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Digital Asset Evolution – the Long Hard Road to Stablecoins

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You may often hear about cryptocurrency rates rise and fall, changing rates sharply within a single day. Lack of reliability and trust are the main reasons why digital assets have not yet come to worldwide adoption. Stablecoins has been developed to change this situation.

Obviously, cryptocurrencies had been invented and designed to ensure fairness, transparency, and decentralisation, to protect users from unfair regulation and interference by financial institutions, which makes financial transactions costly and burdensome.

That’s why the idea and forthcoming decision of creating special digital assets, that would be free of the burden of price fluctuations, being tied to more reliable assets have long been in the air.

The Key to Stability?

Stablecoin volatility is much lower than other cryptocurrencies since their price is directly dependent on the rate of the real asset. This creates new opportunities in the development of the cryptocurrency industry and digital assets.

Moreover, stablecoin has a real chance to be used as a global currency that can’t be influenced by the government or the banking system’ actions.

An ideal stablecoin must withstand significant market volatility, should not be extremely costly to support, have decent scalability, support privacy, and decentralisation, and be transparent for trading and arbitrage transactions. Such features can ensure maximum acceptance of stablecoin in the real world.

How Do Stablecoins Work?

1xBitThe stablecoins role in the market is just almost the same as in fiat currencies case. They can serve as a means of exchange, calculation or storage of capital. Their value is tied to traditional assets in a 1:1 ratio.

ST’s are divided into 3 main groups according to the method of rate stabilising. It can be:

  • Fiat-collateralised (pegged to fiat currency);
  • Crypto-collateralised (pegged to crypto);
  • Non-collateralised (the stablecoin rely on an algorithm generated mechanically which can change the supply volume if needs be so as to maintain the stablecoin’s price which is pegged to an asset).

However, what cons and pros define the stablecoin and it’s worldwide hot topics?

Stablecoin Benefits

  • Always stable

The main and known advantage of stablecoins is what it looks like from the asset group name – stability. The rate fluctuations of such coins are not significant.

For example, Tether or USDT rate during last years ranged only between $0.92 and $1.05. Occasional drops were associated with strong crypto market fluctuations.

  • Rate dependence

When using the stablecoins, a user can be sure that the goods purchased or sold to them for cryptocurrency will not radically change in price due to the rate volatility, which may well occur during operations with conventional cryptocurrency.

  • Low volatility

Stablecoin is several orders of magnitude lower than that of other cryptocurrencies since their price directly depends on the rate of the real asset. This turns their tokens into a means of payment that can be used to make payments in everyday life. Besides, their reliability is an additional incentive to spend them, and not keep them in the piggy bank.

Stablecoin Disadvantages

  • Dependence on digital assets

In some cases, stablecoin can be tied to other crypto assets. This may create severe issues due to the fact that all other digital assets can be volatile, thus – not reliable for different purposes.

  • Third party presence

Truth is, the very essence of stablecoin does not correspond to the philosophy of cryptocurrency, which lies in full anonymity and decentralisation since it depends on the traditional financial institutions of countries whose currencies are secured.

There are some more minor cons present, but the numerous advantages greatly outweigh it.

Stablecoin Projects Nowadays

BitcoinDuring the years passed since the first stablecoin was accepted by the cryptocurrency market, many similar assets appeared. At the moment, there had been many projects, aimed to create perfect stablecoin. The most popular nowadays are Tether (USDT), which holds 9th place in market cap with $3 billion, USD Coin (USDC), TrueUSD (TUSD), Paxos Standard Token (PAX), Gemini Dollar (GUSD), DAI MakerDao (DAI), STASIS EURS (EURS), Digix Gold (DGX) and others.

Stablecoin acceptance is growing steadily and in different fields – money transfers, means of payments for goods & services – that also goes for platforms, which provide sport betting services. One of such platforms, known for its reliability and convenience – is 1xBit.

The popular service provides many features: professional and quick client feedback, double checking of winnings and bets using 20 crypto assets. Now platform also supports most popular stablecoins –  Tether, USD Coin, True USD, and PAXOS Standard Token, which have been carefully chosen by 1xBit to be utilised on the gambling platform for users convenience and overall reliability.

Betting with stablecoins, one can play and be sure that his prize will not go down in rate over time.

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Blockchain Technology: The Driver for Social Change

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Driver for Social Change

Technologies are created to solve problems. Sometimes they make our work easier and efficient. Sometimes they bring in new ways to do them. The Internet and open-source revolution has already made our world better in many ways, while also bringing new problems of their own. Blockchain technology is the new forefront where similar things can happen. There are many applications of blockchain technology that aim at revolutionizing various industries and commerce. But can it really change our societies too?

In the words of Dev Sharma, CEO and founder of Blockwiz, “Blockchains have the potential to drive some much-needed social changes in our current structures. It can bring social justice through securing records like car ownerships and reduce malpractices by its transparency when applied to supply chains and government spending. The potential is vast and often threatening to authoritarian systems where power is used in the wrong way.”

The world has already started revolting against the misuse of authority and power by public and private institutions. This has brought us laws and policies that protect our privacy and security on the internet. Similar movements have come and faded in the past because efficient systems that can replace the current ones had been missing for the most part. However, with blockchain technology at our side, many such movements can find solid footing now.

Most resolvable social problems arise due to current systems being susceptible to tampering and lacking transparency. Being centralized and hierarchical, these systems have multiple points of failure. This leads to corruption, unreliability, and excessive resource costs. All this can be solved by implementing blockchains in these systems. They can also be used to automate traffic management, property management, tax, fine collections, etc; activities that are vulnerable to misuse and corruption.

“History suggests that centralized systems of governance had failed for the same reason. The unequal distribution of power and misuse had brought down empires. Democracy and federal governance being the closest to decentralization we could get, it is still very vulnerable to socio-political injustice. And needless to say, very inefficient as well. The last two decades have seen a tremendous rise in technology but their direct use to solve socio-political problems has been limited. However, blockchain technology can be a direct solution to many of them.”  added Mr. Sharma of the Canada-based crypto marketing agency.

The concept of smart cities has already taken these applications into account. While the use may be limited to public systems and operations, it can be easily extended to governmental and legal systems. Our current technologies are capable of managing and resolving many small needs of our societies without human intervention or oversight. The only roadblock to a technology-driven social change is the implementation and their use. Especially now, when we have the solutions and yet the problems remain!

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Blockchain and IoT – Is There a Future Here?

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Blockchain and IoT

Blockchain technology has disrupted the world of today, especially as the pandemic hit us. The restrictions and lack of engagement during the Covid-19 waves have diverted the attention of people all over the world to cryptocurrencies. While all that is going on, The technology kept evolving to provide many more use cases for Blockchains we see today. Some of these use cases can be utilized for many socio-economic applications too.

History has it that new technologies are often integrated with other technologies to give powerful applications for the users. One such combination that has been in talks is the integration of blockchain and IoT (Internet of things). Both the technologies are young and disruptive. The market for blockchain technology-based IoT systems has a huge potential in the global market.

“IoT has been one of the most exciting markets of the current generation. It had its issues with security and susceptibility to hacking. Blockchain technology can overcome these issues easily because of its tamper-proof and secure nature. While providers such as Amazon for Alexa devices and others have overcome this to a certain extent, they can still use the decentralized nature of blockchains to further the cause. Similar to what Android did for the smartphone market, blockchain can revolutionize IoT.” said Dev Sharma, CEO and Founder of Blockwiz, a global crypto marketing agency.

IOTA and its Tangle network aim to fulfill this gap in the market. Internet of Things (IoT) differs from most blockchains in crucial ways which makes them unusable for it. IoT can work on a system that supports multiple chains and nodes to connect multiple devices to the system. Conventional blockchains are based on a single-chain connecting and recording all activities to it. Also, as the number of activities (transactions) and the number of branches increase, the speed of transactions decreases and the cost per transaction increases. IoT requires a system that can do the opposite of this.

“The Tangle network is built on the principles of IoT and blockchain technology. As the branches increase, their speed increases while the cost remains negligible. Such a system can greatly increase the applicability and security of IoT activities. Also, being a publically available system, it can be used by developers for a wide range of applications at a very low cost. Being decentralized, it can be used by everyone throughout the globe. This is the heart and core of blockchain technology.” added Mr. Sharma of the Canada-based agency.

One of the most important advantages of using Blockchain technology for IoT is the secure accounting of all activities. This can be used to investigate any IoT system for tempering and misuse. This may not be possible with devices like Google Home, Alexa, and other systems since their data storage is centralized and inaccessible to users without legal intervention.

While many of us consider IoT devices being used in homes to control connected machines throughout our homes, the application of this tech is much more vast. Self-driving cars, traffic control, global supply chains, self-servicing machines, etc can all use IoT-like systems to enhance and automate our processes. However, the most important impact of the system is on the environment. Using lesser resources is the reason why such a system can have negligible transaction fees/costs which also points to savings on the environmental front.

The power of IoT with blockchain technology has the potential to automate large and complicated systems with low resource costs. We have all heard of the concept of smart cities, IoT is among the major technology that is used to define it. These concepts can easily become reality through a public blockchain system for IoT. Our world is changing continuously through technologies and the hope is that we can change it for the better, for us, and for the environment we live in.

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12 Days of Crypto: Playbetr Announces a Crypto Africa Giveaway – Here’s How to Take Part

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Crypto Africa Giveaway

Crypto betting platform Playbetr has announced the official launch of its Playbetr Africa Giveaway. The giveaway, according to Playbetr is designed for a specific category of users Premised on a long-standing tradition of “12 days of Christmas”. 

Ho-ho-ho, Santa Claus and Playbetr are already on their way to their best users with gifts! Playbetr, with the help of Santa Claus, is announcing a big contest for its African community! Each of them is designed for a specific category of users.

In this article, we will tell you about the “12 Days of Crypto” Giveaway.

Premised on a long-standing tradition “12 days of Christmas”. Santa Claus in partnership with Playbetr will be rewarding its growing family in Africa. 

How to Participate & Eligibility

You stand a chance of winning by taking part in any of the following activities.

  • Set up a Playbetr account.
  • Place a bet on our platform.
  • Show your support on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
  • Share your affiliate links with your friends.
  • Tag them under our posts on Social Media.
  • A random like, retweet, placed a bet, or comment under our post – all of these take part in this draw and help you win a prize. So, don’t waste your time and go get your reward.

The competition has a reward system. Each winner gets $10 in crypto in your Playbetr wallet. 

There will be 103 winners in total. The giveaway ends on January 2, 2022. Follow the hashtag across all socials for more details #PlaybetrAfrica.

Don’t waste your time and go get your reward. Good luck, have a great holiday, and bet on Playbetr!

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