Why a Walmart VP had a ‘religious conversion’ to blockchain

Frank Yiannas, Walmart’s vice president in charge of food safety, was once a “major skeptic” and “non-believer” in blockchain, the electronic ledger technology platform on which bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are built.To read this article in full, please click here(Insider Story)

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Maersk, IBM create world’s first blockchain-based, electronic shipping platform

Maersk and IBM today announced a joint venture to deploy a blockchain-based  electronic shipping system that will digitize supply chains and track international cargo in real time.The new platform could save the global shipping industry billions of dollars a year by replacing the current EDI- and paper-based system, which can leave containers in receiving yards for weeks, according to the companies.[ Related: The top 5 problems with blockchain ]Blockchain will enable a single view via a virtual dashboard of all goods and shipping information for all parties involved, from manufacturers and shippers to port authorities and government agencies.To read this article in full, please click here

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Healthcare, retail industries give blockchain a try

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services hopes to put a new technology to use in its ongoing effort to improve the health and well-being of Americans. The technology in question isn’t something one might expect to see in the healthcare IT toolkit; rather, it’s blockchain, the technology that underpins cryptocurrency and has primarily been associated with bitcoin. HHS sees blockchain as a potential salve for ills that plague the increasingly complex world of digital health records.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here(Insider Story)

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A robot may help you buy a hammer at Lowe’s

If you go to Lowe’s to buy a hammer or a stack of lumber this fall, you might have a robot offer to help you.
The U.S.-based chain of home improvement stores announced Tuesday that, beginning next month, 11 stores in the San Francisco Bay area will begin using autonomous service robots.
Dubbed LoweBot, the robot is designed to help customers by answering simple questions, such as where they can find light bulbs or where ithe paint section is
By handling more of the basic customer questions, Lowe’s executives hope the robot will free up employees to help customers with project-specific questions.Lowe’s
Lowe’s will introduce the LoweBot, an autonomous robot by Fellow Robots, in 11 Lowe’s stores throughout the San Francisco Bay area.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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BMW: Our future is electric and autonomous cars

BMW today announced it is shifting its development strategy toward more all-electric vehicles (EVs) and autonomous technology in order to address a “new era” in the industry.

The luxury automaker’s CEO, Harald Krüger, said the company would also focus on premium products and services for “individual mobility.”

“The technological focus will therefore be on consistently achieving further advances in the fields of electric mobility and automated driving,” Krüger said in a statement.

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Raspberry Pi 3 — faster, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 64-bit, still $35. WOW!

A new Raspberry Pi is here, for your IoT-tinkering pleasure. The Pi 3 has a faster, 64-bit SoC, with wireless, and better graphics, yet it’s still compatible with older models, and it’s still just $35 — incredible!

The Raspberry Pi Foundation seems especially proud of their new baby, born as it is on the fourth anniversary of the initial Pi release date. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers blow out the candles. <!– Not to mention: XXXXXXXXXXXX… –>

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.

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How IBM Watson apps are changing 7 industries

Watson transforms industries
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Since IBM opened IBM Watson to the world last year, it has been building a developer and entrepreneur community around the development platform. The community now consists of more than 280 commercial partners, as well as tens of thousands of developers, students, entrepreneurs and other enthusiasts that are generating up to 3 billion monthly API requests on Watson.

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