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A block chain or blockchain is a permissionless distributed database that maintains a continuously-growing list of transaction records hardened against tampering and revision. It consists of blocks, holding batches of individual transactions. Each block contains a timestamp and an information linking it to a previous block. The block chain is seen as the main technical innovation of bitcoin, where it serves as the decentralized public ledger of all bitcoin transactions. This original design has been the inspiration for other cryptocurrencies and distributed databases. In this series, we cover latest development stories related to blockchain and its applications around the world.

Blockchain Revolution Series

TikTok is partnering with a blockchain start-up. Here's why this could be good news for artists

Aug 22, 2021 01:33 am UTC| Technology

On August 17, TikTok announced it will partner with Audius, a streaming music platform, to manage its expansive internal audio library. Audius was not the obvious choice for partnering with the short video giant. A...

Blockchain Revolution Series

NFTs hit the big league, but not everyone will win from this new sports craze

May 06, 2021 02:33 am UTC| Technology Digital Currency

Some buy sporting memorabilia for love. Others for money. The world record for most money paid for a sports-related item goes to the original Olympic manifesto written in 1892 by International Olympic Committee founder...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Blockchain could play an important role in future agriculture and food security

Apr 11, 2021 12:30 pm UTC| Technology Digital Currency

Global food supply chains proved brittle during the COVID-19 pandemic, leading for calls to boost the resilience of global food supply chains through improved efficiency in production, distribution and consumption of...

Blockchain Revolution Series

Digital Currency Revolution

How nonfungible tokens work and where they get their value – a cryptocurrency expert explains NFTs

Apr 04, 2021 10:23 am UTC| Technology Digital Currency

Takeaways · Nonfungible tokens prove ownership of a digital item image, sound file or text in the same way that people own crypto coins. · Unlike crypto coins, which are identical and worth the same,...

Blockchain Revolution Series

NFTs: why digital art has such a massive carbon footprint

Apr 04, 2021 10:00 am UTC| Technology

How much would you be willing to pay for a one-of-a-kind work of art? For some collectors, the limit lies somewhere in the region of hundreds of millions of dollars. What about a work of art that has no tangible form, and...

Blockchain Revolution Series

What are NFTs and why are people paying millions for them?

Mar 18, 2021 14:30 pm UTC| Technology Digital Currency

Last week, Christies sold a digital collage of images called Everydays: The First 5000 Days for US$69.3 million dollars. This week, Elon Musk said hes selling a tweet of his as an NFT, which contains a song about...

Blockchain Revolution Series

A token sale: Christie's to auction its first blockchain-backed digital-only artwork

Feb 26, 2021 14:45 pm UTC| Digital Currency Technology

Since May 2007, US-based digital artist Mike Winkelmann (who goes by the name Beeple) has posted a new artwork online every day. He posted the 5,000th one in January, and has now packaged them into an enormous digital...

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Economy

S. Korea’s 'Anti-Google' law reportedly not effective

South Korea was the first country to pass a law to stop Google and Apple from forcing developers and users of their app stores to use their payment systems. The countrys Anti-Google law was approved, and this gave users...

Samsung SDI, Stellantis sign joint venture deal for electric vehicle battery production

Samsung SDI Co. Ltd. and Stellantis N.V. have recently signed a deal to build a battery plant and produce batteries for electric vehicles. The facility is set to be built in the United States. The South Korean battery...

Coinbase inks deal to become exclusive cryptocurrency platform for NBA, WNBA, USA Basketball

Nasdaq-listed cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has inked a multi-year partnership with the National Basketball Association (NBA) to be its exclusive cryptocurrency platform partner. The deal by Coinbase also applies...

S. Korea’s largest offshore wind farm exhibits low 22% capacity utilization rate

South Koreas largest offshore wind farm is exhibiting a low capacity utilization rate at 22 percent due to low wind velocity averaging at only 6.03 meters per second last year. This is lower than the 7 meters per second...

Politics

Joe Biden urged by Michigan business groups to reconsider vaccine mandate

US President Joe Biden continues to promote getting vaccinated for COVID-19, especially as more demographics are now allowed to get the shot. Business groups based in Michigan have recently urged the US leader to...

North Korea fires another 'unidentified projectile' into the sea

North Koreas ongoing military activities have become a cause for concern amongst other nations as tensions still remain regarding its nuclear program and recent test launches. Seoul has recently confirmed that the isolated...

World War 3: Russia says Ukraine joining NATO 'a red line' as tensions remain

The long-running tensions between Ukraine and Russia could potentially spark another world war. Moscow recently weighed in on the possibility of Ukraine joining the NATO alliance, warning against a move to do so. Fears...

Kamala Harris pays tribute to Colin Powell

Top military general and former US Secretary of State Colin Powell passed away this week. Vice President Kamala Harris paid tribute to Powell during her visit to Nevada, touching on the late generals accomplishments and...

Science

Owls used in helping California vineyards get rid of rodents

A Humboldt State University team is attempting to prove that owls can be an effective eco-friendly option at protecting grapes from rodent attacks. Graduate students at the universitys Department of Wildlife under...

S. Korean researchers develop process that uses agri-waste to produce biofuels, plastics

The Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER) had developed an enzymatic process that uses agricultural waste to produce the 4-hydroxy valeric acid--an ingredient for biofuels and plastics. The KIERs enzymatic process...

France probes Nestlé, 100 other firms over bisphenol-A use

The French government is investigating 101 companies, including Nestlé, for not disclosing their use of bisphenol-A in food packaging. In its statement of objections, Frances competition authority accused the 101...

Kansai found to have more genetically predisposed coffee lovers than elsewhere in Japan

Tokyo-based genome data analysis firm Euglena found that those with rs671 genotypes of ALDH2 are more predisposed to liking coffee and more prevalent in people from the Kansai area than other parts of Japan. Euglena...

S. Korean researchers develop eco-friendly fertilizer tech using greenhouse gases

A Kyung Hee University research team had developed a new eco-friendly technology that can turn methanol generated in livestock and agricultural areas into a hormone that promotes plant growth and rooting. The technology...

Technology

Valve updates ‘Half-Life 2’ for Steam Deck’s arrival

In a few months, Valves new portable gaming device called Steam Deck will enter the market to give fans a new way to access their favorite PC games. It appears that the companys preparations for the new hardwares launch...

‘Microsoft Flight Simulator’ is finally getting a military jet

Developers just announced that the Microsoft Flight Simulator is getting a Game of the Year edition launching next month. Aside from new features, the latest version of the game will also come with one of the most...

Instagram uploads via desktop browsers will be available on October 21

Instagram users have been able to view their profiles and pages they follow through the social networks desktop browser version for some time now. Creating new posts, however, has been restricted to the Instagram app....

CD Projekt says ‘The Witcher 3’ PS5 and Xbox Series X/S won’t launch this week

The Witcher 3 received a new rating for the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S consoles, starting a new round of speculations that its next-generation upgrade could be released soon. However, CD Projekt Red quickly dismissed...

Google guarantees Pixel 6 Android version updates until 2024 only

The launch of the Pixel 6 series proved that Google is coming back as one of the frontrunners in the smartphone market. However, the company can only guarantee that these devices will get Android version updates for the...
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