This week in The 848 Update, we’re discussing the fridges of the future, the identity of the elusive Bitcoin creator and the ill-fated Boaty McBoat Face campaign.

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After increasing amounts of speculation over the real identity of Bitcoin creator, Satoshi Nakamoto, Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright has stepped forward, claiming to have invented the currency.

There is still some degree of scepticism, however, to Wright’s claims as members of the Bitcoin community are calling for further proof to his identity. Given that one of the Bitcoin’s greatest assets is the anonymity of users, it’s ironic that this is getting in the way of confirming him as the creator!

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Picture this – you’re out and about and get the niggling feeling you’ve run out milk. For the life of you, you simply can’t remember if you finished the bottle whilst making your morning brew and you know it’s your last chance to stock up before heading home. With the Samsung Family Hub you’ll be able to access up to date pictures of your fridge’s contents from your phone, meaning you always know what you’ve got in… the future is now!

At $5,800 the Samsung Family Hub does not come cheap. Including a touch screen interface running on Windows, in built speakers to use with third party apps (so presumably you could use the fridge to watch catch up TV over breakfast), and the ability to take photographs whenever you close the door, this is much more than just a fridge.

The question is, how do you combine two types of technology with different life spans? Generally we use our fridges till they either break or we get our kitchens redesigned, but touch screen devices such as tablets get upgraded regularly. The basic functionalities of the Samsung Family Hub could be the future of kitchen appliances but, surely, any trendy add-ons are unwise for such an investment piece of tech?

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It was a social media epic for the ages. When the poll to name a new polar research ship hit the mainstream web, it was a fantastic example of how the general public with the internet is a force to be reckoned with. The poll saw ‘Boaty McBoat Face’ win by a longshot and the UK was overjoyed to soon be welcoming the freshly named vessel…

…or not as the case may be. Today it was announced that we will be moving forward not with the name Boaty McBoat Face but with RRS Sir David Attenborough. No one can deny that the name is a fitting tribute to the famed naturalist (who soon turns 90) but it’s certainly a little disappointing. Never fear though – one of the remotely operated sub-sea vessels is being named Boaty in recognition of the feat… it’s better than nothing!

That’s it for another 848 Update – check back next week for more tech news!