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Hardware Review – Sony Smartphone Tripod

Smartphone TripodNot being amongst the group of people known for photographic handling skills I find myself in need of a tripod to get the most out of my smartphone’s ability to capture beautiful memories of my kids at sport, or laughable moments of my friends while drunk. I’d like to again thank the people from MobileZap for their generous provision of one such Sony Smartphone Tripod.

As always it arrived in good time, a lightweight tripod made of black durable plastic and a separate screw mount clamp designed to hold any 5″ or smaller smartphone.

NXT Client – Offspring 0.2.1 alpha is Great

I’d been waiting for the client to become user friendly. Was such a pain to get it all happening to start with.

Not only that, decentralized exchange is so very exciting.

Science is Fun – Grover does 5 fun science experiments

I always loved the science shows on TV. I don’t see them anymore. Fortunately they are still about, clever, funny and totally awesome for the ‘kids’.

Hardware Review – Zenus Prestige Minimal Diary for Sony Xperia Z – Black

Zenus Prestige Minimal Diary for Sony Xperia Z - BlackTwo weeks travelling across Australia (a good time despite the circumstances) is a great opportunity to put my new Xperia Z Case to the test. I’d like to thank the people over at MobileZap my review unit of the Zenus Prestige Minimal Diary for Sony Xperia Z.

First impressions where good, a solid leather case with minimal extra’s. My phone fit perfectly with no need to force it into place and no fear of it slipping out unexpectedly. The leather has a fine texture making the unit as a whole easy to grip and stylish. Robust enough to take a few falls while protecting the phone inside and easy to clean.

Germany declares Bitcoin is a Private Currancy

CoinDesk has reported that the German ministry of finance has given Bitcoin official recognition.

“The German Ministry of Finance does not classify bitcoins as e-money or as a functional currency, they cannot be regarded as a foreign currency. Nevertheless they have to be subsumed under the German term of ‘Rechnungseinheit’ as a financial instrument,” Martin Chaudhuri, of  Bundesministerium der Finanzen, told CoinDesk.

It is an amusing idea to think that Bitcoins aren’t an e-money, still we should be thankful that one of the state’s has finally made some movement regarding crypto-currencys. For those wanting states to stay out of their cultural revolution this may appear as bad news but as an individual considering crypto-currancies as a technology to assist my business it’s great.

Among my colleagues we refer to these alternate currencies as “units of value” which is exactly what Germany’s financial regulator BaFin decided they were what else could they be?

“Greiner believes these developments will raise the standards within the bitcoin space significantly as the companies involved are now regarded as financial services companies and must fulfil strict standards of operation. For example, companies are required to have an initial capital of 730,000 euros, certain professional qualifications of management and must report to BaFin.” Stefan Greiner, of German law firm Xenion Legal

With Germany leading the field (in term’s of governments) we may see State’s across the globe offering some legitimacy and stability to those businesses interested in the future of crypto-currancies and peer to peer online transactions.

This might be behind the current price boom in Bitcoin’s. Glad I have a few crypto’s stashed for keeping.

Original Article Here.

Hardware Review – Bluetooth Keyboard and Case for Google Nexus 7

Bluetooth Keyboard and Case for Google Nexus 7 AsusIt’s been a few days since my Bluetooth keyboard and Case for Google Nexus 7 arrived from MobileZap and I can honestly say it’s a bloody good product.

As a case it fits the Nexus well, sporting the same style of black textured plastic and silver trimming iconic to the Nexus 7. The surface is somewhat less ‘grippy’ than the Nexus but this doesn’t cause an issue in normal use, in fact the keyboard base functioned brilliantly on all surfaces I tried including my kitchen table, my office desk and my lap (in bed or otherwise). I wouldn’t advise using it on your lap, as the small keys really need a stable base to be functional (this might change as I grow used to the tiny layout). It would be unfair to expect aluminium construction considering the keyboards price and weight, but it does a good imitation that doesn’t come off tacky. Visually it is a complete product and offers a robust solution to protect the screen during storage. For those of us who require a keyboard more than a case, looks and physical security are secondary.