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Overstock.com puts a lot of stock in blockchain

More than four years ago, Overstock.com became the first major retailer to accept bitcoin as a form of payment for its goods. Today, it accepts more than 40 versions of the digital currency for online purchases. While bitcoin may have first caught the online retailer’s eye, it’s the technology behind the digital tokens – blockchain – that has really captured ... Read More »

De Beers and other jewelry industry giants create blockchains to verify gems

Leading jewelry companies that have struggled with proving the authenticity of their goods have launched an online distributed ledger based on blockchain to improve global provenance in the diamond and jewelry supply chain. De Beers announced it has succesfully tracked from mine to jeweler 100 “high-value” diamonds on its new blockchain-based electronic ledger called Tracr now being piloted; De Beers hopes ... Read More »

SEC decision on Ethereum cryptocurrency could affect others funded by ICOs

The second most valuable cryptocurrency behind bitcoin, Ethereum, is under regulatory scrutiny by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which is considering whether it should be classified as a commodity or a security. An SEC decision to classify Ethereum’s Ether cryptocurrency as a security could have far-reaching consequences for other digital monies originally crowdfunded through initial coin offerings (ICOs). [ ... Read More »

Why a Walmart VP had a ‘religious conversion’ to blockchain

Frank Yiannas, Walmart’s vice president in charge of food safety, was once a “major skeptic” and “non-believer” in blockchain, the electronic ledger technology platform on which bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are built. “I always advise people: if you’re a skeptic, stay in it; read, learn and more than that, try to do some work in it,” Yiannas said. “And, I’ve ... Read More »

Why a Walmart VP had a ‘religious conversion’ to blockchain

Frank Yiannas, Walmart’s vice president in charge of food safety, was once a “major skeptic” and “non-believer” in blockchain, the electronic ledger technology platform on which bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are built. “I always advise people: if you’re a skeptic, stay in it; read, learn and more than that, try to do some work in it,” Yiannas said. “And, I’ve ... Read More »

Jewelry industry’s new ‘TrustChain Initiative’ uses blockchain to track products

Leading jewelry companies that have struggled with proving the authenticity of their goods have launched an online electronic ledger based on blockchain to improve global provenance in the diamond and jewelry supply chain. The new TrustChain Initiative uses IBM’s blockchain cloud service to allow jewelry buyers to verify the providence of gold and diamond necklaces, bracelets and rings by accessing an online platform that ... Read More »

Jewelry industry’s new ‘TrustChain Initiative’ uses blockchain to track products

Leading jewelry companies that have struggled with proving the authenticity of their goods have launched an online electronic ledger based on blockchain to improve global provenance in the diamond and jewelry supply chain. The new TrustChain Initiative uses IBM’s blockchain cloud service to allow jewelry buyers to verify the providence of gold and diamond necklaces, bracelets and rings by accessing an online platform that ... Read More »

Facial recognition tech moves from smartphones to the boardroom

Facial recognition technology, which has begun to gain traction on mobile devices like the iPhone X and various Android smartphones, could soon show up at work – and at the airport. The technology uses a person’s face to authenticate their identity,  making it a potentially important security tool. [ Further reading: What is Face ID? Apple’s facial recognition tech explained ... Read More »

12 wireless chargers for Apple’s iPhone X

The iPhone X is finally here, and among its many attributes, such as Face ID technology, it supports native wireless charging – just as the iPhone 8 line does. Apple’s iPhone X supports fast-charging via its wired Lightning connector and 7.5W wireless charging through a Qi-compatible pad or dock. (Many new cars also come with a Qi-based wireless charging pad option, which ... Read More »

IDG Contributor Network: IBM Think 2018 shows how Watson has gone wireless

Last week IBM held their Watson conference, but while the last was called World of Watson, this one was called Think 2018. Where did Watson go? The answer is simple. Watson has gone wireless. While this time the event was very similar to the last one, there was a difference. This year it showed how important wireless and mobile connectivity ... Read More »

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