Stories by Lucas Mearian

Panasonic to help Tesla build battery 'Gigafactory'

Panasonic has penned a deal with Tesla Motors to help build the electric-car startup's "Gigafactory," which it hopes will produce half a million electric-vehicle batteries per year.

Qi wireless charging spec gets more flexibility with distance extension

The Qi wireless charging spec added a resonance extension to its existing induction spec, meaning enabled mobile devices can be charged more than an inch away from the pad.

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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.

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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 21 different objects, from space probes and satellites to asteroids and planetary features.

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

Newegg has begun taking orders for Samsung's most advanced solid state drive (SSD), a model that uses stacked, or three dimensional, NAND flash for greater performance and endurance over previous models based on conventional NAND flash.

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 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.

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

Frustrated by a lack of renewable energy and a purchasing system that's too complicated, a dozen major US companies have joined an initiative to force the government and utilities to change.