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Cardano Vasil Upgrade Cuts Gas Fees by Nearly 50% and Transaction Space by 10x: ADA Decentralized Exchange

Cardano (ADA)‘s Vasil hard fork has had a dramatic impact on the network’s efficiency, according to a decentralized exchange (DEX). MuesliSwap, a DEX built for Cardano, says the upgrade has reduced transaction sizes from 14.73kB to 1.31kB, and gas fees from 1.44 ADA to 0.73 ADA.  Cardano creator Charles Hoskinson touts the numbers quoted by […]

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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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Australian Central Bank Details Active CBDC Pilot Project In Telling Whitepaper

Australians are already testing a CBDC. Surprising no one, considering the authoritarian way that the government handled the lockdowns. The jury is still out on Central Bank Digital Currencies, while some authorities see them as problematic and prone to abuse, others are running a pilot program. The Reserve Bank of Australia, the country’s Central Bank, […]

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China Reports GPU Price Fall To All-Time Low Post Ethereum Merge

The successful Ethereum upgrade to proof-of-stake consensus is receiving more backlashes from the market. Therefore, the Ethereum upgrade should produce only positive feedback, but where there are merits, demerits must exist. One of the aftermath challenges the industry faced since the Ethereum upgrade was the drop in GPU prices. Graphic Processing Units (GPUs) in crypto mining increased over the years because they proved very efficient. Related Reading: TA: Ethereum Price Needs To Clear $1,400 For Hopes of a Fresh Rally GPU companies were earning huge profits due to the increased demand from ETH miners. However, it is no longer so, as the price of GPUs has dropped drastically over the past three months. Furthermore, the prices of GPUs dropped further after the upgrade. Is Ethereum Merge Major Cause Of GPU price Crash? South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported that GPU prices in China dropped to the lowest due to the Ethereum merge. ETH mining has reduced. So miners’ demand for GPU went low. Miners’ demands for expensive cards such as GeForce RTX 3080 and RTX 3090 became low and caused a reduction in price to trice the factory prices. Also, due to the China mining ban and COVID lockdown, the demand for costly GPUs fell and worsened during the bear market. A Shanghai trader, Peng, told SCMP that RTX 3080 dropped by over 37% in the last three months. According to Peng, the price of RTX 3080 went from 8000 yuan ($1,140) to less than 5000 yuan (%712). Peng attributed the drop in the price of GPUs to the poor condition of the crypto market. Ethereum mining was one of the highest contributors to the high demand for GPUs in the past years. Traders noticed a slump in GPU prices as the Ethereum merge drew near. SCMP reported that retailers at ‘Buy Now,’ a large electronics market in Shanghai, are experiencing low GPU demand. Retailers Lower GPU Prices Chinese retailers reduced factory-suggested GPU prices by over 33% in a few weeks to sell their equipment. The reason for this is the crypto bear market and GPU correction market. According to data from Baidu, traders are losing the selling price compared to the factory cost of GPUs. Analysts estimated that the average price drop of GPUs per week is about 10%. Some reports show that NVIDIA, a large GPU manufacturer, is reducing the price of their GPU for board partners. This report is still unconfirmed, but it would likely cause further reduction in the coming weeks. Although the crash in GPU prices may adversely affect many businesses, others think it marks the end of two years of nightmare. Many GPU retailers would previously raise the prices as high as possible because of the high demand by miners. Related Reading: Litecoin Price Watch: Why Only 15% of LTC Holders Are Making Profit The crash in GPU prices could prove beneficial to AI coders, gamers, and other users because Crypto miners caused an unnecessary increase in GPU prices. Featured Image From Pixabay, Charts From Tradingview

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Algorand: ALGO Price All Go With Nearly 30% Rally In Last 7 Days

In only the past week, ALGO has grown by a whopping 30%. Some may not be surprised by this development, as Algorand collaborated with FIFA to create FIFA+ Collect, a platform where fans can buy digital collectibles in the form of NFTs. There has been a dramatic impact on the environment as a result of this alliance. A tweet from @intotheblack shows that the number of unique addresses that have completed their first transaction for ALGO has increased from 5,000 to 20,000. There has been an increase in the cost of ALGO because to the increased number of transactions using unique addresses. As of this writing, the price of one coin is somewhere between the 23.60 and 38.20 Fibonacci retracement levels, or about $0.3949 and $0.3724. There is no denying the ripple impact that this collaboration has on all of Algorand. But will the agreement lead to additional price increases, or is this simply a temporary boost? Image: NFTgators ALGO Gets Boost From FIFA+ Collect The price of ALGO increased by 31.18% in a matter of hours on the press day of the FIFA+ Collect release. To sum up, the coin is up 27.54% from September 22nd when trading began till today, September 26th. As of this writing, ALGO is trading at $0.3662, down 5.8 percent in the last 24 hours, data from Coingecko show, Monday Information provided by Santiment suggests that the cooperation has an impact beyond only the pricing. Algorand’s NFT sector has witnessed a dramatic increase in activity. From September 21 to September 22, the total volume of NFT trades surged from $186,000 to a staggering $606,000. Related Reading: Litecoin Price Watch: Why Only 15% of LTC Holders Are Making Profit This is not the only positive development for the ALGO token and the Algorand ecosystem in general. The TVL of ALGO observed an increase in staked tokens. From September 22-24, the TVL increased from $234 million to $263.69 million. The Algorand ecosystem also had a significant overhaul. Additionally, the ecosystem implemented the State Proof procedure. This version provides an additional layer of protection against quantum threats and enables the development of “decentralized bridges” to connect Algorand to other blockchains. ALGO Bullish Momentum Subsiding? At the time of writing, the coin’s price has already reached above the double-bottom support level at $0.3687. This may indicate that the bullish momentum has waned and the bears are currently taking the driver’s seat. Considering this, ALGO can fall to a relatively secure position near the 50 Fib level. This level will serve as the token’s support. However, it cannot fall below the indicated Fibonacci level, as this would indicate a bottom on September 22. Related Reading: Dogecoin (DOGE) Is On Top Of Whales’ Menu – Here’s Why ALGO total market cap at $2.25 billion on the daily chart | Source: TradingView.com Featured image from Forkast, Chart: TradingView.com