Stories by Lucas Mearian

Wearable health devices are a novelty that will wear off

Once the novelty wears off, people abandon their health wearable devices, many of which require regular syncing, powering up and other steps needed to keep them running.

By Lucas Mearian | 24 October, 2014 02:39

Tags: consumer electronics, PwC, Wearables

World's first 3D full-body scanning booth to create custom you figurines

3D scanner manufacturer, Artec Group, has announced the US debut of its Shapify Booth, which can scan your entire body in 12 seconds and use the resulting file to print a life-like figurine.

By Lucas Mearian | 22 October, 2014 07:46

Tags: peripherals, Printers, ASDA, 3D printers, 3d printing, WalMart

Samsung now producing 32GB DRAM modules, 128GB to follow

Samsung Electronics is now mass producing its most advanced 8Gbit, DDR4 memory and 32GB registered dual in-line memory modules (RDIMM).

By Lucas Mearian | 22 October, 2014 07:11

Tags: dram, Data storage, storage, Samsung Electronics

Ethernet is coming to cars

One of the top microchip suppliers for the auto industry has announced its first automotive-grade Ethernet chipset and software, paving the way for car makers to install 100Mbps networks in vehicles.

By Lucas Mearian | 22 October, 2014 04:01

Tags: popular science, emerging technology, Frost & Sullivan

Samsung delivers fix for SSD slowdowns

One of Samsung's most affordable consumer solid-state drives is experiencing read slowdowns with older data, a problem the company has now addressed with a firmware upgrade and installation guide.

By Lucas Mearian | 21 October, 2014 05:35

Tags: SSD, Drives, Data storage, storage

Kickstarter suspends Anonabox Tor router project

Kickstarter has suspended the crowdfunding campaign of a Tor-enabling wireless router that gained widespread media attention as a privacy device for the masses but left others questioning its legitimacy.

By Lucas Mearian | 18 October, 2014 07:49

Tags: reddit, security, Kickstarter, computerworld, data privacy, privacy

Once the FBI has a backdoor into your smartphone, everyone does

FBI director James Comey said this week thattech companies should not be allowed to put cryptographic locks on mobile devices so they can't be accessed by U.S. intelligence agencies.

By Lucas Mearian | 18 October, 2014 06:25

Tags: Apple, Google, security, data privacy, fbi, privacy

Snapchat and other online services need to tighten security

In recent weeks, there have been data breaches involving passwords and email addresses from JP Morgan Chase, celebrity nude photos from Apple's iCloud, more than 70,000 images from Snapchat and now a new alleged hack at Dropbox -- a claim it denies.

By Lucas Mearian | 16 October, 2014 23:36

Tags: Apple, dropbox, SnapChat, security, data privacy, Pastebin, privacy

Google launches telemedicine beta for video chats with docs

Google is running a temporary trial of a new feature that allows people looking for medical advice to also connect with a physician for an online consult.

By Lucas Mearian | 14 October, 2014 11:59

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Google, healthcare IT, internet

Tiny Anonabox to offer online anonymity through Tor

A startup is offering a tiny wireless router to users who want their anonymity protected by first encrypting and then routing their traffic over the Tor network.

By Lucas Mearian | 14 October, 2014 06:01

Tags: networking hardware, Networking, The Onion, Kickstarter, Network Hardware

Snapchat denies it was hacked

While hackers say they have broken into a giant Snapchat database filled with Snapchat photos and videos and have been collecting files for years, the content messaging service denies it was hacked.

By Lucas Mearian | 11 October, 2014 03:29

Tags: Google, SnapChat, security, data privacy, privacy

Two-thirds of industrial manufacturers use 3D printing

A survey of 100 top manufacturers revealed that two-thirds are using 3D printing, some for rapid prototyping and others for production or custom parts.

By Lucas Mearian | 10 October, 2014 07:18

Tags: computer hardware, hardware systems, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Samsung begins mass production of 3-bit 3D NAND chips

Samsung Electronics on Wednesday announced that it has begun mass producing the industry's first 3-bit, multi-level-cell (MLC) three-dimensional (3D) NAND flash memory for use in solid state drives (SSDs) for PCs and other devices.

By Lucas Mearian | 10 October, 2014 00:19

Tags: Data storage, storage, Samsung Electronics

Generation Nervous? Millennial searches focus on anxiety meds

An analysis of U.S. employee web searches for healthcare services showed that millennials search more frequently for anti-anxiety meds and women use specific medical terms while men tend to generalize.

By Lucas Mearian | 08 October, 2014 11:33

Tags: data analytics, business issues, Google, WalMart, Castlight Health, careers, Honeywell, comcast, IT management, personnel

Seagate, Intel back tech that obliterates redundant data before it's written

Seagate Technology and Intel's venture capital arm lead a $15 million funding round for Reduxio Systems, a start-up whose technology deletes redundant data even before it's written to a tiered storage system's cache.

By Lucas Mearian | 07 October, 2014 07:08

Tags: Seagate Technology, Data storage, storage, intel

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