Sirin Labs Finney Review: Does This Crypto Smartphone Stand a Chance Against the Samsung Galaxy S10? 0

Sirin Labs Finney Review: Does This Crypto Smartphone Stand a Chance Against the Samsung Galaxy S10?

By CCN: The developers of the Sirin Labs Finney have created for themselves a monumental task. Not only do they desire to break into the fiercely-competitive smartphone market, but they also aim to spearhead cryptocurrency’s transformation from a niche curiosity into a mainstream financial instrument. After raising nearly $150 million for its Israeli creator during the initial coin offering (ICO) boom of 2017, does the Finney achieve this lofty goal? Perhaps more pertinently, does it have any chance of competing with the unexpectedly crypto-friendly Samsung Galaxy S10? Read on to find out. Cold Storage Cryptocurrency Wallet When Sirin Labs debuted

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Ex-CIA Agent: Obama Bent Hiring Rules to Build Anti-Trump Deep State 0

Ex-CIA Agent: Obama Bent Hiring Rules to Build Anti-Trump Deep State

By CCN: Former CIA analyst John Gentry published a scathing attack on the alleged anti-Trump deep state, claiming American intelligence institutions have been overrun by Democrats – many of whom were handpicked by Barack Obama. Gentry suggests that traditional safeguards to stop political weaponization of the intelligence community were bypassed by Obama during his first term. It’s illegal to ask job applicants their political affiliation when joining U.S intelligence agencies, but Gentry says Obama got around this obstacle by hiring from liberal-leaning demographic groups. Now over 10 years later, the fruits of Obama’s labor can be seen in the swathe

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VeChain Price Risks Dropping Below $0.007 as Bears Won’t Relent 0

VeChain Price Risks Dropping Below $0.007 as Bears Won’t Relent

In the altcoin industry, there will always be mixed momentum over the course of a weekend. As the weekend is a notoriously bearish period, one would come to expect some altcoins to lose value regardless of where Bitcoin is headed. Today is no different, as the VeChain price is under pressure and might drop below $0.007 again.

VeChain Price Heads South Again

Although it seems to have gone relatively quiet where VeChain is concerned, the project is still faring quite well. In fact, there have been several major milestones for this project over the past 18 months, all of which could have influenced the price in a positive manner. Surprisingly, it seems this market continues to note bearish and sideways momentum despite everything that takes place behind the scenes.

Over the past 24 hours, the VeChain price has lost another 2.3% in USD value and 2.85% over Bitcoin. Because of these ongoing changes, one VET is now valued at $0.007012, or 132 Satoshi. Neither level will please traders and speculators, yet it seems unlikely any major changes will occur over the next few hours.

The bigger development involving VeChain this week comes in the form of a grant pool. Sunny Lu confirmed this $500m pool will incentivize developers and businesses to focus on VeChainThor development. Building new applications, solutions, and platforms is always a top priority, thus this announcement can genuinely shake up the market.

Daniele is genuinely convinced the current Vechain value is far below the price it should be at. While that is an argument like any other, it would appear the market makers disagree with that statement at this time. Adoption of a blockchain ecosystem doesn’t necessarily trigger a token price rise by any means.

When looking at the actual price chart, it becomes apparent there is a lot of pressure on the current support level. Assuming this level will not hold, there may be an even bigger price retrace ahead over the coming hours and days. How low the VET price can go, is up for debate, but the current outlook isn’t all that great.

When looking at the bigger picture, it quickly becomes apparent anything can happen where VeChain is concerned. Only time will tell if that is for better or worse, as the current trend may not be indicative of what is yet to come. At least, that is what most holders and traders hope for, at this point.

Disclaimer: This is not trading or investment advice. The above article is for entertainment and education purposes only. Please do your own research before purchasing or investing into any cryptocurrency.


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Crypto Tidbits: Bitcoin SV Delisting, Binance Chain Launch, HTC Backs Blockchain Fund 0

Crypto Tidbits: Bitcoin SV Delisting, Binance Chain Launch, HTC Backs Blockchain Fund

Another week, another round of Crypto Tidbits. The movement in the value of Bitcoin (BTC) has slowed, with volume and volatility falling across the board, but underlying industry developments have been absolutely monumental.

Bitcoin Satoshi’s Vision (BSV) was delisted on an array of exchange; Binance launched its own blockchain, sparking a BNB price surge; a report revealed that endowments are piling into this industry en-masse; technology giant HTC backed a blockchain fund, and a prominent U.S. presidential candidate called for the correct regulation of digital assets to promote their growth.

Related Reading: Crypto Tidbits: Bitcoin Passes $5,000, SEC Doubles-Down On Crypto, Binance DEX Nears

Crypto Tidbits

  • Bitcoin SV Delisted On An Array Of Exchanges: Over the past two or three weeks, a whole hubbub has erupted about Craig Wright and his claim that he is Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto. Wright claims that he is Satoshi, as others have rebuked him. The debate reached a point where Wright, Calvin Ayre, and the rest of their camp, all supporters of Bitcoin Satoshi’s Vision (BSV), sent legal letters to an array of industry leaders: podcaster Peter McCormack, Lightning Network proponent Hodlonaut, and Ethereum’s Vitalik Buterin. And with that, the community fought back, urging exchanges listing BSV to delist the asset. Eventually, Binance agreed, as did ShapeShift,, and Kraken, leading to a collapse in the price of the cryptocurrency.
  • Binance Chain Finally Launches, BNB Surge: After months, potentially even a year of waiting, Binance Chain, the native blockchain of prominent industry upstart Binance, has launched for a public audience. The launch of a decentralized exchange (DEX) based on the platform is expected to soon follow. As a result of this move, which one or two pundits have called one of the biggest crypto-related news items of the year, Ethereum-based projects have begun to prepare to move to this sleeker option, BNB has surged to new all-time highs (even in this bear market), and the broader market has started to tick higher.
  • HTC Backs Proof of Capital, New $50 Million Fund Funding Crypto Firms: The Taiwan-headquartered HTC earlier this week was revealed to be participating in a $50 million blockchain-centric fund, Proof of Capital. Not only will Phil Chen, the Decentralized Chief Officer at the firm who heads the Exodus division, be leading the venture capital fund, but HTC is reported to play a key role in the portfolio of Proof of Capital.
  • ConsenSys Seeks Funding As “Crypto Winter” Wraps Up: According to a recent report from The Information, New York-headquartered blockchain group, ConsenSys, headed by Ethereum co-founder Joseph Lubin, is currently searching for a large sum of venture capital funding. Citing “several people with knowledge of the plans,” the outlet explains that ConsenSys, which houses MetaMask, Infura, and countless other key pieces of Ethereum infrastructure, is actively seeking $200 million from “outside investors,” after operating off Lubin’s Ether stash for years on end. While this nine-figure sum is ludicrous in and of itself, the $200 million seems even crazier when you factor in the mere $21 million the firm dragged in for fiscal 2018, and that ConsenSys is seeking a valuation of “at least $1 billion.”
  • Endowments Are Already Piling Into Crypto & Blockchain: According to a debrief of a crypto-centric survey, conducted by The TRADE Crypto and American crypto firm BitGo, 94% of 150 endowments polled have invested money in crypto-related projects in the past year, even amid the collapse in Bitcoin. The average amount invested was not disclosed, but endowments’ allocations to this asset class and related technologies likely range in the low single-digit millions to low double-digit millions.
  • Community Rallies To Donate Cryptocurrency After Notre Dame AccidentIn spite of the collapse in the value of Bitcoin over 2018, cryptocurrency investors seem to be rather generous. In a recent series of comments on Twitter, an array of crypto enthusiasts across the map have urged French organizations and potentially even the government itself to accept digital assets for the Notre-Dame Cathedral’s restoration efforts. A government representative, the Minister of Digital Affairs, has actually responded to these urges, telling news outlets that he is looking into the acceptance of cryptocurrencies, as Binance has utilized its charity branch to start raising funds.
  • #YangGang: Presidential Candidate Releases Crypto Regulation PolicyAndrew Yang, an entrepreneur and businessman turned U.S. presidential candidate, recently polled to have 3% chances at winning the presidency, released a statement on digital assets last week. Yang claimed that if he took the Oval Office, he would establish regulatory clarity to promote the growth of this sector, as he, on many occasions, have lauded blockchain as the future of many industries.
  • Bakkt’s Bitcoin Futures Are Having Trouble With The CFTC: Bloomberg, citing those familiar with Bakkt’s operations, recently remarked that the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) isn’t all too excited with Bakkt’s proposal. The people familiar told the outlet that the CFTC is primarily concerned with how the cryptocurrencies of Bakkt’s clients would be held in the vehicle of the proposed physical futures, as BTC needs to be stored to back the contracts. It was claimed that instead of a green light from the CFTC, Bakkt is looking for a stamp of approval from New York’s regulators, which have historically been stringent but cautiously amicable towards Bitcoin-related ventures.
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Basic Attention Token Price Notes Monster Gains in new Bull run 0

Basic Attention Token Price Notes Monster Gains in new Bull run

On this sunny Saturday, it would appear there is no lack of positive cryptocurrency market momentum. While not all markets follow similar patterns, the usual suspects seem to be moving up accordingly. A lot of people will keep an eye on the Basic Attention Token price, as it has gone on another major surge for some reason.

Basic Attention Token Price Surges Again

As long as Bitcoin remains in the green, there is a good chance most alternative markets will go through very similar motions. Although the gains for most top markets are pretty small – if they exist at all – there are always interesting exceptions within the market cap top 50. Unsurprisingly, BAT is moving up fairly strongly again, especially now that some of the BNB hype has calmed down.

More specifically, the Basic Attention Token price has gained over 15% in USD, BTC, and ETH value alike. Very impressive statistics, as weekends usually offer little to no bullish momentum for alternative markets these days. With a current value of $0.425, 7,983 Satoshi, or 0.00244 ETH, BAT remains a very solid performer under most circumstances.

It is not entirely surprising to see this most recent BAT price surge lead to some consternation on social media. XBTLife sees this as some sort of joke even though the current gains are firmly locked in place and rather tangible. Whether or not they will remain in place, is a different matter altogether.

Chase Simpson has seemingly been a long-term believer in Basic Attention Token. His purchase of BAT at $0.11 has paid off in spades so far, although it is possible this may only be a sign of things to come. As the Brave ecosystem continues to grow and evolve, the demand for this particular token may fluctuate accordingly.

When looking closer at the actual price chart, it is only normal to see so many people expect a moonshot in the very near future. Although BAT is still just halfway to setting a new all-time high, this most recent uptrend has been rather remarkable for many different reasons. Christina Todaro certainly expects bigger and better things to come now that the recent losses have been recovered.

It is good to see some of the cryptocurrency markets note strong gains during a weekend It is a rather rare sight, although it is never impossible to see major bullish market momentum. For BAT, the current surge may run out of steam fairly soon, yet that doesn’t mean the gains will be eroded either.

Disclaimer: This is not trading or investment advice. The above article is for entertainment and education purposes only. Please do your own research before purchasing or investing into any cryptocurrency.


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Here’s What Will Trigger the Next Mammoth Bitcoin Rally 0

Here’s What Will Trigger the Next Mammoth Bitcoin Rally

By CCN: According to a new survey conducted by a gold investment research firm, most retirees in the U.S. are aware of bitcoin and cryptocurrencies but are not interested in investing in the asset class. More than 56 percent of respondents said that they are aware of the existence of bitcoin but have not considered investing in it, and 32.9 percent have said that they are not aware of the asset class. Based on the official data provided by the U.S. government, there are approximately 47.8 million retirees in the U.S. and it remains a large market for various asset

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Tron Price Resumes Bearish Trend as TRX/BTC Drops Below 500 Satoshi 0

Tron Price Resumes Bearish Trend as TRX/BTC Drops Below 500 Satoshi

It would appear everything is proceeding as planned in the rather volatile cryptocurrency world. Most of the markets are either in the green or not tiny losses which is not all that worrisome. The Tron price is also heading south, primarily because the hourly charts continue to add minute bearish pressure to the overall trend.

Tron Price Momentum Doesn’t Look Promising

It is only normal some crypto market swill suffer from a retrace of sorts during the weekend. As Saturdays and Sundays are usually very bearish for top markets, the overall trend today comes as somewhat of a surprise. However, markets such as Tron do not always get to benefit from a stable Bitcoin price during these times. Today is no exception in that regard, as minor losses can be noted across the board.

To put this in a different spotlight, it would appear the Tron price is suffering from a  1.26% loss as it dropped to $0.026101. What is slightly more worrisome is how TRX/BTC continues to head south as well. A fresh 2.05% loss drives this ratio down to 490 Satoshi. It is evident the 500 Satoshi level remains under a fair bit of pressure these days, and may continue to go lower in the near future.

On social media, there are some questions as to which currencies, tokens, and assets will make their way to Binance DEX in the coming months. Sonny Red wouldn’t mind seeing TRX and BTT get listed on this platform in the near future. While TRX would seem like a solid bet, the listing of BTT is a different matter altogether.

Speaking of exchanges and Tron trading, it would appear BW – the Asian platform -has finally decided to get on board with Tron. Why it has taken the company this long, is difficult to answer right now. Even so, traders can exchange TRX for Bitcoin, Ethereum, and USDT. Very interesting pairs which can only help improve Tron’s overall trading volume and liquidity.

As one would come to expect in 2019, there are still people who genuinely want to see some markets burn to the ground. Colector72 Crypto makes an interesting comment in this regard, as he hopes to see TRX drop down to $0.0183. In fact, he hopes others will help push the price down to this level, which is not necessarily the kind of attitude this industry needs right now.

All things considered, Tron’s current losses are anything but insurmountable. Even though things might not look all that promising right now, these losses can be recouped with little to no effort. Reclaiming the 500 Satoshi level would be an important first step, albeit it might not happen before the weekend comes to an end.

Disclaimer: This is not trading or investment advice. The above article is for entertainment and education purposes only. Please do your own research before purchasing or investing into any cryptocurrency.


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Bitcoin Holds Over $5,300 as Top Altcoins See Mixed Signals 0

Bitcoin Holds Over $5,300 as Top Altcoins See Mixed Signals

Bitcoin crosses the $5,300 line as most of the top 20 cryptocurrencies report a mix of gains and losses on the day

Stock Market Flips Bearish: Analyst Reveals How to Buy the S&P 500 Dip 0

Stock Market Flips Bearish: Analyst Reveals How to Buy the S&P 500 Dip

By CCN: Following a banner quarter, one Wall Street analyst says that the US stock market is teetering on the brink of a cooling-off period. Luckily, prescient investors stand to reap a major windfall when it’s time to buy the dip. Robert Sluymer: S&P 500 Will Erase a Month of Gains As of Thursday’s close, Wall Street’s three major indices had all climbed by double-digits since the trading year began. The tech-heavy Nasdaq surged 20 percent. The S&P 500 rallied 15.7 percent. Even the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which is disproportionately impacted by the US-China trade war, climbed 13.8 percent.

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Performance Profiling During Your Development Workflow 0

Performance Profiling During Your Development Workflow

Ditch subjectivity about performance with Java VisualVM

Performance profiling isn’t just an activity reserved for Ops teams monitoring an application in production — in my view, it’s a skill that should become part of every decent software developer’s/engineer’s development workflow.

It’s not just for troubleshooting, be proactive and take a look under the bonnet (hood* 🇺🇸) before the trouble even starts.

I’m going to ask you 2 questions:

  • Do you want to be the team member who committed the two lines of code that brought production to its knees and ground it to a halt?


  • Do you want to be the glorious team member who saved the team from merging the defective code in the first place?

Unless you hate your team and your company, I’m pretty sure you want to be the latter team member — which is why I’ve put together this quick guide so you can start incorporating performance profiling into everything you do.

“Hold on, why are you just talking about Java?”

A quick thing to note — obviously I’m aware other programming languages exist:

Stack Overflow Developer Survey 2019 — Most Popular Programming, Scripting, and Markup Languages (

I’ve opted to focus on Java application profiling for a few reasons — mainly because I don’t want this article to be too long — describing a profiling tool for every language that’s out there would take a long time — but also because Java is still very much a popular choice for core back-end services.

This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look to performance profile your front-end as well — in fact, you totally should.

What is Profiling?

Profiling (in terms of software applications) is the act of monitoring an application at various levels of running to understand and see where time is being spent, and where resources are being utilised.

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To accomplish this most profiling usually uses some sort of agent which connects to your application and instruments your methods.

This instrumentation/tagging of methods allows the Profiler to determine when a method is executed and also to see how long the method is taking to do a particular thing.

You can find out a great deal more about the intuition of profilers from a great article written by nvdv here:

How profilers work

Why Should I Do This?

There are more reasons to incorporate performance profiling into your development workflow than just avoiding catastrophe.

“Okay, I’ll just merge this CSS… 💥“

You can gain a deep and fundamental understanding of what your code is doing at any point and what impact tiny changes can make on the overall running of the application.

Other reasons:

  • Provide a focus for refactoring so as to use and consume fewer hardware resources.
  • Derive realistic operational thresholds for production monitoring.
  • Find expensive methods repeatedly invoked and cache their result as variables.
  • “Cut the fat” — remove code and branches that are redundant and are never invoked in real-world scenarios.

VisualVM Installation

VisualVM is an open source tool that allows you to interrogate Java applications running both locally and remotely. You can use it to analyse heap data, monitor garbage collection and track down memory leaks.

It is incredibly powerful, but moreover, it is completely free 😍.

For Linux, Windows and Mac simply download the appropriate distribution here:

VisualVM: Download

And run!

… the application.


On launch, you will see all running JVMs on your machine locally and have the option to select any of them to interrogate further. You also have the option to select remote VM’s and hosts:

This list includes VisualVM itself… profile your profiler!

When selecting a running JVM, you can view the current JVM arguments for the application:

Monitor CPU, Heap, PermGen/Metaspace — see the number of classes loaded and the number of threads:

See the live state of currently running threads and take a Thread Dump:

Sample the current state of the application and methods running:

And finally, you can Profile your application.

When profiling with VisualVM you have several options for profiling CPU, Memory and JDBC operations of your application:

You have the option to start profiling and to nominate only specific packages, sub-packages or classes to be profiled:

CPU Profiling An Application

With CPU profiling running you will start to see your application being instrumented:

For this example, I’ve chosen to profile a simple application that uses Apache Camel JDBC to read from a database queue and post messages to a 3rd party SMS service, Twilio.

While the profiler is running, I drop a test message onto the DB queue and inspect the results.

It’s a very simplistic application, but the results are interesting:

The profiling results demonstrate that the bulk of my execution time for this particular application’s message processing is contained within the DispatchService#dispatchMessage method:

Here I’m using Twilio’s official Java SDK to make a REST call back to Twilio to send an SMS message.

To be honest, this isn’t particularly slow performance-wise and so there isn’t much scope for performance optimisation here.

One thing this example does highlight, however, is how granular we can go with profiling and use it to find performance bottlenecks even deep within our project’s dependencies.


I hope you’ve found this useful 😊.

Getting started with profiling is easy and is totally worth the effort getting to grips with.

What this technique provides is objective performance data; given enough similar test runs, we can objectively conclude where the slower parts of our application code reside (rather than this being conjecture, debate or opinion).

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Have a play and consider implementing performance profiling as a step in your development workflow, before you raise that pull request!

Thanks for reading! 📚

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