DMarket: On how gaming is a ‘gateway for mass blockchain adoption’

Whether it’s aligning on the content side or providing technology which underpins the games, blockchain within gaming is one of the most interesting use cases. Last month Forte and Ripple announced a $100 million fund for developers who make games based on blockchain technology, while September saw Chinese blockchain gaming platform Cocos-BCX land $40m in funding.

DMarket, which is participating at the Blockchain Expo Global event later this month, aims to provide users with...

Asian messaging app Kakao tests UX-focused dApp creator for ‘mass users’

One of Asia’s biggest messaging platforms, South Korean-based Kakao wants to speed up the mass adoption of distributed ledger technology (DLT) by focusing on user experience (UX) accessible to the average end user.   A product of its blockchain subsidiary GroundX, the company has announced the testnet of Klaytn, a solution for the creation of decentralised applications (dApps) which will launch in mainnet in the first quarter of next year, pending initial trials. “Klaytn UX seeks to...

Ubisoft, ConsenSys & more unite to form Blockchain Game Alliance

A raft of leading gaming and blockchain companies have come together to form the Blockchain Game Alliance (BGA), a coalition dedicated to advocating the use of the technology in the gaming industry. The BGA will serve as an open forum for knowledge-sharing and collaborative research which “fosters new ways to create and play games” with blockchain technology; “Our ultimate goal is to help spread the integration of blockchain by developing common standards and best practices,” reads...

Coinbase rolls out process for developers to ‘rapidly’ list new coins

The US-based crypto exchange Coinbase has announced a new process for listing digital assets, opening the door for the listing of digital coins that are compliant with local laws of countries outside the US, but not necessarily the US itself. Coinbase is one of the most popular and well-known cryptocurrency exchanges in the world for USD transactions. The move marks a decisive shift away from that former US-centric approach, and could help to enable markets like the UK to become more...

Asia has seen a 50% increase in blockchain & crypto jobs since 2017

Despite a downward turn to the crypto market and China making efforts to wipe all trace of digital coins from its landscape, Asia is witnessing a boom in jobs related to blockchain and cryptocurrencies. CNBC reported that recruitment firm Robert Walters had seen a 50% increase in roles related to the technology in the region since 2017, with the programming language Python being one of the skills most in demand. Those findings were paired with a rise in LinkedIn job advertisements for...

Google confirms entry into blockchain technology with new cloud partnerships

Google has confirmed it will be supporting blockchain distributed ledger technology (DLT) on its Cloud Platform (GCP), with more details expected at its Next ‘18 conference in San Francisco today (July 24). In an announcement regarding the event, Google said that customers can now explore ways they might use DLT frameworks on the platform with launch partners including Digital Asset and BlockApps, with open-source integrations for Hyperledger Fabric and Ethereum available later this year...

IT giant Oracle rolls out blockchain-as-a-service platform

US multinational IT firm Oracle has announced the general release of its blockchain-as-a-service (BaaS) platform, joining the likes of IBM, SAP and Microsoft. Announced yesterday, the Oracle Blockchain Cloud Service (OBCS) offers a fully-managed platform built on Hyperledger Fabric, allowing companies to automate processes over an immutable ledger without the complexities and costs associated with bringing the technology in-house. With a particular focus on facilitating efficient and...

HTC seeks to corner mobile dapp market with Q3 smartphone launch

Having announced the “world’s first blockchain smartphone” earlier this year, technical details were rather on the scant side, but yesterday HTC at least shed some light on a possible launch date for ‘The Exodus’ and the markets it’s looking to corner. Having seen its headcount drop by roughly 75% in the last five years, the Taiwanese electronics manufacturer’s blockchain play sounds a bit of ditch effort to get out of a deep rut, but the use-cases it’s focusing on sound...

Blabber: A brave new world of social media monetisation with blockchain

Not many companies can claim to be as brave as Blabber, a blockchain-based startup with the lofty goal of disrupting the social media industry, although with four in 10 social media users deleting accounts of privacy fears (ahem, Cambridge Analytica), not to mention the scourge of fake news, it may be onto something. Blabber’s goal is about handing the power and decisions back to the consumer, providing incentives for both high-quality content and selective use of their data by...

How DeepBrain Chain is democratising AI computer power with blockchain

If you didn’t already know it, the vast amounts of data input needed for successful AI (artificial intelligence) currently requires huge amounts of computing power. That means it’s expensive, and has generally been accessible only to large centralised enterprises with the funds and investors to foot the bills. Between 2012 to 2016, there was an increase of 5154 AI startups globally while net investments in the technology across the globe totalled over $100 billion (£76 billion). At...