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Lucas Mearian

Automakers show off in-vehicle Wi-Fi, new smartphone interfaces

Ahead of the big New York Auto Show, several car companies today displayed in-vehicle infotainment systems that connect to smartphones to use mobile apps, music playlists, calling features and calendars.

Streaming services may rescue the Pay TV market

IPTV is being added to lower priced bundles by digital TV providers to lure in a younger generation of subscribers and give the market a needed boost after years of declining subscriptions.

Digital dustups: Can social media protest force corporate change?

Several online protests in recent weeks mark a new trend in activism against companies and other entities, as activists grow empowered by the ability to affect change with just a few key strokes.

Land Rover reveals 'transparent' hood

In what is definitely the stuff of science fiction, Land Rover has created a virtual transparent hood that allows drivers to see the ground directly in front of them.

MediaFire offers 1TB of cloud storage for $2.50

MediaFire has launched a storage and file-sharing service that it argues is more secure than Amazon's.

3D printer Kickstarter project aims for $50K, nets more than $1M

The Micro is being touted by its inventors as the first true mainstream 3D printer; apparently, people donating to the Kickstarter project agree.

Hynix reveals world's first 128GB DDR4 memory module

SK Hynix said it has developed the world's first 128GB DDR4 memory module, with twice the capacity of the company's current 64GB module.

Seagate releases 6TB hard drive, its fastest yet

Seagate has released its first 6TB hard drive, saying that it was able to reach that capacity without using helium like rival Western Digital.

3D printing a new face, or liver, isn't that far off

Scientists are already 3D printing different kinds of tissue, from skin to livers, and someday they say it will be commonplace to simply print out a body part when needed.

Shoot and print: 3D printers to include scanners

XYZprinting, which today put its first 3D printer on sale, said it plans to drive prices down further and offer a printer with a built-in scanner.

3D printing heads toward mass production

3D printer makers are working with technology giants such as Google to speed up the printing process for mass production. NASA is using 3D printing for rapid prototyping of spacecraft parts.

The da Vinci $499 3D printer goes on sale

XYZprinting's da Vinci 3D printer went on sale today and is among the lower priced printers in an arena mostly made up of $1,000-plus machines.

Amazon releases Fire TV set-top box with voice activation

Amazon announced its $99 Fire TV set-top box that plugs into an HDTV's HDMI port and includes voice activated searches.

First images of reversible USB cables emerge

A presentation at the Intel Developer's Forum this week showed images of the upcoming USB Type-C plug that is smaller than today's USB 3.0 connectors and is symmetrical in design.

Western Digital's 'MyCloud' has been broken for 5 days

WDs My Cloud and My Book Live have been experiencing intermittent server issues that have disrupted remote access for customers attempting to connect to the cloud storage products for five days.

BMW's new i8 is the first production car with laser headlights

This fall, the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid will become the first production vehicle to incorporate a new laser light technology into headlights. Audi is also experimenting with the technology.

LaCie doubles wireless capacity for iPhones, iPads

LaCie announced it is releasing a 2TB version of its Fuel wireless hard drive.

WD releases Thunderbolt drive with selectable RAID settings

The My Passport Pro comes in 2TB and 4TB models and can be set to RAID 0 or 1.

Solar achieves price parity in Europe

Power generated through solar power now costs the same as conventionally generated electricity in three European countries, according to a new report.

Researchers 3D print micro trusses as strong as steel, lighter than water

Using 3D laser lithography, a team of German scientists have created micro-truss and -shell structures from ceramic polymer composites that exceed the strength-to-weight ratio of all engineering materials, with a density below 1,000 kg/m.

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