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Charlie Lee of Litecoin fame and the HTC Exodus phone




Charlie Lee is a former Google software engineer who became fascinated by Bitcoin. Being a software expert, he realized that the mining process could be much lighter without affecting the Bitcoin’s blockchain security and reliability so he set himself to do exactly that. Thus was created Litecoin.

Mr. Lee remains Litecoin’s leader, and he’s one of the most charismatic and beloved figures in crypto. The Litecoin community adores him.

Earlier today he announced a last-minute trek to Helsinki where he will meet with Phil Chen (more on him later) to talk about the HTC Exodus phone. Here’s Mr. Lee’s tweet:

Mr. Lee is obviously excited about the new crypto-friendly smartphone and he’s not alone. Vitalik Buterin is quoted in the phone’s website saying,

“I’m excited to see EXODUS putting in the work to make blockchain and cryptocurrency technology secure and easy to use for the masses.”

Many other personalities in the cryptosphere are hailing the new phone’s arrival as the “blockchain phone that could change the internet as we know it” according to TechRadar.

The new HTC phone is called Exodus 1. The developing team was led by Phil Chen who is the project’s DCO as well as MD at Presence Capital and has held key positions in many tech-related enterprises and startups. He’s currently an advisor to several AI companies such as Blue Vision Labs and Cloudalize.

The new phone features a 6-inch screen at 18:9 ratio, a 3500 mAh battery, two cameras (one with digital zoom). It will work on Android and it offers 128 GB of storage, and support for 4G networks.

But the main feature, the one that has all the cryptoverse personalities excited is that, as stated by Mr. Lee, it will support several cryptocurrencies out of the box. It’s still unclear what will be the exact way in which they will be supported, but it’s safe to assume that it must be very well done if it’s gathered that much praise from personalities as different as Mr. Lee and Mr. Buterin.

This phone will be a pioneering effort by HTC and it could help put it back in the map. Conversely, it could make Apple and Samsung pay some attention into the cryptosphere so they take a page out of HTC’s book, but that remains wishful thinking for the time being, especially since Apple is openly hostile towards crypto.

Litecoin has been campaigning all year long to push for its token’s adoption. #PayWithLitecoin has become a ubiquitous hashtag and the passionate Litecoin community keeps asking for business, local and online, to start accepting Litecoin wherever they go. So having a mobile phone that works with Litecoin without any further hassle fits perfectly into Mr. Lee’s and Litecoin’s priorities and efforts.

It will be very interesting to see how the mobile market reacts to history’s first blockchain-powered smartphone.

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XNO Token of Xeno NFT Hub listed on Bithumb Korea Exchange



Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 25th January, 2021, // ChainWire //

Xeno Holdings Limited ( ), a blockchain solutions company based in Hong Kong, has announced the listing of its ecosystem utility token XNO on the ‘Bithumb Korea’ cryptocurrency exchange on January 21st 2021.

Xeno NFT Hub ( ), developed by Xeno Holdings, enables easy minting of digital items into NFTs while also providing a marketplace where anyone can securely trade NFTs.

The Xeno NFT Hub project team includes former members of the technology project Yosemite X based in San Francisco and professionals such as Gabby Dizon who is a games industry expert and NFT space influencer based in Southeast Asia.

NFT(Non-Fungible Token) technology has recently gained huge focus in the blockchain arena and beyond, making waves in the online gaming sector, the art world, and the digital copyrights industry in recent years. The strongest feature of NFTs is that “NFTs are unique digital assets that cannot be replaced or forged”. Unlike fungible tokens such as Bitcoin or Ether, NFTs are not interchangeable for other tokens of the same type but instead each NFT has a unique value and specific information that cannot be replaced. This fact makes NFTs the perfect solution to record and prove ownership of digital and real-world items like works of art, game items, limited-edition collectibles, and more. One of the ways to have a successful trading…

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Should Crypto Projects Devote Resources to Community Growth and Marketing?



2020 has been an incredible year for crypto as investors have generated windfall profits and crypto projects have seen their businesses gain the spotlight they’ve been looking for.  While Bitcoin has received most of the attention after major institutional investors announced they were accumulating the increasingly scarce asset, many altcoins have also seen their fair share of glory.  When looking at all the big winners of the past year, the first project that probably comes to mind is Chainlink, having appreciated by more than 550% YTD and now valued at over $4.5 billion.  But, the actual biggest winner of the year is HEX with a YTD return of over 5,000%.

I mention both of the above projects as they have each taken slightly different paths to achieve greatness.  Chainlink has devoted resources toward building a fundamentally sound business with many strategic partnerships while HEX has spent vast sums of money on marketing and promotion.  Both approaches are valid, but one thing is certain, it is absolutely imperative for crypto projects to let the crypto community know what makes them special.  Of course, one of the reasons that makes crypto so valuable is the powerful blockchain technology that most projects are utilizing.

Cryptocurrency vs. Blockchain Technology

It’s important to make a distinction between blockchain technology and cryptocurrency.  Although they are often used interchangeably, they are different.  Blockchain technology and crypto were both created after the 2008 financial crisis, but cryptocurrency…

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XENO starts VIP NFT trading service and collaborates with contemporary artist Hiro Yamagata



Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 24th December, 2020, // ChainWire //

The XENO NFT Hub ( will provide a crypto-powered digital items and collectables trading platform allowing users to create, buy, and sell NFTs. Additionally it will support auction based listings, governance and voting mechanisms, trade history tracking, user rating and other advanced features.

As a first step towards its fully comprehensive service, XENO NFT Hub launched a recent VIP service to select users and early adopters in December 2020 with plans for a full Public Beta to open in June 2021. 

“NFTs are extremely flexible in their usage, from digital event tickets to artwork, and while NFTs have a very wide spectrum of uses and categories XENO will initially focus its partnership efforts and its own item curation on three primary areas: gaming, sports & entertainment, and collectibles.”, said XENO NFT Hub president Anthony Di Franco.

He also added “This does not mean we will prohibit other types of NFTs from our ecosystem However, it simply means that XENO’s efforts as a company will be targeted into these verticals initially as a cohesive business approach.”

Development and Procurement Lead, Gabby Dizon explained, “Despite our initial focus, we found ourselves with a unique opportunity to host some of the works of Mr. Hiro Yamagata. We are collaborating with Japanese artist Hiro Yamagata to enshrine some of his artwork into NFTs.”

Mr. Yamagata has been…

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