Lucas Mearian

Senior Writer

Lucas Mearian covers consumer data storage, consumerization of IT, mobile device management, renewable energy, telematics/car tech and entertainment tech for Computerworld.


GM's self-driving tech will stop the car if you're inattentive

GM's self-driving tech will stop the car if you're inattentive

GM's upcoming semi-autonomous "Super Cruise" system lets drivers take their hands off the steering wheel, but the technology can determine a driver’s responsiveness and will stop the vehicle automatically if you're not paying...

SSD adoption in laptops exceeds expectations

SSD adoption in laptops exceeds expectations

The use of solid state drives in notebooks and laptops has surpassed analyst expectations and is expected to reach 50% within the next few years.

Internet Archive, after Trump win, looks to create alternate site in Canada

Internet Archive, after Trump win, looks to create alternate site in Canada

The nonprofit Internet Archive, a U.S.-based online library of content that spans decades, wants to open a second backup site in Canada to ensure the data is kept safe in the aftermath of the presidential election.

U.S. auto regulators want to block drivers from using mobile apps

U.S. auto regulators want to block drivers from using mobile apps

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed guidelines for automakers that include a Driver Mode to automatically take smartphones or tablets offline and reduce distracted driving accidents.

How a video-gaming programmer created a popular VR surgical simulator

How a video-gaming programmer created a popular VR surgical simulator

Last month, start-up Level Ex launched a surgical simulator that was developed by a video gaming programmer who found notoriety by literally throwing together his first app.

Tesla flips switch to power U.S. island entirely with solar energy

Tesla flips switch to power U.S. island entirely with solar energy

Tesla and SolarCity constructed a microgrid on the Island of Ta’u in American Samoa that will supply 1.4 megawatts of solar power backed up by six megawatt hours of battery storage from 60 Tesla Powerpacks.

Car buyers more willing to share data -- if they get something back

Car buyers more willing to share data -- if they get something back

Nine out of 10 consumers recently surveyed said they are aware of privacy issues related to electronics in their vehicles and willing to share that data -- as long as they get something in return.

Alabama to build its largest solar farm, with enough power for 15K homes

Alabama to build its largest solar farm, with enough power for 15K homes

Alabama today announced it has commissioned a solar farm with more than 300,000 panels that will track the sun's light and produce 75 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 15,000 homes.

Intel to invest $250M in self-driving cars

Intel to invest $250M in self-driving cars

Intel plans to spend an additional $250 million over the next two years to make fully autonomous driving a reality.

Power to the people: Solar panel sales to soon surpass leasing

Power to the people: Solar panel sales to soon surpass leasing

Why rent when you can buy? That's attitude of an increasing number of solar panel buyers who are buying their systems instead of leasing them.

The state of solar power looks bright in 2017 (+video)

The state of solar power looks bright in 2017 (+video)

While solar and other forms of renewable energy still amount to a small percentage of all power generated, it is the fastest growing energy source in the U.S. As a result, renewable energy is expected to supply 80% of U.S. ...

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