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Arm CEO on 5G, the 5th Wave of Computing, and the Trillion-Device World

The future of technology will be brought to you by the number five, say speakers at Arm TechCon

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Arm CEO Simon Segars gives a keynote address at Arm TechCon 2018 in San Jose, Calif.
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It’s not exactly clear which emerging technology will bring the next major advance that rocks the world but, like an episode of Sesame Street, there’s a good chance that it will be brought to you by the number “5.”

That was the theme of keynote addresses that kicked off Arm TechCon 2018, a gathering of 4,000 embedded-systems specialists held in San Jose, Calif., this week. Arm CEO Simon Segars counted through computing history: Wave 1, the era of mainframe computing; Wave 2, personal computing and software; Wave 3, the Internet; and Wave 4, mobile and cloud computing.

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The Spectacular Collapse of CryptoKitties, the First Big Blockchain Game

A cautionary tale of NFTs, Ethereum, and cryptocurrency security

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On 4 September 2018, someone known only as Rabono bought an angry cartoon cat named Dragon for 600 ether—an amount of Ethereum cryptocurrency worth about US $170,000 at the time, or $745,000 at the cryptocurrency’s value in July 2022.

It was by far the highest transaction yet for a nonfungible token (NFT), the then-new concept of a unique digital asset. And it was a headline-grabbing opportunity for CryptoKitties, the world’s first blockchain gaming hit. But the sky-high transaction obscured a more difficult truth: CryptoKitties was dying, and it had been for some time.

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