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5 Most Useful Blockchain Videos: A Beginner’s Guide

By Sarah Pritzker

You might be somewhat familiar with the idea of blockchains, or you might have only heard of the phrase in passing (or you might not have any idea what a blockchain is but thought the article title sounded more interesting than the topic currently being discussed in the meeting your supervisor is making you sit through…). Either way, there are still a lot of questions that you probably have.

What is a blockchain?

How does a blockchain actually work?

Are blockchains really as secure as they claim to be?

Can you invest in blockchain itself?

What is the advantage of blockchain?

Maybe you’re getting more involved and want to delve deeper into the exciting and fascinating world of blockchains. In that case, your questions might be more advanced like:

What programming language is used for blockchains?

Is blockchain open source?

Is blockchain hackable?

Are there other use cases for blockchain beyond bitcoin storage?

Will blockchain change the world?

No matter what your string of queries, the best place to find the answers is always the internet. There are thousands and thousands of videos out there explaining the definition, uses, and inner workings of the blockchain.

I know what you’re thinking. Great! Let’s sift through thousands of videos to find the ones that actually make sense, answer your questions, and give over the information you want in an appealing manner. If that doesn’t sound as much fun as a barrel of monkeys (why would a barrel of monkeys be fun anyway?!), then you’re in luck.

Since we know how interested our readers are in the topic, we’ve aggregated the best videos from across the web that talk about blockchains. From the straight-up definition to the more advanced jargon that most of us will never really understand, check out the 5 most useful blockchain videos out there to help you get started down the path of blockchain wisdom.

Great Blockchain Video #1: What is blockchain? CNBC Explains by Tom Chitty

And here’s why: It gives you all the important information you want to know, starts from the beginning, and explains the entire concept well

There are a lot of blockchain for beginners videos. You’ll recognize them by the names like, what is a blockchain, blockchain explained, or blockchain for beginners. The truth is, though, that most of these videos take a lot for granted, assume you know more than you actually do about the topic, or don’t really explain the concept in a practical way.

And that’s why this CNBC exclusive done by Tom Chitty is our first recommendation for anyone who is just starting out on the learning journey to blockchain technology. If you can understand the accent and overlook the poor wardrobe choices, then you can actually learn a ton from this explanation video. Chitty goes through the ABCs of blockchains, showing the negatives alongside the positive uses for blockchains. He also shows you exactly how it works, why it is so secure, and what future applications might be possible for this technology.

The CNBC video also takes you through the benefits and possible financial ramifications that are involved in embracing this technology. All in all, Chitty does a great job of explaining a complex topic and gives you a lot of food for thought.

Great Blockchain Video #2: New Kids on the Blockchain by Lorne Lantz

And here’s why: Practical ways people are currently putting blockchain to good use and how they will even more so in the future

Aside from the fact that this is a TED talk, which automatically makes it amazing, Lorne Lantz explains exactly how blockchain works quickly and eloquently. He then moves on to break down how blockchain works within the bitcoin universe, something that most people are curious about. Finally, Lantz illustrates how blockchain can be used in other instances. This is not only fascinating, but it is a great way to educate the public about how this brilliant technology can be utilized in the future and within our day-to-day interactions.

Great Blockchain Video #3: Understand the blockchain in two minutes by Institute for the Future (IFTF)

And here’s why: It’s fast and easy to watch but surprisingly thorough for a two-minute video

We all want to know more about various topics like cybersecurity, the effect of drug and alcohol combinations, or depression and prevention. But let’s face it, we’re lazy! And what’s more, our attention spans are shorter than Michael Jordan’s laughable attempt at becoming a baseball star. For this reason, I am highlighting this video from IFTF.

The Institute for the Future does snapshots of interesting topics, trending concepts, and technological advancements that they deem worthy of a closer look. This video on blockchain is just two minutes long, but somehow it manages to explain everything you really need for a cursory understanding of the topic (and even a little more). So, if you’re already antsy just from reading this intro, check out the IFTF blockchain video (you can watch it double speed if you’re that strapped for time!).

Great Blockchain Video #4: How the blockchain will radically transform the economy by Bettina Warburg

And here’s why: Food for thought on a more advanced technology that is offering a safer and more reliable forum for value exchange

Whether you’re a conspiracy theorist, a budding financial mogul, or just someone who thinks it’s really cool to see entire empires brought to their knees by the unlikely underdog (think David and Goliath or Spartans against the Persians), this is a must watch video. Bettina Warburg explains briefly how throughout history we have used various methods to exchange values within our societies. From protection to fish and coins and now to the more advanced banks and digital currencies, the world has always had its way of trading valuables for desired goods.

In this video (yep, another TED talk), Warburg takes us through the process of how blockchain is the next chain in the evolution of value exchange. She expertly breaks it down, so you can see how this makes sense on a sociological, economic, and technological level. What’s more, she demonstrates how blockchain is the safest, easiest, and most reliable method we have come up with yet.

So basically, Warburg’s video shows viewers how blockchain is like a solid, unbreakable safe, which makes it more trustworthy and evergreen than any other transaction method that came before it. I don’t want to spoil the video for you, so just watch it for yourself.

Great Blockchain Video #5: Blockchain: Massively Simplified Richie Etwaru

And here’s why: A fabulous twist

This video starts off seemingly like all other beginner’s guides to blockchain. It talks about the early days of the internet (those dark times of dial-up modems and even earlier ARPAnet packet switching technologies) and quickly fast forwards to show you how kickass technology has become (as if we needed a video to tell us that).

All very interesting stuff, but nothing new. And then Etwaru does something that nobody else we’ve seen so far attempt. He takes blockchain and explains how it can bridge a gap that no other technology has been able to traverse, a gap that is so fundamental to human interactions and our society as a whole that it’s truly a marvel that we’ve gotten this far in history without having a more reliable failsafe for it.

In this video, Etwaru explains that inventions are all about bridging gaps in our society, world, and lives. He then continues on illustrating how blockchain bridges the gap of trust, one of the most core and necessary element of our society, one that holds trillions of dollars on its wobbly shoulders. With his mesmerizing voice, witty personality, and mind-blowing revelation, Etwaru really blows the top off of this simplified concept. And that’s what makes his video on blockchain really stand out.

Blockchain Explained, Expanded, and Explored

So, there you have it. Sure, you could sit there for hours and hours watching video after video, sifting through the crap and suffering through the clunky terminology, but why bother? We’ve rounded up the cream of the crop, the best videos out there, the ones that’ll give you the biggest bang for your buck. In fact, if you just watch these five videos, you’ll:

• Know all the basic information about what blockchain is, how it works, and what it’s used for
• Be able to hold your own in a conversation that is arguing the different sides of blockchain
• Have some interesting ideas to help stir up controversy when everyone’s talking about this technology at the office water cooler, at your next family barbecue, or this Thursday night at the bar
• Just generally sound like a smartass because you know more about an interesting topic than almost anyone else in the room

Of course, if you are a real newbie to the blockchain concept, then here’s some quick information to warm you up to the subject and to ensure you don’t sound like a complete idiot the next time the subject comes up.

• Blockchain is an online database that can be accessed by anyone and from anywhere in the world (provided you have an internet connection)
• Blockchain is decentralized, which means its ledger is shared on every computer around the world, so it has no single central location
• Blockchain can be added to by anyone, but once a record (or block of information) is created, it cannot be tampered with, changed, or deleted
• Bitcoin is NOT the only use case for blockchain technology. In fact, it’s just the beginning baby! From banking to cybersecurity, crowdfunding, Internet of Things, and healthcare, blockchain has so many real-life applications.

Now that you’ve got all this information in your head, knowledge is power. So, get out there and do the best thing anyone can do with a boatload of interesting information; flaunt it in front of your friends.

By Sarah Pritzker

Sarah is a Content Writer, Editor & Strategist at Youtubetomp3shark.com.

 

Fibonacci Retracements Analysis 25.01.2019 (BITCOIN, ETHEREUM)

Article By RoboForex.com

BTCUSD, “Bitcoin vs US Dollar”

As we can see in the H4 chart, the correctional downtrend is slowing down a bit; BTCUSD is testing the retracement of 61.8%. In the future, the pair may continue falling towards the retracement of 76.0% at 3389.00. The key target and the obstruction for the current descending movement is the low at 3121.90. The resistance level is at 3810.00. If the price breaks it, the instrument may expand its mid-term correction towards the key high at 4234.50.

BTCUSD1
Risk Warning: the result of previous trading operations do not guarantee the same results in the future

In the H1 chart, the pair is being corrected inside the descending impulse. If the price breaks the low at 3450.00, the instrument may fall towards the post-correctional extension area between the retracements of 138.2% and 161.8% at 3332.00 and 3258.00 respectively.

BTCUSD2
Risk Warning: the result of previous trading operations do not guarantee the same results in the future

ETHUSD, “Ethereum vs. US Dollar”

As we can see in the H4 chart, the pair reached the retracement of 61.8% and then there was a convergence on MACD. The correction may yet continue to reach the retracement of 76.0% at 100.00. After breaking the local resistance 130.00, the price may start a new rising impulse towards the high at 160.44.

ETHUSD1
Risk Warning: the result of previous trading operations do not guarantee the same results in the future

In the H1 chart, the pair is forming a new short-term correction to the upside, which has already reached the retracement of 50.0%. The next upside targets may be the retracements of 61.8% and 76.0% at 120.55 and 122.70 respectively. The support is the low at 111.01.

ETHUSD2
Risk Warning: the result of previous trading operations do not guarantee the same results in the future

Article By RoboForex.com

Attention!
Forecasts presented in this section only reflect the author’s private opinion and should not be considered as guidance for trading. RoboForex LP bears no responsibility for trading results based on trading recommendations described in these analytical reviews.

Fibonacci Retracements Analysis 18.01.2019 (BITCOIN, ETHEREUM)

Article By RoboForex.com

BTCUSD, “Bitcoin vs US Dollar”

As we can see in the H4 chart, the correctional downtrend continues. The next possible target is the retracement of 76.0% at 3389.00. The key target and the obstruction for the current descending movement is the low at 3121.90. The resistance level is at 3974.00. If BTCUSD breaks it, the instrument may expand its mid-term correction towards the retracement of 38.2% at 4428.00.

BTCUSD1
Risk Warning: the result of previous trading operations do not guarantee the same results in the future

In the H1 chart, the pair is being corrected sideways and has already reached the towards the retracement of 38.2%. The next possible targets are the retracements of 50.0% and 61.8% at 3780.00 and 3857.00 respectively. The support level is the low at 3450.00.

BTCUSD2
Risk Warning: the result of previous trading operations do not guarantee the same results in the future

ETHUSD, “Ethereum vs. US Dollar”

As we can see in the H4 chart, after reaching the retracement of 50.0%, the descending correction has slowed down. The next possible targets are the retracements of 61.8% and 76.0% at 111.40 and 100.00 respectively. After breaking the local resistance 135.30, the price may continue the mid-term correctional uptrend towards the retracement of 61.8% at 168.60.

ETHUSD1
Risk Warning: the result of previous trading operations do not guarantee the same results in the future

In the H1 chart, there was a convergence on MACD, making the pair reverse and start a new sideways correction, which has already reached the retracement of 38.2%. The next upside targets may be the retracements of 50.0% and 61.8% at 137.00 and 142.50 respectively. If the price breaks the local support at 113.50, the instrument may continue falling.

ETHUSD2
Risk Warning: the result of previous trading operations do not guarantee the same results in the future

Article By RoboForex.com

Attention!
Forecasts presented in this section only reflect the author’s private opinion and should not be considered as guidance for trading. RoboForex LP bears no responsibility for trading results based on trading recommendations described in these analytical reviews.

Ethereum’s upcoming hard fork to further fuel wider cryptocurrency rally

By George Prior

Ethereum’s price will “continue to soar” throughout 2019 – and a main driver of the continued rally will be this week’s hard fork.

The comments from influential tech expert Ian McLeod of Thomas Crown Art, the world’s leading art-tech agency, come as the second largest cryptocurrency has secured an impressive rally over the last month.

Mr McLeod observes: “Ethereum has made a bullish move and broke the $125.00 resistance – giving the crypto naysayers and doom-mongers a robust signal that this digital currency is on the upward trajectory once again.

“Ethereum’s rally is part of a wider cryptocurrency rally since the beginning of the year, with other major coins, including Bitcoin and XRP, also securing important gains.

“The bulls are back in town.”

He continues: “Whilst we can expect 2019 to be dominated by a considerably more bullish sentiment than in 2018 across the major digital assets, I think it is likely that Ethereum will be the standout winner this year for three key reasons.

“First, the hard fork set to take place on 16 January.  The hard fork will mean Ethereum miner rewards fall from three ether to two and decrease the block time, resulting in a faster network. This is a key part of a major Ethereum upgrade and the markets are excited.

“There’s a possibility the date of the hard fork might be pushed back a little, but traders are managing this into expectations.”

“Second, oracles. Oracles – data feeds that deliver information into the smart contract from third parties – will inevitably drive adoption of Ethereum smart contracts.

“This is because smart contracts using decision-making on real-world metrics can be expected to find relevant use cases among consumers, firms, and organizations, amongst others. And, of course, as adoption and utility of Ethereum smart contracts increase, so will Ethereum’s price.”

Thomas Crown Art is already a global pioneer in using Ethereum smart contracts.

Ian McLeod comments: “We’ve created a groundbreaking solution for artists and art collectors and galleries by giving the capability to use new works of art as a literal ‘store of value’ and serve as a cryptocurrency wallet for owners whilst providing an independent method to conclusively prove the provenance of artwork quickly and easily, and to view an immutable chain of ownership.

“Using an Ethereum blockchain to authenticate artwork is an ideal use-case for distributed ledger technology. It provides the ability to store a permanent, immutable record of artwork at the point of creation which can be used to authenticate registered works by any third party independently.”

Thomas Crown Art’s tech expert concludes: “The sentiment data and technical analysis suggests that Ethereum’s rally, to be fuelled further by the hard fork, will continue in the short to medium term.

“It is likely that this will positively impact on the rest of the cryptocurrency sector.”

 

Is Bitcoin Safe? Bitcoin Security Best Practices

With the popularity (and price) of Bitcoin skyrocketing, new users are wondering “Is Bitcoin Safe?” while early adopters are focusing on securing their new digital wealth. When it comes to the safety of Bitcoin, there is one major consideration: Is the Bitcoin network secure?

What is Bitcoin?

Bitcoin is an alternative peer to peer electronic payment system that relies on ledgers and cryptographic proof rather than trust. Allowing two parties to transact directly with each other, Bitcoin is founded on the following features:

  • Peer-to-peer payments over an online network.
  • The elimination of third parties and replacing trust with verification.
  • Transactions would be irreversible, protecting sellers from fraud.
  • A peer-to-peer distributed timestamp server would generate mathematical proof of the chronological order of transactions.

Can Bitcoin be Hacked?

There are frequent reports of hackers stealing millions of dollars in Bitcoin, so it must be pretty easy to hack, right? Not so fast. It’s very important to understand the difference between Bitcoin the cryptocurrency and the Bitcoin blockchain, the technology enabling the cryptocurrency craze. We must also consider the insecurities of crypto exchanges before we arbitrarily decide if the Bitcoin network is secure or not. But be sure to look out for these cryptocurrency scams.

What is the Bitcoin Blockchain?

Digital currency is not a new concept. Before its wide adoption, one of the inherent roadblocks to a successful digital currency was the “double spending problem.” Because the currency is digital, how do you prevent people from simply copy/pasting their money and spending the same $20 over and over? Bitcoin solved this problem with the novel concept of distributed blockchaining for decentralized ledgering and verification of transactions around digital currencies—In short, a kind of online distributed ledger. To dive deeper into Bitcoin and its technology, check out the original whitepaper, Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System,by Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous creator of Bitcoin.

The idea is simple. Just as a finite amount of gold exists in the world, only a certain amount of Bitcoin can be mined from cryptoland. Moreover, each electronic “coin” is a chronological series of verified digital signatures, and the history of all transactions for each “coin” must be publicly revealed. By making all transactions public, everyone knows how much Bitcoin each person has. The network of Bitcoin participants reaches a consensus on which transactions are valid based on the balance of each account. In order to hack the Bitcoin network, you would need to control more than 50% of the voting power in the network to validate your own fraudulent transactions.

In Bitcoin’s network, the amount of computing power that you contribute to the network is equivalent to your voting power. As of the writing of this article, the bitcoin network’s computing power (or hash rate in crypto lingo) was 14.7 exahashes per second (for reference, 1 exabyte = 1 billion gigabytes). Google was approximated to have computing power equal to about 0.001 exahashes per second back in 2015. At that point in time, the hash rate of the bitcoin network was about 0.5 exahashes per second (i.e. 500x more than Google).

So can the bitcoin network be hacked? Yes. But you need to amass at least 250x the computing power of Google which will cost you more than the value of the bitcoin you could steal. Good luck with that.

How are People Losing their Bitcoin to Hackers?

To date, no one has been able to compromise the core Bitcoin network. Every major Bitcoin or cryptocurrency hack exploited vulnerabilities in third-party applications, crypto exchanges, or insecure crypto web sites. Third-party applications, crypto exchanges, and websites make it easier for people to interact with the Bitcoin network. Online wallets, or e-wallets, allow you to buy, sell, and store your Bitcoin. If your e-wallet provider is compromised, your account’s password and private key would be at risk, and hackers would be able to transfer money out of your account. This isn’t a vulnerability in the Bitcoin network, but in the third-party application. If you’re interested in some previous hacks/scams involving bitcoin you can check out our blog post from last year on the dangers and pitfalls of bitcoin.

There are also individual accounts getting hacked from tried and true phishing, social engineering, and malware attacks that don’t ever make the news.

How do you Keep your Bitcoin Safe from Hackers? Bitcoin Security Best Practices

Given that the network is cryptographically and mathematically proven to be secure, you should focus on securing the accounts you use to buy, sell, trade, and store your Bitcoin. Follow security awareness best practices so that your username, password, and private key don’t get stolen. If you’re new to security awareness, we have a lot of free resources available as well as some courses for purchase.

You should also consider using a hardware wallet. While e-wallets are more convenient, they are much more susceptible to basic phishing, social engineering, or malware attacks that trick you into revealing your password and private key. Hardware wallets, essentially USB drives with extra built-in security, require you to push buttons on the physical device to confirm a transaction, so a hacker would have to be in physical possession of your hardware wallet to steal your Bitcoin.

It’s unquestionably an eventful time in the world of cryptocurrency and blockchain. If you want to participate in the space, just make sure you’re willing to accept the associated risk and to minimize that risk by doing everything you can to secure your digital assets and identity.

Want to more tips? Read more at InspiredELearning.

 

 

Fibonacci Retracements Analysis 11.01.2019 (BITCOIN, ETHEREUM)

Article By RoboForex.com

BTCUSD, “Bitcoin vs US Dollar”

As we can see in the H4 chart, BTCUSD has failed to form an ascending wave and expand the mid-term correction. At the same time, the descending impulse may be considered as a quick internal wave of the short0-term correction to the downside. The impulse has already reached the retracement of 61.8% and may continue towards the retracement of 76.0% at 3389.00. The key target of this impulse is the low at 3121.90. However, the price may yet break the high at 4234.50. In this case, the instrument may continue the correctional uptrend towards the retracement of 38.2% at 4428.00.

BTCUSD1
Risk Warning: the result of previous trading operations do not guarantee the same results in the future

In the H1 chart, the pair is falling towards the post-correctional extension area between the retracements of 138.2% and 161.8% at 3359.40 and 3233.00 respectively. The local resistance is at 4108.80.

BTCUSD2
Risk Warning: the result of previous trading operations do not guarantee the same results in the future

ETHUSD, “Ethereum vs. US Dollar”

As we can see in the H4 chart, there was a divergence o MACD, which made start a new correction to the downside. By now, it has already reached the retracement of 38.2%. The next possible targets are the retracements of 50.0%, 61.8%, and 76.0% at 120.70, 111.40, and 99.95 respectively. After breaking the resistance 160.44, the price may continue the mid-term correctional uptrend towards the retracement of 61.8% at 168.60.

ETHUSD1
Risk Warning: the result of previous trading operations do not guarantee the same results in the future

In the H1 chart, the instrument is falling towards the retracements of 50.0%, 61.8%, and 76.0% at 120.70, 111.40, and 99.95 respectively.

ETHUSD2
Risk Warning: the result of previous trading operations do not guarantee the same results in the future

Article By RoboForex.com

Attention!
Forecasts presented in this section only reflect the author’s private opinion and should not be considered as guidance for trading. RoboForex LP bears no responsibility for trading results based on trading recommendations described in these analytical reviews.

Institutional capital to ‘considerably expand’ crypto market in 2019

By George Prior

Institutional investors – excited by greater regulatory clarity – are going to drive “considerable expansion” of the cryptocurrency market in 2019.

This is the bold forecast by the CEO of one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory organizations.

Nigel Green, founder and chief executive of deVere Group, which launched deVere Crypto, the world’s fastest crypto trading app 12 months ago, is speaking as the post-holiday crypto rally continues.

Over the last 48 hours, the three biggest digital currencies Bitcoin, Ethereum and XRP have climbed 4 per cent, 12 per cent, and 3 per cent, respectively.

Mr Green comments: “The bearish sentiment of the last quarter of 2018 is now, I believe, behind us.

“We can expect the current upswing to continue, albeit with peaks and troughs as in any financial market.”

He continues: “In 2019, the cryptocurrency market is set to radically evolve.  We can expect considerable expansion of the sector largely due to inflows of institutional investors.

“Major corporations, financial institutions, governments and their agencies, prestigious universities, and household-name investing legends are all going to bring their institutional capital and institutional expertise to the crypto market.

“The direction of travel has already been on this path, but there is a growing sense that institutional investors are preparing to move off the sidelines in 2019.”

Mr Green goes on to add: “The acceleration of institutional investment is likely to be driven by greater regulatory clarity.

“More and more global jurisdictions can be expected to join the likes of Malta, Hong Kong, Japan and Switzerland in becoming crypto-friendly from a regulatory and pro-business viewpoint.”

Whilst Bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, will remain dominant this year, Ethereum and XRP, due to their unique characteristics and problem-solving traits, can be expected to significantly fuel the 2019 upswing, affirms the deVere CEO.

He notes: “The smart contract abilities of Ethereum are already unrivalled.  More and more institutional investors will be making use of these capabilities this year. Also, once Ethereum can accept outside data in its smart contract protocols, its price will rocket further.

“When it comes to XRP, hundreds of financial institutions across the world are already working with it and this is a trend that is set to continue and grow in 2019.

“In addition, XRP has been positioning itself to become a leading international facilitator of global remittances and inflows.  This is a massive market in the expanding emerging economies.”

Nigel Green concludes: “2019 will be a year of accelerated maturation for the crypto sector due to institutional investment.”

About:

deVere Group is one of the world’s largest independent advisors of specialist global financial solutions to international, local mass affluent, and high-net-worth clients.  It has a network of more than 70 offices across the world, over 80,000 clients and $12bn under advisement.

Major Title Companies Adopt Blockchain to Cut Down on Security Breaches

The Energy Report

Source: Streetwise Reports   12/28/2018

Green tech maker’s blockchain system scores big contracts with well-known title companies. Here’s how it works and why this particular system is catching so many title agencies’ attention.

Greenbriar Capital Corp. (GRB:TSX.V; GEBRF:OTC), a high impact investment renewable energy and green technology maker, has created RealBlock, a blockchain system that has proven effective in the real estate world.

The company has landed a deal with Title Security of Arizona and Landmark Title Agency. A common cybersecurity issue in real estate mortgage and title transfer is wire fraud. With these incidents steadily increasing, the need for a more secure way to do business has increased as well, especially in the real estate industry.

“As wire fraud incidents continue to increase, the need to secure the exchange of documents and communications between buyers and sellers and others involved in real estate transactions are more crucial than ever. It’s often the biggest financial transaction of their lives, and we want to do everything we can to ensure it works as it should. RealBlock will be the new standard of care in the title industry,” says Vicki Etherton, president of Landmark.

Professor Todd Taylor, founder of the blockchain research lab at Arizona State University and one of the RealBlock founders, challenges the idea that blockchain is simply useful for cryptocurrencies, public voting platforms, and Uber-less ride sharing. He argues that blockchain’s true power lies in its ability to thwart or prevent serious cybersecurity issues.

How RealBlock Works

Blockchain technology creates applications that can be used by multiple customers. This intelligence can transform industries and, essentially, the very way business is done. Here lies the opportunity to execute and share documents in a fashion that is very low risk.

Todd also points out that the more traditional methods for document exchange “create single points of attack and failure that the hackers are able to exploit with greater and greater ease.”

RealBlock (and other forms of blockchain) makes hackers’ jobs much harder. Instead of a single point of attack, blockchain uses “segregation, distributed compute, multi-party validation, encryption, public and private keys and smart contract code.” Through all of these components, blockchain creates single technology stacks (single distributed applications) upon which these multi-customer applications can be built.

Some may call it the best of both (or all) worlds. In real estate land, it could be a dream come true.

Tommy Sullivan, Title Security’s CEO, adds, “As we talk to the larger insurance companies who provide insurance to the title companies… they are embracing this [idea of blockchain] in such a great way that they are writing policies around this adoption.”

Greenbriar Capital’s vision for the company doesn’t stop with its blockchain technology.

A Few Other Things up Its Sleeve…

While the biggest news swirling around Greenbriar Capital is its RealBlock system, the company has substantially much more to offer.

Greenbriar knows all about smart technology and power alternatives. Currently, the company utilizes solar power and wind power technologies, which have both proven to be profitable and resourceful.

For starters, Greenbriar owns a massive solar site on the westerly south shore of Puerto Rico. Being the largest solar project in the Caribbean, management says the area is ideal not only for investors but for citizens alike. Officials—like municipality mayors and senators from Ponce and Mayaguez—are on board and support the project.

Management says the project will boost the economy through job creation and $2 billion in reduced energy costs (over 35 years) for ratepayers. It also projects $58 million revenue per year for 35 years, a net present value (NPV) of $191 million to Greenbriar shareholders.

Meanwhile in San Juan County, Utah, Greenbriar established the Blue Mountain Utah Wind Project. The company sees its project as a way to not only benefit the environment, but to prevent the costs associated with coal-burning energy methods. Management explains, “Using wind to produce enough power for over 200 homes (2,000,000 kilowatt hours) of electricity instead of burning coal will leave 900,000 kilograms of coal in the ground and reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by 2,000 tons.”

Greenbriar Capital has taken its tech from outside to the inside with Smart Glass. Any glass with light transmission properties that can be altered is considered Smart Glass. Greenbriar has taken this technology and added it to its arsenal of products. The crystal technology used can allow glass to convert from clear to opaque in a flash.

Smart Glass
Source: Greenbriar Capital

According to Global Industry Analysts Inc., the global smart glass market is estimated to exceed $5 billion by 2020. Greenbriar has placed itself in a position to take advantage of the trend, which has become more and more invisible in high-tech or energy-efficient homes and even hotels.

With Greenbriar’s strong presence in the real estate market, it has an active role on not just the title side but the property side of transactions.

Greenbriar Capital currently owns a $350 million, sustainable, 1,072-home California subdivision. The plan includes a variety of structure options, from apartments to bungalows and other single-family home options. The company’s Sage Ranch Neighborhood Masterplan can be found here.

In the company’s December 6 investor call, management reiterated that its overall plan is structured to create short-term, long-term and medium-term value for its clients and shareholders.

Greenbriar’s shares currently sit at $0.88.

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Fibonacci Retracements Analysis 28.12.2018 (BITCOIN, ETHEREUM)

Article By RoboForex.com

BTCUSD, “Bitcoin vs US Dollar”

As we can see in the H4 chart, the correctional uptrend has failed to reach the retracement of 38.2% at 4427.00; there was a divergence on MACD and it made BTCUSD start a new decline, which may be considered as an internal correction. After finishing it, the price may form another ascending wave towards the retracement of 50.0% at 4835.00. At the same time, the current descending impulse may be one more wave inside the long-term downtrend. If the pair breaks the low at 3121.90, the instrument may fall towards the post-correctional extension area between the retracements of 138.2% and 161.8% at 2700.00 and 2435.00 respectively.

BTCUSD1
Risk Warning: the result of previous trading operations do not guarantee the same results in the future

In the H1 chart, the pair is falling towards the retracements of 61.8% and 76.0% at 3547.00 and 3390.00 respectively.

BTCUSD2
Risk Warning: the result of previous trading operations do not guarantee the same results in the future

ETHUSD, “Ethereum vs. US Dollar”

As we can see in the H4 chart, after being corrected to the upside by 50.0%, ETHUSD has started a new descending movement. In case this movement transforms into a stable downtrend, the price is expected to break the low at 80.86 and then fall to reach the post-correctional extension area between the retracements of 138.2% and 161.8% at 51.00 and 32.38 respectively.

ETHUSD1
Risk Warning: the result of previous trading operations do not guarantee the same results in the future

In the H1 chart, the instrument is falling towards the retracements of 61.8% and 76.0% at 110.88 and 99.83 respectively.

ETHUSD2
Risk Warning: the result of previous trading operations do not guarantee the same results in the future

Article By RoboForex.com

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Forecasts presented in this section only reflect the author’s private opinion and should not be considered as guidance for trading. RoboForex LP bears no responsibility for trading results based on trading recommendations described in these analytical reviews.

Bitcoin Scams Recently

Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency, a type of electronic cash that was formed in 2008. In 2009, Satoshi Nakamoto wrote a paper title Bitcoin: A peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System. In 2009, Nakamoto mined the first Bitcoin blockchain, the genesis block. Thus, started the wild ride that is Bitcoin. The volatility of Bitcoin is well-known to investors. Despite its volatility, more and more people have been using and investing in Bitcoin. And a few opportunistic scammers have taken advantage of this.

Scammers love Bitcoin because it is largely unregulated. Not a lot of people truly understand Bitcoin. It is also quite anonymous. Bitcoin has reportedly also been used in the black market because of these reasons.

Due to the prevalence of scams in Bitcoin, a lot of people have lost tens, or hundreds of thousands of dollars. Some even lost millions to these scams. Below are a few of the more prevalent, recent Bitcoin schemes along with some tips on how to avoid them.

Ponzi Schemes

One good example that comes to mind when talking about Ponzi schemes in Bitcoin is MiningMax. MiningMax managed to con its investors out of $200 million before its affiliates reported their scam which led to the arrest of 14 fraudsters. They applied the pyramid scheme by asking people to invest $3,200 in return for promised daily ROIs and a $200 referral commission for every personally recruited investor.

How to avoid:

If it seems like it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Research about the company and its promises. And always check if the company is a registered corporation.

Fake Cryptocurrencies

Scammers like presenting a new cryptocurrency as Bitcoin alternatives. The most common line of thinking that they push on their victims is that it’s too late to get your money’s worth if you invest in Bitcoin. So why not invest in a new cryptocurrency. In early 2018, My Big Coin conned $6 million out of their investors and used the money to line their own personal bank accounts.

How to avoid:

If you’re not familiar with the new cryptocurrency, might as well avoid it. Remember that Bitcoin is unregulated, meaning there is no government or asset that backs its value. A Bitcoin is only worth what other people are willing to pay for it. If you really feel like you want to try out a new, lesser known and less expensive type of cryptocurrency, never invest more that you are willing to lose.

Malware

A hacker’s favorite tool can now be used to hack into your Bitcoin wallet. Hackers can use malware to gain access to your wallet and drain your money. These insidious programs can be attached to an email message, or on websites, and social media.

How to avoid:

Do not open suspicious looking emails. Do not download programs that promise to let you mine bitcoins after the programs have been downloaded. Use “cold” wallets or offline wallets.

Fake ICOs

ICO (initial coin offerings) have been used by scammers to con people out of their investments. ICOs have been used as a way for companies to raise capital. With the rise of the number of companies entering the market, ICO has proved useful for investors in choosing and backing their favorite companies. However, scammers and fraudsters have been known to use fake websites that resemble ICOs, asking their investors to deposit coins in faulty wallets. One example is Centra Tech, a blockchain company that was backed by celebrities like DJ Khaled. Centra Tech was sued for misleading investors and lying about their products.

How to avoid:

Do your research. Dig into the blockchain company you are planning to back. Do not let celebrity endorsements sway you. If you really want to invest in Bitcoin, go with the bigger, more trusted companies instead.

There is no one sure fire way to avoid Bitcoin scams. However, a good rule of thumb is to always do your research: red flags to look out for, recent scams, market trends.

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