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UK Says No to Coronavirus Tracking App by Google-Apple

The NHS in the UK has decided to forgo designs by Google and Apple on tracking coronavirus, choosing to use a centralized app instead. Developers have created a number of apps in helping people combat the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Some apps list symptoms and offer the latest statistics, but others are more ambitious. The NHS […]

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The NHS in the UK has decided to forgo designs by Google and Apple on tracking coronavirus, choosing to use a centralized app instead.


Developers have created a number of apps in helping people combat the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Some apps list symptoms and offer the latest statistics, but others are more ambitious. The NHS in the UK is launching an app for contact-tracing individuals who have contracted coronavirus. However, the agency is going in a different direction than that suggested by Apple and Google.

Centralized Coronavirus Tracking

The app released by the NHS is for the iPhone, and it will alert users when they come into proximity with people who have been infected with COVID-19. The NHS says the app works “sufficiently well” on the iPhone, and it does not require the app to be active or on-screen to function. Even better is that the app does not have a major impact on the iPhone’s battery life.

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When a person uses the app and registers themselves to be infected with COVID-19, alerts are automatically sent out to people they have had contact with. This is achieved by using the mobile device’s tracking features.

Apple and Google suggested an app that is decentralized in order to protect the privacy of users. However, the NHS decided to go with using a centralized database on its own server. It should be noted that any alerts sent out do not identify the person who caused the alert in the first place.

The NHS believes that using a centralized database will allow the agency to better track the spread of COVID-19 cases. Professor Christophe Fraser, an epidemiologist advising the NHSX, the digital innovation unit for the NHS, says, “One of the advantages is that it’s easier to audit the system and adapt it more quickly as scientific evidence accumulates. The principal aim is to give notifications to people who are most at risk of having got infected, and not to people who are much lower risk. It’s probably easier to do that with a centralized system.”

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COVID-19 in the UK

The UK is currently under lockdown in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Prime Minister Boris Johnson instituted the restrictions late last month. People are only allowed to leave their homes in order to shop for basic necessities, get one form of exercise per day, work in a vital industry, and for medical services.

There has been a total of 165,221 reported cases of coronavirus in the UK with 26,097 deaths. Such numbers mean the UK ranks fifth in the world when it comes to reported cases and third when it comes to deaths. (It should be noted that most experts agree that the numbers given by the Chinese government are not accurate.)


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Source: https://bitcoinerx.com/coronavirus/uk-says-no-to-coronavirus-tracking-app-by-google-apple/

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EOS, BAT, Dogecoin Price Analysis: 16 January

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EOS‘s market noted some bearish presence, with the same likely to push the crypto’s price slightly south towards $2.6. Basic Attention Token appeared to break out of a range backed by significant trading volume, while Dogecoin was in a phase of consolidation and traded sideways on the charts with no strong momentum.

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EOS, BAT, Dogecoin Price Analysis: 16 January

Source: EOS/USDT on TradingView

The RSI floated just under the neutral 50 value, unable to rise above and likely indicative of a downtrend to come. The price, more importantly, flipped the $2.73-level to support recently and attempted a surge towards the next level of resistance at $3.

This session (cyan) saw the market’s bulls drive prices as high as $2.93, but the bears stepped in and pushed the price down to test the support at $2.6. This highlighted a lack of bullish strength.

Their presence in the market is poised to be highlighted once more. It can be expected that EOS would slowly descend towards $2.6 once more. If it does not hold as support, the price could drop to $2.44 in the coming days.

In other news, Arca CIO Jeff Dorman tweeted that EOS could be undervalued due to its massive BTC holdings.

Basic Attention Token [BAT]

EOS, BAT, Dogecoin Price Analysis: 16 January

Source: BAT/USD on TradingView

The range between $0.27 and $0.2 is one that BAT has traded within since late November. On the 6-hour charts, it appeared that BAT was headed for a breakout above this range. The trading volume for the most recent session before press time was extraordinary, pointing towards market conviction.

The MACD formed a bullish crossover and rose above zero to highlight bullish momentum. However, the $0.292-mark continued to be a thorn in the side of bulls and can be expected to stall the rise of BAT’s price.

Another rejection at $0.292 could see BAT tumble sharply back within the range it was trading within.

Dogecoin [DOGE]

EOS, BAT, Dogecoin Price Analysis: 16 January

Source: DOGE/USDT on TradingView

After its explosive move from $0.0045 to $0.01, DOGE spent the past few weeks in a phase of consolidation. Using the swing high and low of this phase for DOGE, and Gann’s rule of eight, some potential levels of support and resistance (yellow) can be plotted on the charts.

It can be seen that DOGE has respected these levels. The Awesome Oscillator showed a lack of definitive momentum in either direction for DOGE.

Source: https://ambcrypto.com/eos-bat-dogecoin-price-analysis-16-january

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Demand for Ethereum hits rooftop, price could quadruple within 90 days

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Upcoming ETH Futures And Increased Interest From Institutional Investors Will See Ethereum Hit $10K - Pundit Predicts

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Bitcoin bulls are calling $50,000 for the next rally. Ethereum bulls are also just as optimistic, as fundamental indicators are looking as promising as technical indicators. These key signals imply that a bullish rally, despite price stagnation is imminent and includes the sky-high demand for Ethereum’s ETH, which analysts claim will unseat supply in the coming weeks. To get the point across, analysts noted how Bitcoin’s price quadrupled within a three months period (November 2020 to January 2021) when demand toppled supply.

In the last 48 hours, Ethereum has sustained losses of 8.5%. The drop in prices was triggered by whale activities, reflected in the exit of ETH worth $2.4 billion from the Bitfinex exchange.

DeFi still remains one of Ethereum’s most promising ventures. At press time, locked in value has hit $23.22 billion. But Ethereum’s DeFi industry is still in its early stages, hence market maturation is still at its beginning state. “The DeFi market is still severely undervalued,” says analyst Joseph Young. Making up a large fraction of the entire digital currency market, he touches on DeFi’s astounding market cap.

“The total market cap of all DeFi tokens (even including Chainlink) is $25.7 billion. XRP and LTC and ADA will result in $31 billion.” 

Decentralized futures, still in the early stages but just as bullish is already processing millions of dollars in daily transactions. Young noted this in a preceding tweet as quoted below ;

“Decentralized futures exchanges on Ethereum are also seeing fast growth. Perpetual Protocol, for instance, is processing $50 million PER DAY.”

Meanwhile, on the technical charts, Ethereum seems to be replenishing its 7 days losses with reverse daily gains of 12% at the time of this report. However, the second most valued digital asset may need more to break above the $1,350 resistance level. Within the last few days, it has become evident that the strong price rejection around said resistance is still ongoing. 

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Ethereum bulls have been knocked back down on several occasions. And the bearish momentum had successfully managed to suppress ETH to a low of $994. At press time price of $1,209, ETH bulls will need to build enough momentum to retest $1,350 resistance or risk testing $880 support levels.

A bullish price reversal is still being anticipated by analysts who opine that LINK, DOT, and ETH will pioneer the altcoin season.


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Polkadot surpasses XRP to grab the 4th slot

TL; DR Breakdown Polkadot (DOT) is now the 4th largest crypto by market cap XRP could suffer a catastrophic blow if ruled a security The crypto market is shifting again, and this time, the charts are re-arranging as Polkadot moves up by one position. The top 10 largest cryptos (by market cap) have always been […]

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TL; DR Breakdown

  • Polkadot (DOT) is now the 4th largest crypto by market cap
  • XRP could suffer a catastrophic blow if ruled a security

The crypto market is shifting again, and this time, the charts are re-arranging as Polkadot moves up by one position. The top 10 largest cryptos (by market cap) have always been a good point of reference when it comes to market movements. Now, it seems like XRP is getting stripped of its position, a spot now occupied by Polkadot (DOT).

The last few days have been a huge challenge for XRP as it battles the negative effects resulting from the current lawsuit facing its creator company, Ripple. A quick glance at the running market placements reveals that XRP price has been losing ground while other cryptos like Polkadot have been scoring gains each day.

Polkadot (DOT) has been thriving

In the past 7 days, Polkadot has surged by over 64%, putting the price at around $15 – according to information on CoinMarketCap. Over the same period, XRP has dropped by 10% to put the price at around $0.28. As a result, Polkadot has been gaining traction both in popularity and relative acceptance as an interoperability protocol designed to facilitate multi-chain operations. The network uses DOT as its native crypto token which users can use to vote on issues concerning the network’s governance.  

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Currently, DOT has posted an impressive Market Cap totaling $13.4 billion as opposed to XRP’s $12.7 billion, effectively making it the 4th largest crypto by market cap. That’s after Tether (3rd place at $24.29 billion), Ethereum (second place at $135.3 billion), and Bitcoin (first place at $681.6 billion).

XRP facing an existential threat

For some years, Ripple has been lobbying to get XRP ratified as a cryptocurrency as opposed to the views of some who see it as a security. These efforts seem to have somehow back-fired as the US SEC moved to file a suit against Ripple and its top management back in December 2020. According to SEC, Ripple has been illegally transacting with XRP, which SEC sees as a security. The accused include Ripple’s CEO Brad Garlinghouse, co-founder and Executive Chairman Chris Larsen, and Ripple Labs itself.

The suit has led to investors like Grayscale ditching XRP. Some crypto exchanges suspending XRP from their trading platforms, while others have moved to delist it altogether. The latest to take action is Kraken.

These developments are in no way in favor of XRP, and they could cause a lasting effect on its market standings. If XRP is ruled a security, it will cease to exist as a crypto and ultimately end its streak as one of the most popular digital tokens backed by the might of a global company.

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