This company is encouraging employees to take part of their salary in Bitcoin

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With cryptocurrency values to continuing to skyrocket, at least one company is going to try to give its employees an incentive to invest in Bitcoin by offering it as a salary option. 

Japanese internet company GMO Internet Group will be rolling out the system in February 2018, according to a report from Coindesk. Employees will have the option to choose a portion of their monthly salary, ranging from 10,000 yen ( around $89) to 100,000 yen (or $888), to be paid to them in Bitcoin. 

GMO will also throw in a 10% bonus, as an incentive to encourage more investment, and the entire process will use GMO’s own cryptocurrency referred to as “GMO coin.” Read more…

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This 400-pound, sidewalk-roaming security robot just got fired

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A five-foot tall, 400-pound robot with four surveillance cameras just got fired from its security job. Right before Christmas.

The San Francisco animal welfare non-profit, SF SPCA, rented the ‘bot to roam its parking lot and grounds, ostensibly in response to a recent burglary.  But to the dismay of neighbors, the SPCA also let the robot patrol the public sidewalk outside the property. 

Now, after being sent a deluge of threats, Ars Technica reports the SPCA has pulled the plug on its robot… for now. 

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This $12 lens kit will be your smartphone's newest sidekick

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Sure, your smartphone camera is great. But don’t you wish it could do a little more?

The RAWtronics Universal 3-in-1 Lens Kit will be your smartphone’s new sidekick. As the name suggests, this versatile accessory comes with three different lenses: fisheye, wide-angle, and macro, all of which were designed to elevate your snaps and potentially increase that Instagram follower count. Just as a professional photographer makes use of different lenses for different scenarios, this kit allows you to switch between lenses depending on your subject. Be that a detailed closeup shot, a large group photo, or a perspective-warping snap.  Read more…

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BB-8 is getting a vacation from saving the galaxy and is here to charge your devices in the car

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With The Last Jedi finally here, there’s no better way to celebrate than tricking your car out with a handy BB-8 car charger.

This USB-enabled charger fits snugly into your cupholder and has two ports in case you have multiple devices in need of charging. For a little authenticity, BB-8’s head moves and rotates, and it even makes traditional beeps and boops like any proper Star Wars droid should, though you can turn that off if you want. Read more…

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Upgrade your holiday with app-controlled lights

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The holidays are nearly upon us and if you haven’t already decked your halls or are looking to take things full Griswold this year, may we suggest these super cool app-controlled twinkle lights.

Image: ThinkGeek

Image: ThinkGeek

Whether you’re decorating a Christmas tree or hanging lights outside your house just to be festive, these LED lights let you add a personal touch to your decorating. Using its companion app on your device, you can program the lights to shine with various patterns. Choose from pre-set designs or customize your own.  Read more…

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