Computerworld Lucas Mearian News en_US (c) Copyright 2014 Computerworld, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 04:26:15 GMT 2014-07-24T04:26:15Z en_US (c) Copyright 2014 Computerworld, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Ultra high-def TVs still too expensive A new report from IHS shows that because of steep prices, UHD TVs are not making deep inroads in the television market. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:56:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-07-23T20:56:00Z Seagate wireless drive can now stream to Roku set-top box Seagate announced today that 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. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:24:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-07-23T16:24:00Z Is Sony's Walkman set to make a comeback? Sony is making a push to sell high-definition music players, and 35 years after being launched its Walkman is making a small comeback. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:12:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-07-23T15:12:00Z Want an Apple watch? Just 3D print one An industrious design graduate from the University of Edinburgh has posted a 3D printing CAD file for a wrist ban that allows users to insert an iPod Nano, which can act as a watch, music player and more. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:34:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-07-22T18:34:00Z Intel releases its most reliable pro SSD Intel today unveiled its Pro 2500 series of flash drives, which include 2.5-in. drives and M.2 flash cards for mobile devices. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:26:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-07-22T17:26:00Z Home Depot to sell the ultimate DIY hardware: 3D printers MakerBot has signed a deal with Home Depot to run a pilot program in a dozen stores to sell the ultimate do-it-yourself product. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:18:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-07-21T19:18:00Z The agency that brought you the Internet has created a self-guided bullet 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. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:23:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-07-11T19:23:00Z As jobs in solar power boom, R&D investment falls The solar power industry is expanding quickly, but not when it comes to funding for technology advances. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 17:53:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-07-11T17:53:00Z HP, Intel, GM and Walmart demand changes to renewable energy industry A dozen mega corporations are demanding that the U.S. government and the energy industry boost renewable energy supplies and make them easier to buy. Fri, 11 Jul 2014 09:55:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-07-11T09:55:00Z Apple's CarPlay to dominate infotainment systems, will be in 24M cars by 2019 Apple's API for in-car mobile devices, better known as CarPlay, will outpace both the open API MirrorLink and GENIVI. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:25:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-07-09T18:25:00Z Mobile health device market to grow 8X to $42B A new report shows venture capital funding and clinical mobile health applications will push the mobile device market to extraordinary highs by 2023. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:45:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-07-02T21:45:00Z 3D printer constructs 10 buildings in one day from recycled materials While not the first to use additive manufacturing to create buildings, a Chinese company is using 3D printing technology to build cheap housing out of recycled material at a rate of up to 10 structures in 24 hours. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 19:12:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-07-02T19:12:00Z Fortune 100 companies saved $1.1B using renewable energy Conservatively, 53 of the Fortune 100 companies using renewable energy for power found remarkable savings, study finds Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:48:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-07-01T17:48:00Z Review: Samsung's new 3D NAND SSD for 'Pros' is a superfast drive at a good price Samsung's new 850 Pro SSD series has up to 1TB of capacity and is designed for workstations and high-end PCs. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 10:00:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-07-01T10:00:00Z Personal 3D printer sales to reach $1.2B by 2018 A new report shows that 3D printers and the materials that go along with them will explode over the next five years due to a growing comport with the technology fed mainly by inclusion of the tech in academic settings. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 18:19:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-06-20T18:19:00Z Katharine the white shark crashes research site's servers Katharine, a 14-foot electronically tagged white shark, has become so popular with visitors to a shark-tracking site that she's now routinely crashing servers. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 19:25:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-06-19T19:25:00Z Most ISPs don't deliver on their advertised broadband speeds An ongoing nationwide performance study of broadband service in the U.S. shows broadband speeds don't measure up to advertised rates. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 18:16:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-06-19T18:16:00Z E-health for pets? Smart collar can send health alerts to vets PetPace's new smart collar is making it easier for veterinarians to track the well-being of pets and keep in touch with owners. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:31:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-06-18T20:31:00Z SolarCity plans world's largest solar panel plant in upstate N.Y. SolarCity, headed by Elon Musk of Tesla fame, plans to build one of the world's largest solar panel production plants on 88 acres in upstate New York. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 20:40:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-06-17T20:40:00Z Dems' plan would force FCC to ban Internet fast lanes Democrat lawmakers plan to keep the FCC from allowing ISPs from offering higher-bandwidth connections for some Internet traffic over others. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:34:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-06-17T15:34:00Z Samsung matters more than Apple in deciding wireless charging's future Samsung and Apple are the leading handset manufacturers in the world, but when it comes to which one can drive the mobile market for wireless charging, Samsung looks like the bigger player. Mon, 16 Jun 2014 21:27:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-06-16T21:27:00Z Netflix continues to thumb its nose at Verizon in bandwidth fight After Verizon issued a cease-and-desist letter to Netflix for calling out poor broadband service, Netflix shot back,r saying poor streaming video quality rests squarely with ISPs. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 21:12:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-06-12T21:12:00Z Starbucks' new wireless charging won't work for most devices Starbucks plans to install Powermat wireless charging stations nationwide in all of its U.S. operated stores, but IHS says the technology is incompatible with nearly all enabled devices. Thu, 12 Jun 2014 18:20:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-06-12T18:20:00Z AMA says telemedicine could improve access, quality of care The American Medical Association today voted to approve a list of guiding principles for ensuring the appropriate coverage of and payment for telemedicine services. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 21:27:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-06-11T21:27:00Z Lowe's creates holodeck-like room for customers to try out renovations Lowes plans to roll out augmented reality rooms in stores that allow customers to recreate areas of their homes so they can try out furniture, appliances, flooring and other products before buying them. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 19:05:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-06-11T19:05:00Z Intel plans to team up with WiTricity on wireless charging WiTricity has agreed to work with Intel to integrate wireless charging technology for computing devices powered by the chip maker. Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:01:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-06-11T13:01:00Z Smartphone-controlled SSD firm launches its Kickstarter campaign SoSecure has created a solid-state drive that is controlled remotely via a smartphone app, which monitors everything from backups to battery power and can delete all data from the drive. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:03:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-06-10T21:03:00Z Formlabs updates its high-res desktop 3D printer for faster speed The new Form 1+ stereolithography printer from Formlabs is 50% faster than its predecessor. Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:51:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-06-10T17:51:00Z Electric car battery tech lets you go 1,000 miles between charges An Israeli company and the aluminum giant Alcoa Canada have demonstrated a car using a combination of aluminum-air and lithium-ion storage technologies that can travel vast distances between charges. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 21:00:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-06-09T21:00:00Z Elon Musk to open up Supercharging patent designs Tesla CEO Elon Musk plans to open up the designs for free, fast-charging electric vehicle stations in order to create a standard other car makers can use. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 19:29:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-06-09T19:29:00Z Enough with all the apps in my car! say drivers Research reveals that people don't want more apps in their vehicles, but they do want apps that are as intuitive and work as well as the ones on their smartphones. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 18:33:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-06-05T18:33:00Z GM app lets you scan a license plate, then text the driver GM has its share of challenges creating mobile apps for cars in China, but the R&D team there has come up with quite a few, including one that'll let you scan another driver's license plate and then message them. Thu, 05 Jun 2014 11:43:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-06-05T11:43:00Z Blackberry partners to offer infotainment system in digital instrument clusters Blackberry released an infotainment system interface for digital instrument clusters and a platform for vehicle active and passive safety features. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 20:48:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-06-04T20:48:00Z Coming soon from Google, Apple or Samsung -- a car? Within two years, a tech bigwig like Google, Apple or Samsung will be offering a car packed with the latest mobile connectivity features, according to a Gartner official who spoke at the Telematics Detroit 2014 Conference. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 18:01:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-06-04T18:01:00Z Inside Ford's 3D Printing Lab, where thousands of parts are made Without 3D printing, the Ford Motor Co. would not be able to meet new model vehicle build deadlines. Here's a look at how Ford is using the technology. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 10:17:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-06-04T10:17:00Z SanDisk ships superfast Extreme Pro SSD for gamers With up to 550MB/s throughput SanDisk's Extreme Pro SSD promises a gaming/video rendering experience that never stutters or pauses. Tue, 03 Jun 2014 09:36:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-06-03T09:36:00Z Wireless charging for phablets, tablets gets a Computex debut PowerbyProxi is demonstrating two new chargers to handle larger mobile devices by offering more than twice the power of its previous technology. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 22:05:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-06-02T22:05:00Z Q&A: 3D gun maker Cody Wilson defends freedom to print guns Cody Wilson, founder of Defense Distributed, contests claims his 3D printed gun isn't safe and will try to continue to make 3D gun plans available. Mon, 02 Jun 2014 21:28:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-06-02T21:28:00Z Lab tests show 3D printed guns can be useless -- and dangerous Tests by the National Ballistics Intelligence Service in Birmingham, England and Warwick University found that 3D-printed plastic guns can be more dangerous to the user than the intended target. Fri, 30 May 2014 19:13:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-05-30T19:13:00Z Solar Roadways project blows past $1M crowdfunding goal A crowdsourcing project to raise money for solar panels that snap together to form roadways has blown by its $1 million goal. Thu, 29 May 2014 18:47:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-05-29T18:47:00Z Curved screen TVs expected to quickly flatten out Curved TVs are more or less a novelty that aren't expected to hold the public's attention for long as users realize their viewing experience is actually poorer on the more expensive screens. Thu, 29 May 2014 16:21:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-05-29T16:21:00Z Wireless power comes to patient microimplants A Stanford engineer has figured out how to charge implanted batteries the size of a grain of sand that will then run devices such as pacemakers and nerve stimulators. Tue, 27 May 2014 21:45:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-05-27T21:45:00Z You could one day be driving on energy-generating smart streets Solar Roadways uses hexagon-shaped panels that collect energy from the sun and could be part of a smart system that changes lighting configurations to alert traffic to highway issues. Tue, 27 May 2014 10:23:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-05-27T10:23:00Z Solar power to provide HP's HQ with 20% of its electricity A new solar power project will provide HP's Palo Alto headquarters with 20% of its power and save it $1 million over the next 20 years. Tue, 20 May 2014 18:23:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-05-20T18:23:00Z Armatix smart-gun tech reignites gun fight, with retailers in the middle The NRA and other gun right advocacy groups say they have no problem with adding technology to guns, as German-based Armatix has now done. But legislation mandating the technology will mean a fight. Tue, 20 May 2014 10:23:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-05-20T10:23:00Z Wireless carrier wars come to your car GM is the latest automaker to offer Wi-Fi hotspots in vehicles, providing 4G access while others have 3G. The move poses a question: Do people really need Wi-Fi in cars? Fri, 16 May 2014 19:18:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-05-16T19:18:00Z Austin Energy pens pact for Texas' largest solar power plant Austin Energy, one of the largest city-owned utilities in the U.S., has signed a deal to purchase 150 megawatts of solar electricity from Recurrent Energy, one of North Americas biggest solar developers. Thu, 15 May 2014 19:22:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-05-15T19:22:00Z SanDisk and Toshiba team up to create 3D SSDs Toshiba plans to demolish its No. 2 flash memory plant in Japan and replace it with a new facility where it and SanDisk will produce 3D NAND. Thu, 15 May 2014 16:55:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-05-15T16:55:00Z SanDisk ships its first self-encrypting SSDs SanDisk today announced its SanDisk X300s SSD line-up, which uses TCG Opal 2.0 and Microsoft Encrypted Hard Drive hardware-based encryption, coupled with a new SSD administration dashboard. Tue, 13 May 2014 21:02:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-05-13T21:02:00Z AT&T may buy DirecTV for $50B AT&T is in advanced talks to acquire DirecTV for about $50 billion, according to published reports. Tue, 13 May 2014 17:22:00 GMT (Lucas Mearian) 2014-05-13T17:22:00Z