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Stories by Lucas Mearian

Qi wireless charging spec gets more flexibility with distance extension

By Lucas Mearian | 01 August, 2014 02:35

The Qi wireless charging spec added a resonance extension to its existing induction spec, meaning enabled mobile devices can be charged more than an inch away from the pad.

Ford and GM sued for millions over CD-ripping tech in cars

By Lucas Mearian | 30 July, 2014 07:05

The Alliance of Artists and Recording Companies is suing Ford and General Motors for violating copyrights with the CD-ripping capability of their cars.

Solar power war between U.S. and Asia escalates

By Lucas Mearian | 29 July, 2014 07:38

New tariffs imposed by the U.S. on Chinese imports of solar cells and (for the first time) Taiwan has infuriated some in the solar power industry who believe the steep taxes will adversely affect businesses and consumers.

Seagate wireless drive can now stream to Roku set-top box

By Lucas Mearian | 24 July, 2014 02:34

Seagate announced today Roku set-top boxes will now have a channel to connect to Wireless Plus hard drives for streaming movies, music and photos stored on the drives.

The agency that brought you the Internet has created a self-guided bullet

By Lucas Mearian | 12 July, 2014 05:36

The government's military research agency, DARPA, says it has demonstrated a bullet capable of locking onto a moving target from up to a mile away.

As jobs in solar power boom, R&D investment falls

By Lucas Mearian | 12 July, 2014 04:02

The solar power industry is expanding quickly, but not when it comes to funding for technology advances.

Apple's CarPlay to dominate infotainment systems, will be in 24m cars by 2019

By Lucas Mearian | 10 July, 2014 04:36

Apple's API for in-car mobile devices, better known as CarPlay, will outpace both the open API MirrorLink and GENIVI.

Mobile health device market to grow 800 per cent to $US42bn

By Lucas Mearian | 03 July, 2014 08:02

A new report shows venture capital funding and clinical mobile health applications will push the mobile device market to extraordinary highs by 2023.

Fortune 100 companies saved $1.1B using renewable energy

By Lucas Mearian | 02 July, 2014 06:27

Clean energy is no longer just the bastion of crunchy granola types and companies hoping to improve their public image.

Personal 3D printer sales to reach $1.2bn by 2018

By Lucas Mearian | 21 June, 2014 04:33

A new report shows that 3D printers and the materials that go along with them will explode over the next five years due to a growing comport with the technology fed mainly by inclusion of the tech in academic settings.

Katherine the White Shark crashes research site's servers

By Lucas Mearian | 20 June, 2014 05:45

Katherine, a 14-foot electronically tagged White Shark, has become so popular with visitors to a shark-tracking site, that she's now routinely crashing servers.

Most ISPs don't deliver on their advertised broadband speeds

By Lucas Mearian | 20 June, 2014 04:27

An ongoing nationwide performance study of broadband service in the U.S. shows broadband speeds don't measure up to advertised rates.

E-health for pets? Smart collar can send health alerts to vets

By Lucas Mearian | 19 June, 2014 06:39

PetPace's new smart collar is making it easier for veterinarians to track the well-being of pets and keep in touch with owners.

Dems' plan would force FCC to ban Internet fast lanes

By Lucas Mearian | 18 June, 2014 02:03

Democrat lawmakers plan to keep the FCC from allowing ISPs from offering higher-bandwidth connections for some Internet traffic over others.

Netflix continues to thumb its nose at Verizon in bandwidth fight

By Lucas Mearian | 13 June, 2014 07:18

After Verizon issued a cease-and-desist letter to Netflix for calling out poor broadband service, Netflix shot back,r saying poor streaming video quality rests squarely with ISPs.