Stories by Lucas Mearian

Flurry of hydrogen fuel cell cars challenge all-electric vehicles

At the L.A. Auto Show this week, leading car makers revealed their plans for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, which use the most common molecule in the universe for power and release only water vapor as exhaust.

By Lucas Mearian | 22 November, 2014 06:04

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

Comcast app lets customers track service techs in real time

Comcast today unveiled a mobile app that allows their service techs to be tracked by cable customers in real time.

By Lucas Mearian | 21 November, 2014 04:44

Tags: mobile applications, Google, comcast, mobile, mobile apps

Apple, Microsoft, Google and others join push against government spying

Apple, Microsoft, and Google are among 10 top tech companies that this week signed onto a letter backing passage of a bill that would curtail bulk collection of Internet metadata by government agencies.

By Lucas Mearian | 19 November, 2014 09:17

Tags: American Civil Liberties Union, Apple, Google, security, Microsoft, data privacy, Sena, ACLU, privacy

Rooftop solar electricity on pace to beat coal, oil

The cost of rooftop solar-powered electricity will be on par with prices for common coal or oil-powered generation in just two years -- and the technology to produce it will only get cheaper.

By Lucas Mearian | 19 November, 2014 02:26

Tags: Deutsche Bank, Vivint, sustainable IT, energy, industry verticals

Carmakers promise they'll protect driver privacy -- really

The world's 19 biggest automakers have agreed to principles they say will protect driver privacy in an electronic age where in-vehicle computers collect everything from location and speed to what smartphone you use.

By Lucas Mearian | 14 November, 2014 06:30

Tags: nissan, security, data privacy, Honda, three, privacy, Volkswagen

SanDisk releases Lightning-enabled thumb drive for iPhone, iPad

SanDisk today announced a USB flash drive with a Lightning connector that can be used with iPhones and iPads to automatically offload photos and videos with special software.

By Lucas Mearian | 14 November, 2014 05:34

Tags: peripherals, IDC, Data storage, sandisk

The 5 SMART stats that actually predict hard drive failure

Hard drive firmware that IT administrators use to monitor hard drive health is highly inconsistent from drive to drive and manufacturer to manufacturer, according to figures collected from nearly 40,000 spindles.

By Lucas Mearian | 13 November, 2014 05:29

Tags: BackBlaze, Data storage, storage

Seagate preps for 30TB laser-assisted hard drives

Seagate Technology is boosting investments in laser-assisted hard disk drive technology that it projects will allow it to increase capacity five-fold.

By Lucas Mearian | 12 November, 2014 08:13

Tags: Seagate Technology, Data storage, computerworld, Components

Intel doubles capacity of its datacentre SSD

Intel has announced upgrades to its Solid-State Drive DC S3500 Series of products that now offer up to 1.6TB of capacity, double what the previous generation had.

By Lucas Mearian | 12 November, 2014 05:24

Tags: storage, solid state drives, intel, Personal storage peripherals

HP's new 3D printer is aimed at manufacturing, not consumers

HP has no plans to take its new industrial 3D printer into the desktop market for consumers, but it will likely scale the machine to take on large production parts.

By Lucas Mearian | 08 November, 2014 04:26

Tags: HP, peripherals, Printers, 3D printers, 3d printing

Amazon launches Echo voice-activated personal assistant, music player

Amazon revealed a new voice-controlled speaker called Echo that works like Apple's Siri or Microsoft's Cortana in that it responds to user requests for information or to play music uploaded from Amazon Music and other services.

By Lucas Mearian | 07 November, 2014 08:39

Tags: Apple, consumer electronics, Microsoft, consumerization, Alexa, wikipedia

Review: Austria's Angelbird laptop SSD

Typically, when I review a solid-state drive (SSD) it comes from one of the half dozen or so big name manufacturers, such as Toshiba, SanDisk, Intel, Micron, Samsung and Seagate.

By Lucas Mearian | 07 November, 2014 07:17

Tags: Angelbird, Data storage, Components, toshiba, intel, sandisk, memory

Review reloaded: The da Vinci all-in-one 3D printer disappoints

After spending a week with the new da Vinci 1.0 AiO all-in-one 3D printer, I've decided that first impressions can be deceiving.

By Lucas Mearian | 06 November, 2014 09:25

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

Hilton and Starwood hotel guests can soon unlock rooms with smartphones

Hilton and Starwood will soon allow guests to unlock their rooms via a smartphone app.

By Lucas Mearian | 04 November, 2014 07:19

Tags: mobile, Hilton, mobile apps

Seagate gives Ethernet-connected drives their own IP address

Seagate Technology today announced a new object-based storage hard disk drive -- the Seagate Kinetic HDD -- that gives each hard drive its own IP address.

By Lucas Mearian | 04 November, 2014 01:20

Tags: Seagate Technology, peripherals, Drives, Data storage, storage

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