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Brave Browser Confirmed as HTC Exodus’ Default Web Browsing App

HTC is resolved to win the race for the best blockchain phone on the market. Its commitment to the community seems to be genuine and not only have they bet on accepting payment exclusively in cryptocurrencies to promote their use but also decided to include third-party software that makes use of these technologies.

In a tweet published a few hours ago by Mr. Brendan Eich, CEO of Brave Software, he expressed his satisfaction after confirming HTC’s decision to include Brave as the Exodus’ default web browser.

Brave Browser: Using Basic Attention Token (BAT) To Create a Better Internet

Brave Browser uses blockchain technologies to improve the user experience and change the way content providers relate to consumers. The idea is to make browsing faster and more convenient by rewarding not only users for consuming content but also giving them the ability to benefit content creators.

“Once you enable Brave Rewards, the Brave browser automatically and anonymously keeps track of sites each user visits. The more times that a user visits a site, the larger the proportion of the user’s monthly contribution is “ear-marked” for that content creator. When contributions for a content creator exceed $100.00 USD, an email is sent to both the webmaster of the site and the registered domain owner from your WHOIS information. The email explains how to verify the ownership of your website with Brave Software.”

The token used by Brave Browser is the Basic Attention Token (BAT), a cryptocurrency that has recently gained considerable popularity, especially after the announcement that it has been supported by Coinbase to be traded on its platform.

Blockchain-Phones: The New Trend

For its part, the HTC Exodus 1 Phone is a phone created by HTC with blockchain technology focused on those users who want to manage their crypto coins from their mobile phone without additional hardware. To do this, HTC developed its own hardware wallet with multi-asset support. The wallet is named Zion and runs on independent hardware embedded into the phone.

The main competition of the HTC Exodus, is the Sirin Labs’ Finney Phone, a device that has similar features but runs under a proprietary Operating System developed as an Android fork.

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Cardano (ADA), Tron (TRX) and BAT Listed on the Abra App

From the 4th of September, users of the Abra app have been able to access three new cryptocurrencies on the mobile app. These cryptocurrencies are Cardano (ADA), Tron (TRX) and Basic Attention Token (BAT). The team at Abra acknowledged the main reason for listing the new digital assets, was the constant requests from the app’s users to add them. The announcement went on to add that:

We’ve been getting a lot of user requests to add various coins and tokens to the Abra app, and we are working diligently to make that happen.

We are really excited to have these coins listed on Abra, and we are working to bring more investment options to Abra users.

28 Cryptocurrencies

The mobile app now supports 28 cryptocurrencies as can be seen in the screenshot below.

28 cryptocurrencies on Abra. Source, abra.com

The Abra wallet allows you to gain exposure to all these crytocurrencies without creating a separate wallet, managing separate keys, or figuring out how to buy these digital assets on a regular crypto exchange. You can also redeem your cryptocurrencies for Bitcoin (BTC) or USD for withdrawal to your bank account.

Global and Flexible

For the aforementioned withdrawals, Abra allows users in the US and the Philippines to withdraw to their bank account. In the case of the latter country, residents in the Philippines can also deposit and withdraw funds to their wallet using a regular teller. This service is currently only available in the Philippines.

Listing Cardano (ADA) and Basic Attention Token (BAT) Before Coinbase

Popular American crypto exchange of Coinbase had earlier announced that it had plans to list the five digital assets of Cardano (ADA), Basic Attention Token (BAT), Ox (ZRX), ZCash (ZEC) and Stellar (XLM). The team at Abra have managed to beat Coinbase at listing 2 of the 5 digital assets.

Furthermore, it has been over 3 weeks since Coinbase made the announcement about exploring the possibilities of listing the 5 cryptocurrencies, therefore a verdict from the exchange should not be that far away in time.

[Photo courtesy of abra.com]

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Coinbase-explored Basic Attention Token’s (BAT) Brave Browser Attains 10 Million Downloads

Before Coinbase decided to put Basic Attention Token (BAT) among the assets they are exploring, the cryptocurrency has been performing in the space.

Now, the Brave Browser, which rewards users with BAT, has reached a milestone of 10 Million Download on Google Play store. This is a giant milestone for BAT, which appears not so popular until Coinbase mentioned it is exploring it.

The browser is a fast, open source, and privacy-focused. It blocks malvertisements, trackers, and contains a ledger system that anonymously captures user attention to accurately reward publishers. On the browser users are rewarded for their contents.

“The Brave browser knows where users spend their time, making it the perfect tool to calculate and reward publishers with BATs. This service creates a transparent and efficient Blockchain-based digital advertising market.”

Through the browser, publishers are rewarded with more revenue because middlemen and fraud are reduced. Those who use the browser are served with fewer but better targeted ads devoid of malware, while advertisers are receive better data on their spending.

Brave Has 3 Million Monthly Active Users

In July, Brave announced they now has over 3 million monthly active users (over 3.1 million as of July 1st). They added that they are moving to pass the 5 million mark before the end of 2018.

The statement added that, “Brave has also reached the Top 10 category in “free communication apps” for its Android browser in the Google Play Store in the United States as well 20 countries across Europe, Asia, and the Americas”.

“This includes #8 in the U.S., #7 in Canada,  #8 in France, #4 in Portugal, #6 in Spain, #5 in Ireland, as well as #3 in Indonesia, #7 in Singapore, #10 in South Korea, and #5 in Argentina.”

BAT Grants Dishes Out $500,000 BAT Giveaway

That same July, Brave publicized they issued BAT grants to Brave users as part of the monthly $500,000 BAT giveaway. In the same line, the statement stated that Brave had over 18,000 Brave verified publishers (over 4,500 websites and 13,500 YouTube and Twitch streamers).

Basic Attention Token (BAT) has been a growing idea before Coinbase made it known to its users they are adding the cryptocurrency.

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Coinbase Displays Maker (MKR), 0x (ZRX), Basic Attention Token (BAT) On Its Newly Converted Toshi Wallet

The cryptocurrency community is surprised seeing Coinbase display Maker, OX, Basic Attention Token on its newly converted Toshi Wallet.

Not long, Coinbase announced it’s exploring some assets and may soon list them on its exchange.

Among these coins were Cardano (ADA), Basic Attention Token (BAT), Stellar Lumens (XLM), Zcash (ZEC) and 0x (ZRX). However, Coinbase did not state if it will definitely list this asset. Also. Maker is said to be explored by Coinbase Custody, but not Coinbase exchange.

Displaying these three coins on Coinbase wallet does not denote the Coinbase exchange will list any of them anytime soon.

Few days ago, Coinbase announced it is converting Toshi wallet to Coinbase Wallet. The exchange said that Toshi’s now Coinbase Wallet.

According to a release by Coinbase, “Toshi was developed by the Coinbase team a little over a year ago.”

“When the product launched, it featured the world’s first mobile dapp browser. Later, we became the first wallet to launch crypto collectibles. Our goal was to make managing crypto and accessing the decentralized web as easy as downloading an app on your mobile phone. And as part of our effort to be the most trusted brand in the space, we also set out to provide best-in-class secure storage. With Coinbase Wallet, your private keys are secured using your device’s Secure Enclave and biometric authentication technology.”

According to the release, with Coinbase wallet, it is easy for users to:

  • Manage ETH and all your ERC-20 tokens (very soon we’ll be supporting BTC, BCH and LTC).
  • Receive airdrops and ICO tokens.
  • Buy and store crypto collectibles — non-fungible tokens that are unique — and use them in games, or trade them on marketplaces.
  • Send payments to anyone anywhere, without geographical borders or fees.
  • Access leading decentralized exchanges and relayers to buy and sell tokens.
  • Explore the full universe of third party dapps that enable everything from taking out a loan or lending to others on the blockchain to earning crypto by answering questions, performing services, or completing tasks.

Every cryptocurrency related idea is seeking expansion, this has been the case of Coinbase and many other prominent crypto exchanges.

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NANO and XVG Lead a Pack of 14 Alt-Coins Rebounding With a Vengeance

The crypto-markets have regained some much needed volumes with the total crypto-market capitalization going back to levels above $200 Billion and currently at $205 Billion. Bitcoin’s (BTC) dominance is still much above half this value and at 53.6%.The King of Crypto is up 4.32% in the last 24 hours and is currently trading at $6,383.

With a stable Bitcoin above levels of $6,000, comes the resurgence of Alt-coins in the markets that has been led by a pack of 14 coins and tokens showing impressive gains. A better visual of the situation can be found below:

14 Alt-coins showing impressive gains in an unsure market recovery. Source, Coinmarketcap.com

NANO and XVG Lead the pack

Further analyzing the list of 14 coins, we find that a few stand out by showcasing impressive gains. NANO has increased in value by over 25% in 24 hours to current levels of $1.11. Verge (XVG) has also increased in value by close to 14% and is currently valued at $0.011884. Basic Attention Token (BAT) also stands out with 14.5% in gains in the last 24 hours. It is currently valued at $0.19866.

Coin Values Still Too Low

However, these prices are still low when we observe that the total market capitalization stood at $255 Billion before the SEC announced they’d be delaying their decision as to whether they will accept the rule change proposed by the CBOE sponsored Bitcoin ETF. Since then, the total crypto market capitalization dropped to its lowest yesterday, August 14th when it was valued momentarily at $189.8 Billion. At that moment, the crypto markets had contracted by 25.5% since the SEC’s announcement to delay the ETF.

This then explains why we are seeing some of our favorite coins doing double digit gains as they try to recover to levels witnessed before the SEC announcement that has been described by some as a small ‘Extinction Level Event’.

Ted Rogers, the president of the cryptocurrency infrastructure firm Xapo, was the first to point this out via twitter when he stated the following:

We could be in the midst of the extinction-level event for “cryptoassets” that many maximalists have predicted. 90%+ of @CoinMarketCap list will disappear eventually – might as well happen now. Meantime, lower BTC price means incredible opportunity to buy more #bitcoin.

Mr. Rogers’ comments might not go down well with a few alt-coin believes given that the crypto-markets have shown to function using different variables as those seen in traditional markets. A drop by 90% in less than a year could be an indicator of an incoming Bull run.

Disclaimer: This article is not meant to give financial advice. Any opinion herein should be taken as is. Please carry out your own research before investing in any of the numerous cryptocurrencies available.

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Is Cardano (ADA) a Better Investment Option than XRP and LTC for The Rest of 2018?

The signs and signals in the crypto-markets are indicating a resurgence of Bitcoin (BTC) to past glory as witnessed in the second half of 2017. By the end of July last year, The King of Crypto was valued at $2,700. Less than 6 months later, and on the 17th of December, BTC was valued at $20,000: a percentage increase of 640%. Could we be headed for a similar rally in 2018?

It is with the latter question that many crypto-traders and investors are looking for investment choices that will bring favorable returns once BTC confirms that this is indeed a Bull run and not a bull trap.

Looking at our favorite options of XRP (XRP) and Litecoin (LTC), the two coins have a lot going on both in terms of still being a favorable investment option as well as what might make crypto-investors to think twice about the two digital assets.

XRP (XRP) has recently gone through a rebranding effort to separate the digital asset from the company of Ripple. This is partly due to the fact that the SEC has yet to classify the digital asset as a security or not. There are also 3 pending lawsuits against the Ripple company that all claim XRP is a security and the Ripple company failed to register the asset as such. The outcomes of the lawsuits are a great unknown that is probably leading a few investors away from XRP.

With respect to LTC, the Litecoin Foundation recently acquired a 9.9% stake in Germany’s WEB bank through a partnership with TokenPay that also touches on Verge (XVG) indirectly. This is due to the fact that TokenPay and Verge are solid partners. LTC is trying to recover from the disappointments of Litepay and the FUD that Charlie Lee sold out on the project. In fact, Charlie has removed the proverbial boxing gloves and is responding to criticism on twitter directly as can be seen when he stated the following:

I’m trying my best to get LTC to $400 so people like you will stop shitting on me all the time. Who abandoned LTC?!

Switching our attention to Cardano (ADA), the coin is looking more attractive by the day. To begin with, there are news of the Coinbase exchange considering the addition of ADA to the platform together with 4 other digital assets of BAT, XLM, ZRX and ZEC. This news sent the values of each of these digital assets to the roof in a matter of hours. A Coinbase addition of ADA would confirm that ADA is indeed a solid investment option for Coinbase has been known to pick only the best digital assets and to provide services geared towards institutional investors.

Secondly, Charles Hoskinson, CEO of IOHK and co-founder of Cardano, recently expressed his vision for the cryptocurrency when he said the following:

I would love to see Cardano as the first trillion dollar cryptocurrency and the reason being is that that would effectively mean that we have built a self-sustaining economy.

Knowing that the Cardano project is driven purely by research, his vision could become a reality in the near future also due to the fact of the stellar team behind the project and platform. When making an investment option, researching who is behind the project, is wise before you buy in. The team at Cardano look like the real deal.

Therefore, it is with these few points that it might be a wiser decision to stock up on Cardano for the rest of 2018 rather than our favorite assets of XRP and LTC. With BTC looking ready to Run with the Bulls, early investment decisions are what make the difference.

Disclaimer: This article is not meant to give financial advice. It is an opinion piece. The opinion herein should be taken as is. Please carry out your own research before investing in any of the numerous cryptocurrencies available.

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IOSToken (IOST), Ethereum Classic (ETC) and NANO are Top Performers In The Last 24 Hours

The cryptocurrency markets are showing some signs of much needed life following the Bithumb hack that rocked the crypto-verse early Wednesday morning. Many crypto traders noted that Bitcoin (BTC) managed to hold its own this time round during the hack. The King of Crypto only decreased in value by 1.3% and has since continued to rise to current levels of $6,769: an increment of 1.72%.

With the stability of Bitcoin (BTC), the total market capitalization has increased by around $10 Billion from levels of $282 Billion only yesterday, to current levels of $290 Billion. It is a huge step forward in the much needed market recovery.

In the past 24 hours, a few major cryptocurrencies have led the rest in impressive gains.

IOSToken (IOST) is one of the digital assets that has performed well in the last 24 hours. The token had earlier peaked to levels of $0.033 before settling to current levels of $0.0313. IOST has increased by 6.42% in the last 24 hours and helped the crypto markets gain the much needed volume for a recovery.

IOST performance in the last 24 hours. Source, coinmarketcap.com

Ethereum Classic (ETC) has also been doing pretty well since Coinbase added the coin to its list of digital assets on the platform. The coin is currently trading at $17.09 and up 13% in the last 24 hours. Nano (NANO) has also shown tremendous improvement in the last 24 hours. The coin is currently up 10% in the same time period and currently trading at $2.97. Basic Attention Token (BAT) is also outshining the rest with a 12.55% increment in the last 24 hours. The token is currently valued at $0.277.

Summing it all up, the cryptocurrency market seems to be experiencing a recovery that might be tested as we inch closer to the weekend. The hacks on both Coinrail and Bithumb seemed to have not scared away all the investors in the crypto-verse.

Dr. Robert Statica, who is an expert in cyber security as well as cryptocurrencies and blockchain, was asked by Ethereum World News about the effects of the two hacks on the future of the crypto-markets. One question many crypto-traders have been asking, is if the repeated hacks will scare the institutional investors from making an entry into the industry.

Dr. Statica would offer his opinion on the above issue by saying the following:

Institutional investors are familiar and comfortable with a certain level of risk. But definitely they will think twice before putting all their money into a single exchange. Anywhere between 2-5 exchanges is probably a safer place to be.

He is also the CEO and President of BLAKFX: an advanced blockchain project that has the potential of changing the lives of almost 3 Billion people that are currently unbanked. The project will do this by allowing them to enter the world’s economy, banking and payment systems.

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Today’s Double Digit Gainers: Bitcoin Private (BTCP) and Basic Attention Token (BAT)

The total market capitalization in the crypto-verse has stagnated at levels between $270 Billion and $290 Billion for the last 3 days. That value now stands at $284 Billion and as we approach the weekend. The relatively stable crypto markets have allowed the King of Crypto, Bitcoin (BTC), to also be stable at levels of between $6,300 and $6,700 within the same time period.

The current stability is a welcome relief after the chaos that was last Sunday, June 10th. On this day, popular South Korean exchange, Coinrail, was successfully hacked and $40 Million worth of tokens stolen. Also on the same day, 4 prominent cryptocurrency exchanges (Coinbase, Bitstamp, Itbit and Kraken), were served with subpoenas by the CFTC (Commodity Futures Trading Commission), to provide Bitcoin trading data. The CFTC is currently investigating reports of Bitcoin manipulation from December last year.

Both events caused a knee jerk reaction of panic selling in the crypto-markets that are since trying to recover.

Observing the crypto markets once again, two cryptocurrencies are currently defying ‘gravity’ be exhibiting double digit gains in the last 24 hours. They are the cryptocurrencies of Bitcoin Private (BTCP) and Basic Attention Token (BAT).

Bitcoin Private (BTCP) is currently trading at $15.61 and up 11% in the last 24 hours, and at the moment of writing this. BTCP is the product of a fork-merge of Bitcoin with Zclassic. This event can also be referred to as a co-fork. The fork happened on the 18th of February this year. Anyone who was holding ZCL and BTC during that time, was credited BTCP in the ratio of 1:1.

BTCP iss significantly faster and has lower fees than Bitcoin. It also has the privacy technology known as zk-SNARKs that was originally implemented by the ZCash foundation.

Basic Attention Token (BAT) is currently valued at $0.233 and up 13.76% in the last 24 hours. The project and token is the brainchild of the creator of JavaScript and the co-founder of Mozilla and Firefox. Basic Attention Token radically improves the efficiency of digital advertising by creating a new token that can be exchanged between publishers, advertisers, and users. It is based on the Ethereum platform.

In conclusion, the markets are experiencing some sideways movement that has allowed some coins and tokens to have a foundation for some considerable gains as can be seen by BTCP and BAT. With the weekend ahead, all fingers are crossed that the markets will remain stable as we usher in a new week.