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 and Fiat Chrysler near deal on self-driving vehicles

Intel looks to replace headphone jacks with Type-C connector

Intel looks to replace headphone jacks with Type-C connector

At the Intel Developers Forum (IDF) this week, the company offered plans for a Type-C for audio connector that would replace the 3.5 millimeter mini-jack.

Elon Musk says Tesla’s next-gen Model 4 will be affordable for everyone

Elon Musk says Tesla’s next-gen Model 4 will be affordable for everyone

Speaking at the Future Transport Solutions conference in Oslo, Norway, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk said the upcoming Model 3 will be affordable for about half the population, but the vehicle after that will be affordable for virtually...

Google, carmakers join forces to speed self-driving car adoption

Google, carmakers join forces to speed self-driving car adoption

Google's Alphabet company has formed a lobbying group with Ford, Volvo and other carmakers to press the U.S. government on regulations to help move the self-driving car industry to market.

Tesla's battery sales this year to dwarf entire industry's sales in '15

Tesla's battery sales this year to dwarf entire industry's sales in '15

Tesla will sell 168.5 megawatt-hours of behind-the-mete energy storage systems to SolarCity this year. That's more than six times what it sold to SolarCity in 2015 -- and 60% more than the entire market reported last year.

Sol Voltaics says breakthrough could boost solar panel efficiency by 50%

Sol Voltaics says breakthrough could boost solar panel efficiency by 50%

Sol Voltaics announced it's successfully used nanowires in a thin photovoltaic film that could boost solar energy generation and pave the way for module efficiencies of 27% or more -- 50% better than today’s solar panels

Scientists can now make lithium-ion batteries last a lifetime

Scientists can now make lithium-ion batteries last a lifetime

Researchers at the University of California have discovered a way to use nanowires to allow lithium-ion batteries in smartphones, electric vehicles and other commercial devices to be recharged hundreds of thousands of times.

SunEdison, world’s largest renewable energy firm, files for bankruptcy

SunEdison, world’s largest renewable energy firm, files for bankruptcy

SunEdison, one of the oldest photovoltaic manufacturers and installers, today filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after a binge of acquisitions left it with massive debt.

San Francisco to require solar panels on new buildings

San Francisco to require solar panels on new buildings

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors this week voted to require solar panels on all new buildings with 10 stories or less.

Solar panels don't last forever and degradation varies wildly, study says

Solar panels don't last forever and degradation varies wildly, study says

A recent study from an international certification body revealed that some solar panels fair far better than others in laboratory tests that degraded their power conversion efficiency.

New electronic display is 10 times thinner than human skin

New electronic display is 10 times thinner than human skin

Japanese researchers have created an e-skin electronic display for human bio feedback that's transparent and flexible enough to distort and crumple in response to body movement.

How to upgrade your MacBook Pro Retina to a 1TB PCIe SSD (+video)

How to upgrade your MacBook Pro Retina to a 1TB PCIe SSD (+video)

OWC earlier this month began offering the industry’s only PCIe SSD for upgrading MacBook Pro Retina laptops built since late 2012. The new drive gives you up to eight times what the factory SSD offered in capacity.

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