IOTA not mentioned... but a boy can dream! VW US Charging Network to be Plug and Pay
The number of EV charging stations across America is increasing, thus paving the way for wider adoption of electric vehicles. But a lot of the infrastructure surrounding charging has remained complicated and time-consuming. Charging points typically require downloading an individual app -- or in some cases, making a phone call to a customer rep -- before you can start juicing up. It's a faff. Now, though, Electrify America is working on a program that will let you pay for electric vehicle charging simply by plugging in your vehicle. In partnership with Hubject, Electrify America plans to roll out 'Plug&Charge' functionality to more than 2,000 public fast charging stations by the end of the year. Providing your EV meets ISO 15118 functionality standards (which increasing numbers of new models do), using one of Electrify America's charging points will leverage vehicle to grid (V2G) communications, enabling the vehicle to automatically authenticate and authorize a charging session using secure digital communication. No RFID tags, credit cards or mobile apps required. It's a game-changing technology that'll make owning and operating an EV just that bit smoother. This information was found by us on 2019-01-09 20:07:22. Share this content on social media: Mentioned assets MIOTA, ION. See www.engadget.com for additional posts. Reply to Topic
Hublot selling crypto only watches
Hublot has launched a new luxury watch under its Big Bang line that's not quite like any of its other models. You can't pay for it with cash or even an AMEX Black Card -- you can only purchase it online using Bitcoin. It's called the Meca-10 P2P, and it was designed for the cryptocurrency's 10th year anniversary. In fact, Hublot will engrave the unique Bitcoin transaction number you used to pay for the device on the edge of its bezel before shipping it. According to Bloomberg, one Meca-10 P2P will set you back around $25,000, based on the current Bitcoin value. However, it's not entirely clear if you'll be able to buy one even if you're a Bitcoin millionaire. Hublot is only making 210 pieces as a reference to the 21 million global Bitcoin limit, and the company told Bloomberg that it has already received over 210 orders for the device. The company has teamed up with Hong Kong company OS Limited (OSL) to perform background checks on the buyers, since every application is subject to approval. OSL will also conduct anti-money-laundering checks to ensure no bad actor is using the opportunity to turn illegally-obtained cryptocurrency into a legit luxury good. This article was found by us on 2018-11-07 14:32:10. Share this content on social media: Related crypto assets include BTC, TCN, ICX. You may want to visit www.engadget.com to find more similar content. Reply to Topic
HTC's blockchain phone can only be bought with cryptocurrency
If the idea of a HTC blockchain phone drives you wild, we've got good news: the "Exodus 1" is now available to pre-order -- it ships in December. But you can only buy it online for 0.15 bitcoins or 4.78 ether tokens, or roughly $960. (Not exactly cheap for an extremely niche device.) Though the specs are what you'd expect from a high-end HTC phone -- a six-inch display with quad-HD+ resolution, 16 MP dual rear camera and an 8MP dual front camera with 4K video, a Snapdragon 845 processor, 6 GB RAM and 128GB storage -- it's the software the company is banking on for a reversal of fortunes. The handset comes with HTC's own "Zion" cryptocurrency wallet and a secure enclave (an area kept isolated from the Android OS) for your private keys and virtual cash and, in the "very near future," all your data. As promised, the Exodus 1 will run decentralized apps on the blockchain and packs a "Social Key Recovery" function, which lets you regain access to your funds if you lose your keys via a designated number of trusted contacts. This share was first seen by us on 2018-10-23 14:36:01. Share this content on social media: Related crypto assets include ICX. Browse www.engadget.com for more from this source. Reply to Topic
Blockchains to become mainstream sooner rather than later
Walmart is anxious about the safety of its food following bacterial outbreaks for lettuce and other food, and it's hoping technology will set shoppers' minds at ease. It's telling its leafy green suppliers to use a blockchain system (designed with IBM's help) to track the shipments of their produce. The secure, distributed ledger will help trace the vegetables' path from the farm to the store, revealing the source of any potential outbreak in seconds instead of days. This isn't just for Walmart's internal benefit, either. Eventually, you could scan a bag and use the blockchain to find out where your spinach came from. This publication was first found by us on 2018-09-25 14:36:46. Share this content on social media: Related crypto assets may include ICX. Visit www.engadget.com for complete listings from this source. Reply to Topic
IBM's 10 tiny computer is blockchain ready. Due to this low price, it means anything could be tied to the blockchain, even the food you buy or the clothes you wear.
IBM has unveiled a computer that's smaller than a grain of rock salt. It has the power of an x86 chip from 1990, according to Mashable, and its transistor count is in the "several hundred" thousand range. That's a far cry from the power of Watson or the company's quantum computing experiments, but you gotta start somewhere. Oh, right: it also works as a data source for blockchain. Meaning, it'll apparently sort provided data with AI and can detect fraud and pilfering, in addition to tracking shipments. The publication says that the machine will cost under $0.10 to manufacture, which gives credence to IBM's prediction that these types of computers will be embedded everywhere within the next five years. The one shown off at the firm's Think conference is a prototype, of course, and as such there's no clear release window. This data was obtained by us on 2018-03-22 12:48:47. Share this content on social media: You may be interested in these cryptocurrencies : RKT, ICX, SALT. See www.engadget.com for more similar content. Reply to Topic
Mercedes and Bosch will test self-driving taxis in a few months
Mercedes (or rather, its parent Daimler) and Bosch aren't far off from making their self-driving taxis a practical reality... in a manner of speaking. Bosch chief Volkmar Denner has informed Automobilwoche that the two companies will put test vehicles on the road within a few months. He didn't supply other details, but the mention provided a more definitive timetable for their ambitions. Until now, the two had only promised to have fully autonomous vehicles ready by the start of the next decade. The news suggests the two are acting on their promises to make up for lost time. In a sense, they don't have much choice. When BMW plans to sell self-driving cars in 2021 and Waymo is already ordering thousands of Chrysler vans, Daimler doesn't have the luxury of taking things slowly -- it either steps up its game or risks missing out. This publication was discovered by us on 2018-02-04 15:02:40. Share this content on social media: Related crypto assets include ICX. Have a look at www.engadget.com for more similar content. Reply to Topic
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