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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

How to Find Pretty Much Anything You’ve Ever Tweeted, and More

In this week’s Five for Wednesday: Go way, way back with Twitter, the future of energy storage and production, and more. Twitter now indexes every public Tweet since 2006, and the advanced search is pretty amazing. An MIT engineering...
November 19, 2014

Raspberry Pi Projects, and More

16 awesome projects for the new Raspberry Pi, a virtual reality web browser, and three more cool things. It’s Five for Wednesday. For you Raspberry Pi fans out there (including NAR’s very own CTO Mark Lesswing), here are 16...
November 12, 2014

You’ve Got Google Inbox: Now What?

Google’s reinvention of email, security cameras reviewed, and a watch that could save your life. It’s Five for Wednesday. Google is rolling out Inbox, their new re-imagining of e-mail. Here are seven tips on how to get the most...
November 5, 2014

Google Chrome: Way More Powerful Than You Know

Cool Chrome tricks, the Internet of Things, the “Lego Phone,” and more. It’s Five for Wednesday. You can search your GMail and Google Drive directly from Chrome’s address bar? You can drag and drop keywords? Check out these and...
October 29, 2014

List Your Business in Apple’s Maps Directory

Maps, and maps, and more maps in this week’s Five for Wednesday. You can now add your small business — a real estate brokerage, perhaps? — to Apple maps. Gizmodo shows you how. Speaking of maps: there are cities...
October 22, 2014

Can A Squiggly Line Keep Your Online Accounts Safe?

Squiggles for safety, and more, in this week’s Five for Wednesday. Researchers at Rutgers University have found that the unique characteristics of a hand-drawn squiggly line may be the ultimate password. Android 5.0 Lollipop, the first Android OS to...
October 15, 2014

Plastc Card Enters the Universal Credit Card Race, And More

Don’t be like George Costanza, and more, in this week’s Five for Wednesday. Apple Pay *may* help popularize NFC (near-field communication) payments, but a lot of us will still be running around with too-large wallets. Plastc Card is the...
October 8, 2014

“One of the Strangest Phones on Shelves Today” and More, In Five for Wednesday

In this week’s Five for Wednesday: Blackberry’s new Passport smart phone is unlike anything else on the market today. For some use cases, that’s great. For others, not so much. CNET’s Fall Tech Preview covers wearables, computers, tablets, smart...
September 24, 2014