Benny Giang DMed me on Twitter in early October about CryptoKitties. "We put the first breedable kitties onto the blockchain," Giang wrote, adding "This may sound like an ICO scam or a joke but it's neither." At first, it sounded like both. Developed by design studio AxiomZen, CryptoKitties is a game that lets you collect, raise, and breed unique digital cats on the Ethereum blockchain. TechCrunch's Fitz Tepper described the game's concept as "using Ether, an asset with arguably little tangible utility—to purchase an asset with unarguably zero tangible utility." In case you haven't heard, blockchain is the distributed ledger technology underlying cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. Blockchain makes it possible to run web applications that don't depend on centralized authorities such as Facebook and Google. And in the past couple years, the world has gone crazy with distributed blockchain applications, or DApps. Every week, I receive several pitches from blockchain startups claiming … [Read more...] about Can CryptoKitties Teach the World About Blockchain?
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Global firms working on brand cryptocurrencies take a cue from Facebook's Libra case Lines are blurring between fintech banking and consumer digital wallets, major consumer brands have much to gain and more to lose as the race to serve future customers with their own unique currencies accelerates. The cryptocurrency market is booming, and with it, criminals are looking to cash in. Bitcoin (BTC) may not have sustained the $19,000+ price tag of previous years, now coming in at roughly $7,200 at the time of writing, but there is also a variety of other stable coins and altcoins, including Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Monero (XMR), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), and Litecoin (LTC), that maintain a loyal following and constant trade. executive guide Cryptocurrency 101: What every business needs to know There’s promise and peril in the still-evolving world of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ether. Read More The industry has gained enough traction in recent years that … [Read more...] about Bitcoin battered: The worst crypto catastrophes of 2019
12 tech gifts for Christmas: Something for everyone Jason Perlow and Jason Cipriani cover their top tech gift recommendations this holiday season in this week's episode of Jason Squared. Read more: https://zd.net/2OV0Xu0 Featured Cyber Week 2019 deals: Business Bargain Hunter's top picks Must-have tech gadgets to start 2020 I went to Best Buy on Black Friday and it was shocking AWS Graviton2: What it means for Arm in the data center, cloud, enterprise, AWS Americans love innovative technology and have definite views on which technology is the most persuasive to get them to buy from brands. But what technology is most deemed to make a brand innovative?A new report from NY-based comms and PR company DiffusionPR (commissioned with research agency YouGov) found that using emerging technologies are key for brands. It surveyed 1236 adults across the US aged over 18 online between April 18 and April 19, 2019. The survey was carried out online. Its Everything is Tech report … [Read more...] about One in five Americans will recommend a brand that uses emerging tech