HTC Working On Blockchain-Based Android Phone
HTC today pulled back the curtains on Exodus, a forthcoming phone based on blockchain. "Our vision is to expand the blockchain ecosystem by creating the world’s first phone dedicated to decentralized applications and security," said the company. "With the release of the HTC Exodus we can now make this a reality." HTC explained that Exodus will work with multiple protocols with the intent of interoperability between blockchains. Each phone will serve as a node to help with decentralization. HTC believes it can double or triple the number of nodes of Dfinity, Ethereum, and Bitcoin, for example. The goal here will be to provide a way to facilitate cryptocurrency trading. The phone will feature a secure enclave, provide a trusted hardware stack with APIs that connect to wallets, and provide owners with their own identity and data on the phone, rather than one stored in the cloud. HTC also hopes to increase the user base for DApps on mobile devices. The effort is being led by Phil Chen, HTC's decentralized chief officer. HTC didn't say when the device might reach the market.
Google Debuts 'Trusted Contacts' Personal Safety App
Dec 5, 2016
Google today made a new app available to Android devices that lets people share their location with others during emergencies. The app, called Trusted Contacts, simplifies the process of adding friends and family as emergency contacts.
Apple Says Apps Can't Be Used to Mine Cryptocurrency
Jun 12, 2018
Apple doesn't want iPhones and iPads to be used by developers to mine Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies. The company recently updated its App Store guidelines with specific bans on mining.
Google's Trusted Contacts App Lands On iOS
Jul 25, 2017
Google today brought its Trusted Contacts app, available to Android devices since last year, to iOS handsets. Trusted Contacts lets people share their location with others during emergencies.
BlackBerry All But Gives Up On Smartphones
Jul 24, 2015
BlackBerry CEO John S. Chen said the company plans to reduce the number of handsets it makes each year to one or two.
Signal Working on Advanced Method to Keep Contacts Secret
Sep 27, 2017
The developer of secure messaging app Signal is working on an advanced new technique to fully encrypt and anonymize the process of contact discovery (matching a user's phone contacts with existing Signal users.) Although Signal currently anonymizes this data and says they do not store it, it is data that could theoretically be intercepted and de-anonymized by a hacker or government agency. The new method addresses these concerns using secure enclave technology built into modern Intel chips.