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).

Q&A: What Apple’s embrace of cryptocurrency could mean for the payment industry

Q&A: What Apple’s embrace of cryptocurrency could mean for the payment industry

Apple has become the latest in a flurry of mega companies exploring the use of cryptocurrency, the implications of which could drastically transform payment processing.

Q&A: How one college embraced UEM to manage endpoints at five campuses

Q&A: How one college embraced UEM to manage endpoints at five campuses

Truckee Meadows Community College has more than 3,000 desktops, tablets and IoT devices that it manages through a single interface. But the journey to unified endpoint management wasn't simple – and it came with a few surprises.

Will Apple's next iPhone include reverse wireless charging? (Signs say yes.)

Will Apple's next iPhone include reverse wireless charging? (Signs say yes.)

Apple is expected to unveil its newest iPhone on Tuesday, and while speculation has centered on new processors and the camera, reverse-wireless charging appears to be in the mix of new features.

Apple exec confirms cryptocurrency is on company radar

Apple exec confirms cryptocurrency is on company radar

After indications earlier this year that Apple might be interested in cryptocurrency, a company exec this week confirmed the company is indeed interested in digital money, as it has "interesting long-term potential."

Why hybrid blockchains will dominate ecommerce

Why hybrid blockchains will dominate ecommerce

By combining a permissioned blockchain with a public blockchain, companies can secure background transactions with business partners while also sharing product information with consumers on an open ledger.

10 top tips for saving your smartphone’s battery

10 top tips for saving your smartphone’s battery

While we've come to depend on smartphones for much of our daily lives, too often we run apps, services or systems that unnecessarily hit battery life.

Hedera Hashgraph launches mainnet, hopes to compete with global business networks

Hedera Hashgraph launches mainnet, hopes to compete with global business networks

Hedera is a distributed ledger that runs on a new protocol that enables higher transactional throughput than bitcoin or Ethereum and is aimed directly at business use.

Why blockchain, despite some early success, remains a corporate enigma

Why blockchain, despite some early success, remains a corporate enigma

While the benefits of blockchain seem straightforward, the nuances around implementing it — including adding business partners to a network, integrating it with legacy systems and navigating uncertain regulatory waters — make its...

Deloitte launches ‘Blockchain in a Box’ hands-on demonstrator

Deloitte launches ‘Blockchain in a Box’ hands-on demonstrator

The consultancy said a modular computing system will enable hands-on testing of the distributed ledger technology by enterprises hoping to get a grasp on what it can, or cannot, do.

How VITAS Healthcare moved to UEM

How VITAS Healthcare moved to UEM

VITAS Healthcare is three-quarters of the way to providing iPhones and iPads to its 12,000 employees -- and the company will be able to manage all of the devices with just six people.

Why blockchain-based voting could threaten democracy

Why blockchain-based voting could threaten democracy

As the desire to increase voter turnout remains strong and the number of online voting pilot projects rises in the U.S. and abroad, some security experts warn any internet-based election system is wide open to attack, regardless of...

IBM, Chainyard unveil blockchain-based 'Trust Your Supplier' network

IBM, Chainyard unveil blockchain-based 'Trust Your Supplier' network

IBM has partnered with Fortune 500 companies to launch the network, which is aimed at automating the validation and onboarding of buyers and suppliers.

Q&A: Overstock.com's Jonathan Johnson on integrating Bitcoin for online payments

Q&A: Overstock.com's Jonathan Johnson on integrating Bitcoin for online payments

Overstock.com embraced Bitcoin more than five years ago. The president of the company's blockchain investment subsidiary has some advice for others considering adopting cryptocurrency as a form of payment.

What's a smart contract (and how does it work)?

What's a smart contract (and how does it work)?

Smart contracts are potentially one of the most useful tools associated with blockchain, and they can enable the transfer of everything from bitcoin and fiat currency to goods transported around the world. Here's what they do and why...

Researchers to launch intentionally ‘vulnerable’ blockchain at Black Hat

Researchers to launch intentionally ‘vulnerable’ blockchain at Black Hat

Cybersecurity vendor Kudelski Security hopes the flawed open-source ledger it's created will help users learn about blockchain and let developers suggest security enhancements.

Utah County to pilot blockchain-based mobile voting

Utah County to pilot blockchain-based mobile voting

A large Utah county is testing mobile absentee voting for military members and dependents living overseas, but some experts say online voting endangers the very democracy the U.S. military is supposed to protect.

Trump’s hostile view of Bitcoin and crypto could chill industry

Trump’s hostile view of Bitcoin and crypto could chill industry

In a series of tweets, the president said he's not a fan of digital currency that's based on 'thin air,' a stance experts believe could signal government pushback and new regulatory scrutiny.

The top 8 problems with blockchain

The top 8 problems with blockchain

While blockchain holds the promise for reinventing business processes, it is still a developing technology with few production systems in place, not to mention governance issues and vulnerabilities that must be understood.

Q&A: Blockchain expert Alex Tapscott sees coming crypto war as 'cataclysmic'

Q&A: Blockchain expert Alex Tapscott sees coming crypto war as 'cataclysmic'

Many large companies have taken steps to embrace blockchain, but Facebook's plans for a cryptocurrency and digital wallet has prompted government oversight committees to call for hearings and may have banks taking another look at the...

Facebook’s cryptocurrency ratchets up pressure on banks, but has big risks

Facebook’s cryptocurrency ratchets up pressure on banks, but has big risks

While Facebook's Libra coin has the potential to disrupt traditional commercial banking by removing the middleman between buyers, sellers and money transfers, it also comes with significant risks.

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