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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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KaratGold Proves Its Business Model By Providing Official Documents

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There has been a lot of renewed enthusiasm in the cryptocurrency market thanks mainly to Bitcoin’s strong move about 10,000.  Although Bitcoin continues to show its dominance, the altcoin market has yet to benefit from that rally.  A few of the largest altcoins remain popular but the rest of the market continues to lag behind.  In 2018, there was a lot of talk regarding a possible altcoin apocalypse where only the strong would survive.  That prediction appears to be playing out as expected.  Going forward, only the best projects that have a real world need will survive.  Crypto traders will have to spend a lot of their time doing proper research in order to find the best opportunities, just like in all financial markets.  One promising project that appears to have the makings of a future winner is KaratGold Coin.

KaratGold Background

KaratGold Coin is a cryptocurrency developed by the reputable German company Karatbars International, which maintains a leading position in the market of small gold items and investments. The project is part of a larger ecosystem, which involves several blockchain solutions that can be used for transactions, communication, investing and other tasks. During the past few weeks, however, the KaratGold ecosystem has been a target of unsavory scam allegations.  

Karatbars International and GSB Gold Standard Banking Corporation…

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ICTE May Bring About Sweeping Changes for Cryptocurrency Exchanges

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Cryptocurrency has taken the world by storm during the last few years. An entirely new financial market was created almost overnight which has captured the imagination of all its participants. Cryptocurrency is even starting to attract institutional money from investment banks, hedge funds, and other proprietary trading firms. Despite the rapid growth, traders remain extremely frustrated by having to deal with the fragmented nature of centralized crypto exchanges.

A Change is Needed

When cryptocurrency first began, there weren’t many participants and the trading volume was relatively insignificant. But, over time, that has radically changed. Some tokens now have a capitalization in the billions and are being traded 24-7 by institutions all over the world. Despite the volume, significant problems exist with the current way that exchanges work. Some of those problems include the following:

  • Constant fear of hackers
  • Exchange manipulation
  • Fragmented liquidity
  • Risk of identity theft

One of the biggest issues regarding centralized exchanges is the risk of being hacked. These hack stories seem to always be circulating around the internet. While experienced traders may have the tools to avoid becoming a victim, potential new traders have zero interest in dealing with this. And it’s not just the small exchanges that are at risk. Even large exchanges, such as Mt. Gox and Binance, are subject to being hacked.

Another huge risk is having to deal with…

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SonicX and Dash Could Challenge Facebook’s Libra for Global Payments Market Share

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When Satoshi Nakamoto unveiled Bitcoin to the world, the dream was always for Bitcoin to serve as a new universal currency.  It would be free from the bureaucracy of governments.  And free from the tyranny of the old-world financial cartels.  Although the dream hasn’t yet materialized, it comes closer and closer with each passing day.

One of the biggest roadblocks for Bitcoin has been scalability.  At a speed of approximately 7 transactions per second, Bitcoin lags behind other cryptocurrencies like Ripple and global payment processors like Visa.  Many expect the lightning network to have a positive impact on Bitcoin’s TPS but until that comes to fruition, mass adoption will likely need another significant development.

Libra Currency Announcement

One development that could help pave the way toward mass adoption is the launch of the Libra currency.  Libra is expected to go live during the first half of 2020 according to Facebook’s June announcement.  According to Facebook, Libra will make sending money online cheaper and faster.  It will also have a hand in improving access to financial services, especially for the unbanked.  Given Facebook’s global reach, including many third world countries, providing financial access to the unbanked could provide a huge spark to global economies.  Additionally, it could provide the growth spark that cryptocurrency needs.

Facebook’s most popular messenger, WhatsApp, has approximately 1.5 billion monthly users.  This application is…

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