One of These Magic Rings is Available for Pre-Order, Plus Four More in Five for Wednesday

The wearables market seems to have cooled off quite a bit. But the Token Ring – which can open car doors, remember your passwords, and has some impressive security features – may heat things up again. I believe our...

Language-Translating Earpieces, Wireless-Charging Mouse Pads, and More in Five for Wednesday

Powered by IBM’s natural language technology, a new earpiece (available now!) is said to be able to translate between seven languages within three to five seconds. It’s hard to think that the real estate industry couldn’t benefit tremendously from...

Google Maps Get Local and Dirty; Apple Joins the Home Assistant Race; More in Five for Wednesday

Sensors on Google’s experimental StreetView cars in Oakland are capable of producing street-by-street air-quality data. Apple’s just-announced HomePod looks like it’s positioned to compete with Sonos and other WiFi speaker makers, as well as with every other company (Amazon,...

How Many Smartphone Apps Share Your Information; Who’s Not Your Net Neutrality Friend; More in Five for Wednesday

A long piece, but worth your time: seven out of ten smartphone apps share information with third-party services. If that freaks you out, the article links to an Android app (oh, irony) to help you understand what’s being shared...

Here Comes the Echo Show; How Many Self-Driving Cars Does It Take to Improve Traffic? More in Five for Wednesday

The Echo Show — the long-rumored marriage of a touch/video screen and Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa — has been officially announced. It ships June 28; learn more at Amazon’s official Show site. If you’re skeptical of self-driving cars, consider...

Apple Stores Even More Like Apple Schools; Shopping Gets Ethical; More in Five for Wednesday

Apple’s retail stores have long offered educational workshops, but the programs they’re rolling out in May — collectively known as “Today at Apple” — really up the ante. There will be 60 different programs for both kids and adults,...

A Gentle Reminder About Always-On Voice Devices; How To Save The Internet; More in Five for Wednesday

I can’t think of better adjectives than those already used in this article about a Burger King ad that’s meant to trigger your Google Home hub and Android phone: “horrible, genius, infuriating, hilarious, and maybe very poorly thought-out.” Just...

This Will Only Pinch a Little; What Comes After Smart Phones; More in Five for Wednesday

A company in Sweden is having no trouble finding volunteers willing to have a grain-of-rice-sized microchip inserted under the skin that can open locked doors, be used to purchase food from the snack bar, and more. Detractors will most...

ISPs Can Now Sell Your Browsing History (and How to Thwart Them); New Samsung Gear; More in Five for Wednesday

Lots of virtual ink is being spilled on the repeal of the laws that prohibited Internet service providers (ISPs) from selling your browsing history without your consent. Here’s why you should care, and here’s what you can do to...

4 of 5 U.S. Buildings Have Solar Potential; A Tech Dictionary for Everyone; More in Five for Wednesday

Google’s Project Sunroof has surveyed 60 million buildings in the United States and has determined that 80 percent of them are “solar viable,” meaning they receive enough sunlight to be worthy candidates for solar energy installations. Co-developed by The...