The South Korean electronics giant, Samsung has announced that crypto and blockchain features will be available in all of their budget smartphones in the future. The news was announced by Business Korea, an English Language local media on 15 May. This move by Samsung is similar to an announcement made previously by them, during the launch of its Galaxy 10 series.
The report stated that Samsung planned to get in touch with major telecommunication companies to look at generating mobile application cards, based on blockchain features.
Chae Won-Cheol, Senior Managing Director from the product strategy team at Samsung said,
“The company will slowly move towards incorporating the crypto and blockchain features in all its phones.”
“We will lower barriers to new experiences by gradually expanding the number of Galaxy models that support blockchain functions. We will also expand our service target countries after Korea, the United States, and Canada.”
Samsung came out with this news after HTC announced that they would be venturing into something similar.
The new S10 will support BTC, COSM and ENJ. COSM is a token based on the COSMEE blockchain, where users can earn and spend COSM tokens. A few months ago, the gaming-centric cryptocurrency, Enjin [ENJ], finally confirmed its partnership with South Korean electronics giant, Samsung, for the Galaxy S10, at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona.
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XRP TipBot comes back online after a tiny downtime; Nothing to be worried about, says Wietse Wind
XRP TipBot’s website and the corresponding application suffered a downtime on June 23, 2019 for a few hours, during which the application wasn’t showing the balance of users. The website and the API for TipBot instead, displayed a “500 Internal Error.”
A Twitter user, @BlueNETGaming, tweeted Wietse Wind, inquiring the same. Wind confirmed that it was just an “infrastructure blip,” and that there was nothing to be worried about.
Oops! Sorry! Infrastructure blip. Really easy fix but I enjoyed an offline afternoon with my girls 😇 So I only found out after some time, when I checked my phone. Monitoring, messages, calls 😇 Social media tips went through during the downtime. Sorry! 😆
— Wietse Wind (@WietseWind) June 23, 2019
XRP TipBot is probably the first and most widely accepted use-case of XRP. It leverages the transaction settling time of XRP Ledger to make tipping easy among peers on Twitter, Reddit, and other platforms, and this was the brainchild of developer Wietse Wind.
After TipBot, a lot of other cryptocurrencies have tried to mimic this idea of facilitating tipping; an example being Bitcoin’s, Tippin.Me which leveraged Lightning Network for tipping users. Although successful, it isn’t as popular as Wind’s TipBot.
The reason behind the same is that XRP Ledger allows transaction settlement in under 5 seconds, which makes tipping fast and efficient, unlike Bitcoin’s transactions which take a few minutes for transactions to be confirmed.
This is same reason why XRP is being used as a liquidity provider for cross-border payments in Ripple’s proprietary product, xRapid.
XRP community is a tightly-knit community with people who are very bullish about XRP’s success. There are equally talented developers in the community who are developing apps that help create more use-cases for XRP.
SchlaubiDev is one such developer known for developing plugins for Gmail and Microsoft Office, plugins that allow a user to send XRP over e-mails.
Ripple has identified Wind and his team’s talent and inducted them into Xpring, which finances them to help develop more community-based apps for increasing XRP use-cases.
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