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TECH 19 Oct 2018 | 8:09 AM

De Beers eyes tech markets for synthetic diamonds future

Anglo American unit De Beers is going after lucrative, but elusive high-tech markets in quantum computing, as it aims to expand its lab-grown diamond business beyond drilling and cutting.

TECH 18 Oct 2018 | 7:04 AM

Wooing investors, Rwanda hosts first tantalum-tracking blockchain

Rwanda's mining boss announced on Oct 16 the world's first blockchain project to track tantalum from the pit-face to the refinery, part of a push to woo investors seeking a conflict-free source of minerals.

TECH 11 May 2018 | 9:27 AM

De Beers tracks diamonds through supply chain using blockchain

Anglo American's De Beers said on May 10 it had tracked 100 high-value diamonds from miner to retailer using blockchain, in the first effort of its kind to clear the supply chain of imposters and conflict minerals.

TECH 20 Apr 2018 | 7:18 AM

DeBeers rolls out app to clean up Sierra Leone diamond supply chain

Global diamond giant De Beers is rolling out an app to help small-scale, artisanal diamond miners in Sierra Leone certify that gems they pry from the soil are legal, the Anglo American unit said.

TECH 06 Apr 2017 | 8:30 AM

Big miners have trouble joining technology revolution

Mining companies chasing the kind of technological breakthroughs made long ago in the manufacture of cars and mobile phones have unveiled eye-catching innovations.

TECH 07 Feb 2017 | 12:45 AM

Tech gives mining company productivity gain

Technological improvements have boosted productivity by 40% over the last three years and a further 40% can be delivered by 2020..

TECH 22 Sep 2016 | 10:04 AM

Whose sky is it anyway? US drone case tests rights to air space

When a small town American roofer took legal action against a neighbour for shooting down his drone, the local dispute sparked a case that could help shape the newest frontier of property rights law – who owns the air.

TECH 06 Jun 2016 | 4:25 AM

Australian storm disrupts everything from Internet to shipping

A weekend of wild weather in Australia disrupted everything from the Internet to shipping and banking, while pummelling coastal towns and exposing insurance companies to hefty payouts.

TECH 01 Jun 2016 | 9:24 AM

Bitcoin hits two-year high as yuan worries drive Chinese demand

The price of the Web-based digital currency Bitcoin soared to its highest in almost two years on May 31, rising to more than US$500 (RM2,074) per unit, as worries about a further weakening of the yuan drove increased demand from China.