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Blockchain Holds Promise Of Strengthening Financial Services Sector

Blockchain is genuinely a different way of doing things

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With digitisation transforming the financial services sector in terms of speeding up transactions and fraud detection, the Blockchain technology holds enormous promise of further strengthening the sector, a top official with The National Stock Exchange of India Limited (NSE) has emphasised.

“The NSE is experimenting with Blockchain technology,a NSE CTO Sankarson Banerjee told IANS on the sidelines of the fifth Cisco India Summit here.

The Blockchain technology is based on distributed storage of data. A Blockchain is a continuously growing list of records — called blocks — which are linked and secured using cryptography.

“Blockchain, we know, is the best way to create immutable record of things. That opens up a lot of use cases for asset verification – who owns the asset, where it comes from, things like that – or tracing the transaction of an asset,” Banerjee noted.

“The second advantage of Blockchain is that it helps avoid double spend. It allows for unique non-repeatable transaction,” he added.

Blockchain can make things highly distributed and resilient in ways that traditional data storage technologies cannot, Banerjee said, adding that in Blockchain, one can distribute a record to thousands of people and yet everybody can be sure that nobody can fake that record.

“Blockchain is genuinely a different way of doing things. Today, the asset is held in physical form and digital records of it are transacted,” he stressed, making the point that Blockchain technology should be credited for creating genuine digital asset for the first time.

“While cryptocurrency is a used case of Blockchain, it should not be confused with the technology itself, just as pornographic content, which can be accessed on the Internet, must not be confused with Internet itself,” Banerjee told IANS.

The NSE CTO, however, cautioned that it would be foolish to expect that technology could altogether wipe out the chances of fraudulent transaction because hackers do not always target the hard technology part.

“They instead often exploit the vulnerability of the common people and trick them into revealing crucial information,” he said.

“Blockhain can be truly transformative for exchanges, paving the way for them to get into very different businesses. We could start selling cars. We are not selling cars but we might,” Banerjee added, in a lighter vein.

While Blockchain still remains at an experimental stage at the NSE, what it has done to increase efficiency includes integration of latest solutions from the global networking giant Cisco for enhanced customer service, process automation, analytics and cybersecurity.

In line with its commitment to digitise the financial services sector in India, Cisco has developed a “Digital Transformation Blueprint” for the banking and financial services sector.

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The blueprint leverages the power of Cisco’s intent-based networking portfolio to integrate connectivity, security, automation, collaboration, and analytics across the business value chain.

As part of its collaboration with NSE, Cisco has automated NSE’s data centre, helping it reduce app deployment time from weeks to hours.

The exchange is also leveraging Cisco’s “AppDynamics” platform to monitor the performance of core applications and get real-time analytics for business performance to deliver superior end-user experience.

“With ‘AppDynamics’, NSE will have complete visibility spanning from the infrastructure to application to end user, thereby offering a superior end-user experience,” said Sameer Garde, President, Cisco India and Saarc.

“Institutions that are quick to embrace innovation and adopt new technologies will have immense opportunities to improve the way they deliver services,” added Banerjee.

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The NSE, which was the first exchange in India to implement electronic or screen-based trading, emerged as the fourth largest stock exchanges in the world by numbers of trades in equity shares in 2017, according to the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE) report. (IANS)

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Huawei Smartphone Mate X To Be cheaper Than Mate Xs

The device is expected to be powered by the upcoming Kirin 1,000 processor and will most likely be unveiled at IFA 2020

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The Huawei device is expected to be powered by the upcoming Kirin 1,000 processor and will most likely be unveiled at IFA 2020. IANS

Huawei is expected to unveil the successor to its foldable smartphone Mate X — the Mate Xs — at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2020 and now a new report has claimed that the device will be cheaper than the Mate X.

The Mate Xs is said to come with an improved hinge design and a stronger display. The mobile phone manufacturer has made many adjustments in the design of the Xs compared to its predecessor, news portal GSMArena reported on Thursday.

The Mate X, which is only for sale in China, sells for 16,999 yuan or about $2,400, which makes it more expensive than Samsung’s Galaxy Fold

It is also reported that the Mate XS will be smaller than the Mate X in its overall footprint, but the display size is said to remain the same.

The Mate Xs will come with a number of other improvements, according to Huawei Consumer Group CEO Richard Yu.

According to Yu, the Mate Xs will have an improved hinge mechanism along with a more resistant screen.

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Huawei is expected to unveil the successor to its foldable smartphone Mate X — the Mate Xs — at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2020 and now a new report has claimed that the device will be cheaper than the Mate X. Wikimedia commons

Similar to the original Mate X, the Mate Xs will launch without access to Google services and apps with a Kirin 990 5G processor.

The device is expected to be powered by the upcoming Kirin 1,000 processor and will most likely be unveiled at IFA 2020.

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It will adopt a design similar to that of the Samsung Galaxy Fold, means it will not fold outwards but inwards. (IANS)