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.

Flurry of hydrogen fuel cell cars challenge all-electric vehicles

Comcast app lets customers track service techs in real time

Comcast app lets customers track service techs in real time

To avoid forcing customers to sit at home waiting for their cable fix, ComCast today unveiled a mobile app that lets customers track where service techs are in real time.

Apple, Microsoft, Google and others join push against government spying

Apple, Microsoft, Google and others join push against government spying

Ten top tech companies have signed onto an open letter backing legislation that would prevent the bulk collection of Internet metadata by government agencies.

Rooftop solar electricity on pace to beat coal, oil

Rooftop solar electricity on pace to beat coal, oil

Rooftop solar power will reach grid parity in all 50 U.S. states in 2016, setting the scene for a dramatic increase in the uptake of household and commercial rooftop solar systems.

Carmakers promise they'll protect driver privacy -- really

Carmakers promise they'll protect driver privacy -- really

The two largest auto trade groups representing 19 of the biggest car and truck makers have signed onto a set of principles to protect data privacy in an every increasing digital, connected age.

SanDisk releases Lightning-enabled thumb drive for iPhone, iPad

SanDisk releases Lightning-enabled thumb drive for iPhone, iPad

SanDisk announced a new thumb drive with Lightning and USB 2.0 connectors and software that automatically downloads photos and videos from iPhone's 5 and up and iPads.

The 5 SMART stats that actually predict hard drive failure

The 5 SMART stats that actually predict hard drive failure

Backblaze, the cloud service provider that has released several internal studies on hard drive failure rates in its data center, today released data showing SMART stats are inconsistent from manufacturer to manufacturer and don’t...

Seagate preps for 30TB laser-assisted hard drives

Seagate preps for 30TB laser-assisted hard drives

Seagate has just invested $55 million into its largest wafer development facility to prep for manufacturing HAMR drives.

Intel doubles capacity of its data center SSD

Intel doubles capacity of its data center SSD

Intel's SSD DC S3500 Series is jumping from 800GB to 1.6TB and the company also announced a M.2 SSD card for data center servers.

HP's new 3D printer is aimed at manufacturing, not consumers

HP's new 3D printer is aimed at manufacturing, not consumers

An HP executive said that the company has no plans to push its new Multi Jet Fusion 3D printer into consumer markets because it's targeted at manufacturers and production parts.

Amazon launches Echo voice-activated personal assistant, music player

Amazon launches Echo voice-activated personal assistant, music player

The tube-like speaker is always on, and can respond to commands and questions even when playing music, allowing users to ask for information, music, news, weather, and more. Echo begins working as soon as it hears you say the wake...

Review: Austria’s Angelbird laptop SSD

Review: Austria’s Angelbird laptop SSD

Austria’s Angelbird SSD revealed a relatively slow boot time, but it’s file transfer speeds were impressive; now to get the price to that same level.

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