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).

Economist Nouriel Roubini: Blockchain and bitcoin are the world’s biggest scams

Economist Nouriel Roubini: Blockchain and bitcoin are the world’s biggest scams

The economist who predicted the 2008 financial collapse has been telling congressional leaders that bitcoin and blockchain represent a significant threat to the stability of the financial marketplace. But he's getting pushback.

MOBI adds UEM reporting with new desktop, IoT management tools

MOBI adds UEM reporting with new desktop, IoT management tools

Mobile management provider MOBI has added desktops and IoT devices to the portfolio of enterprise devices it can manage.

IBM launches blockchain-based, global food tracking network

IBM launches blockchain-based, global food tracking network

IBM's blockchain-based electronic supply chain ledger for tracking food from farm to shelf is now commercially available and is being piloted by some of the largest global retailers and suppliers.

iOS 12 surpasses iOS 11 in just 18 days

iOS 12 surpasses iOS 11 in just 18 days

Apple’s latest iOS update has already overtaken its 2017 predecessor and is now installed on nearly half of all iOS devices, according to new data.

The world’s two largest enterprise blockchain groups join forces

The world’s two largest enterprise blockchain groups join forces

Hyperledger and the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance are teaming up to promote blockchain technology to companies and to collaborate on development efforts.

Q&A: Walmart's Frank Yiannas on the use of blockchain for food safety

Q&A: Walmart's Frank Yiannas on the use of blockchain for food safety

Once a skeptic about blockchain, Frank Yiannas, Walmart’s vice president in charge of food safety, now contends it's the perfect way to create a transparent, secure and immutable record for tracking food from farm to store shelf.

What Apple’s iPhone eSIM support will mean for you

What Apple’s iPhone eSIM support will mean for you

Apple's inclusion of an electronic SIM or "digital" SIM in its iOS 12.1 beta, will allow users of its newest iPhones to switch virtually between carriers and phone numbers, allowing business and personal use to be separated.

Walmart, Sam’s Club tell suppliers to get on blockchain network

Walmart, Sam’s Club tell suppliers to get on blockchain network

After piloting a blockchain-based supply chain tracking system, the retailers are telling suppliers to get their product data into the system so they can begin tracking produce from farm to store. The deadline: September 2019.

Banks remain wary of blockchain-based electronic payment networks

Banks remain wary of blockchain-based electronic payment networks

While blockchain-based payment networks could help eliminate central authorities and their accompanying fees for cross-border transfers, banks and other enterprises see risks.

Mastercard, Microsoft partner on B2B fintech network that could save billions

Mastercard, Microsoft partner on B2B fintech network that could save billions

Mastercard and Microsoft have developed a B2B global trade platform that creates a directory of businesses for verification purposes and a payment and clearance network to challenge what is today a mostly paper-based system.

W. Va. to use blockchain-based mobile app for mid-term voting

W. Va. to use blockchain-based mobile app for mid-term voting

The state will be the first ever to use a blockchain-enabled mobile voting app – developed by Voatz – to allow absentee voters to cast ballots in the mid-term elections this fall.

New blockchain ledger will let you sell personal healthcare data

New blockchain ledger will let you sell personal healthcare data

IBM and a start-up have launched a blockchain-based app that lets patients eventually sell anonymized data to pharmaceutical companies, researchers and others while retaining greater control over privacy.

Here's what two executive surveys revealed about blockchain adoption

Here's what two executive surveys revealed about blockchain adoption

While some expressed trepidation around regulatory uncertainty and a lack of standards, a large portion of enterprise executives said their companies are well on their way to deploying blockchain to enable new efficiencies.

China once again cracks down on cryptocurrencies, news outlets

China once again cracks down on cryptocurrencies, news outlets

The Chinese government has banned more than a half dozen online media outlets after they published information on cryptocurrencies, and a regional government authority clamped down on all venues hosting crypto events.

What Vitalik Buterin’s tweetstorm means for the future Ethereum blockchain

What Vitalik Buterin’s tweetstorm means for the future Ethereum blockchain

In an effort to explain what will be a major upgrade to the Ethereum blockchain that will include a Proof of Stake mechanism and sharding system, its founder meticulously detailed the history of development efforts and where those...

SAP pilots blockchain-based supply chain tracker

SAP pilots blockchain-based supply chain tracker

SAP has created a consortium of business partners to help it craft applications for a cloud-based blockchain platform that can track goods from creation to shipment to manufacturer as part of an automated supply chain system.

IBM, Maersk launch blockchain-based shipping platform with 94 early adopters

IBM, Maersk launch blockchain-based shipping platform with 94 early adopters

After testing it earlier this year, the two companies announced scores of early adopters have agreed to pilot the distributed ledger technology, enabling them to track shipments in near-real time.

U.S. Treasury: Regulators should back off FinTech, allow innovation

U.S. Treasury: Regulators should back off FinTech, allow innovation

The Treasury Department, in a report, is recommending that state and federal regulators loosen their grip on FinTech and financial services firms in general and allow them to innovate.

The state of wireless charging: 2018 and beyond

The state of wireless charging: 2018 and beyond

While direct-contact pads have been the focus of wireless charging lately, the future might actually be more ethereal. Literally.

Overstock.com puts a lot of stock in blockchain

Overstock.com puts a lot of stock in blockchain

Four years ago, Overstock.com began accepting bitcoin as a form of payment. It also created a venture capital arm that has invested in a dozen companies using bitcoin's underlying technology to create a new trust model.

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