Inside Axie Infinity

By Kate Baucherel | October 6, 2021
Axie Infinity screenshot

Axie Infinity is hitting the headlines. This germ of an idea that emerged in 2017 has now reached a $30 billion valuation and sees activity on a par with mainstream games, according to Forbes. During the pandemic it became a lifeline for many people in the Philippines who earned enough from play to replace their…

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Unpacking El Salvador’s Bitcoin Rollout

By Kate Baucherel | September 7, 2021
El Salavador Flag and Bitcoin logo

Today’s the day that El Salvador officially recognises Bitcoin as legal tender. For the first time, a public, decentralised cryptocurrency is being adopted by a sovereign nation. What does this actually mean for the people, the economy, and crypto? Anyone can use Bitcoin Although El Salvador makes its use official, there is nothing to stop…

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NFTs and digital fine art – a love match

By Kate Baucherel | September 1, 2021
Three artworks

Artist James Atkins launched his first crypto art collection on Valentine’s Day 2021. As at 1st September 2021, 99 digital fine art pieces had been sold to thirty different collectors around the world, and the hundredth piece, the signed complete set with unlockable content, is up for auction. How did James hit the ground running…

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Central Bank Digital Currencies gather steam

By Kate Baucherel | June 14, 2021
British bank notes

Central Bank Digital Currencies, or CBDCs, are gathering steam. The years since the 2008 financial crash have seen both the emergence of cryptocurrencies and a rapid rise in the use of digital forms of payment. The Bank of England published their second discussion paper on CBDC a few days ago, and Governor Andrew Bailey told…

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CryptoPunk 7523 and original digital art

By Kate Baucherel | June 12, 2021
CryptoPunk 7523 "Covid Alien"

Hearing the hammer fall on CryptoPunk 7523 at Sotheby’s on Thursday 10th June, 2021, was a breathtaking moment. The price was one thing, jumping from a bid of $1.8m straight to the winning bid at $11.8m (4520 ETH), but the occasion was more significant. In the traditional art world, the value placed on a unique…

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NFTs through the looking glass

By Kate Baucherel | March 30, 2021

What’s an NFT? As crypto assets leap into the headlines, the race is on for people to understand the blockchain and crypto world, and a new series of bite sized guides is helping newcomers to do just that. Whether we’re going ‘down the rabbit-hole’, as they say in crypto, or through the looking glass, Wonderland…

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Harvey Duckman Presents… celebrates its fiftieth author

By Kate Baucherel | February 26, 2021

Writers around the world are finding a home for their fantastic fiction in North-East England’s very own Harvey Duckman series of scifi, fantasy, horror and steampunk short story anthologies. And the latest volume marks a milestone for Billingham’s Sixth Element Publishing. The series was launched in 2019 to help new authors get their first foothold…

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Lockdown sparks international collaboration on blockchain book

By Kate Baucherel | December 7, 2020
Ash Costello and Kate Baucherel, authors of What's Hot in Blockchain & Crypto

Two blockchain advocates have come together to produce the first collection in a new series of inspiring success stories from around the world. ‘What’s Hot in Blockchain and Crypto’ takes the reader on a global journey along the cutting edge of a transformative technology. This first collection of seventeen tales includes interviews with Genevieve Leveille…

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Lockdown sparks international collaboration on blockchain book

By Kate Baucherel | December 7, 2020
Ash Costello and Kate Baucherel, authors of What's Hot in Blockchain & Crypto

Two blockchain advocates have come together to produce a new series of inspiring success stories from around the world. What’s Hot in Blockchain & Crypto takes you on a global journey along the cutting edge of a transformative technology, meeting the people behind some of the most inspiring and innovative applications of blockchain. This first…

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North East tech author celebrates third novel success

By Kate Baucherel | November 30, 2020
Stack of three SimCavalier books

The latest book in a Billingham author’s sci fi thriller series is attracting rave reviews from readers around the world. The third SimCavalier tale, Tangled Fortunes, which has just been released to five star acclaim, is partly set in the North East of England. A series of cyber attacks brings the Argentum cybersecurity team to…

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