Stories by Lucas Mearian

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.

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.