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.
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Here is a terminology glossary for reference from Blockchain Technologies.
By Aliya Ram
Do you think you’re real? Do you think I’m real? Tell me, tin soldier, do you have a heart? As I rack my brains for questions to ask a robot that will probably one day take my job and befriend my child, a colleague tells me that Pepper is like a nine-year-old. You can ask it questions, he says, but you don’t want to freak it out. He means to defuse my excitement, but instead adds to it. A robot as smart as a nine-year-old? Woah. Read more
Apple is a company that thrives on surprises to promote its products. But it is actually a creature of habit, especially when it comes to launching its flagship device, the iPhone.
So when Apple deviates from the well-established patterns of years gone by, as it did on Monday, it stands out – raising questions from analysts about why. Read more
Apple more than doubled its sales in China to nudge third-quarter revenues and earnings just ahead of market forecasts. But a shortfall in iPhone sales compared with Wall Street’s forecasts caused the stock to tumble by as much as 8 per cent after-hours on Tuesday. Revenues for the three months ending in June were up 33 per cent to $49.6bn with earnings up 45 per cent to $1.85 – the ninth consecutive quarter that Apple has beaten earnings forecasts. Sales of the iPhone rose 35 per cent to 47.5m units, below the 49m Wall Street was looking for, while Chinese revenues jumped 112 per cent to $13.2bn. Tim Bradshaw brings live reaction to Apple’s earnings and updates from its earnings call with chief executive Tim Cook.
Apple sold 270,000 iPhones in just over a day when its breakthrough smartphone made its debut back in 2007. Then in 2010, the original iPad sold and delivered 300,000 tablets in its first 24 hours.
Now there are signs that the Apple Watch, released last weekend, may have topped them both. Read more
Apple’s stock price grazed its all-time high on Monday morning as investors anticipated another record-breaking quarter for the iPhone maker. As well as another big quarter for the iPhone, many analysts expect that Apple Watch has already shipped more than the 300,000 iPads that were sold on its first day back in 2010.
Here are four things to look out for when Apple reports after the markets close on Monday evening: Read more
Expectations are high for Apple as it publishes its first-quarter earnings, with analysts forecasting that it sold more than 65m iPhones in the three months to December. With the impact of China looming large but the iPad still looking weak, Tim Bradshaw and Sarah Mishkin bring the news, live updates and analyst reaction from San Francisco.
Soylent, the start-up which aims to replace regular meals with its low-cost nutritional drinks, has raised $20m to expand its manufacturing capabilities and develop its recipe. Read more
After the market closes on Tuesday, Apple releases its third quarter earnings for the three months to the end of June. Its stock price has risen by more than 20 per cent since it beat forecasts with its last quarterly numbers, taking it close to its-all time high. Can Apple repeat the trick in what are likely to be the last results before the next iPhones arrive, and push its stock to $100?
Here’s what Wall Street is looking for this quarter: Read more
What a difference a month makes. When Box filed to go public in late March, hot tech stocks such as Google, Facebook and Tesla were trading at close to their all-time highs.
Now, the cloud storage company’s timing looks a little less fortuitous. A month after the “tech rout” began, the financial markets don’t look quite so welcoming to a fast-growing but heavily loss-making new listing, however ‘sexy’ its enterprise technology might be. Read more
In a handy coincidence of scheduling, Apple and Facebook will both report earnings after the market closes on Wednesday.
The two Silicon Valley giants will give Wall Street a fast look at the state of the mobile and online advertising markets, at a time when tech valuations are facing growing questions from investors like David Einhorn. Read more
Almost five years after launching, crowd-funding platform Kickstarter has received pledges worth $1bn. Half of the money has apparently been in the past twelve months (see chart below).
If Kickstarter were a venture fund, it would be a fairly significant player. So how exactly has humanity been enriched, for its money? Read more
Expectations are high that Apple can go back to its old forecast-busting ways when it reports earnings for its December quarter on Monday.
“Investors think that Q1 is going to be a blow-out and the Q2 guide is quite strong,” said analysts at Berenberg in a note after meetings with shareholders last week.
While the iPhone and iPad both look set to turn in double-digit percentage growth rates, falling prices and margins could minimise revenue and earnings growth.
Here’s what to expect after the markets close in New York: Read more
The inventor of the 3D printed gun has trained his sights on Bitcoin, fronting a campaign to keep the virtual currency anonymous and beyond the reach of the authorities, writes Jane Wild.
Cody Wilson’s move hits back at efforts by the Bitcoin trade body, businesses and investors who have been working with officials mainly in the US to press for acceptance of virtual currencies and hasten their integration into mainstream financial systems. Read more
Ladies and gentleman, the moment you have all been waiting for is fast-approaching: Twitter is due to file the small print on its initial public offering, a bulky S-1 registration statement that will allow investors a peek into the messaging platform’s business.
Here is the Financial Times “Ctrl-F” guide to getting the news fast (Alternatively, please tune in to FT.com when it happens, where we’ll do the heavy lifting for you): Read more
It is three months since Apple announced a whopping $100bn return of cash to investors, topping up its existing $45bn dividend plans with what it billed as the biggest share buyback scheme in American corporate history.
In the weeks that followed that announcement, Apple’s shares soared, finally emerging from the months-long funk that saw them dip below $400. But that rally went into reverse as soon as Apple paid its next dividend on May 9. Read more
Example of a space selfie, from Planetary Resources' kickstarter page
More than 17,600 people have raised $1.5m for a space telescope Kickstarter campaign, with the majority to receive a picture of themselves from outside the Earth’s atmosphere, writes Connor Radnovich
Yes, a selfie from space.
Planetary Resources – the ambitious space mining company backed by Larry Page and Eric Schmidt of Google alongside other investors such as Ross Perot Jr, raised the money over a 33-day campaign. Read more