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Stories by Lucas Mearian

Driver's license app on a smartphone raises privacy issues

By Lucas Mearian | 19 December, 2014 07:47

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.

Land Rover creates 'ghost car' for drivers to follow

By Lucas Mearian | 17 December, 2014 06:21

Jaguar Land Rover has revealed two new research projects it's working on: a 360 Virtual Urban Windscreen to give a driver a 360-degree view outside the car and a ghost car navigation aid that projects a virtual vehicle ahead of you to follow.

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

By Lucas Mearian | 16 December, 2014 05:28

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.

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

By Lucas Mearian | 13 December, 2014 08:37

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.

Thousands of users tapped for first 3D printer buyer's guide

By Lucas Mearian | 13 December, 2014 01:09

The world's largest online community of 3D printer owners has rated what looks to be the majority of machines for sale today, offering consumers a detailed buyer's guide that uses a simple "1-10" rating system.

HP turns to 3D printing to revive flagging fortunes

By Lucas Mearian | 10 December, 2014 08:47

On top of its decision to split into two companies, Hewlett-Packard's move into 3D printing appears to be an attempt to spur revenues and rekindle a culture of innovation within the company.

U.S. utilities face up to $48B revenue loss from solar, efficiency

By Lucas Mearian | 10 December, 2014 08:47

Energy utilities face losing between $18 billion and $48 billion a year in the U.S and up to €61 billion a year in Europe by 2025 as solar power and energy conservation initiatives grow, according to Accenture.

Data from wearable devices could soon land you in jail

By Lucas Mearian | 08 December, 2014 22:09

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.

Need an electronic circuit? Just load paper and hit print

By Lucas Mearian | 04 December, 2014 06:56

Researchers have created highly conductive and durable silver nanowire ink that can be used to print durable electronic circuits on paper.

Software can now identify DNA from viruses and speed up diagnoses

By Lucas Mearian | 03 December, 2014 05:37

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

By Lucas Mearian | 02 December, 2014 06:27

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

By Lucas Mearian | 26 November, 2014 22:30

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

By Lucas Mearian | 26 November, 2014 07:30

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

Flurry of hydrogen fuel cell cars challenge all-electric vehicles

By Lucas Mearian | 22 November, 2014 06:04

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.

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

By Lucas Mearian | 19 November, 2014 09:17

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.