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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.



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There's not one, but two Chromecast promotions going on right now that when combined end up being quite a deal.  First off, Google is offering any new Chromecast or Chromecast Audio buyer $20 in free Google Play Credit to use for your choice of music, movies or apps.   This offer is good for all new Chromecast purchases as long as they are activated by January 2nd, 2016.  But that's not all.  BestBuy is also offering their own promotion.  You can save $5 on a single Chromecast (now $30 instead of $35) or $15 on two Chromecast or Chromecast Audios when bought together for just $55 for both.  If you consider in addition to this discount you factor in the $20 in Google Play credit you're in effect getting two Chromecasts for $35...the normal price of one.  The Google Play Credit is good no matter where you purchase your new Chromecast as long as it's activated by 1/2/2016.  We've included the link below to Best Buy's Chromecast page where you can get this deal.  Then, once your Chromecasts arrive simply set them up and navigate over to Google's Chromecast page to redeem for your free $20 in Google Play Credit!


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There's not one, but two Chromecast promotions going on right now that when combined end up being quite a deal.  First off, Google is offering any new Chromecast or Chromecast Audio buyer $20 in free Google Play Credit to use for your choice of music, movies or apps.   This offer is good for all new Chromecast purchases as long as they are activated by January 2nd, 2016.  But that's not all.  BestBuy is also offering their own promotion.  You can save $5 on a single Chromecast (now $30 instead of $35) or $15 on two Chromecast or Chromecast Audios when bought together for just $55 for both.  If you consider in addition to this discount you factor in the $20 in Google Play credit you're in effect getting two Chromecasts for $35...the normal price of one.  The Google Play Credit is good no matter where you purchase your new Chromecast as long as it's activated by 1/2/2016.  We've included the link below to Best Buy's Chromecast page where you can get this deal.  Then, once your Chromecasts arrive simply set them up and navigate over to Google's Chromecast page to redeem for your free $20 in Google Play Credit!


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As we approach the holidays, many major retailers are holding their annual 'Cyber Week' deals and specials for online shoppers especially for anything related to technology but also for non-tech categories as well such as household items, clothes and more.  For those too busy to take advantage of the Black Friday sales of last week this is your 'next best' chance to order discounted gifts for the holiday season and take advantage of the sales to stock up or buy that item you've been waiting for.  We've included links below to some of the most well-known large 'Cyber Week' participants so use these links to check out the great deals and enjoy saving some cash!. 








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'Cyber Monday' is typically known as the day Amazon and other tech retailers pull out all the stops to drop prices and get customers to empty their pockets.  This year, Amazon is starting their tech deals earlier than usual with some deals already appearing on the site over a week early.  We've provided a link below so you can browse all the Amazon tech deals and we'll be updating it daily all the all the way through Cyber Monday and throughout Cyber Week.  We'll be highlighting particularly cool deals for Google Glass and Android lovers as we find them and if you discover one first please post a direct link and a comment in the comments section below.  Happy shopping everyone as holiday season approaches and we all start buying presents for both our loved ones...and ourselves. :)


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We'd like to wish a very Happy Easter to everyone from the Google Glass Forum!

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Livestream, one of the net's oldest and largest broadcasting sites has just made it easier for you to broadcast on-location video.   With the introduction of their Glass app you're literally a walking tv station with your POV as the show.  Using the command 'Livestream' starts the app and a simple tap starts the camera rolling.  While not the first live video app for 'Glass' (you can use Hangouts for a while now), it does integrate with all of Livestreams features and offerings on the service.  We're just waiting for the next big show to be a POV Glass one.  Any ideas?

Livestream

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An understated but in retrospect important news day in the development of Google Glass.  The company today introduced a line of titanium frames as well as sunshades compatible with the latest version of Glass.  These new frames allow the use of prescription lenses opening up Glass to a whole new demo of potential users. 

Available through the Google Glass website the new frames come in four versions and are made of titanium:  Bold, Curve, Thin, and Split, as well as adding two new tinted shade styles, Classic and Edge to the lineup.  The price is $225 for the titanium models and $150 for the tinted ones.  When you add in the 5 different colors that Glass is now available in plus the original you get over 40 different combinations for glass, frame and shade looks.

"We think they'll accommodate most people's tastes. Anybody who is familiar with the process of getting [an eyeglasses] prescription filled will be familiar with how you get prescription Glass," Steve Lee, Glass' product director said.  You can find out much more detailed info at the Glass site.





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If you plan on watching the Superbowl coming up next month (and who doesn't) then you'll not be surprised to find out that one of the major sponsors will be Google.  What you might be a bit surprised at though is that veteran sports anchor John Kucko from WROC-TV, Rochester, a CBS affiliate, will be sharing his vantage of the bowl through 'Glass' both during the events before as well as during the game. 

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Google Glass will provide viewers with a perspective of the greatest spectacle in sports that they have never seen or experienced before. To have this first person technology will be invaluable in my day-to-day coverage of football’s grandest game. –  John Kucko


Reportedly we'll be able to see stats, statistics and insights as well as video and images from the front facing display that Kucko will be seeing on his device, giving viewers a 'u r there' type experience.  Tim Moore from Rochester Optical and a 'Glass' expert has reportedly been working on the Superbowl project.

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“It’s time people see the positive aspects of Google Glass and there couldn’t be a larger public stage to do that on than the SuperBowl. John Kucko is taking us on a true adventure.  It’s like putting on a football helmet in your living room and experiencing the game in a way that, until recently, was unimaginable.” – Tim Moore


Presumably, once 'Glass' becomes available to the broader public we'll be able to watch our favorite team or individual sports and have access to all manner of info at the wink of an eye or voice command.  Pretty cool we say and it should be interesting just what we're presented with through Kucko's glass device during the game. 

Forbes

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It made all the headlines back in October when it occurred.  I woman, Cecilia Abadie was given a citation by a CHP officer under California vehicle code 27602, which prohibits operating a video-display in front of the driver's head rest where it can distract the driver.  Ths code was initially intended to prevent drivers from watching television and movies while driving but many had wondered if 'Glass' would be covered under the same law.     

This past Thursday a court dismissed the ticket but the dismissal does not quite put 'Glass' in the clear for future drivers.  Why not?  The judge who ruled that the ticket should be dismissed did so because he found no evidence presented that the device was in operation when the driver was cited.  But interestingly, he also through in that he does consider 'Glass' to fall under the category of a video screen according to state law so therefore the underlying code should apply to Glass devices. 

Now the hard part will be for law enforcement to somehow prove that a device is actually being used in order to ticket someone.  That may prove a bit harder than visually seeing someone use a phone while driving since 'Glass' could readily be worn as glasses, especially if it has prescription lenses attached, whether in use or not.  It'll be interesting to see if any changes to the law are made to accommodate the uniqueness of 'Glass' as it becomes more ubiquitous.

CNN

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New Feature just added.   From now on you'll have a Facebook Like, Tweet and Google +1 button on the bottom center of the first post of all topics.  Should make it easier for people to share posts and articles they like.   I encourage everyone to do this as it helps get the word out about our forum.

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So you've been wanting to join the Glass Explorers program so that you could join the lucky few but growing crowd of 'Glass' owners.  Well if you're a subscriber to Google Play Music All Access then you're in luck.  It seems Google, as of a few days ago started to send out invites to All Access subscribers.  Of course you'll still have to pony up the $1500 cost of the device.  It's unclear just how many All Access subscribers have receive the invite, or if there are other factors that determine who receives one, as some All Access subscribers say they have not in fact received an invite.  The invite itself says “Your Chance to Buy Google Glass" and is the latest in a series of strategic rollouts that the company has done to get the device into more people's hands.

Initially only given out by invite, the company has held several periodic contests and also selected groups to target such as developers to receive Glass.  Now the application process is open and anyone can apply by submitting an application.  While 'Glass' currently runs $1500, it is expected to be substantially less by the time ti rolls out to the general public.

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We want to wish everyone a Happy And Healthy New Year! 
Thanks for making this the #1 Google Glass Forum and we look forward to seeing you all back here in 2014! 

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It was an active today in the Google Glass land with this morning's announcement of an iOS MyGlass companion app being released this morning and this afternoon Update XE12 to Glass OS rolling out.   XE12 brings a new 'Wink To Capture' command to take photos.  Previously this 'wink' functionality was only available with a separate 3rd party app.  Also included in the update is the inclusion of Google's 'Hangouts' which let's the Glass user send SMS, chats or even video calls.  Finally, we've also got YouTube that allows users to upload videos taken with Glass.  That's some major new functionality baked into this latest update and we're looking forward to the inevitable tidal wave of video and picture uploads we'll be seeing from current Glass users.   There's also a new 'screen lock' that is enabled when a user takes Glass off or disables it.  There's more including the ability to ask for calorie counts and more.  Head on over to the link below for more info with the official XE12 release notes.

XE12 Release Notes


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A new Glass Development Kit was released today to Glass developers and includes some new tricks that enable the wearable device to perform certain new functions without having to contact Google's servers.  One new app built using such features demonstrated was a new 'translation app' called 'Word Lens Glass' which one can easily imagine being of great use when in a foreign country and looking at for instance, a sign in a different language.  The app accesses a local dictionary of about 10,000 common words that are stored in a selected local language chosen by the Glass user for easy retrieval and translation to the without having to contact Google's cloud.

As can be seen above, one simply activates it by giving the command 'ok glass, translate this' and then a translated version of text is shown in similar size, color and shape as the original but now in the user's native tongue (in this case english).  Pretty awesome if we do say so ourselves.  We can imagine this being incredibly useful with menus in a foreign restaurant to know exactly what you're ordering.

Other new apps demonstrated were Allthecooks ( ahands-free recipe app), Strava (an app that allows realtime analytics for runners and cyclists), Spellista by GLU (a Glass game) and GolfSight by SkyDroid (A helpful golf tool app). 


Glass Developers
Wired

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