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.

Google may launch a native Android Auto, making your car a big mobile device

Driver’s license app on a smartphone raises privacy issues

Driver’s license app on a smartphone raises privacy issues

Iowa is poised to become the first state to offer a mobile app as an official driver’s license that can be displayed to police officers and security personnel, but smartphones hold a lot more data than a plastic card.

Cloud provider pits 6TB hard drives in real-world face off

Cloud provider pits 6TB hard drives in real-world face off

Cloud service provider Backblaze has published data comparing the performance of two of the leading providers of high-capacity hard drives.

Land Rover creates 'ghost car' for drivers to follow

Land Rover creates 'ghost car' for drivers to follow

The British car company is developing technology that would project an image of a car ahead of yours to follow as a navigation aid.

Solar demand soars 16% this year

Solar demand soars 16% this year

About 44 billion watts worth of solar cell technology was purchased in 2014 due to growth in Japan and the U.S. market.

After the Snowden leaks, 700M move to avoid NSA spying

Nearly 700 million people worldwide have taken steps to ensure their privacy from NSA surveillance, according to an international survey on Internet security and trust.

A terabyte on a postage stamp: RRAM heads into commercialization

A terabyte on a postage stamp: RRAM heads into commercialization

Crossbar is announcing a breakthrough in the ability to build large chip arrays using its 3D resistive RAM (RRAM) technology, which can greatly increase the capacity and performance of non-volatile memory.

Ford dumps Microsoft for QNX, unleashes new functions in Sync v3

Ford dumps Microsoft for QNX, unleashes new functions in Sync v3

Ford this week announced the third generation of its Sync in-vehicle communications and entertainment system, which replaces Microsoft with Blackberry’s QNX platform.

Thousands of users tapped for first 3D printer buyer's guide

Thousands of users tapped for first 3D printer buyer's guide

An online 3D printer users group has been tapped to create a buyer’s guide that reviews dozens of machines offering a simple 1-10 rating system for consumers and businesses.

U.S. utilities face up to $48B revenue loss from solar, efficiency

U.S. utilities face up to $48B revenue loss from solar, efficiency

A report from Accenture showed growth of distributed energy resources and energy efficiency measures could cause significant demand disruption and drive down utilities’ revenues in the U.S. and Europe.

HP turns to 3D printing to revive flagging fortunes

HP turns to 3D printing to revive flagging fortunes

After more than a year of speculation, HP has finally unveiled its 3D printer technology, touting an industrial machine that it claims is half as expensive and 10 times faster than existing systems. But for HP to be successful, it...

Samsung adds 3D NAND to its most affordable SSD

Samsung adds 3D NAND to its most affordable SSD

Samsung today said it has added its 3D VNAND technology to its lowest-cost consumer SSD, an advancement that raises the drive to a level that should attract gamers and power users.

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