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Final Drone Rules, New Dropbox Features, and More: It’s Five for Wednesday

The FAA issued their final rules about commercial drone use. Find out how the new rules affect the real estate industry. Dropbox can now scan your photos (sorta like Evernote) and has deep integration with Microsoft Office. As CNET...

Why Microsoft Bought LinkedIn; Big Changes From Google and Apple; More in Five for Wednesday

You most likely know that Microsoft spent $26 billion to acquire LinkedIn, but do you know why? There are lots (and lots and lots) of new features coming to Apple’s iOS 10. Apple’s feet-dragging with respect to home automation...

Get a Free Samsung Gear VR Headset With A New Samsung Phone; More In Five For Friday

Buy one of six Samsung phones through June 19 and you’ll get a free Gear VR Headset. That’s a pretty sweet deal. You knew it was only a matter of time before Apple jumped into the home assistant fray....

How Much Would You Pay for a Mobile Phone That Does Less? That and More in Five for Wednesday

Your mobile phone can do a lot; for some people, it does too much. Punkt’s phone makes and receives phone calls, has a calendar, lets you make notes, and that’s about it. No Facebook, no Twitter, less frenzy, sweet...

New Internet of Things FAQ and Smart Home Glossary

Who owns the data produced by smart devices? What’s a smart meter? How much do smart locks cost? You can find the answers to these questions and more in the Internet of Things FAQ and the Smart Home Glossary...
May 5, 2016

Keeping Your PC Safe During Thunderstorm Season; Choosing the Best Smart Lightbulb; More in Five for Wednesday

Summer thunderstorms can wreak havoc with your PC, and your computer and data deserve better than that $9 power strip from the drugstore. Here’s what you need to stay ultra-safe. You’ve probably owned a Nokia phone at one point...

Alexa On Her Way to Smartwatches, The 2016 MacBook Reviewed, and More in Five for Wednesday

It’s only at the crowdfunding stage, but the CoWatch is on track to be the world’s first Amazon Alexa-integrated smartwatch. We’re a bit enamored of Alexa, so we think this long piece about its development history is well worth...

The Complete List of Alexa Commands, Google Calendar Can Help You Meet Your Goals, and More in Five for Wednesday

As Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa grows in popularity and supports more third-party services, the commands it obeys are piling up. Here’s a (for right now) complete list of what Alexa wants to hear you say. Need to find time...

A New Browser for Power Users, Amazon Dot and Tap Reviews, and More in Five for Wednesday

A new web browser called Vivaldi — a new *desktop* browser! — promises deep customizability and a feature set made for tweaking. Go check it out, nerds. Amazon’s Echo has garnered some impressive reviews. The Dot, a new member...

Instagram Increases Video Length; Online Criminals Target Real Estate Industry; More in Five for Wednesday

Grab the Instagram update for Android and iOS if you want to shoot and post longer videos; 60 seconds is the new 15!. Everyone knows real estate transactions involve *lots* of money, including criminals. Learn how to protect yourself...