Stories by Lucas Mearian

Kingston buys encrypted flash drive maker IronKey

Kingston has purchased Imation's IronKey subsidiary, a maker of encrypted USB drives.

Flash memory's density surpasses hard drives for first time

The production of 3D or stacked NAND flash in recent years has led to non-volatile memory exceeding the areal density of HDDs. This means that flash memory products with higher capacity can be built using the same surface area.

Lifting telemedicine limits would save Medicare $1.8B over 10 years

Lifting geographical and provider restrictions that currently limit physician reimbursement for treating or monitoring Medicare recipients would save the U.S. government as much as $1.8 billion over the next decade.

Apple expected to finally introduce wireless charging with the iPhone 7

Wireless charging has proved wildly popular, with 90% of respondents to a recent survey saying they want it in the next smartphone. Apple has been a standout among makers in not adopting it, but IHS believes that's about to change.

Forget cards and flowers; crowdfunding site helps pay medical bills

A financial services start-up has announced a crowdfunding service that allows hospitals to run campaigns for patients to help them pay medical bills of any kind.

Health insurer loses 6 hard-disk drives with records of 95,000 customers

Health insurer Centene Corp. said it is disclosing, out of an "abundance of caution and in transparency," that it's hunting for six computer hard drives containing personally identifiable information about its customers.

Ta-ta to passwords and PINs; faces and fingerprints to rule the future

Biometric security technology is gaining market share over traditional passcode methods. Facial recognition will be a $450 million market by 2019 and fingerprint readers will reach $2.6 billion by 2020.

Seagate inhales, uses helium to create 10TB HDD

Seagate's first 10TB enterprise-capacity hard drive is also its first use of helium to reduce friction and increase density in a drive as Western Digital has done with several of its drives.

Feds say only Chryslers were vulnerable to hacks via radio, not Audi or Volkswagen

U.S. auto safety regulators have determined that only Fiat-Chrysler infotainment systems have a security flaw that could allow hackers to take control of vehicles using nothing but a laptop and cellular connection.

Court rules Shutterfly may have violated privacy by scanning face photos

A federal court in Illinois has ruled against Shutterfly and allowed a civil case to move forward that claims the photo-sharing website violated the state's Biometric Privacy Act by collecting and scanning face geometry in photos without consent.

Seagate touts fastest desktop drive and slimmest 2TB backup drive

Seagate and its LaCie subsidiary unveiled a new line of mobile and desktop drives, offering users the company's thinnest designs and USB C-type connectivity with up to 10Gbps throughput.

Cyberattacks will compromise 1-in-3 healthcare records next year

As more patient data moves online, a healthcare industry with a legacy of poor electronic security will see more breaches next year, according to IDC.

WD ships world's first 10TB helium-filled hard drive

WD unveiled a 10TB helium-filled hard drive that represents a 25% increase in capacity over the previous generation drive.

Consumer SSDs and hard drive prices are nearing parity

SSDs have seen four straight quarters of 10% or greater price drops, leading one analyst to predict that they will near price parity with hard drives in the next two years.

Toshiba's new chip to usher in wireless charging at wired speeds

Toshiba has introduced the industry's first single-chip wireless power receiver that can operate at 15 watts and is compliant with Qi v1.2 standard.