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‘Unexplained Phone Call’ Raises Eyebrows in Skripal Case

May 20, 2019 |

The poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal just slathered another layer of mystery on. The Guardian reports Anatoliy Chepiga and Alexander Mishkin, the two Russians suspected of attacking the father and daughter in Salisbury, England, in March 2018 with a Novichok nerve agent, may have had some off-site assistance. Investigators…
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How to Send Bitcoin Cash via Text Messages to Anyone With a Mobile Phone

May 14, 2019 |

How to Send Bitcoin Cash via Text Messages to Anyone With a Mobile Phone

Cointext allows you to send bitcoin cash (BCH) to anyone with a mobile phone in the regions supported by the service even if you don’t have access to the internet. On a global scale, the availability of cheap devices can help many more people use cryptocurrency for payments via SMS text messages.

Also Read: Learn How to Create BCH Apps With Bitcoin.com’s Developer Platform

The Cointext SMS Bitcoin Cash Wallet

Cointext is a platform that enables users to transfer cryptocurrency using simple text messages. The mobile wallet service allows anyone with a basic mobile device to send funds via SMS to other phone numbers or bitcoin cash (BCH) addresses.

On the receiving side, people don’t need to download a wallet, install an app, set up an account or even have access to the internet. Users can set up new accounts just by sending ‘START’ to the Cointext access number in their region, with other actions similarly ordered by simply texting commands.

How to Send Bitcoin Cash via Text Messages to Anyone With a Mobile Phone

The Cointext service is growing in coverage areas around the world and is already supported in over 40 markets. These include Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Czechia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jersey, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, and the USA. Check out the website for details and access numbers in your area.

Earlier this year Cointext has also added support for the BIP70 payment protocol, this means that users can now pay Bitpay invoices using the text messaging service.

What do you think about the ability to send BCH via text messages? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.


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Big Part of Trump’s Friday: A Phone Call With Putin

May 4, 2019 |

President Trump and Russian President Vladi­mir Putin spent more than an hour on the phone Friday conferring about various international issues—and also, Robert Mueller’s investigation. “We discussed Trade, Venezuela, Ukraine, North Korea, Nuclear Arms Control and even the ‘Russian Hoax,'” Trump tweeted . “Very productive talk!” Sarah Sanders, the…
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The Phone Was Worth $800, So Offset Is a Wanted Man

May 2, 2019 |

There’s a warrant for Offset’s arrest after the Migos rapper allegedly broke a man’s phone at a Target store in Georgia last week. TMZ reports that the man started recording on his iPhone as he approached Offset, and the rapper responded, “Get the f— out of my face” before allegedly…
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Breakage Postpones Samsung’s Folding Phone

April 23, 2019 |

Samsung is pushing back this week’s planned public launch of its highly anticipated, $ 2,000 folding phone after reports that reviewers’ phones were breaking , the AP reports. The company had been planning to release the Galaxy Fold on Friday, but instead it will now run more tests and announce a…
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Conor McGregor New Surveillance Video Shows UFC Star Smash and Stomp Phone

April 10, 2019 |

TMZ Sports has obtained new footage showing Conor McGregor swatting and smashing a cell phone in front of the Fontainebleau hotel in Miami … right after doing his famous “Billionaire Strut.” The footage is being used in the criminal case against…

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Broken Phone? Don’t Sweat It — Restore a Bitcoin Wallet in Minutes

April 1, 2019 |

Broken Phone? Don't Sweat it — Restore a Bitcoin Wallet in Minutes

With bitcoin ownership, it’s very important to back up your mnemonic seed phrase in order to restore your funds in case of an emergency. For instance, a device holding a wallet can be broken, get lost or stolen and the backup is the only way to retrieve the funds after these mishaps. The following is an explainer on how to restore a bitcoin mobile phone wallet onto a fresh device using a mnemonic seed phrase.

Also read: Bitcoin Ownership: Your Private Keys to Financial Sovereignty

Backing Up Private Keys Using a Mnemonic Seed

Most wallets use a mnemonic seed phrase to back up the private key associated with it. You might find it strange at first having to write down a sequence of random words in a list, but those words represent the private key that can access your funds if the wallet is damaged, lost or stolen. The Bitcoin.com Wallet is a perfect example of a mobile light client that allows you to store bitcoin core (BTC) and bitcoin cash (BCH) in a noncustodial manner via a 12-word mnemonic seed phrase.

Broken Phone? Don't Sweat It — Restore a Bitcoin Wallet in Minutes
The Bitcoin.com wallet will warn you if your wallet is not backed up. When backing up a mnemonic seed phrase, make sure no one is around you and never store the phrase electronically.

A mnemonic seed is basically a list of words which, when combined in the correct order, reveal a secret key. After launching the Bitcoin.com Wallet and loading it up with some BCH, you’ll notice the wallet provides a message that the seed needs to be backed up. You’ll see the words “Wallet not backed up” and can click the banner in order to back up the 12-word seed phrase at that point. The wallet will display a screen that asks if you are alone and encourages you to write the phrase down, instead of writing it electronically or taking a screenshot. After the phrase is displayed, write it down and the wallet will ask you to confirm the 12 words on the next screen. When the phrase is confirmed, the Bitcoin.com Wallet will remove the “Wallet not backed up” warning.

Restoring Funds Using the Bitcoin.com Wallet

A few weeks after holding BCH on your noncustodial Bitcoin.com Wallet, you drop your phone and the device refuses to turn on. Knowing that you have a few BCH on the wallet, you might start to worry, but there’s no need to panic since you can still access those funds. The first thing you need to do is access another phone or device that supports the Bitcoin.com Wallet, which is available for Android, iOS, Windows, Mac OS, and Linux. Every one of these programs can fully restore the funds into a freshly installed wallet in a matter of minutes.

Broken Phone? Don't Sweat It — Restore a Bitcoin Wallet in Minutes
If your phone is damaged or lost you can still restore your funds into another wallet.

After downloading the new wallet, the program will ask if you want to start a new wallet or “Import wallet.” Select the latter option to restore funds. From here, you can type the 12 words you wrote down when you first created the wallet and then press the Import tab. The light client will sometimes take a few minutes to restore the funds into the new wallet so just be patient. After importing your mnemonic seed phrase into another device using compatible wallet software, you’ll see your BCH in your wallet, just as it appeared on your previous device.

Broken Phone? Don't Sweat It — Restore a Bitcoin Wallet in Minutes
If you backed up your Bitcoin.com Wallet, the software will ask you to confirm the seed phrase to make sure it was written down correctly. When importing an old wallet, choose the “Import wallet” tab and you can type the mnemonic seed phrase in order to restore the funds. The Bitcoin.com Wallet can import private keys in other ways as well.

If the restoration process doesn’t work at first, there is a possibility the words were typed wrong and it can’t hurt to try multiple times if you get stuck. This is why it is very important to cross check the seed phrase when you first write it down, because the correct order and spelling are extremely important. Additionally, 12-word seed phrases can be imported into different wallets as long as they use the same derivation path. This standard assures cryptocurrency owners that they can still restore funds if the wallet company ever went out of business or stopped providing updates to their software.

Accidents can happen and people have lost a lot of bitcoin over the last 10 years. Not long ago, digital forensics analysis firm Chainalysis reported that 23 percent or 3.8 million BTC is already lost. However, cryptocurrency enthusiasts can protect themselves from loss by playing it smart and protecting their assets by recording their mnemonic seed phrase securely. You can also practice these restoration steps with small fractions of BCH or BTC with the Bitcoin.com Wallet and learn more about importing and exporting private keys here.

Have you ever restored a bitcoin wallet using a mnemonic seed phrase? Let us know your experience with wallet restoration using a seed phrase in the comments section below.


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After FSU Victory, a Heartbreaking Phone Call

March 22, 2019 |

March Madness joy followed by heartbreak: Florida State senior forward Phil Cofer watched his team take victory over Vermont on Thursday only to learn immediately after the game that his father had died. Media were enjoying an open locker room period following the 76-69 win in the first round of…
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UFC Fighter Charged With Smashing Fan’s Phone

March 12, 2019 |

Irish mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor has been arrested in the US again, this time for allegedly stealing and smashing a fan’s phone outside a Florida hotel. According to a police report seen by the BBC , the 30-year-old was involved in an altercation outside the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel…
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NSA phone program exposed by Snowden not being used, could expire in 9 months, aide says

March 5, 2019 |

The National Security Agency and the Trump administration have not used the phone program exposed by Edward Snowden in the past six months and it’s unclear if the program will renew at the end of the year, a senior Republican congressional aide said Saturday. 
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