Now that bitcoin is bumping up against $16k, a few people have asked me how they can learn more about bitcoin. I've read about 10 books on Bitcoin (for my work as a researcher at Institute for the Future) and my favorite one is Bitcoin for the Befuddled. It does a great job of explaining how Bitcoin works, going into detail without being overly complex. It's several years old, but the basic principles of bitcoin's blockchain haven't changed.
Craig Wright, an Australian entrepreneur who claims to be the creator of Bitcoin, has won a court ruling in the U.K. ordering bitcoin.org to stop hosting the research paper that first described the cryptocurrency. Wright claimed that the site infringed his copyright in the paper, which was authored by the mysterious and pseudonymous Satoshi Nakamoto.… READ THE REST
A West Midlands Police drone in England spotted a building roof throwing off infrared and people furtively coming and going from the building at all hours: the sure signs of an illegal weed farm. They raided it only to find a bitcoin mine. The mine was stealing electricity, though, so they managed to chalk up… READ THE REST
Bitcoin fell to nearly $30k this morning before rallying to $37k by lunch. That price is nonetheless 30% down from recent highs, and MSNBC describes it as an "intensifying plunge" triggered by Chinese moves to cool the cryptocurrency market, Elon's shenanigans, etc. That means bitcoin has now erased all its gains following Tesla's announcement that… READ THE REST
You've heard for years that you need to be using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to protect all of your activities online. But while it's become a vital layer of web protection, that doesn't mean it needs to cost you an arm and a leg for that coverage either. In fact, you can take advantage… READ THE REST
It's a sure bet that whenever Apple unveils a new…well, anything, it's going to capture media and audience attention. Hey, it's Apple. It's what they do. That always in the spotlight approach also spills over into Apple's most popular spinoff brands, which now include premium audio makers Beats after their 2019 purchase. But while the… READ THE REST
When you think Apple, it isn't unusual to instinctively think of those high-grade Apple devices like the iPhone, the iPad, the MacBook, and more. But there's a whole range of those lower-tier Apple products that don't often get the same attention as their more expensive brothers and sisters. Where's the love for the AirPods? Or… READ THE REST