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HolyTransaction supports Bitcoin Lightning Network

HolyTransaction adds support for Bitcoin Lightning Network

HolyTransaction supports Bitcoin Lightning Network

Today, we are pleased to announce that HolyTransaction is adding support for swapping to Bitcoin on Lightning Network and thus introducing the ability to deposit and withdraw using Lightning Network.

By adding this capability, HolyTransaction is set to revolutionise the speed, cost and security of depositing and withdrawing Bitcoin on to its platform.

Lightning Network is a software stack which sits on top of the Bitcoin blockchain and, as the name implies, ensures faster and cheaper transactions for its users.

Other than super fast speed and lower fees users will notice a new format of address called invoice when they send or receive Bitcoin via the Lightning Network. The team at HolyTransaction reported that the integration has been successful and hassle free.

Lightning Network brings three essential product benefits to the HolyTransaction exchange:

Instant Payments. With the use of smart contracts security across the network is much higher and because the stack is built ‘on top’ of the Bitcoin network no transaction confirmations are required. This makes instant payments super fast, super secure and, of course, super cheap.

Scalability. The massive upscale in transactions per second eclipses any traditional legacy payment rail on the market today. Furthermore, payment ‘with click’ becomes a true reality as the need for financial custodians are eliminated.

Low Cost. Because Lightning Network does not interact directly with legacy Bitcoin infrastructure itself Lightning Network enables transaction with incredibly low fees. This in turn will stimulate economic growth in new and emerging markets.

In real terms this means Bitcoin deposits and withdrawals on HolyTransaction will be much faster and much cheaper when using Lightning Network.

At the time of press average costs for sending a Bitcoin transaction currently stand at around $2 with confirmation times of around 10 minutes. This clearly has limitations. However, a Lightning Network enabled transaction will cost less than $0.01 and take somewhere in the region of 1-3 seconds.

Adopting Lightning Network will make HolyTransaction more attractive for users who wish to send transactions with added security at much lower cost and super fast speed. HolyTransaction is happy to report that Lightning Network has been integrated for both desktop and mobile application versions.

Lightning Network was envisioned in 2015 and has seen significant growth throughout 2021 which has lead to it being regarded as the most popular layer 2 scaling solution on the market for Bitcoin today. With continued adoption Lightning Network may just help to finally realise the original Bitcoin goal of providing a scalable, fast and cheap financial payments network to the world.

The team at HolyTransaction believe the adoption of the Lightning Network is the logical step in the development of the platform. Lightning Network adoption will enable HolyTransaction to continue to provide a first class crypto trading experience and offer competitive fees with super fast finality times.

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Satoshi

Welcome to the Universal Wallet and Exchange, Groestlcoin.

If you thought about holding or exchanging GRS Groestlcoin, now you can do so directly with your HolyTransaction Universal Wallet.

It’s now possible to add GRS wallet to your dashboard and use it to access and exchange 25 different crypto, instantly. This is just one of the many recent adoptions that increased the possibilities of pur platform, by bringing the number of cryptocurrencies accepted to 25.

Now you are free to store GRS on HolyTransaction, transfer them to any other wallet, and make crypto-to-crypto transfers from and to GRS. All HolyTransaction customers can create a new address for their own Groestlcoin Wallet.

Groestlcoin Wallet features
Just like Bitcoin and all the other 24 digital currencies supported, you can now:

• Send GRS to any address, even to addresses of other crypto, with instant conversion on the fly;
• Receive transactions;
• Exchange GRS with any supported coins;
• Make instant transactions between HT users;
• Get real time exchange rates on the website;
• Set OTP for additional protection.

If you are not able to see your newest Groestlcoin Wallet, you just need to click on the “plus” button on the top right of the balance page, once you successfully login into your own wallet.

About GroestlCoin:

Groestlcoin is a fast and secure coin with almost zero fees that is privacy oriented. Launched on 22nd March 2014 with a focus on technological advancement, Groestlcoin has major development releases every 3 months.

Groestlcoin is a blockchain pioneer due to it being the first coin that activated SEGWIT and first to performed Lightning Network transactions on mainnet.

“ You can send GRS across the blockchain with almost zero fees. The fee for transferring 10,000 GRS with Groestlcoin Core wallet is  0.000045 GRS, that means $0.0006 at current price.”

The Groestlcoin Team has developed wallets for every platform: Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Windows, macOS, Linux, Chrome OS and Web. And besides that, the Groestlcoin Samourai wallet enables you to send GRS anonymously.

“The Groestlcoin Samourai wallet, boasts its anonymity and security, as it allows for private stealth addresses with both TOR and VPN support, as well as onboard AES-256 encryption.”

The main idea of creating Groestlcoin was to establish an electronic payment model that was purely based on mathematical proof. It uses the proof of work system (POW) to facilitate secure online money transactions. A system that is independent of influence from centralized authorities, a currency transferable electronically, and instantly at a very small fee.

Using 2 rounds of Grøstl-512 mining algorithm, makes Groestlcoin an ASIC resistant cryptocurrency.

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Jack
Bitcoin vs Litecoin, Holytransaction

Bitcoin vs. Litecoin: What makes them different?

Bitcoin vs Litecoin, Holytransaction

When it comes to cryptocurrencies, one name stands out from the rest: Bitcoin. Bitcoin is the gold standard upon which all the other cryptocurrencies, cumulatively known as altcoins, are evaluated. And that’s rightly so because Bitcoin is the most popular, the biggest in terms of market capitalization and so far, the one most likely to break into mainstream use. But among the contenders for the throne, one cryptocurrency that closely resembles Bitcoin and the earliest altcoin is Litecoin. It was created primarily to be a “lighter” version of Bitcoin. In fact, many people refer to it as ‘silver’ to Bitcoin’s ‘gold’. 

Why is that the case? An attempt to answer brings us to the issue of Bitcoin vs. Litecoin, exactly what we are trying to explore here. Let’s point out the similarities as well as explain the differences between these two cryptocurrencies.

A brief history

Bitcoin was created by Satoshi Nakamoto who released the Bitcoin whitepaper in 2008, before Bitcoin Core was launched on 3rd January 2009. On the other hand, Litecoin was created by Charles Lee and released on October 7th, 2011.

Price and Market capitalization

Whereas Bitcoin and Litecoin share a lot in terms of their blockchain protocols, the same cannot be said about their prices and market valuation. We could say both are dependent on the market trends and user flexibilities, but the variation isn’t even close. Today, bitcoin commands the largest market share, dominating by 42% of the total market capitalization to stand at $163 billion. BTC trades at $9636 against the USD and was at its all-time high of $19,535 on Dec 17, 2017. Bitcoin has a current circulating supply of 16,914,275 BTC against a maximum supply of 21 million coins.

Litecoin, on the other hand, is ranked 5th on coinmarketcap.com with a market cap of $10.4 billion. Its price today is $187, though it climbed to an all-time high of $366 on 19 December 2017 when its market cap was also just shy of $20 billion. Incidentally, Litecoin on that day had a daily volume of an incredible $2.3 billion. The circulating supply of LTC is currently 55, 592,093 LTC with a maximum supply of 84 million LTC. 

When compared in terms of Market capitalization and price valuation, Bitcoin is 10x bigger or more than Litecoin. The same applies to popularity and use. While they both function as a store of value and can be used to make payments for goods and services, Bitcoin is accepted by far more companies and individuals than Litecoin.

Coin supply and transaction speed

Bitcoin and Litecoin differ in terms of the maximum coin supply. While Bitcoin’s total supply is capped at 21 million coins, Litecoin will have a total of 84 million coins. Though they differ in this aspect, both coins are deflationary, and their coin trajectory may appear similar. Another similarity is that both coins are divisible into smaller parts that enable micro-payments for goods and services. The smallest Bitcoin part is called a “Satoshi”.

But the two coins do differ in relation to the amount of time it takes to generate a new block. Litecoin block generation is halved after every 840,000 blocks, which is four times more than bitcoin at 210,000 blocks. For Bitcoin, a new block is generated after approximately 10 minutes. However, Litecoin miners use about two and half minutes to generate a new block. This results in the variation of transaction speeds between the two coins.

Due to having a faster block time, Litecoin’s network is normally able to confirm transactions much faster than Bitcoin. For instance, it would take 10 minutes to confirm four transactions on the Litecoin network, whereas the same amount of time would be just enough to verify one block of transactions on the Bitcoin network. Bitcoin has been implementing changes to its protocol to scale better and increase transaction speed.

It is expected that Lightning Network will make Bitcoin faster. However, Litecoin will look to implement the same protocol as it often times, does with every Bitcoin update.

Mining algorithms

Mining is a very vital component of cryptocurrency, precisely those that use the proof of work mining consensus mechanism. What we said earlier about block generation essentially amounts to the concept of mining. Basically, mining refers to the addition of new blocks to the main chain on the network to form a “blockchain”.  Cryptocurrencies utilize different cryptographic algorithms to secure transactions on the blockchain. Bitcoin uses the SHA-256 algorithm that allows for the use of ASICs (Application Specific Integrated Circuits) for mining.

This hardware equipment came to replace the GPU and FPGA miners. Bitcoin mining is a complex activity but can be summarized as the solving of computational math problems to verify and secure a new block to the blockchain. Bitcoin miners (nodes) get rewarded 12.5 Bitcoins for every new block. One criticism leveled at bitcoin mining is that the process consumes a lot of energy resulting in massive electricity bills.

Mining is also an important aspect of Litecoin. Scrypt is the mining algorithm used on the Litecoin network. The Scrypt algorithm is designed to be resistant to customized ASIC miners due to its memory-hard nature. This makes mining Litecoin a lot easier as you can do it using a CPU or GPU. however, there are concerns that Litecoin’s CPU/GPU mining days may be soon over as ASIC miners targeting the Scrypt algorithm have been developed by companies like Zeus and Flower Technology. While miners on the Bitcoin platform get rewarded 12.5 BTC for every new block, Litecoin miners get 25 LTC for every new block validly added to the blockchain. It should be noted that mining Litecoin is relatively cheaper than bitcoin, but Bitcoin could be more profitable for those with the right equipment.

Bitcoin Vs Litecoin, Holytransaction

Conclusion

Bitcoin and Litecoin share a lot in common when it comes to the functional aspect of being stores of value. However, Bitcoin beats Litecoin on numerous fronts, specifically on price valuation and market adoption. Naturally, bitcoin would be an attractive coin for investment, but if you are looking for an affordable crypto with the potential to grow then Litecoin could be it.

This Article was provided by our friend Ronni Martelli

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Jack
litecoin segwit

Litecoin Segwit has been finally approved

Litecoin Segwit has been finally implemented, so this long-debate to change to change the digital currency network can be said to be closed now.

Originally intended to improve the bitcoin blockchain, Segwit – or Segregated Witness – had to solve the so-called block size debate, but it has been used on the lesser known litecoin chain, with some in the community that believes that it will help to finally have a quick implementation on the bitcoin network too.

Litecoin Segwit: how does it work?

Segregated Witness, in fact, is a new system that will allow litecoin to improve its block size, by modifying how transaction data is stored by the blockchain itself.

The change was first locked-in two weeks ago, when the proposal reached the 75% threshold level.

Then, the community had to wait two more weeks (8,064 blocks) to ensure that the upgrade approval was consistent.

After that, yesterday (on May 10th) the change was officially activated at block 1201536.

What does it mean?

Litecoin users can now start using a new kind of network, and there has been at least one transaction so far.

Anyway, several supporters are thrilled about the new techs that can now be created on the Segwit-supported network.

For example, the Lightning Network could boost litecoin transactions by million times; thanks to Segwit it can now be used to move real money.

Developer Loshan T explained to CoinDesk:

“I think today will be a great day for pushing more awesome tech into Litecoin. With SegWit activated on litecoin’s mainnet, I cannot wait until we deploy confidential transactions, Lightning Networks, MAST and Schnorr signatures.”

Unfortunately, these projects are early stage right now, but developers from the Lightning Labs seem thinking that it is too early to talk about sending money over an experimental network, so they plan to continue to develop the chain.

The future is unwritten

It not so clear where the Segwit activation will lead to or what role Litecoin will have in the next future.

Loshan explained that some in the community are skeptical about litecoin needs of the Lightning Network tech because litecoin blocks are not full yet, but they would like to have trustless cross-chain transactions between bitcoin and litecoin as a potential Lightning use case; and developer believes could be a benefit for both the digital currencies.

Anyway, at the moment, the Litecoin blockchain seems to work properly, without any issue, even after the Segwit activation.

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Amelia Tomasicchio
decred

Decred 1.0. claims to have a decentralized governance

Decred, a creation of Bitcoin developers, rolls out decentralized governance, claiming a first in blockchain technology.

Decred is a cryptocurrency project and platform built from the ground up to leverage the will of its constituents to drive change. This approach eliminates the conflicts that arise when powerful entities attempt to assert control over a cryptocurrency.

Tomorrow, April 25, 2017 marks the release of Decred v1.0. This historic release puts Decred stakeholders in charge of shaping the future of Decred through direct community consensus voting.

For the first time in the history of cryptocurrencies, governing control moves away from centralized authorities, such as developers and miners, and is given to the community of stakeholders. Decentralization struggles without decentralized governance; this is especially true when it comes to a rapidly growing global currency.

Most cryptocurrencies distinguish themselves by how they secure the transactions on their network.

For example, Bitcoin is famous for using a proof-of-work algorithm that rewards miners for finding solutions to a cryptographic hash puzzle. Other cryptocurrency projects rely on proof-of-stake algorithms that reward users who hold the currency in a “staking” wallet with interest on the balances they carry.

Both approaches have strengths and limitations; Decred takes advantage of the best of both worlds with a hybrid proof-of-work and proof-of-stake consensus system. This allows the platform to strike a balance between benefits to both miners and stakeholders, giving rise to a more robust notion of consensus.

The 1.0 release of Decred will include the first community vote on two important issues.

After 75% or more of miners and stakeholders have updated to 1.0, Decred stakeholders will be able to vote on one consensus change and one signaling vote. Due to the rapidly growing popularity of Decred, the number of stakeholders buying vote tickets has increased dramatically, leading to large oscillations in the ticket price.

This is a good example of an unanticipated condition which needs to be resolved though community consensus. A new ticket price algorithm will aim to ease the large oscillations in ticket price and lead to better ticket price discovery while still maintaining the target ticket pool size.

A consensus change of this magnitude is very difficult to achieve in more traditional cryptocurrencies and requires the voluntary acceptance of the code by miners that may or may not have their own agendas. If it passes, the new ticket price algorithm will activate seamlessly for everyone with no further intervention. The second vote will allow stakeholders to signal support for Lightning Network development.

The Lightning Network is a payment layer that makes it economical and fast to process payments, especially small payments, like buying a cup of coffee without having to pay a large transaction fee to process the transaction. If this signaling vote passes, the developers will begin work on integrating Lightning Network on the Decred blockchain. Once development is complete and tested, a future consensus vote can be taken to automatically activate the Lightning Network code.

The recent 2017 roadmap highlights some of the other massive innovations that the team hopes to put up for a vote throughout the year. In addition, a new improvement proposal system will be put in place soon to allow for the community to contribute directly to the agenda.

The release of Decred 1.0 is a watershed moment in the cryptocurrency movement. This digital currency finally does what has never been done before, putting the power of change in the hands of the very people that care about it most. Decred is celebrating version 1.0.0 release with a puzzle challenge.

The ‘Autonomy Puzzle’ challenge features an initial prize of 500 decred (DCR) to the first solver, equivalent to approximately USD 7,500 at the time of this release. However, players will be working against the clock, as the prize will be reduced every 24 hours. The puzzle difficulty level has been rated ‘easy to medium’, as Decred is aiming to include participants of all skill levels.

Decred Wallet

We recently added Decred among the available digital currencies you can store on the HolyTransaction multicurrency wallet.

We define it as “multicurrency” because you can store more than 10 different cryptocurrencies within the same account and login details.

Open your Decred Wallet here and store it right next to your own Bitcoin, Ethereum and more.

 

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Amelia Tomasicchio

Ethereum Micropayments: better than the Bitcoin ones?

Micropayments are one the most useful and important use-cases for bitcoin, but a similar system could arrive from Ethereum, a decentralized mining network and cryptocurrency created by Vitalik Buterin back in 2013.
Since the creation of Internet, micropayments have been impossible due to high fee costs and a lack of payment systems that could allow payments in decimals.
But with the invention of Bitcoin – so thanks to Satoshi Nakamoto – today there is a way to do micropayments, as the bitcoin has 8 decimals and payment fees are low; so it is now possibile to pay for digital contents and give a tip on the web.
In a study, the Wedbush Securities company predicted that bitcoin micropayments could be a $925bn market within the end of 2025.

Ethereum Micropayments

One of the first project to use the Ethereum network for micropayments was developed by the Heiko Hees, already CEO of BrainBot, a German startup that works in the smart contract and blockchain consulting sector.
His new project is called Raiden Network and could increase the Ethereum capacity.
Hees explains that his “Raiden network will scale up the Ethereum network from 25 transactions per second to more than 1 million transactions”. 
According to him, in fact, Ethereum could be the biggest provider of micropayments because of its speed and because the transactions would cost less than with bitcoin.
A current problem for the bitcoin users is that blocks take up to 10 minutes to be processed.
Conversely, the Ethereum blockchain needs about 15 seconds for each block.

Bitcoin Lightning Network

In bitcoin there is a similar project called Lightning Network that was released in 2015 by Joseph Poon and Thaddeus Dryja – but this project is not live yet.
Thanks to off-chain transactions- the developers explained – Bitcoin could become easier to use and bring the technology’s capabilities to the next level – also it could be solve the blockchain scalability solve, they said.
However, users can move the off-chain transactions back to the blockchain anytime they want, giving them the ability to end every interaction.

Multicurrency Wallet

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Normally, if you want to store several different cryptocurrencies (Bitcoin, Ethereum, Peercoin, etc.) you need to have ten different wallets, which is difficult to manage.
HolyTransaction want to solve this problem, unifying everything in a single account.
So, do you want to store Bitcoin and Ethereum ?  Open here your wallet for free.

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Amelia Tomasicchio