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).

Microsoft Intune can now block unauthorized BYOD hardware

Microsoft Intune can now block unauthorized BYOD hardware

Microsoft's decision to integrate third-party mobile threat defense software is a sign of bigger things to come for the company's UEM platform.

Cryptocurrencies backed by cash could elude new regs

Cryptocurrencies backed by cash could elude new regs

Stablecoins can include features that are typical of regulated securities, meaning they might be able to avoid new government oversight.

IBM, Intel, J.P. Morgan and Microsoft join others on new blockchain token spec

IBM, Intel, J.P. Morgan and Microsoft join others on new blockchain token spec

A business consortium led by the Enterprise Ethereum Alliance said their new blockchain-based token specification can create regulatory compliant digital currency for use in any number of scenarios.

Do you really need a Chief Mobility Officer? (Spoiler alert: nope)

Do you really need a Chief Mobility Officer? (Spoiler alert: nope)

While C-level positions were all the rage when mobility was new in the enterprise, the role of CMO – while still somewhat prevalent – is now largely unnecessary and could even hurt your bottom line.

In 2020, businesses likely to shift blockchain focus to integration, interoperability

In 2020, businesses likely to shift blockchain focus to integration, interoperability

As the hype around blockchain cools and enterprises continue to cut their tech teeth on the distributed ledger, non-technical challenges and interoperability hurdles are emerging.

Mastercard partners on blockchain-based food supply chain

Mastercard partners on blockchain-based food supply chain

Mastercard and Envisible's new blockchain-based supply chain will enable grocers and suppliers to not only track goods on the distributed ledger but for them as well.

12 blockchain-related jobs to consider in 2020

12 blockchain-related jobs to consider in 2020

Blockchain skills are increasingly being sought after for jobs connected to legacy IT systems.

Facebook won't launch cryptocurrency until U.S. regulators approve

Facebook won't launch cryptocurrency until U.S. regulators approve

Growing pressure from regulators prompted Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to say his company will not back a global financial network based on a cryptocurrency without government okay.

HTC launches a cheaper blockchain phone

HTC launches a cheaper blockchain phone

HTC is now selling the Exodus 1s, a blockchain-enabled smartphone that can natively store Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies and costs less than half the price of its predecessor.

 Utah county moves to expand mobile voting through blockchain

Utah county moves to expand mobile voting through blockchain

Utah County plans to allow disabled voters to use a blockchain-based mobile app to vote in November, and one city hopes to use an app for all of its citizens, who are mostly young, tech-savvy millennials.

Can Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency survive the exodus?

Can Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency survive the exodus?

Seven of the founding members of the Libra Association, Facebook's non-profit governing council for its planned cryptocurrency, have jumped ship amid increasing scrutiny by U.S. and European regulators.

IBM launches blockchain-based supply chain service with AI, IoT integration

IBM launches blockchain-based supply chain service with AI, IoT integration

Tied to its existing Sterling Order Management System service, the new blockchain and AI-enabled cloud offering enables real-time views of order shipments, alerts and optimization recommendations.

Here's why there won’t be a quick enterprise blockchain revolution

Here's why there won’t be a quick enterprise blockchain revolution

While corporate CIOs see the distributed ledger technology as innovative, blockchain is unlikely to become technically and operationally scalable anytime soon.

FCC approves wireless charging tech for IoT devices, Walmart to adopt it

FCC approves wireless charging tech for IoT devices, Walmart to adopt it

Ossia's Forever Tracker technology would charge multiple IoT devices.

Facebook's Libra crypto backers step back amid regulatory pressure

Facebook's Libra crypto backers step back amid regulatory pressure

Concerns over possible nefarious use of the cryptocurrency may be causing Visa, MasterCard and others to tap the brakes on the project.

Survey: Half of U.S. workers face one or more serious mobile issues monthly

Survey: Half of U.S. workers face one or more serious mobile issues monthly

The survey showed a gap between the MDM and EMM tools and IT's ability to monitor mobile issues that could affect worker productivity.

 Why Amazon Care may be the new model for corporate healthcare

Why Amazon Care may be the new model for corporate healthcare

Amazon's pilot program for providing healthcare to Seattle-area employees through telemedicine and at-home visits is only the latest in a concerted effort by companies to cut costs and improve care for employees.

How blockchain is helping the coffee industry count beans

How blockchain is helping the coffee industry count beans

Blockchain will enable farmers, bankers, exporters and others to track and trace the shipment of coffee beans from grower to retailer.

How pharma will soon use blockchain to track your drugs

How pharma will soon use blockchain to track your drugs

Under regulatory pressure, a large number of pharmaceutical manufacturers, shippers and wholesalers are adopting blockchain to track and trace prescription drugs.

Why Wells Fargo plans to pilot its own cryptocurrency

Why Wells Fargo plans to pilot its own cryptocurrency

The world's fourth-largest bank said cryptocurrency will allow near real-time money movement and cut out settlement middlemen, thus reducing costs from fees.

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