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Inpay Combines Ethereum Classic and Waves to Deliver a Robust Dual Platform Cryptocurrency

· July 8, 2017 · 1:59 pm

Every blockchain is comprised of a specific underlying consensus algorithm. It is this underlying algorithm that determines the governance and operational processes of a particular blockchain.

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No Blockchain is Perfect

Products built on top of blockchain platforms automatically adopt the underlying protocol of such platforms. This explains the reason why not every program can be developed on every blockchain platform, and also why the functions of a particular project determine what platform may be suitable for it to run properly.

Several consensus algorithms currently exist on the blockchain, they include, Proof of Work, Proof of Stake, Proof of Service, Proof of Burn, Proof of Space, etc., all of them claiming to solve the cryptocurrencies/blockchain challenges for decentralized control, low latency, flexible trust, less resource intensive, asymptotic security, etc.

However, it is now widespread knowledge that each of these algorithms has their particular areas of strength and weaknesses. Therefore, it is only normal to find a blockchain that would offer excellent functionality in a particular area but fail to deliver optimally in other areas.

Inpay Blazes a Trail 

Combining blockchains to achieve optimal results based on their specific areas of strength is a development that has been adopted by the creators of Inpay, a cryptocurrency designed to harness the properties of Ethereum Classic and Waves in enabling features such as decentralized voting systems and aliases.

Being the first Ethereum Classic and Waves based platform, Inpay explores the intrinsic qualities of these platforms to achieve a completely decentralized smart contract infrastructure and a decentralized exchange at the same time.

Through Ethereum classic, Inpay is able to explore the completely decentralized infrastructure Smart contracts and dapps which allow the development of many different features of the platform while security is provided by a lot of mining power.

Waves, on the other hand, offers the options to trade InPay vs fiat in a decentralized exchange built into the simple official client that doesn’t require synchronization. This enables the easy addition of assets just by sending tokens to the address.

The future of blockchains

The Future of Blockchains 

Apparently, creating platforms that enable the combination of blockchains will go a long way in solving some persistent problems within the decentralized ecosystem.

Robust platforms like Inpay will indeed offer solutions that cut across security, speed of transaction, efficiency, immutability and a lot more as the blockchain industry continues with its development.

What do you think? Will combining multiple blockchains solve some of the problems plaguing decentralized ecosystems? Let us know in the comments below.


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Can CREDO Take Its Place Alongside Visa and Mastercard?

· July 6, 2017 · 11:52 am

Saint Petersburg, Russia-based CREDO have developed what is being dubbed a “next generation payment system” that makes everyday shopping easier for both buyer and seller alike.

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What is CREDO?

CREDO is a multi-functional payment system based on a financial algorithm that involves the participation of an independent agent in the transactions of purchase and sale of goods or services. Also called a derivative, the Electronic Certificate enables the parties (buyer and seller) to assume the right or obligation to perform certain actions with respect to the underlying asset.

Some of the features of CREDO include:

  • Innovative multi-brand loyalty program
  • Ultra-high discounts for all types of goods and services
  • Electronic certificates sold for crypto-currency
  • Electronic card linked to a personal bank card
  • Internal processing system independent of any banks
  • High-speed payment system using NFC technology
  • POS-terminals and EMV Java Cards
  • Created to work everywhere in the world just like VISA or MasterCard

CREDO internationality

CREDO’s primary competitive advantage is its internationality. Users of CREDO can buy and sell with any currency and from any country in the world. The payment model is extremely efficient and applicable not only to goods and services but intangible and tangible assets as well. It allows credit and payment operations not only through classic financial markets but through cryptocurrency as well.

Oksana Evseeva, an expert on international investments certified IFRS by the Institute of Financial Accountants in London, weighed in on the potential of CREDO in the global marketplace:

CREDO could be comparative and competitive as Visa and MasterCard using its model on B2B and C2C markets. […] It could work as on B2C as on B2B and C2C markets combining current financial and new crypto-currency markets.

B2C Payment Platform

CREDO’s B2C model works similar to a customer loyalty programs but gives more opportunities for market coverage. Customers can buy goods and/or services at a discount from any participating merchant around the world.

The basic mechanism of transactions in CREDO in B2C sector is as follows:

  1. The Retailer issues emission of Electronic certificates (Derivatives) for future sales of its goods/services
  2. The Operator works with the Retailer, providing payments for Derivatives, and also with Clients, providing sales of Derivatives, with a discount in case of rising clients’ base and loyalty
  3. Clients buy Certificates for goods and services.

The end result is a win-win for all participants. Retailers get more customers and increased working capital, Operators get an increased client base and profit margin, and customers end up paying less for the goods and services they purchase.

CREDO is Real World Tested

Unlike many ICO projects that seek to raise capital to fund the development of their service or platform, CREDO is already being used in real world scenarios, having undergone rigorous testing to ensure full compliance and adaptability for both domestic and international cross-border transactions.

Konstantin Galibus, CEO & Founder of CREDO

Konstantin Galibus, CEO & Founder of CREDO, describes some of their earlier tests:

We carried out a transaction in Europe through Deutsche Bank and VTB Bank in Russia executed a cross-border transfer for purchase liabilities of one of our Spanish counterparties. While Deutsche Bank, which acted as a correspondent bank, suspended the transfer of funds until the transaction structure was explained, when the processing model CREDO was presented to Deutsche Bank and the economic feasibility was proved, the funds were released and the transaction was concluded with success.

This example demonstrates not only the adaptability of our system to the strictest requirements of international banks but also our willingness to ensure cross-border transactions using an absolutely independent financial instrument.

Since then, CREDO has been used by over 1000 customers throughout China, UAE, Spain, and Russia. Over 9000 transactions have been completed totaling over 16,120,000 EURO. In a recent tweet, CREDO announced that additional pilot projects are in the works:

According to the project whitepaper:

CREDO has a patent for the designed system. The functional of the business model of CREDO has already been provided with all the necessary software and hardware and confirmed by positive test results in Europe. CREDO is a real financial project with its own technical processing, POS terminals, and EMV Smart Cards.

CREDO Pre-ICO in Progress

Launched on June 25, 2017, CREDO’s first round Pre-ICO is already under way. The ICO seeks to raise $5.5 million USD. Funds raised during the ICO will be used to:

  • Fund the cash turnover and create a new Operator in the system needed for the Cash-Forward payment model of CREDO’s B2C platform
  • Overall system improvements
  • Marketing

The Pre-ICO ends on July 10, 2017, after which it will transition into the main ICO. Investments in the ICO can be made with Bitcoin, Litecoin, or Ethereum.

For more information about CREDO please visit their official website or download their whitepaper. CREDO’s ICO is being hosted at ICO Marketplace.

Does CREDO have the potential to take its place alongside Visa and Mastercard? How will it affect mainstream adoption of cryptocurrency? Let us know what you think in the comments below.


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CryptoPing to Help Users Navigate the Cryptocurrency Investment World

· June 20, 2017 · 2:00 pm

CryptoPing is an Instant Message bot for cryptocurrency traders, compiling information from exchanges and presenting it to the user in the form of comprehensive signals.

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Navigating the Cryptosphere

The recent cryptocurrency rally has taken crypto to unexplored heights, amassing a global market cap of over 100 billion and gaining new users worldwide. However, it has also created a FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) environment where inexperienced traders can lose fortunes in weeks due to rushed decisions based on no substantial research whatsoever.

In a market like this, experienced traders profit greatly from past experience, while entrant users must resort to information hubs. However, quality trading and analysis tools and info are not in abundance in cryptocurrency world, which means that users may be lead to make decisions based on incorrect information.

Bitcoin Price markets

CryptoPing is an Instant Message bot for cryptocurrency traders. Taking the form of an ordinary chat room, it compiles information from exchanges and presents it to the user in the form of signals, who can then choose to act upon it. The CryptoPing bot clears the overwhelming noise in the cryptosphere and prevents you with the most relevant movements in the market in due time.

Showcasing the need for quality tools in the field, CryptoPing’s ongoing crowdfunding campaign has already raised 65% of the initially expected funds. The CryptoPing IM bot has more than 25,000 active users, with more 500 new daily registrations, currently awaiting the launch of the subscription-based services and social sharing.

CryptoPing: Enhance Your Trading System

The information provided by CryptoPing is based on the trading volume, price movements, change to coin rate to BTC, cryptocurrency market capitalization, and more. This information will be compiled in a manner that quickly tells the user what altcoins he can buy and why, showing the relevant market movements.

Although CryptoPing can be used to enhance your trading skills, allowing you to quickly scope out the market in four different cryptocurrency exchanges and to place your orders based on the provided info, all of your purchases should be accompanied by extensive research. This system allows you to know all relevant information about the investment you’re making and not just the price/volume movements, which can be deceptive.

In the future, CryptoPing’s roadmap includes social trading, an investing app, news and social feeds monitoring, neural network for markets and auto-investing app and more

The PING Token & ICO

In order to fund the development of the CryptoPing project, an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) Campaign is currently taking place, allowing users to exchange Bitcoin in exchange for PING tokens, a crypto-based asset issued on the Waves Platform.  The ICO has gathered over 377 BTC so far, with four more days left until the end of the campaign.

The PING token is used as a payment method for the CryptoPing subscription model. Most of the PING tokens used for payments will be burnt for the first six months, which allows the total supply of 10 million to decrease.

So far, CryptoPing has been able to gather 65% of the expected funds. With over 2202 investors worldwide, CryptoPing will be able to deliver a globally accessible product that can be used by anyone that has access to an IM app like Telegram or Slack.

Can CryptoPing become a standard tool for experienced and novice traders alike? Share your opinion below!


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Crypviser Will Encrypt Messages on the Blockchain for Private Communications

· June 9, 2017 · 3:00 am

Crypviser is building a blockchain-based all-in-one network for secure social and business communications. ICO is currently ongoing.


Improving on Privacy with Blockchain Technology

In today’s Orwellian society, privacy has become a rare and valuable asset that some go to great lengths to protect while others simply throw it away in exchange for convenience. As technology evolves, however, so does access to privacy-oriented tools and their underlying technology.

Blockchain tech has gone a long way in the realm of financial privacy, now Crypviser wants to build upon it and extend its use onto end-to-end message encryption by providing a blockchain-based all-in-one network for secure social and business communications. The project is currently undergoing a crowdfunding campaign that will help fund the development of this network.

A unified and secure instant communication network, Crypviser provides real end-to-end encryption and unique blockchain based authentication, the latter of which allows users to truly identify and confirm each other’s identity through the user of private and public keys.

The end result is a secure and private messenger which will also feature its CVCPay system, allowing users to send funds to each other anonymously.

Crypviser ICO & CVCoin

In order to fund the development and marketing of Crypviser’s network, a crowdfunding campaign is currently taking place. Taking the form of an Initial Coin Offering (ICO), the Crypviser’s funding stage ill last until June 30, 2017, during which time investors can buy the CVCoin, the underlying token in the Crypviser’s platform.

The CVCoin is required in order to interact with the Crypviser platform and to cover its transaction fees. Transactions are required to authorize and identify the users’ access to public encryption keys, ensuring that messages cannot be forged nor can they be decrypted.

So far, the Crypviser ICO has managed to gather over $900,000. These funds will be used to cover mobile, backend, and infrastructure costs as well as licensing fees, legal services, operational costs, and of course, marketing.

The Initial Coin Offering is currently ongoing and will last until the 30th of June. Users can invest in the Crypviser ICO using Bitcoin, Ethereum, and even USD. Most recently, support for the TIME token was also added. 15 million CVCcoins will be distributed, along with special benefits such as free subscriptions, access to special features, free access to the CVPay system, and more. 

Can Blockchain technology help the internet regain its privacy? Can Crypviser become the merged solution we need for financial privacy and message encryption?


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Monaco Visa Card ICO Brings Crypto Token Spending To The Masses

· May 26, 2017 · 8:00 am

The cryptocurrency debit card market is gaining a new heavyweight as Monaco continues its 150,000 ETH ICO.


Debit Cards Take Advantage Of ICO Craze

Monaco, which is raising funds to launch its prepaid Visa card for spending Bitcoin and ERC20 tokens with fiat currency, has accrued around 26,000 ETH since the token sale began May 18.

The event marks the fully-fledged entry of crypto debit cards into the ICO realm, which has already seen startups with all manner of USPs benefit from millions of dollars in funding.

“Given the interest in the product over the past six months, it is likely demand will exceed supply,” bullish co-founder and CFO Rafael Melo said in an introductory video.

Speculation-Proofing ERC20 Tokens

Despite the mixed reactions to Ethereum startups’ ICOs in recent months, Monaco is hoping its multifaceted token plans will allay any fears among investors.

FundYourselfNow Crowdfunding Platform Announces Q1 2018 Launch, ICO Starts June 2, 2017

Sales of its MCO token are being performed on a sliding exchange rate to ETH, giving early investors an effective discount. Once the product is launched, a 1% so-called “software license fee” will send a portion of card transactions to a smart contract, generating value over time for MCO.

Incentive schemes such as lack of presale and a referral program are ostensibly designed to improve uptake and prevent ‘whale’ investors controlling significant portions of the token offering.

That said, Monaco is running a bidding program that will award a more advantageous ‘Black’ card to the ICO’s biggest investor.

Novice Users Targeted To Remove Confusion From Crypto Spending

Despite the project only being in worked on for 12 months, the huge surge in interest around Ethereum among lay consumers is generating spending demand. Cryptocurrency exchanges recently reported 600% increases in new users fueled by price rises, many of whom demonstrated a lack of knowledge about what Bitcoin or Ether really are.

Monaco is attempting to keep its product “beautifully simple,” as per promotional literature, using what it describes as “near-perfect exchange rates” to net novice users and beat out competitor offerings with higher fees.

CEO Kris Marszalek went as far as to promise that users would even save “up to 40€ out of every 500€” spent on the Visa card purely as a result of its improved FX rates.

User acquisition will meanwhile take an entirely app-based form, the startup saying it has “solved compliance issues” to enable facial scan and a “3-minute” registration process before cards can be ordered and used.

The ICO is due to conclude June 18.

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What do you think about Monaco’s ICO and debit card? Let us know in the comments below!


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MobileGo Becomes 2nd Biggest ICO Ever, Netting Over $26 Million

· May 19, 2017 · 9:30 am

MobileGo has gathered over $26 million dollars making it the second most successful crowd sale in the cryptosphere, and the fourth in the world.

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MobileGo Raises Over $26 Million & Counting

Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) are changing the way projects are being crowdfunded, creating a new generation blockchain-based tokens like appcoins and assets. Although ICOs started with Mastercoin’s relatively modest sum of roughly 500,000 USD, they are now taking new proportions.

As time passes by, it seems that investors are becoming less wary when it comes to investing in blockchain-based crowdfunds. Now, it is not uncommon for ICOs to gather millions on their first day (or minutes) and that’s exactly what MobileGo, one of the largest crowdfunding campaigns in history, has done.

Kicking its ICO off with 4 million dollars on the first day, MobileGo has attracted over $26 million (or 6,800 BTC) so far, making it one of the most successful ICOs ever, second only to the DAO, and the fourth most successful crowdfunding project in the whole world. And the ICO isn’t even over yet, with five days left until the end.

Hosted by GameCredits Inc., the MobileGo ICO allows users to exchange several established cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Waves, GAME, and others in exchange for MobileGo (MGO) tokens, which will bring several benefits to its holders and help shape the environment of the GameCredit’s Moblie Store, a platform for mobile games with over 300 games by 150 different developers.

ICOs: Hype or New Paradigm?

The MobileGo ICO will not only help fund the Gamecredit’s Mobile Store marketing and branding efforts, but it will also gamify the platform through the use of Ethereum-based smart contract, allowing users to compete among themselves in a decentralized manner and to earn rewards and reputation while doing so.

The MobileGo token features some of the latest trends in the blockchain space such as dual-blockchain capabilities and a buyback program that will see the token supply decrease over time. The dual-blockchain functionality allows users to transfer tokens between the Ethereum and Waves blockchains through the use of BlockSwap technology.

However, the main aspect of these tokens are not their technical characteristics per se, but rather the function they serve within the platform. Although the GameCredit’s Mobile Store already features its own cryptocurrency, GAME, Ivica Simatovic, CEO at GameCredits Inc, explained to Bitcoinist why a second token is necessary.

GameCredits CEO Ivica Simatovic

He said:

The MobileGO token will be used to provide many important features to Gamecredits Store based on smart contracts. In this store there will be 2 tokens: 1 for processing (Gamecredits) and another for tournaments, betting, virtual market place (MGO).

Not only that, but MobileGo will also reward customers with discounts, free entrance to VIP tournaments and access to private game beta stages.

“This store will be a unique and special place for gamers where they will receive services they can not find in other places,” adds Simatovic.

Money is Pouring into Crypto

Although ICOs are not new, they are certainly one of the new crazes in the world of investment. Not only has the global cryptocurrency market cap doubled in size in May alone, millions and millions of dollars kept flowing into ICOs like MobileGo, Gnosis, Aragon,etc. with many more in the pipeline.

Although some have concerns regarding Initial Coin Offerings and the lack of regulation or guidelines, ICOs are providing new ways for entrepreneurs to get their projects off the ground, which wouldn’t be nearly as easy through banks and VC firms.

While undoubtedly uncharted territory, ICO are shaping the future of technology allowing developers to experiment with blockchain technology at will and to build decentralized and trustless applications, which were not possible before.  

What’s your take on the current ICOs trend? Share your thoughts below! 


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Bitcoin IRA Launches World’s First Ethereum IRA Retirement Fund

· April 29, 2017 · 6:00 am

Cryptocurrency based retirement fund, BitcoinIRA.com has announced the launch of Ethereum IRA. The new investment product offering allows people to invest in an Ether-based, Individual Retirement Account (IRA).


Demand for Ether Prompts Ethereum IRA

Ethereum has recently fortified its position as the second largest cryptocurrency in the market, right below Bitcoin. The demand for Ether is on the rise following significant developments and implementations of Ethereum platform for a range of applications. The creation of Enterprise Ethereum Alliance involving major tech and industry players has further strengthened the confidence of investors in Ethereum.

Bitcoin IRA

This recent success and increasing stability have added to the cryptocurrency’s appeal, as a form of retirement investment. The new fund will be self-directed, following the highly successful Bitcoin IRA which has so far created accounts worth over $10 million since June 2016.   

Just like Bitcoin IRA’s flagship product, investors can hold real Ethereum in retirement accounts as traditional IRAs, Roth IRAs, 401K’s or SEP IRA. Bitcoin IRA’s exclusive partnership with BitGo will ensure users the access to its multi-sig wallet, which will guarantee security, privacy and full compliance with the requisite IRA regulations for retirement accounts of this nature. In the interest of liquidity, the company implements Genesis Global Trading, Inc. and uses TradeBlock’s ECX Index as a reference rate.

Crypto Savings for Retirement

Bitcoin IRA is known to be the first company to offer investors the chance to put cryptocurrencies into their retirement accounts. In contrast to traditional IRA retirement plans, investors in Bitcoin IRA and Ethereum IRA will keep control of their cryptocurrencies permanently, allowing them the freedom to disperse the funds as they see fit once the investment’s term is over.

Ether

The deflationary attributes of cryptocurrencies make them ideal for long-term investment opportunities. In 2017, Ethereum has witnessed an incredible 500%+ growth from less than $10 per unit to over $64.

Bitcoin IRA offers both traditional and Roth IRA (Bitcoin/Ethereum) options, which offer the same tax incentives as regular IRAs and 401ks.

Bitcoin IRA is positioning itself as a unique investment company, which includes little processing and handling fees, which perhaps makes it even more attractive than Bitcoin ETF and other investment funds.

Would you consider investing in an Ethereum IRA? Let us know below!


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Bet Bitcoin: UFC Fight Night Halifax (Travis Browne vs. Derrick Lewis)

· February 18, 2017 · 4:00 am

Last week’s UFC main event ended in a controversial decision this week’s main event is unlikely to go to the judges and is likely to end with someone on the ground.


Bet Bitcoin on UFC Fights

In the main event, Travis Browne faces knockout artist Derrick Lewis. Also on the card are two former champions Johny Hendricks and Carla Esparza who face Hector Lombard and Randa Markos. Also this weekend Bellator 172 features the legendary Fedor fighting against Matt Mitrione to round out a big MMA weekend. You can bet on all these fights with bitcoin at Cloudbet.

Travis Browne v Derrick Lewis

This heavyweight fight is not one you want to miss. Travis Browne has had a hard time getting a win lately losing his past, fights. Since he has been training with Edmond Tarverdya he has not looked the same. He used to be known for his footwork and quickness, but we have not seen him fight like the “old Travis” in a while. He has also shown that he can be knocked out and now he faces one of the most feared knockout artists in the heavyweight division.

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Derrick Lewis is on a five-fight win streak with four knockouts. In his last fight, he was most likely down four rounds to zero but managed to get the knockout in the fourth round. He manages to find a way to test the chin of everyone that he fights, even if he is tired and behind in the fight. Even if we see the old Browne using a lot of footwork, his chin is questionable. Lewis will find a way to test that chin.

Pick: Derrick Lewis

Carla Esparza vs. Randa Markos

Carla Esparza is the first women’s featherweight champion in UFC history. She won the first all women TUF final against Rose Namajunas. She lost her first title defense to Joanna Jędrzejczyk in brutal fashion.

In her last fight against Juliana Lima, she was able to get the win however she looked a little hesitant on the feet. After taking the beating that she did against Jędrzejczyk, does she have confidence in her stand up? We know that she has good wrestling but what about her stand up? Esparza can put most of her opponents on the ground, but what happens when that does not work?

MMA: UFC 202-Markos vs Casey

I am not sold on her stand up, and I do not think she can handle a battle where she gets hit in the face a lot. Ronda Markos is willing to take one to give one. She is willing to brawl and get in some exchanges. Markos also has good wrestling and has a dangerous submission game. I think that Markos has a good chance of giving Esparza some trouble on the feet and that she can stuff enough of her takedowns to win this. On top of this, there is an old rivalry from TUF.

These two do not like each other and would like to get some hand on face time, not just cruise through rounds for a win. Esparza has a lot of distractions in the background. She reportedly has some financial problems and had her walk out song pulled for legal reasons. I think Markos can get the upset here.

Pick: Ronda Markos

Track Record: Previous Picks

This year I am now 1-2 on my MMA picks. De Randamie got the win via five round decision against Holly Holm. It was a controversial win because De Randamie hit Holm after the bell two times. After taking a second look the second time was not a solid hit, and De Randamie pulled her punch. That being said the ref could have easily taken a point away for the first late hit. If you watch the fight again do so without sound and judge each round, I think you will come to the same conclusion that the judges did.

A few big MMA events are coming up including UFC 209 that features two title bouts: Woodly vs. Thompson 2 and Nurmagomedov vs. Ferguson.

You can discuss MMA or sports betting at the Telegram sports betting channel. I will be there talking about the fights as they happen. Will Derrick Lewis get another knockout or are we going to see the old Travis Browne?

You can see more details on how to bet Bitcoin on UFC 208 via Cloudbet here.

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Let us know your picks in the comments below!


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