Sirin Labs outsources Finney production to Foxconn

Sirin Labs partners with Foxconn to manufacture their blockchain-powered smartphone Finne
05 April 2018   132

Blockchain-connected devices has long been the topic of the talks among enthusiasts of the technology. And Sirin Labs has made big headlines with their first announcements of a whole ecosystem of IOTA's Tangle-connected devices. And now they make next step towards realization of their lofty goal.

Sirin Labs announced their partnership with FIH Mobile LTD, a subsidiary of world's largest contract electronics manufacturer Foxconn, to produce first of their lineup of blockchain-powered devices. Finney smartphone, named after famous cryptographer Hal Finney, is a result of a hugely successful ICO campaign, which gathered $157,8 million in December 2017.

one of the main selling points of the Finney is native support for blockchain applications, such as cryptocurrency wallets and ability to automatically convert tokens for use in multiple different decentralized apps without the hassle of going through an exchange.

According to the company, the specs will be adequate with 256GB of internal memory, 16-megapixel rear camera, but processor and RAM amount are for now undisclosed. Among security features Finney will, apparently, have some kind of physical security switch and a behavioral-based intrusion detection, whatever than means.

The device will be sold for quite a hefty sum of $999, but it seems the price wouldn't matter a lot to the true enthusiasts, because Sirin Labs claims that already more than 25,000 units were preordered.

Consensus 2018 summit to be held in New York City

4th annual blockchain technology summit - Consensus 2018, will take place in New York City on May 14-16
22 April 2018   32

CoinDesk has announced its 4th annual blockchain technology summit Consensus 2018 on May 14-16 at the New York Hilton Midtown. Along with the discussions on the blockchain technology, the event is going to feature a hackathon, PoW pitch competition and a scholarship award in a partnership with Zcash. Title sponsors of the event include bloq, Deloitte, Ledger, Octagon Strategy and SONM.

Consensus 2018 will feature 250+ speakers and 4,000+ attendees from the leading industry startups, investors, financial institutions, enterprise tech leaders, and academic and policy groups who are building the foundations of the blockchain and digital currency economy. Among the notable speakers there will be Blockstack co-founder Dr. Muneeb Ali, J.P.Morgan blockchain program lead Amber Baldet, eToro CEO and founder Yoni Assia, Hyperledger executive director Brian Behlendorf, ConsenSys founder Steve Cerveny, Athena Capital founder Meltem Demirors and many others.

The full 3-day agenda of the event can be found here.