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Uber looks to create travel ‘superapp’ by adding planes, trains and rental cars

KEY POINTS The San Francisco-headquartered firm announced Wednesday that it is adding trains, buses, planes and car rentals to its U.K. app this year. Jamie Heywood, Uber’s boss in the U.K., said in a statement that Uber hopes to become “a one-stop-shop for all your travel needs.” Uber will not provide these travel services itself …

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Samsung launches new Galaxy S22 smartphones and Tab S8 tablets to take on Apple

KEY POINTS Samsung launched three new smartphones Wednesday: the Galaxy S22, S22+ and S22 Ultra. With its new handsets, Samsung opted for subtle updates over flashy features like folding displays. The company also unveiled its new Galaxy Tab S8 series of Android tablets. Samsung launched a slew of new smartphones and tablets at its Galaxy Unpacked …

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NFTs can Help Patients Have Significant Control of Personal Health Data: Global Scholars

A global and multidisciplinary team of scholars in informatics, law, and ethics have released a publication noting that non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have the capability of spreading their wings to the healthcare sector by helping patients safeguard their personal health information. Led by bioethicists at Baylor College of Medicine, a health sciences university located in the …

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Web 1.0, Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 with their difference

Web 1.0 – Web 1.0 refers to the first stage of the World Wide Web evolution. Earlier, there were only a few content creators in Web 1.0 with a huge majority of users who are consumers of content. Personal web pages were common, consisting mainly of static pages hosted on ISP-run web servers, or on …

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Apple is sticking taxpayers with part of the bill for rollout of tech giant’s digital ID card

KEY POINTS Apple requires states to maintain the systems needed to issue and service credentials at taxpayer expense, according to contracts signed by four states. The agreement, obtained through public record requests from CNBC and other sources, mostly portrays Apple as having a high degree of control over the government agencies responsible for issuing identification …

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Microsoft to Offer Mesh, a Corporate Metaverse for Teams

Microsoft has announced the launch of a metaverse-inspired feature for its Teams app called Mesh. Mesh will allow users to introduce personalized avatars in digital worlds, making meetings more immersive. The platform is being announced on the heels of Facebook’s pivot to becoming a metaverse-dedicated company, changing its name to “Meta.” Microsoft Embraces the Metaverse …

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13 YEARS AGO TODAY, THE BITCOIN WHITE PAPER WAS RELEASED

The Bitcoin idea is 13 years old, and its inception to the world was possible only after decades of research and development. The research paper detailing the engineering and design requirements to enable the first distributed, uncensorable, electronic digital cash system to come to life was released 13 years ago. The Bitcoin white paper publicized the long-sought …

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5 Companies Using Blockchain to Change Travel

Blockchain is emerging as a powerful technological force that promises to change the travel industry’s status quo. In fact, it’s already being heralded as a game-changer for many different industries. Remember that blockchain is a type of database that is commonly used in the cryptocurrency market wherein data is stored in blocks and then chained together. Services that are …

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Walmart Has Quietly Begun Hosting Bitcoin ATMs

The retail giant is offering bitcoin through 200 of its Coinstar kiosks in a tie-up with crypto ATM firm Coinme. We made sure it’s real. A bitcoin-enabled Coinstar kiosk at a Walmart in Warminster, Pa. (Kevin Reynolds/CoinDesk) Walmart, the world’s largest company by revenue, is letting customers buy bitcoin at dozens of its U.S. stores. …

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Iota launches beta smart contracts to foster interoperability

The platform will enable developers to set individual parameters for execution fees, a feature expected to suppress the fee prices to near-zero. The Iota Foundation has announced the release of its beta version smart contract functionality, with the objective to solve market challenges of scalability limitations and high transaction fees, as well as reportedly debuting …

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