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So you bought a Google Chromecast or Chromecast Ultra and you've already explored tons of available apps and 'free' channels that you can watch on your tv and mobile device.  But you're frustrated because some of the best movies and tv shows are only available on expensive pay channels or require a Netflix or 'mobile' subscription account.  Well Larry up above has a solution and it involves using a streaming content app that he's found that will allow Chromecast users to access thousands of movies and tv shows absolutely free and 'cast' them to your television.  Just watch the video above and follow his instructions.  You'll be watching that movie you've been looking for in no time...for free!


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(Hint, it's much more than just digital money)

Up until a few months ago, like a lot of people I'd heard of 'Bitcoin' and 'cryptocurrency' but frankly while it seemed mildly interesting, I didn't feel any overwhelming urge to figure out how to get some or use it.  It sounded like a less secure, new fangled, roundabout way of paying for things 'electronically' and since so few places accept them for payment vs. the dollar...I didn't see the point. Why bother, right?

Wrong. Boy was I wrong. Because what I didn't understand...and most of you reading this probably don't either...is that many of these new 'cryptocurrencies' that we see in the news are not 'currencies' at all...they are actually a new technology utilizing a structure called the blockchain that are creating the next version of the internet, an internet 3.0 right now...and the vast majority of people have no idea this is going on.  How is that you ask?  Because many of these digital 'coins' are actually more like programming languages that let you build decentralized applications.  What the heck is that you ask?  Let me explain.

Let's say you want to buy a product off of Ebay, or Amazon like a pair of shoes.  Or perhaps you want to rent a room for a weekend through Airbnb, or get a car ride to the airport through Uber.  All of these businesses utilize a middleman that you have to pay a fee to for their service.  Think about it. You buy something from Ebay or Amazon and they take their little cut out of the seller's gross.  You book a room through airbnb or a car from uber and again...they take a little cut out of the seller's piece or charge a fee to the buyer...either way there's a middleman.

But what if you could get rid of the middle man?  What if there was some kind of company that did each of these things...sold goods..rented homes...drove you around....and there was no middle man?   What if transactions were peer to peer...you to the seller direct...without the middle man's fee?  Well that is exactly what the blockchain allows programmers to do.  Create decentralized applications, businesses, markets, etc.  It does this by utilizing the blockchain as a way of keeping everyone honest.  How?  Well, this video does a nice job of explaining it. 

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But the important thing to realize is that what we are looking at here is basically the dawn of a brand new internet.  Just like in 1992-94 nobody could have predicted that Amazon or Uber or Facebook or Google could become the behemoths we see today.  Twenty years from now people are going to look back and say the same thing about decentralized, blockchain based companies that will be just as big...or bigger.

It's very likely we'll have decentralized search engines without advertising, we'll have decentralized selling with brand new 'amazons' or 'ebays'. We'll have decentralized banking without the bank taking fees and we'll have virtually every kind of business you can imagine from insurance to education to manufacturing to distribution and it will be done through decentralized applications and companies that basically 'live' on the internet and don't require a middle man taking a fee.

Once you understand this concept the next thing to understand is that the cryptocurrencies that we see today...and the new ones being introduced...are all representative of different kinds of decentralized  businesses and these digital 'coins' are being used to fund the development of these businesses. Now there are some like Bitcoin and Litecoin that are still just digital money.   But others like Ethereum, Golem, Stratis, EOS, Factom and others each represent a new type of decentralized company or platform that are part of this new internet 3.0.  And in order to use any of these companies or platforms you'll have to know how to use these new 'digital currencies'.

Some of these new kinds of decentralized companies are already in operation.  For instance http://steemit.com is a hybrid of reddit and facebook where you use Steem coins as a way of rewarding content.  Instead of Zuckerberg and staff at FB choosing what to show you...it's more democratic and the use of Steem coin rewards content makers.

So how do I begin getting into this world?  What's the first baby step I can take? Open a Coinbase account.   

Coinbase is the oldest and most reliable and safe of the online wallets to start buying your first digital 'coins' with.  You can buy a bit of Bitcoin or Ethereum or Litecoin...the three coins they currently support...and begin to learn how to use them.   For example, you can purchase some 'Steem' at Steemit.com by opening an account there and sending some Bitcoin to yourself from Coinbase to Steemit.  Then you'll convert that Bitcoin to Steem to use.

As you become more comfortable with these currencies you might want to open a trading account on a site like Poloniex...which just like a stockmarket trading site allows you to buy, sell or just watch all kinds of digital coins and see their values fluctuate just like a stock.

But frankly the very first step you should take, just so you can get started and start to explore is to open a Coinbase account.

Right now Coinbase has a promotion where they're offering $10 in free Bitcoin to you if you open an account with just $100, which is exactly what I did to start.  Then you can start playing with it.  One of the first things I did was transfer half of my Bitcoin into Ethereum right within my Coinbase account so in mere minutes I was now both a Bitcoin and Ethereum owner and I could build from there.

Want to learn even more and become a cryptocurrency expert?  Start reading sites like Cointelegraph.com and Coindesk.com and TheMerkle.com to learn more about all these new currencies and what they do. 

Look, I know it seems intimidating at first.  But trust me, this is not just the future of money, it's the future of the internet being built right in front of our eyes.  This is an amazing opportunity.  Don't miss out like you did the last time.  Just think how many times you've told yourself 'if i had just invested in Facebook or Netflix or Amazon back in 199x...well this is your next chance...because the next version of the internet...the decentralized internet is happening right now, today.  Open your Coinbase account and take your first step into that world today.  You'll thank me later.



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Google's newest and fastest version of their Chromecast streaming dongle, the Chromecast Ultra has dropped in price for the first time since its introduction last year.  Normally $69, you can get one now for $50 through Best Buy at the link below.  The Chromecast Ultra is the first Chromecast to support 4K and is faster and smoother operating than the two previous Chromecast versions.  If you're in the market for a Chromecast to stream (cast) your videos and movies, music or apps to your big screen tv or especially if you want to watch shows shot in 4K video then the Chromecast Ultra is the one to get.  Link Below!






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We want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy New Year!

Now that the holidays are here, many major retailers are holding their annual'After Holidays', 'End Of Year' and 'New Year's' deals and specials for online shoppers for anything related to technology and for non-tech categories as well such as household items, clothes and more.  These are some of the deepest discounts and sales of the year as stores try to clear inventory before Dec 31st.  This is a great chance get great deals on all sorts of gifts and items you've been putting off to buy, just waiting for those 'best of' sales and discounts.  We've included links below to some of the most well-known large online sale participants so use these links to check out the great deals and enjoy saving some cash!. 









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The latest model of the Chromecast, the Chromecast 2 is on sale right now for $25.  This is a brand new Chromecast.  This is not the original, older chromecast that looked like a plastic stick...this is the newer, more powerful, hockey puck shaped Chromecast.   Also on sale for $25 is Chromecasst Audio.     Stream your apps, movies, games etc to your television or large screen monitor from your Android or iOS device or just stream your audio to your old pair of speakers and link them up to your favorite music service.  Chromecast and Chromecast Audio are MUST HAVE devices to maximize your tvs and speakers in your home.  Grab your Chromecast 2 or Chromecast Audio on sale at the links below.



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While there are a lot of bluetooth speakers out there, few brands can claim to be as high end as Bang & Olufsen.  The A1 shown in the above video is B&O's smallest speaker and features unbelievable bass response and 360 degree sound.  Forged from a beautiful piece of aluminum and featuring a low profile this is as much a piece of art as it is a speaker.  But make no mistake...the sound is simply phenomenal...you really do get what you pay for.  Now the A1, which was just introduced earlier this year still lists for $249 anywhere here in the U.S. that you look...from the B&O website to Amazon to Ebay...you really can't find any discounts on it because it is a current model product that is considered very exclusive and high end and frankly, B&O doesn't need to discount it.  That's why I was surprised to have stumbled acrosss the A1 for half price on the Aliexpress website.  Yep...that's right...at the link below you can pick up a genuine B&O A1 speaker in either silver or moss green brand new from aliexpress.  Don't miss this opportunity.  This is a STEAL at this price.



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If you've been waiting to buy a really top-notch audiophile quality bluetooth speaker then today is the perfect day to grab an awesome deal on one of two Denon bluetooth speakers. 

First up is the Denon HEOS 1.  This is the smallest member of Denon's audiophile multiroom system that can be used either independently or networked with other HEOS speakers such as the HEOS 3, 5 or 7.  This is the newest version of the HEOS 1 and includes bluetooth built-in.  It offers awesome sound from its two drivers and while it is a plug-in unit, you can purchase the optional 'Go Pack' which includes a rechargeable lithium ion battery.  This new version of the HEOS 1 also includes high resolution audio support as well as support for streaming services such as Amazon Prime Music, Pandora, Spotify, TuneIn, iHeartRadio, SiriusXM, SoundCloud, TIDAL and Rhapsody.  Normally priced at $199, there's a special sale going on right now for $100 off!  That's right...the HEOS 1 is just $99 for a limited time.  You can grab one at the link below.


Ok, so say you want an all-in-one unit that includes a built-in lithium battery and will provide you with knock your socks off sound in a portable package and you plan on using the speaker exclusively with your phone or tablet to stream music and don't care about multiroom networking.  If that's the case then the Denon Envaya DSB200 is the speaker for you.  This speaker will literally knock your socks off.  It has some of the most powerful bass and the fullest 'soundscape' and depth of sound of any portable bluetooth speaker i've ever heard.  Don't believe me?  Just read some of the reviews and they'll back me up.  This thing ROCKS.  It has a 100mm bass radiator in addition to two 57mm full range drivers and has all kinds of special electronics voodoo added in from high resolution aptX CSR decoding, MaxxAudio technology and even includes 4 different colored grill inserts to customize the look of the device.  Normally the Envaya DSB200 would set you back $199...and in fact that's the price it's still selling for on the Denon website...but it's on sale on Amazon right now for just $79.99!  That's an amazing deal.  If  you've been looking for a bluetooth speaker that has AWESOME sound quality...you need to grab one of these right now.  I'm serious...this thing will blow away any other portable bluetooth speaker even 3x the price.



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Google introduced their most powerful Chromecast yet.  The Chromecast Ultra with faster performance, higher quality and most of all full support for 4K Ultra HD and HDR streaming and 4k devices.  Both Netflix and YouTube already offer 4K content and thousands of apps and hundreds of thousands of tv shows and video are available for viewing.  Able to be used either wirelessly connected to your tv through Wifi or through a built-in ethernet adapter for those preferring a wired connection, Chromecast Ultra offers faster performance than any previous Chromecast and supports just about all Android, Apple and Windows devices.  Chromecast Ultra will cost $69, so a bit more than the standard Chromecast which still sells for $35.  The Ultra should be available in the coming weeks.


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Is the above picture of the 4K Chromecast Ultra?  According to the tech site VentureBeat it is and will sell for $69 and stream 4K video via HDMI to your home display.  It apparently features beefed up specs from last years Chromecast upgrade.  The firmware reportedly running the new Chromecast Ultra is version 1.21 and feature a new 'G' logo instead of the old Chromecast one.  At nearly twice the price of the regular Chromecast it's unclear whether the company will continue to sell the regular version at $35 or whether the 4K will completely displace it. We'll know more on Oct 4th.

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We're happy to annouce our newest community, BluetoothSpeakerForum.com.  As the name would suggest, it's a community dedicated to bluetooth speakers which have proliferated over the past several years as mobile devices have become an oft used way to listen to music.  Focusing mostly on portable bluetooth speakers, we have original reviews as well as those from well-known vloggers, and of course the latest news on upcoming devices, technologies and updates.  Finally, we have the most comprehensive selection of message boards for all the major bluetooth speaker manufacturers from the high end to low, well known name brands to small, obscure.  Come on over and join us and find that perfect speaker...or two...or three. 





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A major leak hit the interwebs today regarding Google's plans for new devices this fall.  In addition to some new phones dubbed Pixel and Pixel XL will be a new version of the company's Chromecast that will support 4K video and is to be called either Chromecast Plus or Ultra.  Not much else is known about the new 4K Chromecast but we're sure that there will be some new, faster hardware inside to support the higher streaming resolution and we wouldn't be surprised to see some additional software tweaks as well. 

We would expect the company to keep the price either at the same price point or perhaps a few dollars more ($5 o $10 higher) and to sell it alongside the current model Chromecast or perhaps they will drop the price of the current model for standard HD TVs and price the 4K model at $35 which is the Chromecast price today before any rebates.  So what do you think?  Will you be picking up a 4K Chromecast?  Interested in the new phones which appear to be replacing the 'Nexus' brand as Google's flagship devices?  Let us hear your thoughts in the comments below and of course it goes without saying that none of the above has been confirmed so it's all rumor and speculation until we see what comes on the 4th of October.

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Now's a great time to pick up a Chromecast and Chromecast Audio.  Google has them on sale 'everywhere' for $5 each.  Most places have free shipping (including our links below).  Grab a few Chromecast Audios to breathe new life into your speakers or pick up a Chromecast for every tv in your home and ''cast" movies, games, apps and the internet to the big screen from your phone and tablet.  It really changes the entire way you use your tv and it's pretty amazing.  Definitely a 'must have' for all Android and iPhone users alike.   



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Ever feel like going on adventure and wish there was a resource that could instantly tell you all the cool stuff around you to do?  Well that's what Local Guru does.  It's an amazing new app...really more than an app...a great resource...that let's you instantly see what cool adventures, activities and interests are close by and hooks you up with a 'guru' to lead you on your adventure or activity.  Using your location you can see a list of adventures led by a local expert or 'guru'.  Perhaps you want to take a hike, or learn to surf or go horseback riding or a mountain biking adventure.  It's a great tool to explore wherever you are and geared to the outdoors adventurer in us all.  Even better, it lets you filter for price and proximity to your location.  You also can click on the map to any location and do a search in that area to see what is available in other areas.  Just think of the possibilities of planning a trip or vacation and being able to tap the location on the map and book a cool adventure where you're going to be. 

Now the founder of 'Local Guru' is a great guy named Joseph I had the pleasure of meeting recently in Santa Monica.  Joseph and his team put a lot of effort into procuring only quality adventures and activities led by knowledgeable experts in whatever the adventure is.  The app is constantly being improved and refined and new features are being introduced all the time to ensure that the adventures you go on are of the highest quality.  Give 'Local Guru' a try and if you have any ideas to make it even more useful feel free to send them a note.  Make sure any local experts and 'gurus' you know sign up to offer their activities through Local Guru's app and help spread the word and make Local Guru the national sensation it deserves to be.  Grab the free app at the link below.


You can also learn more about the Local Guru app at their website: www.localguruapp.com


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How many times have you had your phone or tablet with you and found you really wished you had a portable keyboard to write out a long message, email or perhaps even get some work done while at a cafe.  You struggle to compose your work on the touchscreen and you've thought of buying one of those wireless bluetooth keyboards but always felt they were almost as big as a traditional keyboard...so why bother?  Well here's a great option that is both small enough to leave in your bag, backpack or purse without ever feeling like you're lugging around a keyboard, while also providing a quality typing experience that is very similar to the high quality Microsoft Surface keyboard that is widely acclaimed.

Microsoft's foldable portable keyboard gives you just about everything you'd look for in such a device...portability as well as tactile physical keys and great battery life.  What Microsoft has done is split the keyboard into two sections, with an inch wide middle canyon that it folds across.  Now some of the reviews mention that the key size has been slightly altered in order to fit this configuration and that it does a take a bit of adjustment to get used to it.  But after using it for a little while you quickly become accustomed to the modified layout and are able to type quite handily on it...certainly a great improvement to typing on a tiny screen of a phone or tablet.  Normally the Microsoft foldable keyboard lists for $99 and if you look around you can find it in the $70-$80 range, nut just for today Best Buy has it as one of their 'Daily Deals' for only $49.99.  That's a bargain and the lowest price we've ever seen this cool device.  If you're been looking for a quality, super portable keyboard to use with your phone or tablet that gets up to 3 months battery life between charge...grab one at the link below before the price goes back up.



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Android Pay is Google's answer to Apple Pay and Samsung Pay.  Basically you register a credit or debit card to your Android Pay account, and then you can use your mobile device, whether Android watch or phone to pay for items with simply a tap at any store that accepts the Android Pay Service.  This is a growing list that includes everything from McDonald's to JetBlue to Office Depot to Macy's and many many more.  Google is running a promotion right now to encourage people to sign up.  After your 10th tap to pay with Android Pay you can get yourself either a selection from the Google Play Music Store or a free Chromecast.  You can see details about the promotion here..  Overall we'd say if you were thinking of trying out the Android Pay service anyway, this is a nice 'perk' to encourage you to do.  The promo runs til the end of February.  Happy Chromecasting!

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