Stories by Lucas Mearian

Senators call for investigation of potential safety, security threats from connected cars

A week after it was revealed that a Chrysler Jeep could be hacked and remotely controlled, two U.S. senators have called for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to investigate potential widespread risk for consumers.

By Lucas Mearian | 29 July, 2015 04:39

Tags: TSA, Fiat Chrysler, security, mobile security, 21, Jeep

Honda joins list of carmakers embedding Apple CarPlay, Android Auto

Honda this week became the latest automaker to announce it will offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as native features in its 2016 Accord lineup.

By Lucas Mearian | 26 July, 2015 01:11

Tags: Apple, Honda, software, general motors, telematics

Chrysler recalls 1.4M vehicles after Jeep hack

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), the world's seventh largest automaker, today issued a recall notice for 1.4 million vehicles in order fix a software hole that allowed hackers to wirelessly break into some vehicles and electronically control vital functions.

By Lucas Mearian | 25 July, 2015 03:28

Tags: security, computerworld, mobile security, Jeep

Firewalls can't protect today's connected cars

The Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu once wrote, "What is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy's strategy."

By Lucas Mearian | 25 July, 2015 01:12

Tags: Automotive, security, IHS, Jeep, industry verticals, telematics

Hacker: 'Hundreds of thousands' of vehicles are at risk of attack

A security expert who recently demonstrated he could hack into a Jeep and control its most vital functions said the same could be done with hundreds of thousands of other vehicles on the road today.

By Lucas Mearian | 24 July, 2015 00:51

Tags: security, Jeep, twitter, telematics, IOActive

SunEdison drops $2.2B to acquire Vivint Solar

SunEdison, the world's largest renewable energy development company, announced a definitive agreement to buy Vivint Solar, one of the largest providers of residential rooftop solar systems.

By Lucas Mearian | 23 July, 2015 00:19

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

Senators propose bill to tighten vehicle security, privacy standards

Two U.S. senators today filed a bill that would require the federal government to establish standards to ensure automakers secure a driver against vehicle cyber attacks.

By Lucas Mearian | 22 July, 2015 03:24

Tags: security, data privacy, Gap, privacy

Some sharks have become social media stars

When news of a shark attack on professional surfer Mick Fanning reached Costa Rica and 9-year-old Ella Strickland Sunday, she grabbed her mother's smartphone to see if the great white was one of the sharks she knows.

By Lucas Mearian | 21 July, 2015 20:51

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, DISH Network, cricket, Tracker, CEA, twitter, social media, internet

Review: The Nobel 1.0 -- stereolithographic 3D printing on the cheap

When I unboxed XYZPrinting's Nobel 1.0 stereolithographic (SLA) 3D printer, I'd just finished shipping off another top-rated and remarkably accurate SLA machine, the Formlabs Form 1+.

By Lucas Mearian | 21 July, 2015 20:23

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

IBM's machine-learning crystal ball can foresee renewable energy availability

IBM has developed a computer system that can learn about weather from thousands of data points and predict days -- even weeks -- in advance how much power from solar and wind farms will be available for the U.S. power grid.

By Lucas Mearian | 17 July, 2015 06:16

Tags: IBM, Mode, beca, sustainable IT, environment

Renewable energy boom will mean vastly cheaper electricity

Renewable energy, combined with prolific battery storage, will soon result in vastly cheaper electricity -- and solar power that's less expensive than what fossil fuel-based power plants can produce.

By Lucas Mearian | 17 July, 2015 01:12

Tags: Tesla, sustainable IT, environment

U.S. memory maker buyout by Chinese firm not likely to succeed

A reported buyout attempt by China's largest computer chip maker of U.S. based Micron Technology isn't likely to succeed, according to industry analysts.

By Lucas Mearian | 15 July, 2015 23:21

Tags: computer hardware, micron technology, computerworld, hardware systems, IHS, intel

SanDisk's new wireless thumb drive streams HD video to three devices

SanDisk today announced the newest addition to its wireless storage line - the SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick.

By Lucas Mearian | 15 July, 2015 03:34

Tags: peripherals, Computer Peripherals, DWS, sandisk

Report claims Chinese chip maker bids $23B for Micron

China's largest state-owned computer chip design firm, Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd. has offered US$23 billion to buy Micron Technology, one of the largest U.S. memory makers, according to The Wall Street Journal.

By Lucas Mearian | 14 July, 2015 20:33

Tags: business issues, micron technology, Computer Processors, The Wall Street Journal, 21, Components, wall street journal, Mergers and acquisitions, memory

MIT proves flash is as fast as RAM, and cheaper, for big data

When it comes to high-speed data processing, RAM has always been the go-to memory for computers because it's tens of thousands of times faster than disk drives and many times faster than NAND flash.

By Lucas Mearian | 14 July, 2015 07:21

Tags: software, MIT, cloud storage

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