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Bitcoin (BTC) Regains Trading Dominance as Market Prices Fall

Bitcoin (BTC) Regains Trading Dominance as Market Prices Fall

Altcoin fatigue has taken over the crypto markets, and most trading activity has circled back to concentrate on Bitcoin (BTC). Typically, the original cryptocurrency takes up around 30% of all trades, but the proportion increased to more than 37% as of December 14. While prices struggle to remain in their current range, another sell-off has pushed them closer to $3,300.An even more dramatic change for BTC trading is the expanded influence of Tether (USDT) pairs. During Thursday’s sell-off, more than 71% of all trades happened in the BTC/USDT pair, based on data from CryptoCompare. Later, the proportion fell to about 68%, remaining relatively high.Altcoins still have a relatively high market dominance due to their sheer number. Some tokens and coins continue to see the occasional pump. However, Bitcoin’s dominance expanded to more than 54% after dropping to as low as 32% in January.
Apple makes history by becoming first US company to reach $1 trillion market value

Apple makes history by becoming first US company to reach $1 trillion market value

Apple, the popular technology stock owned by millions of Americans through funds in their 401(k)s, has become the first publicly traded U.S. company to hit a market value of $1 trillion.The iPhone maker's milestone on Thursday follows an extraordinary stretch of innovation, and it arrives as the bull market for stocks, more than 9 years old, looks to overtake the 1990s bull run as the longest in history this month. The company's good fortune is good news for individual investors.Apple's stock is widely owned by workers ranging from teachers to electricians to lawyers. With a nearly 4 percent weighting, Apple is the biggest holding in the Standard & Poor’s 500 stock index, an investment that most people own in 401(k)s through index funds and other types of funds that hold Apple shares.
2019 Real Estate Forecast: What Home Buyers, Sellers And Investors Can Expect

2019 Real Estate Forecast: What Home Buyers, Sellers And Investors Can Expect

There’s no doubt about it: the 2018 housing market has seen its ups and downs.The year started with sky-high home prices, historically low mortgage rates and a definitive upper hand for sellers. In recent months though, home price growth has faltered, rates have risen to their highest point in nearly eight years, and favor has started to shift from seller to buyer.Will these trends continue? Will housing experience the same wild ride in the new year? Here’s what experts predict will happen in 2019 real estate market.
As Bitcoin sinks, industry startups are forced to cut back

As Bitcoin sinks, industry startups are forced to cut back

Around this time last year, the price of Bitcoin  hit an all-time high of nearly $20,000. Cryptocurrency enthusiasts everywhere boasted about the wealth 2018 would bring, initial coin offerings exploded and startups continued to pull in record amounts of venture capital. Fast-forward one year: Bitcoin is down 75 percent to a meager $3,700, sinking as quickly as its meteoric rise, and industry startups are paying the price.The latest victim is Bitmain,  a provider of bitcoin mining hardware that very recently submitted its IPO prospectus to the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. The company confirmed to CoinDesk this week that cutbacks would begin imminently: “There has been some adjustment to our staff this year as we continue to build a long-term, sustainable and scalable business,” a spokesperson for Bitmain told CoinDesk . “A part of that is having to really focus on things that are core to that mission and not things that are auxiliary.”
Amazon announces a record-breaking holiday, ‘tens of millions’ of new Prime subscribers

Amazon announces a record-breaking holiday, ‘tens of millions’ of new Prime subscribers

Amazon  had another record-breaking holiday season, the retailer announcedthis morning. The company says it added “tens of millions” of people who signed up for Prime memberships, both paid and on a trial basis. Its worldwide customers also shopped and ordered more items than ever before, including “millions more Amazon devices” compared with this time last year. The device best-sellers, as on Black Friday, again included Amazon Echo speakers and Fire TV.Specifically, Amazon said its top devices sold over the holidays were the Echo Dot, Fire TV Stick 4K and the Echo.Millions of Fire TV devices, Fire tablets and Kindle devices were also sold. Smart home devices sold in record numbers as well, with best sellers including Amazon Smart Plug, Ring Video Doorbell 2, TP-Link Kasa Smart Plug Mini Outlet and the iRobot Roomba 690.
Titanic VR Developer VR Education Release Learning Platform ENGAGE

Titanic VR Developer VR Education Release Learning Platform ENGAGE

Thanks to its IPO in March which raised £6 million GBP, VR Education Holdings not only managed to fund projects like Titanic VR, but also further develop its proprietary VR education platform, ENGAGE. Today, the company has announced the launch of version 1.0 for commercial useThis initial release of ENGAGE supports HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Windows Mixed Reality headsets with devices such as the Oculus Go, Vive Focus and Google DayDream to be added in the new year.In development since 2015, ENGAGE has been designed to overcome certain aspects of online courses and traditional learning methods. The platform allows for virtual face-to-face education and training in a variety of environments regardless of the geographical location of the user, with one of its key components being the ability for educators and trainers to use the software to create their own VR lessons and presentations.
We finally started taking screen time seriously in 2018

We finally started taking screen time seriously in 2018

The beginning of this year, I was using my iPhone to browse new titles on Amazon when I saw the cover of “How to Break Up With Your Phone” by Catherine Price. I downloaded it on Kindle because I genuinely wanted to reduce my smartphone use, but also because I thought it would be hilarious to read a book about breaking up with your smartphone on my smartphone (stupid, I know). Within a couple of chapters, however, I was motivated enough to download Moment, a screen time tracking app recommended by Price, and re-purchase the book in print.Early in “How to Break Up With Your Phone,” Price invites her readers to take the Smartphone Compulsion Test, developed by David Greenfield, a psychiatry professor at the University of Connecticut who also founded the Center for Internet and Technology Addiction. The test has 15 questions, but I knew I was in trouble after answering the first five. Humbled by my very high score, which I am too embarrassed to disclose, I decided it was time to get serious about curtailing my smartphone usage.
Here’s the Latest on the Gatwick Drone Disruption: Damaged Drone Being Tested for DNA Evidence

Here’s the Latest on the Gatwick Drone Disruption: Damaged Drone Being Tested for DNA Evidence

Some news outlets still identify the drone operators as “Eco-terrorists.”  Others mention organized crime.  One poice chief suggested that the flying object causing complete chaos at Gatwick Airport last week might not even have been a drone.  The U.K. government and military, airport authorities and law enforcement have all committed major resources to the crime: but so far, we have very few answers about who was responsible for last week’s disruptions.England’s second busiest airport was closed down last Wednesday, December 19, when pilots and airport officials spotted drones “buzzing” over the runways.  In order to avoid a collision, flights were canceled.   The drones were identified by airport officials as “industrial” drones – larger than most recreational or commercial drones, and potentially more damaging to aircraft.   The drones in questions also appear to have a long range – making it more difficult for authorities to identify the operators.
Security guides for protecting your privacy

Security guides for protecting your privacy

With hundreds of millions of people going home for the holidays, now is a better time than ever to spread good tidings and cheer, and — well, some much needed security advice for all the family.Security sounds complicated but it doesn’t have to be. Privacy is more important than ever. With an ever-changing and evolving landscape of threats and hacks, breaches and vulnerabilities, there’s no better time of the year to help your family navigate some of the most basic but effective security tips. (Let’s face it, you were bound to end up being called on for tech support at some point anyway.)
Apple StudioPods release date, price and specs rumours

Apple StudioPods release date, price and specs rumours

Apple is planning to launch its own brand of over-the-ear headphones to join the in-ear AirPods. In this article we look at the rumours and clarifications of Apple's plans below, including the expected price, release date and name for the new headgear. We've also got some brilliant-looking concept illustrations.The rumour first came from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who issued a research note in February 2018 saying: "Apple to have own-brand, high-end over-ear headphones with all-new design; to be as convenient as AirPods with better sound quality; shipments to begin 4Q18F at earliest."Then Apple's interest in developing the product was confirmed by Bloomberg sources in March 2018. The 'people familiar with the product's development' claimed that Apple "plans to launch the headphones as early as the end of this year [2018], but has faced development challenges that might push back the release."


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