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Latin American Bitcoin Conference – Buenos Aires, December 7-8, 2013

Latin America Bitcoin ConferenceThe first Latin American Bitcoin Conference is being held in Buenos Aires on December 7 – 8, 2013, at the Melía Hotel downtown. (If you’re not yet familiar with Bitcoin, we suggest you check out our post about how to get the dolar blue rate with Bitcoin.)

This two day conference features a variety of international speakers who will be covering topics like:

  • Bitcoin Neutrality
  • Bitcoin as Money
  • Bitcoin as an Investment Opportunity
  • Latin America Land of Opportunities
  • Regulatory & Compliance
  • Business & Merchant Adoption
  • Bitcoin´s Positive Social Impact
  • Content Monetization
  • StartUp and Entrepreneurs
  • Angels and VC Investors
  • Local Chapters “Why, What, How”
  • Bitcoin Roadmap
  • Bitcoin is the Future
  • Obtaining and Safely Storing Bitcoins
  • Trading

You can also view the full program and schedule for complete details.

Registration is now open and early admission packages for local attendees is ARS $650 before November 4, 2013. The conference should be bi-lingual.

It’s a great opportunity to find out more about this new digital currency.

Bitcoin South America

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Watching US Netflix in Argentina

Netflix brought their streaming service to Argentina in September 2011. Unfortunately, what they failed to bring was the same large selection of movies and shows that is available in the United States. In addition, watching anything in English audio brings up subtitles that cannot be turned off – really annoying for native English speakers.

Watch US Netflix from ArgentinaOf course, you could use a VPN service to get around this block, but VPNs can really slow down your connection speed and they’re not always available for other devices like tablets, smartphones and web-TV devices. Luckily, there is an even quicker and easier way to get around this block and start streaming the US version of Netflix at full speed – Unotelly.

Unotelly is a great service that provides access to the US version of Netflix as well as Amazon Instant Video, Hulu, HBO GO, ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, NFL, NHL and many more. They even work for many other overseas channels, like the BBC (UK), France 2/4 TV, etc. And, it works with Pandora and many other music streaming services as well.

What makes Unotelly so great is that all you have to do is change your DNS address to point to their servers. That’s it. Super simple, and it works on any PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, etc. It literally takes less than 2 minutes to set up. We added it to our Apple TV and the US version of Netflix started streaming right away. It was quick and, even better, no more subtitles! Adding it to our iPads and laptops was just as easy.

While we love to find free services, we’ll gladly pay when the value can’t be beat and luckily Unotelly is only $3.99/month and works on all your devices. They also offer an 8-day free trial to check it out.

We’ve been incredibly happy with the service and have been enjoying watching House of Cards and all the other great shows available. Give it a try and let us know what you think.

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Expat Tech: A Simple and Easy VPN Client

UPDATE: I’ve had some problems with TunnelBear connecting from my provider in Argentina. I have since started using Private Internet Access for VPN and am much happier with it.

One thing you quickly realize about living in Argentina is that many of the US-based websites either block you or try to tailor the experience for an Argentine Spanish-speaking audience… Google tries to give you their Spanish language version. Ecommerce sites list prices in pesos. You can’t use Hulu or Pandora. There’s no way to sign up for Google Voice or other US-only services. If you need to order a gift online and have it shipped to someone in the States, fraud protection often blocks you because you’re ordering from overseas. It gets annoying quickly.

For these occasions, you need a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to mask your location and make it seem like you’re coming from the US (or UK). Now, there are a lot of pay services out there that do this, but as I only need the service from time to time, I wanted something that would be easy and free to use. Luckily, I found a great solution – TunnelBear.

TunnelBear is an incredibly easy to use VPN solution for both the Mac and PC. Simply install it, log in, select the location (US or the UK) and turn it on. That’s it. You’ll now look like you’re coming from one of those locations. There is no need to make any complicated technical settings and you only have to run the program when you need it.

Little TunnelBear is their free version and gives you up to 500MB of data each month (you can get 1GB of data simply by tweeting every month and asking for more). This has always been more than enough for me, but they also offer Giant TunnelBear for $4.99/mo and Grizzly TunnelBear for $49.99/year if you need more data. The paid plans also give you access to their iPhone and iPad app so you can stream US-content like Pandora on your mobile devices as well.

It’s really a great free service and incredibly simple to use too. I’d recommend checking it out.

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Easier Full Text RSS Feeds

I have previously written about using WizardRSS to expand those annoying RSS feeds that only give you a snippet of the article rather than the whole post and require you to click through to the web site to read the rest.

Since then, there have been a number of other similar services, like FullTextRSSFeed and FeedEx. I’m happy to report that there is now an even better way – Super Google Reader.

Super Google Reader is an extension for Google’s Chrome browser (you are using Chrome, right?). Once installed, this extension adds a new “Super Settings” menu to your Google Reader feeds page. In this menu is a new “Readable” option. Simply choose that for any of your feeds that only display partial content.

Now, the next time you open that feed this extension will automatically connect and download the full content. You can even set it to “pre-fetch” the content to help speed up the process.

It works much better than any of the other services, and eliminates the annoyance of having to click through to the sites in order to read the article you want.

BONUS: As an added bonus, here is a bundle of all the best Buenos Aires blogs that I personally follow. Clicking the link will allow you to subscribe to them in Google Reader as well. Enjoy.

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