Stories by Lucas Mearian

Seagate's new 500GB portable drive is about a quarter-inch thick

The computer industry's standard 7mm hard disk drive height (or thickness) is typically reserved for internal computer products that can survive with thinner cases.

Toyota releases thousands of patents for hydrogen fuel cell tech

Toyota today announced it is opening up to other carmakers and the renewable energy market more than 5,600 patents related to its fuel cell technology.

Harvard researchers unveil 3D electronics printer

Harvard researchers have announced a 3D printer capable of printing both thermoplastics and highly conductive silver inks that allow electronic products to be created on one process.

Google may launch Android Auto, making your car a big mobile device

Google may be planning to launch a version of Android Auto for vehicle infotainment centers -- also known as head units -- that will eliminate the need for a smartphone to be connected, giving native access to the Internet and mobile applications.

Driver's license app on a smartphone raises privacy issues

A smartphone app that drivers in Iowa will be able to use as an official driver's license could lead to privacy abuses by law enforcement.

Cloud provider pits 6TB hard drives in real-world face off

Cloud service provider Backblaze has published performance and reliability data on two of the industry's leading 6TB 3.5-in. hard drives from Seagate and Western Digital (WD).

Solar demand soars 16% this year

Demand for solar power grew 16% year-over-year in 2014, representing 44 billion watts (gigawatts) of capacity purchased during the year.

After the Snowden leaks, 700M move to avoid NSA spying

An international survey of Internet users has found that more than 39% have taken steps to protect their online privacy and security as a result of spying revelations by one-time NSA employee Edward Snowden.

A terabyte on a postage stamp: RRAM heads into commercialization

The makers of a new non-volatile RAM said the memory is ready to move from a prototype to a fabrication facility, where 1TB chips the size of a postage stamp will be produced and tested.

Ford dumps Microsoft for QNX, unleashes new functions in Sync v3

After numerous reports indicated almost a year ago that Ford would do it, the carmaker announced this week that it has moved from Microsoft for Blackberry's QNX OS for its in-vehicle infotainment system known as Sync.

HP turns to 3D printing to revive flagging fortunes

On top of its decision to split into two companies, Hewlett-Packard's move into 3D printing appears to be an attempt to spur revenues and rekindle a culture of innovation within the company.

U.S. utilities face up to $48B revenue loss from solar, efficiency

Energy utilities face losing between $18 billion and $48 billion a year in the U.S and up to €61 billion a year in Europe by 2025 as solar power and energy conservation initiatives grow, according to Accenture.

Samsung adds 3D NAND to its most affordable SSD

Samsung today said it has added its 3D VNAND technology to its lowest-cost consumer SSD, an advancement that raises the drive to a level that should attract gamers and power users.

Data from wearable devices could soon land you in jail

While that fitness band or smartwatch you own may help you get in shape or never miss an appointment, the data it collects is now also fodder for criminal or civil litigation.

Software can now identify DNA from viruses and speed up diagnoses

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) announced this week that bioinformatics software it created can now identify DNA from fungi, bacteria, viruses and other pathogens, slashing the time it takes to diagnose some illnesses from weeks to hours.