Author Archives: Erik Hyrkas

Waymo’s Self-driving Cars First on the Road without a Driver in Arizona

A milestone for autonomous vehicle technology was noted in Arizona this week, according to a Waymo blog post on Tuesday. Waymo, Alphabet’s (Google’s parent company) own autonomous vehicle company is testing driverless vehicles on public roads in Phoenix without a safety driver behind the wheel for the very first time.

Samsung Stomps on Apple’s iPhone in New Galaxy Note 8 Ad

Samsung and Apple have had an interesting relationship history of suing each other, mocking one another, and even building parts for each other over the years. And Samsung’s new ad for Galaxy Note 8 is no different. The commercial takes snipes at Apple, depicting a forlorn iPhone owner being constantly burned by iPhone models’ lagging features. 

Addressing Battery Myths: The Best Way to Charge your Smartphone

There are many myths surrounding charging lithium-ion batteries, and it can be hard to decide what’s fact or fiction. And thankfully, as smartphone hardware and software becomes more energy efficient, this problem is becoming less of an issue for consumers. But with the advent of fast-charging tech and bigger batteries, the question remains, what’s the best way to charge?

New Kickstarter Project: Wireless Earbuds Squish to Fit

In-ear earbuds, or earphones, can be a very polarizing topic for consumers and music lovers. They either fit you, or they don’t, and you either love or hate them. For some (me included), no matter what size rubber tips are included, in-ear headphones just don’t work. And even if you don’t have some anatomical anomaly, sometimes they simply hurt to wear. To resolve these issues, the creators of Vie Fit, a new Kickstarter project, have designed wireless earbuds that custom fit anyone without sacrificing sound quality.

Mobike Launches in its first American City: Washington DC

A new bike-sharing service has been spotted in the wild of Washington, D.C. this month. Mobike, a popular service in the UK and China, has just launched its QR-Code bikes in Washington, and it’s the first U.S. city to receive them (There are five million Mobikes in Europe and Asia).

Moto Z2 Force Review: Modular Design Persists with Minimal Changes

Lenovo has taken great strides to bring the Moto brand of smartphones to the head of the Android pack. And following their attempt to bring modular to the masses in 2016 with the Moto Z and Moto Z Force, they’re up to it again this summer with the Moto Z2 and Z2 Force.