Nubia V18 is now official, 4000 mAh battery in tow

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Yet another smartphone went official in China this week – the Nubia V18. It’s made of metal and packs a notch-less screen, which is the trending thing now. The Nubia V18 has a 6.01″ LCD screen of 1,080 x 2,160 pixels and runs on the Snapdragon 625 chipset (8x A53 CPU, Adreno 506 GPU) with 4GB of RAM. The V18 has a single 13MP main camera with f/2.2 lens and a LED flash, placed in a way that oddly mimics a dual-camera setup. There is an 8MP f/2.0 selfie shooter at the front. Other notable specs include 64GB expandable storage, hybrid dual-SIM slot, a rear-mounted…

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Samsung Carnival on Amazon India: Up to Rs. 4000 discount, No-cost EMI, exchange offers and more

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Samsung today started its 4-day Samsung Carnival on Amazon India, couple of weeks after the first Carnival sale earlier this month. This offers up to Rs. 4000 discount on smartphones .  Samsung Galaxy Note8 buyers get Amazon Pay cashback of Rs. 8,000 making the effective price of the phone Rs. 59,900. Samsung Galaxy A8+ – Rs. 28,990 (Rs. 4000 off) Samsung Galaxy On7 Prime 64GB  – Rs. 12,990 (Rs. 2000 off) Samsung Galaxy On7 Prime – Rs. 10,990 (Rs. 2000 off) Samsung Galaxy On7 Pro – Rs. 6,990 (Rs. 2500 off) Samsung Galaxy On5 Pro – Rs. 6,490 (Rs. 1500 off) Samsung Galaxy Note8 – Rs. 59,900 (Including  Rs. 8000 Amazon Pay cashback) Samsung is also offering exchange and No cost EMI offers on select products on Amazon. The carnival also includes offers on consumer electronics offering up to 35% off on TVs and up to 25% off on large appliances. Some of the offers include Samsung’s 49″ full HD LED TV is available for Rs. 47,900, Samsung’s 253L Smart Convertible Refrigerator is available for Rs. 23,990 and 324L Smart Convertible 5-in-1 Refrigerator for Rs. 37,990 during the carnival. You can check out more offers on Amazon.in.
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Asus Zenfone Max (M1) has a 4,000 mAh battery, 18:9 slim-bezel display

Late last year Asus unveiled the Zenfone Max Plus (M1), and today at MWC the company took the wraps off its slightly smaller sibling, the Zenfone Max (M1). This model comes with a 5.5-inch 1,440×720 18:9 IPS display capable of up to 400 nits of brightness. The phone has an 83% screen-to-body ratio thanks to its slim bezels. It’s powered by either the Snapdragon 425 or the Snapdragon 430, depending on which variation you happen to buy. Similarly, you can get it with up to 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, but there may be some lower-end options in some markets. The Zenfone Max (M1)…

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Razer Phone is official with 120Hz screen, 8GB of RAM, 4,000 mAh battery

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…

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Recode Daily: Yesterday, Trump said he’ll send up to 4,000 more troops to Afghanistan; tonight: A rally for himself in Arizona

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]

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Bitcoin Continues to Plow Through Milestones By Surpassing the $4,000 Mark

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.

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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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The Third-Largest Cryptocurrency, Ripple’s XRP, Up Almost 4000% in Second Quarter

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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In Q2 alone, Ripple recorded more than $ 11 million in transactions, and XRP joined 25 new exchanges. XRP now has the third-largest market capitalization in cryptocurrencies — behind only Bitcoin and Ether. Ripple has also recently differentiated the use case for XRP, which, in turn, spiked interest in the cryptocurrency in Q2: “With respect to XRP, we are incredibly focused on international payments, I think we are probably the only digital asset that has a clear use case with respect to what we are trying to do with the asset,” Miguel Vias, Ripple’s head of XRP markets, told CNBC.

Cryptocurrency Renaissance

Ripple and XRP are just part of the latest example of cryptocurrencies booming during an overall digital currency renaissance. Right now, various countries are experimenting with cryptocurrencies, acknowledging their role in the future of finance and looking to secure their place in that future. For example, the South African Reserve Bank, the country’s central bank, is trying on Bitcoin regulation for size; China is testing a national cryptocurrency — a sensible option in a country that has gone almost totally cashless in urban areas; and “Ethereum Island” may be coming to the African coast as Mauritius moves to take its place as a cryptocurrency and blockchain technology hub.

Meanwhile, despite some rocky days, many experts think that now is the best time to invest in cryptocurrencies — whichever platform appeals to you. While some are worried that the cryptocurrency market might be experiencing a bubble, others see this period of rapid growth as a sign of larger changes in the world economy. As countries like China and Japan sway the cryptocurrency market, it becomes clearer that close attention to technological advancement, a desire to achieve cybersecurity, and a need to control one’s money are the decisive factors for many cryptocurrency investors.

This makes Ripple’s focus on international payments seem shrewd, and feel like a strong explanatory factor in XRP’s current strong position in the cryptocurrency market.

 

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Finance Expert Predicts Bitcoin’s Value Could Soar as High as $4,000

We’re barely past the halfway mark, and already Bitcoin is having a big year. The value of the cryptocurrency soared past $ 1,000 in January and then again in February. By March, its value surpassed that of gold, and on May 10, it hit what was then a record-high value of more than $ 1,700 per coin. In June, Bitcoin set a new record, closing above $ 3,000 before finishing the month at close to $ 2,500.

In all, Bitcoin’s first-half gain was approximately 168 percent this year, which has led various commentators, including Mark Cuban and Charles Schwab chief global investment strategist Jeffrey Kleintop, to suggest that the cryptocurrency is in a bubble.

The latest expert to weigh in on the future of Bitcoin is Goldman Sachs head of technical strategy Sheba Jafari, who sent a note to clients on Sunday, July 2, advising that while the value of Bitcoin may drop, it is ultimately likely to go even higher.

According to Jafari’s note, which was published by Zero Hedge, Bitcoin is still in the midst of a “corrective 4th wave” during which the value may fall as low as $ 1,857 — a drop of around 25 percent. According to Jafari, Bitcoin investors shouldn’t worry about this drop very much, though, because the currency could hit a record value during its fifth wave, perhaps as high as $ 3,915.

Whether the value of Bitcoin does soar toward the $ 4,000 mark or not, 2017 will still go down as a historic year for digital currency.

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Goldman Sachs believes Bitcoin could climb to nearly $4,000


According to Goldman Sachs, Bitcoin (BTC) could climb to nearly $ 4,000 in the near future. Near, in this case, is relative. But after BTC breaks through the “messy” period in which it currently resides, Goldman analyst Sheba Jafari believes the coin is headed to at least $ 3,212, and quite possibly $ 3,900-plus. As of this writing BTC was worth $ 2,600 per coin. Jafari notes that BTC has entered its fourth “wave” and that these periods “tend to be messy/complex.” We should expect more volatility, some sideways consolidation, and a new target of as much as $ 3,900 once it eventually passes into…

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