Coming soon: A token taxonomy to define the world of blockchain

The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) is working with Microsoft and more than a dozen businesses, research organizations and industry consortiums to create a blockchain-neutral business-focused Token Taxonomy Framework. In essence, the group is working to universally define in non-technical terms what a token is – regardless of the blockchain platform …

What’s a crypto wallet (and how does it manage digital currency)?

A cryptocurrency wallet is a piece of software that keeps track of the secret keys used to digitally sign cryptocurrency transactions for distributed ledgers. Because those keys are the only way to prove ownership of digital assets – and to execute transactions that transfer them or change them in some …

Google, Hyperledger launch online identity management tools

In two separate announcements last week, Google and Linux’s Hyperledger project launched tools aimed at enabling secure identity management for enterprises via mobile and other devices. Google unveiled five upgrades to its BeyondCorp cloud enterprise security service that enables identity and access management for employees, corporate partners, and customers. [ …

Visa and Coinbase team up on crypto-backed debit card

In another example of how fiat and digital currencies are converging in the financial services industry, Visa on Thursday unveiled a debit card that lets users buy things with fiat money converted from cryptocurrency stored in online wallets. The new Coinbase Card is directly tied to a person’s cryptocurrency balance in …

Visa and Coinbase team up to create crypto-backed debit card

In another example the financial services industry converging fiat and digital currency, Visa today announced a debit card that will allow users to buy things using fiat money converted from cryptocurrency stored in online wallets. The new Coinbase Card it is directly tied to the a person’s cryptocurrency balance in …

Tax and finance execs show interest in blockchain, but see hurdles to adoption

More than half of tax and finance executives are interested in adopting technology to automate routine tasks, but most are not considering blockchain as a solution because of a lack of resources, funding and technological capabilities, according to KPMG. The company this week released data from a February survey of …

Blockchain jobs remain unfilled, while skilled workers are being poached

Mirroring an uptick in job openings across the IT industry, blckchain professionals remain in high demand, especially for staff and middle manager positions, according to a new job market report from Janco Associates, a management consulting firm that conducts regular industry surveys. “With 20,600 new IT jobs created in the …

How AI is helping the help desk

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are turning up seemingly everywhere these days, and the IT support function is no exception. In fact, experts see AI in various forms becoming a key component of the help desk in the years to come. “Artificial cognition will, over the next three …

Start-up ships AirPower wireless charger alternative for ‘fanboys’

Marketing it as an alternative for all the “disappointed Apple fanboys (and girls)” who will never see Apple’s nixed AirPower wireless charger, a startup has begun shipping a wireless charging mat that simultaneously charges three Apple devices: an iPhone, an Apple Watch and AirPods. The new AirUnleashed wireless charging mat …

Why did Apple kill its AirPower wireless charger?

More than a year and a half after it announced it would release a wireless charger capable of concurrently powering up an iPhone, Apple Watch and AirPods, Apple on Friday said it had thrown up its hands in defeat. In a statement released Friday, Apple’s senior vice president of hardware …

The top 10 companies and cities for blockchain developers

Blockchain jobs remain hot in the U.S., though some parts of the country are hotter than others. According to new data from Austin-based job search site Indeed, there was a 90% increase in blockchain, bitcoin and cryptocurrency job postings between February 2018 and February 2019. [ Related: How blockchain is …

8 highly useful Slack bots for teams

Designed expressly for business environments, Slack helps co-workers collaborate in real time through its cloud-based chat interface. One of Slack’s strengths is that it allows the installation of third-party apps and bots to add features to the basic chat platform. [ Related: How to get the most out of Slack …

Facebook’s blockchain cryptocurrency could mean big money – and kill ‘fake news’

Facebook is developing its own cryptocurrency for payments, according to at least two reports, a move that has the potential to make the social network billions of dollars while also helping to eliminate fake news and bots. Although the social media giant has not publicly commented on reports from Bloomberg …

IBM launches global blockchain-based payments network

IBM today unveiled Blockchain World Wire, a real-time global payments network based on distributed ledger technology (DLT) for regulated financial firms. The blockchain-based network will offer a new way for near real-time  cross-border payment exchange and international settlement. (The settlements can be done in five to 10 seconds.) The network is currently …

These P2P blockchain-based services want your computer – and they’ll pay you

Utilizing blockchain’s decentralized architecture, smart contracts and cryptocurrency applications, an emerging ecosystem of start-ups is now offering to pay companies and consumers for their computers’ unused storage capacity and network bandwidth. The companies, which use blockchain’s peer-to-peer (P2P) architecture to deploy software to disparate computers or servers, then offer services …

Global blockchain spending to hit $12.4B by 2022; finance sector leads growth

The largest chunk of worldwide spending on new blockchain networks – nearly $2.9 billion this year – will come from the financial sector, where banking, securities and investment services, and insurance industries will invest more than $1.1 billion, according to a new IDC report. The research firm also noted that …

Blockchain vs. a database: What’s the difference?

Blockchain distributed ledger technology (DLT) has been touted as the answer for just about every transactional issue facing the world today – from payment processing and supply chain tracking to digital identities and copyright protection. Databases, however, have been serving those same use cases for decades. They record how much …

The difference between blockchain and a database explained

Blockchain distributed ledger technology (DLT) has been touted as the answer for just about every transactional issue facing the world today – from payment processing and supply chain tracking to digital identities and copyright protection. Databases, however, have been serving those same use cases for decades. They record how much …

Demand for blockchain engineers is ‘through the roof’

There’s been a 517% increase in demand for software engineers with blockchain development skills in the past year, according to a new report from job search site Hired. In its first-ever analysis of only software engineering jobs, Hired found blockchain development skills ranked in the top three job openings in …

When did smartphone upgrades become practical downgrades?

Looking at the march of Android-related announcements stomping out of the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona this week, it’s hard not to feel like you’re watching a really weird high-tech circus — a parade of attention-grabbing oddities and eccentric abilities, all on display because the ringmaster knows you’ll look. …