Brave Unveils Browser Update with Enhanced Page Loading Speed

Brave Software recently debuted an update to its web browser. The company says the new version of its open source, privacy-centric browser comes with enhanced speed and a revamped Basic Attention Token (BAT) rewards paradigm.


New Update Shows 22 Percent Faster Load Times

In an announcement published on Thursday (October 18, 2018), the company revealed the launch of the new update which is already available for download from the browser’s website. According to the company, the latest update marks a departure from the Muon-based platform to be based on Chromium – a Google open source web browser development platform.

Brave says this move to Chromium is part of the roadmap to the release of the stable Brave 1.0. However, the company still envisages a few versions before Brave 1.0 will be ready for rollout to its users. The new update comes with multiple crash fixes as well as several updates including private search engine, localization updates, and loading PDF files as web pages.

The new update also comes with enhanced speed. According to the announcement, the latest release has load time that is 22 percent faster than the previous version. The company says this increase in load time represents about eight to twelve seconds of faster page loading speeds on certain websites.

New Brave Rewards Paradigm

Apart from faster loading time, the latest Brave browser update comes with a revamped BAT rewards paradigm. According to the announcement:

Brave Rewards replaces Brave Payments with improved usability, more visibility, and new features. With this release, Brave Rewards enters beta. We look forward to getting your feedback on this redesigned approach.

BAT is currently ranked 39th according to market capitalization with a price of $0.24 at the time of writing this article.

Serious About Data Privacy

Recently, Brave took the fight to Google in the UK and Ireland over data privacy issues. Since inception, the company has remained resolute in its mandate of ensuring total internet privacy, championing premium ad-blocking.

As part of the fight against Google and other Internet companies, Brave alleges that they are careless with user data. According to Brave, these companies allow third parties access to sensitive data used to drive targeted ads which are a breach of privacy.

As a testament to the browser’s popularity, it announced that it had reached over 10 million downloads on the Android platform in August 2018. This figure was significant given that in April, total downloads stood at 1.5 million.

What do you think about Brave’s new updated browser with faster load time? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.


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3 Cryptocurrencies Well-Positioned to Beat BTC Price in Q4 (AMB, BCH, ADA)

This week’s cryptocurrencies market analysis will concentrate on technological advancements in the blockchain space in quarter 4. The analysis will focus on major technological upgrades occurring in quarter four along with Ambrosus (AMB) being a top contender to produce returns well in excess of 100% in the immediate short term.


3 Cryptocurrencies We Predicted Would Rally 

Last Week’s Piece, which highlighted the cryptocurrency GOChain 00, resulted in GO increasing more than 50% in value in the 48 hours that followed. This is similar to TRIG, VIBE, and EVX, which all had rallies in excess of 50-250% following analyzing their short-term developments.

It may be a ‘bear’ market but clearly, but it is showing bullish signs and AMB is likely to be next.

Each cryptocurrency on this list has its own specific reasons from unique conferences to increasing their coin’s utility for their bullish short-term tendencies. This week will focus on AMB, BCH, and ADA, with AMB likely to lead the charge as a cryptocurrency likely to gain in excess of 50% in the short-term.

Ambrosus (AMB)

This week AMB 00 is highlighted as likely to have major bullish tendencies in the short term as they release their upgraded Mainnet 2.0. AMB developers are clearly remaining committed to their project even amid the bear market. Currently, AMB’s market cap is barely over $20 million.

In other words, if it approaches a $100 million market cap, the value of the underlying AMB increases 500% (5x).

With multiple other cryptocurrencies having mainnet updates in the prior months there can be a common occurrence gleamed from watching the cryptos price movements in the days leading up to launch. The coins have a tendency to trend North in anticipation of mainnet release.

As more individuals check the crypto calendar and see ‘news’ they start FOMOing and rush in. The goal is to beat those FOMOing individuals into the alts with upcoming major developments.

Bulls Still Bullish

This week’s piece does not focus on conference developments, or utility developments, but instead on tech developments.

AMB with their Mainnet Version 2.0 being released before the end of quarter four should provide an unexpected surprise announcement (that you’d have to go all the way to December on the crypto calendar to view or be following the project to know). These types of tech upgrades, especially with exact dates unannounced provide a major opportunity for bullish price movement.

AMB has their Mainnet 2.0 being released this quarter but also has developments occurring behind the scenes and major partnerships in the works. A market capitalization of only 20 million, coupled with tech advancements, partnerships, and listings on the biggest exchanges, is why AMB is an attractive acquisition target.

Individuals familiar with AMB’s team have mentioned numerous times how partnerships are planning on being announced by the EOY in either the pharmaceutical supply chain or food supply chain monitoring. AMB is also onboarding many of their core community for internal product testing and development. Major developments are happening within AMB and quarter 4 coupled with Mainnet 2.0 should push AMB even higher.

AMB is a blockchain-powered IoT network, enabling secure and frictionless dialogue between sensors, distributed ledgers, and data to assure product quality. This niche (supply chain monitoring) is one where blockchain will continue to exploit as their transparent nature, ability to track frictionlessly and provide live updates will revolutionize the supply chain and IoT technologies.

With quarter four’s Mainnet Version 2.0 on the horizon it is likely we see a major Northern price trend produced due to upcoming tech advances and partnerships.

Q4 price target prediction: $ 0.60-$0.72 in the short term, approximately 6,000 Sats.

Bitcoin Cash (BCH) 

Bitcoin Cash (BCH) 00 has had a rough summer and the upcoming Bitmain IPO, which was supposed to boost BCH’s price, but has suffered due to swirling rumors about false claims of investors and quarterly sales numbers. However, when the market is ‘doubting’ a coin this is the time to believe in it.

“Be fearful when others are greedy, be greedy when others are fearful,” said Warren Buffet.

Right now the market is fearful regarding BCH, which is why it is time to be greedy.

Regarding BCH’s quarter 4 and technological advancements they have an upcoming hard fork and are participating in Amsterdam’s DevCon October 27, 2018. This hard fork has investors both worried and curious.

The worry and fearfulness are overpowering the curiosity resulting in BCH falling more than 50% against BTC since the beginning of summer.

The Bitcoin Cash fork is occurring because two of the biggest mining groups (by hash power) have split thoughts on the future of BCH. One group wishes to introduce atomic swaps intending to make BCH the most scalable, extensive, and utilizable blockchain, while slowly moving BCH away from a currency used like ‘cash.’

The other group wants BCH to remain as close to “Satoshi’s Vision” as possible while remaining a true ‘digital currency.’ These visions are clearly competing leading to what amounted to a Twitter argument between two huge hashing groups of BCH (and a BCH price correction).

An upcoming hard fork coupled with attending major technology conferences are two reasons why BCH may increase in value against BTC even if it does not outpace top contenders like AMB.

BCH has major tech upgrades coming in quarter 4 with the possible hard-fork. If no fork occurs this will settle investor’s nerves and likely also lead to a BCH price rally. The Bitmain IPO, which has seemingly been forgotten, is about to occur. Between conferences and the Bitmain IPO, the community and BCH awareness should increase significantly in Q4. Conferences, Bitmain’s IPO, and a hard-fork are all quarter 4 catalysts for BCH.

Q4 price target prediction: A minimum of $600 by the end of quarter 4 and a 20% increase in value (Satoshis) against BTC.

Cardano (ADA) 

Cardano 00 has the least impressive tech upgrades on this list but it has some very important things going for it in quarter 4. It is a front-runner (along with BAT) to be listed next on Coinbase.

If the price movement of the prior two coins listed on Coinbase is a hint, an ADA listing will boost its price significantly in the short term. ADA is also being fully integrated in November into the Metaps Plus platform.

Metaps Plus is a fintech company that has a specialized point of sale (‘POS’) payment system. They are based out of Korea and have over 30,000 offline stores already using their POS system. Although ADA is not undergoing a tech upgrade, being introduced into the Metaps payment platform significantly increases ADA’s utility. Adding utility adds the most value in the crypto space and through integration into a new POS system ADA is ensuring they remain relevant, at least for the near future.

The integration of ADA into Metaps is supposed to be completed in November. This provides the next ten days as the perfect time to do research on ADA and whether or not they are likely to succeed in the short and long term.

With a Coinbase listing seeming imminent coupled with being added to an already functioning POS system in 30,000+ stores; ADA seems to be a Top 10 Cryptocurrency primed for growth in quarter four, compared to Bitcoin BTC 00.

Best Chances for Short-Term Gains

Even in this bear market, some cryptocurrencies have produced returns greater than Bitcoin, despite BTC’s resurgent dominance to boot. Based on potential tech advancements in Q4, AMB is poised to produce the highest returns, in my personal opinion.

#REKT? Not With Bitcoin! Yearly ROI On Largest Cryptocurrency Still Tops 150%

However, when Top 10 cryptocurrencies by market cap also have major advancements in the next few months it is important to target ‘safer’ options as well. BCH and ADA have important events occurring in the quarter 4 that make them more relevant and likely to gain in Satoshis against BTC.

Crypto is a high-risk marketplace and cryptocurrencies with smaller market caps like AMB should see the highest returns against BTC in the immediate short-term.

AMB may see price movement in excess of 100%. It is much less likely that ADA and BCH will see that type of movement due to larger market caps. However, upward price trends from all three are likely as they each have important Q4 updates.

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Ethereum Devs Reach Consensus to Delay Constantinople Hard Fork Until January 2019

Ethereum (ETH) core developers have reached a consensus to delay a planned hard fork of the protocol until January 2019, in a meeting Friday, Oct. 19.

The fork, dubbed “Constantinople,” was first trialed on Ethereum public testnet Ropsten on Oct. 13, and had been slated to be activated on the main Ethereum blockchain by the end of Oct.-Nov. this year. A testnet is essentially a simulated version of the primary network that allows developers to try out smart contracts or upgrades without having to pay “gas” (computation fees) for their execution.

Towards the end of their hour-long meeting yesterday, the devs finally reached a consensus that the Constantinople will at “the earliest” come in late January 2019.

During the meeting, one dev quipped it might be less controversial, or “political,” to change the term for the transition from “hard fork” to “update.”

Yesterday’s meeting followed after Constantinople’s debut on Ropsten Oct. 13 had run into a series of hurdles; ahead of its activation at block 4,230,000, the fork stalled at block 4,299,999 for two hours, with testnet miners failing to activate the transition. Ethereum client developer Alfri Schoeden explained at the time this was due to “a consensus issue” that had triggered a “three-way fork” between Geth and Parity (two Ethereum clients).

In notes published ahead of yesterday’s meeting, Schoeden outlined that “[r]ecently added hashpower caused reduced blocktimes and caused this hardfork to happen much earlier than expected on a Saturday,” which he suggested is “by all means the worst time for a hardfork.”

He pointed to the fact that the fork happened just six days after the latest Geth client release, and 1 day after Parity’s, leaving users without sufficient time to upgrade. The devs also discovered a consensus bug in Parity, according to a “post-mortem” posted to the “Fellowship of Ethereum Magicians” earlier this week.

Schoeden noted that “not a single” user was mining the Constantinople chain, hence the two-hour delay to start processing block 4,230,000. Moreover, the community does not currently have a testnet fork monitor, he said, aside from http://ropsten-stats.parity.io, which “does not reveal details about the different chains.”

In light of the issues, developer Hudson Jameson picked up on another dev’s “good” proposal during yesterday’s meeting, which would be to “regularly spawn and min[e] temporary testnets to test transition into Constantinople […].” On a “baby” testnet, Jameson considered, “if something goes wrong we’ll know it pretty quickly.”

As previously reported, the Constantinople hard fork is is a system-wide Ethereum update designed to increase the network’s efficiency, and notably includes plans to reduce block rewards for miners, as well as to introduce changes to the network’s consensus mechanism that would make it more resistant to ASIC miners.

As of press time, Ethereum is trading at $203, up around 1.4 percent on the day.

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Source: Cointelegraph

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