Computerworld Lucas Mearian News en_US (c) Copyright 2014 Computerworld, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 22:22:37 GMT 2014-04-24T22:22:37Z en_US (c) Copyright 2014 Computerworld, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Consumers are meh about 3D printers 3D printers may be gaining ground in the workplace, but the same isn't true for consumers, according to Juniper Research. Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:28:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-04-24T10:28:00Z It's now possible to wirelessly charge 40 smartphones from 16 feet away Korean researchers have shown it's possible to wirelessly transmit power over a distance of 16 feet and charge up to 40 smartphones. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 19:50:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-04-23T19:50:00Z Automakers show off in-vehicle Wi-Fi, new smartphone interfaces Ahead of the big New York Auto Show, several car companies today displayed in-vehicle infotainment systems that connect to smartphones to use mobile apps, music playlists, calling features and calendars. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 20:48:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-04-16T20:48:00Z Streaming services may rescue the Pay TV market IPTV is being added to lower priced bundles by digital TV providers to lure in a younger generation of subscribers and give the market a needed boost after years of declining subscriptions. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:15:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-04-15T20:15:00Z Digital dustups: Can social media protest force corporate change? Several online protests in recent weeks mark a new trend in activism against companies and other entities, as activists grow empowered by the ability to affect change with just a few key strokes. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:48:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-04-11T19:48:00Z Land Rover reveals 'transparent' hood In what is definitely the stuff of science fiction, Land Rover has created a virtual transparent hood that allows drivers to see the ground directly in front of them. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:30:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-04-09T20:30:00Z MediaFire offers 1TB of cloud storage for $2.50 MediaFire has launched a storage and file-sharing service that it argues is more secure than Amazon's. Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:00:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-04-09T15:00:00Z 3D printer Kickstarter project aims for $50K, nets more than $1M The Micro is being touted by its inventors as the first true mainstream 3D printer; apparently, people donating to the Kickstarter project agree. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:45:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-04-08T14:45:00Z Hynix reveals world's first 128GB DDR4 memory module SK Hynix said it has developed the world's first 128GB DDR4 memory module, with twice the capacity of the company's current 64GB module. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 18:07:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-04-07T18:07:00Z Seagate releases 6TB hard drive, its fastest yet Seagate has released its first 6TB hard drive, saying that it was able to reach that capacity without using helium like rival Western Digital. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 10:22:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-04-07T10:22:00Z 3D printing a new face, or liver, isn't that far off Scientists are already 3D printing different kinds of tissue, from skin to livers, and someday they say it will be commonplace to simply print out a body part when needed. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 19:51:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-04-04T19:51:00Z Shoot and print: 3D printers to include scanners XYZprinting, which today put its first 3D printer on sale, said it plans to drive prices down further and offer a printer with a built-in scanner. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:51:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-04-03T20:51:00Z 3D printing heads toward mass production 3D printer makers are working with technology giants such as Google to speed up the printing process for mass production. NASA is using 3D printing for rapid prototyping of spacecraft parts. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 18:43:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-04-03T18:43:00Z The da Vinci $499 3D printer goes on sale XYZprinting's da Vinci 3D printer went on sale today and is among the lower priced printers in an arena mostly made up of $1,000-plus machines. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 12:02:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-04-03T12:02:00Z Amazon releases Fire TV set-top box with voice activation Amazon announced its $99 Fire TV set-top box that plugs into an HDTV's HDMI port and includes voice activated searches. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 17:50:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-04-02T17:50:00Z First images of reversible USB cables emerge A presentation at the Intel Developer's Forum this week showed images of the upcoming USB Type-C plug that is smaller than today's USB 3.0 connectors and is symmetrical in design. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:28:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-04-02T16:28:00Z Western Digital's 'MyCloud' has been broken for 5 days WDs My Cloud and My Book Live have been experiencing intermittent server issues that have disrupted remote access for customers attempting to connect to the cloud storage products for five days. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:55:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-04-01T19:55:00Z BMW's new i8 is the first production car with laser headlights This fall, the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid will become the first production vehicle to incorporate a new laser light technology into headlights. Audi is also experimenting with the technology. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:10:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-04-01T19:10:00Z LaCie doubles wireless capacity for iPhones, iPads LaCie announced it is releasing a 2TB version of its Fuel wireless hard drive. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:41:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-03-31T16:41:00Z WD releases Thunderbolt drive with selectable RAID settings The My Passport Pro comes in 2TB and 4TB models and can be set to RAID 0 or 1. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 20:51:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-03-28T20:51:00Z Solar achieves price parity in Europe Power generated through solar power now costs the same as conventionally generated electricity in three European countries, according to a new report. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:34:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-03-27T10:34:00Z Researchers explore growing solar panels from bacteria MIT researchers have taken the first steps toward creating solar panels from living material by combining bacteria with nonliving materials such as gold that can conduct electricity and emit light. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 17:35:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-03-24T17:35:00Z Google slashes Drive prices by up to 80% Google announced Thursday that it is dramatically cutting its prices for its cloud storage service by as much as 80%. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 18:10:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-03-13T18:10:00Z Samsung achieves DDR3 size, calls it an efficiency breakthrough Samsung's new DDR3 memory has shrunk transistor size from 25nm to 20nm, and uses 25% less power, meaning your next laptop or tablet could have longer battery life. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 18:51:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-03-12T18:51:00Z LaCie ships world's fastest external drive The new LaCie Little Big Disk, featuring Thunderbolt 2 delivers speeds up to 1,375 MB/s. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:19:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-03-11T20:19:00Z AT&T rolls out pricing plans for in-car 4G broadband AT&T and Audi announced pricing for its previously revealed plan to offer 4G LTE broadband in vehicles this year. GM also plans to begin offering broadband in its vehicles later this year. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:27:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-03-11T16:27:00Z Roku's new streaming stick challenges Chromecast Roku's new iteration of its streaming media stick chops the price from $99 to $49 and it now works with any TV. And it's not just looks that make it different from Chromecast. Wed, 05 Mar 2014 19:13:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-03-05T19:13:00Z Apple's CarPlay vs. MirrorLink: Is there a need for both? Both MirrorLink and Apple's new CarPlay will eventually be able to duplicate some iPhone functions on a car's in-vehicle infotainment system. But MirrorLink can also handle Android, Windows and Blackberry phones. Tue, 04 Mar 2014 19:44:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-03-04T19:44:00Z Apple's CarPlay to spark mobile apps war in your car Apple's CarPlay user interface will not only add complexity to existing in-vehicle infotainment systems, it would virtually take away the keys from automakers who plan their own systems and interfaces. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 21:11:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-03-03T21:11:00Z The next wave of cars may use Ethernet As vehicle computers and peripheral devices require greater data throughput, especially in light of autonomous driving features, Ethernet will find a new home inside your car. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:02:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-02-28T21:02:00Z Intel kills SSD overclocking, unleashes its fastest-ever consumer drive Intel won't be releasing an SSD whose performance can be customized by overclocking after all. Instead, it announced plans today to overclock a new flagship drive and begin selling that in March. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 17:00:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-02-27T17:00:00Z Why Ford is dumping Microsoft for Blackberry's QNX OS Reports indicated Ford is ready to leave Microsoft behind as the supplier of its in-vehicle infotainment platform and move to Blackberry's QNX OS. I own a Ford with Sync, so I can tell you why they're doing it. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 11:48:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-02-26T11:48:00Z IBM solar energy tech claims to harness power of 2,000 suns IBM is working on an affordable photovoltaic system capable of concentrating solar radiation 2,000 times and converting 80% of the incoming radiation into useful energy. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 22:38:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-02-24T22:38:00Z SanDisk unleashes world's first 128GB microSD card SanDisk today released what itsaid is the world's first 128GB microSD card, capable of storing up to 24 hours of high-definition video on an object smaller than your fingernail. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:36:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-02-24T17:36:00Z Premier 100 IT Leader: Chad Long This collaborative IT leader gets creative when seeding the next crop of talented tech staffers. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 11:30:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-02-24T11:30:00Z Update: Dropbox changes its terms of service to stop class-action lawsuits Dropbox sent notices to users today telling them they have 30 days to opt out of a new policy that aims to stop legal suits against the firm and use binding arbitration to settle disputes. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 17:29:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-02-21T17:29:00Z Dell is the first PC maker to join wireless power group Dell has become a member of the Alliance for Wireless Power, an indication that the company is eyeing the technology for some of its products. Thu, 20 Feb 2014 22:27:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-02-20T22:27:00Z Apple gets a patent for health-monitoring ear buds Apple today has been awarded a patent for a sport motion and health monitoring system that can be attached to headphones, including ear buds, and used to monitor vital signs and even perspiration levels. Tue, 18 Feb 2014 20:10:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-02-18T20:10:00Z Music industry sucks life from subscription services Music subscription services, such as Pandora and Spotify, are the fastest-growing segment of the music industry, but since they hand over 60% to 70% of their revenue to record labels, they will inevitably fail unless something changes, a new report shows. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 20:33:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-02-14T20:33:00Z Scientists achieve nuclear fusion with giant laser Researchers at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Wednesday said they've achieved a first: A nuclear fusion system has produced more energy than it initially absorbed Thu, 13 Feb 2014 11:24:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-02-13T11:24:00Z Your next smartphone is now closer to wireless charging The Alliance for Wireless Power and the Power Matters Alliance joined forces this week, which should help hardware makers settle on a wireless charging standard for their devices. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 22:21:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-02-12T22:21:00Z Wireless charging moves forward -- rival groups team to adopt standards The Alliance for Wireless Power and Power Matters Alliance announced today they have reached an agreement to establish interoperability standards for wireless power charging. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:07:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-02-11T16:07:00Z Hands on: Trying a 3D printer -- a beginner's tale Learning to use a 3D printer for the first time is not complicated, but learning to do it well comes with a significant learning curve. Tue, 11 Feb 2014 11:30:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-02-11T11:30:00Z U.S. TV sales shrink nearly 10% Television sales fell 9% last year due to a lack of interest by consumers in refreshing current technology, according to IHS. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 21:34:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-02-10T21:34:00Z Iron Mountain fire in Buenos Aires kills 9, destroys corporate records A massive fire at Iron Mountain's Buenos Aires archive facility caused a wall to collapse on nine firefighters, killing them; seven others were injured. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 17:49:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-02-06T17:49:00Z Iceland taps the ultimate renewable energy source: Earth's magma Boring thousands of meters into the ground, Icelanders broke through to the magma layer, uncovering a vast ocean of lava that is now being used to produce steam power. Fri, 31 Jan 2014 20:32:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-01-31T20:32:00Z Super Bowl cleats debut a 3D-printed design Nike is debuting a new cleat in the upcoming Super Bowl, and for the first time, the footwear was designed on a 3D printer. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 20:11:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-01-29T20:11:00Z Bio-printing human parts will spark ethical, regulatory debate The day when 3D-bioprinted human organs will be readily available is drawing closer, and will result in a complex debate involving a great many political, moral and financial interests. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 11:33:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-01-29T11:33:00Z Apple patents solar-powered MacBook Apple has been awarded the patent for a MacBook shell that would combine smart glass and solar cells to generate power. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 18:29:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-01-28T18:29:00Z 3D printing, now in living color! Stratasys today announced the first 3D printer that can not only print using a number of materials -- hard, soft, flexible -- but also with a wide range of colors. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 17:37:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-01-27T17:37:00Z