Lucas MearianSenior Reporter, Computerworld

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Lucas Mearian covers consumer data storage, electronic health IT, renewable energy, 3D printing, and telematics/car tech for Computerworld.

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Why laptops won’t come with larger SSDs this year

Laptop makers are expected to continue using 128GB and 256GB SSDs for now as prices for the storage technology are expected to rise this year.

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Newer car tech opens doors to CIA attacks

The revelation that the CIA has looked into hacking vehicles, possibly for the purpose of assassinations, flies in the face of a presidential order requiring U.S. agencies to reveal flaws to manufacturers to protect Americans.

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Western Digital begins production of the world's tallest 3D NAND 'skyscraper'

WD today announced its densest 3D NAND -- a 64-layer product that it plans to begin shipping later this year.

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Researchers create wild ReRAM memory chips that store data and act like a processor

Computer scientists in Singapore and Germany have collaborated to create a resistive RAM chip that not only stores data but can act as a computer processor.

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MIT creates 3D printed graphene that’s lighter than air, 10 times stronger than steel

Researchers have discovered a way to 3D print structures using graphene. The result is a strong, lightweight material for airplanes, cars and buildings.

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BMW, Intel, and Mobileye to unleash 40 self-driving cars on U.S. roads

BMW is working with Intel and computer vision company Mobileye to place 40 autonomous test cars on public roads in the second half of 2017.

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Advanced 3D NAND is ready to dominate SSDs, kill off traditional flash chips

The pace at which the storage industry is adopting denser and faster 3D NAND has quickened; it is expected to exceed 30% of flash bit shipments by the end of 2016.

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Tesla powers an entire U.S. island with solar energy

Tesla and SolarCity constructed a microgrid on the Island of Ta’u in American Samoa that will supply 1.4 megawatts of solar power backed up by six megawatt hours of battery storage from 60 Tesla Powerpacks.

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Apple’s new MacBook Pro may be the world’s fastest stock laptop

Apple has been a leader in using PCIe-based flash storage, which offers far greater bandwidth than SATA-based SSDs. The new 2016 MacBook Pro's specs blow away the performance of its predecessor by nearly double.

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Samsung releases super-high-capacity 8GB DRAM

Samsung today announced a new 8GB DRAM package with 10-nanometer-class process circuitry that has twice the capacity and twice the speed of DDR4 DRAM used in PCs.

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XYZprinting announces $290 desktop 3D printer

XYZprinting today announced its least expensive 3D printer, the da Vinci Mini 3D printer, which the company said is aimed at all skill levels.

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Fujitsu's DRAM killer uses carbon nanotubes for a 1,000x performance boost

Fujitsu is now manufacturing a new storage-class memory made from carbon nanotubes that is 1,000 times faster than DRAM and has seemingly limitless endurance.

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Hyundai in talks with Google on developing self-driving cars

Hyundai's president confirmed his company may work with Google in developing an autonomous car because Google is not "as familiar with vehicles."

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Samsung’s gargantuan 15TB SSD can be yours—for $10,000

Samsung began shipping its 15TB SSD in March to equipment makers, but the drive recently began showing up on retail sites with a price tag of about $10,000.

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WD preparing to ship flash chips with a whopping half a terabit of capacity

Western Digital is now manufacturing 3D-stacked NAND flash chips that have 64 layers, 16 stories higher than its previous 48-layer technology -- meaning its 33% more dense.