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In this week’s feature, we talked about Bitcoin, a peer-to-peer digital currency which is decentralised. It was originally coined back in 2009. Bitcoin can be traded for goods and services just like other currencies and is not regulated by governing bodies.
A brief timeline of bitcoin 2008–2009
· In 2008, Satoshi Nakamoto posted a paper describing the Bitcoin protocol on the internet.
· In 2009, the Bitcoin network came into existence with the release of the first open source Bitcoin client and the issuance of the first bitcoins.
· The initial prices for bitcoins were set by individuals on the bitcointalk forums. One notable transaction involved a 10,000 BTC pizza.
· On 6 August, a major vulnerability in the Bitcoin protocol was found. Transactions weren’t properly verified before they were included in the transaction log or “block chain” which allowed for users to bypass Bitcoin’s economic restrictions and create an indefinite number of bitcoins.
· On 15 August, the major vulnerability was exploited. Over 184 billion bitcoins were generated in a transaction, and sent to two addresses on the network. Within hours, the transaction was spotted and erased from the transaction log after the bug was fixed and the network forked to an updated version of the Bitcoin protocol. This was the only major security flaw found and exploited in Bitcoin’s history.
· In June 2011, Wikileaks and other organizations began to accept Bitcoin for donations. The Electronic Frontier Foundation suspended Bitcoin acceptance, citing concerns about a lack of legal precedent about new currency systems, and that they “generally don’t endorse any type of product or service.
· In late-2011, the Bitcoin exchange rate crashed from over $30 in June to below $2 in October.
· In October 2012, BitPay reported having over 1000 merchants accepting Bitcoin under its payment processing service.
· The Bitcoin-based payment processor Coinbase reported selling $1 million in bitcoins in a single month at over $22 per bitcoin.
· The Internet Archive announced that it is ready to accept donations as bitcoins and that it intends to give employees the option to receive portions of their salaries in Bitcoin currency.
· The Bitcoin transaction log or “block chain” temporarily forked into two independent logs with differing rules on how transactions could be accepted. The Mt.Gox exchange briefly halted Bitcoin deposits and the exchange rate briefly dipped by 23% to $37 as the event occurredbefore recovering to previous level of approximately $48 in the following hours.
· In the US, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) established regulatory guidelines for “decentralized virtual currencies” such as Bitcoin, classifying American “Bitcoin miners” who sell their generated bitcoins as Money Service Businesses (or MSBs), that may be subject to registration and other legal obligations.
· Payment processor BitInstant and Mt.Gox experienced processing delays due to insufficient capacity
· On the 10th, the Bitcoin exchange rate dropped from $266 to $76 before returning to $160 within six hours.
You can indeed do what’s called mining bitcoins. However, you need to have a high-performance machine to get the best results. Some people that we have talked to have mined 2 bitcoins and one lucky person managed to mine 50 bitcoins, but he wiped his hard drive so he lost them.
- It’s free to create your bitcoin wallet
- you can mine bitcoins with any PC, Mac or Linux box.
- it’s free to create a bitcoin wallet
- bitcoins are divisible to 8 decimal places, meaning there is plenty of bitcoin to go around
- You need a powerful machine to effectively mine bitcoins
- There is no reputable way to convert bitcoins into real money
- bitcoin is not backed by anything
Whilst it might not be worth the effort to mine bitcoins, we’re going to give it a go for ourselves and let you know whether it’s worth mining bitcoins.
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Just before Apple’s sold out WWDC conference, Google is going to be holding its developer conference, Google IO 2013. On 15th May 2013, there will be lots of stuff happening including the opening keynote. We’re pleased to announce that you will be able to watch a live video stream of the entire 3-hour keynote live right here on MHFTech.net. They keynote itself will be starting at 9AM pacific time(5PM in the UK), so make sure you’re here for it. We will have the live video feed along with a live blog available very close to the start of the keynote. Until then, watch those skies and back up your data!
Earlier this year, we provided you with full live video coverage of CES 2013 which was provided by the Tech Podcast Network.
Thanks to those awesome folks over at the tech podcast network, we are able to bring you live video coverage of NAB Show 2013. Taking place in Las Vegas in the USA, it’s possibly the largest expo where the major vendors in the broadcasting space will be showing off their wares. If you’re a business or someone who’s interesting in broadcasting and the equipment that broadcasters use, then you will want to tune in. The NAB Show is split into several sectors as follows:
- content creation
- content management
- content commerce
- content distribution and delivery
- content consumption
Starting from Monday 8th we will have the live video feed up and running. Make sure to tune in as it will be a real treat.
Ever since we have started back in July 2011 with episode 1 of the MHF Tech Show, we’ve had one podcast feed in iTunes, tunein radio, stitcher and all the other places. Additionally, we have done various episodes of MHF How-Tos, The MHF Judgement room and our other shows and kept them in one feed.
However, we have made a decision that we are going to now split all six of our shows out into separate feeds. Therefore, you will have feeds for all of the shows as follows:
- The MHF Tech Show(our main show)
- MHF How-Tos (our tutorial show)
- The MHF Games Room (our gaming show)
- MHF Specials
- The MHF Enterprise Show (our enterprise tech show)
- The MHF Judgement Room(our product review show)
This will allow you to subscribe to the show that you want to listen to. All six of these feeds will be up soon. Of course, we will have them in iTunes, Miro, Stitcher, DoubleTwist, XBox Podcasts and TuneIn Radio to name but a few so stay tuned for more info. Whenever we launch a new show we will also create a new audio only feed and a video feed for it.
Of course, we will be launching video versions of our shows very soon so we will also have video podcast(vidcast) feeds up for the above shows very soon. Until our next update, watch those skies and backup your data.
Update: As for the feed we currently provide, it will still be available but it will be a place where you can get all of the shows in one feed.