Lucas Mearian

Senior Writer

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


New Audis can now talk to traffic lights

New Audis can now talk to traffic lights

Audi has launched its anticipated vehicle-to-infrastructure technology that allows some 2017 Audis to communicate with traffic lights so drivers know when lights will switch from red to green.

Nearly half of residential distributed solar power is owned by private companies

Nearly half of residential distributed solar power is owned by private companies

About 44% of all solar power that's installed on residential rooftops, known as distributed solar capacity, is owned by private businesses, such as SolarCity or Vivint Solar, according to new government data.

China leads the world in solar power installations

China leads the world in solar power installations

China this year continued to lead the world in new solar power installations with more than 50GW of cumulative photovoltaic power, followed by Japan and the U.S., according to a new report.

Google will use 100% renewable energy in 2017

Google will use 100% renewable energy in 2017

Google announced today it will reach a long-pursued goal to use all renewable energy sources to power its data centers and corporate offices around the world in 2017.

Nikola Motor unveils its hydrogen fuel cell 18-wheeler

Nikola Motor unveils its hydrogen fuel cell 18-wheeler

Startup Nikola Motor Co. took the wraps off its semi-tractor trailer truck powered by a hydrogen fuel cell with 1,000 horsepower and a range of 800 to 1,200 miles on a single fill-up.

Western Digital releases series of Raspberry Pi disk drives

Western Digital releases series of Raspberry Pi disk drives

Western Digital today released two hard drives and an SSD specifically developed for the Raspberry Pi micro PC.

GM's self-driving tech will stop the car if you're inattentive

GM's self-driving tech will stop the car if you're inattentive

GM's upcoming semi-autonomous "Super Cruise" system lets drivers take their hands off the steering wheel, but the technology can determine a driver’s responsiveness and will stop the vehicle automatically if you're not paying...

SSD adoption in laptops exceeds expectations

SSD adoption in laptops exceeds expectations

The use of solid state drives in notebooks and laptops has surpassed analyst expectations and is expected to reach 50% within the next few years.

Internet Archive, after Trump win, looks to create alternate site in Canada

Internet Archive, after Trump win, looks to create alternate site in Canada

The nonprofit Internet Archive, a U.S.-based online library of content that spans decades, wants to open a second backup site in Canada to ensure the data is kept safe in the aftermath of the presidential election.

U.S. auto regulators want to block drivers from using mobile apps

U.S. auto regulators want to block drivers from using mobile apps

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has proposed guidelines for automakers that include a Driver Mode to automatically take smartphones or tablets offline and reduce distracted driving accidents.

How a video-gaming programmer created a popular VR surgical simulator

How a video-gaming programmer created a popular VR surgical simulator

Last month, start-up Level Ex launched a surgical simulator that was developed by a video gaming programmer who found notoriety by literally throwing together his first app.

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