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It's the end of an era: New York City removed its last public payphone on Monday. The city began removing street payphones in 2015, replacing them with kiosks that offer free phone calls, Wi-Fi, and device charging. The boxy enclosures were once an iconic symbol across the city, but the rise of cellphones made the booths obsolete. Continue Reading →
Metacademy
I’m thrilled to announce the public beta launch of Metacademy: a free-to-use, risk-free, hands-on website that will teach you about blockchain, cryptocurrency, NFTs, smart contracts, Web3, and other associated technologies. You’ll learn about the world of Web3, decentralized finance (DeFi), the correct way to set up a crypto wallet, how to mint your own NFTs, and how to buy and sell them. Continue Reading →

Where Are Your NFTs?

NFTs
You just purchased your first NFT. Where is it? Is it sitting in your account on the marketplace you purchased it from? Do they have custody of your digital asset or do you? Did you transfer your NFT to your crypto wallet? If so, do you believe your new NFT is actually in your wallet? It isn't. That's not how this works. Here's what is really in your wallet. Continue Reading →
Yuga Labs, the company behind the Bored Ape Yacht Club, sold 55,000 virtual plots of land in its upcoming metaverse, Otherside, for about $5,800 each. While the transactions were done in ApeCoin, the NFTs were minted on Ethereum, where gas fees for each mint ranged from 2.6 to 5 ETH ($6,500-$14,000) at the time of the transactions. By the time the virtual land deeds sold out, buyers paid a total of about $123 million in gas fees to send Yuga Labs about $320 million. Ouch! Continue Reading →
ETH
Ethereum is a few months away from its transition from Proof of Work (mining) to Proof of Stake (staking). You need 32 ETH (roughly $96,000) to operate a solo PoS node. If you don't have that much, you can join a PoS pool for a small service fee. Which raises the question: If you are planning to hodl (slang for "hold") your ETH, should you make the investment to become a solo PoS validator node, commit it to a staking pool, or completely ignore all of this and just hodl your ETH safely in a hardware wallet? Continue Reading →
Thinking
Part of the power and promise of Web 3.0 is the concept of decentralization, the ability to transact without the need for a central authority or an intermediary such as a bank or centralized exchange. While the idea of decentralization is quite easy to understand, the devil is in the details. Continue Reading →

Crypto vs. Credit Cards

Visa vs. BTC
VisaNet can process more than 65,000 tps (transactions per second). By comparison, Bitcoin (BTC) can only process ~5 tps. Therefore, Bitcoin (and other cryptocurrencies by proxy) are inherently too slow for practical use. Before you buy into this apples-to-oranges comparison, let's define the word "process." With a little more clarity, you will be better able to frame your thoughts about centralized (VisaNet) versus decentralized (Proof of Work) crypto transactions. Continue Reading →
Tokenomics
What’s the best cryptocurrency to invest in? Will the value of this NFT go up? Is the DAO I’ve been thinking about worth joining? How much BTC should I buy? Is this stablecoin really stable? How much can I really earn from this Web 3 or metaverse “play to earn” game? After you get excited about a project, your next step should be a deep dive into its tokenomics – it’s the key to understanding the true value of any token-based investment. Continue Reading →

Welcome to Metacademy

Metacademy
I’m thrilled to announce our new Web 3 training facility at Metacademy.xyz. Together with our partners, Blockchain Foundry and Catbotica, we’ve created a free-to-use, risk-free hands-on tutorial that will teach you the correct way to set up a crypto wallet, mint your own NFTs, learn how to buy and sell them, and much, much more. Continue Reading →

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