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.

Navy tests first ‘reversible’ clean energy fuel cell storage system

World's largest solar plant goes live, will provide power for 1.1M people

World's largest solar plant goes live, will provide power for 1.1M people

The Noor Concentrated Solar Power plant has just switched on in Morocco and will produce enough power to meet the needs of 1.1 million people by 2018.

Kingston buys encrypted flash drive maker IronKey

Kingston buys encrypted flash drive maker IronKey

Kingston has purchased Imation's IronKey subsidiary, a maker of encrypted USB drives.

Flash memory's density surpasses hard drives for first time

Flash memory's density surpasses hard drives for first time

The production of 3D or stacked NAND flash in recent years has led to non-volatile memory exceeding the areal density of HDDs. This means that flash memory products with higher capacity can be built using the same surface area.

Samsung display on truck's rear lets vehicles behind see road ahead

Samsung display on truck's rear lets vehicles behind see road ahead

Samsung has introduced a prototype semi-trailer truck that has a seamless video wall on its rear doors, allowing following vehicles to see what's ahead of the truck for passing purposes.

Lifting telemedicine limits would save Medicare $1.8B over 10 years

Lifting telemedicine limits would save Medicare $1.8B over 10 years

Lifting geographical and provider restrictions that currently limit physician reimbursement for treating or monitoring Medicare recipients would save the U.S. government as much as $1.8 billion over the next decade.

MIT takes a page from Tony Stark, edges closer to an ARC fusion reactor

MIT takes a page from Tony Stark, edges closer to an ARC fusion reactor

MIT has been developing a small fusion reactor prototype, three of which could power the City of Boston if they were fully built. Though the project lost federal funding for its current fusion device, the school plans to press ahead...

Stratasys enables more than 1,000 colors via Photoshop on 3D printers

Stratasys enables more than 1,000 colors via Photoshop on 3D printers

3D printer maker Stratasys today announced that users can now design and print objects with more than 1,000 colors through Photoshop.

Apple expected to finally introduce wireless charging with the iPhone 7

Apple expected to finally introduce wireless charging with the iPhone 7

Wireless charging has proved wildly popular, with 90% of respondents to a recent survey saying they want it in the next smartphone. Apple has been a standout among makers in not adopting it, but IHS believes that's about to change.

Forget cards and flowers; crowdfunding site helps pay medical bills

Forget cards and flowers; crowdfunding site helps pay medical bills

A financial services start-up has announced a crowdfunding service that allows hospitals to run campaigns for patients to help them pay medical bills of any kind.

Health insurer loses 6 hard-disk drives with records of 950,000 customers

Health insurer loses 6 hard-disk drives with records of 950,000 customers

Health insurer Centene Corp. said it is disclosing, out of an "abundance of caution and in transparency," that it's hunting for six computer hard drives containing personally identifiable information about its customers.

Ta-ta to passwords and PINs; faces and fingerprints to rule the future

Ta-ta to passwords and PINs; faces and fingerprints to rule the future

Biometric security technology is gaining market share over traditional passcode methods. Facial recognition will be a $450 million market by 2019 and fingerprint readers will reach $2.6 billion by 2020.

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