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What is The Sandbox, the SAND Token and LAND?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Feb 23, 2021

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and blockchain gaming have quickly become popular trends in the crypto industry. Introducing crypto through an innovative, fun, and engaging platform, The Sandbox is bringing blockchain to the masses. It’s an exciting time of growth and innovation in the industry, with the SAND token reaching new all-time-highs and The Sandbox games becoming more popular than ever!

In this article, we’ll explore The Sandbox ecosystem and the variety of components that make it so popular. Moreover, we’ll explore the possibilities within a new metaverse, the utilities of the SAND token, and the variety of in-game assets available.

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Crypto Adoption in Payment Services in 2021

Written By Ivan on Tech

Feb 22, 2021

Not long ago, the idea of a viable everyday Bitcoin payment method could seem farfetched to crypto skeptics. However, the number of crypto payment providers and Bitcoin payment gateway services has skyrocketed in recent months. In the past, it has been a struggle to find a crypto payment method that benefits both merchants and consumers. Now, however, an increasing number of solutions are aiming to bridge the gap between traditional finance and the new digital era, which puts cryptocurrency at the heart of the conversation.

In this article, we’re going to look at the progress made by crypto payment providers and the steps taken by major institutions to provide a crypto payment method to clients and customers. Also, we’re going to look at some of the recent integrations between big companies and explore some of the Bitcoin payment gateway options available today. Moreover, we’re going to discuss some of the new ways people are finding to get paid in crypto!

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DeFi Deep Dive - PancakeSwap vs Uniswap

Written By Ivan on Tech

Feb 21, 2021

PancakeSwap has seen a lot of interest in recent weeks. Essentially a clone of Uniswap, PancakeSwap provides a very similar user experience to Uniswap. However, with rising Ethereum transaction fees and network congestion, a serious automated market maker (AMM) competitor was bound to emerge. There have been several attempts to copy the #1 AMM on Ethereum. However, the first-mover advantage and strong fundamentals have kept Uniswap in the spotlight for several months. Until recently, that is, when PancakeSwap rose to prominence seemingly overnight. The space has seen a huge wave of adoption and trading volume galvanized by the Binance Smart Chain community. But, how do PancakeSwap vs Uniswap stack up against each other?

In this article, we’re going to explore the PancakeSwap and Uniswap AMM platforms and weigh the pros and cons of each. Also, we’re going to explore how these platforms rose to the top as the two DEXs with the highest trading volume. Furthermore,...

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Explaining OpenSea - What is OpenSea and How Is It Used?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Feb 20, 2021

OpenSea is a decentralized non-fungible token (NFT) marketplace for buying, selling, and trading NFTs. In fact, OpenSea brands itself as the biggest marketplace for digital goods. As such, it’s worth taking a closer look at OpenSea and what the platform adds to trading NFTs. Moreover, this article explains how to use OpenSea, as well as what NFTs are. The difference between fungible tokens and NFTs is that they have unique characteristics and identifiers and are not interchangeable. Another way to think of them is that NFTs represent things, not currencies.

The first decentralized NFT marketplace was OpenSea, founded in January 2018. So, you can see how new NFT marketplaces are. Founders Alex Atallah and Devin Finzer decided the ecosystem was ready for an NFT marketplace after seeing CryptoKitties in action. 

Since then, OpenSea has experienced significant growth, as have NFTs in general. Some big-name players like Mark Cuban, Gary Vaynerchuk, and Chamath Palihapitiya...

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What is Axie Infinity and the AXS Token?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Feb 19, 2021

Axie Infinity is a “Pokémon-inspired” digital universe and blockchain gaming platform for creating digital environments and raising pets known as “Axies”. Skilled gamers can earn Axie Infinity Shards (AXS) by contributing to the platform and participating in battles and tournaments with their pets. Axie Infinity allows users to trade NFTs and exchange in-game items, with more than 25,000 ETH traded within the Axie Infinity Marketplace. Also, Axie Infinity is ranked as the #1 Ethereum game with over 19,000 monthly active users, and more than 6,400 ETH generated in revenue! Furthermore, Axie Infinity, along with the Axie Infinity token (AXS) allows players to monetize digital property ownership and brings a great deal of utility to the platform.

Moreover, the social networking aspects of Axie Infinity have developed a dedicated community of passionate gamers and crypto enthusiasts. Crypto games such as Axie Infinity are among the most obvious gateways...

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Exploring Solana and the SOL Token

Written By Ivan on Tech

Feb 17, 2021

Solana has been among the top-performing cryptocurrencies since the turn of the year, with Solana’s SOL token slowly creeping up the crypto market cap ranks. Perhaps most notably, Solana brands itself the fastest blockchain in the world. This comes from the fact that the Solana blockchain produces a block every 400 milliseconds, something made possible even without the use of sharding. The Solana token has been mentioned frequently across several crypto mediums, outlets, and influencers recently. But what does the Solana blockchain do? And why has the Solana token seen so much recent success?

This article will take a close look at the Solana ecosystem and explore the fundamental aspects that give this project so much potential. Moreover, we’ll look at the SOL token casesand the roles it plays in the growing adoption and success of the Solana blockchain. 

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DeFi Deep Dive - Binance Smart Chain and CeDeFi

Written By Ivan on Tech

Feb 16, 2021

The decentralized finance (DeFi) ecosystem is growing at an exponential rate, with the Total Value Locked (TVL) extending from a little over $1 billion to $40 billion in just the past year (according to DeFi Pulse). While these kinds of numbers are great for people who got in early, the inflated prices can make it feel like one has already missed that boat. If you feel it’s too late to catch the DeFi train on Ethereum, there are some other promising projects on the Binance Smart Chain.

The Binance Smart Chain is still a new platform and could be the place to find projects that haven't already skyrocketed out of reach in this bull run. Consequently, it can be worth it to inspect the Binance Smart Chain more in detail.

Nevertheless, before we look at any individual projects, let's first take a look at Binance and the Binance Smart Chain, to find out exactly what the Smart Chain does. 

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Exploring the Statera Ecosystem & Statera Token (STA)

Written By Ivan on Tech

Feb 15, 2021

The Statera ecosystem has gained recent success and adoption as the interest in the Statera (STA) token has risen steadily over the past few months. Statera makes it easy to invest in an array of digital assets through the use of one simple token. But how does Statera achieve this? Moreover, Statera is working toward becoming the world’s first decentralized deflationary currency, with the potential of bringing sound money policy to any financial asset! So, how is this possible?

In this article, we’re going to explore the utility and diverse range of and qualities the Statera token holds. Also, we’ll cover the different tokens, pools, and portfolio funds available to invest in with Statera tokens, plus the overall pros and cons of using the platform. 

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A Guide to Stablecoins in 2021

Written By Ivan on Tech

Feb 14, 2021

2020 was a highly eventful year for the cryptocurrency market. However, it looks like 2021 could be the year when the crypto sector really takes off. At the moment of writing, Bitcoin is pushing new all-time highs and is trading north of $49,000. What’s more, the wider cryptocurrency market has continued the rally seen during the last few months of 2020 and January of 2021. As such, one can only imagine what the rest of 2021 could hold. Nevertheless, one asset class is somewhat overshadowed by the past weeks’ dramatic 2020 Bitcoin bull run - stablecoins. Although these crypto assets’ more stable nature can make them less attractive during bull runs, they are nonetheless effective tools to avoid volatility. Consequently, let us look at stablecoins in 2021, and some of the biggest actors in this niche.

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Crypto Launchpad Projects in 2021

Written By Ivan on Tech

Feb 13, 2021

The options for cryptocurrency investors have improved dramatically in just a few years. Many initial coin offerings (ICOs) shone a dim light on early access to crypto projects for the average investor. This made it difficult for many smaller crypto projects to gain access to capital safely. However, this has all changed with the introduction of the crypto launchpad model. Both investors and projects are now choosing the route of the token launchpad project or a crypto incubator for token launches. 

Not only does this benefit the project by allowing them to enter production quicker, but it enables anybody to gain early access to token launches without the need for large sums of capital.

In this article, we’re going to dive deep into the world of crypto launchpads. We'll explore the investment options that crypto incubator projects provide for investors. Plus, we’ll explore a variety of the most-hyped crypto launchpad projects around and the services they provide.

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