Category Archives: Solar Panels

Energy Harvesting – How & Why

What Is Energy Harvesting - Why Is It Needed? The process of extracting small quantities of energy from one or more natural, inexhaustible sources, accumulation and storage for subsequent use at an affordable cost is called Energy Harvesting. Specially developed electronic devices that enable this task are termed Energy Harvesting Devices. The world is facing acute energy crisis and global warming, stemming from rapid depletion of the traditional sources of energy such as oil, coal, fossil Read more [...]

How about a solar energy bikini for this summer?

We thought we'd seen just about everything powered by solar panels or solar film until we came across this bikini. Made by Solarcoterie, this bathing suit is made of photovoltaic film strips sewn together in series with conductive thread! With a USB connection you could be laying on the beach and powering your iPod at the same time. The suit is constructed of 1" x 4" solar strips which terminate in a 5V regulator and a female USB connector - perfect for powering your iPod. The down side is that Read more [...]

Solar Energy – a beginner’s look

Solar energy is an exciting field for both scientific study and home and office use, representing the modern drive to find clean, sustainable ways to power everyday life while protecting the planet for generations to come. Solar energy is created by the sun, which plays host to constant explosions of heat and energy. This energy radiates light that eventually reaches Earth, where water, land, and the clouds in the atmosphere absorb a portion. This light manifests as heat and helps to regulate Read more [...]

Solar energy can help sell your home

Anyone who is trying to sell a house knows that some improvements like adding a new bathroom or a complete kitchen renovation may increase the value of a home however most people might not consider that an investment in solar panels or other renewable energy sources may be another positive investment in their home. According to a study that was recently published by the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), solar photovoltaic (PV) panels added on average between 3 percent and 4 percent Read more [...]

Avoiding a network security hole in Android devices

According to a story from ZDNet, Android devices have a 'gaping network security hole'. That deficiency can quickly and easily be exposed by hackers, giving them access to a users google services including docs, gmail, calendars, etc. This is accomplished by a hacker grabbing someone's authorization keys off an open Wi-Fi connection. According to ZDNet, the researchers also report that “this vulnerability is not limited to standard Android apps but pertains to any Android apps and also desktop Read more [...]

Go Invisible: How to protect your privacy on Facebook

There have been a lot of news reports and discussions surrounding Facebook's privacy policies. Of course, if you are worried about web privacy, canceling your Facebook account is an option, but since many other sites have joined the Facebook Connect network and are utilizing the site's tools, you will need a Facebook account to be able to use these sites in the future. Plus, not everyone wants to give up their ability to connect with long lost high school buddies or share their latest baby pics Read more [...]

An alternative to buying an e-book reader: Google ebookstore

With its eyes firmly focused on the ebook market which is reportedly about $500 million in annual sales, Google has launched it's ebookstore. A fast look at the ebookstore appears to make it a smart alternative to buying proprietary e-readers and ebooks like Amazon's Kindle device.  At the beginning of 2010, Amazon held about 90% of the ebook market - a number that is estimated to drop to about 35% of the overall market in the next five years. What is special about Google's ebookstore? Purchasing Read more [...]

Survey finds that web users are sloppy with passwords

A new survey commissioned by Webroot confirms that web users are still putting their identities at risk by not employing some simple strategies for password safety and protection. So what did the survey reveal about web users and why are these findings an issue? 40% have shared passwords with at least one person in the past year Sharing passwords with a trusted friend or family member may seem like a non-issue because you trust the person you're sharing it with, but they may leave it lying around Read more [...]

The future of solar power: Flexible solar panels

As the popularity of solar energy grows, so does the selection of solar equipment that is made available. The big trend in solar energy right now is flexible panels. Flexible solar panels have many advantages over traditional framed solar panels. The flexible solar panels are lightweight so there is less worry in the installation process and during use. They can also be installed on a semi-permanent basis because they are very easy to remove and install elsewhere. Probably the biggest advantage Read more [...]

Android smartphone sales up a whopping 886%

Research firm, Canalys, reports that Android platform smartphone sales increased an amazing 886% in the 2nd quarter. An even bigger accomplishment is the fact that Android based phones now account for 34% of the market - topping all other platforms including Apple's popular iPhone platform. The press release from Canalys also reports that Android devices combined reached almost 475,000 units in Q2 2010 from no presence in the country a year ago. The Google-backed Android is available in phones Read more [...]