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Apple and Tesla shares on the blockchain could be the next big thing in crypto

Apple and Tesla shares on the blockchain could be the next big thing in crypto

Finance
Cryptocurrencies had a wild 2018, tumbling well below some of the record highs seen toward the end of 2017. Bitcoin, once worth almost $ 20,000, plunged last year, closing out 2018 at a price below $ 4,000. Other major virtual currencies, including XRP and ether, also fell steeply. Analysts and executives in the industry are increasingly pointing to a fairly new development that could reinvigorate the space: putting securities like stocks and bonds on the blockchain. So-called security tokens are becoming a new buzzword in crypto. The term is part of ...
Smartphone makers bet on foldable screens as next big thing

Smartphone makers bet on foldable screens as next big thing

Technology
For the past few years, the smartphone industry has been searching for a breakthrough to revive a market mired in an innovation lull and a sales slump. A potential catalyst is on the horizon in the form of flexible screens that can be folded in half without breaking. Samsung and several rivals are preparing to roll out such screens to make devices more versatile for work and pleasure. The foldable screens could increase display space to the size of a mini-tablet, but fold like a wallet so they revert to the size of regular phones. But there are questions about price and durability. If the new phones fulfill their makers' ambitions, they will become a leap ahead for an industry whose origins can be traced to the old flip phones that consumers once embraced as cool and convenient. Foldable...
Mercury Prize 2018: Nominees reveal the last thing they changed on their albums

Mercury Prize 2018: Nominees reveal the last thing they changed on their albums

Entertainment
Making a great album is like making a great sandwich: The trick is knowing when to stop.If inspiration is the bread and butter, it's the choice of fillings that decide whether the record becomes a sumptuous feast or a disappointment.Just look at Kanye West's The Life Of Pablo. The star obsessed over the record for months after its release in 2016, making prominent changes to at least 12 of its 20 tracks, often to their detriment.On the flipside, U2 famously felt rushed to complete 1997's Pop album, delivering a "compromise project" on the eve of their world tour. They later re-recorded several of the tracks for a greatest hits album, labelling those the definitive versions.This year's nominees for the Mercury Prize, it's safe to say, have delivered some o...
One thing we learned about every Premier League club’s tactics from their first game

One thing we learned about every Premier League club’s tactics from their first game

Sports
ANALYSIS What has the opening weekend told us about every team's game plan? The first weekend of the 2018/19 Premier League season is done and in the record books. It wasn’t the most thrilling, with no real shocks but we’re already seeing how sides are developing their tactics for the new campaign. Premier League managers have shown us a glimpse of their tactics this season You can stand still in modern football with your opponents scouting almost continuously so they can find holes in your side’s game plans. But what are the most noticeable tactics for each Premier League team? With just one game gone it’s foolish to draw a full conclusion as the sample size is too small, but they may be giving us a clue about their p...