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nOS (NOS) Releases nOS Client v0.5 and is Now Trusted by Windows and MacOS

The team behind nOS (NOS), the project building a virtual operating system on the NEO blockchain capable of operating on mobile and desktop devices, recently updated its client to v0.5 with multiple new features and bug fixes. One of the more significant updates as far as user-friendliness is concerned is that software certificates have been acquired meaning that the Client is now trusted by Windows and MacOS, making installation easier. Some other new features include auto-update, a new transactions panel, and data encryption & decryption functionality. (JF)

3 hours ago

Switcheo Decentralized Exchange Announces SDUSD Stablecoin Trading Competition

The Switcheo decentralized exchange recently announced that it will be hosting a two-week trading competition using Alchemint’s SDUSD stable coin. The competition will begin at 12:00 pm (UTC+8) on Tuesday, January 15th and end at 12:00 pm (UTC +8) on Monday, February 4th, 2019. Winners will be determined by their trading volumes across the NEO/SDUSD, SWTH/SDUSD, and SDS/SDUSD trading pairs. The total prize pool consists of 500 NEO, 1,000,000 SWTH, and 800,000 SDS, with the first place winner receiving 150 NEO, 150,000 SWTH, and 200,000 SDS. (JF)

2 days ago

The top 5 cryptocurrencies to watch in 2019

Market sentiment is changing constantly, requiring individuals to adapt their views. As crypto projects grow, stall, or even die, people must change their expectations and speculations. That being said, here are five crypto assets to watch in 2019. 1 - Bitcoin (BTC) This one may be a somewhat obvious pick. Nevertheless, bitcoin has a lot going for it. It has the most institutional interest, by far. The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) employed their cash-settled bitcoin futures over a year ago, boosting institutional interest, as well as bitcoin’s credibility. Last year also saw a mass influx of further institutional interest in bitcoin that will carry over into 2019. Interest includes multiple bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF ) proposals and Intercontinental Exchange’s (ICE) much-anticipated Bakkt platform with bitcoin-settled futures trading. Bitcoin is also the crypto industry’s largest asset, making up 51.8% of the market cap for the whole asset class according to CoinMarketCap at the time of this writing. Bitcoin is also at more than a 75% discount from all-time highs, priced at just over $4,000 on Blockmodo at the time of this writing. In last year’s interview with YouTuber CryptoBobby, notable bitcoin maximalist Tone Vays also mentioned several points as to why bitcoin stands out from the numerous other projects in the crypto space. 2 - Monero (XMR) Monero is another project of interest for 2019. Monero is different than bitcoin, in that it employs anonymity features. Bitcoin can be anonymous as well, but requires added steps to do so, including buying bitcoin over-the-counter (OTC). Monero makes the anonymity process simpler (although Tone Vays and his group have questioned Monero’s anonymity potential). Additionally, Monero is an interesting choice because unlike most crypto assets, Monero was built using different code than bitcoin, and its founder’s identity is also unknown, as is the case with bitcoin. Monero also has a relatively small circulating supply under 20 million. Although it does employ minor inflation over time, based on their model, making for a controversial topic. Currently at around $54 at the time of writing, Monero is at quite a discount from all-time high prices of more than $400. 3 - Ethereum (ETH) Ethereum is another somewhat obvious choice for this year. The project is still the most popular choice for building initial coin offerings (ICOs). According to an ICO report by Suicide Ventures, 87% of ICOs launched their projects on the Ethereum platform as of October last year. Ethereum is the second highest ranking crypto asset by market cap on CoinMarketCap, at the time of writing, and sits at a major discount from all-time high prices of more than $1,300. Ethereum sits at roughly $152 at time of writing. Based on price alone, buying Ethereum now roughly is equivalent to buying Ethereum back in May of 2017. A recent CoinDesk article also mentioned Ethereum’s price chart currently looks similar to bitcoin’s chart back in 2015, near the end of the last bear market. In contrast to potential price upside, however, TechCrunch wrote an interesting article last fall that described a scenario in which Ethereum’s price fell to zero, but the network still succeeded. 4 - Stellar Lumens (XLM) and Ripple’s XRP Regardless of the centralization debate (mostly regarding XRP), both XLM and XRP are making blockchain application headway in the banking sector. Ripple, in particular, has made many headlines over the last several months with its RippleNet. Just recently, RippleNet announced 13 new clients. There is a distinction between Ripple application and parties that actually use the XRP asset. That being said, of the recent 13 new institutional additions to RippleNet, five of them “will use Ripple’s digital asset, XRP, for liquidity when sending customer cross-border payments,” according to a CoinTelegraph report on the subject. It is hard to imagine XRP disappearing at this point. Although some speculate that XRP is still an unregistered security. XRP is a controversial subject when talking about ideals in crypto. Speaking from a profit perspective, however, XRP is below $0.40 at the time of writing, down from almost $4. Stellar is also partnered with powerhouse IBM, and XLM is down considerably from its all-time price high. 5 - Hedera HashGraph Hedera Hashgraph is an interesting project that has yet to hit crypto exchanges for trading. The project differs from blockchain technology. According to Hashgraph’s website, its “platform is lightning fast, fair, and secure and, unlike some blockchain-based platforms, doesn’t require compute-heavy proof-of-work.” Hashgraph is an interesting project due to its possible potential to scale, unlike many blockchain-based crypto assets which have seen substantial scaling issues thus far. According to ICODrops, Hashgraph concluded its ICO last August, fairing considerably well when taking into account 2018’s

3 days ago

Crypto Market Wrap: Gone in 60 Minutes, $8 Billion Just Dumped

Market Wrap Crypto markets have just fallen off the cliff; Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, Binance Coin and Neo hurting bad. The cycle continues as yesterday’s pump turns into today’s dump. Crypto markets have again failed to hold any short term gains and are falling back once again. Total market capitalization is back below $130 billion as the cycle rinses and repeats and $8 billion gets wiped out in a mere hour or so. Bitcoin bounced off intraday highs of $4,060 twice before beating a retreat. A massive dump has just initiated as one huge red hourly candle knocked BTC back below $3,850 wiping out recent gains and resulting in over 5% declines on the day. Ethereum is in more pain shedding 8.5% back to below $140 as it too falls off the cliff and hits a new low for the week. Market cap is back below $15 billion and Ripple’s XRP is snapping at ETH’s heels again. Only losing 3.5% at the time of writing, XRP is just $100 million behind Ethereum, a re-flippening is imminent. The top ten has all been smashed in the past hour or two, all aside from Tron which is still up on the day by a good 15%. TRX briefly broke the $2 billion barrier before pulling back below it a few hours ago. Bitcoin Cash as usual has been trounced with a 11% slide back below $145, Litecoin and Bitcoin SV are both dropping 8%. The two altcoins in the top twenty getting hit over 10% right now are Binance Coin and Neo, and Monero and Ethereum Classic are not far behind. Things are that bad in the top twenty that another stablecoin has entered it, USDC is now at 19th spot as Maker and Zcash fall back. Tron is the top altcoin in the top one hundred right now, in fact it is the only one making double digits as the rest of crypto land dumps again. Yesterday’s two fomo recipients are dumping all their gains today, namely Holo and Pundi X, both shedding over 15% on the day. Total market capitalization has fallen back to $129 billion over the past hour. This is a loss of over 5.5% on the day as $8 billion exits in less than 60 minutes. Daily trade volume is at $18 billion but it is all outflow at the moment. The sideways channel is still holding up for now but gains over the past week are now digital dust. FOMO Moments is a section that takes a daily look at the top 20 cryptocurrencies during the current trading session and analyses the best-performing ones, looking for trends and possible fundamentals. The post Crypto Market Wrap: Gone in 60 Minutes, $8 Billion Just Dumped appeared first on NewsBTC.

3 days ago

Altcoins Daily Preview: NEO and Monero Top Performer, Every Dip a Buying Opportunity

Latest NEO News By adding 20 percent early this week, NEO has the attention of traders. This addition is surely a ray of hope for holders who saw NEO prices drop 95 percent from 2017 peaks. Read: Russia to Buy Billions of Dollars Worth in BTC Next Month, Russian Economist Says The ecstasy is waning and with speculators clamoring for the exits at the face of extreme, market churning market conditions, NEO’s vision remain the same: powering a smart economy vision where digital assets are properly managed via smart contracts. Perhaps it’s because of this grand vision that the space is raving with commentators speculating that the resurgence of NEO prices is because of letter NEO developers at the NEO Competence Centre (NSPCC) in Saint Petersburg received with requests from reportedly from Vladimir himself for a formal collaboration. Also Read: Kraken, CoBINHOOD and Poloniex Ranked Safest Crypto Exchanges by ICORating As reported by Ethereum World News, the letter from Russian Association of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain (RACIB) back in November recognizes the research efforts of NSPCC. The research entity is driving adoption of NEO technologies in Russia and aside from developing a distributed storage system; NSPCC shall incubate Russian blockchain projects. According to NeoNews, NSPCC special bond with RACIB is as follows: “RACIB was formed to help establish the integration of blockchain into the Russian economy by assisting with the creation of legal frameworks, development and implementation. It also represents the interest of market participants. These goals aligned well with the initiatives of the NSPCC, which along with NEO’s emphasis on compliance made the two organizations a good fit.” NEO Price Analysis After sliding 95 percent to $5.46 by mid Dec 2018, it was only natural for NEO prices to bounce off from bear pits. They are in the progress and from a top down approach, especially in the weekly chart, there are some impressive candlestick arrangement pointing to bulls. NEO may receive a boost from fundamentals but from a technical perspective, aggressive traders can buy at spot prices as they tap the shifting, bullish sentiments. In that case, basis for higher highs are solidly from the double bar bull reversal pattern in the weekly chart. Safe stops would be at Dec 28 lows of $6.9. However, on a more conservative approach, traders should wait for a retest and break above $15. Since prices are slowing down, any close above $10 could buoy bulls and aggressive traders ramping up with targets at $15 pumping prices. Already transaction volumes are picking up hinting at underlying demand and potential uptrend towards $15 favoring short term bulls. Our short-term NEO/USD trade plan will be as follows: Buy: spot, $15 Stops: $6.9, $12 Target: $15, $25 Monero (XMR/USD) Price Analysis Unlike NEO, Monero price action is dull and consolidation inside a bull flag. Other than that XMR is bullish and for trend continuation, our trade conditions must be met. From previous XMR/USD trade plans, we said that the race to $75 is dependent on the volumes behind the rally above $60. So far, bears are yet to reverse Jan 6 gains. As we can see momentum has been made worse by drying volumes and should this slide persist and XMR drop below $50 and later $45, asset prices could retest Dec 2018 lows in a flash. On the other hand, gains above $60 confirm mid-Dec 2018 bulls and could be the grounds for $120 or Nov 2018 highs. Our Monero trade plan will be as follows: Buy: $60 Stop: $50 Target; $75, $120 All charts courtesy of Trading View—Data streams from BitFinex This is not Investment Advice. Do your Research. The post Altcoins Daily Preview: NEO and Monero Top Performer, Every Dip a Buying Opportunity appeared first on Ethereum World News.

3 days ago

Ontology Sees $50M Increase In Market Cap: Tech Analysis

Ontology had a rough 2018 after peaking in June, and the ONT symbol - already a familiar one to most avid blockchain investors - has only just started a major recovery. After soaring past the $200M market cap, Ontology has pushed through $230M and is now the 27th most valuable crypto asset - not far behind its sibling, NEO and only one place behind (ahem) Bitcoin Gold. There are differences between Ontology and NEO blockchains. Ontology is actually a network of blockchains, rather than one single blockchain project, and it’s designed to help migrate proprietary enterprise platforms onto a distributed ledger model without compromising them. Both blockchains are designed to run as smart contract platforms and host Dapps. Each is a direct competitor to Ethereum, and they work in partnership with each other. The major problem with Ethereum from an enterprise perspective is it’s open-source, which means major companies are hesitant to trust it with their proprietary data. So does Ontology make sense yet? From a tech perspective, it’s a definite project to watch. But to see what Kiana sees in its future, you’ll have to watch her analysis... The post Ontology Sees $50M Increase In Market Cap: Tech Analysis appeared first on Crypto Briefing.

4 days ago

NEO is Becoming the Most Developer-friendly Blockchain for Smart Economy Vision

CoinSpeaker NEO is Becoming the Most Developer-friendly Blockchain for Smart Economy Vision Hundreds are expected to attend the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Seattle between February 16-17th to listen to more than 40 speakers and view more than 30 projects across 20 separate exhibits. In addition, NEO will host a one-day workshop that will introduce developers to the fundamentals of NEO blockchain development. With support for multiple programing languages such as C#, Python, and JavaScript, NEO aims to be the most developer friendly smart contract platform. NEO founders Da Hongfei and Erik Zhang will open the event giving visitors insight into NEO’s promise of a Smart Economy and plans for platform growth over the next 12 months. The rest of the opening day will focus on topics such as platform architecture, innovation, the regulatory landscape, and the transition to a Smart Economy. Scheduled speakers include Miha Kralj, managing director of the world’s largest consulting company Accenture, who will talk about the big trends in blockchain, and Dr Chris Berg of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), who will discuss crypto-economics and its role in the future of the global economy. Another confirmed speaker is Joseph Williams, Governor Jay Inslee’s ICT industry sector lead & State of Washington ICT economic development director. Williams will give visitors an insight into how regulators view the development of blockchain. Day two of NEO DevCon will shift gears and take a deep dive into technical blockchain topics such as consensus mechanisms and decentralized storage, as well as explore a range of decentralized application (dApp) use cases, patterns and practices. Co-founders of the NEO Saint Petersburg Competency Center, Sergei Liubich and Anatoly Bogatryrev, will present research progress on their NEO based distributed decentralized storage platform. The Coelho brothers and founders of NeoResearch, Igor and Vitor, will discuss how high performance computing can advance consensus mechanisms and how the NEO blockchain can be used as a problem solving network. Representatives from ecosystem projects such as Neon Exchange, Moonlight, Blacat and Archon will also share insights on dApp development and their contributions to the Smart Economy. Erik Zhang, founder of NEO, said: “We’re excited to have such a high profile list of speakers at DevCon 2019. The future for blockchain, and for NEO in particular, is bright. The market is emerging out of an extended downtrend, but the fundamentals of the technology on which we’re building the smart economy of tomorrow are stronger than ever. Over the next 12 months and beyond, we’ll be working to make our platform even better, to further decentralize our network and begin to push out the dApps and experiences that will aid greater adoption and understanding of blockchain.” Development Workshop NEO DevCon will also feature a workshop for participants who are interested in learning to work on NEO’s developer-friendly platform. The workshop will guide developers through how to set up a NEO development environment, design a smart contract, deploy to the blockchain, and interface with a smart contract. It aims to give participants all the skills required to start building their own dApps on the NEO platform. NEO DevCon will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Seattle, February 16-17th. Early bird tickets are on sale now for $149 and are available until January 15th. Full price tickets will be $299. More information can be found at NEO is Becoming the Most Developer-friendly Blockchain for Smart Economy Vision

4 days ago

Cocos-BCX Testnet Launched! The next generation of digital game economy empowering over 1.3 million developers

With over 1.3 million developers, Cocos is the widely adopted game engine in Asia and is second around the world by market share. Many captivating games including Angry Birds, Badlands, Fight! and Clash of Kings were built using the Cocos development platform and several well-known game publishers including Zynga & Big Fish Games rely on Cocos2d-x on a daily basis. Many people in the blockchain and gaming space believe that games will be the first and foremost user-facing application built on a blockchain. Cocos-BCX [Cocos Blockchain Expedition] has entered the space with the goal to create an open system where game developers can have access to a new game engine and development environment supporting multiple blockchain systems. Cocos-BCX consists three core components: Cocos-BCX blockchain game engine : a software framework and virtual machine [run-time operating environment] that supports multiple blockchains, device types and operating systems An integrated development environment [IDE] An underlying public blockchain :  CocosChain, based on the Graphene framework and re-designed specifically for games & other high-performance applications Cocos-BCX first line of code was dropped in the month of November 2017 and the first demo of the platform was released in March 2018. On Dec 21, 2018, Cocos-BCX TestNet was officially launched, with three third-party games developed based on Cocos-BCX and a props exchange platform going live at the same time. The three games and exchange platform can be visited through Cocos-BCX official website “community” sub-page [English version to be released later]. With its vision to build a blockchain gaming ecosystem, Cocos-BCX has established strategic cooperation with partners including Ontology, Zilliqa, Tron, NEO on the integration via SDK, exchange gateway as well as NHAS-1808 standard [non-homogenous asset standard] powered by Cocos-BCX. Besides, Cocos-BCX has been working already with other blockchain projects such as Loom, Nebulas, Cell Evolution etc, and is open for collaboration with more potential partners in blockchain and gaming space. For more detail & updates of Cocos-BCX you can follow below official channels: Official website Blog Telegram Twitter Reddit Discourse Forums The post Cocos-BCX Testnet Launched! The next generation of digital game economy empowering over 1.3 million developers appeared first on AMBCrypto.

5 days ago

Cocos-BCX Testnet Launched! The next generation of digital game economy empowering over 1.1 million developers

With over 1.1 million developers, Cocos is the widely adopted game engine in Asia and is second around the world by market share. Many captivating games including Angry Birds, Badlands, Fight! and Clash of Kings were built using the Cocos development platform and several well-known game publishers including Zynga & Big Fish Games rely on Cocos2d-x on a daily basis. Many people in the blockchain and gaming space believe that games will be the first and foremost user-facing application built on a blockchain. Cocos-BCX [Cocos Blockchain Expedition] has entered the space with the goal to create an open system where game developers can have access to a new game engine and development environment supporting multiple blockchain systems. Cocos-BCX consists three core components: Cocos-BCX blockchain game engine : a software framework and virtual machine [run-time operating environment] that supports multiple blockchains, device types and operating systems An integrated development environment [IDE] An underlying public blockchain :  CocosChain, based on the Graphene framework and re-designed specifically for games & other high-performance applications Cocos-BCX first line of code was dropped in the month of November 2017 and the first demo of the platform was released in March 2018. On Dec 21, 2018, Cocos-BCX TestNet was officially launched, with three third-party games developed based on Cocos-BCX and a props exchange platform going live at the same time. The three games and exchange platform can be visited through Cocos-BCX official website “community” sub-page [English version to be released later]. With its vision to build a blockchain gaming ecosystem, Cocos-BCX has established strategic cooperation with partners including Ontology, Zilliqa, Tron, NEO on the integration via SDK, exchange gateway as well as NHAS-1808 standard [non-homogenous asset standard] powered by Cocos-BCX. Besides, Cocos-BCX has been working already with other blockchain projects such as Loom, Nebulas, Cell Evolution etc, and is open for collaboration with more potential partners in blockchain and gaming space. For more detail & updates of Cocos-BCX you can follow below official channels: Official website Blog Telegram Twitter Reddit Discourse Forums The post Cocos-BCX Testnet Launched! The next generation of digital game economy empowering over 1.1 million developers appeared first on AMBCrypto.

5 days ago

NEO Price Gains 12% Despite Malcolm Lerider Departure

All of the top cryptocurrency markets are undergoing some positive developments in the price department. How long this momentum will be sustained, is always difficult to predict. In the case of NEO, the current uptrend is quite steep, even though no one knows why that is exactly. Reaching a value of $10 might be a stretch too far, but staying above $9 shouldn’t pose major problems. NEO Price Surge Intensifies A lot of cryptocurrency speculators and enthusiasts have high hopes for a major market recovery in 2019. Now that the first week of January is finally over, it seems that optimism is still not necessarily warranted. There has been some positive momentum which was promptly turned into a bearish trend. It now seems another uptrend is trying to take shape, although there is a lot of market resistance everywhere. Over the past 24 hours, the NEO price has risen by 11.5% in USD value and 10.7% in BTC value. Because of these developments, one NEO is currently valued at $9.5 or 0.002344 BTC. Both of these gains show there is some positive momentum brewing for this altcoin, even though no one can pinpoint the exact reason for it. The only tangible NEO-related development in recent days comes in the form of Malcolm Lerider. This individual was heavily involved in the development of NEO, although he has left the project in search of greener pastures. As such, his focus will lie on building the smart economy through a business-centric approach, rather than focusing on cryptocurrencies. I owe the community an apology for being quiet the last two months as I have been in the process of leaving #NEO. People have different opinions and this was my only choice in the end. I will build #SmartEconomy through a business centric approach instead, #TechAgnostic. — Malcolm Lerider (@MalcolmLerider) January 8, 2019 When looking at the current NEO price chart from a technical perspective, it seems there is still room for further gains in the NEO/USD department. One has to keep in mind the current uptrend will get people excited, although that doesn”t necessarily mean it can be sustained for very long. Keeping all options on the table is always the best course of action. #NEO $NEO #neousd — Osman Altıntaş - BTC (@AltintasBTC) January 9, 2019 Every cryptocurrency or token needs a good meme now and then to help alleviate some stress. It doesn’t happen all that often a NEO-oriented meme is shared, although Adam Medo has managed to sneak one in there. He expects NEO, alongside Cardano and VeChain, to be added to the Trust Wallet in the near future. An interesting sentiment, although there are a lot of other coins which could easily be added before those three. #ADA#NEO#VET@cz_binance @officialmcafee @SatoshiLite — Adam Medo (@AddiMedo) January 9, 2019 As is always the case where cryptocurrencies are concerned, sustaining uptrends has proven to be extremely difficult first and foremost. The year 2018 has made that all too clear and it would appear early 2019 will bring more of the same. That doesn’t mean the NEOprice will not rise further in the coming days, but for now, it is important to keep one’s expectations in check first and foremost. 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. Image(s): The post NEO Price Gains 12% Despite Malcolm Lerider Departure appeared first on NullTX.

5 days ago

Could Russian Rumors Be Reviving NEO? Surges 15% Today

Since their lows in mid-December cryptocurrencies have recovered somewhat and are making slow but solid progress into the new year. Some are performing better than others, Tron is one and Neo is the other as it climbs over 20% this week. Last month it was reported that Russia had requested a formal partnership with the developers of the Neo platform via a document from the Russian Association of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain. picked up the article originally stating that the NEO Competence Centre in Saint Petersburg said it received a letter requesting collaboration “in accordance with the request of the President of the Russian Federation, Mr. Vladimir Putin.” Related articles are emerging today regarding the Russian government’s plans to invest huge sums of money into Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies in anticipation of new US sanctions forcing diversification. According to Vladislav Ginko, a lecturer at Moscow’s Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration; “Because of US sanctions Russia’s elite is forced to dump US assets and US dollars and invest hugely into Bitcoins. Central bank of Russia sits on $466 billion of reserves and has to diversify in case there are limited opportunities to do it (in the future),” before adding “I believe that the Russia (Government) will start diversifying its reserves with Bitcoin in February this year when US Congress will introduce a new sanctions against Russia.” Today the NEO reddit stream is bubbling away with rumors and speculation over this collaboration and Russian crypto cash injection as NEO surges in price. At the time of writing NEO has made 15% on the day and was the top performing cryptocurrency in the top forty. This has enabled it to flip both Ethereum Classic and NEM to take sixteenth spot by market capitalization, which is currently $617 million. On the week NEO has made 22% climbing from $7.77 to $9.50 where it currently trades. Daily trade volume has doubled over the past 24 hours from $100 to $200 million. Aside from the Russian connection NEO has also been listed as a top ten global public blockchain by China’s Center for Information and Industry Development (CCID); In the latest yearly ranking released by China’s Center for Information and Industry Development (CCID), which is under the country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology,#NEO is listed as Top 10 Global Public Blockchains in Basic-Tech. #blockchain #crypto — NEO Smart Economy (@NEO_Blockchain) January 7, 2019 However this is no surprise since China consistently ranks home grown projects over others so the stats, along with China’s monthly chart rankings, can be taken with a big pinch of salt. NEO has an upcoming Devcon 2019 and NEX event and with consensus algorithm improvements leading to NEO 3.0 this year will be very bullish for the ‘Chinese Ethereum’ as it is so often dubbed. The post Could Russian Rumors Be Reviving NEO? Surges 15% Today appeared first on Ethereum World News.

5 days ago

The ICO’s of the future: Security through investor protection shield

The future of cryptocurrencies is certainly very exciting, particularly as a new innovation has been announced for 2019, which is supposed to ensure that the crypto market experiences an upswing again: The so-called STO. STO is an abbreviation for Security Token Offering and describes a crowdfunding method, which gained popularity especially in the last months of 2018. Numerous experts are currently predicting that STO’s will replace ICO’s in the long run, which has come under enormous criticism last year due to numerous reasons. What is the difference between an STO and ICO? The difference between these two funding options is easily explained: ICO’s typically sell digital tokens to investors with the perspective that they will increase their value in the future. In most cases, these tokens are linked to the actual project in a certain way, whereby their value also depends on how successfully the respective project develops in the future. The first ICO to take place in 2014 was that of the well-known cryptocurrency Ethereum, although the crowdfunding method did not reach enormous popularity until 2017 when it generated more than $6 trillion in total capital for numerous projects. The current criticism of ICO’s, which can be observed all over the world, has to do with the fact that more than 80 percent of the ICO’s that took place in 2017 were actually classified as fraud. This was the result of a study conducted by the consulting firm Satis Group. This distribution was not extraordinarily contrary in 2018 either. In addition, various regulatory developments in different countries, such as the US, have also contributed to the emerging criticism: the Security and Exchange Commission, for instance, published a statement stating that most ICO tokens basically qualify as securities, which means that companies offering them are actually breaking the law. This has to do with the fact that ICO’s mostly took place unregistered. This and other aspects have contributed to the development of the concept called Security Token Offering (STO). STO’s function similar to ICO’s, but provide investors with a variety of securities that already exist on the financial market: For example, purchased tokens can be linked to stock shares, natural resources, forex or even artworks. These securities could then be traded on the blockchain without any middlemen. However, STO’s are currently mostly an idea and have so far rarely been implemented in reality - but this is likely to change in the near future. This can also be seen in the fact that several projects have already announced planned STO’s, so we will soon see to what extent STO’s are actually a better alternative to ICO’s. This article on YAHOO! Finance is also an interesting source in this regard. ICO or STO: Which method is more trustworthy? This question can definitely not be answered globally: Although more than 80 percent of the ICO’s carried out in recent years had fraudulent backgrounds, there are still numerous initial coin offerings whose projects have developed extremely positively: NEO (NEO), Ethereum (ETH) or IOTA (MIOTA), for example, are worth mentioning here, as they are now among the most valuable cryptocurrencies in the world. This aspect makes it clear that ICO’s have always been a trustworthy, effective and profitable method of investing in various projects. However, the crucial point has always been which company, team and product is behind the tokens that are purchased. Examples of legitimate ICO’s can also be found in 2019: Worth mentioning here is the ICO of sky[nav]pro (SNP), an ERC20 token, which is operated by the renowned Dacher Systems GmbH from Germany, a software company that has already been in business since 2005. The Investor Protection Shield Sky[nav]pro (SNP) is a project that enables pilots to access various real-time weather data at any time, to control navigation during flight and to avoid collisions. In addition, worldwide tracking & monitoring can easily be performed in real time. For this purpose, specific flight boxes are used, which are connected to the portable devices of the flight crew. These have already been manufactured in quantities of 100 units. Sky[nav]pro (SNP) is, in particular, convincing because of its investor protection shield, which includes several principles and provides interested investors, for example, with the entire business plan of the project, in which every detail of the concept is specifically explained. Other aspects of the investor shield include the fact that the product has already been developed and tested by various flight schools over a period of more than 10,000 flight hours, the promise that all capital will be invested directly in the project, the fact that more than 12,000 pilots worldwide are already actively supporting the project, and the certainty that the ICO of sky[nav]pro will be carried out by a well-known, reputable German company that has already been on the market for many years. Dac

5 days ago

Bitrue to Add 4 New XRP Base Pairs This Week

The team at Bitrue Crypto Exchange have announced that they will be adding 4 more trading pairs with XRP as the base. The digital assets that will now be paired with XRP are DistrictOx (DNT), Pundi X (NPXS), Propy (PRO) and HOT. The tweet making the announcement can be found below. #2 Week of 2019 @BitrueOfficial We're happy to bring to you: $HOT/ $XRP, $NPXS/ $XRP, $DNT/ $XRP, & $PRO/ $XRP! 4 NEW XRP Base-Pairs which shall arrive by end of the week! @Curis_Wang — Bitrue (@BitrueOfficial) January 7, 2019 Other XRP Trading Pairs on Bitrue This announcement comes less than a week after Bitrue listed XRP base pairs with Tron (TRX), Stellar (XLM), NEO, GAS and OmiseGo (OMG). Prior to the 5 pairs above, XPR had already been paired with Bitcoin (BTC), Tether (USDT), Ethereum (ETH), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Ethereum Classic (ETC), Gifto (GTO), Gemini Dollar (GUSD), Kyber Network (KNC), ChainLink (LINK), Litecoin (LTC), Paxos (PAX), QuarkChain (QKC), True USD (TUSD), WanChain (WAN), WaltonChain (WTC) and Ox (ZRX). The team at Bitrue also promised to pair XRP with Cardano (ADA) and VeChainThor (VET) in the near future. Bitrue’s 2018 Year in Review Bitrue was officially launched in April last year and has since managed to attract over 240,000 registered users globally. The exchange is currently ranked 56th on and according to daily trade volume. The exchange has handled over $16.6 Million worth of digital assets in the last 24 hours of trading - at the moment of writing this. The exchange has set a mission of listing more trading pairs in 2019 with XRP as the base. The exchange goes on to state that 3 out of its 5 most popular trading pairs involve XRP. They are BCH/XRP, ETC/XRP and LTC/XRP. More than 40% of Bitrue’s users are from Indonesia, Vietnam, India, Taiwan and US. The exchange has gone on to support three languages on its website interface: English, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Japanese, Korean and Spanish. The mobile app supports English, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Indonesian and Russian. What are your thoughts of Bitrue’s mission to list more trading pairs with XRP as the base? Please let us know in the comment section below. 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 Bitrue to Add 4 New XRP Base Pairs This Week appeared first on Ethereum World News.

7 days ago

Altcoins Daily Preview: Litecoin (LTC) Top Performer, adds 23.7 Percent

Latest Litecoin News An Estonian digital exchange is making headlines for good reasons. The company-though based outside the US, allow foreign investors to trade stock derivatives of Facebook, Tesla and eight other NASDAQ listed companies 24 hours a day, seven days a week even when the markets are closed. And what’s more, they don’t need permission from US regulators as they are already a regulated entity in their jurisdiction. In an email interview with Bloomberg, the CEO of DX. Exchange, Daniel Skowronski, said: “We saw a huge market opportunity in tokenizing existing securities. We believe that this is the beginning of the traditional market’s merge with blockchain technology. This is going to open a whole new world of trading securities old and new alike.” Read: Buy The Dip - The One Exchange Token I’d Buy Right Now The token derivatives-like stable coins will be backed 1:1 with real stocks held by MPS Market Place Securities—compliant with Cyprus regulators- and powered by NASDAQ’s class matching engine are based on the Ethereum blockchain. Participants would be entitled to cash dividends of the underlying stocks, trade for free and the platform supports among other coins Litecoin, Bitcoin and Ethereum. What’s more, Dx.Exchange with offices in Israel and Estonia has grand plans of listing stocks listed in Tokyo, NY and Hong Kong stock exchanges. Also Read: Litecoin (LTC), Cardano (ADA) and NEO Highest Takers Perhaps this support is behind the latest resurgence as LTC rise 23.7 percent in the last week flappening Bitcoin SV and Tether from seventh. At spot prices, it is $50 million away from replacing Stellar Lumens as the seventh most valuable coin in the space. Litecoin (LTC) Price Watch By adding 7.2 percent in the last day, LTC is now trading above our main resistance and buy trigger line at $35. This is bullish and from our last altcoin price review, our LTC/USD trade conditions have been met. Notice that propelling this surge is above average volumes—459k against 223k and after hitting rock bottoms in 2018, this revival could be the foundation of a wave of higher highs kick-starting a reversal. In that case, our Litecoin (LTC) trade plan will be as follows: Buy: spot Stop: $30 Target: $50 Stellar Lumens (XLM) Price Watch Obviously, the path of least resistance is southwards. As visible from the daily chart, XLM is literally struggling with sellers. Though recent bounce backs off 8 cents could propel prices above 15 cents, sellers are firmly in control and liquidation off 15 cents could feed the next wave of lower lows in a trend resumption phase. From the chart, our last XLM/USD trade plan is valid and as long as prices consolidate along the 7 cents range with caps at 15 cents, we shall maintain a bullish outlook expecting XLM to recover and rise with the bullish tide visible in the space. To reiterate, breaks above 15 cents will trigger the next wave of higher highs towards 30 cents. Ideally, these gains should be at the back of above average volumes. Assuming there are satisfactory up-thrusts above 40 cents, this will be our Stellar Lumens near term trade plan: Buy: 15 cents Stop: 11 cents—Dec 28 lows Target: 30 cents All charts courtesy of Trading View—Bittrex and CoinBase This is not Investment Advice. Do your own Research. The post Altcoins Daily Preview: Litecoin (LTC) Top Performer, adds 23.7 Percent appeared first on Ethereum World News.

7 days ago

Crypto Market Update: $7 Billion Pump Holding For Now

FOMO Moments Crypto markets making moves on Monday; Litecoin, Cardano and Neo racing ahead, Ethereum sluggish. Another crypto market rally has greeted us this Monday morning as $7 billion flowed back into digital currencies over the past 24 hours. The bounce has taken total market capitalization over $135 billion and the two week trend is still a positive one. Bitcoin had another one of its vertical spikes a few hours ago as the big green candle broke through resistance and topped $4,000. The good news is that BTC has held on to its gains this time and is currently trading at around $4,070, up 6% on the day. Ethereum has not made much this time around, adding a meager 2.5% on the day taking it back over $155. This has enabled XRP to close the gap with a 4% gain on the day to $0.370. The market cap difference between second and third is now $1.2 billion. The rest of the top ten is all green during the Asian trading session today. Streaking off ahead is Litecoin adding 9% on the day and touching $40 for the first time in nearly two months. Stellar has made 6% but that was not enough for it to drop a place to LTC which is now sixth and not far behind EOS which has made 5%. The rest are up between 2 and 4 percent at the time of writing. Big gains have been made by Neo and Cardano in the top twenty with 8 and 12 percent respectively. The three privacy coins Monero, Dash and Zcash are all making over 6% on the day and the rest are 2 to 4 percent higher, only a couple of stablecoins are showing red at the time of writing. The fomo today is going to DEX again which has pumped and dumped by 90% in previous days. REPO is back up again with another 30% pump and Buggyra Coin has also made over 25% on the day. Getting hammered is MobileGo shedding 16%, the only coin in the top one hundred to drop double figures. Total crypto market capitalization has been boosted by $7 billion as it climbs around 5% on the day. Markets have currently settled at around $137 billion which is still within their range bound channel. Daily volume is up to around $17 billion and Bitcoin dominance has crept up half a percent to 51.6%. FOMO Moments is a section that takes a daily look at the top 20 cryptocurrencies during the current trading session and analyses the best-performing ones, looking for trends and possible fundamentals. The post Crypto Market Update: $7 Billion Pump Holding For Now appeared first on NewsBTC.

7 days ago

Two Flippenings in Crypto Rally, Litecoin Over Stellar and Neo Rising

Following a few days of sideways trading crypto markets have bounced again today as $7 billion gets funneled back into digital currencies. Not all are benefiting from this rally though but the ones that are include Litecoin and Neo which are the only two adding double digit gains in the top forty at the time of writing. Litecoin Lifted Above Stellar Litecoin has had it worse than most in 2018, falling from the giddy heights of over $350 to a yearly low of around $23 in mid-December according to Coinmarketcap. This equates to a loss of around 93%, equaling its loss of a similar percentage back in 2014. Things have slowly started to turn around for LTC as it has recovered 65% since the 2018 low point and has currently made 14% on the day. Over the past 24 hours Litecoin has climbed from $35 to reach an intraday high of $40 before pulling back a little. This marks an almost 2 month high for LTC which has just surpassed Stellar and taken back sixth spot. At the time of writing Litecoin has a market capitalization of $2.3 billion which is a nudge above XLM on almost the same. Often called the ‘silver’ to Bitcoin’s ‘gold’, Litecoin has not seen much on the news front recently. A recent lightning network milestone was reached when 100 active nodes was exceeded which shows that the ecosystem is steadily growing despite the negative price action. Wake Up Neo The only other altcoin in the top twenty posting double digit gains on the day is Neo. Over 15% was added when Neo, often referred to as the ‘Chinese Ethereum’, jumped from $7.68 to an intraday high of $8.88 before pulling back slightly. Neo has also been battered in the bear market slumping from an all-time high of almost $170 to a mid-December low of $5.6, a whopping 97% dump. Since then though, Neo has managed to claw back 57% to its current level at just below $9. The team is very active with constant updates on latest developments, developer conferences, and new dApps joining the network. A solid recovery is virtually guaranteed and it seems to have already started as Ethereum Classic has just been flipped as Neo takes seventeenth spot from ETC with a market capitalization of $570 million. The two are very close though and are currently trading places. At the time of writing Litecoin and Neo have both flipped the coins above them and are the only two in the top forty making double figure gains on the day. Image from Shutterstock The post Two Flippenings in Crypto Rally, Litecoin Over Stellar and Neo Rising appeared first on NewsBTC.

7 days ago

Bitcoin(BTC) Breaks Back above $4K, Hitting a Two Week High

The price of Bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, jumped 6.5 percent Sunday to rise back above $4,000, its highest point in two weeks. The coin reportedly spiked $262 on Monday at 17:10 UTC to $4,063, a move accompanied by a large injection of volume. Bitcoin’s market capitalization has also risen substantially, up $4 billion on the day to $70.73 billion, its highest point since Dec. 25. However, the altcoins such as Litecoin (LTC), NEO (NEO) and Cardano (ADA) are leading the upside momentum up 12.16, 10.6 and 9.11 percent respectively. (RL)

7 days ago

NKN Announces Optional ERC-20 Token Swap Ahead of Summer MainNet Launch

The US-based decentralized data relay project, New Kind of Network (NKN), recently announced an optional token swap for NKN token holders who wish to migrate to the Ethereum network. NKN was originally built on the NEO blockchain and currently exists as a NEP-5 token, but now users can swap those tokens 1:1 for an identical NKN ERC-20 token on the Ethereum blockchain. The announcement comes ahead of the launch of NKN’s standalone NKN blockchain, which is “currently planned for June 2019.” Both forms of the token will need to be swapped for the MainNet token once it is launched. (JF)

7 days ago

Busy Week For TRON With Multiple Developments Including Bitrue Adding New XRP / TRX Pair

Bitrue, cryptocurrency exchange, announced recently that would be adding five new XRP trading pairs to its offerings. XRP, the third largest cryptocurrency in the world according to CoinMarketCap will now be paired with Tron (TRX), Stellar Lumens (XLM), OmiseGo (OMG), Neo (NEO), and Gas (GAS), on Bitrue. Tron’s founder Justin Sun was quick to spot the announcement and retweeted it in support. The announcement came the same day as other positive developments related to Tron as the project appears to be making quick and significant progress. Bitrue Makes the Announcement Bitrue exchange tweeted recently to announce the arrival of five new XRP pairs. It wrote: As promised, we are adding 5 NEW $XRP-based pairs by end of the week! They are TRX, XLM, NEO, GAS and OMG! For other top voted pairs like #ADA and #VET, we will list those tokens first and add them in the next round, which will be pretty soon! — Bitrue (@BitrueOfficial) January 2, 2019 Bitrue also stated on January 4 in a tweet that they had launched the most demanded XRP-based pair from their users which is XRP/TRX and that it is now open for trading. Other Developments Related to Tron 2019 has been good for the Tron foundation so far as the number of new Dapps listed on Tron increased by 20 during the first week of the year along with many other positive developments. Another big moment for the Tron network was the announcement that the BitTorrent token will launch later this year. The token sale will run exclusively on Binance Launchpad. The BTT token will be used by the BitTorrent users to enable faster downloads. Justin Sun and the project lead provided more details about the BitTorrent (BTT) in a live stream on January 4th. We are LIVE, tune in to learn about BitTorrent’s new token $BTT! @tronfoundation @bittorrent @utorrentro — Justin Sun (@justinsuntron) January 4, 2019 BTT is set to boost the adoption of the Tron network as well as blockchain and cryptocurrencies in general. BitTorrent already has 100 million users who will be introduced to the new content distribution framework using BTT Token. However, they will also have the option to opt out if they do not want to use it. This week the Tron Foundation also announced that after January 5, the names of TRC10 tokens would not be unrepeatable anymore. After this time, the token ID will be the only TRC10 token identifier on the network. TRC10 token's name will no longer be unrepeatable after Jan 5 2019, 6:00:00 AM UTC. From that time going forward token ID will be the only identifier. For more details please check the announcement in the link. #TRON #TRX $TRX — TRON Foundation (@Tronfoundation) January 4, 2019 Busy Week For TRON With Multiple Developments Including Bitrue Adding New XRP / TRX Pair was originally found on Cryptocurrency News | Blockchain News | Bitcoin News |

8 days ago

Crypto Market Update: Litecoin Lifted on Lightning Network Milestone

FOMO Moments Crypto markets immobile on Sunday; Litecoin leading, Cardano recovering. There has been another slight pullback on crypto markets this Sunday as a range bound channel starts to form. Market capitalization has remained over $130 billion but only just, there has been very little movement over the weekend. Bitcoin has retreated another percent or so on the day as it falls back to $3,830. It reached an intraday high of $3,900 but could not break resistance there and fell further back. Daily volume is just below $5 billion as Bitcoin continues to consolidate. Ethereum has lost some of its recent gains by dropping 3.5% on the day and falling back below $155. ETH is still around $1.5 billion in market cap ahead of third placed XRP though which has remained at the same level over the past 24 hours. The top ten altcoins are pretty much all in the red except one. Litecoin is making a rare recovery while those around it have fallen slightly. LTC is currently up 7% on the day taking it over $35, as daily volume jumps from $400 million to $700 million. Market cap is now over $2 billion and rapidly closing in on Stellar which is only marginally ahead at the time of writing. The momentum comes a couple of days after OKEx announced a perpetual swap feature for LTC and ETH, additionally the Litecoin Lightning Network has just reached the 100 active node milestone; The Litecoin Lightning Network has just surpassed 100 Active Nodes #Litecoin #ltc #crypto #cryptocurrency #blockchain — (@LitecoinDotCom) January 5, 2019 The rest of the altcoins in the top ten have not moved a great deal from yesterday’s levels, Tron has made a minor gain though. Cardano is the only crypto asset moving in the top twenty as it too adds 6% on the day. Neo has crept up 1% but the rest are falling back a percent or two with Iota taking the biggest hit of 3.5% loss on the day. Sunday’s fomo pump goes to ODEM which has surged 45% at the time of writing. It is the only altcoins making double digit gains at the moment as the rest are sluggish. There are two cryptos dumping doubles in the top one hundred at the time of writing and they are REPO and PIVX, with MobileGo not far behind at a 9% loss. Total crypto market capitalization has not changed a great deal over the past day or two. It currently remains at $131 billion, down 1.5% from the same time yesterday. A sideways channel has definitely formed since late December as markets bounce between $120 and $135 billion market cap. FOMO Moments is a section that takes a daily look at the top 20 cryptocurrencies during the current trading session and analyses the best-performing ones, looking for trends and possible fundamentals. The post Crypto Market Update: Litecoin Lifted on Lightning Network Milestone appeared first on NewsBTC.

8 days ago

8 Ways Ethereum Proved Prophets Of Doom Wrong In 2018

Despite the 90% decline in its price, Ethereum has still been making moves in 2018. Forecasts for its ecosystem development, made last year, may have been exaggerated in terms of what the community could accomplish in 12 months. And that may be why we’re seeing the network valuation come back down to reasonable levels for a nascent technology. When speculators see a falling price it is difficult to sit back and admire everything that the Ethereum network is accomplishing, and it’s even harder to look at Ethereum with an open mind when the mainstream media seems to be focusing their coverage around the price decline and Consensys layoffs. Ethereum has seen greater adoption, regulatory certainty, and institutional interest this year; indicating that the coin is far from dead. As a 2018 year in review, here are 8 positive strides that Ethereum has taken in the last 12 months. 1. Increased Adoption - The Metric That Matters The Ethereum blockchain has seen increased active addresses and onchain transaction volume in 2018, which are both good proxies to measure adoption. The number of unique ethereum addresses recently even broke the 50 million mark, and depending on your source for information, the rate of unique address creation has increased in 2018 as well. According to Consensys, a newly created address was used, on average, for 35.45 days before going inactive, which means that the length of use this year is up over 3x, from an average of 11.25 days in 2017. Smart contract deployment rates have steadily increased in 2018 as well. Approximately 200k smart contracts were created and deployed in June since the start of 2018, and that number has grown to more than 1 million in October and nearly 1.8 million deployed in 2018 to date. This is an increase of nearly 25% year over year. The number of successful calls to smart contracts has remained consistent at 1.2 million per day when compared to 2017. Interest in the Ethereum community is growing in general as well. Reddit’s r/ethereum community has grown to more than twice its 2017 size, from 176k in early December 2017 to 418k in early December 2018, and several telegram communities have more than doubled their users as well. Other metrics to note that may show increased adoption are that Metamask has had over 700k downloads in 2018 and that Infura serves 10 billion API calls per day as of the first week of December. 2. Regulatory Certainty, Kinda Sorta On June 14th, 2018, William Hinman, Director of Corporate Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, made remarks indicating that he believed ETH is not a security. This gave rise to the notion that projects could start out as securities, and become decentralized enough to avoid security status despite having an ICO and a pre-mine. It’s important to note that this is only the opinion of one SEC official, and that this has not be proven true in court, but regulatory certainty paves the road for increased institutional adoption in 2019 as the participants can be more confident in their compliance. 3. Creating A Successful dApp Ecosystem 2018 was supposed to be the year that decentralized applications were to take off, and many ICO projects fell short of expectations. We do need to recognize, however, that several projects successfully launched on Ethereum in 2018 and are thriving. Despite increased competition from other platforms, Ethereum dApps still represent 95% of the total market share for dApps. Two projects to highlight that launched on Ethereum this year are Maker’s Dai and Augur. Maker launched Dai, a crypto-backed stablecoin, on Ethereum 12 months ago. In the last 12 months the ecosystem grew to hold over 1.6 million ether, has secured over 5000 collateralized debt positions, and maintained its peg during a 94% collapse in the price of ether. A major criticism of crypto collateralized decentralized stablecoins is that they cannot hold their peg amidst a collapse in the underlying collateral. With ETH collateralized debt positions, Dai was able to hold its peg to $1 while Ethereum’s price crashed down below $90, even after some CDPs were opened at ETH prices of over $1300 in January. This shows the resiliency of decentralized financial applications built on Ethereum. Maker has made other developments in 2018, notably that the code is ready to start offering multi-collateral Dai where debt positions can be backed by coins other than Ethereum such as ERC20 tokens. In regards to Augur, the project launched this past July and the development team was able to remove the backdoor into the system just weeks after launching, which shows their confidence in their solidity smart contracts and the back-end smart contracts have worked flawlessly to date. Approximately 15k ETH has been traded on Augur to date and millions of dollars have been staked on several markets. Another dApp project to highlight, developed by the team at Loom, is the game Crypto Zombies, which has seen over 400k unique

10 days ago

Developers Ring In The NEO Year

NEO developers are happy to put what they described as a “tumultuous” year behind them. Despite the markets, developer activity has been robust. The number of decentralized applications (dApps) on the NEO blockchain surged by 3,000 % in 2018, as competition for the “killer app” continues to heat up. There are nearly 100 dApps on the NEO platform today, and that number is only set to increase as the project nears its annual developer conference next month. NEO Founder Da Hongfei is also stirring the base by engaging with the community after what, to the NEO community, seemed like forever. Happy NEO Year! In 2019 we will work harder to improve infrastructure. Personally I'll focus on modules that can be added to NEO incl. distributed storage, identity, layer2, to improve NEO's crypto-economics, and to deliver the best developer experience. — Da Hongfei (@dahongfei) January 2, 2019 The message didn’t go unnoticed in the NEO community, with followers cheering Hongfei’s message with responses like: “Thank GOD you tweeted” and “the people need to hear directly from you more often.” While some might wish for the NEO founder to speak out more often, well, at least he’s not Justin Sun. ETH-Less in Seattle NEO may be nicknamed the Ethereum of China, but it headlines its own developer conference. The upcoming NEO DevCon 2019 is scheduled to take place Feb. 16-17 in Seattle, and it’s drawing some big names. In addition to Hongfei and other key leaders at NEO, the first batch of speakers includes two Microsoft executives — Steven Guggenheimer and Harry Pierson, corporate vice president and senior software engineer, respectively. The theme of the conference is to “explore Layer 2 solutions, distributed storage, consensus mechanisms and other hot topics with senior technical engineers and developers.” NEO Projects And dApps To Watch One of the teams to watch is City of Zion (CoZ), an independent group of open source developers for NEO. They caught the attention of the NEO team early on after taking on the task of translating the white paper for the project. Since then, CoZ has built NEON, which has risen to become “the most popular NEO wallet.” CoZ was also behind the “Go compiler and Python compiler that went live in 2018.” City of Zion hold its cards close to the vest but on GitHub they are comprised of 80 repositories across approximately three dozen people. Singapore-based Alchemint is behind the SDUSD stablecoin, which is a “fiat pegged coin on NEO,” as Crypto Briefing has previously reported. Alchemint’s stablecoin differentiates itself by offering more diversity to dApps, exchanges and merchants via “mortgaging digital assets on the NEO blockchain, implemented via smart contracts.” Another team that could take the spotlight is NewEconoLabs, a China-based community of open-source developers for NEO. They’re behind the BlaCat project, which is a platform and software development kit for game developers. Speaking of games, NEO may soon have another first: the first virtual girlfriend on the blockchain. NEO.Girl has recently launched the open beta version of Luna, the first virtual reality girlfriend on the blockchain. Developed as a collaboration between BlaCat and YYMOON Network, an earlier version of the game received a JPY 500,000 prize in a NEO Game Development contest last year. Via NEO News Today According to Neo News Today: “Gameplay in NEO.Girl is open-ended as the objective is to cultivate a friendly - and even romantic - experience with the character.” Redditors found it to be creepy, but we have no idea why. The author is invested in digital assets, but none mentioned in this article. Join the conversation on Telegram and Twitter! The post Developers Ring In The NEO Year appeared first on Crypto Briefing.

10 days ago

NEO Global Development Highlights Progress Made in 2018 in Annual Report

NGD Annual Report 2018 wasn’t shy of accepting that 2018 was a rough year. In a new blog titled “The Darkest Hour is Just Before the Dawn,” NEO Global Development highlighted the events and progress made throughout the year. Da Hongfei, the NEO founder, stated in the opening line that the team is committed to its vision of a smart economy and aims to make NEO “the most developer-friendly public chain.” Crazy Market Helped Development NEO accepted that the “extreme insane market sentiments” helped in popularizing the concept of blockchains, leading to the development of the industry. NGD then thanked the NEO community for improving the NEO infrastructure. It highlighted the works by old communities like CoZ as well as upcoming ones like the Chinese developer community- NEL, which worked on the game SDK development as well as the NEO Name Service (NNS). It also highlighted the works done by other communities like NEO Denver, Next, NSPCC, and Keymakers. In 2018, NEO client NEO-CLI 2.6.0-2.9.3/NEO-GUI 2.6.0-2.9.0 were worked upon, which helps in eliminating forking risk and improving the stability of the consensus mechanism. NEP proposals NEP-6 to NEP-10 were written while NEP-5 to NEP-10 were implemented during the year. It also introduced a new page for letting users file applications for consensus nodes in the network. The NEO mainnet currently has seven consensus nodes, 2 of which are held by the City of Zion and Netherlands-based telecom company KPN. The NEO Foundation currently hosts the other five nodes. Other NEO Developments About a hundred dApps were built on NEO, registering a 3000% growth in 2018. A detailed infographic layout of the ecosystem was created by NNT to highlight some projects. NGD also hosted/sponsored over a hundred events in the last year, including the first NEO DevCon, the NEO blockchain game competition and more. NGD also added new employees with 38 full-time workers engaged with it. The project also completed the 2-year anniversary of NEO mainnet. A detailed description of NEO’s plans, events, and more can be found on their blog. NEO Global Development Highlights Progress Made in 2018 in Annual Report was originally found on Cryptocurrency News | Blockchain News | Bitcoin News |

10 days 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.

10 days ago

NEO Virtual Machine Can Now Be Deployed Outside NEO Network

NEO has pushed out a significant update to its virtual machine, NeoVM. It can now be deployed outside the NeEOnetwork, allowing developers to build and deploy smart contracts in a sound running environment. NeoVM was released in January 2018 and has consistently updated it ever since. In a previous update, NeoVM implemented Stack Isolation, allowing a more stable and secure environment. Each smart contract can only access its own stack area. NEO is priced at $7.87, losing 0.38% in the last 24 hours. (VS)

11 days ago

Crypto Exchange Bitrue Adds 5 New XRP Trading Pairs

Cryptocurrency exchange Bitrue has announced the addition of five new XRP-based trading pairs. Founded in 2018, the exchange has supported XRP as a base currency since the day of its launch. The exchange experienced quick growth due to its XRP trading pairs. Its users can now trade TRX, XLM, NEO, GAS and OMG against XRP. Also, the exchange has announced a 50% off on trading fee for all XRP pairs. Bitrue saw a volume of $15.7 million in the last 24 hours. (VS)

11 days ago

Happy NEO Year!!! 🥳🙌Technological topics, such as distribute...

Happy NEO Year!!! 🥳🙌Technological topics, such as distributed storage, identity, layer2, anti-quantum cryptography…

12 days ago

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14 days ago

Alchemint Launches SDUSD Stable Coin Issuance Platform on NEO MainNet

The Alchemint team launched its SDUSD stable coin issuance platform to the NEO MainNet back on December 17th which gave them time to monitor the performance of the smart contract before the official announcement, which came on December 26th. The stable coin distribution platform has the goal of mortgaging digital assets through smart contracts and managing collateral risk in order to anchor a stable coin to any asset including fiat currency, cryptocurrency, and other commodities. SDUSD is currently available on the Switcheo decentralized exchange. (JF)

17 days ago

Switcheo Lists Alchemint Stablecoin (SDUSD) as Quote Currency

The Singapore-based decentralized exchange Switcheo recently announced the listing of Alchemint’s dollar-pegged SDUSD stablecoin, the first fiat-pegged coin on NEO which is designed to hold $1 USD worth of value by locking NEO as collateral. Switcheo listed the NEO/SDUSD pair on December 27th, 2018, for the currency’s debut. The Switcheo exchange also trades the Ethereum-based stablecoins Dai, Paxos Standard, and USDC. (JF)

17 days ago

KuCoin Delists 10 Tokens For Failing To Maintain Listing Criteria

Cryptocurrency exchange KuCoin has announced the delisting of 10 tokens under its Special Treatment Rule framework. The framework was put in place to ensure that projects meet certain criteria to remain listed. The affected cryptocurrencies are Jibrel Network (JNT), WePower (WPR), Modum (MOD), EthLend (LEND), STK (STK), Asch (XAS), Bread (BRD), BitClave (CAT), and Mobius (MOBI). Trading was halted on December 24, and withdrawals will remain open till March 21, 2019. KuCoin recently completed a $20 million Series A funding round led by IDG Capital, Matrix Partners, and Neo Global Capital. KuCoin saw a volume of $23 million in the last 24 hours. (VS)

20 days ago

NEO wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays🎄🎄🎄!...

NEO wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays🎄🎄🎄!! Hope to meet you guys at the upcoming DevCon 2019 in…

20 days ago

A $10 Billion Christmas Gift for Crypto as Rally Continues

FOMO Moments Crypto markets rallying once again; Ethereum, XRP and NEO leading the way. The Santa crypto rally has continued for the day before Christmas. The minor pullback on Saturday was just that, minor, and things have moved upwards again as cryptocurrencies make further gains from their lowest levels of the year. Total market capitalization...

21 days ago

Ethereum (ETH) and NEO Lead the Crypto Market Higher

The cryptocurrency market rally gains momentum on Sunday as major altcoins continue to test 1-month highs. The latest surge has been led by Ethereum (ETH) and NEO (NEO), which are currently up 16.3% and 18% in the last 24 hours, respectively. This move indicates that investors are becoming risk-on to close out 2018, with smart contract platforms outperforming over the last week. Bitcoin (BTC) is currently up around 4% to $4,191. bringing the top digital currency to a $73.1 billion market cap. (RL)

21 days ago

EOS Remains at the Top of China’s Latest Crypto Rankings

Yesterday, China published its updated Global Public Blockchain Technology Assessment Index (GPBTAI). Per the study, EOS is still the best crypto with the highest score of 156.1 points followed by Ethereum in the second place with 136.4. The 3rd-10th positions were taken by GXChain, Komodo, Ontology, NULS, Nebulas, BitShares, NEO, and Steem respectively. Bitcoin is ranked 18th with a score of 96.1 whereas ETC is ranked 15th with 97.9. These rankings were based on innovation, applicability, and technology. (KE)

22 days ago

NEO Begins the Process of Decentralizing its Network

After launching in 2014 under the name Antshares, NEO faced a lot of criticism for being a centralized blockchain platform. In October 2018, NEO Global Development (NGD) published an updated document titled ‘How to Become NEO Consensus Node,’ which outlines the consensus node application process and the voting process. The article also highlighted the requirements that interested parties need to meet to become node hosts. Through this move, the NEO Foundation seeks to achieve decentralization in 2019 by decentralizing the first seven nodes and voting them onto the Mainnet. NEO coin holders would then be able to elect future consensus nodes. (KE)

22 days ago

Node Out: NEO Embarks On Journey To Network Decentralization

NEO is a public blockchain launched in 2014 under the original moniker Antshares. A long-held criticism of the blockchain has been that at its core, NEO is still a centralized platform. Of the network’s seven consensus nodes, the NEO Foundation owns five. But it aims to fully decentralize consensus nodes in 2019. From the beginning, Antshares […]

22 days ago

Aphelion to re-activate DEX as it makes progress on compliance solution

CryptoNinjas The team of Aphelion, the NEO blockchain based decentralized exchange (DEX) announced the other day that they have been making “tremendous” progress in getting their compliance solution fully integrated. Last month, the team informed... Aphelion to re-activate DEX as it makes progress on compliance solution

23 days ago

“Crypto Companies Will Choose the Governments the Most Open to Them,” Tim Draper and Others Forecast for 2019

2019 is set to be a year which cleanses the crypto market of scammers, brings about more comprehensible regulation of crowdfunding campaigns, the advancement of DEXs and related technologies, and the expansion of companies applying decentralized technologies. Here are some forecasts for the crypto industry for the upcoming year which, of course, should be taken only as a set of opinions and not a direct guide to action. ICO/STO The year 2018 marked the great ICO hangover with a tenfold decrease in total funds raised through token sales in November compared to that of January. The fact that ICOs have become almost a red card when trying to attract media attention has been appreciated by projects in the blockchain arena. The most affected were those who had at the very least some kind of tested product behind them, in the ocean of those who only bothered to muster up a white paper. This does not mean, however, that this fundraising tool which has proven its viability in a number of successful projects like Ethereum, EOS, and NEO, should be discounted. The main trouble is that speculators, scammers, Ponzi scheme followers, and even hypothetically innocent projects affected by attacks, overheated the market and enraged regulators. No wonder the ICO ended up being consequently banned in China and Hong Kong or faced a clampdown by the SEC. In pursuit of something less associated with criminality and hacks, the industry has come to a safer alternative for companies aimed at raising funds - regulated security token offerings, or STOs, which are a trend set to take off in 2019. Although the share of projects running STOs is now relatively small, complying security tokens with US securities law is intended to restore credibility amongst investors. From an investor perspective, security tokens imply far greater flexibility - in particular, the ability to easily sell them - and trustless transactions without the need for brokers and middlemen. Does all this mean that STOs will run like clockwork? Probably not, and for several reasons. Firstly, launching an STO remains no less complicated, costly and scrupulous than an ICO due to the ton of paperwork required for registration. For garage startups, fundraising will still remain an unbearable burden. Secondly, running an STO does not mean setting previous requirements to zero, such as KYC and AML compliance: procedures which bring about a loss of anonymity and privacy. Thirdly, if your startup meets the SEC requirements today, this does not mean the same will be said for tomorrow since the commission’s intentions remain a minefield. All that is left to do is wait for the SEC and other regulators to submit clearer rules of play. One way or another, the beginning of 2019 is expected to be marked by extensive lists of STO projects, along with collected funds aspiring upwards. Legality 2019 is set to become a year in which the rules of the game in the crypto market will become clearer if jurisdictions across the globe follow the example of United States’ SEC and Hong Kong’s SFC guidance. In addition to tougher sanctions towards ICOs, regulators will also focus on AML (anti-money laundering) and CFT (combating the financing of terrorism) regulations. Overregulation, however, may lead to crypto companies’ migration into more friendly jurisdictions and the setting up of new crypto hubs. “Governments overregulate at their own peril. As China and Singapore lost Binance to Malta, other companies will choose the governments that are the most open to cryptocurrencies, like Japan, Gibraltar, Switzerland, Malta, Cayman, some African countries, Singapore and others,” says Tim Draper, venture capital investor, founding partner of Draper Associates and DFJ. As for the US, they, according to Draper, might still be in the game if they come up with clear, light-touch regulations for crypto companies to operate within. Blockchain applications In 2019, blockchain-powered startups are expected to focus on advancing the unstoppable infrastructure for the digital world, including decentralized computing, a vital part of which is the elimination of single point of failure. Finance, banking, commerce “Bitcoin and all its associated technologies will lead the world to the transformation of many of the largest industries. And when Bitcoin, the blockchain, and smart contracts are combined with big data, deep learning, and Artificial Intelligence, almost every industry will ultimately be improved. Finance, banking, commerce, insurance, real estate, the law, accounting, healthcare, and government are the obvious industries that will benefit greatly from a new technological shot in the arm,” Tim Draper claims. “The blockchain will gain momentum in finance, which will result in the creation of counterparts of traditional financial instruments, asset management tools and new forms of securities,” says David Shengart, co-founder at SWIDOM agency, focused on fundraising and providing services fo

24 days ago

Chinese Crypto NEO Announces Second DevCon for 2019

Chinese crypto asset NEO has announced its second annual DevCon. The event will occur in Seattle in February of 2019. At press time, it has not been confirmed which companies will be attending, though NEO founder Da Hongfei states that several “tech-savvy” representatives from companies like Microsoft have been invited to speak. He says Seattle was chosen for its tech-oriented ecosystem and its large presence of blockchain developers. The first DevCon for NEO occurred in San Francisco in 2018. Roughly 700 developers were in attendance, many of which flew in from Europe, suggesting that NEO is rising through the ranks as a serious crypto competitor. What the Crypto Event Will Cover When describing DevCon, Hongfei explains: “This was just a project developed by Chinese developers, so we were really pleased to see people get involved from all over the world. As usual, diversity always rewards, and we had many interesting discussions and many novel ideas that were brought up.” According to Hongfei, there are three kinds of developers whose attention DevCon 2019 will seek to gain. The first are lower level core blockchain developers. The second are those working on decentralized applications (dApps) like games that are built atop blockchain technology. Lastly, DevCon will work to attract developers that Hongfei says are trying to “pioneer blockchain transformation” and that have begun their own blockchain businesses. Interestingly, it seems like one of DevCon 2019’s primary focuses will be future regulation. Hongfei states: “Besides tech-oriented developers, we have also invited people from the government [Washington from their ICT section], plus people familiar with a regulatory framework for DLT to exist in. Technology subjects will be most of the focus, but we also have compliance, regulation and government adoption topics as well.” Among the non-governmental or regulatory subjects set to be covered by DevCon are zero-knowledge proof protocols, cross-chain protocols, quantum-safe cryptography and distributed storage. Hongfei says that there are many serious “pain points” hidden within blockchain that need to be fixed before the technology can travel any further. At press time, the crypto industry is trapped in rather bearish conditions. Though entities like bitcoin have seemingly gained value over the past few days, most major assets are not positioned well on the financial ladder. The Price Isn’t a Good Indicator of a Coin Hongfei isn’t bothered by this. He says that one can’t focus too much on prices. Rather, the true indicators of the market’s health involve people’s emotions and sentiments regarding the space, which he claims are still positive: “I do not check the price very often, maybe every few weeks, unless there are big movements in the market. At NEO, we are more focused on the technology itself, as well as the ecosystem. I think the market always reflects people’s emotions, so I don’t think [price] is a good index for the future health of the industry.” Is NEO an asset that’s got you curious? Post your comments below. Image courtesy of Shuttershock The post Chinese Crypto NEO Announces Second DevCon for 2019 appeared first on Live Bitcoin News.

24 days ago

NEO To Organize Developer Conference In Seattle Next Year

The NEO foundation has announced NEO DevCon 2019, a developer conference scheduled for February 16th-17th in Seattle. Seattle is the home to tech giants such as Microsoft, Amazon and Valve, and the event is expected to attract the best talents from multiple industries. Speakers include NEO co-founders Da Hongfei and Erik Zhang, Microsoft's corporate vice president Steven Guggenheimer, and Accenture's managing director Miha Kralj. The two-day conference will take a look at NEO's accomplishments and its upcoming roadmap. (VS)

24 days ago

NEO founder @Dahongfei accepted an interview from @Forbes re...

NEO founder @Dahongfei accepted an interview from @Forbes recently. A lot of new info about the upcoming…

24 days ago

Coinbase Announces Rollout in Six New European Markets

CoinSpeaker Coinbase Announces Rollout in Six New European Markets Zeeshan Feroz, Coinbase’s U.K. CEO, said the firm looks for markets that are “close to or within jurisdictions that we operate in today” when it decides on new expansions. The company recently opened a new office in Dublin, as part of a contingency plan to continue to have access to the bloc post-Brexit. Some of the markets Coinbase is expanding into are becoming increasingly popular destinations for cryptocurrency and blockchain-related start-ups. The company was able to participate in a total of 33 countries and help people to buy and sell crypto assets in these countries. Now, Coinbase has added six European markets in the following regions: Andorra, Gibraltar, Iceland, Lithuania, Isle of Man and Guernsey. Today, we’re taking another stride toward realizing our mission of creating an open financial system for the world by announcing the rollout of Coinbase to 6 additional markets around the world. Learn more here: It's Day 11 of 12 Days of Coinbase. — Coinbase (@coinbase) December 20, 2018 Gibraltar is, for example pretty interesting because it has a domestic licensing process for such firms to become registered blockchain technology providers. Iceland, however, has become a popular hub for so-called cryptocurrency mining due to an abundance of renewable energy. Feroz said: “I think you can expect a more aggressive approach to us adding more countries in the coming months. Much of what we’re doing here is driven by customer needs and what we’re seeing in the market.” Bitcoin has fallen nearly 80 percent since its record high in December last year. The world’s most valuable virtual currency was trading above $4,000 on Thursday for the first time in two weeks. Feroz added: “I think if you look at last year, a lot of the focus was on people who bought crypto from an investment point of view and a lot of projects raised a ludicrous amount of money as a result of that.” In Coinbase they confirmed that the new customers in these markets will be able to make full use of and their iOS and Android apps, allowing them to buy and sell cryptocurrencies on the Coinbase platform for the very first time. They said they are hoping to make Coinbase Pro and Prime available in these regions over time. Coinbase Believe That Crypto is “Without Borders” Just this week, Coinbase was able to put new assets on the exchange. These were mostly ERC20 Ethereum-based tokens and they were not added to all the jurisdictions of the company until now. These new assets include Golem (GNT), Maker (MKR), DAI and Zilliqa (ZIL). Before that, they launched 0x (ZRX), Basic Attention Token (BAT), and their stablecoin, USD Coin (USDC) across all Coinbase platforms, they also added Civic (CVC), district0x (DNT), Loom Network (LOOM) and Decentraland (MANA) to Coinbase Pro. The exchange then said: “Our decision to add ERC20 tokens first is based on the relative ease of integrating the standard with our existing infrastructure, particularly from a security standpoint.” They also announced that next year they will continue expanding rapidly into new regions and adding assets to the Coinbase platform to meet customer demand. Two weeks ago they said they are continuing to explore the addition of new assets. This work also includes close cooperation with regulators and banks in order to make these new cryptocurrencies available for Coinbase customers in as many jurisdictions as possible. The company has also published the list of 31 potential new additions which includes among others the above-mentioned XRP, EOS, Cardano (ADA), NEO and Tezos (XTZ). Nevertheless, the company warns that there is no any guarantee that all the cryptocurrencies included into this list will be added to the platform. Such a situation is explained by the fact that some restrictions could be imposed on concrete coins or they could be not listed due to the results of their evaluation. Some cryptocurrencies may become available only in particular jurisdictions. Coinbase Announces Rollout in Six New European Markets

24 days ago

NEO Defies Bear Market with DevCon Event in Seattle

CoinSpeaker NEO Defies Bear Market with DevCon Event in Seattle At the end of what has been a rollercoaster year for blockchain projects, smart economy pioneer NEO is bucking the trend with its second developer conference. NEO DevCon 2019 is scheduled for February 16th-17th, at the Hyatt Regency in Seattle. Home to tech giants such as Microsoft, Amazon and Valve, Seattle has cemented its position as a city on the cutting edge of digital innovations. Bringing the blockchain developer conference to Seattle allows NEO to create a platform for the best developers and tech talent from across the world. Speakers at the event will include Da Hongfei and Erik Zhang, co-founders of NEO, as well as Steven Guggenheimer, corporate vice president of Microsoft, Miha Kralj, managing director of Accenture, and many more. Erik Zhang, founder of NEO, said: “NEO is working hard to develop the smart economy of tomorrow, so it’s fitting that we’re heading to Seattle, the home of Microsoft and some of the biggest technology businesses operating today. NEO DevCon will enable you to connect and engage with the worldwide NEO community, and provide access to resources that will help you build and realize value from the next generation of blockchain applications.” The two-day conference is expected to showcase the breakthroughs in blockchain technology over the past year as well as an in-depth look at the progress of NEO’s ambition to create a smart economy. NEO will elaborate on many aspects of their newly released road map, including the recent call for third parties to run consensus nodes. They will also unveil some exciting upcoming plans for expansion and development in 2019. Similar to last year’s event in San Francisco, industry experts and blockchain entrepreneurs consider NEO DevCon a forum for new ideas and intensive debate over the future of the cryptocurrency industry. It’s a critical debate at a time when many crypto teams and projects are adapting to a new phase in the market as blockchain and its adoption continue to mature. However, the NEO community has always been more persistent than the wider blockchain sphere of influence. This year’s theme: “ContiNEO - We keep on going” - alludes to the resilience of the smart economy idea and the tightly-knit network of over 1,000 contributors and half a million users. Event organizers said they were expecting over 600 people to attend and have devoted much of the two-day schedule to developers, investors, technologists and businesses that have developed solutions on the nascent NEO platform. NEO Defies Bear Market with DevCon Event in Seattle

24 days ago

What is Tezos?

There is plenty of innovation in the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry. As such, keeping tabs on all of the innovative and potentially groundbreaking developments is of the utmost importance. Tezos, while a somewhat plagued project over the past few months, has been somewhat successful throughout its existence. Now is a good time to look at what the project is all about. The Tezos Vision Explained There are two main concepts about Tezos which users need to take into account at all times. First of all, the projects itself is all about formalizing blockchain governance, which can have a bigger impact than one might anticipate. Additionally, the stakeholders, who own XTZ tokens, will govern the Tezos protocol and thus steer the direction in the best direction. Under the Hood of Tezos There are some key aspects of Tezos which make the project quite interesting to keep an eye on. It is a new platform which lets developers build smart contracts and decentralized applications. This has become a very popular trend among altcoins and tokens throughout 2017 and 2018. Bringing competition to Ethereum, Tron, NEO, and EOS will be a challenge for Tezos, but it is not impossible. As mentioned earlier, Tezos relies on on-chain governance. To be more specific, the project utilizes a formal process through which stakeholders can govern the protocol and implement future innovations. As such, the ecosystem is primarily dominated by the stakeholders, whereas the developers maintain the code and introduce new features as the community sees fit. This is how a decentralized project is supposed to be run, at least on paper. Additionally, Tezos uses a proof-of-stake consensus algorithm which has not been utilized by any other project before. This makes it easier for stakeholders to participate in the validation of transactions and earn rewards for effectively doing so. This also means it is impossible to mine XTZ coins, as tokens were sold through an initial coin offering. A Troublesome History It has not been an easy year for Tezos. Ongoing conflicts between the founders and the Tezos Foundation ensured investors had to wait nearly a full year to receive their tokens after investing. Several lawsuits were filed in the process, albeit it seems most of those have been handled without any damage to the project itself. As all issues are now behind the team, the focus can shift toward the future. The post What is Tezos? appeared first on NullTX.

24 days ago

Welcome our new member in #NEO Ecosystem! As a collaboration...

Welcome our new member in #NEO Ecosystem! As a collaboration between NEO and NeoWorld, the 3D virtual #NEOLAND will…

25 days ago

DEXs Gain Totle Control Over Liquidity

Totle, backed by NEO Global Capital (NGC) and Arrington XRP, is helping to solve the liquidity issue for decentralized exchanges (DEXs). The Detroit, Michigan-based startup has launched a business-related API dubbed Totle Movement, marking a shift to a business-to-business strategy. Totle Founder and CEO David Bleznak told Crypto Briefing: It allows wallets, other trading platforms and any business that wants to offer token-to-token swaps to use Totle as that function. Use cases include games, ICO platforms, payment solutions and payroll. For example, if a blockchain company uses a compensation model that is 20% crypto, they can accomplish that on Totle. One of the blockchain startups using Totle for payroll is Opulus. Totle has no logins or two-factor authentication. Instead, users bring their own wallets, such as a Trezor, Ledger or MetaMask, and trade. Orders are routed and completed via aggregated order books, and one buy or sell order could be completed with multiple decentralized exchanges. Totle integrates with just over a dozen DEXs including EtherDelta, Kyber, RadarRelay, Bancor, AirSwap and more. By bringing [the DEXs] together on one platform, we combat that problem [of liquidity]. You can fill orders across multiple venues with one transaction. We show you where you’re going; you don’t have to decipher which venues to go to. Let’s say you’re placing an order to trade 5,000 ether for Dai and there’s not enough liquidity on Bancor to do it. Totle will split the order up for you. This aggregated approach allows Totle to complete bigger orders and bolster much-needed liquidity in the ecosystem. While there’s still more work to be done, the market has grown “significantly bigger” since they started, Bleznak noted. Centralized vs. Decentralized Is Like Coke vs. Water Meanwhile, the lack of KYC features has given Totle an edge over some of its peers, such as ShapeShift, which has recently moved to an account registration model. One unlikely exchange that has just made its way into the competitive landscape for DEXs is Coinbase, with its expansion to support crypto-to-crypto conversions. While not a direct rival, Bleznak says it’s close: Yeah, I would consider that Coke vs. water. It’s not really in direct competition, but it’s definitely an alternative. All centralized exchange businesses to us are like Coke vs. water. Expanding upon Bleznak’s analogy, centralized exchanges are a bit like Royal Crown compared to the Classic Coke recipe of DEXs and Totle. That’s because DEXs more closely resemble the early vision for the crypto space, including Satoshi Nakamoto’s peer-to-peer system. Now, if only they would change the words of the jingle to ‘I’d like to buy the world a Coke with bitcoin.’ The author is invested in digital assets, including ETH which is mentioned in this article. Join the conversation on Telegram and Twitter! The post DEXs Gain Totle Control Over Liquidity appeared first on Crypto Briefing.

a month ago

Why Coinbase Will List More ERC20 Tokens In the Coming Days

Only a few hours ago, crypto traders were treated to an early Christmas by Coinbase as the exchange listed 4 new cryptocurrencies on its Pro Version of the platform. The newly listed digital assets are Dai (DAI), Maker (MKR), Golem, (GNT) and Zilliqa (ZIL). The exchange went on to state that the smart contract functionality of these tokens will initially not be available. The announcement by Coinbase stated: Each of these tokens has associated functionality, some of which may be in beta. Moreover, each token’s associated functionality is not currently directly accessible via the Coinbase Pro platform. Coinbase’s Intention to Support the ERC20 Technical Standard Across the Platform News of the addition of more ERC20 tokens does not come as a surprise to many crypto enthusiasts who were aware that the exchange had announced its plan to support the Ethereum ERC20 technical standard on the platform. A March 2018 announcement by the exchange stated the following: We’re excited to announce our intention to support the Ethereum ERC20 technical standard for Coinbase in the coming months. This paves the way for supporting ERC20 assets across Coinbase products in the future... Prominent ERC20 Tokens Listed By Coinbase The past few months and days have seen the platform list the following ERC20 tokens: 0x (ZRX), Basic Attention Token (BAT), USD Coin (USDC), Civic (CVC), district0x (DNT), Loom Network (LOOM) and Decentraland (MANA). This is in addition to the recently listed DAI (DAI), Golem (GNT), Maker (MKR), and Zilliqa (ZIL). Revisiting the List of 31 Digital Asset the Exchange Had Announced it Was Exploring Out of the 31 digital asset that Coinbase has announced it was exploring on supporting on the platform, only 6 are on their own blockchain networks. They include ADA, EOS, NEO, XLM, XRP and Tezos (XTZ). The rest are ERC20 tokens. A list of ERC20 tokens yet to be listed by the exchange are as follows. Aeternity (AE), Aragon (ANT), Bread Wallet (BRD), EnjinCoin (ENJ), IOST (IOST), Kin (KIN), Kyber Network (KNC), ChainLink (LINK), Loopring (LRC), Mainframe (MFT), OmiseGo (OMG), (POE), QuarkChain (QKC), Augur (REP), Request Network (REQ), Status (SNT) and Storj (STORJ) Savvy crypto traders have probably started the process of elimination to try and figure out which of the 17 remaining tokens will be next on Coinbase thus providing profitable trading opportunities. What About XRP, Stellar (XLM) and Cardano (ADA)? Based on Coinbase’s aforementioned preference to list ERC20 tokens first, it is safe to conclude that the exchange will not list the popular cryptocurrencies of XRP, XLM and ADA anytime soon. However, their is still a slight chance that the exchange might surprise us like they did when they listed ZCash. No one expected them to list ZEC before XLM and ADA. As we approach Christmas, the odds of Coinbase surprising us by listing an unlikely coin (not ERC20 token) should be considered. But we also have to be realistic based on the fact that ERC20 tokens are more likely to be listed before XLM, ADA and XRP. What are your thoughts on the possibilty of Coinbase continuing to list more ERC20 tokens? Please let us know in the comment section below. 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 Why Coinbase Will List More ERC20 Tokens In the Coming Days appeared first on Ethereum World News.

a month ago

NewEconoLabs Releases Its NeoRay Debugging Tool for NEO Smart Contracts

NewEconoLabs (NEL), a China-based development group for the NEO blockchain platform, recently released NeoRay, its new web-based smart contract debugger for the NEO blockchain. NeoRay is based on the previously released NeonDebug smart contract toolkit and includes various interface and usability improvements that make it a “one-stop debugging tool” to help developers troubleshoot their smart contracts. NeoRay consists of three components in one: an online NEO wallet, a C# code compiler, and a “transaction result parser” which analyzes the results of calling a smart contract’s function. (JF)

a month ago

Loopring (LRC) Protocol is Now Live on the Wanchain (WAN) Network

Wanchain (WAN), a project that focuses on enabling interoperability between different blockchains, has announced that the Loopring (LRC) protocol for decentralized exchange trading platforms is now live on the Wanchain network. The goal of the integration is to help crypto holders switch between various crypto tokens without having to relinquish control of their tokens to a centralized exchange. The Loopring protocol is also currently integrated on the Ethereum, NEO, and Qtum networks. (JF)

a month ago

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