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Hollywood’s ‘I Feel Pretty’ misses the truth — Physical beauty, will never fulfill us

May 5, 2018 |

In the new movie, “I Feel Pretty,” Amy Schumer’s character Renee, injures herself in a spin class accident and wakes up believing she’s that woman.
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Bithumb Launching New Service to Allow Crypto Payments at 6000+ Physical Stores

March 27, 2018 |

Bithumb Launching New Service to Allow Crypto Payments at 6000+ Physical Stores

One of South Korea’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, Bithumb, is launching a new service aimed at allowing customers to pay with cryptocurrencies at over 6,000 physical stores nationwide. The exchange also recently expanded its offline support and in-person consultation service in addition to growing the online crypto payment ecosystem.

Also read: Japan’s DMM Bitcoin Exchange Opens for Business With 7 Cryptocurrencies

Crypto Payments at 6000+ Physical Stores

Bithumb announced on Monday that it “is expanding [its] cryptocurrency offline payment services.” This is in partnership with Korea Pay’s Service, which runs digital payment services and a mobile gift card platform, Korea Joongang Daily noted.

Bithumb Launching New Service to Allow Crypto Payments at 6000+ Physical Stores

“Korea Pay’s Service is the first domestic company to provide mobile gift certificates and solutions through more than 400 domestic channels, including Starbucks, Outback, and Kakao Talk, based on alliances with major domestic franchises,” the Economic Review detailed. According to Bithumb, Korea Pay’s Service has over 200 franchise partners. Fntimes added, “Bithumb will create an environment that allows users to pay directly using cryptocurrencies.” Korea Joongang Daily elaborated:

Shoppers will be able to buy products at about 6,000 stores from brands such as Cafe DropTop, Yankee Candle and Sulbing, one of Korea’s most popular dessert shops.

Bithumb Launching New Service to Allow Crypto Payments at 6000+ Physical Stores
Pay’s Service voucher.

The exchange explained that barcodes will be created in mobile apps, allowing customers to make payments at cafes and restaurants using their cryptocurrencies held at the exchange.

Citing that “advanced virtual currency markets such as the United States, Japan and Switzerland” are already using crypto payment services, Bithumb said that it will continue to expand its service “through cooperation with various partners.” The exchange plans to launch this service in the first half of the year and expand the number of stores to 8,000 by the end of the year.

At the time of writing, Bithumb is South Korea’s second largest crypto exchange with a 24-hour trading volume of $ 507 million. The Kakao-backed Upbit is currently the country’s largest with $ 910 million trading volume during the same time period based on Coinmarketcap data.

Expansion of Offline Support

Last week, Bithumb announced the expansion of its customer service center located in Gangnam, Seoul, in response to increasing visitor demand.

Bithumb Launching New Service to Allow Crypto Payments at 6000+ Physical Stores
Bithumb’s walk-in customer service center.

With this expansion, the company has doubled its consultation centers from four to eight, supporting various languages including English, Japanese, and Chinese. There is also a separate consultation lounge for VIP guests, the company detailed. In addition, there are help counters for voice phishing and hacking. According to the exchange:

Currently, Bithumb has been operating the industry’s four largest customer centers in major cities nationwide.

Bithumb Launching New Service to Allow Crypto Payments at 6000+ Physical StoresThe exchange’s walk-in customer service centers are located in Gangnam, Gwanghwumun, Busan Centum City, and Busan Daejeon. The company revealed that “nationwide, there is a daily average of more than 100 customers visiting the consultation centers.”

Recently, Bithumb revealed that it has been in talks with Wemakeprice, a major online shopping mall in South Korea. While the exchange has referred to the potential partnership several times, Wemakeprice has not done so at press time.

Furthermore, Bithumb has partnered with Innovation Corp which operates a Korean travel site with over 50,000 hotels and other accommodation facilities, allowing customers to pay with any cryptocurrencies they hold at Bithumb. The exchange is also launching crypto kiosks at restaurants and cafes for food orders and crypto payments.

What do you think of Bithumb’s service for physical stores? Let us know in the comments section below.


Images courtesy of Shutterstock, Pays Service, and Bithumb.


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Physical Bitcoin Mining Hardware Store Bitmart Opens in South Africa

February 8, 2018 |

Physical Bitcoin Mining Hardware Store Bitmart Opens in South Africa

Bitcoin might be magical internet money, but it has a very physical side in the form of the mining equipment needed to maintain the network. And if you’re someone that doesn’t like to leave an online trail or use a credit card for all your purchases, nothing beats a store IRL. That’s why bitcoin hardware stores are popping up all over the world, and now miners in South Africa too can just walk into a shop, pay on the spot and get their rigs to go.

Also Read: NFL Superstars Like to Talk About Bitcoin Just Like the Rest of Us

Bitcoin Market South Africa

Physical Bitcoin Mining Hardware Store Bitmart Opens in South AfricaBitmart, a supplier of bitcoin mining hardware from South Africa, has recently announced the official opening of its first retail store. Besides ASICs, GPU miners, and other relevant hardware and software components, the store will also stock cryptocurrency merchandise such as branded watches, t-shirts, caps, hardware wallets, and more.

The company is aiming to create a cryptocurrency community hub around the shop in South Africa with educational seminars and also hosts a Bitcoin ATM for clients to make fiat exchanges. They accept fiat cash, EFT (a South African internet banking payment transfer service), credit cards and of course all major cryptocurrencies, such as bitcoin, ethereum, dash, bitcoin cash, and litecoin as payment.

Make Bitcoin Your Business

Physical Bitcoin Mining Hardware Store Bitmart Opens in South AfricaLooking at the additional services that Bitmart offers South Africans, it seems to be targeting aspiring crypto entrepreneurs, not just small mom and pop miners. These include bitcoin mining farm development, deployment and management, container-based mining solutions, and large-scale deployment and supply. Bitmart also offers a “Shepherd Service“ that will protect people or companies who wish to buy second-hand miners. It even offers to help businesses put systems in place to accept bitcoin as payment for services or products.

South Africa is of course not the only place in the world where you can buy a bitcoin miner from an actual brick-and-mortar establishment. It was recently reported that one large electronics mall in Singapore already has at least five mining hardware shops.

When do you expect it will be possible to get a cryptocurrency mining rig right off the shelf in your local mall? Tell us what you think in the comments section below.


Images courtesy of Shutterstock, Bitmart.


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Here’s What Doctor Had to Say After Trump’s Physical

January 13, 2018 |

President Trump’s White House physician declared him in “excellent health” after the president received his first medical checkup at Walter Reed military hospital on Friday, the AP reports. Dr. Ronny Jackson, in a statement released by the White House, said the physical examination “went exceptionally well. The President is in…
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Jennifer Hudson Claims David Otunga Got Physical with Her … He Denies It

November 17, 2017 |

Jennifer Hudson claims she’s in fear of baby daddy David Otunga — afraid he will physically harm her — something Otunga vigorously denies. TMZ has obtained the order of protection Hudson got Thursday. She claims David has exhibited “aggressive,…

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Almost everyone shops online, but most people still prefer physical stores, study shows

December 21, 2016 |

Online shopping may be the new norm — especially when it comes to scouring for good deals — but a new report finds that, despite a sea change in consumer behavior, American shoppers still fancy the old-fashioned, bricks-and-mortar experience.

Roughly 8 in 10 people, or 79%, have bought something…


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Scott Baio Claims Physical Attack by Chili Pepper’s Wife Over Trump

December 15, 2016 |

Scott Baio has filed a police report claiming the wife of the Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer went nuts on him at a function with their elementary school kids … physically attacking him over his support of Donald Trump. Law enforcement tells TMZ,…

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How To Design Physical Spaces That Encourage Collaboration

April 19, 2016 |

The workplace of the past is gone… We are now talking about homing from work, not working from home.Tim Oldman uses his background in interior design and architecture, along with his fascination in merging diagnostic tools like the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator to get a better understanding of employee spaces. He […]
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What If Physical Illness Were Treated Like Mental Illness?

March 13, 2016 |

One of the most widely believed and most damaging myths is that mental illness is not a physical disease. Consider what would happen if we treated physical illness the same way many people treat mental illness.
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