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Huawei Introduces Mate 30 Pro with a quad-camera system and its Own App Store



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Chinese Technology Company, Huawei recently released its Mate 30 Pro smartphone as the World’s 1st flagship powered by the Kirin 990 SoC with built-in 5G alongside a 7nm+ EUV technology. The Huawei Mate 30 Pro comes in six different colors (vegan leather orange, vegan leather forest-green, cosmic-purple, space-silver, emerald-green and black) fully equipped with a quad-camera compartment and a waterfall screen display.

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The Huawei Pro Mate was officially announced on Thursday at an event in Munich, Germany alongside the Huawei Mate 30 model. During the exhibition, Richard Yu – CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group highlights that the new Huawei Mate 30 Pro ships with a Google-less Android Operating System and its own AppGallery. He went on to state that;

“We cannot use the Google Mobile Services core, we can use the Huawei Mobile Services (HMS) core.”

The Mate 30 Pro model operates on a 1.86GHz octa-core HiSilicon Kirin processor and an 8G RAM. Hence it fraughts with a camera compartment of 40 MP ultra-wide cine super-sensors and a 3D depth-sensing camera at the rear. In addition to a screen resolution of 1176 x 2400 pixels with an 18.4:9 aspect ratio that supports DCI-P3 HDR standard. As well as a 6.53-inch full HD+ flex OLED ‘horizon‘ screen display.

Also, the ultra-curved design provides a wider scope for volume adjustment with the absence of the volume buttons. While improving quad-finger gaming control due to this 88-degrees curvature and increased side-touch interaction. The Mate 30 Pro battery specification maintains the company’s patented 40W SuperCharge technology including a 27W wireless charging to boot. Plus an upgrade on the reverse wireless charging feature to up to three times the normal speed.

Furthermore, Huawei debuts the Mate 30 Pro as the first in its smartphone series to be launched with the EMUI 10, a reserved open-source Android environment which is a close semblance to Google’s Android 10.

With the exception of Google’s Android Operating system together with all other Google services and apps such as Google Maps, Google Chrome and particularly the Google Play Store. This comes as a result of the ban placed upon Huawei that forestalls the Chinese Telecom Equipment providers from engaging with U.S. companies without the approval of the U.S government.

Even though critics anticipate this move to pose an increased customer dissatisfaction since Huawei debuts this new flagship device without Google’s services. Having that the only option to download apps is from Huawei’s native mobile app distribution platform – The Huawei AppGallery which boasts of about 45,000 apps in juxtaposition to the 2.7 million apps on Google PlayStore.

Yet, the second largest smartphone brand worldwide and the biggest maker of switching gear remains optimistic about this approach. Subsequently, Huawei plans to spend over $1 billion on its app distribution channel as an incentive to attract more developers, consequently increasing the number of apps on the AppGallery. Elaborating further, the company strongly believes that the Huawei Mate 30 Pro has more than what it takes to thrive even without the backings of Google’s vast services.


AMC Theatres to Start Accepting Ethereum, Litecoin, And Bitcoin Cash In Addition To Bitcoin By Year-End



AMC Theatres to Start Accepting Ethereum, Litecoin, And Bitcoin Cash In Addition To Bitcoin By Year-End

The world’s leading movie theatre chain will be accepting Litecoin, Ethereum, and Bitcoin Cash in addition to Bitcoin as payments for confectionaries and movie tickets at all its U.S. outlets before December 31.

This is according to a Twitter announcement made by the Company’s C.E.O Adam Aron on Thursday morning sending out a wave of bullish sentiments on the three cryptocurrencies by crypto enthusiasts.

“Cryptocurrency enthusiasts: you likely know AMCTheatres has announced we will accept Bitcoin for online ticket and concession payments by year-end 2021. I can confirm today that when we do so, we also expect that we similarly will accept Ethereum, Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash.” 

Last month, the C.E.O in an early morning earnings call had disclosed that AMC was actively engaged in setting up payment systems that would allow movie enthusiasts to pay for various services and purchases using Bitcoin. He had also acknowledged receiving a lot of inquiries from users and shareholders on the possibility of the company accepting payments in crypto which could have largely informed Thursday’s announcement.

Although Litecoin foundation did not respond to the statement in writing, Litecoin’s news page and Charlie Lee, the founder of Litecoin retweeted AMCs announcement gesturing their affirmation.

Broadening the crypto payments net

Litecoin has been making inroads in institutional halls thanks to its long-term persistence and reliability. Its completed MWEB upgrade project which allows the network to become much more scalable and make transaction amounts un-viewable to the public makes Litecoin the ideal choice for payments while protecting users’ data.

According to the Litecoin Foundations Q1 report, various companies have already announced that they’re integrating Litecoin including Paypal, Vaultoro, Flare Network, Moon among others. Its successful payment integrations have also attracted a fair share of challenges with a recent false report that Walmart was integrating Litecoin in its payment network.

Bitcoin cash which fulfills the original promise of Bitcoin as “Peer-to-peer electronic cash” could also see mass use given its fast transactions, low fees, and reliable confirmation. It also allows use on a large list of wallets including Ledger and Trezor among others, which are synonymous with most U.S. crypto owners. Its discounts on payments due to the elimination of credit cards are likely to attract most AMC movie enthusiasts looking to pay using this method.

On the other hand, Ethereum payments to the company could be fulfilled through Ethereum-Pay,  a decentralized ERC-1363 payable token built on the secure Ethereum network specifically tailored to be integrated with E-commerce transactions. 

EthereumPay creates a universal payment platform that allows merchants & users around the world to do business with each other instantly and cheaper than ever. Ethereum payments are accepted by companies including Sotheby, Overstock, Gipsybee,  Shopify CheapAir, Tripio among others.

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Crypto Researchers Concerned About The ‘Centralized Structure’ Of The Binance Smart Chain



Crypto Researchers Concerned About The 'Centralized Structure' Of The Binance Smart Chain

Binance Smart Chain has been rising in popularity as interest rates from different parts of the world, including South Korea, sent the network’s transaction records to new highs. However, this has not deterred analysts’ from pointing out the increasing level of centralization within the network. Ryan Watkins, a Messari analyst recently addressed the influence that Binance has on the entire Binance Smart Chain, explaining that most of the commendable progress made on the network is not the result of the implementation of innovative concepts. Rather, it is a product of Binance’s control over the BSC network.

“The reason why BSC is faster and more scalable is not because of some magical technological innovation. No, it’s instead the magic of centralization. BSC is an Ethereum fork with a centralized validator set. That’s it. Nothing more.” He wrote on Twitter.

Unlike some other networks, the Binance Smart Chain has a total of 21 validators (people who verify the transactions and confirm their legitimacy, before adding them to the Blockchain). These validators are handpicked by the Binance Chain, further strengthening the notion that the network may be more centralized than it shows itself to be. 

Wilson Withiam rolls out some points to consider, starting with the pattern of resetting active validators, which is determined by the voting power of each validator. He notes that BNB staking and delegation is carried out on the Binance Chain, by Binance Chain validators as well.

In essence, Withiam argues that the pattern of validator distribution across the Binance Smart Chain is questionable as the identities of those behind the nodes in the validator sets are not made transparent. As he puts it “BSC now supports several third-party validators, although at least 5-6 others have close ties to Binance. The distribution of validator accounts is far less clear for Binance Chain.”

To dispute that Binance’s user experience is not ahead of other networks is false, and Withiam agrees with this. Even Watkins acknowledges this as he noted that BSC has fueled mainstream adoption of DeFi “Binance has incredible reach and influence and has used that to funnel a boatload of new users in DeFi. Binance executes period. That’s why BSC is winning.” He asserted. 

However, he argues that speed and scalability outside Ethereum without sharding or a centralization can only be legitimately found on the Solana Blockchain. Conclusively, Withiam urges BSC users to poke into the network, enough to understand where the loopholes are. 

“For those using BSC, take the time to understand the topology of the network. Sure, the fees and speed (both UX factors) are undoubtedly preferable. But strong censorship resistance and fault tolerance are not part of the package.” He wrote in conclusion.

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