Blockchain

Cryptocurrencies are a digital system of money created through the use of encryption software — and they all rely on the blockchain, essentially a public ledger that stores every transaction. Digitally created and secured money is currently in a period of very cool experimentation, including astounding revenue growth and a variety of different visions of what currency of the future might look like. Here’s everything you need to know about how it works, why it’s popular, and where cryptocurrency is heading.

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Computing

Hackers demanding bitcoin payments for code held hostage from GitHub and GitLab

Hackers extracted all the source code from certain GitHub, GitLab, and Bitbucket repositories, leaving behind a ransom note demanding bitcoin. It remains unclear how the hackers were able to access the accounts.
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Uber goes public, iPhone XR design leak, and robot butlers

On this episode DT Live, we discuss the top tech topics of the day, including Uber going public, the theft of $40 million in Bitcoin, iPhone XR design leaks, Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin update, robot butlers, and more.
Computing

Microsoft is getting into Blockchain and J.P. Morgan is its first client

Microsoft Azure now includes full support for blockchain apps and services, helping businesses create smart-contract platforms and distributed ledgers to manage permissions and data access across broad consortiums.
Emerging Tech

Age-verification tech could usher in vending machines for beer and weed

Ever dreamed of being able to get an ice-cold beer from a vending machine? One of the problems with this idea is how customers prove that they're of drinking age. One startup has the answer.
Smart Home

Bosch plans to harness the power of Blockchain for its next refrigerator

Bosch is teaming up with Wien Energie to create a refrigerator that runs on blockchain. The appliance will give users more control over where their power comes from and how much their fridge consumes.
Emerging Tech

This streaming music service pays artists in Bitcoin, plants trees if you listen

Feedbands is an environmentally friendly subscription streaming music service that pays its artists in Bitcoin, and plants trees in exchange for authenticated listens from customers.
Emerging Tech

Blockchain is overhyped, but it’s also perfect for California’s drought problem

With California’s aquifers overdrawn, the state is making a push to better regulate groundwater use, and a group of researchers have an intriguing solution, combining two exciting technologies: Blockchain and the internet of things.
Computing

Bitcoin mining profits are on the rise. But don’t buy your own hardware just yet

Bitcoin miners can breathe a sigh of relief. While profits aren't far from their lowest in the past year and a half, they appear to be on the rise again. That may be thanks to the introduction of newer, more efficient mining hardware.
Computing

It's not all free money. Here's what to know before you try to mine Bitcoin

Mining Bitcoin today is harder than it used to be, but if you have enough time, money, and cheap electricity, you can still turn a profit. Here's how to get started mining Bitcoin at home and in the cloud.
Mobile

Short on Bitcoin? You can now buy HTC's Exodus blockchain phone with real money

HTC has released another smartphone, and this time it's geared toward blockchain technology. Known as the HTC Exodus, the smartphone is designed to support cryptocurrencies and decentralization.
Emerging Tech

Blockchain could ensure the integrity of scientific research trials

Scientific misconduct can lead to real-world consequences when data is falsified. Now a group of researchers has proposed a way to make research data more trustworthy and less susceptible to manipulation -- by using blockchain.
Product Review

Fascinating Finney phone is crypto in a nutshell: Exciting, but also terrifying

The Sirin Labs Finney phone is to cryptocurrency what the iPhone is to Apple Pay. It facilitates the payment, processing, and exchanging of cryptocurrencies on a smartphone, and surprisingly does it in a user-friendly way.
Computing

Think crypto’s dead? JPMorgan to offer first cryptocurrency backed by a U.S. bank

J.P. Morgan Chase is making history by rolling out a trial, over the next few months, of the first cryptocurrency, dubbed JPM Coin, which is backed by a large United States bank.
Computing

Blockchain does way more than power Bitcoin. Here's how it works

What is a blockchain? It was once merely an academic idea and today it's the backbone of the cryptographic industry, helping to send billions of dollars worth of digital assets all over the world.
Computing

Crypto exchange founder dies with sole password, leaving $190 million locked up

A password mishap involving the death of a crypto exchange founder has resulted in a Canadian exchange's inability to repay its customers $190 million. As a result, QuadrigaCX has recently filed for "creditor protection."
Digital Trends Live

Digital Trends Live: Oscar nominations, the future of blockchain, and more

From Oscar nominations, to the latest Spotify and Uber features, there was a lot to discuss on this episode of Digital Trends Live. Journalist Rachel Wolfson also joined the show to talk about the future of cryptocurrency.
Emerging Tech

Coinstar machines will let you swap cash for Bitcoin at your local grocery store

Coinstar, the company which owns the coin exchange machines found at grocery stores and elsewhere, will soon let you easily buy Bitcoin with your cash money. Here's how it will work.
Emerging Tech

Are Bitcoins the new Beanie Babies, or is there hope in 2019?

Bitcoin skyrocketed in value from less than a penny in 2010 to nearly $20,000 in late 2017. Then it spent 2018 in a freefall crash. So, what happened? Is it dead? Can it survive in 2019?