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A few smarties are trying to create space cryptocurrency via Bitcoin

(TECH NEWS) Two space entrepreneurs are in an all out sprint of a race to put Bitcoin in space… creating a cosmic crypto, if you will.

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RIDE THE NEXUS

I freaking love the 21st century. Nexus is a cryptocurrency. More than that I hesitate to say, but if you would like an in-depth and… a restrained word might be “enthusiastic” summary, don’t hesitate to venture down the Nexus rabithole.

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On the subject of enthusiasm, Nexus would like, please, to be Bitcoin for space.

WHAT? I MEAN – WHAT?

Yeah, that’s not a joke. Not intentionally, anyway. Cryptocurrency folks aim high (we are talking about the people who want to reinvent money without government, that’s a tall ask by itself) and are known to have theoretical eyes bigger than their socioeconomic tummies.

But I gotta say, actual space is a new level of Big Idea.

That said, it’s not out of nowhere. The founder of Nexus is Colin Cantrell, whose father Jim has what has to be one of the most fun job titles I’ve ever had the pleasure of typing: space entrepreneur. Jim Cantrell is an actual rocket man.

He worked for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in college, then leveled up to designing satellites for the Department of Defense, then leveled up again to working with Elon Musk in the early days of SpaceX.

These days, his thing is Vector Space Systems. Their thing is substantially reducing the cost of access to space. Which, rad. Anything that increases my chances of gazing at the blue marble with Blue Danube playing – I’m about that. In particular, they’re looking to get small, cheap “cube satellites” spinning around up there, which among other things would basically constitute a universal phone network, letting you grab a few bars literally anywhere on Earth. That, too, sounds rad.

How in every heck does that relate to Bitcoin?

Cosmic cryptocurrency

Here’s the deal. The ten most common electronic products on Earth consist of literally two categories, and one is cellphones. (The other is game consoles which, tragically, do not feature in this article.) More people have access to cellphones than running water. Really.

So, yeah, LOL, space money. Even space money plus actual space guy seems kinda silly.

Then you remember you already hang out with space.

Got satellite TV? When was the last time you saw a smartphone that didn’t ship with GPS? As of 2015 there were 2.5 billion smartphones already on planet Earth. The smart money says more like 6 billion by 2020, overtaking non-smart phones (no offense, other phones, I just don’t know what else to call you. See what I did there? “Call you?” Comedy gold here at AG) as the most popular way to move information short of shouting.

Then you remember Vector Space Systems exists to make access to space cheaper and more widely available.

One of their big projects is to put so many inexpensive, decentralized satellites in the sky you can get a solid three bars anyplace on the planet.

THEN your eyes get wide, because not only is there a guy who wants to make it way easier to talk to space, and a guy who wants to turn money into information, as in, something you can send through space with a phone, the second guy is the first guy’s son.

New potential

Nexus. Universal satellite internet, plus encrypted, peer-to-peer exchange, equals a way to swap money, goods and services in a way that literally cannot be regulated until someone invents Space Police.

It’s the longest of long shots. But if it happens, there will quite literally be space money.

#CosmicCrypto

Matt Salter is a writer and former fundraising and communications officer for nonprofit organizations, including Volunteers of America and PICO National Network. He’s excited to put his knowledge of fundraising, marketing, and all things digital to work for your reading enjoyment. When not writing about himself in the third person, Matt enjoys horror movies and tabletop gaming, and can usually be found somewhere in the DFW Metroplex with WiFi and a good all-day breakfast.

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Jenzy helps perfectly measure your kids’ feet

(TECH NEWS) Jenzy is a mobile app currently in beta that helps you perfectly measure your kids feet and buy shoes without having to leave your home.

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Parents rejoice, there’s now a mobile app that sizes your child’s feet to determine their correct shoe size. No more carpet charts that every kid has put their dirty little socked foot on, or those weird metal sizing instruments.

With Jenzy, you just take a picture of your child’s foot, and the app calculates the measurements. It then generates personalized size and style recommendations, which you can order directly from the app.

Jenzy partners with podiatrist recommended brands designed for active kids, including pediped, Robeez, and Morgan & Milo. However, you don’t have to purchase their suggestions to receive the sizing info.

Incorrectly sized shoes are a literal pain for everyone, but this especially affects children, who don’t have purchasing power.

Additionally, shoes that don’t fit can have long-term effects on children’s growth and development, and lead to foot problems in the future. Properly fitted shoes are necessary for healthy foot development.

Wearing incorrectly sized shoes is just part of the problem. If shoes aren’t suited for every day use, children’s feet and overall growth can also suffer.

Flip flops, ballet pumps, and shoes with raised heels are not recommended by podiatrists for frequent use, as they can cause discomfort, or even musculoskeletal issues.

According to Dr. Stewart Morrison, a University of Brighton podiatrist, “children’s feet are still growing and are more susceptible to damage than adult feet, so it’s really vital to ensure they are wearing shoes which fit them well – in width as well as length – and that are suitable for age, as well as the task they are wearing them for.”

As online shopping has taken over, fewer parents are getting their children’s feet sized by in-store experts. Of course, there’s also a cost-barrier, as many stores that offer shoe-sizing are often more expensive.

Jenzy hopes to bridge that gap, providing parents both proper shoe sizes and affordable products designed to last.

Right now the app is set to launch in December, but if you don’t want to wait, apply to take part in the beta test on Jenzy’s site.

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Time is money and Clockify helps you make the most

(TECH NEWS) Tracking your time worked as a freelancer can easily be lost in the shuffle. A new tool has been designed to make this important aspect easier.

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After years of searching for a method that works for me in terms of organization and productivity, the answer seemed to be simple: a calendar I can write on and Post-It notes. This method is a little old school, but seems to get the job done for my organizational needs.

However, there are some things that slip through the cracks with this method, but it’s more user error than it is the actual practice. One thing I struggle with is keeping track of my freelance hours this way.

I have a tendency to guesstimate how much time I worked throughout the day and know that I wind up underdocumenting my hours. I would hate to know how much money I’ve missed out on keeping (sometimes inaccurate) handwritten notes.

But, like many other small scale issues, there is a simple solution. And that is found in the form of time trackers.

One of the newest members to join the online time tracker team is Clockify, who operates under the idea of “your time, your rules.” It is a free time tracking tool designed for agencies and freelancers.

Clockify allows users to manage as many team members, projects, and workspaces that you need in an effort to help your business run smoothly. This allows for a complete overview of team productivity.

The tool offers a way to enter time manually as well as clock time automatically. This way you can keep tabs on what you’re working on and assign and label time logs to the appropriate clients.

With this time tracking, you are able to generate weekly, monthly, and annual reports at any given time. These reports can be saved, exported, and shared with clients to give them more information about your work process.

The real-time tracking helps to improve business efficiency and gives more insight into what each team member is spending their time on. Having this information available can give visual representation of how to improve in the future.

Clockify currently exists in desktop format with iOS and Android apps coming soon.

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Russia vetoed cryptocurrency and came back with CryptoRuble

(TECH NEWS) Russia put a hard pass on other cryptocurrencies in their country so that they could hop in the crypto-game with their own CryptoRuble.

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Just days after The American Genius reported that the Russian Central Bank would attempt to block access to cryptocurrency trading cites, the Coin Telegraph has reported that the Russian government will issue its very own cryptocurrency, the CryptoRuble.

The report cited local Russian papers, who quoted the minister of communications, Nikolay Nikiforov.

Earlier this week, head of the Central Bank, Sergei Shvetsov, said that he would work with the Prosecutor General’s Office to ban Russian citizens from accessing cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, calling such currencies a “negative phenomena for our markets” and a “pyramid scheme.”

Now it appears that the Kremlin will create its own cryptocurrency – one it can keep an eye on — which, some might argue, defeats the entire purpose of cryptocurrency.

However, like other cryptocurrencies the CryptoRuble will be based on blockchain and will presumably help prevent online fraud.

CryptoRubles will be exchangeable with regular Rubles, although the systems of exchange have not yet been set up. Experts think that Russia is hoping to stimulate e-commerce without the need for foreign money markets, which will allow them to have more independence from the United States.

According to Nikiforov, the Russian government is setting up its own cryptocurrency under the assumption that if they don’t, other European governments will.

Said NIkiforov, “I confidently declare that we run CryptoRuble for one simple reason: if we do not, then after two months our neighbors in the EurAsEC will.”

Traders using CryptoRubles will be asked to provide documentation of retail transactions and services rendered – or pay a 13 percent tax for undocumented transactions, leaving a wide loophole for money laundering.

Critics say that Russia is trying to facilitate, while also profiting from money laundering; that the Kremlin is stealing the market from other cryptocurrencies; and that the CryptoRuble fundamentally defies the spirit of decentralization that inspired other cryptocurrencies.

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