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Michael Potuck


Michael is an editor for Electrek, 9to5Mac, and 9to5Google. You’ll find his articles most often on 9to5Mac where he covers news, reviews, and how-tos. Reach out to Michael with tips, deliberations, and feedback at potuck@9to5mac.com

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August 18

Outfit your kids with a Radio Flyer Model Y, announced today at $100

After first detailing its Model S for Kids way back in 2016, Radio Flyer is back with a new ride, this time built around the Model Y. But you won’t find an electric-powered ride here, instead, this model moves with your kid’s feet. As a trade-off, it’s also $400 less than the original Model S from Radio Flyer. A worthwhile decision for many. We have full details on the new kid-focused Model Y down below, along with availability and pricing info, so hit the jump for more.

May 21

Veteran analyst breaks down similarities between Apple and Tesla, how Apple can impact car industry

Morgan Stanley has published a new investor note this week in which veteran analyst Katy Huberty breaks down her thoughts on Apple, Tesla, and the future of both companies. Huberty also acknowledges what needs to change for Apple to have a bigger impact “around cars and transportation.”

January 29

iPhone 11 Pro meets Tesla Cybertruck with Caviar’s ‘Cyberphone’ for an unlisted price

Apple and Tesla make some of the most sought after products and the luxury device accessory company, Caviar is blending the two with its latest iPhone 11 Pro modification, the Cyberphone. Yep, a mashup of Tesla’s upcoming Cybertruck with the latest flagship iPhone.

December 16, 2019

Google Maps adds search options for electric car charging stations by plug type

Google Maps is now adding the ability to search for electric charging station connector types — making the process of topping up your vehicle that bit easier.

July 22, 2019

Apple poaches Tesla engineering VP for ‘Senior Director’ role as Project Titan future remains unclear

Apple has made a notable hire this month with a storied career in the automative industry. As first reported by Bloomberg, Steve MacManus has joined Apple as a “Senior Director” working out of Apple Park in Cupertino.

July 3, 2019

Waymo gains approval for transporting passengers in self-driving cars in California

As Waymo continues its push for a driverless future, the Alphabet company is trying to expand to more regions. This week, the state of California has granted Waymo a permit to transport passengers in its self-driving vehicles.

June 20, 2019

Waymo partners with Renault, Nissan to bring self-driving cars around the world

Waymo has largely been testing and operating self-driving cars in the United States. The Alphabet division today announced a partnership with Renault and Nissan to bring autonomous vehicles to France, Japan, and other parts of the world.

June 6, 2019

Apple buying Drive․ai, says report, though Apple statement vaguer than usual

An unconfirmed report of Apple buying Drive.ai suggests the Cupertino company may be primarily interested in acquiring engineers from the self-driving startup.

However, a statement by Apple suggests that the deal is not certain …

April 23, 2019

Google Maps now shows real-time availability of nearby EV charging stations in US, UK

Google Maps is now able to show you the real-time availability of nearby EV charging stations when you use the map search feature.

April 19, 2019

Denmark to deploy drones to detect shipping sulphur emission levels

Shipping authorities in Denmark have adopted a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) to detect shipping sulphur emission levels. The shipping emissions detection system, developed by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), will be deployed along the Great Belt region where large tankers travel from and to the Baltic Sea.

April 15, 2019

Report: US malls can’t rely on Apple and Tesla to increase foot traffic

New data out today about retail store closures in the US shows that “experiential” tenants like Apple and Tesla aren’t driving consumer traffic to malls like landlords expect.

March 20, 2019

Waymo planning 85,000-square-foot Technical Service Center for Mesa, Arizona

In a post on Medium, Waymo has confirmed massive expansion plans for a Technical Service Center in Mesa, Arizona.

March 4, 2019

Google Maps expands Lime scooter location tracking to 80 more cities globally

Towards the tail end of 2018, Google Maps added the ability for users to find out the location of Lime scooters in a very few select cities globally. The service has now rolled out to a further 80 cities around the planet.

March 1, 2019

Lyft beats Uber to ride-sharing IPO in search of $100M, reports $2.2B in revenue for 2018

Lyft has today officially filed its IPO with the SEC (via CNN) as it looks to raise as much as $100M under the ticker LYFT on the Nasdaq. The move comes as Lyft’s main competitor Uber is also expected to make its initial public offering soon.

February 21, 2019

Apple Car rumors still in drive, Project Titan said to focus on electric van and battery research

A rumor today from German publication Manager Magazin, shares some alleged details about a shift in Apple’s Project Titan. While Apple’s car efforts were originally expected to include the company manufacturing its own vehicle, it reportedly later changed course to just focusing on developing autonomous vehicle software. However, today’s rumor suggests that Apple is working on its own electric van.

February 20, 2019

Leviton launches smart Load Center with iOS app control for circuit breakers, detailed consumption monitoring, more

Leviton has unveiled its next generation electrical Load Center. The new breaker panel works with an integrated Wi-Fi or Ethernet hub to offer remote circuit control, monitor electrical consumption, set up smart alerts, and more with its iOS and Android app.

December 19, 2018

X graduates Malta as non-Alphabet company working on cheap salt-based energy storage

For the past several years, Alphabet’s X has been working on Project Malta to create a new approach for grid-scale energy storage based on salt. Malta is now ready to graduate from the Moonshot Factory as an independent, non-Alphabet company.

December 17, 2018

Apple poaches senior designer Andrew Kim from Tesla, possibly for car or AR project

Apple has recently picked up one of Tesla’s senior designers, Andrew Kim. After spending two years at the automaker working on design for many Tesla vehicles, even unreleased models, Kim is now continuing his design work on undisclosed projects at Apple.

December 5, 2018

Waymo One is Alphabet’s public self-driving car service, culminates nearly decade-long project

Nine years since the Google Self-Driving Car Project began and over 10 million autonomous miles later, the company today announced the launch of Waymo One. The Alphabet division is launching the first public self-driving service in Phoenix, Arizona and fully detailing how hailing an autonomous vehicle works.

November 8, 2018

After making the bold claim last week that the manufacturer will have ‘EVs as good as Tesla’s for half the price by 2020’, a new report from Bloomberg today shares that VW may introduce a subcompact EV to the I.D. Concept lineup with an affordable price point. However, this being a subcompact car gives further evidence that this won’t be a “Model 3 killer” like VW has hyped its lineup to offer…

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