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OnePlus Nord 2 is scheduled to launch in India on July 22 and it seems like pricing for the phone has been leaked. A report claims that there will be two storage configurations of OnePlus Nord 2 that will start just under Rs. 32,000. This places the phone quite a few notches above the original OnePlus Nord that hit the shelves at a starting price of Rs. 24,999. It should be noted that OnePlus has not officially shared any details on the pricing or the configurations for OnePlus Nord 2.
OnePlus Nord 2 price in India (expected)
According to a report by 91Mobiles in collaboration with known tipster Yogesh, OnePlus Nord 2 will be offered in an 8GB + 128GB storage configuration and a 12GB + 256GB storage model. The 8GB RAM model is expected to be priced at Rs. 31,999 while the 12GB RAM model may cost Rs. 34,999.
To recall, the original OnePlus Nord that was launched in July last year came at a more budget-friendly starting price of Rs. 24,999 for the 6GB + 64GB storage variant. The 8GB + 128GB storage model was launched at Rs. 27,999 and the top-of-the-line 12GB + 256GB storage variant was priced at Rs. 29,999.
Besides these, OnePlus Nord 2 has been tipped to feature a triple rear camera setup, headlined by a 50-megapixel Sony IMX766 primary sensor with optical image stabilisation (OIS). This is the same as the ultra-wide-angle sensor present on OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro. It is also the same primary sensor present on Oppo Find X3 Pro.
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Amazon is offering four months of Audible subscription for just Rs. 2. This offer has been announced as part of the Amazon Prime Day 2021 deals. The validity of this deal is valid from July 12 till August 10. The Audible subscription offer is only valid for Prime members. This comes ahead of the Prime Day sale announced for July 26 and July 27. Audible subscribers are entitled to one audiobook title for free every month, regardless of price or length.
The e-commerce giant has announced this offer on its website. For those unaware, the Audible app offers a range of audiobooks and podcasts for users to listen to. Audiobooks are priced differently and with a subscription, users get to listen to one audiobook for free every month. Amazon credits one unit into a subscribed user’s account every month, enabling them to buy any book for free.
It is important to note that Amazon Prime members are already eligible for a 90-day free Audible subscription, so for new members they get only an extra one month free. For old members, this offer holds value as each month’s Audible subscription is priced at Rs. 199.
To sign up for the Audible subscription offer, head to this page and select the Get this deal button. The Amazon site will then direct you to the payment page. Processing the payment will allow users to access Audible via the website and through the app. Amazon clarifies that while this offer is applicable for existing and new Prime members, it is not valid for existing members of Audible and customers who have cancelled their Audible membership in the last 45 days.
After four months, Audible users will be moved to a paid membership and will be charged Rs. 199 per month. Apart from one free audiobook every month, the Audible subscription also offers free unlimited listening to Audible Original shows and the ability to listen offline. It also enables listening to books and podcasts on Echo devices.
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Electric vehicles are driving the UK’s green transition, helping the nation on its journey towards sustainability and net zero emissions by 2050. To achieve this goal, the sale of new petrol and diesel cars will be banned after 2030, meaning that the future roads are guaranteed to look more electric.
But with the increase of electric vehicles comes the issue of charging. Of course, it makes sense that we should all be able to charge our cars at home. Nipping to the petrol station during the rush hour commute will be no more, as recharging will be done on our doorsteps. But do you have an electric vehicle charger at your home yet? The answer is most likely no. After all, we’ve not had much use for them up until now.
At some point, we’ll all need to upgrade our homes to be compatible with new electric cars. But with a rapid increase in the use of electric vehicles, how can our homes sustain the electricity demand? It’s clear that our homes will become central to the green revolution, even on the roads.
Here, we explore how homes will navigate the electric vehicle revolution and help our national environmental ambitions.
What’s the charge?
There are over 35,000 charge points across 13,000 locations in the UK. This means that there are now more public places to charge than there are petrol stations. However, the time it takes to charge can vary between 30 minutes and 12 hours, depending on the size of the car battery and the efficiency of the charging point.
It’s clear that the solution for electric vehicle charging lies at home. Leaving your car on charge overnight while it sits parked on the driveway or in the garage means that you’ll never fall on an empty tank again. But how much will your electric car contribute to your home electricity expenses? The answer: less than your petrol or diesel costs and with the added benefit of being more environmentally friendly.
In fact, on average, electric cars cost 4p per mile while petrol cars cost 9p per mile to run. This means that petrol cars cost over twice as much to run in comparison to electric cars. So, shifting your petrol costs to your home energy costs may boost your home bills, but you’ll be saving in the long run.
Even better, charging your car from your home has additional environmental benefits. The ban on new non-electrified cars aligns itself with the target to power all UK homes with wind by 2030. So, we can rest happy knowing that our cars will be charged with renewable energy at home.
Steering homes towards sustainability
It’s not only our roads that are becoming more sustainable. Our homes are quickly becoming leaders in the green transition, finding more sustainable ways to improve energy efficiency, use more renewable electricity, and lowering our home expenses.
Charging your electric car could instantly become an act of environmental proactivity when you install solar PV panels on your roof. In fact, PV panels are quickly becoming a popular option for homeowners to lower their home energy costs and reduce their environmental impact. Estimates suggest that you could save around £270 a year on your energy bill when using a PV system.
The average UK driver had a mileage of 7,090 miles in 2019. If your electric car costs 4p per mile, this means your annual electricity cost would be £283.60. This is close to the annual savings on your energy from a PV system. Of course, to charge your electric car at your existing property, you will need to install an electric vehicle charging port. The average cost of which is £450 after financial assistance from the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme. Even then, the long-term savings are worth the investment. So how will our homes of the future be designed for the future of electric vehicles?
Ready for the future
It’s expected that 80 percent of electric vehicle charging will take place at home. As such, the government has outlined proposals to change building regulations in England to require all new-build homes to be fitted with an electric car charging point.
However, some housebuilders already offer the opportunity to install electric vehicle charging ports on your new home.
Future roads belong to electric vehicles, but our homes will spearhead the route through the green transition, making their use viable for the next generation of homeowners. As we continue our sustainable journeys, the purpose of our homes and vehicles will change. From simple transport and accommodation, new cars and new homes are allowing us to lead sustainable lifestyles in ways which have previously been impossible.
Loki episode 6 featured a terrific performance by special guest star Jonathan Majors (Lovecraft Country) who entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a variant of Kang the Conqueror — a role he is set to play in Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania, slated to release in February 2023 in cinemas. But here on Loki, that famous Marvel Comics name of his was never bandied about, save for a cursory throwaway mention of “conqueror”. Instead, Majors was called (and credited) only as, He Who Remains. But we did briefly see the Conqueror version, or rather a statue of him, at the very end of Loki episode 6. Who is he? Thankfully, Marvel has given us a bit more information elsewhere.
In an interview with Marvel.com, Loki creator and head writer Michael Waldron said: “We knew that we wanted this show to be huge, and we wanted it to really end with a bang and have a huge impact on the MCU moving forward. Knowing that Kang was probably going to be the next big cross-movie villain, and because he is a time-traveling, multiversal adversary, it just always made so much sense. I came up with that big multiversal war mythology and pitched it out in the room one day to our producers. And they said, yeah, let’s go for it. We knew we were going to end up meeting the man behind the curtain. And then it was just on us to make sure that that meeting really delivered.”
Waldron is more or less confirming that Kang the Conqueror will be Marvel’s next big villain, just like Thanos was until now. Though he’s next expected to show his face in Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania, given what Majors talks about in the Loki season finale and the new multiverse nature of the MCU, we could easily run into other variants of Kang elsewhere. A prime candidate for this is Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the upcoming March 2022 Marvel movie that Loki ties into. And of course, one version of him — Kang the Conqueror — is running the Time Variance Authority in the parallel timeline that Loki episode 6 ends.
Marvel.com confirms this, explaining that the single statue we see in place of the Time Keepers statue is the variant He Who Remains warned them about, Kang, in a futuristic suit. Loki production designer Kasra Farahani then adds that they kept the new TVA’s architectural design identical “to delay the audience and Loki’s understanding that they were in a different place, that they were in a different timeline.” If Mobius’ (Owen Wilson) reaction in Loki episode 6 hadn’t already told you that Loki had travelled across the multiverse, there you have it. It’s also a little curious that Kang the Conqueror would want to run his own version of TVA, but he probably has his reasons.
It will be a while before we learn about them — in either the now-confirmedLoki season 2 or Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania, whichever comes first — and why Waldron wrote He Who Remains as a “very charismatic sociopath” on Loki episode 6: “You had to leave a lot of meat on the bone in terms of how evil he could be, because that’s He Who Remains’ whole thing, that it’s not me who you should be afraid of. ‘It’s the other versions of me that are going to come.’ It was trying to really hint at that terrifying evil within without going all the way there.”
Loki director Kate Herron called Kang the theme of their show: “I was quite excited that we got to show him because he is the one that brings it all [together. He’s] the theme of our show. No one is completely good or completely bad, and people do fall into that gray area. I thought his reasoning with [Loki and Sylvie] that you can take me out, but I’ll be back here anyway…you’re going to awaken all these versions of me. And they are much scarier than me. I really believe him when he says that.”
Majors’ He Who Remains shares part of his background with his Marvel Comics counterpart, who is also originally from the 31st century like the variant we see in Loki episode 6. But while he was a scientist in the Disney+ series, Nathaniel Richards — as he is known in print — was a scholar who travels back in time to Egypt. He ping-pongs through time before conquering Earth in 32nd century, where he rebrands himself as Kang the Conqueror. The supervillain has had a long history since Kang’s first appearance in The Avengers comic books in 1964, though he’s never shown to be the creator of the TVA.
Marvel Studios is known to tweak with characters when it introduces them, so this is nothing new. What remains to be seen is where the MCU takes Majors and Kang.
All episodes of Loki season 1 are now streaming on Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar.
Is Mi 11X the best phone under Rs. 35,000? We discussed this on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast. Later (starting at 23:50), we jump over to the Marvel series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. Orbital is available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music and wherever you get your podcasts.
Rachio didn’t need to improve its top-of-the-class smart sprinkler controller, but it did all the same. With its third generation, this irrigation controller pulls even farther away from the rest of the field.
From a hardware perspective, Rachio hasn’t rocked the boat too much. Both an 8-zone ($189.99) and 16-zone ($239.99) version of the controller (we reviewed the latter) are available, and both now support 5GHz Wi-Fi networks. Either way you go, setup remains a snap: Just pop off the cover (which is now magnetic and even easier to remove) to expose the wire clip terminals.
In my review of the second-generation controller, I complained that the clips were difficult to manipulate. Rachio has corrected this so you can now use a fingertip to easily slide wire leads into the connectors, rather than having to struggle with a tiny screwdriver. Once your leads are connected, just plug it into wall power, pop the lid back on, and you’re ready to continue setup via the app. The whole process is even faster than before, taking just minutes to complete, though note that, as with the original Rachio, you’ll need a $30 outdoor enclosure if you’re mounting the unit in the elements.
Rachio recently upgraded its control app, slightly streamlining its setup and scheduling system. Rachio walks you through configuring your zones, which again includes some simple questions about the vegetation and soil types in your yard, its sun exposure, and the slope of the area. It takes all of this into account, alongside your address, to determine an ideal watering schedule for that patch of earth. If I have any minor complaint about the interface, it’s that the setup system makes you manually delete all unused zones, one at a time, rather than giving you a “bulk skip” option.
Water only when needed
You can give Rachio complete control over watering by choosing “Flex Daily” or “Flex Monthly” schedules, which will water as needed, or set up a manual schedule that waters only when you want. Whichever you choose, you can also opt to turn on Rachio’s upgraded Weather Intelligence, which will automatically skip watering if it’s too wet, windy, or if there’s a threat of a freeze, each of which you can select at your discretion. You can even drill down further in the new app by setting how much rain is required before you skip watering. 0.125 inches is default, but you can knock that down to just 0.0625 inches or up to a full inch of rain. You can also set the windspeed above which you won’t water, or the temperature below which you won’t water. For a gardening nerd, this stuff is as fresh as it gets.
I found Rachio’s recommended watering schedule to be a bit light, but better than most. As with the prior Rachio model, however, its detection of moisture was perfect, never watering when it was too wet outside, and helpfully keeping me informed of its status through notifications on my phone and via email updates.
Two major additional features are new to this third edition of the Rachio. First is the inclusion of a water flow meter, which will be bundled with pre-sale units of the Rachio 3 controller. (It will later be made available separately for $100.) While Rachio did not provide the Wireless Flow Meter for us to test, it is designed to detect water leaks in your irrigation system and to shut down the water supply to any affected zones if a leak is detected, all integrating with the Rachio app.
Perhaps more exciting is the inclusion of manual-run buttons on the face of the Rachio hardware itself. They’re so discreet—built into the Rachio emblem—that you might miss them. Their function is limited to selecting a zone and manually starting or stopping a water run, which is simple, but handy if you just need to give an extra area a little extra water without fishing out your smart phone. All programming needs must still be completed via the app.
Do I have any complaints with the Rachio 3, you ask? Aside from the price (now $50 higher than last year’s), only one: When powered up, the unit emits a high-pitched squeal that I can hear from a few feet away. My unit is mounted in the garage, so it’s not really a problem, but if your controller is in a more populous part of the house, that could become a more significant issue.
Updated July 14, 2021 to update this review with Rachio’s new reduced suggested retail prices for its 8- and 16-zone Rachio Smart Sprinkler controllers.
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Twitter is extending the ability to let users decide who can reply to their tweets even after they have been published on the social media platform. Twitter users already had the ability to limit replies on their tweets, but the choice had to be made before a tweet was published. Users can limit the replies to only users they follow, users mentioned in the tweet, or keep it open for everyone — the last one is the default setting for each tweet. The new setting will be rolled out for Twitter for Android, iOS, and Web.
Through a tweet, Twitter announced the new capability it is extending to its users. The microblogging site had introduced the option to choose who can reply to a tweet last year. But, as mentioned, it had to be done while composing a tweet. Now users can change this setting even after a tweet has been published by clicking on the three-dots menu on a tweet and selecting the Change who can reply option. That will lead users to three options — Everyone, People you follow, and Only people you mentioned.
The new feature gives people more control over who can reply to their tweets. The ability to change who can interact with the tweet can help Twitter users keep away from potential harassment and trolling. Twitter hasn’t said when the update will roll out for all users, but it seems that the rollout process has begun. Gadgets 360 was independently able to verify the new feature. If you don’t see the new feature yet, it is likely to reach your account soon.
Twitter users can select between — ‘Everyone’, ‘People you follow’, and ‘Only people you mentioned’
Twitter has also shown some concepts that will allow users to share their tweets only with ‘Trusted Friends’ — much like Instagram’s ‘Close Friends’ feature that lets users share stories with selected followers. Twitter is working on another feature called “Facets” that will help them categorise their tweets after they are published. “Facets” will let users publish multiple tweets under different handles from one account. Currently, users who wish to publish the same tweet from multiple handles have to switch accounts and then post again.
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TikTok, the controversial video social network from BydeDance, has been downloaded three billion times globally according to new figures by Sensor Tower. That makes it the first app by a company other than Facebook to reach that milestone.
According to the report, TikTok was the most downloaded and highest-grossing app in the first half of 2021 when you take games out of the equation. 383 million installs during that period reportedly meant an estimated $919.2 million in consumer spending.
In terms of quarter-over-quarter growth, Q2 of 2021 was the best yet, according to the report.
In Q2 2021, TikTok saw its greatest quarter-over-quarter growth in consumer spending since Q2 2020, climbing 39 percent to $534.6 million from $384.7 million in the previous quarter. TikTok’s adoption has also accelerated in 2021, as first-time downloads climbed 2 percent Q/Q to 177.5 million in Q1 2021, and surged 16 percent Q/Q to 205.4 million Q2 2021, the most growth the app has seen since its record-breaking Q1 2020 when it accumulated more than 315 million installs, the most any app has seen in a single quarter.
All of this means TikTok is quite the App Store powerhouse and eclipses some other big names that have sought to borrow its features, including the likes of YouTube and Snapchat.
TikTok continues to iterate, with the recent news that it is now allowing all creators to post three-minute videos for the first time. TikTok hopes that will allow creators to tell even richer stories via their feeds, although we’ll have to wait and see whether that happens or not.
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Welcome to this beautiful corner of the internet – Dogecoin meets partying & decentralization. Amy Tom talks to Gary Lachance, a Vancouver-based Dogecoin millionaire and the founder of the Decentralized Dance Party, about how he invested $300 into Dogecoin in 2014. Now, he’s launching his latest project – the Million Doge Disco.
Amy: [00:00:00] So I just found out that I am now internet or relevant. I was watching a real, the other day. And one of these teens was talking about how rolled up shorts are Chooky, which I had to look up. But apparently that means that you’re like not cool. And when I was a teen rolled up, shorts were cool and.
The reverse was quote unquote to you. So I’ve fully come to the realization now that I’m not cool and I’m just accepting it. So here we are. But anyways, this is the hacker noon podcast. Of course. My name is Amy, Tom, and today I am joined with Gary Ella chance. How are you doing today?
Doge Guy: [00:00:41] Good. I didn’t even realize that rolled up shorts existence.
Amy: [00:00:46] Yeah, they do. Did you know about Chuggy? Yeah. Then you’re too old and uncool as well, but that is definitely okay. So Gary, I wanted to have you on the podcast today because you are a Vancouver based doge coin millionaire. I’m also Vancouver based, so I’m excited to chat with you. And unfortunately I’m not a doge coin millionaire, but you are the founder of decentralized dance party.
Doge Guy: [00:01:18] Yes. And
Amy: [00:01:20] can the co-founder. Okay. And can you tell me about your project?
Doge Guy: [00:01:25] The, would you like to hear first about the DDP or the million dose disco?
Amy: [00:01:30] Oh, let’s go million dose disco.
Doge Guy: [00:01:34] So the million dose disco is a master plan to get the entire world partying together. And it’s basically Pokemon go plus the Harlem shake.
Plus Tamagotchi virtual pet incentivized with doge coin.
Amy: [00:01:51] Okay. I see. I see. Okay. I’m coming together and piecing together pieces. So Pokemon go in the sense that it’s like an augmented reality style game, right? Yup. And then we have Harlem shake in the sense that we are doing, like it’s like a dance party.
And then Tamagotchi style. Explain that part.
Doge Guy: [00:02:13] So this will be the doge will be a dojo. Gotcha. Virtual pet. That is also an NFT and you have to dance with it every day to keep it happy and loyal and you can add costumes and feed it treats. Oh my gosh. Okay. It also we’ll have a mechanism where you can receive dokie.
And dear dosha. Gotcha. And yeah, you’ll be able to withdraw the balance and send it to other people that hold dojo got cheese. And the goal is to incentivize a giant global dance party. That will go,
Amy: [00:02:50] okay. This also gives me Nintendo dog’s vibes. Do you remember? No, what’s the Nintendo dog’s was a Nintendo DS game back in the day.
And it was about taking care of your dog. So you had a pet dog or multiple pet dogs and you would feed them and pet them and take them for walks. But I guess with this, the only interaction that they need us to be danced with, is that correct?
Doge Guy: [00:03:17] Yeah, it’s fairly simple. And I guess I’m just realizing, it’s you’re the pet because you have to dance with it every day.
Amy: [00:03:25] the dose own you or do you own the dose?
Doge Guy: [00:03:30] I feel like the dose zones may generally
Amy: [00:03:32] it probably. All right. Cool. And so that is set to be launched tomorrow. What, at the time of recording, which would be July 3rd, right?
Doge Guy: [00:03:44] Yeah.
Amy: [00:03:45] Exciting. Okay. So then tell me about the decentral decentralized dance party, what you have referred to as D P.
Doge Guy: [00:03:54] Yeah. So you may not have heard of it, but for the last 12 years in Vancouver, we’ve been running around with hundreds of boom boxes go back around. So we have a FM transmitter and a backpack. The radius of broadcast is a block or two. Broadcast out music and voice. And then we have hundreds of these boom boxes or Bluetooth speakers.
They’re all tuned into our frequency. It was starting point and we hand them out to people and then we lead them on a robe, roaming adventure through the city streets for three or four or five hours. And now we’ve been doing it for 12 years all over the world. Oh,
Amy: [00:04:35] when does it.
Doge Guy: [00:04:36] You never know, it was big shift when the pandemic showed up.
Yeah. So when the band started, we were doing them virtually, and then we realized like on the zoom call, you can actually have people tuned in. And have you seen the sound box speakers? Let’s see giant portable.
Amy: [00:04:57] Try it.
Doge Guy: [00:04:59] I believe it’s the loudest portable speaker in the world. So everyone on this call, they can be out in the world like beamed in, on their phone, connected to the sandbox.
So you can have a thousand people on the zoom. Each sandbox can be playing music for a thousand people. So you can DJ simultaneously all over the world to a million people.
Amy: [00:05:21] Okay. Where does decentralized.
Doge Guy: [00:05:23] The initial decentralized dance party is there’s no central location and that’s roll audio source.
So it’s completely different from a normal show. You’d go to where it’s like, there’s a stage and there’s a DJ on the stage. It’s like everyone holding a boombox is a node and the network everyone’s on the same level. And everyone’s like an equal performer participant.
Amy: [00:05:47] Interesting. Okay. So tell me what the landscape is like for Liz in Vancouver.
Do a lot of people attend this?
Doge Guy: [00:05:55] Yeah. I started back in 2009, right at the Dawn of the blockchain. We started with just like 20 people on a beach. And then within six months during the Olympics, it was up to like probably 20,000 people. Like totally. Some of these parties have been just massive.
Amy: [00:06:15] What’s the biggest one.
Doge Guy: [00:06:18] The Olympics. It’s hard to gauge because a lot of people were there because of the Olympics, but there was one we did 2011 and ended up being like a blizzard. It was totally crazy in Vancouver. Again. They said the papers said it was like 20,000 people showed up. So that’s a bigger then.
Like it stops being fun for us at that point, maybe 500.
Amy: [00:06:47] It’s hard to manage. Okay. So how did this come to be
Doge Guy: [00:06:51] the DDP or the million doge disco?
Me and a best friend, Tom, we started this thing. We call it Tom and Gary’s decentralized dance party. And yeah, I grew up in a small town. It was pretty wild. And then we moved to Vancouver and things were a little boring. So I just started running around and ridiculous costumes with a boombox at night, just one boom box.
And then we were out doing it. Wait,
Amy: [00:07:21] you moved from a small town and then decided to Vancouver was two boys.
Doge Guy: [00:07:27] I mean we’ve we found ways to have fun the small town. Okay. Okay. Where
Amy: [00:07:34] did you grow up?
Doge Guy: [00:07:35] It was this place called Huntsville, Ontario. Oh,
Amy: [00:07:38] okay. All right. In thousand people. Okay. So you’re from the east coast.
Yeah. And then you moved over to Vancouver thought it was too boring. Started decentralized dance party.
Doge Guy: [00:07:51] Okay. I think it’s changed a lot. When we first moved here, it was like no fun Coover or no fun. That was like the tag. I think that’s died off. Like I think the fun has emerged. Yeah. But I
Amy: [00:08:04] just can’t imagine that a small town in Canada would be more fun than Vancouver.
Doge Guy: [00:08:09] And we had a lot of fun. Like we didn’t realize it growing up, but once we started going out in the world, You guys are crazy. Like the parties were just completely wild. It was just like crazy hillbilly stuff like climbing trees till they snapped and just like setting each other
Amy: [00:08:32] people from small towns are actually my, some of my favorite people, because I think that they’re are more interesting and they also have more interesting slang, which I appreciate.
Doge Guy: [00:08:42] It’s unique, cause you’re like surrounded by nature. And you’re like in here you’re surrounded by billboards and like more corporate influence. And there’s not really spaces. Like every space is like you’re not allowed in the parks after dark. Yeah,
Amy: [00:08:58] definitely. So how did you get into doge coin then?
Doge Guy: [00:09:03] So it was summer of 2011, someone posted on our Facebook and they’re like, decentralized parties are cool, but have you seen decentralized currency? And it’s ah, what’s this? Cause I was always like huge believer in open source, everything and the power of this technology to liberate humanity. I clicked on it.
And it was the early first video animated video. I was like, wow, this is finally, there’s the missing piece of the open source puzzle. Like the financial system can now be built and I was way too busy and way too broke with financing the DDP back then to acquire any. But I was like, I should definitely follow this.
And then yeah, those showed up in 2013. By that time it was always already like fully obsessed with Bitcoin. But then this is like the fun, silly version. And they were like sending the Jamaican bobsled team to the Olympics. I’m doing all this wacky stuff. So we were like, oh yeah, this is. Perfect synergy.
So we did.
Amy: [00:10:13] Yeah. Okay. Cause I was going to say why dos coin though, because obviously doge coin has like the meme aspect of it, which like seems to very much fit within your brand. But I also, I was going to say like, why don’t you, but you’re also an investor in Bitcoin related things too.
Doge Guy: [00:10:29] A little bit.
I put a bit of money in back in the day, but I was always like early days of the DDP. It was like all credit cards maxed out overdraft, like just scraping
Amy: [00:10:40] it. Okay. I want to understand too, like I think that with cryptocurrency, at least for me, there’s like a bit of a hump to get into it. Like I’m a little nervous about doing that first investment or like getting into the market. Whoa. Tell me about how you started doing that.
Doge Guy: [00:10:59] Yeah, like way back then it was ridiculous. I don’t know. There were even any mobile wallets was like paper wallets back then. So my cousin knew about it.
I think he was the person that first helped me figure it out. Yeah. That’s how this whole dose thing happened too. Is there was an early. There was no iPhone, those wallets. So I had to print out a paper wallet and keep it on there. And I was like, I need to be a dojo millionaire. I need to dive in there. So
Amy: [00:11:32] it was like, so then how did you do it?
You just got into the right
Doge Guy: [00:11:37] time. You think? Back then it was like 300 bucks or something like that. And I didn’t have any money. I need to buy this and I need to hold onto it. Yeah. Then yeah. When the price was and the price started going, it went up, went way up and 2017, it hit 2 cents and then it was worth like 20,000.
But I was like, Nope, we’re going to keep holding on. And then this year when, obviously like a hundred X, again, this thing, it came close to a million dollars Canadian a couple of months ago. But by this time we already had this idea to create a million doge disco. Yeah. And I was like, like when I first suggested it, I was like, I got this paper wall.
It would be the perfect, like gimmick to finance, this whole thing. It was worth like 30,000 then. And then. I want a hundred X and they’re like, you still want to do this. And I was like, oh yeah, this just makes it way better. Yeah.
Amy: [00:12:44] Okay. Okay. W what is your educational background in?
Doge Guy: [00:12:48] I was never a huge fan of the centralized educational Institute. Okay. I think we did a lot of our best learning at recess.
Amy: [00:13:00] Wow. Okay. So I just want to wrap my mind around this whole concept. Like you’ve just become so successful with doge coin and like building this brand and the DDP. How did you learn how to do this?
How did you get this experience and this knowledge?
Doge Guy: [00:13:18] Yeah, I heard Roger veer explained it really well. It’s like in order to understand Bitcoin in the early days, like you needed a background and. Unconventional economics to know like how the money supply works and how insane it is that they can just press a button and print trillions of dollars with no one’s consent.
And also you have to know how open source software works to realize why Bitcoin is revolutionary. There’s not a company or a CEO. This is like a protocol that’s going to complete it. Invert the world and power structures. And so I had this knowledge just from doing my own research on these things.
And then when I saw it, I was like, oh yeah, this is the thing. This is going
Amy: [00:14:11] to be, you’re blowing my mind because I think a lot of people have knowledge on this kind of thing. Not to say that you’re not like knowledgeable, but I like a lot of people have knowledge on this kind of thing. What do you think your key to success?
Doge Guy: [00:14:24] I don’t know, it’s been weird. Like I’ve like I have to piece this all together and figure it all out myself, like this whole decentralization. Cause I Geist phenomenon and everything. And I wrote about it and showed it to tons of people and they didn’t seem to care, but there seems to be like a lot of pessimism, like even like Andreas Antonopoulos, all these early people.
They’re like when I first saw Bitcoin, I thought it would fail. When I first saw it, I was like, oh yeah, this is going to work. This is the future. It’s open source. They’ll find a way. So yeah, just being optimistic about new technologies and just like being able to analyze like systems and see where things are headed in the future.
It seems pretty obvious. I never thought the price was going to go like that. So obviously,
Amy: [00:15:19] whatever. Let’s talk about the million dose disco and the tech behind that. Are you, were you involved with developing the game?
Doge Guy: [00:15:29] Yeah. So the way it happened was when you were trying to find a platform to create these NFT peace bond.
Which is an idea we’ve had since 2014, instead of war bonds that governments use to sell, to wage a war it’s peace bond to wage peace, which is us creating this global party movement to unify everyone and looking for a platform to build that on an early 20, 21. And then my friend Thomas who’s co-founder of the million dos disco, he connected me to this company.
He knew. Block the, and they basically just been quietly building this amazing, super powerful, robust NFT platform for the last four years. So most NFTs is just like an image on a website, but they’ve been applying that to these interactive digital, they call them bantams. And so it’s just. Instead of Pokemon go where it’s just like a digital representation.
These are like literal scarce digital goods that can be dropped all over the map. And then as soon as I saw that, I was like, oh yeah, we can finally build our Oakmont Mon go party, game thing. And I was, yeah. Can you put doge in these dancing dosages that you’ll drop everywhere and the main. CEO lead guy.
Lucas is yes, we can. Every crazy question we ask, they’re like, yes,
Amy: [00:17:04] Yes. We can
Doge Guy: [00:17:07] just build anything. So hype, like they’ve just donated the development time to build this thing, because I think it’s an awesome showcase for this idea. So it’s just a bunch of crazy people coming together.
Unify and build this thing. I think people see that and feel it. And it’s been a lot of momentum this week.
Amy: [00:17:33] Yeah. My main question about the million dollar dose just coin is why what is your motivation behind creating it?
Doge Guy: [00:17:43] The entire thing. Yeah. Yeah, like starting out with the DDP weirdos. This is going to be awesome.
This’ll be a cool party, but then we realized pretty quick that like just the interactions we’ve seen between people. Yeah. Mindblowing, like nothing like this has ever really existed before. It’s like a roaming party with all these nodes in the street with all these only positive intentions behind it.
There’s no profit seeking intentions. It’s just like bringing people together and setting them free.
Amy: [00:18:14] Help me wrap my mind around this little, like the nonprofit seeking aspect of this. I don’t understand why. So just for like good dance party.
Doge Guy: [00:18:27] Yeah. For me as, I don’t really like to use the word artist, but for me it’s all about like the creation and the essence of that is the integrity behind it.
So for me, it wasn’t ever about like, how can we make a profit doing this? It’s how can we keep it going as this magic? Beautiful thing that doesn’t have any ulterior motives behind it. Yeah. And it’s hard like a normal festival or a nightclub. Like they have to pay their rent. They have to do all this stuff.
We’re in this zone where with a little bit of money, we can keep it going on a lot of dedication. And now the further we went, the more we toured it and like we’ve done tours across Canada, the states and Europe everywhere we would go is just He’s amazing, like loving connections between people.
Like I’ve never seen like total, like instantly unified and I’ve done some readings too, about the history of partying. It was a cool book by Barbara Ehrenreich, or she talks about it’s a dancing in the streets. History of collective joy. Apparently when the colonialists were traveling around the world, like everywhere.
Did encounter these ancient civilizations. And they were all like, they had these giant, like static party rituals where the whole community would come out and sing and dance, and this would bind the community. And so there were these amazing traditions that have been lost and subverted, the way society is Western society is set up.
And yeah, I think it’s something that’s completely lacking and missing from our culture. Yeah. I started to reintroduce that in this weird, unlikely way. We were like, wow, like this is the world needs this. And it’s important to keep it going.
Amy: [00:20:26] Yeah. Also has to do maybe with the power of music to you and bringing people together that way.
That’s very powerful as well.
Doge Guy: [00:20:35] Yeah. It’s amazing. I’ve been working on it. DDP field manual book that goes deep into all this stuff. It was like 85 pages of capital P party philosophy. That’s another big thing for these parties too, is like doing them in the street. You’re not allowed you can’t be drinking or drugs or any of that.
So we wrote this party manifesto and we said the the objective of the DDP is to. Naturally liberate people from their inhibitions. So if you have the right combination of costumes, props, music, atmosphere, and everything, then you can create an experience. That’s awesome enough that people won’t even think twice about dropping whatever social conditioning they’ve had and just let the inner child takeover already together.
And I think, yeah, that’s the most powerful way. Unify people that I’ve ever seen. Yeah.
Amy: [00:21:33] How many parties have you thrown now?
Doge Guy: [00:21:37] Officially, we’ve done about a hundred full scale DDPs, which is like a huge operation. It’s like a hundred grand boxes, plus all the batteries, preparing them and all the logistics of that.
Amy: [00:21:50] yeah. And how many countries,
Doge Guy: [00:21:52] There’s been a hundred parties, but mostly Canada, us a bunch of different European countries. We did one, you
Amy: [00:21:59] attended the mall.
Doge Guy: [00:22:00] The ones we’ve led, but there’s been a bunch of autonomous party nodes that sprung up around the world. So like Australia down in the states, even remember there’s been a bunch.
All over the world, but the really cool thing about this technology we’ve been realizing, like it starts with a simple dosha got cheap, but the next level, like this is going to be showing up as it’s something I’m definitely envisioning is once you get augmented reality glasses going, which I’m thinking to come out in the next year, nice ones and the new iPhones all have a LIDAR scanner, which is built for AR.
You’ll be able to drop like digital objects, millions of them everywhere in the world. And even yourself, like you can, if you scan yourself with the LIDAR, create like a model of yourself and you can wear like the haptic suit and you could put a million of you like dancing or doing whatever all over the world that anyone can opt into.
So that’s what we’re ultimately trying to build this verse metaverse RD verse. Good time, universe layer up of the world.
Amy: [00:23:14] Okay. So let’s talk about the funding behind this project then. Is it funded by you and block V
Doge Guy: [00:23:23] I’ve been doing all the development side of things, which I don’t even know what that’s worth.
It’s probably worth a million dollars itself. They just work with big corporate clients, but yeah, I’m doing the. The paper wallet with a million dos. So that contributes to the coins and just a small team. So some other dose has paid for that over these few months to get it off the ground. And then we’ll be figuring out exactly how to monetize things without compromising any of the values of the magic.
And we’re hoping, there’s tons of things. And the dos community that have done well this year. And once they see what we’re doing, they’ll want to donate. And that’s the idea too, is to have anyone give anyone the ability to like, make it rain, doge anywhere in the world and just give to each other.
And are you familiar with do only good every day? D O G yes. Yeah. So we’re very inspired by that. And it doesn’t just have to be a party. It could be like beach cleanups or any kind. Doing only good action. So it’s a way to instantly reward people around the world for doing something awesome.
Yeah. And yeah, we’re just, we’re not trying to over-engineer it at this point, it’s simple fun then seeing where
Amy: [00:24:52] is DDB your full-time job?
Doge Guy: [00:24:54] It hasn’t really turned a profit over the years, I’ve had many other side hustles and things to keep them while lately there’s been enough with crypto to pay the rent and keep things online.
I live a pretty simple lifestyle when people have been generous with donations over the last few years that has helped out. Yeah. Yeah. I did some others. Random Airbnb used to fix and sell bicycles. And that’s crazy. Like in the early days I was so broke, but you just have to like, like all I did, all I drank was water.
So it cut out all the other stuff you drink and you’re saving hundreds of dollars. I’ve never had a car. So I was just using like zip cars or whatever. I’d make all my food at home. So you save a ton of money, not going out to restaurants. And yeah. Always had roommates to save money. So even in a very expensive city, I was able to like,
Amy: [00:25:59] yeah, Vancouver is expensive to learn.
Doge Guy: [00:26:02] Yeah. There’s always ways to get creative and cut out. And I don’t buy real clothing and specific things or whatever.
Amy: [00:26:14] Okay. So is this how you dress on a daily basis?
Doge Guy: [00:26:19] I don’t always wear the tiger pads to bed, but trying to do something using jammy backs.
Amy: [00:26:29] Yeah.
Doge Guy: [00:26:38] so this, my friend created this company called jammy pack. So it’s a Fanny pack with a Bluetooth speaker in it 10 years ago. And this is essentially. So the speakers just in the front there. Okay. Yeah. Yeah. Anytime I leave the house, I try to have sharing music into the world.
Amy: [00:27:00] What kind of music do you listen to electronic?
Doge Guy: [00:27:06] Yeah. Oh, it goes the full range of everything. W
Amy: [00:27:12] what kind of music is that? These dance parties.
Doge Guy: [00:27:16] So with the parties we try and just play the most fun, infectious uplifting, silly music, but still
Amy: [00:27:24] yeah. So like pop electronic EDM stuff.
Doge Guy: [00:27:30] Yeah. Like I’m not even, I’ve just always called everything.
Techno if it’s
Amy: [00:27:35] electronic. Yeah.
Doge Guy: [00:27:36] Okay. Yeah. We were always way into the nineties dance. Like loud Boosh and all those things. So that was the primary inspiration. But yeah, I have a, my dear friend jock call my unofficial son. He got inspired by the DDP and started throwing his own parties with sound boxes all over the world.
He’s always hunting out new stuff on Spotify and sending it to me, but we play, we’ll go. Crazy intense, like high energy party music to like Celine Dion to like funny like film scores. There’s have you seen the, that Michael Jackson saw mama say mama Salma. Mako saw, yeah. Looped for 10 hours straight it’s gosh.
Amy: [00:28:24] Wow. Okay,
Doge Guy: [00:28:28] cool. Like it’s a whole. Unto itself yeah, like you got a microphone and you’re playing the music and you’re like spotlighting people on zoom, like crafting this like visual party journey. My friend had a good word for it. He called it human jockeying instead of this joking. Cause you’re like, yeah, like I’m in dancers live and
Amy: [00:28:50] it’s pretty neat advice.
Would you have to someone who is looking to get their side project off the.
Doge Guy: [00:28:59] Off the ground. I saw Steve jobs interview the other day that my girlfriend sent to me. Who’s also a crazy entrepreneur working many hours a day. And he said, yeah, you have to love it. You have to have passion for it because it’s going to be hard and it’s going to be horrible most of the time, probably.
So it’s just Believing in what you’re doing and being focused and committed and yeah, for me, I’ve never really wanted to have kids. I’ve just wanted to be focused on creating an adventuring. Yeah. Just never giving up, never give up because there’s so many challenges and so many like crazy things.
Deal with, but
Amy: [00:29:51] yeah, that’s good advice. Are you nervous about the, sway that Elon Musk has overdose?
Doge Guy: [00:30:01] I mean it centralizes things and stuff. Like he could, if he disavowed the doge, which I don’t think he will, the price would crash, but those like the community is just so strong. And so devoted that doesn’t matter, like those just still here after seven years made it through.
Amy: [00:30:22] You don’t think that if he, yeah. What if he says that? Yeah. What if he disavows it? What if he says that it’s not. Liable, or it’s not a good investment anymore. I don’t have no idea. Or it says something like you remember how he did the SNL skit and then like it tanked a little bit because people are like, what the fuck does that make you nervous about the like business platform that you’ve built or,
Doge Guy: [00:30:53] I’ve been a believer in the dose.
We first met in 2013. We’re going to find a way no matter what. And yeah, I think my assessment of Elan is he’s like as obsessed as I am with dos. So yeah, I think once you’re hooked, like you don’t walk away from the dose.
Amy: [00:31:13] Yeah. Okay. Okay. Let’s talk about the dos community a little bit. Then tell me what it’s like.
Cause I’m not. I don’t think I’m very that familiar with the dosha community.
Doge Guy: [00:31:24] Yeah. I’m still getting familiarized. We had our own weird, those DDP niche. I guess there’s seven years of history, but yeah, like we, we put up a sign up form on our website where it’s like, would you like to help out, just tell us.
That’s like this big, long Google form about had over 200 people signed up yeah, I just love it. I want to help out. And like the whole spectrum of backgrounds, like people all over the world, like Kazakhstan, like anesthesiologists and all these it’s just like everyone from every walk of life.
That for some reason just resonates with doing only good and having fun and being silly and like a positive. Uplifting community. So it’s definitely fun, authentic people that want to spread positive vibes. That’s so that plus open source technology is it’s a done deal. I think been talking with the devs a lot recently.
We’re actually hopefully going to be establishing re-establishing. Doby Cohen foundation pretty soon. Yeah. And when I was talking to them, I’m not like a expert program or anything. I was like, couldn’t we just can you just take any of the best aspects of any other crypto project and plugged them into dos?
And they were like, yup. So like Moses, the most beloved meme of all time. If it’s not already, we’ll soon be the strongest brand in the world. So
Amy: [00:33:03] That’s a bold statement. I don’t know about that. The strongest ran in the world.
Doge Guy: [00:33:10] I think. I’m in my own weird bubble. I think like religions are stronger brands.
Yeah. I mean like Coca Cola has a strong brand, but no one, like we’ll organize a festival for it. Volunteer hours to help, like this is this organic self perpetuating ecosystem of people that are fired up. So the die hard
Amy: [00:33:33] fans
Doge Guy: [00:33:34] and they’re, I think they’re mostly pretty clever, so they can stuff and they figured out how to network and organize.
Amy: [00:33:43] I just have a question. What do you think is the demographic of doge supporters?
Doge Guy: [00:33:51] Seems to be the whole spectrum. It doesn’t matter politics, or left young, or, if you’re really old, you’re probably not up on crypto things, but in general, yeah. It’s love. And we’ve given out like thousands and thousands of dose stickers and everyone I give them to, it just resonates.
Yeah. Even seniors, like rappers, basketball players, like all these celebrities. I think it’s actually cool. It’s like this silly thing. That’ll appeal to little kids, but then you got rappers just being like yeah,
cool. This is why it’s the most powerful it’s and it makes like doing good being like cool.
Amy: [00:34:35] You’re good stuff. It is a feel again, it’s a feeling. Cool. Okay. So what is up next for you? 4 million dos disco for the DDP what’s coming up.
Doge Guy: [00:34:50] So we’ve got our giant global activation launch live stream tomorrow where we’ll be dropping the first 1,111 docents with coins in them all over the world to the people that have signed up.
And then, yeah, we’re working towards. Really giant global activation on world peace day, September 21st unify as many people as possible and between now and then. Yeah, we’re just going to be upgrading, evolving the game, figuring out how to plug in all these people that want to volunteer and be a part of it.
It’s basically building an army of light to wage peace and do good stuff. Hope the best tasting.
Amy: [00:35:34] Alright, this episode probably won’t be released before tomorrow, which is July 3rd. So where can we find you and your stuff online?
Doge Guy: [00:35:44] So dojo, disco.com or at doge disco on every social media. We were lucky to Snagit Gary let chance and.
DDP is T H E D p.com. If you Google it, you’ll find it pretty easy.
Amy: [00:36:02] Perfect. I will put all of those links in the show notes, Gary. Thank you very much for joining the podcast. I appreciate
Doge Guy: [00:36:08] it. I need to show you the doge disco salute. Yes, let’s see it. Let’s just figure it out a couple of weeks ago by some team members.
Fingers pointing up towards the moon. Okay. Hand hugging the earth and then to bring it in.
It took me a while. And then yeah, you got it. And then you have your back thumb is the tail to wag. Oh,
Amy: [00:36:41] wow. Okay. I see.
Doge Guy: [00:36:43] Or you can just do a simple .
Amy: [00:36:47] The doge coin salute. All right,
Doge Guy: [00:36:49] let me about the pot cross.
Amy: [00:36:53] Oh, the pod cross.
Doge Guy: [00:36:54] Yes. The Toshiba full moment crossed her pause and the world was never the same, the way
Amy: [00:37:04] the doge.
It’s all about the dose. There you have it, everybody.
Doge Guy: [00:37:09] There’s one more, one more dimension is. Not everyone has realized that yet, but those spelled backwards is ego or ego D ego death. And that’s what, this is really all about. Partying, the dos, having fun. It’s all about the dissolution of the ego, not as how we unify the world.
Amy: [00:37:36] Mike dropped. That was very Eckhart. Totally. Have you
Doge Guy: [00:37:42] reached out to one of these parties? Yeah.
Amy: [00:37:46] Okay. If you get Eckart out, hit me up. Let me know. I’ll I’ll also attend,
Doge Guy: [00:37:53] this is my space.
Amy: [00:37:55] This is my space. Now I don’t, maybe I should get on
Doge Guy: [00:37:58] that. If you figure out a way to re.
Amy: [00:38:03] All right. Thank you very much, Gary.
Doge Guy: [00:38:06] Thank you.
Amy: [00:38:08] Salute. All right. If you like this episode of the hacker noon podcast, you can like share and subscribe.
We appreciate it. This episode was hosted by me, Amy, Tom. It was produced by hacker noon and edited by our lovely audio wizard, Alex, thank you very much. And we will see you again. Next time. Stay weird and I’ll see you on the internet. Bye-bye.
Windows 365 has debuted to offer an all-new way to access a full-fledged Windows operating system from anywhere — using a desktop, laptop, or even a mobile device. Microsoft announced the debut of Windows 365 at its partner-focussed virtual conference Inspire 2021 on Wednesday. The new offering brings the concept of a cloud PC to reality and comes as Microsoft’s latest product for the remote working environment that became so common with the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic last year. Windows 365 is designed to offer a complete computing experience through a native app or Web browser on any device that has an active Internet connection.
Windows 365 availability
Microsoft said that Windows 365 would be generally available to organisations of all sizes starting August 2. It will be accessible through any device including a Mac, iPad, Linux, and even an Android phone. There will be two cloud PC configurations — Windows 365 Business and Windows 365 Enterprise. Pricing details are yet to be announced, though.
Windows 365 features
With Windows 365, Microsoft aims to offer an experience that looks, feels, and has the security of a traditional Windows PC but can be accessed through a native app or a Web browser. It allows users to access full Windows 10 (or Windows 11, once it will be available) directly from an app or using the Web browser. Users will also get access to their apps, tools, data, and settings from the cloud that they would want on their PC.
Thanks to the Microsoft Cloud integration, you will be able to access Windows 365 while switching between multiple devices and irrespective of the device, you will get the same experience. Since the service will run on the cloud, it will not result in any performance differences even when you move from a top-end device to a more basic one.
Windows 365 will let you run apps on the cloud Photo Credit: Microsoft
Although Microsoft already offers Azure Virtual Desktop to offer Windows through the cloud to enterprise customers, Windows 365 is aimed to provide virtualisation that does not require dedicated IT support. However, if a company has IT admins, Microsoft said that they could manage and deploy cloud PCs based on Windows 365 using the same tools that they use to manage physical PCs.
“Windows 365 is really going to make a huge difference for organisations that wanted to try virtualisation for various reasons but could not — maybe it was too costly, too complex or they didn’t have the expertise in house to do it,” said Wangui McKlevey, General Manager of Microsoft 365.
Microsoft mentioned that Windows 365 will support business apps, namely Microsoft 365, Dynamic 365, and Power Platform, among others. Microsoft Endpoint Manager will also be able to work with Windows 365 to let IT teams manage cloud PCs provided in their organisations and apply management and security policies remotely from their devices.
IT teams will be able to manage Windows 365-based cloud PCs through Microsoft Endpoint Manager Photo Credit: Microsoft
Windows 365 also comes with the Endpoint Analytics dashboard to offer analytics and give access to look at the Internet connection health across the network. Further, there is a new Watchdog Service to let IT teams run diagnostics.
In addition to offering remote access, Windows 365 is touted to be designed to address some of today’s security challenges using a Zero Trust architecture. The service comes with multi-factor authentication (MFA) to verify login or access attempts to the cloud PC using an integration with Microsoft Azure Active Directory. There are also options to delegate specific permissions such as licensing, device management, and cloud PC management using specific rules. Further, you can use Microsoft Defender for Endpoint for an enhanced security.
Microsoft also claimed that all managed disks running Windows 365-based cloud PCs are encrypted, all stored data is encrypted at rest, and all network traffic to and from the PCs is also encrypted.