A New Sticky Note Chrome Extension, A New Smart Home Checklist, and More in Five for Wednesday

Real simple, but real cool: leave a sticky note on a web site and it will be there when you return. It’s super easy to remove them too. If you’re the kind of person who has way too many...
October 19, 2016

Blockchains in Real Estate – Part 1

The real estate industry can benefit from blockchains...
October 17, 2016

All Pixel Phones Guaranteed to Get Timely Updates; Amazon Wades Into Music Streaming; More in Five for Wednesday

Some people interested in Google’s new phone — the Pixel — were worried that purchasing the device through Verizon would delay delivery of Android updates. To the delight of many potential Pixel purchasers, that won’t be the case. Into...
October 12, 2016

Google Gets Serious About Hardware (and Hardware and Hardware and…), Plus Four More Items in Five for Wednesday

With the announcement of 5 new products, Google is (finally) getting serious about hardware. Facebook is rolling out “Secret Conversations” to their Messenger service; you and someone else who has opted into using it can now have device-to-device encrypted...
October 5, 2016

Lying to Keep Yourself Safe Online, Letting Amazon Into Your Home, and More in Five for Wednesday

Security questions for online accounts stink, because they often ask questions to which lots of people know the answer. Until companies stop using them, do yourself a favor: lie like a rug. Smart lock company August and garage door...
September 28, 2016

macOS Sierra Reviewed; An Awesome Use for Drones; More in Five for Wednesday

Apple’s new operating system for the Mac — Sierra — has just been released. Siri is now part of the Mac OS, but that’s not the only big change. The Verge has a full review. Tired of hearing about...
September 21, 2016

Remarkable Technology For A Ridiculously Low Price, Cars That Smile At You, And More In Five For Wednesday

Whatever you just spent $50 on isn’t going to make you feel as good as spending $50 on Amazon’s Echo Dot. We’ve got no horse in this race other than trying to make your life more awesome. Trust us...
September 14, 2016

Cables? Google Fiber Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Cables. Plus Four More Cool Things in Five For Wednesday.

Chicago, Los Angeles, and Dallas are thought to be some of the cities where Google Fiber will eschew physical cables, instead beaming the service wirelessly. Think Apple’s Facetime can be a little wonky? So does Google, whose 1-to-1 video...
August 17, 2016

How to Block Calls on Your Cell Phone; Solar Energy and Real Estate Resources; More in Five for Wednesday

There are lots of call-blocking apps, but you don’t need them. Your Android or iOS phone can do this all by itself. Learn how. The US Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative seeks to make solar energy cost-competitive by 2020....

Microsoft Reaches Out to Small Biz, Why Apple Might Kill the Headphone Jack, and Nothing About Pokemon Go in Five for Wednesday

Windows 10 Enterprise Edition — previously only available to large companies — is now available via the cloud to smaller businesses. At $7 per month per user, it sounds like a great deal. Rumors persist that Apple will kill...