TigerDirect.com, a significant US retailer of electronics products, announced Thursday it will accept payments made in the Bitcoin currency.
The move is a small but notable step in the gradual transformation of Bitcoin from an obscure digital currency into a mainstream payment mechanism. Bitcoin has been on a roller coaster ride, with its value surging on technological enthusiasm and speculative investing and then crashing, as when countries like China throw cold water on it.
Partnerships with mainstream companies -- even ones like TigerDirect.com that are focused on tech-savvy buyers -- helps add some legitimacy and make the coins … Read more
The people who run golf often seem like stuffy reactionaries trying to preserve ancient hegemony and its patrician ways.
Which, to a large extent, they are.
However, this can bring with it some welcome side effects.
One appears in a rule change that the game's rulers hope will keep technology a club-length away.
Golf, you see, has some stickly rules. One states that your ball can't move after you've addressed it or while you're removing loose debris around it.
However, viewers at home would use their DVRs and HDTVs to call into major tournaments and complain that a ball had moved. This was especially unfair to the more famous players, as they're more often on TV.… Read more
The Tiger ZR6 is a silly car. It's made in a (big) shed in Anglia and has a silly, supercharged engine. It's also blisteringly fast -- indecently so. The slightest nudge on the throttle will light the rear tires up with no problem at all.
There is only one seat inside. Attached to that is a beefy harness to make sure the car doesn't spit you out at speed and there's a fire extinguisher hidden away should the worst happen and you decide to light up the engine...
Zero to 62mph takes less than 3 seconds, … Read more
Congrats to Adam G. of New York, N.Y., for winning last week's giveaway -- an Amzer Shatterproof Screen Protector, plus a $50 Amzer gift card. This week, we've got a big prize. Fifty inches big.
Online retailer TigerDirect.com is giving away a 50-inch 4K (2160p) HDTV from Chinese OEM Seiki.
The biggest thing to note about the Seiki SE50UY04 is probably its retail price of $1,500, which breaks new low-pricing ground for a TV with 4K/Ultra High Definition resolution (then again, you don't need to worry about cost, as you're getting it for the very low price of free). … Read more
You know how you sometimes are thinking of someone and they suddenly walk down the street in front of you?
Well, I have just had a similar experience. Attempting to wind down for my weekend, I just finished Hank Haney's book about Tiger Woods, "The Big Miss."
No, this is not a tale about one of his larger girlfriends. It is a very thoughtful analysis of the man and his game, written by his former coach.
No sooner had I placed it on the floor (yes, I should be tidier) than I received word that Woods will, … Read more
To help tackle the recent Flashback malware threat, Apple released a couple of updates for the Java runtime in OS X to bring it up to the latest Java release (version 1.6.0_31), which patches the vulnerability being exploited.
The updates are available for OS X 10.6 and 10.7 systems that have Java installed; you can update your system by using the Software Update utility in the Apple menu. However, so far there have been no updates to patch older versions of OS X such as Tiger and Leopard, which come with Java runtimes installed and therefore … Read more
If you don't have a PlayStation Move and are into virtual golf, you should probably take note of the special PlayStation Move Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: Masters Bundle that will be in stores next week for $99.99.
That price tag is the same as what the Move Starter Bundle sells for.
Both bundles include a Move controller and PlayStation Eye camera (required for Move use). However, the Starter Bundle comes with the Sports Champions game while this one comes with the Masters Edition version of EA's golf franchise. As you might have gathered already, you can … Read more
Does your dad like golf? With Father's Day this weekend and the summer finally hitting its stride, heading out to the links is probably on a lot of dads' minds. But why let your dad's golfing be limited to the weekend or the warm months of summer when you can bring the links to him on his iOS device?
This week's collection of apps is all about playing a quick game of golf during downtime. The first app lets you play through nine-hole courses in strange, multilevel fantasy 2D worlds. The second lets you join one of the best golfers around, in a more involved golf simulation, playing on real-world courses. The last, out this week, is the sequel to an excellent pick-up-and-play golf game, perfect for when you need a quick fix.
Super Stickman Golf (99 cents) is a 2D golf game that's really easy to pick up and play, with tons of fantastical themed courses, interesting power-ups, and excellent physics-based gameplay. Though the game has a huge number of arcadelike features, the goal is always the same: try to get the ball in the hole in as few shots as possible. The challenge is that it can be much harder than it looks.
Rather than your standard 3D layout as seen in many golf games, Super Stickman Golf offers up a 2D platformer experience. The courses often have multiple levels you'll need to reach and obstacles you'll need to avoid to finally get on the green.
The interface consists of arrows on the left to adjust the arc of your shot, a button in the middle for bringing in bonus items, and a "Go!" button you'll need to hit twice for each shot: once to start the swing, and a second time to adjust shot power.… Read more