Lucas Mearian

Senior Reporter

Lucas Mearian covers financial services IT (including blockchain), healthcare IT and enterprise mobile issues (including mobility management, security, hardware and apps).

Spending on blockchain technology to double this year to $2.1B

Spending on blockchain technology to double this year to $2.1B

Led by financial services, industries are ramping up spending on blockchain distributed ledger technology at unprecedented rates; 2018 will mark the move from pilot programs to real-world rollouts.

WD turns to single app portal to create 'mobile moments' for workers

WD turns to single app portal to create 'mobile moments' for workers

After acquiring two multi-billion-dollar companies, Western Digital had a choice: continue using disparate methods for corporate application access or rip and replace it all with a single portal. It chose the latter.

Blockchain and cryptocurrency may soon underpin cloud storage

Blockchain and cryptocurrency may soon underpin cloud storage

Emerging now: P2P networks that use blockchain to manage cloud storage based on the sharing of excess drive and network capacity on PCs and in data centers. Those who share capacity get free storage – and can be paid in cryptocurrency....

What is blockchain? The most disruptive tech in decades

What is blockchain? The most disruptive tech in decades

The distributed ledger technology, better known as blockchain, has the potential to eliminate huge amounts of record-keeping, save money and disrupt IT in ways not seen since the internet arrived.

Blockchain will be the killer app for supply chain management in 2018

Blockchain will be the killer app for supply chain management in 2018

The distributed ledger technology that underpins cryptocurrencies is now poised to disrupt supply chain management – especially in the global shipping industry.

Maersk, IBM create world's first blockchain-based, electronic shipping platform

Maersk, IBM create world's first blockchain-based, electronic shipping platform

Maersk and IBM have devised an end-to-end shipping solution that will give all parties involved in global trade a single view of where cargo is and allow authorities to give electronic approval for its movement.

China’s moves against cryptocurrencies could affect blockchain growth

China’s moves against cryptocurrencies could affect blockchain growth

As China clamps down on the use of bitcoin, other nations and businesses are also seeking to more heavily regulate cryptocurencies and, more generally, blockchain-based networks.

Ethereum explores a fix for blockchain's performance problem

Ethereum explores a fix for blockchain's performance problem

The Ethereum Foundation is seeking outside developers to help solve a performance issue native to blockchain – its inability to sufficiently scale.

Powermat joins the Wireless Power Consortium, touts 15-watt underdesk charging

Powermat joins the Wireless Power Consortium, touts 15-watt underdesk charging

Wireless charging firm Powermat will join an industry consortium it once competed against and announced the Charging Spot 4.0, which will enable 15-watt power transfers and offer compatibility with new iPhones.

 Google attacks Android fragmentation, pushes use of newer API, OS versions

Google attacks Android fragmentation, pushes use of newer API, OS versions

In an attempt to reduce fragmentation of its Android OS, Google is requiring developers of new and updated apps to comply with its most recent APIs.

Blockchain jobs continue to explode, offer salary premiums

Blockchain jobs continue to explode, offer salary premiums

Blockchain development is the second-hottest skill in the job market today, growing more than 200% since this time last year.

Powermat to upgrade to 15W wireless charging, support Apple's new iPhones

Powermat to upgrade to 15W wireless charging, support Apple's new iPhones

Powermat, a leading provider of wireless charging stations, plans to release a software upgrade in January that will make it compatible with the Qi specification and up to 15 watts of power.

How killing Net Neutrality will affect enterprise mobility

How killing Net Neutrality will affect enterprise mobility

As the FCC prepares to eliminate net neutrality rules, allowing ISPs to charge more for some internet traffic based on speed of delivery, companies will have to rethink how mobile apps are created and how they host content.

How blockchain will underpin the new trust economy

How blockchain will underpin the new trust economy

Over the next two years, businesses will increasingly turn to blockchain to establish trust among parties looking to transfer everything from money and movable goods to property.

iOS 11 overtakes earlier versions of Apple's mobile OS

iOS 11 overtakes earlier versions of Apple's mobile OS

Less than three months after its release, Apple's iOS 11 surpassed its predecessor and is now on nearly 6 in 10 iPhones and iPads.

The best mobile threat defense is mobile threat detection

The best mobile threat defense is mobile threat detection

It’s time to add MTD to your Enterprise Mobile Management toolkit. Because it’s better to get ahead of mobile threats than it is to try and clean them up after you’ve been attacked.

Blockchain-as-a-service allows enterprises test distributed ledger technology

Blockchain-as-a-service allows enterprises test distributed ledger technology

Blockchain deployment is still gathering steam, but cloud providers are already moving to offer it as an enterprise service. That could help companies who don't want to take on the expense of a new architecture or find developers to...

iOS 11.2 to unleash ‘fast’ wireless charging  for the iPhone 8, iPhone X

iOS 11.2 to unleash ‘fast’ wireless charging for the iPhone 8, iPhone X

With Apple's upcoming release of iOS 11.2, the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X should finally get access to so-called fast wireless charging.

Apple just bought its own wireless charging company. Here's why.

Apple just bought its own wireless charging company. Here's why.

Apple has purchased PowerbyProxi, a small, wireless charging technology company in New Zealand. But it's not likely using PowerbyProxi for what you think.

Dell integrates desktop, mobile management for UEM

Dell integrates desktop, mobile management for UEM

Dell has integrated PC Client Command Suite with VMware’s Workspace ONE cloud portal for mobile devices, giving admins a single view of both for better mobile management.

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