Stories by Lucas Mearian

Cloud provider pits 6TB hard drives in real-world face off

Cloud service provider Backblaze has published performance and reliability data on two of the industry's leading 6TB 3.5-in. hard drives from Seagate and Western Digital (WD).

By Lucas Mearian | 18 December, 2014 07:55

Tags: BackBlaze, Data storage, WD, storage, western digital

Land Rover creates 'ghost car' for drivers to follow

Jaguar Land Rover has revealed two new research projects it's working on: a 360 Virtual Urban Windscreen to give a driver a 360-degree view outside the car and a ghost car navigation aid that projects a virtual vehicle ahead of you to follow.

By Lucas Mearian | 17 December, 2014 06:21

Tags: popular science, emerging technology

Solar demand soars 16% this year

Demand for solar power grew 16% year-over-year in 2014, representing 44 billion watts (gigawatts) of capacity purchased during the year.

By Lucas Mearian | 17 December, 2014 01:49

Tags: sustainable IT, Bloomberg, environment

After the Snowden leaks, 700M move to avoid NSA spying

An international survey of Internet users has found that more than 39% have taken steps to protect their online privacy and security as a result of spying revelations by one-time NSA employee Edward Snowden.

By Lucas Mearian | 16 December, 2014 05:28

Tags: security, Centre for International Governance Innovation, data privacy, nsa, privacy

A terabyte on a postage stamp: RRAM heads into commercialization

The makers of a new non-volatile RAM said the memory is ready to move from a prototype to a fabrication facility, where 1TB chips the size of a postage stamp will be produced and tested.

By Lucas Mearian | 16 December, 2014 01:38

Tags: Data storage, beca, Components, Crossbar

Ford dumps Microsoft for QNX, unleashes new functions in Sync v3

After numerous reports indicated almost a year ago that Ford would do it, the carmaker announced this week that it has moved from Microsoft for Blackberry's QNX OS for its in-vehicle infotainment system known as Sync.

By Lucas Mearian | 13 December, 2014 08:37

Tags: Gartner, Automotive, texas instruments, Microsoft, computerworld, industry verticals, telematics

Thousands of users tapped for first 3D printer buyer's guide

The world's largest online community of 3D printer owners has rated what looks to be the majority of machines for sale today, offering consumers a detailed buyer's guide that uses a simple "1-10" rating system.

By Lucas Mearian | 13 December, 2014 01:09

Tags: popular science, emerging technology, 3D Systems

HP turns to 3D printing to revive flagging fortunes

On top of its decision to split into two companies, Hewlett-Packard's move into 3D printing appears to be an attempt to spur revenues and rekindle a culture of innovation within the company.

By Lucas Mearian | 10 December, 2014 08:47

Tags: popular science, HP, emerging technology, Hewlett-Packard

U.S. utilities face up to $48B revenue loss from solar, efficiency

Energy utilities face losing between $18 billion and $48 billion a year in the U.S and up to €61 billion a year in Europe by 2025 as solar power and energy conservation initiatives grow, according to Accenture.

By Lucas Mearian | 10 December, 2014 08:47

Tags: popular science, Enable, university of new south wales, emerging technology, solar, George Washington University, accenture

Samsung adds 3D NAND to its most affordable SSD

Samsung today said it has added its 3D VNAND technology to its lowest-cost consumer SSD, an advancement that raises the drive to a level that should attract gamers and power users.

By Lucas Mearian | 09 December, 2014 03:34

Tags: consumer electronics, Data storage, beca

Data from wearable devices could soon land you in jail

While that fitness band or smartwatch you own may help you get in shape or never miss an appointment, the data it collects is now also fodder for criminal or civil litigation.

By Lucas Mearian | 08 December, 2014 22:09

Tags: security, data privacy, mobile, privacy

Need an electronic circuit? Just load paper and hit print

Researchers have created highly conductive and durable silver nanowire ink that can be used to print durable electronic circuits on paper.

By Lucas Mearian | 04 December, 2014 06:56

Tags: popular science, Applied Materials, emerging technology

Software can now identify DNA from viruses and speed up diagnoses

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) announced this week that bioinformatics software it created can now identify DNA from fungi, bacteria, viruses and other pathogens, slashing the time it takes to diagnose some illnesses from weeks to hours.

By Lucas Mearian | 03 December, 2014 05:37

Tags: Google, healthcare IT, software

150m passenger cars will connected to the Internet by 2020

In just five years, most cars and trucks will be connected to the Internet, according to a report from Gartner Inc.

By Lucas Mearian | 02 December, 2014 06:27

Tags: BI Research, popular science, Apple, Gartner, Google, ABI research, emerging technology

Here's why hydrogen-fueled cars aren't little Hindenburgs

For all the volatility of a gas like hydrogen, which combusts with one-tenth the energy required for gasoline, fuel cell vehicles are safer than internal combustion engines, according to industry experts.

By Lucas Mearian | 26 November, 2014 22:30

Tags: popular science, Tesla, emerging technology, Clarity, Honda

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