BLOCKCHAIN WEB MASTER7

Are we facing the next frontier of currency? Like bartering and banknotes before it, blockchain could revolutionise the way we distribute wealth and account for our transactions. A recent World Economic Forum survey found that most experts think blockchain, the technology that underpins bitcoin, will become mainstream by 2025. But for every person who thinks blockchain is the future of money, there’s another that thinks it’s all just fantasy hype. We’ll be putting these opinions head-to-head.

The FT is hosting a debate that includes you, our readers, in an integral role. On Wednesday, September 14 at 1pm UK time, Izabella Kaminska of FT Alphaville will face Simon Taylor, co-founder and blockchain director of 11FS. Izabella thinks blockchain and bitcoin are an utter waste of time; Simon believes strongly in the future of crypto-currencies. The debate will be live for one hour, moderated by Carola Hoyos, editor of the FT’s report on accounting.

We want you to join in and help us write the story. Share your questions and opinions in the comments here (under Live Reader Comments), or by emailing ask@ft.com, before and through the debate. Together they will form the front page story of the FT’s report on accountancy to be published on September 22.

Here is a terminology glossary for reference from Blockchain Technologies.

 

Key Speakers At The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC)

Apple reporters, developers and employees are gathering at San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium for the Cupertino company’s biggest product launch of 2016.

The new iPhone 7 and the first upgrade to the Apple Watch since its debut two years ago are expected, along with new “AirPod” wireless headphones and the latest iOS 10 software.

Apple’s anticipated move to dispense with the standard headphone jack to push consumers towards wireless audio is already causing controversy, so customers and analysts will be eager to hear how chief executive Tim Cook and his deputies explain the change. Another focus is the expected dual-lens camera, which could give the iPhone new optical-zoom or depth-sensing capabilities.

Tim Bradshaw and Richard Waters are reporting live from the event and rounding up reaction as it happens, starting at 10am Pacific Time (6pm in London, 1pm in New York).

 

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Transferwise is best known for its aggressive adverts bashing banks for over-charging customers to move money across borders. But even the most radical disruptors are sometimes forced to do a deal with the devil to achieve what they want.

So Transferwise had to team up with a traditional lender – in this case Raphaels Bank, one of the UK’s oldest private banks – to become the first fintech group to gain access to the country’s Faster Payments Service since the real-time payment system’s launch in 2008. Read more

Key Speakers At The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC)

Apple signaled to Wall Street that the worst of the iPhone decline is behind it, as it reported another slump in smartphone sales on Tuesday.

The Cupertino-based company has come under pressure to prove that its flagship product can grow again after reporting a 15 per cent drop in iPhones sold in the three months to June. Overall revenues fell 15 per cent to $42.4bn, with net income down 27 per cent to $7.8bn.

Nonetheless, Luca Maestri, Apple’s chief financial officer, said that iPhone sales fell at a slower rate than they had done in March, which he said had “turned out to be the low point for our cycle”. Apple shares rose 5 per cent after-hours on the more positive outlook.

Follow Tim Bradshaw and Richard Waters as they report live reaction to the results and commentary from Tim Cook, Apple chief executive, and Mr Maestri on the conference call with analysts. 

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Key Speakers At The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC)

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Tim Bradshaw and Richard Waters deliver all the news and live reaction from San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium for as Tim Cook and co take to the stage for WWDC 2016.  

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