Blockchain 

Major South Korean Mobile Carrier Launches Blockchain Project

Union Mobile, the fourth-largest mobile carrier in South Korea, announced the launch of its blockchain project called ELYNET. Using blockchain to make communication more efficient  On Sept. 11, Union Mobile announced that ELYNET aims to use blockchain technology to make telecommunications more efficient for those users who rely on a single carrier for telecom service. ELYNET will purportedly allow users to freely use data communication services without roaming fees and contracts. Union Mobile’s CEO Seyong Ro explained that the platform will launch with an accompanying token, stating: “This will help…

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Bitcoin 

German Firm Unveils Mobile Eco-Friendly Bitcoin Mining Containers

Bitcoin (BTC) mining infrastructure firm Northern Bitcoin AG has announced the completion of tests for its new air-cooled mining container, which houses 144 ASIC miners. A press release published on Sept. 9 outlined that the highly mobile container solution has been designed as a piece of flexible and efficient infrastructure that will enable the firm to establish mining pools in countries with year-round cool locations.  Setting up shop anywhere energy is cheap, sustainable  Headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, Northern AG develops and operates Bitcoin-focused mining hardware that uses renewable energy…

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Casa Adds iOS and Android Support for Sats Mobile Wallet

Bitcoin (BTC)-focused technology firm Casa announced that its Sats mobile Bitcoin wallet app is now available for both iOS and Android devices. Casa announced in a post published on its official blog on Sept. 5 that the mobile wallet is now available for download. Furthermore, Casa notes that the latest version of the app can be used without the company’s hardware Bitcoin Lightning node, but users who do not connect the app to a node do not have access its Lightning Network capabilities. The app supports a public address-naming system…

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Germany’s Bitwala Launches All-In-One Mobile Bitcoin Bank App

On Aug. 29, German blockchain-based banking startup, Bitwala, announced the launch of its smartphone app for Bitcoin banking on iOS and Android. Customers in over 30 European countries can now open a German bank account with integrated Bitcoin wallet and trading.  Open an account directly from within the app in minutes The onboarding process for new customers has been directly integrated into the app. It uses a video identification feature, with which residents throughout the European Economic Area can verify and open an account within minutes. Bitwala CTO, Benjamin James…

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Metamask Launches Mobile App Beta to Broaden Appeal of Ethereum DApps

Ethereum wallet and decentralized app (DApp) browser Metamask has launched the public beta version of its new mobile app.  Unveiled on July 23, the app brings various features to Metamask users and syncs to the company’s existing browser plug-in. It is available for both Android and iOS. “Over the next couple months, we’ll use this Beta to gather feedback from the community before our V1 launch this fall,” an accompanying blog post reads. The mobile app features a cryptocurrency wallet and DApp browser among other tools, including support for so-called…

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Blockchain Platform Enables Trading of Digital Assets in Mobile Games

A blockchain mobile gaming platform says it allows players to get the “true ownership” of their digital assets and enables “secure trading” with other users.  Itam Games has created an ecosystem, which includes a store and exchange, in which users can trade their in-game digital assets — or nonfungible tokens (NFT) — such as achievements, leaderboards, items and accounts.  The users can try Itam’s system with its new blockchain-based role-playing game Dark Town. The players can pick up NFT during the gameplay, gain ownership of the collected assets as well…

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Major Korean Firms Partner to Launch Blockchain Mobile ID System

A consortium of major South Korean firms partnered to launch a blockchain-based mobile identification system in 2020, English-language local media Korea Times reports on July 14. Per the report, the participants are financial services firms KEB Hana Bank, Woori Bank, KOSCOM, mobile carriers SK Telecom, KT, LG UPlus, and technology behemoth Samsung Electronics. The aim of the partnership is reportedly to develop a self-sovereign identity system that does not require any intermediaries, which would enable individuals and organizations to control their identity information in online transactions. The service aims to…

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Cryptocurrency Mobile App Downloads Stall Amid Price Surge: Report

Despite bitcoin’s (BTC) recent price surge, the download count of cryptocurrency-related mobile applications is not increasing, Bloomberg reports on June 28 Data form mobile app analytics firm App Annie shows that, while in the first half of 2018 there were 65.8 million cryptocurrency-related app downloads, in the first six months of this year there were 67 million, an increase of about 1.82%.  This growth is not nearly as sharp as that reported in previous years, considering that the first half of 2017 saw 28.2 million crypto apps downloads from 2016’s…

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Overstock’s tZero Launches Mobile Crypto App Touted as Hack-Resistant

tZero, United States retail giant Overstock’s crypto subsidiary, has launched a digital wallet and exchange app for crypto, the company officially announced in a tweet on June 27. The firm calls its new mobile crypto app a hack-resistant solution for trading and storing cryptocurrencies, tZero CEO Saum Noursalehi said in a press release to Reuters. Noursalehi explained that the application will store private keys directly on users’ smartphones, which is expected to provide maximum security, in contrast to “more vulnerable, third-party exchanges for custody.” Moreover, tZero’s private key recovery system…

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Ethereum 

Opera Releases iOS Version of its ‘Blockchain-Ready’ Mobile Web Browser

Norway-based internet browser company Opera has launched the iOS version of its mobile web browser, Opera Touch, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph. Opera Touch reportedly supports the Ethereum (ETH) protocol and the Ethereum Web3 application programming interface (API). This means that the browser accommodates Ethereum-based decentralized applications (DApps) and all ERC-20 tokens, stablecoins, and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). The browser also is said to feature a cryptocurrency wallet for storing Ether, the “Opera Crypto Wallet.” Opera released the Android version of its mobile browser at the end of…

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