Jun 202017
 
More than 5 billion people – or two-thirds of the world's population – now have a mobile phone connection You can watch the number increase in real time By Rob Thubron on Jun 19, 2017, 10:00 AM How many people do you know that don't own a cell phone? For the majority of us, that number will be very small, if not zero. Not too surprising considering that 5 billion people around the world – or two-thirds of the earth’s population – now have a mobile phone connection. The data comes from GSMA Intelligence, the research unit of the GSMA trade body that represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide. Its real-time tracker shows that the number of unique mobile subscribers has now passed the 5-million-person milestone, representing year-on-year growth of almost 5 percent. The site also shows the number of mobile connections around the world. This figure is considerably higher as many people use more than one SIM card, and it includes machine-to-machine connections, of which there are around 400 million. It’s taken four years for another billion people to acquire a mobile phone connection. Back in 2003, there were just one billion unique mobile subscribers across the globe. GSMA director Mats Granryd called reaching the milestone a “tremendous achievement for an industry that is only a few decades old.” “Today, mobile is a truly global platform, delivering connectivity and, perhaps more importantly, social and economic opportunities to citizens in all corners of the world,” said Granryd. Over half of all mobile subscribers, 2.7 billion, are located in the Asia-Pacific Region. When it comes to individual countries’ mobile markets, China sits at the top with 1 billion subscribers, while India is second with 730 million. It is in Europe, however, where phone penetration is at its highest, with 86 percent of citizens subscribed to a mobile service. The US has the second-highest subscriber penetration at 80 percent. By the end of this decade, GSMA predicts that the number of unique phone subscribers will reach 5.7 billion – around three-quarters of the earth’s population – with India responsible for the largest share of this growth. Share this:FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogleTumblrPinterestReddit (more…)
Dec 302016
 
Russian Airline and a Bank Execute a Blockchain Service Payment – CryptoCoinsNews The post Russian Airline and a Bank Execute a Blockchain Service Payment appeared first on CryptoCoinsNews. up JSC Siberia Airlines, commonly known under its operative name of S7 airlines has executed the first of its kind service payment using Ethereum blockchain smart-contracts through a letter of credit, with Russia-based Alfa-Bank. The announcement reveals that the agreement took place between the airlines and a counterpart using a letter of credit, through Alfa-Bank. A letter of credit is issued as a bank guarantee that payments will be made to a seller from the buyer. The bank issuing the letter of credit is obligated to cover the amount in the event that a buyer is unable to make the payment. Services giant Deloitte acted as the advisory consultant to the airline on blockchain technology, whilst providing legal support to the project. With the deal, smart contracts helped record the bank’s actions of opening and executing the letter of credit on a blockchain. In providing a conclusive statement, Artem Tolkachev, director of legal services for tech products at Deloitte said: Legally, this transaction meets all the requirements for a letter of credit as a form of bank settlement, and demonstrates the potential of smart contract application in the framework of Russian legislation. The Blockchain Service Payment The bank specifically provided members of the deal with an electronic “Alfa-business online” system where a customer could apply to open a letter of credit while a contractor is enabled with providing the bank documents upon provision of services. A “special cover account” sees funds written off from a customer’s account when the letter of credit is issued, and the funds reach the contractor’s account upon submission of documents confirming the transaction. S7 airlines deems the opening and the utilization of the letter of credit as the two main facets of the deal. “A blockchain record includes a hash (result of encryption) of the following information: deal identifiers (Taxpayer Identification Numbers (INN) of the customer and the contractor and type of works) and commercial terms (value of the letter of credit, date of opening and closing of the letter of credit),” the announcement explains further. The airline group’s deputy director general Dmitry Kudelkin added: By conducting the deal, we have tested efficiency of smart-contracts and realized how this technology could help to optimize business-processes and improve (more…)
Dec 162016
 
¿Qué es Ethereum? Ethereum, es una criptomoneda y una plataforma blockchain que ofrece una máquina virtual descentralizada para contratos inteligentes.Una computadora mundial “It is very possible that … one machine would suffice to solve all the problems … of the whole [world]” – Sir Charles Darwin, 1946 Ethereum, es una plataforma de servicios ”smart contracts”, programas y protocolos en forma de contrato, que funcionan automáticamente. Como son programados, no tienen ninguna posibilidad de cortes en el sistema, censuras, fraudes o interferencias de terceras partes. ¿Smart qué? El término fue acuñado por el criptógrafo y jurista Nick Szabo, allá por 1996 pero no ha sido hasta hace pocos años cuando se han podido materializar gracias a tecnologías recientes como la ”blockchain” (“cadena de bloques”). Los ”smart contracts”, son scripts escritos con lenguajes de programación capaces de ejecutarse y hacerse cumplir por sí solos de manera autónoma sin intermediarios y sin posibilidad de censura. Pueden ser creados por una persona física, jurídica o por otro programa informático y reciben esas características gracias a existir sobre un sistema descentralizado como la ”blockchain” en la que miles de equipos alrededor del mundo ejecutan los nodos que procesan y verifican las transacciones lo que evita que exista alguna entidad (empresa o gobierno) que pueda actuar sobre ellas.En resumen, los contratos inteligentes permiten a desconocidos comerciar o automatizar cualquier tipo de relación que se pueda expresar en un contrato tradicional, a través de internet sin la necesidad de una autoridad o intermediario. Automatizar transacciones simples Un pequeño ejemplo con apuestas: Alicia y Bob se apuestan 500€ por quien ganará un partido deportivo. Ambos, mandarían el equivalente en criptomonedas a una dirección controlada por el contrato inteligente. Cuando el juego haya terminado el contrato podría verificar vía API el resultado y depositaría el total en la cuenta del ganador. Por ser programas informáticos, sería trivial añadir mayor complejidad como posibilidades y estadísticas a la apuesta. Hay servicios que procesan este tipo de transacciones, pero todas cobran una comisión. La diferencia es que los contratos inteligentes hacen todo esto de manera descentralizada, accesible para todos al menor coste posible, en el caso de ethereum el precio se llama “gas”, pequeñas partes de ether que pasan a los mineros que verifican las transacciones. Compras online Un ejemplo cotidiano pueden ser las compras online. Si realizas una orden de compra podrías tener un contrato entre la tienda online, una empresa de mensajería y tú, este, controlaría el proceso y ejecutaría cada pago en el momento acordado que podría ser la (more…)
Dec 122016
 
Take Cryptocurrency As Payment On WP Site Free multi-cryptocurrency accounts with instant exchange There are WordPress plugins that are gateways to the Cryptonator exchange. The GoURL series on WordPress.org or the website (https://gourl.io). I have been using these for about 8 months and have had no problems. Cryptonator is an all-in-one online Bitcoin wallet which supports multiple cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin (BTC), Litecoin (LTC), Dogecoin (DOGE) and others. It enables fast and easy direct transactions and allows instant exchange between different cryptocurrencies in one personal account. Combining usability with high level privacy , anonymity and security, Cryptonator offers free multi-cryptocurrency accounts, which are accessible 24/7 worldwide on your laptop, desktop or mobile devices alike. Cryptonator lets customers checkout in cryptocurrency, automatically convert received payments to USD or EUR and withdraw it to your bank account. Or just leave your received cryptocurrency payments on your Cryptonator account for future use. It`s up to you! Sign up for a free account https://www.cryptonator.com/auth/signup/101069939 Due Diligence http://www.scamidentifier.com/review/cryptonator.com/ Mike Prettyman, Chief Information Officer at Green Fire Engineered Reclamation For more information come to the website Children of the Landfill Project Green Fire Engineered Reclamation Join our active groups on Markethive Children of the Landfill Green Fire Engineered Reclamation   Share this:FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogleTumblrPinterestReddit (more…)
Nov 162016
 
 Author Jacob Timp The United States House of Representatives has passed a nonbinding resolution calling for an adoption of “a national policy for technology to promote consumers' access to financial tools and online commerce to promote economic growth and consumer empowerment.” Why The Accelerated Interest? We have seen relatively little developments in the space of federal regulation on the Blockchain technology and digital currencies. A non-profit called Coin Center reached out to United States representatives communicating their concerns on the developing bill. The letters on issue are available on their website. In July, the declaration was introduced which calls the United State government to develop an updated domestic policy related to technology, specifically referencing cryptocurrencies and Blockchain technology. The bill was introduced by United States Congressman Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and is sponsored by Congressman Tony Cardenas of California. Following statements from supporters, the resolution passed by a verbal vote earlier this week. The resolution is non-binding, which may be considered a half-measure, is a rather significant leap forward from Congress for the discussion on Blockchain and cryptocurrencies. The opening remarks on the bill stated: “The House of Representatives that the United States should adopt a national policy for technology to promote consumers’ access to financial tools and online commerce to promote economic growth and consumer empowerment.” The resolution occurred months after the United States House Committee on Energy and Commerce debated the technology. Notes from supporters on the floor demonstrated a very real interest in the issue among the House members. Congressman Michael Burgess of Texas, stated at the hearing: "There’s no doubt that Blockchain innovations are on the cutting edge today." What’s Next? We will see what the next step is for congress and whether or not they will pursue a more substantial bill development for digital currencies and the Blockchain technology. The next session will meet after November's United States elections. The non-leaning characteristics of the current resolution suggests that a new and updated bill may be released by Congress in the time following. Mike Prettyman, Chief Information Officer at Green Fire Engineered Reclamation For more information come to the website Children of the Landfill Project Green Fire Engineered Reclamation Join our active groups on Markethive Children of the Landfill Green Fire Engineered Reclamation Share this:FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogleTumblrPinterestReddit (more…)
Feb 082016
 
The future of money is cryptocurrency. We finally reach really incredible stage in the digital universe for ten or fifteen years we were awaiting the arrival of a truly cohesive electronic money and crypto currency the modern-day blockchain based bitcoins star concept has finally broken through. We are starting a cryptofunding campaign to fund the Green Fire Project. There are seven currencies listed in the sidebar that being used for this purpose.  I will present each one individually. Each video has instructions about where to get your wallet and how to set it up. Introductions to the different cryptocurrency exchanges for exchanging and purchasing the currency will be detailed and linked. The donation pages will be announced in the next few days. This video will explain.     Share this:FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogleTumblrPinterestReddit (more…)
Feb 082016
 
The future of money is cryptocurrency. We finally reach really incredible stage in the digital universe for ten or fifteen years we were awaiting the arrival of a truly cohesive electronic money and crypto currency the modern-day blockchain based bitcoins star concept has finally broken through. We are starting a cryptofunding campaign to fund the Green Fire Project. There are seven currencies listed in the sidebar that being used for this purpose.  I will present each one individually. Each video has instructions about where to get your wallet and how to set it up. Introductions to the different cryptocurrency exchanges for exchanging and purchasing the currency will be detailed and linked. The donation pages will be announced in the next few days. This video will explain.     Share this:FacebookLinkedInTwitterGoogleTumblrPinterestReddit (more…)
Dec 162015
 
The Cryptoconomy Cryptocommerce and Cryptofunding Expanding the implementation of my cryptocommerce pursuits, I now have 2 sites started. One, as I have said in the last article, is an cryptocommerce WP website for retail. The other is a crytpofunding WP site for a worthy project. Setting the crypto donation system up has become rather interesting process. The site, the “crypto” payment gateway, they all come together rather normally. The crowd funding campaign, using cryptocurrencies to fund, has a different kind of aura about it. It developed while I was creating my own unique currency basket. Think about the opportunity an entrepreneur has with the ability to create a unique personal or business alternative means of business exchange. Setting up the wallets takes time. I have, in my business exchange, 7 wallets for 7 cryptocurrencies; Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dogecoin, Dash, Reddcoin, Paycoin, Peercoin. Each of them has a little different personality, some are focused on trade, some social and some just as a currency of value. These icons are linked to the home site of each. Establishing your “basket of currencies” should be a careful process. Do you Due Diligence. Know your exchange. The wallets take time to established. I follow a simple rule when asked if I take a different cryptocurrency than I have listed. My answer has become, I do if it is listed on an established cryptocurrency exchange. I like Cryptonator, Take a look here: https://www.cryptonator.com/ For Cryptocommerce payment gateway I am using GoUrl plugins for WordPress. GoUrl is the only cryptocurrency payment gateway that I found and was comfortable with managing. GoUrl.io is an automated payment processing system for the bitcoin, dogecoin, litecoin, reddcoin, feathercoin, vertcoin, potcoin, vericoin, darkcoin, speedcoin currencies. It enables online merchants to accept cryptocoins, as a form of payment, just as easily they accept payments from credit cards, debit cards, or Paypal. This is the official website: Gourl.io I am using the Woocommerce shopping cart on my cryptocommerce site with GoUrl as the payment gateway. For the cryptofunding site I am using the GoUrl Bitcoin Paypal Donations – Give Addon plugin for WP. Bitcoin/Altcoin & Paypal Donations on Your Website. Provides a Bitcoin Payment Gateway for Give 0.8+ – wordpress donation plugin. Easy to Use! It is easy to use but only when you have a donation campaign designed. It is flexible enough to fit almost any campaign. The campaign dictates elements that have (more…)
Nov 112015
 
  A peculiar feature of Cryptocurrency — and a reason why so many people have a hard time wrapping their brains around it – is that it is both a payment system and an emerging monetary system. Those two systems are usually separate. The payment aspects of Cryptocurrency is the financial backbone of the cryptoconomy. Cryptocurrency is uniquely suited to a digital age. Real property is exchanged, not just a promise to pay, and it is done person to person, without having to go through banks and large institutions. This is crucial for ending the plague of identity theft, forgeries and online fraud. When you really think about this you'll come to understand what a profound change this really is. The payment dimension might not seem that important in the United States, but when you broaden the perspective to global commerce, you can easily see it. There are huge swaths of the planet in which you cannot use credit cards at all. Even now, if you try to buy something on Amazon with a home address in one country and a delivery address in another, your transaction is likely to be refused. The anti-fraud measures have been necessary, but they have frustrated the development of the global marketplace. It was at this point that it finally struck me. This is not a currency only for the rich tech world; it is a currency for the world’s poor, who are desperately trying to become part of the global division of labor. It allows anyone from anywhere to buy or sell anything securely, privately, and reliably. It suddenly started making sense to me why Cryptocurrency is so wildly popular in Africa, Latin America, and the outer reaches of the Russian empire. But even domestically, it is clear that this market is expanding. As of only a few weeks ago, you could pay for anything at hundreds of mainstream merchants with Cryptocurrency. One example is BitPay uses a smartphone application called Gyft. You buy a gift card from Gyft with Cryptocurrency and the merchant scans the card. The operation takes under a minute. I have been watching this happening, it’s fascinating. It was only a few months ago that people were saying, “Oh, this stuff can’t really be money because I can’t spend it at Target.” Well, now you can. Where are these doubters now? Are they taking back their previous rebuff? The (more…)
Nov 072015
 
We have entered the Cryptoconomy. If you are an ecommerce entrepreneur please read on. I started an  cryptocommerce site based on WordPress, the backbone of the entrepreneurs of Markethive. My site will take 6 cryptocurrencies. There may be more in the future. What do I need for a cryptocommerce business? I need WordPress, the shopping cart, the currencies and the payment gateway. WordPress is easy however the shopping cart is unique. My discovery process led to only one cart that will do the job, Woocommerce, a highly rated and very extensible free shopping cart. Woocommerce works great for all standard sales of products and services but how does it work with crypto? A further search in the WP plugins yielded GoUrl WooCommerce – Bitcoin Altcoin Payment Gateway Addon. The search keyword was “cryptocurrency”. Official GoUrl.io Bitcoin Payment Gateway Plugin for WordPress. Provides Pay-Per-Product, Pay-Per-Download, Pay-Per-Membership, Pay-Per-View and bitcoin/altcoin payment gateways for – WooCommerce, WP eCommerce, Jigoshop, MarketPress, AppThemes, Paid Memberships Pro, bbPress, Give Donations, etc. This payment gateway accepts Bitcoin, Litecoin, Paycoin, Dogecoin, Dash, Speedcoin, Reddcoin, Potcoin, Feathercoin, Vertcoin, Vericoin, Peercoin, MonetaryUnit payments online. No Chargebacks, Global, Secure. All in automatic mode. So far so good, I've gotten the site up, the cart installed, the payment gateway, all major functions in place. However,there is one unwritten site requirement , the theme. Yes, I went to my old favorite themes and low an behold they showed an incompatibility in the admin panel. The plugins didn't quite meet the functional requirements. Woocommerce requires compatible themes. A quick search in WP Themes and you discover several. Most of these themes require upgrading to the “Pro” version. They cost.  The price of an upgrade runs from $18.00 upward some are near $100.00. But, this is the cost of complete functionality. I tried several but decided to work with one that I normally used (non-compatible), it seems to be working. Now it looks good and it functions but we can't get paid, yet. The payment gateway requires the entering of your wallet information for each cryptocurrency. I chose the following 6 currencies: Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dogecoin, Dash, Reddcoin, Peercoin. for my cryptocommerce business. There is a couple of reasons for this selection, these currencies are acceptable to the payment gateway and they are listed on the cryptocurrency exchanges. These wallets are for the most part are the same. They look the same (derived from the bitcoin (more…)