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

NAR joins the OpenID Foundation

NAR is proud to announce that we have joined the OpenID Foundation. We have supported the development of RESO standards since they were “born” in 1989 and the recently published RESO Web API standard includes OpenID Connect....
February 9, 2016

Web traffic encryption just got easier

The internet is moving towards towards encrypted web traffic. If you pay attention to the address window in your browser, you will notice that more websites are starting with “https://” instead of “http://”. Websites that begin with “https://” use...
February 8, 2016

Experiments with devices – Part 5, final thoughts

My Chromebook experiment had more ups than downs. My laptop came back from the repair shop yesterday (I just love AppleCare) and the Thunderbolt ports are working again. I had another inquiry about the pile of equipment in the...
February 4, 2016

Google’s Drones May Provide 5G Internet (If Eagles Don’t Get Them First); More in This Week’s Five for Wednesday

Google’s solar-powered drones may someday deliver the Internet at speeds up to 40x greater than 4G LTE. But then again, eagles may someday become the drone’s most feared predator. Smart REALTORS® use Google Alerts to monitor their online reputations,...
February 3, 2016

Experiments with devices – Part 4, third day of work

I am expecting a Google Cloud Printer later today, and I need it to keep up with my work demands. Right now, I am sending documents to friends to print and I refuse to get a dedicated, directly attached...
January 28, 2016

Smart Sensors Get Sweaty, Camera Hackers Get Investigated, and More in Five for Wednesday

Researchers have developed a band filled with sensors that can detect the levels of sodium, potassium, glucose, and lactate in your sweat. Smart watches and activity bands might be getting a whole lot smarter pretty soon. New York City’s...
January 27, 2016

Experiments with devices – Part 3, second day of work

The first thing I did today was to address my printer problem. In order to fully experience the Chromebook in a corporate environment, I needed to be able to print things. I checked the vintage of the department’s printers...
January 27, 2016