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).

Apple joins industry effort to eliminate passwords

Apple joins industry effort to eliminate passwords

Apple has joined a veritable who's who of tech vendors in the FIDO Alliance who see standardized, two-factor authentication as the way forward for device log-in.

How blockchain could help block fake news

How blockchain could help block fake news

Creating an immutable ledger to track metadata associated with published content shows promise as a method for identifying authentic news.

The problem with mobile and app voting

The problem with mobile and app voting

It's the day after the 2020 Iowa caucuses, and the Iowa Democratic Party has yet to announce the winner. The app that precinct leaders were supposed to use to report final tallies recorded inconsistent results. Party leaders blamed a...

MIT researchers say mobile voting app piloted in U.S. is rife with vulnerabilities

MIT researchers say mobile voting app piloted in U.S. is rife with vulnerabilities

The flaws could let a hacker alter, stop or expose how a person has voted.

BlackBerry says its new Digital Workplace eliminates need for VPN, VDI

BlackBerry says its new Digital Workplace eliminates need for VPN, VDI

BlackBerry has integrated its Desktop and Access Browser with partner Awingu's secure browser-based workspace and AI-driven security software from its acquisition of Cylance.

Why the Fed is considering a cash-backed cryptocurrency

Why the Fed is considering a cash-backed cryptocurrency

A real-time payments infrastructure enabled by a blockchain-based stablecoin could offer many advantages, a Federal Reserve governor said during a recent speech.

UEM to marry security — finally — after long courtship

UEM to marry security — finally — after long courtship

Machine learning will be key in evaluating whether a mobile device and its user should be allowed to connect to a corporate application or data silo, as user behavior becomes a part of overall endpoint security.

U.S. Air Force to pilot blockchain-based database for data sharing

U.S. Air Force to pilot blockchain-based database for data sharing

The blockchain ledger will enable data ingest from legacy data systems and wikis as well as a native web application build platform

Iowa Caucus chaos likely to set back mobile voting

Iowa Caucus chaos likely to set back mobile voting

While the app used to tally votes during the Iowa Caucus on Monday was not a mobile voting app, it could still undermine confidence in any future attempts to roll out the technology.

MIT's blockchain-based 'Spider' offers 4X faster cryptocurrency processing

MIT's blockchain-based 'Spider' offers 4X faster cryptocurrency processing

The researchers are using a something similar to packet switching to more efficiently re-route crypto transactions – a move that could rival traditional banking.

Fed rule on patient access to healthcare data gets EMR vendor pushback

Fed rule on patient access to healthcare data gets EMR vendor pushback

A rule that would allow greater access to electronic healthcare information for patients and their doctors is being challenged by some of the vendors supplying the technology.

Seattle tries out mobile voting

Seattle tries out mobile voting

But voter skepticism about online security has some Washington state officials responsible for general elections wary of rolling out the tech.

Feds may already have found a way to hack into Apple iPhones

Feds may already have found a way to hack into Apple iPhones

By refusing to put a permanent backdoor in its iOS platform, Apple wants to protect millions of users from future threats by both governments and hackers, privacy advocates said.

Former U.S. regulator leads effort to create digital dollar

Former U.S. regulator leads effort to create digital dollar

The project will explore how a cryptocurrency could produce a more efficient and safer means of cross-border trade, clearance and settlement.

Kadena launches a hybrid platform to connect public, private blockchains

Kadena launches a hybrid platform to connect public, private blockchains

The JP Morgan startup's blockchain braids together multiple interoperable chains via smart contracts over which users can transact business via cryptocurrency.

EEA opens sandbox for blockchain development and collaboration

EEA opens sandbox for blockchain development and collaboration

The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance TestNet offers the nodes, management infrastructure and ability to gather granular results for members.

The race to integrate crypto into global banking is real

The race to integrate crypto into global banking is real

Public sector projects are driving greater interest to adopt fiat-backed cryptocurrencies by central and regional banks.

Coffee industry looks to blockchain to brew a better supply chain

Coffee industry looks to blockchain to brew a better supply chain

The "Thank My Farmer" mobile app is only the first step in using IBM's blockchain to connect an entire coffee-industry ecosystem on a common data platform.

Amid privacy and security failures, digital IDs advance

Amid privacy and security failures, digital IDs advance

Blockchain-based digital wallets could give owners control over their digital identity in a way that would eliminate the business silo systems of today.

Ultra Wideband (UWB) explained (and why it’s in the iPhone 11)

Ultra Wideband (UWB) explained (and why it’s in the iPhone 11)

Ultra Wideband and IoT devices hold the promise of more precise location services as well as secure access to a myriad of systems. The technology, which has been around for years, is built into the latest iPhones.

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