Feeling Like A Broken Record, But I Admit Cryptocurrencies Are Really Broken! I Don’t Trust Bitcoin!

Why I trust the bank and not Bitcoin or any other cryptocurrency?  Simple!  Origin’s traceable trail!  What do I mean by this?  The time you deposit your money into the bank either through electronic means such as mobile or you could deposit your money in person, a third party, in this case, the bank is there to take the responsibility of safekeeping your money.  Sure, the bank could have a system hiccup where your bank account would show up with a wrong value, but the bank has the responsibility to generate other traceable trails of your money such as paper statement, online bank statement and so forth.  Bitcoin or any other cryptocurrency is a different matter because there is no third party that is responsible for your money!  When something goes wrong with your electronic wallet such as corruptive memory on your device would destroy everything you store!  Cryptocurrency exchanges could be the third party to be responsible for your crypto coins, but these are new institutions that you could not trust and they got hacked too often!

In China, people are going cashless by using their mobile phone as the main medium to pay for things.  Still, their digital currency in their electronic wallet is tied to a medium of cash and a whole lot of other mediums such as check and so forth that could eventually generate into very noticeable trails of origin.  With such noticeable trails of origin, the owner of the money could always demand some sort of compensation when everything goes wrong such as the value of money is suddenly being misreported somehow.  These people, although in cashless society (almost), would be able to morph their medium of payment effortlessly — cash to check to digital numbers on their mobile to whatnot — with some sort of confidence that some sort of traceable trails of origin would back their transaction up clearly.

Although cryptocurrency’s blockchain is very rigid and vivid in showing transaction trails, the sender and receiver of the crypto-coins could hide behind the transaction which in the end could hurt their claim of the transaction.  What’s worse is that they could face a perfect storm when their device got corrupted or hacked and their wallet somehow was rendered broken — they won’t be able to open their wallet to show that they got the traceable trail of origin to back up their transactional claim so they could receive any compensation from whatever party that they’d dealt with.  As of now though, even if they’re proving that they’re the owner of a crypto wallet that sent out the crypto-coins, they mostly like are going to face anger and confusion as once the crypto-coins leave their wallet — these crypto-coins are gone forever and nobody would be able to compensate for the lost crypto-coins.

I think until the cryptocurrency tech could address the worries and weaknesses of the transactions that are being made by the blockchain and the frontend technology such as the cryptocurrency tech (e.g., Bitcoin, Litecoin, Namecoin) itself, nobody could fully feel comfortable of using such tech as a replacement for traditional forms of currencies.  I hate the feeling of being a broken record, but let’s be clear cryptocurrencies are facing real hurdles such as hackable, not widely acceptable, not being supported by the governments, relying too much on an electronic wallet as the trail of origin, facing corruptable electronic memory (i.e., RAM/hard-drive), no mean of compensation once crypto-coins got loose from the crypto-wallet, too much saturation as too many cryptocurrencies are in the existence, and so forth.

One more thing!  If someone stole the medium that you store your crypto-coins on such as your smartphone, you will never get these crypto-coins back!  Traditional forms of money such as the digital numbers that represent the dollar amount you got in your smartphone app would still be yours if your smartphone got stolen!  After all, the app on your smartphone is probably connected to your bank account and the app could once again be re-download and reconnected to your bank account. Perhaps, you’re using an app such as Starbucks app which requires you to preload the number of dollars before you could use it to pay for coffee — even a stolen mobile phone won’t be a problem since you could always re-download Starbucks app and reconnect to Starbucks’ server which got the proper dollar amount in your Starbucks account as before!  Crypto-wallet?  I don’t think so!

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Manage Multiple Cloud Services With Jolicloud Drive Google Chrome Extension

Do you use online cloud storage service?  Do you have multiple accounts with multiple cloud storage services?  Do you use Google Chrome browser?  If you say yes to all of these questions, then Jolicloud Drive Extension for Google Chrome can help you manage multiple online cloud storage services at once with ease.  In the video right after the break, I briefly introduce you to Jolicloud Drive Chrome Extension.  Enjoy!!!

Can Microsoft Studios’ Project Spark Spark A Game Designer In You?

Microsoft has revealed something which I think it’s one step closer to my dream.  I love to be able to program easily, create stuffs out of thin air in term of being creative with digital, and so on.  Nonetheless, saying is easy, but doing these things are like enduring multiple torturous headaches or yawning marathons.  Sometimes, programming or making digital things creatively can be very hypnotic and exciting, but only sometimes.  Most of the times, it’s worse than counting sheep unless you’re the type of person who could endure such sheep counting of course (and won’t go to sleep).  My dream is that I could use hologram to control, program, and create digital stuffs.  Of course, using hologram to program is still pretty much science fiction at the moment, right?  Well, Microsoft has revealed Microsoft Studios’ Project Spark which allows just about anyone who has creative idea to be able to create a video game easily.  How easy is it?  Well, from what I see it’s pretty much like what you see is what you get sort of things.  Instead of painting a video game in 2D like how you would use a paint app, you would paint a game in 3D.  Nonetheless, from what I see so far in couple demo videos on YouTube and elsewhere about Project Spark, it seems that Microsoft Studios’ Project Spark makes this process super easy and effortless.  Imagine, you can just conjure up a digital world for a game within seconds, all customizable with personal touch of your own imagination, isn’t it so awesome?  I think it is!  So, it might be one step closer to my dream, really!  Anyhow, check out Microsoft Studios’ Project Spark videos right after the break and you will know more about this awesome game creation software/app.

Afterthought:  Obviously, you might not be able to create a game with Project Spark on the level which is on par with video games that get release by major game studios such as Irrational Games (Bioshock Infinite is one of their awesome games), because major game studios are expertly concentrating their time and resources into making games for living.  Nonetheless, Project Spark is the right idea in how to allow people to enter the game design arena.  Also, Project Spark is the right idea for making the game creation process easier.  Now, if you have more time and resources and a team of artists, I think you might be able to rely on Project Spark or another app that is as capable as Project Spark to come up with games that might be as awesome as major game studios’ games.  I think Project Spark is great and has great potential, but it’s not a magical solution to all great video games.  In the end, I think it’s all about how you create the story, characters, material designs, and a host of other things in order for a video game to be great.

What About Weave? Can Weave Be An Alternative For Flipboard? (Video)

If I hadn’t found Weave on Windows 8 App Store, I would not have be able to enjoy reading news on my HTC 8X smartphone.  So, I’m glad I did!  Anyhow, you can check out the video right after the break in which I talk briefly about Weave and provide a brief demonstration of Weave.  Enjoy!!!

Smartphone Translator App Translates Foreign Texts From Pictures, Walls, Newspapers, And Whatever.

I think the Translator app on Windows 8 App Store is awesome.  It allows me to point the camera of Lumia 920 smartphone at whatever foreign texts on whatever (e.g., pictures, wall, newspapers, etc…) and it translates such texts into my preferable language that I can understand.  Cool?  Well, check out the video which I had posted right after the break for brief demonstrations and a brief talk on it.   Enjoy!!!

Let Multitasking With Toolbox (Windows 8 App)

Toolbox is a very cool Windows 8 app which allows you to multitask various things.  For an example, I can browse the web, check the weather, use the calculator, and so on at the same time.  Although the idea isn’t new at all, but the execution of the app is beautifully done within Windows 8 environment.  Nonetheless, I think the developer of Toolbox app can totally improve it by enabling more tools within the app.  Anyhow, check out the video above and you’ll know what I mean.  Enjoy!!!