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Monero (XMR) goes stable as fees go down

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Monero’s coin is called XMR, in case you didn’t know. The currency’s value has flat-lined over the last week which is not so surprising if you take into account that even Bitcoin has become stable (which is a plus for traditional investors) so it’s not bad news.

This comes off the back of Monero’s new network update, called “Bulletproofs” which was deployed about a week ago.

XMR has been untypically stable over the last couple of days. As we write this article the XMR/USD rate is at $103.64, so it’s at its peak, Over the last week it’s been fluctuating between 102.22 and 109.30 which means it’s behaving as a stable currency that is also rising in value. That is very rare in the current market.

Monero‘s value in terms of market capitalization is 1.7 billion. That means it’s tenth in terms of market capitalization, which is no mean feat for a coin that doesn’t get the limelight that Bitcoin, Tron, XRP or Litecoin get all the time.

Last Monday the token’s trade volume went over $14 million, mainly carried out at Bithumb, the Sout Korean exchange, which is no surprise as this is a country in which there is a lot of enthusiasm for the cryptosphere.

Monero (XMR) Transaction Costs

Monero’s most recent hard fork happened on Oct 18, one week ago. This update has given Monero’s blockchain a huge advantage in terms of cost as transactions fees have become lower, almost insignificant. As we write this, Monero’s users are paying 2 cents per transaction, which is 97% lower as compared before Bulletproofs was implemented.

This savings in cost are due to the shrinking of cryptographic proofs and data requirements required to perform every single transaction.

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The new fork is officially called Monero 0.13 Beryllium Bullet and it’s not only quicker and cheaper. It’s also safer. If you’re the kind of guy who likes rather useless but interesting data, the new fork was implemented from block 1685555 and the Bulletproofs technology starts from block number 1686275.

The new Monero’s blockchain improves its credibility and it makes it the main project in the world that aims to protect users’ privacy in the market as they work against the trend towards centralization that’s been so criticized in so many other blockchain networks. It’s because the new protocol is designed not to allow ASIC miners to take control over the whole network (as it’s feared it could happen with Bitcoin, which is more than 50% mined in China).

Miners are already reporting that the new protocol makes mining quicker, easier and safer. This gives smaller, more average enthusiasts, the chance to become miners and get some profits from this activity.

So Monero is moving forward and making things easier at a time in which other projects such as Ethereum are making things harder and more expensive for their own communities. This shows the project’s leadership has perspective and knows where it wants to go. They have learned how to adapt to the market instead of expecting the market to adapt to them (think Ethereum, Bitcoin).

Monero may not be getting the limelight. But don’t ignore it. If they keep moving forward this way, they could outdo many famous blockchains.

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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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