Stories by Lucas Mearian

Samsung mass-produces laptop SSD with 2.1Gbps speeds

At CES this week, Samsung announced it is mass producing a hyperfast SSD expansion card for ultrathin notebooks that boasts read speeds of up to 2.15Gbps.

Kingston unleashes its first PCIe SSD with 1.4Gbps speed

Kingston's HyperX division announced this week at CES that it is releasing its first PCIe SSD.

Wireless charging -- McDonald's is lovin' it

McDonald's is installing 600 wireless charging stations for enabled mobile devices in 50 restaurants in the U.K.

Ford touts self-driving car, launches global mobility experiments

Ford today showcased the semi-autonomous vehicles it has on the road already and gave attendees a glimpse into fully autonomous vehicles now in development.

XYZprinting unveils $349 3D printer, hi-res machine

3D printer start-up XYZprinting, which has built a reputation around affordable consumer-grade machines, announced today two new models, including an entry-level product priced at just $349.

Seagate's new 500GB portable drive is about a quarter-inch thick

The computer industry's standard 7mm hard disk drive height (or thickness) is typically reserved for internal computer products that can survive with thinner cases.

Toyota releases thousands of patents for hydrogen fuel cell tech

Toyota today announced it is opening up to other carmakers and the renewable energy market more than 5,600 patents related to its fuel cell technology.

Harvard researchers unveil 3D electronics printer

Harvard researchers have announced a 3D printer capable of printing both thermoplastics and highly conductive silver inks that allow electronic products to be created on one process.

Google may launch Android Auto, making your car a big mobile device

Google may be planning to launch a version of Android Auto for vehicle infotainment centers -- also known as head units -- that will eliminate the need for a smartphone to be connected, giving native access to the Internet and mobile applications.

Driver's license app on a smartphone raises privacy issues

A smartphone app that drivers in Iowa will be able to use as an official driver's license could lead to privacy abuses by law enforcement.

Cloud provider pits 6TB hard drives in real-world face off

Cloud service provider Backblaze has published performance and reliability data on two of the industry's leading 6TB 3.5-in. hard drives from Seagate and Western Digital (WD).

Solar demand soars 16% this year

Demand for solar power grew 16% year-over-year in 2014, representing 44 billion watts (gigawatts) of capacity purchased during the year.

After the Snowden leaks, 700M move to avoid NSA spying

An international survey of Internet users has found that more than 39% have taken steps to protect their online privacy and security as a result of spying revelations by one-time NSA employee Edward Snowden.

A terabyte on a postage stamp: RRAM heads into commercialization

The makers of a new non-volatile RAM said the memory is ready to move from a prototype to a fabrication facility, where 1TB chips the size of a postage stamp will be produced and tested.

Ford dumps Microsoft for QNX, unleashes new functions in Sync v3

After numerous reports indicated almost a year ago that Ford would do it, the carmaker announced this week that it has moved from Microsoft for Blackberry's QNX OS for its in-vehicle infotainment system known as Sync.