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Google’s Drones May Provide 5G Internet (If Eagles Don’t Get Them First); More in This Week’s Five for Wednesday

Google’s solar-powered drones may someday deliver the Internet at speeds up to 40x greater than 4G LTE. But then again, eagles may someday become the drone’s most feared predator. Smart REALTORS® use Google Alerts to monitor their online reputations,...
February 3, 2016

Smart Sensors Get Sweaty, Camera Hackers Get Investigated, and More in Five for Wednesday

Researchers have developed a band filled with sensors that can detect the levels of sodium, potassium, glucose, and lactate in your sweat. Smart watches and activity bands might be getting a whole lot smarter pretty soon. New York City’s...
January 27, 2016

Edit Your Facebook Ad Preferences; Encrypt Your Text Messages; More in Five for Wednesday

Unrelenting advertising is the price we pay for using Facebook, and that’s likely never going to change. But you can see (and edit!) what types of ads Facebook thinks you want to see. So if you’re like me and...
January 20, 2016

More Efficient Incandescent Bulbs, Google Is Reading Your Mind, and More in Five For Wednesday

If you’re not a fan of energy-saving LED lightbulbs, you’re not alone. But MIT scientists have figured out a way to capture the huge amount of heat lost by incandescent bulbs, making them (almost) as efficient as LEDs. That...
January 13, 2016

Cool New Stuff from Samsung; The Breakthrough Technologies of 2015; More in Five for Wednesday

Samsung is set to release a number of new products, including a smart belt that measures your waist, tracks your activity, and as Gizmodo points out, doesn’t look half-bad. Back in February, the MIT Technology Review identified 10 breakthrough...
December 30, 2015

Logging Into Google Without a Password, Tax Credits for Renewable Energy, and More In Five for Wednesday

You shouldn’t be writing down your passwords anyway, but that might soon be a thing of the past. Google (chasing Yahoo on this one) is testing password-free logins; a code is sent to your cell phone when you enter...
December 23, 2015

Conquering Cable Chaos

If you’re like the members of CRT, you have lots of tech in your house. And if you’re like us, you’re hoping to get more over the holidays. Here’s a quick project that will help you manage and hide...
December 16, 2015

How to Memorize Anything; The Ten Best Phones; More in Five for Wednesday

If you’re worried that relying on technology is ruining your memory (and some people do insist this happens), learn how to memorize anything from a former USA Memory Champion. From budget Androids to curved phones, here are the 10...
December 9, 2015

Free High-Resolution Photos, LinkedIn’s Redesigned App, and More in Five for Wednesday

Sourcing good photos for websites, blog posts, etc. can be difficult. Free, do-whatever-you-want-with-them, high-res photos are available from Unsplash. Many REALTORS® are serious LinkedIn users. If you’re one of them, read up on the features of the just-released mobile...
December 2, 2015

Black Friday Amazon Tech Deals, A $150 Lenovo Laptop, and More: It’s Five for Wednesday

Amazon has announced its Black Friday deals, and they’ll start selling some of them a week early on Friday, Nov 20. Lots of great tech stuff. One of Lenovo’s new laptops costs $150. At that price, the obvious question...
November 18, 2015