Never Recommend Cryptocurrency Investing To A Friend or Family Member

Back in 2013, cryptocurrencies first started to break into the mainstream news. Bitcoin rose from being worth nothing to being valued over $1,000 in an extremely short timespan. Even a cryptocurrency like Dogecoin gained a little notoriety somehow. For a while, things remained mostly quiet after Bitcoin crashed to around the $300 mark. Things really started to pick up in the past year or so with many currencies gaining incredible momentum. Ethereum shot up to $400 for a few hours, and then Litecoin smashed its $38 high to reach $90.

For all intents and purposes, the cryptocurrency market, in general, is steamrolling forward in a bull market. Corrections appear to happen every couple to few months, but that’s always been the case for these currencies. Smaller cryptocurrencies can gain or lose 30% in minutes and without warning after all. Still, the overall trend remains up, and most analysts believe cryptocurrencies have more room to grow. Many investors might recommend these currencies to friends or family members because the opportunities seem limitless.

Nothing is worse, however, than making such a recommendation.

More Good News than Bad, So What’s The Problem?

Cryptocurrencies as a whole gained billions of dollars in value throughout 2017. For every crash or correction, the market always seems to rebound in a big way, whether the rebound takes a week or a month. Many currencies continue to receive tons of development with new features coming on a regular basis. Bitcoin and Ethereum might be the best-known cryptocurrencies, but plenty of others continue to make strides in adoption and featureset. Most news coming out of the cryptocurrency world is overwhelmingly positive with only minor setbacks.

Issues with cryptocurrencies, in general, revolve around the occasional hack, adverse government action, and uncertainty. Ethereum-based initial coin offerings (ICOs) continue to leave a bad taste in investors’ minds when things go wrong. Similarly, the capability of Ethereum’s network has been questioned after congestion nearly broke the entire network. China has started to crack down on ICOs, and the US government mulled limitations on cryptocurrencies not too long ago. These things are troubling but mostly ignored by the market long-term.

Why Uncertainty Is A Major Problem For Investors

Uncertainty is the true problem with cryptocurrencies at the moment. Long-term they might be worth thousands of dollars apiece, but we’re not there yet. If you recommend cryptocurrencies to a friend or family member, you’re subjecting them to quite a bit of uncertainty. After you recommend a given currency, they might put hundreds or even thousands of dollars into that choice. That currency or the market as a whole could drop 15% or more within a very short period of time, which will spook the person you recommended the currency to in the first place.

Despite the long-term growth potential or what you tell someone, losing hundreds or thousands in the blink of an eye is hard to stomach. In reality, the average person is going to sell off their holdings the second something goes south. Cryptocurrencies drop large percentage amounts on a regular basis, and that’s par for the course here. Seasoned or knowledgeable investors might know this fact, yet newbies aren’t going to stomach these swings of highs and lows so often. Simply put, it’s irresponsible to make cryptocurrency investing a recommendation today.

You might believe you, and everyone you tell, can make a fortune off cryptocurrencies long-term. Such beliefs might even be proven right in the coming years. Then again, you could cost a friend or family member a lot of money through a simple recommendation. It’s better to state your opinions on cryptocurrencies and leave the conversation at that, instead of making an outright recommendation. Be responsible and tell people it’s a major risk and a volatile investment that may or may not pay off anytime soon.

Nokia E1 detailed specs

Nokia is scheduled to return to the smartphone market later this year, although via a licensing agreement with HMD Global, which will make phones with the “Nokia” brand name. This time, though, their phones will run Android, which is more in demand when compared to Windows Phone OS, which used to power earlier Nokia smartphones. There is a lot of speculation about the launch, but as per sources, the Nokia phones will launch at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 in Barcelona in the later part of February.

Nokia will bring out two Android devices, rumored to be named the E1 and D1C. Today, the specs of the E1 were confirmed, and as per rumors, it is indeed an entry level device. The phone comes with a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, which is a quad-core chipset along with the Adreno 308 to drive graphics. The phone also comes with 2 GB of RAM along with 16 GB of internal storage, with a microSD card slot to further expand the memory.

The Nokia E1 will also come with a 5.2-5.3 inch display with a resolution of 720p along with capacitive buttons. The device also features a 13MP camera sensor at the back while a 5MP sensor performs the imaging duties up front. The devices will also run the latest version of Android, v7.0 Nougat.

Considering the hype surrounding the Nokia launch, many analysts expect the devices to sell well, due to the “Nokia” brand name. But the most important factor for these devices’ success will be their pricing, which will either make or break Nokia’s dreams of returning to the smartphone market. Either way, we can’t wait enough for the Mobile World Congress this year, as a lot of innovative and exciting launches are expected from all the major phone makers.

Is Video Metadata Powerful?

Think of metadata as data about your data.

In the context of using metadata on the internet, it’s a short excerpt as to what your webpage is about. Normally in the standard presentation of title, short description and some keywords to help categorise the content. Keywords used to be a major ranking factor, but they aren’t now – we won’t go down that route just yet though!

Meta is, and has been used by developers and designers for a long time. However, more recently, the importance of video metadata has been brought to light with content creators and marketeers seeing the growing value of video online.

Let’s do a comparison of two media items and we’ll explain why Video Metadata is a game changer.

With embedded images, you rely on the name of the image, the alt tag and the caption (if applicable) to serve the meta. An image is a static resource, so a single caption will likely be perfect in this case.

With video, it’s not a static resource. A single video can cover many topics and surely your meta should reflect that.

Enter the html5 ‘track’ attribute.

The track attribute supports one type of text track (ie subtitles),

Video Metadata tracks allow web devs to sync any information they want to with timed points within a video. When the time point specified within the cue is hit a JavaScript or JQuery event will fire, and the text contained in the cue is passed to the script.

Let’s break this down.

A simple example could be a particular team member or presenter from a show on the BBC for example. When the presenter is on screen, it would correspond to certain time points within a cue. The could listen for these cues, and update webpage content within the site, pulling in that particular presenters bio onto the page, or filtering the page to load more items by the presenter.

The use cases for tracks are pretty much limitless, and we’ll explore some of these in more detail in future posts.

The power of the HTML5 track attribute doesn’t end there…

From an SEO standpoint, search engines (like Google) can use the information contained in the track to relate search queries to specific cues within in the video, based on the video metadata. The tracks are separated, so a search engine can prioritise results based on the length of a related segment, the amount of times with which the term appears in the video, and whether the subject of the search term appears visually in the scene, regardless of whether or not the word itself is spoken. Combine this with multiple translations and you’ve got yourself a pretty powerful piece of content, readable worldwide. Watchable worldwide and indexible on multilingual search platforms.

5 Things To Remember While Investing in Digital Currencies

By now, you’ve probably heard a thing or two about digital currencies. Dozens of these currencies continue to explode in popularity. The truth is they’re mostly used as investment vehicles today rather than as actual currencies. Chances are high you don’t know the slightest thing about how they work, but you’re interested in generating a profit through investment. If you plan on investing in digital currencies, then keep the following things in mind at all times.

1. Choose a reputable exchange with an established track record. 

Going through an exchange is the simplest way to invest in digital currencies. Dozens of exchanges operate today, but they’re not all worth considering. First and foremost, you’ll want to choose a reputable exchange that’s been around for some time. Then you’ll want to consider an exchange’s schedule of fees as well as any insurance backing. Ease-of-use and user interface should be considered, too.

2. Only invest an amount you can afford to lose. 

You’ll never hear a more common piece of investment advice. You cannot invest in digital currencies with the expectation of getting rich. In reality, you’re not going to dump $100 into a currency and turn it into $100,000 overnight. It’s vital that you keep pace with your actual financial obligations like bills and other expenses. Only invest money today that you’d be comfortable with losing in full tomorrow – it can happen.

3. Keep track of every little detail with your transactions. 

With digital currencies, you don’t need to purchase an entire “coin” and can purchase in increments instead. Every investor needs to keep track of individual transactions to know how their investments are performing. You should know how much currency you bought, what price it was purchased at, and whether you’re generating a profit. Likewise, you cannot forget about fees you might pay when buying or selling currency.

4. Don’t forget about the tax implications of these investments.

In the United States, digital currency investors need to pay taxes on their earnings. You might not think about this while you’re making money, but the law still applies to digital assets. The tax rates are higher on assets you buy and then hold for less than a year. On the other hand, you can pay a lower percentage on assets sold after a year of ownership. Consult a tax professional if you see more than a few hundred dollars in profit here.

5. Consider pulling out if your profit starts to soar. 

Bitcoin and Ethereum, among other currencies, have made random individuals millionaires in quick fashion. For smaller investors, these currencies have still allowed individuals to make great financial gains in their lives. Stories where people pay off their car payments, or even their mortgages, are somewhat common. If your digital currency profits could change your life for the better, don’t hesitate to pull out and make those changes.

Whether you’re investing in Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, or something else, you should have a gameplan. You’ll want to follow these guidelines and others to avoid problems. Digital currencies remain more popular than ever before, but most people know nothing about them. Hypothetically, you can jump into the game early by investing in these currencies and potentially see major gains over time.

Is IT Right For You?

For many people, IT represents the department called when there is a problem with their computer at work. It’s the nerdy in-law called when you download an app that you shouldn’t have and need them to unfreeze your phone. Information technology covers a variety of careers, from hardware troubleshooting to cyber security.

So how do you decide what road to travel? And how do you get started? Before you go and sign up for a bunch of courses that you most likely are not ready for, take the time to examine where your interests lie, so you don’t waste time and energy going down the wrong p.

Before doing anything else, figure out WHY? Why IT? Are you looking for a career change? Hoping to take a few coding classes, build an app, and cash in? Do you like examining different applications on your phone and computer? Are you curious about how data flows back and forth between the various applications that you use daily? Do you want to be able to pull large amounts of data into a manageable set of information? The WHY is the question that needs to be answered before you even think of writing a single line of code.


Getting your application to market is going to change the world and make you rich! Well, once you figure out how to tell a loop from an integer. Can you picture yourself five years from now expanding your skill set to new and ever-changing developments and applying what seems practical to your own work?

Programming web and mobile apps might be a great choice for you. So what language should you start with? None. Before you start programming, you must understand programming. This means getting a basic understanding of what programming is before focusing on a specific language or framework. Sure, you could go out and purchase a book in any language that suits you and start typing away. You may put together some competent applications. Inevitably, there will come challenges that leave you stuck if you don’t have a solid foundation of programming principles. At a minimum, learn the ins and outs of functional and object-oriented programming before you do anything else. Nailing down these concepts will give you the confidence needed to proceed in the programming language of your choice.


A top of the line application has top of the line data architecture. That architecture takes into account every possible path for that data, from storing it in various repositories, or presenting it to an end user in a variety of ways. Nothing ruins the reputation of an application more than not being able to rely on data to be where the user needs it to be WHEN they need it to be there. Just like with programming, start with the building blocks. Understand what data structures are, as well as the different ways that data can be stored and transferred. Study those concepts, then decide how you want to proceed. Possible career paths include fields from database programming to data mining to any other number of options involving data management.


Technology gets complicated. Even those who build and manage it can get lost in the details. Documentation is critical and often neglected. Having the ability to break down a piece of architecture into components that can be understood by both technical and non-technical users is critical for technical writers. Having strong writing and communication skills, along with an aptitude for computers and programming lends itself well to this career path. The most important part of technical writing is the WRITING, so shore up your basic writing and grammar skills. Learn how to use programs that allow you to diagram critical structures of the system. Become versed in how to present these visually so that end users of at any technical level grasp the concepts.


These are just a few questions to consider when deciding if IT is a viable career option. An ever-expanding field, new opportunities open up every day for people from all walks of life. Look for programs at higher education institutions. Consider online options if your schedule won’t allow for traditional classes. There’s no one true path to IT. Your path can lead you to the IT shop of a Fortune 500 company, or allow you to build your own website to support a business. What’s important is finding what’s right for you and being willing to build a solid foundation of knowledge.