Collaborating Authors

Dish partners with FreedomFi to deliver 5G hotspots


Anyone can set up a Wi-Fi network. It took expensive, proprietary hardware from incumbent network equipment manufacturers. Now, thanks to a partnership of Dish Network, Helium Network, and FreedomFi it's become affordable to set up your own small-scale cellular network. Dish Wireless provides the cellular data backbone. But, it also owns Boost Mobile, Ting, and Republic Wireless.

Web3 darling Helium has bragged about Lime being a client for years. Lime says it isn't true.


Helium is often heralded as one of the largest success stories in the Web3 space, even landing a coveted article in The New York Times earlier this year. Since 2019, the decentralized wireless network service, which bills itself as a peer-to-peer network for the Internet of Things, has touted rideshare company Lime as one of its marquee clients, claiming the company uses its service to geolocate rentable escooters. There are numerous mentions of this partnership on its website, along with the presence of Lime's company logo, and in press coverage with various news outlets. There's just one problem: That partnership never really existed. "Beyond an initial test of its product in 2019, Lime has not had, and does not currently have, a relationship with Helium."

80+ Companies Shaping The Blockchain Landscape - CB Insights Research


Blockchain tech has never been hotter. From crypto to DeFi to NFTs, here is how top-funded private companies are leveraging blockchain technology. Blockchain companies raised more venture capital and private equity funding in H1'21 than any full year in history. The space is rapidly evolving as startups tackle a wide range of challenges in financial services and other industries. For example, online exchanges are making cryptocurrency trading and investing more accessible to consumers.

How blockchain is revolutionizing IoT


For all the hard work and big talk, the IoT market has struggled to deliver on its grand promise of'massive'-scale industrial change. Make no mistake; IoT sensing, married with AI sense-making, is the means to digital transformation – and the way to industrial revolution. IoT was supposed to be the tech movement that changed the world, by connecting machines, processes and people, and making enterprises smarter, greener and richer. It was supposed to make the world better, in other words. And it was supposed to be easy – cheap to connect and quick to scale. Ericsson and Cisco said a decade ago the IoT market would reach 50 billion connected devices by 2020.

San José to provide one year of free internet to 1,300 low-income families as part of cryptocurrency mining scheme


San José Mayor Sam Liccardo has announced a new partnership with a blockchain company that will allow the city to offer about 1,300 low-income residents internet for one year. The complicated scheme involves the San José government, blockchain-powered decentralized wireless network Helium and the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF). The Mayor's Office of Technology and Innovation is planning to install 20 Helium-compatible hotspots -- purchased by CETF -- in the homes and offices of volunteer residents and small businesses across San José. The hotspots will be able to mine HNT -- the Helium cryptocurrency -- using the same amount of energy required for an LED light bulb and will transmit about two megabytes of data per month. CETF will then keep the HNT mined by the hotspots and convert the cryptocurrency -- worth about $20 right now -- into prepaid, $120 cash cards that will be given to low-income households to subsidize their internet expenses.