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Ethereum killers? Think Tron (TRX) and Qtum, according to startup mentor

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The notion of “Ethereum Killers” has been floating around the cryptosphere for months now. The constant complaints Ethereum users have had about gas price and network speed has prompted this idea to surface, and nobody doubts that the smart contract dominance held by Ethereum since it came live is about to end. But by whom?

Yoav Vilner, a blockchain blogger, based out of New York and Tel Aviv who is also a startup mentor for Microsoft and Google’s “accelerator” projects, wrote a piece for Forbes in which he declared that Qtum and Tron would take over Ethereum’s dominance once and for all.

Qtum and Tron vs. Ethereum

Mr. Vilner had good things to say about Qtum’s hybrid distributed ledger technology; he called it “the next phase of the blockchain.” The Qtum project includes a new virtual machine, based on x86 technology, that’s been recently released.

It offers a better “value proposition” than Ethereum. Because this VM is x86 instead of the usual VM in the crypto community (which are usually based on a single language or technology), the new machine opens up a new world of possibilities because it allows for the chance to develop apps in a broader range of programming languages that still run on a blockchain.

Think for a moment what this means. You don’t need to learn a specialized programming language to enter the blockchain world anymore. With this VM you can use your knowledge about Perl, Python, Ruby, or even Pascal or Basic to create decentralized apps and smart contracts.

Tron has similar features. Its platform doesn’t allow for that wide range of programming languages, but it works in Java which is, maybe, the one language every competent programmer knows, so that makes it versatile and easy to work with as well.

Ethereum has none of those advantages. Developing contracts or applications on Ethereum requires learning “Solidity” which is the platform’s programming language, and most programmers in the world have never even heard about it.

Mr. Vilner also emphasized Qtum’s higher efficiency. Qtum uses a technology called SegWit (segregated witness) which separates transaction signature data from other data such as actual transactions. That makes everything quicker and saves energy.

Another point in Qtum’s favor is its ability to use the Lighting Network, which is an additional layer in blockchain technology (initially developed for Bitcoin) that allows for faster transaction speeds. Then there’s QtumX which will be launched next year, according to Mr. Vilner.

What is QtumX, we hear you ask? It’s the project’s smart contract platform for industrial users such as large corporations. In the project’s blog’s words, this platform will have “stability, and could widely increase exchange efficiency and guarantee the safety of the network at the same time.”

But the new platform is not deployed, and it hasn’t been tested in full yet. So, as things stand, it’s anybody’s guess if it will really be better than Ethereum or Bitcoin.

Mr. Vilner (who also contributes for CNBC) also wrote that Tron (founded and led by the provocative Justin Sun) would change the way in which content producers and consumers interact and transact over the web by decentralizing the internet.

Centralization at Tron

Mr. Vilner also reported Tron’s acquisition of BitTorrent, the largest P2P network on the internet. BitTorrent is becoming part of Tron’s blockchain through Project Atlas. The new torrent network will offer incentives to share files, in the form of Tronix tokens, and that will help Tron become “one of the largest decentralized networks in the world.”

But a closer look into Tron’s governance model reveals that the network will be dominated by 27 block producers, which will be the nodes that validate transactions and create new blocks. These nodes will be the engine in Tron’s blockchain, but some observers consider 27 to be a small number of nodes and it looks too much like a centralized network.

Here, at GlobalCoinReport, we’ve followed the development closely in Tron, EOS, Cardano and many other cryptocurrency projects. EOS has a similar model; it has 21 block producers, selected by the community.

This has been quite controversial as these block producers have been accused of “colluding.” This smells of centralization in a network that swears by decentralization and democracy. The same could happen at Tron.

Is Mr. Vilner nitpicking? Maybe. Keep in mind that 80% of Bitcoin’s nodes are located in China, and nobody is complaining about centralization for Bitcoin (well, Ripple is, but that’s another story you can read in GlobalCoinReport as well.)

For the time being, both Tron and Qtum are very interesting projects that could make blockchain technology useful and profitable for those who get a piece of the action early enough. You could be one of them.

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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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