Bitcoin is Now Legal Tender in El Salvador

· Andrew Orr · Link

Flag of El Salvador

El Salvador recently become the first country to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender, other other counties in Latin America may follow suit.

By contrast, cryptocurrencies like bitcoin allow anyone with a mobile phone to send or receive funds, regardless of location. A software app known as a “wallet” manages the cryptocurrency as needed. Such wallets are safeguarded on phones and protected by passwords or biometric mechanisms like fingerprints.

This is what people mean when they talk about cryptocurrency’s decentralization. We don’t notice much in developed countries because we have no shortage of banks to choose from. But banks may be scarce in developing countries, with 70% of people in El Salvador being unbanked. With crypto, you no longer need a bank.

Follow Euro 2020 With the Official iPhone App

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

Euro 2020 iPhone app

A year later than planned, the Euro 2020 soccer tournament will finally get underway on Friday and fans can keep up with all the news from the tournament with the official iPhone app. It provides the schedule, goal alerts and results from the matches, as well as group standings, original audio content, and more. It is available free from the iOS App Store.

WWDC 2021 Day Four Recap - Time For a Meditation Break

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

WWDC 2021 continued with a packed day four. Serenity Caldwell reflects on it all, including sessions on extracting document data via the Vision Framework and meditation. The Apple Design Awards finalists and winners were announced too.

Pre-Orders For Playdate Handheld Game System Open in July

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

Playdate is a small handheld game system filled with original games. Earlier this week the team behind it announced that pre-orders for the device will open in July. It has a black and white screen, WI-Fi, and Bluetooth. It also has a loudspeaker and a crank which serves as an analog controller. Once set up, users get two brand new games every week for 12 weeks. Playdate costs U.S. $179 plus taxes and shipping.

WWDC21 Apple Design Awards Winners and Finalists Include CARROT Weather, Bird Alone, 1Password, and Little Orpheus

· Dave Hamilton · Product News

WWDC21 Apple Design Award

Each year at WWDC, Apple’s Design Awards celebrate the apps which have surprised, delighted, wowed, and otherwise impressed Apple’s internal panel of judges. This year there were six finalists in each of six categories (with a bit of overlap). Of those six finalists, two winners per category were crowned, one for Apps, and one for Games. Links to all of the winners and finalists are presented for you here!

Big Loud Bluetooth Speaker: $129.59

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

TREBLAB HD-Max

We have a deal on the TREBLAB HD-Max, which is, in a nutshell, a big, loud, Bluetooth speaker with a four-speaker design. It features 50W speakers and 3 sound modes that can function indoors and outdoors. It also has an internal battery and passthrough charging, and boasts playtime of up to 20 hours at 30% volume. This device is $161.99 through our deal, but coupon code WELOVEDAD takes an additional 20% off for a checkout price of $129.59.

Facebook Messenger on iOS Gets New Chat Themes, QR Code Payments

· Andrew Orr · Link

Facebook messenger QR payments

Facebook announced new features coming to its Messenger app. Chat themes, a quick reply bar, as well as QR codes and payments links.

We’re all about increasing efficiency, so we’ve added a new quick reply bar to the Messenger media viewer. This makes it easier to have conversations sparked by a cool photo or video without needing to go back to your main chat thread. Just tap on the photo or video and send a response through the quick reply bar at the bottom of the screen. Swipe up to exit the full-screen media viewer and head back to your main chat thread

Which Devices Run macOS Monterey?

· Charlotte Henry · Quick Tip

macOS Monterey announcement

macOS Monterey, previewed Monday at WWDC 2021, runs on devices from 2013 and older, but not all the new features work on all older devices.