Lucas Mearian

Senior Reporter

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

After the SWIFT ban, can Russia find other routes for its money — including crypto?

After the SWIFT ban, can Russia find other routes for its money — including crypto?

Russia is exploring a myriad of ways to reroute its currency after the US and European nations imposed financial sanctions on the country for invading Ukraine; the sanctions include a ban from the SWIFT financial messaging network.

Why SWIFT is the nuclear option of Russian financial sanctions

Why SWIFT is the nuclear option of Russian financial sanctions

Cutting Russia off from the world's largest financial messaging network is perhaps the strongest sanction yet in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. But it could also have massive implications worldwide, impacting the EU and...

Microsoft's Edge challenges Safari as second most-popular browser

Microsoft's Edge challenges Safari as second most-popular browser

Edge is on the cusp of edging out Safari as the second most-popular browser, according to more than one web analytics service. But when it comes to the iPhone and iPad, there's no contest: Safari remains No. 1.

The rise of 'bleisure' trips: How post-pandemic business travel will change

The rise of 'bleisure' trips: How post-pandemic business travel will change

Business travel revenue is expected to return to normal by the end of 2024. But how workers participate in face-to-face meetings, how long they stay, and what new amenities they'll get will be very different.

Why workforce management faces a daunting post-COVID world

Why workforce management faces a daunting post-COVID world

Before the pandemic, workforce and human capital management software and services were mainly used to track employee attendance and work. But with a more hybrid and gig-centric workforce, those tools are now in need of major upgrades....

New VA CIO focuses on digital transformation, EHR changeout

New VA CIO focuses on digital transformation, EHR changeout

Kurt DelBene, a former Microsoft executive who's now the CIO of the US Department of Veterans Affairs, wants to focus on transforming the agency into a digital friendly organization that uses modern technologies such as telehealth...

Microsoft edges back to ‘normal’ with workplace reopening plan

Microsoft edges back to ‘normal’ with workplace reopening plan

Microsoft on Monday became the latest company to announce it will begin requiring some workers to come back to the office — at least part time — amid a drop in coronavirus cases in the US.

Twitter complaint-tracking bot reveals most griped about tech products

Twitter complaint-tracking bot reveals most griped about tech products

A bot that tracked complaints on Twitter about best-selling laptops, tablets and other tech gadgets revealed the ones people most loved to hate. But an analyst says to take the results with a grain of salt.

Apple wants to know why you hate Safari

Apple wants to know why you hate Safari

An Apple evangelist and developer advocate took to Twitter Wednesday to ask users what bugs them about Safari. While some were congenial, others were open about their distaste for the browser.

Nvidia drops plans to buy Arm for $40B

Nvidia drops plans to buy Arm for $40B

After pressure from regulatory agencies around the world concerned about chip industry dominance by one company, Nvidia caved and called off its move to buy the world's largest semiconductor designer.

Research shows Windows updates can take six hours to complete

Research shows Windows updates can take six hours to complete

Devices running Windows 10 and 11 can take up to six hours to fully download and apply software updates, but most will update in under an hour, according to a new report from Microsoft.

Q&A: CISO sees 'enterprise' browser as easier way to monitor employee web use

Q&A: CISO sees 'enterprise' browser as easier way to monitor employee web use

Bob Schuetter, CISO at Ashland Specialty Chemicals, has been piloting a new enterprise-specific browser as a way to secure web traffic and company data associated with SaaS applications.

Start-up emerges with an ‘enterprise browser'

Start-up emerges with an ‘enterprise browser'

The Island browser is based on Chrome and can limit site access and stop employees from uploading and downloading data, copying and pasting information, and even taking screenshots.

Business execs see hiring as top issue in '22, even as pandemic wanes

Business execs see hiring as top issue in '22, even as pandemic wanes

A survey by PwC shows hiring issues and workplace equity are top concerns, even in corporate boardrooms. Overall, business leaders expressed optimism for the year ahead.

About that 'alarming' chip shortage — don't count on new fab plants to help quickly

About that 'alarming' chip shortage — don't count on new fab plants to help quickly

A US Commerce Department report says the computer chip shortage is even worse than thought; at one point in 2021 there was just a five-day supply worldwide, and there's no sign the situation will improve anytime soon.

India eyes home-grown OS to compete with Android, iOS

India eyes home-grown OS to compete with Android, iOS

India's Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology wants private tech firms and academic institutions to work together on an Indian mobile OS that could compete with Android and iOS.

CFOs eye tech investments to attract, retain talent with AI/ML skills

CFOs eye tech investments to attract, retain talent with AI/ML skills

A survey by a financial services and human resources software vendor showed CFOs are on the hunt for finance professionals who have skills in AI and ML platforms that can be used to parse data and tell a business value story.

Apple: iOS 15 now installed on more than 60% of all iPhones

Apple: iOS 15 now installed on more than 60% of all iPhones

Apple's newest mobile OS has seen significant uptake over the past four months, but it's not even close to leading past versions of iOS in terms of having the fastest adoption rate. Meanwhile, iPadOS 15 is proving popular, too.

Microsoft beefs up Edge's security against zero-day attacks

Microsoft beefs up Edge's security against zero-day attacks

In the latest beta release of its Edge browser, Microsoft introduced a new feature for IT admins to better secure the Chromium-based app against web-based attacks on desktop systems.

Podcast: Microsoft’s Activision acquisition, explained

Podcast: Microsoft’s Activision acquisition, explained

Earlier this week, Microsoft announced plans to buy video game giant Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion. Microsoft branded the deal as a metaverse play, but some industry analysts see it as Microsoft capitalizing on Activision’s...

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