Twitter Threads Made Simple; Smartphone Security 101; More in Five for Wednesday

Twitter just made it much easier to thread your tweets together; here’s their official announcement and instructions. Tweetstorms ahoy! Android or iPhone user, newbie or veteran, it doesn’t matter: follow these steps to keep your smartphone secure. Heck, while...
December 13, 2017

Self-Driving Cars Take On Manhattan; iPhone8 and Pixel 2 Cameras Battle It Out, and More

Manhattan traffic. Four-season weather. Tests of self-driving cars are about to get really real. If you’re the kind of phone owner who cares about the camera on your phone more than any of its other features, you’ll like reading...
October 18, 2017

Smart Phones Cost How Much Now? The Answer, And More, In Five For Wednesday

Pricing for the iPhone 8 hasn’t been announced, but many expect it to meet or exceed the close-to-$1000 cost of the Galaxy Note 8. This is pretty freaky: the frequency range at which voice assistants such as Siri and...
September 6, 2017

Android Oreo Is Here; Amazon’s Got New Competition; More in Five For Wednesday

Android users rejoice. Oreo is here, and it looks impressive. Get the scoop directly from Google. In the race to dominate voice-controlled e-commerce, Amazon will have a formidable challenger: Google and Walmart have joined forces to bring shopping to...
August 23, 2017

Siri vs. Google Assistant vs. Bixby, Another Two-Sided Phone, and More in Five for Wednesday

A voice assistant is a voice assistant is a voice assistant…or is it? Here’s a pretty solid roundup of how Siri, Google Assistant, and (new kid on the block) Bixby work and what they’re best at. The Meiuz Pro...

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...