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Stories by Lucas Mearian

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.

Rooftop solar electricity on pace to beat coal, oil

By Lucas Mearian | 19 November, 2014 02:26

The cost of rooftop solar-powered electricity will be on par with prices for common coal or oil-powered generation in just two years -- and the technology to produce it will only get cheaper.

Carmakers promise they'll protect driver privacy -- really

By Lucas Mearian | 14 November, 2014 06:30

The world's 19 biggest automakers have agreed to principles they say will protect driver privacy in an electronic age where in-vehicle computers collect everything from location and speed to what smartphone you use.

Amazon launches Echo voice-activated personal assistant, music player

By Lucas Mearian | 07 November, 2014 08:39

Amazon revealed a new voice-controlled speaker called Echo that works like Apple's Siri or Microsoft's Cortana in that it responds to user requests for information or to play music uploaded from Amazon Music and other services.

Hilton and Starwood hotel guests can soon unlock rooms with smartphones

By Lucas Mearian | 04 November, 2014 07:19

Hilton and Starwood will soon allow guests to unlock their rooms via a smartphone app.

HP's move into 3D printing will radically change manufacturing

By Lucas Mearian | 31 October, 2014 21:16

HP's announcement this week that it's entering the 3D printing market with an industrial machine that is 10 times faster and 50 per cent cheaper than current systems, immediately brought out the online snark.

Amazon launches $39 Chromecast competitor

By Lucas Mearian | 29 October, 2014 05:53

Amazon this week began taking pre-orders for its Fire TV Stick, an HDMI dongle that streams content. But if you order the $39 stick today, you won't get it by Christmas.

Review: The new Da Vinci all-in-one 3D scanner/printer

By Lucas Mearian | 28 October, 2014 21:37

Start-up XYZPrinting today released its first all-in-one 3D printer, which uses a 3D laser scanner to replicate objects placed inside the machine.

Global 3D printer shipments will double over the next year

By Lucas Mearian | 28 October, 2014 05:11

Shipments of 3D printers will double over the next year, reaching 217,350 units in 2015, up from 108,151 in 2014, according to a study released today by Gartner.

Your next fridge could charge all your mobile devices

By Lucas Mearian | 28 October, 2014 01:11

Your next refrigerator or television may also double as a wireless charger for your mobile devices and wearables.

Wearable health devices are a novelty that will wear off

By Lucas Mearian | 24 October, 2014 02:39

Once the novelty wears off, people abandon their health wearable devices, many of which require regular syncing, powering up and other steps needed to keep them running.

Ethernet is coming to cars

By Lucas Mearian | 22 October, 2014 04:01

One of the top microchip suppliers for the auto industry has announced its first automotive-grade Ethernet chipset and software, paving the way for car makers to install 100Mbps networks in vehicles.

Kickstarter suspends Anonabox Tor router project

By Lucas Mearian | 18 October, 2014 07:49

Kickstarter has suspended the crowdfunding campaign of a Tor-enabling wireless router that gained widespread media attention as a privacy device for the masses but left others questioning its legitimacy.

Once the FBI has a backdoor into your smartphone, everyone does

By Lucas Mearian | 18 October, 2014 06:25

FBI director James Comey said this week thattech companies should not be allowed to put cryptographic locks on mobile devices so they can't be accessed by U.S. intelligence agencies.