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“Tunable” Windows, Project Fi, Your Digital Legacy, and More

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Not One, not Two, but Five for Wednesday.

  1. Smart windows (ones that can control the amount of light and heat passing through them) aren’t new, but they also haven’t been cheap. A California-based company has developed a method for making smart windows (aka electrochromic windows) for $20 per square foot; traditionally the price per square foot has been $100.
  2. Microsoft’s preview of Edge — the browser replacing Internet Explorer — shows you where they’re headed. And as this video shows, they really want you to know you can write all over it.
  3. Stratos, Coin, Plastc, Wocket, Swyp: those are just five of the smart cards that aim to consolidate all your credit, debit, loyalty, and gift card information on one card. So many of these are stuck in Kickstarter limbo, but a Wired writer took one (the Stratos) out into the wild for a day.
  4. Invites for Google’s Project Fi are starting to go out. If you want to learn more, here’s a general guide and a guide specifically for Google Voice users.
  5. Closing on an upbeat note, do you know which tech companies make it easy to designate someone to inherit your data and accounts when you die? Learn how Apple, Google, Facebook, and Twitter allow you and your next of kin to get things sorted out before, you know…

Joseph Sullivan

Joe Sullivan is a User Experience Designer for the Center for REALTOR® Technology.

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