Five for Wednesday Archive

Turn Your Phone Into an Infrared Camera, PayPal and Square Have Some Competition, and More

Infrared photography comes to the smartphone, Facebook takes on Square and PayPal, and three more items are in this week’s Five for Wednesday: The Flir One turns your cell phone into an infrared camera. As The Verge points out,...

Microsoft Office for Android Phones Released, How to Unsend Gmail Emails, and More

Office and Android phones have finally become friends, Google grants Gmail users the power to turn back time, and more in this week’s Five for Wednesday. Microsoft Office has been available for Android tablets for some time; now it’s...

A Countertop That Charges Your Devices, Emoji PINs, and More

Dupont’s Corian countertops will soon contain induction chargers, making it possible to charge your devices by just leaving them on a countertop. And yes, it will work with both Android and Apple devices. A new security system that uses...

Don’t Laugh At the Robots, Pizzatainment, and More in Five for Wednesday

The DARPA Robotics Challenge is a competition to build robots that can do things too dangerous for humans to do. Wired asks us to look past the humor of humanoid robots falling over in this longish piece, but it...

Google’s “My Account” Privacy Hub, The Growth of Wearables, and More

Google lets you see what they see about you, who’s leading the wearables race, and crazy display technology. This week in Five for Wednesday. Google has made it a little easier to find out exactly what information about you...

Photo Filters Increase Engagement, Google I/O 2015, and More

Researchers at Yahoo Labs have found that photos published with filters applied are significantly more likely to be viewed and commented on. Sorta makes a REALTOR® wonder about those listing photos, doesn’t it? Google I/O (Google’s developer conference) kicks...

An August Award, Building My Open Sourced Desk & More! It’s Five for Wednesday

Use sound to send links from your laptop to your phone, August Smart Lock is awarded an A+ Award for Product of the Year, and I’m building a desk from open source designs! All this and more in Five...
May 20, 2015

“Summoning the Demon,” Great Automotive Tech Gifts, and More

A long-form piece on the future of AI, a guide to automotive tech gifts, and more, this week in Five for Wednesday. Career technologists such as Elon Musk are not as optimistic about the future of technology as one...

“Tunable” Windows, Project Fi, Your Digital Legacy, and More

Not One, not Two, but Five for Wednesday. Smart windows (ones that can control the amount of light and heat passing through them) aren’t new, but they also haven’t been cheap. A California-based company has developed a method for...

Twitter’s Play for More Users, A Chrome Extension You Must Download, and More

You know what it is: it’s 5! 4! Wednesday! Twitter launched @TwitterFood today. Twitter’s curated feeds — there’s also @TwitterSports and @TwitterMusic — are meant to make it easier for new users to find and follow topics and other...