Learning Solidity - A Few Resources to get you Started

A few of us at CryptoFizz are starting down the path to become Solidity developers. In this video are a few different resources we have come across that are very helpful to starting this journey. Check it out and if you have any other suggestions, comment below!

Ethereum and Solidity: The Complete Developer's Guide
https://www.udemy.com/share/1000CIAEIZeVtSRn4=/

Blockchain 101 - A Visual Demo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_160oMzblY8

Ethereum Browser Compiler
http://remix.ethereum.org/

Crypto Zombies by Loom Network
https://cryptozombies.io/

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Don't Listen to McAfee, Decentralize Your Trust

Every morning, after giving my wife and daughter a kiss, I kick off my day by perusing the interwebs for the latest blockchain news. And I must tell you, not a day goes by that I don’t see someone asking when a token is going to “moon”, should I keep “hodling or sell”, and even the “Omg I lost $X, please feel sorry for me” posts. If you are like me and have done this for long enough, it starts to feel a bit like groundhog day, doesn’t it?

For some reason in the crypto investing world, unlike any other market I have come across, users put so much value on the opinions of complete strangers. More often than not, they are putting their hard earned money on the line based on what a single user posted in a subreddit, a tweet, facebook group, or <insert social media platform> here.

Let’s actually back up for a second, and remove the “complete stranger” term I used above. Why you may ask? Because you also need to be aware of prominent figures in the community as well. For example, John Mcafee recently stated on a podcast that he gets paid to promote tokens on twitter. How do you think he is getting paid? It shouldn’t take much thought to realize it is via the money you are now pushing into that position he promoted, in a roundabout way of course.

In these communities, a large share of the user base is willing to risk it all as long as someone, anyone, echoes the sentiment they want to hear. The information doesn’t even need any factual evidence to back it up and it can make the markets move.

Then, when the “moon” doesn’t happen as expected and we are faced with the scenario we have experienced over the last couple months, ala Coinageddon. It’s almost as if these “traders”, if you can call them that, go through the phases mentioned above.

Example Phase Flow Chart:

Phase Flow Chart

 

The main detail, which is the most important, that is missing from this chart is personal research and education ie: using a body part we all have called a “brain”. Here at Crypto Fizz we write about everything crypto related, but as I have said before, you need to do your own research. It's not that you can’t use what we have detailed, but you need to diversify and get information from different sources.

Even as tapped in as we are here, we can’t get everything right, cover every piece of news, or see every update. If you are willing to risk your hard earned dollars on something that could be considered a gamble, wouldn’t you want to come to that decision on your own via knowledge and research you have done yourself and not off the word of single person you don’t even know. I know I would. #EndRant

Fortunately, there are many resources you can use to do this, below I will detail a few:

Coin Market Cap (https://coinmarketcap.com/) - On this site you can find what tokens are valued at, how many are in circulation, the exchanges they trade on, and access to their social presence. It’s one of the most widely used/known sites.

Coin Calendar (http://www.coincalendar.info/) - This site is great to keep in the know on upcoming catalysts and events for various tokens, which can move markets.

Coin Checkup (https://coincheckup.com/) - Recently this site was presented to us and we love it. It details for each token the 1hr, 24hr, 7day, 30day, and 90day % gains and losses. Also, you can sort and filter based on target market the token falls in.

Taylor Academy (https://smarttaylor.io/) - Taylor is an application that helps you make trading decisions and will perform the hard work for you. But the team behind it will also be releasing the “Taylor Academy”. This academy will be a platform with educational courses taught by major influencers within the cryptocurrency community and its goal is to help users get up to speed on investing in this ever changing market. We actually had Rafael Salmon from Taylor on the “Our Two Satoshis” podcast recently to discuss this, check out the interview here.

Bitcoin Talk (https://bitcointalk.org/) - Don’t let the blast from the past, older forum structure, fool you. This site is chalk full of good information. Don’t sleep on it.

Official Discord/Telegram Communities - Official is the key word here. Most projects have a dedicated community platform. It is always best to get the information straight from the team behind the project rather than some random Facebook Group, Subreddit, or Twitter account. Join their platforms, its free!

Crypto Fizz (https://CryptoFizz.com) - Shameless plug here, but we try to write about major tokens along with some that aren’t mentioned as often. Our research is done in a manner that is fact based and when we make mistakes that are brought to our attention, we update the content accordingly and in a timely fashion.

TLDR, Moral of the Story: Don’t take a single persons word for it. Diversify your research just like you should diversify your portfolio. Then, once you have taken in information from multiple different sources, make your decision.


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Justin Sun of TRON and Rosie agree #DeleteFacebook, with Instructions

Recently, we learned that Facebook allowed third parties to access the data of over 50 million users, and surprisingly this did not violate Facebook’s policies. What is even more concerning is that once the data left their servers, they had ZERO control over how it was used.

With this news, a movement on social media has started to #DeleteFacebook. We wanted to take a look at what was being said by users of this hashtag including prominent names like Justin Sun of TRON, TechCrunch, and others.

Justin Sun - TRON (TRX)

Rosie O'Donnell

Tech Crunch

Dr. Rachel Clarke


Other Crypto Related #DeleteFacebook Tweets

If you're concerned, you can follow the steps below to download your data and delete your Facebook account:

Download your Facebook Data (Must be done before deletion)

1. Log in to Facebook.
2. Click the top right of your account and select the Settings option.
3. In Settings, click the "Download a copy of your Facebook data" option in the General Account Settings area.
4. Await your archive by email.

Delete your Facebook Account

1. Log in to Facebook.
2. Go to your settings.
3. Click "Edit" next to "Manage account"
4. Click "Request account deletion"
5. Follow instructions.

With this wave of #DeleteFacebook, is it time for the blockchain to fill the void? Comment below which projects you think could become the "Facebook of the Blockchain".


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Fizz Vlog: Crypto Watchlist for March 2018

The start of my days usually involve reviewing cryptocurrency news, and upcoming catalyst events.

One of my favorite sites to use that we have talked about at https://cryptofizz.com numerous times is http://www.coincalendar.info/. It makes it so easy to check out upcoming crypto related events so you don't have to search all over the redditwitterfacebookdiscordosphere.

In this Vlog I talk about a few that caught my eye which are happening throughout the end of March.

March 23

Bittrex Deslisting Project Decorum (PDC), Global Currency Reserve (GCR) and Clubcoin (CLUB):
Over the past couple months Bittrex has been delisting tokens for a few different reasons such as: Low Volume, SEC Issues, and a few other reasons.

Callisto (CLO) Mainnet Release

March 31

BitBay (BAY) Surprise Release:
No clue what it is, but it will be a surprise.

Eventchain (EVC) SmartTickets Beta Launch:
EVC is a platform that allows you to create event tickets and aims to be transparent about the cost. With blockchain security their goal is to prevent fraud and other issues utilizing blockchain technology.

Tron (TRX) Beta Version Exodus Launch:
The goal is to provide very low transaction fees and the possibility of 1,000 transactions per second. This release is stated to include TVM (TRON Vitrual Machine) which will allow it to compete as one of the top ICO release platforms.

Syscoin (SYS) - 3.0 and Masternode Release:
Syscoin aims to become the top decentralized goods exchange, think Ebay on the blockchain. But thats not all, think 0 confirmation transactions, Aliases, an ICO ready platform, and their parent company BlockFoundry is supposedly going public on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Coinpayments.com will be the first ICO on the SYS network and is set to release their tokens via airdrop in early June.

Shift (SHIFT) - Multiple Updates
Shift will be releasing updates to their wallet, a new DPOS consensus, Fully Stable Sidechain, and a decentralized Explorer release.

Bolenum (BLN) - Mobile Wallet Release

Typically this would be a huge couple weeks for some of these tokens but its hard to tell in this Bear market if we will see a good uptick. Either way, I suggest keeping them on your radar because they could gain some traction.

Anything you have your eye on that I missed? Comment below.

I will be doing Vlog's daily via Dtube, Steemit, and CryptoFizz.com

TRON (TRX): Tron Dogs, Bitguild, and a Coin Burn:
https://cryptofizz.com/tron-trx-tron-dogs-bitguild-and-a-coin-burn/

CPS Coin: Syscoins first AirDrop:
https://cryptofizz.com/cps-coin-syscoins-first-airdrop/

Make Money with a Masternode while you Sleep:
https://cryptofizz.com/make-money-with-a-masternode-while-you-sleep/


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Fizz Vlog: Earn.com Cryptocurrency Airdrops

On this CryptoFizz Vlog I talk about Earn.com and their new method of doing Cryptocurrency Airdrops. We have discussed Airdrops over the last couple of weeks on CryptoFizz.com and usually to receive one, you are required to be a hodler of the network token the airdrop will be released on.

Well, Earn.com aims to change the way that is done...

3 Airdrops We're Watching: https://cryptofizz.com/3-airdrops-were-watching/
CPS Coin - Syscoins First Airdrop: https://cryptofizz.com/cps-coin-syscoins-first-airdrop/
Airdrop by Earn: https://news.earn.com/launch-your-token-with-an-earn-com-airdrop-97715970f8c7
Sign up for Earn.com Free: https://earn.com/jay_cryptofizz/referral/?a=07nq7li17ujfun7p
CryptoFizz Podcasts: https://cryptofizz.com/category/podcasts/
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Create Your Own Cryptocurrency in About 5 Minutes

Have you ever wanted to create your own cryptocurrency, but maybe you thought it took in depth knowledge of blockchain technology, funding, or your mom giving you permission? Well, it's actually a hell of a lot easier than you might think.

It seems like every day there are guides and coin creators, for people with little programming experience, popping up online.

**cough, ahem** In this guide we are going to look at creating your very own token on the Waves platform. Before you know it, actually within the next 5 minutes, you could be well on your way to becoming the little island dictator you always dreamed of. Okay, lets not go too far, because then you would need an actual island, but you will at least be on par by having your very own worthless currency. Then it’s up to you to actually build value around it.

So crack open your laptop, a cold beer and head over to Waves. If you haven’t used the waves platform before, you will be greeted with 2 options, download the client or use the online version.

If you do use the online version, then that account is tied to the device you are using, but it can be restored on another device with the backup information they provide.

For this guide I used the online beta, once you are in, here is all you need to do:

  1. Click on the Token Generation icon Token Generation Icon
  2. Give your token a name and description
  3. Set the total # of Tokens
  4. Choose whether they are Reissuable or not (reissuable means you can create more in the future)
  5. Set the number of decimal places (up to 8)
  6. Click Generate

Once generated your token is immediately tradable on the Waves Decentralized Exchange.

Example:

 

Requirement: 1 Waves (about $7) to create a token which you can purchase on an exchange like Bittrex or directly via the waves platform.

…and there you have it, couldn’t get much easier than that can it? It’s so easy my 75 year old Father, who can barely copy and paste, could do it. If you do create a token, and then purchase an island to setup your very own tourist nation, hit me up. I really need a vacation...


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Litecoin Forked, Hello Litecoin Cash

On Sunday at approximately 5pm EST a hard fork was implemented on the Litecoin network and the new Litecoin Cash coin was created. The fork was previously announced on February 3rd and was set to take place when the network reached block 1,371,111. Since the announcement and the news about Litepay being released in February, the Litecoin price has seen a bump of around 30%.

The team behind Litecoin Cash, which are not affiliated with Litecoin in any way, did this with a few different intentions:

  • Speed - The goal is to have a block time of 2.5 minutes which would be 4x faster than bitcoin.
  • Lower Fees - Fees are stated to be 90% lower than the current structure on the Litecoin network.

Further details:

  • Exchanges - YoBit, Trade Satoshi, and Mercatox are currently slated to trade Litecoin Cash.
  • Investors - Current holders will receive 10 Litecoin Cash for every Litecoin they were holding at the time of the fork.
  • Technical - Litecoin Cash will run the SHA 256 Algorithm, Litecoin uses Scrypt to verify transactions.

The community sentiment has been mixed on this fork, below are various tweets:

Charlie Lee

Jameson Lopp

The Litecoin Queen

Brian Haggerty

James Howells

At time of writing, Litecoin Cash is trading at $5.61 which is up over 330% from its original entry price onto the market.

Check out our podcast where we discussed this more. What do you think about it?


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Brave Browser and Basic Attention Token (BAT) Launch Million Dollar Campaign

Brave and BAT Million Dollar Program

Today it was announced that Brave Browser and the Basic Attention Token (BAT) team will be running a Million Dollar Referral program to help grow the usage of the Brave Browser. If this is the first time you are hearing about Brave or just haven't taken the time to download it yet and want give it a try, now is your chance. The team at Crypto Fizz has been using it as our exclusive browser over the last few months and we would give it more than 5 stars if we could.

Here is an example of my personal Mobile Brave Browser use:

Brave Mobile

As you can see, it has already:

19,200 Trackers Blocked
7,800 Ads Blocked
3,600 HTTPS Upgrades
22 Minutes of Time Saved

I remember when I was attending college and we were discussing website statistics its said, the average user nowadays starts to get antsy when a site takes longer than 3 secs to load, so if you are that type, definitely download the Brave Browser as it will save you time. But not only that, it will stop websites from tracking you and advertisements from taking away from your experience. Also, because it is blocking all that it is, your mobile battery life will actually last longer.

We previously shared an in depth article here on Brave and BAT, make sure you check it out and support CryptoFizz just for downloading the browser and using it!

Download Brave here.


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Edgeless (EDG) - The First Legal Blockchain Casino

Edgeless - Blockchain Based Casino and Sports Betting

Continuing our trend of reviewing Blockchain-Based gambling technologies I wanted to cover one of the major market movers, Edgeless (EDG). I find any way that Blockchain technology can improve a sector very interesting, and gambling is definitely ripe for the picking.

Previously I wrote about FunFair and if you have listened to our podcasts you would know we are big supporters of their project. But while FunFair is attempting to create casino technology that can be licensed to businesses, Edgeless is building technology for Casino and Sports Betting that they intend to run themselves.

At first you would think FunFair and Edgeless are direct competitors, and while they do “technically” compete in the same space, with Edgeless running their own Casino and FunFair licensing their software, we believe the market is big enough for the both of them. For example, in 2016 the Online Gambling Industry was estimated at about $45 Billion dollars and is growing an average of 10% year over year. Crypto-based gambling is on pace to reach $1 billion this year with an estimated $890 Million BTC gambled in 2016.

 

Key Details

  • Ethereum Casino - First Ethereum Based Blockchain Casino
  • Smart Contracts - All games are smart contract based therefore there is no possible way for the casino to cheat
  • Instant Payouts - Unlike traditional online casinos the payouts are instant because of blockchain technology
  • 0 Fees - There are no fees to deposit or withdraw
  • Random Number - Similar to FunFair, Edgeless has Random Number Fairness incorporated
  • Licensed - Edgeless applied for and received a legal casino license in Q4 2017 adding credibility and legal authority to operate
  • Bankroll Staking - In the future, investors will be able to stake their bankroll creating liquidity for the casino and receiving a payout when the casino makes money

 

Team

Ignas Mangevicius - Chief Technology Officer
Tomas Lukosaitis - Chief Operating Officer
Tomas Draksas - Professional Gambler and Poker Player

See the rest of the team here.

Roadmap

  • Q2 2017 - Blackjack Q2 2017 (Completed): The blackjack based game has been completed and is playable via their website.
  • Q4 2017 - Casino License (Completed): Curacao Casino License was issued on 12-22-2017 making Edgeless the first legal blockchain casino.
  • Q1 2018 - Dice
  • Q3 2018 - Sports Betting
  • Q4 2018 - Poker

 

Our Two Satoshis

Edgeless is definitely making moves in the blockchain gambling tech and we are excited about what the team can bring over the next year. Being the first legal blockchain casino, the team already has a working product, and the possibility for investors to make a return via bankroll staking in the future, how can you not be excited.

We may be strong supporters of what the FunFair team is doing but that doesn’t mean we can’t love what Edgeless is doing as well. Some people are avid supporters of one coin or another which is great, but try not to get so caught up and stuck in a certain community. If you are interested in how blockchain technology can revolutionize the world and at the same time want to make a return on your investment, then keep your eyes open for anything that peaks your interest.

Gotta love what Edgeless has done and is doing, what do you think?

 

In our latest podcast we discuss Edgeless.


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FunFair (FUN) - What the Book Says...

FunFair Overview:

FunFair is a cryptocurrency company that is developing a casino and online gambling platform. The company will not be running the casinos but instead licensing the software to online casino operators. The token is a utility token, which means it must be used for all gaming done on the platform. The team also has plans for developers to build new games on their network and in return they will be rewarded with FunFair.

Proprietary Tech:

Fate Channel - FunFair in an ERC20 Token that runs on the Ethereum Network. Ethereum is currently working on a State Channel called Raiden that provides a process for users to transfer tokens from point to point utilising pre-opened channels. This is solely used for payments.

Funfair Fate Channel

The FunFair team is developing their own version of a “State” channel in which they have coined the term “Fate” channel. It is called a Fate Channel because it does more than just send payments. This channel will generate random numbers between the Player and the Fate Channel Service. These numbers are used within the gambling interactions. Also, this channel provides the “interactions” between the player and the game ie: (Player Clicks Hit on blackjack, they receive a new card). It also completes micropayments that cost zero gas from bets, wins, and losses.

When the players session ends the funds are returned immediately to the players account and are not stored on the channel like they are on other state channels such as Raiden. This will allow for cheaper, secure, and transparent gaming sessions. Something that has never been seen before in Online Gambling.

Team:

Jez San - Jez is a technology entrepreneur that started designing games all the way back on the Atari platform with one of his first successes being Star Glider. He also founded Argonaut Software as a teenager and went on the design the first chip used in 3d games such as Star Fox, Harry Potter, and Croc. His time in the online gaming started when he founded 3d online poker room PKR.

Jeremy Longley -  Jeremy cofounded online poker room PKR with Jez. He was responsible for designing the platform from the ground up, hiring, and running of the development team. Then transitioning from a software company to oto an online gaming community.

Oliver Hopton - Oliver is also a founder and senior developer of FunFair. He was previously the Development Manager at PKR where he manager web, was the solutions architect for numerous projects, and worked on things such as PCI Compliance and Client Management.

You can check out the rest of the team here.

Key Features:

  • Decentralized: The platform will be uniquely decentralized and serverless.
  • Utility Token: In order to user their platform you must use FunFair (this is beneficial to investors and developers)
  • Fate Channel: As described above, this is a game changer as it provides quick payments, private payments, fair unmanipulated gambling, and transparency.
  • Provably Fair: With the Fate Channel mentioned above it will be the first “provably” fair online gaming platform.
  • Instant Payouts: No waiting for 10 days to receive a check in the mail or sending money to a money service like PayPal and paying their relatively high fees.
  • No Chargebacks: This is the biggest issue/cost that online casinos deal with. By utilizing FunFair there will be no credit card fraud.
  • Team: The team has a history in game design and online gambling, so this is right in their wheelhouse. Currently FunFair has 40+ full time employees.
  • MVP: Before even going the ICO route they produced a Minimum Viable Product showing they could develop what they were raising money to further build out.
  • Money in the bank: They currently hold 85,000 Ethereum, 4.45 Billion Fun, and a years worth of FIAT currency for operating expenses. That is over $600 Million dollars with current value.
  • ICO of the year: FunFair was awarded ICO of the year at the Malta iGaming Awards.

You should have a product before you ICO, you should know how to run a company, you shouldn't have an anonymous team and you should release a prototype first - Jez San, Cointelegraph 11-10-17

Upcoming Catalysts/Roadmap (https://funfair.io/explore/roadmap/):

Their site will be updated with the newest roadmap soon, but here is what we know as of right now.

  • January 2018: Applying for UK Remote Gambling software license.
  • February 6-8th: FunFair will be attending the ICE Gaming Conference.
  • Q1 (date unknown): First Public Release
  • Q2: First Casino Operator Oboarding, they will be partnering with a “friendly operator” that will work with them to fix any issues.
  • Q2: Publishing API documentation and further work with platform and gaming developers.
  • Q3/Q4: Further feature buildout and more backend operator reporting and administration tools.

You can find other details in this great reddit post by Commissar_ on the FunFair Technologies Subreddit.