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ETH vs NEO – Can NEO take Ethereum’s place?

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The last couple of years have brought a lot of improvements when it comes to various cryptocurrencies, their use, as well as their adoption. Cryptos are not only fighting to survive and find their place in the world but are also constantly trying to best one another. Such is the case with the relatively new rivalry between NEO and Ethereum, with many people wondering if NEO is good enough to actually replace ETH in the near future. Let’s compare them and see how things look.

NEO vs ETH

Ethereum (ETH) is the crypto that dominated the second wave, or generation, of cryptocurrencies, with Bitcoin (BTC) making the first one. Thanks to the fact that it addressed and improved in areas where BTC lacks, ETH is quite capable of holding its own as the second most popular crypto in the world.

NEO, on the other hand, is a new crypto from the third generation, which has yet to choose its ultimate representative. Still, NEO wasn’t wasting time and has grown a lot in a short period of time, threatening to even best Ethereum itself. It is even nicknamed ‘Chinese Ethereum’, thanks to its popularity in this country, and generally in this part of the world.

The similarities between the two do not stop there, however, and these cryptos are actually a lot alike. Both are designed for creating smart contracts and dApps. which makes them different from Bitcoin, which is only designed to serve as a cryptocurrency. This means that they both aim to serve the same market, which puts them in direct competition with one another.

The differences

Besides the similarities, ETH and NEO still have a lot of important differences. The first difference is developer adoption, which is a factor that works much more in NEO’s favor. NEO is designed in a way that allows developers to work in various programming languages, including Java, C#, C++, and Go. If a programmer knows any of these languages, NEO will be available and useful to them. On the other hand, not only does Ethereum support only one programming language, but it is the one that its founders designed themselves, specifically for ETH’s purposes. This limits the number of capable developers to only a handful, which includes only those willing to learn this completely new language.

Another important difference between the two platforms is their transaction speed. Ethereum offers a much slower deal, and can barely handle 15 transactions per second. If you are not familiar with the transaction speed of other cryptos, this might not seem that bad to you. That is until you consider the fact that NEO can work with around 10,000 TPS. This means that NEO is on a much, much higher level when it comes to this specific issue.

Next, their blockchains. NEO has an interesting system, where its blockchain actually hosts two cryptos. NEO is the main one, which is used in trading, purchasing, and alike. However, there is another one, called GAS. GAS is used for the purposes of the blockchain, and it is received as a reward for NEO holders. They can then use GAS for paying for transactions within the blockchain.

Ethereum has a cryptocurrency called Ether, and it acts as NEO acts on NEO’s blockchain. However, Ethereum doesn’t have a different currency for the purposes of its blockchain, and instead only uses smaller amounts of Ether as its version of GAS. Basically, Ether acts like a dollar, and its smaller amounts work as cents. These ‘cents’ are called gas, not to be confused with NEO’s ‘GAS’.

This leads us to the next difference, which is divisibility, and this is where NEO is lacking since it is one of the rare cryptos that is indivisible. And, as we mentioned previously, ETH is divisible and uses gas for these small amounts.

Another big difference is that NEO is actually supported by China’s government, which is not known for being very open to cryptos. China views NEO as its response to Ethereum, which they do not accept in this country. Still, despite the fact that China accepts NEO, they do not control either of these two currencies, which leads us to decision making, and to their consensus mechanisms.

NEO has introduced Byzantine Fault Tolerant consensus mechanism, which is a massive improvement on the Proof-of-Stake mechanism. ETH, on the other hand, still uses Proof-of-Work, which is basically inferior even to the original PoS, and that clearly makes NEO superior in this area.

This doesn’t mean that Ethereum’s team is less capable. In fact, both teams are led by experts in the field of blockchain and cryptocurrency, with the difference of the developer community size – this is actually where Ethereum leads.

Conclusion

Obviously, both cryptos have their strengths and weaknesses. Both are also still constantly working on upgrading themselves, and on offering a better deal, in their own way. Because of that, the ‘race’ is still far from over. For now, the debate about which one is superior will have to remain unsettled. Still, the day will eventually come, when we will have a definitive answer, only not yet.

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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.

NFTs are already being actively traded in markets globally. For…

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Should Crypto Projects Devote Resources to Community Growth and Marketing?

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2020 has been an incredible year for crypto as investors have generated windfall profits and crypto projects have seen their businesses gain the spotlight they’ve been looking for.  While Bitcoin has received most of the attention after major institutional investors announced they were accumulating the increasingly scarce asset, many altcoins have also seen their fair share of glory.  When looking at all the big winners of the past year, the first project that probably comes to mind is Chainlink, having appreciated by more than 550% YTD and now valued at over $4.5 billion.  But, the actual biggest winner of the year is HEX with a YTD return of over 5,000%.

I mention both of the above projects as they have each taken slightly different paths to achieve greatness.  Chainlink has devoted resources toward building a fundamentally sound business with many strategic partnerships while HEX has spent vast sums of money on marketing and promotion.  Both approaches are valid, but one thing is certain, it is absolutely imperative for crypto projects to let the crypto community know what makes them special.  Of course, one of the reasons that makes crypto so valuable is the powerful blockchain technology that most projects are utilizing.

Cryptocurrency vs. Blockchain Technology

It’s important to make a distinction between blockchain technology and cryptocurrency.  Although they are often used interchangeably, they are different.  Blockchain technology and crypto were both created after the 2008 financial crisis, but cryptocurrency…

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XENO starts VIP NFT trading service and collaborates with contemporary artist Hiro Yamagata

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Hong Kong, Hong Kong, 24th December, 2020, // ChainWire //

The XENO NFT Hub (https://xno.live) will provide a crypto-powered digital items and collectables trading platform allowing users to create, buy, and sell NFTs. Additionally it will support auction based listings, governance and voting mechanisms, trade history tracking, user rating and other advanced features.

As a first step towards its fully comprehensive service, XENO NFT Hub launched a recent VIP service to select users and early adopters in December 2020 with plans for a full Public Beta to open in June 2021. 

“NFTs are extremely flexible in their usage, from digital event tickets to artwork, and while NFTs have a very wide spectrum of uses and categories XENO will initially focus its partnership efforts and its own item curation on three primary areas: gaming, sports & entertainment, and collectibles.”, said XENO NFT Hub president Anthony Di Franco.

He also added “This does not mean we will prohibit other types of NFTs from our ecosystem However, it simply means that XENO’s efforts as a company will be targeted into these verticals initially as a cohesive business approach.”

Development and Procurement Lead, Gabby Dizon explained, “Despite our initial focus, we found ourselves with a unique opportunity to host some of the works of Mr. Hiro Yamagata. We are collaborating with Japanese artist Hiro Yamagata to enshrine some of his artwork into NFTs.”

Mr. Yamagata has been…

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