Lucas MearianGeneral assignment and storage, Computerworld

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Lucas Mearian covers consumer data storage, consumerization of IT, mobile device management, renewable energy, telematics/car tech and entertainment tech for Computerworld.

SSDs Have 'Bleak' Future, Researchers Say

As the circuitry of NAND flash-based, solid-state drives shrinks, performance drops precipitously.

Web-based Counseling -- Telepsychiatry -- Is Taking off

Telemedicine has been around since the 1990s, but psychiatrists say it's increasingly used to treat remote patients as technology and security improves.

2012: The Year Storage Becomes a Celebrity

While data storage has always been a necessary building block for technology, it's rarely garnered as much attention as it has in the past two years.

Dell Launches Dedupe Appliance, VMware Integration

Dell today announced its first deduplication appliance, along with an upgrade to its Compellent Storage Center management software.

NetApp Becomes Latest Vendor to Raise Disk Drive Prices

Two other enterprise-class storage vendors have also raised their hard drives prices in as many months, and Lenovo said it had run short of certain drives for its PC systems.

Facebook Chat Hack: It Can Happen to You

The hacker initiated chats with my friends claiming that I had been mugged in another country and needed them to transfer money to me.

Apple's Purchase of Anobit Will Give It a Leg Up on Rivals

Apple's buyout of Israel-based solid-state drive (SSD) manufacturer Anobit Technologies will give the company a significant technological boost in the mobile market, and the deal could yield huge cost savings.

IBM's Watson Shows up for Work at Cedars-Sinai's Cancer Center

The supercomputer that beat the Jeopardy champions is now helping develop applications that will assist doctors in diagnosing and prescribing cancer treatments.

Panasonic, Sony, Samsung, Others Launch HD Content Security Initiative

Panasonic, Sony, Toshiba, Samsung, and SanDisk Monday announced plans to jointly develop better security for memory cards, embedded memory, and other flash storage devices.

Hard Drive Manufacturers Slash Warranty Periods

Seagate and Western Digital are cutting back on hard drive warranties, in some instances from five years to one.

Impact of Hard Drive Shortage to Linger Through 2013

Hard disk drive supply shortages in the wake of Thailand flooding will continue to affect consumers, computer system manufacturers and corporate IT shops into 2013.

Telehealth Can Reduce Deaths by 45%, Study Shows

If used correctly, TeleHealth can deliver a 15% reduction in emergency room visits, a 20% reduction in emergency admissions; a 14% reduction in elective admissions; a 14% reduction in bed days; and an 8% reduction in tariff costs.

More Doctors Use Tablets to Treat Patients

The next wave of mobile adoption is well under way as healthcare providers increasingly turn to tablets, smartphones and apps to bolster patient care.

Hard Drive Shortage Expected to Hurt Consumers Most

While flooding in Thailand is affecting hard disk supplies worldwide, the customers most likely to be hit hard by price increases will be consumers.

Hospital Electronic Records Adoption Jumps, but Still Low

Hospitals that are prepared to adopt electronic medical records and achieve the government's "meaningful use" criteria have increased significantly, from 25 percent to 41 percent.