Stories by Lucas Mearian

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.

Why the entry-level iPhone 6 has just 16GB of storage

The eagerly awaited iPhone 6 announced last week offers a larger screen, more processing power and -- in the base model -- the same 16GB of storage as the two-year-old  iPhone 5.

Micron ships 16nm node SSDs, cheapest price yet

Micron today announced a new SSD that uses its densest process to date and has a chip that can program the memory to act as high performance SLC or high-capacity MLC flash.

A wireless router may someday charge your mobile devices

For all intents and purposes, the new Apple Watch is not a mobile device that uses wireless charging. While its charging cable uses magnetic inductive coupling, the wire must still physically attach to the watch in order to work.

SanDisk announces world's highest capacity SD card: 512GB

SanDisk today unveiled what it calls the world's highest capacity SD card -- more than half a terabyte.

Quantum Dot technology may smother OLED TVs in the crib

For the past year, manufacturers have heralded OLED ultra-high definition (UHD) TVs as a harbinger of sea change in the home entertainment industry, affording thinner and even flexible panels with higher quality pictures than today's LCD sets.

New StarTech disk drive duplicator copies at 22GB per minute

StarTech today released its latest disk duplicator, a standalone USB 3.0/eSATA docking station that offers the company's fastest sector-by-sector drive cloning to date.

Consumers warm to 4K TVs as they reach 6% market penetration

About 14 million ultra-high definition (UHD) 4K2K television sets have been shipped globally in 2014, penetrating 6-7% of the overall TV market, according to WitsView, a subsidiary of Taiwan-based market intelligence firm TrendForce.

WD leapfrogs Seagate with world's highest capacity 10TB helium drive, new flash drives

Western Digital's (WD) HGST subsidiary today announced it has added 8TB and 10TB hard drives to its HelioSeal product line, which hermetically seals in helium in order to reduce internal drive friction and power use.

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If Tesla's Gigafactory can run on 100% renewable energy, why can't others?

Tesla's Gigafactory, the world's largest lithium-ion battery factory, is expected to generate as much renewable energy as it needs to operate -- and then some.

Stratasys unveils triple material 3D printers, thermoplastics for outdoor products

Stratasys Ltd. has introduced two new multi-material 3D printers that allow up to three thermoplastic materials to be combined to manufacture products.