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Lucas Mearian

Katharine the white shark crashes research site's servers

Katharine, a 14-foot electronically tagged white shark, has become so popular with visitors to a shark-tracking site that she's now routinely crashing servers.

Most ISPs don't deliver on their advertised broadband speeds

An ongoing nationwide performance study of broadband service in the U.S. shows broadband speeds don't measure up to advertised rates.

E-health for pets? Smart collar can send health alerts to vets

PetPace's new smart collar is making it easier for veterinarians to track the well-being of pets and keep in touch with owners.

SolarCity plans world's largest solar panel plant in upstate N.Y.

SolarCity, headed by Elon Musk of Tesla fame, plans to build one of the world's largest solar panel production plants on 88 acres in upstate New York.

Dems' plan would force FCC to ban Internet fast lanes

Democrat lawmakers plan to keep the FCC from allowing ISPs from offering higher-bandwidth connections for some Internet traffic over others.

Samsung matters more than Apple in deciding wireless charging's future

Samsung and Apple are the leading handset manufacturers in the world, but when it comes to which one can drive the mobile market for wireless charging, Samsung looks like the bigger player.

Netflix continues to thumb its nose at Verizon in bandwidth fight

After Verizon issued a cease-and-desist letter to Netflix for calling out poor broadband service, Netflix shot back,r saying poor streaming video quality rests squarely with ISPs.

Starbucks' new wireless charging won't work for most devices

Starbucks plans to install Powermat wireless charging stations nationwide in all of its U.S. operated stores, but IHS says the technology is incompatible with nearly all enabled devices.

AMA says telemedicine could improve access, quality of care

The American Medical Association today voted to approve a list of guiding principles for ensuring the appropriate coverage of and payment for telemedicine services.

Lowe's creates holodeck-like room for customers to try out renovations

Lowes plans to roll out augmented reality rooms in stores that allow customers to recreate areas of their homes so they can try out furniture, appliances, flooring and other products before buying them.

Intel plans to team up with WiTricity on wireless charging

WiTricity has agreed to work with Intel to integrate wireless charging technology for computing devices powered by the chip maker.

Smartphone-controlled SSD firm launches its Kickstarter campaign

SoSecure has created a solid-state drive that is controlled remotely via a smartphone app, which monitors everything from backups to battery power and can delete all data from the drive.

Formlabs updates its high-res desktop 3D printer for faster speed

The new Form 1+ stereolithography printer from Formlabs is 50% faster than its predecessor.

Electric car battery tech lets you go 1,000 miles between charges

An Israeli company and the aluminum giant Alcoa Canada have demonstrated a car using a combination of aluminum-air and lithium-ion storage technologies that can travel vast distances between charges.

Elon Musk to open up Supercharging patent designs

Tesla CEO Elon Musk plans to open up the designs for free, fast-charging electric vehicle stations in order to create a standard other car makers can use.

Enough with all the apps in my car! say drivers

Research reveals that people don't want more apps in their vehicles, but they do want apps that are as intuitive and work as well as the ones on their smartphones.

GM app lets you scan a license plate, then text the driver

GM has its share of challenges creating mobile apps for cars in China, but the R&D team there has come up with quite a few, including one that'll let you scan another driver's license plate and then message them.

Blackberry partners to offer infotainment system in digital instrument clusters

Blackberry released an infotainment system interface for digital instrument clusters and a platform for vehicle active and passive safety features.

Coming soon from Google, Apple or Samsung -- a car?

Within two years, a tech bigwig like Google, Apple or Samsung will be offering a car packed with the latest mobile connectivity features, according to a Gartner official who spoke at the Telematics Detroit 2014 Conference.

Inside Ford's 3D Printing Lab, where thousands of parts are made

Without 3D printing, the Ford Motor Co. would not be able to meet new model vehicle build deadlines. Here's a look at how Ford is using the technology.

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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.