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Ethereum 2.0 Beacon Chain (Phase 0) and ETH Staking

Written By Ivan on Tech

Dec 13, 2020

On December 1st, Ethereum 2.0 Phase 0 was officially launched, with the Ethereum 2.0 Beacon Chain launch. This is the first major release in Ethereum’s transition towards a proof-of-stake blockchain through Ethereum 2.0. As such, Ethereum staking has become a hot topic in the past two weeks. This article looks at Ethereum 2.0, the Beacon Chain, and the practicalities of staking ETH.

The relatively recent launch of the Ethereum 2.0 Beacon Chain has once again put the spotlight on Ethereum’s upcoming roadmap. The Beacon Chain effectively brings staking to Ethereum, and paves the way for various future updates to the system. As anyone keeping an eye on Ethereum will know, Ethereum 2.0 is a gargantuan upgrade project which seeks to massively boost the scalability, security and speed of the Ethereum network. 

On December 1st 2020, the Beacon Chain shipped and went live at midday (UTC). At this point, the Beacon Chain is more of a foundation for the future of...

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What Is BASE Protocol? Exploring The BASE Token

Written By Ivan on Tech

Dec 12, 2020

The narrative around cryptocurrency is changing rapidly, as the world begins to recognize the legitimacy of crypto as an asset class. Nevertheless, the relative complexities of the crypto market can be overwhelming for some. So much so, it can be a huge barrier that prevents investors from entering the space. The world of crypto never sleeps, and keeping up with the latest projects can be a full-time job. However, thanks to BASE Protocol and the BASE token, there is now a crypto index fund that gives exposure to the entire crypto market via a single token.

In this article, we’re going to dive deep into BASE Protocol and explore some of the unique functions of the BASE token. Also, we’ll explore the tokenomics of BASE and some of the use cases for the BASE token in DeFi and beyond!

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DeFi Deep Dive - Yearn Finance's Merger Mania

Written By Ivan on Tech

Dec 11, 2020

Yearn Finance is a decentralized finance (DeFi) network that offers a suite of different products for insurance, lending aggregation, and yield generation. If you’ve kept an eye on Yearn Finance in the past few weeks, you’ll know that they are in the midst of a merger mania with other DeFi protocols. Yearn Finance’s most notable offering is Yearn Vaults, a yield generation product. Yearn Vaults are robots that automatically move users' funds around to find the best yield farming opportunities in the DeFi marketplace. Each vault has a strategy and a controller responsible for executing it as planned.

We won't dig into Yearn Vaults here, or once-again cover Yearn's founder/developer Andre Cronje in-depth in this article, as we've already discussed these topics before. But, if you need more info on Yearn Finance before digging into their mergers, start with the links in this paragraph. Consequently, if you feel you need some background on the different initiatives and...

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How To Earn A Passive Income With Bitcoin in 2020

Written By Ivan on Tech

Dec 10, 2020

Anyone who has ever had a job will know that it can be extremely hard to scale your income. Working means you are earning an active income - and you have to trade your time and energy for compensation. Passive income, on the other hand, is when you have income streams that are essentially effortless. The advent of cryptocurrency and Bitcoin have led a growing amount of people to look into how to earn passive income with crypto. This article takes a look at the four main ways how to earn a passive income with Bitcoin in 2020.

Specifically, we’ll take a look at Bitcoin, how it can be used, and the differences between passive and active income. Following this, we’ll explore the various ways to make your money work for you - so you can earn a passive income with Bitcoin.

This article is part of our ongoing Passive Income series. Be sure to check out our coverage of how to earn a passive income with Ethereum, and how to earn a passive income with Cardano. The Ivan on Tech...

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Smart Contract Platforms: EOS vs Ethereum vs RSK vs Cardano

Written By Ivan on Tech

Dec 09, 2020

Smart contracts are some of the most fascinating and important inventions at blockchain developers disposal. Essentially, smart contracts allows programmers to develop self-executing code that can be used in several fields such as decentralized finance (DeFi). This technology has the potential to save a huge amount of money for businesses and organizations all over the globe. As this technology has vast potential, several smart contract platforms compete in order to offer developers the best tools.

Many different platforms allow developers to utilize smart contracts. However, in this article, we are going to take a closer look at four main smart contract platforms. 

Some of the largest smart contract platforms out there are EOS, Ethereum, RSK and Cardano. Seeing as such, we will take a look at the smart contract platform struggle of EOS vs Ethereum vs RSK vs Cardano. However, before discussing the differences and benefits of each platform, it is important that you have a...

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What is the Wallem App and PTERIA?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Dec 08, 2020

Wallem is a new and exciting application that was recently launched, setting off a wave of hype across the crypto community. Perhaps you have already heard of the Wallem app and would like to find out a bit more? The first of its kind, the Wallem app is combining cryptocurrency blockchain technology with augmented reality.

With the Wallem app, users can take part in unique augmented reality events, while earning rewards and discounts. There are frequent events arranged by Wallem and its partners that give users exclusive access to their favorite products. The experience is made unique, with a familiar feel to the famous viral Pokemon Go mobile application. 

Augmented reality games offer an immersive experience incomparable to traditional gaming. The future of gaming could rely heavily on this technology, so it’s only right that we bring you up to speed!

In this article, we’re going to explore the Wallem App and the innovative and unique experiences the project...

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DeFi Deep Dive - What is DeFi Money Market and the DMG Token?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Dec 07, 2020

The world of decentralized finance (DeFi) can at times be extremely volatile and unstable. For crypto mass adoption to occur, these factors must first be tamed. The DeFi Money Market Protocol and the DMG token aim to solve this problem by bringing trust and stability to the DeFi ecosystem. This is achieved by using real-world, income-generating assets for collateralization. 

This is a first for the blockchain ecosystem. Soon, we could expect this to become the ‘norm’ as more people discover the benefits and ease of using decentralized financial protocols.

In this article, we take an in-depth look at the DeFi Money Market (DMM) Protocol and highlight some of the unique and innovative solutions provided by the project. We’ll also explore some of the different DMM tokens, including the DMG token. Furthermore, we’ll look at how the ecosystem operates.

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How to Earn A Passive Income With DeFi

Written By Ivan on Tech

Dec 06, 2020

The cryptocurrency industry, and consequently the decentralized finance space, have evolved beyond what many initially thought possible. What’s more, a growing number of hedge fund managers, institutional investors, and governments have given the green flag for crypto to thrive. With that said, many are yet to realize cryptocurrency and DeFi’s full potential. Although Bitcoin is hitting the headlines, understanding how to make a passive income with DeFi is often seen as a complex, high-risk endeavor. Read on for an easily understood breakdown of how to make a passive income with decentralized finance!

In this article, we look at some of the most important considerations for deciding how to make a passive income with DeFi. Also, we'll explore some of the various methods of generating passive income streams and the projects facilitating the DeFi revolution. As such, we touch on some of the most popular DeFi projects, such as UniSwap, Compound, Balancer and much more.

This...

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DeFi Deep Dive - What is Pickle Finance?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Dec 05, 2020

Anyone keeping an eye on the decentralized finance sector will know DeFi's popularity is still growing. However, the premise of Pickle Finance was that Pickle Finance’s founders noticed that farming yield hasn't gotten any easier. They saw lots of protocols offering generous returns but found it difficult to assess which ones were sustainable and trustworthy. With all the fly-by-night “exit scams”, “rug pulls”, and straight-up hacks, they knew it was hard for newcomers to figure out which platforms they could trust.

With that in mind, Pickle Finance wanted to create a yield-generating DeFi protocol that earned top yields for its users, but also one that was simple to use. As such, the beginnings of the on-chain asset management protocol Pickle.Finance, commonly known as Pickle Finance, were born.

As anyone in the decentralized finance industry will know, the DeFi sector is booming. However, when it comes to investing, people should see through the hype....

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Blockchain and Digital Identity: What is Digital Identity and Why Do We Need It?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Dec 04, 2020

Digital identity has been one of the hottest buzzwords in 2020. What’s more, even governments around the world are starting to wake up to the notion of a verified digital identity, and digital identity solutions are already a reality for a growing number of people. Decentralized digital identities can very well hold the keys to everything from personal data ownership to boosting access to financial services. Blockchain-based or not, digital identity appears to be here to stay. Nevertheless, blockchain technology suits itself remarkably well for constructing resilient digital identity solutions. However, what is digital identity, and why do we need it?

Identity management has been an issue as long as the Internet has been around. This issue has only been exacerbated by the advent of social media platforms and wide-scale data collection. The World Economic Forum states there is an “urgent need” for digital identity for consumers,

In fact, having a “global...

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