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You are not Elon Musk. (Unless you are? Hi!) But like Musk, you have reasons to be mad about Apple and the status quo of apps.
A growing number of companies are rebelling against app constitutions that were invented when the BlackBerry was still cool. Those revolts — and Apple and Google’s defiance to them — are making more apps annoying to use, costing you money, or compromising what you can do on your phone.
* You can buy a physical copy of Ina Garten’s new cookbook in Amazon’s iPhone app. But you can’t buy the e-book version in the app. Six months ago, you could buy a Kindle cookbook from the Android app. Now you can’t.
* Buying a one-month membership to Bumble costs more in your phone app than it does if you pay for the dating service on Bumble’s website — $39.99 instead of $29.99 when I checked this week. No one tells you this before you click “buy.”
* You can purchase a subscription to the Disney Plus streaming video service in the company’s app. You can’t buy anything in Netflix’s app.
* Musk’s Twitter doesn’t plan to let people buy its coming verification feature in the app, the Platformer newsletter reported this week. You presumably will be able to buy the paid check mark feature on the company’s website, but most usage of Twitter is in its apps. (We’ll see if Musk changed his mind after meeting with Apple CEO Tim Cook.)
Some of these app roadblocks are old, and you can work around them. And in most apps, it’s still easy to buy whatever you want. But in a growing number of cases, buying digital subscriptions or virtual goods in apps is broken.
You can blame Apple and Google, or app makers like Amazon, Spotify and Tinder that refuse to go along with the rules of Apple and Google as owners of the dominant app stores. They all deserve blame and they’re a little right, too. (Amazon founder Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post.)
But this isn’t about them. It’s about you. You just want to buy stuff in apps and not pay more than you need to. But sometimes you can’t or you are.
The increasingly busted app system is more evidence of how your experiences online are shaped by corporate interest rather than what you want. What you can and can’t do is completely at the whims of secret negotiations between Apple, Google and app makers.
I’m proposing a tiny consumer revolt: Think twice before buying digital stuff in apps. This is a pain and it won’t change anything. But hear me out.
Almost from the birth of modern smartphones, Apple — and later Google — declared a first principle of apps:
If you’re buying something in an app that exists in the real world, Apple and Google have nothing to do with it. But if you’re buying something that lives only as pixels, those two companies might be your co-pilots in that app forever.
That means if you’re buying a novel, you buy it from Amazon in Amazon’s app. You book an Uber ride in that app and only deal with Uber. If you bought a toy from Walmart’s app, you can return it to Walmart.
But in the parallel app world for digital stuff, you’re buying that Disney Plus subscription from Google or Apple — not Disney. If you want to quit or have a billing problem, Disney can’t really help you. Disney pays a portion of your subscription to Apple or Google as long as you keep streaming.
Apple’s rules on this have been firm for years. Google had been less strict but this year it essentially copied Apple. Many app companies and people who make a living on apps like YouTube haven’t loved Apple and Google standing between them and you, but they deal.
Some digital companies, though, are refusing to go along. Buy buttons have disappeared from apps like Kindle, Netflix and Spotify’s iPhone app. The “Fortnite” video game app disappeared entirely. Some digital subscriptions like Bumble, Tinder and Amazon’s Audible charge you more in their apps to offset the commissions they pay to Apple or Google.
The apps themselves don’t typically explain this because any words they say in their apps must be cleared by Apple and Google. But if you’re aware of the app store meshugas, you can buy a subscription on Spotify.com and use your subscription in the app. Ditto for Kindle, Audible, Netflix and others. If you don’t know this, you might just be staring at an e-book that you can’t buy or paying more in an app than you need to.
It’s fair to ask if tech bosses like Spotify’s Daniel Ek or Tim Sweeney from “Fortnite” are to blame for crippling their own apps in a spat with Apple or Google.
It’s also fair to ask whether the old app store principles for digital and physical goods still fit.
Twelve years ago when a Netflix subscription involved DVDs by mail, maybe it was logical for Apple to treat that differently from a Netflix streaming subscription. Does the distinction make sense today? Is it justified, as a U.S. senator asked last year, that there’s a completely different app system when you use Uber to meet a stranger for a ride and when you use Tinder to meet a stranger for a date?
Apple and Google are the dictators of apps, and you live by their commands. But here’s one small measure of control you can grab back.
If you are paying for digital subscription, a virtual product like a Zoom fitness class or an online performer you love, consider purchasing from the company’s website instead of the app. Again, you must do this for a handful of things like Netflix or Kindle e-books.
Ask yourself: Would you prefer to buy a Duolingo subscription from Duolingo or from Google? How would you feel if you paid more for that yoga subscription in the app instead of on a website? Are you O.K. with Apple getting $1.50 of your $5 payment to a favorite YouTube channel?
There’s no right answer, really. If you do pay for something virtual in an app, just know that you made an arrangement with Apple or Google, not Duolingo or Down Dog. That has pros and cons.
The advantages are it’s often easier and probably safe to pay for a digital subscription in your app using credit card information that Google or Apple may already have. Apple and Google can protect you if you buy something digital from a dodgy app. (These protections don’t apply if you buy a physical subscription or product from a dodgy app.)
Apple and Google also let you — although it’s not as easy as it could be — see all the digital subscriptions you’re paying for and quit ones you don’t want.
Personally, I try to buy most digital things in a web browser and not in apps — especially if it’s a business that isn’t swimming in money such as a news organization or a Twitch star. Paying on the web saves them from handing over as much as $3 of my $10 subscription fee to Apple or Google. (And it collectively might spare all of us from the app maker raising prices.)
I also feel like this is a personal veto against an app buying system that denies you the choices that you deserve.
This side step might not work for everything, like video game apps, for which there is often no way to pay for stuff on a website.
Partly because of new laws over apps, there will be more experiments that could deliver you more sane ways to buy stuff in apps. (Maybe. Eventually.) I am intrigued by a program Google started this year with Spotify and a handful of other digital companies to give you the choice in an app of buying from Google or from the app company.
Look, I know this is a pain. You just want to buy stuff in apps! That’s what apps are for! Yes and no. Because of choices made by powerful companies, that is not what all apps are for.
And in the past 24 hours of Elon Musk-related news:
➦ Musk said that Twitter suspended the account of Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, after the rapper shared a tweet that included an image of a swastika.
➦ Twitter has offered incentives to advertisers, including matching what they spend dollar-for-dollar, to encourage them to buy Twitter ads. (The Wall Street Journal)
➦ Racist and anti-gay slurs and antisemitic posts have increased on Twitter since Musk took over the company, researchers said. The numbers of hateful posts are relatively small, but the researchers said the increases were unusual. (The New York Times)
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My Help Desk colleagues and I love Libby, an app used by many public libraries to let you borrow e-books and audiobooks for free. Read more from my colleague Heather Kelly about Libby and other free alternatives for reading, listening and watching.
Bonus: You don’t have to think so hard about buying stuff in an app.
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Nearly one year after arriving on iPhones and iPod touch, Amazon's Kindle app has arrived on BlackBerry. As you might expect, it synchronizes your books, bookmarks, notes, and last pages read with an genuine Kindle, or the iPhone or desktop Kindle software. If you're rocking one of the compatible Bold, Curve, Storm, or Tour models (listed at Amazon's page), you can grab it by heading to
amazon.com/kindlebb from your mobile browser. [via CNET]
The BlackBerry Priv gave users a large touchscreen display as well as a physical keyboard that could be accessed by simply sliding the display upwards. The 5.43-inch AMOLED display was curved around the sides and had a 2560x1440 resolution. Although the physical keyboard could register sliding gestures across the keys for scrolling, text selection, and autocomplete text suggestions, many users had issues getting these gestures to work.
This was the first BlackBerry smartphone that did not run proprietary BlackBerry OS or BlackBerry 10 platforms. Instead, it adopted Android, with a custom interface and features inspired by traditional BlackBerry devices, like a custom email client.
Also, the Priv had the largest battery and storage capacity on a BlackBerry device to date. Its 3,410 mAh battery was capable of Qi wireless charging, and though it had only 32 GB of built-in storage, you could add extra storage with a microSD card. The camera setup received major upgrades as well, with a 2-megapixel front camera and an 18-megapixel rear camera with the ability to film videos in 4K resolution at 30 frames per second.
With Bluetooth 4.1, a hexacore Snapdragon 808 CPU, and a combination of virtual and physical keyboards, many business professionals loved the BlackBerry Priv. However, some critics at the time noted that the specs on BlackBerry's Priv matched those of its competitors, but the Priv had a much higher price tag.
BlackBerry Ltd. is making its QNX operating system, which is used to power cars and edge computing devices, available on Amazon Web Services Inc.’s cloud platform.
BlackBerry announced the update today at AWS re:Invent 2022 in Las Vegas.
Originally known as a handset maker, BlackBerry has over the past decade shifted its focus to the enterprise software market. The Waterloo, Canada-based company now generates most of its revenue from selling cybersecurity tools and software for powering connected devices. QNX, the operating system that BlackBerry is making available on AWS, is one of its flagship products.
QNX is a specialized operating system that can be installed in a vehicle to power its instrument cluster and other subsystems. According to BlackBerry, the software has been deployed in more than 215 million vehicles worldwide.
QNX is what’s known as a real-time operating system, or RTOS. An RTOS is a specialized type of operating system that ensures applications complete important processing tasks within a specific time frame. The ability to complete processing tasks without unexpected delays is important for many vehicle subsystems, particularly those that are involved in managing a car’s movement.
QNX includes features that optimize the reliability of a vehicle’s core software components. According to BlackBerry, QNX ensures that a failure in one software component won’t cause the others to malfunction. Additionally, the operating system can automatically restore malfunctioning software thanks to a built-in recovery tool.
BlackBerry will now enable automakers to run QNX in Amazon EC2 cloud instances. According to the company, an automaker’s developers can use a cloud-based deployment of QNX to develop and test new vehicle software. Tasks such as evaluating the reliability of a new application are simpler to carry out on cloud infrastructure than on a test vehicle running QNX.
Developers can use cloud-based QNX deployments alongside another BlackBerry offering called IVY. IVY is a suite of software tools designed to help automakers more easily process data from their vehicles’ built-in sensors. Some components of the toolkit are designed to run on a vehicle’s onboard computer, while other components are hosted in AWS.
According to BlackBerry, both QNX and IVY can run on EC2 instances powered by AWS’ Graviton2 processor. Graviton2 is an internally-developed processor that AWS debuted at re:Invent last year. It promises to provide up to 40% better price performance than comparable chips.
“Connecting our partners with other leaders around the technology that is transforming industries is what powers the innovation possible on AWS,” said Wendy Bauer, general manager of AWS Automotive. “Unlocking the potential of the cloud via our Graviton2 processors and seeing the ways companies like BlackBerry are making meaningful change – and helping enable hardware parity in automotive development — is energizing for AWS and the industry at large.”
BlackBerry has made the cloud version of QNX available in early access to a select group of customers. According to the company, those customers include automakers as well as a number of major auto parts suppliers.
BlackBerry says that the availability of QNX in AWS will also benefit companies beyond the auto industry. It envisions customers in the robotics, medical equipment, industrial controls, aerospace and defense sectors using cloud-based QNX environments to support their software development projects.
BlackBerry was once at the top of the smartphone market in the U.S. In 2010, almost half of smartphone subscribers in the U.S. used BlackBerrys, according to Comscore.
The phones were well-known for having a tactile keyboard and for BlackBerry's advanced cybersecurity — often favored among businesses and governments.
But after its phones fell out of favor with users, BlackBerry altered its course, taking some of the cornerstones of the business with it.
"After a few years, we realized that we would never get the volume up — and it's a volume game," said John Chen, CEO of BlackBerry. "And so we made that pivotal shift to a software-only company and focus on security and cyber and things of that sort."
While it stopped manufacturing phones, it didn't go far from the industry.
"Currently, BlackBerry has two main business units, a cybersecurity business unit and an IoT business unit within the cybersecurity business unit," said Charles Eagen, chief technology officer of BlackBerry.
Its cybersecurity unit focuses on securing things such as smartphone applications and mobile banking websites. Its internet of things unit focuses on the communication of technology within connected and autonomous cars.
"We now have the lion's share of embedded software in most of the cars," Chen said.
BlackBerry's technology is in roughly 215 million cars and this side of BlackBerry is continuing to grow, according to the company.
"If we look at the industry opportunity itself, it's our expectation that the auto software industry is going to roughly triple in size from 2020 through 2030," said Luke Junk, senior analyst at Baird.
However, BlackBerry does face competition in the cybersecurity industry, and in 2021 its revenue from cybersecurity was $500 million.
"I think that the company can reach likely a lower peak than we've seen in the past but a more sustainable growth trajectory and potentially more profitable future as well on a margin percentage basis," Junk said.
CNBC visited BlackBerry's Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Center and interviewed Chen to find out what's next for the company.
RIM Unveils BlackBerry BBX-Combines the Best of BlackBerry and QNX to Provide a Next Generation Platform for BlackBerry Smartphones and Tablets
Additional announcements and highlights from BlackBerry DevCon Americas 2011 include:
– BlackBerry WebWorks and HTML5 apps compatible with current BlackBerry smartphones and tablets will run on future BBX-based devices
– Native SDK for BlackBerry PlayBook goes gold; released for general availability
– BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 Developer Beta now available, includes BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA–(Marketwire – Oct. 18, 2011) – BlackBerry DevCon Americas 2011 – At BlackBerry DevCon Americas 2011, Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today unveiled BlackBerry BBX, its next generation mobile platform that takes the best of the BlackBerry® platform and the best of the QNX® platform to connect people, devices, content and services.
In addition, RIM announced a series of developer tool updates, including WebWorks for BlackBerry smartphones and tablets, the Native SDK for the BlackBerry PlayBook and a developer beta of BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 with support for running Android applications. RIM also provided direction for developers on how to best develop and monetize their BlackBerry applications for today and for the future.
“With nearly 5 million BlackBerry apps downloaded daily, our customers have made BlackBerry one of the most profitable platforms for developers,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at RIM. “At DevCon today, we’re giving developers the tools they need to build richer applications and we’re providing direction on how to best develop their smartphone and tablet apps as the BlackBerry and QNX platforms converge into our next generation BBX platform.”
BBX is the next generation platform for BlackBerry smartphones and tablets. It combines the best of BlackBerry and the best of QNX and is designed from the ground up to enable the powerful real-time mobile experiences that distinguish BlackBerry products and services.
The BBX platform will include BBX-OS, and will support BlackBerry cloud services and development environments for both HTML5 and native developers. BBX will also support applications developed using any of the tools available today for the BlackBerry PlayBook – including Native SDK, Adobe AIR/Flash and WebWorks/HTML5, as well as the BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps – on future BBX-based tablets and smartphones.
BBX will also include the new BlackBerry Cascades UI Framework for advanced graphics (shown for the first time today), and bring “Super App” capabilities to enable many advanced capabilities including deep integration between apps, always-on Push services, the BBM™ Social Platform, and much more.
The BlackBerry WebWorks APIs are supported by the Ripple Emulator, a standalone, high-fidelity browser-like emulation tool that allows developers to test and debug their applications on multiple platforms and devices without having to compile or launch simulators. Starting today the Ripple Emulator is available in beta and can also be downloaded from RIM’s WebWorks Developer site at: http://developer.blackberry.com/html5.
Native SDK – Content Rich, Fast and Smooth Running Applications
RIM also announced today the immediate availability of the Native SDK for the BlackBerry PlayBook (1.0 gold release). The Native SDK allows developers to build high-performance, multi-threaded, native C/C++ applications and enables developers to create advanced 2D and 3D games and other apps with access to OpenGL ES 2.0 and Open AL, as well as device specific APIs. Applications developed with the Native SDK will run today on the BlackBerry PlayBook and will be forwardly compatible on BBX-based tablets and smartphones.
The Native SDK includes support for C/C++ POSIX library and compliance, device events like gesture swipes and touch screen inputs, access to code management systems using industry standard Eclipse CDT (C/C++ Development Tools) and advanced debug and analysis tools. QNX Momentics Tool Suite, an Eclipse-based integrated development environment, is included. It provides memory profiling, application debugging, and memory usage statistics to help developers debug sophisticated programs, including hardware accelerated OpenGL applications.
The Native SDK makes the development and porting of game applications to the BlackBerry PlayBook an extremely attractive proposition for developers. Well known game publishers, developers and major game engine companies have already started to bring their game titles and applications to the platform.
Scoreloop, the largest and fastest growing cross-platform social gaming ecosystem on mobile, is now available in beta for the Native SDK through BlackBerry® Beta Zone. The Scoreloop SDK provides everything a developer needs to easily integrate social capabilities into their native PlayBook applications and includes support for Leaderboards, Game Challenges, Awards & Achievements, and Player Profiles. Scoreloop’s fully customizable and cross-platform technology empowers developers to add as many or as few features as they want, from a simple leader-board to more extensive player achievements. It makes mobile games more social and profitable.
BlackBerry Cascades – Create Visually Stunning Interfaces
RIM today showcased BlackBerry Cascades, a rich user interface framework coming to a future release of the Native SDK. Cascades unleashes a new breed of design centric mobile applications and provides developers with an exceptional feature set for creating visually stunning interfaces with custom layouts, animations, effects and 3D graphics. These features, combined with a strong set of built-in core user interface components, will make it easy to build beautiful native applications with innovative user interfaces for the current BlackBerry PlayBook and future BBX-based tablets and smartphones. Cascades is scheduled to be made available in beta later this fall.
Adobe AIR 3.0 Support
Adobe Flash enables developers to produce visually stunning, highly functional applications for the BlackBerry PlayBook that can integrate with the underlying OS and will be supported on future BBX-based tablets and smartphones.
The BlackBerry PlayBook now supports the recently announced Adobe AIR 3.0 runtime. Among the supported features are Encrypted Local Store that gives developers the ability to use the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) to encrypt and securely store sensitive information on the device, as well as store passwords, keys or credit card information safely within the app; StageText that allows developers to take advantage of native text controls and the native interaction behaviors of those controls; Multitouch and Gestures built into applications to provide great usability; and more.
PlayBook OS 2.0 – Developer Beta
RIM introduced today the Developer Beta version of the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0. The Developer Beta includes the BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps and the BlackBerry Plug-In for Android Development Tools (ADT), allowing developers to quickly and easily bring Android applications to BlackBerry PlayBook tablets.
The BlackBerry Plug-In for ADT (an Eclipse plug-in) extends a developer’s existing Eclipse Android development environment to support the PlayBook, and includes the BlackBerry PlayBook Simulator for developers to test and debug their apps before submitting them to BlackBerry App World™. Developers can also test and debug their apps on a PlayBook running the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 – Developer Beta.
Android developers can also repackage Android apps for the BlackBerry PlayBook online by using the BlackBerry Packager for Android Apps. The web tool guides developers through a step-by-step process, allowing them to test their apps for compatibility with the PlayBook, and repackage and sign their apps for submission to BlackBerry App World, all without downloading any tools.
BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps and the associated tools allow Android developers to easily expand their market to include BlackBerry PlayBook users, and hence increase their apps’ market potential.
The BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 – Developer Beta also supports Adobe Air 3.0 and Adobe Flash 11, as well as WebGL, a new web technology that brings hardware-accelerated 3D graphics to the browser without installing additional software. Developers will be able to generate rich, interactive 3D graphics within their BlackBerry WebWorks application.
For more information about the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 – Developer Beta and BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps and associated tools, visit For more information about the BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 – Developer Beta and BlackBerry Runtime for Android Apps and associated tools, visit: https://bdsc.webapps.blackberry.com/android/bpaa/.
Increased Developer Productivity with Open Source Libraries on the BlackBerry PlayBook OS
RIM also announced the BlackBerry Open Source Initiative to port popular Open Source libraries to the BlackBerry PlayBook platform. Libraries already available include physics engines like Bullet Physics and Box2DX, scripting languages like Lua, multimedia libraries like OpenAL and SDL, gaming frameworks like Cocos2DX and general-purpose libraries like Boost and Qt. Also available under an Open Source license are a range of code samples that developers can use to get started quickly, as well as GamePlay, a new 3D native gaming framework.
RIM will continue to expand its involvement in the Open Source community to help increase developer productivity on the BlackBerry platforms. For more details on RIM’s Open Source activities, visit http://blackberry.github.com.
About Research In Motion
Research In Motion (RIM), a global leader in wireless innovation, revolutionized the mobile industry with the introduction of the BlackBerry® solution in 1999. Today, BlackBerry products and services are used by millions of customers around the world to stay connected to the people and content that matter most throughout their day. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. RIM is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market (NASDAQ:RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:RIM). For more information, visit http://www.rim.com or http://www.blackberry.com.
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Blockchain has been a real revolution in the digital world. It has some of the defining features that established itself in the mind of the people. Take, for instance, Cryptocurrency. Blockchain is the backbone of digital currency. Millions of people are trading Cryptos today. By the way, are you trading on Crypto? Do it safely with the bitcoin era, an app that can help you out.
Similarly, Blockchain has in it the capability to contribute to areas like healthcare, supply chain management, logistics, and others. Another important sector that owes its indebtedness is the mobile app industry. The industry is vulnerable to security threats. The article describes the different ways through which Blockchain can contribute to the development of the industry.
This section is mainly for those who have heard it for the first time. Blockchain is a database mechanism. This is a decentralized platform where the information is recorded in a distributed ledger. The data, once recorded, becomes immutable. A Blockchain database stores the data in the blocks. Each block gets integrated to form a chain.
The mobile app industry is one of the most prominent industries. According to assumptions, the market value of the said industry will be around 2.6.73 billion in the year 2022.
Not only this, the market can attain a size as big as USD 366.34 Billion by the year 2030. But all promises can be washed away by the dark waves of Cyber threats. They are a challenge to the industry. Blockchain can help safeguard app development.
1. Decentralized System
Every digital asset, take it contract-related paper or property paper, they were earlier a part of the mesh. The mesh, in turn, needed to be broken down into pieces. This created an opening for the middlemen to get access.
But with the help of the Blockchain, things have been drastically brought to shape. With the help of the Blockchain, all the information is now available online in a decentralized system. Here the users have full authority and control over the data. The hackers have zero chance of entering the network.
2. Distributed Ledger
In Blockchain technology, information is recorded in the distributed ledger. Furthermore, the entered data gets spread across a wide network of computers. Hence the system is not centralized, but transparent.
Now for securing internal communication within your mobile app, the Blockchain uses the metadata for the communications. These are spread across the distributed ledger. Hence, there remains no opening for hacking.
3. Easy Access To Data
Data becomes crucial to the development of mobile applications. If some malicious element drills into your network, it can indeed create a mess with your information.
But with the application of Blockchain, the customers can get access, but only after using authorized credentials on the technology guarantees that the information is accessible to authorized users only. Moreover, with central systems authorizing, the manipulation of the data can not take place.
4. Increased Data Security
Data security has indeed gone on to become an issue in the present time. Blockchain can enhance the safety and security of mobile applications.
These apps become highly secure as hackers can not drill into the system. Blockchain becomes hackerproof. Here the technique ensures that encryption becomes almost impassable by unauthorized entities.
5. Improved Flexibility
App developers are always trying to increase visibility and reach the help of your mobile apps. Here you can look at the new channels and opportunities with the help of technology.
Blockchain offers some improved security protocols and improves the chances of developing new technology. It is significant from the point of view of further app development. This is the power of Blockchain that helps mobile app users transact fast and securely.
The Blockchain creates an ambiance for encryption. Thus the reign of passwords meets a natural end. The technology is still in its phase of development. Experts think that if Blockchain evolves more vigorously, it can indeed bring in a revolution so far as the development of new technologies and strengthening of industries like mobile application development. Hence one can say that Blockchain unblocks new possibilities.
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The Cryptocurrency markets are among the highest-valued markets in today’s global economy. As a result, millions of people from around the world are investing in Cryptocurrency.
According to an estimation, around 47 million Americans use Cryptos in some form or another. You can also start investing in Crypto. Investing apps like quantum ai as they are tailored to help you with your investment. You have to mine Cryptos to place them in your wallet.
But mining is never too easy. You need high-powered computers. A question can be asked here. Can we mine Cryptocurrency with the help of smartphones? Apparently, it looks quite difficult. Nevertheless, we will try to understand it here with the help of the article.
Millions of people are using android smartphones. Questions might crop up if Cryptomining is possible using smartphones. Let’s try to understand it here.
Cryptocurrency mining is a process of generating coins. Through the process, the coins enter into circulation. Mining is performed using sophisticated and highly powerful hardware. This hardware solves complex problems. With each question, the level of the problems increases.
Crypto mining is quite a painstaking and expensive process. This takes quite a long time. Here the Bitcoin miners mine the coins and get a reward for completing the blocks. Then, these blocks get integrated into the Blockchains.
Now that you have a mobile phone, you might think of mining Cryptocurrency with the help of your phone. This makes the study quite interesting. But, first, let us not sell you liest. It is Not A Good Idea to mine Cryptocurrency with Your Smartphones. There are risks involved in it.
Firstly, let us tell you that you can mine cryptos, but only with some apps. But there are risks involved with these apps. These apps are a source of malware. They can enter and create damage to your network.
These apps are quite risky, and they can steal vital information from your mobile phone. So download these apps at your own risk. They can kill your privacy and security. Moreover, according to different studies, criminals have exploited the apps.
Lastly, the apps that you download for mining Cryptocurrency can affect the performance of your mobile phone. They slow down your mobile phone’s performance. With slow mobile phone performance, you will really have tough times, let us tell you. Therefore, you need to understand that mining Cryptocurrency on your android device is filled with risks.
They are limited ways to mine Cryptocurrency on your android phone. So let us try to understand this here in this section.
1. Android Solo Mining
The popularity of Bitcoins continues to rise. Each Bitcoin has around 64 bits of the address. They are generated cryptographically. The miners generate the private and the public key.
This is an elongated process and needs specific apps to meet the end. Here the Bitcoin currency is hardcoded to 21 million. It involves some process for the android device to mind the Cryptocurrency.
2. Finding The Apps For Mining Cryptocurrency
Know that the Google Play Store and the Apple Apps store do not allow downloading mining apps. However, there are some illegal apps that you can download from your smartphone. But you can download them at your own risk.
These apps put great pressure on your phones, and there are chances that the apps end up corrupting your device completely. So you are downloading smartphone apps, and you do it at your own risk.
3. Start Mining
Once you get your reach on the mining apps, you need to sign into it. There you’ll have to join some mining pool, and they start mining the Cryptocurrency you want. So you can do it, and again you will be responsible for all the possible damage that your phone can get.
Mining Cryptocurrency on your android device is quite difficult. But you can mind it using some apps.
However, there are risks involved in using these apps, and they are the breeding ground for malware that can pierce into your system and corrupt it.
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For years, BlackBerry was the most popular smartphone brand in the U.S. After failing to adjust to the rapidly-changing industry and falling to competitors like Apple and Google, the company pivoted to an entirely new direction. Now, it's focused solely on software and cybersecurity — trying to leave the iconic cellphones in the past. CNBC visited BlackBerry's Autonomous Vehicle Innovation Center and interviewed CEO John Chen to see what the company is up to now.
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