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HTC is launching a blockchain-powered phone

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HTC is developing a new Android phone that will be powered by blockchain technology.

The phone, named Exodus, will feature a universal wallet and a built-in secure hardware enclave to support cryptocurrencies and decentralized applications.

HTC has roped back the creator of its virtual reality headset Vive, Phil Chen, who will be responsible for all blockchain and cryptocurrency related initiatives of HTC including Exodus.

The company plans to create a native blockchain network with all exodus phones acting as nodes to facilitate cryptocurrency trading among the phone users.

“Through Exodus, we are excited to be supporting underlying protocols such as Bitcoin, Lightning Networks, Ethereum, Dfinity, and more,” Chen said on the integration of blockchain applications with the phone’s hardware. “We would like to support the entire blockchain ecosystem, and in the next few months we’ll be announcing many more exciting partnerships together.”

Here’s a glimpse of the product drawings for Exodus:

HTC Exodus blockchain phone

HTC is also considering accepting cryptocurrency as a form of payment for the phone, although its price is still to be decided.

It is worth noting that HTC is not the first to think of a blockchain powered phone — Sirin Labs’ $1,000 blockchain smartphone, which was announced last September, is slated to be released in October this year.

However, it is yet to be seen what these phones can offer to improve the experience of cryptocurrency and DApp users over the regular smartphones.

Blockchain smartphones are touted to offer better security and user experience by integrating cold wallet storage right into the phone and enabling direct trading of the native cryptocurrency with peers on the phone’s network, without mining fees.

But, all of these features can be integrated into an average smartphone with the help of software alone, and trading Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies will incur mining fees to transfer anyway – whether on regular phones or blockchain phones. Privacy-oriented web browsers and messaging apps can all be installed on any smartphone as well.

I suppose we have to wait for one of these blockchain phones to be available in the market to see if they make the experience of browsing through the decentralized web any better than the regular smartphones, but I am not particularly keen on them.

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5 Skills You Need To Learn To Stay Relevant In Future

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Have you even thought of the things your kids, nephews and nieces would laugh at you for while laughing at your parents for not knowing how to operate an Android or navigate an app? Have you asked what skills you should be learning now, to stay relevant in the nearest future?

In the world we are in, change is the only constant thing. Technology will advance. Science will Keep attaining feats.

We have been able to put together a few important skills you should be learning apart from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, to help you stay relevant in many years to come.

These 5 Skills You Should Be Learning To Stay Relevant In Future
1. Web Development
Over the years, mobile web view has now surpassed desktop web. And that means there is something huge for web developers. There also is a regular increase in websites creation and searches.

2. Google Analytics
A lot now goes on in the digital space every second. This calls for the ability to view, interpret and utilize statistics to the favour of your company. Several Companies are regularly searching for people who can analyze and utilize raw information.

3. Coding
It is the middle of another tech boom. Yes. And the world now has high demand for coders. The pay for such too is high.

The earlier you take advantage, the better it is, before it becomes a commonplace.

4. Microsoft Office Suite
This talks about the effective use of Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. In today’s workplace there is specifically becoming increasing demand of Excel. In fact it is becoming the most desired software skill in today’s workplace. Who knows, this might just be what you will be needing to reason scale through that job interview you are awaiting.

You should consider taking quick advantage of the skill. There are quite some resources Google has provided such as YouTube that can be of help to acquiring the necessary skill in Excel. You may consider learning physically from an expert too.

5. Digital Marketing
If indeed, you want to play in Tech – the next best thing into all the coding stuff – stay here and become the butter to their bread!

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Kulaperry Optimistic About Advancing The Lives Of Street Children With The “Fear No Man” Culture

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We sometimes find ourselves in environments where there are more missing parent than missing children. In simple terms, most parents have abandoned their children for one reason or the other. But whatever reason it could be, abandoning these innocent children on the street isn’t the right option.

That’s the more reason celebrated celebrity fashion stylist Kulaperry and his team are optimistic about advancing the lives of as many street children as possible with the “Fear No Man” culture. They have collectively decided to create a world of equal opportunity for these innocent street kids.

“Fear No Man Charity Badge” has been designed to that effect to help identify and support street children across the city. After rigorous research and countless interviews with 500+ street children, it triggered them to scheme out this Initiative to help get as many street children off the street and introduce them to welcoming environment.

– Kindly contribute your quota to the Fear No Man Culture by looking out for kids on the street who have the Fear No Man badge on, as it touches your heart bless them with any amount you desire.

– At the end of each month, they have a savings framework in place to help them store what they receive as well as double it for them and put them into a training of their choice. Your gift to these children will help Kulaperry, his team, Fear No Man culture, Ghana and the world at large. They have set a target to take as many of them off the streets in the next 1-12 months.

With that in mind, the next time you drive around, kindly Look Out For A Child Under this initiative, Identify the Badge and Bless Them. May God Bless You as You Uplift Humanity. FearNoMan is a Culture!!!

Written by; John Claude Tamakloe.

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SoundCloud Rival Mixcloud Inks Licensing Deal With Universal Music Group

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Universal Music Group has signed a multi-year direct licensing deal with U.K.-based audio streaming platform Mixcloud.

Under the terms of the agreement, UMG artists will be paid for the use of their music on Mixcloud’s advertising-supported and future subscription services. The global deal does not cover Japan and China, but it does notably include retrospective payment for previous uses of Universal repertoire that were not covered by its existing deals with collecting societies.

Launched in 2009 and often touted as a rival to SoundCloud, Mixcloud specializes in long-form dance and EDM mixes and has built up a loyal and sizable following among EDM fans, artists and producers.

The ad-supported platform has a catalogue of over 15 million on-demand radio shows, DJ sets and podcasts — typically lasting around 45 minutes-plus — and claims to attract over 17 million listeners each month. Notable contributors have included David Guetta, Erykah Badu, Tiësto, Moby, Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin, Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, as well as independent radio stations like London’s NTS and New York’s The Lot Radio.

Universal Music is the second major to sign a licensing deal with Mixcloud following Warner Music and brings the London-based company a step closer to realizing its long-mooted ambition to launch a full subscription offer.

At present, the platform only offers an ad-free subscription tier costing £4.99 a month ($6.50), but it plans to roll-out a full ‘premium’ service, offering personalized experiences and advanced functionality, as soon as it concludes a full suite of licensing deals. Discussions are said to be ongoing with Sony Music and independent rights organization Merlin.

The platform — which uses its own proprietary Content ID system to identify individual songs within mixes and track and monetize usage — already has agreements in place with a number of international collecting societies and PROs, including SoundExchange, ASCAP, BMI, SESAC, SACEM, and U.K.-based PPL and PRS for Music.

Earlier this year, it signed a multi-territory licensing deal with pan-European online music rights licensing and processing hub ICE. 2018 has additionally seen the company raise $11.5 million in a funding round from WndrCothat saw Ann Daly, former president of DreamWorks Animation, and Anthony Saleh, an investor and artist manager of hip-hop stars Nas and Future, join its board.

“Our focus has always been on empowering artists and curators alike, and this deal with Universal Music will help us usher in a new era of collaboration in which everyone wins,” said Mixcloud co-founder Nico Perez in a statement announcing its latest licensing deal.

Perez went on to say that the agreement “ensures that all rights-holders are paid fairly for the use of their work” and would “enhance what we can offer to our curators, their listeners, and to the artists that created the great tracks in the first place.”

“Mixcloud has developed an innovative platform where audiences can uniquely discover artists and experience music through curated stations, podcasts, DJ sets and other influencer-driven audio formats,” said James Healy, UMG’s vice president of digital business.

“Working together,” he went on to say, “we will expand the programming that’s available across Mixcloud and give their passionate fans more choice over how they consume music and interact with their favorite artists.”

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