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“Summoning the Demon,” Great Automotive Tech Gifts, and More

A long-form piece on the future of AI, a guide to automotive tech gifts, and more, this week in Five for Wednesday. Career technologists such as Elon Musk are not as optimistic about the future of technology as one...

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

Not One, not Two, but Five for Wednesday. 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...

Will Wrist Taps Help You Stay Safe?

After some hemming and hawing, I decided to order an Apple Watch. The reasons are several; among them is that as a user experience designer with CRT, I’m both interested in and obligated to learn how new technologies impact...
May 5, 2015

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