ICON ICX

$0.2478
Market Cap $ 117.324 MM (#46)
24h Volume $ 5.351 MM
Chg. 24h: 2.40%
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Google Adds Bitcoin Cryptocurrency Symbol to Keyboard for iOS Devices

Google Adds Bitcoin Cryptocurrency Symbol to Keyboard for iOS Devices Advertisement A media outlet’s report on February 21 reveals that Google, a U.S. based search engine giant has added a Bitcoin currency symbol to its keyboard for iOS devices. The icon for the most popular cryptocurrency based on market capitalization now sits alongside others

12 hours ago

Bitcoin [BTC]: Lightning Network-enabled Tippin extension gets a thumbs up from Jack Dorsey

Bitcoin, the largest cryptocurrency in the world, is in the news lately due to the Lighting Torch experiment, which is promoting its Lightning Network. The CEO of Twitter and Square, Jack Dorsey, has once again come out in favor of Bitcoin and promoted the ‘digital gold’ on the social media platform. Source: Twitter Jack Dorsey stated that he supported Tippin, a Sergio Abril-developed Chrome extension that allows Bitcoin holders on Twitter to send and receive tips over the social media platform using the Lightning Network [LN]. Once the extension is enabled, a small lightning bolt icon will appear on every tweet, next to the direct message, like, and retweet icons. Jack Dorsey also conveyed his support to the Tippin app on social media and tweeted: Source: Twitter In a recent interview, Sergio Abril talked about the Tippin app and the main objective behind the creation of this extended feature on Twitter. He said: “From the very beginning, I wanted Tippin to be an “easy-to-use” service; Lightning Network micro payments [or tips] made easy. I didn’t want people to struggle with complex signup processes, so I went for a Twitter exclusive signup system.” Sergio further spoke about the future of micropayments and said: “Micro payments are finally possibility, and probably an alternative to advertising in some cases. Rewarding users for their content is really nice, and Twitter was a really good candidate for this. With that in mind, and making use of the fact that every Tippin user has the same username on Twitter.” Sergio Abril added that the main objective behind the extension was to promote Lightning Network adoption and make users more favorable towards the sidechain transactions system. According to data available on 1ml.com, LN has 6,466 nodes, 28,718 channels and a network capacity of 708 BTC [$2.8 million]. The Lightning Network reduces BTC transaction time and fees and allows the whole Bitcoin network to scale. This isn’t the first time Dorsey has lauded Bitcoin. He recently termed Bitcoin as the future native currency of the internet. He was also a participant in BTC’s Lightning Torch experiment. The post Bitcoin [BTC]: Lightning Network-enabled Tippin extension gets a thumbs up from Jack Dorsey appeared first on AMBCrypto.

a day ago

ICON (ICX) Price Prediction 2019: How the Future Looks For ICON? ICON (ICX) Price Today - ICX / USD - Thu Feb 21

Technical analysis predicts if a price will rise or fall with analyzing past price trends. It is totally useful for traders. Cryptocurrency price predictions should be treated with caution. It is pretty difficult to examine such a new technological innovation. ICON (ICX) Price Today - ICX / USD ICX Coin is the cryptocurrency that is

a day ago

Top 10 Hottest Cryptocurrencies At the Moment

As the bulls continue to control the movement of trading prices and market capitalizations, trading choices can get harder with each passing day. However, with careful introspection and market analysis, some tokens which are consistently outperforming includes : Ripple (XRP) The world’s third most valuable cryptocurrency Ripple (XRP) has made such a significant impact so much so that the CEO of Binance commented, saying “Can’t argue, the XRP army is strong”. This truth is reflected in the swiftness at which Ripple XRP’s trading volume moves. At press time, the market cap of $13.73 billion is headed for $14 billion, a milestone that will set the token against Ether once again. Despite having a trading price lesser than $1, XRP has a reputation for consistent growth in trading volume. Litecoin (LTC) Once the 4th most valuable coin, now occupying the 5th spot, yet this has not deterred the coin from breaking out of the $40 mark to hit a yearly all-time high of $50.79 at press time. More interestingly, LTC has attained a good 5.82% on gains and is headed for $55. Tron (TRX) To begin with, Tron has always had the advantage of high publicity, so in terms of trading volume, TRX is one of the most flexible tokens that can easily make a bullish rally. Meanwhile, Tron’s present collaboration with BitTorrent is certain to increase trading interest over time. With Tron TRX, think long-term gains. Binance Coin (BNB) BNB coin has unarguably had a very attractive run since the year began. The coin had moved from the 12th spot, knocking out BSV and ADA to claim the 10th spot. More impressive is the fact that BNB is one of the highest gainers with 15.68% in gains over the last 24hours, pushing the trading price to a new yearly all-time high of $11.14. Maker (MKR) Maker is headed for $1000 and this is likely to happen sooner than later. It will be unsurprising if the token crosses over to $700 before the close of today. This is because Maker has a booming trading volume, one that was able to move it from the $500 to $700 in a span of 24hrs. With gains of 11.80% attained, MKR, one of the most stable coins so far, has an outstanding $2.56 million in volume. HOLO (HOT) The very competitive HOT coin is not only remarkable for its ability to persevere in bearish times, but HOT is also two steps ahead of its rival and has successfully snatched the 29th spot from BAT. While HOT is down by 2.40%, trading volume is intensifying fast enough to bring the coin back on track. With HOT, think stability. Zilliqa (ZIL) Zilliqa is still headed for the bulls, despite having dropped by 1.28%, Zil, while on its path to recovery is expected to skyrocket in volume as it recently just got listed on the Binance exchange. As usual, the more the listing, the increase in adaptability. Lisk (LSK) LSK might be way down to the 38th spot, its trading price of $1.27 is in the process of gathering momentum, well enough to cross over to $2. Despite having three rivals dropping by 0.67% to 1.39%, LSK has only lost 0.04% and is likely to overtake its closest rival anytime soon. Nano (Nano) Nano is another altcoin to look out for. With $6.25 million in trading volume, Nano is moving up with each passing day. More interestingly, Nano’s trading price is at $0.92 as it heads to a $1 breakout. ICON (ICX) At the moment of this writing, ICX has garnered 4.57% in gains as it sets out to overtake its nearest rival Pundi X (NPXS). With a market capitalization of $117,079,907 million against NPXS’s $117,555,641. ICX is likely to move one step higher in rankings, in the next 24hrs. The post Top 10 Hottest Cryptocurrencies At the Moment appeared first on ZyCrypto.

2 days ago

How to Mine Grin Coin (GRIN)

Grin is a cryptocurrency built on the Mimblewimble blockchain with a focus on privacy and scalability. The open source coin is the second implementation of the MimbleWimble blockchain after Beam coin. Compared to Beam, Grin has adopted a community-driven decentralized approach. The Grin project also comes with a simple design to enable peer-to-peer transactions. However, Grin and Beam have different architectural designs where the former uses Equihash algorithm which is written in Rust. The protocol is ASIC resistance, meaning that developers will be carrying out hard forking every six months to curb ASICs.The notable difference between the two is on the user perspective. Grin allows for IP, file, and address based transactions, while BEAM deploys temporary IDs that help wallets communicate with each other. The MimbleWimble blockchain differs from other cryptocurrencies on the grounds that there are no addresses and data storage needed is minimal. Unlike other protocols, the Mimblewimble blockchain has a unique focus on privacy and security. Mimblewimble’s major difference with Bitcoin is the fact that it only requires to store 10% of the data. This capability makes MimbleWimble more scalable, less centralized, and significantly faster. Mining Grin Before you start mining Grin, ensure all your GPU drivers are updated. Additionally, virus scanners always mark mining software as viruses during the scanning process. If you are a regular miner, you should exclude the software from being scanned. You can categorize all mining software in one folder and exclude it from scanning. What do I need to mine Grin? To mine Grin, you can use the available hardware and software. For the software category, the Nvidia Cards (1070, 1070ti, 1080, 1080ti, 2070, 2080, 2080ti) are recommended. Additionally, under the hardware category, we have AMD Cards (570, 580, Vega56, Vega64). For the software category, we have numerous miner tools like the MSI Afterburner which limits power and temperature. Regulation of power and temperature is important to protect mining cards and optimize profits. This list is not exhaustive as we have other mining options for Grin. The Grin project runs on the Cuckoo Proof of Work (PoW) cycle which is designed to be hard on memory. In this case, miners need to have cards with high memory capacity. Cuckoo PoW has 2 modes - c29 which works well with GPUs, and c31 which for ASICs. To mine Grin, you need a card with a memory of at least 5.5GB. If you opt the ASIC protocol you will need 11GB cards to mine Grin. Getting Started With Grin Wallet Before mining Grin, it is important to understand the importance of setting up an appropriate wallet. Compared to other cryptocurrencies, the Mimblewimble blockchain has no address in the system. The wallets within the network communicate with each other to send cryptocurrencies. Grin does have addresses as well as private keys, however, it is not advisable to use addresses. In Grin one can send an receive payments using an IP address, passing a file back and forth or through the grin box address. Installing Grin Wallet on Ubuntu Currently, Grin wallets are compatible with the Linux operating system. We have no Grin wallets for windows because you need a full node to run them. For individuals without a Linux computer, you can set up a virtual machine on windows like the VMware player which is free. To operate it, download a Linux distribution. You can use a server edition since it is easy to download and it is responsive. You will then have to create a virtual machine after downloading the ISO. Once your virtual machine is set up, accept all of the default settings for the Linux setup, and use the whole disk since it’s inside a VM. You will then log in and be presented with the terminal since this is a server install. For this tutorial, we will be using XFCE after installing the GUI where you will use approximately 650MB. You will now start using the GUI where you will go through the login process. You need to key in your username, password and then start. Grin Wallet Installation The first step of installing the Grin wallet is opening the terminal. The next process is selecting a web browser for loading documents. Additionally, you need git to pull the source from GitHub. The next step is coming up with a launcher where you “Right click” on the desktop icon for your preferred browser. Open your browser, like Firefox and choose “mark as executable” to avoid the warning message showing up again. You will have to set up a wallet from the source and to run it. The GitHub website should have the requirements for setting up the wallet. All the software will be installed and you will have a central command. In the event you are asked about installation options, press enter and the whole operation will install about 700MB of packages. For the wallet, a community-based wallet should be used in place of the official wallet. Community wallets are much easier to use, send an

2 days ago

Buterin Shot Down After Trying To Get ETH Logo On Google Keyboard

One of the most significant steps in the recognition and legitimising of cryptocurrency, and specifically Bitcoin, is the recent update by Google with the addition of the symbol of the leading cryptocurrency to their keyboard for iOS mobile devices. The acceptance of the Bitcoin symbol is a sign that the firm accepts Bitcoin as a legitimate currency. It might seem small but in reality, this is actually a big deal as the act of simply being able to add the Bitcoin icon in a sentence opens the cryptocurrency up to many new possibilities. Buterin shut down Ater this move, the co-founder and figurehead for Ethereum approached Google and asked if they would add the Ethereum symbol to their keyboard too. Taking to Twitter, Buterin said: “I would like to discuss with you regarding the possibility to add an ‘ETH’ icon.” Buterin’s tweet didn’t go without gaining some traction and we can only assume that Buterin didn’t expect to get shut down quite in the way he did as Google responded saying: “Thank you for your interest regarding our keyboard product. We regretfully have to inform you that Google will not add any other crypto icons to the keyboard besides Bitcoin “because we believe everything else is legally questionable and long-term not viable.” Clearly a little embarrassed by getting such a lethal rejection from one of the biggest companies in the world, Buterin has since deleted the tweet. Last year, the co-founder of Ethereum took to Twitter to share a screenshot of what seemed to be a job offer from the search engine giant. Buterin even put a poll on his Twitter asking his followers if he should abandon Ethereum and join the staff at Google. There were more than two thousand votes overall in the poll and more than fifty percent said that he shouldn’t take the offer. After the tweet, theories surfaced on Google wanting to recruit the technology genius for the secret crypto project and given his knowledge and young age, it wouldn’t be surprising.

2 days ago

Enterprises Can Now Deploy VeChain Thor (VET) DApps With One-Click Through Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Blockchain as a Service (BaaS) allows businesses to create, host and use their own blockchain applications without needing to know the intricacies of how the back-end coding works. All the smart contracts and functions are convenient on the cloud. The services provider handles all the required tasks revolving around maintaining the infrastructure needed to keep the service operational. In all cases of BaaS, the cloud service provider partners with a blockchain project to provide the network required. We have seen it with QTUM partnering with Amazon Web Services to provide the service to businesses. A similar deal was struck between ICON (ICX) and SK Holdings to offer Blockchain as a service to banks, insurance companies and broker dealers. AWS also recently launched a managed blockchain service and a quantum ledger database. VeChain Thor (VET) and AWS’s One-Click Solution It is with the above brief history of BaaS that we can better understand the recent announcement by the team at VeChain Thor (VET) that One-Click DApp deployment is now available on AWS for businesses. The new service is unique in that it also includes compliance certification services from DNV GL. The latter firm invested in VET in May of last year. The move was aimed at DNV GL offering more solutions to businesses on the VET blockchain. DNV GL is a global leader in quality assurance and risk management. VET’s Blockchain as a service was initially launched in 2016 on AWS. It has since developed to offer a comprehensive blockchain solution that combines NFC+RFID chips, blockchain encryption, identity verification technology, Internet of Things (IoT), cloud computing, and traditional enterprise IT services. The announcement of the One-Click feature goes on to explain how it will be beneficial to enterprises. With this one-click solution, VeChain’s BaaS solution will use AWS CloudFormation to enable their customers to deploy in one click, eliminating the cumbersome manual deployment associated with the emerging industry. As earlier mentioned, DNV GL’s compliance certification will be an additional benefit to all VeChain customers using the One-Click solution. VeChain’s BaaS solution gains additional competitive advantages as they hone in on compliance and security through DNV GL’s compliance process and system architecture, as well as best practices in digital verification and information security. As VeChain’s strategic partner, DNV GL provides security and compliance certifications to VeChain customers. Founded in 1864, DNV GL is a global quality assurance and risk management company, providing the world’s leading third-party certification services. What are your thoughts on the One-Click BaaS solution by VET and AWS that simplifies the deployment of DApps for businesses? Are such services accelerating the adoption of blockchain technology? Please let us know in the comment section below. [Feature image courtesy of Unsplash.com] Disclaimer: This article is not meant to give financial advice. Any additional opinion herein is purely the author’s and does not represent the opinion of Ethereum World News or any of its other writers. Please carry out your own research before investing in any of the numerous cryptocurrencies available. Thank you. The post Enterprises Can Now Deploy VeChain Thor (VET) DApps With One-Click Through Amazon Web Services (AWS) appeared first on Ethereum World News.

3 days ago

How to Buy ICON (ICX) on Binance

With a brave and exciting “Hyperconnect the world” slogan, the ICON project is definitely one of the most interesting crypto/blockchain project we’ve seen while. A bit under two years since it first hit the market, ICON, known by its ticker ICX is currently sitting comfortably in 45th place by market cap. Why is ICON special? […]

5 days ago

ICON by VELIC

VELIC Airdrop is worth up to 25 ICX coins (~$ 5.50). Additionally, VELIC will lucky draw 16 members and give out additional 40,000 ICX coins. About VELIC VELIC is capitalizing on this pivotal moment in the crypto asset industry’s development by launching a suite of high-quality financial services through a tokenized platform that is entirely user-driven a free market where consumers are the biggest beneficiaries. Velic is airdropping up to 25 ICON (ICX) coins to users who complete verification. ICX is listed on Coinmarketcap. Would you like to receive the latest free Airdrop Alerts? Join our Airdropalert Telegram.

8 days ago

24-Hour $10 Billion Surge In Crypto Market Promotes Bullish Analysis

The cryptocurrency market has taken a huge bounce since Friday in a 24-hour surge across the board with Litecoin being a real mover – up 30 percent, adding more than half a billion dollars to its valuation. With crypto’s hallmark icon, Bitcoin, also up 8 percent over the same period, analysts are suggesting this may …

13 days ago

Why I think ICON (ICX) will Reach the Top 10

ICON is a huge South Korean project that is a scalable smart contract platform that uses innovative technology to “Hyper-connect the world”. South Korea is the world leader when it comes to blockchain technology with ICON being named the number one public blockchain with the project offering its technology the ICON-LOOP. The ICON-LOOP has been […]

13 days ago

Seoul Blockchain Governance Issues Appointment Letters Using ICON

ICON has announced that it has developed a blockchain application for the Seoul Blockchain Governance Team to issue appointment letters. It is linked to the government team member's personal mobile number, and they can issue an appointment with a name, member identification number, and add membership terms. Appointment letters are stored on ICON blockchain and they can be verified using ICON tracker. The Seoul Blockchain Governance Team was launched last year by the Seoul Metropolitan Government to modernize the city using blockchain. ICON (ICX) is priced at $0.212032, losing 1.62% in the last 24 hours. (VS)

14 days ago

ICONLOOP to Be Officially Used by Seoul Authorities for Their DLT Governance Team

The ICON team reports that their platform now will be officially used by the DLT team of the Seoul metropolitan government, meant to trial blockchain public services

14 days ago

Weiss Rating Eats Their Words About Tron

Tron has picked up the pace in an outstanding manner, with the breakthrough coming in the mid of 2018 through it’s mainnet. It’s already been acknowledged in a tweet by Weiss Ratings, the worldwide independent rating agency as a popular project. We might give #TRON a hard time every now and then, but give credit where credit is due: The #TRX/USD pair is the most bullish looking chart of any top 10 project right now. The popularity of this project cannot be denied. #BTC #altcoins #bitcoin #crypto #cryptocurrency — Weiss Ratings (@WeissRatings) January 25, 2019 The rating agency emphasized on the TRX/USD trading pair looking the most bullish amongst its cryptocurrency competitors. However, Weiss Ratings has also taken stands against moves by Tron such as the hiring of a former SEC official and the plagiarism of Ethereum’s whitepaper. The tweet on the 22nd January pointed out that Tron throws money to solve problems. #Tron hired a former SEC official to prove that #crypto is not a scam. They suffered from the news that they had plagiarized code from #Ethereum and other projects changing the file names to hide source code. Tron’s way to solve issues is to throw money at it. #TRX #BTC #Bitcoin — Weiss Ratings (@WeissRatings) January 21, 2019 Zerocrypted Opinion Tron’s impact is outstanding given the acquisition of BitTorrent, and the soon to launch BitTorrent token (BTT). It has already proven that it’s aggressive in its strategy and implementations, along with a leader Justin Sun who is unafraid to voice the greatness of his project. It’s not surprising that technological giant Oracle has partnered up with Tron, given the way Tron has been promoting decentralization and Oracle’s vision of technological advancements. The platform of Tron already has 150 dApps and 300 smart contracts thanks to Tron Accelerator program which led to several developers opting for Tron’s ecosystem. At the time of writing Tron’s native token, TRX is well ranked at 9th, in the green valued at $0.028225 and a market capitalization of $1,881,469,098. One Twitter user was against Weiss Rating’s prediction bringing forth ICON’s (ICX) price. This is not how you do serious ratings, Weiss. "Bullish looking chart"... ICX also had a great looking chart once, now down 98% from ath. https://t.co/jahgGpDsat — BD Ratings (@bezantdenier) January 25, 2019 As seen in the tweet above, charts are not to be trusted, as ICON’s price too looked outstanding according to charts but has fallen by 98% to its all-time high. If only we could fast forward time, looks like we will all have to wait for a while to see Tron’s real impact and whether it will walk the talk! Image Source - Flickr The post Weiss Rating Eats Their Words About Tron appeared first on Zerocrypted - Your Daily Cryptocurrency News, Guides And More.

21 days ago

Best ICON (ICX) Wallets for 2019

There are many those who believe that 2019 will be a good year for cryptocurrencies, which might compel investors to look for promising projects worth investing in. One such project is ICON, a blockchain-based platform that aims to “hyperconnect the world” via a massive decentralized network that enables enhanced blockchain interoperability. Just imagine a world […]

a month ago

Beaxy, an Upcoming Crypto Exchange Announces its First 25 Listings

Beaxy, a soon-to-launch crypto exchange that will be Saint Kitts and Nevis-based has announced its first round of listings. Per the announcement, the organization will list BTC, ETH, BXY, LTC, ETC, XMR, ZEC, NEO, XRP, EOS, WAVES, DASH, USDC, NPSX, ICX, OMG, POLY, ZIL, OCN, DRGN, BAT, AION, MTL, and BOXX. Like other exchanges, Beaxy will incentivize its customers through the Beaxy (BXY) Token, whereby using the token would cut trading fees by 50%. Users would also have the option of earning 25% for staking their BXY through a lockup program on the exchange. (VK)

a month ago

Interconnecting Blockchain Project ICON Makes a Push Towards Decentralizing Its Nodes

ICON recently announced its major decentralization initiative. The plan will elect twenty-two node operators that will produce blocks, verify transactions, and participate in consensus. History of ICON ICON aims to design an “interconnecting blockchain network.” ICON (ICX) is engineering a solution to connect independent blockchains without the use of third-party intermediaries. This is done...

a month ago

Report: ICON Following Tron's and EOS' Example is not a Good Idea

Earlier today, ICON published a Medium article to notify the crypto community of its upcoming ICONCENSUS implementations. Per the announcement, these voting-associated changes will decentralize the entire network to help it become the ‘Ethereum Killer.’ The project describes ICONCENSUS as a journey towards making the blockchain mainstream, and it would play four significant roles in ICON’s governance. These are the election of public representatives, the election of community representatives, and enhancing ongoing dApp booster programs, and current ecosystem expansion projects. In so doing, ICON has copied TRON and EOS which could develop complications as seen in EOS. (VK)

a month ago

ICON (ICX) Announces Pre-Registration for Its Public Representative Candidacy Program

The ICON Team has made several recent announcements demonstrating their dedication to expanding the ICON public blockchain ecosystem. One significant development is the start of the P-Rep (Public Representative) pre-registration for ICON P-Rep candidacy which will help to decentralize the network through the election of 22 P-Reps that will have the “distributed responsibility of preserving the ICON Network.” The ICON team also announced plans to release a decentralized exchange (DEX) and decentralized identification (DID) system based on the ICON public network in the first half of this year. (JF)

a month ago

ICON Announces That it Is Accelerating Expansion of Its Public Blockchain Ecosystem

The ICON public blockchain ecosystem is getting a big boost from the ICON Foundation as the team has decided to accelerate its expansion strategy. It has also started the P-Rep pre-registration which will open the gates for P-Rep candidacy. The team also announced plans to introduce a decentralized exchange and other projects in the first half of 2019. Going Ahead With Enterprise Blockchain Alliance ICON will be working with dApp partners through the ICON LAP100 (ICON Loopchain Alliance Program) and ICX Station, its global accelerator program. They will focus on both B2C and B2B products. ICON has formed partnerships with over 30 companies for collaboration projects, 13 of which were added this year. Prominent new ICON partners added this year include ‘AC3’, a viral marketing platform from the US, ‘VELIC’, a comprehensive finance platform from Singapore and ‘Somesing’, a social music application. The ICON Lap100 event was held in late December 2018, with several partners including TeamK, Digitalzone, TheVita, OWDIN Network, Data Alliance, Raonsecure and more. The ICX Station global acceleration program will help to advance projects Singapore, San Franciso, and Seoul. Deblock, thew Seoul launchpad for ICX Station will help to push Korean dApps into the global market. The team will likely announce a new Tokyo launchpad in the first half of 2019. A Busy First Half of 2019 Expected for Icon In the first six months of 2019, ICON will be launching its decentralized exchange (DEX) along with decentralized identification (DID). The decentralized exchange will support peer to peer exchanges between ICX and ICON mainnet-based tokens (IRC2). The transactions on the platform will be completed via smart contracts for added security and transparency. The decentralized identification mobile app will allow users to store their personal information in a decentralized database while preventing falsification and duplication. “DID supports user identification for DApps, making it unnecessary to establish a separate ID system within each individual DApp,” said the team. To finish the announcement, ICON stated: “The ICON Team will strive to accelerate the expansion of the ICON ecosystem, so join our journey to hyperconnect the world.” ICON Announces That it Is Accelerating Expansion of Its Public Blockchain Ecosystem was originally found on Cryptocurrency News | Blockchain News | Bitcoin News | blokt.com.

a month ago

Crypto Market Update: EOS, Bitcoin Cash, Tron (TRX), IOTA Price Analysis

The total crypto market cap broke a major resistance near the $117.00B level. EOS price broke the $2.50 resistance and it may rise towards the $2.62 level. Bitcoin cash price jumped above the $130 level and it might head towards the $135 resistance. Tron (TRX) price is up more than 3% and it seems like it could test $0.0262. IOTA gained more than 6% and it is likely approaching the $0.3250 resistance level. The crypto market is slowing recovery, with positive signs for bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum. Similarly, BCH, ripple, and altcoins like IOTA, TRX and ADA may climb higher. Bitcoin Cash Price Analysis Bitcoin cash price found a decent support near the $125 level and later started a fresh upward move. BCH/USD recently broke the $130 resistance to move into a positive zone. The price may continue to climb higher and it could test the $135 and $136 resistance levels in the near term. On the downside, an immediate support is at $130, below which the price could retest the $128 and $126 support levels. EOS, Tron (TRX) and IOTA Price Analysis EOS price is trading with a positive tone and it recently broke the $2.45 and $2.50 resistance levels. The next stop for buyers could be $2.62, above which buyers are likely to push the price towards the $2.80 level. Tron started a fresh upward move and gained around 3%. TRX is trading nicely above the $0.0250 level and it may continue to grind towards the $0.0260 and $0.0265 resistance levels. IOTA (MIOTA) performed really well recently and traded up by more than 7%. The price is cleared the $0.3050 and $0.3100 resistance levels, opening the doors for a run towards the $0.3250 and $0.3300 resistances. Looking at the total cryptocurrency market cap hourly chart, there was a decent upward move after a test of the $115.00B support level. The market cap gained traction and it recently surpassed a crucial bearish trend line with resistance at $117.20B on the hourly chart. It has opened the doors for more gains towards the $120.00B and $124.00B level. Hence, there are chances of a decent recovery in bitcoin, ETH, tron, litecoin, EOS, ripple, XLM, ICX and other altcoins in the near term. The post Crypto Market Update: EOS, Bitcoin Cash, Tron (TRX), IOTA Price Analysis appeared first on NewsBTC.

a month ago

What is eToro? Beginner’s Guide To The Social Trading Platform

eToro has been amongst the leading online trading platforms since 2008. It’s branded as a social trading platform, and it aims to enable users to trade almost anything from commodities, currencies, stocks, and indexes to cryptocurrencies through one web-based and mobile platform. Click here to open a new window of eToro’s registration page. The very first iteration of eToro was to function as an online trading platform for the forex market. However, in 2009, the company launched its intuitive trading platform through the WebTrader, the idea of which was to cater to both beginners and professional traders, providing both with the tools they need. Since 2017, eToro has significantly expanded cryptocurrency trading on its platform. It’s important to note that eToro offers CFD (Contract for Difference) trading of cryptocurrencies. This is distinctly different from buying and holding a cryptocurrency. With CFDs you don’t necessarily own the underlying asset - you are merely speculating on whether its price will rise or fall. This means that eToro users are not exposed to crypto exchange hacks. However, the users do not own their cryptocurrencies private keys. This could be a disadvantage in the case of hard forks when new coins are rewarded to the token holders. Another thing to consider is that eToro leverages the concept of social trading, which is said to be very beneficial for novice traders. This allows beginners to go ahead and monitor the trading process of experienced traders, and also essentially to copy their trades and their portfolios. Below is a comprehensive overview and guide for trading on what’s arguably the world’s leading social trading platform. Using eToro Now, the very first thing you’d need to begin trading on eToro is to sign up for an account. It’s completely free, and it takes no more than a few minutes. You can find the sign-up form right on the platform’s homepage. As with all popular platforms, you will receive a confirmation email, and as soon as you follow the link on it, your account will be verified. Once you’re logged in, you’ll find eToro’s, particularly comprehensive dashboard. It’s incredibly simplified. On your left, you’ll see your profile menu which will help you navigate through the entire platform. Naturally, if you wish to start trading right away, click on the “Deposit Funds” button where you input the amount desired and then select a payment method. There are plenty of options here: Credit or Debit card, PayPal, wire transfer, Skrill, NETELLER, and UnionPay. As soon as you’ve made a deposit, you can begin your trading adventures. On the next screenshot, you’ll see the “Trade Markets” button highlighted. Clicking it will allow you to choose the different trading markets available on the platform. Since this guide is geared towards trading cryptocurrencies, on the top navigation bar, you want to select “Crypto.”: From this dashboard, you can select the cryptocurrency that you wish to engage with. For the sake of the tutorial, let’s use Bitcoin (BTC). Clicking on BTC’s icon will take you to its dedicated page. As a social trading platform, eToro provides all the necessary information on Bitcoin, as well as a dedicated chat room where users can have discussions. If you want to trade BTC, click on the blue “Trade” button at the top right corner. You’ll see the following screen pop up: On the top, you’ll see the option to Buy or Sell BTC. You can also decide whether to trade in USD or BTC Units directly - whichever is more convenient for you. On the top right corner, you will see the “Trade” drop-down menu. Clicking it will enable you to choose to place an “Order” which will enable you to determine your entry and exit points more conveniently. Trading Cryptocurrency Pairs The following explains how to trade a cryptocurrency on the USD based markets. However, eToro also allows you to trade cryptocurrencies against other cryptos in selected markets. On the cryptocurrency market dashboard, you will see two drop-down menus on the top navigation bar. If you want to engage in a crypto-crypto trade, you’d have to select the “Crypto Crosses” option. This will take you to the available cryptocurrency trading pairs. At the time of writing this, they are: Again, clicking on each trading pair’s icon will lead you to its dedicated page where you can follow the instructions for trading BTC to execute the trade. However, there are a few differences. We’ve selected the ETH/BTC trading pair and opened a trading window. It looks as follows: There are further options, such as Stop-loss, which if set, will automatically close the trade if at any moment your position is losing the amount you have specified in this tab. The exact opposite of Stop-loss is the Take Profit option. If your position reaches the set value on this tab, the trade will automatically close in profit. You can also trade with leverage on margin positions. However, it’s particularly important to be very careful, as

a month ago

Malware Found on a Movie Downloaded via Torrent Steals your Crypto and Poisons your Search Results

The plans of the security researcher under with the twitter username 0xffff0800 to spend a relaxing movie night at home did not turn out as he expected since after downloading a movie from a torrent uploaded to The Pirate Bay, he found a new (and interesting) type of malware that almost infects his computer. Did I almost get infected from a new CozyBear Sample?! I was downloading a new movie that I have been waiting for awhile for a HD version.. So Today a promising looking one got uploaded today. So I went and downloaded it and scanned for malware with two engines.. Nothing came up. — 0xffff0800 (@0xffff0800) January 11, 2019 So once I downloaded and thought it looked weird due to the icon of the download AVI.. I through it in a Hex Editor, and oh.. There is some kind of powershell.. WTF? Put it through Virustotal.. and what do you know! CozyBear putting droppers in Hacker Movies Now?! pic.twitter.com/o0yU7HWCtX — 0xffff0800 (@0xffff0800) January 11, 2019 The film downloaded by the expert was a copy of “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” a film -ironically- with a hacker thematic. Instead of containing the movie, the folder had a file with the name of the movie and a .lnk extension which, upon being opened, executed a malicious command that deployed an ad-injector on various search engines such as Google and Yandex (a very popular search portal in Russia and surrounding countries). After detecting the threat, 0xffff0800 shared its finding on social networks and uploaded an example of the file for other fellow researchers to analyze. Apparently, one of the hobbies of this expert is “collecting” malware. Picture of the sample itself, and here's the download for the sample from it all. Password: infected. hxxps://mega.nz/#!N80XUCza!rgQMgunzj8qHHlVDCypxBXNrNYa_ZE8oDk3LatADBwg enjoy. pic.twitter.com/waE9G4iPbu — 0xffff0800 (@0xffff0800) January 11, 2019 People at Bleeping Computer took a closer look at the archive, and their findings were more surprising. The malware hid much more than it appeared to the naked eye. The malicious activity extends to other web pages, including Google and Yandex search results, and on Wikipedia entries. Another goal is to monitor web pages for Bitcoin and Ethereum wallet addresses and replaces them with others belonging to the attacker.” The main objective of attacking search engines is to affect the results to position in the first places of the results a series of web pages with “injected” ads. However, the attackers were not only looking to make money out of ads. The group of hackers who programmed the malware also coded it in such a way that if the victim were to visit Wikipedia, the malware would insert a fake donation button showing two Bitcoin and Ethereum wallet addresses available for those willing to contribute to the encyclopedia. According to Bleeping Computer, the hackers had raised nearly $700 worth in crypto. The use of malware is not new to the blockchain industry, over the past year, there has been a boom in the use of such tools to get money via stealth crypto mining. Monero (XMR) was the main blockchain used for this practice back in 2017 and 2018. The post Malware Found on a Movie Downloaded via Torrent Steals your Crypto and Poisons your Search Results appeared first on Ethereum World News.

a month ago

ICON Expedites the Growth of its Public Blockchain Network

Yesterday, ICON, a leading blockchain startup in South Korea, announced an accelerated plan to expand its public blockchain network. The first adjustment is an enterprise blockchain alliance program with its global accelerator program. The firm would also begin a campaign to elect its representatives. Additionally, ICON has plans to launch its decentralized exchange and identification system that runs on its public network. The enterprise blockchain alliance with dApp accelerator program would see the startup pursue dApp partners that focus on both B2C and B2B products through ICON LAP100 (ICON Loopchain Alliance Program) and ICX, its global accelerator program. (VK)

a month ago

Malware afecta a usuarios de The Pirate Bay secuestrando sitios web para robar criptomonedas

El malware está programado para deshabilitar Windows Defender e instalar extensiones virales en los navegadores Firefox y Chrome, de este modo, es capaz de editar la apariencia de las páginas web y llevar a cabo complicados ataquesLa descarga de películas desde la página web The Pirate Bay podría exponer potencialmente a los usuarios al robo de criptomonedas y al phishing, el método cibernético de usurpación de identidad, a una escala sin precedentes. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});Un usuario de la página web fue el primero en dar la voz de alarma el 11 de enero a través de un tweet cuando detalló su experiencia al descargar una película a través del portal web, en la que se enfrentó a un atajo de código abierto de .LNK que contenía el código malicioso de CozyBear, así como a una serie de comandos de la interfaz de consola, Powershell.So once I downloaded and thought it looked weird due to the icon of the download AVI.. I through it in a Hex Editor, and oh.. There is some kind of powershell.. WTF? Put it through Virustotal.. and what do you know! CozyBear putting droppers in Hacker Movies Now?! pic.twitter.com/o0yU7HWCtX— 0xffff0800 (@0xffff0800) January 11, 2019El malware está programado para llevar a cabo una serie de actividades hostiles en el ordenador del usuario, como deshabilitar Windows Defender e instalar extensiones virales en los navegadores Firefox y Chrome. De este modo, es capaz de editar la apariencia de las páginas web y llevar a cabo complicados ataques de phishing.A diferencia del spoofing, que utiliza sitios web falsos pero que en apariencia son idénticos a los sitios web de confianza, este método de ataque es particularmente engañoso, ya que superpone códigos sobre sitios web de confianza y, por lo tanto, no pueden ser detectados mediante un examen exhaustivo de la URL, como es el caso típico de los ataques de spoofing.Robo de criptomonedas y manipulación de búsquedas en la WebAunque el malware de CozyBear todavía se utiliza para atacar los sistemas Windows, en realidad es un señuelo en este caso. El atajo .LNK lanza una serie de comandos de Powershell que terminan descargados en el sistema del usuario. A partir de entonces, el virus se pone a correr deshabilitando programas antivirus e instalando códigos maliciosos en Firefox y Chrome.Cuando los usuarios acceden a cualquiera de estos navegadores, las extensiones virales recién instaladas inyectan diferentes páginas web con versiones modificadas de código JavaScript, lo que permite ejecutar y editar páginas web y desplegar anuncios, entre otras cosas.El malware supervisa las búsquedas web y llega incluso a modificar los resultados de la misma. Los anuncios que favorecen al hacker aparecen mucho más arriba en los rankings de búsqueda de lo que de otro modo podrían esperar, y los productos poco populares a menudo se sitúan por delante de los productos establecidos.El hacker se lleva las criptomonedasLo más alarmante es que su capacidad para editar la apariencia de las páginas web y cambiar la información sin que el usuario sea consciente de ello le permite robar criptomonedas. Por ejemplo, si un usuario abre la página principal de Wikipedia en un sistema comprometido, probablemente verá un mensaje convincente creado por el malware que dice “Wikipedia ahora acepta donaciones en forma de Bitcoin” y un ícono de “DONACIÓN“. A partir de este, todos los fondos que sean donados van al hacker.El malware también tiene la capacidad de reemplazar las direcciones de billetera criptográficas proporcionadas por las páginas web que aceptan pagos de Bitcoin con la del atacante, de modo que todos los pagos realizados desde sistemas infectados van a la billetera del atacante. Fuente: CCNTraducción de Hannah Estefanía Pérez / DiarioBitcoinImagen de PixabayComparte tu opiniónataque cibernético, Chrome, Firefox, hacker, Malware, pishing, The Pirate Bay, Windows, windows defenderAdvertisements (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); The post Malware afecta a usuarios de The Pirate Bay secuestrando sitios web para robar criptomonedas appeared first on DiarioBitcoin.

a month ago

Velic cryptocurrency management DApp to build on ICON blockchain

CryptoNinjas VELIC, a comprehensive solution for crypto-asset management with native VELT token, today announced it has established a strategic partnership with ICON, a leading blockchain network on the forefront of interconnecting isolated projects. VELIC aims... Velic cryptocurrency management DApp to build on ICON blockchain

a month ago

Big Predictions for 2019: Bitcoin Heading for New All Time High

Price predictions for Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies can always be met with some degree of skepticism. A market correction was expected last year but very few predicted that Bitcoin would lose over 80% in 2018. Weiss Ratings has just released their predictions for the coming year and they are extremely bullish. New ATH For Bitcoin Starting out with the fact that 2017 was a great year for crypto investors and 2018 the complete opposite the forecast attempts to predict what is in store for 2019. The fundamentals for crypto in 2018 were extremely good despite the divergence in price action. Many countries opened their doors to crypto and regulatory frameworks to protect investors were rolled out across the globe. Weiss forecasts are based on their trend cycles model and their crypto coin ratings model which rates the assets in terms of risk, reward, technology and adoption. The first prediction is that Bitcoin will become digital gold because it costs nothing to store, can be easily transferred, is very secure and cannot be confiscated by any government or regime. BTC is therefore considered the top digital store of value. Looking back at previous bear markets in 2015 when Bitcoin lost a similar amount, Weiss predicts that BTC will recover stronger again despite so called experts repeatedly writing its obituary. In a big bear market most of the weak hands and newbie traders will have departed while the believers in the technology and long term investors will be accumulating more. As a result Bitcoin will rise up again to reach new all-time highs in 2019. Altcoins Die Out As New Ones Are Born Some of the altcoins are predicted to also rebound to make gains of 20 times but the report does not mention specific ones; “But among them, a select few with superior technology will get traction in the real world with increasing adoption. They will ultimately return to their all-time highs.” A new kind of internet has been predicted, built by a few cryptos such as EOS, Cardano and Holochain which are mentioned. How it concludes these three will be the harbingers of greatness is a mystery when there are several others such as Ethereum, Tron, Neo, Iota and Icon doing similar things with the web. The creation of an internet 3.0 is the goal here but Weiss predicts that most altcoins will ‘eventually fail’. It also predicts that a number of new ones will enter the fray and make it to the top ten. Ripple’s XRP and Stellar Lumens are predicted to disrupt the banking world but that will only be achievable if they are truly decentralized, which the former is not. Regardless, Weiss predicts that if Ripple can replace SWIFT it will become the world’s premier cryptocurrency. Finally it claims that a number of Bitcoin copycats will fade away as there is no real need for them. Included in this list of soon to be dead coins according to Weiss are Bitcoin Cash, Bitcoin SV and Litecoin. Image from Shutterstock The post Big Predictions for 2019: Bitcoin Heading for New All Time High appeared first on NewsBTC.

2 months ago

Crypto Arbitrage Today: AE, ZRX, ICX, EOS, XMR, BTG

Not a day goes by in the cryptocurrency without some alternative money-making methods rearing their head. Arbitrage opportunities, while requiring a bit of manual labor, are often one of the better ways to make money in this industry at all times. The following market opportunities are worth exploring for quick profits. Aeternity (Sistemkoin / Gate) It does not happen all that often some of the lesser-known altcoins make for good arbitrage opportunities. Every now and then, things change in this rather unusual industry, which makes for healthy profit opportunities. The current AE price on Sistemkoin is lower compared to Gate.io, which lets users pocket an 8.5% profit for moving coins between exchanges. ZRX (Poloniex / Gate) Whereas most of the arbitrage opportunities over the past few days involved HitBTC, it seems Gate is also making a name for itself once again. For fans of 0x, or ZRX, there is a healthy price spread between Poloniex and Gate. Exploring this gap can yield an easy profit of up to 8.8%. As is usually the case with smaller altcoins and exchanges, there may not be much liquidity to take advantage of. ICX (Binance / Gate) For those traders and speculators looking to take advantage of smaller markets, ICX is another option worth exploring. This altcoin’s price on Binance is slightly lower than Gate’s, although the 0.8% profit may not necessarily be that appealing to some traders. Even so, all options need to be explored in this industry, as one never knows if and when new opportunities will arise. Monero (Bittrex / Kraken / HitBTC) When Monero-related arbitrage opportunities present themselves, the overall profit is usually rather modest. Today, it seems that the situation is a bit different. Buying XMR on Bittrex or Kraken lets users flip the coins on either Bitfinex or HitBTC for profits of up to 3%. The average gain is closer to 2.3%, but it is still a rather juicy opportunity to look into. Bitcoin Gold (Koineks / Cex / Bitfinex) There are a few interesting price spreads where Bitcoin Gold is concerned. More specifically, one option is to buy BTG on either Koineks or CEX and sell it on Bitfinex for a profit of 1.95% up to 4.1%. Buying from the same exchanges and selling on HitBTC is also viable, for a profit ranging from 0.86% to 3.05%. Bitcoin Gold price gaps are becoming more apparent in recent days, which is always interesting to keep an eye on. EOS (Binance / KuCoin / HitBTC) Every time there is an arbitrage opportunity involving EOS, the profits are usually more than acceptable. For today, buying EOS on either Binance or KuCoin and selling it on HitBTC is an option to keep a close eye on. There is a profit of 2.55% waiting to be scored from exploring these options, as EOS is one of the more liquid markets available today. Information provided by Arbing Tool. Disclaimer: This is not trading or investment advice. The above article is for entertainment and education purposes only. Please do your own research before purchasing or investing into any cryptocurrency. The post Crypto Arbitrage Today: AE, ZRX, ICX, EOS, XMR, BTG appeared first on NullTX.

2 months ago

ICON Partners With Japanese Blockchain Consulting Firm LayerX to Expand its Ecosystem

ICON is hoping its blockchain ecosystem will be strengthened in Japan and globally as it has entered into a strategic partnership with LayerX. The Japanese blockchain consulting firm will help ICON in expanding its footprint in Japan with the aim of vitalizing ICON’s developer community in the country. The two partners also plan to co-host hackathons, conferences, and demo days to boost the adoption of SCORE which is ICON’s smart contract implementation environment. Reaching Out to the ICON Japanese Community ICON signed a MoU (memorandum of understanding) for a strategic partnership with LayerX. According to ICON: “This MOU aims to vitalize the ICON developer community in Japan as well as ensure the integrity of the ICON Network through a code audit alliance.” ICON is also planning on accelerating the expansion of global communities within and outside of Japan. LayerX, as a partner of the ICX Station, will help in improving the security of the blockchain by providing code audit for ICON dApps and the ICON platform. Why Is the Partnership Important? The ICX Station is a global accelerator program that is currently operating in big cities around the world, including Singapore, Seoul and San Francisco. ICON seeks to develop partnerships to help strengthen this program. In May this year, it partnered with Line Plus to create “Unchain” which “has been working to create synergies in structuring Line’s blockchain Mainnet and DApp services.” The LayerX partnership will create further inroads for ICON in Japan. AnyPay and Gunosy founded the leading Japanese blockchain company in August this year which provides consulting, smart contract audit and R&D services amongst others. LayerX CEO Yoshinori Fukushima commented on the partnership, saying: “ICON’s core engine, ‘loop chain,’ has been used to develop a blockchain authentication system, and is already adopted by major securities firms and insurance industry. We expect it to be utilized in Japan as well, and we will support ICON’s activities in Japan on the technical front.” ICON Foundation council member JH Kim also lauded the partnership with LayerX, saying: “Through our partnership with LayerX, we expect various ICON DApp services to further expand their global presence based on the linkage between public blockchain and enterprise blockchain in the future.” ICON Partners With Japanese Blockchain Consulting Firm LayerX to Expand its Ecosystem was originally found on [blokt] - Blockchain, Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency News.

2 months ago

ICON partners with Japanese consulting firm LayerX to expand blockchain ecosystem

CryptoNinjas The ICON Foundation, known for its work on the ICON public blockchain, announced today they have signed a strategic partnership (MOU) with the Japanese blockchain consulting firm ‘LayerX’. This MOU aims to vitalize the... ICON partners with Japanese consulting firm LayerX to expand blockchain ecosystem

2 months ago

On 5th Day of Christmas Coinbase Gave to U.S. Customers Free Instant Withdrawals to PayPal

CoinSpeaker On 5th Day of Christmas Coinbase Gave to U.S. Customers Free Instant Withdrawals to PayPal On December 10th, the crypto exchange started with publishig on its website the first announcement dedicated to the WeGift platform. Not only that, thanks to the 12 Days of Coinbase initiative, the trading platform, with an estimated turnover of 1.3 billion dollars, aims to transform any scepticism related to the adoption of crypto in the physical world from impossible to possible. In addition, these temporary collaborations, which include new services on the platform during the holiday period, offer the opportunity to directly test the response that their pool of users, which is around 20 million users, will have to the various initiatives proposed. For the 5th day of Christmas, Coinbase decided to greet it’s U.S. customers withthe possibility to instantly withdraw Coinbase balances to PayPal, providing even faster access to their funds through one of the world’s easiest and most widely-used payment platforms. These withdrawals are not only fast; they’re free and incur no fees. We work hard to make Coinbase the easiest and most trusted platform around — and now, moving your cryptocurrency to cash is easier and more affordable than ever. Starting today, all Coinbase customers in the U.S. can instantly withdraw Coinbase cash balances to PayPal for no fee. It's Day 5 of 12 Days of Coinbase. Learn more here: https://t.co/tfYVzgJjxc pic.twitter.com/EFHn8LFPTs — Coinbase (@coinbase) December 14, 2018 PayPal offers U.S. customers an alternative. Before today, you needed an ACH or Federal Wire account to withdraw funds. These traditional finance networks can add up to two business days to a withdrawal. Allen Osgood, a project manager at Coinbase says that they are always looking for ways to not only meet the bar set by traditional finance, but raise it. “That’s why we rebuilt our integration to ensure that the speed and reliability of PayPal withdrawals does just that.” To get started, simply sign in to Coinbase and link your PayPal account to your Coinbase account. Select your PayPal account as a payment option when withdrawing your cash balance to move your funds instantly. Osgood added: “Coinbase customers have been clear: you want to be a part of the open financial system. We believe that means more than just owning cryptocurrency — it means having the flexibility to use it how and when you want. This integration is a big step forward in realizing that vision, allowing you to smoothly and instantly transfer your funds to cash.” However, Coinbase announced that support for PayPal will be rolling out across more countries in 2019, so stay tuned. Coinbase Extremely Busy In 2018 Just for a reminder, on Thursday (December 13th), Coinbase announced a new “Watchlist” feature that allows you to customize your dashboard; clicking on the star icon on any asset page will add essential price information about that asset to a new “Following” tab. On the “first day of Christmas”, Coinbase announced that users could buy gift cards so that family and friends could get some Uber, Adidas, and Nike surprises through its U-gift program. The second day was more in the Christmas spirit. Coinbase used it as an opportunity to help those in need and support GiveCrypto.org’s pioneering work. The $10,000 ZEC donation shall support GiveCrypto.org’s project in Venezuela. With that, recipients will be able to purchase food and basic supplies at a local store that accepts payments in crypto, subsidizing everyday expenses. For the “third day of Christmas”, Coinbase made a video in which they tried to explain their mission and their vision about how cryptocurrencies can change the global economy and why is that important. PayPal Launching Blockchain-Based Token System for It’s Employees Paypal, an online payment system platform has mostly avoided Bitcoin implementation till now. But, recently it has rolled out an internal employee incentive program that is based on Blockchain technology. An employee wishing to spend the tokens on something could buy “experiences” like a morning run with the CFO or borrowing the head of investor relations’ dog for a day. The platform follows on from a patent application filed by the firm around an expedited virtual currency transaction system, which was disclosed to the public for the first time earlier this year. The fact that Coinbase has added PayPal withdrawal feature can be a reason to expect the launch of PayPal deposits, especially in the context of Coinbase’s efforts to add new services on a regular basis. By the way, it is not the first attempt of Coinbase to integrate PayPal services to its exchange. PayPal withdrawals were available last year. Nevertheless, the platform was obliged to eliminate this option due to some performance issues. Though it is only the early December, we can already say that 2018 has been extremely busy for Coinbase which has made a lot of headlines this year. On 5th Day

2 months ago

State of Asia Cryptocurrency and Blockchain: Asia (ex-China) Part 2

As you may have read last week, we are rolling out a new post series for our Premium readers. It will feature recurring updates on the state of Asia Cryptocurrency and Blockchain. We have come up with 4 high-level topics, and every week we will be writing about one of these topics, and rotating through them in the following order. China (with a commentary on recent regulatory trends, media sentiment, and touching on exchanges and company developments) Asia Countries ex-China (with a commentary on regulations, media sentiments, crypto projects, exchanges and company developments) Exchanges And Mining (Binance, Huobi, Upbit, Bitmain, Canaan, etc) Crypto Projects and Funding Trends Check out our previous piece on China. This week, we will be discussing the latest developments in the rest of the Asian countries- Japan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand and India. Given the length of the post, we are splitting the post into several parts. This post will be on Korea and Singapore. Check out the latest post on Japan’s here. We just also released A Quick Guide to Asia Market Entry - China, Korea, Japan, Singapore and a spreadsheet detailing the data here. Check it out and let us know if it’s helpful for you. Thank you for reading. State of Asia Cryptocurrency and Blockchain: Asia Countries (ex-China) Part 2: Korea, Singapore, Thailand and India Read part 1 on Japan here KOREA What’s been happening: The Korea government has been piling on resources and promoting Blockchain adoptions and crypto trading and local exchanges are being further supported by recent regulations. Korea is trying to create its own Crypto bubble and its decisions are all pointing to improving its own state of affairs, while not necessarily engaging with crypto activities and organizations outside of Korea. A new development is that local banks are now providing virtual bank accounts to local cryptocurrency exchanges. South Korea’s Ministry of Science and ICT, and the National Election Commission said they will develop a blockchain-based online voting system by December. The government is also looking to use blockchain technology for tracing beef and providing consumers with information from the food supply chain. Cryptocurrency project ICON showcases 3 joint blockchain apps at an event supported by Seoul Government- Blockchain ID card, voting, and S-coin. The government seems very willing to dedicate resources and funds into the space. This month, the South Korean government has agreed to invest $35 million, triple that of 2018, in next year’s budget to develop blockchain technology and industry related to distributed ledger technology. Given the small Crypto community in Korea, most of the activities are happening in Seoul. On top of the government blockchain budget, Seoul has recently announced that they would create a blockchain complex to house around 200 companies as well as create a 100 billion won ($88 million) fund to foster talents in the sector. Korea’s Financial Services Commission has cleared banks to work with cryptocurrency exchanges by providing virtual bank accounts, and every bank account holder is provided with a virtual bank account by the account issuer. South Korea court has also come out and said banks cannot unfairly treat crypto exchanges. Upbit, South Korea’s largest crypto exchange by volume according to CoinMarketCap, has been approved by the Korea Internet and Security Agency for having a strong infrastructure in place. Korean crypto giant Bithumbmakes into U.S. foray with a partner to create a security token exchange. Newcomer Korean exchange Pure Bit reportedly scammed with at least 13,000 of investor Ethereum. Lastly, on the project side, South Korea’s messaging giant Kakao and Stablecoin Terra partner for blockchain payment system. Kakao Corp, amajor South Korean Internet conglomerate, has established a subsidiary of the company in Singapore to attract foreign investments with cryptocurrencies. South Korean branch of the Tezos Foundation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Yonsei University to collaboratively work on the development of blockchain talents. What this means: Korea’s national election commission ran an online voting system, dubbed K-voting, back in 2013, which has since been used by 5.64 million people but trust in the voting system remains low due to hacking and fraud concerns. Subsequently, the regulators are looking to deploy a blockchain voting system and are starting with a trial next month. Korea regulators have always been very vocal about the use case of blockchain and it is clear that they have high hopes for it and is not afraid of test it out. Since the beginning, Korean regulators have recognized their own technical limitations and have worked closely with the most prominent Crypto funds and projects in Korea such as Hashed and ICON, respectively. ICON is one of the largest projects in Korea, and some of its releases and roadmaps certainly demonstrate an extensi

2 months ago

Day 4 of 12 Days of Coinbase: More Features for Personal Dashboard

CoinSpeaker Day 4 of 12 Days of Coinbase: More Features for Personal Dashboard On the fourth day of Christmas Coinbase didn’t send Four Calling Birds but something even better. We already wrote of how Coinbase launched a new 12-day event similar to the popular Christmas carol of ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’. The Christmas carol has been long known to be a song that talks about giving gifts to loved ones in a 12 day period. In the classic song, the value and importance of each gift increases as the days go by with the first day being Christmas day. Unlike the popular song, the team at Coinbase chose to start their 12 days of giving on the 10th of December. The 12-day event ends on the 21st of December which is four days before Christmas. With the fourth day ‘gift’, the watchlist, customers can click the star icon on any asset pages to indicate they’re interested in those cryptocurrencies, and their dashboard will feature key information about those assets on a new Following tab. In Coinbase they say that they are aware that historic pricing charts aren’t for everyone. So, once a client creates his or her own watchlist, they decide what asset information is most helpful to view first. A client can choose traditional price charts or a list of market data. If, for example, you’re no longer interested in a particular asset, just a simple un-starring will remove it from your watchlist. This feature isn’t limited to the assets formally supported on Coinbase. Once logged in, customers can star any of the assets featured on Coinbase’s informational prices page. Additionally, they have increased the precision of their price charts, added a feed of industry news articles and said that they are experimenting with price summary widgets on the dashboard. In Coinbase they said: “Over the past 6 months, we’ve made several investments in customers’ logged-in experience. Each new feature serves a greater purpose: to give customers the ability to tailor the Coinbase app to their crypto interests. We look forward to building more features that make your dashboard more personal.” Just for reminder, on day 1, Coinbase announced that users could buy gift cards so that family and friends could get some Uber, Adidas, and Nike surprises through its U-gift program. The second day was more in the Christmas spirit. Coinbase used it as an opportunity to help those in need and support GiveCrypto.org’s pioneering work. The $10,000 ZEC donation shall support GiveCrypto.org’s project in Venezuela. With that, recipients will be able to purchase food and basic supplies at a local store that accepts payments in crypto, subsidizing everyday expenses. Just for example, the $1 USD equivalent per day can buy 1-2 kilos of protein or 2-kilos of starches and vegetables. Recipients will come from the networks of Venezuelan families already in GiveCrypto.org’s program with Bonnum. For the “third day of Christmas”, Coinbase made a video in which they tried to explain their mission and their vision about how cryptocurrencies can change the global economy and why is that important. “Cryptocurrency is gonna be a great democratizing force for the world because it’s gonna allow anybody with cell phone to access the financial services. There are around 1,8 billion people in the world that have cellphone but no access to any of the financial services. Here lie benefits of cryptocurrency and the blockchain. There is no middlemen while transferring money,” then said Brian Armstrong, the CEO of Coinbase. Day 4 of 12 Days of Coinbase: More Features for Personal Dashboard

2 months ago

Basic Attention Token

Basic Attention Token Airdrop is worth 30 BAT tokens (~$ 4.2) for the participants. Share your referral link to earn 5 USD worth of BAT tokens for every referral. About Basic Attention Token Basic Attention Token is a token used by Brave browser. Brave is a new generation internet browser that fights malware and prevents tracking, keeping your information safe and secure. The Brave creator is Brendan Eich, an American technologist, and creator of the JavaScript programming language. He also co-founded the Mozilla project. The value of the Basic Attention Token (BAT) is based on the efficiency of digital advertising by creating a new unit of exchange between publishers, advertisers and users on the top of the Ethereum blockchain. Basic Attention Token is already listed on CoinMarketCap. Would you like to receive the latest free Airdrop Alerts? Join our Airdropalert Telegram. How to join Brave airdrop? Go to the Brave Airdrop page & Install the browser. Click on the “BAT” icon on the top right corner of the page in your Brave browser and enable Brave Rewards. 30 BAT tokens will be added to your dashboard. See below the steps how to withdraw 30 BAT tokens. Share your own referral link and receive 5 USD worth of BAT tokens for every referral. How to withdraw 30 BAT tokens Register as a Publisher, so you can ''Tip'' yourself. This step is needed to withdraw your tokens. Verify and connect one of your channels: YouTube, Twitch or website. After adding one of your accounts, open this account in the Brave browser. A pop up box will appear and you can tip a total of 30 BAT tokens to your page. Now you have tipped 30 BAT tokens to yourself. You need to connect to your Uphold account, or create a new one, to receive contributions from Brave Payments. Deposit date will appear under your BAT balance. If you use the ''CLAIM AIRDROP'' button below to claim the Basic Attention Token Airdrop, it will automatically show on the main page with a purple check mark. So you can easily track which airdrops you joined and which ones you need to join. If you liked Basic Attention Token Airdrop, also check out MenaPay Exclusive Airdrop, BitSafe Exclusive Airdrop and Betking Exclusive Airdrop.

2 months ago

TRIVE, ICON, and PwC Partner to Launch Blockchain Accelerator in Singapore

TRIVE Ventures, a Venture Capital (VC) firm based in Singapore that focuses on Southeast Asia, recently announced the launch Tribe Accelerator, a blockchain accelerator focused on product development. TRIVE partnered with PwC Singapore’s Venture Hub and South Korea’s ICON Foundation on the project, which is backed by Enterprise Singapore, the lead government agency tasked with developing the startup ecosystem and making Singapore a global hub for startups. The Tribe Accelerator will focus on helping startups to achieve real-world applicability and adoption. (JF)

3 months ago

Blockchain Will Redefine How We Bet on Sports

Sports are a passion adored universally. Whether your interests lie in watching or playing, almost everyone finds a sport they’ve taken a liking to. Whether you prefer to partake in soccer or Rocket League, sports represents a prime source of entertainment that unites us as people and engages groups from all over in friendly competition. And like other pastimes, many similarly find enjoyment in placing wagers while they root for their favorite teams and players. A good bet can heighten the excitement associated with a match and give participants even more incentive to jump up and shout in support of their players. But let’s face it: sports betting isn’t want it should be, and it isn’t what it could be. Betting online is often associated with jumping through a series of hoops, and can sometimes end up with money deposited to a site that doesn’t have the means or desire to honor its payouts. Even if you end up on an otherwise legitimate site, you are boxed into just a specific set of bets to participate in, and you’re always at a loss versus the rake the site keeps on every betting pair. Of course, you can go about it the old fashioned way and bet casually with your friends. That can cause issues too- if you like to root for the hometown, chances are none of your pals are willing to take the other half of your bet. Similarly to shady sites, you could end up winning against a friend that seems to “forget” to pay you every time you see them. Enter Blockchain Fortunately, smart contracts powered by blockchain technology can completely redesign the manner through which sports betting takes place. Rather than relying on a middleman, bettors can interact directly with one another trustlessly through the help of these contracts. This system for betting remains entirely transparent and there is no possibility of cheating or other fraudulent behavior. ZenSports is applying these contracts to their mobile betting applications. Built upon the ICON blockchain, this project will offer a massively scalable ecosystem where users can place and take any kind of bet, on any sport imaginable, anywhere in the world. Activity on the platform will be done via its own SPORT token. Rather than betting fees being collected by a middleman, these fees will be redistributed directly to SPORT holders. The public token sale begins on December 1st, and will run until January 5th of next year. The sale is divided into four lots of SPORT with increasing prices. Initially, SPORT will be sold in the public sale at a rate of US$0.0024 worth of ICX. By the end of the sale, that number will have increased significantly to $0.006. Smart contract functionalities for the project are slated for release in Quarter 1 of next year. As such, ZenSports represents a pioneer in the application of smart contracts to sports betting. To stay up to date on the development and token sale, check out the project’s Telegram and follow them on Twitter! This is a sponsored press release and does not necessarily reflect the opinions or views held by any employees of NullTX. This is not investment, trading, or gambling advice. Always conduct your own independent research. The post Blockchain Will Redefine How We Bet on Sports appeared first on NullTX.

3 months ago

Singapore Government Agency, PwC and Others Back New Blockchain Accelerator

CoinSpeaker Singapore Government Agency, PwC and Others Back New Blockchain AcceleratorAlthough some counties, including China, are so desperate to get rid of ICOs, cryptos and all that comes with them, Asia is still rife with blockchain-enthusiasts. For example, the two most prominent representatives of Asian Dragons, Singapore and Taiwan put much efforts to embrace the disruptive blockchain technology and ICOs. Previously, Coinspeaker stressed the remarkable willingness of Singapore’s authorities to elaborate effective ICO frameworks that will not only comply with the financial law but also foster the blockchain adoption. Considering the fact that ICOs have repeatedly come under fire for smoothing malicious activities like money laundering and terror funding, Singapore’s financial watchdog did a great job filtrating well-behaved ICOs from the villainous one. Government-backed Blockchain AcceleratorHowever, it does not plan to stop at that point, as Singapore’s friendliness towards the blockchain technology goes even further. The leading government agency responsible for startups development announced its support for a new blockchain accelerator program dubbed Tribe Accelerator.Enterprise Singapore together with South Korea’s ICON Foundation and PwC Singapore’s Venture Hub partnered a Singapore-based VC firm, TRIVE Ventures for this incentive. The program is scheduled to officially launch in early 2019. Tribe Accelerator will accumulate a batch of eight large-scale blockchain projects providing them with first-class business mentors, technical support, technical talent, global exposure through a series of web contents and a global demo tour across Singapore, South Korea and Japan and more to follow. The tour will allow startups to rigorously test their solutions in real-world market conditions. They will also be able to exchange best practices and ideas with blockchain startups in other markets.Speaking on the current stance of the global blockchain community Yi Ming Ng, Partner at TRIVE said:“Blockchain technology is fundamentally changing the way things work globally, with companies from numerous industries having already adopted blockchain technology and many more expected to be in the coming years.”The accelerator features a six-month programme that primarily focuses on helping these blockchain startups accelerate product development and increase adoption of blockchain solutions in the mass market.As it’s been stated by Tribe’s official representatives, by the means of its accelerator, Tribe aims to generate greater public awareness of the benefits and relevance in the everyday use of distributed ledger technology through the usage of decentralized applications (dApps) or backend digital solutions.On the behalf of Enterprise Singapore, Jonathan Lim, a Head of Startup and Global Innovation Alliance said the recent partnership with Tribe Accelerator is going to create more innovative and disruptive blockchain startups to capture growth opportunities locally and overseas. Notably that the first eight lucky startups participating in Tribe Accelerator won’t be charged with any tuition fee. Therefore vast swaths blockchain firms are likely to form a queue at the advent of Tribe’s launch.Singapore Government Agency, PwC and Others Back New Blockchain Accelerator

3 months ago

ICON Foundation Announces Its New Accelerator Initiative in Singapore

The ICON Foundation recently announced a new accelerator initiative with TRIVE Ventures and PwC Singapore’s Venture Hub. The Tribe Accelerator (TRIBE) will also be the first blockchain accelerator backed by Enterprise Singapore, the leading government agency dedicated to startups. Helping Later-stage Blockchain Companies The TRIBE accelerator will be primarily supporting later-stage blockchain companies in Asia, helping to drive mass adoption of blockchain technology through real use cases. The program will open twice in a year, each for six months. The startups enrolled with the program will be provided “comprehensive support from business consultancy to technology advisory.” In addition to this: “TRIBE will function as a platform where enterprise partners and government agencies can collaborate and create synergies for blockchain projects coming onboard.” ICON’s Singapore Launchpad ICON will operate the Singapore Launchpad through TRIBE. It will follow in the footsteps of ICX Station launchpads in San Francisco, Tokyo, and Seoul. ICON wrote: “We truly believe TRIBE will play an important role as a gateway for new startups to utilize ICON’s technology to pursue the disruptive potential of blockchain technology.” ICON and TRIVE Ventures collaborated previously in May when ICON helped in co-developing blockchain courses for TRIVE’s programming schools - Coder School Vietnam and Upcode Academy Singapore. This time, ICON will be the technical partner in the new venture, helping startups transform blockchain-based ideas into real-world products. TRIBE’s aim is to help generate more public awareness of the relevance and advantages of blockchain technology which could be realized through backend digital solutions and decentralized applications. The first batch of the program is expected to start with eight startups. The venture will officially kick off in the first quarter of 2019, followed by a global demo tour of Japan, South Korea, and Singapore for the incubated startups. This tour will help startups with testing their solutions in real markets and learning best practices. ICON Foundation Announces Its New Accelerator Initiative in Singapore was originally found on [blokt] - Blockchain, Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency News.

3 months ago

Singapore-Based VC Firm Launches Blockchain Accelerator

Early-stage venture capital firm Trive has announced an accelerator program for blockchain start-ups in Singapore. Trive (previously known as “TRi5 Ventures”), an early stage Venture Capital firm based in Singapore, has unveiled a blockchain accelerator. The program, which is backed by a government agency, aims to provide support to later-stage start-ups. The six-month program will focus on firms that are developing decentralized applications or solutions that leverage blockchains with the goal of encouraging mass adoption of the technology. Program Kick-Off The program is expected to start from the first quarter of 2019, and the firm will pick up eight start-ups for the first phase. Government body Enterprise Singapore, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Singapore’s Venture Hub, and South Korean blockchain network Icon Foundation have partnered with Trive for this initiative. Trive usually invests in technology start-ups from the seed to series A rounds of funding. The firm is supporting 40+ start-ups in various domains including Deep Technologies, Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Marketplaces, and FinTech. The VC firm had earlier worked with the Singapore government as an accredited mentor to early-stage start-up firms. Previously in May, Trive had announced a partnership with Korean blockchain platform ICON to empower the regional start-up and blockchain community. Jonathan Lim, director of the start-up and global innovation alliance at Enterprise Singapore, said: By working with Tribe Accelerator, we hope to create more innovative and disruptive blockchain start-ups to capture growth opportunities locally and overseas. The Growing Blockchain Ecosystem in Singapore The southeast Asian city-state is fast emerging as a blockchain hub in the region. The city is now home to many prominent blockchain projects and cryptocurrency exchanges. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has released updated regulation for ICOs. The laws cover utility as well as security token sales. Live Bitcoin News had last month reported about government-owned Temasek and the Singapore Stock Exchange backing ICHX Tech, a blockchain infrastructure company. ICHX intends to use the funds to launch iSTOX, a capital markets platform that aims to become the first regulated platform in Asia to offer issuance and trading of security tokens. With the new incubation program specifically for blockchain start-ups, the industry’s ecosystem in Singapore will get a definite boost. The launch will be a boon for the blockchain start-up ecosystem in the city. What are your thoughts on this development? Let us know in the comments below. Images courtesy of Shutterstock. The post Singapore-Based VC Firm Launches Blockchain Accelerator appeared first on Live Bitcoin News.

3 months ago

Singapore Government Agency Backs Upcoming Blockchain Accelerator

Enterprise Singapore, an agency set up by the government of Singapore to promote the startup ecosystem has announced support for Tribe Accelerator, a new accelerator focused on blockchain. The accelerator was launched by Singapore-based VC firm TRIVE Ventures, in partnership with South Korea’s ICON Foundation as a technical partner, and PwC Singapore’s Venture Hub. It aims to provide a platform for traditional enterprises and government agencies to work with upcoming blockchain projects. The accelerator is targeting blockchain startups past their Series A and is scheduled to launch in early 2019. (VS)

3 months ago

Singapore-based Trive Ventures Rolls Out a Blockchain Accelerator

Earlier today, Trive Ventures, a Singapore-based VC firm that focuses on Southeast Asia announced the launch of a blockchain accelerator dubbed Tribe Accelerator. Per the announcement, Enterprise Singapore, the most significant government entity that develops the city-state’s startup ecosystem is supporting the initiative. Tribe accelerator would focus on later-stage firms globally to offer a six-month acceleration program in Singapore. The program’s core purpose would be enhancing product development and endorsing the mass adoption of the blockchain in cities and societies. The accelerator has also partnered with PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Singapore, Digital Hub, and South Korean-based Icon Foundation. It will launch officially in Q1 2019. (KE)

3 months ago

State of Asia Cryptocurrency and Blockchain: Asia (ex-China) Part 1

As you may have read last week, we are rolling out a new post series for our Premium readers. It will feature recurring updates on the state of Asia Cryptocurrency and Blockchain. We have come up with 4 high-level topics, and every week we will be writing about one of these topics, and rotating through them in the following order. China (with a commentary on recent regulatory trends, media sentiment, and touching on exchanges and company developments) Asia Countries ex-China (with a commentary on regulations, media sentiments, crypto projects, exchanges and company developments) Exchanges And Mining (Binance, Huobi, Upbit, Bitmain, Canaan, etc) Crypto Projects and Funding Trends Check out our previous piece on China. This week, we will be discussing the latest developments in the rest of the Asian countries- Japan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand and India. Given the length of the post, we are splitting the post into several parts. This post will be on Korea and Singapore. Check out the latest post on Japan’s here. We just also released A Quick Guide to Asia Market Entry - China, Korea, Japan, Singapore and a spreadsheet detailing the data here. Check it out and let us know if it’s helpful for you. Thank you for reading. State of Asia Cryptocurrency and Blockchain: Asia Countries (ex-China) Part 2: Korea, Singapore, Thailand Read part 1 on Japan here A. Korea What’s been happening: Blockchain adoption in the government has been accelerating and increasingly promoted in Korea in the last month. Trading and exchange are now further validated by recent regulations. South Korea’s Ministry of Science and ICT, and the National Election Commission said they will develop a blockchain-based online voting system by December. The South Korean government has agreed to invest $35 million, triple that of 2018, in next year’s budget to develop blockchain technology and industry related to distributed ledger technology. The government is also looking to use blockchain technology for tracing beef and providing consumers with information from the food supply chain. Cryptocurrency project ICON showcases 3 joint blockchain apps at an event supported by Seoul Government- Blockchain ID card, voting, and S-coin. Korea’s Financial Services Commission has cleared banks to work with cryptocurrency exchanges by providing virtual bank accounts, and every bank account holder is provided with a virtual bank account by the account issuer. South Korea court has also said banks cannot unfairly treat crypto exchanges. Upbit, South Korea’s largest crypto exchangeby volume according to CoinMarketCap, has been approved by the Korea Internet and Security Agency for having a strong infrastructure in place. Korean crypto giant Bithumb makes into U.S. foray with a partner to create a security token exchange. Newcomer Korean exchange Pure Bit reportedly scammed with at least 13,000 of investor Ethereum. On the project side, South Korea’s messaging giant Kakao and Stablecoin Terra partner for blockchain payment system. Kakao Corp, a major South Korean Internet conglomerate, has established a subsidiary of the company in Singapore to attract foreign investments with cryptocurrencies. South Korean branch of the Tezos Foundation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Yonsei University to collaboratively work on the development of blockchain talents. What this means: Korea’s national election commission ran an online voting system, dubbed K-voting, back in 2013, which has since been used by 5.64 million people but trust in the voting system remains low due to hacking and fraud concerns. Subsequently, the regulators are looking to deploy a blockchain voting system and is starting with a trial next month. Korea regulators have always been very vocal about the use case of blockchain and it is clear that they have high hopes for it and is not afraid of test it out. The government are also willing to dedicating resources and funds.Given the small Crypto community in Korea, most of the activities are happening in Seoul. On top of the government blockchain budget, Seoul recently announced that they would create a blockchain complex to house around 200 companies as well as create a 100 billion won ($88 million) fund to foster talents in the sector. Regulators also recognize their own technical limitations and have been working closely with the largest funds and projects in Korea. ICON is one of the largest projects in Korea, and it certainly demonstrates an extension of what Korea government wants to do with blockchain- Blockchain ID card, voting, etc. Recently, the ICON Team received the Korean ‘Minister of Science and ICT (MSIT) Award’ in recognition of its contributions to the development and popularization of the blockchain industry in Korea Despite the success with the governors, ICON’s lack of organization and communication with its community proves concerning, and highlight some of the flaws of Korea projects, which is that they are perhaps som

3 months ago

How to Build an EV Charging App on the High Mobility Platform Using IOTA

IOTA foundation shared on November 30 a blog entry and published a tutorial video detailing how to build an EV charging app using IOTA’s newly launched workplace on the High Mobility platform. The partnership announced earlier in November will allow developers to build, test and publish apps using a standardized connected car API, based on IOTA’s distributed ledger technology while providing developers with subsequent software development kits and sample codes for programming. The first stage of the partnership brought an established IOTA workplace, featuring a first blueprint, or a sample code for an app that allows users to pay for their electric vehicle charging service using MIOTA Tokens. IOTA just announced through a medium post that the smart charging blueprint would be the first of many to follow in the near future. Building an Electric Vehicle Charging App Using IOTA’s Workplace on High Mobility A video tutorial shared by IOTA Foundation’s Official Youtube Channel on November 30, details the steps to follow for anyone with a basic software development background in order to run the code for an application that simulates the charging and payment process between an electric vehicle and a charging terminal. IOTA made the sample code available for everyone to copy and build on top in the GitHub repository. After registering on the High Mobility Platform, developers should first create a new Cloud App under “Apps/Develop.” Then, they should copy the Node JS code from the client certificate into a copy of the open source sample code from GitHub. This step will connect the source code to the application just created. The second step is to switch to the IOTA workplace by clicking on the shortcut icon on the top left part of the screen, then select “Create New Emulator,” click on “IOTA Charger” and giving it a name. A virtual emulator screen with the Charger will pop up, on which a user should link the IOTA App created in the first step by clicking on linked App, selecting IOTA, then copying the access token code that allows the app to connect to the emulator, and pasting it in the sample code. The next step is similar to the second one, but this time under “Create New Emulator” developers should click on “IOTA vehicle,” name it, then link it to the IOTA app by copying the access token code into the sample code. Now developers are almost ready to launch the emulators. Vehicle Seed, Charger Seed, and Test Tokens Developers should follow these instructions on how to generate seeds for both the vehicle and the charger, and paste the seed addresses generated into the sample code, under the proper section. Test Tokens could be obtained from the following website where developers should request the Faucet to send over a certain amount of tokens to the seed addresses generated for both the vehicle and the charger emulators. The confirmation of the transaction should not take more than a couple of minutes. Now that the code is complete, developers should go back to the High Mobility Platform, and run a simulation of the charging process. The simulator will initialize the vehicle and the charger, load the addresses, prepare for the payment, send the transaction, and check for payment confirmation before starting the charging process. How to Build an EV Charging App on the High Mobility Platform Using IOTA was originally found on [blokt] - Blockchain, Bitcoin & Cryptocurrency News.

3 months ago

State of Asia Cryptocurrency and Blockchain: Asia (ex-China)

As you may have read last week, we are rolling out a new post series for our Premium readers. It will feature recurring updates on the state of Asia Cryptocurrency and Blockchain. We have come up with 4 high-level topics, and every week we will be writing about one of these topics, and rotating through them in the following order. China (with a commentary on recent regulatory trends, media sentiment, and touching on exchanges and company developments) Asia Countries ex-China (with a commentary on regulations, media sentiments, crypto projects, exchanges and company developments) Exchanges And Mining (Binance, Huobi, Upbit, Bitmain, Canaan, etc) Crypto Projects and Funding Trends Check out our previous piece on China. This week, we will be discussing the latest developments in the rest of the Asian countries- Japan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand and India. Given the length of the post, we are splitting the post into several parts. This post will be on Korea and Singapore. Check out the latest post on Japan’s here. We just also released A Quick Guide to Asia Market Entry - China, Korea, Japan, Singapore and a spreadsheet detailing the data here. Check it out and let us know if it’s helpful for you. Thank you for reading. State of Asia Cryptocurrency and Blockchain: Asia Countries (ex-China) Part 2: Korea, Singapore Read part 1 on Japan here A. Korea What’s been happening: Blockchain adoption in the government has been accelerating and increasingly promoted in Korea in the last month. Trading and exchange are now further validated by recent regulations. South Korea’s Ministry of Science and ICT, and the National Election Commission said they will develop a blockchain-based online voting system by December. The South Korean government has agreed to invest $35 million, triple that of 2018, in next year’s budget to develop blockchain technology and industry related to distributed ledger technology. The government is also looking to use blockchain technology for tracing beef and providing consumers with information from the food supply chain. Cryptocurrency project ICON showcases 3 joint blockchain apps at an event supported by Seoul Government- Blockchain ID card, voting, and S-coin. Korea’s Financial Services Commission has cleared banks to work with cryptocurrency exchanges by providing virtual bank accounts, and every bank account holder is provided with a virtual bank account by the account issuer. South Korea court has also said banks cannot unfairly treat crypto exchanges. Upbit, South Korea’s largest crypto exchangeby volume according to CoinMarketCap, has been approved by the Korea Internet and Security Agency for having a strong infrastructure in place. Korean crypto giant Bithumb makes into U.S. foray with a partner to create a security token exchange. Newcomer Korean exchange Pure Bit reportedly scammed with at least 13,000 of investor Ethereum. On the project side, South Korea’s messaging giant Kakao and Stablecoin Terra partner for blockchain payment system. Kakao Corp, a major South Korean Internet conglomerate, has established a subsidiary of the company in Singapore to attract foreign investments with cryptocurrencies. South Korean branch of the Tezos Foundation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Yonsei University to collaboratively work on the development of blockchain talents. What this means: Korea’s national election commission ran an online voting system, dubbed K-voting, back in 2013, which has since been used by 5.64 million people but trust in the voting system remains low due to hacking and fraud concerns. Subsequently, the regulators are looking to deploy a blockchain voting system and is starting with a trial next month. Korea regulators have always been very vocal about the use case of blockchain and it is clear that they have high hopes for it and is not afraid of test it out. The government are also willing to dedicating resources and funds.Given the small Crypto community in Korea, most of the activities are happening in Seoul. On top of the government blockchain budget, Seoul recently announced that they would create a blockchain complex to house around 200 companies as well as create a 100 billion won ($88 million) fund to foster talents in the sector. Regulators also recognize their own technical limitations and have been working closely with the largest funds and projects in Korea. ICON is one of the largest projects in Korea, and it certainly demonstrates an extension of what Korea government wants to do with blockchain- Blockchain ID card, voting, etc. Recently, the ICON Team received the Korean ‘Minister of Science and ICT (MSIT) Award’ in recognition of its contributions to the development and popularization of the blockchain industry in Korea Despite the success with the governors, ICON’s lack of organization and communication with its community proves concerning, and highlight some of the flaws of Korea projects, which is that they are perhaps somewhat too

3 months ago

Top Asia Crypto News Roundup from Nov 29- Dec 1

What Crypto insiders are reading on Asia. Happy December! Thank you for your feedback on our new subscription service. As an appreciation, and for demonstrating that we are listening, we are offering our readers to try us out for just $5 a month. Use the code “december5” to get the offering or simply sign up through this link Separately, I will be moderating and spending several days at the World Digital Asset Summit in San Francisco from December 9th through 11th.Come talk to me about crypto and Asia, and meet all the other amazing speakers including Balaji Srinivasan and Lily Liu from Earn.com, Kyle Samani from Multicoin, Dawn Song from Oasis Labs, Avichal Garg from Electric Capital, and more. For a limited time, enjoy a 60% off to the conference with the code “wdas60” Share with Friends Top News in Asia from Wednesday to Saturday China’s regulator updates its crypto ranking for the 7th time — BTC upgraded from the 19th place in the previous month to the 13th place, EOS continues to occupy the top position of the overall ranking, followed by Ethereum: http://bit.ly/2zzszx1 Binance Info Gold Label Project aims to protect the blockchain community by encouraging projects themselves to update and maintain project-related information, alleviating the risk from information asymmetry. http://bit.ly/2KK5zQh Dan Larimer from EOS is reportedly working on a “token that would be immutable, nonprogrammable, and limited to a currency role.” http://bit.ly/2KOhAE0 Coinshares, a crypto research firm, estimates that 77.6% of bitcoin mining uses renewable energy and part of the answer lies in Sichuan, China. https://on.mktw.net/2KMasZ1 Bitcoin mining firm Canaan Creative temporarily cut prices across all of its crypto mining devices to $200 each in amidst bitcoin prices rebounding. http://bit.ly/2KSstVL SV Insight Research’s and Dapp dot com latest report on the “State of the Dapps” show that Chinese developers are leading the decentralized app charts with their gambling dApps. Coin and Token News Consensys works with Philippines to have its Manila residents paid in Ethereum for cleaning up Philippines’ polluted beaches: http://bit.ly/2DUrGSz ICON Team received the Korean ‘Minister of Science and ICT (MSIT) Award’ in recognition of its contributions to the development and popularization of the blockchain industry in Korea. http://bit.ly/2BL8GVa Steemit, Inc. is close to going belly-up and laid off 70% of their staff. http://bit.ly/2BK365f Deals and Funds Former Huobi CTO James Ju is launching a cryptocurrency exchange by the end the yearin Singapore. The exchange, which will be called BHEX, raised $15 million in equity from OKEx and Huobi, DHVC, Dfund, BlockVC and Genesis Capital: http://bit.ly/2U2Zy5l TRON announced its plans to launch a blockchain gaming fund dubbed TRON Arcade,$100 million over the next three years: http://bit.ly/2E7NzhZ Pundi X is partnering Singapore-based Quantum Energy Asset Management to launch a $100-million blockchain fund in January 2019. http://bit.ly/2KK3i7q Exchange News KuCoin, Singapore-based cryptocurrency exchange collaborated with Simplex to enable its user to purchase cryptocurrencies using their credit and debit cards. http://bit.ly/2KNFaB0 OKEx’s new Piggybank product enable hodlers to lend their fund as margin loans to margin traders. http://bit.ly/2KKkkCn Huobi US launched the first exchange billboard campaign in San Francisco. As part of the campaign, HBUS will eliminate all trading fees throughout the end of the year.http://bit.ly/2KMbsfR Regulation News India and Russia are to cooperate in blockchain amongst other tech areas, and both countries are increasingly looking towards utilizing blockchain’s potential within fintech and other sectors. http://bit.ly/2zDmUWB South Korea’s Ministry of Science and ICT will develop a blockchain voting system that will go on trial in the private sector in December. https://zd.net/2BK9qcZ Malaysian Finance Minister has revealed that a new set of comprehensive regulations guiding the activities of crypto exchanges and ICOs will come into effect in Q1 2019.http://bit.ly/2rh3h1U Business News Bitmain has launched a new cryptocurrency index as a benchmark for investors with a real-time spot price that is updated every second, and a daily reference price that is published once a day: http://bit.ly/2DUCBvs A Chinese cryptocurrency company plans to introduce a so-called “digital peso” inPhillipines next year to serve not only overseas Filipino workers but also Chinese nationals working here in the Philippines. http://bit.ly/2KMfbKm Taiwan-based tech giant Asus is now letting gamers use their GPUs to earn passive income when not being used for other PC tasks. Earnings will be paid out via PayPal or WeChat:http://bit.ly/2SmyKeF The Japanese arm of computer giant Microsoft has partnered with nascent blockchain startup LayerX to “accelerate” uptake of the technology: http://bit.ly/2U64Nky Japanese video platform c0ban.tv pays users its own cryptocu

3 months ago

What Is Bitcoin? Crypto Featured as Category on Jeopardy

During last night’s airing of the popular TV game show Jeopardy, cryptocurrency was featured among the categories contestants could choose from. I’ll Take Cryptocurrency for $1,000, Alex On Thursday night’s episode of the iconic TV game show hosted by Alex Trebek, Jeopardy, cryptocurrency was one of the six categories contestants could select from. In Jeopardy, chosen categories reveal an answer to a query and the contestants must phrase their response in the form of a question. The first answer in the category was “an altcoin is any unit of cryptocurrency other than this one,” with the correct response being “What is Bitcoin?” Next up, was the Daily Double, which had an answer “in 2018, this South American country launched the Petro currency backed by oil reserves,” referencing Venezuela’s native cryptocurrency token. The third answer touched on a “3-letter chat app” that had a similar sounding name as its cryptocurrency token - a nod to Kik and the Kin token that will power the app’s cryptocurrency ecosystem. Up fourth was an answer describing how blockchain worked. And last but not least, the answer “a lawsuit from this rapper killed off the Coinye currency,” pointed to the court case years prior between hip hop icon Kanye West and the Coinye cryptocurrency. West had no affiliation with the project but his likeness was used regardless without his permission, and a legal battle ensued that led to the founders of the project abandoning it. While cryptocurrency being featured on a popular TV show like Jeopardy really has little to no impact on prices, adoption, or other key factors, one cannot discount the value of cryptocurrencies being exposed in an educational manner to the mainstream public on one of the most watched television shows in history. Jeopardy has over nine million viewers per week tune in, and is a household name easily recognizable by its iconic jingle. Even better for crypto, the way cryptocurrencies were presented in a positive, educational manner and not the demonizing tone mainstream media usually portrays cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. More Ways to Play with Crypto Playing Jeopardy alongside the live contestants and responding correctly in a crypto-focused Jeopardy category would be fun for just about any cryptocurrency enthusiast. But the fun doesn’t need to stop there. Earlier this year, Bitcoin was officially added as a recognized word in the popular Hasbro board game Scrabble. Merriam-Webster, who maintains the official Scrabble dictionary made the addition in September alongside 300 other words including “emoji” and “twerk.” Placing tiles on the Scrabble board spelling out Bitcoin earns the player 11 points. Scrabble points aside, investors betting on the cryptocurrency could potentially earn a lot of money, however, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have been stuck in a grueling downtrend over the last 11-months. Featured image from Shutterstock. The post What Is Bitcoin? Crypto Featured as Category on Jeopardy appeared first on NewsBTC.

3 months ago

Bitmain Launches Crypto Index for Investors, Provides Data on 17 Digital Assets

Chinese cryptocurrency mining hardware manufacturer Bitmain has just released its own cryptocurrency index. Going forward, the firm will provide market data for 17 of the largest digital assets by market capitalisation. Bitmain Crypto Index Will Track 17 of the Most Popular Digital Assets One of the planet’s largest producers of digital currency mining hardware has just published an index of cryptocurrency prices. Bitmain announced the move via its website, BTC.com, earlier today. According to the post, Bitmain’s new price index has been tailored to institutional and individual investors alike. It stated: “The index tracks the performance of the largest and most liquid digital currency in the market and is denominated in US dollars.” The index draws its price data from the largest cryptocurrency exchanges on the planet. To help decide which trading venues are eligible to inform the service, Bitmain analyse each based on its: reputation, regulatory compliance, price transparency, stability, and trading volume. The exchanges making the grade thus far are: Bitfinex, Binance, Bitstamp, Bittrex, GDAX, Gemini, Huobi, Itbit, Kraken, OKEX, and Poloniex. Bitmain will provide visitors to the index with real-time price updates by the second, along with a daily reference price. This latter feature will be updated at 10 a.m. (GMT +8) each day. The coins chosen by Bitmain are: Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), EOS, Ethereum Classic (ETC), Litecoin (LTC), XRP, Dash, IOTA, NEO, Monero (XMR), Cardano (ADA), Tron (TRX), Icon (ICX), Lumens (XLM), Zcash (ZEC), and OmiseGo (OMG). In addition to the 17 single digital currency indices, Bitmain has also created a combined index of the leading 10 cryptos. This will be known as the Bitmain Large Cap 10 Index (BLC10). In the words of the Chinese firm itself, the BLC10 will be: “A comprehensive index of market capitalisation weights, totalling more than 90% of the market’s digital currency market value, covering currency classes, decentralised platform classes and anonymous digital asset classes.” Related Reading: How Much of the 20% Surge of Bitcoin Cash is Affected by Bitmain IPO? Bitmain Still in Choppy Waters In other recent Bitmain news, the Chinese mining hardware manufacturer has just had a class action lawsuit brought against it by one of its U.S. customers. The case claims that Bitmain had redesigned their ASIC cryptocurrency mining chips to earn mining rewards and transaction fees for the company rather than the users themselves. Filing the complaint is an LA resident called Gor Gevorkyan. However, the action is on behalf of all Bitmain’s U.S. customers. Gevorkyan believes this is around 100,000 individuals. He is hoping to sue the mining giant for over $5 million. However, the lawsuit is just the tip of the iceberg with regards Bitmain’s current troubles. Its plan to go public on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange has exposed some dubious figures relating to the company’s inventory. This has prompted a full restructuring of its board of directors. All the while, the once undisputed leader of the hardware manufacturing industry is slipping behind technologically to other companies also building ASIC chips. Featured image from Shutterstock. The post Bitmain Launches Crypto Index for Investors, Provides Data on 17 Digital Assets appeared first on NewsBTC.

3 months ago

ICONLOOP (ICX) Selected as Adviser to Blockchain-Based ISP Project in Seoul

The team at Icon (ICX) recently took to their Twitter feed to make the following announcement: “We are proud to announce that ICONLOOP has been exclusively selected for '#Seoul blockchain-based ISP Project'. We will strive to realize the value of blockchain through real use-cases, allowing various projects to interoperate with ICON's public network.” The Infomation Strategy Planning Project seeks to use automation to increase the convenience of the online qualification process used to select recipients for public service and welfare. It also seeks to imporve conditions for part-time workers. (JF)

3 months ago

Bitcoin (BTC) Price Live: $400 Gain Sees BTC Rise Above $4,000

Bitcoin is presently experiencing a mini-rally that has seen its price climb above the $4,000 price mark. This surge is indicative of what is currently a day of positive price movements from many coins in the market. Up by $400 and Counting The top-ranked cryptocurrency began the day trading at $3,800 but has since added $400 within a few short hours to go back above $4,000. As at press time, BTC appears set for an assault on the $4,500. However, the sheer volume of short positions opening at the moment could cause a rejection above $4,500. Today’s rally sees BTC increase by more than 12 percent over the last 24-hour trading period. A fortnight ago, Bitcoin and the rest of the market began experiencing massive price declines. Since then BTC fell below both $6,000, $5,000, and $4,000 in quick succession. After falling below $4,000 on the previous Saturday, the top-ranked cryptocurrency twice tested the $3,500 psychological level. BTC was able to back on both occasions, setting consecutive highs. This present mini rally appears to be an extension of the second attempt to test $3,500. Apart from BTC, the altcoin market is also enjoying significant price gains with all top-ten coins in the green as at press time. Stellar (XLM) and Monero (XMR) are the top gainers among the high-ranking coins. Both cryptocurrencies are up by more than 16 percent in the last 24 hours. After nearly falling below the $100 mark on Sunday (November 25, 2018), third-ranked Ethereum has gained 12 percent taking its price closer to $120. Verge (XVG), TRON (TRX), and ICON (ICX) are the top gainers among the top-100 coins. The trio are up 43 percent, 25 percent, and 22 percent respectively. No Bitcoin ETF Approval, Says SEC Wednesday’s price push comes even as SEC chairman; Jay Clayton, appeared to dampen enthusiasm concerning BTC ETFs. According to the SEC chief, the Commission will approve any cryptocurrency ETF unless the market undergoes significant improvements concerning investor protection and price manipulation. The bear market appears not to have severely affected the enthusiasm of BTC enthusiasts as well as institutional players. Stakeholders like Anthony Pompliano of Morgan Creek and Spencer Bogart of Blockchain Capital maintain that the current bear market isn’t anathema to BTC’s long-term success. Furthermore, institutional players like Nasdaq and Bakkt say they are still going ahead with their plans to offer Bitcoin futures contracts. Image courtesy of Shutterstock and Coinmarketcap. The post Bitcoin (BTC) Price Live: $400 Gain Sees BTC Rise Above $4,000 appeared first on Ethereum World News.

3 months ago

South Korea to Develop Blockchain Voting System, ICON Winning More Awards

One thing common to many countries in Southeast Asia is a corrupt voting system and often flawed democracies as a result. South Korea, being one of the leaders in the technology, is looking towards a blockchain based online voting platform that will alleviate such concerns. Korea’s Ministry of Science and ICT, and the National Election Commission (NEC), stated that they will develop the system before the end of the year. According to reports the NEC trialed a previous platform back in 2013 but few trusted it due to fraud and hacking concerns. The new system will increase transparency and security by including a user authentication mechanism as part of the voting platform. The government stated that all voters will be able to monitor their vote and general progress once submitted via smartphone or PC. The Seoul National University’s Blockchain Society and Korea Internet & Security Agency will also use the blockchain based system for surveys as a pilot before it can be implemented for voting. Similarly, Thailand has recently used a blockchain voting platform for recent candidate party elections. According to a Nasdaq report the Kingdom’s Democrat party used the Zcoin blockchain to register and store votes earlier this month. The party elected a leader from 120,000 voters that used the system to register their transparent votes using a Raspberry Pi or mobile app with photo ID. Thailand has been in the grips of a military dictatorship for over four years primarily due to electoral corruption and rampant vote buying. ICON Winning More Awards Back in South Korea, the country’s leading blockchain and crypto company, ICON has been gaining more favor with the government. According to a medium post ICONLOOP received the ‘Minister of Science and ICT Award’ as Blockchaitionn Industry Leader in Korea. It is the first blockchain company to win this award which was granted at the ‘2018 Blockchain Grand Week’ held at the Korea Science and Technology Center in Seoul. The ICON Team is pleased to announce that ICONLOOP received the Korean ‘Minister of Science and ICT (#MSIT) Award’ in recognition of its contributions to the development and popularization of the blockchain industry in Korea. https://t.co/BNDcxmroxb — ICON (@helloiconworld) November 28, 2018 The ICON (ICX) cryptocurrency is part of the ICONLOOP umbrella and the organization has very close ties with the South Korean government. Last month ICON showcased three blockchain projects it was working on with local authorities. One of which was a blockchain based voting system used in combination with a blockchain citizen ID card. It is likely that any further developments on a voting system in South Korea will be made in conjunction with ICONLOOP though the report has yet to confirm it. Image from Shutterstock The post South Korea to Develop Blockchain Voting System, ICON Winning More Awards appeared first on NewsBTC.

3 months ago


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