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HTC to Launch Its Own Cryptocurrency-Focused Smartphone, Exodus

May 16, 2018 |

HTC to Launch Its Own Cryptocurrency-Focused Smartphone, Exodus

With HTC entering the race, a second cryptocurrency supporting smartphone created by a major electronics manufacturer is now on its way to the market. Could this be the start of a trend by all device makers to embed features such as hardware wallets into phones to help increase sales among more tech savvy consumers?  

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Exodus From Fiat to Crypto

HTC to Launch Its Own Cryptocurrency-Focused Smartphone, ExodusTaiwanese consumer electronics manufacturer High Tech Computer Corporation or HTC (TWSE: 2498), will release its own cryptocurrency-focused smartphone. The company has announced it is developing a “blockchain-powered” device that will be based on Google’s Android operating system which will be named Exodus.

The phone is expected to contain a universal wallet and a “built-in secure hardware enclave” supporting cryptocurrencies and dapps (decentralized applications). HTC reportedly also wants to create its own network with each phone serving as a node to facilitate trading within it. Finally, the company is examining the possibility of selling the device for cryptocurrency as well. “Through Exodus, we are excited to be supporting underlying protocols such as Bitcoin, Lightning Networks, Ethereum, Dfinity, and more,” Phil Chen who is responsible for the development told Thenextweb. “We would like to support the entire blockchain ecosystem, and in the next few months we’ll be announcing many more exciting partnerships together.”

Cryptocurrency Support as Killer App

HTC to Launch Its Own Cryptocurrency-Focused Smartphone, ExodusIf you follow the electronics market carefully, you must know that HTC has not been doing so well in recent years despite creating some great devices. In that context it is possible to imagine that the company is betting on a cryptophone to give it a more edgy brand to attract privacy-minded young people and the more tech savvy crowd. However, other companies have explored the field before HTC and it is thus possible that many more will soon feature built-in cryptocurrency support in their devices.

Earlier this month we reported on the technical details that have emerged about Sirin Finney, an ultra secure mobile device promising to keep your cryptocurrency transactions private. The phone will feature an embedded cold storage wallet, and will be built by the same company that builds the iPhone, Foxconn. And back in March of this year, the Chinese smartphone maker Huawei was rumored to be in serious talks with Sirin Labs about the device too.

How long until all new phones will support crypto as default? Share your thoughts in the comments section below. 


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BCH-Powered Social Media Apps Launch New Features

May 12, 2018 |

BCH-Powered Social Media Apps Launch New Features

This week the two popular Bitcoin Cash social media applications, Memo and Blockpress have rolled out a bunch of new features on each platform. Now users on both platforms can upload pictures, video, and even torrent magnets found on the Pirate Bay.

Also Read: Trading Cryptocurrencies Like a Boss Takes Time and Research

 Memo and Blockpress 

So far over the past couple of weeks, Bitcoin Cash (BCH) supporters have been utilizing two specific BCH-powered social media platforms — Blockpress and Memo. The Memo application arrived on the scene first during the second week of April offering BCH users the ability to write 77 character-long phrases using an on-chain method called an OP_Return transaction. Every action on Memo utilizes a transaction and an extremely small fraction of BCH and over the past few weeks; Memo has added a bunch of new features.

BCH-Powered Social Media Apps Launch New Features
The Memo app keeps adding features like topics, archived, personalized, and a new post feed.

At the end of April news.Bitcoin.com reported on Memo adding additional features like replies, emojis, and a counter for typing. The platform was getting a lot of use seeing more than 3,000 transactions in one day when the developers added the ‘reply’ feature. Now the Memo programmers have added a ‘Topics’ section a place where people can discuss specific subjects such as adding a dislike button to Memo, Christianity, BCH price predictions, flat earth conspiracies, and any topic that’s trending on the application.

Memo Images, Video, and Pirate Bay Magnets

Moreover, on May 10, the Memo development team added image and Youtube video support to the platform. This means Memo users can upload a picture or their favorite Youtube video utilizing an on-chain BCH transaction. The very next day a user implemented a live stream video over the BCH chain using Webtorrent, Memo.cash, and Blockpress. Another added a Pirate Bay torrent magnet using Memo as well in hopes the application can be used for an “uncensorable Pirate Bay.”

BCH-Powered Social Media Apps Launch New Features

Blockpress Also Adds Video and Images, and Says More Features to Come After the May 15 BCH Upgrade  

Then on May 2, another on-chain BCH powered social media application was launched called Blockpress. When Blockpress launched, news.Bitcoin.com spoke with the platform’s developer who calls himself ‘Attila’ and is a big believer in the future of BCH. At launch, Blockpress offered a similar Memo-like platform but looked like a Twitter UI and had the ability to add an avatar picture, and profile cover photo. Just like Memo, the Blockpress platform enables the ability to publish 77 characters via the Bitcoin Cash network.

BCH-Powered Social Media Apps Launch New Features
Blockpress provides the ability to add images and videos.

Then three days ago the Blockpress developer added the ability to add images to posts, a notification feed, community topics, and a sidebar of your followed profiles on Blockpress. Just like the Memo application, a bunch of people are testing out the platform’s newest features. Further, Attila says after the May 15 BCH upgrade the Blockpress platform will have the ability to upload much longer content (Tumblr style — via IPFS and also a 220-byte OP_Return update on May 15).

BCH-Powered Social Media Apps Launch New Features
Blockpress feed and the developer has added a community section as well.

So far on both platforms, there’s a lot of users sharing their thoughts and content with Memo taking the lead on users since it was launched two weeks before Blockpress. Both BCH-based applications seem to be following a competitive path towards adding new features like images and videos. It will be interesting to see what kind of capabilities Memo and Blockpress get after the upgrade next week.

What do you think about the new features on Memo and Blockpress? Have you tested any of these platforms yet? Let us know in the comments below.


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SpaceX will try again Friday to launch its newly upgraded Falcon 9 rocket

May 11, 2018 |

SpaceX’s upgraded Falcon 9 rocket is set to make its debut Friday afternoon after a previous launch attempt ended in a scrub.

The Hawthorne space company is scheduled to launch Bangladesh’s first geostationary communications satellite Friday at 1:14 p.m. Pacific time from Kennedy Space Center in…


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PR: Energi Mine Launch Phase 1 of EnergiToken Rewards Platform

May 10, 2018 |

Energi Mine Launch Phase 1 of EnergiToken Rewards Platform

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Manchester, UK – 10th May 2018: Energi Mine, the AI-based energy company, today announced the beta launch of its Energi Token rewards platform.

Energi Mine is revolutionising the global energy market through decentralisation and blockchain technology with the ultimate goal of reducing global energy demand and carbon emissions. It is creating a global ecosystem that provides financial incentives for businesses and consumers to save energy with a new rewards system. Energi Mine provides its utility token, EnergiToken (ETK) to consumers in exchange for engaging in energy saving behaviours such as using public transportation, purchasing energy efficient appliances to reducing energy consumption.

ETK can then be used though the ETK app for paying energy bills, charging electric cars or even exchanged for fiat currency. As ETK has financial value it creates a ‘profit’ motivation for consumers to conserve energy, resulting in people who are naturally motivated to save energy due to the financial reward. It’s a wholly different and unique approach to the problem of excessive energy consumption. The initial phase one of the ETK rewards app, which remunerates consumers for energy efficient behaviour, will enabled owners of electric vehicles to upload proof of purchase documentation to claim tokens. The phase one EnergiToken app will be released on 10th May in English, with the Korean version following by the end of May.

The underlying blockchain technology and use of smart contracts ensures complete transparency and trustworthiness for all Energi Mine users. The company is currently streamlining the technology interface with the help of various partners to make the platform accessible globally in their effort to foster a community that supports small energy producers and companies wishing to decrease their energy costs.

Omar Rahim, CEO of Energi Mine said: “In a market flooded with theoretical blockchain projects, Energi Mine is delivering a physical solution to a real-world problem at the heart of the energy sector. Energy companies the world over are broken, locked into a spiral of consumption that seems them sell as much energy as possible for as high a price as possible. To sustain this volume of selling, consumers are driven to use more and pay more. This is terrible for the environment. Instead of changing the system, governments are locked into a similarly futile battle, discouraging waste through taxation and levies. While this approach can successfully dissuade wasteful behaviour to some extent, it does not encourage long-term positive change. This can only be achieved through positive behaviour changes. A carrot rather than a stick.”

“Energi Mine will enable individuals to make a positive environmental impact trade through both the ETK rewards programme and blockchain-based P2P energy platform. Through these two key pillars Energi Mine will greatly change consumers’ behaviour patterns around energy consumption for the better, and present a viable alternative to the broken traditional energy market system”

Based on the app’s reward mechanism, Energi Mine has begun building partnerships with major corporations and organisations, to help them reduce their energy consumption and financially reward their employees for doing so. One of the current UK partners, the Energy Manager’s Association, works with some of the largest companies and energy consumers in the UK, including Network Rail, who will be involved in the trials of Energi Mine’s Ethereum-based blockchain platform.

In addition to the rewards app, Energi Mine enables P2P energy transfers using Energi Tokens as a medium. This process allows Energi Mine users to buy energy from other small scale renewable energy generators (such as solar or wind) or to sell their surplus energy to members of the Energi Mine community.

Get involved today, help be a part of the change! For more information about EnergiToken and its energy-saving reward scheme or to become a partner, please visit www.energitoken.com, follow on twitter at @EnergiMine or join the Energi Mine Telegram group

Contact Email Address
dan@brightbee.co.uk
Supporting Link
www.energitoken.com

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The fight over net neutrality returns as supporters launch long-shot bid to resurrect the rules

May 9, 2018 |

The fight over net neutrality is back.

This time, Democrats and other supporters of the controversial internet traffic regulations are seeking to turn the tables on Republican opponents by using a legislative tactic, popularized recently by the GOP, to resurrect the rules the Federal Communications…


L.A. Times – Business

Japanese Forex Giant GMO to Launch New UK Crypto Trading App

May 1, 2018 |

Japanese Forex Giant GMO to Launch New UK Crypto Trading App

Japanese brokers already dominate the global online retail FX and CFD market by trading volumes. And it now looks like they will try to leverage their country’s receptive regulatory environment to expand internationally with crypto too. The latest example is an app in the UK created by two groups headquartered in Tokyo.

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Pipster

Japanese Forex Giant GMO to Launch New UK Crypto Trading AppZ.com Trade, the international brand of Japanese forex giant GMO, has announced it will launch a new FX and cryptocurrency mobile trading application in partnership with Finatext UK. Named “Pipster,” the app is expected to be released for Android and iOS in the coming months.

The developers say that the concept behind Pipster is to provide simplified, smarter trading platform to a new generation of traders. It is said to include price indicators based on technical analysis, upcoming events, news and social sentiment. The app will also focus on building a community and offer a range of learning materials including videos, interactive quizzes and diagrams designed to easily explain the basics of trading.

“With Z.com Trade’s capacity to provide the best trading technology for retail FX traders, the Pipster app will be able to provide a simplified and smarter trading experience that we believe is essential to engage a new generation of traders,” said Rob Brockington, CEO of Finatext UK.

Japanese Collaboration

Japanese Forex Giant GMO to Launch New UK Crypto Trading AppZ.com Trade is a member of the GMO Internet Group (TYO:9449), of which its internet securities provider GMO CLICK Securities Inc., is considered as one the world’s largest online retail forex providers by trading volume. The group has offices in London, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Bangkok, and offers FX, CFD and securities trading services worldwide. Earlier this year it announced the expansion of its cryptocurrency business with a new cloud mining service.

Finatext UK is the British branch of Finatext Ltd., a Tokyo based fintech firm, specializing in financial education apps, customized big data services and ‘Brokerage-As-a-Service’ solutions. It is authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) under registration number 806585.

“I believe that this collaborative initiative, with a reputable fintech firm such as Finatext, is a stepping stone that will enable us to extend our trading services to a wider audience,” said Masahiro Funada, CEO of Z.com Trade.

Are Japanese companies eventually going to dominate regulated crypto trading volumes? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.


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10 Best Big US Cities to Launch a Business

April 30, 2018 |

If you’ve got the entrepreneurial itch and are on the hunt for the best place to jump-start a business, WalletHub has some insights. The site pulled out more than 180 large US cities and looked at 19 key metrics for each in three main categories: business environment, including the average…
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PR: With MVP and Partnership in Hand, Fixy Network Is Primed to Launch Its Pre-ICO

April 29, 2018 |

Fixy Network Launches Its Pre-ICO

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Lack of adoption in real life is a persistent reality that cryptocurrency has endured in the last 10 years of its existence. With that in mind, Fixy network aims to facilitate the use of cryptocurrencies in daily life through its versatile, yet user-friendly app which will be available on Android and IOS. It has two main features : Decentralized exchange and marketplace. Besides its main features, advertising modules and blockchain-based games will be available to engage the community and create a sustainable microeconomic cycle inside the platform.

Advertising and ICO listing features, which will accept Fixy app native currency (FXY) as its payment method, will help cryptocurrency companies marketing to deal with the imminent ads ban from major tech giants such as Google and Twitter. 55% revenue generated from the advertising services will be given back to the community through games reward mechanism.

To proliferate the use of cryptocurrency in daily life, Fixy Network will provide Fixy gift cards which acts as a shortcut for everyone to directly buy cryptocurrency using their fiat money. The gift cards will be available in every Fixy store partners.

In the present time, with hundreds of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) already running in the first quarter of 2018, how investors could confidently put their trust into a legit, genuine project that will realize the promises written in the whitepaper ? the simple answers will be to look at the team members ability to develop the product according to its roadmap on time and how well the established companies would open to deal a partnership with the project.

Acting as a translation from abstract vision to a tangible result, Minimum Viable Product (MVP) holds an important consideration to decide the seriousness and execution quality of a project. MVP can be defined as a product with core features that developed at the early stage of a project to demonstrate the feasibility of an idea. With MVP already developed, it shows the proficiency of the team members in converting an abstract vision to manageable developmental phases.

From software development perspective, there are many challenges involved in making a good mobile application, especially the one that incorporates a new technology such as blockchain as its backend. Fortunately, by having the necessary experience and long hours of development, the developers behind Fixy Network app have the capacity to understand them very well. With a lot of change cycles and features customization expected during the app development, its architecture is carefully crafted to minimize a lot of rework while providing the ease of scalability in the future. This will translate into a seamless experience when the app is used in daily life scenario.

As stated in its whitepaper, Fixy Network began its software and business development in November 2017 and has always in accordance with its roadmap plan. The MVP is already packed with some key features : OTC trading, advertising, instant messaging, and find buyer & seller. With the availability of MVP, Fixy Network team is ready to implement its solution on the field

and fully confident in seeking a strategic partnership with various companies. Fixy app MVP V 1.0 demos can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjB-WAgLrss

While successfully developed its MVP on schedule, Fixy Network has already securing NDA (Non Disclosure Agreement) contracts with two established franchise companies with 53 stores spread across Europe and Asia. The partnership will incorporate the companies into Fixy Network store partners which customers will be able to buy cryptocurrency directly with their fiat money via Fixy gift cards.

Furthermore, Fixy Network is ready to accept small/medium retailer stores as its partner, to speed up its network growth, so the vision of making cryptocurrency usable in daily life could be expedited.

The availability of MVP and partnerships demonstrates Fixy Network willingness to put investors and community interests at the top of its priority. Currently, the project is establishing its business by hiring ambassadors in various countries, ranging from Europe to Asia continent. With many exciting things already happened behind the scene, there are a lot of surprises to be presented in the near future.

With private sale already raised 400 ETH, Fixy Network will launch its pre-ICO on May 1st 2018 with 40% bonus. Don’t miss a once in a lifetime chance to be a part of cryptocurrency mass adoption movement.

Token Sale will occur from 1 May – 31 May 2018 and will be closed if sold out early

Ticker: FXY
Token type: ERC20
Total Supply : 100.000.000 FXY
Available for Token Sale: 68.000.000 FXY Soft Cap : 2.000 ETH
Hard Cap : 11.400 ETH
Official Website: https://fixyapp.io
Whitepaper : https://fixyapp.io/Whitepaper.pdf
Telegram: https://t.me/fixynetwork
Twitter: https://twitter.com/fixy_app

Contact Email Address
ht@fixyapp.io
Supporting Link
https://www.fixyapp.io

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PR: 4NEW – Two Operational Power Plants Secured with Launch Plan to Initiate Onsite Crypto Mining Farm

April 28, 2018 |

4NEW - Two Operational Power Plants Secured with Launch Plan to Initiate Onsite Crypto Mining Farm

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London, UK. Today, 4NEW announced that they have secured two operational Waste to Energy power plants that produce over 10 megawatts of electricity per hour in the United Kingdom. The power plants, located in Middlesborough and Hartlepool, utilize the Anaerobic Digestion technology to convert regular household waste and feedstock into electricity that is currently sold to the UK national grid.

4NEW’s securing of the two power plants is positioned to redefine the crypto landscape by placing a permanent footprint for the community that will deliver for decades to come. In Q3 of this year, 4New will install onsite cryptocurrency mining farm that will be powered by dedicated electrical supply from the two plants that will generate digital assets such as Ethereum, Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin and other cryptocurrencies as determined by the holders of the 4New utility token the KWATT. 4NEW has approached the crypto supply chain from the perspective of power production in response to Bitcoin’s voracious energy consumption which currently equates to the same electricity usage as the nation of Switzerland.

The conventional approach of the crypto-mining community has remained focused on mining by trying to source the cheapest power available to them. However, with 1 Bitcoin transaction consuming as much power as 34 US households in a day, a mining arms race has caused a record spike in electricity consumption. In recent months, some US utility companies have banned miners from tapping into subsidized power rates. To attack this problem, 4NEW focused their pursuit of renewable energies such as Waste to Energy power plants.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled than to deliver to our investment community these sites, already operational in the United Kingdom. To be able to deliver two plants and begin mining is fantastic, we can help reduce the cost of mining while helping the planet at the same time. Come the end of June, we will be utilizing up to 10MW per hour to mine cryptocurrencies bringing the KWATT to life” said Varun Datta, Founder of 4New.

Waste to Energy technology has been in play in excess of 100 years with 71 WTE plants within the United States and over 80 WTE plants in Europe. These plants solve two major social problems; Waste surplus and energy shortfall. It is projected that waste output will double within 25 years. To combat this waste epidemic, 4NEW has chosen Waste to Energy technology as its desired protocol to purchase, build and develop power plants globally.

“We are thrilled to participate in this deal with 4New which we believe is carving an entirely new demand and validation of the waste-to-energy power production technology.” said James Williams, representing the sellers of both plants in Middlesborough and Hartlepool.

WTE plants operate at breakeven due to revenue generated from the sale of Waste processing services and byproducts. Therefore the energy produced is free and can be sold to a national grid. 4NEW has decided to dedicate this energy to the blockchain and mine the most desired cryptocurrencies.

ABOUT 4NEW
4New is a waste to energy company focused on the production and provision of electricity to power the mining of popular cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. Thanks to the waste-to-energy model, energy produced is ‘free’, given the revenue generated from waste processing. Consequently, as Bitcoin mining gets increasingly harder to maintain profitably, 4NEW’s ecosystem, coupled with free energy, will be disruptive, providing users with unparalleled competitive edge compared to all other actors within the mining industry.

Contact Email Address
ssharma@4new.co.uk
Supporting Link
www.4new.io

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Kanye West to Launch Donda Social to Help City of Chicago

April 27, 2018 |

Kanye West has hatched a plan to rescue hundreds of thousands of Chicago residents, and his circle of super famous friends is also getting in on the action.  Sources close to Kanye tell us the rapper created the idea of an organization called…

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