What Is Bitcoin And How Does It Work?

Never heard of Bitcoin? You’re not alone

Are you hearing more and more about Bitcoin but have no inclination as to what it is about? Rest assured in the fact that a majority of the population don’t either. The reason there has been an increase in excitement surrounding the topic of Bitcoin and Crypto Currencies is due to the digital gold rush into Bitcoin. The surge in the last year has lead to bitcoin growing from $700 a coin to $11,000 as I write this.

In short crypto-currencies are decentralized digital only currencies. The have set amounts of supply like Bitcoin will only ever have 21 million Bitcoins in circulation and that will be achieved in the year 2140. New coins are added when the ‘miners’ are rewarded for their work. Please take a minuet to watch the video below which is actually two very well done videos to simply explain the process of Bitcoin.

The History

Bitcoin arose from a 2008 white paper posted onto a forum written by a false name of ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’ . Several people have claimed to be Satoshi but after a short period of questioning their story and intelligence do not seem to add up. Bitcoin launched in 2011 after several people from the forum worked together to create the peer-to-peer network payment system. Since then hundreds of other crypto-currencies have come about. These are labeled as ‘Alt-coins’ or anything not Bitcoin.

Follow up

Due to the various topics surround the crypto currency community I plan to write several articles here to cover the main points. Writing one large article I don’t feel would benefit everyone as not many people will want to build a mining rig or play the rise and fall of exchanges. Please stay tuned for other posts on this topic coming soon.

Something You Didn’t Know – Techmi’s Orphanage Support

Grace House Orphanage – Krupa Ghar

For the past three years, Techmi has supported Grace House in Mumbai, India. We helped develop a website for them to get their story to the public. It is extremely expensive for technology in India. In the United States a mere $10 to $20 a month for a website and hosting with email is not that much to take on. In India that is one third of Sweety’s rent for the orphanage building. Techmi has been providing all of this at no cost to the Grace House.

We tell you this now so you see that when you partner with Techmi you partner with much more for the common good. Techmi partners with several other places that do good things for people everyday. We have developed great relationships with life changers in our local community and abroad. Its just one more thing to feel great about when choosing us for your technical solutions.

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Brian Thompson of Techmi (in the back in yellow) visiting Sweety & Selvins orphanage in Mumbai, India

Back In Action – Accepting New Clients Again

I’m Back!

Not that long ago I decided to go back to school to take my skill set to the next level. I had enrolled into college to get more understanding about

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Brian Shakes his father Bruce’s Hand at his Graduation

computer programming. Because I wanted to offer more to the people that sought my help. Now I feel like I am better equipped to do that.

As a result this means starting right now Techmi is open to new customers. We are looking to grow in services offered as well as meeting new customer needs. If you have never heard of us or what we do Techmi started as a technology consulting company. Helping people find low cost solutions for their everyday technical needs. We do things such as: Building websites, new computers, repairs & upgrades to old computers, training, smartphone training, preserving photos & videos from all your devices. There isn’t too much we have done yet and we are always willing to take a look at what you have and do our research. Finally, I will put a list of common products and services we work with or offer.

Common Products and Services

  • Common Services Offered: Slow computer assessments, virus removal, Memory preservation (backing up priceless photos & videos), Crypto currency mining, Websites, WordPress, Joomla, computer upgrades, social media services. Most of all feel free to ask us if you don’t see what you are needing.
  • Windows OS from 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10
  • Apple product: Mac OS, iOS, iPhones, iPads, Apple TV
  • Google Products: Android, Google apps, Analytics, AdWords, YouTube accounts, Hangouts, AdSense, Photos, Drive, Backups
  • Microsoft Products: Office 365, One Drive, Word, PowerPoint, One Note, Excel, Access
  • Adobe Product: Photoshop, Lightroom, Premier, Illustrator
  • Workshops I teach: Memory preservation (Backing up pictures and videos), Google Apps, effectively using your iPhone, Office 365, WordPress and Joomla.
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Brian and his family celebrate his graduation.

Hyperloop the Travel System of the Future

In 2013 Elon Musk of Space X flaunted the idea of traveling through tubes in pod. Similar to when you send your check to the teller and a drive up bank. The air is sucked out of the tube creating a vacuum for the pod to travel with minimal resistance. This is some serious Jetson’s style traveling.

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Hyperloop One installs tracks in the desert

Hyperloop One is the company that is making the tube units. They have developed some working models already. Elon Musk of Space X and Hyperloop One have a contest in place for teams to build prototype pods and compete on who’s pod does the best. This event is open to High school and College students. You can take a look at the most recent competition on Engadget’s website.

In the original plan it is believed to be achievable to travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco, a 900 mile distance, in 30 minutes. You can stay abreast to the progress by checking HyperLoop Ones website.

 

 

My Top 20 Must Have Website Links

Over the years I have saved some of the best website the internet has to offer. Some are common and you might have used them before. I am willing to bet there are a few that you have never even heard of. My list is covers needs from technical like audio or image modification, to accounting and food shopping.

  1. eelslap.com – Useful for anger management, or if you have ever wondered what it is like to slap someone in the face with an eel.
  2. Mega.nz – Free 50 gigabytes of cloud storage with end-to-end encryption.
  3. picmonkey.com – Free browser based photo editting.
  4. Sendy.co – Send bulk emails using Amazon web services for much less than the average bulk emailer app.
  5. Waveapps.com – A free online based accounting system. Great for startups or small businesses.
  6. ClippingMagic.com – Remove backgrounds in images.
  7. Draw.io – create many types of flow charts, org charts, networks charts etc…
  8. Media.io – Convert audio files to Mp3, Wma, Wav, or Ogg files.
  9. All-free-download.com – Download free Vectors, Images, Photoshop files, Illustrator files and more.
  10. CloudConvert.com – convert any file to just about any file.
  11. Google Takeout – Download any of your data from google services, helpful for downloading the entire contents of your google drive into none google Doc formats.
  12. Logomaker.com – make free logos for you company or website.
  13. Psychology Of Color – understanding color and emotions. helpful when picking colors for websites.
  14. Drudge Report – News aggregate site. find out what is happening across the globe in one click.
  15. AllRecipes.com – Recipes and food planning. Make shopping lists.
  16. DuoLingo.com – Learn a new language, or keep up with your kids in spanish.
  17. Dictation.io – Turn your voice into text.
  18. Join.me – create free online meetings with screen sharing.
  19. MeWe.com – The facebook of social network privacy
  20. klout.com – measure your online influence. Some companies higher based of klout scoring.

FireFan – Real Time Game Play Against Friends During Professional Sporting Events

FireFan, the next generation of mobile gaming is here. When we came across this app in the spring of 2016 our analysis told us this checks all the boxes to be the next big thing. FireFan includes the real-time interactive abilities that all the hottest apps have and more. Some features made us say “How did they do that?”. Example you are playing against some friends on the Seahawks vs 49ers game. Time out is called and then your phone alerts you and FireFan says something like “Will Russell Wilson run the ball or throw a pass on the next play?” you have a few seconds to answer. Get it correct and you gain more points. person will most points will win that game.

How To Play

You must pre-register to download the app. It is Free-to-play with in app purchases. Watch the short video below.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Not only can you compete against friends, but you can compete against your city or state in several categories. You can play multiple games at the same time. One against some friends and another at the sports bar you are watching the game at.

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Sports that will be available on launch day:

  • NFL Football
  • MLS Soccer

We have heard that NBA and Premier League Soccer soo to follow. They will be introducing other sports down the line.

Share this with your fellow sports friends

iOS 10 Available Tomorrow – What You Can Look Forward To

iOS 10 is set to be pushed out tomorrow on September 13th. Just 3 days prior to the iPhone 7 going on sale. I have been using iOS 10 for about 2 1/2 months now as a developer and I have seen the changes that have been made through out the summer. I wanted to share with you some of my favorite features. If you want the skinny version of it just watch the iOS 10 video from Apple just below this paragraph.

iMessages

The new messaging features are fun and interactive. From a new Emoji experience to hand written messages. There are a lot of little hidden features Apple didn’t announce so I will leave it to the Every Thing Apple Pro to tell you about some of these features. Watch this short overview of the iMessages.

Top 10 New Features

If you have a couple minutes you can watch this video ,in 4K if you wish, to get a head start on learning how to use the new iOS 10 before it is released tomorrow. Keep in mind this video was made based on the Developer Beta release number 1. I am super excited about the Photo app upgrade with the memories tab. The app can create movies for you based on time periods like “Best of 2015″ or ” Last Weekend”

50 Hidden Features

Still not had enough? Watch some hidden features that have been discovered in the last few months that were not announced by Apple. I know this post is mostly videos. Frankly, no one wants to read about features on a device you need to see with your own eyes. Good Luck and enjoy the new iOS 10.

iPhone 7 – What you need to know

Intro

This morning Apple held a press conference to announce the new iPhone 7 and its features. The conference started off with Tim Cook and the Late Late Show host James Cordan doing carpool karaoke to One Republic as James drives Tim to the event.  Tim moved through some updates and new items such as Mario from Nintendo is coming to the App Store. iWork now has real-time collaboration. Pokemon Go is now coming to Apple Watch. Apple Watch Series 2 is swim proof and is rated to go up to 50 meters deep in water.  It is also getting an upgrade in hardware including a 50% faster processor, a GPU upgrade, brighter display, built-in GPS and is now available in a ceramic case.

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iPhone 7

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Design

iPhone 7 colors are available in Jet Black, Black, Gold, Silver and Rose Gold as picture above. The Home Button is now a Force Touch utilizing the Taptic engine in the device. with iOS 10 you will be required to press to enter your phone after it has been unlocked via TouchID.

Water and Dust Resistant

The iPhone 7 is now a IP67 standard. This means your iPhone can now withstand water up to 50 meters deep.

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Camera

New stabilizer, now gets 50% more light, and a 6 element lense. New 12MP camera with a front side camera of 7MP which is up from the 5MP in the 6S. The iPhone 7 Plus comes with 2 x 12MP cameras, one is a wide lense and the other a telefocal.  This allows for extremely great photos when zooming in. You can now apply a blur to the background of photos using the 7 Plus camera in portrait mode.

Speakers

Stereo speakers, one on top and one on bottom.

EarPods

Lightning connected EarPods included. Also includes an adapter to still use the old head phone jack.

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Wireless Audio

Wireless EarPods called AirPods, 5 hours per charge with a 24 hours recharging case. Double tap to access Siri with an infrared sensor to only play when it is in your ear.

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Performance

New A10 Fusion Processing Chip, 64bit 4 core. 2 cores are high performance and the other 2 high efficiency cores for extended battery life. 6 Core GPU chip. This amount of performance will allow for apps and software that were just not available yet running 40% faster than the A9 in the 6S. Such apps like Adobe Lightroom allows for editing live photos in a full on Adobe application. With longer battery life with gains on average of 2 hours from the 6S to the 7.

Photo Editing Software from Google ($150) is now FREE

More Photo Tools For You

Great news today for all the photographers out there. No matter your skill level in photography. Google’s Photo editing software is now FREE.

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Google’s NIK software site

If you want to try out the many awesome features it has just click here for the NIK software download. Keep in mind that these are plugins and you must have a commonly used photo editing software already such as Adobe Lightroom, or Photoshop. The plugins are accessed as filters. Watch the video below in order to better understand if you can use it properly.

While Google has axed its other photo editing software Picasso, we are not sure how much longer NIK will stay around. If you purchased NIK in 2016 you will be getting a full refund that will automatically be refunded to your card that you purchased it with. Hopefully that card is not expired right now, if so just contact Google Customer service here.

Suggested Workflow of the NIK collection

According to Google’s Help Center here is how they suggest that we use the NIK collection Software Plugins.

What is the recommended workflow when using the Nik Collection?

The recommended workflow for the Nik Collection is as follows:

1. If desired, apply Raw Presharpener using Sharpener Pro 3.
2. Apply noise reduction using Dfine 2.
3. Control color and light using Viveza 2.
4. Apply filter enhancements using Color Efex Pro 4.
5. Convert to black and white using Silver Efex Pro 2.
6. Apply output sharpening using Sharpener Pro 3.

Note: Analog Efex Pro 2 can be utilized at any point after Dfine 2. HDR Efex Pro 2 is best used immediately after Dfine 2.

If you would like to learn more about the products and how to use them, there are online learning resources available. Please click to view our training videos.

The Help center also has sections on every plugin if you need help learning how to use them. You can find the Help Center by clicking here.

To all the Photography enthusiasts, Enjoy!