Uber is further improving ridesharing by making you walk more

The idea is to make the pre-existing Smart Routes as direct as possible. That means setting pickup points past a busy traffic light on the righthand side of the road to make things less stressful for drivers, avoiding bus lanes and less zig-zagging along the way. More than that, the app will analyze the route along the way (every few seconds, apparently) and recalculate the drop-off point to maximize efficiency versus setting a static destination when you get in the car.

Uber says that all of this has resulted in routes that have 20 percent fewer turns, and, as a result, are faster, saving you time and money. This makes a lot of sense for a place like Manhattan, and maybe we could see some of these additions trickle down to smaller cities as well.

Is it as convenient as getting picked up at your front door and being delivered in front of your destination? No, but unless you’re extremely lucky, subways and bus stops don’t really work that way either. And hey, it’s not like walking is unhealthy or anything.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/05/22/uber-pool-manhattan-smart-routes/

Enter for a chance* to drive four supercars!

The Corvette Grand Sport is the ‘Vette you want

The Grand Sport features the best of the base Stingray and the bonkers Z06.

by Emme Hall

Want to drive a supercar? How about four? Now’s your chance!

Roadshow has teamed up with Xtreme Xperience and NOLA Motorsports Park to give away a package ideal for a racetrack lover or the perfect Father’s Day surprise gift.

Check this out. Our sweepstakes prize includes:

  • A Supercar Academy Package: The Grand prize winner gets to drive four amazing supercars on a Grand Prix racetrack in New Orleans (Lamborghini Huracán LP610-4, Ferrari 458 Italia, Porsche 911 GT3 and a Corvette Grand Sport.) It also comes with one-on-one coaching, four extended track sessions, three interactive classes that include a video review, a trackside hospitality package, and we can’t forget about the video and photo packages so you have proof and can take trips back to memory lane.
  • A $2,200 check for traveling and lodging expenses
  • Karting and swag package
  • Roadshow swag

Uff! I certainly wish I could enter!

A few things to keep in mind are that the winner should plan to be at the racetrack from 9 a.m till around 2 p.m. (you can check the complete schedule here), only the winner gets to drive the supercars and you need to book before the end of 2017 to take advantage of the prize.

How can you enter to win* this experience worth $4,800.00? Read our rules* carefully, agree to our terms and fill out the form below. But it gets better! You can increase your chances of winning by sharing a personal link you will get at the end, this will get you up to 10 (and only 10) additional entries. Good luck!

Article source: https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/sweepstakes-driving-racetrack-ferrari-porsche-corvette-lamborghini/#ftag=CAD590a51e

Sorry, you can’t plant enough trees to offset fossil fuels

This doesn’t mean humanity is doomed, provided the predictive model is reasonably accurate in the first place. However, it does reinforce the idea that lowering emissions involves more than a single solution like planting greenery. Any real answer to human-made climate change is going to involve a complex set of answers.

For the researchers, this involves both reducing fossil fuel consumption and implementing multiple techniques for removing CO2. You could make more efficient use of available land by eliminating food waste, as an example. Reforestation is still wise, to be clear, but it’s just one piece in a larger puzzle that can include everything from smarter farming to solar power.

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/05/21/planting-trees-not-enough-to-offset-co2-emissions/

Dear Apple, Americans aren’t in love with ‘America First’

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives.

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In the left corner, America First. In the right corner, Tim Cook.

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He’s suggested boycotting Apple products.

He’s said he’ll force Apple to manufacture its “damn computers and things” in the US. Presumably, the “things” also refers to its damn iPhones.

President Donald Trump, you see, believes in “America First.” (And, some say, Russia close behind.)

Is this, though, what Americans actually want?

A new survey by NPR and Ipsos offers some interesting thoughts about the American psyche with respect to our relations with the rest of the world.

The survey focused on foreign policy. However, pressing Apple and other companies to manufacture in the US is a foreign and economic policy position. It’s surely not a free trade position.

What, then, did Americans say about this “America First” thing?

Only 41 percent of respondents overall agreed that “American foreign policy should focus on enriching America and Americans.”

Yes, 57 percent of Republicans thought it should. However, those pesky independents and Democrats brought the number down.

The survey also asked specifically about the slogan “America First.”

There was considerable division between those who thought it was about taking care of business at home first and “putting the welfare and focus on our people.”

Others, however, thought it “short-sighted” or “xenophobic.”

This is the problem executives have with making important decisions in the Trump era. They could decide to throw the government a bone or two. They could even conclude it’s best to contribute wholesale to a changing of the world order.

This survey, however, suggests the public’s feelings about “America First” simply aren’t that strong.

Indeed, 42 percent of Americans actually believe that American foreign policy should prioritize promoting democracy and human rights in other countries.

A surprisingly small proportion — 24 percent — say that American foreign policy should look out for Americans, even if it harms people in other countries. This, despite a mere 40 percent believing that we’re still the dominant foreign power in the world.

It appears, then, that we’re a little more sanguine about the state of the world and perhaps not quite as selfish as we appear.

Some believe that if Apple decided to manufacture the iPhone in the US, it would cost twice as much. Well, if rumors that the iPhone 8 will cost $1,000 are true, that would be a $2,000 phone. Would many be happy about that?

Apple has always insisted that its primary focus is the customer. And, yes, this is just one survey of 1,009 adults conducted May 15-16. I wonder, though, whether Cupertino has made calculations about how popular US manufacture of its products really would be. The company didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Many might conclude that we always have high ideals, but when it comes down to money, we’ll always take the selfish option. Perhaps, though, even our high ideals aren’t all that high anymore.

We’ve come to accept that the world is something of an ugly place and we’ll just try and deal with it the best we can. As long as it doesn’t cost us too much, that is.

Article source: https://www.cnet.com/news/dear-apple-americans-dont-love-america-first/#ftag=CAD590a51e

Get your hot-hatch on with the Volkswagen Up GTI concept

The most beautiful phone ever has one wildly annoying issue

The Samsung Galaxy S8’s fast speeds and fantastic curved screen make it a top phone for 2017, but the annoying fingerprint reader could sour your experience.

Article source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/cnet/mHpI/~3/AvnWenYSUZ0/

Ben Heck’s Super Glue Gun: Time for some reverse engineering

When Ben created the Great Glue Gun it was given away as a prize. Thankfully, the winner still watches the show and sent it in to the team so that it could be reverse engineered. Ben discovers the original design has a mix of pros and cons, like the fact that it keeps trying to push out glue, even when there isn’t any. That means it’s time to tinker with 3D printer extruder gears and take a lot of mechanical (as opposed to electronic) designs into account. Let us know what you think, and follow along over on the element14 Community!

Article source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/05/21/ben-heck-s-super-glue-gun-time-for-some-reverse-engineering/

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