Ubisoft sanitizes ‘Rainbow Six: Siege’ to expand its audience

Ubisoft sanitizes ‘Rainbow Six: Siege’ to expand its audience


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Ubisoft wants to bring Rainbow Six: Siege to new Asian markets, and it’s sterilizing some parts of the game in the process — regardless of where you live. It’s prepping a Year 3 Season 4 update to the global version of the game that removes numerous references to gambling, sex and certain violent elements. Slot machines, neon stripper signs, blood patches and even skull imagery has been replaced with ‘safer’ references, even in in the activity feed for kills. There will be a separate build, Ubisoft added on Reddit, but it’ll be region-locked even if you try to use a VPN.

According to the developer, the sanitized version is all about speed and efficiency. This reduces the amount of work Ubisoft has to do (important if it has to quickly address bugs or gameplay balance), and makes the game “future proof” by ensuring that any updates are in sync with regulations.

The company stressed that the changes wouldn’t affect the “core gameplay.” Nonetheless, that could easily leave players frustrated. Ubisoft is making everyone play the same toned-down edition of Siege whether or not it’s necessary in their corner of the world. While this really isn’t going to dilute the quality of the game itself (your attention will likely be focused on players, not decor), it might be hard to shake the feeling that the game has lost a bit of its edge in the name of expedience.

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Blockchain company buys asteroid mining firm Planetary Resources

Blockchain company buys asteroid mining firm Planetary Resources


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Planetary Resources just took an unusual turn on its path to asteroic mining. ConsenSys, a blockchain company created by Ethereum co-founder Joe Lubin, has bought Planetary Resources for an unspecified sum. It sounds supremely trendy given the combination of blockchain and private spaceflight, but it’sa logical fit if you ask Planetary Resources’ Brian Israel. Blockchain-based smart contracts represent a “natural solution” for commerce in space, Israel said — there are no territorial divisions, so this may be an ideal way for people from various countries to “coordinate and transact.”

ConsenSys will run its space strategy at Planetary Resources’ former Redmond, Washington location. Both Israel and Planetary Resources chief Chris Lewicki are joining ConsenSys as part of the deal.

The newly united companies haven’t outlined a roadmap at this stage. However, the acquisition is as much the result of financial necessity as anything else. The company has edged closer to its plans of asteroid mining by testing its technologies in space, but it recently laid off employees after failing to secure an important funding round. ConsenSys’ takeover gives Planetary Resources a lifeline that should keep its plans intact, even if it’s now likely that the company will delay a key asteroid inspection mission past its original 2020 target.

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Drone fleets could find lost hikers in forests without using GPS

Drone fleets could find lost hikers in forests without using GPS


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Drones can already be effective search and rescue tools, but not in densely-packed forests where the tree cover might block GPS signals. Thankfully, MIT has a clever solution: use the same technology that guides self-driving cars. Its researchers have developed drone tech that uses LIDAR to map forests without any use of GPS. Each drone creates a 2D map that also includes the orientations of trees, making it easy to tell where the robotic aircraft has already been as it searches through a specified area. That, in turn, makes it feasible to merge maps from an entire drone fleet and comb large swaths of forest with a minimum of wasted effort.

The drones are more efficient in how they search, too. Rather than simply telling the drones to cover the nearest unexplored area, MIT’s method preserves as much of the drone’s momentum as possible. This typically results in a spiral pattern that covers an area much faster — important in a rescue mission when every minute counts.

There are limitations. The current system still needs an external ground station to merge maps, and it would need an object recognition system to identify people. MIT envisions future versions sharing maps when they come in contact, though, and object recognition is entirely realistic. If everything falls into place, the appeal will be obvious. Rescue teams could spot lost and wounded hikers in the woods without relying on large groups of people, and likely at a much faster pace.

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Trial finds diet rich in fish helps fight asthma

Trial finds diet rich in fish helps fight asthma

A clinical trial led by La Trobe University has shown eating fish such as salmon, trout and sardines as part of a healthy diet can reduce asthma symptoms in children.

The international study found children with asthma who followed a healthy Mediterranean diet enriched with fatty fish had improved lung function after six months.

Lead researcher Maria Papamichael from La Trobe said the findings added to a growing body of evidence that a healthy diet could be a potential therapy for childhood asthma.

“We already know that a diet high in fat, sugar and salt can influence the development and progression of asthma in children and now we have evidence that it’s also possible to manage asthma symptoms through healthy eating,” Ms Papamichael said.

“Fatty fish is high in omega-3 fatty acids which have anti-inflammatory properties. Our study shows eating fish just twice a week can significantly decrease lung inflammation in children with asthma.”

Co-researcher and Head of La Trobe’s School of Allied Health, Professor Catherine Itsiopoulos, said the results were promising.

“Following a traditional Mediterranean diet that is high in plant-based foods and oily fish could be an easy, safe and effective way to reduce asthma symptoms in children,” Professor Itsiopoulos said.

Associate Professor Bircan Erbas, from La Trobe’s School of Psychology and Public Health, is an expert in asthma and allergies, who co-supervised the trial.

“Asthma is the most common respiratory disease in young people and one of the leading reasons for hospitalisations and trips to emergency for children,” Associate Professor Erbas said.

“Unfortunately, the rate of asthma worldwide remains high. It is imperative that we identify new therapies that we can use alongside conventional asthma medications.”

The clinical trial involved 64 children from Athens in Greece, aged 5 to 12 who had mild asthma. Researchers from Australia and Greece divided the children into two groups and instructed around half to eat two meals of cooked fatty fish (of at least 150 grams) as part of the Greek Mediterranean diet every week for six months. The remaining children followed their normal diet.

At the end of the trial, they found the group who ate fish had reduced their bronchial inflammation by 14 units. Above 10 units is significant under international guidelines.

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Amazon’s narrowed ‘HQ2’ picks include Dallas and NYC

Amazon’s narrowed ‘HQ2’ picks include Dallas and NYC


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Sorry, Crystal City — you’re not the only one Amazon fancies as it narrows down its choice of location for a second headquarters (aka HQ2). Wall Street Journal tipsters say the internet giant has whittled its finalists down to a “small handful” of cities, including Dallas and New York City. They’re not all at the same phase, according to the insiders, but it’s clear which cities are getting attention. Talks with other contenders, such as Atlanta, Denver and Toronto, have reportedly “cooled” as of late.

The contacts said that Amazon hadn’t made a firm decision, and that even the cities with little to no activity aren’t certain to be out of the picture. However, site choice specialists said Amazon was likely talking to the additional cities in case a deal fell through — Amazon might just be using them as backups. The negotiations partly revolve around firming up the amount of investments Amazon would need to receive incentives in a given city.

Amazon has vowed to make a decision on the new HQ by the end of 2018. The company hasn’t provided clues as to who’s in the lead, though, and even the front runners aren’t aware of how likely they are to come out on top. That mystery may be exciting for observers, but it also creates some potential headaches. In addition to sparking discussions among local governments, Amazon’s selection process has led real estate companies to buy property or take it off the market in the belief that they’re likely to win. Cities that don’t get the nod may find themselves left in the lurch if they’d spent a lot of resources on their bids.

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‘Fortnite’ ends Halloween event with an in-game bang

‘Fortnite’ ends Halloween event with an in-game bang


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When Epic said it was going to end its Fortnitemares Halloween event in spectacular fashion with a one-time occurrence, it wasn’t kidding around. If you happened to be in Fortnite at 1PM Eastern on November 4th, you saw the mysterious cube on the map not only explode, but trigger an in-game cutscene that left players floating in a mysterious void reminiscent of Rez, right down to the butterflies. It’s rare that you see a cutscene like this in the middle of a competitive multiplayer game, especially one with upwards of 100 people.

And when you returned? Suddenly, the floating islands around the cube were gone, and things looked decidedly more normal — Epic had changed the map while you weren’t looking.

There’s no doubt that this was a calculated move to have players sign on en masse and share what they were doing. Even so, it’s a testament to both Fortnite‘s ongoing popularity and how multiplayer games are evolving. Round-based titles like this now have global shared experiences that both unite the community and turn seemingly ordinary games into grand spectacles.

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The best vacuum cleaners

The best vacuum cleaners

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We’ve done hundreds of hours of research and testing on vacuum cleaners over the past five years, searching for the best ones to fit all kinds of living situations and lifestyles. This guide will help you figure out the right kind of vacuum to suit your home, whether it’s a small apartment or a big Victorian, covered with shag carpets or left with bare wood floors, or filled with kids and pets.

Best for most people

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If you want a good vacuum cleaner—nothing fancy—and you don’t mind replacing it in five years, we recommend a bagless, plug-in upright vacuum. (We have a couple of recommendations in our guide to the best upright and canister vacuums.) A bagless upright vacuum that costs between $150 and $200 is a great fit for most American (and Canadian) homes, with any number of floors, any number of pets, and almost any kind of wood, tile, or carpeting.

The best bagless uprights are about 80 percent as effective as the very strongest plug-in vacuums, for about 40 percent of the price. They’ll last much longer than the total cheapo models. Compared with cordless vacuums, they cost half as much, clean better, and can last at least twice as long (about five to seven years). They tend to be better designed than similarly priced canister vacuums, and are much more convenient than bagged vacuums, which also have recurring costs and don’t offer much upside at this price.

Buy a bagless upright vacuum if:

  • You want quality on a budget: The good ones are reasonably priced, have no recurring costs, and should last for at least five years.

Buy another type of vacuum if:

  • You have a small home with a cozy floor plan: A cordless vacuum will almost definitely be easier to use in a layout like this—no cords to get caught on corners.
  • You’ll skip cleaning because you need to unravel the cord: Cordless vacuums and robot vacuums are a whole lot more convenient to use. No shame!

Deepest cleaning, longest lasting

If you like your floors to stay very clean, and you’re willing to pay big bucks for a vacuum that will last a decade or more, get a high-end canister vacuum. You won’t regret making the investment.

They’re excellent cleaners thanks to their powerful motors, tightly sealed ductwork, and cleverly engineered cleaning heads that can rise or fall depending on the length of the carpet. You can expect them to last for at least a decade, usually longer, with minimal maintenance apart from replacing the bags and filters and occasionally clearing tangles and clogs. And because they’re bagged vacuums with great filtration, they’re particularly appropriate for people in households where clean air is necessary to mitigate allergies and asthma.

Buy a high-end canister vacuum if:

  • You want something that will last for a long time: They don’t make most stuff like they used to, but great vacuums are an exception to that rule.
  • You want the very best performance: The very best vacuums are the ones that suck the most dust out of all kinds of carpets, and that’s what these are designed to do.
  • You have allergies or asthma: Their bags and tightly sealed airways are excellent at removing allergens and irritants from your home. For bonus points, add a HEPA filter.

Buy another type of vacuum if:

  • You don’t like the design: Some people just can’t get comfortable dragging a little pod behind them while they clean—especially with a cord attached to it.
  • You don’t want the responsibility: You need to put in some work—remembering to buy bags and filters, cleaning tangles and clearing clogs, taking it to the shop every few years for maintenance—to get your money’s worth.
  • You have lots of hairy pets: Fur fills up the bags quickly. Go bagless if you’re worried about the cost of bags getting out of control.

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Cordless convenience, strong-enough cleaning

A cordless vacuum can be a life-changer if you live in an apartment or smaller house with a cramped floor plan. That’s because there’s no cord to get caught on any corners, and they tend to be lighter and easier to steer than most plug-in vacuums.

But even if you live in a bigger home, a cordless vacuum can be a fine choice. It’s easier to keep your floors clean when you don’t have to unravel a cord and find an outlet every time you see some crumbs or cat hair. Our favorite models have enough battery life to clean most homes in a single pass if you need to, but most people who own cordless vacuums don’t clean in big, whole-house sessions—they just tidy up as needed because it’s relatively effortless to grab the vacuum and go.

Most cordless vacuums also double as handheld vacuums now, so you can buy one vacuum to clean both your floors and your car.

Buy a cordless vacuum if:

  • You live in a small apartment or house: It’s much easier to clean a cramped floor plan when there’s no cord getting caught.
  • You don’t want to deal with a cord: It takes just a few seconds to grab your cordless vacuum and start cleaning—no obstacles, no excuses!

Buy another type of vacuum if:

  • You need great cleaning power: Even the strongest cordless vacuums can’t pick up fine, dusty debris (including most allergens) anywhere near as well as an affordable plug-in vacuum.
  • You want the most value for your money: Good cordless vacuums cost twice as much and last half as long as a good bagless, plug-in upright.

Or, if you’re interested in a cordless stick vacuum as a backup for quickly cleaning up small messes, get whatever is cheap.

A low-effort robot for keeping tidy

If you’re interested in a robot vacuum, and willing to pay for it, then hell yeah, get one. They aren’t perfect (as we explain in our guide to the best robot vacuums), but they will help to keep floors tidy with very little effort and oversight on your part.

People who have pets stand to gain the most from robot vacuums. Nothing else will keep up with hair, kibble, and litter as reliably as a machine that runs automatically and never gets lazy. Furry housemates or not, most people are surprised at how much junk these things collect. Some great models aren’t even that expensive compared with human-driven vacuums. And all you really have to do is hit start (or set a schedule), occasionally rescue the bot when it gets stuck somewhere, and empty the dust bin. You’ll need to change the filters and detangle the moving parts from time to time, but that’s the same with any kind of vacuum.

Robots are nowhere near as strong as any of the human-driven vacuums we recommend. They also can’t clean carpets with long fibers, or anything that’s not the floor (no stairs, no car, no couches). If your pet has loose bowels, the bot might smear its poop everywhere. And some people end up disappointed in their bots because they expect them to act smarter. Our advice is to try not to watch these things work.

A strong, versatile handheld vacuum

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If you don’t opt for a cordless vacuum, it’s handy to have a little handheld vacuum for small messes. As we cover in our guide to the best handheld vacuum, a cheapish one is fine for occasionally tidying up. They can suck up small spills on floors and countertops easily.

For pets

Any vacuum can clean up pet hair—pet owners don’t need to buy a special model to do the job well. Anytime you see “animal” or “pet” in the name of a vacuum, it means only that the model comes with a tool that makes it easier to clean pet hair off upholstery.

One exception to consider: If you have a lot of hairy pets, like four golden retrievers or a half-dozen furry cats, you might want to avoid bagged vacuums entirely. Pet hair fills bags quickly, and the cost of replacing them so frequently can add up.

Although it’s true that any vacuum can clean up your pet’s hair, none can get the job done better than a robot vacuum. If you want to read more on why, check our post on the best vacuum for cleaning up pet hair.

For really long carpets

If you have long, thick carpets, get a vacuum with a manual height-adjustment feature. High-pile carpets (like shag, frieze, saxony, cable, or long plush) pose a problem for some vacuums: The long fibers can tangle around the brush roller and/or block the intake, essentially choking the vacuum.

Should you get a special vacuum to accommodate this kind of flooring? That’s up to you. If you want to be safe, choose a vacuum that has a cleaning head with a manual height adjustment. Crank it up to the tallest setting, and it’ll have enough clearance for high-pile carpets. (You can dial it to the proper height for other surfaces as well.) Plenty of vacuums at plenty of prices have this kind of cleaning head. A cheap canister is usually the most affordable option, while high-end uprights and very high-end canisters can have an adjustable head, too.

For allergies or asthma

If you have asthma or severe allergies, and indoor air quality is crucial to your health, a high-quality bagged vacuum is a safe bet. Our favorite high-end vacuums do an excellent job of sucking up allergens and irritants—and keeping them contained during disposal.

If you start digging deep on this topic … well, it’s controversial. Experts disagree on the traits a “clean-air” vacuum needs to have. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America says that some bagless vacuums are okay in this regard, but most boots-on-the-ground salespeople and technicians told us that they would not recommend bagless models for households where air quality was a major concern. HEPA filters are great—but they don’t mean anything if the rest of the system isn’t totally sealed with rubber gaskets. As such, HEPA-filter claims can be part of slippery marketing schemes. And most people without allergies will do fine without HEPA filters. Basically, you’ll get a slightly different answer about air quality depending on who you ask, but they’ll all pretty much agree that a bagged, sealed-system vacuum gets the job done for sure.

For bare floors

Any vacuum can clean bare floors—this is the simplest possible task for a vacuum cleaner. You don’t need anything special to get dust, hair, crumbs, or anything else off your wood, tile, or laminate floors.

Just look for a model that lets you switch off the spinning brush roll to avoid scattering debris or possibly damaging sensitive flooring. The Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV352 (our favorite vacuum overall) is one of them—and so are hundreds of other models.

If you’re sure you will never use your vacuum on any kind of rug, you can get a vacuum that’s purpose-built for cleaning bare floors. These are “suction-only” models, without a brush roll. Even the very cheapest of these, such as the Eureka Mighty Mite, work fine. We’re also fond of the Miele Compact C1 Pure Suction if you want a quieter, longer-lasting model.

For your car

If you like to keep your car tidy, get a handheld vacuum. These vacs have powerful, long-lasting batteries and come with attachments for cleaning crevices and upholstery. Plus, this style is convenient for quick cleanup jobs around the house, unlike some car-specific handhelds that need to be plugged in.

If you live in an apartment and want to clean your car, the best new cordless stick vacuums pull double duty as handheld vacuums, too. One machine for everything you own. Boom!

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Cryptocurrency Price Analysis for the week October 29 to November 04

Cryptocurrency Price Analysis for the week October 29 to November 04

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Key Highlights:

  • Cryptocurrency Startup Coinbase Valued At $8 Bn.
  • Crypto Millionaire Plans Blockchain Utopia.
  • DeVere Launches Actively Managed Cryptocurrency Fund.
  • Nasdaq to launch Nasdaq SMARTS.
  • Bitcoin Alone To Raise The Global Temperature By 2°C.
  • Basic Attention Token (BAT) gets listed on Coinbase Pro.
  • Justin Sun destroys 800 million worth of ERC 20 token.
  • Morgan Stanley says that Bitcoin Now an Institutional Asset Class.
  • Cryptocurrency Exchange MapleChange got hacked.
  • BCH Gains more than 25% this week on back of some positive news

Among major news this week, Coinbase had announced that it has raised an additional $300 Mn of investment at a valuation of over $8 billion to accelerate the adoption of cryptocurrencies and digital assets. The Series E equity round is led by Tiger Global Management, with participation from Y Combinator Continuity, Wellington Management, Andreessen Horowitz, Polychain and others. The company in its blog stated that the fund will be utilized to accelerate global expansion, offering more crypto assets quickly, Utility applications for crypto and Bringing institutions into crypto.

Earlier this week, the New York Times published on Jeffrey Burns, owner of Blockchains LLC, and his plans to create a blockchain utopia in the Nevada desert. Earlier this year, Burns bought an enormous plot of land in the area for $170 million – in cash. He plans to build a “distributed collaborative entity” on the land in which the decision making and profits are distributed among the employees, residents, and investors. His aim is to take the value of decentralization that exists in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies and apply it to an entire community. That’s a bold strategy, Cotton. Let’s see if it pays off.

Among other news, Financial consultancy firm deVere Group has founded the deVere Digital Asset Funds, a suite of digital currency solutions for experienced investors, in association with Dalma Capital Management, a prominent hedge fund manager in the Dubai International Financial Centre. The announcement, came a day after Bitcoin reached its 10th anniversary. Nigel Green, founder, and CEO of deVere Group, stated, “The deVere Digital Asset solution will invest in a diversified portfolio of digital assets via algorithmic trading over different platforms – including crypto-currency exchanges and OTC markets – as well as arbitrage opportunities.” “These actively managed cryptocurrency solutions address growing demand by clients who want the potential associated benefits of exposure to the digital currency sector – which typically include portfolio diversification and decent returns – but with reduced volatility for which the market is known,” he added.

In a bid to protect investors in the cryptocurrency market, Nasdaq, a trillion Dollar American company has announced its intention to launch Nasdaq SMARTS to help reduce the problems of funds loss through hacks, fraud and market manipulation. The product is a market surveillance technology that can be used for any company in any industry in a unique fashion to monitor risks and alert the company in case of any attacks. This according to Nasdaq will boost confidence and attract investors to the cryptocurrency industry.

Among Bitcoin’s environmental impacts. A team of researchers from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Social Sciences has now published a new study in Nature Climate Change arguing Bitcoin use may be tied to global warming. As per the research findings, “if Bitcoin is implemented at similar rates at which other technologies have been incorporated, it could produce enough emissions to raise global temperatures by 2°C as soon as 2033.” “Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency with heavy hardware requirements, and this obviously translates into large electricity demands,” said Randi Rollins, a master’s student at UH Mānoa and coauthor of the paper.

Using its official Twitter account the San Francisco based cryptocurrency exchange of Coinbase Pro has announced that it has successfully added Basic Attention Token (BAT) onto its platform. Deposits of the digital asset will begin today, November 2nd, at 1pm. Given the fact that the exchange is based in California, we can assume this time is Pacific Standard Time (GMT – 7).

This week, CEO and founder of TRX and the Tron Foundation, announced yesterday that he has concluded a process to burn around USD $800 million in Tron tokens. He elaborated on the reasons for the burn, saying that it is similarly poised to try to maintain the stability of the ecosystem and fight the threat of inflation which becomes a problem for so many other ERC20 coins and their ecosystems

A Morgan Stanley’s research report called “Bitcoin Decrypted: A Brief Teach-In and Implications” has described Bitcoin’s “rapidly morphing thesis,” as a new payment system, to finally become a new institutional investment asset class. According to a report, the research has taken under consideration a wide range of parameters that influenced this thesis, spanning from the distributed ledger that immutably records all transactions, to the number of hacks, hard forks, new technologies cheaper than Bitcoin, and market volatility to conclude this.

Among another hack, a Canadian exchange MapleChange was hacked according to the news in the week. The exchange said all funds held in the exchange were lost and the exchange had to shut down. According to an announcement on the exchange’s official Twitter page, all social accounts of the exchange have also been closed and investigations are ongoing to uncover those behind the hack before compensation can be paid to users

Bitcoin Cash, though part of the crypto struggle, has had a taste of a sudden rise within the week. This came after the world’s largest exchange Binance and Bitcoin.com announced their plans for a BCH hardfork. BCH experienced a 25% appreciation despite the week’s unfavorable nature in the market. Both major companies have indicated their decision to support the BCH version in the event of a fork, a statement which is believed to be responsible for the sudden rise.

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Bitcoin (BTC)

The stability of Bitcoin continues this week as well as it was down just around 2% this week. The reported strength was yet in the stable zone. The prices hit the high point of USD 6,547.14 and the lowest point of USD 6,306.99 during the week. The exchanges that were more active, in volumes, with BTC across various pairs this week were,  Bithumb (10.33%), BitMex (7.17%) and CoinBene (3.13%)

Among prominent voices, At an Axios conference this week, JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon stated that, in regard to Bitcoin, “I don’t really give a sh*t.” He went on to say that he believes blockchain technology to be real but doesn’t believe Bitcoin could replace a fiat currency

Ethereum (ETH)

Ether prices, on the top, this week were at USD 205.60 and were at lows of USD 195.73 dwindling pretty close to USD 200 hurdle. The markets that were more active, in volumes, with ETH across various pairs this week were Coinbit (5.46%), Bithumb(4.54%) and DOBI Trade (4.32%)

Among news surrounding Ethereum, According to the recent research report released by Northeastern University and the University of Maryland released on Oct. 31 stated that a lack of diversity of Ethereum (ETH) smart contracts poses a threat to Ethereum blockchain ecosystem

Ripple (XRP)

On the top, this week the prices of XRP were at USD 0.462128 and towards the bottom, it quoted USD 0.437057. The exchanges that were more active, in volumes, with XRP across various pairs this week were ZB.COM (27.34%), Bithumb (6.83%) and Bitbank(7.36%)  

For XRP this week, Dilip Rao, Ripple’s global head of infrastructure innovation, has been widely quoted as saying Ripple is “seriously planning to enter the Middle East market”, with a Dubai office opening by the end of this year

The Other Movers and Shakers

The Other coins that made to the top and bottom this week according to CoinMarketCap (accessed on November 04 at 11:30 am IST) were

Movers

  • iBTC – Showing a rise of 401.43
  • Quantis Network – Showing a rise of 254.86%
  • Bitcoin Incognito – Showing a rise of 185.71%

Shakers

  • RusGas – Showing a drop of 89.28%
  • CariNet – Showing a drop of 55.65%
  • IXTUS Edutainment – Showing a drop of 50.09%

What do you think would be the sentiment of the crypto markets next week? Do let us know your views on the same.

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Turkish Police Arrest 11 Suspects in Alleged Hack of Cryptocurrency Wallet Accounts

Turkish Police Arrest 11 Suspects in Alleged Hack of Cryptocurrency Wallet Accounts

The Cybercrime Department of the Turkish National Police has arrested 11 suspects in an alleged hack of crypto accounts, with victims reporting more than $80,000 in losses, major Turkish newspaper Hürriyet reported Friday, Nov. 2.

According to the article, 14 individuals have reported to local prosecution authorities that their crypto wallets were hacked with their Bitcoin (BTC) transferred to other wallets. Following the complaints, the Istanbul police launched an investigation against a group of hackers that had allegedly compromised users’ emails, crypto wallets’ accounts data, and passwords.

On Oct. 26, cybercrime unit agents detained 11 people in multiple locations in Istanbul as a result of joint raids with special operations department Harekat police. Ten suspects were taken into custody, with one of them reportedly released on the condition of then remaining under further “judicial control.” Police have also seized from the alleged hackers two fake identity cards, as well as a number of devices allegedly used in the hacks such as 18 mobile phones and SIM cards, 22 memory sticks, and other items.

According to Turkish prosecutors, the amount of stolen Bitcoin is worth around 437,000 Turkish lira, or more than $80,000. The group of attackers allegedly moved the stolen crypto to multiple accounts in an attempt to cover their tracks before subsequently selling it for fiat.

During the investigation, the cybercrime unit identified some suspects by tracking new SIM card numbers registered to crypto exchange accounts by the hackers. Police agents also tracked the suspects who tried to withdraw the stolen assets from ATMs and banks based on records by multiple security cameras. The article says that the investigation is ongoing, with policemen looking for more victims of the hackers.

In August this year, Cointelegraph reported on the Turkish lira’s collapse, triggering more interest by the Turkish people in buying decentralized cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC). The lira dropped by 50 percent against the U.S. dollar by August 2018, seeing the all-time lows due to geopolitical factors.

On Aug. 22, police in California detained an alleged hacker who stole Bitcoin worth more than $1 million by hijacking cellphones. The attacker, Xzavyer Narvaez, reportedly used the “SIM swapping” method, also known as a “port out scam,” to steal crypto from victims’ devices.

In October, Vice Media-backed U.S. tech news agency Motherboard reported that Oklahoma City authorities arrested a man allegedly considered to be one of the “most infamous” SIM swappers, who had reportedly stolen cellphone numbers and used them in cryptocurrency thefts. The hacker Joseph Harris, 21, is accused of stealing $14 million in crypto from blockchain startup Crowd Machine.

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YouTube might come to Nintendo Switch on November 8th

YouTube might come to Nintendo Switch on November 8th


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You haven’t had many options for streaming video on the Switch. There’s Niconico in Japan, Hulu… and, well, that’s about it. Another option might be right around the bend, however. In the wake of hints from this spring, people searching Nintendo’s website for games have received suggestions for a Switch-native YouTube app that would be available November 8th. You can’t currently visit a product page for it, but the listing by itself speaks volumes.

An imminent app release certainly wouldn’t be out of the question. Google is still determined to make YouTube near-ubiquitous, and Nintendo is no stranger to YouTube apps on systems like the 3DS and Wii U. Wouldn’t it only make sense to release the app on a touchscreen console that’s practically made for it?

Still, it could be huge news for the Switch if the listing is accurate. The device has never really been an honest-to-goodness media player for many people, but that might change with YouTube on tap. And while many people already have YouTube on phones or tablets, many kids don’t. This might be the easiest way for young ones who want to both watch and play games on one system.

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How Should CMO’s Prepare For A Cryptocurrency Future?

How Should CMO’s Prepare For A Cryptocurrency Future?

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Regardless of how you personally feel about the prospect of using digital currencies, it’s hard to deny that cryptocurrencies have generated a ton of momentum, both good and bad. But, from each experience, domestically and abroad, there are lessons to be taken away.

Abroad, we have countries like Malta (“Blockchain Island”), that are at the forefront of adopting and welcoming both blockchain technology and cryptocurrency startups to its tropical abode, and the Marshall Islands, which has issued its own cryptocurrency (crypto) as an official national currency. Yet, domestically, the U.S. dollar (USD) is still accepted. The Marshall Islands is a United Nations member and sovereign state, which creates a larger impact for banks globally because they will be forced to accept crypto.

In February of this year, Venezuela launched its own oil-backed crypto called the “petro”, but it hasn’t completely removed the fiat bolivar from circulation. Despite Venezuelan excitement, it wasn’t well-received abroad. Currently, Venezuela is under U.S. sanctions, with U.S. President, Donald Trump’s recently issued executive order, barring anyone in the U.S. or a U.S. territory from investing in its currency. 

But, as we know, the emergence and utilization of digital currency has become ideal for the purpose of decentralizing our financial transactions. Still, the adoption and conversion rate are still low from a general consensus, as not everyone is convinced or fully educated on how the technology behind it works.

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While still in its initial stages of development, there are still benefits for early adoption. Understanding what a digital asset is and what crypto can do for a consumer and businesses is the first step.

For a B2B or B2C model, accepting crypto as a form of payment could provide a huge advantage as compared to other competitors within a given industry.

I spoke with Ripple’s Senior Vice-President of Marketing and Communications, Monica Long, about the benefits they have seen businesses reap from this technology.

#1 –Improving the Speed of Financial Transactions, One Country at a Time

According to Long, the waiting period associated with moving funds from one country to another can take an extremely long time to process. “Moving money from one country to another can be extremely costly and time-consuming; your money can be in limbo for up to five days, which is absurd when a business could be putting that capital to work,” she explained.

“This friction in cross-border payments has driven enterprises to be some of the biggest champions of blockchain technology and digital assets. For example, these individuals are asking their banks to look into this realm as a solution to their problems. This is beneficial for smaller businesses who pay suppliers in other countries and have tight margins. By utilizing this technology, these mom and pop stores can help to reduce their costs and speed up the time it takes to move money.”

#2 –Reducing Expenses

By now, we all know that this technology can help reduce expenses, but what does this mean specifically for businesses?

  • Growing the business by attracting new customers;
  • Reducing overhead costs associated with accepting customer payments;
  • No intermediaries and third-parties managing and processing transactions; and
  • Extremely low processing fees for transactions

Tailoring technology to the business structure itself, regardless of its size, can help retain customers, or drive them away.

On-boarded or not, businesses would do well to absorb stronger business analytics reflecting what competitors are/are not doing with their businesses.

While there are many examples of major companies accepting crypto, such as Bitcoin, it’s still not a universally accepted behavior. Capitalizing off this, becoming a thought leader in this space is extremely profitable. By educating consumers and the general public on the power of this technology, could make the difference in engaging a new market. 

At one point, there will be a customer coming to a business’ door, asking whether or not they accept crypto or not; and it needs to be ready to respond. Education, regardless of its form, is vital for a business to continue thriving in our digital age.

One of the biggest marketing benefits, according to Long, “of making the switch is appealing to the dedicated fan bases of cryptocurrency.”

There are business communities that support economic empowerment through digital currencies and community building. For example, Bitcoin rewards only the miners and not the other actors that play an active role in maintaining, developing and promoting the project. SmartCash, on the other hand, is a community-centric cryptocurrency where community and development comes first, with the platform allocating 70% of a block reward to fund community proposals. 

“While only 8% of Americans are currently invested in cryptocurrencies, that percentage cares deeply about the cause. Accepting crypto at the expense of another competitor, drives the consumer market, inspiring returning customers. Not just because crypto-enthusiasts want the more convenient option, but because they’ll go out of their way to support businesses advancing the cause.”

Long and I agreed that this is a very powerful community and there is a powerful message to share to the world—consumers want a change when it comes to transacting, whether it’s for personal reasons or business.

#4 –What Should CMO’s Do Right Now?

While there is a lot of promise with blockchain technology, there is, unfortunately, according to Long, a lot of “hype.”

We are also seeing observing many companies attempt to force these new technologies, specifically the Blockchain, into their business model. The problem? It doesn’t always fit or make sense.

However, understanding why a business may not necessarily require the technology, is vital to surviving in an “eat or be eaten” world.

“It’s important to remember, that you don’t need the Blockchain for everything,” Long emphasized. “While some may be tempted to jump in for the buzz, building a long-term and trusted brand, means focusing on solving real world problems for customers; not jumping on the latest bandwagon.”

So, what should CMO’s be looking at in determining whether or not this technology could prove useful to their consumer base?

#1 – Know Your Target Demographic

First, recognize that not all businesses will see the same benefits in adopting crypto. If your target market struggles with new technology and/or prefers traditional methods of doing things, adding crypto as an accepted method of payment may only serve to confuse them. Identify whether it’s a better business decision to leave it out of the core model, or simply educate customers.

Second, creating subscriber lists for your crypto users is a good way to monitor those customers who utilize crypto as a payment method. Take note of those customers who would appreciate such an option, and those who wouldn’t. If possible, add those interested to a subscriber’s list, separate from the rest of your customer base. This could serve as a source of announcing crypto-specific promotions and/or new developments by the company in this realm, without flooding other customers. 

#2 – Scour the Crypto Community

Appoint a handful of dedicated representatives to become actively involved in crypto-community forums like CryptoCompare or Bitcoin Talk. By having dedicated representatives responsible for learning about the space, you as a business will ultimately learn more in terms of use effectiveness and how to apply these mechanisms, if at all. But, more importantly, you’ll gain an understanding of what the community wants. As long as you’re not overly promotional, you can even use the opportunity to mention your business and show off your latest offers.

Payments are a clear and proven use case for blockchain technology, so today, CMO’s should identify the source of their biggest “pain point” for payments. For example, is it supplier payments? Or, is it paying employees in remote locations?

Once that pain point is identified, business owners can begin exploring how to utilize the Blockchain or digital assets to then remedy it.

#3 – Execution

If you’re inclined to agree that crypto is the future, start accepting the currency. Depending on which form of crypto you plan to accept, there are various ways to dive in. Choosing an appropriate cryptocurrency exchange is vital. More importantly, run a few test transactions before making it publicly available to your market.

Once you have chosen an appropriate exchange and run tests, it’s time to announce it to your market. But, when announcing it, make sure it’s more than simply placing a small icon or thumbnail on your site. In becoming a thought leader for the space, educating (accurately) the community in how the company plans to enter the space, and utilize crypto as a form of payment, will help establish trust between the thought leader and the community. If it’s anything the community enjoys, it’s understanding why people are getting involved to begin with, more than just the hype. In other words, transparency.

But, it’s important to remember that not all businesses can or will benefit equally by accepting crypto as a form of payment, but it does allow for a head start over the competition by accepting it early. Crypto still has many years of growth ahead of it before it becomes a national standard, but the eagerness of the crypto-community has the power to give businesses a substantial boost in the meantime.

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After Math: The best kind of falling star

After Math: The best kind of falling star


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Gavin McInnes and his gang of Proud Boys, newly minted stars of the Alt-Right, took their first steps back toward irrelevancy this week when they got themselves banned from Facebook. At the same time, we’ve had to say goodbye to a pair of space-based telescopes (Kepler and Dawn), as they reached the end of their operational lifespans; Roscosmos blamed the recent Soyuz launch failure on a bent sensor pin and Apple announced that it would no longer report the sales numbers for the stars of its product lineup — iPhones, iPads and Macs — after it was reported that smartphone sales slumped six percent globally this year.

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“A 10-ton truck traveling at 600 mph”: The US Navy showed off one of its newest toys this week, a nuke-hunting ballistic “kill vehicle” that knocks incoming missiles out of the sky through sheer force of physics. This is only the second time that the tests have been successful (two other attempts failed to connect) but that’s still not bad for a prototype system described as being akin to “a bullet shooting a bullet”.

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11 years: After more than a decade of service, NASA’s Dawn spacecraft will not see another sunrise, having run completely out of fuel this week. Oddly, it wasn’t the only space telescope to go dark, the Kepler mission came to a similar conclusion after expending the last of its hydrazine fuel source.

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6 percent: Turns out that despite there being seven billion of us, the worldwide market for smartphones is indeed finite. Global handset sales dropped by 6 percent over the last 3 months, which could explain why Apple is suddenly so reluctant to share its own sales numbers.

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$81 million per seat: It’s no small feat getting crew and cargo up to the International Space Station, so when things go wrong with the Soyuz launch system, as they did earlier this month, technicians literally pore over the craft to see what went wrong. In this case it was a bent sensor pin that caused the launch failure. Luckily, nobody was hurt during the abort and Russia already has a backup launch scheduled for the start of December.luka sabba

$60,000: That seems like an awful lot of money to offer a person to recommend your gimmick product to their million-plus Instagram followers, then sue them for when they don’t do it, but hey we’re clearly living in the end times where being an “influencer” is a real job, so sure, why not.

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Motorola One launches in the US on November 11th for $399

Motorola One launches in the US on November 11th for $399


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You’ll soon be able to buy the Motorola One in the US. The phonemaker says it’s bringing the Android One phone stateside “after a successful launch” in Latin America, Asia Pacific and Europe where it’s sold for €299. In the US, the device will set you back $399 as an unlocked GSM device. It’s going up on Best Buy’s website for pre-sale on November 9th and will be available in store starting on November 11th. Take note, though, that its black version is an online exclusive, while the white one will be sold in brick-and-mortar outlets.

The Android One program was originally created to release entry-level devices in developing markets. Eventually, it turned into Google’s mobile initiative for a series of smartphones running the company’s stock mobile OS — as such, they receive the latest Android updates more quickly than others.

The Motorola One has a 5.9-inch HD screen, a 13-megapixel dual smart camera system and an 8-megapixel selfie camera. It’s powered by the two-year-old Snapdragon 625 2.0 GHz octa-core processor, has Google Lens and comes equipped with a 3000 mAh battery. The device was one of the two Android One phones with an iPhone X-like notch the company introduced in August — the other phone is the slightly more robust Motorola One Power. Unfortunately, a Motorola spokesperson told us that the company has no confirmed plans to release the One Power in North America at the moment.

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