Interesting things are happening all over the digital currency ecosystem. Bitcoin remains the most prominent cryptocurrency, and the underlying blockchain technology is of great interest to all types of companies around the world. But one issue that still needs to be addressed is how people can use Bitcoin to pay for goods and services, and preferably, using altcoins to achieve that same goal. Forkpay.net might be the answer to this problem.
Bitcoin exchanges once again find themselves making headlines in mainstream media news over the past few days. As we have some to expect from our mainstream media colleagues, positive Bitcoin news is not worth reporting, but a bit of drama always sells more copies. Unfortunately for us Bitcoin enthusiasts, the mainstream media has had multiple feeding frenzies over what went down across some of the major digital currency exchanges this past weekend.
Several companies and services are trying their darndest to make the “explaining Bitcoin” phase a bit more straightforward, without the need to go into technical details. However, when you want to explain people how they can receive Bitcoins, the wallet creation process is still rather tedious. Plus, novice users don’t want to keep handing out their address manually, or even send a QR code all the time. BitcoinWallet.com is making everything Bitcoin-related a whole lot easier.
Make Your Name A Bitcoin Wallet Address
ISG3D Is quickly becoming a household name among Bitcoin and cryptocurrency enthusiasts, as they are one of the first companies to sell a full-fledged 3D printer in exchange for Bitcoin. Earlier today, I received word from the ISG3D team as they let me know they have partnered with Shapeshift.io to accept more cryptocurrencies as a form of payment.
ISG3D Partners With Shapeshift.io
When the original announcement was made about ISG3D accepting Bitcoin payments for their custom-built 3D printer, it sparked a fire of enthusiasm in the Bitcoin communities around the globe. As the company decided to directly cater to the Bitcoin crowd, they were embraced with open arms, and many people are considering ordering one of the 3D printers.
Several major Bitcoin and cryptocurrency-related companies are coming forth with major announcements over the course of several days. Just yesterday, we reported how ShapeShift.io has developed a free HTML plugin allowing all online retailers to easily accept Bitcoin payments. Earlier today, they announced the addition of NXT to their exchange platform.
ShapeShift.io is becoming an ever increasing popular cryptocurrency exchange platform, and most of that can be attributed to their ease-of-use. One major issue a lot of people have with crypto-to-crypto exchanges is the fact you need to sign up for an account, verify that account and then log in each and every time to use the platform.
A very interesting cryptocurrency-related book has been made available for purchase on Amazon recently, titled “Cryptocurrency : ‘The Alt-ernative’ A Beginner’s Reference” As you might be able to determine from the book’s title, this book covers both Bitcoin and quite a few altcoins in a historical setting.
The reason for the creation of this book is bringing people up to speed about cryptocurrency, while not focusing on Bitcoin all the time either. By putting no less than 38 different digital currencies in a historical reference frame, readers will have a far easier time to understand terms such as blockchain, proof-of-stake, mining, and others.
DirectBet.eu, rated the #1 online sportsbook by BitcoinTalk members, is looking to expand their customer base by adding a new altcoin to the list of supported currencies. Currently, DirectBet supports Bitcoin,Litecoin,Dogecoin and recently added Darkcoin to that list. Let’s take a look at the new contenders!
Even though I am personally not a fan using polls on BitcoinTalk in order to determine the outcome of any vote, it is a way to reach a broader audience. Most of us know however that these polls are way too easy to be manipulated, and the result will not necessarily benefit DirectBet.eu in any way. But I digress!
CoinPayments is one of the easiest ways for any merchant to start accepting cryptocurrency payments. Not just because of the sheer volume of different coins you can accept, but also because it is very easy to integrate CoinPayments into your existing eCommerce or shopping cart software. And by the looks of things, three new coins will be added to their platform very soon!
Back when I started using CoinPayments for a different project, there were about 30 total coins being supported at that point. The usual suspects, such as Bitcoin, Litecoin and Dogecoin were present, but also some lesser known coins (at that time), such as Noblecoin, Franko and Worldcoin.
Lots of positive things have been happening for the OPAL developers and community over the past few weeks. Not only did we see impressive progress on their decentralized marketplace and now file storage/transfers as well, but another major announcement was posted yesterday. Opal has partnered up with SuperNET, so let’s see what that is all about!
The best part about the partnership between OPAL and SuperNET is the fact this is mutually beneficial. As a result , Opal has become the next SuperNET core coin, and the SuperNET team now owns a 10% stake of OPAL.
I have always been impressed with the idea of Bitcoin and I have persistently been tracking its progress since 2011. Still, being a supporter of one great idea doesn’t get in a way of being a sucker for exploring uncharted territories and I still continue investigating the market and keep track of new perspective digital currencies. That is probably why I’ve got involved with NXT and Ripple and some other cryptocoins called Next Generation.
But however novel and different the concepts of those coins are from Bitcoin still them being non-mineable simply doesn’t jibe with my understanding of how coin should work.
Even though we usually don’t do these kind of articles, I think it would be refreshing to take a look at the Cryptsy exchange and the markets they have added over the past few days. Seven new trading pairs have been added, including two USD pairs!
Two of the coins added to Cryptsy two days are altcoins I haven’t even heard of yet. Then again, as Cryptsy has a habit of adding coins regardless of their maturity, that doesn’t exactly come as a surprise to me either.
Big waves are being made in the world of cryptocurrency, as Danish exchange CCEDK is looking to add BlackCoin to their exchange offerings. As this is a big step for both CCEDK and BlackCoin, we could be witnessing history in the making.
CCEDK is the first Danish online exchange for cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and NXT among others. Ronny Boesing, CEO of CCEDK, has had an impressive career so far. During 25 years of distributing and publishing CDs and DVDs to games and other digital products, his customer base spanned 65 countries in 5 continents. The reason for his success is simple :
Do you have a preferred alternative digital coin, but you are having trouble finding it listed on your favorite cryptocurrency exchanges? You can do something about it because HitBTC , the most advanced cyrptocurrency exchange in the world, is offering two ways to make the e-currency available.
Market Makers Contract
By definition, a market-maker is an entity that assumes the risk of possessing a number of shares of a certain security or cryptocurrency to facilitate trading. If orders are made, market-makers sell from their own shares or look for offsetting orders.
The biggest news of the day (until now) is the fact that BTER, a very big and popular exchange, has opened several Crypto/USD markets. Even though we all knew this was coming at some point, I couldn’t be more pleased about the news.
Even though the amount of USD markets on BTER is still limited for now, they have some of the most popular Cryptos represented there. As of this writing, you can exchange USD for Bitcoin,LiteCoin, NXT, DogeCoin, DarkCoin and CounterParty (XCP).
Thanks to the Nxt community, who are also a proud sponsor of this fine website, I have receive an update on how things are faring on their side of the Crypto world. There are some interesting things in here which I wasn’t even aware of until now!
Nxt is the crypto currency sponsor for PayExpo in London. Thanks to the community crowdfunding, over 650,000 NXT were raised to sponsor the multichannel payments event. Nxt had been presented on the main stage for the Future of Payments Summit, just after ZNAP and Fidor Bank’s presentations (at the start of the expo).
This is the first of quite a few articles to come while I’m here in Amsterdam for Bitcoin 2014. I just wanted to share my first impressions with you guys before the actual events takes place tomorrow and the day after.
Having only been to Amsterdam once before, and it was for on the other side of town that time might I add, it’s not easy to find your destination here, Even though I had printed Google Maps directions before I left, because I was that smart at least.
The following text is coming from the official NXT Multipool announcement, and is not necessarily the opinion of this article’s author.
A team of passionate people have been working in last months on what has been referred to as Bitcoin 2.0: Nxt. Nxt is an advancement in the fundamental technology behind Bitcoin and brings with it an entirely new code base as opposed to being a simple fork of the existing code.
Nxt is one of the first implementations of some of the technologies that are considered to be ‘second-generation cryptocurrency’ such as decentralized messages system, peer to peer exchange, multigateways or distributed asset exchange.
We at CryptoArticles are always looking at the newer cryptocurrencies coming out. To keep up that trend, we would like to tell you more about HiroCoin.
From the start, HiroCoin states that its X11 mining algorithm is based on DarkCoin. However, that’s pretty much as far as you can compare these coins, as they serve different needs.
In case you would be wondering why they chose the X11 algo, the answer is pretty simple : there currently are only two known X11 coins, so no multipools will hop on to reap the lower difficulty blocks.
An important thing to notice right away, is that NXT Solaris is (currently?) only available for Windows users, so keep that in mind. It does work on both 32-bit and 64-bit installations though.
These clients are designed for the people who don’t like to have their NXT client running in a browser window all the time, which isn’t too appealing in fairness.
This was sent to me via a PM on BitcoiNTalk, and I don’t have anything notable to add, so here you go., and I quote :
“February 2014: Nxt Client Month!
I think it’s safe to say that February will be regarded as a pivotal month in the history of Nxt. Like it or not, one of Nxt’s big weaknesses has been the availability of clients that are both easy to use and easy to install. That problem has now been solved.
On the 13th and the days preceding we saw the release of not one, not two, but FIVE one-click clients!