Is your money currently in cryptocurrency? If you already have substantial investments in the market, you might want to shell out a few more bucks soon. Internationally acclaimed boxer Manny Pacquiao has just launched his own cryptocurrency to the market.
In a concert last Sunday, the boxer-turned-singer-and-politician announced his own tokens simply called Pac. In front of more than 2,000 adoring fans, Pacquiao boosted hype for his upcoming product.
The Pac token will trade through Singapore’s Global Crypto Offering Exchange (GCOX). Currently, the token’s biggest investors include Pacquiao himself, retired British footballer Michael Owen, and Sheikh Khalid bin Zayed al-Nahyan of Abu Dhabi’s ruling family.
Besides trading as cryptocurrency, the Pac token will also act as a hub between Pacquiao and his fans. Through the cryptocurrency, the boxer can connect with fans through personalized videos and live streaming. On the other hand, fans can interact with Pacquiao through unique challenges and contests with prizes at stake. Fans can also purchase autographed merchandise and VIP boxing tickets using the currency. Finally, Pacquiao will use the token as a donation tool for his philanthropic missions.
The Pac token rides the current trend of cryptocurrency today. Over the past few years, cryptocurrency became one of the most speculative investing options in the stock market. However, after its first astronomical boom, the digital currency seemingly petered out of the public eye. Lately, cryptocurrency has ridden on big names for an additional boost in popularity. Of note, Facebook has also declared its own entry into the industry called Libra.
Likewise, GCOX has promised more branded cryptocurrencies in the future. After Pacquiao, the exchange will launch tokens from Michael Owen, singer Jason Derulo, and tennis athlete Caroline Wozniacki.
Japan’s NTT is rolling out a 10 Gbps Internet service
As fast as their bullet trains
There are many reasons to love Japan. Advanced technology combined with well-preserved cultures makes it a must-visit spot for many. Now, there is another reason to visit: to experience blazing-fast Internet speeds.
Japan’s NTT is now rolling out a superfast 10 Gbps Internet service to its customers for a reasonable price of US$ 55. If you’re a bit perplexed about how fast that is, remember that the fastest Internet speed most providers around the world offer is 25 Mbps. A 10 Gbps speed will benefit anyone willing to watch 8K movies or download a 10GB file in a matter of seconds.
While it sounds good on paper, NTT notes that most users may not take full advantage of 10 Gbps speed all the time. Still, a speed of up to 10 Gbps for both upload and download is impressive.
Customers also need a dedicated router to handle that blazing fast infrastructure. NTT requires a FLET’s Hikari Cross compatible router, and a bundled one to the service costs an additional US$ 4.48 monthly. The bundled router is future-proofed as it already supports WiFi 6 — something that most devices don’t support yet.
Plus, there is an additional cost of US$ 161 for the construction and setup of the 10 Gbps service. Quite a premium but definitely worth it with the Internet speed you’re getting. And of course, you get additional bragging rights to your friends — 10 Gbps is so fast that Ookla just recently updated their speed test for this blazing-fast Internet speed.
Samsung temporarily shuts down infected Galaxy Z Flip factory
Coronavirus strikes again
The coronavirus epidemic is burning through the technology industry, leaving a trail of delays and shortages in its wake. So far, the virus has already torched Apple’s China-based manufacturers and the entire MWC 2020 event.
For the immediate future, the global epidemic can add Samsung to its list of victims. Previously, the South Korean company saved itself from the crisis, owing to its geographical roots. Unfortunately, if you turn into world news today, the virus has already made its way to South Korea.
In the city of Gumi, one of Samsung’s factory workers has contracted the disease, forcing the company to shut down the entire plant, according to a South Korean news outlet. The entire factory will open again on February 24. Additionally, the infected employee’s floor will remain shut down until February 25.
As for the workers themselves, Samsung has urged those who worked with the employee to put themselves in quarantine and undergo tests for potential infection. The company has also asked all employees to limit travel when possible, conducting business only through video calls.
Of course, Samsung has a tight hold on the South Korea business sector. The closure of just one factory probably won’t affect the company’s supply too much.
The affected Gumi factory specializes in Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Z Flip production. If anything, the temporary closure will only slow the foldable phone down partially. Regardless, it’s not a good look for Samsung, especially if the virus continues to spread across the country.
Samsung is selling the Galaxy Z Flip’s screen to competitors
Despite all the negative criticism
Do you believe in the power of foldable smartphones? Today’s biggest foldable phone makers want you to buy into the new technology — whether it’s the pioneering Galaxy Fold or the refreshed Motorola razr. However, as you might have seen recently, foldable technology is still miles away from perfection. Touted as the next revolution of smartphones, the flexible display still suffers issues in durability.
Despite all that, Samsung is cashing in all its chips on the imperfect technology. Announced today, the South Korean tech giant is selling its new technology — dubbed as Ultra-Thin Glass (or UTG) — to competitors. The patented technology is up for grabs to anyone willing to pay Samsung for it.
The company is selling the display under the tagline “Tough, yet Tender.” The branding alludes to the 30μm panel that supposedly goes beyond the capabilities of last year’s model — at least, according to Samsung.
Currently, the UTG is still exclusive to the Galaxy Z Flip — which is getting some flak of its own. It will likely make its way to other Samsung devices in the future as well.
Unfortunately, Samsung has not confirmed any willing customers at the moment. However, the company is also enjoying a modicum of market leadership, owing to its early adoption (and development) of the technology. With the sale announcement, they can capitalize on other companies’ desires to build their own foldable phone.
Regardless, foldable technology is still an imperfect art. Though the Galaxy Z Flip allegedly sold out already, the device’s reception is up in the air. Who knows where foldable technology will fare in the future?
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