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A Lawsuit Over Costco Golf Balls Shows Why We Can't Have Nice Things For Cheap

SlashDot - Tue, 2017-03-28 10:40
Ephrat Livni, writing for Quartz: Unless you're a golfer, you probably don't think about golf balls. But a new US lawsuit about these little-dimpled spheres has an economics lesson for all shoppers, showing why consumers have cause for concern when companies use court for sport. Costco, the wholesale membership club, rocked the golf world in 2016 when it started selling its Kirkland Signature (KS) golf balls at about $15 per dozen, a quarter to a third the price of popular top-ranked balls. Industry insiders called it a "miracle golf ball" for its great performance and low cost, and Costco sold out immediately. It's planning to release more in April. In response to the bargain ball's reception, however, Acushnet -- which makes the popular Titleist balls -- sent the membership club a threatening letter. It accused Costco of infringing on 11 patents and engaging in false advertising for claiming that KS balls meet or exceed the quality standards of leading national brands.

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Tinder on the desktop: Looking for love in another wrong place

Engadget - Tue, 2017-03-28 10:27
Tinder has arrived to the desktop with Tinder Online, finally helping you find love (or sex) on the web without a smartphone or tablet. Tinder describes the web app as "your English professor's worst nightmare," letting you seek partners where your m...

Facebook App Adds Snapchat Stories Ripoff

PCMag News - Tue, 2017-03-28 10:26
If imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery, then Snapchat should feel extremely flattered right now.

Tinder mercies: Now you don't need a phone to swipe right - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2017-03-28 10:25
Tinder Online will let people meet their swiping quota even if they don't have access to their phone.

'Spider-Man: Homecoming' trailer sees Spidey clash with Tony Stark - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2017-03-28 10:25
The new "Spider-Man: Homecoming" trailer shows Stark in a mentor role and Michael Keaton going full Birdman.

Amazon will deliver groceries to your car in 15 minutes - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2017-03-28 10:19
The e-commerce giant is developing several new store concept, including grocery pickup locations in Seattle called AmazonFresh Pickup.

Samsung Galaxy S8 launch: Watch it live here Wednesday, 8 a.m. PT - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2017-03-28 10:13
Samsung is finally launching the Galaxy S8 phone. Watch the event as it unfolds in real time.

'Brainstorming Doesn't Work'

SlashDot - Tue, 2017-03-28 10:00
People aren't necessarily more creative in groups than alone, or vice versa, according to numerous studies. An anonymous reader shares an article: In fact, creativity needs both conditions; our performance peaks when we alternate -- first working alone, then coming together to share our ideas, then going off by ourselves again to mull over what we heard. It's a process. This is because our brains' creative engines are fueled both by quiet mind-wandering, allowing novel and unexpected connections to form, and by encountering new information, which often comes from other people. The typical brainstorm over-delivers on the latter and under-delivers on the former, which means that for lots of people, brainstorming is an utter nightmare. Introverts just feel alienated, and extroverts aren't pushed to reflect more deeply on the ideas they've batted around amongst themselves.

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'Yooka-Laylee' is at the heart of a 3D platformer revival

Engadget - Tue, 2017-03-28 10:00
A few years ago, the 3D platformer was in a bad place. Mario was still around, but the genre had little support elsewhere. Colorful games like Crash Bandicoot, Pyschonauts and Jak and Daxter had vanished in favor of grittier, more realistic adventure...

Amazon, looking to grow overseas, snags - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2017-03-28 09:51
The deal by the world's biggest e-retailer points to its continued interest to grow in emerging markets.

Google and Symantec go to war over our internet security

Engadget - Tue, 2017-03-28 09:41
Google and Symantec are engaged in a war about each other's security practices, with all of us caught in the crossfire. As TechCrunch reports, Google believes that Symantec has been improperly issuing security certificates for tens of thousands of we...

Uber is building its own EV charging network in London

Engadget - Tue, 2017-03-28 09:30
Uber's fleet of electric vehicles in London is set to rise in the coming weeks after the company announced an expansion of its partnership with Nissan. The two companies have committed to deliver an additional 100 Nissan LEAF EVs, trebling the number...

Elon Musk's Neuralink Will Connect Our Brains to Computers

PCMag News - Tue, 2017-03-28 09:26
Not content with electric cars, launching rockets, and trying to travel to Mars, Elon Musk also wants to add AI to our brains.

Razer Blade Pro Laptop Gets THX Certification, Kaby Lake

PCMag News - Tue, 2017-03-28 09:26
The most premium laptop in Razer's line is upgraded with a new processor and audiovisual improvements.

Comcast could chase cord-cutters with 'Xfinity Instant TV'

Engadget - Tue, 2017-03-28 09:20
For years we've seen Comcast preparing to distribute video like an internet service instead of traditional cable methods, and now there's word it will roll the project out widely. While recent rumors indicated Comcast has signed deals preparing to co...

Binge on riveting 'S-Town' podcast, but don't call it 'Serial 2' - CNET

CNET News - Tue, 2017-03-28 09:00
The host and executive producer of "S-Town" talk about the twists and turns of the "Serial" team's new podcast. Beware: It might just be your new obsession.

Dutch Scientist Proposes Circular Runways For Airport Efficiency

SlashDot - Tue, 2017-03-28 09:00
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Fast Company: While airport terminal architecture has a solid history of style and innovation, rarely is a proposal put forth to utterly redesign the runway. But that's precisely the aim of Henk Hesselink, a Dutch scientist working with the Netherlands Aerospace Center. Dubbed the "endless runway," Hesselink's brainchild is a 360-degree landing strip measuring more than two miles in diameter. Since airplanes would be able to approach and take off from any direction around the proposed circle, they wouldn't have to fight against crosswinds. And three planes would be able to take off or land at the same time. Hesselink's team uses flight simulators and computerized calculations to test the unconventional design, and have determined that round airports would be more efficient than existing layouts. With a central terminal, the airport would only use about a third of the land of the typical airport with the same airplane capacity. And there's an added benefit to those living near airports: Flight paths could be more distributed, and thereby making plane noise more tolerable. BBC produced a video detailing Hesselink's circular runway concept. The concept is fascinating but there are many questions the video does not answer. Phil Derner Jr. from NYC Aviation writes via Business Insider about some of those unanswered questions in his article titled "Why the circular runway concept wouldn't work." The fundamental issues discussed in his report include banked runway issues, curved runway issues, navigation issues, and airspace issues. What do you think of Hesselink's concept? Do you think it is preposterous or shows promise?

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Of Mice and Men: Study Pushes Rodents' Home Invasion to 15,000 Years Ago

Scientifc America - Tue, 2017-03-28 09:00
Scientists provide a new estimate for when the common house mouse took up residence with humans

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Adidas' All Day app aims to help you stay fit and eat healthy

Engadget - Tue, 2017-03-28 09:00
Earlier this month, at SXSW, Adidas teased it was working on new, "open" digital fitness products. And today we're getting a clearer picture of its strategy, thanks to the introduction of All Day, an app for iOS and Android that's designed for "versa...

Razer's 2017 Blade Pro boasts a new CPU and THX certifications

Engadget - Tue, 2017-03-28 09:00
If you've been eyeing one of Razer's "professional gaming laptops" since December, you're going to want to wait just a little bit longer. That's because the company announced today that it's releasing a new iteration of its flagship laptop, the Blade...