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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.

Mitek Extends Check Imaging Tech to Health Care, Insurance

Mitek is extending the market for its its imaging technology from financial services to the health care and insurance industries.

Consumers Don't Want E-Health Records

Consumers just don't trust electronic health records to securely store their personal information, according to a survey by Harris Interactive.

SanDisk Releases New SSDs for Old Computers

SanDisk introduces a new line of SSDs designed for consumers who may want to extend the life of an aging computer.


IBM to Unveil New Version of High-end XIV Storage System

IBM this week plans to announce a new version of its high-end, grid-architecture XIV storage system.

Healthcare IT Faces Deadline on New Medical Codes

A new federally mandated medical coding system requires a massive overhaul of healthcare IT systems.

Why Google Health Failed: Too Little, Too Soon

Google's personal health record service, Google Health, failed to take off due to poor marketing and a lack of functionality that consumers insist is required.

Hospital Turns to Palm Reading to ID Patients

New York University's Langone Medical Center said it is the first hospital in the Northeast to use a biometric infrared scanning system that converts a digital palm image into a unique patient ID.

Carbonite Launches Flat-rate Online Backup for Small Business

Carbonite's small business solutions charge a flat rate of $229 per year for 250GB of storage.

Healthcare Will Take Up Nearly 20% of the US Economy by 2019

Healthcare spending will represent nearly one-fifth of the U.S. gross domestic product by 2019

Dell Offers Gateway Storage Appliance

Dell announced a new appliance that allows its block-based storage area network to store file-based data under one unified management interface.

External Disk Storage Shipments Increase 46% in Q1

Sales of external disk storage systems continue to boom with a fifth consecutive quarter of double-digit revenue gains, according to market research firm IDC.

Cloud Storage No Threat to SMB NAS Systems, Survey Shows

An In-Stat survey of small to midsize firms shows that while they're adopting cloud services, they're still buying onsite NAS storage systems.

University's New SSDs Boost Video Production Speeds by 16X

When Brigham Young University-Hawaii's digital media lab needed to turbo-charge its high-def video processing system, it had two choices: Add a storage area network or plop an solid state drive into its Macbook Pro laptop.

As 'Big Data' Grows, IT Job Roles are Changing

As corporate data stores continues to grow, in some cases by 50%-plus a year, the expanding task of managing them and mining for information is forcing a change in how IT workers are trained.

World's Servers Process 9.57ZB of Data a Year

In 2024, the world's business servers will annually process the digital equivalent of a stack of books extending more than 4.37 light-years to Alpha Centauri.