Lucas Mearian

General assignment and storage

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

Solar module prices hit all-time low as inventories pile up

Tesla wants to end fossil fuel use, make self-driving cars 10X safer

Tesla wants to end fossil fuel use, make self-driving cars 10X safer

Tesla CEO Elon Musk's plans for his company's future, spelled out today, include integrating solar power and battery storage, expanding Tesla vehicles to new markets and making self-driving vehicles 10X safer than other vehicles.

Google's DeepMind A.I. can slash data center power use 40%

Google's DeepMind A.I. can slash data center power use 40%

Google turned its DeepMind artificial intelligence technology loose on its massive data center infrastructure and managed to reduce the amount of energy for cooling by up to 40%.

Samsung files artificial muscle patent for use in flexible smartphones

Samsung files artificial muscle patent for use in flexible smartphones

Samsung has registered two U.S. patents for technology that would connect tiny plates with ‘robotic muscles’ in a matrix to enable Smartphones to be bent and retain virtually any shape.

Google says government requests for user data at all-time high

Google says government requests for user data at all-time high

Google's semi-annual "Transparency Report" shows that in the second half of 2015, U.S. government agencies made more than 40,000 requests for access to user data.

Seagate unveils hard drives with up to 10TB capacity

Seagate unveils hard drives with up to 10TB capacity

Seagate today announced its new Guardian line of hard disk drives, which comes as three new brands for PCs, NAS devices or surveillance systems.

Atomic-scale memory can store 500 times more than today’s best hard drive

Atomic-scale memory can store 500 times more than today’s best hard drive

Scientists at Delft University in the Netherlands have developed an atomic-scale “hard drive” that can store the entire U.S. Library of Congress on a 0.1mm wide cube.

Tesla to make 'significant' upgrades to Autopilot

Tesla to make 'significant' upgrades to Autopilot

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Sunday his firm will send over-the-air upgrades to its vehicles with Autopilot capability, after a crash involving the technology resulted in the death of a driver.

Tesla needs to rethink its Autopilot technology

Tesla needs to rethink its Autopilot technology

Tesla should consider adding more comprehensive detection technology to its semi-autonomous driving system, and change the name of Autopilot, automotive experts said.

Micro thumb drive for Android and Apple devices has USB 3 speed

Micro thumb drive for Android and Apple devices has USB 3 speed

An Indiegogo crowdsourcing campaign is offering up a wafer-thin USB 3.0 thumb drive that on one end can connect to computers and on the other end to Apple iPhones or Android devices via a Lightening or MicroUSB plug.

Defective products could result from cyberattacks on industrial 3D printers

Defective products could result from cyberattacks on industrial 3D printers

With the growth of Internet-connected 3D printers, researchers say there's a threat of hackers tweaking manufacturing specifications and introducing defects that affect the reliability of parts for numerous industries.

Tesla admits Autopilot was on during latest Model X accident

Tesla admits Autopilot was on during latest Model X accident

A second accident involving a Tesla vehicle with its autonomous driving feature engaged took place Saturday near Cardwell, Montana when the car swerved and hit the guard rail.

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