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Stellar-backed IBM project in a wiry rivalry with Ripple

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The concept of money transfer seems to be on a U-turn as blockchain technology sets to change the way cross-border payments get done. In this sense, Ripple is at the frontier of evolving money transfer and remittances, and it is now facing intense competition with a Stellar-backed venture by IBM.

It is necessary to know that IBM is almost trying to get the attention away from Ripple and lead the race to change the face of cross-border payments in the world.

At the moment, we now have SWIFT, Ripple, and IBM in the realm of cross-border payments. Nonetheless, SWIFT is still the most significant payment mean in the world, because it has more than 200+ countries registered on its network.

Also, SWIFT records more than a trillion daily volume on its transaction. Due to this fact, Ripple is garnering towards to mass adoption and getting a large percentage of SWIFT’s business.

At the moment, it has almost gotten about 50% of India’s payment means, with India’s biggest bank included. Also, it’s now the primary network for SMEs and the unbanked, thus, providing a faster and cheaper means for them.

Even though Ripple appears to be offering great services when it comes to cross-border payments, Stellar and the Stellar-backed project by IBM look all set to be competing with Ripple full-time.

Based on statements by IBM, its DLT-powered payment system seems to put more weight on Ripple to increase its reach, and increase the adoption rate to become relevant in the cross-border realm.

Our convening power brings together incumbent and FinTechs, ensuring collaborative innovation with data security, compliance, and consumer focus,” reads IBM’s statement.

A part of its press release states:

It all means funds can now be transferred at a fraction of the cost and time of traditional correspondent banking.”

On the IBM powered-solutions, the company has claimed it is managing about 60% of the world’s global transactions, and also offers BWW (Blockchain World Wire) which is a big launching pack, thrusting it to the World’s Financial Sector that is poised to increase by $2 trillion in the year 2020.

Just recently, IBM and Stellar revealed a proposal to create a transaction scheme for the South Pacific region with KlickEx. The recent news is seen as a new development for IBM.

IBM hasn’t stopped here as the company also announced the launch of Stronghold USD – a United States coin that runs on Stellar protocol.

Both Ripple and Stellar look alike as both assets offer the same services, but stellar is open-source, and it is not owned by anybody or persons, unlike Ripple (as the company is alleged to be the one who owns XRP tokens in mass quantity).

Nonetheless, the level of negative hype around Ripple is likely because it’s price is below what it used to be. At the time of writing, XRP is priced at $0.268 and in the red.

Nevertheless, XRP is still recognized globally, and it will continue to be a major company to foster cross-border payments to the world. At the moment, Ripple needs more creativity, plans, lots of adoption to be the leading solution and beat Stellar-IBM combo. Only the time will tell who wins.

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TRON Ecosystem New Addition — CryptoDungeons

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According to the recent Medium post published by TRON Arcade, a blockchain-based RPG called CryptoDungeons is to become the latest hit on the TRON blockchain.

The announcement was published on February 8th, and it states that the CryptoDungeons TRON game is still in development. However, the team is preparing to announce a presale soon, meaning that the official launch is not far away.

About CryptoDungeons

CryptoDungeons was originally developed to be a part of Ethereum’s network. However, the team has decided to bring it to TRON instead. Soon enough, the fans of the game will be able to experience its story, universe, and characters on TRON blockchain.

The game is centered around Heroes who can be bought and used for exploring dungeons, crafting various items, gathering food, and alike. The game also offers five races for players to choose from — Humans, Elves Dwarves, Orcs, and Angels. Additionally, there will also be four classes, including Warriors, Mages, Rogues, and Priests. Each class will have its own unique abilities, with the Warrior class being presented as an example. The abilities that this class features include Strike, Heavy Strike, Shield Wall, Shield Slam,…

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Positive Crypto Price Trend Moves VeChain (VET)

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As many are likely aware of, the previous twelve months were not particularly friendly to cryptocurrencies, and there were two major market crashes since January 2018. However, it could be that investors’ wishes are finally coming true, as the market is currently seeing actual gains. While there is still no certainty regarding this behavior, investors around the world are finding the current development to be quite refreshing.

One interesting development that was noticed these days is the increase of VeChain’s price, which is seeing minor gains at this time.

VeChain (VET) price grows

While most cryptocurrencies experienced some extreme ups and downs during their lifetime, VeChain is usually surprisingly unaffected by the market’s behavior. In fact, its price chart typically shows no major changes, and it seems pretty flat in comparison to other cryptocurrencies.

While this may be a good thing, as the lack of volatility means that the coin is more stable than most, the fact that the price is usually not affected makes the current gains that much more peculiar.

In the last 24 hours, VeChain’s price has grown by 2.16%, placing its value at $0.00401120 at the time of writing. The growth is minor, and the coin’s value only increased by a fraction of a cent, but this is still not typical behavior for this cryptocurrency, which attracted the attention of analysts and investors…

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SOLVE Token Could Be A Huge Long-Term Winner

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A lot of articles have been written about an altcoin apocalypse.  With so many tokens entering the market, it is inevitable that not all of them will survive.  When trying to analyze pick out the best projects, the following criteria should be used:

  • Very active community
  • Strong potential for mass adoption
  • Valuable partnerships
  • Experienced leadership

If a project scores well in at least three of the above criteria, it’s a winner.  When it scores well in all four, it has the potential to be a blockbuster.  That potential blockbuster is Solve.Care.

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Solve.Care has developed a revolutionary platform that will significantly improve care outcomes by reducing healthcare administrative costs.  The platform will also go a long way toward eliminating a lot of the problems commonly seen within healthcare administration such as duplication, waste, abuse, and fraud.  I firmly expect Solve.Care to generate cost savings by facilitating peer-to-peer transactions that grant authority to stakeholders while empowering payers regarding cost control and oversight.

SOLVE token completed its token sale last year in May.  The company sold 350,000,000 tokens and still has 650,000,000 in its treasury.  The great news is that the token has been recently listed on both Bittrex and KuCoin, two of the largest and most trustworthy exchanges in the world.  Given the recent incidents, especially the Cryptopia hack, being on a trustworthy exchange is of paramount…

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