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Exscudo releases preview video of Channels App ahead of ICO

https://youtu.be/Ec3LzMjyN38

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Today the Exscduo team published a video showing the functionality of Channels in a test environment. Though admittedly the video is a bit rough around the edges, the simplicity and features this platform provides continue to intrigue me.
What I find appealing about Channels is that it has the speed and simplicity of a coin-shifting service like Changelly or ShapeShift along with the accessibility of fiat currency. I'm not aware of another service that provides all of this, and with exchanges beginning to struggle with withdrawals and deposits in fiat there could not be a better time for this exchange to launch.
I certainly expect there to be challenges with fiat integration, and many people who love cryptocurrency value it for the lack of regulation and oversight – but the reality is it will not make it's way to the masses without OPTIONS that include this oversight.
If you're interested you can learn more about Channels here here. The ICO portal is here.

I think the app looks outstanding for a first release and I look forward to trying it out. It's slated for release Q2, as is the Exscudo exchange which will serve as the engine behind the app. The app will be released on both Android and iOS.

Quick reminder that I'm only sharing my thoughts here. I'm not an expert, and I'm not giving advice. All investments carry risk and each individual should perform due diligence prior to any investment. I am receiving NO BENEFIT from Exscudo for this post nor am I affiliated with them. I WILL purchase EON tokens in the auction.

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Beware of the many scams out there…

Beware of the many scams out there…
Bitcoin scam instances closely track Bitcoin price movements.
A surge in scam operations occurred in the first week of March, just prior to the Winklevoss ETF decision announcement and when Bitcoin price equaled with that of an ounce of gold for the first time.
During this time, Bitcoin’s price also spiked.
Social media plays a significant role in the propagation of spurious schemes, echoing behavior of longer-established suspected Ponzi schemes such as OneCoin and most other MLM opportunities.
“Historically, all curated Bitcoin scam URLs were shared a staggering 126,276,549 times within social media posts. This number was skewed upward by two specific URLs that’ve been shared over 40m times and two others that were shared over 10m times,” the company continues.
Bitcoin Price Movements Cause Scams Ebb And Flow: Report
New research has found Bitcoin scam instances come and go with increases in Bitcoin’s price.

https://cointelegraph.com/

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Facebook Pushes Outside Law Firms to Become More Diverse

A Facebook event in Berlin. The company is requiring that women and ethnic minorities account for at least 33 percent of law firm teams working on its matters. Credit Tobias Schwarz/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Like other Silicon Valley giants, Facebook has faced criticism over whether its work force and board are too white and too male. Last year, the social media behemoth started a new push on diversity in hiring and retention.

Now, it is extending its efforts into another corner: the outside lawyers who represent the company in legal matters.

Facebook is requiring that women and ethnic minorities account for at least 33 percent of law firm teams working on its matters.

Numbers alone, however, are not enough, under a policy that went in effect on Saturday. Law firms must also show that they “actively identify and create clear and measurable leadership opportunities for women and minorities” when they represent the company in litigation and other legal matters.

Those opportunities “include serving as relationship managers and representing Facebook in the courtroom,” Facebook’s general counsel, Colin Stretch, said in an interview. The legal department, he said, has for the last few years been working on increasing diversity at all levels.

“Firms typically do what their clients want,” he said. “And we want to see them win our cases and create opportunities for women and people of color. We think the firms are ready — our articulation gives not just permission but a mandate.”

For Facebook, the move on outside lawyers is happening even as the company’s efforts at improving diversity in its own work force have so far shown little progress.

According to statistics released last year, blacks and Hispanics last July accounted for only 3 percent each of senior leadership, and women made up an additional 27 percent. Hiring for the 12 months beginning with July 2015 showed something of an improvement: Of those newly recruited to senior leadership posts, 9 percent were black, 5 percent were Hispanic and 29 percent were women.

To improve those numbers, Facebook announced last year that it would focus on recruiting and retention. The company is also establishing programs to help underrepresented college students, as well as younger students in public schools nationwide, develop interests in coding and engineering. In addition, Facebook is reaching out to families who want to learn more about programming.

And when it comes to improving diversity among its outside lawyers, Facebook is part of a growing trend.

A number of general counsels across corporate America are pressing their outside firms to make their teams more diverse — in terms of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and even disability — at all levels of seniority, not just among junior associates.

MetLife says it is announcing a new policy this month; HP in February adopted a more stringent program. The moves are an acknowledgment that the numbers of women and minorities at law firms have barely budged over the past 20 years.

“Law is the least diverse white-collar profession,” said Jean Lee, the chief executive of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, an organization that focuses on the hiring, retention and promotion of diverse lawyers. “A lot of companies made a concerted effort to increase diversity internally, and now they are demanding diversity at the firms they use.”

“One of the challenges in the legal profession is that, despite all of the focus, the lack of diversity is a stubborn and persistent problem,” said Kim Rivera, HP’s general counsel. “We think we can help if we can be clear and unambiguous and hold firms financially accountable.”

HP now requires its outside law firms to have at least one diverse so-called relationship partner or at least one “woman and one racially/ethnically diverse attorney each performing at least 10 percent of the billable hours worked on HP matters.” (A woman who is also a minority will cover the requirements as long as she bills the requisite 10 percent.)
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Failure to comply, under the policy, would result in a 10 percent “diversity holdback” of fees, but with a one-year grace period.

Ms. Rivera said the reaction to the new policy had been positive. “I’ve gotten dozens of calls and meeting requests largely asking how to partner with us to have the program succeed,” she said.

Zakiyyah Salim-Williams, the chief diversity officer for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, which counts both HP and Facebook among its clients, said she was not fazed by the new requirements.

“We have a large number of diverse lawyers and we always try to staff our teams to reflect that,” she said.

Mr. Stretch of Facebook says its legal department will work with outside law firms in their efforts, tracking results, not surprisingly, through a variety of metrics.

It’s not just tech companies that are pushing their outside counsel. MetLife’s general counsel, Ricardo Anzaldua, will meet this month with representatives of some of the 50 firms the company retains to review an initiative to spur retention and sponsorship of women and diverse lawyers.

Under the program, the firms “must make sure that the junior diverse talent has sponsorship among the senior lawyers and that they get the best coaching and nurturing they can provide.” MetLife will evaluate the results in 2018; underperforming firms will have six months to improve or be dropped.

Mr. Anzaldua’s mandate echoes his own in-house initiatives. “A few years ago we began to identify and coach those with high potential to become the future leadership pipeline,” he said. “While the initiative doesn’t exclude white men, the proportion of women and people of color in that pipeline is more than 60 percent, reflecting the fact that we have an influx of talented women and people of color in the lower ranks.”
Some companies take a more fluid approach. While Verizon Communications has no numerical target, its general counsel, Craig Silliman, said, “diversity of the team is one of the specific criteria we use when we bid out a matter,” in addition to strategic approach, cost and other factors.

Morgan Stanley’s chief legal officer, Eric Grossman, in addition to encouraging diverse teams, also annually names one of its outside law firms as the recipient of a leadership award in diversity and inclusion. Firms vie for the award, which depend on a variety of factors.

“We put a lot of weight not just on the diverse and female attorneys who work on Morgan Stanley matters, but also on how many diverse lawyers they have in the firm and the depth of their sponsorship programs they have to promote overall diversity. We recognize that it just doesn’t happen on its own,” he said.

The possibility of a fee reduction or being dropped from the roster of approved firms could be an effective tool to make it happen.

“Companies are now using a carrot and stick approach because the carrot approach alone didn’t work,” said Ms. Lee of the Minority Corporate Counsel Association.

A version of this article appears in print on April 3, 2017, on Page B2 of the New York edition with the headline: Facebook Pushes Outside Law Firms on Diversity. Order Reprints| Today's Paper|Subscribe

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People are talking about hackers ‚ransoming‘ Apple — here’s what’s actually going on

 

If you don't want to be hacked, don't use the same password across different services.

And if you're an Apple user, it's a good idea to check your Apple ID and iCloud account today to make sure it's using a unique and long password.

On Wednesday, a hacking group calling itself the Turkish Crime Family told Business Insider that it had about 600 million iCloud passwords it would use to reset users' accounts on April 7.

Apple told Business Insider in a statement that if the hackers had passwords, they did not come from a breach of Apple systems:

"There have not been any breaches in any of Apple's systems including iCloud and Apple ID. The alleged list of email addresses and passwords appears to have been obtained from previously compromised third-party services.

"We're actively monitoring to prevent unauthorized access to user accounts and are working with law enforcement to identify the criminals involved. To protect against these type of attacks, we always recommend that users always use strong passwords, not use those same passwords across sites and turn on two-factor authentication."

It is still possible that the group has some users' passwords. Information from several large breaches, including those of Yahoo and LinkedIn, have spread across the internet in recent years. If an Apple user has the same password and email for, say, LinkedIn and iCloud, there's a good chance that iCloud password is already publicly available.

Here's what you can do to protect yourself:

Turn on two-factor authentication. That means when you log in to your iCloud account you'll be asked to send a six-digit code to your phone. It's annoying, but it's the best way to ensure that your account remains your own.
Don't use the same password for multiple services. If one of your accounts is hacked or breached, hackers can essentially access all your accounts that used the same password. Make sure to use a different password for your Apple ID and your email account — here's how to change your Apple ID password and how to check if your password may already be public.
Make sure your password is long, random, and unique. Don't use your name, birthday, or other common words.
Why this matters now
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Over the past few days, the Turkish Crime Family has contacted media outlets saying it has 200 million, 250 million, 519 million, or as many as 750 million Apple ID account credentials culled from breaches of other services.

The hacking group also said it had been in contact with Apple and was demanding $75,000 in cryptocurrency like bitcoin or $100,000 in Apple gift cards.

If Apple did nothing, it would "face really serious server issues and customer complaints" in an attack on April 7, a member of the hacking group told Business Insider in an email. They said they were carrying out the attack in support of the Yahoo hacking suspect.

A report from Motherboard said the group had shown the outlet an email from one of the hackers to an Apple product-security specialist that discussed the ransom demands. That email is fake, a person with knowledge of Apple's security operations told Business Insider.

Apple is in contact with law enforcement about the ransom demand, the person said. Apple is unsure if the group's claims are true, but people at the company say they doubt they are.

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There are other reasons to doubt the hackers' claims, such as their thirst for publicity and their fluid story.

But even if the hackers are telling the truth, Apple users can protect themselves by making sure their Apple ID password is unique and hasn't been revealed in a previous breach.

"A breach means nothing in 2017 when you can just pull the exact same user information in smaller scales through companies that aren't as secure," the group purportedly said in a post on Pastebin in response to Apple's statement.

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3 Signs You have a Terrible Personal Brand on Social Media

A few months ago I started my Masters in Digital Media and I decided to blog about my experience and the way I view the world from the perspective of a Digital Media Masters student and a practitioner of Digital Media. One of the things ‘grind my gears’ is when I see entrepreneurs and personalities ignoring the most basics of Social Media Personal Branding. Honestly, I don’t think I am in the position or have the authority to judge per se since I too sometimes miss the mark .I am no expert, however, I think Social Media can have a positive impact on building a brand. Yet most people ignore it.

Personal branding expert, Karen Leland stated that there are three specific ways that almost everyone can benefit from social media

 

1-     Enhance brand recognition and thought leadership- The more frequently you show up on social media, the greater your brand exposure and the more recognizable and credible your business become.

2-     Increased trust through leveraged credibility- If consumers trust you they more they are willing to recommend you

3-     Gives you a competitive advantage- If someone is looking to choose between you and your competition for a service and you have an active brand on social media, you will most likely be the one that gets chosen.

 

Below are three basic branding principles that, if ignored, most likely than not results in the creation of a terrible brand. Yes I said terrible.

 

1-     No or poor photo and brand identity- For some strange reason, some businesses and entrepreneurs believe that they do not need a profile photo. It doesn’t matter which profile you are on; this is a must have. A profile with a profile image will get more click than one without. Besides, people will trust you more when they can see you. If your profile picture is not consistent across all social media platforms, people may not trust you. Ensure your photo is up to date, no a pic of a dragon is not appropriate, just a headshot of the real authentic you smiling and looking forward.

2-     No or poorly written Bio- Ok, so your profile picture may attract someone to your profile, but it's your bio that will get them excited about you. Use up all your characters, don’t be afraid. Different platforms have different character limits so craft a bio to suit the different platforms. Also, show people who you are, if you founded a company; say that, if you spent five years helping companies sell online; say just that, be specific, not general. Don’t lie though and don’t fake your achievements; real recognizes real, and people will sniff out your BS from a distance. Use keywords so people can find you easily.

3-     No Background- Ok, this one bothers me, most platforms like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn allow you to upload a background. See my different backgrounds below; I am feeling myself, and I got them done on Fiverr for five dollars each. According to Leland, your background is a visual display of your bio and a personal branding best practice. Use your background to promote your brand, customize it to suit you, if you are an author, put your books on there, just ensure it tells the story of who you are.

Ok, I will stop here, for now, these are some of the very basics of what I recommend for building a brand on Social Media. You can get fancier if you want to, there are a lot of information online that can help you build your personal brand.

 Kimron Corion Kimron Corion
Digital Media Specialist • Fernie Youth Service

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Social Media Addiction

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Principal Owner • Information Access & Design Inc

Social Media Addiction
Over the past 100+ years, every new “social” activity has brought with it addiction; from tobacco, to narcotics, alcohol, gambling and our current substance to abuse, Social Media.

The parallels between today’s need for social media connections and the needs of an addict are frightening. People become so obsessed with maintaining their social media network they ignore their families, place their jobs at risk and even in a strange twisted way ignore the friends. Social media contact becomes all-consuming and the proof is everywhere, just look up from your phone and look around.

Facebook, Twitter and a host of other platforms allow people to gain instant attention, and through that attention feel a part of society. Unfortunately, much like drugs, the effect is not real and leads to depression once reality sets in. There are cases of rage and suicide being traced back to social media “unfriending” or blocking… have our lives really become that consumed by our need to be “liked”?

We may never know how many people have lost their jobs due to using social media at work as the dismissal would be classified as failing to meet the job requirements. If we could peel back the legal reason for the termination in many cases the underlying reason they fail to meet the requirements is the amount of time they spend on social media.

On one of the few warm days this summer I was at the beach and noticed a group of teenagers sitting together, each one absorbed in their own smart-phone, texting and posting away. This went on for over an hour, there were few conversations (other than to show each other a post on the phone) and nothing you could call playing. Here you have a group of youth that don’t know how to interact without a screen in front of them.

A similar situation was seen at a provincial park with a group of people walking through to woods. They would walk a few feet then the phone would chime, they would stop and type a response then walk a few more feet and another chime.

There have even been cases where people have been physically injured by their social media addiction. Several videos showing people walking into poles, fountains or stepping out in traffic without looking have made it to, of all places, the internet and social media platforms. These people are so focused on their social media interaction they ignore the world around them.

When people NEED something as superficial as Social Media to the extent we are seeing in today’s society we have an addiction problem. Just as people need treatment to control their need for alcohol, drugs or gambling, we need to start now to raise awareness of the dangers of Social Media Addiction before it is too late.

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How To Plan Mobile App Development for your Business

To create an effective app, it is essential to have a nicely laid- organized process and concept. Preplanning the app development program and development procedure will help in averting deviations from set goals, which can cause dramatic developments to the ultimate product. But, before you carry on, here are a few important things you should know.

Pre Strategy Your Mobile App Development- How can it work? How can it be useful to end users and participate? Thus, the process calls for generally defining the program. Now, why is this significant? When your mobile app developers have a clear understanding of what is expected from them, what are the characteristics the app should have, and what are your targets of mobile program development, it assists in constructing the mobile app that is more important and essential.

Taking this point further, when fair attempt and time is spent in pre-planning your app development process, it may go a long way in eliminating delays, minimizing your overhead costs, and providing the project punctually. Planning not only involves defining the app and its functionalities, but also includes establishing proper targets, timelines, and budget. Lucidity and unnecessary delays are eliminated, thus, reducing overhead costs. Precise price projection is ready with the development and marketing team so that deviations can be identified by them and minimize the exact same.

Pre-planning also helps gain insights into your audience, competitors, and latest market trends. This may be most profitable in bringing innovative and interesting turning points in the essential features of your app. Thus, with valuable market knowledge from an early phase, you are able to successfully build an app that's unique and offers somewhat distinct characteristics than other similar mobile apps in the market. Adding to this, effective communication of the theory with your development partner can help them clearly identify duties and their functions in order that they are able to provide better. Planning also helps to streamline your development procedure, and what it organized to generate outcomes that are better.

Looking to build a mobile app? Not sure how to go in regards to the pre-planning period? Here is a thorough guide for you:

Describe Your Mobile App in a Nutshell – The initial step of pre-planning comprises preparing an incredibly short description of what your app must be all about. Make it as short as possible, but feature the core notion of the app and key features you might be anticipating.

Ascertain the Needs of Your Intended Audience – This really is one of the most crucial points, but it may illuminate many factors that may be valuable in constructing a proper cellular app when done right. For this, it is imperative to recognize your market and know their ‘buying’ behavior and inclinations. It's possible for you to create forums and conversations or connect together socially to take an online survey. This can help incorporate the same in your cell program, and likewise, ascertain the things they exactly anticipate from your program.

Browse through Similar Mobile Apps – It is more easy to locate similar apps in the app store unless your app notion isn’t something in the ‘niche’ category or totally unique. Go through a few of these programs, and find their essential characteristics, how they work, technical aspects, customer ratings, and reviews, etc. This could only help you ideate.

Brainstorm a ‘Powerful’ App Idea – On the contrary to the idea of “Too many cooks spoil the broth, ” when you brainstorm with a group of like-minded people, you happen to be capable of developing ideas that are more innovative and distinctive. But for this, it is important to spot people who can add value to your app thought, and not always like-minded individuals. Brainstorming with individuals from various fields is the best way to create a better outcome and groundbreaking ideas. Make sure you are able to brainstorm from technical and customer, promotion viewpoint.

Produce a Master Record of Outcomes – This may differ from everything you conceptualized in the beginning. Based on your own research and findings from the above-mentioned measures, create a comprehensive list and compare this with the initial concept. In this step, you also had better improvise the brief description on the basis of the most recent changes.

Translate Your Ideas right into a Simple Flowchart – Flowchart or a diagram is the best way to communicate your app idea, workflow, and functionalities. But ensure that you keep it clear, simple and concise for everyone to understand easily. The flowchart should include testing demands, deadlines, budget, etc., characteristics and functionalities, development procedure, roles and duties, QA and the program theory Keep it as comprehensive as you can, if not in a flowchart then in display or a PowerPoint presentation -by-screen navigation of the app.

Conclusion

Preplanning is important for mobile app development, although not the single key to building an effective app. We regularly are inclined to overlook the need frequently or to add new attributes upgrade an app throughout its lifecycle. Give attention to creating user-centric and bug-free continue providing user experience that is improved through additional iterations, and program from its first release. In once, hire an experienced and professional development team who can help assemble the app of your fantasy, and within the set time and budget.

Author Bio
Gaurav Kanabar is a Director at Alphanso Tech an IT Consulting Company. He has developed many web applications over the last 5 years. You can Hire dedicated developers at Alphanso Tech.

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Incredible AI app can ‘repaint‘ photos to look like it was composed by famous artists

An iOS app has gone viral in post-Soviet states this past week, racking up more than 7.5 million downloads and the top spot in app stores around the region. Russian internet giant Mail.Ru even announced an investment in the app, called Prisma, on Monday – a 10 percent stake that reportedly amounts to $2 million.

The Russian-made photo app allows users to customize their images by feeding photos through an artificial intelligence that “repaints” them in the style of great artists like Van Gogh, Munch, and Picasso. Unlike many other photo apps, Prisma doesn’t simply slap a filter on top. Instead, the AI completely reinterprets the images using a deep learning method known as convolutional neural networks. The AI only refers to the original photo for guidance, reports Bloomberg.

Prisma has launched in beta on Android — gaining access requires requesting an invitation.

Though unaffiliated with the Prisma project, researchers Leon Gatys, Alexander Ecker, and Matthias Bethge of Bethge Lab laid out the method to the app’s madness last August in a paper titled, A Neural Algorithm of Artistic Style. The trio was interested in how our brains process images and how they might be able to generate new images to predict these processes.

“From that idea, we first [began] using deep networks to synthesize textures and then from there we found out that, when using the network to perform texture transfer, one can [make] beautiful artworks which might also tell us a lot about how humans perceive and process visual art,” Gatys told Digital Trends.

Related: Google’s newly launched Magenta Project aims to create art with artificial intelligence

The team’s modeled it’s AI off of deep neural networks (which are themselves modeled off of biological neural networks) to separate content and style, and recombine them into works that seem to depict the very brushstrokes of recognizable artists. “Thus our ability to abstract content from style and therefore our ability to create and enjoy art might be primarily a preeminent signature of the powerful inference capabilities of our visual system,” they concluded in the paper.

“I think [this technology] will be a major tool for image processing and fundamentally change the way we manipulate images,” Gatys said.

Meanwhile, Prisma has been lauded for its entertainment value and near-immediate feedback, but Gatys is skeptical about its actual artistic value and seizes the chance to plug his own project. “I think it looks very cool and its main selling point is the speed with which images are generated,” he said. “In terms of quality, however, I think it is not quite there compared to what we are able to do on www.deepart.io.”

As for future iterations of the tech, Gatys is bursting with ideas. In the near term, the development team plans to implement support for video, new predefined art filters, and 360-degree image capture.

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Originally published on 07-19-2016. 

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Startup Civic screens use of Social Security numbers to protect against ID theft

It looks like blockchain technology isn’t just for digital currency. South African entrepreneur Vinny Lingham, now based in San Francisco, has  launched Civic, a startup that employs blockchain for identity theft prevention, as reported in Forbes. The service is free for now and users get $1 million identity theft protection insurance for life at no cost.
The concept behind Civic is to prevent identity theft by using two-factor authentication between customers and financial institutions. In other words, your bank can be sure it’s you using your identity and you will know for sure you’re communicating with your bank. Civic is for the U.S. market and works by screening any use of Social Security numbers.

Related: Identity thieves used thousands of stolen SSNs to generate IRS e-filing pins
The advantage of blockchain is all transactions are accounted for. Lingham, a board member of the Bitcoin Foundation, says: “What blockchain does really well is ensures you can’t have two copies of the same thing.” With Civic, blockchain technology means no one can use your Social Security number to set up a separate identity.
The way it works is when someone buys a nifty, new, top-of-the-line 85-inch OLED TV from Amazon using your credit card, for example, a Civic partner will send you an authorization alert. If you don’t authorize the purchase, the bank will immediately deny the transaction, stopping fraud before it happens, rather than having to chase it after the fact.

Banks and other financial institutions will pay small fees to be part of the two-way authentication. In many cases of fraud, banks currently end up eating loss charges, so the incentive for another layer of protection is significant.
Right now, there are only a few Civic partners, including background check companies GoodHire and Onfido. Civic’s value to users will increase as it adds partners, and Lingham says more partnerships are in the works.
Civic is still in beta, but the concept is intriguing and could help many of us rest easier about having our identities stolen.

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People around the world waited in line for 13 hours to buy this new phone

It's approaching midnight when the last customer finally scurries out of the door and into the crisp London night. The shop doesn't normally keep such late hours, but tonight is a special occasion.

The customer stands in the dim light outside of the storefront, giddily looking through the contents of his shopping bag, but it doesn't contain a new suit or any other tailored piece of menswear that would typically be sold during the bespoke tailor’s business hours.

It's a smartphone.

Some arrived 13 hours in advance, to be joined later by hundreds of people anxiously awaiting the store opening at 3pm.
Like hundreds of eager Londoners before him, he had to brave a massive crowd that lined several blocks on Brushfield Street since the early hours of the morning in order to get it. Some arrived 13 hours in advance, to be joined later by hundreds of people who anxiously awaited the store opening at 3pm.

Just hours before, the scene looked the same outside of Colette on Rue Saint Honoré in Paris — before that, outside of Firmament on Mitte, Linienstraße in Berlin.

And as the doors of Joshua Kane locked in London, a line started to form outside of Magnum Soho in New York City.

Over the next few days, thousands of fans flocked to the bustling streets of Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore as the anticipation and excitement spilled over to India. Each location had been transformed, for a mere handful of hours, to accommodate the most anticipated smartphone release of the year.

But this phone — the one that compelled fans across the world to travel up to hundreds of miles to eagerly wait for hours on sidewalks — might not be the one you have in mind.

The phone you'll be willing to wait for
On June 14th, OnePlus launched its newest flagship device, the OnePlus 3. The following day, the phone was made available at a series of pop-up stores across the world. Now, for any casual smartphone user, it would be enough to sit back, order the phone online and patiently wait for the new device to arrive at their doorstep days later.

But for the OnePlus community, waiting isn't in the cards.

Eager to scoop up the phone at the first opportunity, rabid technophiles flooded the streets outside each pop-up location in New York, London, Paris and Berlin.

Thousands showed up for the phone's debut, and each store stayed open longer than anticipated in order to meet the demand.

While they were waiting, some OnePlus fans shared why they were so excited for the new phone, and why they keep coming back to the growing tech player.

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