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Updates on Cardano Roadmap: Possible Effects on Its Future

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Since its tokenization on 29th September 2017, Cardano has garnered widespread interest in the crypto-world because of its meteoric rise in terms of total market capitalization. Within a matter of six months, this coin has secured the seventh position on Coinmarketcap and now it seems to be really steady in that position. Taking the recent price surges of this coin into account, many experienced traders and crypto-connoisseurs are speculating that Cardano is about to give a tough time to two cryptocurrency giants Ripple and Ethereum by the end of this year.

When Cardano roadmap was first introduced to the traders across the globe, it intrigued them with the vast range of unique features it was about to offer. So far, this cryptocurrency has not only managed to live up to those promises but also has made considerable upgrades quite frequently to make their official cryptocurrency ADA even more convenient. Among other things, the sole purpose of this IOHK (Input/ Output Hong Kong) backed cryptocurrency is to revolutionize the blockchain system by providing solutions to various existing problems faced by multiple cryptocurrencies.

On 5th April 2018, Cardano officially updated its roadmap by implementing some new features and facilities. Here, those new features along with their probable impact on this currency’s future would be discussed.

Notable Updates:

a. Introduction of Paper Wallets: For a cryptocurrency, introducing a paper wallet for its users is certainly a very innovative idea. In case of cryptocurrencies, everything is virtual starting from software wallets to transactions. As a result, sometimes trading with these currencies become a bit unsafe when a hacking incident takes place. That is why; offline paper wallets would ensure the security of the stored ADA coins for the Cardano holders. These paper wallets would be printable certificates containing the address of their offline wallet. This update is nearly 33% completed at the moment.

b. Introduction of Ledger Wallet: The development team of Cardano is building support for the Ledger Nano S cryptocurrency hardware wallet. The first phase of this update is creating the Cardano application capable of running on the Ledger wallet itself. This new project is about to add further integration with Daedalus, the existing ADA wallet. Once this update is completed, Cardano users would be able to store ADA offline using the secure cold storage process.

c. New Accounting Paradigm: Cardano is about to implement a new accounting model for its different layers. For example, the UTxO style of accounting would be used for the Cardano Settlement Layer (CSL) whereas the Cardano Computation Layer (CCL) would use Ethereum’s account-based style. The Cardano development team is endeavoring to create a mechanism where these two accounting styles would be switched according to the specific requirements of the Cardano users. This new update is 50% completed at the moment.

d. Implementation of Plutus Core: Plutus Core is one of the simplest yet most secure programming languages that are used at the moment. The Cardano team is about to implement this highly efficient language for the computation layer. Plutus Core would also be used in the settlement layer for enabling different verification techniques. This project is currently 12% completed.

e. Development of IELE Virtual Machine VI: This new version of IELE virtual machine would serve as a lower level, uniform platform that is capable of translating higher level languages and executing smart contracts. This updated virtual machine would provide a uniform gas paradigm across all languages. In a nutshell, IELE virtual machine would make writing secure smart contracts much easier. This development is also 50% completed at the moment.

New Features:

Besides these updates mentioned above, the updated Cardano platform would also offer:

  • Cardano user survey for garnering feedback about their previous development updates.
  • Cardano stake pool registration facility in their Shelley Testnet.

Final Thoughts:

Cardano currently holds the seventh position with a market cap of approximately $3.8 billion and individual coin price of $0.147 (as per the data of 6th April 2018). To achieve such popularity among the traders in this highly competitive cryptocurrency world, an ordinary currency would have taken years whereas ADA achieved this feat within a few months.

With the aforementioned updates right in the corner, ADA is likely to exhibit a veritable price surge in the future. Despite the capriciousness of the crypto-market, it can be speculated that with the current trend, Cardano is very likely to lead the cryptocurrency chart by the end of this year.

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Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Global Coin Report and/or its affiliates, employees, writers, and subcontractors are cryptocurrency investors and from time to time may or may not have holdings in some of the coins or tokens they cover. Please conduct your own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency and read our full disclaimer.

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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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