Stories by Lucas Mearian

Samsung delivers fix for SSD slowdowns

One of Samsung's most affordable consumer solid-state drives is experiencing read slowdowns with older data, a problem the company has now addressed with a firmware upgrade and installation guide.

Kickstarter suspends Anonabox Tor router project

Kickstarter has suspended the crowdfunding campaign of a Tor-enabling wireless router that gained widespread media attention as a privacy device for the masses but left others questioning its legitimacy.

Once the FBI has a backdoor into your smartphone, everyone does

FBI director James Comey said this week thattech companies should not be allowed to put cryptographic locks on mobile devices so they can't be accessed by U.S. intelligence agencies.

Here's a bird's eye view of Ebola epidemic

The data publishing platform Silk has created a world map depicting the spread of the Ebola virus, which causes the highly deadly hemorrhagic fever.

Snapchat and other online services need to tighten security

In recent weeks, there have been data breaches involving passwords and email addresses from JP Morgan Chase, celebrity nude photos from Apple's iCloud, more than 70,000 images from Snapchat and now a new alleged hack at Dropbox -- a claim it denies.

Google launches telemedicine beta for video chats with docs

Google is running a temporary trial of a new feature that allows people looking for medical advice to also connect with a physician for an online consult.

Tiny Anonabox to offer online anonymity through Tor

A startup is offering a tiny wireless router to users who want their anonymity protected by first encrypting and then routing their traffic over the Tor network.

Snapchat denies it was hacked

While hackers say they have broken into a giant Snapchat database filled with Snapchat photos and videos and have been collecting files for years, the content messaging service denies it was hacked.

Two-thirds of industrial manufacturers use 3D printing

A survey of 100 top manufacturers revealed that two-thirds are using 3D printing, some for rapid prototyping and others for production or custom parts.

Samsung begins mass production of 3-bit 3D NAND chips

Samsung Electronics on Wednesday announced that it has begun mass producing the industry's first 3-bit, multi-level-cell (MLC) three-dimensional (3D) NAND flash memory for use in solid state drives (SSDs) for PCs and other devices.

Are e-health records at fault for Ebola mistakes?

A Dallas man who became the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. has died. And while the hospital that treated him has retracted a claim that its electronic health records (EHR) system contributed to a lapse in his diagnosis, experts are skeptical that the system worked properly.

Generation Nervous? Millennial searches focus on anxiety meds

An analysis of U.S. employee web searches for healthcare services showed that millennials search more frequently for anti-anxiety meds and women use specific medical terms while men tend to generalize.

Seagate, Intel back tech that obliterates redundant data before it's written

Seagate Technology and Intel's venture capital arm lead a $15 million funding round for Reduxio Systems, a start-up whose technology deletes redundant data even before it's written to a tiered storage system's cache.

Solar power on track to be world's largest electricity source by 2050

The sun could be the world's leading electricity source by mid-century with the amount of new photovoltaic (PV) panel installations soaring at 100MW daily, according to a pair of new reports.

New HDMI stick is first Chromecast competitor based on Firefox

Matchstick, a startup out of San Jose, is planning to release an HDMI dongle that will compete with Chromecast but uses the Firefox OS and costs $25 instead of $35.