5 Real-World Blockchain Crypto Projects to Track in 2019 and Beyond



Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, it’s almost impossible to go a single day without hearing or reading about activities in the crypto-space since the rise and fall of the disruptive crypto-currency Bitcoin.

At its high, the digital currency topped a record $19,783.86 on December 17, 2017 before plunging back down to the current value of $2,958.90 at the time of writing this on February 27, 2019. You can check live values of all cryptocurrencies on Currencio website.

A boom-bust event for an emerging technology may not be a bad thing however, as observed in the DotCom boom and bust of the early 2000s. The underlying Blockchain technology of Bitcoin has inspired and spurred on rapid adoption of the framework to develop blockchain applications known as dApps, targeting real world industries such as finance, retail, supply chain, e-commerce, social media, utilities management and cybersecurity.

This article aims to explore 5 practical applications of these blockchain projects currently in development. It will also explain how to get started setting up accounts to buy, sell, send, receive and track these digital tokens in 2019 and beyond. Let’s dig in:

1.PolyAi Network (Coin: PolyAi)

Started by three Cambridge University PhDs who studied under Apple’s Steve Young, PolyAi are scaling a transformational machine learning technology for conversational Ai. Co-founder Nikola Mrksic says they are focusing on a market worth $1.3 trillion, a market bigger than the world’s entire defence industry.

Having secured funding from Amadeus Capital Partners in Cambridge, PolyAi have enough juice for the foreseeable future development until their application goes for global scale-up.

From previous achievements, Mrksic was the first engineer at Cambridge speech technology start-up VocaliQ which was bought by Apple for $100 million.

PolyAi have a very impressive technology for conversational Ai – training generic query engines on large non-specific dialogue corpora and then mapping it into a real application, with very little application specific training data.

The product will target three main categories: Personal Assistant voice-driven applications for shopping, browsing or banking, Customer Support for Ai-powered contact centres, and Virtual Reality for creators to develop human-like virtual companions.

For more information visit https://poly-ai.com/ to learn more about the project and developer career roles available.The PolyAi coin is currently valued at 1 = £0.000038, affordable enough for early bird investors in the technology.

2.Stellar (Coin: XLM)

Stellar, founded by Jed McCaleb, in 2014 is an open source, distributed, and community owned network used to facilitate cross-asset transfers of value. The project aims to become the future of banking by connecting payment systems, people and banks to move money quickly, reliably and at the cost of a fraction of a penny.

According to the white paper, transactions on the decentralized Stellar network resolve in 2-5 seconds, facilitating low-cost cross border payment services in Remittances, Mobile Branches, Mobile Money and Micropayments across the globe. Read more about their technology by visiting Stellar.org

In September 2018, IBM announced a payment system known as Blockchain World Wire, a Stellar blockchain network that can simultaneously clear and settle cross-boarder payments in near real-time.

Stellar tokens are called Lumens and currently valued at 1 XLM = £0.06327 available in selected exchanges.

3.Qtum (Coin: QTUM)

Qtum is a cryptocurrency that combines Ethereum’s smart contract functionality with Bitcoins security, to create a coin that is suitable for adoption by large organizations.

The technology uses Bitcoin core code and UTXO principles, that operates on a machine running an Ethereum Virtual Machine and the revolutionary x86 VM, using an account-based model. Qtum accomplishes communications between nodes using an Account Abstraction Layer (AAL) that hides identities of transacting parties.

Qtum is Proof-of-Stake based and boasts of a Decentralized Governance Protocol (DGP), which allows specific blockchain settings to be modified by making use of smart contracts. This ensures that the block size of Qtum can be increased without the need for a hard fork.

The project launched in 2017 and aims to become the decentralized applications platform for business and enterprise level Blockchain services. Read their white paper at Qtum.org

Qtum digital assets are available to trade on various exchanges, with the company planning a crypto hardware wallet soon to store your precious coins securely offline.

Currently the coins are valued at 1 QTUM = £1.501933 available from multiple exchanges.

4.Decentraland (Coin: MANA)
Decentraland is a blockchain technology that defines itself as a virtual reality platform running on the Ethereum blockchain. It allows users to create, experience and monetize content and applications. Just as it happens in the real world, users can purchase plots of land in virtual worlds that they can later navigate, build upon and monetize.

Decentraland uses two tokens: MANA which is an ER20 token that must be burned to acquire non-fungible ER721 LAND tokens. Read their white paper at Decentraland.org

The project aims to create a virtual reality world blockchain, where creators can store complex unique game assets, fully decentralized, with ability to manage their own parcels of LAND.

Currently Decentraland is valued at 1 MANA = £0.02981 and available in exchanges like Coinomi (Set-up guide and usage information will be available in another article)

5.Cardano (Coin: ADA)
Cardano is a decentralized platform that will allow complex programmable transfers of value in a secure and scalable fashion. Their digital token is called ADA.

The blockchain is one of the first to be built with the Haskell programming language. It aims to develop a smart contract platform which seeks to deliver more advanced features than any protocol previously developed.

This is the first blockchain platform to evolve out of a scientific philosophy and research-first driven approach. The group consists of a global collective of expert engineers and researchers.

The protocol features a layered blockchain software stack that is flexible, scalable, and is being developed with the most rigorous academic and commercial software standards in the industry.

Cardano will use a democratic governance system, and you can read the white papers at Cardano.org

Currently valued 1 ADA = £0.03126 which can be stored in their digital wallet called Daedalus. 


Disclaimer: This information should not be interpreted as an endorsement of cryptocurrency or any specific provider, service or offering. It is not a recommendation to trade.



      How to Set-Up Abra Mobile All-in-One Crypto Wallet

Abra, established in 2014 by Bill Barhydt is a financial services and technology company that operates an all-in-one cryptocurrency wallet and exchange. 

The application allows users to buy, sell and hold 28 cryptocurrencies or BIT10 and 50 fiat currencies all in one place. The company headquartered in Mount View, California supports the top ten performing currencies including Stellar and DigiByte.
                                                                 
                       Abra Mobile Wallet Set-Up Prerequisites
Before getting started, its advisable to get a few significant things ready;
·         A smart phone with an active number to which you have constant access
·         A valid e-mail address with constant access
·         A form of identity verification such as Driver’s Licence or Passport
·         A valid bank account
·         A valid Visa debit card (Not Mastercard)
·         A laptop or desktop computer with Notepad open to record details

Downloading the Abra App
With your phone nearby, Sign-Up to Abra starting a with a 2FA request to download the app using your phone number. 

Be aware that this setup gives you $25 worth of Free Bitcoins to the wallet of the first 20 people, to invest in any currency of your choice, after your first $5 transaction on the Abra exchange. Valid until 15th March 2019.

-Once the App is downloaded you can read the splash screen information about what Abra can do. 

-Enter the verification code sent to your phone and fill out your email details

-Set up and confirm your 4-digit PIN

-Confirm and verify your email to gain access to the app. Make sure you record any recovery code you are given either on another phone or written on paper. You can go ahead and recover your account if you’ve lost access. 

-Once you’re logged in, two options should appear to add money or exchange

-The main Abra portfolio interface should now be accessible with total holdings, type of coin and price. 

-Access the menu to see more options like adding a card, bank account and viewing transaction history

-Adding money to your wallet is easy. Link your bank to your Abra account and receive Bitcoin from another wallet for free. A valid ID is required for verification. Adding AMEX may incur a 4% fee. 

-Once you have funds in your wallet, you can exchange it for any other coin in the exchange. Usually Bitcoin is the top-level coin that is exchanged to buy other currencies.
          

Tap to choose which wallet to move funds from > Select which currency you would like to buy > Review your purchase > Confirm your purchase.

-You also have the option to access your Bitcoin address, and get anyone in the world to send you funds. Copy or scan the QR code for your wallet address. 
                      

-Just to be sure your account is secure and protected, access the security settings where you can view and copy your recovery phrase. You can also recover old wallet and combine balances.

-I guess the most important question on your minds is ‘How do we withdraw all the cash from our investment?’ Well, this is where Abra wallet shines over all others, with the easy option to transfer your funds into a connected bank account or simply sending the funds to another Bitcoin address. 


         


  How to Set-Up CoinStats to Track All Cryptocurrencies

Its all well and great to have your hands on precious cryptocurrency coins in your wallet, but they are only as good as the tools you have to track their performance against other cryptocurrencies.

Remember these digital assets are real projects currently underway, so you need to know information like current coin value, global ranking, historical performance statistics and how much they square up to Bitcoin at any given time.

CoinStats represents a complete package for tracking all your cryptocurrencies and more. Let’s take a closer look;

1.Downloading the CoinStats App
Fire up Play Store or App Store, search and install the CoinStats application. Load it to see the Main interface as shown below.

At a glance, you can see the stats of the top performing cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin Ethereum, Ripple, EOS, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash and Tether among others. A 24-hour performance metric and current value will be displayed on this page. 

Use the tab at the top right corner to toggle the price in USD, BTC or ETH depending on what you want to focus on. A total market cap of all coins is displayed at the top left corner of this page.

You can streamline your view by adding specific coins you want to track in the Favourites tab. 

2.Managing your Portfolio
This tab allows control over your assets by connecting the app to an exchange where you purchase your coins, connecting a wallet or adding manual transactions.

3.Keeping up to Date with Current Blockchain Development
Thousands of Blockchain projects have emerged since the rise and fall of Bitcoin, and with countless events happening each second in this space, its important to know which factors may be affecting the performance of your assets. 
The news tab is invaluable for reading about current developments in this fast-paced crypto space. Having current information about new acquisitions, partnerships and even hard forks can positively influence your investment decisions (Never invest more than you can afford to loose)

4.Managing your CoinStats Account
For users who like to keep records for further analysis, you can export a CSV file of coin statistics and sign in if you already have an account with CoinStats. This is not mandatory however to use the app for tracking performance information.
In the event you loose access to your account, the option to restore your purchases can also be found in this tab. The convertor calculator also comes in handy when investing in any cryptocurrency.

                                        Conclusion

We hope this article helps demystify some of the mysteries surrounding Blockchain technology, and its current rapid evolution and the sweeping changes the framework brings into our economic ecosystem.

Feel free to ask any questions and join the conversation on our Reddit group and other social media. Read more details in our article Understanding The Blockchain Technology

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