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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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Rafarazzi African Couture Introduces Wakanda Shoes

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Made-In-Ghana products have been doing very well for some time now which has seen most youths get involved in this arena.

Wakanda Shoes comes in a beautiful unisex style.

Apparently, footwear are made to represent a certain culture and as blacks the Wakanda Shoes represents the African culture hence the black color dominance with calm yellow and white strips represents the Ghanaian and African nature.

Wakanda Shoes are made of woven fabric from Mali popularly referred to as “Mud cloth:”. This fabrics Authenticity allows it to withstand all weather without fade nor crack, tough as the black skin as it the first of its kind to hit the African continent.

During rainy days or when water is poured on the Wakanda Shoes, it dries faster as it’s easy to clean.

Wakanda Shoes officially launches on May 28th, 2018.

See photos of the Wakanda Shoes below!!!

Order and contact Rafarazzi African Couture on the following handles below.

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Samsung to pay Apple $533m for iPhone design theft

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A US federal court jury has ordered Samsung to pay Apple $533 million for copying iPhone design features in a patent case dating back seven years.

Jurors tacked on an additional $5 million in damages for a pair of patented functions. The award appeared to be a bit of a victory for Apple, which had argued in court that design was essential to the iPhone.

The case was keenly watched as a precedent for whether design is so important that it could actually be considered the “article of design” even in a product as complex as a smartphone.

Samsung to pay Apple $533m for iPhone design theft

“We don’t think it is supported by the evidence,” Samsung attorney John Quinn told US District Court Judge Lucy Koh after the verdict was read in her courtroom in Silicon Valley on Thursday.“We have every concern about the determinations about the article of manufacture.”

Quinn said Samsung would pursue post-trial motions to address its concerns about the verdict.

Juror Christine Calderon said the panel agreed that one of the design patents — the grid of colored icons — did represent the whole phone, while the other two at issue in the trial were seen as the display assembly that gave the iPhone its look..”

Samsung no longer sells the smartphone models at issue in the case.

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Mobile phone use after 10pm likely to lead to depression, loneliness : Study

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A study of more than 91,000 people has found that scrolling through your Instagram and Twitter feeds from the comfort of your pillow in the wee hours could increase the likelihood of developing a number of psychological problems such as depression, bipolar disorder, and neuroticism.

Late night phone-usage is just one of the disruptive behaviors pointed out by the researchers, who attributed the links to the aforementioned symptoms to body clock disturbance.

This study, published in The Lancet Psychiatry by professors at The University of Glasgow, is the first to monitor body clock disruption on such a large scale.

Participants aged 37 to 73 had their activity levels monitored by wrist-work accelerometers, which they wore for a seven day period, enabling researchers to measure the extent at which their circadian rhythmicity was disturbed during this time.

However, there were caveats to the findings, given that participants were only monitored for a week and were exclusively middle-aged and above.

These people were 11 percent more likely to have bipolar disorder and six percent more likely to be battling depression, they found.

Plus, they also reported lower happiness levels and greater rates of loneliness.

Such people suffer from “very poor sleep hygiene”, said lead author Daniel Smith of the University of Glasgow and would engage in late night activities such as playing on their mobile phones or making cups of tea.

While Smith advocated imposing a 10 pm limit to phone usage to help combat this, he added that daytime activities have a part to play too, explaining that a healthy sleep pattern is often the result of being active during the day and inactive at night.

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