Have you ever wished your smartphone could do more? Forget about multitasking – what if your smartphone could save humanity? That’s the idea behind HTC’s “Power to Give” on its One and Butterfly phones. Your device is no longer “just a phone” – you can now use your its processing power to help cure diseases, map proteins and tackle problems usually left to the most powerful computers in the world. After downloading a free app from Google Play, you’ve only got to pick a project to contribute to, plug your phone in to charge and connect it to Wi-Fi. Just like that, you’re contributing to the greater good of all mankind. HTC says a million of its One smartphones add up to a single one-petaflop computer, so it may not be your phone that leads to the next major scientific breakthrough, but every bit counts. Anyone with an HTC One or HTC Butterfly can take part today, and the program is expected to hit other phones in the company’s catalog soon.

Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is Managing Partner at Palmer Advanced Media, a technology-focused strategic advisory practice that helps Fortune 500 companies and growth-stage companies with digital strategy, data science, marketing, branding, and business development. He is Fox 5 New York's on-air tech and digital media expert and a regular commentator on CNBC and CNN. @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.

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