By - Lucas Mearian

Utah County to pilot blockchain-based mobile voting

Utah County is the latest government entity to pilot a mobile voting application based on blockchain to allow military absentee voters and their family members living overseas to vote in an upcoming municipal primary election. The county, which has more than a half million residents, is the third in the U.S. to partner with Tusk Philanthropies on a national effort to

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Trump’s hostile view of Bitcoin and crypto could chill industry

President Donald Trump has weighed in on the cryptocurrency debate, saying in a series of tweets Friday that he’s not a fan of Bitcoin or blockchain-based digital money in general because it’s highly volatile and “based on thin air.” “Unregulated Crypto Assets can facilitate unlawful behavior, including drug trade and other illegal activity,” Trump tweeted. The President’s tweets on fly

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Facebook’s cryptocurrency ratchets up pressure on banks, but has big risks

Facebook’s plans to launch its own cryptocurrency and digital wallet should be a clarion call to commercial banks: if you don’t begin to explore blockchain technology, tech companies could eat your lunch. Worldwide, blockchain-derived business value is forecast to grow from $9 billion this year to $50 billion in 2022, according to Gartner. The greatest growth between now and then is

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Q&A: Blockchain expert Alex Tapscott sees coming crypto war as ‘cataclysmic’

Facebook’s plans to launch a cryptocurrency and digital wallet for users to make online purchases and money transfers should have the financial services community in a tither, with some expecting banks to quickly follow Facebook’s lead. The social network’s shift into financial services also has raised the specter of regulatory oversight of cryptocurrency. The U.S. Senate Banking Committee announced Wednesday

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What the latest iOS passcode hack means for you

A mobile device forensics company now says it can break into any Apple device running iOS 12.3 or below. Israeli-based Cellebrite made the announcement on an updated webpage and through a tweet where it asserted it can unlock and extract data from all iOS and “high-end Android” devices. On the webpage describing the capabilities of its Universal Forensic Extraction Device

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Facebook is going into the banking business with blockchain

Facebook is going after the banking business with a new digital currency and financial transaction network all based on blockchain. After months of speculation and rumor, Facebook today announced it is creating a fiat-backed cryptocurrency that can be stored in digital wallets and used by consumers and others to transfer funds or make purchases anywhere in the world. Calibra, Facebook’s

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7 blockchain mistakes and how to avoid them

Companies are still cautiously dipping their toes into the blockchain trough, hoping to discover where the distributed ledger technology can create efficiencies in their business processes. But for those who are ready to take the plunge, there are common missteps to avoid. Based on its research of blockchain implementations, Gartner this week published a guide to the seven most common

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Apple may be prepping to turn your iPhone into a crypto wallet

Apple is likely preparing to let iPhone owners turn their devices into hardware wallets that allow them to store and use bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies for mobile purchases of everything from a cup of coffee to clothing and groceries. Unlike other announcements at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) last week, Apple’s new CryptoKit for iOS 13, got little attention. But

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FedEx exec: Blockchain will become a foundational layer – for everything

BOSTON – While blockchain may never be a panacea for solving all business transaction problems, it will eventually become a foundational technology across industries that will lead to new business models. Before that can happen, however, proprietary blockchains will have to run their course and be replaced by open software and industry standards that enable distributed ledgers to communicate across

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‘Sign In with Apple’ isn’t for business – yet

Apple’s new online authorization feature in iOS 13 – Sign in with Apple – allows iPhone, iPad and Mac users to securely sign into apps and websites. But it’s not likely a competitor for business mobile device management (MDM) platforms that also protect user log-ins. While Sign In with Apple is not designed for enterprise use, iOS 13 does have