Coinhako secures Draper funding

Yusho and Gerry of Coinhako have managed to secure funding from Tim Draper to the sum of 6 digits (Draper of DFJ fame)

Congrats guys!

yusho coinhako draper

Amazon Hearthstone Deal (Amazon Coins)

Reddit has a great explanation on how to use Amazon Coins for Hearthstone to get an amazing number of hearthstone packs on the cheap! (ref link)

(The limitation being that the Amazon store is an Android store, so you would need an android device that also hearths)

amazon hearthstone legendary deal

It seems possible to use $80 to get 144 packs (which would usually be maybe $150-$200 depending) via  Amazon Coins for Hearthstone
You can access the amazon app store hearthstone app

http://www.reddit.com/r/hearthstone/comments/2pjiqz/psa_buying_40_packs_on_amazon_gets_you_2500/

PSA: Buying 40 packs on Amazon gets you 2500 Amazon coins. 5000 coins buys another 40 packs. (self.hearthstone)

submitted by jackcatalyst

Sorry I don’t know if this was obvious to others. I only just recently purchased my kindle and I have never used the Amazon app service before. Also the 5000 coin purchase earns you 2500 more coins.

[–]Quentin_Harlech 6 points

Also, if you buy 10,000 coins at once, you pay only $80.

So, if I understand OP correctly, you pay $80 for 10,000 coins, get 80 packs and 5000 coins back, so a total of 120 packs for $80 (compared to $70 for 60 packs if you buy from Blizzard.

[–]Tree_Boar 2 points

Don’t forget you get 2500 coins back on the third 5k purchase, which you then use for a 15 pack and a 7 pack and a 2 pack (see top post in this thread). So you get 144 packs for 80$.

[–]dcm619 -2 points

I got 190 packs for $80!!

I had 3000 coins saved up, I bought 2x 5000 coin packs for $40. Then used those to buy the $50 40 pack which would then earn me another 2500 coins. repeat 3 times in a row and had to use a $20 and $10 blizz packs to finish off all my coins.

Quite the score, im set on packs for life, SIKE, I just opened 25 and not 1 legendary, gonna hold off opening more. I hope amazon coins arent flagged for no legendaries, lol that would be terrible.

 

If you want to check it out, you can go over to the amazon site and try using Amazon Coins for Hearthstone

 

Update: lol, even slick deals picked up on it http://slickdeals.net/f/7523626-hearthstone-pack-deal-buying-40-packs-on-amazon-gets-you-2500-amazon-coins

Bloomberg: Bitcoin Worst Investment of 2014?

Matt Miller, Bloomberg’s bitcoin person interviews David (BitAngels Executive Director) on Market Makers and the price and relationships with the news and announcements, as well as any bottom.

And Bloomberg’s transcript:

David, thanks for joining us.

Good morning.

A lot of people, including the producers of the show are constantly making one of me because i was and am such a bi tcoin believer.

It has come down from $1100 to $350. does that bum you out?

If you look at december of 2012, bitcoin was $13. if you have been a long-term holder of this asset, that’s a pretty good return.

And more important than the short-term price movements, you’ve seen these incredible announcements in the last few days.

Take microsoft — you know, it does not get much larger than microsoft as far as companies that could be accepting bitcoin.

And more importantly, we see a huge user growth in people creating bitcoin wallets.

If you are having these great announcements and support, why is a trading like you know what?

I think it is a long-term valuation creation.

In the short-term, people are voting their opinions.

But in the lot — long-term market, it is weighing in.

We are talking about tens of millions of users by next year.

Ultimately, i think the value will be reflected in the price over time.

Is warren buffett referring to investing in bitcoin?

Is he a bitcoin buyer?

No, bill gates is a bigger fan.

He called it a technological tour de force.

And it also has picked up the likes of mark andreessen and other technological leaders.

You can use the underlying bitcoin technology regardless of what the price is today.

Tim draper and barry silver as well.

When i first started getting really into bitcoin, i was more excited not about it as a currency that wealthy westerners could use, but as a currency that people in troubled economies, for example, like venezuela or argentina could use.

However, it’s not very useful to them if it falls so steeply in value.

When does this turnaround?

There are a couple of technological solutions.

People, like the folks out of panama or the folks out of kenya, they have created negative that can standardize and take — they have created a mechanism that can standardize and take the volatility out.

You see people creating ways to take the volatility out of using bitcoin.

More and more of those types of solutions will start to emerge, and that gives you confidence.

Is that the floor of the price?

It does not really have a floor.

Will that with the resistance under the price?

Ultimately, there is a limited number of bitcoins that will ever exist, 21 million.

As people use it and demand more of it for payments or merchants, that will increase organic demand.

Last year, people were very excited.

In the early days of the internet, if you showed up at night and into and everybody was talking about the wonders of what would come, and in you come back later in 1993, you still would not have seen social media.

I did not even know what it was then.

One of the things i was most excited about was this anonymity, which is really pseudonymity, but the fact that i could use it in his libertarian way.

And now that is an big corporations are getting involved, people are talking about regulating it.

Been lofty does not seem to understand is, but nonetheless attacks it — ben lawsky does not seem to understand it, but nonetheless attacks it was regulation.

The technology itself is completely transparent, so it’s a very bad mechanism for any sort of crime, because there is a permanent record of the transactions.

But the actual ability to maintain financial privacy is very valuable in this day and age when we have seen all of customer information.

Ultimately, we need to move away from that model where we are storing all this information in one place, and decentralized the storage of that information to users who own it.

Where our regulators today on bitcoin?

A year ago, things are moving so quickly they were not even on the map will stop fast forward.

Tell us where they stand today.

In 2020, the conference where then lofty — ben law sky was talking about the licensing.

I think will only they will need to come up with an environment where it is as friendly as the days of the internet.

I feel like bitcoin has gone to canada, germany, switzerland, friendly jurisdictions that have said it is perfectly legal and we will give a lot of clarity about how we will categorize it.

We’ve come a long way.

Treasury has weighed in and the folks involved in a lot of states.

I’m happy to brag that texas is the friendliest bitcoin state with banking.

Let’s say, everyone watching is saying, i like it, i love it, i want more of it, how do they invest today?

For the average person, i would recommend using something like going based on call — coin base.com.

They can go on there and by and have it in their wallet.

But i would recommend going to a meetup — i would recommend going to a media.

Drinking craft beer — working on things in your garage.

Start this way.

Thank you so much.

Lucky for him, he is in austin, texas.

Lucky format, he is sitting next to me in nyc.

When we come back, mcdonald’s can learn something from wendy’s . they could if they ever tried one of those processes, delicious.

I’m talking about the boost in sales.

Hearthstone on Phone (Android, Reddit noroot guide)

For those wanting to play on your phone, short of jailbreak/root or streaming, they have found a way:

There are also other suggestions within the thread

Update: Another one

http://www.reddit.com/r/hearthstone/comments/2pj2q6/much_simpler_way_to_install_hs_on_your_android/

MUCH SIMPLER way to install HS on your android phone (One download & one install) (self.hearthstone)

submitted by G30therm

EDIT: If your country now has the app on your google play store, The app has now been released globally so you can just copy this APK file to your phone and install. The OBS files will download from the playstore and you’ll still be able to play this on screens less than 6″. Read the bold sections. If this still doesn’t work, follow the next steps, remembering to uninstall any current HS apps.


Modified Install Files – Thanks /u/maxicek7 for linking your updated APK. Google Chrome users, you’ll need to go to your downloads and “restore” it as chrome removes .APK downloads by default.

  • Extract using 7zip/winrar (please start using 7zip, it’s so much better)
  • Set your phone to accept apps from unknown sources. (settings>security)
  • Copy the APK and folder to \Phone\Android\obb. (Make sure it’s the phone, not a memory card.)

Should look like:

    \Phone\Android\obb\com.blizzard.wtcg.hearthstone\xxx.OBB
    \Phone\Android\obb\com.blizzard.wtcg.hearthstone\xxx.OBB
    \Phone\Android\obb\xxx.APK
  • Find the folder on your phone using the “My folders” app or equivalent and run the .apk
  • File Manager app if you can’t find the one on your phone
    "All Files\Device Storage\Android\obb"
    (Warning- folders aren't necessarily in alphabetical order so look carefully for the Android folder)
    

DONE! (You also get a free card pack after completing your first game)

No rooting or decompiling required

The app will only work on devices which are Android 4.0 or above. Also, remember that older cpus (single/ duel cores) might not be able to run this game.

If you have a problem, first uninstall the app from your phone and try again.

Remember to unplug your phone and reconnect to your PC before transferring files.


If you’re running lollipop (nexus 5), you may have to do this an alternate way. It takes a little more time, but it’s not very complicated. Lots of lollipop users have said that the above method works for them though, so try it first. See here for more info if you can’t get it working.


EDIT: I’ll keep helping out as long as I can, so drop a comment if you have a problem. But, it’s 430AM here and I’ll be going to bed soon so if I don’t reply straight away, I will tomorrow. In the mean time, have a quick browse through the comments as the most common problems will probably have been covered.

EDIT: Alright, I’m off to bed. If you have any problems and someone else doesn’t answer them, I will when I’m back on tomorrow. Goodnight everyone, and thanks for the reddit gold /u/Caparison :)

EDIT: Well, I didn’t sleep for very long! Guess I wasn’t that tired. Answering questions again, but please remember to read through everything and do a quick search through the thread for the most common questions before posting. If just half of the people with problems can find the solution themselves, it’ll save a lot of my time. Thanks :) Searching for the word “error” will find you most of the main ones.

EDIT: If you do have a problem, please include your phone model and country in your post. It saves both me and yourselves a lot of time.

http://www.reddit.com/r/hearthstone/comments/2phc0e/guide_how_to_hearthstone_for_your_phone_no_root/

Guide: How to Hearthstone for your phone! [No root required] (self.hearthstone)

submitted by Thundernerd

Hey there

It seems everybody is eager to play Hearthstone on their mobile phone, but they can’t because their phones aren’t 6 inch or bigger. There is a way to get around this, but it involves some decompiling/recompiling and changing two lines of code.

First of all, the tools that you need are:

  • To decompile the APK: This tool
  • To decompile CSharp: Decompile CSharp: This tool
    • This one requires a plugin though; when you start this software, look for the menu item “Plugins/Plugins Manager” and install the plugin called “Assembly Editor”

APK and OBB files:

You can download them via your phone as individual files, as long as you just request the desktop website.

Bold means newer.

Step one:

Fire up APK Studio and decompile the Hearthstone APK
Open up the AndroidManifest.xml file
Replace android:normalScreens="false" with android:normalScreens="true"
The same goes for android:smallScreens="false" -> android:smallScreens="true"
Save this file

Step two:

Fire up JustDecompile and open the file Assembly-Csharp.dll (your_decompiled_folder/assets/bin/Data/Managed/Assembly-CSharp.dll)
Look in <Default namespace> for the class "MobileCallbackManager" (fold out "Assembly-CSharp" until you find <Default namespace>)
(if you haven't by now, open up the plugin by selecting it in the Plugins window (Reflexil))
There is a method in there called "IsAndroidDeviceTabletSize()", click on it
In the window of the plugin, on the "Instructions" tab, you should now see a line that has a value of 6 in the Operand column (http://puu.sh/dx8bX/bff8ee08ad.png)
Right click on this and select edit and change the value to 1 (or whatever you want, just a number smaller than the size of your phone) and then click Update
In the list on the left, scroll all the way back up, right click on "Assembly-CSharp", select "Reflexil 1.8 -> Save As" and save it (trying to overwrite the original one caused problems for me)
(If you have problems with this one, go to step two.one)
Remove the Assembly-CSharp.dll file and rename the new dll to Assembly-CSharp.dll

Steo two.one (Only if you’re having problems saving the DLL):

- On the same line where you clicked edit and changed the value from 6 to whatever. Right click again and select "Replace all with code"
- This should open a window showing some code, **just click cancel**
- Now try to save using the normal steps

Step three:

Open APK Studio again
Click on the hammer icon (make sure you have the project selected) to build your modified APK (rebuilt.apk in the build folder)

Step four (you can skip this if you already have the OBB files on your phone):

Put the OBB files on your SD card in the following folder
Android/obb/com.blizzard.wtcg.hearthstone/XXX.OBB

Step five:

Install the APK
Enjoy the game

I’ve tested this myself on a Nexus 4 (KitKat) and Nexus 5 (Lollipop) and it starts on both. However, at some point it just decides to crash on my Nexus 5 and I assume this is because of Lollipop.

Cheers

Hearthstone out on Android

After the initial opening in Aus NZ and Can, Hearthstone now makes its way to android tablets around the world!

http://us.battle.net/hearthstone/en/blog/17141107

Hearthstone Now Available on Android™ Tablets!

Hearthstone Now Available on Android™ Tablets!
Update! Hearthstone is now available for Android tablets globally! If you’ve already picked up Hearthstone on Android through a third party channel, please delete that version and pick it up from Amazon or Google Play instead to ensure that you have the best possible playing experience.


The Hearthstone Android tablet rollout begins! As part of the first phase of our Android launch, players in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand can now download Hearthstone for free on Google Play—and in the coming days, we’ll be fully rolling out Hearthstone worldwide on the Amazon Appstore for Android and Google Play.

You’ll have the complete Hearthstone experience at your fingertips, so get ready to engage in the mech-fueled antics of Goblins vs Gnomes and explore the haunted halls of the Curse of Naxxramas adventure on your little-green-robot-powered Android tablet.

But wait, there’s more! As an added bonus for giving Hearthstone a go on your Android tablet, you’ll earn a free pack of Classic cards. All you need to do to redeem your free pack of cards is complete a game of Hearthstone in any mode on your Android tablet, and BAM, you’ll be busting open a new pack in no time. Win or lose, you’ll earn your free card pack just by enjoying a game of Hearthstone in Play, Arena, or Practice mode.

As always, your card collection and progress will be shared across all devices used to access your Hearthstone account, so everything will be waiting for you when you launch Hearthstone from your Android tablet.


Worried that your tablet can’t run Hearthstone? Check out our support site article for the minimum requirements. And for those of you itching to sling cards from your phone, we’re still polishing all the necessary mana crystals and calibrating mechanics, but we’ll have more news for you early next year

Steam gets Holiday Auction house

Like Sotheby’s, well not really, let the hammers begin

http://steamcommunity.com/auction

steam holiday auction house

Recycle Steam Community items like Trading Cards, backgrounds, and emoticons from your Inventory into Gems and use them to bid on games up for auction. The first auction round ends on 15 Dec @ 11:45pm with a new round ending every 45 minutes until the last auction round ends on 19 Dec @ 2:00am. At the end of each auction round, the top bidder for each title wins.

Pro tip: Need more items to turn into Gems? More than 1,200 games on Steam drop Trading Cards just for playing them. Find out which of your games has drops remaining on your Badges page. Also, don’t forget to craft the Trading Cards into badges, the resulting emoticons and backgrounds have a higher Gem value. If you have nothing in your Inventory to recycle, you can also trade for Gems or purchase them on the Community Market.

The Auction runs 15 Dec @ 11:45pm to 19 Dec @ 2:00am when the Holiday Sale begins.
NOTE: On Thursday Dec 11th we had an issue with Gems that meant we needed to reset the Auction and start over. We apologize for the interruption. Any placed bids will need to be placed again.
  • All Gems created by you have been returned to your Inventory
  • All Gem purchases from the Community Market have been reimbursed. View your Store Transactions to see the Wallet Credit to your account.
  • All previous Auction bids have been canceled and the Auction has been reset.
  • Additionally, anyone who traded away items in exchange for Steam Gems on the first day of bidding will receive a copy of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive in their Inventory.

 

When does the Holiday Auction start?
You can start placing your bids now. The first auction round ends on Monday Dec 15 at 7:45 AM PST with a new round ending every 45 minutes until the last auction round ends on Thursday Dec 18 10AM PST. One of each title will be awarded to the top bidder at the end of each round. That means 100 copies of nearly 2,000 titles are up for auction for a grand total of up to 200,000.
How do I win games/auctions?
Bid the most amount of Gems in an auction round between the dates above to win. Once the auction rounds start on Monday, every 45 minutes the top bidder wins a game and all other bids carry over to the next round.
How do I make Steam Gems?
You can make Gems by recycling Steam Community Items from your Inventory. Go to your Inventory, select the Steam tab, and choose “Community” from the drop down to view eligible items. From there you can see the Gem value of each item and a button to recycle it. In addition to bidding, Gems can also be used to create Steam Trading Card Booster Packs.
How do I bid?
You’ll need Steam Gems to bid, which you can get by recycling Steam Community Items from your Inventory. Select a game from the Auctions list and enter your bid. Gems are removed from your Inventory when they are used to bid and will be returned to your Inventory if the bid is canceled.
How do I increase or cancel my bid?
From the My Bids section above, click on the bid you want to cancel. This will take you to that games auction detail page where you have the options to increase or cancel your bid. Your bid can be canceled at any time unless it is the top bid.
How long is my bid good for?
Unless you cancel your bid or you are the top bidder and win the game, your bid will carry over after each auction round. After all auction rounds are completed on Thursday Dec 18 10AM PST, all outstanding bids are canceled and the Gems are returned to your Inventory.
How do I know if I have won?
You can track your current bids, top bids, and winning bids in the My Bids section above. If you win an auction, you’ll receive it as a Gift that you can add to your Library or Inventory. You’ll also receive an email notification from Steam Support.
What can I bid on?
There are up to 2,000 different games up for auction. There’s also a special profile item up for auction called the 2014 Holiday Profile.
What happens to Steam Gems after the Holiday Auction ends?
Gems will not disappear from your Inventory after the Holiday Auction event ends. You can continue making and using it to create Booster Packs.
How do I get the 2014 Holiday Auction badge?
The Auction Badge has three levels that correspond to Auction participation. Create Gems to earn level 1, place a bid to earn level 2, and win an auction round to earn the final level.
Can I place a “max bid”?
Your bid should be the most you are willing to spend. Steam will automatically increase your bid up to that amount to keep yours the highest bid. Steam will never exceed your bid unless you increase it.
Can I transfer my Steam Gems and Booster Packs?
Yes, these are Steam Inventory items that are transferable in the normal ways: trading or selling on the Steam Community Market. Steam Gems can only be placed on the Community Market after being packed up into a Sack of Gems.
What if something goes wrong?
Valve won’t be liable for bids or transactions that are late, misdirected, garbled, or otherwise invalid. Attempts to transact or bid by automated means may be blocked or otherwise rejected. If the Holiday Auction is disrupted for any reason, Valve may, in its sole discretion, reverse invalid transactions or provide an alternative for game auctions and/or other Steam Gem transactions.

 

Hearthstone lands on Android

From Blizz:

(currently just Aus Can and NZ as they work out the kinks it looks, and they’ve kept to their december target. now the next one is the mobile phone version)

http://us.battle.net/hearthstone/en/blog/17141107/hearthstone-rolls-out-on-android%E2%84%A2-tablets-12-15-2014

Hearthstone Rolls Out on Android™ Tablets!

Hearthstone Rolls Out on Android™ Tablets!

The Hearthstone Android tablet rollout begins! As part of the first phase of our Android launch, players in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand can now download Hearthstone for free on Google Play—and in the coming days, we’ll be fully rolling out Hearthstone worldwide on the Amazon Appstore for Android and Google Play.

You’ll have the complete Hearthstone experience at your fingertips, so get ready to engage in the mech-fueled antics of Goblins vs Gnomes and explore the haunted halls of the Curse of Naxxramas adventure on your little-green-robot-powered Android tablet.

But wait, there’s more! As an added bonus for giving Hearthstone a go on your Android tablet, you’ll earn a free pack of Classic cards. All you need to do to redeem your free pack of cards is complete a game of Hearthstone in any mode on your Android tablet, and BAM, you’ll be busting open a new pack in no time. Win or lose, you’ll earn your free card pack just by enjoying a game of Hearthstone in Play, Arena, or Practice mode.

As always, your card collection and progress will be shared across all devices used to access your Hearthstone account, so everything will be waiting for you when you launch Hearthstone from your Android tablet.


Worried that your tablet can’t run Hearthstone? Check out our support site article for the minimum requirements. And for those of you itching to sling cards from your phone, we’re still polishing all the necessary mana crystals and calibrating mechanics, but we’ll have more news for you early next year

 

Huobi sees China PBOC (Tsinghua finance dean) warming to cryptocoin

In what seems to be a throwback to the crazy china cryptocoin days, huobi seems to suggest that the PBOC frosty attitude to cryptocurrencies could be thawing.

Naturally, it was met in reddit by people jaded from the whipsaws of those days, but here is the thread:

http://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/comments/2p92s2/chinese_government_official_private_digital_money/

Chinese government official: “Private digital money can co-exist with government money.” (self.Bitcoin)

submitted by Huobi

In a speech at the Sanya International Finance Forum in Hainan, China, Wu Xiaoling, former deputy director of the People’s Bank of China, current member of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, and current Tsinghua University Wudaokou Finance College dean said:

“Private digital money can coexist with government money.”

“Coexistence of private money and government money will be a normal part of our world.”

“A new value transfer network based on open-source, distributed information technology will reduce costs and increase efficiency; it is worthy of exploration and development.”

This is the highest-ranking government official to have made such positive public statements about bitcoin.

Huobi CEO Leon Li also spoke at the event.

http://business.sohu.com/20141214/n406932651.shtml

and of course the obligatory moon (in chinese)

[–]themusicgod1 2 points

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