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The Definitive Guide to The Crypto Fear and Greed Index

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jul 15, 2020

The crypto market has become known for its somewhat volatile performance. Although this is one of the contributing factors to why the cryptocurrency market attracts investors looking for a mix of high-risks and high-rewards, it is hard to gauge the overall trajectory of the market. One of the most popular methods for gauging the cryptocurrency market's status is the “crypto fear and greed index”.

Introduction to the Crypto Fear and Greed Index

Put as simply as possible, the “Crypto Fear and Greed Index” is a tool for measuring the market’s status. This index is by no means exclusive to crypto markets. It was famously used by CNN Money in order to measure two primary emotions on various timescales. During this time, a general “fear and greed index” formula was helpful in determining investors’ appetite for stocks.

The theory is that a fear and greed index can help determine whether a stock market holds a fair valuation during a given...

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What Is The Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC)?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jul 14, 2020

The Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC) was initially launched at the World Economic Forum Meeting in Davos back in 2017. This organization seeks to bring together various innovators and blockchain industry leaders. What's more, the organization brings together cross-sectional blockchain industry profiles from more than 50 nations.

Its purpose in doing so is relatively straight-forward. The nascent blockchain industry is a field that is displaying steady growth. However, it lacks when it comes to cooperation across various projects. In addition to this, certain groups, individuals, or organizations are skeptical of blockchain technology.

As such, the Global Blockchain Business Council seeks to both engage and educate regulators. In doing so, the GBBC is paving the way for further blockchain initiatives and projects. Furthermore, it does not limit its scope to merely regulators. 

Instead, the Global Blockchain Business Council notes that it works with both lawmakers and...

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Blockchain Developer Jobs & Building Blockchain Projects

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jul 13, 2020

It’s no secret that blockchain technology is rapidly changing the way our world functions. Whether or not this is known as a “crypto revolution” or simply part of the fourth industrial revolution, it is clear that blockchain is here to stay. However, this changing landscape is also bringing its fair share of challenges with it.

First and foremost, building blockchain projects requires blockchain developers. Although blockchain developer jobs are bountiful, many who want to get into the blockchain field lack the appropriate know-how to realize their dream. 

This article takes a look at building blockchain projects and how you can become ready to seek blockchain developer jobs. As such, you will be able to help build the future - and potentially develop revolutionary new blockchain applications.

Blockchain developer jobs

The past few years have seen a seismic shift in the amount of available blockchain developer jobs. Whereas working with “blockchain...

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What Is Cryptocurrency - The Ultimate Guide to Crypto

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jul 12, 2020

One of the reasons blockchain technology has become such a well-known technology and keeps growing rapidly is the rise of cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin is often what pops up in people's minds when they hear the word cryptocurrency. This might not be strange since it was Bitcoin that was the spark for the whole cryptocurrency spectacle. But Bitcoin is just one of the currencies out there, and there is a lot more to this phenomenon. 

Few people around the world have never heard about cryptocurrencies. But what are cryptocurrencies, and how do they work? In this post, we will go through the basics and give you an idea of what cryptocurrencies are. 

How does crypto work? 

The mysterious "Satoshi Nakamoto" is the creator of Bitcoin, but this premier cryptocurrency is actually a byproduct of another invention. The invention that first was intended as a" Peer-to-peer cash system". This was a revolutionary invention that many people had tried to realize, but they had not been...

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What is A Blockchain Wallet - The Complete Guide

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jul 11, 2020

Blockchain wallets form the very core of the cryptocurrency ecosystem. The wallet stores your cryptocurrency, public address, and private key. While the concept itself is relatively straightforward, many little machinations are going on in the background that makes them fascinating. In this article, we will look into the following:

  • What is a blockchain wallet?
  • Best practices for bitcoin wallet safety.
  • Exchange wallets.
  • Desktop and mobile wallets.
  • Hardware wallets – Ledger Nano S and Trezor.
  • Paper wallets.
  • How to add money to blockchain wallet? 
  • How do I cash out my blockchain wallet?

Anyway, let’s get started!

What is a blockchain wallet? The inner workings

The first thing you need to do is unlearn everything you know about traditional wallets. You have to remember that:

  • You are not technically using your bitcoin wallet to store any coins.
  • These coins, in question, are all digital currencies.
  • Technically speaking, no one is actually sending you coins. You are...
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The Kyber Network - Decentralized Exchanges and Kyber

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jul 10, 2020

The Kyber Network offers a way to swap ETH and other ERC-20 tokens instantly without a centralized exchange (CEX). Kyber’s popularity has soared in 2020. In fact, the popularity of Decentralized Finance (DeFi) as a whole has. Just look at how the total value locked in US dollars has grown over the past few years:

  • 2018: $190 Million
  • 2019: $638 Million
  • 2020: $2 billion

The DeFi ecosystem consists of decentralized exchanges, insurance, stablecoins, synthetics, and money markets. Today, however, we will be focused on decentralized exchanges—specifically the Kyber Network—a fully on-chain liquidity protocol.

Decentralized Exchanges

If you read the previous article, “Decentralized Exchanges – What Is A DEX?”  then you already know some of the advantages of trading on a DEX. They are: 

  • Pseudo-anonymous: You can participate without filling out lengthy forms, providing background info, or an official ID. 
  • Automatic: So long as there is...
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Crypto Academy - Why Blockchain Academies Are Hotter Than Ever

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jul 09, 2020

The idea of blockchain technology has been around for longer than you might think. The concept of a blockchain system was born as early as 1991, but it was far from a working system. Moreover, this early prototype was far from what the technology entitles today. Since blockchain is both a complex type of technology and an attractive new industry, a way to understand it better is to enroll in a crypto academy.  

First, however, a bit of backstory is necessary. It was not until 2008 that the technology gained traction and became a known phenomenon. Many consider the Bitcoin whitepaper, authored by the anonymous "Satoshi Nakamoto", the real "birth of the blockchain". It was actually due to Bitcoin that blockchain became more popular and spiked the business world's interest. 

But still, some people are in the dark and have no idea of the technology, or have never heard about blockchain at all. Moreover, most of the people who have actually heard about blockchain do not...

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Blockchain Certification: How to Become A Certified Blockchain Developer

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jul 08, 2020

The last few years have shown that blockchain technology is here to stay. Demand for blockchain developers are rising, causing the average blockchain developer salary to reach approximately $150,000 in 2020, and becoming a blockchain programmer is already proving to be one of the best ways to increase your software engineer salary

As such, it is understandable that many are opening their eyes to the blockchain field. However, there is one crucial component to succeeding as a blockchain developer: a blockchain certification.

What is a Blockchain Certification?

This might make many question what a blockchain certification is and why this is necessary. After all, degrees along with extensive work experience is often the traditional path to high-paying jobs. However, the blockchain field is different in several ways.

First and foremost, one needs to appreciate that the blockchain field is still a relatively nascent industry. Although it’s attracting top talent with the...

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Digital Gold - Why Is Bitcoin Becoming Known As Digital Gold?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jul 07, 2020

Some people consider Bitcoin the new gold of the digital era. This is because the two share some similarities, which some argue means that Bitcoin is the perfect supplement for gold. However, Bitcoin is strictly digital, while gold is purely analog, so are they really comparable? And is it accurate to call Bitcoin digital gold? 

In this article, we compare the properties of gold and Bitcoin to determine if there are any similarities and if so, what they are. But to start off, we will first explain the properties of gold and the importance that this metal has on the global economy. 

The Importance of Gold

Historically, gold has been the measurement of wealth and value. Gold also plays a significant role in the economy and security of several currencies. 

The gold standard is one example of this where a currency is tied to the value of gold. The gold standard was created during World War ll, where the value of the US dollar was tied to gold. This standard was later...

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Ethereum Code: Examining Ethereum Programming and Ethereum Smart Contracts

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jul 06, 2020

Ethereum is one of the most fascinating and impactful projects in the crypto space. By bringing in the idea of programmable blockchains, Ethereum pretty much ushered in the era of smart contract platforms. Now with Ethereum 2.0 just around the corner, let’s familiarize ourselves with Ethereum code. 

Ethereum Code: The Ins and Outs of Ethereum smart contracts

What code is Ethereum written in? How to code Ethereum smart contracts? What are ERC-20 tokens? Let's answer all these questions in this guide.

What code is Ethereum written in?

Vitalik Buterin, a Russian-Canadian programming prodigy, first released the Ethereum whitepaper in 2013, describing it as a platform that can accommodate decentralized applications (Apps). Ethereum has a long list of co-founders and was coded using– Go, Rust, C#, C++, Java, and Python.

However, when learning about Ethereum code, this is not the main information that most developers are looking for. The truly fascinating aspect of...

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