Cryptocurrency with Chris

A Blog about Crypto from a Curious fellow named Chris! Here to explain all things Cryptocurrency!

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Iota Trinity Wallet and Qubic Platform

Hello again everyone! Today, I want to write about some of the recent news regarding the altcoin Iota. Over the past week or so, Iota has had some pretty major developments that I believe are great step forwards for a coin pushing for real world adoption. The developers of the Iota Coin and Platform, the Iota Foundation (IF), released the beta for their new Trinity Wallet last week. They then announced their plans for the new Iota Qubic platform yesterday! Let’s talk about what that all means for Iota!

Trinity Wallet

Earlier this week, the IF team released the long-awaited beta for the Trinity mobile wallet. While a new wallet might not seem like a major event for a cryptocurrency, I can assure you that it is for Iota. One of the largest complaints against Iota and its potential for adoption was the lack of an intuitive, user-friendly wallet. Iota had both a mobile and a desktop wallet prior to Trinity, but it was very basic and not easy for a newer user to pick up quickly. In addition, the old wallet made it difficult to re-attach your funds after a Tangle snapshot.

Trinity wallet, however, provides an excellent mobile wallet solution to all of those issues in my opinion. The beta for the wallet (available here) is an elegant, easy-to-user experience for managing and transacting your Iota coins. You can easily link multiple Iota seeds within one wallet and it provides offloading of Proof of Work to enable quick and easy transactions. Finally, it provides an automated way to re-attach your funds after any snapshot. After playing around with the wallet for a couple of days and sending a few test transactions, I found it works just as well as, if not better than, any wallet for other cryptocurrencies. I was even able to get transaction times down to 1 minute in a few cases.

Personally, I think the Trinity Wallet is a great response by IF to the wallet criticisms. Any even crypto-illiterate user could download this wallet and easily send and receive transactions without any real set-up. Trinity is strictly available as a mobile wallet right now, but the desktop version is coming and should provide a full ecosystem for managing your Iota in the near future!

Iota Qubic Platform

The team also announced some preliminary information regarding their new Iota Qubic platform. This Qubic platform is still in its very early stages of development but they provided some details regarding their lofty ambitions. This platform is meant to enable distributed computation on the Iota Tangle through the use of their version of Smart Contracts. This is big! It inherently changes and grows the potential use-cases for the Iota coin. If successful, Iota will no longer be just a simple transactional network but also a complex, distributed computational network.

The goal of Qubic is to turn the entire Iota Tangle into one massive, world-wide super computer that ANY user can utilize much like Ethereum. This will be done by distributing computational workloads across many nodes and rewarding the owner of the nodes with Iota coins for completing the processing. In theory, this opens up massive amounts of computational power if you are willing and able to pay. This means that any user will be able to write a smart contract on the Iota/Qubic platform to perform any application they desire. Whether it be as simple as looking up the score of a football game or as complicated as training a neural network, any user now has access to all the computational power of Iota as long as they can pay the price.

If Iota can actually achieve this system, they could in theory have advantages over other platforms like Ethereum. Ethereum has the massive limitation in that it is tied to the scalability of blockchain technology. I will not go into detail as to why this a concern for blockchain, but it is an issue that is actively being investigated across all blockchain networks. Iota, on the other hand, uses a directed acyclic graph that scales much easier to blockchain. This means that Iota’s Tangle network is inherently better equipped to handle a massively distributed computational system. In addition, transacting Iota coin is also feeless unlike Ethereum further incentivizing the use of Iota over other coins.

The consequences of such a network are massive. Because it scales, the size of this super computer is theoretically unlimited and unlocks many problems limited by currently available amounts of computational power. This system would also be able to repurpose miners from other coin networks and allow them to perform useful computations, not Blockchain puzzles that are meaningless, and still get rewarded.

The Iota Qubic platform would also incentivize users to host Iota network nodes for the first time. Iota is a feeless transaction system that also requires transactions to be routed through network nodes. These nodes are not rewarded for this work because of the feeless nature. Many people have criticized Iota for this lack of incentivization and saw it as a concern for adoption. Why would anyone support the network for free? With Qubic however, users can host an Iota node and offer any spare processing power to other users and be rewarded for the work they do. Node owners can now earn money for supporting the Iota Network for the first time. That is massive and cannot be understated!

Conclusion

These are both big items coming from the IF team recently. The release of Trinity wallet shows that they are hearing the concerns of users and doing what it takes to achieve widespread adoption. More importantly, is a long time promise they are delivering upon that helps build trust in the Iota team.

The Qubic platform on the other hand is more exciting than anything. It is a lot of talk and outlines some seriously incredible potential. It is another promise from the Iota team. However, if the IF team can deliver on this one, Iota’s potential and real-world applications would grow immensely and put them up there with Ethereum in terms of technology!

Cheers! Chris

P.S.

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Coinbase with some Exciting News!

Welcome back everyone! I wanted to write something regarding the exciting news that’s been coming out about the Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase. Now I know Coinbase has gotten a lot of criticism over the last 6 months for a variety of reasons and I think that’s fair to an extent. (I will go into why in a later article.) Today, however, I want to focus on this recent news and why I think it is so important and why it shows a promising future for Coinbase.

Coinbase, as I see it, is an invaluable part of the Cryptocurrency industry. Coinbase provides the easiest method of buying Cryptocurrency with the US dollar. They have a great User Interface and make it very easy and intuitive for Americans to get started. While they do have their issues (high fees, long transaction times, Customer Service issues), I think they provide the first step toward making Cryptocurrency less daunting and more appealing to the average person. More importantly, the news that has surfaced the last few days shows that they are taking even greater steps to bring Cryptocurrency to the masses and that excites me!

Increased Customer Support

The first bit of news that was released was that they were greatly increasing the scope and size of the Customer Service department. As someone who personally had to deal with the CS during the Bull Run of January, I cannot state how exciting and important this is for Coinbase’s success. They were greatly understaffed and could not handle the large influx of new users looking to ride the Bull Wave. For Coinbase to become popular amongst people other than the diehards, it has to work out their kinks like the Customer Service. If users can not trust the website, the average consumer will never trust them with their money or Cryptocurrency. If people refuse to use it, it limits entry into Cryptocurrency in general. Hopefully this will lead to less issues and greater trust for Coinbase moving forward!

Institutional Software

This past week Coinbase also announced they were also releasing a Suite of Institutional Products aimed at attracting larger users, investment firms, and brokers. This is big. This is the first time we have really seen a Cryptocurrency exchange pivot from targeting average consumers to targeting Institutional firms. Yes, Coinbase will still provide their current services for the average user, but they have now greatly expanded what their exchange offers.

This suite of tools includes three new applications that are aimed at attracting the more risk adverse and conservative investment firms. Coinbase Custody is a secure Crypto storage solution to help reassure firms their money is safe. Coinbase Markets is a new team of engineers devoted to enhancing the trading of Cryptocurrency by allowing for more efficient and accurate trading decisions. Finally, Coinbase Prime is an upgraded exchange interface that finally brings Coinbase up to the standards of traditional stock brokerages in terms of Charts, Margin Trading, Market Data, etc.

Are these new tools important to you? Most likely not really, at least not at first glance. But it does affect you because attracting institutional investors is one of the next steps in widespread adoption of Cryptocurrency. The more investments, the greater the liquidity, the easier it is to obtain and trade, and then even more people join in. It’s exciting news and I hope these tools attract the Financial giants they are aimed to go after!

Meeting with Federal Regulators Regarding Banking License

The last piece of news regarding Coinbase is there recent meeting with Federal Regulators about obtaining an official banking license. Now you may ask, “Doesn’t a federal banking license go against the entire Decentralized advantages of Cryptocurrency?”. Well, yes and no. Yes, in the sense that it does add a centralized intermediary for all of your transactions and holdings. But also no, in that it does not stop you from making any transaction freely and securely. Coinbase obtaining a banking license would allow them to provide their own payment services and custody services IF you so choose.

You do not have to use it if you want to take advantage of everything Cryptocurrency offers. But it does attract more people who are not as active in their finances and do not want to control all their Private Keys and Seeds but still want to use or hold Cryptocurrency. It also allows people to leave a certain amount of Cryptocurrency in Coinbase that they can use Coinbase Payment services with to pay other people or purchase something. Again, this is important because this broadens what Cryptocurrency can provide and how it can attract different types of people.

Conclusion

To sum it all up, this is awesome news! Coinbase is clearly taking steps to remedy their most pressing issues as well as trying to expand into new markets. For the first time, we see a Cryptocurrency exchange making an effort to entice people other than the early adopters. We now see an exchange making a push at Institutional level investors who manage money for millions of people and therefore unlocking Cryptocurrency for millions. Coinbase is also seeking a banking license from US Regulators that would be an incredible bridge between traditional banking and the world of Cryptocurrency. The wave seems to be picking up steam and it’s an exciting time to be a fan of Cryptocurrency!

Cheers! Chris

P.S. If you want to get started with Coinbase or Cryptocurrency in general, here is a nice guide to get you started!