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DeFi Deep Dive - What is dYdX?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Aug 23, 2020

Anyone keeping an eye on the DeFi sector will likely have come across the term “dYdX”. However, what is dYdX - and what is it used for? dYdX is a powerful, decentralized exchange (DEX) that supports spot, margin, and perpetuals trading. It is a permissionless platform powered by smart contracts on Ethereum that supports lending, borrowing, and most importantly, margin trading. 

In the true spirit of decentralized finance (DeFi), anyone can use dYdX without registering or handing over their assets to a central party. It is open, trustless, and non-custodial. Users can swap ETH, USDC, and DAI pairs as well as BTC and ETH on perpetual markets. We will touch on perpetual markets in a later article.

Trading Tools on the Blockchain

dYdX wants to bring trading tools from the traditional world of finance to the blockchain. Although it is decentralized, trading on dYdX is similar to trading on a centralized exchange (CEX). Options and margin trading are standard in...

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Privacy Coins 2020 - What Are Privacy Coins?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Aug 22, 2020

For as long back as one can remember, the cryptocurrency community has been demanding for privacy coins. Coins that promised true anonymity, instead of pseudonymity, aka, false privacy as offered by Bitcoin. So, in this article, we are going to look up some of the top privacy coins in the world. Are the usual suspects still leading the privacy coins 2020 list, or do we have some surprising names in the mix? Let’s check it out. 

The need for privacy coins

There are two reasons why privacy coins are highly desirable:

  • Privacy
  • Fungibility

The need for privacy coins #1: Privacy

As mentioned before, the privacy afforded by “normal” coins such as Bitcoin and Ethereum isn’t absolute. To illustrate this point, consider the following example. We went to a blockchain scanner and picked up a random public address “bc1qq3fc75ppp5kq2qpe29wyl0708hzxxu34xk5836.”

Now, when you click on the address, you get this:

As you can see in the diagram, we have a list...

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How to Go Full-Time with Crypto: The Best Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Courses

Written By Ivan on Tech

Aug 21, 2020

If you have stumbled across this page looking to learn more about the different kinds of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency courses available, welcome - you have come to the right place!

Ivan on Tech Academy is the largest online blockchain education platform offering a broad range of certified courses that can equip a beginner with zero programming, computer science, or engineering experience, into becoming a professional full-stack blockchain developer within months. In fact, Ivan on Tech Academy is one of the most comprehensive blockchain academy platforms available anywhere in the world. 

Depending on your time and energy commitment, Ivan on Tech Academy can train you to be an industry-ready programmer in as little as 12 weeks. The Academy is also an ideal place to gain certifications in cryptocurrency and blockchain alongside your current position, setting you up to go full-time crypto in the future.

Ivan on Tech Academy is for anyone wanting to work in blockchain or...

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Samsung and Blockchain - What is the Samsung Blockchain Keystore?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Aug 20, 2020

Anyone familiar with blockchain technology will know that cryptocurrency adoption was one of the primary drivers behind the advent of the latest blockchain boom. Yes, blockchain is in use across many industries, and various well-known, billion-dollar companies are adopting blockchain like never before. Despite this, however, cryptocurrency adoption is still an incredibly powerful driver when it comes to boosting general awareness regarding blockchain technology. As such, the Samsung Blockchain Keystore is something that deserves some attention.

First and foremost, you might be asking, “what is the Samsung Blockchain Keystore?”. Although you will likely be familiar with Samsung Electronics, the South Korean electronics company behind the Samsung Galaxy S and Samsung Galaxy Note series of mobile phones. 

Moreover, it may surprise some to learn that Samsung is quite actively pursuing both blockchain technology and supporting broader cryptocurrency adoption. This...

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Blockchain Careers & Crypto Careers: The Future of Programming?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Aug 19, 2020

It's no secret that blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies are fast becoming one of the best industries for career prospects and opportunities. Knowing blockchain was voted the no.1 in-demand hard skill on LinkedIn, and the field offers some of the best salaries around. There are many different crypto career paths available that people don't often think about, and the blockchain careers are  becoming widely available across many various industries.

In this article, we will cover the different types of crypto careers and blockchain careers that you can enter into whatever your industry, and explain why going full-time in crypto now, is getting ahead of the game and creating both financial and job security for your future self.

If you educate yourself in blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies today, you will gain specialized knowledge that very few currently know about or understand.

Why Work In Crypto

As the mass adoption of cryptocurrencies continues to grow, this...

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A Closer Look - What is Yearn Finance and YFI?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Aug 18, 2020

The past week has seen Yearn Finance, more commonly known as yEarn Finance or yearn.finance, become increasingly well-known following a massive price rally. Specifically, Yearn Finance’s YFI token has surged over 300% in the past week. As such, many are beginning to ask the question “what is yearn.finance”. The platform recently rose to fame after the launch of its tokenized insurance product yInsure Finance, however the following article takes a look at the fundamentals that led to the creation of the entire yEarn Finance platform.

Andre Cronje single-handedly developed yearn.finance (yEarn), a yield aggregating platform on Ethereum. yEarn has grown into an ecosystem of protocols that aims to maximize annual percentage yields (APY) for its users. It plays a part in the yield farming mania that kicked off with Compound’s COMP token distribution. yEarn utilizes DeFi protocols such as Curve, Compound, Aave, and dYdX to optimize token lending. In a nutshell, it...

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Bitcoin Boom - Is It Too Late To Get Into Crypto?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Aug 17, 2020

As anyone following the crypto field will know, there has been a lot of media attention around Bitcoin recently, with recent gains over the past few months, a lot of people are asking is it too late to get into Bitcoin or not?

Few knew about Bitcoin during its first couple of bull runs when the price of Bitcoin went from $0.0008 to around $800, some of whom are now either driving Lambos or holding - “hodling” - tight (or a bit of both). With a current price more than 10X that of the 2012 bull run, many believe that now hearing about Bitcoin for the first time, they've missed the boat.

In this article, we will break down why Bitcoin is considered so valuable and where we are in terms of mass adoption. We'll take a look at the longer-term price predictions people are charting and some of the proposed use cases for Bitcoin in the future.

Firstly, for those of you who have only just recently heard about Bitcoin and still are not entirely sure as to what Bitcoin is and why...

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Coinbase vs Binance: Comparing Two Popular Crypto Exchanges

Written By Ivan on Tech

Aug 16, 2020

Coinbase and Binance are both titans in the cryptocurrency exchange business. They are the two largest exchanges on the market right now, and primarily cater to people who are new to crypto. Those looking to buy Bitcoin for the first time often look to compare Coinbase vs Binance before making their purchase. Both offer an easy user experience, different displays, features, and offers.

In this article, we show you a complete review of both, to help you decide which one will be the best for you when you're first purchasing Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies.

Centralized Exchanges

It's an important thing to note that both Binance and Coinbase are centralized exchanges, meaning they are run by a central organization.

Both exchanges offer a custodial service, whereby they keep hold of your private keys and funds for you in secure cold storage. This offers a seamless user experience, however, this also means that users technically do not own the coins, the exchanges do.

This goes against...

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DeFi Deep Dive - What Are Some of the Most Popular DeFi Pulse Projects?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Aug 16, 2020

Anyone keeping an eye on the blockchain sector will know that the field of Decentralized Finance, commonly known as DeFi, is growing at a rapid pace. More and more banks and institutes are kickstarting Decentralized Finance projects in order to remain competitive and evolve their businesses. As such, it can be hard to keep track of the growing list of DeFi projects. 

This article aims to go through some of the most popular DeFi initiatives currently in the works. However, before listing and going through some of the existing DeFi projects, we are going to explain what Decentralized Finance is and why this technology is emerging as one of the hottest blockchain trends in 2020.

What is Decentralized Finance? 

One of the essential characteristics of Decentralized Finance is that this technology seeks to eliminate the middleman from traditional financial processes. The intermediaries in the case of traditional finance are often banks and other financial institutes such as...

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Is Cryptocurrency Here To Stay - Will Bitcoin Last Forever?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Aug 15, 2020

Novel technologies can bring a lot of questions and uncertainty for new users, particularly when it comes to financing and personal investments. If you're one of the people who want to know for certain whether or not Bitcoin and cryptocurrency can be hacked before investing your hard-earn fiat currency into the futuristic digital money that is crypto, read on!

Another popular question asked by many is "will cryptocurrency last forever?" Historically, many fiat currencies have sooner or later gone to zero, so what is it that makes crypto so special and different from other currencies?

In this article, we will cover all of the above. To completely understand the answers to these questions, you need to get your head around what exactly cryptocurrency is, and how it works.

Cryptocurrency Basics

To get started with cryptocurrency you will need a digital wallet to store your funds. A wallet can be online (hot/soft wallet) or it can be a hardware device that stores your funds safely...

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