HTC launches its blockchain phone: the Exodus 1
HTC’s Exodus 1 has become available for pre-order, and can o...
The Taiwanese technology company, HTC, has announced the release of it blockchain phone.
HTC’s Exodus 1 has become available for pre-order, and can only be bought with cryptocurrency – costing 0.15 bitcoins or 4.78 ether tokens (US$960).
The manufacturer has created a cryptocurrency wallet within the phone dubbed Zion, which it claims is separate and protected from Android.
“In the new internet age people are generally more conscious about their data, this a perfect opportunity to empower the user to start owning their digital identity,” stated Phil Chen, Chief Crypto Officer at HTC.
“The Exodus is a great place to start because the phone is the most personal device, and it is also the place where all your data originates from.”
“I’m excited about the opportunity it brings to decentralize the internet and reshape it for the modern user.”
HTC aims to expand the blockchain ecosystem as well as focusing its operations on new technologies.
“We understand the potential of digital scarcity and uniqueness. With Exodus, HTC aims to be a general blockchain asset marketplace.”
“We are here to invite all developers to distribute their blockchain game, collectible and NFT concept through us.”
“We believe there is a paradigm shift and the pendulum is swinging back to ownership and the value of content.”
Non-IT experts ‘to build majority of tech products by 2024’
80% of technology products and services will be built by non-technology professions by 2024, says research firm Gartner.
This is according to a new report from Gartner, which claims a new category of buyers outside the traditional IT organisation is now responsible for a growing share of the overall IT market.
“Digital business is treated as a team sport by CEOs and no longer the sole domain of the IT department,” said Rajesh Kandaswamy, distinguished research vice president at Gartner. “Growth in digital data, low-code development tools and artificial intelligence (AI)-assisted development are among the many factors that enable the democratistion of technology development beyond IT professionals.”
COVID-19 Accelerating Technology
Technology has started expanding into all areas of business, creating demand for products and services outside IT departments. In 2023, Gartner anticipates that US$30 billion in revenue will be generated by products and services that did not exist pre-pandemic. Gartner analysts said the rapid expansion of cloud services, digital business initiatives, and remote services opened the door for new possibilities in integrations and optimisation.
The research found that COVID-19 also reduced barriers for those outside of IT to create technology-based solutions by providing an entry point for anyone who was able to serve pandemic-induced needs. Gartner said technology providers are now finding themselves increasingly entering markets related to, or in competition with, nontechnology providers, including innovative firms in financial services and retail.
Gartner expects high-profile announcements of technology launches from nontech companies to proliferate over the next 12 months.
“The availability of business technologists provides new sources of innovation and the ability to get work done. Thus, technology and service providers will need to extend their sourcing of ideas and technology development into new communities, whether they are based on citizen development, their own customer communities or other sources,” said Kandaswamy