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Digital currency or digital money is an Internet-based medium of exchange distinct from physical (such as banknotes and coins) that exhibits properties similar to physical currencies, but allows for instantaneous transactions and borderless transfer-of-ownership. Like traditional money these currencies may be used to buy physical goods and services but could also be restricted to certain communities such as for example for use inside an on-line game or social network. In this series, we cover stories and provide insightful analysis of the digital currencies such as bitcoin with no central point of control over the money supply.

Digital Currency Revolution

Crypto banks' savings rates are ten times greater than high street, but are they safe?

Jun 20, 2021 12:04 pm UTC| Digital Currency

Leading crypto banks such as BlockFi and Nexo are attracting a lot of attention. Customers can earn an APY (annual percentage yield) of up to 12%, dwarfing high-street savings accounts, whose interest rates are sub-1%. But...

Digital Currency Revolution

Can Bitcoin become a real currency? Here's what's wrong with El Salvador's crypto plan

Jun 14, 2021 04:04 am UTC| Digital Currency Investing

Nayib Bukele, president of El Salvador, has got himself a pair of laser eyes on his Twitter profile at least. Laser eyes are something social media users give themselves to show they love cryptocurrency and Bukele...

Digital Currency Revolution

Bitcoin: China's crackdown isn't enough – only a global effort can stop crypto's monstrous energy demand

Jun 08, 2021 12:31 pm UTC| Digital Currency

Huge concrete data centres, permanently plugged into power plants and telephone exchanges, maintain much of online life. But the infrastructure behind internet-based cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, dogecoin and ethereum...

Digital Currency Revolution

What Elon Musk's bitcoin U-turn means for the future of crypto

May 16, 2021 11:29 am UTC| Digital Currency Investing

Teslas relationship with cryptocurrencies has been a stop-start rollercoaster. In February, the electric vehicle manufacturer announced it had purchased US$1.5 billion (1.1 billion) of bitcoin and planned to accept the...

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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,...

Digital Currency Revolution

Bitcoin may now be used for Starbucks transactions

Apr 02, 2021 00:06 am UTC| Digital Currency

Starbucks customers can now use Bitcoin, gift cards, and frequent flyer miles to reload their Starbucks cards through the coffee chains app. While Starbucks doesnt directly accept cryptocurrencies, the Bakkt App allows...

Digital Currency Revolution

India to criminalize cryptocurrency possession, trading

Mar 15, 2021 23:55 pm UTC| Law Digital Currency

India will propose a law criminalizing possession, issuance, trading, mining, and transferring crypto-assets in the country. The bill, one of the worlds strictest cryptocurrency policies, is in line with a government...

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Economy

Tencent shares plunge 10% after China media calls online gaming 'electronic drugs'

Stocks of Chinas biggest social media and video game firm Tencent tumbled over 10 percent, wiping almost $60 billion from its market capitalization after state-run Economic Information Daily likened online video games to...

Nissan and AESC to build $456 million EV battery plant in Japan

Envision AESC and Nissan will build a second car battery factory in two months, set to rise in Ibaraki Prefecture, with an initial investment of $456 million and an annual production capacity of six gigawatt-hours in...

NTT laments lost opportunity to showcase technology at Tokyo Olympics

Japanese companies like Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. lament the missed opportunity for their products to take center stage with the lack of spectators in the Olympic games. NTT wanted to showcase its...

Toss offers free transactions amid growing online bank competition

Viva Republica would eliminate transaction fees for Toss users starting Monday, as it prepares to launch Toss Bank next month and gears up for growing competition with internet-only banks and other fintech firms. The...

Politics

Joe Biden vaccine: US meets 70 percent vaccination rate

The Biden administration is increasing efforts to get Americans vaccinated in light of the surge in cases, especially of the Delta variant. This week, President Joe Biden has announced that the US has finally hit the 70...

Kamala Harris to promote Biden-Harris administration's 'America is Back' in upcoming visit to Singapore, Vietnam

US Vice President Kamala Harris will be making her next few overseas engagements this month in her upcoming visits to Singapore and Vietnam. Harris is expected to promote the new administrations message in her trips to the...

Kevin McCarthy faces further backlash from women's rights group over 'joke' of assaulting Nancy Pelosi

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy recently came under fire for his joke about hitting House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with a gavel should he become House Speaker in 2022. However, McCarthy is facing further backlash as a...

Capitol insurrection: Testimonies from Capitol police can help build criminal case against ex-POTUS Trump

Last week was the first hearing of the House Select Committee tasked with investigating the events of the Capitol insurrection last January 6. Following the testimonies of some of the injured law enforcement officials that...

Science

Hyundai Mobis develops brainwave analyzer to prevent drowsy driving

Hyundai Mobis developed a brainwave detection device dubbed M. Brain to alert motor vehicle operators against drowsy driving or sudden health issues. The M.Brain analyzes brainwaves to determine the drivers health...

Osaka University ties up with town of Okoppe to turn cow poop into methanol using LEDs

Researchers from the Osaka University and the town of Okoppe are conducting studies to produce methanol by illuminating biogas from cow manure with LEDs. Experiments were conducted at an agricultural and scientific...

Big bang: how we are trying to 'listen' to it – and the new physics it could unveil

Exactly what happened at the beginning of the universe, 14 billion years ago, is one of the greatest mysteries in physics theres no simple way to probe it. Thats because, in its early stages, the universe was filled with...

S. Korean researchers reveal method of using fat insects in producing eco-friendly biodiesel

South Korean researchers announced a method of producing environment-friendly fuels by utilizing the remains of high-fat black soldier flies. The method uses leftover fat from black soldier flies to produce animal feed,...

Nestlé, PepsiCo, and Suntory debut world’s first enzymatically recycled bottles

A consortium that includes Nestlé, PepsiCo, and Suntory has produced the worlds first food-grade PET plastic bottles from enzymatically recycled plastic using Carbios recycling process. The bottles that have been...

Technology

Honor Magic 3 benchmark result hints at the use of Snapdragon 888

The anticipated official launch of Honor Magic 3 is just a few days away, but leaks remain unstoppable. More recently, a Geekbench benchmark test result appeared online, possibly revealing what processing chip will power...

‘Clair de Lune' traveled to space to become the first NFT music to reach orbit

Claire de Lune, the popular classical music composed by French composer Claude Debussy, has a non-fungible token (NFT) version, and this digital file was flown to space. Traveling to orbit and reaching 125,000 miles...

Google Pixel 6 series to launch in 8 countries

Google has done something quite different for the announcement of the Pixel 6 series. Instead of waiting until fall to unveil the upcoming flagship devices, the company published a series of tweets that revealed their...

‘Fortnite’ adds DC’s Bloodsport and ‘Street Fighter’s’ Cammy and Guile this week

Epic Games is having one major collaboration after another this summer. Now, the world of Fortnite is having a crossover with some popular Suicide Squad members and a couple of fan-favorite Street Fighter...
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