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Beware A New & Nasty Phishing Attempt; Search Without A Web Connection; More in Five for Wednesday

The newest phishing attempt hitting Gmail users is tricky and nasty and it’s really easy to get taken in by it. Learn how to protect yourself. Google’s Android app will remember the searches it couldn’t complete (when coverage is...
January 18, 2017

Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Home Make Serious Noise at CES; More in Five for Wednesday

Voice-controlled assistants and the increasing number of devices they can control was a huge story at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Want to know about the new things Amazon’s Alexa can do? Check them out. More of an Apple...
January 11, 2017

New Smartphone Features for 2017 and More in Five for Wednesday

Thanks for reading the first Five for Wednesday of 2017! Some think smartphones have become a bit, well, boring. But 2017′s crop of smartphones might get us excited again if they deliver on these features. We’re keeping our fingers...
January 4, 2017

Apple’s Wireless Airpods Reviewed, Suggestions for Wired Lightning Headphones, and More in Five for Wednesday

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December 21, 2016

Energy Vampires, Self-Driving Ubers, Delivery Drones, and More in Five for Wednesday

In this week’s Five for Wednesday: You’ve probably heard of vampire draw — the phenomenon wherein your switched-off appliances consume energy, costing you money — but did you know smart outlets and smart power strips can help you save...
December 14, 2016

Tech Trends for 2017, Google WiFi Reviews, Goodbye Pebble, Detroit’s “Agrihood,” & More Disappearing Headphone Jacks

This week, in Five for Wednesday: If even just a few of these predictions for 2017 are accurate, next year will be pretty exciting, tech-wise. Google WiFi (which uses multiple routers to create a mesh network for your home...
December 7, 2016

Best Smart Phone Calendars, Repurposing Old Tablets, Online Holiday Scams, and CRT’s Smart Home Survey

If you’re like us, you use your smart phone more as a task manager than as a phone. We’re always looking for good calendar apps; here are The Verge’s favorites for Android. Use an iPhone? The Verge has you...
November 30, 2016

Google’s Home Steps Into the Ring Against Amazon’s Echo; Microsoft App Takes on Color Blindness; More

NOTE: 4 of this week’s 5 items are about Google and Google products. Sorry if it seems unbalanced, but they’ve been busy, and putting out things that deserve attention. Amazon’s Echo has been a hit since its introduction, and...
November 16, 2016

Microsoft’s First Desktop PC Lifts Off; Google Fiber Crashes; More in Five for Wednesday

Hard to believe, but Microsoft has *never* released a desktop computer; that changed today with the announcement of the Surface Studio PC. For what it’s worth, it’s got this long-time Mac fan intrigued. Related: the star of the show...
October 26, 2016

A New Sticky Note Chrome Extension, A New Smart Home Checklist, and More in Five for Wednesday

Real simple, but real cool: leave a sticky note on a web site and it will be there when you return. It’s super easy to remove them too. If you’re the kind of person who has way too many...
October 19, 2016