The Trezor: January 4, 2016: 7.4 BTC = $3,000 In January 2016, I spent $3,000 to buy 7.4 bitcoins. At the time, it seemed an entirely worthwhile thing to do. I had recently started working as a research director at the Institute for the Future’s Blockchain Futures Lab, and I wanted firsthand experience with bitcoin, a cryptocurrency that uses a blockchain to record transactions on its network. I had no way of knowing that this transaction would lead to a white-knuckle scramble to avoid losing a small fortune. My experiments with bitcoin were fascinating. It was surprisingly easy to buy stuff with the cryptocurrency. I used the airBitz app to buy Starbucks credit. I used Purse.io to buy a wireless security camera doorbell from Amazon. I used bitcoin at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles to buy graphic novels. By November, bitcoin’s value had nearly doubled since January and was continuing to increase almost daily. My cryptocurrency stash was starting to turn into some real … [Read more...] about ‘I Forgot My PIN’: An Epic Tale of Losing $30,000 in Bitcoin
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Totem Teller is a glitchy, beautiful fairy-tale world that invites the player to be the storyteller. It’s Australian studio Grinning Pickle’s debut, and it’s tentatively slated to come out late this year on PC and Xbox One, with potential launches on other consoles. The goal is to create space for the player to ask questions and interpret the stories they hear as they choose. As they wander through the colorful slipstream environment, punctuated with static and shifting hues, they’ll meet characters and solve puzzles that have to do with a mix of mythology and folklore. Some are drawn from real tales, while the studio invented others. At the end of each section, the player can create their own retelling of the story — and there’s no right or wrong version. A two-person team is creating Totem Teller’s mysteries: Ben Kerslake and Jerry Verhoeven, who met at American McGee’s studio Spicy Horse in Shanghai, China. Kerslake was the creative … [Read more...] about The IndieBeat: Totem Teller invites you to explore a glitchy fairy tale
This is a cautionary tale, and one that could have been much worse. I’m an avid reader. You can often catch me, Kindle Paperwhite in hand, admiring prose from authors like Truman Capote, or Googling how much LSD it takes to actually kill a man after reading Hunter S. Thompson. On any given weekend, I might be in the mood to read poetry by Maya Angelou or perhaps dream of throwing away all my worldly possessions and moving to a cabin in the woods a la Henry David Thoreau. These were masters of their craft, and I enjoy being transported into their world, even if just temporarily. Goodreads, a social network for bookworms, understands that I love words, and provides me with all the material I need to create years-long reading lists that I can only hope I survive long enough to tackle. The site understands our affinity for words, and because of this it attempts to beat us over the head with them. Let’s backtrack for a second. Goodreads sends a lot of email, and … [Read more...] about I hate you Goodreads. I really, really hate you
The best of mobile gaming It would take approximately 34,506,455 years to play through every single iPhone game on the App Store.Well.. that number might be fairly inexact, but such is the wealth of titles on the app portal, combined with the depth of some of those on offer, you could easily play happily on your phone for years without getting bored. The App Store is crammed with gaming goodies to keep thumbs busy, but not all iPhone games are born equal - which is why we've done the difficult job of playing through as many games as humanly possible in order to tell you which are best.A bit of advice: make sure you think about what kind of game you want, and appreciate that some of them are more 'session' titles and some are those that you'd like to pull out and play in an odd five minutes.That's important as we're big advocates of people paying for games on the app portal - they help offset some of the free titles that are funded by in-app purchases.So if you're going to pay £5 … [Read more...] about The best iPhone games 2018
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has been out for quite some time, and we’ve spent enough time with the device to compile a list of the best tips and tricks for Samsung’s latest and greatest. So without further adieu, here are the best tips and tricks for the Galaxy Note 8. ICYMI: 15 First things every Galaxy Note 8 owner should do How to take a screenshot Taking a screenshot with the Galaxy Note 8 and sharing it with other apps or contacts is really easy. It’s actually a tad different from previous generations (depending on which Galaxy you’re coming from), so here’s how you do it: Press and hold thepower button andvolume down button simultaneously. Wait until you see the screenshot animation For a brief moment after taking a screenshot, you’ll have the following options (this can be turned off in Settings > Advanced features > Smart capture): Scroll capture – Take a scrolling screenshot of a … [Read more...] about 80+ Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Tips & Tricks
All projects: DIY-IT Project Guide This project: The Ultimate Google Voice How-to Guide (2014 Edition) Welcome to the 2014 edition of the Ultimate Google Voice How-To Guide, presented by ZDNet's DIY-IT blog.In this article, and the baker's dozen that accompany it, you'll learn just about everything you need to know to get the most out of the Google Voice service. This guide contains a complete end-to-end update of our 2011 Google Voice guide, chock full of new ideas, completely new articles, and amazing tips. You'll learn how to port your landline to Google Voice, how to set up phone handsets, how to integrate Google Voice into your iPhone and Android experience, how to set up a multi-line office, how to get the most out of using Google Voice and SMS, and even how to use Google Voice effectively and safely in your car, and lots more. So brew up a cup of coffee or your favorite tea, grab a few snacks, and prepare to discover how plain 'ol phone calls are about to be transformed … [Read more...] about Google Voice: Just because you can port your number, should you?
Linux gaming has come a very long way from where it started, and Linux gamers have much to celebrate. But how many people use Linux as their main gaming operating system?This question was raised in a recent thread on the Linux Gaming subreddit, and the folks there had some interesting comments to share.LinuxForGaming: “Does anyone (besides me) actually use Linux as their gaming OS on their gaming rig(s) – are you primarily a gamer who uses Linux as their (main) OS?I am primarily a gamer, it’s what I do mainly with my PC (a high-ish end gaming rig) and Linux is the only OS I use on it. I just find Linux to be soooo much better for gaming and much more fun - I’d much rather use WINE / Crossover etc, than have Windows installed (yuck).Is anyone else like this - are YOU primarily a gamer that has also chosen Linux as their gaming OS? Also, if you are, perhaps why, as I’d be curious.”Zanidor: “Yep, 100% Linux here, and I’m even a software dev … [Read more...] about Do you use Linux as your main gaming OS?
It's that time of the year when the bespectacled geeks with loads of cash whip out their wodges to see who's got the biggest. Forbes has published its annual 'Rich List of Americans who have so much money they don't know what to do with it'. The big surprise this year is... that there's absolutely no movement at the top whatsoever. Somehow, despite having given up the day job years ago to start systematically and enthusiastically throwing billions of dollars at charitable causes, Bill Gates has clung on to the top spot. Even though his desk is gathering dust and his charitable institute is in full swing, the former Microsoft supremo saw his personal fortune increase rather than decrease in 2010. Nice work if you can get it. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, meanwhile, remains the second richest man in technology although the top slot still eludes him by a fair margin, which has got to sting a bit. No matter, he has a vast Japanese mansion and $27bn to console him, having shifted a … [Read more...] about The Weekly Round-Up: How do you answer life’s unanswerable questions?
In my recent post 10 signs that you aren't cut out for IT, I pointed to some reasons why you should consider leaving the IT field or not going into it at all. IT is a major challenge — but many people are more than happy to meet that challenge. If you're concerned about whether an IT career is the best match for your personality and skills, here is a list of signs that you may be perfectly suited for a career in the IT field.The field of IT requires a lot of patience. Whether you're waiting on downloads, end users, server reboots, or installs, you will, on a daily basis, have to wait. You might even find yourself dealing with a problem that takes day or weeks to resolve.Without patience, you will give up and you will lose clients. And the loss of clients means a loss of income. If you have no patience, that is what you're up against: a loss of income.If you dive into IT, know that this will be an ever-growing field in which you will always have to learn. You'll have to take … [Read more...] about 10 signs that you ARE cut out for IT
“The game isn’t going to tell you if you got that right.” It’s an ominous way to start a game demo, but one I’m not too surprised by after playing 80 Days and Sorcery! Heaven’s Vault is Inkle’s new game, and I met up with studio co-founders Jon Ingold and Joseph Humfrey recently to get some hands-on time. At first glance it’s a huge step away from Inkle’s previous games—where 80 Days and Sorcery mostly played out in text, Heaven’s Vault features fully navigable 3D environments.Your character Aliya Elasra is 2D though, her movements more suggested by a series of still frames than fully animated. “When we started the project we were originally thinking ‘How do we make an interactive graphic novel?’” says Ingold. That meant fixed camera angles and poses. “We found that in a visual game you really need to understand the space though,” he continues. “That led us to make the camera … [Read more...] about Inkle’s space archaeologist adventure won’t tell you if your lost language translations are wrong