Apple Pushing a Proprietary Payments System for iOS

Apple, Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) have removed a number of Bitcoin-related iOS applications from their proprietary online App Store. While in some cases, Apple failed to even give a proper reason for their move, other app developers have received notifications from Apple , Inc. that Bitcoin payment functionality, in a stricter sense, needed to be removed for apps to stay “acceptable” for Apple’s platform. The measure taken by Apple, Inc. has resulted in the extinction of usable payment applications for Bitcoin on Apple iOS devices such as iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Only a few apps that show just Bitcoin wallet balances...

Hidden in Plain Sight: a Truly New Economy, Web 3.0 and Virtual Currencies

With the economic crisis officially declared in 2008, and far from solved despite some conflicting news suggesting otherwise, there has been set in motion a more fundamental process of change with a potential to affect overall economics and world trade as fundamentally as the invention of the Letter of Exchange in medieval Venice or the concept of limited liability in 17th century maritime commerce. The emerging commercial vehicle is an array of virtual currencies. While actually experimented with since the late 1980s in the San Francisco Bay and other local areas, the latest generation of virtual currencies evolving are of...

Why Amazon Marketplace Orders Might Be Dangerous to Your Health

Amazon.com has been all the rage for many years now. Notorious for burning through investor money and venture capital for a period of over ten years, Amazon.com dominates most every consumer market there is, and it has increasingly established itself as The Top Address for online shopping. That this has been achieved largely by killing off any kind of “competition” — and also at a high cost to Main Street, to the overall employment situation, and to small business in general — is not meant to be a matter of concern in this article. Though regrettable, it could also be...

Bitcoin Facilitating a New-New Economy

As the European banking and currency crisis unfolds, Bitcoin and the other emerging digital currencies have become a refuge for people fleeing from the euro and striving to protect their assets and savings from confiscation. Many analysts believe that Bitcoin, which facilitates unmediated fund transfers between individuals, poses a potential threat to conventional banking. Bitcoin and other Crypto coins are certainly exposing the weakness of the US dollar as the world’s incumbent reserve currency, as well as all other similarly stricken paper currencies. “Faster and easier than One-Click Buying on Amazon.com”, but actually for unlimited amounts of money. Watch the...

Secure Communications Despite Illegal Surveillance and NSA Over-Colletion

“What is needed is a communications protocol and accompanying software that encrypts messages, masks the sender and receiver of messages from others, and guarantees that the sender of a message cannot be spoofed, without relying on trust and without burdening the user with the details of key management.” An in-depth special report on Bitmessage, a secure P2P-based communications protocol, will be come up here. Please check back or subscribe to receive a notification once this paper is published.

Overstock Boosting Sales with Bitcoin

The first big name retailer in the U. S. to accept crypto currency payments in Bitcoin are Overstock.com. The company announced in late 2013 that all items would soon also be payable using Bitcoin. moving faster than expected, the company signed an agreement with a merchant service provider for clearing services and deployed Bitcoin payments during the last week. Customer response seems to have been overwhelming: within 21 hours, the company had taken 780 online orders from customers paying with Bitcoin. The total sales volume of these orders was $1.24 million. Not bad for one day — and for some...

Radio Days?

The media landscape is profoundly changing. BBC Worldservice, Voice of America, even CNN — they are all on their way out. It’s the old players’ own fault: instead of preserving the tested and proven look and feel of days gone by, the BBC, for example, have largely thrown out their cherished user experience (for example, the old steam-radio-style Signature tune played before the world news as well as s host of other melodies and popular programs altogether). This — often pathetic — attempt to “appear modern” at any price has largely failed and proved to be a gamble that did...

Asus Vivo PC: Finally Adding Long-Needed Innovation to PC Market

Taiwanese PC manufacturers ASUS have launched their latest model, the ASUS Vivo PC. This shiny little box is adding some colour to the somewhat boring and lackluster PC market that,actually, had not shown much innovation since the late 1980s. The ASUS Vivo PC offers great specs — and finally some innovation among “ordinary”, i e non-Apple, PCs. Having bought so many PCs over the last two decades or so, I was recently wondering why “shrinking” their ugly big boxes by some meager 8.1% or so is the best PC manufacturers all over the world could do — while Apple, on...