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).

As companies unfurl future-of-work plans, speed bumps remain

As companies unfurl future-of-work plans, speed bumps remain

As organizations grapple with office reopenings, deciding which way to turn — the old in-office routine or the new hybrid workplace model — could mean the difference between employee attrition or improved productivity and business...

Microsoft Endpoint Manager: What Intune's successor does and how it works

Microsoft Endpoint Manager: What Intune's successor does and how it works

Microsoft's unified endpoint management offering, Endpoint Manager, is designed to reduce the time and effort needed to manage desktop and mobile work environments. Here's what it does.

How IoT is becoming the pulse of healthcare

How IoT is becoming the pulse of healthcare

Healthcare enterprise budgeting for IoT devices is on par with other leading industries, such as manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, and energy, and the largest increase in three years is set to occur in 2020.

Q&A: How Baptist Health saved $13M using AI to reduce readmissions

Q&A: How Baptist Health saved $13M using AI to reduce readmissions

The largest hospital group in Montgomery, Ala. deployed artificial intelligence with its EHR system; the information gleaned has helped cut unnecessary admissions by 18% over the past two years.

Facebook changes its Libra plans to include more cryptocurrencies

Facebook changes its Libra plans to include more cryptocurrencies

After seeing the departure of key members of its non-profit development body – and facing regulatory pressure – Facebook appears to be ready to be more inclusive in its cryptocurrency plans.

FIDO Alliance  and the future of passwords

FIDO Alliance and the future of passwords

Apple is the latest company to join the FIDO Alliance, an industry standards group committed to finding more secure ways to log in to online accounts and apps. The FIDO Alliance pushes for multi-factor authentication (MFA) deployment,...

Verizon: Companies will sacrifice mobile security for profitability, convenience

Verizon: Companies will sacrifice mobile security for profitability, convenience

Although nearly seven-in-10 businesses suffered a mobile compromise – and called the impact “major” – nearly half continue to sacrifice security, according to a study by Verizon.

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.

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