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).

Facebook’s blockchain cryptocurrency could mean big money – and kill 'fake news'

IBM launches global blockchain-based payments network

IBM launches global blockchain-based payments network

IBM has launched a global blockchain network for cross-border payments that will use both stable coin backed by U.S. dollars and cryptocurrency to make near real-time cross border financial transactions.

Q&A: Christiana Care Health CIO talks up Apple's Health Record app

Q&A: Christiana Care Health CIO talks up Apple's Health Record app

in December, Christiana Care went live with Apple's Health Record app, enabling patients to get an aggregated view of their electronic health record information on their mobile devices.

These P2P blockchain-based services want your computer — and they'll pay you

These P2P blockchain-based services want your computer — and they'll pay you

Peer-to-peer computing is allowing blockchain to aggregate unused compute cycles, storage space and network bandwidth while rewarding those who offer up excess capacity. One analyst called the services 'Uber for computers on a...

Blockchain marches steadily into global financial transaction networks

Blockchain marches steadily into global financial transaction networks

SWIFT, which runs the world's largest payments messaging network, announced plans to test blockchain as a method of allowing shareholders of financial services clients to cast votes electronically.

Global blockchain spending to hit $12.4B by 2022; finance sector leads growth

Global blockchain spending to hit $12.4B by 2022; finance sector leads growth

Blockchain spending is now expected to reach $12.4 billion within three years, according to IDC, with the U.S. spending more on the distributed ledger technology than any other region of the world.

Blockchain vs. a database: What's the difference?

Blockchain vs. a database: What's the difference?

Blockchain has been accused by detractors as nothing more than a more complicated and expensive database. While both technologies offer data storage and management, blockchain has one unique feature a database will never replicate.

Demand for blockchain engineers is ‘through the roof’

Demand for blockchain engineers is ‘through the roof’

A new jobs report shows software engineers with blockchain skills are in higher demand than at any time in the past, and the number of positions has grown more than fivefold in the past year.

Half of C-level execs say blockchain will change how their tech firms do business

Half of C-level execs say blockchain will change how their tech firms do business

A survey by KPMG of leaders at technology companies shows that more than 40% plan to roll out blockchain during the next three years.

Review: Bezalel’s Prelude wireless smartphone charger loses the cable

Review: Bezalel’s Prelude wireless smartphone charger loses the cable

When it comes to wireless charging, this is truly a portable charger that requires no cables – not even to recharge its own battery.

Smartphone makers are pricing themselves out of the market

Smartphone makers are pricing themselves out of the market

Makers of high-end smartphones are seeing declining sales as users who find them too expensive increasingly opt to keep their phones longer, according to a global smartphone sales report.

Apple’s plan to integrate iOS, macOS apps could mean renewed focus on desktops

Apple’s plan to integrate iOS, macOS apps could mean renewed focus on desktops

Apple's move to enable the development of apps that run on iPhones, iPads and Macs could mean the company now sees more growth potential in desktops as the smartphone market becomes more saturated.

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