TechFinancials a listed fintech software provider of financial solutions including blockchain-based digital assets and traditional financial trading solutions for retail clients, is pleased to announce that the CEDEX blockchain diamond exchange, CEDEX, has gone live in Beta mode, allowing investors to trade diamonds as a financial asset class. TechFinancials has a 2 percent interest and an option to acquire a further 90 per cent of Cedex Holdings Ltd, the holding company for the CEDEX blockchain-based online exchange for diamonds which would give TechFinancials up to 92 % of CEDEX or 87.4 % on a fully diluted basis.
TechFinancials has played a major role in the launch of CEDEX as the main provider of the infrastructure, blockchain and smart contract development on which the CEDEX platform is built.
CEDEX allows investors to securely and easily trade in digitized diamonds (DDC – Digital Diamond Certificate), while enabling diamond holders to liquidate their assets. Using the innovative DEX proprietary algorithm and blockchain technology, CEDEX has overcome the three main obstacles that have prevented diamonds from becoming a tradable asset class: lack of transparency, liquidity and standardization.
In order to overcome these obstacles, CEDEX has focused on the following activities over the past six months:
Developing the proprietary DEX algorithm and building the diamond commodity exchange in conjunction with TechFinancials;
Establishing business relations with diamond dealers in order for them to supply the initial diamond inventory on the CEDEX platform, which will comprise over 2000 diamonds in specific categories, at the time of the launch;
Constructing the complex logistic business solution to support the product launch, including setting up business relations with custodians, GIA (Gemological Institute of America) and shipping partners;
Obtaining the legal approvals to offer the phase one product worldwide.
Asaf Lahav, Chief Executive Officer of TechFinancials commented: “We are delighted to have played a pivotal part in the launch of the first blockchain-based diamond exchange in the world. This milestone achievement is testament to the innovative capabilities of both CEDEX and TechFinancials to build a new, ground breaking platform and we look forward to updating the market on its progress in due course.”
Saar Levi, Chief Executive Officer of CEDEX stated: “This is a major step forward in our exciting journey to transform diamonds into an asset class. At CEDEX, we are commited to realizing our long term vision in which both institutional and individual investors will be able to trade diamonds as one of the leading commodities.”
Market Abuse Regulation (MAR) Disclosure
Certain information contained in this announcement would have been deemed inside information for the purposes of Article 7 of Regulation (EU) No 596/2014 until the release of this announcement.
Fancy seeing how the top brass in blockchain are laying the foundations for a mind-boggling future we’ll all reap the benefits from? If you can get yourself to London on November 21st, you’ll see it all up close and personal.
Event hosting masters Webrazzi are laying down the gauntlet for the rest of the crypto world to follow, with its Blockchain Venture Summit gracing London with its presence at the central 8 Northumberland venue.
With an intimate and exclusive allocation of just 500 tickets, the summit has already nearly sold out, even though the agenda has just been announced. The word ‘hotcakes’ comes to mind.
Attendees can expect to witness great things as the keynotes, panels and discussions will be delivered from a cluster of those at the very top of the blockchain game, from crypto investors, to venture capitalists, and hedge fund managers to trail-blaising entrepreneurs: it’s an all-star line up that doesn’t pull any punches.
Discussions and speeches will be across a multitude of hot topics, from Equity vs Token investments, unlocking institutional money, blockchain investing, mining, the future of crypto venture capital, corporate ventures, what’s in store for ICOs, security tokens and much more.
Many of the big-hitting blockchain speakers come from an array of heavyweight influential companies in the scene, with the likes of Consensys, StakeZero Ventures, Cambrial, Kryptonite1, Outlier Ventures and more stepping up to deliver the goods.
For those desperate to get tickets, luckily there are still a few ‘hotcakes’ for folks who act fast to get their hands on. And how’s this for an extra bonus, use the promo code “BVSLDN18” and you’ll receive a discount on the ticket price… if you’re quick off the draw.
The term “Artificial Intelligence” was coined by American cognitive scientist John McCarthy back in 1955, initiating the whole discussion on simulated cognitive processes in machines. After the Dartmouth conference of 1956, AI became a legitimate new field of knowledge, sparking interest of intellectuals all over the world – it quickly gained its advocates (scientists John McCarty, Marvin Minsky, Allen Newell among others) and naysayers (philosopher John Searle and his famous “Chinese Room” thought experiment). Yet outside of these learned circles, the general public for years to come associated AI more with science fiction than actual science – and movies like Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: Space Odyssey”, with its inscrutable and menacing AI antagonist HAL9000 helped cement this notion.
Things are very different today when AI has finally become part of our everyday lives. Predicting its future applications is now an almost mundane process. Artificial Intelligence is poised to excel in fields dealing with excessive amounts of data and a need for identifying patterns in data flows (curiously enough, ability to identify patterns is the key metric in IQ – our measurement system for human intellect). This is the reason why AI is already widely used in finance and why its role in this sector will continue to grow. AI applications in modern finance could be divided into the following categories:
Customer Service. Millennial customers value direct communication and quick replies. Small companies and startups like Zichain have been able to provide this through extensive social media presence, but large multinationals with outsourced call centers have been struggling to provide an adequate solution. Enter chat bots – an AI-based solution that has taken the banking industry by storm – and long telephone calls to ask a simple question are already a thing of the past. We believe this trend will continue as advances in AI and machine learning will allow chat bots to answer ever more complicated queries, potentially making the idea of a call center redundant in the course of the next decade.
Market Analysis Tools. AI technology and machine learning can also be used to scan data flows in real time, quickly analyse a huge amount of data and then filter it according to a complex set of criteria. As futuristic as it sounds, this technology is already integrated into our analytical platform – CryptoEYE. It is designed to be your primary source of information about cryptocurrency markets: online price quotations for 1200+ digital assets, graphs for proprietary Zichain indices, a comprehensive CryptoWiki database of coins and tokens with all the essential metrics and a customizable news feed. This last module utilizes our groundbreaking AI and Big Data technology to scan the web for information and present it to you in the form of a news feed that is tailored for your needs and interests and prioritizes news pertinent to your investment portfolio and trading strategy.This way you are never going to miss an important event or market signal.
Financial Advisory. Artificial intelligence is capable of using a bunch of parameters (your investment goals, risk appetite, existing portfolio, etc.) to provide you with ideas for potential investments that you may want to consider. The service of a financial advisor that used to be available only to the rich clients of Wealth Management offices would now be offered to all market participants.
Asset Management. The asset management industry is poised to gain the most from current technological advances, as a number of its internal processes can be optimized with AI and blockchain technology – for example, portfolio rebalancing and risk management. This was the reasoning behind BAMP – Zichain’s innovative Blockchain Asset Management Platform. Funds using our turnkey solution will be able to spend less time on back office routine, instead allocating resources for development of trading strategy and portfolio management.
With their pre sale ICO stage just moments away, Javvy is once again hitting all the right notes with a blitz of recent media coverage.
Earlier this week, World Business’s Kathy Ireland talked all things Javvy with CEO Brandon Elliot in a 4 minute teaser video release. Kathy described Javvy’s minimum viable product as ‘a true fintech disruptor’ while Brandon explained how his team have created an all-in-one intuitive & cohesive package that includes Know Your Customer on-boarding, a crypto exchange, and wallet; all in one application. The full interview will be released sometime during Javvy’s ICO pre sale which starts November 1st.
The Texan based “Technology Headlines” knowledge platform was also quick to pick up on the progress of Javvy. Their article listed Javvy under “10 Fastest Growing Blockchain Technology Solution Providers To Watch in 2018”. The article highlighted the need for more simplicity and cohesion in a somewhat complex crypto world, one which has certainly captured the interest of investors and decision makers recently.
Javvy has also started to gain notoriety among crypto enthusiasts. Crypto Bloggers and notable YouTuber’s have been sharing their thoughts on the project. One such video with Brandon Elliot (CEO) is highlighted at the end of this post.
To watch Brandon’s interview with Kathy Ireland, read the Technology Headlines article, or watch Crypto Rich interview Brandon, just click the links below:
With climate change and various environmental factors threatening our way of life and those of our children, there’s been a huge increase in recent years of people striving to live a green, clean life that minimises any adverse impact they have on the world. There are many different ways people are able to change their lifestyles. Limiting energy consumption and recycling and two easy and quantifiable ways to help the environment, but the tricky aspect of lowering one’s carbon footprint has been a much more difficult beast to tackle in any measurable terms, until now.
Ecoingot, a group of environmental tech experts, are busy creating a platform which helps eco-conscious individuals gather and assess their carbon impact data across everything from their everyday purchases to activities and lifestyle choices. And they’re doing it on the blockchain.
Their solution, titled the Internet of Carbon, is said to use cutting-edge technological methods to gather the data and process it in a way that makes it easy to access by everyone with the aid of an app. This is all made transparent and secure by building the platform on the blockchain, so every piece of data is accounted for and can be tracked. It aims to provide carbon usage data on everything from a cup of coffee to taxi rides, to Amazon deliveries or doing your laundry.
Ecoingot’s platform could not be coming at a better or more urgent time, since the IPCC have reported that a global temperature rise of 1.5 degrees will have truly catastrophic consequences for mankind, that monumental changes are needed in the world to ensure this doesn’t happen, and that time is drastically running out before it’s too late to implement these changes. The world needs everyone to club together and help make the changes needed.
And currently, it is not happening fast enough, especially when it comes to industry level changes, which take years to implement due to the arduous processes they need to go through, and the many people deliberately trying to put roadblocks in the way so they can hang onto their profits at all costs. This is why Ecoingot is doing its best to put pressure on big-wig industries and retailers. But as they know they have a long battle ahead of them, they’re currently focussing their attention on those they can rely on to help: the public.
Ecoingot uses three main approaches in its mission to reduce carbon footprints: education, reduction and offsetting. Not only will their app tell its user about the different carbon impacts their choices have on the environment, it will give them an easy opportunity to redress any carbon-heavy lifestyle choices by providing alternatives.
The team are currently developing a data engine, ECOSISTM, using a carbon impact calculation model created by climate change expert Professor Mike Berner-Lees and his team. As no such data is currently available for consumers to assess what their personal carbon footprints is, this looks to be the first of its kind. With a variety of big data already available about large parts of our lives, such as fitness trackers and sleep monitors, having access to data that can potentially save the world should be at the top of the list of things we require.
Their EGT token is launching at the Malta Blockchain Summit, while their app is due to launch in April 2019, coinciding with Earth Day, which focuses attention on environmental factors threatening the planet. If it’s a success, there’s a chance it could make a real difference to one of the biggest issues facing humankind.
Earlier in May of this year, a monumental case regarding real estate data was brought forward to the Canadian Supreme Court. Prior to the ruling, websites were restricted from listing detailed information on data pertinent to real estate sales. Although this data if often available in other jurisdictions such as the United States, Canadian firms operating within the industry were unable to access it.
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that real estate platforms can now list more detailed information on home listings. The court battle, which dates as far back as 2011, involved the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB), who claimed that by publishing data linked to real estate selling prices, home owner privacy was being violated.
Commenting to the Financial Post, Daniel Steinfeld, a Toronto based realtor, explained that the real estate industry has been in a state of stagnation for some years now regarding access to data. Steinfeld noted that the court ruling has cleared the way for those operating in the industry to obtain important data and bring innovation to the industry.
Just three years prior, Zoocasa were ordered to stop posting information showcasing recently sold properties alongside their respective value. Failure to adhere to these demands would have resulted in them losing access to the Multiple Listings Service which is crucial for Canadian based real estate agencies.
Nevertheless, although the ruling is a step in the right direction, real estate data is still extremely difficult to come by. Moreover, even when data is available, there are no mechanisms in place ensuring the validity, relevance and accuracy of the data.
For example, in Spain, accessing real estate data on the prices of properties sold is virtually an impossible task. Although the Spanish land registry does in fact collect this information, they do not allow stakeholders to access it. Even if one were to obtain a Nota Simple – which is a paid-for document outlining a range of data linked to a specific property, it does not detail previous sale prices.
Can Blockchain Technology Solve the Reluctance to Share Data?
In the real estate industry there is an underlying issue of data hoarding. Essentially, private sector organizations that receive useful real estate data are reluctant to share it with their industry counterparts, preferring to keep it close to their chest.The industry is also fragmented, with no single platform on which to search for, purchase and sell data and very little means to verify existing data already available. This is where blockchain project ReBloc is stepping in.
ReBloc are in the process of developing a decentralized marketplace on which real estate data can be shared. Vendors who share data are compensated with tokens which they can then trade for more data, or convert into another form of currency.If one realtor wants to find out how much a particular property sold for, they can formulate a request on the platform.
The data which is held by another user can be autonomously exchanged in a direct peer-to-peer way, via a smart contract. Before the data is released to the user it needs to be verified by the platform’s validation protocol. Once it has been approved, it’s released by the smart contract, which then automatically sends payment to the data owner. This way buyers receive accurate data and vendors feel secure sending it.
By using the Enigma’s secret contracts protocol, sensitive data is encrypted and all inputs and outputs are hidden. As a result, data sharing through the ReBloc platform is kept confidential which is why organizations that have previously shown reluctance to share real estate data are hopping onboard.
Ultimately, the change in the way data can be accessed, evaluated and shared will have a positive and significant impact on the way real-world real estate decisions are made and the ease with which real estate information can be accessed.
Today, KuCoin blockchain asset exchange is thrilled to announce on its latest listing of another promising project Decred, an autonomous digital currency.
Decred’s native token DCR is now available for deposit with trading pairs including DCR/BTC and DCR/ETH. Buying commence at 19:30 UTC+8 while Selling/Withdrawal at 20:00 UTC+8.
All trading activities are done utilizing their Android and iOS apps, or through their official site, www.kucoin.com.
About Decred (DCR)
Decred (DCR) is an autonomous digital token where its stakeholders are part of the decision-making as it has a decentralized and sustainable highlight giving the term as “a self-ruling token.” This cryptocurrency has organized its priorities as having decentralized administration and the creation of settlements on the blockchain.
How Decred (DCR) Run
Decred uses an advance hybrid Proof-of-Work and Proof-of-Stake to validate the blocks accessible. Therefore, the stakeholders or the token holders are contributing the approvals to the coin miners buliding the blocks for rewards. It is a unique system as it ensures that the miners are not there just for the short term profits on their investment on their hardware.
The Core Team
Decred had a humble beginning as it started as a projection established in April 2013 by Adam Mckenzie. The present project leader and CEO of Company Jake Yacom-Piah accumulated, developed and launched Decred in March 2014.
Over the past years, it has collaborated with many other members into its team with the lead developer Dave Collins. The team focuses and fully involves in developing Decred be the first ever Decentralized Autonomous Entity.
Spire Bank, will be instrumental in facilitating a wide variety of international Crypto banking activity in association with Blockbank
Blockbank has purchased a stake in Spire bank & declared a strategic FinTech partnership, as a means to provide an international Crypto banking services. One of the leading commercial banks in Kenya, Spire Bank, will be instrumental in facilitating a wide variety of international Crytpto banking activity in association with Blockbank — to present the world’s first fully licensed crypto bank with low-cost funding availability.
Spire Bank, Headquartered in Nairobi top commercial banking entity, fully licensed by the Central Bank of Kenya is valued at having total asset worth of around 180million USD. Originally established as a finance company in 1983 and later commencing operations as a fully-fledged commercial bank, Spire Bank brings a wealth of FinTech knowledge and experience to the table to assist Blockbank in their endeavour. With 350,000 existing customers and a firmly-established high quality reputation, the prestigious Kenyan bank provides a solid foundation for Blockbank’s first step into supplying secured and affordable financing options for emerging economies.
This ground breaking partnership will initiate integration of commercial banking services into crypto entities, businesses, and governments globally – creating dynamic access to more affordable funding opportunities to accelerate economic growth.
The strategic FinTech partnership with Spire Bank will see the incubation of a DDMS smart contract blockchain system – the backbone of Blockbank’s platform – enabling Blockbank to provide lower cost funding solutions via Spire Banks’ infrastructure. With the capacity to provide a plethora of international banking services, Spire Bank is predicted to be a real asset to the Blockbank assembly, driving the expansion of global banking capabilities for both parties.
The collaboration of these two organizations will be a major breakthrough in fostering the development of low-cost funding options for governments and commercial entities worldwide – particularly in developing economies without current access to these services. In many developing countries, borrowing is still very expensive; with rates sometimes hitting 20%. In some countries borrowing is so expensive, the borrower has to pay enough money to pay the whole loan in 5 years just in interest payments.
28,800,000 tokens dedicated towards the ICO sale (72% of the total tokens);
8,000,000 tokens dedicated towards the treasury (20% of the total tokens);
2,000,000 tokens distributed amongst advisors (5% of the total tokens);
1,200,000 tokens will be a bounty reward (3% of the total tokens);
A staggering $12,830,000 worth of their BBRT tokens has already been sold during the pre-ICO phase.
Tokens available on the Block bank website: https://TheBlock-Bank.com/
PlayUp, the Australian-based gaming firm behind one of the most promising token sales this year has already clocked over one million users across its ecosystem before the forecasted date.
The platforms universal gaming token, PlayChip will revolutionise the online gaming industry when integrated into its seven platforms which are already fully licensed with a growing user-base.
When the blockchain platform launches on the 19th of December 2018 the user-base will be able to participate in the seven different gaming platforms whether they are looking to take part in sport betting, casino games, fantasy sports or eSports, it will all be streamlined with the PlayChip token.
PlayChip’s ecosystem has gained traction in the USA, UK, Australia and India with a presence in 70 countries around the world.
The initial coin offering has bucked the current trend of projects launching with merely nothing more than a website, PlayChip have done this with what’s called a ‘reverse-ICO” whereby the current ecosystem is tokenized and integrated into a fully operating business with a user-base and revenue.
“PlayChip is truly a unique token offering because while others write white papers about potential audiences and hypothetical use cases, PlayChip is well positioned with a very active global audience on multiple platforms that are already part of the PlayChip family,” Luke Lombe, Head of Blockchain with PlayChip said.
“The team at PlayChip are thrilled about hitting the million-user mark earlier than expected, and we look forward to continued strong growth. We are in the middle of our pre-sale and very much focussed on delivering a quality product that surpasses the expectations of our loyal following.”
The seven gaming platforms in the PlayChip ecosystem include PlayUp, DraftStars, Betting.Club, ClassicBet, TopBetta, MadBookie, and 123Bet. All players will be able to seamlessly move between platforms via the integrated PlayWallet and instantly cash out via the PlayXchange. In FY2018, these platforms are on track to exceed a turnover of US$430 million.
Earlier this week we had the pleasure of speaking with the team behind PAKET. In an exclusive CoinSpectator interview, to find out more about a blockchain startup aiming to create a decentralised and global package delivery network that gives power back to the people.
PAKET is going full speed ahead with a token sale on the Stellar platform, BUL their digital token will be used to pay for deliveries.
1. Many delivery firms already offer a tracking service where customers goods can be tracked in real-time. what benefits will Paket bring to this with Blockchain technology?
The real-time tracking is only one part of the protocol we offer, not the main part. To be more precise, we hope other apps on the protocol will develop and offer a much more blockchain sophisticated tracking solution. For example, we can cooperate with protocols like FOAM to ensure a provable location that can’t be manipulated.
But our main goal is to join all of these different solutions and create a single global mesh of delivery, without a central authority.
2. Can you explain why Stellar was the blockchain of choice? many other ICO’s are lured by Ethereum.
We are blockchain agnostic. Ethereum didn’t meet our engineering standards for a robust production platform. We chose the Stellar network as it connects payments, systems, and people, it can move value quickly, reliably, securely, and at almost no cost. Stellar is a perfect match for our need for a low friction transactional layer. We chose Stellar as our initial consensus layer for its level-headedness, its blazingly fast transaction rate, and its extremely low fees. From all the mature distributed ledger platforms currently active in the market, Stellar was the obvious decision for us.
3. Would a delivery system on the blockchain pose a security risk? for example 3rd parties being able to snoop on the location of high valued goods in transit?
The PAKET protocol features only specific data related only to the payment on the ledger. The only information available on the ledger is the smart contracts that govern the payment and the collateral. All other information, such as addresses, content etc, remains in layers 2 and 3 and are not public.
4. Will Paket work on a bidding system where anyone who is verified can bid to deliver a package? E.g a local firm may want 10 x boxes moving from a to b and place the quote on the blockchain.
Exactly! Since PAKET is a purely decentralized entity, we do not govern pricing or any other delivery terms, nor charge any fee. All prices are agreed between the participating parties – sender and courier. The protocol was designed in a way that allows all couriers to offer price and compete for deliveries. The basic delivery terms include price, deadline, and collateral. Bidding and competitive pricing are embedded in the concept as they create the most efficient solution for each specific delivery.
5. How does Paket plan to build a network of delivery drivers, what would make them come from other firms? What are the benefits?
A key element of the protocol is that it charges nothing. NO commission, NO hidden fees, NO middleman. Every company works hard to get demand, but by joining this free network it immediately becomes a part of a global network, with global opportunities. We provide a protocol where all existing, new, opportunistic individuals and companies can access demand – packages that need deliveries and engage directly with the package sender. The protocol only provides more data and convenience, it is not a competition between delivery firms.
Think of some local delivery company in Barcelona, with 5 motorcycles, that deliver local items in the city. They spend resources to make themselves known in Barcelona. But once they join the network, the entire network is exposed to them. Now I can send a package to Barcelona, knowing that they can handle it. They get global demand, which costs them nothing.
6. Does the team behind Paket have any transport experience or in a similar sector?
Currently, our core team is comprised of blockchain enthusiasts, community, biz dev and technical experts. Our advisory team includes a former Maersk executive (largest freight company in the world) and we are maintaining close connections to additional logistic professionals. It is important to understand that we have no ambition to become a logistics/transport company per se, we are a distributed ledger protocol company.
7. Why type of savings can be potentially made by using Paket over UPS for example?
UPS, like all other large delivery companies, are doing a great job on the international leg but suffer significantly on the “last mile”. It’s easier to carry many packages in a plane between airports than to use a track to dispense all of the packages in a large city.
PAKET is not here to replace UPS, it is here to break the package route into separate legs and allow the most efficient player take only his most efficient leg. If UPS is the cheapest freight operator and the quickest solution to deliver a package between New York Newark and Ataturk airport in Turkey, it should still be used for this part of the journey. But once the package lands in the crowded streets of Istanbul, it should be placed at the hands of a local courier that can make the last mile journey most efficiently. This way UPS can provide the best price quote, as it is no longer required to make door to door deliveries using trucks and fight local traffic. If the package avoids lending in a huge warehouse/ logistics center for sorting, then the delivery time is shortened and additional charges are no longer required.
8. When will the platform be live?
The platform is available on test network and we welcome all to access our GitHub account and our developers’ page to follow all the development that was already made. Our MVP will be available in the coming weeks, and we currently plan to go live with a basic service before year-end.
9. Will front end customers pay with the BUL tokens or will this only be FIAT ?
We want to create the most seamless user experience, but remember that we create only one application, completely open source, and we hope (and incentivize) that others create additional applications. Any developer can take our application and add a payment system to his local solution. He can even charge a conversion fee if he wants to earn from it. We give complete freedom, and the protocol charges nothing.
10. How many customers/ users do you expect the platform to attract in the next 12 months?
We expect our early adopters in the next 12 months to be crypto enthusiasts, those who believe decentralization is the best solution for the delivery of goods (well those who believe that decentralization is the best solution for many other market inefficiencies actually). We will also add delivery and courier companies to answer any demand the network creates until the network is strong enough to be completely independent.