Emurgo has introduced a new Cardano blockchain explorer that was said to be offering more features as compare to any other blockchain explorer. The CEO of IOHK, Charles Hoskinson explained, “The ability to have transparency is a vital function for the Cardano blockchain protocol and Seiza delivers this in an amazing way for users.”
A new digital currency named J-Coin Pay has been launched in Japan with the aim of encouraging a cashless environment in the country without the use of cryptocurrency. In an official release regarding the launching of J-Coin Pay explained, “With the new J-Coin Pay bank digital currency platform, Mizuho Bank and other participating financial institutions will work together towards the Japanese government’s goal of achieving a cashless society.”
One of the largest automotive manufacturing company based in German, Volkswagen has shared that they’re going to adopt the IBM Blockchain technology for tracking its mineral supply chain. The blockchain technology by IBM will allow the company to track their mineral supply chain process as well for providing a reliable record for the mineral sourcing. This move is also aimed to achieve the various standard and compliances set out by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
A collaboration has been made between a blockchain start-up name LIFElabs and the British Virgin Island with the aim in supporting philanthropic causes around the world. Andrew A. Fahie, the Premier and Minister of Finance in the British Virgin Island explained, “LIFElabs’ innovative financial technology comes at a pivotal time for our people and our economy.”
A$170,000 has been awarded by the Australian government to a blockchain advisory firm named Crypto SA in establishing the country’s first blockchain incubator. The co-founder of Crypto SA, Yawn Rong explained, “Crypto SA Lab is about building a community and an industry in South Australia by providing these technical skills. Crypto SA Lab is about building a community and an industry in South Australia by providing these technical skills.”
Zim has joined the TradeLens (a Maersk-IBM blockchain platform) with the aim to digitize global trade transaction documentation process. Eyal Ben Amram, ZIM CIO, said, “ZIM endorses a proactive approach of promoting and investing in innovative digital solutions, such as the pioneering blockchain-based electronic Bill of Lading initiative, in collaboration with Wave Inc, and the recent investment in Ladingo, a ground-breaking e-commerce solution,”
Digital Asset (a Blockchain software company) has integrated their smart contract language DAML with Hyperledger Sawtooth (a DLT modular platform). The firm explained on the integration: “Hyperledger Sawtooth’s Transaction Processor has a very flexible approach towards roles and permissions, for example, and is based on a very natural DLT network topology of fully distributed peers. DAML is based on a permissioned architecture and Hyperledger Sawtooth can be configured to be permissioned without requiring special nodes,”
Number of CEOs of major banks in USA have been asked by the House Financial Services Committee of Congress to answer their questions regarding the blockchain technology. Jamie Dimon, topman from Jpmorgan explained, “The blockchain is real, its technology, a lot of people use and attest to it today and we think it will work over time. But the part that is not real is that cryptocurrency is not supported by anything. There’s no value behind it other than what the next person will pay for it…”
A technology company based in China has reportedly launched a blockchain-powered video game which combines the AR hunting mechanics used in Pokémon Go. A local press has reported that the game recently launched by Tencent has become the most downloaded free game in the country in both iOS App store and Android, it is believed the push due to banning of Google map which resulted in Pokémon Go to be not supported in China.
A major auditing firm, Ernst & Young (EY) have recently unveiled two new blockchain development which is also a new version of its Blockchain Analyzer and a zero-knowledge proof protocol. EY then explains in a press release, “The main component allows for secure, private transfers and payments on the public Ethereum network”. Earlier they have released a crypto tax & accounting tool called EY Crypto-Asset Accounting and Tax (CAAT).