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Fighting it out for the Top Spot: EOS against Ethereum

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The Cryptocurrency marketplace has been receiving hype, both from the media and the investor community at large. The majority of the industry’s focus is on projects and platforms that highlight the decentralized nature of trading with such cryptocurrencies, with Bitcoin undeniably claiming the top spot. However, over time, newer alternative networks like Ethereum started to emerge, providing more efficiency to capitalize on the untapped capabilities of blockchain technology. While Ethereum had been the “go to” platform for developing decentralized applications, fledgling projects like EOS have now turned into quite a threat to Ethereum’s position. EOS aims to address all the plaguing issues such as scalability on the Ethereum Network and is thus marketed and structured quite differently from Ethereum.

Current market Scenario for Ethereum and EOS

Both Ethereum and EOS are major players in the crypto-space, with Ethereum undoubtedly claiming the higher ranking, ranked 2nd, as of 24/04/2018 in terms of market cap. EOS, a relatively new arrival in the dApp market, has since achieved a ranking of 5th at the time of writing, which is indicative of the success attained by the EOS team over such a short time.  Although Ethereum’s market cap of $67,624,318,227 is considerably greater than EOS’s $11,077,704,597 market cap, EOS has enjoyed significant success this year compared to a rather low performing first quarter for Ethereum. In terms of growth, EOS was trading at a high of $6.76 on March 25th to $11.79 on April 23rd. Comparing this with Ethereum’s value, which rose from $ 535.82 to $ 646.70, EOS has definitely seen more of a growth than its older counterpart.

Major Points of Competition between EOS and Ethereum

Both Ethereum and EOS are platforms for developing decentralized apps on the blockchain network, with Ethereum being the first to introduce the smart contracts functionality to its blockchain. Smart Contracts are the main basis for decentralization and eliminate the risk of fraud or malicious third party interference.  EOS’s platform is based on the Ethereum model with some major improvements including higher transaction processing speeds and lower transaction fees. Below are some points of difference between both networks in terms of usage.

  • Target markets: When it comes to targeting users, Ethereum and EOS have quite a different approach, with Ethereum receiving funding from different investors through crowd sales and private investments. Ethereum currently is the number one choice for bigger organizations for developing their own dApp on a secure blockchain network.
    EOS, on the other hand, focuses mainly on independent developers who are looking to produce a diverse range of dApps efficiently and with a profit. This is because EOS has no transaction fees, which are really helpful for users on a tight budget.
  • Protocols: Ethereum uses the Proof-of-Work protocol, capable of processing an average of 15 transactions /second. The proof-of-Work consensus protocol requires miners to prove their verification speeds on the network to claim a reward or return. It also allows the Ethereum network to automatically address issues with any dApps on its network. On the other hand, EOS uses a delegated Proof-Of-Stake protocol which is designed to eliminate the “bottleneck” experienced by the Ethereum network. It is radically different than the PoW protocol, as developers can easily address issues in a dApp without freezing or affecting other accounts on the network. This is also the prime reason for EOS’s instantaneous transactions.
  • Programming Language: When it comes to programming languages, Ethereum can only use “Solidity” a native programming language designed for Ethereum. EOS, on the other hand, has the ability to use any programming language which is compatible with Web Assembly. This includes C++, which is preferred by an overwhelming majority of developers in the industry.

Closing thoughts

Both EOS and Ethereum currently hold the top spots for dApp development on the blockchain network. Ethereum’s older model may have some lingering scalability issues but is still preferred by industry leaders due to its reputation and longevity in the market. On the other hand, EOS caters towards developers as well as users who prefer faster transaction processing speeds, as well as lower transaction costs. Overall, the success of both projects depends on the future plans of both teams, as well as the degree of adoption these platforms experience among the general populous.

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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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