Thank You for Helping our Big News Happen
Yesterday on episode #800 of Geek Beat, we revealed our big news! If you didn’t see it, definitely go watch it. We’ve outgrown our current 4,000 square foot space yet again and are moving into a new building… that we BOUGHT! So this means we can do whatever the heck we want to it and make it the most awesome, geekiest place in the world! It’s going to be the Geek’s Disneyland! We’re going to be releasing a LOT more information about it soon, but for now, you can watch our LIVE Q&A we did where we answered your questions. And going forward, just bookmark geekbeat.tv/NewBuilding – that’ll be where you can see all of our tours and renovation projects and generally just see EVERYTHING!
Let’s be clear about one thing. This move is all because of YOU! You make us love coming to work every day and you inspire us to push the boundaries of what this “new media” means. If you haven’t participated much in our Geeks Google+ Community, or hung out in the chatroom, I hope you will. We think of you as family and love getting to know you guys!
Those of you who are patrons… thank you! You supported our efforts in even being able to make this move. And we love you for it! Many of you have asked how you can help support us. We’ll be announcing some stuff where you can participate in the build-out and help with the tremendous cost we’ve taken on. We’ll tell you about that as soon as we can, but in the meantime, you can show your support at geekbeat.tv/patron. And again… thank you!
Major Bitcoin Exchange Goes Offline
Mt. Gox is arguably the biggest and most well known exchange for people to trade their bitcoins. It appears there was a security breach… some are saying there was a huge hack… and they experienced a loss equal to $409 million! They put a stop to all transactions, and it’s hard to see how they’ll be able to recover from this one. They’re not insured since they’re not a bank. You can learn more at geekbeat.tv/mtgox.
Urb-E is a Tiny Electric Vehicle
There’s a really cool Indiegogo campaign called Urb-E. It’s a super compact electrical vehicle. And by super compact I don’t mean like a fold up bike that takes up your entire trunk space! This thing is itty bitty. They wanted to make an electric vehicle that you could use to get around town and still take on trains and buses and fit in a closet. It has a 20 mile range per charge and can go 15 mph. They’re pre-selling them for $799. They also have other versions, like the Commuter which is better for slower speed turns and the GP which only has one wheel on back. That sounds like fun!
New Show Casts Kids as Makers
I just found out about a new Amazon Original series called Maker Shack Agency. If it does well, it’s proof that geeks truly are taking over the world! I joke. But it’s about three young makers – two boys and a girl. Kids who make gadgets and fiddle with electronics. It’s definitely geared towards a younger audience. I’m curious… have your kids watched it? Is it inspiring for them to see geeky kids on screen? If you haven’t seen it, check it out and let me know what your family thinks!
Square Pickup Brings Payment Service
Square… you know, the little attachment for mobile devices that let any small or large business take credit card payments with ease? Well, they just launched a new service called Square Pickup. If you’ve ever ordered food online to pick up at the restaurant, it’s the same idea. But just in app form! The restaurant loads their menu onto the app. You download the app, order away, pay and voila! Food time! This can actually be a really cool turn of events for food trucks. A lot of them already use Square. But imagine being in a hurry and getting to just stop by, pick up and go, rather than waiting in line. Though, the food truck owner might have some challenges on the fulfillment side, but it’s possible to make it work!
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