As a matter of fact, the past year has been a really exciting one for Bitcoin and all other cryptocurrencies. Cryptocurrency has become a trending topic in the general public but it is often condensed to a mere small talk.
On the other hand, crypto aficionados and experts alike have been faced with a series of arising problems and heated debates within the community. We have borne witness to the rise of altcoins and new regulations followed by numerous reports of hacks all over the world, and the problem with the so-called “hard forks”.
This translates into a hefty package, full of intricate technicalities with a pinch of drama. Of course, no such big phenomena goes unnoticed, and the media’s attention was caught by the buzzing discussions within the crypto-community.
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2018 is off to a shaky start.
With Bitcoin floundering from its all-time high, many investors are turning to alternative coins (altcoins for short) that seem to offer much more promising applications, yet for a much lower price.
The challenge is predicting what coins could truly blossom, and hold their value in the event of a major Bitcoin crash. To do so, the coin needs a promising everyday use that can justify a high valuation.
Continue reading The Top 5 Altcoins for 2018: Practical Projects, Underground Gems and Moonshots
A Bitcoin address is a cornerstone to understand how the cryptocurrency is exchanged between two individuals as they essentially dictate the source and destination for a particular amount of bitcoin. For those new to the world of cryptocurrencies, a bitcoin address may seem a little confusing at first.
Unlike a conventional bank account number, these addresses can include both numbers as well as letters and be up to 35 characters in length. In practice though, most addresses tend to be 33 or 34 characters long.
Here’s what one looks like:
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Over the past few years, cryptocurrencies have gained maximum momentum. Their adoption rate is increasing exponentially with no signs of stopping. As a consequence, the Fintech enterprise is experiencing massive transformation, and its effects ripple across multiple industries.
Let’s just wind the clock back to 2009.
The inception of Bitcoin was just the primum movens, the initial force that triggered massive innovation in a field previously unknown to humankind. The success of cryptocurrencies has been such that today, the total market cap is equating $740 billion, with more than 1400 different crypto-coins and tokens, and tens of thousands, possibly even millions of new jobs created.
At this point, it’s safe to say that cryptocurrencies are not going anywhere.
Continue reading US Cryptocurrency Regulation: Policies, Regimes & More
Right off the bat, this article has no intention of digging deep into the legal nature of cryptocurrencies or deconstructing specific national regulations, but rather it strives to paint a general picture of the regulatory approaches undertaken by governments all over the world, and the problems they’re currently facing.
More importantly, it aims to equip you with sufficient knowledge of the legal intricacies surrounding Distributed Ledger Technology frameworks, so you can get a general sense of the direction which government regulators are taking in regard to cryptocurrencies and distributed ledger technology.
Hopefully, this will allow you to better manage your expectations and predictions about the pace and direction this stochastic industry is about to take in its future development.
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On August 24, 2017, an expansion of the Bitcoin network to enable the accommodation of the vastly increased customer base and transaction volumes was carried out. This Segregated Witness (also known as SegWit) implementation was a soft fork change in the transaction processes of Bitcoin.
SegWit was implemented in order to make Bitcoin transactions less malleable and more adaptable to enhancement in the size of the blockchain to increase transaction speeds. It had become clear that a new technology was needed for Bitcoin: one that could provide an extra layer to the existing blockchain to make transactions cheaper and quicker, without altering the basic structure or existing security backing of the network.
SegWit was thus produced to make the development of such technology possible.
The technology that was proposed to address these issues with Bitcoin was the Lightning Network.
Continue reading Lightning Network: The Guide That Tells Everything You Need to Know
The price of Bitcoin has surged from just over $1,000 in the beginning of 2017 to over $15,000 in 2018. Many other cryptocurrencies have followed very similar trends. As a result, it is only natural that ICOs have witnessed a huge flurry of attention from people in just about every corner of the world.
ICOs have captured the attention and interest of millions. Everyone from seasoned investors to curious newbies trying to get their feet wet seems to want to get involved – and it’s no surprise why.
First of all, I’m your average Joe. I’m not an entrepreneur, I’m not a trader and I’m not a developer. I’m a guy who was in a job I hated, in a town I wanted to leave and relationship going southward and by a few leaps of blind faith, I found myself stumbling into the right place at the right time.
I had heard of Bitcoin before. I couldn’t tell you when or where but it was a word I was familiar with. For some reason, it had never really turned my head or caught my attention until I took a break from my stagnant career and embarked on a journey across the world.
Continue reading The Rise and Fall of My Bitcoin Fortune: A Story and Guide