Stories by Lucas Mearian

Apple's CarPlay vs. MirrorLink: Is there a need for both?

Both MirrorLink and Apple's new CarPlay will eventually be able to duplicate some iPhone functions on your car's in-vehicle infotainment system, but MirrorLink can also handle Android, Windows and Blackberry phones. So do we need CarPlay?

Apple's CarPlay to spark mobile apps war in your car

Apple's CarPlay user interface will not only add complexity to existing in-vehicle infotainment systems, it would virtually take away the keys from automakers who plan their own systems and interfaces.

The next wave of cars may use Ethernet

The most ubiquitous local area networking technology used by big business may be packing its bags for a road trip.

Intel kills SSD overclocking, unleashes its fastest-ever consumer drive

Intel won't be releasing an SSD whose performance can be customized by overclocking after all. Instead, it announced plans today to overclock a new flagship drive and begin selling that in March.

Why Ford is dumping Microsoft for Blackberry's QNX OS

Ford is reportedly set to replace the Windows-based Sync platform in its cars with an open source Linux-based system used by several other automakers.

IBM solar energy tech claims to harness power of 2,000 suns

IBM is working on an affordable photovoltaic system capable of concentrating solar radiation 2,000 times and converting 80% of the incoming radiation into useful energy.

SanDisk unleashes world's first 128GB microSD card

Almost 10 years after the microSD card format was introduced with 2GB of capacity, SanDisk has unveiled a new model of the popular removable storage card with more than 60 times that original storage capacity.

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Dropbox changes its terms of service to stop class-action lawsuits

Dropbox sent notices to users today telling them they have 30 days to opt out of a new policy that aims to stop legal suits against the firm and use binding arbitration to settle disputes.

Dell is the first PC maker to join wireless power group

Dell has become a member of the Alliance for Wireless Power, an indication that the company is eyeing the technology for some of its products.

Apple gets a patent for health-monitoring ear buds

Apple today has been awarded a patent for a sport motion and health monitoring system that can be attached to headphones, including ear buds, and used to monitor vital signs and even perspiration levels.

Music industry sucks life from subscription services

Music subscription services, such as Pandora and Spotify, are the fastest-growing segment of the music industry, but since they hand over 60% to 70% of their revenue to record labels, they will inevitably fail unless something changes, a new report shows.

Scientists achieve nuclear fusion with giant laser

Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Wednesday said they've achieved a first: A nuclear fusion system has produced more energy than it initially absorbed

Your next smartphone is now closer to wireless charging

The Alliance for Wireless Power and the Power Matters Alliance joined forces this week, which should help hardware makers settle on a wireless charging standard for their devices.

Wireless charging consortium launches Rezence, its consumer brand

Two of the three major wireless power consortiums have agreed to establish interoperability standards for wireless power.

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Hands on: Trying a 3D printer -- a beginner's tale

Learning to use a 3D printer for the first time is not complicated, but learning to do it well comes with a significant learning curve.

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