Razer is officially entering the smartphone space. The gaming-focused company acquired Nextbit back in January, and today it’s unveiled the first device to emerge out of that acquisition: the Razer Phone. A simple name hides massive specs, in this case. Design-wise, the Nextbit heritage is clear, what with all the sharp corners. The color scheme is much more business-friendly, however. The Razer Phone is made out an all-aluminum CNC chassis, has a 24-bit DAC, and it boasts two front-facing stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos sound, each with its own amp – and they’re certified by THX (a first…
Plus, a digital media veteran takes over the LA Times, CNN launches a daily news show on Snap, and how do you follow totality?
President Trump returns tonight to a deeply divided Arizona for a nighttime rally with his core supporters in Phoenix. The state’s two senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake, are among Trump’s most vocal critics within the Republican Party. Last night, Trump gave a speech — his first nationally televised prime-time address since January — outlining a new strategy to carry on the nearly 16-year-old conflict in Afghanistan, which will likely call for the deployment of up to 4,000 more U.S. troops. [CNN.com]
Digital media veteran Ross Levinsohn is the new publisher and CEO of the Los Angeles Times. Levinsohn made his digital reputation by helping News Corp acquire Myspace in 2005, and he ran Yahoo for a stretch; this is his first newspaper. His appointment is part of the paper’s latest restructuring under management by the Tronc conglomerate, which also resulted in the firing of several top editors. [Peter Kafka / Recode]
In an effort to get more video in front of more young people, CNN launched a daily news show exclusively for Snapchat. NBC launched a twice-daily news show on Snapchat last month; CNN’s three-to-five-minute “The Update” will run every day at 6 p.m. Meanwhile, teens are leaving Facebook faster than expected, according to a new study — but lots of those teens are turning to Instagram, which Facebook owns. The study also predicts that Snapchat will be bigger than both Facebook and Instagram in the 12- to 17-year-old and 18- to 24-year-old categories by the end of the year. [Kurt Wagner / Recode]
Facebook has made a permanent page for Safety Check, its feature for letting others know that you’re safe during an emergency. The dedicated tab, which will roll out in the next few weeks, lists catastrophes and crises all over the world. [Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge]
Smartphone “hijackings” are on the rise: In a growing number of online attacks, hackers are calling up carriers and asking them to transfer control of a victim’s mobile phone number to a device under the control of the hackers; they can then reset the passwords on every account that uses the phone number as a security backup. [Nathaniel Popper / The New York Times]
This is cool
How do you follow totality?
- Start looking forward to the next one — just 2,421 days away.
- Bonnie Tyler’s 1983 ballad “Total Eclipse of the Heart” saw a 2,859 percent boost on Spotify in the U.S.
- The International Space Station pulled off the photobomb of a lifetime.
- The moon’s shadow darkening the U.S. during the eclipse is terrifying.
- How to tell if you damaged your eyes looking at the sun.
- Speaking of which, this happened, of course.
Another day, another Bitcoin milestone passed. The world’s first and largest cryptocurrency surpassed the $ 4,000 mark for a moment yesterday. The new all-time high for Bitcoin is now $ 4,162.57. The price has dropped slightly since that high was reached, and at the time of writing now sits at $ 4,072.30.
This latest milestone marks the currency’s seemingly unstoppable surge since the beginning of the year. In January, Bitcoin was trading at less than $ 1,000 per coin. Now, the burgeoning cryptocoins are worth more than four times that amount. Early adopters must be rejoicing that their faith in the cryptocurrency is (thus far) being rewarded.
Experts remain optimistic about Bitcoin’s potential, yet some are beginning to fear that it has entered a bubble. Still, the trend seems to be in favor of its continued success. No one knows for sure what the future of Bitcoin — or cryptocurrencies in general — will look like. The debate of whether the reward is worth the risk will continue to rage on.
The bigger picture here though, is blockchain. While it is most closely associated with cryptocurrency at the moment, that doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of what is possible with this tech. So while cryptocurrency may still be considered a gamble, get ahead of the game and read up on blockchain, because it is, almost certainly, the future.
Disclosure: Several members of the Futurism team, including the editors of this piece, are personal investors in a number of cryptocurrency markets. Their personal investment perspectives have no impact on editorial content.
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Ripple Exploding In Q2
The digital currency market has been dominated by Ripple’s XRP for the first half of the year. XRP finished its second financial quarter up 3,977 percent from the beginning of the year at $ 0.26. It has now dropped to about $ 0.19, but this is still an impressive display of growth and strength.
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