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HTC Announces Blockchain-Enabled Smartphone

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Earlier this year HTC announced that it was planning on launching a blockchain-enabled smartphone and now it has a firm release date for the device. Called the Exodus, there’s not a huge amount of information about the phone, although there’s already a website dedicated to the phone and taking sign-ups for more information. The only details shown so far are that it will be “the first cold wallet phone with key recovery.”

More details are likely to come HTC’s Rise event, which takes place in Hong Kong today. The HTC Exodus already has a soft release date of Q3 2018, with no pricing information released at this point in time.

In related news, an Ex-Apple employee is arrested on charges of stealing and sharing self-driving car technology and trade secrets.

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Fujifilm Reveals Lightweight XF10 Compact Camera

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After releasing its Instagram-ready SQ6 model earlier this year, Fujifilm has continued to roll-out unconventional looking cameras with the new XF10. The camera is a premium fixed-lens compact model, and will act as the successor to Fujifilm’s X70 compact, which was first revealed back in 2016.

In terms of technical specification, the XF10 comes with a wide-angle 18.5mm f/2.8 fixed lens and a 24.2 megapixel APS-C sensor. The camera is also super lightweight, weighing just 280 grams. Another feature is the “square mode,” allowing you to get  easily your pictures perfect for Instagram. The XF10 is due to release in two colors — “Champagne Gold” or classic black — in August, with a retail price of $500 USD.

In other tech news, Rolls-Royce has invented new tiny robot bugs for inspecting aircraft engines.

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Rolls-Royce Is Developing Tiny Robot Bugs That Will Inspect Aircraft Engines

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Rolls-Royce is looking to the future of aircraft engineering with a new SWARM robot– a tiny, beetle-like robot with four legs that can crawl inside airplane engines to inspect and repair them.

As part of Rolls-Royce’s IntelligentEngine project, the SWARM robot is equipped with a camera and 3D scanner that allows engineers to remotely assess problems within an engine. Another similar robot is the FLARE — a snake-like droid that can pass through the engine like an endoscope to stream a live feed while also patching up damaged thermal barrier coatings.

Check out the images and videos of Rolls-Royce’s tiny robot bugs and share your thoughts in the comments. For more tech news, take a first look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

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Snapchat, Spotify & 'Pokémon GO' Stopped Working Yesterday, Here's Why

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Popular online services Snapchat, Spotify, Pokémon GO, and Discord suffered an outage Tuesday afternoon, and it appears a Google Cloud disruption is the reason. Multiple services reported issues around 3:30 p.m. ET, with the problem, shortly coming to an end after 4 PM with the Google Cloud Platform stating: “the issue with Google Cloud Load balancers returning 502s should be resolved for majority of users and we expect a full resolution in the near future.”

However, many users of these applications still had issues with Snapchat and Spotify beyond 4 p.m., with the platform stating another updated may be arriving a half-hour later. The specific cause is still unclear, but several apps reliant on Google services for back-end infrastructure suffered, with many of them taking to social media to respond to complaints without pointing to Google as the reason.

In related news, Google recently got hit with a $5.1 Billion USD fine by E.U. antitrust officials.

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