A tech giant has jumped on the Bitcoin bandwagon.

Microsoft announced today (December 11) that it now accepts what some have referred to as "magic Internet money" for funding Microsoft accounts in the U.S.

The company's blog states:

If you are a person who uses bitcoin you know it’s not always easy to find places where you can use the digital currency. That is about to change when it comes to Microsoft content.

Fans of Sony’s PlayStation gaming platforms gathered in Las Vegas last weekend to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first console, released in Japan on December 3, 1994. The inaugural PlayStation Experience (PSX) took over the Sands Convention Centre for two days and thousands of people paid US$50 for one day (US$90 for both) to attend. 

In Las Vegas on Friday (December 5), the Game Awards recognized achievement in video games developed in 2014. 

Dragon Age: Inquisition won game of the year (the full list of winners is below). The game, developed in Edmonton at BioWare, wasn’t even in consideration at the Canadian Videogame Awards in November because it wasn’t available to jurors in time. 

On Indiegogo right now, the homepage is highlighting crowdfunding campaigns for a movie about Adolf Hitler and his dinosaur army; a smartphone, tablet, and ultrabook in one device; and an audio digital-to-analog converter and headphone amplifier. You know, stuff that does nothing to make the world a better place.

Then there's Tickett, a new made-in Vancouver crowdfunding platform designed to help local homeless folks. When you load up the site, you'll see the faces of a few people looking for support.

Critics of Bitcoin like to call the digital currency a "scam". And the truth is that there is no shortage of scams seeking to separate people from their bitcoins—just as there are plenty of scams looking to take away people's dollars.

The most prominent nonprofit in the Bitcoin world is dealing with such a scam right now. On Monday (December 1), the Bitcoin Foundation issued a "fraud alert", warning the public about clones of its website.

Here's the full text of the alert (the screenshot it references is at the top of this post):

Nearly two weeks ago a homeless friend of mine took part of her tax credit and bought a Microsoft Surface Pro 2 tablet.

I was one of the first people she showed it to, and in gratitude I wrote a post praising the hardware but slagging its operating system, Windows 8.1.

Back in September, I wrote a story about local startups helping to shape the future of wearable technology.

One of the interviewees was Gonzalo Tudela, cofounder and CEO of North Vancouver–based Vandrico Solutions. He maintains the workplace is where wearable tech will realize its full potential.

A month ago, Tudela gave a talk at TEDxSFU about how wearables will change our lives. In his presentation, he says wearables represent a "new paradigm shift for what and how we learn from each other".

The Canadian Videogame Awards were handed out in Toronto on Friday (November 21) for 2013 and 2014.

(I was a member of the jury for both years, it should be noted.)

Montreal’s Ubisoft was the big winner, taking home the awards for Game of the Year in both years, for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag in 2013 and Watch_Dogs in 2014. (The full list of winners is below.) 

It's so hard to find good help these days. No doubt this cliché applies to the freelance market.

Vancouver's Mark Fromson and Stephen Hayes-McCoy have built a website to connect employers and "quality local freelancers". Local Solo launched in October and has since expanded to 27 cities in Canada and the U.S.

It's free to use for both employers and freelancers. Not just any freelancer can get listed on Local Solo though. You have to apply to get a profile on the site.

Local Solo has categories for people in such fields as game design, marketing, user experience, and video. "You'll always have full control over your profile, including availability and visibility," the site states.

On Monday evening, I had my first brief opportunity to play with one of Microsoft’s Surface Pro tablets running Windows 8.1.

The experience was a disappointing eyeopener.

Windows 8, supposedly made to excel on tablets, turned out to be even less satisfying on a touchscreen tablet than it has been for me on a laptop.

The superficial tablet-friendly features of Windows 8 can’t hide the fact that it’s still a desktop operating system at heart. It still requires a keyboard and a mouse to easily access critical functionality. And now that I’ve actually tasted Windows 8 on a tablet I can say that nothing on show in the Technical Preview of Windows 10 changes that fact.

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