Lucas Mearian

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Lucas Mearian covers consumer data storage, consumerization of IT, mobile device management, renewable energy, telematics/car tech and entertainment tech for Computerworld.

Reddit handed over user info for 58% of government requests

Renewable energy costs expected to drop 40% in next few years

Renewable energy costs expected to drop 40% in next few years

New data released from the International Renewable Energy Agency shows the price of solar-generated power will reach price parity or become less expensive than electricity generated by traditional methods in many countries.

Gartner foresees 250M connected vehicles on the road by 2020

Gartner foresees 250M connected vehicles on the road by 2020

As part of the growing Internet of Things trend, Gartner expects one in five vehicles on the road worldwide in 2020 to have some form of wireless network connection.

U.S. to impose big tariffs on China and Taiwan for dumping solar panels on market

U.S. to impose big tariffs on China and Taiwan for dumping solar panels on market

The International Trade Commission has voted to uphold findings that the two countries intentionally saturated the market with cheap photovoltaic cells, undercutting competition and driving prices down.

 IT shops grapple with new healthcare codes for hurled turtles, fiery water skis

IT shops grapple with new healthcare codes for hurled turtles, fiery water skis

The OCD-10 medical coding system triples the number and length of codes hospitals and physicians use for billing as well as to describe diagnoses' and treatments. Two delays and billions of dollars later, the industry is still nervous...

Ford opens autonomous vehicle R&D center in Tesla territory

Ford opens autonomous vehicle R&D center in Tesla territory

Ford’s Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto will focus its research on speeding up innovation in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, customer experience and big data.

Solar industry jobs are growing at 20 times the national rate

Solar industry jobs are growing at 20 times the national rate

In 2014, 31,000 new jobs were created in the solar industry, which accounts for nearly two percent of all new jobs created in the U.S. last year.

Review: LulzBot Mini 3D printer delivers outstanding details

Review: LulzBot Mini 3D printer delivers outstanding details

The new LulzBot Mini is a solid 3D printer that is more accurate than any I’ve used to date. The machine, which fits nicely on any desktop, is also fast and compatible with numerous thermopolymers.

Verizon unveils aftermarket vehicle diagnostics service

Verizon unveils aftermarket vehicle diagnostics service

Verizon today announced an aftermarket vehicle diagnostics and roadside assistance service targeted at more than 200 million cars with OBD2 ports but no native telematics systems.

New service wants to rent out your hard drive's extra space

New service wants to rent out your hard drive's extra space

A new service is beta testing a peer-to-peer network that would "rent" unused capacity on your computer's hard drive to store other people’s files.

Investment in renewable energy soars for first time in three years

Investment in renewable energy soars for first time in three years

Driven largely by oil price weakness, investments in renewable energy rocketed up 175% in 2014 compared to 2013; this year looks to be bright as well.

Samsung mass-produces laptop SSD with 2.1GBps speeds

Samsung mass-produces laptop SSD with 2.1GBps speeds

Samsung announced the industry’s fastest SSD expansion card for ultrathin notebooks that boasts read speeds of up to 2.1GBps.

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