Virtual Reality’s Latest Big Push, Improving Your Home’s WiFi, and More. It’s Five for Wednesday.


  1. The New York Times is launching a virtual reality app, and to support it they’re sending Google Cardboard headsets to their over one million print subscribers. Sort of makes us wonder if (and when?) a real estate company will do something similar.
  2. Does your WiFi stink? Here’s what to do about it.
  3. There’s another “turn your dumb car into a smart car” solution available. We’d love to know if any readers have any experience with such systems. Let us know in the comments!
  4. “Password must include upper and lowercase letters, and at least one numeric character.” We’ve all seen this requirement. But does it make passwords any less hackable? Nope. Find out what *does* make a difference.
  5. Last, but definitely not least, because this is huge: YouTube Red, available on October 28, will remove ads and allow you to download videos for offline viewing. It will cost $9.99 per month.

Joseph Sullivan

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

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  1. On the smart car topic, we have devices, which has less sexy packaging, but packs a broader punch – it tracks your mileage for automatic export at tax time, it tells your phone when you’re low on gas, makes a noise when you brake too hard or speed up too quickly, it tracks your gas consumption and tells you when you’re doing well or poorly, and it of course reads any “check engine light.”

    But what I LOVE about Automatic is that it is part of’s library of recipes, so we have it set up to email our mechanic a report of any “check engine” light so we can call and he already has an action plan. It can text your spouse when you’re within 0.50 miles of your home, turn your smart lights on (or even your Nest!) when you pull into your driveway, launch the Waze app when you turn your car on, and so forth.

    SO MY POINT is that I adore any tool that works with IFTTT 🙂