Stories by Lucas Mearian

Mercedes-Benz shows off self-driving 18-wheeler

Mercedes-Benz showed off an autonomous semi-trailer truck that will be available in a decade and allow long-haul drivers to relax and tend to paperwork and other duties other than driving.

By Lucas Mearian | 01 October, 2014 06:14

Tags: Automotive, emerging technology, industry verticals, Mercedes-Benz

China's 3D printing market to quadruple

While still a nascent market in China, the production and sale of 3D printers are expected to quadruple over the next four years, according to a new report.

By Lucas Mearian | 01 October, 2014 04:00

Tags: consumer electronics, Strata, Stratasys, 3d printing, 3D Systems, MakerBot

3D printed skin holds promise for burn victims and others

A 3D printer that can use a patient's own cells to print skin grafts, including hair follicles and sweat glands, has won a scientific design competition.

By Lucas Mearian | 30 September, 2014 04:33

Tags: peripherals, Printers, 3d printing, MaRS Innovations

Rooftop solar panels could soon cut utility profits by 15% or more

Rooftop solar panel installations could cut utility profits by 15% or more over the next eight years, according to a federally funded report (download PDF) that studied two prototypical U.S. utilities -- one in the Southwest and the other in the Northeast.

By Lucas Mearian | 27 September, 2014 04:57

Tags: popular science, sustainable IT

Apple will consume 25 per cent of all DRAM in the world next year

Apple's consumption of mobile DRAM will grow from 16.5% of the industry's total production volume today to 25% in 2015 as the company outfits more smartphones, tablets and even laptops with DRAM, according to a new report.

By Lucas Mearian | 26 September, 2014 04:27

Tags: Apple, computer hardware, IDC, hardware systems

Consumer drives shown to be more reliable than enterprise drives

Seagate hard drives fail with more regularity than those from Western Digital or Hitachi, according to the latest results of an ongoing study by cloud service provider Backblaze.

By Lucas Mearian | 25 September, 2014 04:51

Tags: Data storage, storage, hitachi, western digital

Fiberlink wipes one smartphone or tablet every three minutes

One mobile device is wiped every three minutes as part of a corporate security policy, according to a study of 130,000 devices managed by MaaS360, the Fiberlink mobile device management platform.

By Lucas Mearian | 24 September, 2014 07:41

Tags: mobile device management (MDM), Fiberlink, security, IBM, mobile security

GE to use crowdsourcing and 3D printers to build next-gen appliances

GE has partnered with 3D printer maker Stratasys to build and commercialize household appliances and accessories.

By Lucas Mearian | 19 September, 2014 07:37

Tags: peripherals, Printers, Stratasys, 3d printing, general electric, internet

Dremel releases a 3D printer for the masses

Dremel has announced the first 3D printer to come from a major tool manufacturer, the $999 Dremel 3D Idea Builder. Dremel called it a desktop machine for the masses.

By Lucas Mearian | 19 September, 2014 03:59

Tags: consumer electronics, 3d printing, Idea

Once your car's connected to the Internet, who guards your privacy?

Once mobile devices are connected to car infotainment systems and cars are connected to the Internet, vehicles will become a rich source of data for manufacturers, marketers, insurance providers and the government. Oh, and they'll be a lucrative target for hackers, too.

By Lucas Mearian | 18 September, 2014 23:19

Tags: Automotive, security, industry verticals, telematics

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

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