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AT&T added a new payment option to its arsenal of ways to take your money. The option allows customers to pay for phone services using cryptocurrencies. AT&T uses BitPay to process crypto transactions which means customers have the option to pay AT&T directly using either Bitcoin (BTC) or bcash (BCH). Perhaps a better option would have been BTCPay Server, an open-source payment processing system that also accepts Lightning Network micro-payments.
The most popular blockchain implementation over the past 10 years is Bitcoin. Then came Ethereum in 2015, and blockchain became a term applied to ubiquitous decentralized databases that served any purpose — or no purpose at all. The next phase of development brought decentralize applications — or dApps — built on the Ethereum blockchain. One of the most successful dApps is Brave browser which uses Basic Attention Tokens (BAT) to reward publishers and creators.
Lolli is a rewards program where online shoppers earn free Bitcoin (BTC) when shopping at Lolli partners. The program requires shoppers to install the Lolli browser extension. Up until today, only Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers like Brave, Vivaldi, and Microsoft Edge (dev) supported the Lolli extension. Lolli developed a Firefox add-on so fans of Mozilla’s browser have an option to earn Bitcoin rewards too.
4. Vivaldi’s web panel is ideal for uploading Instagram photos from your computer (Tech Help Knowledgebase)
Every major web browser has a few unique features to differentiate it from the pack. Vivaldi is no exception. Chock full of tools for power-users, Vivaldi offers one called Web Panels. The Web Panel feature in Vivaldi lets users keep one site open in a side tab while they view other sites in the main window. It creates a customizable split screen within the Vivaldi window that displays a site’s mobile version. Instagram’s mobile site includes the photo upload button and Bob’s your uncle.
Apple calls it Privacy Preserving Ad Click Attribution, a plan to help keep online advertising alive and kicking without the traditional tracking part. The model removes an identifiable person from the tracking equation while retaining their activity. In doing so, users retain their privacy, publishers earn advertising revenue and advertisers market without accumulating personally identifiable data. Companies like Google and Facebook that primarily make money from advertising revenue won’t like it.
iPhones may no longer be the only impenetrable smartphones in town. According to a warrant discovered by Forbes, ATF Agents were not able to unlock an LG Android phone even with permission to use the suspects face and fingers to unlock it. The article attributes Android security to Secure Startup, a method to encrypt a device’s internal storage until decrypted with a valid form of authentication.
Henry Irvine, Contributing Technology Writer, translates more than a decade of internet technology experience in product and customer relationship management into practical help and how-to content. Look for him on Bay Area trails, music venues, or sausage shacks when he’s not writing. Don’t call him Hank if you see him. Seriously. Hank on Twitter