Microsoft’s vote tracking system will now be integrated into Hart InterCivic Inc voting machines making them the first company to do so. This program will help people confirm if their vote was cast or not and will add an extra layer of security. Customers across 500 jurisdictions and 17 states will have the final say, whether to adopt the program or not. The voting process remains the same, in the end, voters will get a paper with a QR code that can be used to track their ballot.
Samsung said that it will be extending support to blockchain users trading virtual assets on Galaxy devices. The decision has come at a time when Cryptocurrency’s popularity and valuation are at an all-time high. Samsung users will be able to easily manage their virtual assets by storing them in the Galaxy smartphone blockchain wallet. The wallets are protected by its defense-grade Knox security platform. It will also provide news from CoinDesk.
News reports suggest that Apple will cut the size of its face ID scanner by 50% in the iPhone 13. The size of the notch can be decreased if the sensor is hidden behind the display or made smaller in size. Apple could reduce the die itself for VCSEL chips used for 3D Face ID scanning by up to 50%. The reports claimed that the chip size of only Face ID camera to be reduced, but the same chip is used in LiDAR on the rear camera.
Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao, in an interview with ET, said that due to regulatory inconsistency and lack of information in India about crypto exchanges, it may miss out on many $50-100 bn companies. It may cause an adverse impact for companies relying on financial services and make these industries dependent on global service providers instead. Zhao said they have blockchain tech to prevent scams, as only 0.01% of such activities have happened on Binance.
Airtel is collaborating with Qualcomm to fast-track the implementation of 5G services in India. The telco will use Qualcomm’s 5G RAN platforms to roll-out virtualised and Open RAN-based 5G networks. The telecom giant said both companies were planning to work on developing 5G FWA for faster broadband connectivity and on introducing cost-effective broadband services as well. Airtel is also hoping to venture into newer fields like VR and Smart Homes.
Lygon, an Aussie platform of ANZ bank, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Westpac, IBM and shopping centre company Scentre Group announced minting industry’s first standardised digital bank guarantee using blockchain tech. The group, formed in July 2019, claimed that it was the first time blockchain has been used for a commercial banking product in Australia. The Lygon platform runs on the IBM public cloud and leverages it Blockchain Platform.
The govt will explore the use of blockchain tech to ring in the digital economy. “The government will explore the use of the blockchain technology proactively for ushering in the digital economy,” Minister of State for Finance Anurag Singh Thakur said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha. The MoS said that the govt does not consider crypto-currencies legal tender and will take measures to eliminate the use in financing legal or illegitimate activities.