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Stories by Lucas Mearian

Freescale introduces multi-standard, programmable wireless charging chips

By Lucas Mearian | 28 August, 2014 03:27

Freescale Semiconductor today introduced a range of fully programmable wireless charging chip and reference designs for consumer and automotive applications.

Carmakers put Apple's CarPlay in the slow lane

By Lucas Mearian | 22 August, 2014 20:42

Some car manufacturers are delaying their rollout of CarPlay, the software platform from Apple that synchronizes an iPhone to a vehicle's infotainment system.

FDA approves tech that turns smartphone into stroke warning system

By Lucas Mearian | 22 August, 2014 04:34

The FDA today approved an algorithm that allows a special iPhone case to record the heart's rhythm and detect abnormalities associated with strokes or other heart-related problems.

How Tesla will help bring renewable energy to your business or home

By Lucas Mearian | 21 August, 2014 06:52

Tesla Motors and other manufacturers have set their sites on achieving lower lithium-ion battery costs through economies of scale, which should enable power storage systems for solar energy.

Almost one in six doctor visits will be virtual this year

By Lucas Mearian | 09 August, 2014 05:12

With an aging Baby Boomer population and broadband bandwidth improved a hundredfold from a decade ago, telemedicine is exploding as a convenient and less costly alternative to the traditional visit to the doctors' office.

Navdy's planned heads-up car display works with iPhone or Android

By Lucas Mearian | 07 August, 2014 05:33

Using a phone while driving can be risky business, even if it's connected to an infotainment system, because it can still require a driver to glance away from the road to look at phone's screen. But a new windshield display technology that uses touchless gesture recognition and echo- and noise-canceling voice recognition hopes to address that problem.

California health care exchange to share 9 million patient records online

By Lucas Mearian | 06 August, 2014 07:27

The California Integrated Data Exchange plans to develop a statewide health information exchange that will allow caregivers to share the electronic records of one-quarter of the state's population.

Researchers to name the most hackable cars at Black Hat

By Lucas Mearian | 05 August, 2014 04:19

A report to be released at Black Hat this week will reveal which vehicles are more susceptible to hackers.

Panasonic to help Tesla build battery 'Gigafactory'

By Lucas Mearian | 02 August, 2014 07:03

Panasonic has penned a deal with Tesla Motors to help build the electric-car startup's "Gigafactory," which it hopes will produce half a million electric-vehicle batteries per year.

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.

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