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African Students Among Top Users of Cryptocurrency

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We live in a time of tech-savvy people and the youths are the number one users of technological devices. It is no surprise that Paxful, a global peer-to-peer cryptocurrency marketplace notes that majority of the users of virtual currency in Africa are more likely to be male and under the age of 30. The report states that Paxful which receives more than R500-million per month from its African consumers noted that more than half of its customers are under 30 years of age. The report revealed that 70% have a tertiary qualification or a post-secondary school qualification while the dominant users are male taking 65% with the females taking 35%.

Africa is still developing technologically but, it is surprising to see that the Paxful noted that more transactions involving the transfer of goods, services, and money were facilitated via their platform in Africa, compared to other developing countries where digital currencies are traded speculatively for profit. African consumers who use Paxful find that digital currency offers them lower fees when it comes to cross-border commerce. The added fact that transactions are conducted speedingly and they are safe also attracted entrepreneurs and who find cryptocurrency easy for their operational and exporting capabilities.

Paxful find the African market an expanding market as Ray Youssef, co-founder, and CEO of Paxful says, “We are on the verge of the peer-to-peer financial revolution and it is being led by Africa.” He added, “Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other virtual currencies are just newer financial services instruments. Paxful’s growth on the Continent reflects the tremendous appetite for innovation in Africa.” Africa already has an advantage over the so-called ‘developed markets’ when it comes to innovation in financial services, with an expanding middle-class that has already embraced innovation in banking in comparison to other parts of the world. It Is no surprise to see that Africa is a hub for a lot of the multiple use cases of the blockchain technology.

 

 

 

What do you think about Africa’s participation in the crypto space? Share your opinion with us in the comments section below.
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SaBi Exchange to Recommence IOST Trading

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After the IOST, main-net is launched, sabi team will no longer support the deposit and withdrawal of old IOST coins and you can only deposit and withdraw the new coins.

Dear Users,
The IOST Mainnet switch has been accomplished , SaBi Team will recommence the withdrawals of IOST on 14th March 2019.
After the IOST, Mainnet is launched, SaBi will no longer support the deposit and withdrawal of old IOST coins and you can only deposit and withdraw the new coins.

Please make sure that you use the deposit and withdrawal address of the IOST main-net for transactions.

SaBi Team updates her customers

IOST Community Update

We have so much planned for the run-up to Mainnet launch, and Testnet v2.0 will be a vital step in that plan. Developers and projects can now prepare for DApp launches on this final Testnet version, which will then migrate onto Mainnet in February.

This was a statement made by IOST team on their Medium handle regarding the then intedned Testnet and Mainnet Launch which ha been successfully implemented.

Adding more in the Press Release, the team mentioned that last year, they released their first Developer Bounty programs, which coincides with the run-up to Mainnet to make sure they bring in as many developers as possible who are interested in working with and contributing to the IOST ecosystem.

Additionally, IOST released a series of articles which gives a complete overview of the IOST network, protocol and ecosystem. The first in this series were details about IOST’s consensus mechanism and decentralized committee election process .

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PO8 Tokenizes Underwater Artifacts in Bahamas – Says Africa can be next

With the assistance of the blockchain, P08 aims to utilise new maritime technologies, artificial intelligence and robotics to recovering lost cultural heritages

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PO8 Tokenizes Underwater artifact - says Africa may be next

The treasures hidden under the sea will likely remain undiscovered if we all focus on the surface world. However, Bahamas based blockchain company, P08 is changing the underwater narrative as it is creating blockchain solutions to aid in underwater archaeology. The company aims to make marine archaeology accessible through its decentralized applications (DApps).

With the assistance of the blockchain, P08 aims to utilise new maritime technologies, artificial intelligence and robotics to recovering lost cultural heritages that have been shipwrecked in Africa, the Caribbean islands, and other countries. Basically, it’s a decentralised, secure and transparent form of underwater treasure hunting.

PO8 CEO Matthew Arnett and co-founder and COO Raul Vasquez plan to help African nations benefit from the tokenization of newly recovered underwater artifacts. It plans to utilise the blockchain technology and Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) to monetize the ownership of $100B dollars worth of sunken artifacts in Bahamian waters.

OWNERSHIP RIGHTS HANDED TO TOKEN HOLDERS

P08 will transfer the ownership rights of any recovered artefact with its economic value into a digital title. However, the recovered items will be kept in the custody of the PO8 Museum Foundation to be preserved and exhibited. It took 18 months for PO8 to assemble its team of marine archaeology and tech, a Dream Team of sort. Included in this team are Dr. David Gallo, TITANIC expedition; Mr. Claudio Bonifacio Shipwreck researcher and author; Troy Launay, member of the Apollo F-1 engines recovery team and Evan Kovacs, a professional underwater photographer.

PO8 aims to be a force to be renown with in the Caribbean Islands, Africa and the world at large. The tech company aims to impact the Bahamas first through the provision of local jobs in marine habitat protection, tech and tourism. Vasquez explained how the company aims to build resources in the African continent saying, “This is the retooling of professionals from downtrend industries to servicing new tech industries launching in Africa…We welcome the opportunity to join arms with local governments to promote sustainability and capacity building through underutilized resources. Entire populations stand to benefit.”

The company also aims to create its first Archeological Treasure and Maritime Museum By restoring artifacts discovered from its shipwreck sites. PO8 recently received the 2018 Creative Business Cup Award at Demand Solutions in Santiago, Chile from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

P08 is currently running its Security Token Offering. For more information on how to get involved or to inquire about its STO, visit https://po8.io/

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Fructus Integrating Bancor Protocol to Provide Continuous Token Liquidity

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Fructus has announced its integration of the Bancor Protocol to provide continuous liquidity for the Fructus platform.

 

By integrating the Bancor Protocol, Fructus token holders will gain access to continuous liquidity regardless of trade volume or exchange listings, through the Bancor Network, where any integrated token can be automatically converted to any other directly from the Bancor Wallet or any Web3 wallet, such as MetaMask

 

The Fructus Token will become instantly convertible with ETH, EOS, BNT (the Bancor Network Token), GNO (Gnosis), BNB (Binance) and more than 130+ ERC20 and EOS-based tokens in the Bancor Network.

 

 

Fructus is aiming to change the business of fresh produce trade and delivery. Starting in the diverse agricultural landscape of Europe, we see an opportunity to scale and change the world

 

 

About Fructus

We believe we can solve global problems regarding fruit and vegetables. Big problems concerning products being GMO’s (Genetically Modified Organism) or 100% organic, expiration date fraud and food waste.

 

 

The way we solve these problems is by making the supply chain for fruit and vegetables transparent.

 

All transactions are processed and registered in the blockchain, giving all parties involved the ability to keep track of products and payments. Customers can see where products are coming from and what was used to help grow the crop. Suppliers can find customers connect without a grocery store in between, keeping products clean and fresh and reducing the food waste.

 

 

Together we can make a difference, so join the Fructus Community and support Fructus.

Visit Fructus to know more about the fruit-safety blockchain project.

 

About Bancor

Bancor is the world’s largest decentralized liquidity network. Bancor functions similar to a decentralized exchange, with a key difference: orders are processed against automated smart contracts on the blockchain, instead of matching two parties in a trade. Any project can easily integrate their token by creating a Relay on the Bancor Network to automate fair and efficient token conversions for users, directly from their wallets. Tokens on Bancor are instantly convertible for one another, with 8000+ trading pairs across ETH, EOS, DAI, BNB & more.

Bancor technologies impact organizations and people across the globe, from blockchain teams to token holders to real-world communities in Africa, Asia and beyond. Visit the Bancor Web  to convert tokens instantly, list your token on the Bancor Network or join the Bancor Telegram group for more information.

 

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Facebook Coin Will Be Just Another Hype!

I think Facebook has killed its credibility with its user base and is looking for ways to stay relevant. -Chris Bates CSO at Bitland World speaks out!

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Facebook coin is just another hype

As had been long anticipated, the high and mighty and the lots, have begun to think Blockchain technologies and cryptocurrencies as the next big thing for their businesses. Despite the current struggling position of the Satoshi’s Bitcoin, the likes of Jp morgan and Silicon Valley’s Facebook have announced the possible launch of their own digital assets.

Even though the above development might have a thing or two to show in line with increased support for global adoption, it has also raised controversy in the space in the area of decentralization.

Chris Bates doesn’t believe Facebook coin projects would be much to look out for.
In his words;

I don’t think it will make much of a difference to be honest.  Facebook has had a payment option in their messenger for a couple years now and people still opt for Venmo or Cashapp over facebook payment option.  I think Facebook has killed its credibility with its user base and is looking for ways to stay relevant.

I think there are ways that they could make their own crypto and platform useful towards the notion of “mainstream adoption”, but even in that I don’t believe “mainstream adoption” would look how crypto people think it would.  Just as an example, let’s say Facebook IS successful at leveraging its user base to make “Facebook coin” viable.

That doesn’t mean anything for the rest of the market, and doesn’t automatically mean 2.5 billion people will then start using bitcoin or whatever crypto.  That really just means Facebook will once again have leveraged technology it didn’t create to exploit its user base and make a profit.

Facebook has been researching blockchain and cryptocurrency for years, and them just now deciding to pull the trigger to me is more of a reaction to the GDPR and European privacy laws that are going to make their data mining practices much less lucrative.

What is your take on Chris’ opinion? Do you think that Facebook has a chance to shock the entire blockchain space given its  particular wealth of community? Lets hear from you in the comment section below

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