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What Are The Perks Of Using Bitcoin?

Bitcoin has gotten a lot of headlines in 2017, and most of them are related to strong performance. The world’s leading cryptocurrency topped $3,000 in value for the first time in its short history early in June, leading a lot of financial analysts to predict lucrative highs in the coming years. But that’s all on the financial side of things, for people who look at Bitcoin as a commodity, not unlike gold, silver, or even oil.

What about the tech side of things?

When Bitcoin first emerged, its most enthusiastic supporters promoted it as a digital alternative to conventional currency. Operating purely electronically, it was supposed to become a viable substitute for the dollar, to be used in everyday transactions, and eventually to supplant world currency systems. It hasn’t done the latter just yet, but as its value has increased Bitcoin has also enjoyed more activity in world marketplaces. But what are the actual tech-related perks to using Bitcoin, as opposed to a digital version of conventional payments, such as Apple Pay?

Mobile Transactions Are Simple

We’re using our phones and other devices to make payments more and more frequently. Ordinarily, that just means inputting your personal credit card information on an app. With Bitcoin, however, you can store and spend currency without needing to handle any personal information. A lot of people who are wary of tech security issues will appreciate this, as it keeps payment separate from identity.

Transactions Costs Are A Non-Factor

This wasn’t immediately apparent to a lot of people experimenting with Bitcoin, but the more that merchants adopted the cryptocurrency, the clearer it became. Online gaming platforms represent one of the most recent major industries to incorporate Bitcoin payments, and one of their pitches is that there are no transaction costs, as you sometimes find with services like PayPal. This is because Bitcoin is a pure, tech-based currency, rather than a business facilitating digital use of an existing form of payment.

Blockchain Convenience

A lot of people argued early on in the emergence of Bitcoin that it was the Blockchain that represented the real breakthrough in tech. We could write entire essays about what the Blockchain is and how it works, but for now it’s the public ledger that automatically records any and all Bitcoin transactions. An article discussing some of the perks of cryptocurrency described this ledger as a large property rights database, arguing that it does away with the need for services from lawyers, notaries, and others in major purchases. The record of any transaction is automatically and permanently recorded, resulting in a transparency that doesn’t affect anonymity.

Storage Is Simple

There’s definitely value in being able to store wealth purely through technological means. That’s what Bitcoin wallets allow users to do. They effectively act as bank accounts, accessible via private keys, and only by using these keys can you authorize a transaction. It gives users full control over their assets with only the use of a mobile phone or computer.

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Where Are The Best Theaters in The World?

If I asked you where you thought the best movie theaters in the world are you’d probably think Japan or somewhere in North America unless you thought South Korea in which case you’d be correct. In South Korea they have movie theaters that are on another level. Why? I don’t know but they look awesome. Here in Austin we got Alamo Drafthouse which is considered to be one of the best movie theater experiences in the world which I can attest to but I’d love to try one of the Korean movie theaters. I’ve been to many theaters across the United States but never to one that has everything in one place. Theaters will either have a huge screen, reclining seats, or a server whom you can order food from throughout the movie. Check out the Korean Theater video below!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens 15 Quad HD Wallpapers Pack

We are a little less than two months away from the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This is one of the most anticipated movies ever so what better to compliment hype than to put a sweet new wallpaper on your computer or phone? Below are 15 awesome Quad HD (2560x1440p) that will look awesome on your devices!

Download Instructions

Desktop: Click on the thumbnail of the wallpaper you want. When the image loads, right click and choose “Save Image As”. When you click “Save Image As”, you will be able to name the image and save it to a location of choice on your computer. Stay up to date with our latest posts by following us on Twitter (@DarGadgetZ)!

Mobile: Tap and hold on the thumbnail of the wallpaper you want. Then click “Open in New Tab”. When the image loads, tap and hold on the image until the “Save Image” option appears. When you click “Save Image” the wallpaper will appear in your Camera Roll.

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Check Out Microsoft’s HoloLens in Action

Earlier today, Microsoft announced a headset that allows the wearer to augment their world with information, apps, and even games. Microsoft posted a few videos of the HoloLens on YouTube which show off Microsoft’s vision for this project.

 

After watching the Introduction and Possibilities video of the HoloLens, it is obvious that this is an incredibly ambitious product and we are probably years away from getting a product that works well enough to be in homes but I am definitely looking forward to see how Microsoft further develops this platform!

 

Source: Microsoft (YouTube)

Internet Blackout in North Korea Not Long After Sony Attacks

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Today, North Korea experienced Internet blackouts and is still reportedly offline. This comes just days after U.S. President Barack Obama asked China to help reduce North Korea’s ability to hack companies in the United States, believing North Korea was the cause of the attacks.

According to Dyn Research, an Internet-monitoring company in the United States, North Korea hasn’t been online for some time, and it is currently unknown as to why. However, it is speculated by many that they are under a massive cyber attack that has crippled their network enough to cause widespread connectivity issues.

Only a few days ago on Thursday last week, Obama asked that China close off the routers and servers that North Korea uses to connect through China. He also asked that the Chinese government try to find any North Korean hackers in China and send them back to North Korea.

These requests, however, have yet to receive a decision from China, with the spokesman of Foreign Ministry Wang Yi stating, “Before making any conclusions there has to be a full [accounting of] the facts and foundation.”

Along with the requests to China, the U.S. has also made requests to Japan, and though Japan has stated they highly disapprove of any cyber attacks, they won’t place the blame on North Korea.

North Korea is still holding to their original statement, saying that they were not the cause of the attacks, though they disapprove the movie Sony is producing about a fiction where Kim Jong Un, the Supreme Leader of North Korea, is assassinated.

North Korea and the United States have long had tension between them over various ideals and operations, and this is yet another one, but a very big one. People often don’t realize the harm that could be caused without the Internet because we rely so much on it now. Whole governments would be sent into chaos with government systems down, businesses could lose astronomical amounts of money without transactions online and communication would be almost absent.

The Internet is a fragile system and yet we rely so much on it. Messing with it can be very dangerous, and could cause a whole war in and of itself. All we can hope is that the possible cyber attack doesn’t cause any retaliation, otherwise we’ll start having some real problems on our hands.

What is it Like Having an Alaskan Klee Kai as a Pet?

Hey guys, today we are reviewing a dog breed! One that many people have never heard of; Alaskan Klee Kai. In all seriousness, I got an Alaskan Klee Kai pup towards the end of 2016 because I’ve always wanted a dog. More specifically, I’ve always wanted a husky or wolf-dog but neither of those were possible because I live in an apartment so I was looking into getting a Pomsky (Husky & Pomeranian Mix) but I then came across the Alaskan Klee Kai breed which is a fairly new breed. It’s essentially a miniature Siberian Husky since it’s a very vocal breed with a lot of energy and coyote/wolf tendencies.



Are Alaskan Klee Kai’s Easy to Train?

Yes and No. Like a lot of other breeds, it depends on how much time you are willing to dedicate to training them. My pup, was potty trained in a couple of weeks with only a few mishaps. Now a days he doesn’t go anywhere he isn’t supposed to and will start softly biting my hand when he has to go #2 and will make random sounds when he needs to go #1. If I can’t take him outside, he goes to his designated area in the bathroom where there is a puppy pad.

Like many other breeds, Klee Kai’s are extremely food motivated. Without some sort of reward or treat you won’t be able to hold their attention very well since they are always wanting to see what is going on around them. Sit, Down, Rollover, Paw, and all the other simple tricks can be easily taught in a few days if you use treats sparingly and you turn these times with your pup into a fun activity. These pups like new challenges so they will learn things quickly if you have patience and good energy.


Can Alaskan Klee Kai’s Stay Home Alone?

Technically, yes! However, I don’t recommend doing that to this breed. They are very attached to owners, I have met Klee Kai Owners where they didn’t properly associate their pup with other people when they were small so the dog is very attached to just one person and not playful with strangers. I made sure to have my pup meet lots of people when he was small and leave him with different people so he didn’t only have one person to attach to.

With everything that I’ve tried, I have not been able to leave him alone for more than 10 minutes without him beginning to howl/cry. I could try it but I didn’t get him to leave him home all day, this is also not a very stagnant breed. Klee Kai’s need lots of exercise and fun activities to keep them happy so if you work all day… do not get an Alaskan Klee Kai.



Are Alaskan Klee Kai’s Gentle Around Children/Babies?

Unfortunately, I don’t feel this is a great breed to have around a baby. Mainly because they are so energetic and run around a lot. If you exercise them outside before being in the same room as a small child then it would be okay. Honestly though, since there are no young children nor babies in my household I don’t think I can really comment. Dogs in general are known to be very gentle around children so this breed should be too, if you are really concerned about this then I’d suggest checking on Instagram if anyone has a Klee Kai and a child.


Why Are Alaskan Klee Kai’s So Expensive?

Honestly, I don’t know for sure. Most likely because there aren’t so many breeders and there is high demand for them. I personally would have preferred to adopt but my local shelter did not have any Klee Kai Rescues.


Are Alaskan Klee Kai’s Destructive?

Overall, yes. Just how a Husky or German Shepard would be destructive. Of course, you teach them what is theirs and what isn’t but my pup breaks his toys all the time and sometimes tries to pull out some of the stuffing from the plush toys. Out of all of the tech products, cables, and toys that I have he only managed to munch on a Yoshi Amiibo, a Nintendo 3DS Charging cable, and a TV Remote before he learned that everything around my room if off limits. You’d definitely want to keep a supply of Elk Antlers or any other tough bone so he/she can chew on.



Do Alaskan Klee Kai’s Suffer from Any Diseases?

My pup is only 9 months old at the moment and isn’t suffering from anything. Hopefully he never does go through anything terrible. He does have a Level 2 Luxating Patella which is common in small breed dogs. It doesn’t hurt him but it does annoy me because I feel he isn’t able to enjoy running a lot as much as he would if he didn’t have it. I recently started giving him Dasuquin with MSM, which should help his bones and I hope that it works. The only other option for a Luxating Patella is surgery which I don’t want to do as it sometimes doesn’t help and they still end up with Arthritis later in life. It sucks, but this could have still happened with any other breed. Overall, this is supposed to be a very healthy breed from what I’ve been told.


Should You Spay/Neuter your Alaskan Klee Kai?

The days/weeks following the procedure are really difficult with any dog and it’s no different with Klee Kai’s. Alpha was a little off and was very low in energy the days following the surgery but afterwards he was back to his old self. I was personally required to Neuter him and I believe most Klee Kai owners have to do it too. Why? I believe it’s just to keep the breed in check and not have people start breeding them with other breeds etc… Anyhow, from what I’ve read it’s always best to neuter dogs with too much energy. Lots of pros/cons whichever way you choose but know that you have to be very vigilant the days following the procedure to keep the dog from ripping the stitches or getting an infection.


Do You Regret Getting an Alaskan Klee Kai?

Not one bit, this pup is like my spirit animal. He has learned so much in so little time that it baffles me. My brother put together two videos of our first months with alpha. Check them out below! You can also follow alpha on Instagram over at instagram.com/alpha_kleekai.

OLO Turns Your Smartphone Into a 3D Printer

3D printing has recently become quite a big trend among hobbyists and tech-lovers. Where it hasn’t reached yet is the consumer market, and the company OLO wants to change that. How? Make it cost only $99 and use one of the user’s already-existing devices.So how does this work? Well, OLO used a method similar to how current SLA (stereolithography) printers work. Essentially, a base comes down into a pool of liquid resin less than a millimeter from the bottom, uses a light to harden the resin, lifts up a small amount and repeats. This slowly builds up the object layer by layer. The main difference between a current SLA printer and OLO is that OLO uses visible light rather than UV light to cure/harden the resin. By doing so, the light source doesn’t have to be a special projector or laser, but instead use something as simple as a phone.3D printers have had a difficult time making it big in the consumer market, and by harnessing the technology we already have, OLO was able to reduce the cost of SLA printing from thousands of dollars to just $99. Additionally, people are resistant to learning the operations of 3D printing, but OLO requires just pouring in the required amount of liquid (told to you through the app), placing your phone in the device, and letting it do its thing! Come back a few hours later, and your object will be done.Controlling the device is also supposed to be quite simple, just finding thing object to print on the app, and pressing go. OLO says their device can be used with any phone up to 5.5 inches screen size. The device runs on four AA batteries, making it entirely wireless, a very nice feature for a 3D printer. Additionally, the company says the device is virtually silent, with no fans on projectors, and the lack of loud motors.The OLO can be used with many different resins the company offers. These include different colors, clear, hard, flexible, and even castable, meaning you could turn your creations into jewelry. 3D printing with OLO can allow you to create tons of different types of objects. Check out some of the picture below for an idea of the quality of prints and different ideas of objects!All in all, OLO is quite an awesome idea that could have the ability to revolutionize the market, making 3D printers completely accessible to consumers. So far, the company has raised over $1M on Kickstarter in just five days. Check out the campaign here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/olo3d/olo-the-first-ever-smartphone-3d-printer.OLO 2 OLO 3OLO 4 OLO 5 OLO 6

People Reacting to the Tesla P85D’s Insane Mode

The latest Tesla Motors vehicle, the $120k Tesla P85D, is able to use its 691 Horsepower to go from 0-60 in 3.2 seconds. This vehicle easily reaches 1g of lateral acceleration which means that you will be blown away by its acceleration especially if you’ve never experienced anything close to that before.

 

High end sport cars can accomplish the same feeling but internal combustion models have to rev up to get the torque and horsepower levels up while on electric vehicles you don’t have to wait. Check out the video above of people reacting to the P85D’s insanely fast acceleration and the video below of the vehicles announcement from a few months back!

More Info: Tesla Motors

Need a Tech Laugh? This Will Be Sure to Satisfy You.

As most people already know, senior citizens are typically not too fond of all the new technology out there, so when this grandma opens up her gift, she’s not too excited by it. However, as it the video progresses, some surprises come up, and we end up with a funny joke put on by her grandchildren. Take a look:

 

DreamMaker Launches New Affordable 3D Printer on Kickstarter

Overlord Printer - Plain Background

3D printing has become a big market in the past couple of years since the Makerbot first came out with its home 3D printer. Since then, printers have become more affordable, higher quality, and more attractive in looks, and DreamMaker is giving a try at the personal printer market with the Overlord and Overlord Pro. Pricing on Kickstarter for the printers are £299 (about $469 USD) for the Overlord and £499 (about $783 USD) for the Overlord Pro, along with other pricing for extras, such as wifi and camera. Additionally, there are still over 170 early backer Overlord Pros available for £299 as well.

Overlord Printer - Multi-colorOverlord and Overlord Pro comes packed with features usually only found on high-cost printers, such as a high resolution, heated bed, auto-calibration, and large build volume. There are also additional features that other printers don’t have, like break-resume which allows you to pause your prints or change colors and . One of the nicest features included in the Overlord Pro is actually power protection, meaning that if your power went out or the cable was accidentally unplugged, the printer will automatically pause the print for resuming later once the power is back.

As for print area, the Overlord offers a diameter of 150mm (5.9 in.) and a height of 160mm (6.3 in.) while the Overlord Pro offers a 170mm (6.7 in.) diameter and 260mm (10.2 in.) height. This means the Overlord volume is competitive with smaller printers, such as the PrintrBot Simple, and the Overlord Pro volume is comparable to the Makerbot Replicator.

Of course, one of the most important aspects of 3D printers is the quality of prints. Well, the Overlord doesn’t disappoint. As shown in some of these photos, the printer is very precise and has a high resolution of 100 microns.

Overlord Printer - High Res Printing

Overlord Printer - Print Examples

Last but not at all least is the software. With the Overlord, you can use Windows, Mac, Linux, and even iOS to control your printer. That means you can choose from models from your iPad and send it off to the printer to be printed without the need for a USB cable.

If you’re in the market for a 3D printer, be sure to check out the Kickstart project, as this printer appears to be a fantastic choice, especially for those on a budget.