Tech Trends for 2017, Google WiFi Reviews, Goodbye Pebble, Detroit’s “Agrihood,” & More Disappearing Headphone Jacks

This week, in Five for Wednesday: If even just a few of these predictions for 2017 are accurate, next year will be pretty exciting, tech-wise. Google WiFi (which uses multiple routers to create a mesh network for your home...
December 7, 2016

Best Smart Phone Calendars, Repurposing Old Tablets, Online Holiday Scams, and CRT’s Smart Home Survey

If you’re like us, you use your smart phone more as a task manager than as a phone. We’re always looking for good calendar apps; here are The Verge’s favorites for Android. Use an iPhone? The Verge has you...
November 30, 2016

Google’s Home Steps Into the Ring Against Amazon’s Echo; Microsoft App Takes on Color Blindness; More

NOTE: 4 of this week’s 5 items are about Google and Google products. Sorry if it seems unbalanced, but they’ve been busy, and putting out things that deserve attention. Amazon’s Echo has been a hit since its introduction, and...
November 16, 2016

Microsoft’s First Desktop PC Lifts Off; Google Fiber Crashes; More in Five for Wednesday

Hard to believe, but Microsoft has *never* released a desktop computer; that changed today with the announcement of the Surface Studio PC. For what it’s worth, it’s got this long-time Mac fan intrigued. Related: the star of the show...
October 26, 2016

Blockchains in Real Estate – Part 2

This is the second paper of a two-part series on blockchains. Unlike the first paper which focused on technical aspects, this paper looks at applications used in the real industry and how they might use blockchains. Many other industries...
October 20, 2016

A New Sticky Note Chrome Extension, A New Smart Home Checklist, and More in Five for Wednesday

Real simple, but real cool: leave a sticky note on a web site and it will be there when you return. It’s super easy to remove them too. If you’re the kind of person who has way too many...
October 19, 2016

Blockchains in Real Estate – Part 1

The real estate industry can benefit from blockchains...
October 17, 2016

All Pixel Phones Guaranteed to Get Timely Updates; Amazon Wades Into Music Streaming; More in Five for Wednesday

Some people interested in Google’s new phone — the Pixel — were worried that purchasing the device through Verizon would delay delivery of Android updates. To the delight of many potential Pixel purchasers, that won’t be the case. Into...
October 12, 2016

Google Gets Serious About Hardware (and Hardware and Hardware and…), Plus Four More Items in Five for Wednesday

With the announcement of 5 new products, Google is (finally) getting serious about hardware. Facebook is rolling out “Secret Conversations” to their Messenger service; you and someone else who has opted into using it can now have device-to-device encrypted...
October 5, 2016

Lying to Keep Yourself Safe Online, Letting Amazon Into Your Home, and More in Five for Wednesday

Security questions for online accounts stink, because they often ask questions to which lots of people know the answer. Until companies stop using them, do yourself a favor: lie like a rug. Smart lock company August and garage door...
September 28, 2016