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Physical versions of bitcoins.


Physical versions of bitcoins.

CoinFest Winnipeg 2014

If you are curious about Bitcoin and how to get involved in the fledgling culture that has been emerging over the past couple years, Winnipeg will be having its own CoinFest on Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. at Santa Lucia Pizza, located at 4 St. Mary's Rd.

Simply put, bitcoins are the first decentralized digital currency. You can learn more about the groundbreaking technology and how the digital coins are changing the way that people do business on the web or in traditional transactions. Visit for a quick video about the digital currency and all the resources you need to get started.

You'll also be able to learn about Bitcoin's growing impact and recent developments at CoinFest. Local startup BitTeller will debut the city's first Bitcoin ATM. With even fewer barriers to purchasing the coins than before, Winnipeg's Bitcoin economy should start to grow beyond the earlier adopters.


Flappy Bird is Gone

One of the top free games in the Google Play marketplace and Apple's App Store -- a viral hit owing to its simple yet addictive game play and its retroNintendo-like graphics -- has been pulled by its developer. Flappy Birds had already been downloaded 50 million times before it was yanked.

Developer and creator Dong Nguyen is abandoning his apparent $50,000-a-day-and-growing cash cow (the game makes money from in-game banner advertising) after he tweeted that the success of the game had ruined his simple life and that he was distressed by the way people are overusing it.

Plenty of clones and knockoffs, such as Clumsy Bird, are still available to download if you weren't one of the 50 million who had been tapping away at his phone the past few months. Phones preloaded with the game are already appearing for sale on eBay and Craigslist.


Stream of the Week: A Tribe Called Red -- BBC 1Xtra Mix

If you waited too long to buy your ticket for folk-fest favourite A Tribe Called Red's long-weekend show at Union Sound Hall, this mix the trio recorded for Diplo's radio program on BBC 1Xtra is as close as you're going to get to the double-Juno-nominated group for the time being.

Featuring their own speaker-shaking unreleased material, tracks from heavyweights like Flosstradamus and respected Canadian party-starters like Grandtheft, Hedspin and Skratch Bastid, with mixes like this and their reputation as full-throttle live performers, it's no wonder the Ottawa group is so in demand.


Video of the Week: Surprise Party - Cut Me

Draped in a web-ready, lo-fi, slacker buzz, Winnipeg's Surprise Party is the "soundtrack to your drunken youth." Fresh off gigs at the Big Fun festival and at Departures' going away show, the band will also be opening for beat craftsman Ryan Hemsworth at Portage Place on Valentine's Day and for California's Sleepy Sun on March 13 at Union Sound Hall in the Exchange.

Cut Me is their latest weird, Internet-influenced video.

Anthony Augustine is a freelance music, technology and pop culture writer who spends way too much time in front of a computer. Got a site you think he should see? Email him at or follow him at

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition February 13, 2014 ??65519

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