In today’s crypto news, we have the major crypto web wallet provider Blockchain in a new partnership deal with the hardware wallet producer Ledger that will see both of the companies manufacturing a custom hardware device that will allow all users of Blockchain to manage their online and offline funds in a simple and familiar interface.
First unveiled on Thursday, the new Blockchain Lockbox was described as a “first of its kind” combination of hardware and software. The wallet will leverage the strengths of both companies and provide Blockchain users with a way to organize their funds offline, securing them from hacks while also giving them the option to leave their funds in the non-custodial web wallet (which they can access separately from the hardware wallet).
Peter Smith, who is the CEO and co-founder of Blockchain, commented on the new announcement, stating:
“The Lockbox is a reflection of what our companies both do best. We’ve created an elegant software and hardware integration that offers more functionality than previously existed in our space. We’re thrilled to offer the Lockbox to Blockchain users so they can easily manage their funds online and offline seamlessly,”
The device will also adopt the software from Ledger Nano S, even though it features custom Blockchain firmware rather than the standard version. According to Ledger, the deliveries of the device (which is now available for preorder for $99.99) are set to begin in November this year.
“With stories about crypto hacking continuing to dominate headlines, it’s obvious that security must be top of mind for all stakeholders in the crypto space,” said the president of Ledger, Pascal Gauthier.
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“Similar to 2015, 2019 may be the year of accumulation.’’Another crypto researcher Willy Woo said that while a crash of bitcoin to $3,122 could lead to an increase in volume, it won’t show signs of starting of the accumulation period. He pointed out:
‘’Despite the technical setup that suggests bullishness is possible, there’s not a lot on-chain volume to fuel a prolonged up move. What we saw in the last 7 weeks was a spike of on-chain volume driven by volatility, coins moving to exchanges to trade. The initial volume spike false signalled a faster detox and an earlier end to the bear market, but in fact it was a volatility side effect. That move from $6k to $3k created immense trade volume, but it was in no way a signal that accumulation volume had begun.’’Until evidence for the accumulation of crypto assets shows up, there are still expectations of high volatility levels.
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‘’But this, of course, is not a reason to bury cryptocurrencies. There are both light sides and dark sides, as in any social phenomenon, in any economic institute. And we should just watch closely what happens to them.’’He continued to discuss social inequalities and how the global digital transformation is speeding up saying the cryptocurrency is a part of that fast-going phenomena. The news comes right after major media outlets published the story of Russia’s plan to purchase $10 billion worth of BTC. Turns out that the news was fake. The Russian economist from the Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration Vladislav Ginko pointed out that he strongly believes that Russia might use Bitcoin to fight economic sanctions and this story swamped the media and got massively exaggerated. Russia is, however, preparing a crypto bill that will provide stable cryptocurrency regulation in the next two months. The Duma State will be drafting a regulatory framework in February to regulate ICOs and crypto crowdfunding.
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"TRON is the most ambitious in the dapp field, with a $2 billion Project Genesis launched in the second half of the year. In addition, it spends $100 million on TronArcade to promote its dapp ecosystem."TRON (TRX) launched 97 decentralized applications in 2018, while its ecosystem and community have been growing at an alarming rate. This week, TRX was added to OKCoin, which is one of the largest US exchanges, in order to be traded against fiat, Bitcoin and Ethereum. The report also showed that gambling accounted for $3 billion in transactions over the course of 2018 in dApps.
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