Lucas Mearian

Senior Reporter

Senior Reporter Lucas Mearian covers Windows, Future of Work issues, mobile, Apple in the enterprise, and healthcare IT.

Microsoft rolls out first 'moment' update for Windows 11; Win 10 22H2 now available

Microsoft rolls out first 'moment' update for Windows 11; Win 10 22H2 now available

Microsoft announced the availability of its first periodic Windows 11 update that includes several features involving tabs in File Explorer, Taskbar, Photo app, and others. The new tabs feature will allow users to organize files and...

Why America’s oldest bank launched a crypto custody service

Why America’s oldest bank launched a crypto custody service

BNY Mellon has launched a live service that allows institutional clients to store and exchange bitcoin and ether, giving the highly volatile cryptocurrencies credence on the world market.

Why sustainable tech is becoming a top initiative for execs

Why sustainable tech is becoming a top initiative for execs

New data from Gartner shows sustainability is now a top-10 issue for business leaders because it can create greater efficiencies, save money, and address investor demand.

Office to be rebranded Microsoft 365

Office to be rebranded Microsoft 365

Microsoft announced today it's renaming Office 'Microsoft 365,' which will affect the names of Office.com, the Office mobile app, and the Office app for Windows. The company is also adding new types of content creation methods and...

Would a US digital dollar let the government track you?

Would a US digital dollar let the government track you?

As lawmakers push to create a digital form of the US dollar, some are concerned it could give the federal government access to what consumers and businesses do through electronic transactions.

Will the CHIPS Act really bring back semiconductor production and tech jobs?

Will the CHIPS Act really bring back semiconductor production and tech jobs?

Micron Technology is just the latest of a half dozen companies to announce new semiconductor fabrication plants in the US, part of a US government effort to bring chip manufacturing back to American shores. But a lack of tech talent...

PC sales fall off a cliff

PC sales fall off a cliff

The sale of personal computers, which surged as companies turned to hybrid and remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic, fell sharply in the third quarter. The release of Windows 11 and its first annual update seemed to have no effect....

Coming soon — a resume-validating blockchain network for job seekers

Coming soon — a resume-validating blockchain network for job seekers

A foundation that includes several big-name software vendors and tech services has launched a self-sovereign identity service where workers can store verified credentials to use when applying for jobs. In turn, employers get instant...

Micron to build largest chip factory in US history

Micron to build largest chip factory in US history

Micron plans to build a memory chip fabrication plant in upstate New York that it said will be the size of 40 football fields and create about 50,000 jobs. It may spend up to $100B over the next 20 years on the facility.

iPhone users complain iOS 16 is a battery drain, has other issues

iPhone users complain iOS 16 is a battery drain, has other issues

Since its release two weeks ago, iOS 16 has garnered criticism from users who upgraded to the new mobile OS — notably because they say it drains the battery faster than it should.

16 Wall Street firms fined $1.8B for using private text apps, lying about it

16 Wall Street firms fined $1.8B for using private text apps, lying about it

The banks and brokerages were fined because employees were messaging and texting with clients without recording the communications, as required. And some of the firms' execs lied about it and deleted messages.

Mozilla: Apple, Google, and Microsoft lock you into their browsers

Mozilla: Apple, Google, and Microsoft lock you into their browsers

Mozilla claims OS makers push users to the default browsers on their systems by making it difficult to switch to an alternative. Google fired back, saying it's the most popular on any platform because it's better.

Four-day workweek pilot shows wide support for a 32-hour week

Four-day workweek pilot shows wide support for a 32-hour week

A multinational test of how a four-day workweek affects employees — and company productivity and profits — is halfway done in the UK, and more than eight in 10 companies don't want it to stop.

Six in 10 workers want to ditch the 40-hour work week, survey finds

Six in 10 workers want to ditch the 40-hour work week, survey finds

Most workers want their productivity measured by results — not by how many hours they spend working, according to a multi-national survey by business software and services provider Adaptavist.

Windows 11 2022 Update is the version enterprises can move to

Windows 11 2022 Update is the version enterprises can move to

Microsoft just released the first major feature update to Windows 11, version 22H2. It includes a number of user interface and productivity enhancements, as well as a new AI-assisted security feature.

Workday expands service that surfaces employee skills

Workday expands service that surfaces employee skills

Workday has expanded the sources it can access to determine employee skill sets, which enables employers to search worker profiles to shepherd them toward the most critical areas of their business.

Coming in Windows 11 22H2, a change of update cadence?

Coming in Windows 11 22H2, a change of update cadence?

While Microsoft has yet to confirm it officially, the software maker is expected to soon announce not only new features for Windows 11 but also a change in how often it rolls out new versions.

Q&A: From parkourist to data analyst — how upskilling launched a tech career

Q&A: From parkourist to data analyst — how upskilling launched a tech career

Bailey Shaw, a 23-year-old parkour expert with no tech background or college degree, was able to land an entry-level job with a software vendor where he spent the next year learning low-code development tools. He's now a junior data...

As telehealth use plummets, the healthcare industry faces a crossroads

As telehealth use plummets, the healthcare industry faces a crossroads

COVID-19 forced many medical providers to roll out telehealth technology to handle remote. But as the pandemic has waned, so has the use of virtual care, leaving the healthcare industry to decide whether to fall back on old methods or...

Apple pushes out emergency updates to address zero-day exploits

Apple pushes out emergency updates to address zero-day exploits

Apple has encouraged users of older mobile and desktop devices to update their software ASAP, as a vulnerability could allow an attacker to take complete control of older Apple devices.

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