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Cables? Google Fiber Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Cables. Plus Four More Cool Things in Five For Wednesday.

Chicago, Los Angeles, and Dallas are thought to be some of the cities where Google Fiber will eschew physical cables, instead beaming the service wirelessly. Think Apple’s Facetime can be a little wonky? So does Google, whose 1-to-1 video...
August 17, 2016

How to Block Calls on Your Cell Phone; Solar Energy and Real Estate Resources; More in Five for Wednesday

There are lots of call-blocking apps, but you don’t need them. Your Android or iOS phone can do this all by itself. Learn how. The US Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative seeks to make solar energy cost-competitive by 2020....

Microsoft Reaches Out to Small Biz, Why Apple Might Kill the Headphone Jack, and Nothing About Pokemon Go in Five for Wednesday

Windows 10 Enterprise Edition — previously only available to large companies — is now available via the cloud to smaller businesses. At $7 per month per user, it sounds like a great deal. Rumors persist that Apple will kill...

Zuck Was Right About Tape On His Webcam; What A “Carrier Settings Update” Is; More in Five for Wednesday

The Internet called Mark Zuckerberg paranoid for putting tape over his webcam, but it’s actually not a bad idea. If you want to understand why your iPad or iPhone is asking you to update your carrier settings, here’s why....

Final Drone Rules, New Dropbox Features, and More: It’s Five for Wednesday

The FAA issued their final rules about commercial drone use. Find out how the new rules affect the real estate industry. Dropbox can now scan your photos (sorta like Evernote) and has deep integration with Microsoft Office. As CNET...

Why Microsoft Bought LinkedIn; Big Changes From Google and Apple; More in Five for Wednesday

You most likely know that Microsoft spent $26 billion to acquire LinkedIn, but do you know why? There are lots (and lots and lots) of new features coming to Apple’s iOS 10. Apple’s feet-dragging with respect to home automation...

Get a Free Samsung Gear VR Headset With A New Samsung Phone; More In Five For Friday

Buy one of six Samsung phones through June 19 and you’ll get a free Gear VR Headset. That’s a pretty sweet deal. You knew it was only a matter of time before Apple jumped into the home assistant fray....

How Much Would You Pay for a Mobile Phone That Does Less? That and More in Five for Wednesday

Your mobile phone can do a lot; for some people, it does too much. Punkt’s phone makes and receives phone calls, has a calendar, lets you make notes, and that’s about it. No Facebook, no Twitter, less frenzy, sweet...

New Internet of Things FAQ and Smart Home Glossary

Who owns the data produced by smart devices? What’s a smart meter? How much do smart locks cost? You can find the answers to these questions and more in the Internet of Things FAQ and the Smart Home Glossary...
May 5, 2016

Keeping Your PC Safe During Thunderstorm Season; Choosing the Best Smart Lightbulb; More in Five for Wednesday

Summer thunderstorms can wreak havoc with your PC, and your computer and data deserve better than that $9 power strip from the drugstore. Here’s what you need to stay ultra-safe. You’ve probably owned a Nokia phone at one point...