Friday, 15 June 2018

Blockchain Smartphones: Are They Worth the Hype?

source: coinwire.com
The blockchain is something you’ve undoubtedly heard of but probably don’t really know what it is. If you do know what it is, feel free to skip the next section and jump to the one after. For those who do not and would like to expand their knowledge, this one’s for you.

What Is Blockchain?

When you whittle away the exterior, blockchain is a list of records — called blocks — that are linked together and contain a cryptographic hash of the previous block. It’s essentially a peer-to-peer (P2P) network with a distributed time-stamping server that allows data to be stored globally on thousands upon thousands of servers. In other words, it’s a kind of public electronic ledger that’s openly shared among users around the world, and each time a transaction occurs, an unchangeable record of it is created, time-stamped and linked to the previous one.

Despite anyone on the network being able to see everyone else’s entries, blockchain is secure by design and pretty much impossible to be hacked into because it can only be updated by consensus among participants. That is to say that in order for something to be modified, the entire network must first agree on that change. In this way, a blockchain is resistant to data modifications and represents a big change in the way information is shared.

The many advantages of blockchain technology, such as its transparency and accountability, and its success in the banking industry, is spurring other industries to join the game. Case in point, the mobile blockchain, and the smartphone industry.

What Is a Blockchain Smartphone?

source: zco.com

The idea of a blockchain phone has many people excited for a variety of reasons. For starters, having a phone that runs on blockchain means that breaches are a thing of the past. As it is, our phones are definitely not as secure as we’d like them to be, and there are usually dozens (or even hundreds) of applications on a typical smartphone that can compromise its privacy and security. Second, these blockchain-enabled smartphones can also lead to cryptocurrency wallets that offer an extra layer of security, and allow users to make and accept cryptocurrency payments to other devices.

Examples of Blockchain Smartphone Technology
Now that you know some of a blockchain phone’s benefits, it’s time to get acquainted with the phones bringing them to us.

Finney Blockchain Phone

First up is the Finney Blockchain Phone, which was announced last year by Sirin Labs as an open-source model that runs on the blockchain. According to its white paper, it’s going to run on Shield OS, Labs’ open source operating system (OS) that are designed “to support inherent blockchain applications, such as cold storage crypto wallet, secure exchange access, encrypted communications and a P2P resource sharing ecosystem for payment.” As such, users will be able to securely store cryptocurrencies on their phone and use it for payment, sort of like an Apple Pay or Google Pay.

BitVault

Also announced last year is BitVault, which Embedded Downloads is touting as the world’s first crypto communicator and blockchain smartphone. With a third-party Independent Multilayer Security (3IMS) feature that works with fingerprint recognition and iris scans, paired with other features like voice and video calling, messaging and document sharing that are protected with private blockchain, this phone is the epitome of security. A quick note, unlike a public blockchain that allows anyone to participate, a private blockchain required an invitation and validation.

Due to its high security, BitVault is perfect for government entities, financial institutions, police personnel, security companies, and pretty much any business or individual who needs more privacy. Because it runs on a completely different OS than your average smartphone, the apps you currently have won’t work on it and vice versa, and to create apps for it, developers will need to purchase a developer license.

HTC Exodus

Finally, we have the HTC Exodus, another smartphone based on blockchain technology that comes with extra security, encryption and cryptocurrency support. This blockchain phone runs on what HTC calls ‘DApps,’ AKA decentralized applications that are also based on blockchain technology, and information from them is verified by users on the network. Each Exodus will also act as an encrypted node on a blockchain network, which essentially makes it VERY difficult to break into, and offers a native cryptocurrency wallet that lets users make and accept cryptocurrency payments to others.

source: gsmarena.com

Final Thoughts

To answer the question posed in the title (are blockchain smartphones worth the hype?), they most definitely are if you value your privacy and security and would prefer not to worry about people with nefarious intentions getting their hands on your data.
Enjoy!


Sunday, 3 June 2018

MacOS 10.14 looks like it will get dark mode and apply Apple News

MacOS 10.14 looks like it will get dark mode and apply Apple News
MacOS 10.14 looks like it will get dark mode and apply Apple News

A Mac developer named Steve Troughton-Smith was able to get a unique experience on the macOS 10.14, he then published screen shots for the new update which has several different features.

According to developer Steve Troughton-Smith, the next update to the operating system will bring with it the dark mode feature, that is, the user interface will be available in black, and the interface will differ from the older interface of the Xcode application for developers.

The new additions will include an icon for a Mac News app in the Dock, It will likely bring the iOS 11 App Store redesign to the desktop.

Here’s a closer look at the new dark UI chrome. The toolbar buttons are dark gray with white tints for the glyphs. It looks a lot like the editing mode in the Photos app. The Xcode project navigator sidebar features complementary darkened translucent blur material. The Xcode storyboard window includes UI to let developers quickly switch between light and dark appearances.
MacOS 10.14 looks like it will get dark mode and apply Apple News

MacOS 10.14 looks like it will get dark mode and apply Apple News

MacOS 10.14 looks like it will get dark mode and apply Apple News

MacOS 10.14 looks like it will get dark mode and apply Apple News

Saturday, 2 June 2018

Facebook will remove the Trending topics section

Facebook will remove the Trending topics section

For the past four years, Facebook has posted on the Trending topics section of its Web site a collection of news feed that users interact with, and today the social network decided to remove this section.

The criticism Facebook has received over the years has not stopped, about the mechanism of selecting news and placing it in the Trending topics section. in many cases, it has been dominated by unreliable sources and has appeared on the list.

If you have not seen this section before, this is something that is expected and natural, since it was active in only five countries around the world, and through it, news sites received a small percentage of visitors.

At the same time, Facebook is testing a new way to show news on its site, such as breaking news and local news.

Facebook is currently testing the breaking news feature with 80 sites and publishers in several regions around the world, through the test, the site can mark and indicate that this link contains urgent news. facebook did not say whether it would give priority to such publications compared to others.

Facebook is also testing a new section called Today In, which introduces important local news to users, which varies by country and even the city and is updated from local news sites.

Also in terms of news, but on the video way, users within the United States have a date with a special section that displays live live news coverage of the news as well as videos containing daily and weekly summary of events.

Source

Thursday, 31 May 2018

SoftBank invests $2.25 billion in GM's self-driving cars

self-driving cars is the future of the automotive industry

SoftBank invests $2.25 billion in GM's self-driving cars
SoftBank invests $2.25 billion in GM's self-driving cars

SoftBank plans to invest up to $ 2.25 billion in the US auto industry General Motors specifically with regard to self-driving cars.

The investment will be on two batches, the first $ 900 million to develop the project first, and the second at $ 1.35 billion when self-driving cars are ready for commercial sale.

This investment will be directed to the GM Cruise unit specializing in self-driving cars, the unit will remain a subsidiary of General Motors but a 19.6% stake will be sold to Softbank, and of course the authorities must agree with it beforehand.

GM will also invest $ 1.1 billion in the same unit after the completion of Softbank's investment deal.

According to Dan Amnann, president of General Motors, the most important thing for them is high security where cars must reach a high level of safety before they are ready to launch and sell officially.

This investment comes from Softbank at General Motors after the competition for self-driving cars industry there are Waymo as well as Uber and Tesla and many others are working in this area.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Official announcement of HTC U12 Plus

Official announcement of HTC U12 Plus
Official announcement of HTC U12 Plus

HTC recently unveiled its latest phones for the first half of 2018, where HTC U12 Plus came in line with the leaks we've been talking about for the last few weeks.

Compared to the previous generation, the phone has improved and developed some aspects, such as the camera that has become dual in the front and rear. The Edge Sense options have also been upgraded, battery size increased, and water and dust resistance standards have been improved, as well as BoomSound sound technology.

Specifications HTC U12


  • OS: Android 8.0 Oreo with HTC Sense (upgradeable to P)
  • Display: 6-inch, Quad HD+ (2880 x 1440) Super LCD 6, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, DCI-P3, HDR10
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 64-bit octa-core, up to 2.8GHz
  • RAM / Storage: 6GB / 64GB (microSD expandable up to 2TB with Flex Storage)
  • Rear Cameras: Primary - 12MP wide-angle, HTC UltraPixel 4  (1.4µm pixels, f/1.75), Secondary - 16MP  telephoto (1µm pixels, f/2.6 aperture), UltraSpeed Autofocus 2, OIS, EIS, dual LED flash
  • Front Cameras: Dual 8MP cameras, 84° field of view (1.12µm pixels, f/2.0 aperture)
  • Video Recording: 4K, 60fps with Hi-Res Audio/3D Audio recording with 4 microphones, OIS, 1080p video recording on the front
  • Audio: HTC USonic with Active Noise Cancellation, HTC BoomSound Hi-Fi edition, Hi-Res Audio stereo recording, Hi-Res audio certified, Qualcomm aptX HD, LDAC up to 32-bit high-resolution wireless audio via Bluetooth
  • Connectivity: USB-C 3.1 Gen 1, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi - 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5GHz), NFC, HTC Connect, AirPlay, Chromecast, DLNA, and Miracast compatible
  • Battery: 3,500mAh, QuickCharge 3.0
  • Other: IP68 rating, rear fingerprint scanner
  • Headphone Jack:  Nope
  • Dimensions: 156.6 x 73.9 x 8.7-9.7mm
  • Weight: 188g
  • Colors: Red - Black - Transparent black.
The phone is available for reservation starting today in some countries at 800 USD.

Source

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Honor Play 7 announced

Honor Play 7 announced
Honor Play 7 announced

Honor Play 7 has been announced with low specifications and low price, making it a convenient choice in many markets around the world.

Honor Play 7 specifications

GENERAL

Release date:                            May 2018
Form factor:                             Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm):                   146.50 x 70.90 x 8.30
Weight (g):                               142.00
Battery capacity (mAh):          3020
Colours:                                    Black, Blue, Gold

DISPLAY

Screen size (inches):                 5.45
Touchscreen:                             Yes
Resolution:                                720x1440 pixels

HARDWARE

Processor:                                  quad-core
Processor make:                         MediaTek MT6739
RAM:                                        2GB
Internal storage:                        16GB
Expandable storage:                  Yes
Expandable storage type:          microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB):    256

CAMERA

Rear camera:                                13-megapixel
Rear Flash:                                   Dual LED
Front camera:                               24-megapixel
Front Flash:                                  Yes

SOFTWARE

Operating System:                       Android 8.1

CONNECTIVITY

Wi-Fi:                                        Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported:       802.11 b/g/n
GPS:                                          Yes
Bluetooth:                                  Yes, v 4.20
Headphones:                              3.5mm
Number of SIMs:                       2
SIM 1
SIM Type:                                 Nano-SIM
GSM/CDMA:                           GSM
3G:                                              Yes
4G/ LTE:                                      Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40):  Yes
SIM 2
SIM Type:                                 Nano-SIM
GSM/CDMA:                           GSM
3G:                                            Yes
4G/ LTE:                                    Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40):  Yes


SENSORS

Proximity sensor:                     Yes
Accelerometer:                         Yes
Ambient light sensor:               Yes

Source

Friday, 18 May 2018

PayPal acquires iZettle

PayPal acquires iZettle
PayPal acquires iZettle

PayPal has announced the acquisition of Swedish payments firm iZettle,Specializing in financial matters for $ 2.2 billion.

The Swedish company was founded in 2010 by Jacob de Geer and Magnus Nelson, and became offering various financial services to small businesses, such as electronic payment systems, payment points, and financial partner applications.

The company expanded from Sweden to Finland, Denmark, Norway, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Mexico and Brazil.

IZettle is the most companies that deal with PayPal payment system through its various systems since 2015, According to the news, the acquisition talks lasted for years, the company's founder and CEO, Jacob de Geer, will be responsible for the company's division at PayPal.

The Swedish company completed the entry on the Swedish stock exchange a few days ago and was planning to raise $ 227 million from the process, which gives a hint on the interconnection of the two processes.

 
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