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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.

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.

Dropbox Adds File-Sharing Service for Work Groups

Dropbox for Teams starts at $795 annually for five users and offers 1TB of storage. It also comes with phone customer support and gives IT shops control to add or remove users.

Wash Your Hands: ATMs Are Germ Havens

A swab test conducted in six U.S. cities of 10 items commonly found in public places showed high levels of a type of germs that cause the common cold.

OCZ Releases First 1TB Laptop SSD with 'Instant On' Boot Up

The 'instant on' feature increases boot times over previous OCZ solid-state drives by 50 percent, the company said.

Thought-Controlled Computers May Soon Be a Reality

Today's human-computer interface is an I/O bottleneck that can be corrected, according to a scientist.

Dell, EMC Part After 10 Years

The computer vendor is ending its decade-long reseller deal with EMC for its storage product lines.

Table Salt may Build Heftier Hard Drives

Researchers find a way to use salt crystals to boost bit storage density on hard drives so they can hold more data in smaller form.