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xRapid: A Ripple (XRP) Payment Solution That Uses XRP, The Coin

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Over the past few months, there have been lots of debates by the Ripple Community on whether all three products of Ripple (XRP) use XRP, the coin. The products include xVia, xCurrent, and xRapid. Well, it is only logical to get at least one product out of the way and confirm that xRapid does indeed use XRP. This is after there was news of the release of pilot results of money remittances across the borders of the United States and Mexico using the same payment solution.

The results revealed that xRapid eliminates all delays in international payments and also reduces the transaction costs. By using XRP as an intermediary source of liquidity through the XRP ledger, that part of the transaction only takes 2 – 3 seconds as is expected of Ripple technologies. When you add the additional time taken to convert XRP through digital asset exchanges and local payment processes, the transaction only takes an additional 1 minute 58 seconds; bringing the total to 2 minutes.

This is revolutionary in the sense that it reduces a 2 to 3 day transaction to mere 2 minutes and also reduces the cost of the transaction by up to 40 – 70% as reported in the announcement. The financial institutions accomplish this by getting rid of the middlemen who charge exorbitant Forex exchange fees and give unfavorable rates.

With respect to xVia on whether or not it uses XRP, there is a discussion on xrpchat.com that claims that it does. One explanation is that since it is compatible with the XRP ledger, the end user can determine to use XRP on the API based payment solution known as xVia. XRP is used as an intermediary asset and pool of instant liquidity to make the payment cheaper and faster as can be seen in the trials of xRapid earlier mentioned.

In a nutshell, xRapid and xVia do in fact use XRP as a source of instant liquidity and a way to cheapen and quicken the fiat transaction.

Now the biggest question is if the XRP used in both payment solutions comes from the circulating supply or the one in escrow that is released every month. 1 Billion XRP per month is known to be released from escrow. The unused XRP after the monthly release is usually locked back up into the same Escrow. Perhaps the team at Ripple can answer this question.

With respect to the current market performance of XRP, the markets are in the RED. XRP is down 12% and currently trading at $0.71 at the moment of writing this. This is due to the market losing close to $40 Billion in terms of total market capitalization. Bitcoin is also not doing to0 well with the current value of $8,767 and down 6.22%. Perhaps next week will be a better one for the crypto-verse. Keep HODLing!

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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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