Feeling the cost of loss in same-sex marriage suits

April 17, 2015

Clients typically have to pay the lawyers they hire, regardless of whether they win or lose in court. But civil rights cases against local and state governments are different. Under a law designed to encourage civil rights action against the government, winners of such cases can petition to recoup costs from the very jurisdiction that they sued. This week Reuters’ Joan Biskupic examined the ethical complexities of this law as it pertains to the spate of same-sex marriage suits in the U.S. in recent years.

The magic math of Steph Curry’s terrific touch

April 16, 2015

It’s difficult to set the sports world abuzz during a practice. We are, after all, talking about practice.

Intel’s smartphone problem

April 15, 2015

Intel still dominates the chip market, but, as this interactive Reuters graphic shows,  its earnings are down significantly.

Surfing the ebb and flow of the Asian alcohol market

April 14, 2015

Serving a global market can be great, if a bit of an adventure. The manifestly diverse nature of a worldwide customer base means that a butterfly flapping its wings in Asia can affect winds of change in the U.S. and Europe.

Introducing vibrating 3D buttons made out of sound

April 13, 2015

The concept of touchable holograms sounds like the holy grail of online pornography, but a British company has developed a prototype for tactile virtual objects with an array of potential uses that are much more pragmatic than prurient. 

Visualizing baseball records, Masters chokes, extreme weather porn and more

April 10, 2015

Once again Data Dive has put together a selection of light links to brighten your spring weekend.

Samsung watches for a Galaxy S6-led rebound

April 10, 2015

The Apple Watch rightly won the gadget launch of the week, mainstreaming a listless smartwatch market and breathing viability into an aesthetically challenged wearables landscape. But while Apple seems to perennially transcend expectations, rival Samsung hopes that today’s announcement of its newest pair of flagship Galaxy S6 smartphones will continue to pull the company’s financials back in a positive direction after a 2014 ebb.

Mapping the reach of North Korean missiles

April 9, 2015

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter’s arrival in Southeast Asia this week was met with fireworks. But while the short-range missiles fired by North Korea into the Sea of Japan may have been sent with portentous intent, Carter took them in stride. “If it was a welcoming message to me, I’m flattered,” Carter quipped.

FedEx adds insult to injury for UPS

April 8, 2015

 In a world that promises imminent drone deliveries of everything from tacos to disaster relief supplies, shipping services are in high demand.

In India, Internet expansion and primate saboteurs

April 7, 2015

India’s efforts to provide more people with Internet have come under attack by some of the country’s other residents.