Lucas Mearian

Senior Reporter

Lucas Mearian covers consumer data storage, electronic health IT, renewable energy, 3D printing, and telematics/car tech for Computerworld.

WD ships 256GB Lightning-attached storage for iPhone and iPad

Toshiba reveals new 3D flash chip that can store 1TB

Toshiba reveals new 3D flash chip that can store 1TB

Toshiba has begun shipping samples of its third-generation 3D NAND memory product, a chip with 64 stacked flash cells. The move comes as suitors are eyeing a majority share of the company's memory business.

Tesla plans to build three more Gigafactories, five in all

Tesla plans to build three more Gigafactories, five in all

In a letter to shareholders, Tesla said it will finalize plans for three more Gigafactories to produce solar panels and lithium-ion battery packs for electric cars, as well as home and business energy storage systems.

Here's why self-driving cars may never really be self-driving

Here's why self-driving cars may never really be self-driving

Even as self-driving car technology quickly evolves, technologists and lawmakers are still grappling with a big problem: In the event of an accident, who's to blame?

Disney Research demonstrates open-air wireless charging

Disney Research demonstrates open-air wireless charging

Disney Research has created a wireless charging technology that allows mobile devices to begin charging as soon as you enter a room.

Bill Nye-backed startup uses particle accelerator to make solar panels 60% cheaper

Bill Nye-backed startup uses particle accelerator to make solar panels 60% cheaper

Startup Rayton Solar is running a crowdfunding campaign to attract investors to its proton accelerator technology used to more efficiently slice off silicon for solar panel production, making the manufacturing process 60% cheaper.

PG&E deploys its first Tesla Powerpack battery storage station

PG&E deploys its first Tesla Powerpack battery storage station

PG&E has announced its first lithium-ion battery substation with 500KW of capacity, which the utility said will it balance power supply and demand during peak hours.

Apple may cut the (charging) cord completely with the iPhone 8

Apple may cut the (charging) cord completely with the iPhone 8

As some industry experts wonder whether Apple will add wireless charging to its next iPhone, others believe it will go all in -- cutting the charging cord completely, just as it cut the analog audio port in the iPhone 7.

U.S. solar growth blows away previous records

U.S. solar growth blows away previous records

The solar market in 2016 grew 95% over the previous year, which for the first time made photovoltaic power the top source of new electricity-generating capacity on an annual basis.

Ford to invest $1B in A.I. startup toward self-driving cars

Ford to invest $1B in A.I. startup toward self-driving cars

Ford plans to invest $1 billion over the next five years in Argo AI, an artificial intelligence startup that will help develop a virtual driver system for the automaker’s autonomous vehicle coming in 2021.

UPS to spend $18M to install 26,000 new solar panels

UPS to spend $18M to install 26,000 new solar panels

The shipping giant today announced it will expand its solar energy capacity by 26,000 solar panels, or an additional 18 megawatts of power.

N.C. wind farm goes live despite legislators' claims it's a national security threat

N.C. wind farm goes live despite legislators' claims it's a national security threat

A North Carolina wind farm that will power Amazon's data centers in Virginia went live on Thursday, even though state legislators asked President Trump to nix the project over concerns that it would jeopardize national security.

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