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Bitcoin is a virtual currency that allows users to transfer funds to other individuals, and to a growing number of businesses, with no transfer costs. The value of a bitcoin is based on a mathematical algorithm, and that value as fluctuated quite a bit in recent weeks. Bitcoin has brought interest of venture capitalists, and people with money to hide, as it is almost anonymous since transactions cannot be traced to an individual.
First, here is a newbie description of Bitcoin directly from their website:
As a new user, you only need to choose a wallet that you will install on your computer or on your mobile phone. Once you have your wallet installed, it will generate your first Bitcoin address and you can create more whenever you need one. You can disclose one of your Bitcoin addresses to your friends so that they can pay you or vice versa, you can pay your friends if they give you their addresses. In fact, this is pretty similar to how email works. So all that is left to do at this point is to get some bitcoins and to keep them safe. In order to start using Bitcoin, you are not required to understand the technical details.
Bitcoin Wallet is a free mobile app for Android and BlackBerry users. Here is the description they provide:
With this app you always have your Bitcoins with you, in your pocket! You can send payments simply by scanning a QR-code or by touching two phones together (NFC). Bitcoin Wallet is designed to be easy to use and reliable, while also being secure and fast.
Lots of people are getting on the Bitcoin train these days — try it yourself with Bitcoin Wallet.
Since it is nearing the weekend, and is a long weekend for some folks in the US extending their 4th of July celebration, we thought we’d highlight a game app. From the makers of the very popular Cut the Rope game comes Cut the Rope: Experiments.
Available for both iOS and Android devices, Cut The Rope: Experiments adds a number of new elements, including robo arms, rope shooters, and suction cups. Check out a few of the sequences in the trailer video below.
The Experiments version of Cut the Rope is bound to keep you tethered to your screen for as long as you let it. Kudos to the good people at ZeptoLab for another hit!
GenderZoo is a mobile app that provides users information about local clubs based on the girl to guy gender ratio. Users can update the information in real time based on what they are seeing in the club.
It’s an interesting concept that should be fun for the younger college age and 20-something crowd. Available for both iOS and Android devices, GenderZoo is a free app available on iTunes today.
I wonder how many bars are already hiring social media marketers that spend their time optimizing their standing in all these various sites and apps that rate them on every possible metric.
Android users can now stop envying the iPhone hipsters who pay for their Starbucks latte with their phone. Alas, the Starbucks mobile app is now available in the Android Market.
The ubiquitous coffee store’s mobile app is becoming almost as popular as the coffee itself, with the ability for caffeine junkies to reload their Starbucks card balance, earn free drinks, and actually pay for their purchase using the bar code displayed in the app.
No word yet on a feature that actually prepares your drink in your phone, but stay tuned.
Netflix just announced availability of its Android App, allowing many Android users the ability to view streaming video on a handful of Android devices. The app itself is free, and users must be subscribers to the Netflix video service.
Google recently announced a new video chat capability to be rolled out to Android phones over the next several weeks and months, offering an alternative to the popular FaceTime capability on the iPhone.
Also available over a computer using Google Talk from GMail, the new functionality will first be launched on the Nexus S phone before being rolled out to other handsets running Android 2.3.4 or later. The Google Talk update will only available to those phones running on 3G or 4G networks.
Most of us remember the Nextel push-to-talk feature that made those phones so popular in commercial settings such as real estate and construction, which benefited from that instant communication.
Well the folks at HeyTell are bringing it back. HeyTell is a mobile app available on the Android and iPhone platforms, which provides that same push to talk feature, along with some added features that only a smartphone could provide. The ability to see the other person on a map, or identify a location of where to meet, for example, are just two quick examples.
For any of those that long for those old black and yellow Nextel phones with the push to talk feature, say hello to HeyTell!
We at MobileMammoth get quite a few requests to promote certain mobile phone deals or promotions. To be honest, 98% of them are nothing special and are not worth wasting your time. We always tell people that if we are going to consider putting something in front of our readers, it has to be something that they can truly benefit from. Otherwise, please don’t bother asking. For those deals that do make the cut, we will highlight them in our Mobile Mammoth Deal of the Week.
This week we noticed a Black Friday / Cyber Monday promotion that is worth passing on. If anyone is in the market for an Android phone, or looking to buy one as a gift, you should check out this deal below. It is through Wirefly, which sells mobile phones and wireless plans online and generally has pretty decent packages.
This was one of several deals they are offering right now, and we thought it was be far the best of the lot.
Remember there is almost always fine print to any deal, so make sure you read it before placing your order. The deal valid for new Verizon customers, and for existing Verizon customers renewing or upgrading their plan. It’s hard to tell when this deal will end, but our guess is shortly after Cyber Monday, November 29. (My neighbor used Wirelfy to get his phone and wireless plan, and he said the phone came via FedEx two days later).
Find any better deals out there? Let us know what you think!
gStrings is an Android App that works as a chromatic tuner for musicians.
The gStrings app has received very positive reviews, and many users love the simple interface and are impressed by the accuracy. The developers did a great job putting themselves in the users chair, with guitar in hand, when developing the user interface.
The app is free, and is available for download from your Android phone on the Android Market. Get tuning!