- First mobile phone runs on a decentralized ecosystem powering telephony, messaging, data transmission, and more
- World’s first blockchain phone call made today
- Users have exclusive control over the data they share
- New blockchain to have wide applications for data decentralization
Pundi X, a leading global developer of blockchain-powered devices, today announced it had successfully created a blockchain-based OS and communication protocol for mobile devices, allowing users to make calls, send messages and transmit data via a fully decentralized blockchain network.
Powered by Function X, an ecosystem built entirely on and for blockchain, the new mobile phone called ‘XPhone’ runs on a new transmission protocol for the blockchain age. The innovation significantly expands the use of blockchain technology beyond financial transfers.
Unlike other ‘blockchain powered’ phones still in development, XPhone can operate independently of centralized carriers. Users can route phone calls and messages via blockchain nodes without the need for phone numbers.
Function X, the new blockchain eco-system, also enables users to securely send and receive data of all kinds, via a new transmission protocol, FXTP, while a decentralized file storage system is known as IPFX. Users will be able to share data in much the same way as they do online securely via the blockchain, while developers can quickly and easily publish decentralized applications via FXTP.
“Pundi X develops technology to solve challenges that blockchain technology is facing and make it usable in our life,” said Pitt Huang, the co-founder and CTO of Pundi X. “It took decades before the uses of the internet could be applied widely enough to reshape the global economy, human relationships and governance.
“We see blockchain as being at a similar stage of development to the Internet in the early ’90s; a new kind of network and decentralized protocol like Function X will be transformational to blockchain as the browser was to the Internet. For a start, it’s putting blockchain in the hands of millions via a smartphone and returning control of their data back to them, but it also answers so many other challenges.
“The possibilities for decentralized data storage and transmission are limitless. Decentralisation is the core of blockchain technology and a new protocol for truly decentralized data transmission reflects Pundi X’s belief that everything should flow from this core philosophy”.
Pundi X CEO and co-founder Zac Cheah said that the XPhone has the potential to establish a large global pool of nodes that can be harnessed to help achieve scalability and decentralisation for the broader blockchain ecosystem.
“Scalability in blockchain is derived from the number and geographic spread of nodes,” Zac said. “While certain blockchains such as Ethereum have achieved an admirable spread of nodes at 15,000 through transaction-based protocols, it’s clear that achieving a critical mass in terms of scale will require something with utility for the vast majority.
“Function X is the answer. By offering people the choice to be independent of a centralized communications network we’ve created a new use for blockchain that can be appreciated and used by most people.
“In turn this will have considerable implications for the future of blockchain and give life to a network large enough to support better scale, throughput, new potential applications and true decentralisation that has so far eluded blockchain.”
Trial demo units of the XPhone have been displayed to journalists and attendees at the XBlockchain Summit Inaya Putri Bali today.
Blockchain-based calling and messaging can be toggled on and off on the phone operating system, which builds upon Android 9.0.
Availability: The XPhone OS is currently available to phone manufacturers for testing. The detailed information of Function X will be available on https://functionx.io on October 15th. The Function X blockchain, FXTP, IPFX, and XPhone will be officially launched in Q2 2019.
XPhone features include:
- A mobile Operating System built on the blockchain
- Sending and sharing data, such as SMS, securely via Function X blockchain
- Easy publication and release of decentralized applications
- Making phone calls and sending messages independently of a central carrier
- Users have the exclusive control over the data they share.
- Decentralized data storage
- Every XPhone is a node
Finablr UAE Exchange With Ripple Launching Blockchain payment solutions By Q1 2019
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UAE Exchange based in Abu Dhabi is set to begin blockchain payment service in the first quarter of 2019. According to the latest report, UAE Exchange in partnership with Ripple strives to capture the huge Asian market.
Consequently, RippleNet will be used in UAE Exchange’s payment and transfer services. Executive director and chief executive at Finablr, Promoth Manghat said that
“We expect to go live with Ripple by Q1, 2019 with one or two Asian banks. This is for remittances to start with, from across the globe into Asia.”
UAE Exchange Employs RippleNet To Provide Blockchain Solution
Finablr is the international Foreign exchange, remittance and billing firm where UAE exchange is also a networking firm. Back in February 2018, UAE Exchange partnered with Ripple to become the major firm in the Middle East providing blockchain based payment solutions based on Ripple Technology.
By employing RippleNet, UAE Exchange will soon stand under the roof of 100 plus banks already benefiting from the RippleNet. Manghat sees a huge potential of blockchain in near future and he aims to explore in the industry before it reaches to masses.
“Blockchain holds tremendous promise for the industry but there is progress to be made before we see it go fully mainstream,”
UAE Exchange outlined the millions of funds that were being transferred to the Asian marketing in remittance and to do this, various firms were using their mobile app or websites. As a result, blockchain technology can help enhance instant payment solutions. Moreover, blockchain is not just one aspect UAE exchange is looking at, they are more keen to focus on other aspects like ‘becoming partner of choice of banks and technology companies’.
Dunya Labs Brings EOS Blockchain to India With Catalyst
Dunya Labs , a blockchain product company, hosted the inaugural sessions of its Catalyst Series in Bengaluru. Catalyst, a programme of hands-on blockchain developer workshops, was launched in partnership with the Government of Telangana Blockchain District as part of the State’s blockchain education efforts.
The aim of the Catalyst Series is to guide technologists in understanding, experimenting with, and developing cutting-edge public blockchain protocols. In India, less than 1% of the country’s developers have exposure to blockchain development, and experience is limited to platforms such as Hyperledger and Ethereum. Catalyst aims to bring India to the global blockchain frontier through community participation and developer education.
This series is a first-of-its-kind EOS workshop and hackathon, kicking off with a three-weekend-long curriculum covering the EOS protocol architectural design, developer tooling/environments, and smart contract and dApp (decentralized application) development. Hundreds of applicants sought the opportunity to attend the workshops, which featured sessions by international blockchain experts across Ukraine, China, Korea and the United States.
The workshop concluded with India’s first EOS Hackathon on November 24, 2018. Teams were tasked with building an EOS dApp within one day for a prize of INR 70,000. Numerous innovative ideas and use-cases emerged from the hackathon, such as utilizing blockchain to streamline and audit government benefit schemes, decentralized predictive markets and augmented reality-based gaming platforms with tokenized virtual goods.
Dunya Labs launched and conducted this event in partnership with pioneers from the blockchain industry including local leaders Incrypt and Koinex, as well as international EOS block producers EOS Canon, EOSYS, CryptoLions, Attic Lab, AlohaEOS, EOS Nation and Meet.One.
“The Catalyst Series is the first blockchain programme in India focused on the frontier protocols which are emerging in the space. Our goal is to give the Indian developer community a taste of cutting-edge innovations in decentralized technologies, and equip them with the knowledge and skills to build on the decentralized Internet of the future,” said Cathy Guo, Co-Founder and CEO, Dunya Labs.
“Through our collaboration with Government of Telangana, we aim to provide more collective opportunities for developers to build decentralized blockchain applications, in turn propelling Indiatowards leadership in the global blockchain industry,” added Srikar Varadaraj, Co-Founder and Chief Research Officer, Dunya Labs. “We praise the forward-looking stance and initiatives taken by the IT Minister and IT department for blockchain and its potential in the state.”
EOS is a general-purpose smart contract platform developed by Dan Larimer, who also built application-specific blockchain platforms Steemit and Bitshares. EOS is often considered as an alternative to Ethereum, which was launched in July 2015. Since the EOS mainnet launch six months back, the EOS platform has witnessed explosive innovation, activities and community engagement with over 500,000 account holders, more than 5 million transactions made per day, and one of the most exciting infrastructures and dApp development platforms in existence. (www.dappradar.com).
“I was amazed by the vibrancy and infectious energy of all participants. It was incredible to see so many technology enthusiasts choosing to spend their weekends with us. One of my favourite aspects of hosting these workshops was interacting with each participant – from blockchain newcomers to dedicated believers. There’s already strong demand for teams to continue working together on building dApp ideas. We plan on expanding these workshops in 2019 to cover more world-class protocol projects, and are excited to bring more hands-on building opportunities to India,” said Grace Guo, Head of Business Development, Dunya Labs.
NFT.NYC Exploring the Non-Fungible Token Ecosystem February 20, Times Square NYC
NFTs or Non-Fungible Tokens are a new way of creating unique digital assets that we control.
On February 20, 2019, NFT.NYC will bring the Digital Collectibles Ecosystem to Times Square, New York City.
NFT.NYC will bring together gamers, artists, blockchain developers and fans to showcase how Non-Fungible Tokens will, and are already, impacting their experiences of ownership and identity with digital assets.
It is the first major US event of its kind. Event insights will be broadcast on Social Channels and the PlayStation Theater Times Square Billboard throughout the day.
A sample of the Topics include:
- Why NFTs are important
- NFT Trends and Early Successes
- CryptoKitties – Journey and Roadmap
- Collectible Maximalism – Why Collectibles are the Killer App for Blockchain
- Tokenizing the World – Mass Adoption of NFTs
- NFTs that Unlock the Value of Real World Objects
- NFT Smart Contracts for Beginners
- NFT Regulation – Challenges and Opportunities
- Brand Champions for NFTs
- The Collectible Token as an Identity Protocol, and the Right to Forget
Joining the event as a keynote speaker and moderator will be noted thought leader, investor and blockchain theorist, William Mougayar, best-selling author of The Business Blockchain.
Other Speakers from Cryptokitties, Ark Fund, the Ethereum Foundation, OpenSea, Rarebits, Hashletes, Token Fest, Coin.Kred and PeopleBrowsr include:
- Richard Titus – Managing Partner of Ark
- Benny Giang – Co-Founder of CryptoKitties
- Virgil Griffith – Special Projects at Ethereum
- Devin Finzer – Co-Founder and CEO of OpenSea
- Jodee Rich – CEO of PeopleBrowsr
- Jonny Howle – Product Design Lead at Consensys
- Michael Anderson – Co-Founder of Hashletes
- Alex Atallah – Co-Founder and CTO of OpenSea
- Brinkley Warren – Co-Founder of Token Fest
- William Entriken – Lead author of ERC-721
- Lou Kerner – Founding Partner of CryptoOracle
- Brian Flynn – Founder of NFTY.News
Get your early bird ticket, apply to speak or nominate a speaker at NFT.NYC.
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