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Exploring Smart Contract Blockchains in 2021

Written By Ivan on Tech

Mar 06, 2021

As transaction fees on the Ethereum Network push new highs, the competition between smart contract-enabled blockchains is heating up. Ethereum has long been the go-to platform for decentralized applications (dApps). The network effect of Ethereum and Ethereum-based dApps has been a catalyst in creating an environment where developers can program money in innovative new ways. Without the success of Ethereum over the years, the demand for smart contract-enabled blockchains would likely be substantially lower. However, several new projects, including those established by founding members of the Ethereum team, have created compelling alternatives to the number one decentralized finance (DeFi) blockchain. Blockchain-based smart contract platforms are becoming fiercely competitive in their adoption and utility. But, what are the differences between these blockchains and smart contract development platforms?

In this article, we’re going to discuss some of the most popular smart...

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The Ultimate 2021 Guide to NFT Marketplaces

Written By Ivan on Tech

Mar 05, 2021

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have seen an immense surge in interest and trading volume over the past few months. Various celebrities have begun promoting different new NFT products, and recently, an artist is even selling their latest album constructed of 10 NFTs. In addition to celebrity collectibles and album downloads, NFTs can come in many different shapes and forms. Consequently, as a natural technological progression, a growing number of NFT marketplaces are emerging as a space to buy, trade, and sell the different types of unique digital assets available. This is why we've compiled this ultimate 2021 guide to NFT marketplaces!

In this article, we’re going to explore different popular NFT marketplaces and the digital assets they offer. Moreover, we’ll discover what makes each platform unique, and how NFT marketplaces will be used as everyday platforms in the future. 

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Exploring Binance Smart Chain and the BEP-20 Token

Written By Ivan on Tech

Mar 04, 2021

Binance Smart Chain has been all the rage during the past few weeks. In fact, daily transactions on Binance Smart Chain overtook Ethereum last week. In addition to this, Binance Coin (BNB) has struggled for the place as the third-largest crypto by market cap with Tether in the past weeks. As such, it’s high time to take a look at all the DeFi buzz surrounding Binance Smart Chain, and to look closer at Binance Smart Chain’s BEP-20 token.

Those who haven’t been keeping up with the news around Binance Smart Chain might ask themselves, exactly what makes BSC ”smart”? And how does the Binance Smart Chain differ from the regular Binance Chain? Some might be lead to believe that Binance Smart Chain is a successor to Binance Chain, but the truth is a little more complicated. Rather, Binance has a vision where both the Binance Smart Chain and Binance Chain can co-exist, fulfilling different needs. 

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What is Ferrum Network and the FRM Token?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Mar 03, 2021

Ferrum Network is a decentralized finance (DeFi) platform designed for cross-chain interoperability and high-speed transactions in a user-friendly, intuitive service. The Ferrum product line includes several features, including a fiat gateway, a crypto exchange, crypto custody, an integrated wallet, risk-free over-the-counter (OTC) trading, and peer-to-peer payments. Furthermore, Ferrum Network features a mobile messaging app service that allows users to send crypto payments by text! The native Ferrum Network utility token (FRM) plays a crucial role in the Ferrum Network ecosystem. Also, the FRM token is the primary asset used in the Kudi app, which has become popular in West Africa. As the platform sees increased adoption, the FRM token and the integrated UniFyre Wallet are becoming an important part of everyday life for many people.

In this article, we’re going to explore the Ferrum Network and the many products the project has to offer. Also, we’re going to look at...

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What is Ontology, ONT Token and ONT ID?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Mar 02, 2021

The blockchain-based digital identity project Ontology was created to remove barriers between businesses and blockchain technology. This has been made possible through the use of both the Ontology Gas (ONG) and Ontology (ONT) tokens, powering the Ontology blockchain. Moreover, the project is currently being used in cutting-edge technological developments across an array of industries. Many partnerships suggest big things could lay ahead for the Ontology blockchain. But, what features actually exist within the Ontology blockchain ecosystem? How do the Ontology Gas token and Ontology token generate a passive income, and why has Ontology seen so much recent success?

In this article, we’ll cover the different applications and protocols featured on the Ontology blockchain. Moreover, we’ll discover how the project is positioning itself in the front seat of the evolution of blockchain enterprise integration.

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PSA: How to Spot and Avoid Crypto Scams and Scammers in 2021

Written By Ivan on Tech

Mar 01, 2021

The past few months have seen renewed general public interest in cryptocurrencies. The recent 2021 Bitcoin bull run saw the price of Bitcoin surge to new all-time highs, and with it, new actors flooded into the crypto industry. Moreover, with payment service companies adopting crypto and Tesla buying $1.5 billion worth of Bitcoin, mainstream adoption of cryptocurrencies seems closer than ever. However, there is also a flip side to the recent surge of interest in crypto - an alarming increase in the number of crypto scams and scammers. 

Anyone who uses social media will likely have seen some of the many different fake accounts, impostors, cryptocurrency scams, and other types of crypto-related hoaxes seen on various social media platforms. However, these scams have increased during the past year; as average consumers begin to get interested in crypto, the risk that these fall prey to cryptocurrency scams on social media networks or through other channels.

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Understanding Tokenomics - An Introduction to Token Economics

Written By Ivan on Tech

Feb 28, 2021

Tokenomics study how cryptocurrencies work in the broader context of crypto ecosystems and the related policies. Specifically, understanding tokenomics if you want to understand the crypto market better, to one day be able to become a top-notch crypto investor, it's better to do your own research. But what does that mean exactly? We always hear influencers qualifying their coin picks with, "this is not financial advice, do your own research." However, it does little good if you don't know where to start researching.  

That's why today we're going through the topic of “tokenomics”. Analyzing a project's tokenomics is the very least you should do before you decide to invest in it. With cryptocurrencies, you'll also want to blend some traditional technical analysis from the old-school stock trading world as well as some on-chain analysis. 

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Exploring Binance Smart Chain - What is BakerySwap?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Feb 27, 2021

BakerySwap is a next-generation automated market maker (AMM) and decentralized exchange (DEX) on Binance Smart Chain (BSC). Powered by the native BakerySwap token (BAKE), BakerySwap is one of several new protocols to combine many popular features into a single, easy-to-use platform. By providing liquidity to the BakerySwap protocol, users earn BAKE rewards from trading fees. Also, BAKE can be used to vote in protocol governance proposals. BakerySwap is a multi-functional crypto hub that offers a range of decentralized finance (DeFi) services, along with a crypto launchpad and non-fungible token (NFT) supermarket.

In this article, we’re going to explore the BakerySwap platform and the various features on offer. Also, we’ll discuss the key functions of the BakerySwap token (BAKE) and what gives it such high utility. Furthermore, we’ll take a look at Binance Smart Chain (BSC) and the important role it has played in the success of the BakerySwap project!

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What is Spartan Protocol & the SPARTA Token?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Feb 26, 2021

Spartan Protocol is a community-driven automated market maker (AMM) that facilitates synthetic asset creation, incentivized liquidity, and asset swaps. One of many recent features of the ever-expanding Binance Smart Chain (BSC) and Binance ecosystem, Spartan Protocol uses the native SPARTA token as a common base asset across the platform. Furthermore, the SPARTA token creates an internal pricing system, meaning the project can operate without the use of external oracles.

In this article, we’re going to take a close look at Spartan Protocol and the SPARTA token. We’re going to explore the various use cases for this newly emerging project and discuss some of the features that make it unique. Furthermore, we’re going to look at Binance Smart Chain (BSC) and find out why it is quickly becoming the go-to blockchain for developers.

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Exploring Binance Smart Chain - What is BurgerSwap?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Feb 24, 2021

In recent weeks, we have witnessed a huge surge in the participation and total value locked (TVL) in decentralized finance (DeFi). In particular, projects within the Binance ecosystem have seen a massive spike in users and popularity. Launched on Binance Smart Chain (BSC) in September 2020, BurgerSwap is a democratized automated market maker (AMM) built on Binance Smart Chain (BSC) with Binance Smart Chain MetaMask utility. It has since become a popular decentralized exchange (DEX) for cross-chain token swaps. Users of the BurgerSwap platform can swap between BEP-20 and ERC-20 tokens without friction. Also, the BURGER token allows users to participate in governance and earn BurgerSwap token (BURGER) mining rewards! Furthermore, this is achieved in a way that is familiar to users of popular DEXs such as Uniswap.

In this article, we’ll explore Binance Smart Chain’s top automated market maker (AMM), and why BurgerSwap has become so popular. Furthermore, we’ll explain...

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