Apple models to choose from, with prices starting at $79, and there are plenty of cheaper third-party alternatives as well. No matter which stylus you choose, there’s no reason to overpay. We’ve rounded up all the best bargains so you can get the right product at the right price. Before you buy, just be sure to confirm that your chosen Apple Pencil or third-party stylus is compatible with your particular iPad. Apple Pencil pricing 2023 Model Apple Store price Best price right now Best all-time price Apple Pencil (1st gen) $99 $89 $70 Apple Pencil (2nd gen) $129 $115 $85 Apple Pencil (USB-C) $79 $79 $79 Sarah Tew/CNET Best Apple Pencil (1st gen) deals Apple’s first-gen Apple Pencil was released in November 2015 …

Commentary: Third-party candidates can tip the balance in a tight US election

Commentary: Third-party candidates can tip the balance in a tight US election

Duverger’s law, named after the 20th century French social scientist Maurice Duverger, makes a simple prediction: Election systems such as in the US, with single-member districts and winner-take-all voting, invariably trend toward two parties. That means if 2024 is a rematch between Biden and Trump, there’s almost zero chance of a third-party candidate snatching victory. Yet none of this changes a simple fact: A third-party candidate doesn’t have to win to play a starring role in who’s given the keys to the Oval Office. TIPPING THE BALANCE Could a third-party candidate really tip the balance in 2024? In short, absolutely. In 2016, some 80,000 votes breaking differently across three states – Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin – would have ensured a Hillary Clinton victory. Today, polls in a hypothetical Biden versus Trump match look like a statistical dead heat, giving even more of an opening for a third-party candidate to be a gamechanger. A survey in early 2024 by left-wing think tank Data For Progress, for example, found that a “moderate, independent candidate” would draw 13 …