Welcome to Five for Wednesday, our weekly round-up of tech-focused news.
- You should always, always, always be careful when using public wifi, but this article argues that for most of us, it’s ok to relax a bit. (The article contains some solid safety tips, so even if you’re in the “Free hotel wifi? No way!” camp, read on.)
- It’s hard to navigate the large number of Chromebook models and configurations. Here’s a guide to what you should be looking for on Black Friday if you’re in the market for a new machine.
- Microsoft is making a number of its products password-free. What’s the catch? You need to use a hardware key and some another form of authentication. Still, though, for those who don’t practice good password hygiene, this is pretty awesome.
- With large commercial spaces like shopping malls languishing, there’s no shortage of ideas for how to reuse all those square feet. There’s even a start-up that will put pre-fabricated housing inside old malls. (Reaction here in CRTLabs ranged from “cool!” to “ewww.”)
- We have no fifth item this week, other than to wish you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving and to thank you for reading and for your RTs.