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Bitcoin still remains the most major and first blockchain implementation. However, people were able to generate different ways of how to use the system. 

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The creation of variations in Bitcoin has been one of the used yet creative blockchains. These then advertise them often as enhanced and better Bitcoin versions. Also, these are known collectively as altcoins. If you want more information regarding this, you can go through the bitcoin pro live to better understand it.

Litecoin 

Litecoins were launched in 2011, and it has a variation from the system of Bitcoin. One of these differences is that generating blocks takes lesser time. In Bitcoin, an average 10 minutes can be consumed to generate a block, but in Litecoin, it can only take 2.5 minutes to generate a new block. This only means that the verification of transactions is completed quickly. Another thing, there is a used hashing algorithm. SHA256 is what Bitcoins uses for the algorithm of proof-of-work, whereas Litecoin uses a scrypt. The script has a feature that makes it hard to create an optimized GPU or CPU hardware for a faster way of solving the puzzle. This then makes the system fair for the miners. Presently, ASICS exists to be used in mining Litecoin. 

Zcash 

In 2016, Zcash was recently launched. Just like Bitcoin, it provides secured transactions over a reliable and distributed ledger. However, it is different from Bitcoin since it utilizes a different algorithm of pro-f-of-work called zk-SNARK. Here, it employs a new and different privacy strategy. In the system of Bitcoin, the receiver, sender, and the amount of transferred money are madepublic. In Zcash, it all remains shielded and private. Another thing, before 2017 came to an end, Zcash was able to cross a market cap of one billion dollars. 

Non-currency Implementations 

 As previously mentioned, the system of blockchain can be applied to not only cryptocurrencies but beyond that. Here are some novel ideas that are based on billion-dollar-worth contracts. 

Ripple 

While the public is the main intention of Bitcoin, Ripple is meant for payment networks and banks. Presently, there is an employed protocol in banks called Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications (SWIFT) that requires intermediary involvements. Aside from that, there are also fluctuations recorded from currency exchange rates that lead to delayed transactions. Ripple allows financial institutions to transfer, remittance, settle, and exchange payments without causing any huge amount in real-time. Although it is not yet completely adopted, lots of banks are already using Ripple for trial phases. One of its significant difference from Bitcoin is that there is a limitation in allowing the audience to join the network. There must be an identification to be done by the computers and ask for permission if needed. Thus, it makes Ripple not public and decentralized. 

Ethereum 

Next, we have Ethereum, which refers to the applications altered from a Bitcoin currency. It is responsible for providing an app infrastructure to run even without any central server. Just like Bitcoin, Ethereum depends on nodes found across the internet. This then makes the nodes provide the necessary app on the CPU for it to run. For preventing any abuse and eliminating low-quality apps, it requires the application to spend ether- a currency it uses. The Ethereum network-made code is run by Ethereum’s software referred to as the Ethereum virtual machine. Also, smart contracts are used by developers to effectively develop an application that is automatically executed whenever there specified conditions are met. 

For example, there is one smart contract that can be shipped a product automatically once the payment is received. DAPs of Ethereum apps will then be launched in hundreds. Examples are the apps that make dealings with prediction software, digital signatures, online gambling sites, and electric car charging management.

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Ethereum Price Outlook as the DXY Index Crash Continues

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Cryptocurrency prices remained in an upbeat tone on Thursday as the US dollar index continued its bearish move. Bitcoin, the biggest cryptocurrency in the world, rose to $23,165, the highest level in months. Similarly, Ethereum has risen by more than 4% in the past 24 hours while BNB Coin and XRP surged to $307 and $0.41, respectively. 

US dollar index retreats

Cryptocurrencies have an inverse relationship with the US dollar index. For example, the DXY, which looks at the performance of the greenback vs other currencies, soared to a 20-year high of $115 in 2022. As that happened, cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin plunged during the year.

The foundation of this relationship is the Federal Reserve. In most periods, the US dollar index tends to rise when the Fed is extremely hawkish and vice versa. And it was extremely hawkish in 2022 as it hiked interest rates by more than 400 basis points. 

Therefore, while the Fed has remained hawkish recently, the US dollar has dropped because of what the data is saying. Data published recently showed that America’s inflation is easing. The closely watched consumer price index dropped to 6.5% in December while core inflation fell to 5.7%. 

At the same time, other parts of the economy are showing that the American economy is indeed recoiling. Retail sales dropped sharply in December while many…

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XNO Token of Xeno NFT Hub listed on Bithumb Korea Exchange

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Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 25th January, 2021, // ChainWire //

Xeno Holdings Limited (xno.live ), a blockchain solutions company based in Hong Kong, has announced the listing of its ecosystem utility token XNO on the ‘Bithumb Korea’ cryptocurrency exchange on January 21st 2021.

Xeno NFT Hub (market.xno.live ), developed by Xeno Holdings, enables easy minting of digital items into NFTs while also providing a marketplace where anyone can securely trade NFTs.

The Xeno NFT Hub project team includes former members of the technology project Yosemite X based in San Francisco and professionals such as Gabby Dizon who is a games industry expert and NFT space influencer based in Southeast Asia.

NFT(Non-Fungible Token) technology has recently gained huge focus in the blockchain arena and beyond, making waves in the online gaming sector, the art world, and the digital copyrights industry in recent years. The strongest feature of NFTs is that “NFTs are unique digital assets that cannot be replaced or forged”. Unlike fungible tokens such as Bitcoin or Ether, NFTs are not interchangeable for other tokens of the same type but instead each NFT has a unique value and specific information that cannot be replaced. This fact makes NFTs the perfect solution to record and prove ownership of digital and real-world items like works of art, game items, limited-edition collectibles, and more. One of the ways to have a successful trading…

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Campden Wealth Partners with GDA Group to Enter Digital Asset Markets

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Blockchain conglomerate GDA Group joins as Campden Wealth’s newest Corporate Partner for 2021. Based in Toronto, GDA group provides access to all verticals of the crypto capital markets to institutions and private investors. The two institutions once operated on different verticals, so the partnership indicates a new era of portfolio allocation and asset diversification. Digital assets, including bitcoin, are becoming a vital component of modern investment strategies. GDA Group provides multiple avenues for digital asset exposure, including trading services through their institutional trading desk Secure Digital Markets, including non-recourse lending up to $100M through GDA Lending, and private placements through their capital markets arm GDA Capital

“Institutions have spent a decade on the sidelines, evaluating the risks of this burgeoning sector. Now, in less than 6 months we have seen billions in institutional and private capital enter the space,”  says James Godfrey, FX and International Banking Advisor to GDA Group. “Our relationship with Campden will illustrate the maturation of this industry and where we are headed next. New stakeholders will need experience, resources and insights to navigate this new market and evaluate upcoming opportunities.”

 “The Campden Community is constantly balancing the needs of wealth creation for the future, with wealth preservation…

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