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).

A tale of two hospitals that adopted Apple’s Health Record app

A tale of two hospitals that adopted Apple’s Health Record app

Apple's Health Record app allows patients to pull in their healthcare info from multiple providers onto a single record they can share with clinicians, regardless of where they work. Here's how that's working for two hospitals.

How blockchain could solve the internet privacy problem

How blockchain could solve the internet privacy problem

Blockchain, with its encrypted and immutable record, will eventually be used create universal digital identities, filled with information that only we will control and that will link back to the issuing banks, governments or even...

Bitcoin mining leads to an unexpected GPU gold rush

Bitcoin mining leads to an unexpected GPU gold rush

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency miners have created a dearth of mid-range and high-end GPU cards that are selling for twice as much as suggested retail. The reason: miners are setting up server farms with the cards.

Facial recognition tech moves from smartphones to the boardroom

Facial recognition tech moves from smartphones to the boardroom

With the release of Apple's iPhone X and its Face ID feature, facial recognition technology has become more mainstream – and it's already being piloted by some government agencies and commercial airlines as a friction-free security...

Is wireless charging bad for your smartphone?

Is wireless charging bad for your smartphone?

With Apple adopting wireless charging in the iPhone 8 and X, many users will be tempted to leave their phones on an inductive charging pad all day. Will that hurt the battery?

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....

Blockchain to ‘radically’ transform anti-fraud, anti-money-laundering efforts

Blockchain to ‘radically’ transform anti-fraud, anti-money-laundering efforts

With GDPR about to force banks to rethink how they handle and share personally identifiable info, and with fraud-enabling darknet data ballooning, enterprises will need blockchain's immutability and security to thwart bad actors.

Could these grain-sized computers using blockchain networks thwart counterfeiters?

Could these grain-sized computers using blockchain networks thwart counterfeiters?

IBM researchers have created computers the size of a grain of rock salt that could someday be embedded in every product shipped and used to track it and maintain its authenticity.

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.

Google unites Chrome OS tools and EMM vendors for single console control

Google unites Chrome OS tools and EMM vendors for single console control

After integrating with VMware's Workspace ONE's UEM cloud portal last year, Google has now expanded the number of enterprise mobility management platforms IT managers can use to control Chrome OS devices.

A.R., A.I. and 5G to help drive mobile spending through '21

A.R., A.I. and 5G to help drive mobile spending through '21

Companies are expected to boost their deployment of augmented reality software and hardware this year as they bolster efforts to enable employee mobility.

California eyes 'right to repair' smartphone law, may join 17 other states

California eyes 'right to repair' smartphone law, may join 17 other states

California could join a growing number of states seeking to enact "Right to Repair" laws that let consumers take smartphones and other devices to third-party repair shops or fix them at home without voiding warranties.

iOS vs. Android: When it comes to brand loyalty, Android wins

iOS vs. Android: When it comes to brand loyalty, Android wins

Android smartphone and tablet owners tend to be slightly more loyal to their brand than do Apple iOS device users.

Study: FinTech, other industries should open blockchain sandboxes and work with regulators

Study: FinTech, other industries should open blockchain sandboxes and work with regulators

New research suggests that sandbox test environments for blockchain could help cement a partnership between governments hammering out new regulations and the businesses hoping to use the distributed ledger technology.

Feds move to secure mobile devices with machine learning, biometrics

Feds move to secure mobile devices with machine learning, biometrics

As mobile device use increases among U.S. government workers, IT and security officials are scrambling to better secure devices, leaving behind traditional anti-malware tools in favor of mobile threat detection and role-driven access...

SEC eyes crackdown on cryptocurrencies

SEC eyes crackdown on cryptocurrencies

As part of an ongoing regulatory clampdown, the SEC has issued subpoenas and wants info from tech companies issuing cryptocurrencies in the form of ICOs.

The blockchain market is hot; here's how to learn the skills for it

The blockchain market is hot; here's how to learn the skills for it

While most techies who add blockchain to their skillset are versed in programming languages, it’s by no means a prerequisite for learning the technology. Here’s why the blockchain market is hot and how to take advantage of the current...

Google touts 21 Android phones it recommends for business use

Google touts 21 Android phones it recommends for business use

For the first time ever, Google has published a set of standards it says smartphones must meet to be business friendly, highlighting those that get regular security patches and at least one major OS update.

5 ways blockchain is the new business collaboration tool

5 ways blockchain is the new business collaboration tool

While the full potential of blockchain may not be understood by business execs, that's not keeping companies from aggressively exploring how the secure, distributed ledger technology can save time and money.

HP expands its Device-as-a-Service offering to include Apple

HP expands its Device-as-a-Service offering to include Apple

HP has added Apple smartphones, tablets and laptops to its list of hardware it now supports under its managed service.

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