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(Hint, it's much more than just digital money)

Up until a few months ago, like a lot of people I'd heard of 'Bitcoin' and 'cryptocurrency' but frankly while it seemed mildly interesting, I didn't feel any overwhelming urge to figure out how to get some or use it.  It sounded like a less secure, new fangled, roundabout way of paying for things 'electronically' and since so few places accept them for payment vs. the dollar...I didn't see the point. Why bother, right?

Wrong. Boy was I wrong. Because what I didn't understand...and most of you reading this probably don't either...is that many of these new 'cryptocurrencies' that we see in the news are not 'currencies' at all...they are actually a new technology utilizing a structure called the blockchain that are creating the next version of the internet, an internet 3.0 right now...and the vast majority of people have no idea this is going on.  How is that you ask?  Because many of these digital 'coins' are actually more like programming languages that let you build decentralized applications.  What the heck is that you ask?  Let me explain.

Let's say you want to buy a product off of Ebay, or Amazon like a pair of shoes.  Or perhaps you want to rent a room for a weekend through Airbnb, or get a car ride to the airport through Uber.  All of these businesses utilize a middleman that you have to pay a fee to for their service.  Think about it. You buy something from Ebay or Amazon and they take their little cut out of the seller's gross.  You book a room through airbnb or a car from uber and again...they take a little cut out of the seller's piece or charge a fee to the buyer...either way there's a middleman.

But what if you could get rid of the middle man?  What if there was some kind of company that did each of these things...sold goods..rented homes...drove you around....and there was no middle man?   What if transactions were peer to peer...you to the seller direct...without the middle man's fee?  Well that is exactly what the blockchain allows programmers to do.  Create decentralized applications, businesses, markets, etc.  It does this by utilizing the blockchain as a way of keeping everyone honest.  How?  Well, this video does a nice job of explaining it. 

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/6WG7D47tGb0" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/6WG7D47tGb0</a>

But the important thing to realize is that what we are looking at here is basically the dawn of a brand new internet.  Just like in 1992-94 nobody could have predicted that Amazon or Uber or Facebook or Google could become the behemoths we see today.  Twenty years from now people are going to look back and say the same thing about decentralized, blockchain based companies that will be just as big...or bigger.

It's very likely we'll have decentralized search engines without advertising, we'll have decentralized selling with brand new 'amazons' or 'ebays'. We'll have decentralized banking without the bank taking fees and we'll have virtually every kind of business you can imagine from insurance to education to manufacturing to distribution and it will be done through decentralized applications and companies that basically 'live' on the internet and don't require a middle man taking a fee.

Once you understand this concept the next thing to understand is that the cryptocurrencies that we see today...and the new ones being introduced...are all representative of different kinds of decentralized  businesses and these digital 'coins' are being used to fund the development of these businesses. Now there are some like Bitcoin and Litecoin that are still just digital money.   But others like Ethereum, Golem, Stratis, EOS, Factom and others each represent a new type of decentralized company or platform that are part of this new internet 3.0.  And in order to use any of these companies or platforms you'll have to know how to use these new 'digital currencies'.

Some of these new kinds of decentralized companies are already in operation.  For instance http://steemit.com is a hybrid of reddit and facebook where you use Steem coins as a way of rewarding content.  Instead of Zuckerberg and staff at FB choosing what to show you...it's more democratic and the use of Steem coin rewards content makers.

So how do I begin getting into this world?  What's the first baby step I can take? Open a Coinbase account.   

Coinbase is the oldest and most reliable and safe of the online wallets to start buying your first digital 'coins' with.  You can buy a bit of Bitcoin or Ethereum or Litecoin...the three coins they currently support...and begin to learn how to use them.   For example, you can purchase some 'Steem' at Steemit.com by opening an account there and sending some Bitcoin to yourself from Coinbase to Steemit.  Then you'll convert that Bitcoin to Steem to use.

As you become more comfortable with these currencies you might want to open a trading account on a site like Poloniex...which just like a stockmarket trading site allows you to buy, sell or just watch all kinds of digital coins and see their values fluctuate just like a stock.

But frankly the very first step you should take, just so you can get started and start to explore is to open a Coinbase account.

Right now Coinbase has a promotion where they're offering $10 in free Bitcoin to you* if you open an account with just $100, which is exactly what I did to start.  Then you can start playing with it. 

Want to learn even more and become a cryptocurrency expert?  Start reading sites like Cointelegraph.com and Coindesk.com and TheMerkle.com to learn more about all these new currencies and what they do. 

Look, I know it seems intimidating at first.  But trust me, this is not just the future of money, it's the future of the internet being built right in front of our eyes.  This is an amazing opportunity.  Don't miss out like you did the last time.  Just think how many times you've told yourself 'if i had just invested in Facebook or Netflix or Amazon back in 199x...well this is your next chance...because the next version of the internet...the decentralized internet is happening right now, today.  Open your Coinbase account and take your first step into that world today.  You'll thank me later.





*I'll also get a referral bonus but you get your $10 in free Bitcoin and it's the place I recommend to start on your journey to learn about this brand new internet 3.0

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We want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy New Year!

Now that the holidays are here, many major retailers are holding their annual'After Holidays', 'End Of Year' and 'New Year's' deals and specials for online shoppers for anything related to technology and for non-tech categories as well such as household items, clothes and more.  These are some of the deepest discounts and sales of the year as stores try to clear inventory before Dec 31st.  This is a great chance get great deals on all sorts of gifts and items you've been putting off to buy, just waiting for those 'best of' sales and discounts.  We've included links below to some of the most well-known large online sale participants so use these links to check out the great deals and enjoy saving some cash!. 








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The latest model of the Chromecast, the Chromecast 2 is on sale right now for $25.  This is a brand new Chromecast.  This is not the original, older chromecast that looked like a plastic stick...this is the newer, more powerful, hockey puck shaped Chromecast.   Also on sale for $25 is Chromecasst Audio.     Stream your apps, movies, games etc to your television or large screen monitor from your Android or iOS device or just stream your audio to your old pair of speakers and link them up to your favorite music service.  Chromecast and Chromecast Audio are MUST HAVE devices to maximize your tvs and speakers in your home.  Grab your Chromecast 2 or Chromecast Audio on sale at the links below.



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If you've been waiting to buy a really top-notch audiophile quality bluetooth speaker then today is the perfect day to grab an awesome deal on one of two Denon bluetooth speakers. 

First up is the Denon HEOS 1.  This is the smallest member of Denon's audiophile multiroom system that can be used either independently or networked with other HEOS speakers such as the HEOS 3, 5 or 7.  This is the newest version of the HEOS 1 and includes bluetooth built-in.  It offers awesome sound from its two drivers and while it is a plug-in unit, you can purchase the optional 'Go Pack' which includes a rechargeable lithium ion battery.  This new version of the HEOS 1 also includes high resolution audio support as well as support for streaming services such as Amazon Prime Music, Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, SoundCloud, TIDAL and Rhapsody.  Normally priced at $199, there's a special sale going on right now for $100 off!  That's right...the HEOS 1 is just $99 for a limited time.  You can grab one at the link below.


Ok, so say you want an all-in-one unit that includes a built-in lithium battery and will provide you with knock your socks off sound in a portable package and you plan on using the speaker exclusively with your phone or tablet to stream music and don't care about multiroom networking.  If that's the case then the Denon Envaya DSB200 is the speaker for you.  This speaker will literally knock your socks off.  It has some of the most powerful bass and the fullest 'soundscape' and depth of sound of any portable bluetooth speaker i've ever heard.  Don't believe me?  Just read some of the reviews and they'll back me up.  This thing ROCKS.  It has a 100mm bass radiator in addition to two 57mm full range drivers and has all kinds of special electronics voodoo added in from high resolution aptX® CSR decoding, MaxxAudio® technology and even includes 4 different colored grill inserts to customize the look of the device.  Normally the Envaya DSB200 would set you back $199...and in fact that's the price it's still selling for on the Denon website...but it's on sale on Amazon right now for just $79.99!  That's an amazing deal.  If  you've been looking for a bluetooth speaker that has AWESOME sound quality...you need to grab one of these right now.  I'm serious...this thing will blow away any other portable bluetooth speaker even 3x the price.



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We're happy to annouce our newest community, BluetoothSpeakerForum.com.  As the name would suggest, it's a community dedicated to bluetooth speakers which have proliferated over the past several years as mobile devices have become an oft used way to listen to music.  Focusing mostly on portable bluetooth speakers, we have original reviews as well as those from well-known vloggers, and of course the latest news on upcoming devices, technologies and updates.  Finally, we have the m
ost comprehensive selection of message boards for all the major bluetooth speaker manufacturers from the high end to low, well known name brands to small, obscure.  Come on over and join us and find that perfect speaker...or two...or three.
 





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Site News / Added Favicon to site
« on: May 25, 2016, 09:35:09 PM »
Just added a 'C' standing for Community to the site's web browser Favicon.  This way when you're looking at your tabs instead of seeing that old empty page symbol you'll see a bright green 'C' and know you have one of our Communities open.

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Ever feel like going on adventure and wish there was a resource that could instantly tell you all the cool stuff around you to do?  Well that's what Local Guru does.  It's an amazing new app...really more than an app...a great resource...that let's you instantly see what cool adventures, activities and interests are close by and hooks you up with a 'guru' to lead you on your adventure or activity.  Using your location you can see a list of adventures led by a local expert or 'guru'.  Perhaps you want to take a hike, or learn to surf or go horseback riding or a mountain biking adventure.  It's a great tool to explore wherever you are and geared to the outdoors adventurer in us all.  Even better, it lets you filter for price and proximity to your location.  You also can click on the map to any location and do a search in that area to see what is available in other areas.  Just think of the possibilities of planning a trip or vacation and being able to tap the location on the map and book a cool adventure where you're going to be. 

Now the founder of 'Local Guru' is a great guy named Joseph I had the pleasure of meeting recently in Santa Monica.  Joseph and his team put a lot of effort into procuring only quality adventures and activities led by knowledgeable experts in whatever the adventure is.  The app is constantly being improved and refined and new features are being introduced all the time to ensure that the adventures you go on are of the highest quality.  Give 'Local Guru' a try and if you have any ideas to make it even more useful feel free to send them a note.  Make sure any local experts and 'gurus' you know sign up to offer their activities through Local Guru's app and help spread the word and make Local Guru the national sensation it deserves to be.  Grab the free app at the link below.


You can also learn more about the Local Guru app at their website: www.localguruapp.com


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The Android ecosystem has a nearly limitless number of apps, games, movies and music to enjoy through Google's Play Store.  But wouldn't it be nice if you can have all that fun on your living room or bedroom television all the time, even when you're not using your phone?  Play games, use apps, watch movies...all on the big screen and without having to use your phone to stream.  use the Nexus Player to stream to all your mobile devices.  It's a great compliment to all your Android devices and you can get a dedicated game controller for that arcade experience as well. 

Now you might be wondering...well what's the difference between Chromecast and Nexus Player?  Well while Chromecast can just 'cast' what's on your phone or tablet onto a larger screen it doesn't have it's own custom user interface like the Nexus Player.  The Nexus Player is much more akin to Amazon's Fire TV or Apple TV and lets you access Android TV on your television with the Google Play Store.  You can  also use Nexus Player with its own remote control and have custom recommendations come up as well as view your entire library of content on your big television screen as well as play multiplayer games which you can sync across multiple devices.  It's also much more powerful than Chromecast on the inside.

The Nexus Player is powered by a 1.8GHz Intel Atom quad-core processor, Imagination PowerVR Series 6 graphics and 1GB of RAM, and it has 8GB of storage. There's support for the lastest 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.1, plus an HDMI output for connecting it to your TV.   It's a great addition to any Android household and normally it's $99 on the Google site.  You can also find it in some other stores for $89.99 but for just today Best Buy has it as a daily deal at only $49.99.  That's a screaming deal and a great opportunity to pick up a Nexus Player at half price.  Use the link below and get yours before the price goes back up!




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How many times have you had your phone or tablet with you and found you really wished you had a portable keyboard to write out a long message, email or perhaps even get some work done while at a cafe.  You struggle to compose your work on the touchscreen and you've thought of buying one of those wireless bluetooth keyboards but always felt they were almost as big as a traditional keyboard...so why bother?  Well here's a great option that is both small enough to leave in your bag, backpack or purse without ever feeling like you're lugging around a keyboard, while also providing a quality typing experience that is very similar to the high quality Microsoft Surface keyboard that is widely acclaimed.

Microsoft's foldable portable keyboard gives you just about everything you'd look for in such a device...portability as well as tactile physical keys and great battery life.  What Microsoft has done is split the keyboard into two sections, with an inch wide middle canyon that it folds across.  Now some of the reviews mention that the key size has been slightly altered in order to fit this configuration and that it does a take a bit of adjustment to get used to it.  But after using it for a little while you quickly become accustomed to the modified layout and are able to type quite handily on it...certainly a great improvement to typing on a tiny screen of a phone or tablet.  Normally the Microsoft foldable keyboard lists for $99 and if you look around you can find it in the $70-$80 range, nut just for today Best Buy has it as one of their 'Daily Deals' for only $49.99.  That's a bargain and the lowest price we've ever seen this cool device.  If you're been looking for a quality, super portable keyboard to use with your phone or tablet that gets up to 3 months battery life between charge...grab one at the link below before the price goes back up.



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I'm a bit of an audiophile and one of my hobbies has been to collect all sorts of bluetooth speakers over the past few years.  So when I saw this deal today I felt I needed to shout out to everyone...BUY THIS SPEAKER!   The JBL Charge 2 is one of the best, if not THE best bluetooth speakers in its class, with sound that frankly is better than most bluetooth speakers double and triple its price.  Usually you find it for about $130-$150 bucks at various places and even on sale I've never seen a new unit under $120.  Well only today, as part of their 'Deal of the Day' you can pick one up in any of three colors; black, red or white...for only $99.  That's a great deal for a really awesome speaker with deep bass, piercing highs and a full, orchestral full sound that does wonders for any kind of music. 

This is the latest version too with full passive radiator and 1 5/8th inch woofer as well as up to 12 hours play on a charge.  There's a 15 watt amplifier, USB and auxiliary charging capability and of course rock solid bluetooth connectivity.  Did I mention this thing sounds AWESOME...it's a JBL!  Pick one or two up at this price for yourself or as a GREAT gift for any tablet or phone owner.  I use mine with my tablet and phone while watching movies or streaming music.  This thing can fill up a room with great sound...no problem.  Links below but hurry...it's only on sale today!






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Sero 7 Games / Re: DragonSoul
« on: January 23, 2016, 02:35:29 PM »
I'm curious why Hisense never released the Sero 8 Pro in the U.S.?  Maybe they couldn't get a deal with Walmart that made it worth their while?

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Site News / Introducing our newest forum: 'iPhoneCommunity.net'
« on: January 21, 2016, 05:46:26 PM »

Due to overwhelming requests over the past year we're happy to announce our newest mobile device community, http://iPhoneCommunity.net; a forum and news site dedicated to the iPhone.  While our initial communities were dedicated to Android users, more and more of our members have informed us they have multiple platforms and OS's in their homes and many told us they would love to have an iPhone community here as well.   While we've dabbled with some Apple device forums for specific devices and the iPad before, we've never had a general iPhone forum that will cover all iPhones until now. So if you do have iPhones in your home, are knowledgeable about the iOS platform or are just curious and would like to learn more, please register over at http://iPhoneCommunity.net and help us build the newest and greatest iPhone resource on the web!  Don't worry, we'll still be posting to and maintaining all of our Android sites as well.  This is just our latest edition so come on by if you're an Apple aficionado!



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GroupOn is selling the 2nd generation Nexus 7 16GB model...BRAND NEW for $109.99.  That's an amazing deal considering new these went for $229.99...it's over $100 off! The Nexus 7 is still a great powerful little tablet and as soon as you unpack it you'll be able to upgrade it to the newest version of Android; Marshmallow!  if you like the smaller 7 inch form factor and want to save a ton of cash you'll want to grab one or more of these Nexus 7s. They make an absolutely terrific gift.

The 2nd generation Nexus 7 features that gorgeous 7 inch Full HD display (1920x1200) and still potent Snapdragon S4 Pro along with stereo speakers and that legendary Asus build quality.  There's front and back cameras and of course...always the latest and greatest version of Android since it's a Nexus.  As part of this deal you also get an optional official Travel Cover making it even more of a bargain.  For just $109.99 for a brand new unit with full one year Asus warranty this is an offer too good to refuse...pick up a few before they're gone cause this is a very limited time offer with limited supply.  Hit the link below now and grab one!


SPECIFICATIONS
Model number: ASUS-2B16 (2013)
7” LED backlight WUXGA full-HD (1920x1200) display
IPS panel with 10 finger multi-touch support
2.3 million pixels create 323ppi
1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor
2GB RAM
16GB hard drive
Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system
Pre-loaded with Chrome, Gmail, YouTube, and Hangout apps
Buy apps from Google Play
1.2MP front and 5MP rear HD cameras
Stereo speakers
Up to 10 hour battery life
WLAN 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth V4.0
Narrow bezel
Color: green, grey, pink, or orange
Condition: new
Dimensions: 4.5”x7.9”x0.35”, 0.6lb.
1 year warranty from ASUS

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I'd like to personally wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all our forum members and visitors.  Thanks for making this such a great resource for our community and may the coming year be happy and healthy for everyone!

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