Alexa On Her Way to Smartwatches, The 2016 MacBook Reviewed, and More in Five for Wednesday

It’s only at the crowdfunding stage, but the CoWatch is on track to be the world’s first Amazon Alexa-integrated smartwatch. We’re a bit enamored of Alexa, so we think this long piece about its development history is well worth...

The Complete List of Alexa Commands, Google Calendar Can Help You Meet Your Goals, and More in Five for Wednesday

As Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa grows in popularity and supports more third-party services, the commands it obeys are piling up. Here’s a (for right now) complete list of what Alexa wants to hear you say. Need to find time...

A New Browser for Power Users, Amazon Dot and Tap Reviews, and More in Five for Wednesday

A new web browser called Vivaldi — a new *desktop* browser! — promises deep customizability and a feature set made for tweaking. Go check it out, nerds. Amazon’s Echo has garnered some impressive reviews. The Dot, a new member...

Instagram Increases Video Length; Online Criminals Target Real Estate Industry; More in Five for Wednesday

Grab the Instagram update for Android and iOS if you want to shoot and post longer videos; 60 seconds is the new 15!. Everyone knows real estate transactions involve *lots* of money, including criminals. Learn how to protect yourself...

Robots, Robots, and More Robots; A New Way to Make Free International Phone Calls; More in Five for Wednesday

If you’ve got an interest in robotics and all it offers for the future, Popular Science has a great archive of articles. AT&T is (finally) offering international WiFi calling. Currently it’s for iPhone, but we can’t imagine that Android...

Light Bulbs That Can Help You Sleep Better; A Common Cell Phone Myth Debunked; More in Five for Wednesday

The new white Hue light bulbs from Philips won’t make your living room look like a nightclub like their colored bulbs can, but they will help you sleep better. Not only does closing apps on your smartphone *not* save...

There’s a New Dog in the Voice Assistant Fight, The Best Location for Your Home WiFi Router, and More in Five for Wednesday

Joining Siri, Google Now, Alexa, and Cortana in the rapidly-getting-crowded voice-enabled assistant marketplace is Hound, from song recognition company SoundHound. If your home WiFi feels sluggish, it might have something to do with where you’ve put your router. Did...

Caterpillar’s New Thermal Camera Phone; MasterCard’s “Selfie Pay;” More In Five for Wednesday

Available in June, Caterpillar’s S60 cell phone has a built-in FLIR (thermal) camera. Your kids will probably take freaky selfies with it, but you might want to use it to check out where your hard-earned energy money is leaking...
February 24, 2016

Instagram Doubles Up on Authentication; Apple Doubles Down on Privacy; More in Five for Wednesday

Instagram is rolling out two-factor authentication. (2FA adds a layer of protection to online accounts; instead of relying solely on a username and password, it also required you to enter a code sent to your mobile phone). Get used...
February 17, 2016

Why Everyone’s So Mad at Twitter, Why Kids Should Learn to Write Code, and More in Five for Wednesday

Changes to the basic timeline in Twitter has some folks hopping mad. It may not be as bad as they think, but there are changes afoot. The Next Web has a great summary. You might want your kid to...
February 10, 2016