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<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/6BvEtiS5ga0" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/6BvEtiS5ga0</a>

The first time I thought about getting a VPN or Virtual Private Network, was when I was on vacation in europe and I found to my dismay I couldn't access my Netflix account to watch the latest episodes of Breaking Bad.  It hadn't occurred to me until then that lots of countries actually block content from other countries.  A friend suggested I get a VPN which would allow me to spoof a US IP address no matter where I was so I could continue to watch my US Netflix shows and so I got one...a buggy, slow, expensive one...but it worked at least.

Fast forward to today, several years later where I've discovered a world of shows, movies, news and tons of websites that are located all over the world that I never had access to before I started using Windscribe.  I routinely watch live British news shows and television shows right from the comfort of my home in Los Angeles by using a British IP address so that I can access British tv and web unhindered.  I do the same with French and German sites as well as several countries in eastern europe and even Russia.  It's amazing what you start finding once the world is unlocked.


There's other reasons to use a Virtual Private Network beyond just unlocking content however.  I personally don't like Google, Apple, Microsoft and frankly all sorts of other companies and advertisers knowing where i'm surfing on the web all the time.  I don't like the idea of being tracked by advertising bots and cookies that target advertising to me and keep records of every site I've been to.  With Windscribe you not only get to surf the whole world's web unfiltered but if you choose you also remain hidden from all those tracking bots and advertising cookies.  Windscribe is not only a VPN, it also has several additional features and a special browser plug-in that blocks most advertising and trackers so that you can surf the web privately.  Trust me...this is awesome...it gives you a sense of freedom to know that nobody is looking over your shoulder while surfing the web.

So why Windscribe you might ask?  Afterall there are a lot of VPN's out there.  Well frankly, I've tried about half a dozen of the leading VPNs and when I evaluate the entire experience, meaning performance, features, ease of use, reliability and price I have to give the prize to Windscribe.  Seriously, i'm not joking.  Several other VPNs I have used have had performance issues.  My connection will get hung up, or download speeds will be slow.   Sometimes I find that popular websites or forums are blocking other VPNs IP addresses.  I haven't had these problems with Windscribe.  Another problem I've had with some other services has to do with crashing or hanging my computer.  I've even gotten the blue screen of death using some other VPNs.  I've never, not even once had that happen with Windscribe.  It's rock solid and works every. single. time.   


Something else I like with Windscribe is that once you have an account, they have versions for Windows, Mac, iOS, Android all included so you can use it on your pc, phone tablet...wherever.  Just as importantly Windscribe is a GREAT deal.  I'm not just saying that.  You can sign up for a free plan to try it out and right off the bat it gives you 10GB. That's a LOT of free data for a FREE plan.  With most free plans you get maybe 1 GB.  The downside of the free plan is that it only let's you use a few different IP addresses so to really start surfing the world like I do you'll want to upgrade to the PRO Plan and then you get dozens and dozens of IP addresses in tons of countries.  But frankly, it's so cheap...less than $4/month with the special 50% promo code below there is absolutely no reason not to get the Pro plan.  It is SO worth it.  Trust me, this is the single best investment you can make to improve your web surfing experience and frankly LEARNING experience. 

There is so much new content out there in other countries that you simply don't even realize exists until you start using Windscribe and start searching around with the country specific versions of Google, Bing, Yahoo and others.  I've linked the Windscribe site below so you can sign up for either the free or pro version.   My guess is that once you try it you're going to be hooked.  I can't believe I waited so long to start using a VPN.  Now I probably use it for over 50% of my web surfing.  I just love being anonymous and also being able to watch content and visit sites in other countries I just didn't know existed until I started using it. 

Make sure to check out all the free BBC, Sky TV and more once you connect using a British IP...I recently have been watching the original British versions of american shows...it's so cool to be able to do that....and also to see the live news broadcasts in other countries that are usually blocked to us in the U.S.  Practically every country has even more country specific programming and web content you'll discover as well.  I've arranged a special 50% off deal that you can access by clicking the blue link below and then using the promo code 'WS50OFF' when paying for the Pro version.  With the discount it's $45 for the entire year.  That's less than $4 a month!  Do it now and sign up so you don't forget...you can thank me later.



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<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/mx5ZpGFpyj4" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/mx5ZpGFpyj4</a>

Today I want to introduce both a game and a new company behind the game that is utilizing the blockchain, the technology behind Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to remake the gaming experience.

Next Level Token is a Detroit based video game developer that has several games under development.   The first, Diplomatic Deathmatch, has a Beta available in the Google Play Store which you can check out now.  Other games in development include a cool multiplayer futuristic tank game called VR Tactics as well as a 2D battle fighter game that will feature various rap icons duking it out. Hip-hop lyricist Ty Law has signed on to help create and market the game.


Next Level Token's 2nd game, VR Tactics is coming soon and features
turn based strategy and gorgeous 3d renders from the team at Wolf VR.

Now there are lots of companies out there making games but what makes Next Level Token different and innovative is that they are using the blockchain in order to provide a token, a form of currency that is called the NLT Token that is used to play the game and also that players are rewarded with buy playing and achieving certain levels and scores in the game.  These tokens can be cashed in for real money via an exchange so you’re being rewarded…and incentivized to play Next Level Token’s games.

Right now the company is concentrating on making fun, easy to learn but action packed games that can be played as instant time fillers while standing in line, sitting on a bus or waiting for an apt.  Later on they plan on making more extensive story based games.

The game I’ve played so far, Diplomatic Deathmatch, is a fun fighting game using famous political characters such as Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.   The game has hilarious animation and cool little touches like the setting being in the White House Oval Office and pictures of Obama and Lincoln on the walls.  Updates to the game soon planned include new artwork featuring Vladimir Putin and other political figures as well as updated versions of Hillary and the Donald.  It’s definitely a fun game to play and the visuals keep you endlessly amused. 





There is a bigger picture plan to Next Level Token.  Once they have their game and NLT token system introduced they plan on using the tokens and ecosystem they’ve created as a way to lure other indy developers to develop their games to also function on their token network.  This way when you purchase  and win NLT tokens you’ll have a constant stream of new games to play and hopefully win still MORE tokens.  The entire idea is a great introduction to the cryptocurrency market and while nobody  should expect to get rich playing video games it sure makes sense that if you’re going to be playing a game anyway, you might as well be rewarded for your time and effort and if it means a free cup of coffee with the tokens you win while waiting on line…then why not.

For those that have further interest in Next Level Token and their games or if you want to participate in their token sale I’ve provided some links to the company’s website as well as the Beta for Diplomatic Deathmatch on the Play Store below.  The company has been holding an ICO (Initial Coin Offering) which lets you buy tokens early at a huge discount and it’s also a great way of supporting the company and helping fund their games development.   Check them out and make sure you keep an eye out for their new games as they are introduced.  We think it’s a cool idea and are pulling for them to be successful.





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<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/qJBdN4sOlYA" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/qJBdN4sOlYA</a>

It wasn't all that long ago that the original Moto X was introduced with all the fanfair and patriotism of a national event.  Built in the U.S.A. it featured customizations that were unheard of before such as selectable materials and colors.  Ahhh...well times have changed and with the sale of Motorola to Lenovo the Moto X series was phased out and those of us that loved our Xs were given the choice of jumping to the Z model or taking a step back to the G.   Well I'm happy to say that the Moto X has been resurrected!  The Moto X4 is now available and is a solid mid-range contender at an awesome price.   

Featuring a sleek metal design, dual cameras, ip68 water resistance and powerful snapdragon processor...and some cool exclusives like built-in Amazon Alexa capability and low-light front facing camera.   There's definitely a lot to like here...and maybe best of all the X4 will cost only about HALF of what the leading flagships cost from your mobile dealer.  Not bad.   We'll be posting some reviews soon...for now we have the company's intro video above.  So what do you think?  Will you come back to the Moto X4?


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This was a good deal, sucks I missed it.  :(
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Moto X Android OS / Xt1557 flash file need
« Last post by Juhab on August 29, 2017, 12:48:29 PM »
(bootloader) max-download-size: 268435456
(bootloader) reason: UTAG "bootmode" configured as fastboot
(bootloader) imei: 352359072398450
(bootloader) meid:
(bootloader) date: 11-29-2015
(bootloader) sku: XT1557
(bootloader) battid: SNN5967A
(bootloader) iccid:
(bootloader) cust_md5:
(bootloader) max-sparse-size: 268435456
(bootloader) current-time: "Thu Apr 20 11:42:51 UTC 2017"
(bootloader) ro.build.fingerprint[0]: motorola/merlin_retasia/merlin:6.0
(bootloader) ro.build.fingerprint[1]: .1/MPDS24.107-56-1-17/24:user/rele
(bootloader) ro.build.fingerprint[2]: ase-keys
(bootloader) ro.build.version.full[0]: Blur_Version.24.226.17.merlin_ret
(bootloader) ro.build.version.full[1]: asia.retasia.en.03
(bootloader) ro.build.version.qcom[0]: AU_LINUX_ANDROID_LA.BR.1.1.3_RB1.
(bootloader) ro.build.version.qcom[1]: 05.01.00.032.015
(bootloader) version-baseband: <not available>
(bootloader) kernel.version[0]: Linux version 3.10.49-g34811d1 (hudsoncm
(bootloader) kernel.version[1]: @ilclbld71) (gcc version 4.8 (GCC) ) #1
(bootloader) kernel.version[2]: SMP PREEMPT Wed Apr 19 06:33:03 CDT 2017
(bootloader) sbl1.git: git=MBM-NG-V80.EE-0-g7abea31
(bootloader) rpm.git: git=MBM-NG-V80.EE-0-g932f716
(bootloader) tz.git: git=MBM-NG-V80.EE-0-g2649adf
(bootloader) hyp.git: git=MBM-NG-V80.EE-0-g2649adf
(bootloader) aboot.git: git=MBM-NG-V80.EE-0-g56937ee
(bootloader) qe: qe 1/1
(bootloader) frp-state: protected (75)
(bootloader) ro.carrier: retin
all: listed above
Execution time is 321(ms)

Done!

Sent from my vivo 1603 using Tapatalk

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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. 

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/6WG7D47tGb0" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/6WG7D47tGb0</a>

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.





*I'll also get a referral bonus but you get your $10 in free Bitcoin and it's the place I recommend to start on your journey to learn about this brand new internet 3.0
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Moto X General Discussions / Moto X and Subaru Talk Switch
« Last post by Jim on February 06, 2017, 03:14:41 PM »
I paired my Moto X 1st Gen with a 2015 Subaru Forester (base model). When an incoming call arrives, I hit the talk switch on the steering wheel and the call goes back to the phone speaker. I worked with a tech at a dealership and they said that the Subaru bluetooth is working (we paired a different phone and it worked). Is there a phone setting that I should change to get my phone to work?

Thanks
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We want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy New Year!

Now that the holidays are here, many major retailers are holding their annual'After Holidays', 'End Of Year' and 'New Year's' deals and specials for online shoppers for anything related to technology and for non-tech categories as well such as household items, clothes and more.  These are some of the deepest discounts and sales of the year as stores try to clear inventory before Dec 31st.  This is a great chance get great deals on all sorts of gifts and items you've been putting off to buy, just waiting for those 'best of' sales and discounts.  We've included links below to some of the most well-known large online sale participants so use these links to check out the great deals and enjoy saving some cash!. 







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The latest model of the Chromecast, the Chromecast 2 is on sale right now for $25.  This is a brand new Chromecast.  This is not the original, older chromecast that looked like a plastic stick...this is the newer, more powerful, hockey puck shaped Chromecast.   Also on sale for $25 is Chromecasst Audio.     Stream your apps, movies, games etc to your television or large screen monitor from your Android or iOS device or just stream your audio to your old pair of speakers and link them up to your favorite music service.  Chromecast and Chromecast Audio are MUST HAVE devices to maximize your tvs and speakers in your home.  Grab your Chromecast 2 or Chromecast Audio on sale at the links below.


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If you've been waiting to buy a really top-notch audiophile quality bluetooth speaker then today is the perfect day to grab an awesome deal on one of two Denon bluetooth speakers. 

First up is the Denon HEOS 1.  This is the smallest member of Denon's audiophile multiroom system that can be used either independently or networked with other HEOS speakers such as the HEOS 3, 5 or 7.  This is the newest version of the HEOS 1 and includes bluetooth built-in.  It offers awesome sound from its two drivers and while it is a plug-in unit, you can purchase the optional 'Go Pack' which includes a rechargeable lithium ion battery.  This new version of the HEOS 1 also includes high resolution audio support as well as support for streaming services such as Amazon Prime Music, Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, SoundCloud, TIDAL and Rhapsody.  Normally priced at $199, there's a special sale going on right now for $100 off!  That's right...the HEOS 1 is just $99 for a limited time.  You can grab one at the link below.


Ok, so say you want an all-in-one unit that includes a built-in lithium battery and will provide you with knock your socks off sound in a portable package and you plan on using the speaker exclusively with your phone or tablet to stream music and don't care about multiroom networking.  If that's the case then the Denon Envaya DSB200 is the speaker for you.  This speaker will literally knock your socks off.  It has some of the most powerful bass and the fullest 'soundscape' and depth of sound of any portable bluetooth speaker i've ever heard.  Don't believe me?  Just read some of the reviews and they'll back me up.  This thing ROCKS.  It has a 100mm bass radiator in addition to two 57mm full range drivers and has all kinds of special electronics voodoo added in from high resolution aptX® CSR decoding, MaxxAudio® technology and even includes 4 different colored grill inserts to customize the look of the device.  Normally the Envaya DSB200 would set you back $199...and in fact that's the price it's still selling for on the Denon website...but it's on sale on Amazon right now for just $79.99!  That's an amazing deal.  If  you've been looking for a bluetooth speaker that has AWESOME sound quality...you need to grab one of these right now.  I'm serious...this thing will blow away any other portable bluetooth speaker even 3x the price.


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