Five for Wednesday Archive

Here Comes the Echo Show; How Many Self-Driving Cars Does It Take to Improve Traffic? More in Five for Wednesday

The Echo Show — the long-rumored marriage of a touch/video screen and Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa — has been officially announced. It ships June 28; learn more at Amazon’s official Show site. If you’re skeptical of self-driving cars, consider...

Apple Stores Even More Like Apple Schools; Shopping Gets Ethical; More in Five for Wednesday

Apple’s retail stores have long offered educational workshops, but the programs they’re rolling out in May — collectively known as “Today at Apple” — really up the ante. There will be 60 different programs for both kids and adults,...

A Gentle Reminder About Always-On Voice Devices; How To Save The Internet; More in Five for Wednesday

I can’t think of better adjectives than those already used in this article about a Burger King ad that’s meant to trigger your Google Home hub and Android phone: “horrible, genius, infuriating, hilarious, and maybe very poorly thought-out.” Just...

This Will Only Pinch a Little; What Comes After Smart Phones; More in Five for Wednesday

A company in Sweden is having no trouble finding volunteers willing to have a grain-of-rice-sized microchip inserted under the skin that can open locked doors, be used to purchase food from the snack bar, and more. Detractors will most...

ISPs Can Now Sell Your Browsing History (and How to Thwart Them); New Samsung Gear; More in Five for Wednesday

Lots of virtual ink is being spilled on the repeal of the laws that prohibited Internet service providers (ISPs) from selling your browsing history without your consent. Here’s why you should care, and here’s what you can do to...

4 of 5 U.S. Buildings Have Solar Potential; A Tech Dictionary for Everyone; More in Five for Wednesday

Google’s Project Sunroof has surveyed 60 million buildings in the United States and has determined that 80 percent of them are “solar viable,” meaning they receive enough sunlight to be worthy candidates for solar energy installations. Co-developed by The...

How Your Reactions on Facebook Shape Your Timeline, 3D Printed Houses Are Now a Reality, and More in Five for Wednesday

You probably know that how you react to a post on Facebook affects what appears in your News Feed. But do you know *how* your reactions do this? Facebook has come clean about what counts for what. For some...

Apps That Can Help You Stop Texting & Driving, Crazy Information-Stealing Drones, and More in Five for Wednesday

Despite warnings (and more warnings, and more warnings), people still continue to text, browse, and chat while driving. Several new apps will lock your phone when you’re moving, and will reward you (some with cash money!) if you leave...
February 22, 2017

A Classic Mobile Phone Is Set To Return and More In Five for Wednesday

It might seem sort of silly and an odd exercise in nostalgia, but the most iconic of candybar phones — the Nokia 3310 — is rumored to be making a comeback. If you think about it, though, there’s definitely...
February 15, 2017

Stop Your Smart TV From Spying on You, and More in Five for Wednesday

You may have heard that TV manufacturer Vizio has been fined $2.2M for tracking what users were watching and then offering that data to advertisers. No other TV companies have been found to be doing the same, but just...
February 8, 2017