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Lucas Mearian

Ford and GM sued for millions over CD-ripping tech in cars

The Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies is suing Ford and General Motors for violating copyrights with the CD-ripping capability of their cars.

Audi tests driverless car on Florida expressway

Audi demonstrated a highly automated driving technology in an Audi A7 equipped to handle driving functions on freeway conditions at up to 40 mph.

Solar power war between U.S. and Asia escalates

New tariffs imposed by the U.S. on Chinese imports of solar cells and (for the first time) Taiwan has infuriated some in the solar power industry who believe the steep taxes will adversely affect businesses and consumers.

Thanks to NASA, you can now 3D print models of satellites, probes and planets

NASA has released CAD files that can be used by 3D printers to create models 21 different objects, from space probes and satellites to asteroids and planetary features.

Newegg takes pre-orders for Samsung's first 3D Pro SSD

At least one model of Samsung's most advanced Pro-series SSD became available on Newegg on Thursday, and the website said it's taking pre-orders for other models that will be available by the end of the month.

Ultra high-def TVs still too expensive

A new report from IHS shows that because of steep prices, UHD TVs are not making deep inroads in the television market.

Seagate wireless drive can now stream to Roku set-top box

Seagate announced today that Roku set-top boxes will now have a channel to connect to Wireless Plus hard drives for streaming movies, music and photos stored on the drives.

Is Sony's Walkman set to make a comeback?

Sony is making a push to sell high-definition music players, and 35 years after being launched its Walkman is making a small comeback.

Want an Apple watch? Just 3D print one

An industrious design graduate from the University of Edinburgh has posted a 3D printing CAD file for a wrist ban that allows users to insert an iPod Nano, which can act as a watch, music player and more.

Intel releases its most reliable pro SSD

Intel today unveiled its Pro 2500 series of flash drives, which include 2.5-in. drives and M.2 flash cards for mobile devices.

Home Depot to sell the ultimate DIY hardware: 3D printers

MakerBot has signed a deal with Home Depot to run a pilot program in a dozen stores to sell the ultimate do-it-yourself product.

The agency that brought you the Internet has created a self-guided bullet

The government's military research agency, DARPA, says it has demonstrated a bullet capable of locking onto a moving target from up to a mile away.

As jobs in solar power boom, R&D investment falls

The solar power industry is expanding quickly, but not when it comes to funding for technology advances.

HP, Intel, GM and Walmart demand changes to renewable energy industry

A dozen mega corporations are demanding that the U.S. government and the energy industry boost renewable energy supplies and make them easier to buy.

Apple's CarPlay to dominate infotainment systems, will be in 24M cars by 2019

Apple's API for in-car mobile devices, better known as CarPlay, will outpace both the open API MirrorLink and GENIVI.

Mobile health device market to grow 8X to $42B

A new report shows venture capital funding and clinical mobile health applications will push the mobile device market to extraordinary highs by 2023.

3D printer constructs 10 buildings in one day from recycled materials

While not the first to use additive manufacturing to create buildings, a Chinese company is using 3D printing technology to build cheap housing out of recycled material at a rate of up to 10 structures in 24 hours.

Fortune 100 companies saved $1.1B using renewable energy

Conservatively, 53 of the Fortune 100 companies using renewable energy for power found remarkable savings, study finds

Review: Samsung's new 3D NAND SSD for 'Pros' is a superfast drive at a good price

Samsung's new 850 Pro SSD series has up to 1TB of capacity and is designed for workstations and high-end PCs.

Personal 3D printer sales to reach $1.2B by 2018

A new report shows that 3D printers and the materials that go along with them will explode over the next five years due to a growing comport with the technology fed mainly by inclusion of the tech in academic settings.

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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.