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Stories by Lucas Mearian

Researchers make a 3D-printed jet engine

By Lucas Mearian | 28 February, 2015 08:43

A group of researchers at an Australian university, along with its spinoff company, have used 3D printing to make two metal jet engines that, while only proof-of-concept designs, have all the working parts of a functioning gas turbine engine.

Toyota begins production of its first hydrogen fuel cell car

By Lucas Mearian | 28 February, 2015 01:09

Toyota this week began production of its first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle (FCV), the Mirai, which will have a starting price of $57,500.

Sen. Nelson questions use of StingRays for phone surveillance

By Lucas Mearian | 26 February, 2015 09:39

A U.S. Senator is questioning why the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved of a controversial cell phone surveillance device that both federal and state law enforcement agencies are using to track suspects, often without court orders to do so.

How regulators and legislators make it harder for you to use solar power

By Lucas Mearian | 25 February, 2015 08:24

When homeowners or businesses install solar panels, state laws ensure utility companies pay for unused power that is routed back into the power grid - a practice known as net metering.

With $15 in Radio Shack parts, 14-year-old hacks a car

By Lucas Mearian | 21 February, 2015 06:09

A teenager not even old enough to drive a car was able to wirelessly connect to a vehicle's internal computer network and control various functions.

There's no way of knowing if the NSA's spyware is on your hard drive

By Lucas Mearian | 19 February, 2015 05:20

Malware intentionally created by the U.S. National Security Agency to infect personal computer hard disk drives (HDDs) and solid-state drives (SSDs) cannot be detected by antivirus programs.

3D circuit-board printer a smash hit on Kickstarter

By Lucas Mearian | 18 February, 2015 08:01

A 3D printer that dispenses conducting ink to create circuit-completed boards has garnered nearly five times its $70,000 crowdsourcing goal.

Apple's $850M solar plant rockets it to first place among U.S. corporations

By Lucas Mearian | 13 February, 2015 03:32

Apple over the next year or so is expected to surpass Walmart as the largest corporate user of solar power.

Sometimes it's ethical for the doctor to Google you

By Lucas Mearian | 12 February, 2015 07:46

The medical community needs ethical guidelines for doctors who Google their patients for information because such a move can erode confidence and trust.

Security, privacy gaps put U.S. drivers at risk

By Lucas Mearian | 10 February, 2015 05:41

As vehicle manufacturers rush to adopt mobile-friendly platforms and wireless technologies, they've neglected to plug security and privacy gaps, a new report revealed.

Office complex implants RFID chips in employees' hands

By Lucas Mearian | 07 February, 2015 08:25

The corporate tenants of a Swedish high-tech office complex are having RFID NFC chips implanted in their hands, enabling access through security doors, as well as services such as copy machines, all without PIN codes or swipe cards.

Over-the-air software coming soon to your next car

By Lucas Mearian | 07 February, 2015 01:15

Using a capability that is unique in the auto industry, Elon Musk last week tweeted that over-the-air (OTA) software upgrades would soon come to its P85D Model S sedans as the cars sat in garages and driveways around the world.

Radio Shack may sell half its stores to Sprint, close the rest

By Lucas Mearian | 04 February, 2015 08:58

Once the store of do-it-yourself electronics innovators, Radio Shack is reportedly in talks with Sprint to whom it would sell half of its retail locations and then close the rest.

SanDisk enters the auto industry, sets sights on wearables

By Lucas Mearian | 03 February, 2015 08:14

SanDisk today announced its first automotive grade NAND flash devices for next-generation 'connected cars' and auto infotainment systems.

Brief: Tesla boosts 0-60 acceleration with over-the-air software upgrade

By Lucas Mearian | 31 January, 2015 07:20

Tesla's dual motor Model S P85D is a sedan that can already go from 0-60 mph in 3.1 seconds - faster than a Ferrari Enzo or a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500.