NEO set to attract exciting new developers with Devcon in America’s fastest growing tech hub Seattle

Open-source blockchain project, NEO is promising an exciting mix of tech, business, and regulatory speakers at its 2019 DevCon event.
Hundreds are expected to attend the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Seattle between February 16th – 17th to listen to more than 40 speakers and view more than 30 projects across 20 separate exhibits.
In addition, NEO will host a one-day workshop that will introduce developers to the fundamentals of NEO blockchain development. With support for multiple programing languages such as C#, Python, and JavaScript, NEO aims to be the most developer friendly smart contract platform.
NEO founders Da Hongfei and Erik Zhang will open the event giving visitors insight into NEO’s promise of a Smart Economy and plans for platform growth over the next 12 months.
The rest of the opening day will focus on topics such as platform architecture, innovation, the regulatory landscape, and the transition to a Smart Economy.
Scheduled speakers include Miha Kralj, managing director of the world’s largest consulting company Accenture, who will talk about the big trends in blockchain, and Dr Chris Berg of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), who will discuss crypto-economics and its role in the future of the global economy.
Another confirmed speaker is Joseph Williams, Governor Jay Inslee’s ICT industry sector lead & State of Washington ICT economic development director. Williams will give visitors an insight into how regulators view the development of blockchain.
Day two of NEO DevCon will shift gears and take a deep dive into technical blockchain topics such as consensus mechanisms and decentralized storage, as well as explore a range of decentralized application [dApp] use cases, patterns and practices.
Co-founders of the NEO Saint Petersburg Competency Center, Sergei Liubich and Anatoly Bogatryrev, will present research progress on their NEO based distributed decentralized storage platform.
The Coelho brothers and founders of NeoResearch, Igor and Vitor, will discuss how high performance computing can advance consensus mechanisms and how the NEO blockchain can be used as a problem solving network.
Representatives from ecosystem projects such as Neon Exchange, Moonlight, Blacat and Archon will also share insights on dApp development and their contributions to the Smart Economy.
“NEO’s goal is to have the ability to run large-scale commercial applications. The technology development of the blockchain will eventually land in practical applications, and we hope to serve the goals of the smart economy,” Erik Zhang, founder of NEO said.
“The NEO DevCon is a place where we can share the latest technological advances, learn about interesting applications and discuss the possibilities of future changes with relevant experts and scholars. This time we also invited some speakers from Seattle-based tech giants to share their insights with us.”
Development workshop
NEO DevCon will also feature a workshop for participants who are interested in learning to work on NEO’s developer-friendly platform.
The workshop will guide developers through how to set up a NEO development environment, design a smart contract, deploy to the blockchain, and interface with a smart contract.
It aims to give participants all the skills required to start building their own dApps on the NEO platform.
NEO DevCon will be held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Seattle, February 16th – 17th.
Anyone interested in participating or supporting the event can email: devcon@neo.org
Early bird tickets are on sale now for $149 and are available until January 15th. Full price tickets will be $299.
More information can be found on the official website!
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BitMax.io goes beyond industry norm to support and advance listing partners

As a leading third-generation digital asset trading platform, BitMax.io [BTMX.com] has continued to grow its partnership network rapidly. With primary objective to list only top-tier quality projects in the crypto-space, BitMax.io goes beyond industry norm and strives to advance its listing partners by leveraging the strong relationship they have built with their users and community through multiple channels.
Joint Events
BitMax.io is widely known for its highly interactive communities on such popular social platforms as Telegram, Twitter, WeChat, and Weibo. With steady growth, the exchange has obtained over 35,000 loyal members with diverse background and from geographic regions.
In an effort to educate the users, BitMax.io frequently conducts joint-AMA sessions with listing partners. Such joint effort not only helps generating excitement but also broadens the discussion to the new projects among platform users.
BitMax.io also launches client acquisition campaigns for new listings, such as trading competitions and airdrops in which tokens of the newly listed projects are provided for the eligible users as incentives. For example, BitMax.io has recently announced the Lambda New Year Trading Competition. Users who complete the required tasks will be eligible for their share in a prize pool of 1.5 million BTMX and 2 million LAMB tokens.
Furthermore, BitMax.io assists European projects such as LTO Network in building their communities in Asia, while promoting brand awareness for Chinese projects such as CVN and COVA among its English-speaking audience. BitMax.io’s growing global network is a testament to its trading expertise as well as strategic marketing and branding services.
Value-added Advisory Partners
BitMax.io has established itself with solid reputation of transparency and integrity in the crypto-space, which has proved to bring additional benefits for their platform partners. For example, the projects Lambda and CVN were selected to be listed on coinmarketcap.com very shortly after their primary listing on BitMax.io. This can be largely attributable to BitMax.io’s reputation and impressive listing portfolio.
The partnerships between BitMax.io and Lambda, LTO, CVN, and COVA have frequently made headlines on top-tier media outlets such as Nasdaq, China Daily, CCN, Use The Bitcoin, NewsBTC, and AMB Crypto. It is well recognized that BitMax.io can bring more broad-based exposure to its partners and enhance their branding awareness across worldwide audience.
Upcoming Partnership
As part of its mission to provide platform users with exclusive access to top-tier projects, BitMax.io proudly announced the primary listing of Blockchain Exchange Alliance [Token: BXA]. As a technology-oriented digital financial institution, BXA places large emphasis on regulatory compliance and plans to take full advantage of their global network of cryptocurrency exchanges.
With the vision to establish a smart economy with efficient value transfer, their existing infrastructure, such as fiat-to-crypto currency gateways, enables BXA to break free from technical thresholds. They will create fiat-to-crypto trading platforms with deep liquidity and offer a wealth of digital financial services including cryptocurrency trading, real-time payments, security token offerings, and other financial derivatives. With BXA’s commitment to pioneering in their field, the primary listing partnership again highlights the BitMax.io’s proven track record in the highly competitive cryptocurrency exchange space.
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Dice 3D, the best ROI dApp on TRON

While the crypto-market remains bearish, many have turned to playing decentralized applications [dApps] to optimize their portfolios. The return on investment rate [ROI] has then become a key metric to determine whether a dApp is doing good or not. Dice 3D is a decentralized dice game built on the TRON blockchain. With all unique designs, it aims to offer players the best ROI rate grow their TRX in the game.
100% DC Token Dividends
To make players the real owners of the platform and enjoy benefits from its growth, Dice 3D shares 100% of its total incomes with all DC holders as dividends. In other games, this percentage is usually at around 60%. DC tokens are TRC20 standard tokens created by the Dice 3D gaming platform and can only be mined by playing the game. DC holders will constantly and automatically receive dividends on a daily basis.

Crypto Growth with Energy Bank
Resources have always been a problem for dApp developers on TRON. To solve this problem, Dice 3D innovatively introduced an energy bank in the game, where players can deposit TRX to help the game gain resources while in return, the game offers interest to all depositors. Just like a bank in real life, players are also able to withdraw their full amount of TRX at any time without commissions. It’s a constant growth of players’ TRX with almost no risks.

Healthy Token Economy
The biggest problem with existing dApps in the market is that most of them don’t have a healthy recycling or burning design for their tokens which would inevitably lead to an economic collapse. Hence, to avoid this from happening, Dice 3D has come up with a reliable coin burn solution.

After the stable running of Dice 3D will start opening the DC Betting mode. Under this game mode, players will be able to bet with DC and part of the DC tokens will be burnt if they lose.
Every quarter, the Dice 3D team will allocate 20% of the increment of the pot to purchase DC tokens in the market and burn them. This ensures DC tokens stay deflationary. For instance, if the pot increases by 5 million TRX in a quarter, then the team will use 1 million TRX to buy and burn equivalent DC tokens.

Based on competitive dApps’ performance, as long as the game runs smoothly, a daily ROI of over 70% can be expected in the early stage. What makes Dice 3D more interesting is that there is a special section in the game where free TRX will be occupationally airdropped.
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EQS Newswire debuts news distributor for blockchain and cryptocurrencies

The EQS COCKPIT’s newswire service now distributes corporate news to specialist media in the blockchain and cryptocurrencies space. EQS Group customers in this industry can now quickly and efficiently target all relevant key journalists covering the emerging global phenomenon.
More and more companies, who have launched blockchain technology-based or cryptocurrency projects, are facing communications challenge in terms of reaching the still relatively new or semi-professional specialist media.
“Business leaders have understood that they need to communicate transparently in order to build trust in new technologies. With our extensively researched media contacts, we now support them decisively,” explains Stefan Berg, Head of Business Development at the EQS Group.
The new distributor contains over 1,000 authorized media contacts in Europe and the US, making it one of the world’s largest specialty circuits in the industry. Prominent recipients include market-leading news portals such as Cointelegraph, Coindesk, Bitcoinist and BTC-Echo.
In addition to distributing to specialist media, the newswire also provides contacts to business and finance journalists who cover these topics for their news outlets. “We have seen strong interest in blockchain and cryptocurrencies in the course of our research,” reports Stefan Berg.
Customers need only to select the Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Distributor within the new EQS COCKPIT, which was successfully launched in late November and includes one of the leading newswires in Europe, North America and Asia.
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EQS Group is a leading international technology provider for Investor Relations, Corporate Communications, and Corporate Compliance. More than 8,000 companies worldwide use EQS Group’s offerings to fulfill complex national and international disclosure obligations, to minimize risk, and to reach stakeholders.
EQS Group is a digital single-source provider for global teams. EQS Group’s products and services include a global newswire, regulatory news distribution, investor targeting and contact management, and insider list management. These are integrated within a cloud-based platform, the EQS COCKPIT, to streamline the workflows of investor relations, communications, and compliance professionals. The Group also offers an innovative whistleblowing and case management software, IR website services, digital reports, and webcasting solutions.
EQS Group was founded in 2000 in Munich, Germany. Today, the group employs over 450 professionals around the globe and has offices in the world’s key financial market.
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Binance continues to take the lead in terms of average daily volume, CryptoCompare exchange review

Cryptocurrency exchanges are often referred to as the gateway into the space as it is noted to be key contributors to Bitcoin [BTC] and other cryptocurrencies’ adoption. Exchanges are also known to play a vital role in determining the price of cryptocurrencies and their position in the market.
These reasons, along with several other, have led to exchanges gaining the attention of the regulatory bodies across the globe, with several countries laying down strict rules and regulations. Despite this, there are only a handful of exchanges that have managed to maintain market integrity and gain the trust of their customers. This is because a majority of the existent exchanges either do not have the required security measure or are involved in some sort of malpractice.
This is taking into consideration that a recent report suggested that over 80% of the top 25 BTC pairs on CoinMarketCap is wash traded. Wash Trading refers to a kind of market manipulation wherein an investor continuously sells and buys the same cryptocurrency with an intention to false trade activity on the exchange.
To add on, there are exchanges that are also involved in another form of market manipulation known as Painting the Tape, wherein the exchanges attempt to influence the price of a cryptocurrency by trading amongst themselves. This manipulation tends to the increase in both the closing price of the cryptocurrency and its trading volume.
CryptoCompare, a global cryptocurrency market data provider, recently published a report on cryptocurrency exchanges. The report dives deeper in trade volume of exchanges, provides an overview on current market concentration and the highest volume jurisdictions around the world. It also provides an insight on the evolution of the spot volume vs futures volume of cryptocurrency exchanges and the traditional players such as CBOE and CME futures.
The report shows that Binance is currently on the top position in terms average daily volume in December. The exchange platform accounts for over $664 million average daily volume and more than $20 billion total volume for the month. This comprises 427 cryptocurrency pairs and a total of 166 coins. The second spot is taken by OKEx, which pictures an average daily volume of over $619 million and a total monthly volume of over $19 billion.
Top 10 Spot Trading Exchanges by Average Daily Volume in December | Source: CryptoCompare
According to the report, more than 60% of spot market volume of December belonged to the top 10 exchanges. Interestingly, Binance, exchange led by Changpeng Zhao, OKEx, a Hong Kong-based exchange and ZB, an exchange that started to bloom recently in the market, has a whopping 29,9% control of the total spot market volume. Whereas, Huobi Pro and LBank follow the suit by contributing over 12.2% of the total spot market volume.
The control over the majority of the total sport market volume has been strikingly decreasing over time. In October 2018, the top 10 exchanges had control over 90% of the spot market volume was held by top 25 exchanges, showing a 10% decrease since then.
December market concentration by total exchange volume | Source: CryptoCompare
Interestingly, the report also reveals that Maltese-registered exchanges have the highest trading volume and is closely followed by exchanges that are legally registered in Hong Kong and Samoa. The reason behind Malta leading the suit could be because of its cryptocurrency-friendly environment. The country has earned the name of ‘blockchain island’ because of its revolutionary regulations, attracting exchanges such as Binance into setting up their operations on the island.
For the month of December, Maltese exchanges traded around the $40 billion mark, whereas Hong Kong exchanges turned in over $32.5 billion trades and Samoa – over $23.6 billion. Despite taking the top position, Maltese-based exchanges trading volume has seen a significant slump of over 9%, in comparison to November 2018’s $44 billion trading volume. This stands contradictory to exchanges registered in Hong Kong and Samoa as they have seen a rise of 2% and 3% respectively.
Total Monthly Trading Volume by Legal Jurisdiction in December | Source: CryptoCompare
The data aggregated by CryptoCompare also shows that exchanges with Trans-fee mining are slowly gaining traction in the cryptocurrency space. The business model, which became popular because of FCoin, now accounts to over 12% of the total exchange volume, i.e., over $23.2 billion. Additionally, this has seen a rise of over 12% in comparison to November’s $20.3 billion.
Trans-fee mining started to bloom in the cryptocurrency market in 2018. The business model is well-known for being adopted by exchanges such as FCoin and Bitforex to stand out from the leading exchanges. Additionally, this model has been criticized by several influencers in the space including Changpeng Zhao, co-founder of Binance, whereas some have declared it to be Ponzi scheme.
Trans-fee mining is a reward model, wherein traders are 100% compensated with the exchange’s native currency for the transaction fees paid. This model aims at increasing the trading volume of the exchange by reward traders to join and allowing users to trade for basically zero-cost.
While 12% of the total exchange volume rests with exchanges with trans-fee mining, 86% of the total exchange volume is held by those that charge taker fees, i.e., $167 billion and the rest belong to exchanges that don’t charge fees.
Daily Trading Volume by Predominant Fee Type | Source: CryptoCompare
The report, most importantly, shows the growth of Bitcoin Futures Trading in BitMEX against Bitcoin Futures Trading in traditional exchanges such as CME and CBOE. The report states that USD value of BitMEX XBTUSD perpetual futures volume has increased by 17.7%, whereas XBTUSD futures on traditional markets took the downward trend in comparison to November 2017. CME Bitcoin futures trading has slumped by over 45.5% and CBOE Bitcoin futures trading has seen a massive drop of over 48% since November.
Monthly Average Daily Bitcoin USD Futures Volume | Source: CryptoCompare
Moreover, exchanges that have implemented either partial or mandatory Know-your-Customer record for over 77% of the total monthly spot trading volume, indicating two possibilities for the rise. First, regulation-compliant exchanges are more favoured by traders and investors in the space, taking several factors into account including the hacks and scams.
Second, the regulatory clampdown on cryptocurrency exchanges has increased over the period of time. This includes exchanges such as ShapeShift, which was forced to implement mandatory KYC/ AML process for all the users of the platform.
Historical Segmentation by KYC Requirements | Source: CryptoCompare
The report also shows trading data based on stable coins, especially Tether [USDT]. Tether [USDT] has been under the radar of the cryptocurrency market since the beginning of 2018. The coin has been under scrutiny for manipulation the price of Bitcoin [BCT] and claims that it does not have the USD backing it claims to have.
The data represents that the majority of Bitcoin trading into stable coin was taken by Tether [USDT] for the month of December 2018. To add, the majority of Bitcoin trading into fiat or stable is also held by Tether, with 65% of the total monthly volume in December.
Nonetheless, the stable coin that was ruling alongside Bitcoin for the longest seems to be losing its position as other stable coins have hoped on to the bandwagon. This includes coins such as Paxos Standard [PAX], Gemini Dollar [GUSD], and Circle Coin [USCD].
For December, USDT trading pairs demonstrated the largest market for stable coins, whereas Paxos Standard [PAX] held the spot for the majority of the trading volume, with 75% of the total monthly volume. Additionally, USDT trading into PAX has seen a massive increase of 70% in comparison to the previous month.
Proportion of USDT trading into Other Stable Coins | Source: CryptoCompare
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Blockchain in Banking Summit in Zurich: Leading Bankers and Experts to Discuss Topical Trends and Future Evolutions of Blockchain in Banking Sector

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Learning how to protect your crypto wallet from cyber attacks

Last year, hackers stole over 530 million dollars’ worth of cryptocurrency on Asia’s leading crypto platform, Coincheck. This security breach was a major wakeup call for the whole industry demonstrating that it is not just users, but entire platforms that are vulnerable to attack. As with many things in the online world, a little precaution goes a long way in ensuring your digital safety. In the crypto-world of anonymous and instantaneous transactions, security is vital. That’s why we’ve put together this list of essential steps to help you protect your crypto wallet from cyber attacks.
Your Crypto Wallet
To understand how your coin can be stolen, it’s first important to know about the different types of wallets. You have two options for storing coins. Most people use online services where they purchase, store, and exchange coins. Its highly convenient, but also the most vulnerable to attack as all of your accounts are concentrated in one location.
You can choose to install your own wallet, which does add another layer of security, but it’s still likely “hot” or has a default active internet connection. Do note, anything connected to the internet provides hackers with an opportunity for access. That’s why many people use “cold” or offline wallets to store assets. You can use a USB drive, offline key or other options that you only connect during a transaction and disconnect immediately after.

Two-Factor Authentication

Regardless of what you’re doing online from logging into Facebook to buying new shoes, you should be using two-factor authentication. This ensures that even if someone has access to your login information, they’d still need your phone or email account to be able to receive the code. You can also get more secure by using specific authenticator apps or specific hardware dongles.

Don’t Use Public Wi-Fi

Who isn’t tempted by the promise of free Wi-Fi? These days, Wi-Fi is everywhere, and hackers know it. Three distinct vulnerabilities include malware, man-in-the-middle attacks, and Wi-Fi sniffing. Wi-Fi sniffing is the practice of discovering key information from a computer connected to a network. Instead, create your own hotspot from your phone. If you have to use public Wi-Fi, then be sure to use a VPN.

Use a VPN on Android and iOS

Whether you are using a mobile-based wallet or connecting through your phone’s data connection, a VPN is one of the best ways to secure your cryptocurrency. A VPN or virtual private network encrypts your data and anonymizes your connection. This strong combination deters hackers because it’s much more difficult to gain access to your personal information and simply isn’t worth their time.

Beware of Any Downloads

Two-factor authentication and caution with downloads should be the backbone of all digital security nowadays. The problem is that hackers are getting smarter. For example, your friend’s email address may have been hacked, and you will receive an email with a link or download that may seem harmless. Unless you have strong spam filters or can recognize a phishing attack, the same thing can happen to you.
These downloads and links can contain all kinds of malware from reading keystrokes to gaining access to all your files. Be careful, most people in the crypto wallet aren’t out to steal your coin or info. But, there are smart hackers who will post links on communities like Reddit and Telegram as a bait. Instead, use file and links to check anything out before you accidentally let in something malicious.

Keep Private Keys Offline

In crypto, you have private and public keys. The public key is the record of the currency and ensures that it can only be used for one transaction at a time. The private key is how you access the coin, and you need to make sure it is always safe. Think of it like this, with crypto you are your own bank. You not only control how the coin is used, but how it is protected.
For small amounts of crypto, it’s fine to keep your coin online. However, once you become a more serious investor, you need the safety of a cold wallet. These days, cold wallets like USB sticks and other methods work faster than ever. It’s more than worth it for your transactions to take a little bit longer to ensure the complete security of not just your crypto but also your personal information.
A Total Approach to Defend from Cyber Attacks
Cryptocurrency is a booming market that continues to skyrocket in value. In any speculative industry, there are going to be some bad actors. However, if you follow these keys steps and take a total approach to your digital security, you can protect yourself. Through using a VPN on Android and combining this with a cold wallet option, you can keep your coin safe and make the most of the exciting world of crypto
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World Open Network – A Platform for Every Blockchain and Cryptocurrency User!

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Cryptocurrency in Action: Gifto’s New E-Commerce Platform Live in Taiwan

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Users in Taiwan can now use GTO to purchase real goods from #1 Taiwanese brands in F&B, Entertainment and more directly from GIFTO.

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Crypto Venture UpStake is Redefining the Industry with a Proof-of-Burn Stable Coin

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UpStake, an exciting cryptocurrency project officially launched last year, is all set to take the global crypto community by storm.

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BEF Davos 2019: World Economists To Settle The Foundations For The Future Decentralized Financial System

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BEF Davos 2019: World Economists To Settle The Foundations For The Future Decentralized Financial System

LATOKEN – the #1 exchange in liquidity for new tokens – is kicking off 2019 with the 4th edition of the Blockchain Economic Forum: The Decentralized Financial System.

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CryptoExpoConference Will Be Held During the Traders Fair in Kuala Lumpur

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