Stories by Lucas Mearian

Toyota to produce a self-driving car by 2020

Toyota has been testing a new automated driving test vehicle called Highway Teammate, with the aim of launching related products by around 2020.

Feds detail how healthcare industry should share medical info

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today published its roadmap for how healthcare facilities and patients should share medical information.

Panasonic surpasses SolarCity with world's most efficient solar panel

Panasonic has achieved a new record for energy conversion in a photovoltaic panel, squeaking by SolarCity, which announced its own record last week.

SolarCity claims it has created the world's most powerful solar panel

Solar City said it has created a photovoltaic panel capable of 22% efficiency, about 7% more than average solar panels.

Hospitals flip the ICD-10 switch, adding 68,000 ways to tell you're sick

After two major deadline extensions, the new, vastly expanded ICD-10 medical classification system went live today, affecting every U.S. healthcare provider and insurance company, and dictating how $2.8 trillion that Americans spend each year on medical care is paid out.

Intel, Samsung launch their fastest SSDs with up to 5Gbps speeds

Samsung announced its fastest consumer SSD, which comes in a gumstick form factor and has a top speed of 2.5Gbps. Intel announced its fastest enterprise-class PCIe SSD, an expansion card with a top speed of 5Gbps.

iPhone 6S doubles down on memory and speed

Now that iFixit has completed its annual iPhone teardown, rumors that the new smartphone would have 2GB of DRAM have been confirmed, along with a performance surprise.

Backblaze goes after Google, Amazon with storage at half a penny a gigabyte

Online backup service Backblaze is challenging other cloud service providers with a new storage option that costs just half a penny per gigabyte.

Researchers can use MRIs to print a model heart in 3 hours

MIT and Boston Children’s Hospital have developed a system that uses MRI scans of a patient’s heart to print out a physical model, which can be used to practice surgery.

SunEdison supplies batteries for net-zero energy homes in California

SunEdison is offering lithium-ion batteries for nine residential homes that will produce 100% of the energy they use as a proof of concept ahead of California's 2020 goal for all new homes to be energy neutral.

Xerox introduces printed-memory labels to fight counterfeiting

Xerox's printed label contains 36 bits of rewritable memory that can store up to 68 billion points of data to determine if a product is genuine, among other things.

Will 4K video devour the latest iPhones' storage?

The new camera in the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus takes 4K video, generating large files that could eat into storage. But that didn't prompt Apple to upgrade the internal capacity of its new phones.

Samsung brings 6GB of DRAM to smartphones

Samsung announced today it's-mass producing a 12Gbit LPDDR4 DRAM module that's 30% faster than its 8Gbit predecessor and is twice as fast as DDR4 DRAM for PCs.

Solar windows can power buildings

Several companies are preparing technology that will allow window makers to incorporate photovoltaic technology into their products, helping to supplement the structure's power needs.

As police move to adopt body cams, storage costs set to skyrocket

Police body cams are a big business, but even bigger is the business of storing the video content that's created as camera adoption grows. Determining how much video to keep -- and for how long -- is also an issue.