Bitcoin VR is an interesting Virtual Reality application available for the HTC Vive VR headset as well as for the Google Cardboard VR platform available to Android mobile device users. It is essentially a visual gamified VR Blockchain explorer where you can can see real time Bitcoin transactions fall from the sky in the form of gems you can grab a gem to see the transaction details or shoot them with a Bow and Arrow.

Bitcoin VR has been developed by MandelDuck, the same guys that did the Sarutobi Bitcoin game that we have covered a while ago. Bitcoin VR is a free application for both the HTC VIVE and the Google Cardboard platforms, so you can download and try for either VR Blockchain explorer if you have any of the two at your disposal. It is interesting and fun to see a different perspective of the transactions that is taking advantage of VR technology, even though it is not terribly useful it is still worth checking out. Do note that the applications for the two platforms are not exactly the same in terms of functionality due to the specifics of the capabilities that they do provide to the user and especially due to the extra level of interactivity provided by HTC VIVE.

The people behind the development of SiaCoin (SC) have tweeted an interesting, but very brief post about an upcoming release of a dedicated ASIC mining hardware intended for mining the SiaCoin tokens. The Obelisk SC1 is supposed to be the first ASIC built for Sia mining according to the official tweet from Sia Tech (@SiaTechHQ). There are no more details revealed at this point, though more information should be made available by the end of the week.

SiaCoin has been getting more attention lately and the price of the crypto tokens has been rising, though releasing a mining ASIC for a token that is intended to be used for renting and leasing file storage is an interesting decision. Having a dedicated NAS device tied to SiaCoin like the MineBox makes much more sense for a service like that. SC can currently be mined using GPUs and not only being earned by providing free space to users that need to host some data and getting paid in SiaCoin tokens in return.

We are going to see what SiaCoin will actually announce and what their upcoming Obelisk SC1 will offer, but the initial user feedback is not that positive as one would expect. Switching to ASIC mining can actually result in negative results with GPU miners moving away switching to other altcoins and not getting into ASIC mining SC. As far as we are aware there are no other altcoins based on the same algorithm and mining like SiaCoin so essentially an ASIC miner will be very limited in terms of usability and may actually reach its end of life cycle much faster than other ASIC miners that can be used for multiple crypto coins that use the same algorithm.

A new and interesting service for the occasional or more serious crypto traders – Crypto Ping Telegarm Bot that tracks crypto prices and gives you trading signals. Do note that the service is not a trading bot that gives you advice on crypto trading, the goal is to provide you only with early warnings about increasing demand on the crypto markets. One more tool to help people with monitoring and analyzing the crypto market to predict price movements and give you a good timing to get in or get out of a crypto currency trading position. Currently the service is in beta mode and free to try, so we do recommend that you give it a go and see if it works for you or not…

Currently the Telegram bot supports monitoring for the following exchanges: Poloniex, Bittrex, Cryptopia and Yobit and gives you signals for the coins traded on them hinting at profitable trades before any pumps actually start. Although the Crypto Ping service is free to try at the moemnt it is also in the process of running an ICO to secure some funds in order to continue the development of the bot and add new features to it. After the ICO is over the tokens that will be distributed will be traded on exchanges and will also be a means to be used for the subscription fee that will be introduced for users willing to continue using the full functionality of the bot.

There aren’t a lot of such services available to the average crypto user that may not be too good at trading or may actually be too afraid to even try doing some trades on crypto exchanges. Should you decide to use a service like that one that gives you trading signals based on market analysis you should still be careful and not go all out You can just check the reliability of the signals by just doing some virtual trades and monitoring the outcome without actually doing some real trades. There is always risk involved, so some signals may not end up that good while others may be really profitable. Again, give the service a try while it is still in beta and free to use and see if it works for you or not.

For more information and to check out the Crypto Ping Telegram Bot yourself…

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