4 of 5 U.S. Buildings Have Solar Potential; A Tech Dictionary for Everyone; More in Five for Wednesday


  1. Google’s Project Sunroof has surveyed 60 million buildings in the United States and has determined that 80 percent of them are “solar viable,” meaning they receive enough sunlight to be worthy candidates for solar energy installations.
  2. Co-developed by The Washington Post and Google’s Jigsaw division (that works on technology safety issues), the Sideways Dictionary uses analogies to explain tech concepts that otherwise might be intimidating to some people. What a great idea.
  3. In our ever-more-connected world, sometimes you want to hide. That’s why a team of South Korean computer scientists have developed a cloaking system that disrupts location-based services.
  4. Teenagers with smartphones can be annoying. But teenagers with cellphones are also using fewer drugs.
  5. Mozilla polled over 30,000 Web users about their thoughts, fears, and practices regarding privacy and security online. If you’re worried about how to start protecting yourself online, they offer some good beginning resources.

Joseph Sullivan

Joe Sullivan is a User Experience Designer for the Center for REALTOR® Technology.

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