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.

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Samsung now producing 32GB DRAM modules, 128GB to follow

Samsung now producing 32GB DRAM modules, 128GB to follow

Samsung said its 20nm process technology has allowed it to begin mass production of 8Gbit DDR4 chips, which will be used to produce 32GB modules today and 128GB modules in the future using 3D technology.

Ethernet is coming to cars

Ethernet is coming to cars

One of the largest suppliers of automotive chips for in-vehicle electronics announced a new Ethernet board and software that will connect instrument clusters, infotainment systems, cameras and sensors over 100Mbps Ethernet.

Samsung delivers fix for SSD slowdowns

Samsung delivers fix for SSD slowdowns

Samsung has issued a software fix to address slowdown problems with its triple-level cell 840 EVO SSDs -- the company's most affordable consumer drive.

Kickstarter suspends Anonabox Tor router project

Kickstarter suspends Anonabox Tor router project

After days of critical scrutiny on social media networks, the wireless router that was supposedly a custom-built Tor privacy engine has been suspended by Kickstarter after raising nearly $600,000 in only a few days.

Once the FBI has a back door into your smartphone, everyone does

Once the FBI has a back door into your smartphone, everyone does

FBI director James Comey believes tech companies should be forced to insert back doors to bypass encryption on smartphones. But experts say once that happens, security is moot and anyone can breach your privacy.

Tesla S teardown reveals it's more like a smartphone than a car

Tesla S teardown reveals it's more like a smartphone than a car

Tesla’s virtual instrument cluster comes from the same company that supplies Apple with display tech for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.

Here's a bird’s eye view of Ebola epidemic

Here's a bird’s eye view of Ebola epidemic

Data-publishing platform Silk has created a world map depicting the spread of the Ebola epidemic worldwide.

Snapchat and other online services need to tighten security

Snapchat and other online services need to tighten security

Regardless of the fact that some data leaks weren't the result of direct server hacks, Internet service companies need to do a better job of educating their users and offering stronger security measures.

Tiny Anonabox to offer online anonymity through Tor

Tiny Anonabox to offer online anonymity through Tor

A Kickstarter project for a wireless router that automatically encrypts data and sends it through the Tor network is approaching 10 times its fundraising goal after just one day.

Google launches telemedicine beta for video chats with docs

Google launches telemedicine beta for video chats with docs

A new feature Google is testing helps direct those searching for medical advice not only to information but also allows them to connect online for a physician consult.

Snapchat denies it was hacked

After Snapchat accounts were used for spam and hackers said they'd stolen thousands of photos and videos, the photo messaging site released a statement saying the incident was due to user credentials found on other sites.

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