By - Lucas Mearian

AT&T becomes first big mobile carrier to accept Bitcoin payments

AT&T will allow customers to pay their mobile bills using Bitcoin, adding its name to a short list of major businesses and government agencies that allow the blockchain-based cryptocurrency to be used as a form of payment. While not directly accepting cryptocurrency, AT&T is the first major U.S. mobile carrier to let customers pay in Bitcoin through a third-party service provider.

By - Lucas Mearian

For real estate, blockchain could unshackle investment

A blockchain industry alliance has released a guide and list of use cases for deploying the technology to enable, among other things, the purchase of fractions of real estate property as digital securities on an open marketplace. The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) used its 30-page Real Estate Use Case document to promote blockchain as a more open, transparent and traceable method

By - Lucas Mearian

Poorly designed systems make doctors ‘a slave to their EHR’

FOXBORO, Mass. — While electronic healthcare records (EHRs) vastly improved patient information collection and sharing for some healthcare providers and payers, the technology also robs doctors of something critical: the ability to properly care for patients. EHRs continue to require far too many mouse clicks and pagination to enter data during a visit, diverting attention from patients – something that’s

These are the top skill sets for a successful blockchain team
By - Lucas Mearian

These are the top skill sets for a successful blockchain team

As undergraduates emerge from schools with software development or business skills, companies exploring blockchain use are seeking job candidates with four specific skill sets, according to a new report from consultancy KPMG. Those skills are needed more with each passing month; KPMG expects an increase in the number of companies exploring blockchain this year for everything from identifying new business

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Financial firms bank on A.I. as pilot projects head to production

The financial services sector is pouring money into artificial intelligence (AI), with banks, for example, expected to spend $5.6 billion on AI in 2019 – second only to the retail sector. Until now, the vast majority of AI projects have remained pilots, and in many cases those projects led to tech deployments without a clear business use. Simply put, it’s

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Why Microsoft is building a Bitcoin-based ID verification system

After more than a year in development, Microsoft has chosen Bitcoin as the blockchain platform for a decentralized identification (DID) verification system that will allow users to have secure access to an online persona via an encrypted database hub. The implications of the new ID network could include the elimination of passwords. A company would be able to verify the background

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Enterprise Ethereum upgrades to boost interoperability, performance

The Enterprise Ethereum Alliance (EEA) today announced new and updated specifications aimed at helping developers create business-class blockchain networks that are faster, easier to use and capable of interacting with other distributed ledger networks. The specifications include a brand-new set of APIs for moving compute functions off of Ethereum blockchains (known as off chain) to reduce computational loads and improve

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Review: 4 wireless chargers for both smartphone and watch (one of which does earbuds, too)

While there may be more than a dozen multi-device wireless chargers technically available now, most do not charge both smart watches and smartphones – and most of the companies who make them could not actually provide units for review since they’re bring offered through crowdfunding projects. As a result, we’re limiting this review to multi-device chargers from three stalwart companies and a

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From coffee bean to cup: Starbucks brews a blockchain-based supply chain with Microsoft

Starbucks is working with Microsoft to develop a blockchain-based supply chain tracking system and mobile app that will allow customers to track the supply chain journey of the beans they buy and the coffee they drink. In March, Starbucks announced a “digital transparency plan” that would let it verify their coffee beans as 100% ethically and sustainably sourced. Last year,

By - Lucas Mearian

Salesforce exec: Some clients just want blockchain for one purpose

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – More and more Salesforce clients are experimenting with blockchain technology, but in most cases they wind up stuck in a proof of concept, unable to move into production, according to Salesforce’s Senior Vice President of Emerging Technology, Adam Caplan. “We haven’t seen a lot of successful wins,” Caplan said during a talk on blockchain’s role in the