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Month: July 2014

Blockchain Releases New Android Wallet App To Put Bitcoin Into Everyone’s Hands

Popular bitcoin wallet provider is releasing a major new version of its Android app, allowing you to store, receive and send bitcoins directly from your Android phone. The key thinking behind the update is to make bitcoin more accessible. It hides the complexity of the protocol in order to encourage mainstream user adoption. “Our Android app has to do with making bitcoin so easy to use that people don’t even have to think about addresses for example,” co-founder and CEO Nicolas Cary told me in a phone interview. “That stuff exists in bitcoin, but just like there are complicated things happening in email, they are hidden.” So here’s what you can expect from the new app. If you want to send bitcoins to someone, you can just browse your address book and tap on someone’s name. After that, there are two possibilities. If this person is already a bitcoin user with an associated bitcoin address, it will simply send the bitcoins. If it’s someone new, it will send an email with a redemption code so that they can get their money. Also coming with today’s update, there is a map view of with merchants who accept bitcoins. “It’s a world’s first,” Cary said. “We verified every single one of these merchants and we’re bringing new ones every week.” Finally, there are a lot of education features. When you...

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Eigenmorality and the Dark Enlightenment

This is a post about good vs. evil and right vs. wrong, but don’t worry, it’s highly technical. Let’s start with Stormfront, the white-supremacist hate site that attracts circa 300,000 unique American visitors per month, and the recent analysis of its members (and follow-up) by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz in the New York Times. Some numbers you probably didn’t expect: when you compare Stormfront users to people who go to the Yahoo News site, it turns out that the Stormfront crowd is twice as likely to visit … 64% identify their age as under 30 … no relationship between monthly membership registration and a state’s unemployment rate … Nearly 80 percent of Stormfront fans have more than 100 Facebook friends. Nearly 60 percent have more than 200. In related news, I was ego-googling the other day — look, I’m not proud of this, but I do it alone at home with all the doors and windows closed, and it doesn’t harm anyone — and I came across a response to one of my TC posts that ended with the line: Due to the heritability of poverty and low IQs, we propose eugenics as the most effective long term solution for controlling entitlement spending. I assumed this was some kind of Swiftian satire, but no, its author announces himself as part of the “Grey Enlightenment,” a less extreme version of the...

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Nike Roshe Run NM Black/Volt

The Roshe Run NM is back in an eye-catching black and volt colorway. This latest Roshe features a minimal black suede upper with tonal fabric lining and laces and contrasting silver Swooshes. Underneath, the Free-inspired Natural Motion sole takes on a two-tone color scheme of volt and yellow. Look for these latest Roshes now at select Nike accounts including Hype DC. Article source:...

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Kanye West Covers GQ’s 2014 August Issue

Kanye West is the latest figure to grace the covers of GQ, appearing on the publication’s upcoming August issue. Shot by French photographer Patrick Demarchelier, the cover sees West decked out in a simple yet classy combination of a white tee and beige overcoat with an unassuming gold chain to tie it all together. You can read up on Kanye in the coming issue of GQ when it hits newsstands on July 29. Article source:...

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New Balance Made in the USA M996PR

A cult phenomenon in itself, the New Balance line of domestically made sneakers has become a model for quality amongst the sneaker world. A new offering from NB’s Made in the USA designated-line is the M996PR. A light-colored pigskin upper is featured alongside selective hits of navy blue that help create a distinct contrast. As part of an ever expansive family of wearable options, the M996Pr is available now at end. Article source:...

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