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).

Apple's iOS push could change healthcare data sharing, still won't kill the fax

Apple's iOS push could change healthcare data sharing, still won't kill the fax

Apple may have finally found a way to enable the large-scale sharing of electronic medical record information on mobile devices. But its tools won't replace the old tried-and-true fax for data-sharing in healthcare.

iPhone 8 and X propel Apple into smartphone lead over Samsung

iPhone 8 and X propel Apple into smartphone lead over Samsung

Even though smartphone sales dipped in 2017, Apple's iPhone 8 and X models pushed past Samsung handsets for only the second time ever. But for enterprises, iPhone prices could be a hurdle.

With iOS 11.3, Apple looks to unite patients and their healthcare data

With iOS 11.3, Apple looks to unite patients and their healthcare data

After touting an EMR-sharing feature in its upcoming iOS 11.3 release, Apple said 12 hospitals have signed on to beta test the software, which will allow patients and healthcare providers to interact on iPhones and iPads.

Powermat joins the Wireless Power Consortium, touts 15-watt underdesk charging

Powermat joins the Wireless Power Consortium, touts 15-watt underdesk charging

Wireless charging firm Powermat will join an industry consortium it once competed against and announced the Charging Spot 4.0, which will enable 15-watt power transfers and offer compatibility with new iPhones.

 Google attacks Android fragmentation, pushes use of newer API, OS versions

Google attacks Android fragmentation, pushes use of newer API, OS versions

In an attempt to reduce fragmentation of its Android OS, Google is requiring developers of new and updated apps to comply with its most recent APIs.

Powermat to upgrade to 15W wireless charging, support Apple's new iPhones

Powermat to upgrade to 15W wireless charging, support Apple's new iPhones

Powermat, a leading provider of wireless charging stations, plans to release a software upgrade in January that will make it compatible with the Qi specification and up to 15 watts of power.

iOS 11 overtakes earlier versions of Apple's mobile OS

iOS 11 overtakes earlier versions of Apple's mobile OS

Less than three months after its release, Apple's iOS 11 surpassed its predecessor and is now on nearly 6 in 10 iPhones and iPads.

iOS 11.2 to unleash ‘fast’ wireless charging  for the iPhone 8, iPhone X

iOS 11.2 to unleash ‘fast’ wireless charging for the iPhone 8, iPhone X

With Apple's upcoming release of iOS 11.2, the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X should finally get access to so-called fast wireless charging.

Apple just bought its own wireless charging company. Here's why.

Apple just bought its own wireless charging company. Here's why.

Apple has purchased PowerbyProxi, a small, wireless charging technology company in New Zealand. But it's not likely using PowerbyProxi for what you think.

Dell integrates desktop, mobile management for UEM

Dell integrates desktop, mobile management for UEM

Dell has integrated PC Client Command Suite with VMware’s Workspace ONE cloud portal for mobile devices, giving admins a single view of both for better mobile management.

Blockchain gains traction in FinTech as payment networks emerge

Blockchain gains traction in FinTech as payment networks emerge

Banks and financial tech companies are increasingly embracing blockchain’s native capabilities as the basis for cross-border payment networks.

FinTech builds on blockchain for international mobile payments

FinTech builds on blockchain for international mobile payments

IBM unveiled a cross-border blockchain payments service with a Polynesian payments system provider designed to improve efficiency and reduce the cost of making global payments for business and consumers.

In iOS 11, toggling Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 'off' doesn’t work. Here’s why.

In iOS 11, toggling Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 'off' doesn’t work. Here’s why.

Apple has come under fire for making changes in iOS 11 that enable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to remain on even after a device is put in Airplane Mode, potentially exposing users to security risks.

Yes, Windows Phone is dead. Here's why

Yes, Windows Phone is dead. Here's why

Microsoft's corporate vice president for Windows confirmed the company has no plans to bring new hardware or software to Windows Phones.

How to develop a mobile device repair or replace strategy

How to develop a mobile device repair or replace strategy

Managed mobility services (MMS) providers are finally beginning to scale to meet enterprise needs. Here's what to look for.

Apple takes the slow road to wireless charging

Apple takes the slow road to wireless charging

Though Apple has finally included wireless charging in its latest iPhones, the Qi standard it chose is slower than the variation used in rival Android smartphones.

Google’s HTC move borrows from Apple’s playbook

Google’s HTC move borrows from Apple’s playbook

Google's $1.1 billion acquisition of HTC’s smartphone engineering arm is a recognition that to produce a quality device you need to control over the hardware and software – just like Apple.

Coming soon to the office: iOS 11's augmented reality

Coming soon to the office: iOS 11's augmented reality

With the official launch of iOS 11 this week, Apple not only introduced a more PC-like feel to its mobile devices, but included an SDK supporting augmented and virtual reality, which has enormous potential for enterprise use.

Microsoft moves fast to offer zero-day EMM support for iOS 11

Microsoft moves fast to offer zero-day EMM support for iOS 11

Apple's new mobile OS has added key enterprise-friendly features that could make it a darling for business users and are already enticing EMM vendors like Microsoft to support.

Wireless charging pads for iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X are already available

Wireless charging pads for iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X are already available

Apple's own wireless charging pad won't hit store shelves until 2018. But major third-party providers Belkin and Mophie said their own compatible products are already on sale.

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