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Digibyte’s upcoming hard fork this summer and how your GPU mining rig will benefit

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About two months ago, the Monero community was vexed in a war of words with Bitmain over the release of the Cryptonight –capable Antminer X3. The Antminer X3 had been designed to mine altcoins that use the Cryptonight hashing algorithm with Monero as the main mining target. As usual Bitmain (world’s biggest manufacturer of ASIC mining hardware) happily announced its release. However, in response, the Monero Blockchain was forked to maintain its ASIC resistance rendering all the new Atminer X3 obsolete.

The ongoing mining battles

Basically, there has always been a fight for control in the crypto mining world. Mining equipment manufacturers like Bitmain are currently able to control the crypto landscape as they wish since they equally control who gets what mining equipment, when and at what cost. The general feeling has been that the rich get richer while amassing more control over the Blockchains as eventual centralization of the networks is realized.

Considering the engineering cost of coming up with an ASIC miner, and the fact that ASIC miners are more powerful that GPU and CPU miners (that mostly belong to hobbyist), companies like Bitmain are able to niche down the manufacturing of ASIC miners and even set up their own mining operations with equipment at low production cost. It is this unfair advantage that leads to an uproar whenever a new ASIC mining machine is introduced into the market. To gain back control over the mining of a particular Blockchain, developers of Blockchains such as Monero decide to fork their networks and change the mining algorithms with every release of a new ASIC miner. Although it’s a short-term solution, it has so far worked for Monero.

Is Bitcoin decentralized enough?

Bitcoin, on the other hand, has had to deal with this issue since its inception. A cartel of miners has managed to actively sabotage the network’s decentralization with more powerful ASIC miners that give a group of individuals more control over the network. Obviously, Satoshi Nakamoto was unable to foresee this problem at the beginning. In fact, as the first ever Blockchain application, Bitcoin was designed to be mined only by CPUs so as to give each CPU a voice over the voting and decision made on the Blockchain. For Bitcoin, this capacity is long gone given the level of difficulty the network has reached.

How Digibyte’s upcoming hard fork will solve the problem

This is why Blockchains like Digibyte are planning to soon hard fork their Blockchain so as to change some of their mining algorithms in favor of GPUs. This is not only good news to those who own home mining rigs and are looking to mine DGB but also music to the ears of DGB holders as the network will maintain its decentralization.

As one of the fastest up and coming Blockchains, Digibyte boasts of having one of the most robust yet easy mining protocols in the crypto space. In fact, the Digibyte foundation came out strongly to protect the reputation of the Digibyte’s Blockchain network security after an altcoin’s 51% attack led to concerns over the security of altcoins. Currently, you can mine DGB with multiple mining algorithms, making it one of the most decentralized and secure Blockchain networks there is.

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Reasons Why You Are Much Safer When Crypto Trading on Dexes

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While many cryptocurrencies aim to bring the change to the world by bringing full decentralization, one aspect of the crypto space still remains mostly centralized, and that is the way they are exchanged. Most crypto exchanges are centralized companies, where traders and investors need to deposit their coins for safekeeping. This is a risky way to handle the funds, as exchanges remain susceptible to hacks and theft, as many realized recently, after the hack of the world’s largest exchange by trading volume, Binance.

During the hack, around 7,000 BTC (over $40 million) was taken, and sent to multiple wallets, never to be seen again — for now, at least. The hack also came as quite a shock, as Binance was known for its efficiency, security, and high levels of confidence. It also made people realize that their coins are not really theirs if they need to rely on third parties, such as exchanges, to keep them safe. As a result, many are now turning away from centralized exchanges, and are heading towards decentralized ones — also known as DEXes.

Here are some reasons why you might want to consider doing the same.

1. True ownership of your coins

The crypto community has a saying: “not your keys, not your coins.” The saying is now more relevant than ever, but it does not apply on DEXes. Decentralized exchanges

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Crypto Billionaire Predicts Massive Price Growth by 2021

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Crypto prices are once again going up, and Bitcoin has just passed a major resistance level at $6,000. With a situation like that, it is not surprising that everyone in the crypto community is looking forward to the future, wondering what to expect in years to come. Many experts have already given their predictions, some more optimistic than others, but almost all bullish.

Crypto billionaire Mike Novogratz has always been very supportive of cryptocurrencies, and very bullish on Bitcoin. He recently stated that he sees the coins’ prices triple in the following 18 months, meaning that Bitcoin’s return to $20,000 might not be far away, according to him.

He noted that Bitcoin is back to $6,000 after its price hit as low as $3,100 only a few months ago. These days, Novogratz does not believe Bitcoin will return to such lows unless there is a devastating exchange hack or a major shift in regulations. Of course, there was a big hack that had the potential to damage the coin’s price, only days ago. The world’s largest crypto exchange by trading volume, Binance, saw a significant security breach which resulted in a theft of 7,000 BTC.

However, so far, the coin did not react negatively to this incident. While Novogratz believed that such an event would shatter the new confidence in BTC, it simply did not happen. However, he…

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TokenRoll (TKR) Platform Will Take Online Casinos to the Next Level

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Corporate executives are turning to blockchain technology more than ever in an attempt to revolutionize the business world.  Although blockchain is still a relatively new concept, that hasn’t stopped more and more companies from jumping on the bandwagon.  This hot new technology has quickly gained a reputation for providing greater transparency, enhanced security, improved traceability, increased efficiency, and low costs.  One industry that could certainly benefit from decentralization is the online gambling market, specifically, online casinos.  TokenRoll (TKR) has developed a platform that appears to offer a promising alternative to centralized casinos.

Problems with Centralized Casinos

The primary reason why blockchain technology is being implemented so quickly is because it solves a lot of the problems typically associated with the traditional business model.  And online casinos are no different.  It still needs to be said that centralized casinos have proven that there is a great demand for online gambling.  The market is growing faster than anyone could have predicted, and future opportunities appear very promising and lucrative.  But industries are continually evolving and this one is no different.

A few of the problems facing centralized casinos include the following:

  • Little to no transparency
  • Consumer lack of confidence
  • Privacy concerns
  • 48-72 hour wait time for withdrawals

These are four monumental issues that need to be addressed quickly given the global growth of the market.  Casinos need to…

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