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Stories by Lucas Mearian

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.

Here's a bird's eye view of Ebola epidemic

By Lucas Mearian | 17 October, 2014 07:07

The data publishing platform Silk has created a world map depicting the spread of the Ebola virus, which causes the highly deadly hemorrhagic fever.

Snapchat and other online services need to tighten security

By Lucas Mearian | 16 October, 2014 23:36

In recent weeks, there have been data breaches involving passwords and email addresses from JP Morgan Chase, celebrity nude photos from Apple's iCloud, more than 70,000 images from Snapchat and now a new alleged hack at Dropbox -- a claim it denies.

Google launches telemedicine beta for video chats with docs

By Lucas Mearian | 14 October, 2014 11:59

Google is running a temporary trial of a new feature that allows people looking for medical advice to also connect with a physician for an online consult.

Tiny Anonabox to offer online anonymity through Tor

By Lucas Mearian | 14 October, 2014 06:01

A startup is offering a tiny wireless router to users who want their anonymity protected by first encrypting and then routing their traffic over the Tor network.

Snapchat denies it was hacked

By Lucas Mearian | 11 October, 2014 03:29

While hackers say they have broken into a giant Snapchat database filled with Snapchat photos and videos and have been collecting files for years, the content messaging service denies it was hacked.

Two-thirds of industrial manufacturers use 3D printing

By Lucas Mearian | 10 October, 2014 07:18

A survey of 100 top manufacturers revealed that two-thirds are using 3D printing, some for rapid prototyping and others for production or custom parts.

Are e-health records at fault for Ebola mistakes?

By Lucas Mearian | 09 October, 2014 07:43

A Dallas man who became the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. has died. And while the hospital that treated him has retracted a claim that its electronic health records (EHR) system contributed to a lapse in his diagnosis, experts are skeptical that the system worked properly.

Generation Nervous? Millennial searches focus on anxiety meds

By Lucas Mearian | 08 October, 2014 11:33

An analysis of U.S. employee web searches for healthcare services showed that millennials search more frequently for anti-anxiety meds and women use specific medical terms while men tend to generalize.

3D vendor sells $US1500 part to make metal guns

By Lucas Mearian | 02 October, 2014 03:49

Cody Wilson, the developer of the world's first fully 3D-printed plastic gun, is preparing to sell a consumer-grade machine that can make metal guns.

Mercedes-Benz shows off self-driving 18-wheeler

By Lucas Mearian | 01 October, 2014 06:14

Mercedes-Benz showed off an autonomous semi-trailer truck that will be available in a decade and allow long-haul drivers to relax and tend to paperwork and other duties other than driving.

China's 3D printing market to quadruple

By Lucas Mearian | 01 October, 2014 04:00

While still a nascent market in China, the production and sale of 3D printers are expected to quadruple over the next four years, according to a new report.