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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 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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Prints up to 21 pages per minute in black.  First page out in as little as 9.5 seconds.
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Scan speeds up to 7 ppm in black and up to 5 ppm in color.
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150-sheet input tray can handle complex print jobs without requiring frequent reloading.
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Compatible with most Windows®-based PCs and Mac computers.

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As we approach the holidays, many major retailers are holding their annual 'Cyber Week' deals and specials for online shoppers especially for anything related to technology but also for non-tech categories as well such as household items, clothes and more.  For those too busy to take advantage of the Black Friday sales of last week this is your 'next best' chance to order discounted gifts for the holiday season and take advantage of the sales to stock up or buy that item you've been waiting for.  We've included links below to some of the most well-known large 'Cyber Week' participants so use these links to check out the great deals and enjoy saving some cash!. 








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'Cyber Monday' is typically known as the day Amazon and other tech retailers pull out all the stops to drop prices and get customers to empty their pockets.  This year, Amazon is starting their tech deals earlier than usual with some deals already appearing on the site over a week early.  We've provided a link below so you can browse all the Amazon tech deals and we'll be updating it daily all the all the way through Cyber Monday and throughout Cyber Week.  We'll be highlighting particularly cool deals for Slate 7 and Android lovers as we find them and if you discover one first please post a direct link and a comment in the comments section below.  Happy shopping everyone as holiday season approaches and we all start buying presents for both our loved ones...and ourselves. :)


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Price Drop To $299!!!

HP has a new tablet for sale, the Slate 8 Pro Business.  Featuring an 8 inch, 1600 x 1200 pixel display with a 4:3 aspect ratio, and an NVIDIA Tegra 4 ARM Cortex-A15 quad-core CPU, the new tab runs Android 4.4 KitKat and supports NFC all for a price of $349.  It sells through HP's Business site rather than the home and personal site.  Externally it features the same professional, conservative design we saw with the Slate 8 Pro consumer model.  Hit the link below to grab one.


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The Slate 7 Extreme with the blazing fast Nvidia Tegra 4 chip, front firing speakers and HDMI out is back in stock after having sold out shortly after its introduction over a month ago.  At $199.99, the Slate 7 Extreme is the lowest priced Tegra 4 device available and sports a 1280 x 800 display along with 0.3MP VGA fixed focus front camera and 5 MP Auto-Focus instant HDR rear, and 4100 mAh lithium polymer battery providing up to 10.5 hours of power.  The Slate 7 Extreme features 16GB of memory but can be expanded via the MicroSD slot.   Perhaps most impressive is the blazing performance of the Tegra 4 processor that is coupled with an integrated, precision-crafted stylus pen for awesome stylus input.


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We want to wish everyone a Happy And Healthy New Year! 
Thanks for making this the #1 Slate 7 Forum and we look forward to seeing you all back here in 2014! 

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Once again as Christmas and New Years approaches Google is helping us all get into the festive mood by offering up a bevy of games, music and apps for free for all Android lovers to enjoy.   This season's picks include some hot gaming titles such as Asphalt 8:  Airborne, Despicable Me with the special Christmas Add-Ons, Star Wars: Tiny Death Star and more.  We also get some holiday themed tunes and tv shows with notable titles and talents as Nick Lowe, Trombone Shorty, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Clement C. Moore, the TV PiloT for True Blood and more.  Definitely heavy on the gaming titles this year which should keep the kids or the kid in you busy on Christmas Day.  Get em while they're free and Happy Holidays!


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Great news for any potential HP Slate 7 purchasers that were waiting for a discounted price on HP's new tablet.  BestBuy is selling both the 8GB and 16GB versions of their tablet for a full $30 off directly from their online site at the link below.  Total price is $138 for the 8GB and $169.99 for the 16GB and that includes free shipping!  Chalk it down to the holidays or perhaps an abundance of stock but for this price the Slate 7 is a great deal.  Hit the links below to go to the sale page and let us know in the comments if you take advantage of this deal!




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HP's new lineup of Slates have hit the market and you can order yours right now through the HP Home and Office Store at the links below.  The original Slate 7 has now been joined by three siblings each with its own price and hardware advantage for potential customers.  From the low cost Slate 7 Plus to the stylus enhanced Slate 7 Extreme or the larger screened Slate 8 Pro the new family of HP Tablets is poised to take the tablet world by storm.  Lets delve a little deeper into each.


The Slate 7 Plus, priced at $149.99, takes up where the original Slate 7 left off and now includes a new higher resolution 1280 x 800 display plus an upgraded processor...the Nvidia Tegra 3 along with 8GB of memory.   You also get a 5MP rear camera capable of 720p video and front .3MP VGA camera for selfies and video chat. 


Moving up to the mid-range we've got the new Slate 7 Extreme, priced at $199.99 and featuring the brand new lightning fast Nvidia Tegra 4 running at 1.8GHz, 16GB of memory and microHDMI.  You also get an integrated, precision-crafted stylus pen with responsive touch and pinpoint control for the ultimate in productivity and control on your tablet.   


Finally, we have the Slate8 Pro, priced at $329.99, which features an 8 inch 1600 x 1200 display and is also featuring the Nvidia Tegra 4 and 16GB of memory along with Gorilla Glass protection.  You also get the full Kingsoft Office preinstalled for productivity on the go.  All three HP tablets feature integrated MicroSD for easy memory expandability and exclusive HP apps such as HP File Manager and HP ePrint to make you more productive anywhere you go.  Definitely an impressive new lineup of tablets from HP.  They're already starting to sell out so grab yours at the link below!




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If you've been waiting for a great deal on a MicroSDHC card for your Slate 7 then this could be the deal you've been waiting for.  Amazon has the 32GB Class 10 MicroSDHC on sale right now for just $17.75.  That's typically the price the 16GB goes for.   The lowest we usually see the 32GB at is about $25-$30 so this is really cheap for the 32GB.   It also comes with a SD Card adapter so you can use it not just in your tablet but in your laptop or camera.  Sandisk is probably the premier SD card maker and Class 10 is the best they get and is particularly great at not just photos but playing videos as well.  Slower cards like Class 2 or 4 sometimes have trouble streaming video.  Not sure how long this price is gonna be so I'd snap one or two up if you're interested.  Link below.


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Perfect for today's high-performance Android smartphone and tablet users who want to get the most out of memory-intensive activities like 3-D gaming and apps, the SanDisk Mobile Ultra microSDHC UHS-I card drives transfer speeds of up to 30MB/s for faster app response times. For shooting Full HD video and high-megapixel pictures, it delivers two times the speed of typical microSD memory cards and a class 10 rating for the highest video recording performance available. In addition, the included SanDisk Memory Zone app lets you easily view, access, and backup all of your digital files from your phone's memory, additional memory card and cloud services all in one convenient place.

- Highest Full HD video recording performance available with class 10 rating
- Ideal for Android and other smartphones and tablets
- UHS-1 enabled
- Perfect choice for Android smartphones and tablets
- Faster app performance with transfer speeds up to 30MB/s
- 2x the speed of typical microSD cards for advanced photo capture
- Water-proof, temperature proof, X-ray proof, shock proof±



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Expanding on their original Slate 7, HP has introduced the Slate 7 HD and Slate 7 Extreme tablets.  Featuring higher resolution screens and faster processors at aggressive price points to the competition.   The HP Slate 7 HD features a 1280 x 800 display, dual cameras, a 1.2GHz dual core processor by Marvell and optional 3G and 4G connectivity all running on the Android operating system.  The HP Slate 7 Extreme is built around the state of the art Nvidia Tegra 4 processor and features a HD 1280 x 800 display, front firing speakers plus a precise stylus pen for enhanced productivity. The Extreme is expected to be available for $199 and the Slate 7 HD will retail for a bit less, but pricing has not been announced.  Both are expected to be available in November.


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Slate 7 Accessories / Welcome to the Slate 7 accessories board!
« on: July 03, 2013, 11:32:54 PM »
This board is for discussions related to accessories for your Slate 7 Tablet.  Accessories include cases, covers, screen protectors, microSD cards, adapters and anything else that helps protect or make your tablet more useful!

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What is your favorite feature of the HP Slate 7 Tablet?  Is it the HP brand standing behind the product?  The cool choice of red or grey?  Maybe beats audio or perhaps the MicroSD slot?  Let us know!

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Perhaps it is coincidence or perhaps HP decided to send out samples of the HP Slate 7 Tablet to leading technology magazines at the same time, but whatever the case we've got three major tech mags all publishing their reviews of the Slate 7 within a couple of days.  The verdict?  Well interestingly they all seem to have a similar opinion of the Slate 7.  In a nuthshell the consensus seems to be that the Slate 7 has an admirable build quality and good feature set for the price but that the screen resolution and battery life are a bit lacking. 

Now whether these weaknesses are a deal breaker for you or not really depends on how much value you put in the strong points of the Slate 7.  The HP ePrint software is certainly handy and the MicroSD slot makes expanding memory very easy and affordable.  Also, coming from a big name manufacturer such as HP, customers will certainly like the guarantee that comes with the tablet.  The  1024 x 600 resolution screen does have a lower resolution than some competing tablets such as the Nexus 7 and new Sero 7, but on the flipside, some of the reviews point out that the wide viewing angles are nice.   Another strong point was the solid and high quality finish with reviewers generally liking the soft grip black or red paint on the back.  In the end, the Slate 7 costs about $30 less than the well received Nexus 7 but $20 more than the new off label Sero 7.  It'll be for the consumer to decide if the strengths outweigh the weaknesses of the HP Slate 7 Tablet.  Yo ucan read the full reviews at the links below.




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