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BitPay To Accept Bitcoin Cash Payments In Retail Stores as Prices Jump

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Bitpay in an announcement will begin to allow brick-and-mortar businesses to use Bitcoin Cash for payments. The cryptocurrency payment service provider already has Bitcoin available to its user, but will now allow users to choose between paying in Bitcoin or Bitcoin cash.

Since its inception, Bitpay has been providing businesses with their services since Nov 2014. Bitpay has provided several restaurants with cryptocurrency means of payment and has done exceptionally well. Some of the cities in which Bitpay is functional include Toronto, Atlanta, St. Petersburg, Paris and Madeira Beach.
The successful growth rate or acceptance was one of the deciding factors the company has decided to create more and better payment options. Available to customers would be the option to choose which currency to pay with, option to give a tip, and a checkout option.

BitPay wrote. “Payments take just a swipe or a tap, and the receiving merchant gets a local currency bank settlement within one business day. Merchants get every dollar or euro they charge, minus BitPay’s 1% processing fee.”

Last year, BitPay co-founder, Stephen Pair, said

“after careful observation, they found out that no bitcoin alternative was innovative or “compelling”. Despite scaling issues, Pair concluded that Bitcoin was the best cryptocurrency till date. However, following Bitcoin Cash’s launch in August, BitPay allowed users to store and spend BCH in its open source wallet, Copay. This announcement was considered as one of the reasons behind the increase in BCH’s price from $313 to $431 within 24 hours in Sep. 2017. The next month, BitPay confirmed that it would begin accepting “additional blockchain payment methods” starting with BCH. Once again, the news caused BCH to break records by crossing the $2,000 mark.”

With the advent of BitPays announcement, Bitcoin cash has seen about 19% increase in value. Bitcoin Cash, currently the fourth-largest cryptocurrency, has been in an upward movement, prior to the announcement – it is now up 100% in one week. The market cap has also doubled within these seven days, climbing from $12 billion to $24 billion.

What do you think about BitPay’s Innovation within the cryptospace? Is it a gesture that would stand the test of time or will it create problems? Let’s hear from you in the comment section.
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Cryptocurrency Mining Rigs Still in High Demand in South Africa Amidst Market Uncertainty

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As the cryptocurrency market continues to experience price upheavals, the acquisition of mining rigs is however on the increase in South Africa according to Bitmart CEO Jacques Serfontein. This mining craze has been attributed to the huge return on investment (ROI) accompanying mining.
Cryptocurrency mining promises cryptos as reward for closing a block. Through mining, the sanctity of blockchain transactions are verified. Transactions on blockchain networks create blocks, these blocks are closed when a unique solution to complex mathematical equations generated by the network is found. A mining rig is a computer system employed for the purpose of mining (solving these equations), with each block closed, the miners receives a bitcoin (for example).
Serfontein explained, “People are still buying miners, a 7-30% ROI per month based on the different cryptocurrencies out there is still a great ROI.”
On the cryptocurrencies mined, he was quoted as saying:
“The focus is off Bitcoin for now due to the low price, but the income in some other miners is very good.”

ASIC Miners taking over market
Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) is now the in-thing because of obvious advantages over Graphic Processing Unit (GPU) rigs.
“ASIC miners are for sure the most popular, we clearly see that ASIC miner sales outperform GPU rig sales by over 200 to one, but it’s all dependent on what miners can mine and what is most profitable,” said Serfontein.
ASIC miners are specifically developed for cryptocurrency mining, and have a better ROI than GPU as long as the cryptocurrency is ASIC compatible.
“Look at what happened to Ethereum. The Antminer E3 replaced the GPU rigs mining Ethereum thanks to its lower cost, much lower power consumption, and a far better hashrate – it’s a no-brainer.”
This is not to write-off GPU rigs because the creation of a new coin that suites the GPU-algorithm, and equally as profitable could see the re-emergence of GPU rigs minng. Before that happens, South African PC gamers are still heaving a sigh of relief as GPUs become less popular to miners.
Bitmart CEO Says the company deals on a wide variety of miners in South Africa, including many that deliver good returns. Bitmart eschewed cloud mining for rigging.
“Owning a rig makes a lot more profit than could mining and clients keep comparing earnings with online calculators that don’t factor in hosting costs, so it was a hard sell,” he was quoted as saying.

 

 

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When I Die, Who Gets My Digital Assets?

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Mortality is a topic most people would rather not talk about. But then, it’s a nagging topic that must be trashed out. Who gets access to all your digital access after your death? Would your family be able to gain access to your bitcoins, Facebook, email, twitter, online bank account and the likes. When it comes to digital currencies, they exist basically in virtual form and are extremely secure. For bitcoin, every owner has a private key or password, that allows them gain secure access to the bitcoins stored in their digital wallet. However, there is no method of retrieving this private key after death so a potential heir can get access to the bitcoins because there is no way to track the private keys as there is no central authority.

What this means is that if you kick the bucket without leaving your private key, your bitcoins becomes inaccessible to anyone. If nobody gains access to your bitcoin, it becomes lost. So, the question remains how do I ensure that my cryptocurrency is properly passed on?

  • Ensure your heirs are aware that you own crypto and you can either trust them either with your private key while you are still alive or write it down on a piece of paper or store the private key in a secure location such as a safety deposit box or even a flash drive.
  • You could set up a time locked transaction that could take place in a number of years. However your heirs must have the corresponding receiver address to receive the bitcoin on the said date. However, this is a bit risky as the bitcoin would transfer to the receiver whether you are dead or not.
  • You can also utilise third parties like Coinbase which offers joint accounts. This would allow your heirs gain access to your bitcoin smoothly.

However, despite trying to ensure that your loved ones gain access to your crypto when you cross over to the great beyond, you should be aware of the risks also. By making your wishes known, an unscrupulous entity might walk away with the bitcoin if they get access to the private key. Also, you should seek professional help as the laws concerning inheritance of digital assets varies.
The United States have laws enacted by most states from 2015 which gives people the power to plan for the management and disposition of their digital assets just as tangible assets. However, countries like Australia do not have laws that directly addresses the access of a person’s digital assets upon death by his/her family. Equally, countries like South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria do not possess such laws yet.

 

 

 

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Crypto Personality: Elisha Owusu Akyaw, Ghana’s Crypto Brain Boy

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Africa is a big market for Ideas and cryptocurrency and the blockchain technology seems to be a breeding ground for ideas.  This was the ground Ghana’s 17-year-old Elisha Owusu Akyaw found himself. While most people were coming to terms with what cryptocurrency was about, Elisha already had a tech enabled company. He is the founder of BlockXAfrica, which was formerly known as Tokens Media, a small business he established in 2017.

Starting Small any Growing Big

Elijah is giving a new face to entrepreneurship in Ghana. While studying General Arts at Legon Presbyterian Boys Secondary School, he goes ahead to set up his firm a crypto based firm. The aim was to lend a hand to blockchain projects and help them get to their target audience. His startup’s marketing services has worked with local financial firms in project development and has raised more than $40 Million in token sales.

Before becoming the crypto- guru that he is recognised as, Elisha was just an ordinary student. Until late 2014 when he had his first encounter with digital currency on a news item on Aljazeera. From that News piece, he began to investigate the intricacies of cryptocurrencies with the internet-enabled device he got at age 12. He learned by watching videos on YouTube and by 2013, he had ventured into the crypto space. He equally ventured into web design fundamentals and was exposed to Firefox by Mozilla, which led to his volunteering in his local community. He began to share his knowledge on the internet and was opportuned to speak at the Software Freedom Day in Accra in 2015. This platform was leveraged on and Elisha started speaking about cryptocurrency creating a name for himself in the field.

Elisha’s initial company Tokens Media was focused on providing services primarily in ICO marketing, public relations, and social media management.  Although the company began operations in June 2017, it has worked clients such as Komodo, Local World Forwarder, PIVX, and SmartCash. The firm has provided services and worked with cryptocurrencies that has a combined market cap of over $1 billion. While Elisha agrees that there has been challenges on his journey, he is focusing his time on his business and continuing his education.

 



 

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Ditcoin is Driving Crypto Adoption in Africa

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Ditcoin is placing its mark on the African continent. The cryptocurrency which revealed its new CEO early last month has been working hard to educate Africans about the importance of cryptocurrency. Ditcoin has also been busy trying to make the cryptocurrency available to its users.

The cryptocurrency announced late in June that it would now be listed on some indexes and cryptocurrency exchanges. The cryptocurrency will be listed on WorldCoinIndex, Exrates and Coinlib. This would help its users gain access to the digital currency easily as well as aid new users in purchasing the cryptocurrency.

Asides getting listed on new exchanges, the cryptocurrency spent the month of July upgrading its management. From the announcement that Ditcoin now has a new CEO, Tony Emeka to the announcement of a PRO, Mrs Brooke Miller. The digital currency aims to ensure that the cryptocurrency drives adoption in the African continent and the world beyond.

To achieve the aim of driving adoption, the CEO of Ditcoin is currently touring  Nigeria and educating people on crypto currencies. Sometime in July, Mr Tony was in the Northern states of Kano and Katstina. While in Katstina, he was at a cryptocurrency event on the 25th of July that was tagged “Awareness on the Blockchain Technology, Cryptocurrency and Ditcoin.”  The event which was endorsed by the Prince of Katsina, gave Ditcoin the opportunity to raise grassroots awareness. Educating the people about cryptocurrencies and the importance of privacy in transactions. Ditcoin is becoming a driving force in the African cryptocurrency space and we look forward to seeing it in massive use. 

 

 

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