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A highlight from Auradines 4nm Bitcoin Miner w/ Barun Kar and Rajiv Khemani
"Welcome back to The Mining Pod. On today's show, we're joined by Auradine, a new Bitcoin mining ESIC manufacturer coming to market. We talk about the unit specs, the team behind the machine, and how they expect to compete in an ever -crowded market. Did you know that you can make more money by merge mining other networks? Check out MakeMoreMoneyMining .com for information on BIPs 300 and 301, a proposal to bring more revenue to Bitcoin miners through sidechains and merge mining, called DriveChains. Increase your mining revenues and learn more about participating in Bitcoin governance by visiting MakeMoreMoneyMining .com. Are you a miner who wants to activate Bitcoin improvements? Check out Activation .Watch. See what Bitcoin improvements the Bitcoin community, developers, and miners are considering and show support by signaling for one of many BIPs up for consideration. Activation .Watch. 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Solidify your trust in the world of artificial intelligence and the world of artificial intelligence. We'll see you there. Hello, welcome back to the MiningPod. I'm Will Foxley, joined today by Rajeev and Varun from Auradine. Thank you so much for joining today. We're really excited to talk about the new ASIC product you guys are bringing to the market. How are you guys doing? Doing great. Thanks for having us, Will. Definitely. You know, the market's clamoring to know more about you guys. The first time I heard about you was from someone who reads into Marathon Digital's deep SEC letters that they put out there, their filings. And they're like, what is this company Auradine? What's going on with this? And people are wondering about it. And then we found out this summer, you guys were public, you guys raised $81 million and there's a lot of momentum around the product you guys are bringing to market. So that's why we're having you on the show today because people have a lot of questions. I'm sure you guys are excited to start producing a new miner for the Bitcoin mining market. So let's just start there. If we could get an intro for both you guys, like your past backgrounds, what Auradine is doing, and then also on the product. My name is Rajeev Kimani. I am a Silicon Valley technology executive and entrepreneur. I've been in Silicon Valley for 30 plus years. Have been involved in multiple successful startup companies, as well as being a C -level executive in public companies. My background is in computer science and engineering, and then also an MBA from Stanford. And this is my fourth startup that we believe is going to be bigger and better than those other companies before this. Yeah, my name is Barun Kaur. So my last company was Palo Alto Networks. I was in the founding team and did two more startups before that. And I started my career at Motorola after I finished my PhD. Awesome. Thanks for that background. Fortune just did a great piece on you guys for like detailing the company. And it started from the question like, how did this company raise $81 million just like on the background here? And maybe you guys have some disagreements with that, but that aside, I like the ending of the whole fortune piece, which we'll link in the show notes, which is, and you guys are coming into a crowded market and raise a lot of money based on your background, based on the things that you guys have built before and as exited from successfully. So with that being said, let's talk about Auradine, the product that you guys are bringing to market and where you see it fitting into the competition landscape. Yeah, we started Auradine with a big vision and the vision was to build an infrastructure company for the next generation of the web infrastructure. And we believe that blockchain AI and privacy are fundamental building blocks that will really revolutionize how we all work and play. And we think that as we started to look at these spaces, we started with blockchain Bitcoin being the biggest blockchain and the most successful that there is. And then during that process, we connected with marathon. And what we said is, what can we do that's innovative and different than what has existed before us. And prior to us, as you know, what has happened is that Bitcoin mining has gone from CPU's to GPU's to ASICs. And then all of the ASIC providers have moved, have essentially been Chinese companies. And so what we saw was two things. One is that we need to provide a very robust US supplier of this technology, which is very important, especially for US and North American miners in general. So that was a very important aspect. But the second aspect is, was to do something that is much more symbiotic and constructive for the energy ecosystem. And so we have done a lot of innovation in bringing out this product, which is our very first product. It's the first four nanometer ASIC in the world. And we've executed extremely fast when people look at us that literally within from start to getting a product out in the market is not much greater than a year. But we have executed extremely fast on this. As you can imagine, we have an amazing roadmap in front of us. And we have some amazing capabilities in our first product. So we are super excited to bring the Teraflux mining product line to market. Awesome. Yeah. So it's kind of going on that whole line. Tell me a little bit about like the market you guys are building in. I noticed that you guys are building within the US, as opposed to Bitmain and others who are building mostly out of East Asia. Bitmain of course has moved its facilities a lot of times and they're mostly out of Malaysia. But then even like the chips themselves are coming out of Taiwan or in the case of MicroBT, they're coming out of South Korea. Tell me about your guys' supply chain, where you guys get your ASIC parts and how you guys choose to manufacture your whole machine. Yes. So I'll give an overview and Varun can add to it. But essentially, well, first of all, we are a US company. So we are a US incorporated company. Secondarily, the chip design is entirely done in the US. So we are based in Silicon Valley. All of our engineers are based here. So that's a second very important piece of it. So all of the intellectual property, the second. The third thing that we are doing is that we are, in terms of the foundries, we are working with the leading foundries. But what we paid extra attention to is that whatever technology that we use has a manufacturing plant in the United States. Now, turns out the two leading foundries, TSMC and Samsung, both have US manufacturing locations. And we wanted to make sure that those chips could be manufactured in the US. Very, very important aspect for us. And so, you know, even though some of the Chinese companies have moved to other parts, the reality is that the US has restrictions about access to leading edge process technology. There are tariffs. Are those companies bypassing tariffs using certain corporate models or not? Those are questions that are yet to be answered completely. But that's something that we have to do that for the US vendors. Awesome. Yeah. So let's go into the product itself a little bit more. And I like what you noted about like the difference of tariff restrictions. I think the geopolitical issue with ASIC importation itself is an under discussed topic. So from what we're seeing from public numbers right now, it looks like you guys released 22 joules per tariff for this machine with a plus or minus 8%. Curious a little bit more about some of these details. You guys can take this question as you want. Is this on the chip level or the system level? What do you think about that 8 % deviation from the 22 joules per tariff hash? Is that like higher or lower than you're seeing from competitors? And then from there, let's talk about the four nanometer chip that you guys are working on. Yeah. So this is the first product is four nanometers. The specs that we've done are at a system level, not at a chip level, because at the end of the day, customers care about system level specs. And then the plus or minus 8%, what happens is when you're in the leading edge process technology node and you're building the silicon, when you're manufacturing the silicon, there's a deviation in the capabilities of the silicon. And so that is really to capture that. Now, in terms of our competitors, we've seen numbers that are plus or minus five, and actually in other cases, plus or minus 10 % as well. Now we are early in the game. So as we get more and more learnings from building larger quantities of products, we can refine those numbers, make it a little more tighter. We may be able to improve some of these efficiency numbers as well, but we are coming from the point of view of being somewhat conservative. Other vendors before us have tried to be aggressive and then have missed expectations. And we hear that from customers. And so our goal based on our prior track records is to try to see if we can be somewhat conservative and delight people on the upside. So that's our philosophy. Barun, anything? No, I think that's... Great. I don't know if you guys have released these numbers and it'd be curious to see if you have or have not, but hash rate and then power at the wall. Have you guys discussed those publicly yet? Yeah, the hash rates, you know what, the world before our product, which is up till now, is that typically people give you a miner that runs at a certain terahash rate and has a certain efficiency. And what happens is that today, if you want to be able to go up and down, people refer to that as overclock or underclock. That requires either a firmware change or a different firmware, or you have to change the control board, or you have to write software on top of it to turn on and off these systems very kludgy. It's really, I would say it's still in the dark ages, so to speak, relative to the rest of the technology infrastructure. And that's because Bitcoin came from being more of a hobbyist product to the data center scale product. And it has done a bunch of batch work along the way. What we have in our systems is we have built in from the ground up the capability to go up and down in terahash rates, all the way from zero to 185 in our air -cooled systems, in our immersion systems to much higher numbers, some of which we haven't disclosed. And you can do that very fast. And that's super important for people who want to work with energy partners to bring down energy consumption and take advantage of some of those curtailment related economics that we get in a very rapid timeframe. So we have all of those capabilities built into the system. We refer to that as energy tune. It's patented technology. And I think people are going to love it when they see it. So we've done that. But in addition, what we've also done is we've made sure that these systems keep operating at high temperature ranges, which again is critical, as you know, in certain parts of the country, temperatures are getting hotter than they used to be, and miners are shut down for 10, 20, 30 percent of the time. In our case, it will keep running and will keep hashing and keep providing the economics to the miners. Awesome. For the four nanometer part, I want to go back to that. The energy efficiency, there's this general idea that as we go down to the size of the node from eight to seven to six to five to four, it's supposed to become more energy efficient. Tell me a little bit about that and energy efficiencies you guys are capturing within your new model and also how it compares to the market as of now. Yeah. So today, most of the products that are shipping are in five nanometer or older process nodes. To achieve energy efficiency, you do need leading edge process technology. In addition, what you also need is design and architecture to enable that. These Bitcoin mining systems run at very, very low voltages, and to make that work at very low voltages relative to every other product is a complex engineering and technology effort. And so we have both of those things in motion. As I said, we started the company literally a year and a half ago, and we have brought to market a product in record time, matching the best in class that exists in the world today. We have more tricks up our sleeve as we bring additional products to the world at Halfing and beyond. And we believe we are going to be the best in the world, if not within plus or minus a few percent of the best in the world. Both now as well as we go forward. So super confident of that. Right now, as you know, the world is in kind of the 21 plus or minus in terms of deployments. We think it's going to get much better than here. But when we talk to customers, we see there are certain customers that are very sensitive in cost of the miners. Others are more sensitive in the efficiency. But both of them care extremely about the variability and the energy tune features, which we think is going to become a must have requirement going forward. So yeah, let's talk about the auto tune features that you guys have put into this. From my understanding, there's a patent around this. How do you guys look at this technology compared to some of the other technologies that are out there? I mean, there's definitely lots of different firmware options for controlling a miner and controlling its temperature setting. What are you guys sort of doing different when you're building this unit holistically? Yeah, very different. Very different than anything that has been done before. So in the past, typically at a single miner level, you could actually run it at a certain terahash rate or shut down the miner, put it in sleep mode. Then more recently, people have started to put together an eco mode, if you will. That's the state of the art that exists today. And what people have tried to do is solve some of these fundamental problems through putting software level turning on and off of the miners. Not the most efficient way to do it. What we have done it is things that are inside a miner. And so we have these capabilities that are unique, very different than anything else that's been done before, where inside the miner through API calls, the hardware is able to change and adjust the various terahash rates and so forth. And what all you do is you just give all these inputs to the miner, and the miner figures out how to do it and does it, rather than trying to do it in a crudgy fashion outside through some software mechanisms. So that's very different, and that's where we have a patent for the energy tune and autotune capabilities. As you might expect, things like Bitcoin price, energy cost, transaction fees, temperature, all of those are inputs into trying to figure out what is the optimal point for the miner to run. More and more variables are coming into the picture. And to top it off also, autotune has the ability to go to tens of thousands of miners and be able to do an energy tune on each of them at the get -go. And we are trying to get to a point where we can do it in a few seconds so that it is in line with customer requirements where curtailment can happen at that short period of time. Now, there's a distinct difference between... So the autotune is one feature and there's the energy tune is another feature. Now, the energy tune also to couple with what Rajeev mentioned, we are using a machine learning techniques to do dynamic voltage frequency scaling so that each chip can be tuned to get to the optimal joules per terahash. Are you a retail or institutional investor interested in Bitcoin mining companies? The MinerMag brings you free data and analysis from all major NASDAQ listed Bitcoin mining operations to know who stands out. Check out visualized metrics and data dependent stories at theminermag .com. Filecoin's mission is to create decentralized efficient and robust storage infrastructure for humanities information. Join the Filecoin Foundation team October 3rd through 5th for PhilVegas, the first major Filecoin community event in North America in 2023 to explore how to adapt data storage for an AI centric future. Participate in conversations and hear keynotes focused on the importance of data integrity in the world of artificial intelligence. Register to attend and learn more at phil -vegas .io and make sure to use promo code miningpod. Did you know that you can make more money by merge mining other networks? Check out makemoremoneymining .com for information on BIPs 300 and 301, a proposal to bring more revenue to Bitcoin miners through sidechains and merge mining called DriveChains. Increase your mining revenues and learn more about participating in Bitcoin governance by visiting makemoremoneymining .com. Are you a miner who wants to activate Bitcoin improvements? 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A highlight from 1223. $5 Helium Mobile Launch on Solana! INTERVIEW
"All right so today we're gonna dive into maybe some things I think you'll like around mobile and Web3 and you've probably heard us talk a little bit more about Helium Mobile over a variety of different shows. We're gonna break down a little bit more of detail around where Helium Mobile is today. This will be a good one. My name is Paul Baron. Welcome back in a Tech Path. Joining me from Helium Mobile, also Nova Labs, is Rachel Kimberling who is the Product Manager over there. Great to have you. Great to be here. All right so Rachel we've been covering the Helium Mobile project. We've had several of the Helium team on our show in many capacities and all things IoT and all that good stuff. So we're really excited to have you on to talk about mobile in general and some of the key things that you guys are doing. First of all can you give us kind of a update of where Helium Mobile is today? Sure so Helium Mobile just launched to GA launch last week so we're fresh out of beta as of last Tuesday and we are starting our GA off in Miami. So anyone in Miami can join the service. It's only five dollars a month for an unlimited talk text and data plan and then we're All right so Miami kind of a launch city. You've got this rolling out. When you look at just beta users right now on the platform what does that look like in terms of size currently? I don't have any numbers I can provide in like a specific sense but we're pretty happy with the growth right now and then just to clarify we're actually out of beta. So we started beta a couple months ago in early May and ran kind of a closed beta and then it is officially over as of last week so we're welcoming subscribers in for the full featured service and we'll continue to roll out other things but beta technically is final. Very cool. All right so we're showing kind of a coverage map right there as an example. Again for those who are not aware of Helium Mobile talk to us a little bit about how the technology works. I know there's a lot of relationship here obviously with T -Mobile but explain kind of the the interlocking of how this works for mobile and cellular service. Sure I'm just gonna kind of give you a rundown of what Helium Mobile really is offering subscribers overall and then we can kind of dive into the coverage aspect a little bit as well. So it really is a radically new type of carrier and it offers subscribers the ability to earn rewards, has a next -level privacy element and then of course has the ability to connect users to coverage built by people like you. And so that's really where the kind of dynamic coverage aspect of it comes in. The relationship between T -Mobile's nationwide 5G network and the Helium Mobile network as well. All right so I look at this and I think about you know the kind of devices we'll talk about some devices here in a second. Obviously Solana has the saga phone out we've had that you know and broken that down here on the show before. What do you guys see in terms of traditional mobile devices versus kind of the web 3 friendly devices as you know the take up in terms of the network itself? Are you seeing more web 3 focused devices or are you just getting a mix of everything? Definitely a mix of everything. I kind of what you would expect you see you know iPhone users, you see Samsung users, a variety of Android users and then you know saga is kind of included in there. We are running a partnership with Solana Mobile so saga users get 30 days of Helium Mobile service completely free of charge and then of course they'll also be included in that $5 unlimited plan as well. So regardless of whether they're in the Miami County Miami -Dade County area or not then saga users join but we're really excited about the partnership with saga and I mean we just think it's a good thing and I'm sure you'll agree that these different web 3 projects work together. Yeah for sure okay so we're actually our studios are here in in the Miami area so it'll be interesting to kind of see how this this rollout goes for you guys. Additionally when you look at just the carriers and you know there's a variety of carriers everybody is out there kind of has their own thing going and whether you're a T -Mobile customer or you're an AT &T or whatever how does this work with the ability to move outside of the of these mobile of these we'll call them the Helium Mobile markets how does that work with other carriers you might be kind of riding on some other carriers you know system how does that work with you guys? Yeah it actually it works pretty similarly so I would say the big differentiator for us or you look at a lot of other lower cost carriers like Mint Mobile for example they are running on the T -Mobile network and our users also do experience T -Mobile's nationwide 5G network when they're not within range of Helium Mobile network coverage but our goal here really is to grow that coverage so that we can provide a viable lower cost alternative to this market rather than solely relying on one of the three larger networks so really a viable alternative path for more affordable connectivity that's sustainable.
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A highlight from Bill Ottman | Decentralized Social Media | Simply Bitcoin TTO
"What's up everybody. We are back. It's your boy, Opti. We've got another TTO and I think you guys are going to thoroughly enjoy today's episode. This one is going to be wide ranging, but obviously it's going to be a little bit more interesting than the rest of the show, but obviously it will always come back to Bitcoin. And without further ado, let me just bring in our special guest, Bill Altman, CEO, co -founder of Minds. I guess for the people out there that aren't familiar with you, Bill, what do you do? Who are you? Why should people care? I know why I care, but why should people care? Who are you for the people in the back that aren't familiar with your work yet? Yeah, thanks, man. Yeah, my name is Bill. I build technology and write and I'm very interested in freedom of information, free speech, Bitcoin, decentralized social media. That's what I'm focused on. I started a company called Minds to help with that. Love it. Absolutely love it. So I guess at first, decentralized social media, how exactly is Minds, you know, what's the backend on Minds? I know you're using Noster for the people out there that maybe aren't familiar with Minds. What is the difference between, you know, a platform and a protocol here? Yeah, for sure. We are a platform that integrates with different protocols. So the backend, our backend is kind of a hybrid structure where we have like a Noster infrastructure. We have like a web two infrastructure sitting on like Cassandra and the test. And then we also are rolling out activity pub very soon, like within the next month. So there's kind of the Federation, um, stuff. And then there's also, you know, the, um, you know, key signing. I mean, signed events is where everything's going, but the, it's interesting, but when you compare activity pub versus like Noster media, rich media actually flows through activity pub really nicely, like videos and images. One of the issues with Noster right now is that we haven't really solved rich media. So, you know, there's, there's trade -offs between all these different protocols, which happy to talk about. Yeah. By all means. I mean, um, like why, why choose Noster? I was actually surprised to find out how long mines has been around. I didn't realize it's been around for this long. When did you make the jump to Noster? Yeah, man, I'm old now. We've been around like more than 10 years. We, I mean, look, we, as soon as we see novel projects in this space, we like to play around and see what we can come up with. And Noster is very simple. Um, you know, sovereign keys and signed events and these relays and the whole architecture is really, it was really easy to work with really easy, you know, it was great working with Fiat job. We actually contributed a NIP, NIP 26, which is the delegated event signing. Um, NIP, Mark, our CTO wrote that and people are using it for some really cool things and Noster now. And so, you know, we just, because we don't know what the ultimate decentralized protocol is going to be. And it's still even up in the air, if like there's going to be one that really wins out or if there's going to be multiple that coexist, I personally lean towards that there will be multiple that can coexist in different ways, but you know, uh, we even have some internal, some, some good internal debate on, on that as a team, like, you know, who knows, um, blue skies doing interesting stuff. They haven't open source their Federation yet. So it's not decentralized yet. Um, the app protocol. So yeah, I mean, I'm curious your thoughts, what you've noticed so far. Yeah. I mean, I've just used Noster really, and it is very interesting. Well, first and foremost, we are free market maxis. So we love competition and we know go by the party line. That competition makes the, makes everything better for the consumer out there. So we love to see competing platforms. And of course, you know, Fiat Joff, it's a legend in our space creating Noster. Absolutely awesome to see. I've really just lately been jumping on Noster a little more than usual. I have an account, uh, but I use Domus and like, you know, I'm, I'm an iOS maxi, like Apple maxi, you know, they're throwing tomatoes. Don't even say those words together. I know, I know, I know, but Hey, the, the, the, the products that work for me. So this is why I'm on Domus. I, I do get all my friends that give me crap all the time. They're like, dude, get on Android, like get on graphene. Like, what are you doing? I'm like, dude, it just works. Sorry, bro. I'm, uh, here's what you do. Run, just buy an Android, buy a pixel or whatever phone you want to load graphene on and just have it just okay. You have one. It's just, I have like a very shitty Samsung. I need to get like a Google pixel, but I just have like, you know, this is a totally other tangent. We'll get into some of the conversation. It's like, all right, who do I trust more Apple or Google? Like, I feel like it's, it's like, pick your poison. I don't know. You know, I feel like it's pretty clear. I mean, you don't, first of all, neither. Um, however, like, you know, it's, Google clearly contributes way more to open source than this is true. It's like, that just is what it is. Yeah. 100%. Well, let's, uh, let's jump into that last point because I think there's an interesting thread there. First and foremost, you know, more of a philosophical question. Uh, do you think that the world is trending towards more decentralization? Have we, do you think we've seen peak centralization? Because my biggest concern is just people's apathy. Like, I feel like the average person is just apathetic to all this stuff and they really don't care. Like, I know we're, this is like what we're involved in. This is what we love. And I see the world moving towards a more decentralized future, but I don't know if we've seen peak clown road yet. And, and have we seen peak centralization or is this just part of that transition? I, I think we maybe have seen peak, peak centralization. Um, I've never been asked that before and it's weird to think about, I'm not saying it couldn't, there couldn't be some, some kind of tech that brings everyone in and a hyper centralized way and is super devastating. Like that's also, that's happening at the same time that decentralization is happening. So it's kind of both are true, but I would probably bet on the, the, you know, longer term trend to be, you know, decentralization over time. Yeah. I, I, I mean, I see the same thing, but I always feel like I need to check my bias. And obviously as a Bitcoiner, we endorse open source protocols, open source software. And, you know, I look out into the world and the average person just doesn't really care. They're just like, whatever. Like I, like I said, you know, I'm trolling myself by saying I use Apple products knowing that we are an open source angled audience market, but it really just makes me wonder whether the average person even cares. Like I always think of the WhatsApp model, like, you know, give people encryption without them even thinking about it. And so I'm hoping that that is the trend that software goes towards. And again, on that topic, it's like, do you think that open sourcing all software is feasible? Like do you think the average person can care or is it just about giving them that product? So they don't even have to think about the backend. Oh yeah. I mean, ultimately we need to make it so that no one has to think about it and it's just happening by default. But for, for developers, you know, a hundred percent more people should open source and they're like unnecessarily, um, paranoid about releasing their code. Actually, you know, in the, there's a bunch of Bitcoin products that I've like reached out and there's a lot of proprietary Bitcoin projects, which is kind of frustrating to me. Um, even like Coinbase, I mean, like Coinbase strike a lot of like really cool tech, but like, why aren't you, why, why aren't you open? What are you afraid of? It's actually flattering and you can do different types of protective open source licenses when people help build on, on what you do. So I, I think that there's, I remember before we open sourced our whole backend and like that moment of fear, and then you just do it. And it's, to be honest, 99 % of companies are being wet. You know, they're overestimating how much people care about their code. You should be flattered if people want to fork you and build on you. And that's going to help the product long -term and just look at Bitcoin itself. That's why it's working. So, um, yeah, I think more people, I think the open source pilling has to get supercharged. I think more people, I'd like to see more people talking about that. Interesting. All right. Yeah. I mean, most people I think are, you know, as much as they claim their free market maxis, they, they get scared of competition. And, uh, that's like you said, you know, you, you get terrified and, and it might be more of like a hyper -focus where we're all so selfish and self -interested that we're like, my code is so awesome. Someone's going to steal it. And most people, when you release something like, yeah, cool, bro. Don't even care. Exactly. But I mean, on this trend, like how come, how come you are so obsessed with a decentralized information, decentralized social media? Like why is this your life choosing? I mean, I want to make sure to not polarize the situation wherein it's like this whole idea that centralization equals evil decentralization equals good is not quite reality. I mean, it's, I think as a general philosophy, it's like, yes, lean towards decentralization, but like servers are fun and useful, you know, centralized servers and there's cool things you can do on them. Um, there's in fact, more that you can do on them than in decentralized peer to peer systems, which does, it doesn't make centralized better. It definitely doesn't. But the bigger issue with Google and Apple's centralization is the whole framework that it exists in with this, you know, hyper secrecy surveillance, um, censorship complex, you know, within these companies, it's more of like, it's, it's largely a policy problem with the companies. It's okay to have centralized tech, like, but do it in a transparent way and also in a way that's like respecting your customers. So, um, yeah, I just feel like sometimes things get, uh, too kind of diluted with this whole kind of centralization versus decentralization thing. No. Yeah. I love that framing as well because you know, like a lot of people will lean in, especially in the Bitcoin space that like, Oh, just cause it's false, it's better. And it might be, you know, a less superior products, but like there is a spectrum to decentralization and centralization that may or may not be good. And mines, if I'm not mistaken, it's kind of like a hybrid, right? It's using Noster as the decentralized protocol. But of course you guys are a company and there is some centralization there. Like you guys control the platform. For sure. And we just want to give people that portability and, you know, kind of ownership of their, the social graph content and identity. And you know, this problem is not solved even in Noster yet. Like, you know, just the idea that your, your key, your private key is your identity. Like there's not a good solution for like lost keys in Noster right now. And like, that's kind of why, that's what some people are using the delegation system that we brought in, but it's still not like, I think, you know, a lot of Noster people for good reason, get frustrated with the whole DID world decentralized identity and kind of the web standards. Because the bureaucracy is just painful and like the beauty of Noster is that people are just doing it and, you know, not worrying about that. And the code is kind of just speaking for itself, which to be honest, just is refreshing and feels good. But at the same time, like when you talk about, okay, well, what is a sovereign identity system going to be that could interoperate between all of these protocols? Like, could, you know, that, cause that's ultimately kind of what we need so that you can participate in all these protocols. Cause it's like there's a whole community and network over in activity pub, you know, Fediverse world, there's one in Noster there's, um, and there's others. So it'll be interesting to see like where that ends up, to be honest, it's very undefined right now. Yeah. It's still, I mean, I know the internet's been around for a while, but with these new protocols like Noster and even like Bitcoin in general, it feels like it's the wild, wild West of computing right now. And we're still kind of like, everyone's still figuring out how to move forward. What's the best way to do this stuff. And you know, the tinkers like yourself and others are creating the products that we like me, uh, you know, Luddites can use. So, you know, first and foremost, kudos to you, but I want to jump on a topic that you, you touched on and it's, uh, you, you mentioned it in regards to Google about how they, for lack of better terms, disrespect the customers out there. And you know, we are on YouTube and we get a lot of crap because we are slaves to the algorithms. And as much as we say the crazy thing, there is a certain amount of, I wouldn't say self -censoring, but just being mindful of the things you say, because we don't want to nuke our channel. And I know that you understand how dangerous this is and where this is going and what it's done to society. So what's your thoughts on self -centering and you know, the maybe the dangers of the algorithms? I mean, as long as you have a outlet where you actually can say what you really think and publish that somewhere else, uh, you know, then speaking to your audience, whether it's YouTube or Facebook or whoever, like that's, I don't, I don't see any issue with that. It's like you're using the tools that you have to get the word out, but don't rely on it. And I think what a lot of people do is they don't supplement what they're doing with sort of a free speech network where they actually can blast like the real version. Um, but yeah, I mean, ultimately I think people should be doing both because otherwise you are like self -censoring and you're not doing yourself the favor of creating, you know, the content that is sort of the real version, the unfiltered version.
A highlight from 1368: Michael Saylor - Should We Trust BlackRock with Bitcoin?
"In today's show, I'll be breaking down the latest technical analysis as Bitcoin trader reveals important Bitcoin price zone as the bulls hold on to $29 ,300. Also breaking news, Sam Bankman free jailed for tampering with evidence. I'll be breaking down all these recent details just announced as well as the SEC punts on ARK 21 share spot Bitcoin ETF as well as PayPal US dollar stablecoin will have a massive impact on Ethereum. We'll also be discussing one catalyst which can trigger the next upward move for Bitcoin predicts Glassnode co -founders as well as Michael Saylor predicting that BlackRock Citadel Fidelity will send the Bitcoin price to a million dollars per coin. Also Michael Saylor, who was recently interviewed by Natalie Brunel on the Coin Stories pod was asked, should we trust BlackRock with Bitcoin? You'll be surprised to hear what he had to say. We'll be discussing all this plus so much more in today's show. Yo, what's good crypto fam? This is first and foremost a video show. So if you want the full premium experience with video, visit my rumble channel at cryptonewsalerts .net again that's crypto news alerts .net and welcome everyone. Just joining us the pod episode number 1368 I am broadcasting simultaneously right now on YouTube and rumble. Make sure to make some noise in the live chat. Let's kick off today's show with our market watch. We can see many of the cryptos currently correcting back in the red. We got Bitcoin trading at roughly $29 ,300. We have ETH down a quarter of a percent trading at $1 ,842 and checking out coinmarketcap .com. The current crypto market cap sits at $1 .17 trillion with $23 billion in volume in the past 24 hours and checking out the top 100 crypto gainers for the past week. We can see a mix of C, you know, red and green. We have some of the biggest losers including Hex and XDC and GMX with some of the top gainers Shiba and Rune and checking out the crypto greed and fear index. We're currently rated a 51 which is neutral. Yesterday a 53, last week a 54 and last month a 64 in greed. So there you have it. We have Bitcoin facing a new battleground as the bulls and bears fight for control of a sideways market and part of his latest analysis on August 11th, Dan Crypto Trades flagged the key level to reclaim the Bitcoin price support and with Bitcoin price breakouts continually failing both the Bitcoin bulls and bears are caught in a strongly contested range. This is the culmination of various trips above and below the current spot price making the midpoint the level to watch out for next. Now the status quo has recently remained the same since mid -June 28 .5 as fundamental support 31 ,800 as resistance and quoting him here, pretty clear that the 29 .5 to 29 .7 region is an area that is strongly contested by the bulls and the bears. It's an important area to keep watching and an accompanying chart showed Bitcoin nonetheless fighting to return to above that range low with little significant historical support lines between 28 .5 and 29 .5. Now the analyst thus ties in other perspectives from recent weeks. These likewise focusing on 28 .5 or slightly lower as a downside target and focusing on the short term Bitcoin price events fellow trader Sku highlighted just how frantic the mid 29 zone currently is for Bitcoin quoting him here, Bitcoin and now they're puking the bag. Now also continuing Sku described the spot price action on the four hour timeframe as we despite holding above various exponential moving averages as he shows here, tight price compression here, likely a 5 % plus price reaction is coming from here. So there you have it. And now for some breaking news which just came in right before I decided to go live and that Sam Bankman freed his, I guess his, what is it called? His bail was revoked and he was sent to jail for allegedly tampering with evidence. So let's discuss this as there's so much breaking news coming in. Exciting times. So here we have it. Sam Bankman freed jailed for tampering with evidence. United States district judge issued the ruling Friday afternoon on prosecutors request to revoke SPF's bail after they accused him of trying to intimidate a witness and a run up to his trial. Freed was previously serving house arrest in his California home. The freed use of the private VPN while on house arrest was also brought into question. Prosecutors say that freed shared confidential documents belonging to Caroline Ellison with the New York Times. This activity was part of an ongoing media strategy at the ruling judge said that all things considered, I'm going to revoke his bail. Bankman freed who has pleaded not guilty to multiple conspiracy and fraud charges is set to go to trial in October. His case is widely regarded as one of the biggest cases of fraud in US history. You can't make this stuff up, folks. How many of you are actually pretty excited on this news seeing Bankman freed's, you know what I mean, bail be revoked and be sent to jail? Let me know your honest thoughts in the comments below. As more news comes, I'll be sharing it all for you to keep you up to date with what is happening if anything new comes in. And now for our next breaking story of the day, it's the SEC punting the ETF of ARK 21, which is Cathie Wood of ARK Invest. We'll be breaking this down, followed by the latest with PayPal and the stablecoin, all the latest news surrounding that, followed by what's likely Bitcoin's next big move. And we'll also be discussing the one million dollar price prediction from Michael Saylor, as well as Michael Saylor's thoughts on BlackRock. And if he trusts BlackRock with Bitcoin, it's very interesting to hear his response to Natalie Brunel when he was recently asked this question on the Coin Stories pod. And of course, we'll be ending the show with our live Q &A, which we do each and every day. So yeah, now let's break down this next story of the day and shout out to everyone out there in the live chat. Much love, much respect. The US SEC has delayed a decision on approving or disapproving the spot Bitcoin ETF proposed by ARK Invest. And in August 11th notice, the SEC opened the 21 day comment period for the ARK 21 shares Bitcoin ETF to the public following a publication in the Federal Register. The latest delay for the regulator determining whether to approve or disapprove a spot crypto ETF in the United States. Now ARK originally filed to list ETF back in May, giving the SEC a maximum of 240 days, which would be until January of 2024 to reach the final decision. Quoting them here, the regulated market of significant size test does not require that the spot Bitcoin market be regulated in order for the commission to approve this proposal. The precedent makes clear that an underlying market for a spot commodity or currency being a regulated market would actually be an exception to the norm. Now ARK Investment Management is one of the many firms in the US applying to get a spot crypto ETF listed on a regulated exchange. We also have BlackRock, the largest asset management firm in the world, notably sent in its own application back in July. And a number of other firms also amended existing apps to include crypto exchange Coinbase as a surveillance sharing partner following reports that the SEC officials could be more open to accepting an ETF under those conditions. So there you have it. In a previous episode, we discussed, I believe it was Novogratz, predicting that a spot Bitcoin ETF is likely to get approved in the United States within the next four to six months. What are your thoughts? Do you think it's likely to be approved potentially this year or first quarter of next year before the Bitcoin halving scheduled for April of 2024? Let me know your honest thoughts in the comments right down below. And now let's break down our next story of the day and discuss everything with this PayPal stablecoin. Even Charlie Schramm is bullish. He said this can send the Bitcoin price to $250 ,000 a lot sooner than anticipated. But it all could also obviously impact the rest of the crypto market, including Ethereum. Bloomberg Intelligence crypto market analyst Jamie Kautz predicts PayPal's new stablecoin will have a huge impact on Ethereum. Kautz says that there is a massive growth potential for Ethereum, even if just a small percentage of PayPal's existing customer base adopts the stablecoin, which aims to keep a one to one peg to the U .S. dollar and is built upon Ethereum. Quoting him here, the PayPal announcement is not priced in. PayPal has four hundred and thirty five million active accounts versus Ethereum layer one and layer two active addresses at one million. If one percent convert a dollar balance to the PayPal stablecoin, which is P .Y .U .S .D., which would be four point three five million and begin to use it, then the ramifications for the Ethereum ecosystem and ETH, the asset are massive. I mean, numbers don't line as outlined here, you can see the current active users and addresses. Now, Kautz also said that the bullish he is bullish on layer one smart contract platforms after the expansion of layer two projects had less of an adverse impact on ETH's financials than he expected, as he shows here. The dual surprise of faster layer two adoption and less than expected cannibalization of the layer one financials has our confidence in Ethereum's potential to accrue more value than alternative layer ones over the cycle. The analyst says that each sideways price action doesn't tell the full story of all that is going on within the ecosystem, including network developments and increased Ethereum stake and quitting him again, flat price, mass and proven value accretion. Number one, network is back on growth trajectory, driven by growing layer twos and less severe monetary tightening. Number two, mostly deflationary, despite the bear market. And number three, despite cooling activity, ETH stake accelerated up 38 percent in just three months. And according to Kautz, ETH's accumulation is increasing during the stalled crypto market. As outlined here, while activity is down, investors are nonetheless demonstrating aggressive accumulation behavior. The total number of non -zero balance addresses exceeds 100 million, with over 1 .7 million wallets containing at least one ETH. Now, Kautz notices that each network is generating 3x the amount of revenue compared to the fourth quarter of last year, as shared here. Depending upon your framing, the dollar value of the network GDP slash revenue, while down significantly from 2021, has increased 3x from the fourth quarter 2022 low and is now outpacing the price. Layer one generates approximately 6 million in fee revenue per day. Eighty percent is burnt, which is a buyback, and the rest is paid to validators. So there you have it. Are you also bullish on the news of this stable coin coming out by PayPal, considering they have over 400 million active users, which can help usher in massive adoption for crypto, including the King BTC? Let me know your honest thoughts in the comments right down below. And now let's break down our next story of the day. And that's Michael Saylor, actually, before we get to Saylor's million dollar prediction and his thoughts on if he trusts BlackRock with Bitcoin, first, we've got to discuss the latest from Glassnode Analytics with the next big move for Bitcoin. So first, let's break this down. And again, say hello in the live chat. Let me know where you're tuning in from. And if you have any questions at the end of the show, we'll be reading everyone's comments out loud. The co -founders of crypto analytics platform Glassnode are forecasting that one catalyst can kickstart the Bitcoin next rally. Glassnode co -founders Jan and Jan, who share the handle, tell their 55 ,900 X followers that if the relative strength index indicator falls below 37, it can trigger a Bitcoin rally. Send it. The RSI indicator scales from zero to 100. And a reading of below 30 is typically considered bullish, while a reading of over 70 is typically considered to be a bearish sign. And according to Glassnode co -founders, there are potential buyers waiting below and around the 28 ,500 support level as shared here, Bitcoin's potential retest of 28 ,500 bottom indicated by the RSI. The bears are holding sway with RSI between 37 and 50. Sub 37 RSI can trigger a strong reversal and demand shows up between 28 ,500 and 27 ,800. Is this the catalyst for the next upwards move? Let me know your thoughts. Now, turning to alts, the Glassnode co -founders say that unless a surprise catalyst comes up, the alts are only likely to rally after the summer as they struggle amid a dip in the Bitcoin price as shared here. Despite Bitcoin's bullish move past 30 ,000 this week, will it continue? Altcoins struggle except for standouts like Solana. We have TonCoin and Hedera showing gains of 6 to 9 percent overnight. As Bitcoin dips, altcoins will feel the pressure unless the surprise catalyst emerges. We are waiting for that strong push, possibly post summer. So there you have it. Let me know if you agree or disagree with Glassnode analytics and how many of you are currently bullish on the King crypto. Let me know your thoughts in the comments right down below. And when do you think we'll break past the current annual high of 30? What is that, 32 ,000? Let me know. Do you feel it's likely to happen sooner than later, or do you think we could continue some sideways trading action until the end of this year? Let me know your honest thoughts in the comments right down below. Now let's break down our next story of the day. And that's Michael Saylor's one million dollar Bitcoin price prediction as a result of all of these recent ETFs, which can soon be approved by the SEC. Here we go. Michael Saylor actually shared this a few weeks back on the which one was it? The Altcoin Daily podcast. And I transcribed it for you so I can read it for you right here. Here's what Saylor had to say. It looks like a spot ETF will probably get approved. There is massive political pressure to approve one. The circumstances have changed and now there is a way for the SEC to approve it without backtracking on its previous legal and policy guidance. Certainly there has are a lot of Wall Street entities that have a vested interest in seeing this happen. If you're an institution, one way to get Bitcoin exposure is to buy the underlying asset. But there have been challenges with finding the right exchange to buy it on and custody arrangements. So a simpler way to do so simply by the spot ETF. There are trillions of dollars of capital that is required to invest in a security that trades in these compliant forums. And that is understating the obvious. There's tens of trillions of dollars. So there is a lot of capital that can't buy the Bitcoin or self custody of the Bitcoin. They don't want to do charter. Maybe it's against the tax code. Maybe when they raise 10 billion dollars from public investors, they raise it to invest in securities, but not interested in property or commodities. So the spot ETF availability is a major milestone for institutional adoption. The approval of a spot ETF is a major milestone in regulatory clarity, which is tantamount to an endorsement. The engagement of Fidelity, Citadel, Black Rob Schwab, I mean Schwab is synonymous with Wall Street, 100 years of Wall Street. So what you have is Wall Street coming together to offer securities and exchange services and indirectly custody services for mainstream investors. And if we look out about 12 months and if I was saying, what are the key milestones that drive mainstream Bitcoin adoption? Well one of them clearly is a spot ETF. The second is the designation that Bitcoin is an asset class, the recognition of it as a legitimate commodity. It's a big deal. When Jerome Powell says it's not going away, when Gensler and the head of the SEC and CFTC both say it's a digital commodity, digital commodity might not sound like much, but when you go down the next round, like is it a Ponzi scheme or is it a scam or tulip bulbs? The difference between tulip bulbs and digital commodity is a zero versus one. I have said before, and I'll repeat it again, if it's not going to zero, it's going to a million dollars. It is either nothing and if it's nothing, then it's getting scrubbed out and banned. And of course we now know that it's not getting banned. There is no way that Fidelity, Citadel, Black Rob, Charles Schwab, Deutsche Bank, Credit Agricole, Banco Santander, all decide they're interested in this. They are not endorsing a tulip bulb, right? Once you go from zero to one, then the question is, well, it's an asset class and if it's not going away, well, what's it worth? Well it's worth 1 % of the assets in the world. So 1 % drives it up by a factor of 10 to 20. So there you have it. Let me know if you agree or disagree with the Giga Chad and his $1 million price prediction, which I feel is inevitable, especially once that ETF is finally approved as there's literally hundreds of trillions of dollars in the total addressable market, which can start to pour into the King crypto. Now for Michael Saylor's latest from his interview on the podcast with Natalie Brunell when he was asked, do you trust BlackRock with Bitcoin? And Saylor had a very, very intriguing response. So let me break this down for you. Actually transcribed this just this morning and I posted it on crypto Twitter right here and it's already getting a lot of traction. So yeah, when he was asked this question, he responded, Bitcoin fixes everything. And if we think about what that means, we need to be prepared for Bitcoin to infuse everything. The right way to think about it, Bitcoin is going to be a base layer and there's going to be layer twos like lightning to move things fast. And there's going to be layer threes, which is custodial, like the cash app, like Coinbase, like Fidelity, JP Morgan, Bank of America, Apple, Google. There's going to be custodial layer threes and they're going to exist to provide functionality or utility. And there are technical reasons to trust a third party. The best way to think about Bitcoin is Bitcoin offers sovereignty and integrity and empowerment, not just to the individual, but also to the family, the clan, the village, the city, the country, I mean, the county, the state, the province and the country, the company, the institution, the agency, the group, the community organization, every one of these entities all have their own agency and we don't want them to not have access to this. Bitcoin makes your country better, makes your company better, makes your family better, makes your community better, makes your school better, makes you better. Preach is going to make everything better. But there's different types of rappers we need to put it in. So we shouldn't be afraid of those things. Someone said, well, aren't you afraid these big organizations are going to buy Bitcoin and centralize it? I said, it's like asking me if I am afraid that someone in Japan is going to speak English and if that's going to undermine the English language, if Samsung is the biggest company in Korea and they start speaking English and they build support for English into their products, does that corrupt the English language? No, it actually makes it much better. They are going to use it differently. What's the likelihood that Samsung can change the definition of love or change the meaning of 100 different words by adopting it? Not likely. So I think it's a protocol. The protocol is going to infuse everything and we shouldn't be afraid of all the different ways that people choose to integrate, wrap, embed or execute with Bitcoin. There is no one right answer and the marketplace will determine the right mix of integrations of Bitcoin. So there you have it. Very powerful words coming from the GigaChad. Let me know if you agree or disagree. I also get the point of what he is sharing, regardless if we can trust BlackRock or not. This is excellent for mass adoption. And I love that analogy and metaphor he shares with, you know, is Samsung the biggest company in Korea? And they started speaking English. Is that going to undermine the English language? Absolutely not. And the same thing with Bitcoin adoption. So shout out to the GigaChad. Michael Saylor also thinks that the SEC crackdown can boost the Bitcoin dominance to 80 percent. And I'd love to know your thoughts. Do you feel that this cycle, the Bitcoin Dom, can climb to 80 percent? Let me know your honest thoughts in the comments right down below. And don't forget to check out CryptoNewsAlerts .net for the full premium experience with video and to participate in the live Q &A. And I look forward to seeing you on tomorrow's episode. HODL.
A highlight from Episode 115 - Navigate - Optimizing global mapping with blockchain, AI, and crowdsourced data
"What makes me most bullish on Web3 is just having an alternative out there for whoever wants to take it to give them kind of more control over what is theirs and how it is used. Welcome to the Crypto Altruism podcast, the podcast dedicated to elevating the stories of those using Web3 for good. I'm your host Drew Simon from CryptoAltruism .org. Now before we get started, a quick disclaimer. While we may discuss specific Web3 projects or cryptocurrencies on this podcast, please do not take any of this as investment advice and please make sure to do your own research on investment opportunities or any opportunity, including its legality. And now, let's get on to the show. Welcome and thanks so much for joining. Maps, most of us use them on a daily basis, whether it's to find directions to a friend's house, check a transit schedule, or look up nearby restaurants. Global mapping data is also extremely valuable for governments, corporations, and NGOs who may make use of the data to monitor and analyze environmental changes and to inform decision -making. However, map imagery and data are very inconsistent depending on region, and those who are truly responsible for building up the maps, the community members who provide the data behind them, don't get rewarded. Web3, with its ethos of decentralization, can challenge this by facilitating the creation of community -owned, community -benefiting global maps. To dive into this, I'm excited to welcome Ali Hussain, advisor at Navigate, a Web3 organization using blockchain AI and crowdsourcing to optimize global mapping. We discuss how they're using next -generation technologies to improve mapping data, the power of decentralized communities to crowdsource data, using Web3 tools to incentivize community participation, and much more. So without further ado, please join me in welcoming Ali to the Crypto Altruism podcast. All right, Ali, thank you so much for being here today on the Crypto Altruism podcast. So excited to have you today, and thanks for being here. Thank you for having me, Drew. Yeah, my pleasure, my pleasure. Really excited to dive into a really fascinating topic and one that's kind of new to me. I've been covering blockchain and AI for quite a while, and the really amazing opportunities that it brings about with crowdsourcing and a more transparent, open -source internet, but really haven't explored the idea of crowdsourcing map data or anything along that line. So I'm really excited to dive into that. But before we get there, I'd love to hear your story of how you got into this world of Web3 blockchain AI. So to start things off, I was hoping you could tell me what your aha moment was that got you excited about blockchain in the first place. Yeah, absolutely. So it wasn't one particular moment. It was over the course of a few years. Bitcoin came out when I was in college, got done with college, went out to Seattle, was working at Microsoft and enterprise software. And the whole thing was very interesting. The fact there's a real -world use case, you can send money and not have to wait for wire transfers to clear, so on and so forth. But we needed to be a lot more streamlined and this needs to become much easier to use and all of that stuff. That's kind of what's going on in my head. And so I was really into gaming at that time. And that's why I got into computer science. I did my degree in computer science and economics. And I was playing a lot of League of Legends back in the day and captaining the Microsoft team and so on and so forth. So after that, I moved back to Austin and started at this company called Spot Cognition, which was an AI startup then. Now it's a startup no longer. It's a much larger company. And it was during that time that I got into mining, Litecoin and Bitcoin and setting up an Ethereum node and just getting more familiar with the technology. And so I started tracking a lot of different cryptocurrencies. This was back in 2016. And then I think the... And obviously this is during the whole ICO craze. I was there for that. All the depression of 2018. I was there for that as well. And then what really kind of hit home with me was things like Axie, not specifically for the whole play and earn stuff, but the concept around gamification and collectibles and digital assets being your own. I've been a collector ever since I was a kid, whether it's large Lego sets or action figures that you never open up or CDC graded comics. It's just something that is very easy to explain to a collector. And so that really hooked me. And I was like, I definitely see this technology becoming mainstream over the next few years. Gamers, I consider myself one. We're not the most open -minded people. So we have to be led down a path and it takes us time to come to terms with new things. But that was really something that brought me in. This was in late 2020. Before then, I was really focusing on NFTs at all. And that's the same time that the whole Board Ape Yacht Club thing was happening. So I grabbed one, kind of entered that community as a, I'm going to do some research and figure out what's going on. And that was just, I got sucked in and I have been for the last several years. Fair enough. That's the backstory. It's easy to get sucked in, right? You start kind of learning about something, experimenting, and then all of a sudden you're like, a couple of months later you're like, well, I'm fully all in now. What happened? And obviously all this experience led you to where you are now, which is Navigate. I'm so fascinated about this project. So please give listeners a high -level overview of Navigate and your mission, if you don't mind. Absolutely. So the idea behind Navigate is primarily to break it down in a couple of simpler steps. One is satellite imagery doesn't provide a fair coverage of the planet, as you can see. You go to different continents, you go to different cities, and you see very different resolution and update frequencies for satellite imagery. And the other thing is that that to us indicates a very clear lack of data. And having been in the AI space, one of the things that we deal with in the AI space is the cleanliness of data and being able to actually get the right type of data or data in the right format, clean it up in order to be able to apply machine learning on it and get the insights that we want. So this just stuck out as something that was at a lower level, like this data doesn't even exist. It's not like it's being collected poorly. We haven't collected it so far. And so the idea was that in order to do something like this, this is the perfect way to leverage a decentralized community because you can't really say, okay, I'm going to go around the world and the idea has to be that you show people the vision and what you feel is the value of creating something like this and the insights that it will provide. And then say, hey, you know, help me do this. Similar to what Uber did with taxis, right? Like, so, Uber -izing this model of enabling anyone with a phone or a dash cam or a drone to go out, collect imagery that you might be doing anyway, and then say, if you contribute the symmetry and you make a better community -owned, community -built map, you will get rewarded. Because the idea here is not to, and you know, you know about this, all the stigma around Web3 and how cyclical it is, right? Board apes at 500 ,000, oh my God, this is amazing. Now that whatever, 30 ,000, this was all a scam. I knew it from day one. Things are not that simple, right? In new spaces, you see both ends of the spectrum and there's a lot of swinging of the pendulum until things stabilize. So, our objective with something like this was to ground it in reality and to say that, look, the reason we think this is true to the Web3 ethos is because of a lot of stuff that 6529 talks about, for example, decentralization, community ownership, et cetera, not having a single point of failure, so on. But there is incredible need for involvement from folks who are Web2 native. And so, we were thinking about how to do that. And, you know, one of the super simple ways in which you can explain this to people without confusing them with tokens and all of that is that you get these tokens and because the question is, why would I do this? And there are multiple answers to that. One answer is, well, people did it for free for ways that got acquired by Google for a billion. So, I don't know why do people do this, number one. You don't want to go down that route. You can always say, you know, you do it because you get points that you can redeem for gift cards. So, you do this, you go get, you know, Nordstrom Rack gift card. You go get another gift card and you actually are able to get things. I think that messaging doesn't require a leap of faith from a Web2 perspective. So, that's really, you know, kind of the vision and the goal. And as you can imagine, it's a fairly lofty one. And hardest the part of it is two parts. One, obviously building a community that is engaged in it and interested in it. And two, being able to, you know, kind of show the value of something like this when you talk to people initially. Because again, once we have this at scale, you literally will be able to see it. So, there's nothing left to the imagination. But initially, there is something left to the imagination. Yeah, fair enough. Well, that was a great overview. And I, you know, appreciate you sharing that. And I just love this idea of like using Web3 tools like tokens and, you know, building a decentralized community to really kind of like incentivize people to take part in these like public good actions, right? Whether it's creating, you know, gathering map data to improve our mapping or, you know, I've seen examples of there was one project that gave rewarded folks with tokens for picking up plastic from, you know, rivers in the ocean and those sorts of things and returning it to Recycling Center. Like really cool ways to kind of activate the community in a new and different way that, you know, didn't exist before. And, you know, I'm really excited now to kind of hear your thoughts on like, you know, so we have things like Google Maps and Waze, obviously, that have been around for quite some time. I want to hear your thoughts now on, you know, how does this new approach of crowdsourcing map data improve global mapping? You talked a little bit about, you know, some of the quality of the, you know, imagery and the data varies based on, you know, region. I know a lot of it's quite outdated. I also think about things like, you know, you see there's so much extreme weather events that have happened lately. We've seen, you know, whole forests be ravaged by forest fires. We've seen massive flooding create new lakes or droughts, you know, turn lakes into deserts, you know, and this changing topography can be really hard to, I think, stay on top of. So think about that, too. So talk to me about how crowdsourcing map data and putting it, you know, on chain and using Web3 tools to incentivize really will improve global mapping in the coming years. Well, you know, the belief is that with the Navigate Foundation and the platform that's being built to, you know, collect these data sets that we believe, because we haven't seen them before, have never really been collected, is going to enable large enterprises to, you know, get insights that they previously have not been able to. It will enable, you know, infrastructure services for the government to get all of this information. Just to give you, you know, a very recent example, there have been, due to climate change, there are a lot of weather events everywhere now. But recently in Austin, we had, you know, a bunch of storms and lost a ton of trees. And so, you know, like you said, being able to, you know, collect all of that data at more frequent intervals versus when a satellite would do it. Or similarly, when you look at a satellite map, and I'll send you some imagery that we have from Navigate, just so that you can trust. You know, we have some parts in Chicago that you can see on Google Maps. And obviously, it's, you know, green and clear. And you can tell it's during the summer or springtime. But because we are collecting imagery from the same place again and again and again at very short intervals, you can see the same area on Navigate in the so on and so forth. So, you can see different things. You can see things at higher resolutions. You can see stuff like how many cars were parked in a parking lot. With drone imagery, you can, and obviously, drones have become so cheap and the hardware is so good now. You can literally see all of the parking spaces. You can even say, you know, tell whether or not paint is wearing out on the handicap parking spaces, for example. So, little things like that, that when you kind of zoom out a little bit, you'd start looking at satellite imagery that starts to appear after the point more grayscale than color. Those are not even things that we think about, because we haven't gotten them traditionally from the images. What we think about is, I need to go from point A to point B and this map is going to give me, you know, most likely I won't even enable satellite imagery. I'll either have the day view or the night view and it'll just tell me when to turn and I hope I don't miss a turn and I hope, you know, the map is up to date or I've been in the situation multiple times where the turn was so odd on a, you know, small road that I overshoot it and I'm like, where was this? So, think of that example and being able to, you know, you get near that turn and it's like, hey, this is visually what you're looking for. This is where you needed to turn in. So, I'm just kind of giving you a few examples of different, you know, processes that we have in place, like part of our daily lives, things that we all do that could be optimized with something like this. Another example would be, you know, um, depending on dash cam and drone footage, I want to, I'm driving home from work and I want to stop at a grocery store. You know, I might want to stop at the one that's closest to work, but based on imagery that Navigates collected over the last three months, it um, can be used to predict that, oh, the grocery store next to the office, by the way, is usually busier between four to 6 p .m. than the one that's slightly out of the way. So, you can save time if you go there or how long is the line at McDonald's right now getting lunch, all of those things, right? Because they're so consistent. They happen every single day. Um, you can, uh, once you start collecting that data, there are a lot of insights that you can get from it. And the reason that, you know, we believe that it's, it's kind of prime opportunity to do this is because, as I mentioned, you know, uh, my background, Dean's background is an AI. We've been in AI for the last year. I've been in AI for the last eight or 10 years. And now with this whole LLM stuff that's going on with generative, it's come back and do, you know, mainstream discussion. So, there is a lot of AI technology that you can apply on data sets like this to extract information and to provide users with a lot of value add. And so that's why, you know, when we, when we thought of Navigate and when we conceptualized it, it really became this thing of a, not just a web three project that we're doing that has broken, but really a global data platform that can enable all of these different use cases, be it for insurance or construction or city infrastructure, or just, you know, personal, um, errands that you want to run and being able to optimize when you run them. Yeah, definitely. That's fascinating. Right. And I even think about like just monitoring, you know, things like, you know, deforestation or reforestation or, you know, the impacts of, you know, climate change in a community over time, those sorts of things. I think this can really help with that too. So that's absolutely fascinating. And, you know, the idea of like decentralizing it and crowdsourcing it, you know, I think that's one of the greatest, you know, innovation or not innovations, but things that web three enables, right. Is this ability to mobilize communities and on your website, you mentioned how it takes more than a village to create a global map and that each contributor plays a critical role in building a map that benefits everyone. So they deserve to get rewarded for it. And I think this is great because I think for so long, you know, folks have contributed data, they've contributed their time to public goods projects, but haven't gotten any sort of benefit or reward from it. So I understand that what you're doing is we're looking to reward these individuals by providing them with the navigate token, which is a NVG8 token. Tell me more about this process and how it all works. Right. So basically, the way that this works is you can check out the docs on the NVG8 website that highlight the kind of imagery that NVG8 is able to accept. Usually the, you know, kind of the information around it is it has to be a certain resolution minimum. You would want geolocation data on that imagery just so that, you know, we can use it and make it a part of the ever -growing global map, so on and so forth. There is no focus because we're building a software platform. There is no focus on, hey, you have to buy this particular dash cam or you have to get this or you have to get that. There's zero barrier to entry. In fact, one of the things, as I mentioned to you, is that we're, you know, releasing here soon is the ability that if you want to just walk around and capture pictures on your iPhone or Samsung phones, which have stellar cameras now or capture video there, cool, you know, upload those and you can get tokens for it. That's kind of the way that we wanted to approach it because I think that is, you know, we all go places for holidays, we all take pictures of scenery, of, you know, roads, of shops, this, that, and the other. Just being able to, you know, go through your camera roll and say, oh, you know, these are images that I wouldn't mind sharing and selecting that and, you know, uploading would them enable people to like literally monetize something that they already had. So that's a super easy way to get in rather than, you know, jump through these three hoops and wait four weeks for a box to come to you then set that up. And then the other part of it is just kind of making it as, you know, effortless as we can from the dash cam and drone perspective. And obviously those I recognize are higher lifts because obviously with a drone, you need to know how to fly a drone. With the dash cam, it's a lot easier. So those are kind of the three layers in which people can start contributing. Obviously, I think phones are probably the medium that is easiest. And yes, the idea behind that is that you contribute as early contributors. Obviously, they get more tokens. The current reward function, I believe, is up to date. It's on our website. That is something that, you know, to be completely transparent, we will need to tweak as time goes on. But it's a combination of, you know, the area that you capture, what's the population in that area, like how valuable that imagery is. So just, you know, if I go to downtown Austin versus I go, you know, out in the countryside somewhere, the downtown Austin imagery is going to be more valuable and it's going to give you more Navigate tokens. And then, you know, obviously currently this token is just being awarded to contributors and they can hold it. The utility for the token right now is specifically redeeming it in the Navigate marketplace for, you know, real world gift cards that you can redeem the product. Later on, we're looking at, you know, obviously listing the token sometime in the future here. So, you know, people have that choice as well. And like I said, that's something that we felt was very important because we didn't want to, you know, alienate web to audiences into thinking, Oh my God, this is just another crypto thing where, you know, what do I do with this? It's like, yeah, there's a very, very clear like workflow. You upload imagery, you get these tokens, you can either hold them for the future date or you can, you know, use them now to get something that you want. Very common to reward programs out there. So that's kind of the steel thread of the whole thing. Yeah, that's great. I love that. And I love that there's that real world utility of the tokens as well. It's not just something that you kind of sit on for a future maybe time when it might have some value or those sorts of things. It gives them something very valuable. And I like what you mentioned too around like you don't have to have a fancy DSLR camera or drone or, you know, super high quality dash cam. Like you can use things that most people have in their pocket. And, you know, most people will take pictures when they go on, you know, on vacation or a hike or something like that. And just being able to just upload something you're already doing and getting awarded for it is so cool. Very low, you know, barrier to entry, which I think is fascinating. And, you know, I think that so we've talked a little bit about, you know, how decentralization and blockchain plays into this. And, you know, I love to hear about AI as well. But actually, before we get into that, I want to dig into the blockchain piece a bit more. Do you mind sharing a little bit about so what blockchain is actually built on and how does the kind of token where is the token living? Right. So the token was minted on Polygon. And the reason for doing that was, you know, we talked about this, there was no question that we had to be EVM compatible, and we had to be living on Ethereum layer two. The smart contracts that we have are all, you know, functional across, you know, change like Arbitrum, Polygon, any any Ethereum L2, we've kind of been prioritizing Arbitrum and Polygon for now. When you do a redemption on the marketplace, currently the marketplace smart contract executes on on the Polygon side. But again, like I said, that's just a deployment thing. So the tokens were minted on Polygon, you can interact with this either via Arbitrum or Polygon. And those are the two L2s that are currently being used. Very cool. Well, I appreciate you sharing that. It's just so interesting to hear where folks are building. And I think, you know, a lot of folks are building right now on Ethereum layer two is like Polygon and Arbitrum. So that's, that's great. They're doing that. And so blockchain is one component of it. And then of course, is AI, artificial intelligence, there's been so much buzz lately in artificial intelligence around these new language learning models and generative AI, which has just been a fascinating development over the last couple of years. I'd love to hear how AI plays into navigate solution. Absolutely. So you know, the way that and just to back up a little bit, my work at SparkCognition, SparkCognition started back in 2013. It's an industrial AI company. So the solutions that they have, for example, do things like predict failures on oil rigs or generators and wind turbines, you know, very expensive equipment that, obviously, once it fails, costs you a lot of time and money. So being able to take sensor data and derive some insights from that, establish a kind of normal behavior baseline, and then be able to use that to predict whether or not a failure is imminent, and try and predict that failure in advance. This is just one example. And as I mentioned, in order to do that, the last eight years from what I've seen, you need a lot of data. And not only do you need a lot of data, but you also need data that you can consume and process and get certain insights out of. And usually, when you kind of look at the industrial space, you have all of these, you know, massive companies that have had their infrastructure there for such a long time, and you can't be like, hey, let's design a new generator that you use that has all the sensors you have to, you know, you have to do with what you have out there. And you can either add some sensors to it, or it's like, hey, this is the data we have, go and figure it out. With navigate, it kind of turns it turns the thing on its head, right? Because, as I mentioned, we're building a layer of data, or a collection of data sets that have not existed in the past. And so as we build those data sets, for example, you know, I was looking at some imagery from Lahore, which is a city in Pakistan of about 15 million people. And you can go and look at the imagery that you have on like Bing maps. And this is what I was mentioning earlier, I'll send this to you visually, it'll just make a lot more sense. You can look at what you have on Bing maps, versus Google versus, you know, what navigate has captured. And you can literally like the amount of, you know, change from each of those is orders of magnitude. And so in the Bing one, you can barely tell that a few buildings. And in the final one that you look at, you can tell that, you know, three of those buildings have solar panels on them. And each of those solar panels is like a six by six solar panels. And there are six of those can tell how many motorbikes are parked in the roundabout, you can see people who are walking on foot, you can see how many cars are parked, you can even derive, you know, how many of those would be sedans, or SUVs, or vans, or things like that. So that's where the AI component is just like a shoe in, right, you don't, and those are things that, obviously, the industry has been working on for years. And, you know, it used to be very exciting back in 2013, where you're like, Oh, look, I have an object detection, we have object tracking through certain frames, we have, you know, a lot more insights that you can get from visual high definition visual imagery, using artificial intelligence and machine learning models specifically. So combining that and just overlaying something as simple as that just giving you one example on high quality data, which is the thing that we traditionally lack, when we solve AI problems.
A highlight from Crypto and the Major Questions Doctrine
"Welcome back to The Breakdown with me, N .L .W. It's a daily podcast on macro, Bitcoin and the big picture power shifts remaking our world. What's going on, guys? It is Monday, August 7th. And today we are talking about the latest in Coinbase's fight against the SEC. A quick note before we dive in. Sponsorship is back open again on The Breakdown. You've heard over the last few weeks a number of sponsors of the show, and we are currently booking out for the fall and into the beginning of next year. If your company is looking to reach easily the smartest audience in the crypto space, shoot me a DM or send us a note at sponsors at breakdown network. And with that, let's get into this show. Now, this morning, a really significant thing happened. And that is, of course, PayPal's announcement of PiUSD, which is their new stablecoin offering built on Ethereum. Right now, the leading contender for the most important trend of this bear market is TradFi muscling in on the territory that was seeded by crypto native companies behaving badly. And this could obviously be another big example of that. Now, this news just happened after I had already prepared today's show, so we will get all into that tomorrow. But for now, we have some big things from the end of last week to catch up on. On Saturday, CoinFund CEO Jake Brookman tweeted, This might be one of the most important documents ever produced that explains why digital assets are, in general, not securities. The document he was talking about came from Coinbase, and it was a request from that company to dismiss the SEC's case against them. Coinbase chief legal officer Paul Grewal wrote, Today Coinbase filed our brief asking the court to dismiss the SEC's case against us. Our core argument is simple. We do not offer investment contracts as that term has been construed by decades of Supreme Court and other binding precedent. By ignoring that precedent, the SEC has violated due process, abused its discretion and abandoned its own earlier interpretation of the securities laws. By ignoring that precedent, the SEC has trampled the strict boundaries on its basic authority set by Congress. So there is a lot in here. And even in that short thread, you can see that there's really at least two big things going on. The first is an argument about what is or isn't a security, and the second is about where the SEC's authority really begins and ends. So let's take a step back and get into it. Coinbase has officially asked the court to dismiss the SEC's lawsuit against them. On Friday, they filed a motion for judgment on the pleadings, which raised questions about the validity of the lawsuit and indeed whether the SEC even has the jurisdiction to police the crypto space. The Coinbase motion argues along two dimensions. First, they argue that cryptos are not securities. Now, the argument for Coinbase rests on the familiar Howey test analysis, which we've seen across all token cases to date. Howey, you'll remember, identifies investment contracts as a class of security sales which are subject to SEC regulation. And for a sale to be considered an investment contract under Howey, it has to satisfy a number of different elements. It must be an investment of money. That investment of money must be in a common enterprise. There must be the expectation of profit, and specifically the expectation of profit must be derived from the efforts of others. In other words, this isn't something that you are putting work into yourself and expecting to benefit from thusly. In their motion, Coinbase argued that sales of tokens on their platform, quote, do not involve contractual undertakings to deliver future value, reflecting the income, profits or assets of a business. They are commodity sales with the obligations on both sides discharged entirely the moment the digital token is delivered in exchange for payment. Now, of course, they also discussed last month's decision in the Ripple lawsuit. In essence, the judge in that case decided the tokens in and of themselves are not securities, but they are sometimes sold alongside promises from an issuer, which would make those particular sales subject to SEC regulations. Coinbase argued that the facts in Ripple were, quote, substantially identical to those alleged here. Specifically, one of the key decisions in the Ripple case was that anonymous sales of the XRP token through an order book were not considered to be sales of investment contracts. For that reason, they were not found to be under the SEC's jurisdiction. Coinbase are arguing that the 13 tokens named by the SEC in their case are substantially similar to Ripple's XRP and should have the same results from Howie analysis. This would mean, of course, that sales conducted through Coinbase's exchange should not be considered the sale of securities. Coinbase relied on similar arguments to claim that their staking and wallet products were not subject to registration under securities law. They claim that customers are simply using their commodity tokens within software products offered by Coinbase. This would, of course, distinguish these Coinbase products from more traditional asset management services, where profit is derived from the skill of the asset manager. Now, within the whole security discussion, there is one particular analogy that's getting a lot of attention. Austin Campbell tweeted, one of the interesting parts of the SEC interpretation for me is that, if correct, I don't really see a dividing line between crypto and many other activities. Are limited edition Nikes now securities? I think Coinbase lays bare some of the issues well. Now, the specific analogy in the Coinbase argument is actually around baseball. They write, one can invest in a baseball or other trading card company through an instrument that imposes obligations on the company, and that will be a security. Or one can buy baseball cards on the open market, hoping they appreciate in value, and one will have bought a commodity. That remains true even if the company makes representations about plans to create a premier trading card platform to drive up the value of the cards it sells. Those representations can't turn baseball cards into securities. Baseball cards are not shares in the baseball card enterprise. This principle applies equally here. Coinbase goes on, the transactions over Coinbase is platform and prime are not and do not involve contractual undertaking to deliver future value reflecting the income profits or assets of a business. They are commodity sales with the obligations on both sides discharged entirely the moment the digital token is delivered in exchange for payment. The SEC's complaint does not allege otherwise because it does not and cannot plead the required elements of an investment contract. The SEC's Exchange Act claims should be dismissed. Now, still, even with colorful analogies like this, the in many ways more significant part of Coinbase's argument involves the major questions doctrine. And this is something you've heard me reference a number of different times on this show, but let's give a little bit of background. This is a legal doctrine that has been relatively recently developed by the Supreme Court. The major questions doctrine, or MQD, holds that administrative bodies, such as regulators like the SEC, require explicit guidance from Congress when tackling issues which have a major impact on the U .S. economy. It was recently used to strike down the Biden administration's student loan forgiveness program as it exceeded the authority of the White House. More classic cases include subjects like the tobacco industry and emissions reduction within the energy sector. Now, the point of MQD is not that regulators are never allowed to take on new areas of responsibility, but rather that Congress needs to be very specific when expanding a regulator scope. In a way, MQD is a statement about how regulatory legislation should be interpreted. In the original Supreme Court case, Whitman versus American Trucking Association from 2001, Justice Scalia said that Congress, quote, does not alter the fundamental details of a regulatory scheme in vague terms or ancillary provisions. It does not, one might say, hide elephants in mouse holes. For the Coinbase lawsuit, the argument is that Congress did not intend to hide widescale jurisdiction over the crypto industry for the SEC within the Securities Act of 1933. In their brief, Coinbase claimed that, quote, the major questions principle applies directly here. The wholesale regulation of secondary markets for trading digital assets qualifies as extraordinary, and the digital asset industry worth around one trillion dollars is a, quote, significant portion of the American economy. Now, digging a little bit deeper into this from, you know, an actual lawyer, Morrison Cohen's Jason Gottlieb wrote a really good thread about this exact MQD issue. He writes, Coinbase's brief is fantastic. No surprise, given the strong arguments in their favor and great lawyers in -house and outside working on it. One point, though, the major questions doctrine, I think Coinbase actually undersold just how major a question this is. As background, the major questions doctrine is basically that when an agency claims the, quote, power to regulate a significant portion of the American economy that has, quote, vast economic and political significance, it must point to clear congressional authorization for that power. A different district court judge in the same courthouse recently found that the crypto industry, though certainly important, falls far short of being a portion of the American economy bearing vast economic and political significance, unlike, say, energy or tobacco. I think that judge and other folks, even within crypto, vastly underestimate the majorness of this industry. I often see references to it being a, quote, trillion dollar industry, which is basically just the headline market cap of all crypto. Coinbase's brief skillfully lays out the base case. The industry is worth around one trillion, one in five adults in the U .S. is on crypto. Hundreds of millions of people globally use crypto currencies for myriad purposes. But this is an underestimate that one trillion dollars is just the market cap of all the tokens. The value of the industry isn't just the market cap of tokens any more than the value of the smartphone industry is the stock valuation of Apple and Samsung. What about all of the people, the productivity of all the engineers, programmers, designers, lawyers, accountants, auditors, all the IP, the network of companies that don't have tokens but support the ecosystems, the interconnections with companies outside the U .S.? And most of all, our lives are becoming more digital with no clear line between cryptocurrency and other digital assets. So when the SEC says, quote, all tokens are securities, it is aggregating authority not just over crypto, but the entire digital asset economy. The market cap of all crypto tokens may be one trillion dollars, but the value of the digital asset economy is certainly many multiples of that. It is literally the future of the entire economy minus a few necessarily analog portions of analog industries. Coinbase was right and smart not to go into this depth and a motion for judgment on the pleadings. It's not the right legal or procedural place for it. But in future arguments on the major questions doctrine in crypto, let's not understate or undersell the majorness of the questions. If everything is becoming digitized, this fight isn't just about cryptocurrency. It's a much larger battle for the right to your digital life and whether the Securities and Exchange Commission is the proper regulator for the entire digital economy. Spoiler alert, it is not. Now, one of the things that really stands out in this whole engagement is Coinbase not really being super solipsistic in their fight. This is not a document that reads like an exchange fighting for its survival or even just asserting that they are in the right in a particular case. Instead, it's about these much bigger questions about authority and how authority is determined. It's fundamentally about questions of administrative power in America and what the limits on that should be. In many ways, crypto is just serving as the next logical battleground for that legal point. Now, tactically, right from their initial defense filing, legal commentators have suggested that Coinbase may be rushing to get a major questions doctrine decision on the books in a lower court. This would allow Coinbase to take the issue before the Supreme Court ahead of other crypto cases that also might deal with the major questions doctrine, including the Binance and Terraform Labs lawsuits. Some have speculated that Coinbase is concerned that having an MQD fight with those much less favorable lawsuits will be an extreme negative to the industry. In any case, the SEC will have until October 3rd to file a response. And overall, I think that the tweet that best captures the vibe of this weekend was Zcash founder Zuko tweeting, I never knew it could be so fun to read legal filings. Anyways, that is the big one that we wanted to explore today. But real quickly, before we get out of here, just one more from the rumor mill, New York Attorney General Letitia James is reportedly locking horns with Barry Silbert as the digital currency group empire comes under additional scrutiny. According to an article from Bloomberg, the AG's office is conducting a probe into DCG. According to anonymous sources, investigators have requested information from former Genesis executives. Genesis is, of course, the crypto lending arm of DCG, which filed for bankruptcy in January. That bankruptcy stowed controversy when it was revealed that the largest creditor was a group of Gemini customers who had lent out their crypto. Early during bankruptcy proceedings, it was also discovered that DCG had taken out 1 .6 billion in intercompany loans from their subsidiary. At the time, DCG had given the public impression that Genesis losses from the bankruptcy has been extremely acrimonious. The Gemini co -founders, the Winklevoss twins, have publicly called out DCG numerous times for failing to do enough to refinance the loans, along with a whole other slew of accusations. Now, the SEC has already sued both Genesis and Gemini for offering unregistered securities for sale in relation to the lending arrangement, and there had been rumors of a Justice Department probe in January, but nothing appears to have come from that investigation. According to this new Bloomberg report, former Genesis chief risk officer Michael Patchen has already been questioned in the AG's investigation. That investigation is rumored to have taken place over recent months, and according to one anonymous source, the DCG loans are a critical part of the inquiry. Particularly, it seems like the AG is interested in how they were characterized to investors in the market. Of course, DCG CEO Barry Silbert has remained adamant that the loans were, quote, always structured on an arm's length basis and priced at prevailing market interest rates. Following the Bloomberg article, a spokesperson for DCG said the company is assisting regulators and investigators upon request and that, quote, DCG has always conducted its business lawfully and with the highest ethical standards. So, my friends, that is going to do it for today's episode. There is a lot coming up this week. I tease the PayPal stablecoin story, and then there is also a lot of smoke around Huobi, although it may take a few episodes to really understand exactly what's going on there. In any case, it appears that we are not in for that quiet August that so often happens in financial spaces. So, as always, until tomorrow, be safe and take care of each other. Peace.
Monitor Show 16:00 08-06-2023 16:00
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A highlight from Randy Walker with WordPress Updates, Tips and Tricks for 2023 HGG580
"This is the Average Guy Network and you have found Home Gadget Geek Show No. 850 with guest Randy Walker, recorded on August 3, 2023. Here on Home Gadget Geeks, we cover all the favorite tech gadgets that find no meaning to your home. News, reviews, product updates and conversation all for the Average Tech Guy. I'm your host, Jim Kallsen, broadcasting live from the Average studios Guy .TV here in a sweltering, super hot, high humidity. It's the worst part of the summer here in Bellevue, Nebraska. And of course, we post the show with World Class Show. And that's why we have a few out there at theaverageguy .tv. Big thanks to Christian Johnson. He'll, he'll be important again a little bit later in the conversation. But big thanks to Christian, who joined us last week. And if you haven't caught up on that, it's good to catch up with Christian. He's got a lot of great information. Of course, we talked a little bit about Maple Grove Partners as well. Check that out. It's a long show. I know that. But we're just catching up with Christian, and that's, I just go as long as I want when I want to do it that way. So check it out, 875 .79 with Christian. And big thanks to him. Big thanks to our Patreon subscribers as well. If you're finding value with the podcast and you want to get back, you can do it through our Patreon team. Check out the page, theaverageguy .tv slash Patreon. Randy Walker is back. Randy was on, I want to say in the spring, I think, right? Or, somewhere around there, yeah, February, March, maybe? Yeah, spring timeframe. We talked a little bit about bourbons and drinking and some other stuff. But you're a WordPress guy. We're going to talk about, well, first of all, welcome back. Great to have you. Thank you. Glad to be back. Anything new and exciting in between the last time you were here and now? Oh, boy. Not that I can think of. I don't lead the most exciting life usually, but... Any gadgets? Have you picked up any gadgets? Did you take advantage of Prime Day? I didn't get anything for Prime Day. I was, I didn't see anything I wanted, except for, I should have got a solid state drive. One of the Samsung solid state drives were two terabytes for a hundred bucks. Wait till Black Friday. They'll be back. But my, my time machine backup drive died already in the process of dying. So it would have been perfect to switch over to SSD. But I have recently picked up a zoom mic track M2. That is their 32 bit float handheld recorder. Oh, nice. Mic track M2? Now why'd you pick it up? So one of the podcasts I'm involved with, Daily Detroit, I do some field work. So this is good to just have on hand for interviews and things like that out in the field. I think I got a picture of this. Let's bring it up. Official product page two. I think this is it. Is this the right one? That is it. Yeah. Yeah. 200 bucks. It's on sale actually. Which is weird because it just came out. I got it for $150. Oh, nice. Nice. During the, was this during the Prime, seemed like everybody runs sales now during Prime Days. No, I've had this for a couple of months now. Um, they released this back in November, but then pulled it, some reviews were having some issues with EM interference. So they did a recall and relaunched it in March. I think I want to say I picked it up in May for $150. Mostly vocals of that year? Yeah. This is totally for interviews out in the field, sticking like fun in somebody's face and having them tell me about their business or product or yeah. Back and forth on kind of thing. And how's that work? Is it working out pretty well that way? It has worked out pretty well. We recorded an episode out on a soccer field post -match, um, analysis wrap up. Um, just the host and the sports guy passing the microphone back and forth. Yeah. Sounds great. Um, 32 bit flows. You don't have to set levels on it or anything. You just turn it on, push record and you're good to go. And then I'm assuming, uh, it doesn't have a chip or a card that comes with it? Yeah, it takes a micro SD card. Could, could you plug it in and just pull the, pull the data off the mic or do you have to? I believe it also has a USB mode as well, but we were out in the field. I pulled, pulled it out, um, pulled the chip out, stuck it into a SD card reader for my adapter because it's a micro SD card. Stuck it into an adapter, which then I stuck into a little micro SD to lightning adapter into my phone and pulled it off my phone that way, right away. So I got to get it to the, yeah, I just feel like those, that kind of memories, like communion wafers. Yeah, they are quite small. Just waiting for it to fall apart in your hands. And you're like, ah, like, you know, this thing is, I would prefer it plug in, you know, you, you plug it in and plug it in and download it that way. Do you have to interview a guy that's wearing a beanie cap in the middle of the summer that, you know, to be cool on this thing or anybody can do it, right? Anybody can do it. I mean, the picture there, you've got up Ming Chen, he's a pretty cool guy. Yeah, yeah. I hung out with him a few times. The with guy the, with the beanie cap, it always cracks me up that I see, I see some, some cool guys wearing those in the summer. And you're like, OK, I get it. It's fine. Anything, so good, good purchase. And, and would you pick up a second one to have as a backup? It's working well. The only thing I don't like about it is the windscreen that comes with it is horrible. I had some extra clown noses laying around. So I just stuck one of those on top. But yeah, it's a solid device. And as met her needs so far. The picture I'm showing right now is, you know, they got it at a table. It's in between two, two. Does that work pretty well? I mean, we don't often, Dave Jackson and I, you know, we do this Saturday morning show called Ask Podcast Coach. And I'm not a big fan of one mic and two people. But does this, does this work OK? It does have stereo mode. So this, the way it's set up probably works OK. But I definitely, for swapping back and forth, I put it in mono mode for interviewing. Yeah, yeah, yeah. We used to, I used to do a lot of this kind of stuff on the road. Go out and, and, you know, do conferences. I'd set up a, I'd go out and set up a board and two mics and two, two arms and just, it was easier that way. It was also quieter, a little quieter when you had a noisy conference space. We were always in the hallway. We wanted it that way. We wanted people moving around behind the scenes. Yeah, exactly. It gives a little ambiance. I do have the Zoom PodTrak P4 with some tabletop microphones and stands and those things for a more formal sit -down interview. But this definitely is good for a quick stop.
Designing the Intel-based ePIC Blockminer With Jim Seto
"Every so often I hear people come from TSMC or Samsung and come from the chip division, stuff like that. Can you give a general overview of what the last 20 years is? This is a very abstract question. What the relationship has been for some of these people leaving, some of those big brand names in the chip industry and going out and founding new technology companies? Because that seems to be like a big sticking point for anyone who's going to go and design an ASIC product. They need to have a background in one of these big fabs. Yes, absolutely. A relationship really matters. A relationship is built over time. And by definition, a relationship is all about trust and track record. And in the semiconductor space, I always thought it was a small orbit or a small ecosystem, and it is. But coming into the blockchain space, I've also discovered that it's actually similar here too. It's who you know, how well you're connected, and what you can bring to the table. And for us as a company, we want to scale. Besides the innovation, which I already know we had, and frankly, that's the reason I decided to join Epic and to help the team there, was to bring the other equation, which is operational excellence, scale. And with respect to how the foundries have evolved over the two or three decades, there's a whole concept called the fabless semiconductor model, where no one company can actually own the whole solution from bottom to top. So picking your partners really matters. Picking your technology really matters. And if I look at all the inflection points in the other industries that I come from, those who made the right selections and also had the right patients were the ones that prevailed. So I think that will continue in the mobile space and the high -performance compute space. And we're just on the runway now, I think, for some of the blockchain growth that I see out there. Having that as part of our, I'll call it, tool set inside of Epic is going to help us going forward.
The latest in sports
"AP sports I'm David Schuster, it's round two for both the NBA and NHL playoffs and Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. It was game two between New York and Miami and Tom Marion was there. The next show some heart when they needed it most to beat the heat one 11 one O 5 and game two to tie their Eastern Conference semifinal series at a game of peace. The Knicks already down a game where down 6 points of the heat with 7 minutes remaining, but outscored Miami 24 12 the rest of the way, as Jalen Brunson and Josh Hart combined for 20 points down the stretch. Jimmy Butler missed the game for the heat with an injured ankle, but Julius Randle returned from his ankle sprain to score 25 for the Knicks. Brunson let all scores with 30. Meanwhile, out in the Bay Area, Anthony Davis had 30 points at 23 rebounds. The Lakers taking game one against Golden State one 17 one 12. Over in the NHL, it was game one between Florida and Toronto and John leatherbee has the details. Part of her hanky scored the tie breaking and eventual game on a goal in the second period as Florida doubled up Toronto four two at Scotiabank arena for hanky took a breakaway pass beating Ilya Samsung for his third goal of the postseason. Nick cousin Sam Bennett and Brandon montour also scored for the peppers, while Matthew nyes with his first NHL goal and Michael bunting replied for the buns. Charlotte widow for four on the power play at Sergei bobrovsky made 34 stops for the win. Game two is Thursday night. And down in Dallas, Yanni gourde scored the game winner in overtime Seattle prevailing 5 four over the stars, turning the baseball, the Yankee snapped their four game losing streak forward to over Cleveland, Gary Cole, with another good outing. It was a good punch and counter punch and I was glad to be able to get deep enough that, you know, we could use our guys, you know, and leverage if we did indeed get the lead, which we did. In Tampa, the rays improved to 24 and 6 with a four one victory over Pittsburgh. Elsewhere, Ryan monkcastle hit two home runs Baltimore 11 7 over Kansas City, and Connor Wong had two home runs, Boston 7 6 over Toronto and back in pro basketball, Joel embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers named the league's MVP. I'm David Shuster, AP sports.
Panthers top Maple Leafs, take Game 1 of second-round series
"For hegi took a breakaway pass beating Ilya Samsung for his third goal of the postseason. Sam Bennett and Brandon Montreal scored for the packers while Matthew and I with his first NHL goal and Michael bunting replied for the buns. Toronto widow for four on the power play as Sergey borowski made 34 stops for the win.
"samsung" Discussed on SGGQA Podcast – SomeGadgetGuy
"It is a separate mode. So what Samsung is doing is in the normal auto mode, which as we've heard from average consumer influencer reviewers, people don't go digging through menus and settings. So they turn on their camera and they never touch anything that might have a mode or a setting on it. And they only push the shutter button. They might not even tap the screen to focus. That's how dumb average consumers are. According to these influencers, I disagree. I think average consumers are a lot savvier than most techies. So what Samsung is doing is you go to your telephoto and then the AI will just recreate detail on the moon. That didn't really exist. There's no disclosure. There's no conveyance, nothing tells the user that AI just took over your photo. It's all baked into the auto mode to make it look like the Samsung telephoto is doing something amazing. But it's not. So then we go to a vivo and there's a completely separate mode. In the auto mode, there is none of that kind of AI enhancement to detail that does not exist. But you go into supermoon and the very first time it's not doing it now because I've used this phone a whole bunch, but the very first time that you go into supermoon, you get a nag screen. It tells you how
"samsung" Discussed on Android Central Podcast
"I mean, I think it could also be like a cost effective measure, right? Like you want to scale back on something that may not necessarily provide as much of a return on investment by keeping it there. And so maybe they're seeing it as a waste of money by just having it as an option, even if only 4 million people are using something. You know what I mean? Yeah, but I would prefer for them to say that we're getting rid of it because of cost cost cutting measures. Because of the but they're never going to do that. That looks bad for them, right? I mean, they just fired a bunch of people. Yeah, they don't want to look bad, right? They're already exactly just roll it all into one, say it's just all financially our investors said that we have to. I wish I wish it was as easy as that, but I don't think our investors don't like when we do this, then we're not going to do this anymore. Kind of going back to the 23 ultra and not going on a soapbox or anything like that. I have considered actually going to the 23 ultra throwing my iPhone in a drawer seeing how that goes. But I think that if I do that, I'm going to grab a garden one of the garments that I have that I've gotten for review or I have one that I purchased instead of the instead of the pixel watch or the watch 5. Because Norman has challenges I'm not going to challenge you because I don't leave the house except for like one day a week. It's self challenges like trying to hit a certain goal. I try to do that for motivate myself. And I think there are also groups that I don't get it. That's I think the general take issue of these. It seems nonsensical or shooting themselves in the foot. And people are paying. So even if something isn't cost effective, people are paying for that service. Then they should keep it. Pretty sure Samsung health also has an open group thing. I'm looking and there's like a jungle march thing. It sounds so 300,000. Participants, yeah. I don't know what it is. Yeah, and then there's like a spa February challenge with like almost a million people like people participating. Well, it's kind of like it's kind of like peloton, right? Like peloton has those group challenges and monthly challenge or whatever. You know what? Yeah, I think aura does too, I don't know, but yeah, it's just weird that something that other services clearly offer. But so big in this market is just like, nope. Yeah. One last thing like for me, it's not like this is an Android only thing. This isn't just limited to the Android side of the world. It's iOS users have fitbits too, which is part of why they're so popular. It's true. Okay, let's move on to Michael's baby. Which he's been nonstop working on. Okay, so Michael had the wonderful opportunity of reviewing the Sony PSVR two. Yeah, and it is a beautiful device. He gave the device a 4.5 stars out of 5, and he titled it. Worse the high price. So, well, actually, before I give the mic to you, Michael, I'll just say you wrote that the pros were visuals and eye tracking are fantastic. Halo strap gives you a comfortable fit, strong launch lineup of games, tailor for PS5 hardware, convenient pass through button, controls a huge step up on controls are a huge step up on the PSVR one. Your cons are returned to weird VR. Wired, sorry, wired return to iron VR, my bad. No built in speakers, expensive on top of PS5 price. So tell us a little bit about the device. I mean, that does cover a lot of it. Pretty much the thing here is this is a gaming VR headset. And you need the wired, the wired connection to deliver great graphics. The only way that a wireless headset is going to ever match this is the quest has actually a wireless way to connect to your PC, but that requires a $2000 gaming PC, and most people don't actually have that. That's why PC VR is so niche. So PS5 VR makes that more accessible, which is great. It still expensive. And the only other way that a wireless headset could match it is with meta is working on using 5G networks for cloud gaming. And we're seeing a huge rise in cloud stuff, but who knows if it'll ever actually be consistent enough that people can really take advantage of it for VR because VR is incredibly demanding graphically. So right now, this is the best way to get really immersive VR. The problem is the wire and why, why did they return to wired VR headsets? That seems so backwards. Well, because if with a quest to your graphics, the difference is on the quest, one of the most popular games is Resident Evil four. And it's really fun, but it looks like a PS two game. The PS5 VR headset, you can play Resident Evil Village, which is one of the most graphically amazing horror games ever, and have no dropdown in graphics. That's the difference. It's three generations of graphics better. But you have to accept the wire. And some people can't do that and some people will happily do it. So it's just a matter of preference. It's great for fitness and for me. Tell me about that wire lens though. Is it really long enough that you can sit comfortably or stand comfortably from your console? Oh yeah, it's 14 feet long. It's gonna be dripping, drooping on the floor, unless you're 14 feet away from your living room TV for some reason. So you can comfortably beat saber yeah, the only thing is I found the best way to do it is literally to face away from the television because the wire goes behind you and if you turn left or right, it's not really gonna get underfoot. You can swipe and jab and weave. The thing is you can't really walk around and do true room scale without the wire getting in the way. And that's where the quest is better. It's just you can, as long as you have a big space, I don't, 'cause I live in California and real estate is expensive here. But if you're living somewhere where you can actually afford a big space for VR, the quest might be better because you can just step around and really go nuts in a virtual world. For me, wired is less of a big deal because I already can't move anyway and mostly just standing still. That's interesting. I don't know how I feel about this wire. I don't know. I mean, I get it. It would make your graphics a lot better. But yeah, okay, tell us about the games and the way that PlayStation
"samsung" Discussed on Android Central Podcast
"True. Right. I mean, for me, I do think 50 MP has been the standard for years and Samsung in every other company is refined it. I think 200 MPs going to become the new Android standard for a lot of phones, and you can assume that it'll improve over time, and there is the effective pixel binning for low light photos and everything else is pretty substantial. And I do think you can hope that improves, but genuinely, when I asked the Samsung SVP of camera stuff about shutter leg, he insisted that Samsung phones don't have shutter lag. And he talked about the cameras. But just the fact that that is their response makes me wonder if they're ever going to prioritize fixing it because they are just saying, no, there's no problem there. There's no problem with action photos. I'm not sure where that comes from. But pride. Yeah, I mean, it prides your, but, you know, I guess the point is there's no point waiting for the S 24 assuming that it'll do better in that area either. If you like Samsung phones, the a gen two does seem to be the best chip that snapped that Qualcomm has made in years, performance is great battery is great. So why not get it? And just hope that the 200 MP improves with software updates over time. That would be my assumption. There's no point in waiting. It's kind of funny that the SVP at Samsung set of camera stuff says that there's no shutter lag. If there was no shutter lag, then why would you put options inside the camera assistant? only difference is it's the difference between pressing, you take the photo when your finger comes off the photo button, whereas with camera, it's just going to take the photo as soon as you press the button. That's the only difference. There's no lag otherwise. So yeah, I don't know. It's also weird that that hasn't been the default. Well, the extra time does give you better processing. I haven't used like an iPhone, but I feel like that happens with a knife on as soon as you press it, it takes the photo. Am I correct? Yeah, it does. It does, unless you're shooting in raw, I mean, it takes it immediately anyways unless you're shooting and pro raw, and then it does process for a minute. Or even, yeah, when you're doing night mode, or whatever, it'll take a second to process it, but it's pretty cool. Yeah, it's pretty instant, yeah. Also, I just love that we're calling him the SVP of camera stuff. I'm forgetting, let me look up his name. I'm feeling bad now. It sounds like he's moving to this. They're gonna be like, okay. So one more thing I wanted to touch on that. My plan to tinker with this weekend is I found a working modded version of the pixel cam. It's called gcam, and I'm going to try and do some side by side comparison stuff similar to what Nick did, probably not as in depth because he's a madman. But just to see, because there are some differences between using and I got to install set up yesterday and there are some differences off the bat that you can notice or that you notice with the way that the cameras work. So I'm interested to see how the actual results stack up because there would be like, hey, yeah, Samsung's app school, but you should do this instead. Yeah, I know that would be definitely interesting. And I look forward to hearing that. Samsung's camera R&D head. There we go. There you go. There you go. R&D of camera stuff. Yes. Definitely. I want to go onto another topic, but it's sort of goes hand in hand with the ultra phone, which is the launch of one UI 5.1. Is that did I get 5.1? Derek, you basically wrote a fantastic sort of large news slash editorial piece called what's new in one UI, 5.1, which is considered Samsung's big feature update, which is finally here. And yeah, I mean, it's a massive article. There's so much going on. So why don't you break it down for us, tell us what were some of the new things? And to know, obviously, one UI file I don't know if I said this earlier. It launched alongside the Galaxy S 23 ultra. But this update isn't exclusive to the phone. I just want to make that very clear. Yeah, and by the time most of the ultra devices came out, many Samsung phones will have already begun to receive the update. But yeah, anyways, sorry, continue, Derek. Well, yeah, like you said, when you Wi-Fi was launched with the Galaxy S 23 series, it's kind of like, you know, with pixels, they have the feature drops, like every quarter, but usually Samsung will have a .1 update when their new flagships come out with what's in your features, and then they roll them out to their other phones. When UI 5.1 brings a ton of stuff, it's kind of like a bunch of small things, but they all kind of add up to just big feature drop. Anyhow, there's some interesting stuff like there's the Bixby text call, which is essentially like a pixel, what is it call screen? Where it'll answer the phone for you. And. You can use that to see via text, like how the conversation is going and. You can respond with pre written responses or I think one difference with Bixby text call is that you could actually type out your responses, I think that's a pretty, I haven't used a feature myself, but I think it's pretty cool. Because I don't always like to talk on the phone. And so this can kind of help with that anxiety, I guess. Why don't you like to talk on the phone? But I don't really use Bixby, so at the same time, I don't think I'll be using it. Fair enough. But Nick seems to like it. I mean, there's just like a bunch of features like just like Samsung, I think Samsung notes. Google Meet are like collaborating, there's oh gosh. Changes to the gallery app apparently. Yeah, oh yeah, yeah, like if you just swiping up from a photo, you get like kind of pretty much all the information about the photo. Similar to with a pixel. Kind of like an iPhone as well. Oh, I did not know that. Yeah. With there was a feature in the Samsung gallery app called where you can remaster a photo, so it kind of ups the resolution makes it clearer. That's been improved. I guess Samsung brought in some of the ability, like some of the abilities from the object eraser, like removing shadows and removing reflections. I think that they integrated that into the photo remaster feature where they've also given you the ability to remaster gifts, which I mean, I'm a big gift user, so some gifts are pretty low quality, but to be able to remaster them and make them look better. I love this feature. And I imagine I'll be using it a lot. But
Nylander scores in overtime as Maple Leafs beat Wild 2-1
"William nylander's goal amended 5 into overtime allowed Toronto to regiment a solid two one at Scotiabank arena. The lander worked the pocket of the corner, beat a defender, then my glove saw it on wild netminder Phil Gustafson for his team leading 33rd marker of the season. These are the kind of games that are going to be coming down the line here. So when these kind of games and I mean it's more like playoff hockey. So it's good for us. Brenda do haim made it one nothing Minnesota in the first before David camp tied it for the buds late in the period. Ilya Samsung made 24 stops as the leaps get sent for a four game road trip starting Sunday in Seattle. John leathery to run
"samsung" Discussed on TuneInPOC
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"samsung" Discussed on Home Gadget Geeks
"Well, no, but I don't want it. It's crazy thing is I don't want to do it. I've thought about it. I probably don't want to be working in that room. For a lot of us work happens not in the areas where cooking and dining and hanging out happens. Watching movies. Those kinds of things. I don't know. That just doesn't seem part of it is maybe I haven't had a big enough high enough resolution TV. I mean, I'm really still, I don't even have a four K TV. You don't have a four K? They do not know. Jim. Okay, listen, I've only watched about four movies a year on the TV that I have. So I don't like my wife, what she's watching, it's good enough. Yeah. And I'm down here. I'd rather spend money on monitors. Right. Because this is to be honest, this is where I watch movies. You know? Okay. So so not having a four K TV at this point, it's fine. But I would so going that big with that poor resolution would be really bad. Yes. Not worth it. But if you're going to ever upgrade, it might be a game changer for you. Yeah, no, for sure, and we're going to be doing some actually some renovation like old school renovation. You guys have been doing down in that area. And so it starts with more construction type stuff. I got to replace some windows and do some painting and put some new stuff in and some wiring to kind of support what we're doing, but eventually it'll come around to the entertainment center. So maybe there's took me four years to get my Samsung from TV on my wall. So work that they'll work the way I've got some. I know you gotta go, but let me ask you one quick question before you do that. What do you all these things that are going on CES? What are you looking forward to the most actually becoming a reality in 2022? Anything that you're really excited about that you saw? I'm really excited unnaturally excited probably, but robot vacuums. I said it earlier. I kind of thought they were a bit of a gimmick and probably not worth getting at one point. And having had a bunch and tried almost every major brand out now. I think they're really cool. So I'm looking forward to trying out some of these new self cleaning self refilling and particularly the scrubbing mop that I was looking at today. So I'm excited about that. There's new smart faucets coming out that have not just voice control, but gesture control. So you can actually, you know, I'm not quite sure how this works, but like wave your hand in a certain way and it'll know whether to put out hot cold or warm water water. That's like danger. I talk with my hands. Too. Stop turn it on. And it's been in more time than ever in the kitchen. It's been in way more time in the kitchen than I ever have because I'm cooking so much.
"samsung" Discussed on Anything But Idle
"Google should be able to do but he's not doing currently there's there's no question that there's a much tighter integration between their products Samsung is his continued to progress down that path and i think we will still continue to see that even more and more the other thing that i find interesting though is again we were starting to get a lot of. I won't say partnership overlaps and this wasn't a samsung thing but google win in deep on the fact that they have snapchat partnership But there was a google samsung ad. I saw over the weekend. And i'm like that's interesting. They're getting ready to launch google phones but yet they've got this big ad about how google and samsung worked together on samsung devices. So a lot of copetition for lack of a better name. That's going on within the industry and we've been at peak device for the longest time. And i have this kind of feeling that maybe we've taken a step over that line. The foldable devices have kind of pushed us forward a little bit. Further the bespoke prod or production. The integrated verticals are really starting to say okay. Where is the next step on this stuff. Right and it's i mean unfortunately it's virtual reality. It's augmented reality. Virtual reality it's basically buying things in the virtual world because that's unlimited and And so they can get more access to people so really the ultimate point for all of these. Oem's is to work with the platform partners. Which is why google really. They try as hard as possible not to have an ecosystem other than their software and services because they don't want to be perceived as competing with any of their major. Oem's who they need. They need those people to be embracing andrew to be embracing a chrome os and to be making sure that they're building for those. Where os at making and building for those platforms. So they wanna make sure that they don't they don't rock that boat they don't ever want pixel to be too successful right because then if they're too successful there are challenger to samsung but if they're just successful enough to say no we're showcasing what pixel can do What android can do with google services..
"samsung" Discussed on Anything But Idle
"They actually had this. Almost quarter moon shape at the top. So you really wanna get the samsung bands if you want to carry forward that aesthetic but that said there also releasing four new watch faces right away that have different health. Configurations and things like that Beyond that i don't know if they announced anything else. That was coming out. But i know they have been doing several updates as of late. Yes so the features are the info brick watch face which basically together heart rate n Stress to daily activity status. And then you can also have a basic dashboard which is just basically a bunch of numbers battery life. Date other kinds of things like that steps. You've taken there's a weather center and there's also a live wallpaper which you can change among various different kind of moving things. It's a into what. I what i have on the pixel which you kind of have this like wallpaper. That's kind of moving in morphing as you moved the phone around which is really nice revenue. Is it went really nice on showing customization show the possibility so i. I'm very curious to see specifically around the watch faces because watch faces have such an impact on the battery life on the devices. The first three watch faces. They're releasing pretty standard. They shouldn't have much of an impact that live wallpaper. One i can only imagine is going to be a battery suck so i'll be. I'll be curious just to see if anybody really use. Samsung has a slew of watch faces that come along with devices that i don't know of anybody that uses them. I mean they're just they're kind of like they're watch faces on. These devices are really third. Party types of things you get applications like face and that sort where vendor developers are creating new watch faces a slew of them. It's kind of funny. Because i actually subscribe to face her their premium account so i can have unlimited watch faces and i will literally change. My watch faces a couple times during the course of a day just because of my short attention span. That's one of the nice flexibilities of this kind of thing. And i understand what samsung's doing with these these faces and they have that standard approach..
"samsung" Discussed on Anything But Idle
"Recently smith granola. And we're your hosts for anything but idle this episode eighty six and we are coming to you to talk about a productivity technology event. That is the technology of improper Which is that the samsung galaxy unpacked event. The two of that event the october twenty twenty one event happened and so to do that Have that discussion that commentary. We have invited onto. The show are galax of course and so. Our galaxy is a productivity in collaboration consultant. He's a blogger at the idea. Pump dot com and he's the host of the being productive podcast co host. The cross platform podcast with out. And of course he joins us on productivity cast each week. Welcome to anything but idle art. I'm telling you. It sounds like i need to step up and actually do some work. So because at that. Litany i just sound like a slacker. I mean seriously well. It's great for having yes of course great to have you on the show to talk about this samsung galaxy unpacked part two and so a brief event but notwithstanding they announced a few things it was it was like a mini event. Yeah exactly so so. Let's get into kind of the primary thing they they announced was the samsung galaxy z. Flip three the bespoke edition A favorite word of mine Bespoke And so tell us a little bit about what you thought about the bespoke addition of the z. Flip three it. The whole package of the event was all about personalization. Not only was the flip three talked about for bespoke dig into that but also the galaxy watch has a bespoke option now and what that really is talking about is. This is samsung's unveiling of their customs. Supply chain manufacturing on the fly for lack of a better term and if we focus on the z. Three flip The z. flip three. I'll always get that wrong. What you can literally do is go into the samsung site and choose the color configurations that you want for the device. Do you want a black. You want to grade. You want a yellow. Do you want to be a color. I forget the exact color combinations they have but you can pick and choose them and then they will build the device to your spec for that. It doesn't change the internals. You don't get to choose a better camera or a bigger battery. It's all about the look of the device.
GoPro Unveils the Hero10 Black
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The Apple Watch Series 7 Is Here
"Joining us is our resident wearable guru scott stein. Welcome scott. hey thanks router so. The apple watch com got buried underneath the attached for the new iphone thirteen. And that's natural. Most folks are going to gravitate towards the phone. But it's notable because it actually got a redesign. How is the series. Seven different from previous innovations. Well it's weird because all the rumors have been pointing towards something really big in terms of the design. And what we got was not a big redesign. It looks mainly got a larger screen. Which happened with the series four. So it's another bump up in reducing the basil's it curves a little around the edges which is interesting for apple because they don't really play with that much but we've seen things like that and other devices otherwise it looks exactly the same and then all the claims after that are about things like durability in faster charging what were your initial impressions It doesn't seem like you were that impressed. No i totally was not impressed. I was pretty letdown for me. It's that it looks like apple. Knows they have a successful product and they are kind of sitting a little still with it and to. I miss the days. When wearables experimented more. I think that the landscape right now is is looking at a lot of new Health tech and sensors samsung's galaxy watch for the pit sense. Admittedly a lot of these may fall flat. And you know they're weird body analysis. I don't need that The stress sensor. But i also think apple's behind on things like sleeps sleep tracking Being able to maybe pull more with the optical heart rate sensor temperature which could be used potentially for competitors do things like wellness readings and readiness scores. So yeah let down
"samsung" Discussed on Hands-On Tech
"The thing i do a lot so so that's good. I have i have had this connected to my pixel that primarily. That's that's what. I'm really connecting the watch to and i've had more than a few occasions where i'm on a phone. Call with someone with bluetooth ear buds and somewhere halfway into the call The phone after suddenly switches to the watch and away from my buds. And i can't get it to switch back. I don't know what where the fault lies there. But it's annoying nonetheless when it happens but Yeah i really liked the watch for classic. I have to say they've they've done a really good job of it. And that's that's probably the device that i've used the most out of the three of these primarily. Because i can just throw it on my wrist and use it throughout. Yes zoeller more passive. It is a little bit more passive. I hate to say so old age. So let me ask you. Have you use the combination of the watch and either the foles in a kind of like this is a day in the life kind of mode like could you see yourself subscribing to the samsung ecosystem with with with one of those old ables and the watch. I probably should have done that So i have not. I mean what i know about. The watch is that mostly from my understanding. Most of the feature set is really is is you know works with my pixel. There's certain things that it's not going to tie into their certain health things. I can't remember the feature off the top of my head but there's one specific health thing that requires the samsung phone With the app installed the samsung health app in order for that feature to work That's those aren't features that i'm using regularly so that doesn't really bother me that much Yes you're locked into bixby here. So i just don't use that now do you can't do assistant within. That's a really big downside and definitely worth worth mentioning. Thank you a robot. It's the e. k. g. functionality. That's limited to a samsung phone So you're locked into big spe- you're locked in a samsung pay. And so these are two things that i'm i'm pretty certain at some point samsung's going to push out an update and be like okay. Fine that's what they've done in the past when they've locked you into using their thing like a samsung pay or bixby on on phones in the past and primarily in like programming a button a hardware button as a shortcut for these things initially. They were tied to their services and then eventually they open them up. And i'm sure that they're going to do that with the watch at some point and i look forward to. Because it's kind of a bummer. Not having that. But but it hasn't been the at an end of story as far as i'm concerned. So but but that is the samsung hardware showcase showdown no ads..
"samsung" Discussed on All About Android
"With a certain thing that they can then put a filter through it to kind of bring it back to its to normalcy. That's just a total guess. But but i mean all things considered i think that's pretty usable like if i took a front facing camera image a picture With another front facing camera and got that image. I'd be. I'd be pretty happy with it. I'm not seeing anything that's making me go. Wow that's that's garbage you know so. That's good too bad not too bad those z. Z. fall three gets a thumbs up or i mean on a technical level like tech as far as the technology is concerned. I mean it's pretty awesome. They've really come very far. With the z fold three With z fold series from the very first one which kind of started as a disaster so technologically speaking. I think it's a win. I think that a phone. That's eighteen hundred dollars just that that doesn't work like that just doesn't fly in my opinion you. The only person that's buying this phone is someone who really is like totally geeked out on the foldable thing like no normal person. Walking into the store we like. I just wanna buy a smartphone. Oh eighteen hundred dollars. Yes sign me. As i don't know maybe that's not the goal. I'm sure samsung would love for these things to be flying off the shelves. And i'm not even saying that they're not. I'm just saying this is going to appeal to very specific person I feel personally. That eighteen dollars is still just too high for these devices. I i wouldn't pay nineteen hundred dollars that personally. But i don't blame him. Yeah yeah and then. Finally we've got the galaxy watch for classic. Isn't it a classic looking watch. It actually say. I really like the design on this watch. I've been really enjoying wearing it here. I do a little bit. Make that nicer. Nice and tighter. I went with the four classic forty two millimeters so there is a larger size of the largest sizes like forty four millimeter or forty six million or. I can't remember off the top of my head. But i won't with forty four millimeter thinking you know. Normally i get these watches in gigantic on my wrist. So i'm going to take the step down and take the chance that it actually looks normal and it totally looks normal. Like i like actually look forward to putting this watch on. It's probably the first smartwatch that i've That i've used and received that. I actually like want to wear doesn't feel you know it does. It doesn't feel like it's made from technology company that you know does does the same kind of watch that we've seen a million times it has style to it and i really liked the the white band the stainless steel frame I'm happy i went with this one. I comes with a wireless charger. This one in particular does not support lt but You know it does all the fun things That samsung Has added in. Its watch series. It has the rotating all which is what you see here..
"samsung" Discussed on Anything But Idle
"It's sizing. It looks really sleek it. Looks like houses inside your ears. That's one thing. I do like about the pixel buds to is that they fit into your ears and they are. They are basically streamlined. You know they go right into your ears and there's no worry about something touching Your ears and then falling out So i really like them and i. They're probably going to be my next headphones. If that active noise cancellation is really going to be for safety purposes. I don't wanna be on my bike or you know running and not be able to hear sound around me. so yeah. that's that's a big deal in my book. And then like i said that's the reason why i got the bone to conducting ones because it does provide you that accessibility. There was one thing. Just to backtrack a little bit about the fold. And i believe it's the flip to. I'm not sure that we didn't talk about. There's no charger in the buckner. shipping them. Without the chargers. This is the same thing is taken away. The headphone jack people. Okay i get it this this me up on a short soapbox i get it. I understand we're supposed to have. It's a twenty five watt charger. How many people have twenty five watch chargers laying around at home. That's where i get the hang up with this. It's not like it's a one amp charger. This is a heavy duty one and you have to buy it now. Here's the flip around. And i'll and i'll this is the funny part if you preorder. They will give you a charger. They will give you a cable and they'll give you. I think it's i think they give you your buds to as part of the preorder package. So they're like if you order early. We'll give you a charger. But if you order regular time you gotta get the charger on your own. I get it. I get it. But it doesn't mean like they wanna make those they wanna make those pre sales you know they wanna make they wanna make their You know the the sales for marketing purposes useable so they they want the statistics ago. You were to say. Say after all the noise. They may after apple removed. They're really samson really. I think this is question. The industry is making He's fine except that ju- came accompany and make such a noise that we will never do that to people. And will here. You are well. Let's see here's here's where. I think it's a bad decision. Then because immediately what i do is i go out and i buy sixty three watch charger with dual dual usb ports on something that samsung does not offer a product. So not only. Are they quote saving a little money. But they're not making the ceo of the device that they want me to buy any. 'cause i'm gonna buy something better than that for roughly. The same prices would come out the door so i don't think they're gaining anything. I don't think they're helping themselves in any way. Aside from the whole you know. Were keeping down the quantity. This like i said how many people got twenty. Five watt chargers laying around. So i i don't and to me. It's a little burr under the saddle back to the buds to though They become in four colors..
"samsung" Discussed on Anything But Idle
"They have come from being. We don't know to really be an incredible health companion. And i think this bush will push both you know as tight goes up. Every boat in the in the ocean will go up as samson gets pushing and pushing and pushing apple will need to push an. I think that's exciting. Because honestly the last release okay but nothing really magical because there is no need for something magical because there is no other watching the market on now. So i am excited about it. The other thing that i think will will drive this is. I'm praying that. Samsung and google finally merge or make much more compatible. Samsung health and google fit getting data between the two sharing the data and working with the applications has always been a painful process. I'm hoping this gets us over that hurdle and they worked to common ground with that we can really start to reap the benefits of it. There was a lot of applications. They showed in the product logo shots as to. What's going to be available for. It and a lot of those applications are ones that i use or have wanted to use and not been thrilled about their implementation on the watch. So i'm hoping to see that that improved so watch to me. I'd give him an a minus right now and so. That's the bio electrical impotence analysis He didn't get into analysis. What you're talking about in terms of and that's been a good amount of time kind of explaining it and why it was important and that kind of thing. And i really liked the group challenge and i didn't notice did. The group challenge require everybody in the to have. Don't know okay okay. Samsung watch because that was my thing. I was like it. That would be great. I would love to do that with my you. Know there's a litter of us So thorough i've a lot of siblings and so it would be great to be able to. You know i. I want to encourage them. I you know. There's nothing nothing that i wanna do in terms of of You know Being negative towards them about their health. I want to just you know just improve and and provide positive reinforcement And i would love to do something like a group challenge with the family but if everybody has to have samsung devices than it's going to have what we may see though and this is a cross platform type thing. We may see developers right apps that are easier to right now because of wairoa s and the google support for the development side and also write it on the apple side for the apple. Watch that can communicate across in the cloud so then theoretically you could do those kind of together competitive things something like a map. My run type of application. That would work much better on disapproved android platform work with the apple. One and then you could coordinate together I don't think we're far from that. I think developers will be very behooved to do that. Because that's where they'll see the maximum return on their development investment. Yeah and does to your point about the The the what was it. I lost my train of thought you were talking about earlier. It'll come back to me as soon as the recording. So all right. So i rarely have a point so No there was something on the tip of my tongue there and it just it just lost it so final thoughts regarding the galaxy watch four and anything else. They're like i said. I'm going to hold my judgement until September second after..
"samsung" Discussed on Daily Tech News Show
"Seven hundred is a very small percentage. But it's it's a number of people and they deserve to have an option that doesn't irritate their face fully with that. What i'm not sure about is saying and will replace all future sales with the silicone. Insert because i feel like now. You're just gonna have to send the foam one to the people with the silicone. Allergies are some some other option like providing an option for the small percentage of people that have the allergies. Good idea replacing it. With something else that is a known allergen causing does. That doesn't make sense to me. I guess yeah. Samsung has an event scheduled for august eleventh. But unlike the nothing company They haven't actually gone out doing interviews leaking themselves. What's going to happen. We just have leaks from blogs to guess what they will announce looks like a galaxy. Full three galaxy z. Flip three couple of galaxy. Smartwatch is buds too but samsung did a blog post samsung mobile president. Tm co made some official statements. And here's what he said. New foldable devices will have enhanced durability all right not a shocker. Samsung wants to reassure us. That every version of their foldable devices gets better especially after the debacle that was the first one And this confirms that there will be new fulfills not that we were doubting. But that's that's a confirmation. He also said samsung will announce the first ever. Spn designed specifically for foldable phones. So stylus support for everybody. We got it for the galaxy s. Now we've got it for the foldable good to know. And here's the one that's going to get some of you upset. Samsung will not announce a new galaxy. Note this year. that's bold. Move to only disappoint fans of the note with this announcement but At least their exile out of the way and he said note features will come to other devices which with galaxy s and foldable. Both supporting stylus now makes sense I dunno nate. It sounds to me like maybe samsung's paving the way for foldable to take the place of the note. Yes i mean the note and the and the galaxy s Line you know. They became increasingly similar as the sizes became quite comparible. And i think it makes sense to you know to to possibly merge those Whether that spiritually all literally Into one One product everybody. On the folding side of things. I've always felt that The hallway did the folding design a better at least from my usage of it. So i'm excited to see what something's doing with this. But specifically because slight time travel here when i was at school i had a pen that i could fold in half and it was my favorite pen because i could bend it but it might puck so it's some sun is about bring out the digital electronic version of my folding pen from school. I i'm interested. I doubt they are. That would be amazing. If they're like and the pill kill my dreams around. Don't kill my tie it into a nod if you want to just me. But that's a lot of the foldable stuff. I know for a lot of people. Were still in that between mode where it's like. Is this going to stick. What's that killer. Foldable design where we all can't imagine a life before that we're we're not there yet. We're getting close. Though noted noted note fan. darren kitchen remember. He was ecstatic about the first note..
"samsung" Discussed on POW! Samsung Developer Program
"Absolutely and especially enjoyed talking with you. I think it was one of the best conversations had. They're just i think we clicked really early on and definitely you have two perspectives on the On the whole thing you you started as a designer. And now you're in samson so you can kind of relate better to the stuff that we're talking about exactly at that was one of the the main reasons why i took the position and i think one of the main reasons i got the job. Was that samsung really. Wanted to have Someone with that voice internally. So that i could be the liaison between taking the suggestions in the challenges that the designers have in trying to give a route to solving some of those issues and making the platform even better exactly. Unfortunately this year. We couldn't have the conference because of the pandemic as as many people know we did an online award show and i was absolutely honored to be a part of the team that awarded you the best watch face collection and you know without a doubt. Your collection just is amazing. You know i still. I i look at the the animated watch faces you do. I see the videos that you put behind your watch. Faces as far as production goes and you are clearly deserving of this top honor so tell me how did you first learn that you were winning this award from samsung okay. So first of all it was really an awesome thing. You know I was just blown away by the fact that i got the award. I i never. I never really expected it. When i started making watch faces. That will end up in me getting some sort of an award for this or making all of this success that that has happened in the past years. Actually the how i found out was because i got this strange email that said you know just to note is that there will be an online event at this time and date and Let's stay in touch. I mentioned this to matteo. Dini did you see there's going to be online event head. He said. I didn't get any email about this. And he was the winner last year. She said to me. Oh wait i know what this is. You probably want an award. So i basically found out about this from adele. That's funny that's funny. I want kind of go back a little bit. And let's talk about your actual workflow when it comes to designing watch faces. What is the first thing you are you grabbing a pencil and a piece of paper and starting to sketch just dive right into the computer. I think it really depends. Sometimes i will just get an idea from a totally random spot flake. One of my most successful watch faces the inspiration for came from a blue glow around an elevator button that i just liked watch face is. That was the pulse series. Yes yeah and so. I was in this elevator and he was like some hotel and there was this piping. That was beautifully glowing pulsating blow and i was just looking at it and i loved it and so i wanted to use that glow and have the similar effect on the watch. The i came home. And i started. I started up after effects. And i made this blower ving. That was glowing. But it just wasn't working you know and so started playing with motion. And then i figured it be cool if it looked like it was coming out of the screen like he was slowly moving out to the edges. And so i had this thing in. There was no watch hands. No numbers any nothing. Else justice waltzing thing. And i love it. So you've created this glowing really cool animation. What's next. I mean you've got to be able to turn this into a watch face. So are you just playing around with different. Shapes to to create the you know the form because most of our Watch faces are animated. I would do the animations. And then i would just grab one on screen from the animation series and then i would start like playing in just pure to the trying to figure out. What can i do. Work could put some of this info cone stuggling to work one with another where the watch hands going to is going to be a digital watch phase sir or an analogue watch face is going to have like a lot of info or not a lot of info and so it's going back and forth so i would sometimes start with the nation and then added fifteen times over until everything fits one with another. It's just it's really a tedious process. Once you start complicating things with animations and animations. Do complicate things is immensely. I sometimes envy Designers that can make really awesome watch faces. They're not animated. Because i don't know how to do that. So that's funny. Yeah and it's it's also funny when they tell all you can make all these awesome animations thinking. Yeah but you don't have to make many still make us watch faces at.
"samsung" Discussed on POW! Samsung Developer Program
"Ended up being am on now. Local radio station Yeah and so because the station was part of leica network that had Newspaper and radio and tv station. I spend the next couple of years moving from one to the next and so i moved from the radio where i worked as a hidden as dj and dj spinning music. I mean yeah yeah. That's great yeah. I actually really did some like nightclubs stuff. So i would work the day on the radio station and at night. I would be working like cocktail. Bars really detaille career and so and you know this is all time before internet. So there's this point and so obviously being a radio station gets a new music. And then you can you know you. That music to put on party is and so if we got yeah so was like using one job to make money on the side and so and then i moved to the newspapers where i worked as a as a journalist because i always enjoyed writing and i think i heard that you actually received an award when you were much younger for you actually. Yeah i wrote a novel. When i was seven sixteen actually and i when i was seventeen. I got tool major prizes for best first novel in cratia great from like really respected you know people in croatia who are basically how top of the crops and so that was also a push that meat into journalism eventually writer and and during my journalist days i ahead Situation where where a photographer that was supposed to cover a event would meet. he couldn't make it and There was no one else and because at that time people from my newspapers already knew that i was like into computers than i was like always something and so my editor said you know. We just got these. Finding new digital cameras may be could be quite up and just take two shots. It'll be fine for the print. Just try to keep people in frame you know it was and so that was my first experience with digital photography in i was instantly in love with it and so actually that day i would always ask that i take my own shots and basically i would. I would take photos of what i'm supposed to. Then i would spend the rest of the day shooting like anything could find and i would. I would intentionally leave some of the photos that i thought were good. I would leave them when the cart for photo editors as they could see your work. Yeah exactly and so after a while. i got a call from the from the photography the tour and it was all like this transitional period where they were moving away from film and classic film cameras into digital. Yes and so he said you know are. Are you leaving these photos on the cards. Because i kind of liked them. And i said yeah. Yeah well you know i. I like this thing this digital photography students to suit me and within a month. I wasn't working as a journalist anymore. I just really yet. I just moved onto photography overnight low and so my my photography work then. I learned a lot of stuff from the from the more experienced photographers there. But i was also able to get on this train. Really early of this digital photography was just coming in a lot of older photographers. Say the problem with this. They couldn't adapts. Oh well so so quickly. You know it required Working with software. And all of that stuff did i basically was used to and so few years later. I i- partnered up with a very senior and A well respected photographer here in my town and he had a big production company that was basically multimedia we had like a video crews we had Cgi designers we had sound cruise. We had you know full multimedia production along with design and so i did basically the same thing i did before i did hear so i would move from one to nixed position and i just kinda learned along the way. I have no formal education in either of these things. Yeah so it's all just just learning from people and Learning on your own trying to get something you. I had a desire to express myself and so it was always something media related and now share all of these things from the past and especially i don't know There's a lot of In my past a lot of work with marketing so working with marketing companies would like Production teams and you'll learn what clients want holiday. Think how all this kind of came together and led into into your heirachy. yes yeah. That's that's that's amazing. I have to say. I'm extremely surprised to hear that you say that. You don't have formal training here but hearing about the experiences all of the years and all these different areas that you've had an opportunity to work in it really shows because i think that's where you rarity stands out from many of the other Watch face developers. It's it's all of the other assets that are required to be successful. You know when you see your videos in your photography you can tell that someone with with excellent expertise is is putting this together because it's not just a computer rendition or three d. Model that's rotating. I mean you actually are taking a camera on a dolly and doing rotation with it and to me. That's what really stands out because that's pretty unique to see from a from a developer. You know Samson platform it gives it such a real notice. You know where you actually see the product and the it gives confidence. When you're thinking about. Should i make a purchase so i think that is probably one of the biggest factors For your success. When i see the the work that you do i agree. And and that's basically the the the whole logic started doing right from the beginning. Because i i kinda knew that it wasn't enough to make just The watch face itself look good so everything else needed to look at the same level. Yeah so and obviously over. The couple of last year's i've i've i've advanced further and my my design sip become bear and my Marketing materials as well but the core idea is still the same. You know if you make you can make the best watch face ever but if your presentations is not good it's.
"samsung" Discussed on POW! Samsung Developer Program
"Of the podcast with one of my absolute favorite designers draws from gherardi. I don't thank you for having me. Yeah excellent ninth so excited to have you on the show. Let me first start by asking. Who is jason stowe. teach so well I guess i could say the basics. You know. i'm thirty eight years old. I'm from europe from cratia. I am married. And i've spent last four years Designing watch faces for samson devices and After a a lifelong career in all sorts of Media related stuff. I found myself in something that i really enjoy doing and turned out and i was pretty good at the so now four years later. I'm i've i've received the award for the best watch face collection and is it's been like you know a crown that hard work and and time and effort put into it. So you're saying that if you started about four years ago doing watch faces that means you pretty much started at the beginning of this whole opportunity for designers to create watch faces samsung. So tell you. How did you. First learn about samson wearables and ultimately designing aside. I think it's a similar story with the most are early developers. We are all of it of Gadgets freaks and so i've i've had simpson. The very first samson smartwatch was because i had simpson phone as well and so when samson some made their first wearable. I was like all over it. You can customize you can do anything it was just a device that good like measure your heart rate and stature some very basic stuff and had a camera on correct any headed camera on the risks. And you know at the time. My whole life was the around photography and so having a camera on a wristband that was like sports. Bolus stuff united just i loved it and so When the new versions came out. Obviously i was i was upgrading and At some point a friend of mine who is my Colleague actually mentioned you know you're pretty good at designing you. All you have all this Previous experience with I had some experience with designing mobile apps for like fifteen years ago for before even android existed. You know it was like how the very first Touchscreen phones that showed up and i teamed up with a with a programmer and we made a mobile keyboard and so i was doing the the graphic sender design and he was programming and so he knew all this because we talked about it and he said you have the watch. You have the knowledge. Why don't you try you know. There's the school software where you can just. You don't need to know programming. Because i'm i'm not a programmer. And there's the school software you can downloaded Like make your own Designs for your watch and so I downloaded the galaxy. Watch designed her. And now it's galaxy studio so and i loved it. I loved it within the week. I had like watch face ready. And i want to publish. It just started from that. Just you know pure luck. Yeah that's that's very similar to to how i got my start. I mean the. I attended this event At samsung where they told everybody about Gear watch designer and came home that night and was so excited to be able to a sense. Do programming without any coding. So i could use all my graphic design skills but yet create this interactive watch phase. I mean it's just yeah. I bought in real quickly to it. So i know that you've had quite the journey to get to the point where you are now as a watch face designers doing lots of different jobs but all within the same sort of family of everything related around media so tell me how you got your start in design so i guess i always liked you know even as a kid i had like these artistic tendencies so i would like draw a law and i would Painting i would write do all sorts of stuff you know and so my my first experiences were basically with computers. You know and those were computers where he didn't even have s on them. I come from croatia which went through a An armed conflict to warring the nineties. And i was just a kid at that time but after the war my elementary school got the nation in In computers so none of the teacher had any experience with that and uh skits obviously never even seen a computer at that point. And so i think it was like a un donation or some sort of a charity program and so yeah and so they set up a classroom for us that was like fifteen or twenty of computers and teacher from arts and crafts was assigned to do something useful with those computers. He wasn't older gentleman who didn't know english. Who didn't know it was just the you'll figure this out. And so he asked kids in the school. Was anybody interested. And i always was fascinated by technology. I think it was like four kids from the whole school. That signed up for this. That was like first contact with With computers in everything. I did later on in some sense connected to two. It too you know. I when i got my first home computer. I was just like drawing stuff all the all all the time. I was just like learning software sketching stuff making. I know school newspapers stuff like that. You know everything was no one thing and the next thing and so after high school. I was in into music at that time and so i.
"samsung" Discussed on Talking Tech
"It should come as no surprise that we all of our smartphones which is why anytime a new device comes out while is usually pretty excited always tracks a lot of attention. And we're supposed to be getting that this week right right correct brett later this week on thursday at ten. Am eastern time. Samsung will unveil its new mobile lineup. And this is all kind of part of the cas stuff and everybody can watch that on. Samsung youtube page <hes>. We have links to that. In our recent stories on usa today dot com. And we'll be covering it so far. What we know is were you expect to see new models in the galaxy lineup. Like an s twenty one. Twenty one plus twenty. Twenty-one ultra what we don't know is whether they'll be a new note fablet the sites track samsun news kind of like you and i tracked. Sports teams trades <hes>. Have also found evidence that suggest. This wave galaxy phones might be slightly cheaper at the outset in the twenty was if that is true it could help samsung expand. Its market share in case. You don't know all ready. The global leader in smartphone sales with twenty two percent of the market up from twenty one percent a year ago according to research firm strategy analytics here in the us samsung marketshare actually grew to thirty four percent in the third quarter of two thousand twenty while apples dipped from thirty six to thirty percent. So this could be an interesting <hes>. Smartphone battle coming up here in the months ahead. Anything you're looking to find out from samsung brett. I'm always curious what they're gonna do to kind of push push things forward in terms of innovation on smartphones <hes>. Every year it gets harder and harder. Because there's only so much you can do with the device that you have and even five years ago if felt like you were seeing some some noticeable upgrades and changes to how your phone work and it seems like the further along we get. It's almost becomes harder. It seems to like find new in different reasons for you to own this new latest smartphone. <hes> some really curious what and samsung has always been pretty good about introducing some interesting ways to leverage your smartphone. And i'm really curious what those are <hes>. But yeah it should be fun. I think it's always interesting to see and samsung in particular has always fascinating because of all the android phone makers. They seem to one that. Be the one that has stood out the most as far as being arrival to the iphone <hes>. And any time you hear anyone with an android phone in most cases it's galaxy phone. So i mean they've done a really good job positioning themselves as that rival and i'll be interested to see what new ways <hes>. They can push the smartphone for smartphones as it is