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Top Five: 2020 classic car anniversaries and their modern-day equivalents

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Believe it or not, this week marks the middle of 2020. That’s right, we’re already half way through what must go down as one of the strangest years in recent memory.

However, while there here and now is a little unusual to put it mildly, this time-based idea got us thinking, and we dug out our Top Five classic cars celebrating their birthdays this year.

What’s more, we’ve lined them up with their modern-day production or concept successors to see how far things have come. On that topic, if you haven’t already signed up for our free Automotive Safety and Security Online event, please feel free to do that below.

Here are our Top Five picks:

#1 – Renault Clio – 30 years old

Cast your mind back to 1990… you’d be listening to songs like Madonna’s Vogue, Another Day in Paradise by Phil Collins, or perhaps cranking up Sinead O’Connor’s cover of Prince’s classic Nothing Compares 2U.

As for cars, if you were lucky you might catch sight of a brand-new Honda NSX in 1990, but, if you were in Europe at the time, you’d be very likely to see plenty of new Renault Clios running around. Launched at the Paris Motor Show, the Clio replaced the ageing Renault 5.

The fifth generation Clio was recently launched, bringing with it new ADAS functions including auto city braking, and an E-TECH PHEV version. This uses a rear-mounted 1.2kWh battery to power two e-motors that supplement the ICE. It’s built on the CMF-B platform, which we covered in our EV Platform’s Top Five just last week.

#2 – Fiat Panda – 40 years old

One of designer Giorgetto Giugiaro’s classics, the original Fiat Panda arrived in 1980 as a response to Fiat’s quest to create a then-modern rival to utilitarian cars like the Citroen 2CV or Renault 4.

The Panda was super simple, and launched to great success at the Geneva Motor Show of that year. It also spawned the first mass-produced electric car 10 years later. The Fiat Panda Elletra had a range of 62 miles from its 12 lead-acid batteries, powering its 9.2kW motor. A 1992 update brought a 17.7kW motor and a switch to NiCad power.

Fast forward to today, and Fiat created the excellent Centoventi concept, which appeared at the 2019 Swiss show.

Called 120 in Italian, in reference to Fiat’s 120th birthday in 2019, the car previews modular personalisation options that will be part of the next Panda’s makeup, along with modular batteries to extend the EV’s range from 62 miles up to 311 miles.

#3 – Audi Quattro – 40 years old

Sharing its birthday with the Panda, the Audi Quattro also made its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in 1980. Designed to take advantage of four-wheel drive being allowed for Audi’s factory rally team, the Quattro road car remained in production for 11 years.

Today, the Quattro lends its name to any Audi with any kind of four or all-wheel drive system. That includes the Audi e-tron Quattro electric SUV, launched in 2018.

The EV has a total output of 408hp, and completes the 0-62mph sprint in 5.7 seconds. The Ur-Quattro meanwhile, featured a more modest 200hp, and could reach 62mph from a standstill in 7.1 seconds.

#4 – Citroen SM – 50 years old

Winding the clock back another decade, 1970 saw the debut of not one but two new Citroens. The economy class Citroen GS slotted into the range between the 2CV and Ami, while the larger, sportier SM – complete with oleo pneumatic self-levelling suspension and swivelling headlights – was the firm’s flagship car.

Citroen no-longer competes in the premium segment, but has just launched its latest C4, which competes in the price-conscious C-segment, but comes with features that would have been seen as out of this world in 1970.

This includes an e-C4 with a 136hp electric motor, 50kWh battery, and range of just under 200 miles, Citroen’s latest infotainment and safety tech, plus the firm’s hydraulic cushion suspension and ‘Advanced Comfort’ seats to mimic the plush ride of its predecessors.

#5 – VW Type 2 – 70 years old

Last but by no means least on our list is the VW Type 2 – or the Transporter, Kombi or Bus, depending on where you’re from. Famously inspired by a converted Type 1 (Beetle) chassis that was being used to carry parts around VW’s factory, the Type 2 has become a cult classic that lives on to this day.

The Bus was especially popular in the US, where VW’s reputation has been most directly hit by the dieselgate scandal. In a move to restore some goodwill, VW announced the ID BUZZ concept, which previews a new, EV Bus, due in 2022.

Built on the firm’s MEB platform, the new van will feature a 369hp output from two e-motors that power all four wheels, and an electric range of up to 373 miles.

Source: https://www.automotive-iq.com/electrics-electronics/articles/top-five-2020-classic-car-anniversaries-and-their-modern-day-equivalents

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PARSIQ Integrated Into Polkadot For Smart Triggers Across the Relay Chain

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[PRESS RELEASE – Tallinn, Estonia, 11th May 2021]

PARSIQ, a platform that monitors data and automation across blockchains, bridging both on and off-chain apps and sending out user alerts once transactions are executed, now offers compatibility for smart triggers with the Polkadot Relay Chain.

A smart trigger is effectively a smart contract that is deployed into the PARSIQ ecosystem. It allows triggers from external chains to be passed to off-chain systems. It collects data across a variety of chains in real-time and then constructs an indexed composition of actions in any one chain in the process of reverse-engineering. It can validate and process a huge amount of real-time data simultaneously via its distributed data management layer by utilizing chain-specific feature extraction.

Building a Bridge

PARSIQ shares the same ideology as Polkadot, which is to bridge data across a huge network of chains, leaving all chains completely equal to one another, where each chain has its own personal real-world uses and strengths. This is a model which builds strength from numbers and enhances usability by combining the entire group of chains into one strong network.

PARSIQ, rather than being a chain itself, is the bridge between the chains and between off-chain applications too. Developers can build their own smart triggers using PARSIQ. These smart triggers react to events, plus they are able to store and alter data and also to learn from the data as they grow.

The platform, in addition to monitoring data and creating alerts, can also be used to deploy bots, as well as for areas like monitoring AML, performing automated accounting, and more. Each developer’s data stream is completely unique with its own branding retaining as well as its pricing structure, even while it is growing and learning from the entire network.

PARSIQ is now integrated across all of the major blockchains, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Binance Smart Chain, Solana, Celo, Dash, and Algorand, to give users a way to simplify the automation of all their processes and applications off-chain, on-chain, and even across Layer-2 chains.

About PARSIQ

PARSIQ’s smart triggers have far-reaching functionality, including monitoring transactions, assets are withdrawn from a user, sent to other users, transfers exceeding a pre-set level, and many more. Developers can use the PARSIQ platform to build their own smart triggers for data workflow automation, storage, and learning here:

https://portal.parsiq.net/signup

Examples of workflows include:

Alerts of DOT transactions as they happen

Bridging events in the Polkadot Relay Chain (as well as other chains) with a simple user interface

Monitor data flow and create advanced analytics from the data

Alerting to strong potential trades

Usage for traders, platforms, and market researchers to build strong, data-backed pictures of the markets.

About Polkadot

Created by one of Ethereum’s founders, Dr. Gavin Wood Polkadot’s goal is to take blockchains to a state closer to Web3, where all on-chain activity is shared across a variety of chains. It is an intersection capable of translating architecture into one heterogeneous language for customizing side chains to connect with public blockchains.

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Raze Network Kicks Off Testnet Phase With UI Community Voting

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[PRESS RELEASE – Singapore, Singapore, 11th May 2021]

Raze Network, the first Polkadot-based privacy protocol, is bracing to engage community members with our first testnet. Early birds will be able to provide feedback on the quality, function, and overall experience of the Polkadot-based privacy protocol.

This huge milestone clears the way for ‘Razers’ and collaborators to easily test drive the newest features and allows plenty of maturation time for these new features to be fully tested.

Our team already started designing the user interface of the privacy protocol we promised to launch. However, we want to resort to the collective wisdom of our community on how to actually bring this to realization, thus launching this UI Community Voting Campaign.

The beta testnet marks the latest step forward in Raze Network’s overall mission to enable the broader community to contribute to the evolution of our trustless decentralized privacy protocol.

Raze Network’s applications present the decentralized finance (DeFi) community with a cross-chain middleware solution on Polkadot for concealing transactions when operating on decentralized exchanges.

With a clear vision and solid use-case, the protocol-based solution leverages the Polkadot ecosystem to offer the required privacy layer for the crypto sphere. The privateness protocol aims to guard anonymity for all the DeFi stack on the Polkadot.

To achieve higher participation during the testnet, Raze Network is organizing a number of events, competitions, and challenges to encourage participants to actively test critical components of our ecosystem. Specifically, we will airdrop 1,000 $RAZE tokens to 10 lucky voters based on how many entries they generated to vote for the best UI style.

$RAZE is set to be the lifeblood of the Raze Network, designed as a utility token to represent participation in the ecosystem.

The launch of Raze Network’s UI testnet comes on the heels of several other recent milestones, including a robust set of developer resources and partnerships that continues to expand.

Just in April, we announced the strategic listing of Raze token on the popular DeFi platform, Uniswap. This listing closely follows our completed triple IDO event on three launchpads.

Interestingly, apart from going live on DEX exchanges, $RAZE tokens will also soon be listed on several tier-1 centralized exchanges.

This networked testnet release allows Raze to continue working with our partners towards the mass adoption of decentralized applications and smart contracts.

Since its inception, Raze Network sought to develop an infrastructure that is easy to understand and smooth to navigate. One where even new users can reap the benefits of a cross-chain middleware solution for anonymous transactions, payments trading, and mining.

Although the token launch is done, the real work starts. Most recently, we have completed the development of mint, transfer, and redeem contracts in Solidity. Currently, we are testing how to deploy these contracts on EVM.

Also, the major front-end and client modules that can invoke the aforementioned contracts have been developed.

About Raze Network

Raze Network is a Substrate-based cross-chain privacy protocol for the Polkadot ecosystem. It is built as a native privacy layer that can provide end-to-end anonymity for the entire DeFi stack. The Raze Network applies zk-SNARKs to the Zether framework to build a second-layer decentralized anonymous module.

It will then be imported as a Substrate-based smart contract. The objective of Raze Network is to enable cross-chain privacy-preserving payment and trading systems while protecting the transparency of your assets and behaviors from surveillance.

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First Spot: Coinbase’s App Surpassed TikTok, Instagram, and Facebook on iOS in the US

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Coinbase’s mobile application has become the most popular app on iOS in the US. With its rise to the top, it has surpassed some highly utilized applications like TikTok, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, and more.

Coinbase Tops US iOS Chart

According to data from SensorTower, the mobile application of the largest US crypto exchange has taken the first spot in terms of the most popular free apps on iOS in the country.

The app enabling users to buy, sell, or simply hold various digital assets has climbed with several spots in the past few weeks.

As of writing these lines, TikTok – the Chinese video-sharing social networking giant that saw the light of day in 2016 takes the second spot.

Further down the list is YouTube, followed by other social media giants like Instagram and Facebook. Interestingly, Robinhood’s app is not even in the top ten. The iOS application of the financial services company takes the 12th spot.


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It’s worth noting that the top 50 free iOS applications have two Coinbase representatives. The exchanges’ wallet app is the 46th most popular application, which places it ahead of Uber, Google Drive, and Microsoft Teams.

Coinbase’s Rise

Taking the aforementioned first spot only validates Coinbase’s popularity boost in the past year or so. The company took full advantage of the ongoing crypto bull market, which has seen prices exploding.

Consequently, the firm reported a massive increase in terms of user base, volume, and revenue in the first quarter of 2021.

These impressive results came shortly before Coinbase became a publicly traded company. As CryptoPotato reported in mid-April, the firm’s shares (COIN) launched on the giant US exchange – Nasdaq.

Although some of the early backers sold off their stocks and prices suffered in the month that followed, Coinbase only intensified its aggressive expansion. In the latest endeavor, the firm agreed to acquire Skew – the popular crypto analytics company.

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