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).

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...

Overstock.com puts a lot of stock in blockchain

Overstock.com puts a lot of stock in blockchain

Four years ago, Overstock.com began accepting bitcoin as a form of payment. It also created a venture capital arm that has invested in a dozen companies using bitcoin's underlying technology to create a new trust model.

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.

Why a Walmart VP had a ‘religious conversion’ to blockchain

Why a Walmart VP had a ‘religious conversion’ to blockchain

Frank Yiannas, Walmart’s vice president in charge of food safety, detailed the revolutionary benefits of the electronic ledger technology at MIT's 'Business of Blockchain' conference.

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...

Smartphones becoming primary device for physician and patient communications

Smartphones becoming primary device for physician and patient communications

Once considered a security risk, mobile devices are now becoming a mainstay in clinical settings for communication, the difference being the software and cloud services being used to secure data.

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.

Facial recognition tech moves from smartphones to the boardroom

Facial recognition tech moves from smartphones to the boardroom

With the release of Apple's iPhone X and its Face ID feature, facial recognition technology has become more mainstream – and it's already being piloted by some government agencies and commercial airlines as a friction-free security...

Wireless charging explained: What is it and how does it work?

Wireless charging explained: What is it and how does it work?

Wireless charging technology has been around for more than 100 years, but its inclusion in devices such as Apple's new iPhone line has given it new life. Here's how it works, and why it could soon show up in everything from homes to...

Is wireless charging bad for your smartphone?

Is wireless charging bad for your smartphone?

With Apple adopting wireless charging in the iPhone 8 and X, many users will be tempted to leave their phones on an inductive charging pad all day. Will that hurt the battery?

Blockchain and cryptocurrency may soon underpin cloud storage

Blockchain and cryptocurrency may soon underpin cloud storage

Emerging now: P2P networks that use blockchain to manage cloud storage based on the sharing of excess drive and network capacity on PCs and in data centers. Those who share capacity get free storage – and can be paid in cryptocurrency....

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