PwC: Blockchain technologies could boost the global economy US$1.76 trillion by 2030 through raising levels of tracking, tracing and trust

LONDON, Oct. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — New analysis by PwC shows Blockchain technology has the potential to boost global gross domestic product (GDP) by US$1.76 trillion over the next decade.  

 

 

That is the key finding of a new PwC report Time for trust: The trillion-dollar reason to rethink blockchain,  assessing how the technology is being currently used and exploring the impact blockchain could have on the global economy. Through analysis of the top five uses of blockchain, ranked by their potential to generate economic value, the report gauges the technology’s potential to create value across industry, from healthcare, government and public services, to manufacturing, finance, logistics and retail.

“Blockchain technology has long been associated with cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, but there is so much more that it has to offer, particularly in how public and private organisations secure, share and use data,” comments Steve Davies, Global Leader,

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Apple Shares Popped Monday: Everything You need to Know

Apple  (AAPL) – Get Report shares surged Monday and the reason shouldn’t surprise anyone. The company is unveiling its iPhone 12 Tuesday, but there is a lot of information incorporated into the stock move.

The stock rose more than 6% to about $124 a share by 2 PM EDT Monday. After a nasty correction in September, when the stock fell as much as 20% — a technical bear market — investors have been willing to pay a roughly 30 times multiple on the next 12 months of earnings. That’s against analysts’ estimates of 8% compounded earnings growth for the next several years. However, analysts TheStreet has spoken with admit short-term and long-term earnings estimates have significant upside across businesses, legacy hardware, wearables and services.

The stock move Tuesday brings Apple’s earnings multiple to just under 35, which may seem stretched to some. Bullish Apple analysts around The Street

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Alphabet’s latest X project is a crop-sniffing plant buggy

Alphabet’s X lab, the former Google division that launched the Waymo self-driving car unit and other ambitious projects, has officially announced its latest “moonshot”: a computational agriculture project the company is calling Mineral.



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The project is focused on sustainable food production and farming at large scales, with a focus on “developing and testing a range of software and hardware prototypes based on breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, simulation, sensors, robotics and more,” according to project lead Elliott Grant.

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A blog post outlining the project’s vision says Mineral, which now has an official name but may have launched in secret around 2017 according to Grant’s LinkedIn page, will try and aim technology toward solving issues around sustainability. Those include feeding of Earth’s growing population, and producing crops more efficiently by understanding growth cycles and weather patterns. The project will also hope to manage land and plant life

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ET Pre-Prime Day Deals: $400 Off Dell Alienware Aurora R8 RTX 2070 Super Gaming PC, Apple MacBook Air Only $849

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Amazon’s Prime Day sales event officially begins tomorrow, but there’s already deals aplenty that you can take advantage of right now. Walmart kicked off its own sales event on Sunday, and early deals from Amazon, Best Buy, and Dell have been leaking out all weekend. The following are some of the most notable deals that we’ve seen so far:

Dell Alienware Aurora R8 Intel Core i7-9700K Gaming Desktop w/ Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB NVMe SSD, and 1TB HDD ($1,299.99)

Dell’s Alienware Aurora pairs a fast Intel Core i7-9700 processor with an immensely powerful Nvidia GeForce RTX 2070 Super graphics card. This combination makes the system excellent for gaming — not to mention it also comes with a 512GB NVMe SSD as well as a 1TB HDD that gives you plenty

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Intellitronix Acquires Advanced Technology to Manufacture and Track Products

EUCLID, Ohio, Oct. 12, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Intellitronix Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the US Lighting Group, Inc. (OTC:USLG) and a leading manufacturer of automotive electronics, announced it has purchased the latest innovative Speed Print Technology 700 Series screen printer with bar code labeling capabilities to rapidly screen print and track circuit boards through its manufacturing process plus augment production times and improve quality control.

“Intellitronix is pleased to announce the acquisition of a faster and more accurate screen printer that incorporates a label identification system for processing electronic circuit boards. The company needed to drastically improve its production process, quality control, and product tracking. The circuit boards will have a scannable bar code label that will be used to track each circuit board through manufacturing, quality control, packaging, and shipping to the customer. The purchase of this advanced technology will bring added benefits to the company and its

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Sense of touch for VR is arriving now, with attached hype

The news about VR touch is becoming a torrent of verbosity. We’re now talking about full body haptics, stable haptics, room-scale haptics and “much more”.

So what is this really all about, you ask sweetly from your bunker? Essentially it’s transferring an equivalent sense of touch to a VR object, at this point. This is another sensory interface, much like creating media for sight and sound.

The inevitable first frontier for haptic tech is of course gaming. The commercial buzz is unmistakeable and getting louder. This is big, and getting bigger on a daily basis. Haptics in some form are even coming to PlayStation controllers. Predictably enough, the theme is immersion, as though gamers weren’t immersed by definition.

(It’ll be interesting to see if lazy game developers and marketers do anything about making haptic games more reliable and less infuriating than current games. Crashes, no-saves, etc. are the usual fodder

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A circular economy could save the world’s economy post-COVID-19 — ScienceDaily

The Covid-19 pandemic has challenged all facets of human endeavours, and seven months later the economic effects are particularly being felt

How the world can leverage the positive and negative effects of COVID-19 to build a new, more resilient and low-carbon economy has been analysed by a group of academics led by WMG, University of Warwick

A more sustainable model based on circular economy framework could help the world recover financially from COVID-19, whilst facilitating the attainment of net zero carbon goals

The World’s economy is feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic with many industries under threat. A group of researchers from the UK, Malaysia, Nigeria, UAE and Japan, led by WMG, University of Warwick have concluded that adopting circular economy strategies would be the best way for the world’s economy to recover, whilst enabling the transition to a low-carbon economy.Dr Taofeeq Ibn-Mohammed

The World Health Organisation declared the

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PC shipments climb in Q3, Gartner and IDC report

Research firms Gartner and IDC have released their latest shipment data on the global PC industry, and the numbers are a welcome, positive spin for PC vendors after years of continued decline. 

According to Gartner, PC shipments in the US increased 11.4% in the third quarter of 2020 — the strongest growth in the US in a decade. Worldwide, PC shipments totaled 71.4 million units, an increase of 3.6% year over year. 

In the US, according to Gartner, HP was the top vendor with nearly 30.8% market share, followed by Dell with a 25% market share. The list of top vendors was rounded out by Lenovo, Apple, and Acer.  Gartner’s data includes desk-based PCs, notebook PCs, and ultramobile premiums (such as Microsoft Surface), but not Chromebooks or iPads. 

Nonetheless, Gartner noted that Chromebook shipments grew by roughly 90%, with demand driven by distance learning due to the pandemic, especially in

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YouTube Music is now a whole lot easier to stream on TVs

On Monday, YouTube announced a number of updates for its YouTube Music TV app, including TVs running Android TV OS and the new Chromecast with Google TV. For all smart TVs, YouTube Music users can now access saved playlists and liked songs in their available libraries, the company said in a blog post. The options will appear in the YouTube Music tab within the YouTube TV app. The update also includes new visuals to show albums and and playlist artwork.

“We’re working hard to bring even more features to YouTube Music,” the blog post reads. “In the coming months, YouTube Music Premium users will be able to continue playing music in the background after exiting the app.”

The main change is that Android TV OS users will be able to access music uploads directly in your library. There’s also a new playback interface that’s designed to include relevant information like

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After Year on Ice, the Biggest Arctic Research Mission Is Done

The Polarstern amidst Arctic sea ice.

The Polarstern amidst Arctic sea ice.
Photo: NOAA, University of Colorado, Boulder, and MOSAiC

The largest Arctic research campaign in history just came to a close. For more than a year, a rotating group of roughly 500 scientists and staffers have been traveling the region on a research vessel called the Polarstern as part of the Multidisciplinary drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate expedition, or MOSAiC.

The expedition began last September, when a team packed the ship with 1 million pounds of equipment and set off from Norway toward the North Pole. They then attached the vessel to an ice floe north of Siberia and let it carry them westward for thousands of miles. This allowed the multidisciplinary group of researchers to closely observe the Arctic’s air, ice, and ecosystems to learn more about them and their bearing on our changing climate.

The team studied everything from

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