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Twitter’s Play for More Users, A Chrome Extension You Must Download, and More

You know what it is: it’s 5! 4! Wednesday! Twitter launched @TwitterFood today. Twitter’s curated feeds — there’s also @TwitterSports and @TwitterMusic — are meant to make it easier for new users to find and follow topics and other...

Download (and Delete) Your Google Search History, and More, in Five for Wednesday

All about your Google search history, Google’s Project Fi, and an Earth Day reading list for techies. It’s Five for Wednesday. About the only thing cooler than Google making it possible to see your search history is the ease...

IBM and the Internet of Things, Budget Smartwatches, and More

Scanning your face to determine your biological age, IBM and the Internet of Things, and budget smartwatches. These things and more in Five for Wednesday. Feeling older than you really are? Younger? There’s an algorithm for that. Researchers in...

Tonight We’re Gonna HTTP(arty) Like It’s (No Longer) 1999

HTTP gets an update, more fashion-challenged computers for your face, and 3-D selfie statues. Enjoy this week’s Five for Wednesday. HTTP is getting its first major upgrade since 1999. Expected to bring faster page loads and better cacheing (among...
February 18, 2015

Help Us Out; Take Our One-Question Poll About Five for Wednesday

Hi. We’ve been publishing our weekly round-up of links each Wednesday for almost a year. Sometimes what we post is directly related to real estate and a REALTORS®’ business; sometimes it’s just cool. We’re wondering how this is working...
February 4, 2015

Behind the Wayback Machine, The Changing Urban Experience, and More

Archiving the Internet, crowdsourced parking spaces, and really bad passwords. This week in Five for Wednesday. Can the Internet be archived? Brewster Kahle has been trying to answer that question since 1996. From cooperative housing to health care, urban...
January 21, 2015

Intel’s Compute Stick Has Something Other HDMI Sticks Don’t Have, and More

In Five for Wednesday this week: Intel’s Compute Stick looks and works like other HDMI peripherals like Google’s Chromecast and Amazon’s Fire TV Stick, but this one goes to 11 runs Windows. Need an iPhone case that has 5...
January 14, 2015

Don’t Welcome the Robot Overlords Just Yet

In today’s Five for Wednesday: fooling artificial intelligence, signal-boosting smartphone cases, and privacy apps. It turns out that computer vision is pretty easy to fool, and artificial intelligence produces a lot of false positives. Humans are likely safe for...
January 7, 2015

A Phone with Two Faces, and More, in Five for Wednesday

This week: the “Harvey Dent phone,” Samsung’s new Chromebook reviewed, and your increasingly important fingerprint. Someone’s finally figured out that the back of your smartphone might be a good place to put an e-paper display. Meteor is a free,...
December 10, 2014

An App That Makes Spreadsheets More Readible, and More

In this week’s Five for Wednesday: Spreadsheets that are easier on your eyes, another modular smartphone, and a big update from Evernote for iOS8 users. Project Elastic is an app that will open a spreadsheet on your iPad as...
December 3, 2014