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Samsung Jumps on Blockchain Bandwagon to Manage Its Supply Chain

Blockchain

This Blockchain Ecommerce Platform Thinks It Can Take on Amazon and Major Retailers – Adweek

Thanks to the ever-growing list of data breaches across retail companies and Facebook’s privacy crisis with data firm Cambridge Analytica, data and …

eCommerce

Mind-bending new screen technology uses ‘magic pixel’ to display different content to multiple people

Walking through the airport, you look up at the big screen to find your gate. But this is no ordinary public display. Rather than a list of arrivals …

Augmented Reality

The process of building trust works in the opposite way that you think it does

<i>Wharton psychologist and author Adam Grant recently sat down with Daniel Coyle, author of the new book</i> The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups<i>, to talk about the surprising truth about how trust works, and how we can build it in groups large and small. This article is a condensed</i> …

Self-improvement

One of Estonia's first "e-residents" explains what it means to have digital citizenship

An online community survey recently asked me where I’m based. Without hesitation, I answered “Estonia.” You might ask: as a US citizen, why in the world did I do that? But as crazy as it may sound, Estonia is the country to which I feel most loyal today. I am one of the country’s first …

Innovation

How To Write A Provisional Patent Application That Has Value

I think inventors should try writing their own provisional patent applications, even if they end up hiring a patent attorney to write the final version. Why? Because committing your thoughts to paper will help clarify your thinking about your invention. Creating drawings and a prototype will help …

Innovation

Here’s how to use Airtable, the user-friendly spreadsheet app that’s taking Silicon Valley by storm

Everyone in Silicon Valley seems to be talking about Airtable, a user-friendly spreadsheet app that makes it super easy to build custom applications — no coding experience required.<p>Airtable has achieved something of a cult following, especially among developers. Tesla uses Airtable to track …

Apps

Helpful Infographics Visualize Complex Branches of Math and Science

Click to enlarge<p>It's often easy to get stuck into a narrow view of what a particular field of study entails, but as Dominic Walliman reveals in his impressive science infographics, there's much more than meets the eye when thinking of particular STEM subjects. Walliman demonstrates the diversity …

Infographics

Rakuten will roll its $9B loyalty program into a new blockchain-based cryptocurrency, Rakuten Coin

Messaging apps have seen a surge of popularity in recent years as people seek ways to communicate more directly than on social networks. But they also have been adding large group chat options into the mix, to give a more social experience on those messaging platforms.<p>Now messaging app Viber is …

Apps

Airtable raises $52M to give non-coders tools to build complex software

A massive company probably has plenty of engineers on staff and the resources to build a complex backbone of interconnected information that can contain tons of data and make acting on it easy — but for smaller companies, and for those that aren’t technical, those tools aren’t very …

B2B

China's 'social credit' system bans millions from travelling

It sounds like the plot line from an episode of Black Mirror set in a dystopian future, but China's “social credit” system has already seen over 12 million people slapped with domestic travel bans as punishment for bad behaviour.<p>Nine million Chinese have been banned from buying domestic flights, …

China

The top 7 startups from Y Combinator’s W18 Demo Day 1

Autonomous cargo shipping, voice games and a camera that fits in a catheter were amongst the most impressive startups that launched yesterday at the Y Combinator Winter 2018 Demo Day 1. You can read about all 64 startups that launched in verticals like biotech and robotics, and our full coverage of …

Startups

Coca-Cola, U.S. State Dept to use blockchain to combat forced labor

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Coca-Cola Co (KO.N) and the U.S. State Department along with two other companies said on Friday they are launching a project using blockchain's digital ledger technology to create a secure registry for workers that will help fight the use of forced labor worldwide.<p>The State …

A Vision of Digital Development in 2028

Keynote remarks at the USAID Digital Development Forum, 9 March 2018.<p><i>With entrepreneurial drive, the right technological solutions and a supportive,</i> …

How Digital Natives Are Changing B2B Purchasing

The cartoon of business-to-business (B2B) buyers depicts gray-haired executives and purchasing agents in meetings, on the phone and lunching with their vendors. Conversations focus mainly on negotiating price and payment terms.<p>But along with fax machines and long golf games, these features of B2B …

Customer Experience

Global corporations seek innovation by supporting impact entrepreneurs

The hunt for new customers and new innovations is drawing corporate multinationals toward entrepreneurs who are driving impact on the ground with …

Innovation

Starbucks quietly solved the biggest problem plaguing the brand — and customers are already seeing a huge change

Starbucks recently and quietly made a major change to fix its mobile ordering process — and the improvement is already apparent.<p>The coffee giant has long maintained that mobile ordering and payment system for its rewards program members is crucial to its future.<p>"Almost all of our same-store sales …

Coffee

RapidAPI, an API marketplace that processes 400B API calls each month, raises $9M led by A16Z

APIs — lightweight application interfaces that developers use both to integrate third-party services into their own apps, and to let their apps get used more easily by other developers — have become an essential, and fast-growing, building block of the tech world. Now, a startup that helps app …

Microservices

This serial entrepreneur wants to disrupt peer-to-peer lending, using blockchain

In Hollywood, you’re practically nothing if you’re not a triple threat. If you can’t sing, act and dance, you can pack your bags.<p>Similar to Hollywood, to succeed in the business world, you need to have a multitude of skills. From intelligence to trustworthiness, there’s seemingly an inordinate …

10 Breakthrough Technologies 2018 - MIT Technology Review

Every year since 2001 we’ve picked what we call the 10 Breakthrough Technologies. People often ask, what exactly do you mean by “breakthrough”? It’s …

Artificial Intelligence

Americans are starting to shop more like Europeans — and that should terrify Frito-Lay, Coca-Cola, and Kraft

Aggressive retail expansion over the past 10 years and increased consumer access to online grocery options have led shoppers to have more choices than ever before — and it's contributing to a "new retail revolution."<p>According to a recent Nielson report, private label products created for stores …

Trader Joe's

Want to reach the world's poorest? Design for dumb phones

SAN FRANCISCO — Last week, at an event on artificial intelligence for economic development, Josh Blumenstock, an assistant professor from the …

Blockchain will track how meat gets from Australian farms to Chinese tables

Last year, Chinese consumers got a chance to verify the goodness of the steaks coming to them from a local producer. Now they’ll be able to track their meat all way back to farms in Australia, one of the country’s major beef suppliers, thanks to the help of technology that makes it hard to tamper …

Opening a bank is a genius move for Amazon

Amazon is reportedly looking at getting into the retail banking space. According to The Wall Street Journal, the company is contemplating launching a new checking account that would cater to young people and “the unbanked” — those defined as having struggled to gain access to traditional financial …

Convenient Stores

Decentralized delivery services show the power of connected networks.<p>From hunting and gathering to farming to picking up the phone to order a pizza, how humans obtain sustenance and other essentials is constantly evolving. Now, as people increasingly expect to get goods whenever they want them and …

eCommerce

Blockchain company Centrifuge wants every business to get paid on time

The co-founders behind Centrifuge have previously created an essential company with Taulia. Now, they want to do it again, but on the blockchain.<p>Taulia is a supply-chain financing company. It has raised over $150 million and moves billions of dollars per day. 97 out of the Fortune 100 companies use …

Blockchain

Amazon Strikes a New Blockchain Partnership

The company's new alliance lets it use and host blockchain technology without having to also develop it.<p>Unless you had been living under a rock for …

Privacy at the Margins| The Poverty of Privacy: Understanding Privacy Trade-Offs From Identity Infrastructure Users in India | Srinivasan | International Journal of Communication

What trade-offs in privacy do low-income people make in dealing with state identity systems, and on what basis? We examine perspectives on Aadhaar, a …

Bloom’s blockchain credit app sees record signups after more bad news from Equifax

Blockchain-based credit-score app Bloom saw record signups yesterday, following an announcement from credit-scoring powerhouse Equifax about further damages from its massive data breach last year. Equifax said Thursday that 2.4 million more consumers were affected by the breach than originally …

Uh oh: Blockchain may not be as secure as we thought

Blockchain has the potential to transform our world. Experts insist the technology is “bigger than the internet,” but we may want to take a beat …