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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. 


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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Nexus 6 General Discussions / Re: New Nexus 6
« Last post by BigM69 on January 07, 2017, 04:58:51 PM »
I absolutely love my nexus 6 I bought it 6 months after it hit the stores.  I love this phone so much that I have 2 brand new nexus 6 put up and I'm not gonna touch them.  I'm gonna be buying the 6p soon.  Also I wish the 6 inch screen would come back to the nexus I would love to see a no Bezel full screen display on the next nexus device.  I will not have a phone that's under 5.7".   I don't know about the pixel phone yet,  bring back the "NEXUS"  name! 

Can Ya Here Me Now
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Nexus 6 General Discussions / Re: New Nexus 6
« Last post by Wayne_Sproehnle on October 15, 2016, 08:43:55 PM »
I have a 6 and it is a capable machine.


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RIP Nexus.  Yes, that's right.  According to several online sources that spoke with Google representatives the Nexus brand, best known for super affordable pure Android phones that served as benchmarks for the Android platform is being put to rest.   At an epic unveiling yesterday in northern california, Google introduced its much rumored new phones, the Pixel and Pixel XL.  These two devices are 'made by Google'.  What that means is designed by the company as technically the hardware is manufactured by others just as Apple's phones are manufactured by others.  With the Pixel branding, Google has ended its Nexus journey which began with the Nexus 1 and most recently saw the launch of the Nexus 5x and Nexus 6p. 

The new phones are nice for sure and pick up where the last Nexus devices left off.  The specs...and pricing of these new Pixel phones is impressive.  Both run on the 2.15GHz + 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 and will come in either 32GB or 128GB versions. Both also include what the company is calling the best smartphone camera ever...a 12.3 megapixel model sporting a large sensor and 4K video capture.  The smaller 5 inch 'Pixel' with have a 1920 x 1080 display at 441PPI and have a 2,770mAh battery while the larger 'Pixel XL' features a larger 5.5 inch 2560 x 1440 534 PPI display and a 3,450mAh battery.    Both will run Android 7.1 Nougat at launch and come without the bloatware usually seen in top line smartphones by other competing manufacturers. Pricing begins at a hefty $649 for the Pixel model and $769 for the larger model.

We want to thank everyone that has been a member of this forum and we will be leaving it up for at least the next year so there's no need to worry...all the valuable info will stay right here.  But if you do plan on upgrading to the Pixel or Pixel XL phones we have started a brand new forum at http://googlepixelforum.com and we encourage you to join us over there as we start this new journey with the first phones that were actually designed 'in-house' by google, rather than outsourced to another company. 
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A widely circulated report over the past two weeks has Google shelving the 'Nexus' brand for its company marketed phones and instead it will adopt the 'Pixel' brand that it used for its last tablet and Chrome notebook.   If reports are correct, we should expect two new devices, code-named Sailfish and Marlin that will be known publicly as the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL.  The new 'Pixel' phones will replace the company's current Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P and come in two sizes, 5 inch and 5.5 inch.  They will be built by HTC. 


These new phones could be introduced as soon as September 20th, when HTC is holding a product event or it might not happen until October 4th, still only a few weeks away when Google has its own event up in San Francisco.  Expected specifications include a superfast Snapdragon 821...the only phones to be using this new chip at this point, a 12 megapixel camera, and fingerprint scanner on the back.  We should also expect 'Google' branding on the back of the phone instead of the usual 'Nexus'.  The renderings up top incorporate the latest leaked specs and smuggled out pics of what the final phones will look like.  Of course both the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL will be the first phones running the latest version of Google's operating system, Android 'Nougat'. Stay tuned for more info as we get it. 

Google Pixel With Clear Case
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Nexus 6 General Discussions / Re: New Nexus 6
« Last post by Babyfacemagee on September 11, 2016, 04:09:51 PM »
Looks like the Nexus line is coming to an end.  Google's next flagships will supposedly take the 'Pixel' name.
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Nexus 6 General Discussions / New Nexus 6
« Last post by CBers on February 28, 2016, 01:37:41 PM »
Finally got myself a Nexus 6 (not the 6p) after my Nexus 5 crapped out on me.


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New Member Introductions / Nexus 6 can't access to network
« Last post by Dhari_buftain on February 20, 2016, 05:05:00 PM »
I have a Nexis 6 traveled to America and then returned to Kuwait and the device works only with me LTE on just unable to connect to the 2G/GSM and 3G network

Note : now only working with 4G Data

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Nexus 6 Site News / Introducing our newest forum: 'iPhoneCommunity.net'
« Last post by Babyfacemagee on January 21, 2016, 05:54:16 PM »

Due to overwhelming requests over the past year we're happy to announce our newest mobile device community, http://iPhoneCommunity.net ; a forum and news site dedicated to the iPhone.  While our initial communities were dedicated to Android users, more and more of our members have informed us they have multiple platforms and OS's in their homes and many told us they would love to have an iPhone community here as well.   While we've dabbled with some Apple device forums for specific devices and the iPad before, we've never had a general iPhone forum that will cover all iPhones until now. So if you do have iPhones in your home, are knowledgeable about the iOS platform or are just curious and would like to learn more, please register over at http://iPhoneCommunity.net and help us build the newest and greatest iPhone resource on the web!  Don't worry, we'll still be posting to and maintaining all of our Android sites as well.  This is just our latest edition so come on by if you're an Apple aficionado!

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Popular tech blogger Marques Brownlee spent a full month with the Nexus 6P before doing the above video review.  He found that it mostly lived up to the hype and that it had become one of his 'go to' smartphones for several reasons.  Some of these include the fantastic all metal build quality, the effective fingerprint scanner, smooth operation of the Snapdragon 810 processor and Android Marshmallow and overall solid picture quality of the new camera with larger sized pixels.  All told, he's a big fan of the Nexus 6P and gives it a definite thumbs up calling it the best Nexus phone yet.  Let us know what you think of his review in the comment section below and if you're looking to pick up a Nexus 6 for yourself get a great deal by buying through our Amazon link below.


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