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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.

 

 

 

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Market Retraces its Steps after Opening the Week with Green across the Market.

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The first day of the week just three days ago opened the week to a wide spread gains across the cryptocurrency market with Tron reporting the highest gains of over 9%. Today opens with significant losses that have wiped out the gains made in opening day of the week. Bitcoin is currently trading at a loss of 11.01% as at press time standing at $11,503. Total market capitalization sits at a $313 billion. Opening day of the week, it was at $327 billion

The second largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization Ethereum is trading at $271 which is over $30 lower than its week opening price. It is currently reporting 11.94% loss. XRP of Ripple is trading at a negative of 15.79% as Litecoin is also a little below standing at loss of 14.59%. The price of XRP stands at $0.33 while Litecoin is just over $100.

Tron which recorded the highest gains in the opening day of the week is reporting an astonishing 16.56% loss with Bitcoin SV, the embattled Bitcoin fork showing 18.56% in red. Top loser on today is EOS which is trading at $4.66 with a market capitilization of $3.9 billion but suffering a loss of 20.13%. Bitcoin cash is at 18.48% red trading at $339.29.

Tether the stablecoin positioned at number 8 by marketcap is stable at $1 but reports a 0.06% red which should be normal as it is of course a stable coin.

The industry continues at grow and thrive with the reported achievements of Blockstack to conduct a SEC compliant token sales, the market normally responds favorably to such news. While its is normal for the market to step back a bit after an upward surge, could this be the result of the 7300s BTC dumped on Binance?

We can only look at the charts and open our ears to hear positive news. And by the way, Bitcoin has increased in dominance to 65.4% as against its week opening dominance of 62.1%.

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Bitfinex’s LEO Smart Contract Unusual Code: An Intentional Move to Defraud?

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A software “Bug” was discovered recently in the Bitfinex Smart Contract for its LEO token. The bug grants any holder of the LEO token unusual levels of administrative privilegdes. Such priviledges are entirely unusual, though errors in smart contracts has been seen before, this is the first time these types of concerns has been raised concerning smart contracts codes.

Softwares are always with bugs. No matter how much care is put into writing the codes and rechecking, codes are written by humans who unintentionally make mistake. Mistakes which could cause untold damages financially and in other areas of life. In financial applications or softwares, one tiny vulnerability could allow bad actors to take undue advantages of systems and do what they are good for. Damage.

The Bitfinex ERC-20 smart contract code contains permission to enable owners of the Token to mint unlimited new tokens, they also have to ability to delete tokens of other people both in their personal wallets irrespective of the type of wallet. LEO owners are empowered via the vulnerability in the Bitfinex smart contract code to delete anyone’s coins both in centralized and decentralized exchanges.

Bitfinex, one of the world top cryptocurrency exchange was in the news some months ago and for a long time now owing to its shady behaviours as an exchange and also by its relationship to the stable coin Tether (USDT). Owing to financial challenges it was having since its funds were frozen, the embattled cryptocurrency exchange decided to host an Initial Exchange Offering were it aimed at raising xx billion dollars. A move which saw some reactions, however, the exchange later announced it has raised sufficient funds via other means and thus there will be no public sales of the LEO tokens.

In a tweet by the CTO of Bitfinex and Tether Paolo Ardoino, which was a reply to the call out made on the Bitfinex exchange, it appears this “bug” wasn’t in fact one rather it was coded into the contract with Paolo saying “For security and future reasons we left the ability to upgrade the Token Contract. That’s really a key feature for a contract that might live lot of years. Minting more tokens would not just make sense for Finex…like shooting our foot.”

In reaction to this, some twitter users were expressing their opinion on the issue.

https://twitter.com/will_harborne/status/1146507539170897920

 

With its reputation in times past, the Bitfinex exchange has a whole lot to contend with at this time however, this revelation presents an important reminder to everyone in cryptospace to not just Trust but Verify.

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Tron (TRX) Accepted by Travala.com To Be Used for Booking in Over 500,000 Hotels

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Tron (TRX) is the 10th cryptocurrency to be adopted by hotel booking platform, Travala. Before now, Travala had been accepting coins like; Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, XRP, Nanos, BNB, AVA, DGB, Doge, EOS, TUSD, XLM. It also accepts PayPal, VISA and Mastercard. As travel platform, Travala aims at merging decentralised technologies and tokenized incentive structures to make booking easy for travelers.

Travala.com, a reputable blockchain travel platform, dedicated to revitalizing the yet to come travel industry. Established in the year 2017, it now  boasts of 567,928 properties in 210 countries across the globe, with over 82,000 destination coverage. 

Travala.com as of yesterday declared that its clients can now make payments with Tron (TRX) token in over 550,000 hotels across the world with an added discount of 15% for every transaction performed with the token.

According to Travala.com their customers are to use TRX to book 550,000+ hotels worldwide with an average saving of 15% on http://Travala.com and the customers can get further savings up to 10% off the already amazing prices with our SMART program.

While the other coins listed above like Bitcoin, BNB, Nano, etc have been enjoying this privilege for some time now, it is coming new for Tron, and this can be taken as an added advantage for the cryptocurrency. Unlike every other blockchain technology, every moment of Tron (TRX) is filled with exciting news. The quality and potential of any cryptographic project in the space is determined by the adoptions and partnerships it gets.

As a means to echoing the success of Tron, Misha Lederman, a well-known member of the Tronix team, had once related that Tron has produced more blocks than Ethereum. According to Lederman, “Tron has produced 8.3 million blocks since its independence in June 2018 and Ethereum, on the other hand, despite its longevity, has only produced 7.5 million blocks since July 2015.”

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IOST Records  More Transactions than Ethereum One Month After Mainnet Launch

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IOST is an application-friendly next generation public blockchain network which is reported to be the first platform to launch an application-ready mainnet which features multiple live DApps (Decentralized Applications). IOST project’s software modules, as claimed by the management team, have been implemented using blockchain technology and they provide “secure and reliable data” as they “prevent tampering by third parties.” and thus, the IOST platform having been built on public blockchain infrastructure, allows “decentralized application developers overcome some of the most challenging problems with mass adoption.”

IOST is one of the most scalable blockchain networks. Although, its design principles are similar to some of the other leading dApp creation platforms, it has its own consensus protocol, known as “proof-of-believability.” Notably, the programming languages and development environments supported by the various dApp deployment platforms are a lot different from each other such as Ethereum, Tron, EOS, NEO etc. as each use different consensus algorithms such as proof-of-work (PoW), proof-of-stake (PoS), delegated proof-of-stake (DPoS), and delegated Byzantine Fault Tolerance (dBFT).

According to a news outlet, On April 6th, 2019,”the IOST network reportedly processed more transactions than Ethereum ( ETH ). Noting that Ethereum is the world’s largest blockchain-based platform for deploying decentralized applications (dApps), however, “IOST was able to register 580,231 transactions on its network while Ethereum only managed to log 558,272 transactions on the same day (April 6th).”

As contained in IOST’s press release, the smart contract development platform has achieved the following after “the first month of its mainnet launch:”

  • Registered [over] 213,000 live accounts on its network, with an average of 15,000 wallets added per day
  • Launched 9 dApps, including 6 games (one of which hit 700 million IOST tokens in a single day) and a USD-pegged stablecoin
  • Been listed and traded on 26 exchanges
  • Processed more than 25 million transactions, including a peak of 580,231 transactions per day
  • Brought more than 100 partners and developers onboard to build the IOST ecosystem, all partners totalling to more than 200 today

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