Five for Wednesday Archive

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

One Search Tip and Several Security Warnings, This Week in Five for Wednesday

It’s an oldie but a goodie, tip-wise: If you use ctrl+F (or command + F on Macs) to find specific words on a webpage, there’s a simple technique for doing the same thing on your mobile device. Facebook now...
February 1, 2017

Blackberry Is Back; Messenger Is Making Room For Ads; More in Five for Wednesday

Because there are still some hard-keyboard smart phone enthusiasts out there, the newest Blackberry will be formally launched on February 25. Facebook is starting to put advertisements into Messenger, forcing pretty much everyone to wonder if the good old...
January 25, 2017

Beware A New & Nasty Phishing Attempt; Search Without A Web Connection; More in Five for Wednesday

The newest phishing attempt hitting Gmail users is tricky and nasty and it’s really easy to get taken in by it. Learn how to protect yourself. Google’s Android app will remember the searches it couldn’t complete (when coverage is...
January 18, 2017

Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Home Make Serious Noise at CES; More in Five for Wednesday

Voice-controlled assistants and the increasing number of devices they can control was a huge story at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. Want to know about the new things Amazon’s Alexa can do? Check them out. More of an Apple...
January 11, 2017

New Smartphone Features for 2017 and More in Five for Wednesday

Thanks for reading the first Five for Wednesday of 2017! Some think smartphones have become a bit, well, boring. But 2017′s crop of smartphones might get us excited again if they deliver on these features. We’re keeping our fingers...
January 4, 2017