Stories by Lucas Mearian

Firewalls can't protect today's connected cars

The Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu once wrote, "What is of supreme importance in war is to attack the enemy's strategy."

Hacker: 'Hundreds of thousands' of vehicles are at risk of attack

A security expert who recently demonstrated he could hack into a Jeep and control its most vital functions said the same could be done with hundreds of thousands of other vehicles on the road today.

SunEdison drops $2.2B to acquire Vivint Solar

SunEdison, the world's largest renewable energy development company, announced a definitive agreement to buy Vivint Solar, one of the largest providers of residential rooftop solar systems.

Senators propose bill to tighten vehicle security, privacy standards

Two U.S. senators today filed a bill that would require the federal government to establish standards to ensure automakers secure a driver against vehicle cyber attacks.

Some sharks have become social media stars

When news of a shark attack on professional surfer Mick Fanning reached Costa Rica and 9-year-old Ella Strickland Sunday, she grabbed her mother's smartphone to see if the great white was one of the sharks she knows.

Review: The Nobel 1.0 -- stereolithographic 3D printing on the cheap

When I unboxed <a href="">XYZPrinting's Nobel 1.0 stereolithographic (SLA) 3D printer</a>, I'd just finished shipping off another top-rated and remarkably accurate SLA machine, the <a href="">Formlabs Form 1+</a>.

IBM's machine-learning crystal ball can foresee renewable energy availability

IBM has developed a computer system that can learn about weather from thousands of data points and predict days -- even weeks -- in advance how much power from solar and wind farms will be available for the U.S. power grid.

Renewable energy boom will mean vastly cheaper electricity

Renewable energy, combined with prolific battery storage, will soon result in vastly cheaper electricity -- and solar power that's less expensive than what fossil fuel-based power plants can produce.

U.S. memory maker buyout by Chinese firm not likely to succeed

A reported buyout attempt by China's largest computer chip maker of U.S. based Micron Technology isn't likely to succeed, according to industry analysts.

SanDisk's new wireless thumb drive streams HD video to three devices

SanDisk today announced the newest addition to its wireless storage line - the SanDisk Connect Wireless Stick.

Report claims Chinese chip maker bids $23B for Micron

China's largest state-owned computer chip design firm, Tsinghua Unigroup Ltd. has offered US$23 billion to buy Micron Technology, one of the largest U.S. memory makers, according to The Wall Street Journal.

MIT proves flash is as fast as RAM, and cheaper, for big data

When it comes to high-speed data processing, RAM has always been the go-to memory for computers because it's tens of thousands of times faster than disk drives and many times faster than NAND flash.

Start-up plans to release 3D-printed, street-ready cars next year

An Arizona custom car company hopes to produce what it calls the first 3D-printed, street-ready vehicle early next year.

Obama, Sanders propose boosting solar energy for low, moderate-income Americans

President Obama and presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) this week announced separate initiatives to help low- and middle-income Americans afford solar power.

Uber will buy all the self-driving cars that Tesla can build in 2020

If Tesla can produce half a million cars by 2020, then Uber CEO Travis Kalanick will buy them all for his service, according to venture capitalist Steve Jurvetson.