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Befuddled by blockchain? What to consider before diving in

Blockchain, perhaps best known for underpinning its better-known progeny, Bitcoin, is a rapidly evolving technology that remains something of a mystery for IT shops and in boardrooms. The distributed ledger technology seemed to take off in 2017, with everyone from IBM to J.P. Morgan and countless smaller companies rushing to embrace it. Other firms hammered IT vendors with questions about ... Read More »

Blockchain jobs continue to explode, offer salary premiums

An uptick in job openings for technologists with blockchain development skills  continued through the last quarter of 2017. Blockchain developers rank second among the top 20 fastest-growing job skills, and job postings for workers with those skills have more than doubled this year. Next in the list of fastest-growing job skills is another blockchain-related topic: Bitcoin cryptocurrency developers. Taking second ... Read More »

Powermat to upgrade to 15W wireless charging, support Apple’s new iPhones

Powermat plans to release an a new wireless charging product in January that will enable 15-watt power transfers through a 1.5-in. thick solid surface and provide support for new Apple iPhones and other Qi-enabled devices. The wireless charging company also plans to release an under-tabletop product based on its new Charging Spot 4.0 software that allows users to simply place enabled ... Read More »

Apple’s iPhone users are running to Bitcoin

A string of breathless media headlines reporting Bitcoin’s new highs and lows means the cryptocurrency has captured popular imagination; the appearance of the Coinbase iOS app within the top 40 lists at the App Store helps confirm the notion. Bite of the Bitcoin Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak recently said he thinks Bitcoin is a better standard of financial value than gold ... Read More »

Speech recognition grows up and goes mobile

For three decades this was speech recognition: You would talk to your computer, typically using a head-mounted microphone and either the unpublicized speech-recognition app in Microsoft Windows or a version of Dragon NaturallySpeaking, from Nuance Communications. If you enunciated carefully, words would appear on the screen or commands would be executed. Today, much-improved speech recognition is being widely deployed, and ... Read More »

Speech recognition grows up and goes mobile

For three decades this was speech recognition: You would talk to your computer, typically using a head-mounted microphone and either the unpublicized speech-recognition app in Microsoft Windows or a version of Dragon NaturallySpeaking, from Nuance Communications. If you enunciated carefully, words would appear on the screen or commands would be executed. Today, much-improved speech recognition is being widely deployed, and ... Read More »

The top 5 problems with blockchain

While blockchain appears ready to upend business processes and trust models across a myriad of industries, it’s still in its early days and the various iterations of the distributed ledger already in use are far from vetted. While the distributed ledger technology has great potential, CIOs and their business counterparts who are exploring blockchain should expect setbacks in deploying it, including the real ... Read More »

10 wireless chargers for Apple’s new iPhone X

The iPhone X is finally here, and among its many attributes, such as Face ID technology, it will support 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, ... Read More »

Wireless charging explained: What is it and how does it work?

Wireless charging has been around since the late 19th century, when electricity pioneer Nikola Tesla demonstrated magnetic resonant coupling – the ability to transmit electricity through the air by creating a magnetic field between two circuits, a transmitter and a receiver. But for about 100 years it was a technology without many practical applications, except, perhaps, for a few electric ... Read More »

Mastercard launches its own blockchain payments network

Mastercard is launching its own blockchain network to enable partner banks and merchants to make cross-border payments faster and more securely. The Mastercard blockchain service can be used to clear credit card transactions, eliminate administration tasks using smart contract rules and thus, speed transaction settlement. “By combining Mastercard blockchain technology with our settlement network and associated network rules, we have created a ... Read More »

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