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Stories by Lucas Mearian

U.S. to impose big tariffs on China and Taiwan for dumping solar panels on market

By Lucas Mearian | 24 January, 2015 07:15

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has voted to uphold earlier findings that Chinese and Taiwanese photovoltaic manufacturers have been saturating their market with low-cost photovoltaic (PV) panels.

IT shops grapple with new healthcare codes for hurled turtles, fiery water skis

By Lucas Mearian | 23 January, 2015 23:15

While much of the media's focus of late has been on electronic medical records (EMRs), what is proving to be a more daunting task is a new medical coding system affecting healthcare provider and insurance backend systems.

Ford opens autonomous vehicle R&D center in Tesla territory

By Lucas Mearian | 23 January, 2015 09:43

Ford on Thursday announced that it is opening a research center in Palo Alto, California, to accelerate its development of autonomous vehicles and how they will communicate with cars and the infrastructure around them.

Solar industry jobs are growing at 20 times the national rate

By Lucas Mearian | 16 January, 2015 05:25

The solar power industry created 31,000 new jobs last year, a growth rate that was 20 times the national average, according to the fifth installment of the Solar Jobs Census, released today.

Verizon unveils aftermarket vehicle diagnostics service

By Lucas Mearian | 14 January, 2015 06:45

Verizon today announced a new aftermarket vehicle diagnostics and roadside assistance service that works by plugging a dongle into any car's OBD computer port.

New service wants to rent out your hard drive's extra space

By Lucas Mearian | 13 January, 2015 08:52

While not a new concept, a new decentralized service is beta testing a peer-to-peer network that would "rent" unused capacity from your computer's hard drive as part of a cloud service to store files from other users.

Investment in renewable energy soars for first time in three years

By Lucas Mearian | 10 January, 2015 08:56

Corporations and venture capitalists loved renewable energy last year, and will continue to embrace it this year.

Wireless charging -- McDonald's is lovin' it

By Lucas Mearian | 08 January, 2015 08:25

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

By Lucas Mearian | 07 January, 2015 09:10

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

By Lucas Mearian | 07 January, 2015 04:59

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.

Toyota releases thousands of patents for hydrogen fuel cell tech

By Lucas Mearian | 06 January, 2015 08:14

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.

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

By Lucas Mearian | 20 December, 2014 08:12

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

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.