Stories by Lucas Mearian

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.

3D vendor sells $US1500 part to make metal guns

Cody Wilson, the developer of the world's first fully 3D-printed plastic gun, is preparing to sell a consumer-grade machine that can make metal guns.

Mercedes-Benz shows off self-driving 18-wheeler

Mercedes-Benz showed off an autonomous semi-trailer truck that will be available in a decade and allow long-haul drivers to relax and tend to paperwork and other duties other than driving.

China's 3D printing market to quadruple

While still a nascent market in China, the production and sale of 3D printers are expected to quadruple over the next four years, according to a new report.

3D printed skin holds promise for burn victims and others

A 3D printer that can use a patient's own cells to print skin grafts, including hair follicles and sweat glands, has won a scientific design competition.

Rooftop solar panels could soon cut utility profits by 15% or more

Rooftop solar panel installations could cut utility profits by 15% or more over the next eight years, according to a federally funded report (download PDF) that studied two prototypical U.S. utilities -- one in the Southwest and the other in the Northeast.

Apple will consume 25 per cent of all DRAM in the world next year

Apple's consumption of mobile DRAM will grow from 16.5% of the industry's total production volume today to 25% in 2015 as the company outfits more smartphones, tablets and even laptops with DRAM, according to a new report.

Consumer drives shown to be more reliable than enterprise drives

Seagate hard drives fail with more regularity than those from Western Digital or Hitachi, according to the latest results of an ongoing study by cloud service provider Backblaze.

IBM's solar concentrator can produce energy, clean water and AC

IBM Research and Switzerland-based Airlight Energy today announced a new parabolic dish that increases the sun's radiation by 2,000 times while also producing fresh water and air conditioning.

Fiberlink wipes one smartphone or tablet every three minutes

One mobile device is wiped every three minutes as part of a corporate security policy, according to a study of 130,000 devices managed by MaaS360, the Fiberlink mobile device management platform.

GE to use crowdsourcing and 3D printers to build next-gen appliances

GE has partnered with 3D printer maker Stratasys to build and commercialize household appliances and accessories.

Dremel releases a 3D printer for the masses

Dremel has announced the first 3D printer to come from a major tool manufacturer, the $999 Dremel 3D Idea Builder. Dremel called it a desktop machine for the masses.

Once your car's connected to the Internet, who guards your privacy?

Once mobile devices are connected to car infotainment systems and cars are connected to the Internet, vehicles will become a rich source of data for manufacturers, marketers, insurance providers and the government. Oh, and they'll be a lucrative target for hackers, too.