Stories by Lucas Mearian

Data from wearable devices could soon land you in jail

While that fitness band or smartwatch you own may help you get in shape or never miss an appointment, the data it collects is now also fodder for criminal or civil litigation.

Software can now identify DNA from viruses and speed up diagnoses

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) announced this week that bioinformatics software it created can now identify DNA from fungi, bacteria, viruses and other pathogens, slashing the time it takes to diagnose some illnesses from weeks to hours.

150m passenger cars will connected to the Internet by 2020

In just five years, most cars and trucks will be connected to the Internet, according to a report from Gartner Inc.

Here's why hydrogen-fueled cars aren't little Hindenburgs

For all the volatility of a gas like hydrogen, which combusts with one-tenth the energy required for gasoline, fuel cell vehicles are safer than internal combustion engines, according to industry experts.

Stratasys now sells professional-grade 3D printers on Amazon

Industrial 3D printer maker Stratasys has announced it's selling a professional grade printer on Amazon for the first time.

Want a 100TB disk drive? You'll have to wait 'til 2025

An industry consortium has released a roadmap that new recording technologies could yield 100TB hard drives in about 10 years.

Flurry of hydrogen fuel cell cars challenge all-electric vehicles

At the L.A. Auto Show this week, leading car makers revealed their plans for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, which use the most common molecule in the universe for power and release only water vapor as exhaust.

Comcast app lets customers track service techs in real time

Comcast today unveiled a mobile app that allows their service techs to be tracked by cable customers in real time.

Apple, Microsoft, Google and others join push against government spying

Apple, Microsoft, and Google are among 10 top tech companies that this week signed onto a letter backing passage of a bill that would curtail bulk collection of Internet metadata by government agencies.

Rooftop solar electricity on pace to beat coal, oil

The cost of rooftop solar-powered electricity will be on par with prices for common coal or oil-powered generation in just two years -- and the technology to produce it will only get cheaper.

Carmakers promise they'll protect driver privacy -- really

The world's 19 biggest automakers have agreed to principles they say will protect driver privacy in an electronic age where in-vehicle computers collect everything from location and speed to what smartphone you use.

SanDisk releases Lightning-enabled thumb drive for iPhone, iPad

SanDisk today announced a USB flash drive with a Lightning connector that can be used with iPhones and iPads to automatically offload photos and videos with special software.

The 5 SMART stats that actually predict hard drive failure

Hard drive firmware that IT administrators use to monitor hard drive health is highly inconsistent from drive to drive and manufacturer to manufacturer, according to figures collected from nearly 40,000 spindles.

Seagate preps for 30TB laser-assisted hard drives

Seagate Technology is boosting investments in laser-assisted hard disk drive technology that it projects will allow it to increase capacity five-fold.

Intel doubles capacity of its datacentre SSD

Intel has announced upgrades to its Solid-State Drive DC S3500 Series of products that now offer up to 1.6TB of capacity, double what the previous generation had.