Stories by Lucas Mearian

Tesla boosts power output of its home battery, keeps prices the same

Tesla today announced that its line of home Powerwall batteries will be upgraded to more than double their initial output, while the price remains the same.

AMA wants protection for doctors rolling out new medical coding system

The American Medical Association (AMA) today voted in favor of a two-year grace period to protect hospitals and physician practices that implement a new medical classification system.

Residential solar installs post largest quarterly growth ever

Residential installations of rooftop photovoltaic (PV) panels in the U.S. led the solar power market in the first quarter of this year, posting a record sequential 11% growth rate. That's the largest such uptick in history.

Micron shrinks NAND 28% in upcoming flash drives

A strand of human DNA is 2.5 nanometers in diameter, and there are 25,400,000 nanometers in one inch.

Toyota eyes Ford's latest smartphone interface

Toyota announced today that it may adopt the SmartDeviceLink (SDL) protocol, which is the open-source version of Ford's smartphone-linking technology called Ford AppLink.

Average cost of a 128GB SSD is now $50 for PC makers

The average price that computer manufacturers pay for a 128GB solid-state drive (SSD) dropped to $50 in the second quarter, while the average price of a 256GB SSD plunged to almost $90, according to research from DRAMeXchange.

Ford to roll out Blackberry OS-based entertainment systems this summer

After announcing in December that it was dropping Microsoft's platform for Blackberry's QNX OS on its infotainment systems, Ford today said the first of the new systems will launch in 2016 models.

SanDisk enters portable drive market with high-speed SSDs

SanDisk, known for thumb drives, memory cards and internal SSD, has announced its first line-up of pocket-sized, high-capacity external drives.

Ericcson touts 5G mobile speeds

Telecom giant Ericsson announced this week it is testing out 5G networks in the U.S. and Sweden, and has already exceeded 2Gbps throughput using multiple radio streams at the same time.

Hospital tests lag time for robotic surgery 1,200 miles away from doctor

A Florida hospital has successfully tested lag time created by the Internet for a simulated robotic surgery in Ft. Worth, Texas, more than 1,200 miles away from the surgeon who was at the virtual controls.

GM to offer both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on most vehicles

General Motors will begin offering both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in most of its 2016 vehicles, allowing customers to mirror their smartphones and their apps to their infotainment systems.

Hyundai becomes first to use Android Auto in production cars

Hyundai today announced it will begin using Android Auto in vehicles this year, making it the first carmaker to enable vehicles to mirror a connected Android smartphone to the car's dashboard infotainment system.

Is Apple planning a 3D printer?

LONG BEACH, CALIF. -- Speaking here today about the tremendous growth of the 3D printing industry, analyst Terry Wohlers slipped one name into a list of potential machine makers that took some by surprise: Apple.

How 3D printers made a motorcycle, skis and snowboard

When it comes to 3D printing, the general public is likely unaware how far the technology has come from the days when making figurines and trinkets was about all many believed the machines could do.

Organs may someday be printed inside people

LONG BEACH, CALIF. -- Today, much of the research around 3D bioprinting tissue and organs revolves around laying down enough cells in an abiotic substrate outside a living body, so they can culture and then be implanted where needed.