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Better Ad Blocking? Yes Please! Plus Four More Things You Should Know About

Google’s Valentine’s gift is a big one: starting tomorrow (on February 15), Chrome will block 12 of the most annoying kinds of web site ads. This is MUCH better than flowers and chocolate. The wearables market hasn’t grown as...
February 14, 2018

Net Neutrality Explained With Burgers; Clean Energy Through Beer; More in Five for Wednesday

If you’ve tried to explain net neutrality rules to someone and wound up being a little too abstract, here’s how to explain it with hamburgers. Budweiser has switched all of its U.S.-based brewing to 100% renewable energy. Is this...
January 24, 2018

Struggling with New Year’s Resolutions? Tech Is Here to Help; More Stories in Five for Wednesday

Getting fit, donating to charity, being more punctual: are these among your New Year’s resolutions? If you’re having trouble sticking to becoming a new you, check out these apps that can get you back on track. We’re not sure...
January 10, 2018

Will Cities Save Net Neutrality? Will 2018 Be Green Tech’s Breakout Year? (Plus Three More Items in Five for Wednesday)

Net neutrality has been repealed on a federal level, but many web users continue to clamor for an open internet. There’s one possible solution that’s gathering steam: cities could build their own internet networks, and run them as public...
December 27, 2017

Twitter Threads Made Simple; Smartphone Security 101; More in Five for Wednesday

Twitter just made it much easier to thread your tweets together; here’s their official announcement and instructions. Tweetstorms ahoy! Android or iPhone user, newbie or veteran, it doesn’t matter: follow these steps to keep your smartphone secure. Heck, while...
December 13, 2017

Self-Driving Cars Take On Manhattan; iPhone8 and Pixel 2 Cameras Battle It Out, and More

Manhattan traffic. Four-season weather. Tests of self-driving cars are about to get really real. If you’re the kind of phone owner who cares about the camera on your phone more than any of its other features, you’ll like reading...
October 18, 2017

Smart Phones Cost How Much Now? The Answer, And More, In Five For Wednesday

Pricing for the iPhone 8 hasn’t been announced, but many expect it to meet or exceed the close-to-$1000 cost of the Galaxy Note 8. This is pretty freaky: the frequency range at which voice assistants such as Siri and...
September 6, 2017

Android Oreo Is Here; Amazon’s Got New Competition; More in Five For Wednesday

Android users rejoice. Oreo is here, and it looks impressive. Get the scoop directly from Google. In the race to dominate voice-controlled e-commerce, Amazon will have a formidable challenger: Google and Walmart have joined forces to bring shopping to...
August 23, 2017

Siri vs. Google Assistant vs. Bixby, Another Two-Sided Phone, and More in Five for Wednesday

A voice assistant is a voice assistant is a voice assistant…or is it? Here’s a pretty solid roundup of how Siri, Google Assistant, and (new kid on the block) Bixby work and what they’re best at. The Meiuz Pro...

One of These Magic Rings is Available for Pre-Order, Plus Four More in Five for Wednesday

The wearables market seems to have cooled off quite a bit. But the Token Ring – which can open car doors, remember your passwords, and has some impressive security features – may heat things up again. I believe our...