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1  Bitcoin / Project Development / Re: [ANN] [BETA] altdroid - Bitcoin-powered Android app store on: January 11, 2017, 09:15:03 PM
While I love the idea of providing access to less known/officially declined apps but there is also a huge problem with this approach.
How will you check and make sure that apps in your store are legit and harmless? I feel like your appstore may become nest for malicious apps very fast.
I mean, there is history of malicious apps found in official google store so with your unofficial store number of problematic apps might skyrocket.

App safety (let's call it) is a valid concern but is actually much easier to achieve than one might think. Firstly, though, although a malicious app story makes good linkbait for mainstream media outlets, the threat is actually very uncommon compared to the number of non-malicious apps. I think the Google play store is a testament to that if you look at the billions of downloads of safe and legitimate apps compared to the number of reported or suspected attacks. Still, it's inevitable there will be some attempts.

We employ basically the same approaches Google employs but at a potentially even higher level. First we run automated sophisticated analysis tools against the apps to detect any obvious concerns. Things like SMS capabilities in a calculator app or root access attempts in a social media app. It will also tell us if a previously released app is now suddenly requesting premium SMS, camera, microphone, and location permissions when it previously only had Internet access, for example. The second stage is a general developer verification process to prevent imposters. This is so someone can't pose as the author to an app they don't actually own, for example. The final stage which will be implemented in the near future will be the peer/user flagging ability, so users who have concerns about an app will have a mechanism for us to impose an additional review process.

When you add up all these strategies and combine them with Android's own security model, the net effect is that apps from any app store including altdroid are statistically very safe. And when you compare this to the alternative (say, sideloading an APK from the developer's website directly), our process is an immense security enhancement. Still, there's no way for any app store to guarantee 100% that every app is completely benign. Thus users should always use extreme caution when installing any new app from any source and employ common sense by reviewing app permissions and avoiding any app that raises any doubt.
2  Bitcoin / Project Development / Re: [ANN] [BETA] altdroid - Bitcoin-powered Android app store on: January 10, 2017, 04:19:10 AM
I have two accounts (one for my team and one for my own projects). Both throw an unauthorized error on login

We blew away the caches, so try again now... It should be working, however. Your username is your email, password is case sensitive etc. PM me git us up on Twitter if you still have problems.
3  Bitcoin / Project Development / Re: [ANN] [BETA] altdroid - Bitcoin-powered Android app store on: January 10, 2017, 12:19:58 AM
Oh, I saw a Dev Console Tab already on the site, but it's not working yet ("Cannot read property 'username' of undefined"). Anyway, good luck! I can't help with that as of now, but I have a goal of doing an android app someday and if altdroid will be a success, I will surely try publishing my app there.

Should be fixed now...  thanks for the heads up!
4  Bitcoin / Project Development / Re: [ANN] [BETA] altdroid - Bitcoin-powered Android app store on: January 09, 2017, 06:30:38 PM
Thanks all for the positive feedback Smiley! We are very excited about the future of altdroid and think it will fill a big gap in the current Bitcoin service offering.

Are you planning to have a developer console too on your site, just like in Google Playstore?

Yes, we already have a simple developer console that will let devs upload and manage their apps. This is where we need feedback the most right now.

Can I help with translation to Spanish, please?

Of course. Everything is still under heavy development, but once we have more of the core features in place we will drop a note asking for translation assistance.
5  Bitcoin / Project Development / Re: [ANN] [BETA] altdroid - Bitcoin-powered Android app store on: January 05, 2017, 02:17:41 AM
So, this app likened crypto app store? Which the target audience is cry to enthusiasm? And it's can available worldwide?

It is available globally right now, yes. Currently only an English language translation is provided, however the app and site will be internationalized once out of beta.

What the different than play store?

How about the fact you will be able to buy apps with Bitcoins?  Wink Also by intentionally *not* accepting foreign currencies, it frees up many tax and licensing issues and enables app developers to sell their apps to anyone in any country on Earth.

How it's checking the app which have store on your app is clean?

Right now we manually run new apps through a basic security test. We expect this process to get more sophisticated and automated as we grow. However, just like on any app store, users should use high levels of caution installing any new app, and should research ahead of time whether an app is legitimate or not.
6  Bitcoin / Project Development / [ANN] [BETA] altdroid - Bitcoin-powered Android app store on: January 04, 2017, 04:17:33 AM

Hi guys,

I am happy to announce the BETA for altdroid. We are currently looking for Android app developers with published apps to provide feedback on the platform. Please PM me if you are interested or contact us on Twitter. More general info to come in the next few weeks!

What is altdroid?

altdroid is an alternative Android app store for free and paid apps that offers a global platform for users to discover apps without restrictions and app developers monetize their apps for Bitcoins.

Why altdroid?
  • For users: Find the apps you want, including apps that wouldn't be allowed on mainstream app stores. Pay for apps and games securely and more privately with Bitcoins!
  • For developers: Offer your existing apps to a truly global audience no country restrictions for developers or users. Accepting Bitcoin for your apps offers an entirely new revenue stream for your paid apps.
  • For all: Apps are more than apps; apps are human ideas. We want to enable developers and artists alike in the world to create and share their projects without geopolitical barriers.

The links
7  Economy / Service Announcements / Re: [ANN] - Instantly Exchange Bitcoins for Amazon Giftcards on: February 09, 2016, 04:53:07 PM
Just implemented a completely internal checkout process to avoid using a processor like Coinbase who may track users. Even more privacy now! Wink
8  Economy / Service Announcements / Re: [ANN] - Instantly Exchange Bitcoins for Amazon Giftcards on: January 04, 2016, 09:58:43 PM
Great! Why not add the feature of selling gift card for Bitcoin? Then you could compete with!

Amazon GC buyback definitely could be an option in the future... but Purse is a pretty complex markplace. C4B is much more simple and straightforward... just send the coins and get the Amazon code. Smiley
9  Economy / Service Announcements / Re: [ANN] - Instantly Exchange Bitcoins for Amazon Giftcards on: January 04, 2016, 11:21:33 AM
Just revived this site at the behest of some very loyal customers Wink. It features a completely rewritten backend that should be even faster, as well as Coinbase integration for instant-confirmation purchases.

Amazon US $25 is up now. I am working on other Amazon card integrations (UK, DE, etc.) now as well as more denominations.

10  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Best Anti-Virus Program to use? For Bitcoin security? on: April 24, 2013, 10:21:04 PM

also, pfsense.
11  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: Can I send abtrarary text content though the blockchain? on: April 24, 2013, 09:48:35 PM
12  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: PayPal president interested in bitcoin on: April 24, 2013, 08:25:23 PM
I'm a passionate Paypal hater. My desire to see them fail is even greater than my desire to be rich.

So I'm not supportive. I hope they perish like the dinosaurs 60+ million years ago.

PayPal will introduce the masses to Bitcoin. Then, when Bitcoin becomes easy enough for the average Joe to use, those people will abandon PayPal for pure Bitcoin.

Then PayPal will wither away, and you will get your wish.

More like PayPal will introduce PayCoin, their own brand on top of the Bitcoin system. After they leverage the entire Bitcoin network for free, they will charge both sellers and buyers fees to send PayCoins through it's "secure" network. Since PayPal is already ubiquitous in NA and is required for sites like eBay, everyone will adopt PayCoin and not even know what a "Bitcoin" is. Then they will freeze your PayCoin balance any time you make a transaction they consider "too large". They will reverse payments to sellers because the item "didn't work" or "never arrived" even though you have delivery confirmation. You won't be allowed to use PayCoins to purchase any digital goods either, of course.

Sounds amazing.
13  Economy / Service Discussion / Re: Do MtGox create their own lag to suit their own trading regime!? on: April 24, 2013, 05:12:14 PM
I strongly suspect incompetence over any kind of coordinated conspiracy. Gox already makes a fortune in trading fees alone. They would have to be more than just technically inept to risk their credibility to make a few extra trades.
14  Economy / Service Announcements / Re: [ANN] - Instantly Exchange Bitcoins for Amazon Giftcards on: April 24, 2013, 04:36:18 PM
Great services, I was looking for something like that. But unfortunately I'm not in US, would you plan to add other country declination of amazon gift card (UK, France, Germany, Japan,...) ?
Maybe even other web shops ? Top Up for phone card ?

A strong and secure website like that that propose many redeem code for many websites and services with automated process would definitely be a big success.

Definitely looking in to other Amazon countries and other types of gift cards in general. In order to allow for instant delivery, however, all the gift cards have to be purchased up front which can get a bit pricey Wink. Eventually, however, I agree it would be ideal to have a large selection.

Would certainly be great to get more feedback as to the countries and sites people would be most interested in.

15  Economy / Service Announcements / Re: [ANN] - Instantly Exchange Bitcoins for Amazon Giftcards on: April 23, 2013, 03:56:11 PM
Perhaps I am missing it, but there does not seem to be a spot where the price of the gift card in bitcoin is mentioned. If it is after the section where you enter your email address, then that probably needs to be changed.

Added a real-time quote on the order page. Now you can see the estimated price in BTC before having to enter an email address. Thanks for the feedback.

16  Bitcoin / Bitcoin Discussion / Re: I cannot find practical use with mobile wallet on my android phone on: April 22, 2013, 11:46:56 PM
I've heard of one or two places accepting Bitcoins out here in San Francisco. Right now, there's probably not much use. I imagine a lot of brick and mortar shops are simply too worried about making any money at all to accept Bitcoins at this point.
17  Economy / Service Announcements / Re: [ANN] - Instantly Exchange Bitcoins for Amazon Giftcards on: April 20, 2013, 05:57:57 PM
Good point. It probably be better to have that visibility up front.
18  Economy / Service Announcements / [ANN] - Instantly Exchange Bitcoins for Amazon Giftcards on: April 20, 2013, 05:42:32 PM
Hello all,

Just launched a new site that allows you to purchase Amazon gift cards with Bitcoins. As a software engineer and Bitcoin miner, this has long been a service that I've wanted to provide for the Bitcoin community. I would appreciate any constructive feedback.

The basic idea is you select a gift card amount you want and the payment processor evaluates how many Bitcoins that would cost based on the current trading conditions. You send the Bitcoins to a specified address and as soon as it is verified on the network, you receive an email with an Amazon claim code. The entire process is automated and electronic. The site integrates the MtGox Merchant APIs.

The primary goal is to give people a way to easy convert their Bitcoins into another currency equivalent without having to set up bank accounts, exchange accounts, wire funds, and so on. It is also completely anonymous, requiring only your email address for the delivery of the Amazon gift card claim code.

For now, only Amazon US is supported and only $US25 denominations. More countries and denominations will be available over the next few weeks and months.


Jeff Mixon
19  Other / CPU/GPU Bitcoin mining hardware / Keep tripping the breaker... on: July 31, 2011, 07:18:45 PM
I live in an apartment in a place where no one has ACs... unless you are bitcoin mining that is. Smiley I have two rigs pulling around 900w combined I think on full GPU load. I also have a 10,000btu portable AC unit cooling the room. I can't find out specifically, but I am led to believe such a unit would pull around 1000w. I'm not an electrical engineer at all, but I've done some reading and it seems a common breaker trips at 15amps or 1800watts at 120v. Is there anything I can do from an engineering standpoint to help out this situation? Obviously I am trying to avoid moving any of the devices to other rooms. All the outlets in this room seem to be on the same breaker switch. There are also radiant heaters in the floorboards which have two switches on the breaker. Could someone who knew what they were doing easily "patch into" these and turn them into outlets for me?

20  Bitcoin / Development & Technical Discussion / Re: Proposed change to sendtoaddress API call on: July 15, 2011, 04:55:42 PM
Was this ever done? Would be extremely useful to my application as well...
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