IT Trends: More Efficient Solar Panels, Secure Password Management Site

Does Facebook status indicate overall happiness?

by / June 30, 2010

Origami Solar Panels

Trees are teaching researchers how to harness more energy from the sun. Inspired by how trees move their leaves to capture sunlight, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) engineering professor Jeffrey Grossman used a computer program to create the optimum 3-D shape for collecting light. The results were origami-like shapes that are twice as efficient as traditional flat solar panels.


Password Genie

Do you struggle to remember multiple passwords?, a secure password management site, lets users store myriad e-mail addresses and passwords, as well as instant messenger service credentials on the site. Once users add an e-mail account, that logo is stored on their Logaway start page, so accessing that site is only a click of a logo away. The service is free and adheres to the National Security Administration standards.


Don't Worry, Be Happy

Is your Facebook status an indicator of how happy you are? It can be. A new Gross National Happiness application for Facebook analyzes users' status updates for words like "awesome" and "tragic" to determine how happy users are. Fewer people were happy when natural disasters occurred, while holidays boosted their morale.


Mobile Eclipses Web

By 2015, mobile Internet usage will surpass that of the desktop, according The Mobile Internet Report by Morgan Stanley.


American Teens on Hacking

One in six teens admitted to trying hacking because it's fun and they're curious. Of the 1,000 New York City teenagers surveyed about their impressions of hacking, this is what they said:
39% think hacking is cool
50% have had their Facebook or e-mail hacked
75% think it's wrong
70% think it should be a criminal offense
7% did it for money
Source: Tufin Technologies


Karen Stewartson

Karen Stewartson served as the managing editor of Government Technology for many years. She also contributed to Public CIO and Emergency Management magazines.