The Co-Founder of Apple Announced the Launch of His Own Blockchain-Based Project

interview with steve wozniak

Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple, took part in an exclusive interview at the conference ChainXchange and talked about his attitude towards Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in general and also shared his plans for the blockchain technology:

I like to keep up with things… Bitcoin caught my attention. It had so many unusual aspects for any technology I had ever heard of. Nobody is really known to be the creator. It doesn’t have any centralized [component]. It’s based on mathematics. There’s a certain number of Bitcoin that can ever exist… Mathematics to me is like nature. It’s much better than human beings… I trust those things of nature more than what man makes up. Man makes up currencies, controls them, issues new US dollars every year; Bitcoin was immune to that.

We want to point out that the famous American inventor, electronic engineer and programmer was not particularly interested in the subject of cryptocurrency in the fall of 2017 and even sold all his Bitcoins. Back then he found that cryptocurrencies only brought “anxiety”, but now, he seems to have learnt more things about the advantage of the blockchain technology:

At first I kept hearing [about blockchain], and I didn’t understand it. It’s not something you understand in a day. You think about it, read more about it and how it works, and then you see how people actually start to use it, through the mining process and also the verification and, aha! It all adds up!” said Wozniak.

After that, the co-founder of Apple made a sensational statement: he himself is going to start working with blockchain. According to him, this will happen “very soon”, the project is likely to be launched in Malta:

I’m involved with, very soon, my first time being involved in a blockchain company. [It’s] called Equi… Our approach is not like a new currency, or something phony where an event will make it go up in value. It’s a share of stock, in a company. This company is doing investment by investors with huge track records in good investments in things like apartment buildings in Dubai. We have one person in our group who has listed out a whole apartment building for Bitcoin… We might be starting up in Malta around the time of their blockchain conference. Some countries are very positive about [blockchain]the same way they were about electric vehicles.

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Facebook Is Looking For More Specialists for Its Blockchain Department

Despite all the obvious evidence, the cryptocurrency of Facebook is still technically a rumor, since no official acknowledgments or statements have been made so far. Meanwhile, the blockchain department of this social platform is a solid fact, it expands and requires more employees.

Facebook listed a new vacancy on their official site and is now accepting resumes for the position.

Facebook seeks a flexible, diligent, proactive, team player to serve as Lead Commercial Counsel to support its new initiative in the development of blockchain applications,” is mentioned in the official job application.

The responsibilities and requirements for the new employee will include the following tasks:

  • creating and holding discussions over different contracts connected with the blockchain initiatives of the department;
  • forming new partnerships in order to expand and develop the products of the department;
  • providing business and legal advice to the customers;
  • going to business trips if needed;
  • good management skills;
  • responsibility, diligence, the ability to meet deadlines.

The employee is expected to have a degree in law, experience with the blockchain technology, negotiations over contracts, legal expertise skills, transaction management skills, work experience for technological companies etc.

The blockchain department of Facebook is quickly growing and developing. It might or might not be connected with the alleged development of the Facebook cryptocurrency, but it is obvious that the social media giant is working on something really big and important.

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Apple Has Officially Announced Its New AirPods 2 Headphones

The electronic devices giant Apple has made an important announcement, which many of its fans were looking forward to – the 2nd generation of their earbuds AirPods is now out. Meanwhile, the AirPods 1 will no longer be available for purchase.

Source: Apple

The speculations about these micro headphones were going round for quite a while, but now AirPods have been announced and there is no more need for gossiping. The 2nd generation of the earbuds will keep the price of its predecessor, 159 dollars. The name will also remain intact – simply AirPods. Let’s find out what has actually been improved and upgraded in the 2nd generation.

New features

Firstly, there are two version of AirPods, the regular ones which will retail for 159 dollars, and the bundle (the headphones and the wireless charging case) which will cost 199 dollars. The charging case can also be bought separately for 79 dollars.

Also, Apple has significantly improved the talk time via AirPods. Now instead of 2 hours, available with the 1st generation, you will be able to talk for 3 hours straight with the new version of the earbuds.

One of the most interesting features of this release is hands-free Siri. You no longer have to touch your AirPods to ask Siri for something. Calls, change of tracks, increasing or decreasing volume and many other things can now be done just using voice, so it eliminates the need to reach for the phone or the headphones to adjust something.

Moreover, Apple developers have worked on the connectivity issue. The new AirPods 2 connect to other devices much faster than before, the audio from the phone will also reach them almost instantaneously.

The new AirPods will have a way more powerful chip inside, called H1. This will provide for a much higher efficiency of the earbuds and a more prolonged battery life, which means that the charge will last for a longer period of time.

The 2nd generation of AirPods is already available for purchase online. It will appear in Apple store sometime next week.

Apple has recently pleased the community with its releases. Besides the 2nd generation of AirPods, it has also announced its new iMac desktop computers.

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Apple Presented Improved iMac Desktop Computers

An American gadgets manufacturer Apple presented new models of iMac computers on their site after an official release of an iPad.

https://www.apple.com/imac/

A line of monoblocks is composed of two models:

  • a small one, 21.5-inch and Retina 4K display;
  • a big one, 27-inch and Retina 5K display.

As the company says the renewed displays can represent 1 billion colors at the same time. The computers are now equipped with eighth- and ninth-generation Intel Core processors correspondently. In a small model, the productivity increased by 60% and in a big model by 240%.

A 27-inch model has a high-speed storage Fusion Drive. It should be noted that this technology is also available for a small version but at an additional cost. Processor Radeon Pro 555X, Pro 575X, Pro 580X is responsible for graphics. It has storage up to 8GB in a big model and to 4 GB in a small one.

Prices start at $1 299 and $1 799.

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Apple Officially Showed Two New iPad Models, Without Waiting for the Presentation

Apple company updated two long-forgotten tablets at the same time – we are talking about iPad mini and iPad Air.

As for the small tablet, its display diagonal remains the same – 7.9 inches. It is equipped with the most modern and productive chip of A12 Bionic own production. If we compare the updated iPad mini with a tablet of the previous generation, then we can notice a productivity increase of 300% and graphics acceleration by a whole 1000%.

The new iPad is equipped with a new advanced Retina display, which certainly supports True Tone technology. It is 25% brighter and also regarding the relatively small diagonal of the display, we can say that the iPad mini of the new generation has a display with the highest PPI (pixel density per inch) among the entire line of Apple tablets. The price of this gadget starts at $399.

Source: Apple

“Big Brother” is also run by the new A12 Bionic chip. iPad Air with a display diagonal of 10.5 inches has increased productivity compared to the previous model by 70% and accelerated graphics by 200%. One of the new features of the gadget is support of Apple Pencil and True Tone technology. The price of the new iPad Air starts at $499.

Source: Apple

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Apple’s iCloud Major Outage

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11 Best iOS Apps

In the previous article, we overlooked the best Android apps. Now is the time to talk about popular apps for iPhone and iPad.

1. Wunderlist

Time management is a guarantee of productivity and success. Wunderlist is a simple and clear task manager with which you can easily plan all your daily tasks and get them done.

You can make lists, add projects, reminders, organize tasks of the same type in separate folders and also you can attach different files to them. The app has a quite useful feature of shared access so you could share scheduled tasks with other members of a community. Wunderlist is a cross-platform solution that is why it is available not only for iOS but also for Android and other operating systems (the app even has its own version for Apple Watch).

2. Fantastical

This app is available only on Apple devices. It is a very convenient and well-engineered calendar. Many iPhone users prefer Fantastical to a standard calendar.

One of the main features of this app is the ability to recognize “human language”. That means that you have an opportunity instead of the exact date and time to write “tomorrow night” or “a meeting for an hour and a half”. The app works perfectly together with a huge amount of different services and apps (Google Maps, 1Password, Facebook, Twitter etc.).

3. Spark

Spark app is a great and moreover free email client that you can download from App Store. The app has many various settings and features for personalization and customization by a user.

Spark supports iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo, and many other popular email clients. The application has intuitive gesture control, smart income messages, its own file manager and many more.

4. Facetune 2

Facetune 2 is a multifunctional photo editor of the face which has many various features with which you can change your appearance beyond recognition. There are many different apps in this category but Facetune 2 is the most advanced and convenient to use. With this application you can:

  • whiten your teeth;
  • change size and shape (width, length, a shape of eyes, etc.) of parts of the face;
  • retouch your skin color;
  • remove other defects (moles, black eyes, freckles, etc.);
  • change your eyes color;
  • change the background of a photo.

And this is not even a complete list of all the Facetune 2 features. It should be noted that the changes look very realistic. This app has many strengths but we must mention its major flaw – the cost. You can get access to all the Facetune 2 features either on a monthly basis for $5,99 or on a yearly basis for $35,99.

5. Documents

With this app you can keep all your documents in one place. You can view and edit it with literally one click. The app has a full file manager that supports many formats. It can also be synchronized with different cloud storages.

6. Snapseed

Snapseed is a rather qualitative and what’s more important absolutely free photo editor which has many different tools.

Snapseed developers managed to create a very convenient and intuitive interface that allows editing a photo with just a few taps on a screen. The app has a great number of settings and you can review a history of changes in every file. But the main feature of Snapseed is an ability to edit only a certain shot without editing the whole photo.

7. 1Password

This is by far the best app for iOS devices in which you can store confidential information – different sites’ passwords, bank cards data, important docs, etc. – absolutely safe.

To start using the app 1Password simply enter the necessary data only once. After that, all important information will always be at hand and moreover, it will be completely safe. The security of personal data is achieved, firstly, through a very strong 256-bit AES encryption, and secondly, through a single main password.

8. Flipboard

It is easy to learn about the latest news about the world from a smartphone. Thanks to Flipboard app you don’t have to go to a huge number of sites and open dozens of tabs. This is a convenient news-gathering service which has a nice minimal design.

After installing the app the user will be asked to tell about his/her interests in order to offer only an interesting content in the future (science, technology, cryptocurrency, sport, politics, etc.).

9. Scanbot

Nowadays it became more convenient to copy and share different documents. Everyone knows that the iPhone has a quite qualitative camera with which you can make great photos. But when using a camera to copy documents one significant defect appears – the background. Using Scanbot 6 you can forget this problem.

The developers made sure that the program recognized both standard A4 documents and small objects (certificates, business cards, checks, etc.).

10. Convertible

If you want to quickly convert any values, then this application is a must to download on your iPhone or iPad. To top it all off, Convertible can convert the national currency of more than 160 different countries.

11. Wikipanion

Special for those who read Wikipedia all the time a convenient app Wikipanion was created. With the help of this client you can easily and quickly search the huge digital library of knowledge, look through pages interesting for you, save them to selections, add to bookmarks and share it with your friends with just a few clicks. This app significantly simplifies work with Wikipedia on your iPhone.

Conclusion

As you may know, a new iPhone without installed additional soft is of little use. If you want to use your smartphone to the fullest, you need qualitative and helpful apps. In this article, we talked about the most interesting and universal apps for iOS which will be helpful for almost every user.

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Apple’s iCloud Major Outage

Just yesterday we wrote about the biggest Facebook and Instagram outage, as it became known about glitches with iCloud.   

Apple’s iCloud was down for 5 hours yesterday. After that, the company representatives reported that they had fixed all the bugs and iCloud is working properly now.

What caused the outage the company wouldn’t say. According to the Apple support webpage, the situation was quite serious. Users were having problems not only accessing iCloud, but also Backup, Calendar, Contacts, Mail, Keychain, iCloud Drive, iWork, Photos, Notes, Reminders, Find My iPhone and other services.

It should be noted that this week was marked by the biggest outage of IT giants. First Google, then Facebook and now Apple. What’s next? We will follow developments.  

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