Lucas Mearian

Senior Reporter

Lucas Mearian covers consumer data storage, electronic health IT, renewable energy, 3D printing, and telematics/car tech for Computerworld.

PG&E deploys its first Tesla Powerpack battery storage station

Apple may cut the (charging) cord completely with the iPhone 8

Apple may cut the (charging) cord completely with the iPhone 8

As some industry experts wonder whether Apple will add wireless charging to its next iPhone, others believe it will go all in -- cutting the charging cord completely, just as it cut the analog audio port in the iPhone 7.

U.S. solar growth blows away previous records

U.S. solar growth blows away previous records

The solar market in 2016 grew 95% over the previous year, which for the first time made photovoltaic power the top source of new electricity-generating capacity on an annual basis.

Ford to invest $1B in A.I. startup toward self-driving cars

Ford to invest $1B in A.I. startup toward self-driving cars

Ford plans to invest $1 billion over the next five years in Argo AI, an artificial intelligence startup that will help develop a virtual driver system for the automaker’s autonomous vehicle coming in 2021.

UPS to spend $18M to install 26,000 new solar panels

UPS to spend $18M to install 26,000 new solar panels

The shipping giant today announced it will expand its solar energy capacity by 26,000 solar panels, or an additional 18 megawatts of power.

N.C. wind farm goes live despite legislators' claims it's a national security threat

N.C. wind farm goes live despite legislators' claims it's a national security threat

A North Carolina wind farm that will power Amazon's data centers in Virginia went live on Thursday, even though state legislators asked President Trump to nix the project over concerns that it would jeopardize national security.

This year's iPhones expected to get wireless charging

This year's iPhones expected to get wireless charging

Apple's next iPhone, expected later this year, will have wireless charging, according to a financial analyst for KGI Securities who has a solid track record at sussing out Apple's plans.

Renewables missing from Trump's energy plan

Renewables missing from Trump's energy plan

The White House published its "America First" energy plan this week, and notably missing from it was any mention of renewable energy.

Report: 1 in 50 new U.S. jobs came from solar last year

Report: 1 in 50 new U.S. jobs came from solar last year

The latest National Solar Jobs Census shows that solar industry job growth outpaced the overall U.S. economy 17-fold last year.

Review: Ultimaker 3 offers high-quality 3D print jobs -- s-l-o-w-l-y

Review: Ultimaker 3 offers high-quality 3D print jobs -- s-l-o-w-l-y

The Ultimaker 3 is a dual-extruder 3D printer that offers some of the highest definition around for a fused-filament fabricator. But it can also be extraordinarily fussy.

Stratasys unveils 3D printer line for office workgroups

Stratasys unveils 3D printer line for office workgroups

Stratasys today announced a new line of professional 3D printers aimed at office workgroups that need to print in multiple industrial-grade materials for rapid prototyping.

Western Digital begins production of the world's tallest 3D NAND 'skyscraper'

Western Digital begins production of the world's tallest 3D NAND 'skyscraper'

WD today announced its densest 3D NAND -- a 64-layer product that it plans to begin shipping later this year.

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