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Breaking Down ETH 2.0 - The Next Generation of Ethereum

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jun 09, 2020

Ethereum is one of the most well-known blockchains, and it is about to receive a significant upgrade. The crypto community is now keeping an eye out for ETH 2.0, and for a good reason. The 2.0 upgrade will bring a host of changes to the network that will make Ethereum faster and more secure than ever before. The changes that this upgrade is going to bring in a host of changes like - proof-of-stake, Sharding, eWASM, Plasma, and the Raiden Network. 

Timeframe for ETH 2.0

Ethereum 2.0 has been an open secret for quite some time now. When Ethereum was initially released, it was done so in five stages. This was done to give each step the proper development time it required:

  • Frontier: This stage came around July 2015, when Ethereum was first launched. This is often known as stage 0.
  • Homestead: Ethereum entered this phase around March 2016. 
  • Metropolis: This stage has two forks - Byzantium and Constantinople.
  • Serenity: The final phase of Ethereum 1.0 will have at least...
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Learn Blockchain Online with Exclusive Blockchain Classes

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jun 08, 2020

The past few years have seen an explosion in the demand for blockchain engineers and developers. However, the blockchain boom is creating a problem. The demand for blockchain engineers is far higher than the available supply. Traditionally, colleges and universities are the types of places people enroll to prepare themselves for entering a specific career. Nevertheless, the blockchain industry is emerging so rapidly few universities have had the time to keep up, and there are still few blockchain classes available in traditional schools.

With that said, there are now many new options emerging for those looking to take blockchain classes. Most notably, the online education field is heating up, and the best blockchain classes are available online. Taking online blockchain classes is a perfect match for those looking to learn more. First and foremost, the blockchain field is all about digital technology. As such, it makes sense to learn about it in a digital context.

Additionally, the...

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What You Need to Know About Job Search in the Blockchain Age

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jun 07, 2020

In 2020, job hunting and conducting job search has become severely challenging due to the corona crisis and other significant events. For graduates gaining their first practical experiences through internships and trainee programs has become almost impossible due to the lack of work experience required. Training hard skills that are on-demand that do not fit the current education programs offered by different institutions can increase job opportunities in the market. At the same time, as a graduate, it is also vital to persist when searching for a job since most news headlines will always explain in detail how difficult it is to find a job nowadays.

On the other hand, enhancing and learning new skills can complement your already acquired degree or area of specialization knowledge. Therefore, focusing on gaining hard and soft skills that are on high demand in the job search market different business sectors during an apocalyptical year like 2020 will very much enhance the...

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Cryptocurrency Investment Guide - How Not to Lose Money Trading Bitcoin

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jun 06, 2020

As the public’s perception of Bitcoin evolves from former stereotypes as the currency of cybercriminals to a legitimate financial asset, wider acceptance will bring newcomers into the space looking to profit.

If you’ve been wanting to buy Bitcoin but aren’t sure how to go about it, or you’re nervous because you’ve heard stories about people losing all their money, then read on. 

Yes, Bitcoin has received more than its fair share of bad press from the mainstream, but a little education goes a long way in avoiding big problems. Bitcoin is an exciting space to be in, but before you jump in, just follow the steps below and you can save yourself time, money, and a lot of headaches. 

1. Secure Your Phone

Since you’ll be using your cellphone in at least some of your transactions, and since hackers have been known to steal Bitcoin by compromising cellphones, at the very minimum, you’ll want to do the following:

  1. Password protect your phone...
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Top 11 Ethereum Privacy Tools for 2020

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jun 05, 2020

Privacy may be the only thing DeFi fans and cypherpunks can agree on. In 2020, political censorship is motivating further adoption of cryptocurrencies which are anonymous - that means the senders’ and receivers’ identities are not linked on the blockchain. From the other side, the DeFi community is waking up to the need for confidential transactions, where the amount being sent is hidden. This will be essential for smart contract derivative instruments, peer-to-peer lending and the like.

Ethereum Privacy Tools for 2020

So what privacy tools are available on Ethereum? As of today, not many. The past decade has seen lots of innovation around Bitcoin privacy and Privacy Coins, like Monero and Zcash, but Ethereum has yet to reap the benefits of this innovation.

This is changing. From lightweight mixing protocols to bleeding-edge zero knowledge proofs, Ethereum privacy is finally having its day. Here’s what you should know about and where things are headed.

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ERC-20 Tokens Arrive to Reddit - What Is The Future of Tokenized Street Cred?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jun 04, 2020

Reddit recently started its journey within the crypto field, giving a great push for mass adoption. The social media platform is slowly bringing crypto to its millions of users. Starting with two subreddits, users can now earn “Community Points” by contributing to the community with quality content. The tokens used on the platform are based on the Ethereum blockchain, meaning users have full custody of their own assets. Reddit will have no custody to move tokens on behalf of any user.

Reddit adopts Ethereum for “Community Points”

Earlier this month, social media giant Reddit started experimenting with community tokens on their platform, starting with subreddits r/CryptoCurrency (MOON) and r/FortNiteBR (BRICK). The communities now have their own special tokens, so called “Community Points”, which can be earned by contributing to the community.

The community tokens can be used to access special features such as customized emojis, badges and GIFs,...

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The Tangle Angle: What Are IOTA Smart Contracts?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jun 03, 2020

IOTA is one of the most exciting projects in the space with a unique underlying protocol called the "IOTA Tangle” or “DAG.” Tangle has been designed to overcome the inefficiencies of the traditional blockchain and presents a new way for a decentralized P2P system to reach consensus. IOTA allows instant micropayments without incurring a fee, ensuring the fulfillment of the smallest tasks in the unified network like sticking on a tag, turning off the tap in the bathroom, etc. This feature allows IOTA's integration into the Internet of Things by performing transactions between any machines with internet or points. IOTA addresses the main inherent issues of the Internet of Things, i.e., security and scalability.

The IOTA Foundation

The IOTA Foundation was formed in 2015 as a not-for-profit project by four veterans of blockchain technology - David Sønstebø and Dominik Schiener. 

  • David Sønstebø: Describing himself as a “serial...
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Stablecoin Summary: Top 5 Stablecoins in 2020

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jun 02, 2020

Cryptocurrencies are frequently criticized for being volatile by many traditional traders, bankers, and media pundits. Many still tout gold as the only stable store-of-value alternative against the dollar. When considering the comparison between gold and cryptocurrencies, Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Charlie Munger views it simply. Man cannot make more gold, but he can make more Bitcoin.

Despite this misunderstanding, however, not all cryptocurrencies lack stability. Some are tied to real world assets like gold or the dollar. These cryptocurrencies are often named stablecoins due to their relative stability versus coins like Bitcoin or Ethereum. 

Although, stablecoins may seem redundant at first. Their implementation allows for such innovations as a more private store and transfer of wealth, units of stable worth on decentralized exchanges, 

Some stablecoins pit their value against cryptocurrencies that users have put up for collateral. Other stablecoins have a...

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DeFi Explained: Kyber Network Provides Liquidity to DeFi and dApps

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jun 01, 2020

Decentralized Finance, also known as DeFi, is a quickly evolving and increasingly integral part of the blockchain space, especially on the Ethereum protocol. If proponents are correct, the technology could lead to greater financial autonomy among users while undercutting financial rent-seekers and reducing costs. During a time of unprecedented monetary policy and limitless quantitative easing, such an accomplishment has implications far beyond Ethereum and the DeFi space.

Nevertheless, as the financial system is re-engineered on-chain, several innovations are still required to establish ease and security of use as well as financial stability. The Kyber Liquidity Protocol is one such link in the chain, aiming to create a more fluid and user-friendly financial experience. Focused on creating a decentralized source of liquidity, this liquidity pool, market maker-like blockchain project is gaining traction as an increasingly integral part of the DeFi system.

Correlating The Kyber...

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Blockchain Fork Explained: What Is A Hard Fork? ETH vs. ETC

Written By Ivan on Tech

May 31, 2020

Anyone familiar with cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology will often run into the concept of "forks". These can take the form of either soft forks or hard forks. However, what is a hard fork really? What's more, why do these forks even matter - and why are they important to keep in mind? Read on for a full breakdown of what a hard fork is and everything you need to know about it!

A hard fork is a phenomenon that changes the existing code that a cryptocurrency runs on, thus creating two versions of the code that are incompatible with each other. It is a permanent divergence of a node's consensus. This means that the new blocks created after the fork will be considered invalid by the old consensus, and the new consensus considers the old blocks invalid. 

What led to the infamous Ethereum Hardfork that gave birth to ETC?

One of the most popular hard forks in the crypto space was that of Ethereum. What led to this was the infamous DAO hack. The DAO or a Decentralized...

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