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).

The way blockchain-based cryptocurrencies are governed could soon change

The way blockchain-based cryptocurrencies are governed could soon change

Proof of Work algorithms, which govern how bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies run, have proven slow and costly. So developers are eyeing a faster and more efficient algorithm: Proof of Stake.

Regulatory uncertainty could stymy blockchain adoption

Regulatory uncertainty could stymy blockchain adoption

Even as companies seek to integrate the distributed ledger technology into their business models, uncertainty about the regulatory landscape is seen as a major stumbling block.

Apple's Health Record API released to third-party developers; is it safe?

Apple's Health Record API released to third-party developers; is it safe?

At its Worldwide Developer's event this week, Apple said the API for its Health Records platform has been released to developers and researchers so they can create apps for the medical information sharing platform. Once data is ported...

Amazon joins list of blockchain-as-a-service providers

Amazon joins list of blockchain-as-a-service providers

Amazon plans to be one of a handful of tech companies leaping to provide blockchain as a service for enterprises seeking to test the waters without the expenses and risk associated with a new roll out.

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.

Now, blockchain can turn carbon credits into tokens for trading

Now, blockchain can turn carbon credits into tokens for trading

Companies are developing a crypto token that represents carbon credits to be traded on a blockchain ledger, creating a more efficient and transparent method for exchanging the valuable certificates tied to reducing greenhouse gas...

Businesses join to create enterprise standard for blockchain networks

Businesses join to create enterprise standard for blockchain networks

Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, a group made up of 500 businesses, has published its first standard for a business-centric distributed ledger that promises to speed up transactions while increasing privacy.

Solving a blockchain conundrum: Biometrics could recover lost encryption keys

Solving a blockchain conundrum: Biometrics could recover lost encryption keys

While blockchain holds the promise of creating a secure global network over which anyone can exchange data for a myriad of business or personal transactions, the encryption behind the distributed ledger also means if you lose your...

De Beers and other jewelry industry giants create blockchains to verify gems

De Beers and other jewelry industry giants create blockchains to verify gems

The world's major jewelry and gem businesses are deploying a blockchain electronic ledgers that will verify the origins of their products, all the way from the mines to the retail cases.

Two vendors now sell iPhone cracking technology – and police are buying

Two vendors now sell iPhone cracking technology – and police are buying

Local and regional police departments and federal agencies are lining up to buy technology from two companies whose products can bypass iPhone security mechanisms.

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.

Will blockchain run afoul of GDPR? (Yes and no)

Will blockchain run afoul of GDPR? (Yes and no)

The immutable nature of blockchain networks could break Europe's new GDPR rules. But when implemented properly, the distributed ledger technology could also be part of the solution for compliance.

Blockchain moves into top spot for hottest job skills

Blockchain moves into top spot for hottest job skills

Blockchain development is now the hottest skill in the freelance job market, growing more than 6,000% since this time last year and putting it on pace to be the new “cloud” of the 21st Century, according to a new report.

Is the U.S. headed toward a cashless economy through blockchain?

Is the U.S. headed toward a cashless economy through blockchain?

The Fed and other nations' central banks are exploring the creation of state-backed digital currencies that would allow consumers and businesses to have digital wallets from which they could buy, sell and trade.

N.Y. AG's scrutiny of cryptocurrencies unlikely to stymie a thriving industry

N.Y. AG's scrutiny of cryptocurrencies unlikely to stymie a thriving industry

The New York Attorney General's office is looking into the practices and policies of cryptocurrency exchanges; experts say any ensuing regulation will likely protect investors while allowing the marketplace to continue growing.

How to use a strong passcode to better secure your iPhone

How to use a strong passcode to better secure your iPhone

With at least two companies selling technology that can be used by law enforcement and government agencies to unlock iPhones, this would be a good time to safeguard your information with a stronger passcode. Here's how.

Wireless charging over distance just got a boost

Wireless charging over distance just got a boost

Companies developing wireless charging that can be projected up to several meters away have partnered with electronics industry stalwarts, paving the way for actual product shipments this year.

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.

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