Stories by Lucas Mearian

Why the entry-level iPhone 6 has just 16GB of storage

The eagerly awaited iPhone 6 announced last week offers a larger screen, more processing power and -- in the base model -- the same 16GB of storage as the two-year-old  iPhone 5.

By Lucas Mearian | 18 September, 2014 20:09

Tags: iphone 6, Apple, consumer electronics, computerworld, smartphones, hynix

Micron ships 16nm node SSDs, cheapest price yet

Micron today announced a new SSD that uses its densest process to date and has a chip that can program the memory to act as high performance SLC or high-capacity MLC flash.

By Lucas Mearian | 16 September, 2014 23:22

Tags: Data storage, Components

A wireless router may someday charge your mobile devices

For all intents and purposes, the new Apple Watch is not a mobile device that uses wireless charging. While its charging cable uses magnetic inductive coupling, the wire must still physically attach to the watch in order to work.

By Lucas Mearian | 15 September, 2014 23:02

Tags: Apple, consumer electronics, wireless charging, emerging technology, beca

SanDisk announces world's highest capacity SD card: 512GB

SanDisk today unveiled what it calls the world's highest capacity SD card -- more than half a terabyte.

By Lucas Mearian | 12 September, 2014 08:22

Tags: computer hardware, storage, sandisk

Quantum Dot technology may smother OLED TVs in the crib

For the past year, manufacturers have heralded OLED ultra-high definition (UHD) TVs as a harbinger of sea change in the home entertainment industry, affording thinner and even flexible panels with higher quality pictures than today's LCD sets.

By Lucas Mearian | 12 September, 2014 06:33

Tags: consumer electronics, emerging technology, Ultra HD / 4K

New StarTech disk drive duplicator copies at 22GB per minute

StarTech today released its latest disk duplicator, a standalone USB 3.0/eSATA docking station that offers the company's fastest sector-by-sector drive cloning to date.

By Lucas Mearian | 11 September, 2014 05:59

Tags: StarTech, computer hardware, storage

Consumers warm to 4K TVs as they reach 6% market penetration

About 14 million ultra-high definition (UHD) 4K2K television sets have been shipped globally in 2014, penetrating 6-7% of the overall TV market, according to WitsView, a subsidiary of Taiwan-based market intelligence firm TrendForce.

By Lucas Mearian | 10 September, 2014 22:42

Tags: computer hardware, consumer electronics, tcl

WD leapfrogs Seagate with world's highest capacity 10TB helium drive, new flash drives

Western Digital's (WD) HGST subsidiary today announced it has added 8TB and 10TB hard drives to its HelioSeal product line, which hermetically seals in helium in order to reduce internal drive friction and power use.

By Lucas Mearian | 10 September, 2014 05:23

Tags: computer hardware, storage, western digital

If Tesla's Gigafactory can run on 100% renewable energy, why can't others?

Tesla's Gigafactory, the world's largest lithium-ion battery factory, is expected to generate as much renewable energy as it needs to operate -- and then some.

By Lucas Mearian | 10 September, 2014 03:28

Tags: Tesla, emerging technology, industry verticals

Stratasys unveils triple material 3D printers, thermoplastics for outdoor products

Stratasys Ltd. has introduced two new multi-material 3D printers that allow up to three thermoplastic materials to be combined to manufacture products.

By Lucas Mearian | 10 September, 2014 02:48

Tags: peripherals, Printers, Strata, Stratasys, 3d printing, Vero, i-mate

Tesla chooses Nevada for its $5B Gigafactory

Tesla Motors appears to have chosen Nevada as the site for its $5 billion battery factory, known as the Gigafactory.

By Lucas Mearian | 05 September, 2014 04:46

Tags: business issues, Tesla, Tesla Motors, sustainable IT

Quantum-dot 55-in. UHD TV to sell for one-third the price of OLEDs

TCL today announced what it's calling the first 55-in., 4K UHD TV with a full color spectrum comparable to OLED TVs, but that will sell for one-third the price.

By Lucas Mearian | 04 September, 2014 06:49

Tags: oled, lg, consumer electronics, tcl, Personal Technology, Ultra HD / 4K

Western Digital enters the wireless driver fray

Western Digital (WD) executives knew they were behind the curve in releasing a wireless hard drive. Seagate, Kingston and Corsair are among those with their own models.

By Lucas Mearian | 04 September, 2014 00:26

Tags: Data storage, storage, western digital

Insurers will now be able to track driver behavior via smartphones

A new usage-based insurance (UBI) software platform will allow companies to track drivers' behavior through smartphone sensors and geolocation services.

By Lucas Mearian | 04 September, 2014 00:24

Tags: mobile applications, mobile, telematics

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

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