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Review 39 – CoolWallet

CoolWallet

I’m always on the lookout for competition in the Bitcoin ecosystem. I’m a firm believer that competition breeds innovation and keeps prices down. Don’t get me wrong, I think there’s definitely something good about being an established name with a proven track record. It fosters trust and respect. However,

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Posted in Desktop, Hardware, Mobile, Reviews, Wallets


Review 38 – Opendime

Opendime

For a long time I’ve watched people create physical Bitcoin, which has always baffled me. Don’t get me wrong, they look really freaking cool. We all know what Casacius coins look like because they’re on every mainstream news story about Bitcoin. Newer ones like Titan, Denarium, or the series from Infinitum are also really sexy.

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Posted in Gadgets, Other, Reviews


Review 37 – Electrum

Electrum

I’ve never been a big fan of desktop wallets. I always thought that I was too mobile for them to be of any real use to me. I don’t see the appeal of being tied to a location. Even my laptop is relegated to a tool for writing.

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Posted in Desktop, Mobile, Reviews, Wallets


Review 36 – Harborly

Harborly

It appears that Harborly is back and under new management. I first became aware of Harborly in early 2014 and signed up for their private beta. I was sent an email in July of 2015 and told that they had launched in the US. Just a month later I received another email that they were shutting down and had decided to move on to other ventures.

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Posted in Brokers, Reviews, Services


Review 35 – GreenAddress

GreenAddress

Because I recently did a review on GreenBits I decided to do do a review on their other wallet product GreenAddress. I know the first question I’m going to be asked is why I would be recommending a web wallet when I’ve railed against them so hard in the past.

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Posted in Desktop, Mobile, Reviews, Wallets, Web


Review 34 – BTCPop

BTCPop

I found another investment opportunity along the same vein as BTCJam, Loanbase, and Bitbond. For those of you new to my posts, in investing Bitcoin I wanted to focus on decidedly Bitcoin things in which to invest. These things specifically needed to accept Bitcoin directly,

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Posted in Exchange, Investing, Loans, Mining, Reviews, Saving, Services


Review 33 – GreenBits

GreenBits

I decided to try another mobile wallet out. I’m fairly set in my ways, so my comparison is always “Is this wallet good enough to take all or part of my business from my current solutions?” Meaning, does this wallet bring something to the table that would give me enough reason to convert all or part of my usage to it?

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Posted in Mobile, Reviews, Wallets


Review 32 – SatoshiPay For Publishers

SatoshiPay For Publishers

If you’re reading this I assume you’re either already a SatoshiPay user or you read my last review, Review 31 – SatoshiPay For Readers, and decided to set up SatoshiPay yourself. As promised, as part of the experiment, I have removed the ads from this page.

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Posted in Content Production, Earning, Reviews


Review 31 – SatoshiPay For Readers

SatoshiPay For Readers

Some time ago I wrote in Education 10 – Earning Bitcoin about various ways one could earn bitcoin instead of buying it. To earn it directly, in my opinion, is yet another way one can close the circle and live on Bitcoin. One of the ways I was excited to see explored was to write posts and,

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Posted in Payments, Reviews, Services


Review 30 – Airbitz

Airbitz

I was notified by the Community Manager of Airbitz that they were putting out a new version of their wallet and it had some cool new features they were proud of. She asked me if I would be willing to give their wallet a try and write a review on it.

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Posted in Brokers, Gift Cards, Mobile, Reviews, Services, Shopping, Wallets


Review 29 – Coinality

Coinality

Continuing the process I started in Education 10 – Earning Bitcoin, the next several reviews are going to be based on ways to earn bitcoin. I still feel that the best way to earn bitcoin is to do work and get paid in bitcoin.

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Posted in Earning, Jobs, Reviews


Review 28 – Bitcoin Taxes

Bitcoin Taxes

Breaking from the reviews with common thread, I decided to post this review early because it’s tax season in the US. There has been a lot of discussion lately about how it works and where to find more information. I wrote some time back about Bitcoin and paying taxes in the US,

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Posted in Other, Reviews, Services


Review 27 – BitGigs

BitGigs

Continuing the process I started in Education 10 – Earning Bitcoin, the next several reviews are going to be based on ways to earn bitcoin. I’m continuing to push beyond the waste of time that are microtask sites. The best way to earn bitcoin, in my opinion,

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Posted in Earning, Jobs, Reviews


Review 26 – XBTFreelancer

XBTFreelancer

Continuing the process I started in Education 10 – Earning Bitcoin, the next several reviews are going to be based on ways to earn bitcoin. I’m going to push beyond the realm of microtasks. As you can tell by my recent reviews, they’re nothing but a waste of time if you’re doing them specifically to earn bitcoin.

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Posted in Earning, Jobs, Reviews


Review 25 – PrizeRebel

PrizeRebel

Continuing the process I started in Education 10 – Earning Bitcoin, the next several reviews are going to be based on ways to earn bitcoin. I understand that not everyone has access to a bank account and not everyone has money to spend on bitcoin.

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Posted in Earning, Microtasks, Reviews


Review 24 – Coin Bucks

Coin Bucks

Continuing the process I started in Education 10 – Earning Bitcoin, the next several reviews are going to be based on ways to earn bitcoin. I understand that not everyone has access to a bank account and not everyone has money to spend on bitcoin.

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Posted in Earning, Microtasks, Reviews


Review 23 – BitcoinGet

BitcoinGet

Continuing the process I started in Education 10 – Earning Bitcoin, the next several reviews are going to be based on ways to earn bitcoin. I understand that not everyone has access to a bank account and not everyone has money to spend on bitcoin.

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Posted in Earning, Microtasks, Reviews


Review 22 – BitVisitor

BitVisitor

As I mentioned in Education 10 – Earning Bitcoin, the next several reviews are going to be based on ways to earn bitcoin. I understand that not everyone has access to a bank account and not everyone has money to spend on bitcoin. To that end I wanted to give people as many options as possible to obtain bitcoin.

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Posted in Earning, Microtasks, Reviews


Review 21 – Uphold

Uphold

I’ve been relatively happy with my choice to promote Coinbase as an initial on-ramp to the Bitcoin ecosystem. I am expanding my on-ramp listing to include Uphold, but know that Uphold members are subject to the same Anti-Money Laundering laws and Know Your Customer guidelines in the US.

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Posted in Brokers, Mobile, Reviews, Services, Wallets, Web


Review 20 – Netki

Netki

After finding the Bitholla service, which I recently wrote a review on, I found another service that Bitholla had partnered with called Netki. In an attempt to find the perfect way to have a verbally transmittable Bitcoin address I decided I would give this service a look.

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Posted in Other, Reviews, Services


Review 19 – Bitholla

Bitholla

In my previous review, the one on BitcoinWallet.com, I pointed out that I was looking for a simplified way of handing out a Bitcoin Address verbally. I also pointed out the flaws in that company’s particular product. I may have found the answer to my search in a new Bitcoin social payment platform called Bitholla.

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Posted in Other, Reviews, Services


Review 18 – Bitcoinwallet.com

Bitcoinwallet.com

I’m always on the lookout for easy ways to have people send me bitcoin. QR codes are great, but what if I’m on the go and don’t have time to dig out my phone, unlock it, pull up my wallet, unlock it, pull up a QR code, and have it scanned?

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Posted in Other, Reviews, Services, Wallets, Web


Review 17 – Bitcoin Paper Wallet For Android

Bitcoin Paper Wallet For Android

I’ve already written up a Tutorial on the best way to Make A Paper Wallet. However, in my Tutorial on how to use an old Android mobile phone to create a DIY Bitcoin Hardware Wallet I mentioned using an Android app to create Bitcoin paper wallets.

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Posted in Other, Reviews, Software


Review 16 – Bitcoin Paranoid

Bitcoin Paranoid

I used to obsess over the price of Bitcoin. I used to watch the ups and downs in the market, tracking my holdings in spreadsheets, watching to see if I was in the black or in the red. I used to constantly pull my phone out of my pocket and see where the price was hoping for a surprise moonshot in the seven seconds I hadn’t checked before.

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Posted in Other, Reviews, Software, Uncategorized


Review 15 – Loanbase

Loanbase

I’ve continued in my quest to find more places to invest with Bitcoin. For those of you new to my posts, I wanted to focus on decidedly Bitcoin things in which to invest. These things specifically needed to accept Bitcoin directly, have Bitcoin at the center of their product,

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Posted in Investing, Loans, Reviews


Review 14 – Rollin

Rollin

This is the first Gambling review for my site. I’ve always been a bit of a gambler. I enjoy the thrill, for sure. I understand that the house is there to beat me, but it’s nothing personal. I’ve had some superb wins and some crushing bad beats. I’ve occasionally wagered more than I could really afford to lose,

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Posted in Gambling, Gaming, Reviews


Review 13 – Magnr (Savings)

Magnr (Savings)

I have continued my search for new ways to invest my Bitcoin. I have continued to focus on decidedly Bitcoin things in which to invest. My general requirements are that the investment has to specifically accept Bitcoin directly, have Bitcoin at the center of their product, or something of the sort.

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Posted in Investing, Reviews, Saving


Review 12 – BTCJam

BTCJam

After deciding that I wanted to take a portion of my Bitcoin savings and invest it I began to search for more places like Bitbond. Again, I wanted to focus on decidedly Bitcoin things in which to invest. These things specifically needed to accept Bitcoin directly,

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Posted in Investing, Loans, Reviews


Review 11 – Bitbond

Bitbond

I decided that I wanted to take a portion of my Bitcoin savings and invest it. I wanted to focus on decidedly Bitcoin things in which to invest, however. These things needed to accept Bitcoin directly, have Bitcoin at the center of their product, or something of the sort.

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Posted in Investing, Loans, Reviews


Review 10 – Gyft

Gyft

gyft_1I started Friday with one goal: to feed myself lunch with Bitcoin. If I lived in a larger metropolitan area this would not be that difficult. But I live in a Bitcoin dead zone according to Coinmap and the Bitcoin Map.

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Posted in Gift Cards, Reviews, Shopping, With BTC


Review 9 – Bitfortip

Bitfortip

Bitfortip is a very interesting idea. It’s not really shopping, exactly. It’s more like asking for shopping advice or having someone do the legwork while shopping for you so you can go straight to the buying part. The idea is based on the concept that,

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Posted in Reviews, Shopping, With BTC


Review 8 – Mycelium Bitcoin Wallet

Mycelium Bitcoin Wallet

I really like Copay mainly because it runs on everything. It makes a very good teaching tool because it’s very intuitive and I don’t have to explain how to do things differently based on which platform my readers may choose to use. But if someone asked me which Bitcoin wallet software happens to be my favorite I would not hesitate to say Mycelium Bitcoin Wallet.

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Posted in Brokers, Mobile, Reviews, Services, Wallets


Review 7 – Bitwage

Bitwage

I have a very long list of topics to write about for this site. A significant portion of those topics are reviews. In that category there is only one that falls under the Payroll header: Bitwage. They are the only company out there so far providing this service,

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Posted in Payroll, Reviews, Services


Review 6 – Shift Payments Debit Card

Shift Payments Debit Card

I’ve been working with Bitcoin since December of 2013. Ever since I got started I wondered how long it would take for someone to partner with Visa or MasterCard to get a debit card backed by a Bitcoin wallet. To me it was a no-brainer.

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Posted in Debit Cards, Reviews, Services


Review 5 – Ledger HW.1

Ledger HW.1

LHW1_boxMy second Hardware Wallet review is another Ledger product: the Ledger HW.1, which stands for “Hardware Wallet”. It is a smart card device that holds a Bitcoin Wallet. It can be used as a single user, but can also be purchased in sets of 3 or 10 and used in a group situation using multisig.

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Posted in Hardware, Reviews, Wallets


Review 4 – Ledger Unplugged

Ledger Unplugged

LUN_boxFor my first Hardware Wallet review I would like to offer up the Ledger Unplugged. It is a Java Card applet running on a device the size of a credit/debit card produced by Fidesmo. It uses NFC to communicate with your mobile phone or other contactless reader.

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Posted in Hardware, Reviews, Wallets


Review 3 – Copay

Copay

If you follow my Tutorials to get into Bitcoin you’ll notice that I first recommend users start out with Coinbase or Circle. I do this for various reasons you can read about over there. But there comes a point in the Tutorials that I recommend people get a standalone wallet.

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Posted in Desktop, Mobile, Other, Reviews, Wallets


Review 2 – Circle

Circle
NOTICE: I’m leaving this review up and untouched below this notice because it was accurate when I wrote it. On 2016-12-07 Circle announced that they would no longer offer the service of buying and selling bitcoin. I am rescinding all recommendations of their service simply because they are no longer a Bitcoin related service.

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Posted in Brokers, Mobile, Reviews, Services, Wallets, Web


Review 1 – Coinbase

Coinbase

I’ve been using Coinbase for two years now. In fact my first Bitcoin wallet was with Coinbase. The fact that I’m still using this service is testament to its usefulness. Coinbase takes a lot of flack for a few things, some imagined and some deserved, but it’s still one of the easiest and safest ways to get into the Bitcoin ecosystem.

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Posted in Brokers, Exchange, Merchant, Mobile, Other, Reviews, Services, Wallets, Web


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