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Solana Clears 100 Billion Transaction Count As NFTs Gain Prominence

The Solana network had been one of the winners of 2021 after gaining widespread popularity among crypto users. Its incredibly fast transaction times had been one of the pulls, as well as the ability for developers to create decentralized applications (DApps) on the network. Since the beginning of 2022, the network has been racing toward an important milestone, which it has now successfully broken through.  Solana Surpasses 100 Billion Transactions Solana’s transaction count had been ramping up over the last couple of months. In just 2 years, it has become one of the most used blockchains in the space. Solana had taken the decentralized finance (DeFi) and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) space by storm, now commanding the second-largest market share of the NFT space of any blockchain. Related Reading: Why Investing In Terra Classic (LUNC) May Be A Bad Idea Last week, the network made it past the 100 billion transaction mark. Interestingly, the network is still in Beta testing, and it has grown so much. It had been able to grow above the delay transaction count of its largest competitor Ethereum after it clocked more than 40 million daily transactions.  SOL price trending at $35 | Source: SOLUSD on TradingView.com Solana continues to maintain its high transaction processing even with the massive growth it has experienced. At the time of this writing, the transactions per second (TPS) in the last 30 minutes were averaging around 3,000 TPS, according to data from Solana Explorer. SOL NFTs Rival Ethereum Ethereum NFTs had been the dominant tokens in the market and, understandably, remain so, even at this time. However, there have been numerous developments in the Solana NFT ecosystem that shows that the network is gearing up to rival Ethereum in this regard. One of the most recent NFT launches on the Solana blockchain, the y00ts NFT collection, is now billed as the “most hyped” NFT launch in history. It came from a critically acclaimed team behind the Dead Gods NFT collection. It sparked renewed interest in SOL NFTs, which helped to push the floor price higher. Related Reading: Staked ETH Nears 14 Million As Ethereum Readies For Breakout On Monday, Sentiment reported that SOL NFT sales had crossed 1.65 million. Solana NFT ecosystem Metaplex had also reported a significant uptick in the number of NFTs that are being minted on the platform over the month of September.  However, it is hard to predict how long this growth trend will last, given that interest in the NFT space, in general, is down. The number of new addresses that are using NFTs since its peak in mid-September is down more than 60%, from 30k to 8k. Featured image from The Market Periodical, charts from TradingView.com Follow Best Owie on Twitter for market insights, updates, and the occasional funny tweet…

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Geeq granted a US patent for the protocol’s security and scalability features

Geeq, a Canada-based blockchain company, has been granted a patent in the United States for features of its multi-blockchain, layer-zero protocol’s security and scalability systems, according to a press release. Details found in the patent’s application describe a technology termed “Proof of Honesty,” which is Geeq’s alternative to predominant proof-of-work and proof-of-stake consensus mechanisms. Additionally, Geeq alleges that its system of federated blockchains is able to ensure security and achieve “infinite scalability.” According to the patent application: “If there is at least one honest node, it will write an honest block to a valid chain. Users are able to discover honest chains and will always choose it for their transactions. Dishonest chains become orphaned.” Geeq also claims that having flexibility built into the protocol, which can create additional chains during periods of increased network activity and then merge chains when transaction volume decreases, keeps the cost of transactions more affordable as well as 99% Byzantine fault-tolerant. In the press release, Geeq CEO Ric Asselstine noted that gaining the approval of the patent “marks a critical point in time for Geeq as we push forward aggressively with the development of transformative solutions for previously intractable problems.” One of these “previously intractable problems” is the poor user experience when using blockchain technology due to the complexities of interacting with smart contracts. Geeq noted in the press release that instead of having users interact directly with smart contracts, a suite of applications that facilitate the most common types of transactions makes it so that “the end user is able to focus on what they gain rather than worry about potential exploits, complex coding dependencies, or the downstream effects of governance decisions.” In a company blog post, Geeq stated that its launch strategy would not include a private nor public beta but would instead consist of soft-launching features as they are developed and fixing bugs as they are found  — reminiscent of Telsa’s software updates that rollout new features over time or security fixes included in every iOS update. Geeq has also received funding from major players in the space such as GEM Capital, which committed $25 million in August 2022. Geeq CEO Asselstine said with this funding, the company/protocol is now “ready to bring enterprise and individuals into the metaverse and Web3.”    

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PancakeSwap Watch: CAKE Trading Volume Spikes Over 50% In 24 Hours

PancakeSwap (CAKE), just like any other cryptocurrency, has had its share of ups and downs. PancakeSwap registers over 53% increase in 24-hour trading volume PancakeSwap among trending BNB projects today CAKE’s next resistance level could be at $5 Just two months after it was launched on September 2020, the token hit its all-time low to date. Back then, it was trading at just merely $0.19. Today, a quick glance of data provided by CoinGecko shows the 68th ranked crypto by market capitalization trading at $4.80. It is way below its $43.96-all-time high that was attained on April 30, 2021. CAKE might have lost 89% of that impressive trading value, but that does not necessarily mean the token is not commanding strong interest among traders. If anything, current data shows Christmas came early for the digital asset. PancakeSwap Outperforms Many Cryptocurrencies The crypto market is continuing to deal with bearish conditions, but CAKE was able to pull off an impressive feat – close the day and the week in green and outperform many of its competition. Over the last seven days, the governance token of PancakeSwap was able to increase its value by 9.4% and is one of the few digital assets to be “on the green” in today’s market. Related Reading: ETH Struggles To Break Past $1,300 Resistance – Back To $1K? Source: CoinGecko Its price recovery is not the only thing that is impressive about CAKE right now. Its 24-hour trading volume is also standing mighty strong. In fact, there was a 52% increase in the token’s trading volume, even reaching over $55 million before slightly reverting to above $51 million at the time of this writing. Even with that, PancakeSwap has shown some impressive leaps for the past week. Related Reading: Algorand: ALGO Price All Go With Nearly 30% Rally In Last 7 Days Will The Token Sell Like Real Pancakes? If its most recent trading volume is any kind of indication, the digital currency, by the looks of it, actually sold like pancakes. After all, high trade volumes often denote “high retail excitement” and in crypto space, this might work wonders for an asset’s price. Over the past week, CAKE placed high on the watch list of crypto investors and is among the trending BNB projects. The PancakeSwap bulls, though, needs to capitalize on this momentum in order to sustain price level of above $4.50 as this will lead to $5 as the next resistance level. If the pressure for buyers remains strong, CAKE’s short-term trajectory could be a sweet one. CAKE total market cap at $676 million on the daily chart | Source: TradingView.com Featured image from Cryptopolitan, Chart: TradingView.com

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TA: Ethereum Price is Showing Early Signs of Fresh Rally, But $1,400 is the Key

Ethereum is gaining pace above $1,360 against the US Dollar. ETH could start a fresh rally if there is a clear move above the $1,400 resistance zone. Ethereum is showing positive signs above the $1,320 and $1,350 support levels. The price is now trading above $1,350 and the 100 hourly simple moving average. There was a break above a major bearish trend line with resistance near $1,342 on the hourly chart of ETH/USD (data feed via Kraken). The pair could extend its rally if it clears the key $1,400 resistance zone. Ethereum Price Aims Higher Ethereum was able to form a support base above the $1,260 level. ETH started a steady increase after it cleared the $1,300 resistance, similar to bitcoin. The price cleared the $1,330 and $1,350 resistance levels to enter a positive zone. Besides, there was a break above a major bearish trend line with resistance near $1,342 on the hourly chart of ETH/USD. The pair is now trading above the 76.4% Fib retracement level of the downward move from the $1,419 swing high to $1,219 low. Ether price is also trading above $1,350 and the 100 hourly simple moving average. On the upside, the price is facing resistance near the $1,395 and $1,400 levels. The next major resistance is near $1,420 level. A clear break above $1,420 might start a decent increase towards the $1,465 level. It is near the 1.236 Fib extension level of the downward move from the $1,419 swing high to $1,219 low. Source: ETHUSD on TradingView.com Any more gains may perhaps open the doors for a move towards the $1,500 resistance, above which the bulls could aim $1,580 in the coming sessions. Dips Limited in ETH? If ethereum fails to climb above the $1,400 resistance, it could start a downside correction. An initial support on the downside is near the $1,350. The next major support is near the $1,320 level and the 100 hourly simple moving average. A downside break below the $1,320 level might send the price towards the $1,250 support in the near term.  Any more losses could increase selling and the price might drop to $1,200. Technical Indicators Hourly MACD – The MACD for ETH/USD is now gaining momentum in the bullish zone. Hourly RSI – The RSI for ETH/USD is now above the 50 level. Major Support Level – $1,320 Major Resistance Level – $1,400

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TA: Bitcoin Price Gearing For Another Lift-Off to $21K, Recent Breakout Suggests

Bitcoin is gaining pace above the $19,500 resistance against the US Dollar. BTC could rise further above $20,000 if it stays above the $19,000 support. Bitcoin started a decent increase and was able to clear the $19,500 resistance zone. The price is trading above $19,000 and the 100 hourly simple moving average. There was a break above a connecting bearish trend line with resistance near $19,220 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken). The pair could stage a strong increase if it clears the $20,000 resistance zone. Bitcoin Price Breaks Hurdle Bitcoin price remained well bid above the $19,000 support zone. The crypto market was able to recover and BTC climbed higher above the $19,200 resistance zone. There was a clear move above a connecting bearish trend line with resistance near $19,220 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair. The pair even surpassed a major resistance zone near the $19,500 level to move into a positive zone. Bitcoin price is now trading above $19,000 and the 100 hourly simple moving average. It traded as high as $19,863 and is currently consolidating gains. It is trading well above the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the recent increase from the $18,645 swing low to $19,863 high. On the upside, an immediate resistance is near the $19,850 level. The next major resistance sits near the $20,000 zone. Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com A close above the $20,000 level might push the price further into a bullish zone. In the stated case, the price could rise towards $20,500. Any more gains might lead the price higher towards the $21,000 resistance zone. Dips Supported in BTC? If bitcoin fails to rise above the $20,000 resistance zone, it could correct lower. An immediate support on the downside is near the $19,550 zone. The next major support is near the $19,250 zone. It is near the 50% Fib retracement level of the recent increase from the $18,645 swing low to $19,863 high. The main support sits near the $19,000 level, below which the price might move into a bearish zone. Technical indicators: Hourly MACD – The MACD is now gaining pace in the bullish zone. Hourly RSI (Relative Strength Index) – The RSI for BTC/USD is now above the 50 level. Major Support Levels – $19,550, followed by $19,000. Major Resistance Levels – $19,850, $20,000 and $20,500.