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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 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 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. 

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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 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'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 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 and and 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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One of the latest players in the Android Wear watch world is Chinese electronics manufacturer Huawei.  The Huawei Watch is one of the most attractive Android watches yet...and really nails that high end watch look.  We dare say it's more attractive than the Apple Watch, the Moto 360 or other competitors from Samsung or LG.  Featuring Wifi, iOS compatibilty, heart rate monitor, 300 miliamp battery, a built-in speaker (secretly discovered), and starts at $349 for leather brand model, a black stainless steel model at $450 and a rose gold version which will run you from $699 to $799.  So what did Lisa think of it and how does the functionality compare to its competitors?  Just watch the video to find out.

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Google just recently came around to releasing the Android Marshmallow 6.0.1 version of Android Wear and Kellex from Droid-Life takes us on a tour of some of the new features.  Those new features are fairly plentiful and do things such as enable the speaker on supported watches, add the 'doze' feature to help conserve battery life and introduce a host of new gestures that do such things as auto-dim the screen when your wrist has turned away from you, or let you swipe through settings and even choose and activate features simply by raising, lowering or flicking your wrist.  Definitely worth the watch (pun intended!) to see how Android Wear is evolving into a more powerful platform with every version.


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!. 

Android Wear General Discussion / Secure Android Watch ?
« Last post by mariemaniak on November 17, 2015, 05:35:11 PM »
I wanted to know if we could secure our watch android ??
Android Wear Apps / Do you use IFTTT or Zapier?
« Last post by Alex.Jones on October 29, 2015, 04:13:05 PM »
I created a smartwatch/smartphone/web app that lets you trigger IFTTT or Zapier actions by voice command. You have to first create voice commands on the web app then you can use them from your smartphone or smartwatch. You can also trigger multiple actions too. This allows you to do things like speak a single voice command: "home mode" to turn on your Hue lights, set the temperature on your Nest thermostat to 72 degrees, and send a text message to your significant other saying that you're home.
Android Wear Apps / Wolf and Eggs for Android Wear
« Last post by Trumanbaz on September 01, 2015, 02:57:08 AM »
Hello Friends! Recently I've ported my mini-game from Sony SmartWatch 2 to Android Wear (for both square and round screens).
It is called "Wolf and Eggs for Android Wear" - a funny game where you need to collect eggs as a wolf.
I would appreciate if you try and enjoy it (it costs $0.99)

Moto 360 General Discussion / Re: Battery draining quicker than charging
« Last post by ymteh on August 12, 2015, 08:42:14 AM »
Mine gets overheated sometimes. :-\
Android Wear General Discussion / Web based tool used to make watchface
« Last post by ymteh on August 12, 2015, 08:38:08 AM »
Just see this tool called WatchfacePRO can be used to create own watchface. No apps required.

Didn't see any discussion going on in here, any comments using this to create watchface?  ::)
New Member Introductions / Newbie landed, hello!
« Last post by ymteh on August 12, 2015, 07:41:54 AM »
Hi to everyone out there in this forum!

I'm interested in sharing news, updates and learning more about the latest trend of Android wear especially all about watchface!

Looking forward to connecting to more and more people in this community!
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