Stories by Lucas Mearian

Coming soon from Google, Apple or Samsung -- a car?

Within two years, a tech bigwig like Google, Apple or Samsung will be offering a car packed with the latest mobile connectivity features, according to a Gartner official who spoke at the Telematics Detroit 2014 Conference.

Inside Ford's 3D Printing Lab, where thousands of parts are made

Without 3D printing, the Ford Motor Co. would not be able to meet new model vehicle build deadlines. Here's a look at how Ford is using the technology.

SanDisk ships superfast Extreme Pro SSD for gamers

With up to 550MB/s throughput SanDisk's Extreme Pro SSD promises a gaming/video rendering experience that never stutters or pauses.

Wireless charging for phablets, tablets gets a Computex debut

PowerbyProxi is demonstrating two new chargers to handle larger mobile devices by offering more than twice the power of its previous technology.

Q&A: 3D gun maker Cody Wilson defends freedom to print guns

Cody Wilson, founder of Defense Distributed, contests claims his 3D printed gun isn't safe and will try to continue to make 3D gun plans available.

Lab tests show 3D printed guns can be useless -- and dangerous

Tests by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service in Birmingham, England and Warwick University found that 3D-printed plastic guns can be more dangerous to the user than the intended target.

Curved screen TVs expected to quickly flatten out

Curved screen televisions are nothing more than a gimmick, and one that will quickly die off once users realize anyone watching from the periphery has a sub-par view, industry analysts said this week.

Solar Roadways project blows past $1M crowdfunding goal

A crowdsourcing project to raise money for solar panels that snap together to form roadways has blown by its $1 million goal.

Wireless power comes to patient microimplants

A Stanford engineer has figured out how to charge implanted batteries the size of a grain of sand that will then run devices such as pacemakers and nerve stimulators.

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You could one day be driving on a solar-powered smart streets

Solar Roadways uses hexagon-shaped panels that collect energy from the sun and could be part of a smart system that changes lighting configurations to alert traffic to highway issues.

Solar power to provide HP's HQ with 20% of its electricity

A new solar power project will provide HP's Palo Alto headquarters with 20% of its power and save it $1 million over the next 20 years.

Armatix smart gun tech reignites gun fight, with retailers in the middle

The NRA and other gun right advocacy groups say they have no problem with adding technology to guns, as German-based Armatix has now done. But legislation mandating the technology will mean a fight.

Wireless carrier wars come to your car

GM is the latest automaker to offer Wi-Fi hotspots in vehicles, providing 4G access while others have 3G. The move poses a question: Do people really need Wi-Fi in cars?

Austin Energy pens pact for Texas' largest solar power plant

Austin Energy, one of the largest city-owned utilities in the U.S., has signed a deal to purchase 150 megawatts of solar electricity from Recurrent Energy, one of North Americas biggest solar developers.

SanDisk and Toshiba team up to create 3D SSDs

Toshiba plans to demolish its No. 2 flash memory plant in Japan and replace it with a new facility where it and SanDisk will produce 3D NAND.