Five for Wednesday Archive

How to Disable Video Autoplay in Twitter; Galaxy Note 5 “PenGate;” and More in Five for Wednesday

You’re right if you noticed this summer that videos in Twitter started automatically playing in your timeline, and you’re right to be annoyed (it affects your bandwidth consumption). Here’s how to change your settings and make them stop. Samsung’s...
August 26, 2015

Investing Wisely in Solar Panels; Asking Your Computer to Wake Up; and More

Investing in solar panels can save you some big money, but they aren’t cheap. How do you know if installing them will be worth the expense? Google’s Project Sunroof can tell homeowners how much solar power their roof can...
August 19, 2015

A Tool to Protect Your Browsing Privacy, Verizon’s New Wireless Services Explained, and More

As Joseph Heller wrote and Kurt Cobain sang: Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they aren’t after you. Two items on privacy and three other cool items, in this week’s Five for Wednesday. Japan’s National Institute of Informatics has...
August 12, 2015

Windows 10 and the Edge Browser, Speaking Your Passwords, and More

Windows 10 and Microsoft’s new web browser were released today, and that noise you just heard was a deafening sigh of relief from Microsoft headquarters. These things and more in this week’s Five for Wednesday. When’s the last time...

A Bendy Keyboard, Google Maps Knows Everywhere You’ve Been, and More

A very cool way to carry a keyboard in your back pocket, a new useful/creepy service from Google, and what to do with an abandoned golf course. It’s Five for Wednesday. Lots of people carry Bluetooth keyboards, and we...

“Zero UI,” the Amazon Echo, How Loud Is Your Neighborhood, and More

The future of user interfaces, the Amazon Echo reviewed, and three more curated items in this week’s Five for Wednesday. “Zero UI” describes the design principle that will inform the ways we will soon interact with many of our...

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...