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Blockchain Technology: What It Is, How It Works, and Why the Corporate World Finds It So Irresistible

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For the past decade, we’ve all probably heard the words “blockchain” and “blockchain technology” one time too many, much like a broken jukebox that is hopelessly stuck in an endless loop.

And when the cryptocurrencies drastically declined in price last year, we all thought we saw the end of it. Yet companies like Google and Facebook still seem more than inclined to invest millions into blockchain research.

Why is that? To answer that question, we need to start from the very beginning.

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Wall Street less than happy after Netflix undershoots its own subscriber growth target

  • Netflix’s underwhelming subscriber report for Q2 shocked investors
  • Company stock fell by 13% almost immediately following the news
  • CEO Reed Hastings expressed positive outlook despite rising rivals

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125 million subscribers worldwide. Isn’t that more than enough for a video streaming platform to be considered successful?

Well, not when you are running an ambitious company such as Netflix, and especially not when you severely underdeliver on your subscriber growth forecast and leave your investors feeling confused and with a bitter taste in their mouths.

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Microsoft throws Apple the gauntlet by unveiling their latest tablet

 

  • Microsoft’s Surface Go tablet is expected to hit store shelves on August 2
  • With this gadget, the company aims to rival Apple’s cheaper iPad lineup
  • Keyboards and other accessories for the device will be sold separately

Starting from July 10, users will be able to pre-order Microsoft’s latest technological offering, the Surface Go. This presents consumers with two important questions:

  1. How will this device differ from the company’s very own Surface Pro and,
  2. Will it hold up against Apple’s meticulously engineered iPad products?

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Tesla switches into high gear after assembling a total of 7,000 vehicles last week

 

  • Tesla met its June production target of 5,000 Model 3 vehicles per week
  • The newest car model is expected to make the company self-sustainable
  • Musk shared his positive outlook for the Q3 and Q4 2018 company earnings

After failing to meet several deadlines and facing many technical and logistical hiccups along the way, Tesla finally reached its coveted goal of producing 7,000 vehicles per week. Now that the venture is finally starting to pay out, will Musk and his crew be able to sustain this level of production, or will they once again fail to deliver?

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Facebook pulls the plug on its internet drone program

 

  • Facebook’s Aquila project comes to an end after 4 years of development
  • The drones were meant to provide high-speed Internet to those without access
  • The company plans to partner with Airbus and others to aid new HAPS projects

Imagine a world where every single person on the planet has access to high-speed Internet at all times. That’s what Facebook aimed to do, before suddenly announcing this Tuesday that they have abandoned work on their futuristic Aquila drones.

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Amazon partners with major hotel chain to bring the world’s first ever voice assistant hospitality service

 

  • Amazon teams up with Marriott to provide concierge services via its voice assistant
  • Guests can use Alexa to order room service, look up local restaurants, check out, and more
  • The company plans to allow visitors to log into their Amazon accounts to further personalise their experience

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Ordering room service will soon be as simple as saying it out loud!

Don’t believe us? Just ask the folks at Amazon… or rather their new and improved Alexa.

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