Blockchain Basics

By Michael Reuter | Ethereum, Cryptography, Smart Contracts, DAO, Blockchain, Bitcoin

Will the world's 'unbanked' lead cryptocurrency adoption? New research suggests possibly not.

The subject of bitcoin adoption by the world's 'unbanked' has been of interest for some time now to cryptocurrency entrepreneurs thinking about which …

FinTech

Munich Re and Aviva invest in insurtech start-up Neos

<b>Connected home insurer Neos said that it secured £5 million in series A investment from Munich Re and Aviva Ventures.</b><p>The investment is aimed to …

Insurance

“Identity on the blockchain” — chapter 3

“Identity on the blockchain” — chapter 3<p>Introduction<p>One of the hardest, open problem of modern society is how to evolve the concept of personal …

Bitcoin

Naspers pours $5M into Coins, a fintech startup for Southeast Asia’s unbanked population

Prolific investment firm Naspers is making a push into bitcoin and financial services after it backed Philippines-based startup Coins.ph to the tune of $5 million.<p>Coins is focused on offering financial services for the unbanked in the Philippines and Thailand. It uses the blockchain as its …

FinTech

Toyota pushes into blockchain tech to enable the next generation of cars

On the same day that Ford officially ousted its chief executive in a bid to remake itself as future-focused vehicle manufacturer, Toyota announced its own steps to embrace technology’s next wave.<p>Andwhile Ford is looking to catch up to the leaders in autonomous and electric vehicle manufacturing, …

MIT Media Lab

Commodity traders, banks face hard realities with game-changing blockchain

LONDON (Reuters) - Alistair Cross was flying high after showing in a pilot project how blockchain - the technology first developed for the crypto-currency bitcoin - could transform the old-fashioned and secretive world of commodity trading.<p>But since the pilot ran early this year, Cross and his …

Bitcoin

Blockchains And Cryptocurrencies – A Disconnect In Cryptoland

<b>Coming from blockchain technology and it’s use cases in various industries as diverse as manufacturing, energy, automotive, healthcare and finance,</b> …

Bitcoin

Blockchain Could Move Self-Driving Cars Into the Fast Lane

The future of autonomous vehicles is fast approaching – and with it, the idea that blockchain could connect automobiles and other Internet-of-Things …

Transportation

Intel Aims at Blockchain Integration For Entire Healthcare Industry

Intel, the $167 bln US-based chip manufacturer and technology company, has officially secured a partnership with Healthcare transaction service …

Bitcoin

You Can Now Pay Bitcoin for Parking at 27 UK Airports

SkyParkSecure, an airport parking provider in the United Kingdom, is now accepting bitcoin for payments at a number of airports across the region in …

Cryptocurrency

Swiss regulator confirms the wiliness to embrace blockchain technology

<b>Switzerland’s steep turn ahead: from off-shore to fintech</b><p>By all indications, it seems we are on the verge of another fintech breakthrough.<p>And this …

Bitcoin

Russia's Largest Exchange is Using Blockchain to Lure Global Investors

As Russia slowly emerges from a lengthy recession in the wake of collapsing energy prices, the Moscow Stock Exchange may have discovered a secret …

Bitcoin

Hackers can get rich using your computer — and you’ll never know it

It’s getting hard to read the news without hearing about another cyber attack making its way around the global internet.<p>A growing trend among …

Malware

How Women Are Building The Future And Promoting Diversity With Blockchain

Many tech experts believe we are living during the dawn of a new era, a blockchain revolution.<p>“It’s the wild west out there,” venture capitalist …

Bitcoin

Bitcoin Miner Canaan Acquires Blockchain Notary Service

Bitcoin mining hardware firm Canaan has acquired document timestamping service Proof of Existence.<p>Founded in 2013 by Manuel Araoz and Esteban Ordano, …

Bitcoin

Blockchain Platform Based in Singapore Reinvents Gift-Giving in India

The Singapore-based company Easter Egg Pte Ltd developed an application that changes the way you approach gift giving. The application is now …

Easter Egg

New kids on the blockchain: A surge in the value of crypto-currencies provokes alarm

New kids on the blockchainA surge in the value of crypto-currencies provokes alarm<p>Bitcoin is far from the only game in town<p>print-edition iconPrint …

How a Bitcoin Clone Helped a Company Raise $12 Million in 12 Minutes

When tech startup Gnosis raised about $12.5 million in April, the company didn’t tap the typical Silicon Valley funding network of venture-capital firms or wealthy investors. Instead, it auctioned tokens online in a process called an “initial coin offering.” They sold out in 12 minutes.<p>These …

Cryptocurrency

How Blockchain Could Help Emerging Markets Leap Ahead

Much has been made of the potential for blockchain technologies to open up new vistas for business and society. But is there a way for this revolutionary technology to empower the rich and poor alike? We argue that, like previous revolutionary ideas, blockchain has the potential to help developing …

Innovation

CFTC 2.0: US Regulator Unveils Plan to Step Up Blockchain R&D

The US Commodities and Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) revealed a new fintech initiative today that will find the regulator seeking to increase its …

Bitcoin

Estonia Eyes Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence For Legal Sphere

A further use case for Blockchain in Estonia is emerging in the form of Agrello’s self-signing legal contracts.<p>Under plans announced by the startup …

Artificial Intelligence

Santiago Stock Exchange Will Be The First In Latin America To Use Blockchain

International Business Machines announced Wednesday it is partnering with the Santiago Stock Exchange, Chile’s largest stock exchange, to implement …

Bitcoin

Ripple and XRP are More Stable Than You Think

<i>Insights from talking with Ripple’s Chief Technology Officer.</i><p>XRP’s market cap surpassed $10 billion on May 15, 2017. It’s officially the first digital currency after Bitcoin (BTC) to break the double figure billion mark. It was only about two months ago, on April 2nd, that XRP wasn’t even worth $1 …

Bitcoin

What Blockchain Means for Ad Tech

Most Popular<p>Not long ago,<p>possession meant holding something in your hand. Over the past two decades, a series of disruptors created a digital …

Bitcoin

Changing the world without taking power? Bitcoin and the challenges of consensus

Bitcoin. Tiger Pixel/Flickr. Some rights reserved.In its 8th year of existence, Bitcoin has made lots of news headlines. From wild volatility in the …

WannaCry Not First NSA-Enabled Cyberattack, Hackers Made Computers Mine Monero

The NSA-enabled Windows loophole used in WannaCry previously made computers mine Monero (XMR) in a separate attack.<p>According to research reported by …

Information Security

Chile's Largest Stock Exchange Plans to Implement IBM Blockchain Tech

A major blockchain trial is moving toward implementation in Chile.<p>Revealed today, global tech giant IBM is making public a project with the Santiago …

Bitcoin