I’m sure we all love travelling one way or another … some like the luxury travels and some just like the pure simple backpacker style …. and for some .. its a hybrid !
Did you know that Google Maps has released a new Navigation called Live View ?
What it is is actually embedding the arrows as to where you should walk to find your destination. The accuracy is pretty impressive especially when walking in small streets where the cars can’t go in.
I’ve personally tried it and I was looking for a specific shop which in one of those very small tiny alleys in the dense city of Saigon.
To my surprise, it got me to the door steps of exactly the location I was looking for. I wonder how Google would know such things.
I must say that it was a brilliant way to use Augmented Reality and what better way to showcase this by using navigation for it.
How to activate live view … its pretty simple .. load up Google Maps and key in the destination .. then click LIVE VIEW .
If you’ve not tried it out … go ahead and give it a go. See if its as accurate for you. Now .. do remember that the AR does not function too well when its dark .. and always walk safely as you can get pretty much distracted when looking at it.
Well … I’m sitting here at the cafe once more having my coffee and the waiter brings the bill over to me. I paid him with my “fiat” and then I remember the time when I paid someone in Steem for a meal. This was @danielwong’s burger place called Big Hug Burger.
During the times when STEEM was above 1 USD a typical post payout would help a lot in an individual’s financial … hey it does pays the bill.
Anyway …. since 2 years ago there was no actual Steem wallet or mobile app to transfer Steem … it has to all be done manually. So after having burgers at Big Hug Burgers and wanted to pay in STEEM , I had to manually transfer the Steem over.
Instead of Transfering to the account of @danielwong … i accidently sent it to the wrong account named @daniel .
OF course, it had to be an inactive account which is just sitting down there and there is no way get that amount of STEEM back. Even after 2 years since this happen … my 4 STEEM which I sent is still there untouched.
So I googled today those who has actually sent STEEM to the wrong person … as I’m 100% certain that I’m not the only one who has mistakenly done so.
So after googling and searching .. I found this post about an account https://steemitwallet.com/@ashleigh/transfers which had transfered about $250k worth ( value at that time ) of STEEM to the wrong account called @minorityreport
Well … 137k worth of Steem is not as huge of a value now, however its still significant enough to support authors. Here was the post that lead me to this transfer. I think the owners of the account were able to connect and resolve the matter after weeks of powering down.
So Steemfest 4 which was held in Bangkok from the 6th – 10th Nov is just over and here are just a few key takeaways from updates from the conference.
SMART MEDIA TOKEN – SMT
So this was one of the biggest update which everyone has been anticipating. During the conference we got to see the 1st version of Token Creation wizard which makes it really simple to create your own token without coding anything.
The interface and the parameters seems easy enough to use and I would guess by next year we may see a lot of SMT tokens being created. The SMT is now on testnet so that developers would be able to test it out.
It would be interesting to see how SMT is used to start empowering various online publications and also forums as almost anyone is able to implement SMT on their site. Keeping our fingers crossed for the next SMT Hardfork !
HIVEMIND – Steem Communities
One of the anticipated updates from Steem Inc was Hivemind. This feature enables communities where you can now consolidate articles within individual communities.
This means that if you want to build a community that loves Food and only members who are registered Food lovers would be able to post, you can now do that. The individual community would be curated by the mods and what would be interesting is that the owner of that community would be able to receive beneficiaries to support the community better.
We all got a sneak peak from @roadscape as to how the community function works. Currently its on http://beta.steemit.com where you can actively use and test it out. I believe that it would go to the live site very soon.
STEEMIT – Medium Style Editor
When talking to @roadscape , apparently the beta version of Steemit.com has implemented a new blog editor.
The update includes an editor where you do not need to use complicated codes just to bold your words, or use codes to set it as a title, its a widely improved editor making it easier for almost anyone who does not know markdown html to use.
COINGECKO – Use STEEM as part of their Marketing Strategy.
Coingecko shared with us their journey on the Steem Blockchain , where they are now no. 52 on Steem witness. They have mentioned how effective it was to reach out to people all over the world just by using the Steem blockchain.
They have also published an article called the Steem Report 2018. Here is the link to the report.
@aggroed had talked about their crowdfunding campaign and had raised over $230,000 of funding from selling packs. This was indeed one of the most successful crowdfunding dapp to date on the blockchain. Congrats to him and his amazing team.
There would be a lot of updates from @steemmonsters in the following month and looking forward to it.
To sum it all up, Steemfest 4 had a lot of great and amazing speakers and you have to see the videos to actually catch up with all the updates. There were a few new apps which would be launching soon and also updates from existing projects like Steemplus, Steempeaks, 1Ramp, and also WhereIn.
With all these updates, I believe that next year 2020 … Steemfest 5 would be packed with more content then ever before.
Do catch the entire conference talks at Steemfest YouTube Channel.
So far I have 2 previous Steemfest attendee Badges !! Looking forward in collecting my 3 badge this year. Its a personal achievement which I’ve never thought that I would have able to obtain. Why ??????
Well … Steemfest 2 was in Lisbon and for someone who has NOT travel to that part of the world before, I took it as an experience which I would always remember. And indeed, until today I still remember the highlights of that event.
For Steemfest 3 !! Well … its something which I just had to do all over again … just buy the tickets and travel without hesitation. Again the experience was different however the trip was just as exciting !
How Steemfest 4 !!! Well .. its closer to home and its like a no brainer that we should just go … all those who are staying closeby should just take the opportunity to experince Steemfest ! You will not regret it.
As I take a look at http://steemitboard.com and look at all my stats , I’m pretty much amazed that I’ve done SOOooooo many posts over the past 2 years on the Steem Blockchain.
I also then realized that there is a MEETUPS badge award ! Now this is something which I would surely talk to @arcange about and start making it for those meetups in Malaysia
So have you taken a look at your Steemitboard lately ? If not, just go browse thru it and you will then realized on how addicted you are to the Steem Blockchain … SteemitBoard has been an amazing tool to recognize and award badges to Steemians even though it may not have direct impact to how much the post earns, it sure does brightens up someone’s day by hitting a small achievement without even knowing it.
So do checkout your stats and for those going to Steemfest 4 ! Lookout for the new badge which should be coming by next week !!