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Conflux Network Phase III — Tethys Officially Launches

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Conflux Network mainnet launch was different from orthodox mainnet of other blockchain projects. The mainnet launch was set up in three phases; namely Pontus, Oceanus, and Tethys. The launch of Tethys — our final phase — marks a significant moment for all applications on the network.

In the first phase – Pontus launched Conflux DEX Ecosystem — the first step towards a more secure, stable, and easier-to-use framework for DEXes. The Conflux Foundation supports the development and maintenance of the three basic features of the DEX ecosystem:

  1. Cross-Chain Asset Protocol — ShuttleFlow
  2. Dual Protocol: On-Chain Settlements — BoomFlow & Off-Chain Matching — MatchFlow
  3. Value-Added Services such as Flash Swap and Price Limit services

Conflux also launched five global Pioneer initiatives at this stage with the aim to further expand our influence outside of the traditional crypto community. 

In the second phase – Oceanus: we focused on mining and the PoW algorithm. In the first half of this phase, we organized several mining campaigns, from mid-scale (hundreds of participants) to large-scale (thousands of participants), to further verify the stability of the network. Conflux organized a total of 14 mining activities with over 5000 participants in the process of decentralizing and stabilizing the Conflux Network.

ConfluxConflux Network became the third-largest decentralized network in the world with 4800+ network nodes reached during Conflux Oceanus. We also launched and concluded our first grants program. More than 50 teams, projects, or individuals applied for the grants, and 5 excellent projects were ultimately selected (Bitquery, Decentology, Certik, Fullet, Mixpay, Simpli Defi, Superfluid) who would be issued approximately $300k in Conflux token (CFX). Conflux network is also one of the initiators of Open Defi Initiative, which includes well-known Defi projects like Aave, DyDx, Balancer among others.

In the third and final mainnet phase – Conflux Tethys, there will be a 1:1 swap of FC’s to CFX. FanCoin (FC) is the official pre-mainnet token of Conflux Network, led and issued by the Conflux Foundation. Conflux Foundation utilized the FC token to fully mobilize the power of the community as well as provide early-access experiences for Conflux products. FC’s-USDT is tradeable on Moondex, while CFX- USDT trades will start and CFX can be used across all Defi products on Conflux Network. Instructions on how to convert previously held FC’s to  CFX will be announced, to get regular updates about CFX join our Telegram and Twitter channels.

Right now, there are 17 assets mapped onto our DEX ecosystem, a few of them include BTC, USDT, ETH, DAI, COMP, DF, KNC of which three (BTC, USDT, ETH) already trade on MoonDEX. 

Conflux Network would be launching its first virtual hackathon to celebrate the final stage of the main-net launch, along with two of our reputable partners (Aave and Chainlink).

Conflux Network set base in the African market now for about nine months. So far we have realized that one of the major use cases of cryptocurrency in Africa to date is remittance. A recent report from the World Bank revealed that the global average cost of sending $200 remains as high as 6.8% in 2020. Cryptocurrency and stablecoins bring an alternative for Africans, where transaction costs can be as little as $5 to move over $10,000 worth of Bitcoins. Africa continues to have the highest average cost of remittance at about 9 percent. This is why we have had some of our African community members reaching out to ask if CFX would be able to bridge the gap between several African currencies and the Chinese Yuan. Our partnership with Fliqpay is a very strategic one as we are working towards achieving this goal.

Besides reaching out to traditional crypto communities, we have on-going activities targeting non-crypto individuals, some of which include:  

  • Trade-in FCs for Jumia voucher: This is the first of its kind in the crypto space. It came as a result of a use case for FC’s. It has been received well and so far we’ve had great responses to the initiative.
  • FPL League sponsorship: We at Conflux Network are keen on setting our mark and being different from other blockchain projects. That’s why we partnered with Quidax, one of the biggest exchanges and 352ng a sport media, in sponsoring a fantasy premier league tournament in Africa. The league has close to 2000 people participating in it.
  • Instalive Webinars: We also started the bi-weekly Instalive webinars where we invited key opinion leaders as guests to speak on different blockchain and defi topics. 

The launch of Conflux Tethys is not the end, but the beginning of a great new journey. The team will continue to provide technical guarantee and support for the Conflux Network for a period of time before it is finally delivered to the community.

Currently, there are over 17 assets mapped and can be found on Moonswap.io or Shuttleflow.io, we hope that the Conflux Network can leave a wonderful legacy in the history of the rapidly iterating blockchain industry.

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UMI Blockchain Ecosystem: Instant Transfers, Smart Contracts, and Profitable Staking

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The number of issued cryptocurrencies and digital tokens has exceeded 7,000, and in this ocean of crypto projects, it is difficult for investors to recognize promising services at an early stage of development. However, at the same time, investments at this stage maximize the profits.

UMI is one of the young projects created at the crossroad of DeFi and digital assets trends, which draws attention not only by its unique functionality but also by its future plans.

UMI is a universal monetary instrument that allows users to make instant, secure, and free financial transfers, as well as earn crypto through profitable staking. In addition, UMI is a full-fledged blockchain platform capable of executing smart contracts of any complexity.

Let’s take a closer look at UMI capabilities.

Transactions

The UMI network can execute approximately 4500 transactions per second. This significantly exceeds the capacity of most other blockchains, including fundamental ones like Bitcoin or Ethereum.

The UMI Mainnet was launched in the summer of 2020 and it’s continuously improving. In the future, the UMI team will roll out an update that will increase enough high capacity to execute 10,000 transactions per second. This brings the UMI platform closer to the transactional conductance of major payment systems such as VISA and MasterCard. The UMI developers also have a long-term goal – to achieve the capacity of 1 million transactions per second. Although this sounds too ambitious, there is a chance to reach it in the long run, and here is why.

First, the UMI network operates on an improved version of the Proof-of-Authority consensus (PoA consensus characteristics will be discussed in detail later in the article). Secondly, such scaling can be achieved through the optimization of programming languages ​​and smart contracts, as well as with such tools as Kubernetes. Finally, upgrades of the UMI network can be carried out faster and with less effort with the planned changes in the internal architecture of the ecosystem.

Another planned function of the UMI ecosystem payment service also appears to be very promising: offline transactions. Other blockchain systems focus on transactions exclusively via the Internet, while in the UMI ecosystem, the procedure of sending transactions can be carried out without access to the World Wide Web using ordinary SMS or other communication methods. For example, the length of a UMI transaction is 150 bytes. That’s 1200 bits of information. The standard length of an SMS is 1120 bits (140 bytes), which means that only 2 SMS are required to send a transfer through the UMI blockchain. This is convenient if the transfer needs to be sent urgently, and the Internet is temporarily not accessible. Technically, the UMI ecosystem is already capable of sending offline transactions without the Internet connection, but the service for initiating transfers has not been launched yet. The UMI team is currently developing it.

Although, the main feature of the UMI blockchain is not the network’s capacity, but the absence of any fees. This has been achieved by the unique technology on which the ecosystem is built, as well as a different economic model in comparison to other popular cryptocurrencies.

Technology

UMI Blockchain Ecosystem

The UMI blockchain is based on Proof-of-Authority technology, a concept created by Ethereum co-founder Gavin Wood.

The difference between PoA and the popular Proof-of-Work algorithms (which Bitcoin runs on) or Proof-of-Stake (Ethereum plans to switch to PoS) is that in the PoA network there is no place for contest between the miners and forgers for the right to generate a block and get a reward. The generation of blocks, and most importantly, their integration into the blockchain, is handled by trusted nodes – ‘master nodes’. In the UMI network, master nodes are large authorized nodes that meet stringent speed requirements. This feature significantly increases the network’s capacity.

However, the original concept of PoA also has its drawbacks. The original PoA model assumes that ordinary users cannot influence the operating mechanics of the system, and only trusted nodes have the right to confirm transactions and record them in the blockchain, and those usually belong to one organization or affiliated companies. These factors increase the risks of network centralization, which deprives the cryptocurrency of its main value – decentralization – and makes it little different from other already existing traditional payment systems. In order to avoid the risk of network centralization, the nodes in the UMI blockchain are divided into two types – ‘master nodes’, that integrate blocks into the blockchain, and ‘validator nodes’ that validate the blocks. Only certain types of nodes can become master nodes – they include nodes launched both by the UMI team and their numerous partners from different countries, while any user can launch a validator node. Validator nodes monitor the work of the master nodes, and if the suspicious actions are detected, the unscrupulous masters are automatically disconnected from the system.

Along with the distribution of power among master nodes and validator nodes, another mechanism that is designed to prevent centralization is planned to be implemented in the UMI system in the future – integration with Proof-of-Stake consensus. The UMI blockchain will continue to operate on the PoA algorithm, but if any problems with the master nodes arise, the system will automatically switch to the reserve PoS consensus. Even if all of the masternodes suddenly stop functioning, the performance of the UMI network and its ability to conduct transactions will not be affected. PoS nodes do not need computing equipment to work, a regular laptop is enough. Any UMI user who has installed a desktop wallet with a validator node will be able to launch a backup PoS node.

Moreover, staking works on a smart contract in the UMI system, which means that the staker does not need to keep the computer on all the time. Thanks to staking on a smart contract, you can generate new UMI coins: up to 40% per month in 24h mode.

With such a profitable economic model, UMI encourages users to actively join the system. This model is one of the features that allows UMI to avoid commissions for transfers staking participants are interested in developing the ecosystem without additional incentives, such as commissions.

Smart Contracts

The UMI blockchain allows you to create many specialized multifunctional smart contracts, including those suitable for integration into e-commerce services or for launching decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs). These include various decentralized finance (DeFi) services.

Areas of application for the UMI blockchain smart contracts:

  • Decentralized exchanges and applications;
  • DeFi protocols, including Yield Farming and lending;
  • Online stores;
  • Crowdfunding platforms;
  • Gambling sites;
  • Gaming platforms;
  • Cashback and bonus programs;
  • and many other services.

Thanks to its high capacity, the UMI network will ensure the smooth operation of large DeFi projects, decentralized exchanges (DEX) or decentralized applications (DApps), and users will not face unprecedented high transaction fees, as it happened before with the Ethereum network. Thus, the launch of UMI-based DeFi services will not have a negative impact on those who use the system exclusively for money transfers.

Staking in Detail

Currently, UMI coins can be mined in two staking structures (pools) – ROY Club and ISP Club. In order to start mining you need to create a personal wallet in the UMI blockchain and transfer a certain amount of UMI coins to your address.

After replenishing the wallet address, you can place your coins for staking in two pools. Unlike other staking systems, coins in the UMI system do not get frozen after joining a pool. They remain in the user’s wallet and no one can access them except the owner. Staking rewards accrue 24/7. The user can withdraw and sell them at any time.

You can buy UMI coins via the SIGEN.pro trading platform, which includes an exchange, an automatic exchanger, and a p2p platform. According to the statistics, the daily trading volume of UMI ranges from $ 250,000 to $ 300,000, and the liquidity of the order book for buying coins has already exceeded $ 3.2 million, taking into account the p2p-platform. For the project that was launched only four months ago, the numbers look very promising. The interest in UMI on the market is indirectly evidenced by the rapidly growing number of active users: their number exceeded 47,000.

Mobile Apps

Thanks to high-quality and fast mobile apps, users can perform all key operations using a smartphone or tablet. The applications for Android or iOS can be downloaded from Google Play and App Store, respectively.

UMI mobile apps offer a wide list of functions. One can create and manage one or several UMI wallets, receive and send coins, connect to staking structures, view the history of transactions, and get in touch with technical support.

The applications provide the ability to authorize using Face ID, fingerprint, or PIN-code.

You can find all the latest information about the UMI project in the blog.

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Join the TRX/NGN Trading Competition in Nigeria

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TRX/NGN Trading Competition in Nigeria

Binance has opened trading pairs for TRX/NGN as of 2020/10/01 10 AM WAT. Users can now deposit NGN and buy TRX on Binance.com. Users can also deposit TRX and trade for NGN.

Binance and TRON are collaborating to offer a N7,000,000 pool in bonus and giveaway to TRX traders on the Binance Platform. This is to celebrate the addition of the TRX/NGN Trading pair. 

Competition Period: 2020/10/2 0:00 AM – 2020/10/15  0:00 AM (UTC)

Promotion A: Trade TRX/NGN pairs on Binance to Win from a Prize Pool of N5,000,000

To participate in this promotion and share in the bonus pool, you must be among the Top 60 traders with the highest number of completed trades within this competition period. The more you trade the higher your chances of winning.

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Bonus Activity:

To participate in this promotion, you have to trade at least $1,000 of TRX/NGN from Oct 1st- 10th, 2020 to qualify for the raffle draw. Up to 20 Winners will be drawn during the AMA (Ask Me Anything) session with the Justin Sun, Founder of TRON on the Binance Nigeria Telegram community here.

The more you trade TRX/NGN pairs, the more slots you get and the higher chance to win. 2,000,000 NGN (100,000 NGN for 20 users). Trading volume of $1,000 qualifies you for one raffle ticket.

TRX/NGN

Only users that have completed their KYC are qualified to share in the reward pool.

The Nigerian Naira (NGN) is a fiat currency and does not represent any other digital currencies.

Terms & Conditions

  • To participate in this promotion, users must complete their KYC.
  • The NGN rewards will be allocated to the Binance Wallet within 15 business days after the campaign finishes. Users can see their rewards by selecting the Account Center > Wallet > Distribution History.
  • Binance reserves the right to cancel or amend any Activity or Activity Rules at our sole discretion.
  • Binance reserves the ability to disqualify any participants showing signs of fraudulent behavior immediately.

Join the competition! Start trading on Binance today.

Risk warning: Cryptocurrency trading is subject to high market risk. Please make your trades cautiously. Binance will make best efforts to choose high-quality coins, but will not be responsible for your trading losses.

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How to Make Profit Selling Bitcoin in South Africa During 2020

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Looking to make a little extra on the side? Look no further, we’re here to show you how to sell Bitcoin for a profit in South Africa in 2020. We’ve included a detailed breakdown, some tips, and tricks of the trade, and thrown in some inside scoops to get you that step ahead. Let’s dive in!

First, you’re going to need an account on the P2P trading platform Remitano. The platform has created peer-to-peer marketplaces around the world, with markets dominating in India, US, and the Philippines to name a few. This year, Remitano brought their services to South Africa, offering local traders not only an easy way to buy and sell cryptocurrencies, but also a convenient ZAR wallet that allows you to deposit and withdraw funds efficiently.

Registering is easy, and completing the simple KYC registration process is simple and should take a matter of minutes. Once you’re registered, let’s get into it.

How To Make Profit Selling Bitcoin

The easiest and fastest way to make a profit selling Bitcoin is to buy for a lower price than you sell. Obvious, right? It really can be that simple. Assuming that you have Bitcoin (if not, find out how to buy Bitcoin from a local trader and pay in South African Rands), you’re going to need to create a sell advert selling the BTC for a little extra. How much extra is up to you to decide, but remember not to get too wild with your markup otherwise you’re less likely to find a buyer. 

Step 1: Establish your BTC price

You’re going to want to sell your BTC for profit, so make sure that you add an amount on the top of what you paid for it when creating your sell ad. You also want to ensure that your price is competitive, so check on another reputable platform to see what the going rate is. 

E.g. If you bought BTC for R179,800 and it is selling for R181,634 on Luno, you might want to round up the price to R182,000 for your Sell ad. This will give you roughly R2,200 profit.

Step 2: Create a sell advert so you can sell BTC for profit

Now that you’re verified to sell on the platform and you’ve got a price in mind, it’s time to get to business! Head to your Dashboard, click on P2P Exchange in the dropdown menu, and select Your Advertisements. Then click “Create Ad”.

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Step 3: Enter the details of your Sell ad

In the form enter the details of your sell ad, like how much you’d like to sell for and how much BTC you have. The amount is calculated in ZAR/bitUSD and will show you the ZAR/BTC equivalent below.

You’ll also need to enter how much BTC you’d like to sell, and how you would like the funds to be paid. Here you have 3 options: bank transfer, Remitano ZAR wallet, and Chipper Cash. 

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FYI: If you are wanting to create a sell ad for another cryptocurrency you can simply click on the pencil icon in the top right corner (as per picture above) and change the details (as per picture below). On Remitano, traders can buy and sell Bitcoin, Ethereum, Tether, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, and Ripple. 

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In the Create New Ad page you also have the option of exploring the Advanced settings, where you can adjust things like minimum and maximum BTC amount, whether to reject unverified buyers and check the payment window. 

Now click “Create new advertisement”.

Step 4: Make a ZAR deposit to activate your account

In order for your ad to go live, you will need to deposit a small amount into your ZAR account, this lets the platform and the seller knows that you are serious about selling.

Step 5: Wait for a buyer

That’s it, once your ad is live you’ll be notified immediately if a buyer is interested in purchasing either a portion or the entire Bitcoin (the amount that you put up for sale). Once a buyer has expressed interest, they will make payment to your Remitano ZAR wallet and you will have 15 minutes to release the BTC once payment has been received. 

Tips On How To Make Profit Selling Bitcoin

When looking to take on selling BTC to earn extra profits, here are some top tips to remember:

  • Always work out your BTC sell price to be above the amount you bought it for plus commission to sell. I.e. BTC sell price = BTC buy price + commission fees charged by the platform
  • Remitano is currently offering 0% trading fees on the platform, meaning you take home more
  • Keep an eye on the markets, buying low, and then waiting for the price to rise before selling is a profitable game of patience.
  • There are no deposit fees on Remitano, so what you deposit is yours.

Sell BTC Like A Boss

Now you’re ready to start selling BTC at a profit. In this handy guide, we’ve shown you the ropes on how to trade on the P2P trading platform Remitano and given you some great tips on what to remember when trading for profit. 

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