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Overwinter: Zcash (ZEC) First “Software-Updates-Required” Network Upgrade

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Zcash announced that it will launch its first “Software-Updates-Requires” network upgrade Overwinter in June 2018 through its blog post on 2nd March 2018. Zcash is popular in the cryptocurrency world due to its security features and secretive nature. Zcash is the way to keep the identity of the trader a secret.  In fact, the transactions are invisible on the blockchain ledger. Actually, cryptocurrency traders look forward to doing anonymous cryptocurrency trading on the internet. Although Zcash was not set up as an open-source element, its unique proof of work z-SNARK has attracted many traders. The users of the altcoin Zcash (ZEC) can conduct anonymous transactions through a “zero-knowledge” cryptography method that is also known as zk-SNARKs.

Sapling Upgrade will follow the Overwinter Upgrade

It is believed that the Overwinter upgrade will open up the path to future upgrades of the core Zcash protocol. Zcash is planning to launch the “software-updates-required” update on the 1.1.0 version zcashd by April 2018. The launch date of the Overwinter main chain upgrade has been set for 25th June 2018. Following the Overwinter upgrade in June 2018, there will be another major update called Zcash Sapling network in September 2018. The Sapling cryptography, according to the Zcash’s Roadmap Report will enhance performance, security, and usability of the shielded transactions on the network. Shielded transactions ensure that the sender and recipient’s address and identity are hidden. Moreover, other than the interested parties no one can know the amount transferred through the Zcash blockchain.

Zcash’s blog post stated, “The purpose of Overwinter is to strengthen the protocol for future network upgrades, paving the way for the Zcash Sapling network later this year,”

The developing team of Zcash has revealed that the Overwinter software will introduce the following features to improve the network.

  • Transaction expiry
  • Version control
  • Replay transaction protection for network upgrades
  • Advancement for transparent transactions

The users do not have to do anything regarding the network upgrade other than keeping their software updated.

The Zcash developers’ team explain, “There is no need to do anything else besides keep your Zcash software up to date. This network update is not expected to result in a fork of the blockchain or the creation of a new currency,”

Overwinter is not a Hard Fork

Many cryptocurrency market analysts had speculated that the Overwinter upgrade is going to be a hard fork of Zcash. However, the developers have clearly stated that it will simply remain as an upgrade. Neither is Overwinter going to introduce a new currency. In fact, the developers of Zcash have also revealed that the launch date of the Overwinter software has been delayed a number of times to ensure that everything worked smoothly at the first launch. It is said that the reason for the delay is the bugs found during the testing and reviewing of the software.

The new upgrades (Overwinter and Sapling) to be launched on the Zcash platform in this year make the cryptocurrency market speculators say that the price of the crypto coin is most likely going to increase in 2018. Previously, at the beginning of 2018, the Matthew Beck, an associate at Grayscale, had used some financial modeling to predict that one Zcash token in 2025 can be worth more than $60,000. As of 8th March 2018, the market price of Zcash is approximately $286 USD.

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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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