Stories by Lucas Mearian

Drivers want their cars to get to know them better

Consumers want their vehicles to anticipate their personal technology demands and to provide the same functionality as their mobile devices, according to a survey.

By Lucas Mearian | 29 August, 2014 23:06

Tags: Google, Automotive, beca, industry verticals, telematics

Freescale introduces multi-standard, programmable wireless charging chips

Freescale Semiconductor today introduced a range of fully programmable wireless charging chip and reference designs for consumer and automotive applications.

By Lucas Mearian | 28 August, 2014 03:27

Tags: popular science, wireless charging, emerging technology, Freescale Semiconductor

Verizon to become solar-power leader in the U.S. telecom industry

Verizon announced that it will invest nearly $40 million to expand the on-site green energy program that it launched in 2013.

By Lucas Mearian | 27 August, 2014 06:37

Tags: telecommunication, Verizon Wireless

Seagate scoffs at helium, ships world's first 8TB hard drive

Seagate today announced it's shipping to enterprise customers the world's first 8TB hard disk drive, raising the bar against rivals such as Western Digital, which uses helium to boost its own drive capacity.

By Lucas Mearian | 27 August, 2014 02:47

Tags: storage, western digital, cloud storage

LG to sell first OLED 4K TV - for $US11,000

LG has announced plans to release the industry's first OLED TVs in 77-in. and 65-in. screen sizes. But they won't be cheap.

By Lucas Mearian | 26 August, 2014 03:59

Tags: Palm, consumer electronics, Emerging Technologies, LG Electronics, hardware systems, Personal Technology

Carmakers put Apple's CarPlay in the slow lane

Some car manufacturers are delaying their rollout of CarPlay, the software platform from Apple that synchronizes an iPhone to a vehicle's infotainment system.

By Lucas Mearian | 22 August, 2014 20:42

Tags: ios, Emerging Technologies, Android, hardware systems, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, operating systems, three, Apple, Google, consumer electronics, ABI research, smartphones, software, IHS, Volvo, BI Research

FDA approves tech that turns smartphone into stroke warning system

The FDA today approved an algorithm that allows a special iPhone case to record the heart's rhythm and detect abnormalities associated with strokes or other heart-related problems.

By Lucas Mearian | 22 August, 2014 04:34

Tags: Mobile/Wireless, consumer electronics, Networking, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, smartphones, wireless, healthcare IT, mobile

How Tesla will help bring renewable energy to your business or home

Tesla Motors and other manufacturers have set their sites on achieving lower lithium-ion battery costs through economies of scale, which should enable power storage systems for solar energy.

By Lucas Mearian | 21 August, 2014 06:52

Tags: Tesla, industry verticals

SanDisk's Ultra II SSD offers prices as low as 44 cents per gigabyte

The Ultra II SSD is a follow-up to the consumer-grade Ultra Plus SSD released last year that increases performance while slashing the price point.

By Lucas Mearian | 19 August, 2014 20:34

Tags: SSD, Drives, storage, beca, sandisk

Almost one in six doctor visits will be virtual this year

With an aging Baby Boomer population and broadband bandwidth improved a hundredfold from a decade ago, telemedicine is exploding as a convenient and less costly alternative to the traditional visit to the doctors' office.

By Lucas Mearian | 09 August, 2014 05:12

Tags: Deloitte, Internet-based applications and services, Telephony/conferencing, health care, internet, industry verticals

AMD set to start selling SSDs for gamers

Information leaked from an AMD site in China shows the company plans to release a series of solid-state drives for gamers and professionals later this year.

By Lucas Mearian | 08 August, 2014 02:56

Tags: SSD, Drives, Data storage, storage, storage hardware, toshiba, intel

Navdy's planned heads-up car display works with iPhone or Android

Using a phone while driving can be risky business, even if it's connected to an infotainment system, because it can still require a driver to glance away from the road to look at phone's screen. But a new windshield display technology that uses touchless gesture recognition and echo- and noise-canceling voice recognition hopes to address that problem.

By Lucas Mearian | 07 August, 2014 05:33

Tags: Automotive, consumer electronics, Navdy, industry verticals

Researchers to name the most hackable cars at Black Hat

A report to be released at Black Hat this week will reveal which vehicles are more susceptible to hackers.

By Lucas Mearian | 05 August, 2014 04:19

Tags: Cybercrime and Hacking, security, Honda, Malware and Vulnerabilities, Cadillac

Panasonic to help Tesla build battery 'Gigafactory'

Panasonic has penned a deal with Tesla Motors to help build the electric-car startup's "Gigafactory," which it hopes will produce half a million electric-vehicle batteries per year.

By Lucas Mearian | 02 August, 2014 07:03

Tags: Automotive, Panasonic, industry verticals

Qi wireless charging spec gets more flexibility with distance extension

The Qi wireless charging spec added a resonance extension to its existing induction spec, meaning enabled mobile devices can be charged more than an inch away from the pad.

By Lucas Mearian | 01 August, 2014 02:35

Tags: Motorola, galaxy, Google, Emerging Technologies, Duracell, Nokia, hardware systems

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