Five for Wednesday Archive

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

Third-Party Keyboards for iOS8 and More in Five for Wednesday

In this week’s Five for Wednesday: Apple has finally opened up their keyboard to third-party developers. Swype and Swiftkey, long Android-users favorites, will be available as soon as iOS8 is available. HT The Verge. Beartooth Radio is (or will...
September 17, 2014

How Big is the iPhone 6 Plus? It’s Really Big. That and More in Five for Wednesday

It’s Wednesday, which means it’s Five for Wednesday time: If you’re wondering how the new, bigger iPhones will feel in your hand(s) before pre-orders start on 9/12, print this PDF and get a pair of scissors and start cutting....
September 10, 2014

Vision-Correcting Displays, A Portable Charger That Knows Your Schedule, and More

Welcome to this week’s Five for Wednesday: The geniuses at the MIT Media Lab and Berkeley have developed smartphone and computer displays that automatically compensate for vision defects. Forgetting your glasses might not be a problem in the near...
September 3, 2014

Dropbox Pro Accounts Get Huge, Hyperlapse Lives Up to Hype, and More

Our curated list of awesome things for the week: If you’re a Dropbox Pro user, you’re going to love this: the $9.99 you used to pay for 100 gigabytes of storage will now buy you ONE TERABYTE. Instagram’s iPhone-only...
August 27, 2014

Twitter Makes a Big Change, Pimping Your Ride Pt. 2, and More

In this week’s Five for Wednesday, our ongoing series of curated links: Twitter has taken away a measure of control that’s been central to its service from the start: “popular” and “relevant” tweets (by folks you don’t follow) may...
August 20, 2014

Five for Wednesday: Apps to Save You Money & Best Android Tablets

For this Five for Wednesday, we look at alternatives to the iPad and 11 apps to help you save money: In case you didn’t hear, Google is saying that HTTPS or lack thereof will influence your site ranking very...
August 13, 2014

A Heads-Up Display for Your Car, Avoiding “Computer Vision Syndrome,” and More

Welcome to Five for Wednesday. This week: Navdy is a heads-up display you put on your car’s dashboard. Controlled by your voice or hand gestures, it displays information such as speed and direction, and it ties into apps such...