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.

Self-driving cars could save $190B a year in damages and health costs

Sunny days: The world's biggest solar energy projects

Sunny days: The world's biggest solar energy projects

More than a dozen solar energy projects -- each of which will generate more than 100 megawatts of energy -- are either being built or have been completed.

First U.S. offshore wind farm moves ahead with $290M in financing

First U.S. offshore wind farm moves ahead with $290M in financing

The Providence-based developer of Deepwater Wind, what will likely be the country's first offshore wind farm, has closed on more than $290 million in financing for a five-turbine demo of the renewable power source.

Researchers make a 3D-printed jet engine

Researchers make a 3D-printed jet engine

Australian researchers have created what they're calling the world's first 3D-printed jet engine, capturing the attention of leading aerospace companies.

Toyota begins production of its first hydrogen fuel cell car

Toyota begins production of its first hydrogen fuel cell car

Toyota this week held a ceremony marking the beginning it its production of the Mirai, which will begin selling later this year at a base price of $57,500.

Samsung mass produces 128GB smartphone memory with 2X-plus performance

Samsung mass produces 128GB smartphone memory with 2X-plus performance

Samsung said it is mass producing the first embedded NAND flash memory based on the UFS 2.0 specification, which offers 2.7 times the speed of common eMMC flash.

Sen. Nelson questions use of StingRays for phone surveillance

Sen. Nelson questions use of StingRays for phone surveillance

Florida Sen. Bill Nelson is asking the FCC about the certification process for a device law enforcement is using to track suspects without first getting a court order.

How regulators and legislators make it harder for you to use solar power

How regulators and legislators make it harder for you to use solar power

While solar power is leading other sources for new electrical capacity, the distributed power movement, where homeowners and businesses deploy photovoltaic panels on site, is under assault by utilities and fossil fuel interests.

With $15 in Radio Shack parts, 14-year-old hacks a car

With $15 in Radio Shack parts, 14-year-old hacks a car

A 14-year-old boy taking part in a cyber-hacking challenge -- after just one night with $15 worth of Radio Shack parts -- was able to communicate wirelessly with a vehicle's internal bus and control some mechanical functions.

There's no way of knowing if the NSA's spyware is on your hard drive

There's no way of knowing if the NSA's spyware is on your hard drive

Russian security software maker Kaspersky Lab published a report all but accusing the NSA of hiding spyware on hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers. And there’s no way to know if it’s on...

3D circuit-board printer a smash hit on Kickstarter

3D circuit-board printer a smash hit on Kickstarter

A 3D printer that lays down circuitry for prototyping designs and creating one-off boards is approaching five times its initial $70,000 crowdsourcing goal.

Apple’s $850M solar plant rockets it to first place among U.S. corporations

Apple’s $850M solar plant rockets it to first place among U.S. corporations

Apple, which has been deploying solar power for years, this week announced another $850M investment, giving it capacity that will push it past Walmart as the largest corporate user of solar energy.

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