Bitcoin Product Spotlight: - -

The Bitcoin and digital currency ecosystem is rapidly growing as engineers and designers are building new tools and products everyday. Some are using Bitcoin in novel ways, others are helping to grow adoption, and some are just fun side projects. As a community it is important to recognize this effort and help others find these products. We will showcase some of our favorites every week.

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Here are three products we found interesting this week:

br /br / - @SFXIO is a sound sharing cloud platform with an emphasis on user privacy. It allows users to quickly and anonymously post audio files of up to 5MB, while registered users may post files of up to 10MB via a simple upload button or just a drag drop. Once a file is uploaded to their cloud, it is then available for listening to the public via search or direct link. All uploaded files will remain in the cloud indefinitely based on viewing frequency - however, if a file hasn’t been viewed in over 6 months, it may be taken down to free up space in their cloud. SFX is still in beta as it grows and works out bugs, but it does appear to hold up to its claim of being the easiest way of sharing sounds online. Where does Bitcoin come in? Tips. If you appreciate a certain song, commentary, interview, etc. and you want to incentivize more of that content, you are encouraged (but not required) to tip its creator. This creates a free incentive based market for original audio content. Bitcoin micro-transactions allow for very small tips to be given which would be unfeasible with fiat currencies due to relatively high transaction fees.

br /br / - @Lopp is a website devoted to real time Bitcoin node statistics. Founder Jameson Lopp was interested to know what was really happening within the Bitcoin network and saw the need for accurate and real time information regarding Bitcoin nodes. A Bitcoin node is any internet connected computer running the Bitcoin Core software; they are necessary to propagate and verify bitcoin transactions. Reported information varies, but is always up to date and comprehensive, examples of covered categories include network bandwidth used and peer information.

Want to run your own Full Node and help support the network?

Check out our simple guide here. Alternatively, if you want to help out without dealing with technical details, you can crowdfund Full Nodes using the service we highlight below,

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br /br / is service that enables crowd-funding of a Full Node that will be operational for one month. Full Nodes are essential to the Bitcoin Network. Full nodes store a full copy of the blockchain, validate blocks and transactions, and relay them. When bitcoin donations (from any number of users) reaches $20 on the site, a new full node is established and essentially reinforces honesty within the Bitcoin network for the allotted time period. Previously, there had been over 100,000 operational full nodes performing these functions, but that number fell to under 10,000 stirring concern and catalyzing the creation of websites like this one. While it is run on servers operated by Linode and DigitalOcean, this project is open-source, and its creator, Or Weinberger, seeks no profit from it. He encourages outside contribution as well as the launch of other Full Node projects based off of his code.

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