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From June 18th Bitmain announced that the new Antminer S9 SE is now available to order for a pretty respectable $351. Although technically its not "new" its still offers a great price for 16THS and 1280W if you have a low energy cost.

With the price of Bitcoin recently surging this may start becoming more and more viable, and checking today (01/07/2019) on Bitmains website they are officially sold out. Is the S9SE something you would be interested in? Or would you go all out for something bigger such as the monster T17?

You can check out the S9 SE here
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Brave browser has been making waves which by many was totally unexpected, their internet browser has proven to be fast, reliable and most important rewarding. Brave grew to 5.5 million active users in January this year with the figure now way more than that, this includes over 28000 verified publishers and growing use via Youtube and Twitch

The most impressive for me this year was the new partnerships announced, they werent no little partnerships all of them brought big names to the table
Dow Jones Media Group, Townsquare, Baker/DeFranco
We partnered with Dow Jones Media Group to bring premium content to new audiences and to test blockchain technology usage in digital publishing. We also partnered with Townsquare Media to monetize ad-blocking traffic and test digital advertising solutions with the BAT platform, as well as prominent YouTubers Bart Baker and Philip DeFranco to spread awareness about Brave and BAT to their audiences.
Qwant
Qwant, the European search engine that respects the privacy of its users, is now our default search engine in France and Germany.
DuckDuckGo
We expanded our relationship with DuckDuckGo to feature them across all our platforms in our Private Windows search.
HTC
Brave will be the default browser on the HTC Exodus, the world’s first native blockchain phone dedicated to decentralized applications.  
AdLedger
We joined the AdLedger blockchain consortium alongside Publicis, Omnicom, IPG Reprise Digital, GroupM, MadHive, Coindesk, Meredith, TEGNA, and IBM in order to reform the future of digital advertising.
Civic
We’re working with Civic to provide identity verification and other Know Your Customer (KYC) services to our Verified publishers, so that they will be able to securely receive earned BATs directly into their own Ethereum addresses.
Privacy has always been the key and now with the release of brave ads this furthers the popularity of non intrusive adverts, the company is very much continuing to rise.

Check out Brave Browser here 
Dont forget it is now availible on Android and iOS
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If you were lucky enough to purchase an Antminer Z11 before they sold out then good news for you that a custom firmware has now been released by Efudd which allows you greater control over your miner. It allows the ability to overclock, control voltage and achieve a higher performance than the stock settings, all done at your own risk of course

According to the develpoer the modified firmare will take you from the stock 135KSol to 150 and if you wish to push it even further but might want to get some extra cooling 170-180 is claimed to be possible.

One huge drawback though, the customer firmware does comes with a built in 3% developer fee, personally I am never a fan of this and would rather make a donation or buy the firmware than pay a developer fee

You can check it out here
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Crypto has been given a big push in the payment system as Whole Foods and Starbucks now accept Bitcoin via a 3rd party app Flexa and its wallet Speedn. Although they arent directly taking Bitcoin and it is done via the 3rd party it is good news that could pave the gateway for Amazon to start accepting crypto as Whole Foods is owned by Amazon.

These are just a couple of the big stores, Flexa is currently reporting that they support payment in 30,000 different stores, if this truly works out could we see a wider adoption? The 3rd party system was always going to be the winner, directly I am not sure any big retailers want the headache of dealing with Bitcoin wallets and addresses. With Flexa they can receive the money straight into their account while the customer can use what ever crypto we want to pay in
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The Wall Street Journal has all but confirmed that Facebook is building their own crypto based payment system in the article they have posted here. Its been a long long time that we have been waiting for a major company to adopt crypto for payment and this could be a huge start in a forward progress.

They currently have code named it Project Libra and the report says that Facebook is building a stable coin backed by the fiat, so similar to tether? Also reports suggest that they have been on a huge recruitment drive with dozens of financial firms and online merchants to support their own crypto eco system

If we take this as truth which judging by Facebook recent job listings I am now 100% convinced this is the case, this crypto could be absolutely huge. Facebook has 1.7 Billion users who will suddenly be opened up to paying in crypto, thats not including WhatsApp and Instagram
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What should we call this, black November? The great crypto crash of 2018?

This month alot and I mean alot of people including myself have lost alot of money with the market tanking as it has. It was kind of unexpected and then to wake up this morning to find BTC has dipped by another $1000 and looks like its doesnt know where its going to stop

As my miners became less and less profitable I started switching them off and selling hence why news had slowed a bit here. Now I have switched my last mining rig off and unless you are rocking free electricity I guess I would not be alone in this. Its been a bad month for anyone to do anything with crypto, the only ones taking positives are the guys who didnt invest who are smuggly asking you how crypto is going, knowing full well its on its arse

Will it recover? Honestly... who knows? Remember in the space of a year we went from $250 to $19000, I think it might be best to just watch from here on out. I'm going to buy a little BTC at these prices but honestly anyone who can tell you what is happenening is probably full of shit

If you have lost alot of money, speak to people, dont be afraid and dont keep it to yourself. There are some good groups out there that will listen. For all the others stay strong my bro's we was always in it for the tech right? :D
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These days its really hard to filter the new projects from the tons of junk that get introduced into crypto, we see lots of projects that rarely offer anything new or anything to be excited about. Suqa is a new kid on the block and is bringing its own alogorithm which is X22i. Very much like Raven Coin, Suqa is promising to be ASIC, FPGA and quantum resistant using a special part of their own algorithm called SWIFFTX.

An Nvidia Miner can be picked up here https://github.com/zjazz/zjazz_cuda_miner/releases

They have also released an experimental AMD miner 

More info on the SUQA project can be found https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5038269.0


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The Z9 has now been out a little while and the community has now finally been able to crack the firmware to unlock the frequencies so you can overclock it. Reports have it that they overclock extrememly well with mixed results in the bitcointalk forum.

Obviously this is a huge risk and done at your own risk as you could possibly brick your machine. Have a read through the forum post

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5041859.0
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If you have been in the mining market for a few years then you will recognise the name Spondoolies, they shut down mining operations in 2016 but now look to be making a return, although its with an ASIC miner that is a little bit expensive and would be a huge gamble

They have announced the fastest Dash miner on the market which will mine at an impressive 540GHs and use a staggering 4.4Kw of energy. With the price of the miner starting at $15500 it is a huge investment which I would not be confident on seeing a return on. I ran the calculator with my energy costs and it said I would be minus yes minus $32 a day..... Maybe I am calculating it wrong

System Performance
Efficiency:8.1 J/Gh/s
Hash rate:540 GH/s (+/- 10% at 25 °C)
Operating temperature:5-35 °C
Power:4,400W
Dimensions
Box:640 X 525 X 185 mm
Gross Weight:19.5 kg
With PSU handles:595 x 434 x 88 mm
Without handles:560 x 434 x 88mm
Official page here https://www.spondoolies-tech.com/products/spx36
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For people that have been into hobby mining for a long time then they will understand the love for USB miners, a simple and effective way to get you into the mining scene but staying on a budget. Futurebit have announced they will be releasing the Apollo miner which for you USB lovers is the next step up on a budget. Here are the specs

 Compact Stand-alone Pod Style Miner (4x6x4in)
- Very wide range of operation modes with preset ECO (quiet) mode and TURBO mode.
- 100-140+ MH/s of Scrypt performance per miner
- Industry leading 1W/MH in ECO mode, and 1.4W/MH for TURBO (100-200 watts)
- Powered by a fully integrated Quad-Core A7 ARM based controller
- First miner to be fully controlled over wifi, only cable needed is power! (this will be a Beta feature on launch..backup ethernet port is available as well).
- Clocks and Voltage is fully customizable by user with easy to use interface (no more pots!)
- Industry leading 97% efficiency 12v power-stage, with 27 ASIC chips powered in a 3x9 parallel/serial power arrangement
- Custom designed cold forged hexagonal pin heatsink with leading thermal performance for the quietest ASIC miner in operation!
- 2k-6k PWM High Static Pressure Dual Ball Bearing Fan with automatic thermal management with onboard temperature sensor
- Controlled via local connection on a web browser similar to antminers. You can simply set it up via smartphone browser. No crazy driver installs, hard to use miner software or scripts needed.
- Two Six Pin PCIE power connectors for wide-range of power draw (only one is needed in ECO mode)
- New future platform features including full-node/peer to peer fully decentralize mining, full stand-alone solo mining, cloud/app based controls and more in development. 

Expect it to retail at around $200-$300 which isn't to bad but the cost per $ per MH is no as good as Bitmain, although the power usage per MH is a ton better. Just be aware if you are looking to make serious money this may not be the item for you

You can check it out over on Bitcoin talk here
FutureBits other project Moonlander 2 USB miner

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