Lucas Mearian

Senior Reporter

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

The rise of digital bosses: They can hire you — and fire you

The rise of digital bosses: They can hire you — and fire you

Automated software programs that help hire employees and monitor their work are becoming more popular as companies grapple with how to manage a disparate, remote workforce.

Privacy-centric DuckDuckGo to release Mac desktop browser

Privacy-centric DuckDuckGo to release Mac desktop browser

DuckDuckGo said its new desktop browser app will act much like its mobile app, allowing users to perform internet searches without tracking or installing cookies on Apple devices. The company claimed the browser is cleaner, more...

The Great Resignation: Why workers quit (and how companies can respond)

The Great Resignation: Why workers quit (and how companies can respond)

A pandemic-driven exodus from the workforce has been marked by workers seeking more flexible working conditions, better pay and benefits, and career advancement. But companies can head off employee dissatisfaction — and boost...

Office going hybrid? How to think through the options

Office going hybrid? How to think through the options

As companies adjust to the reality of a hybrid workplace, a growing number of tools can enable better workflow, project planning, and communication. Knowing how to use those tools and engage employees remains a huge challenge.

US IT job recovery is in full swing, but employee retention can be tenuous

US IT job recovery is in full swing, but employee retention can be tenuous

IT hires are on a record pace this year, but CIOs are under pressure to meet their company's goals to recruit talent related to security, compliance and cloud computing.

Q&A: JLL exec sees no return to pre-COVID work routines, but a 4-day work week

Q&A: JLL exec sees no return to pre-COVID work routines, but a 4-day work week

Peter Miscovich, managing director of Jones Lang LaSalle IP (JLL), a global real estate investment and management firm, says new views on flexible work and a re-evaluation of what employees want will reshape commercial real estate and...

New Goldman Sachs-AWS data service points to a larger banking trend

New Goldman Sachs-AWS data service points to a larger banking trend

Goldman Sachs and AWS have teamed up to launch a financial services data analytics and management service to help businesses seeking to crunch massive pools of data for smarter business insights.

Microsoft may soon let Windows 11 users bypass Edge as the default browser

Microsoft may soon let Windows 11 users bypass Edge as the default browser

A new Windows 11 build allows users to set browsers other than Edge as the default, but the new feature is only available to users of Microsoft's Insider program.

Podcast: What Apple's lawsuit against NSO Group means for digital rights

Podcast: What Apple's lawsuit against NSO Group means for digital rights

Last week, Apple filed a lawsuit against NSO Group, the technology firm behind the Pegasus spyware. In its lawsuit, Apple seeks to hold NSO Group accountable for alleged surveillance of select iPhone users, as well as ban the firm...

Windows 11 adoption nears 9%, but businesses are waiting

Windows 11 adoption nears 9%, but businesses are waiting

Data on the adoption of Microsoft's newest OS shows uptake ranging from 1% to 9%. But most enterprises will likely wait until at least 2023 before broadly rolling out Windows 11.

Microsoft under fire in Europe for OneDrive bundling; legal fight brewing

Microsoft under fire in Europe for OneDrive bundling; legal fight brewing

Nextcloud and 29 other companies have signed onto a complaint against Microsoft's bundling of its OneDrive file-sharing app with both Windows 10 and 11, saying it's nearly impossible for users to choose other file-sharing services.

The future of work: In a hybrid world, office downsizings are coming

The future of work: In a hybrid world, office downsizings are coming

Companies that have embraced the hybrid workplace are looking for less office space and more flexible facilities to accommodate the variable number of employees who come in.

Apple’s NSO lawsuit targets illegal spying by oppressive regimes

Apple’s NSO lawsuit targets illegal spying by oppressive regimes

This week's lawsuit against the NSO Group could help end government spying on journalists, dissidents, and political activists. But digital rights activists fear it might be used to shut down researchers who investigate tech companies...

Apple gives in on right-to-repair

Apple gives in on right-to-repair

In a first, the company said it will open up an online site next year where Apple hardware owners can order genuine Apple parts to repair iPhones and other devices.

Microsoft releases its Windows 10 November 2021 update

Microsoft releases its Windows 10 November 2021 update

The big news is that the Windows 10 release cadence is joining Windows 11 and returning to just one feature update a year from now on.

With latest Safari preview release, Apple tweaks ProMotion scrolling issue

With latest Safari preview release, Apple tweaks ProMotion scrolling issue

Apple's new MacBook Pro laptops offer a 120Hz screen refresh rate via ProMotion, but new owners complained Safari wasn't using the new display feature.

Recent Windows 11 Insider build looks to thwart Edge browser workarounds

Recent Windows 11 Insider build looks to thwart Edge browser workarounds

The Insider Preview disabled third-party software that makes it easier to bypass the Edge browser. One app developer accused Microsoft of anti-competitive practices.

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.

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