Category Technology

Will Self-Driving Cars Signal with a Smile?

When you cross the street do you wave or make eye contact with the driver to make sure they’ve seen you? Most pedestrians do. In a few years you may look at the driver’s seat and see someone napping, reading the newspaper, or playing a mobile game. They’re in a self-driving car – and while you will be […]

The Last USB Port Is Coming

The newest USB port is called USB-C, and it should be the last time you’ll ever have to change the way you plug in electronics. Advantages of USB-C include: It’s symmetrical, meaning you won’t have to fumble to get the plug the right way up It works for power and data transfer, meaning you can use the […]

Long TSA Lines? Get Appy!

It’s been a story of summer crankiness: the TSA and its airport security screening contractors are terribly understaffed, causing epic wait times during peak travel season for the United States. If you’re a frequent business traveler, you may already have TSA Pre-Check, the security clearance that helps buyers bypass long lines at screening and customs. If you don’t, or […]

Google Announces VR, Improved Assistant, and More at I/O 2016

Last week, Google introduced a line of new and improved initiatives to developers gathered for the company’s I/O 2016 conference. The projects presented during the event will roll out this year and into 2017. Here’s a look at some of the biggest announcements: Improved Assistant Function: Now called Google Assistant, the voice-activated search function found across many Google […]

Know Your No Drone Zones

With the rising popularity of drones, the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is currently working on regulations to detail the where, when, and why of drones. We wrote about the registration process for commercial and private drone pilots last year. The FAA’s registration website is now more user friendly, and they’ve launched a promotional campaign to help pilots […]

Platoon of Self-Driving Trucks Crosses Western Europe

Earlier this month, a platoon of self-driving trucks drove from various starting points in Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, and Germany to Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The technology challenge was issued and organized by the Netherlands. The trucks drove in platoon style, with little space between them. This reduces drag, similar to boxcars on a train. Because the trucks […]

Oculus Rift Brings Virtual Reality to the Masses

The first virtual reality (VR) headset for domestic use reached the public this week: the first generation of Facebook-owned Oculus Rift headsets are now in the hands of everyday users. The Rift is focused on game applications for now, but experts expect VR will impact the worlds of travel, attractions, business, and entertainment eventually. Until then, here’s what the reviews […]