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It seems that the mysterious 21 company is continuing to try to figure out what and how they should capitalize on their huge investments and Bitcoin. Their latest incarnation is a combination between an email and social media service with integrated Bitcoin payments. They compare it to LinkedIn’s InMail service where you pay to get in contact with a member of the service that is not your contact and you don’t know personally. With a 21 profile the idea is similar, however here a member of the service can contact you by paying you in Bitcoin and you get the money, not the service. It is not an actual email service, nor it is a fully fledged LinkedIn alternative or a Facebook-like social media… it is a kind of a hybrid between multiple things with Bitcoin added in the mix.

Registration for 21 profiles are apparently open to the public now, so you can reserve your name by creating a profile now. Once you do you will need to get it confirmed in order to Earn your first $0.50 USD in Bitcoin and then you will be available to be contacted with survey type questions, though apparently not only limited to that, from other members and get paid for responding to them. You are also able to get in touch the same way with other members of the community, there are already a number of lists that group different people like a list of CEOs or VCs, programmers, students, crypto currency traders and other specialists in their areas.

It seems that 21 is currently in need of attaining a large user base in a relatively short period of time and they have figured out a way to make things work for both themselves and the users of their service. The 21 profile can be a useful tool in the hands of a professionals in many different fields, but it does not seems that much attractive to the regular Joe at this point. Sure you may be able to get some extra money from it, but at this point if you are not a professional is some field you will hardly be somebody that will be paid for his/hers opinion. Still you might be interested in checking out the service and if you already have a LinkedIn profile, then you might also want to get a 21 Profile as well… even if you are not into Bitcoin or crypto currencies (yet).

For more information and to check out the service and maybe make a 21 profile…

Today AMD has announced their new Radeon RX 580 and RX 570 based video cards, a new series which is based on the last year Polaris GPUs with small improvements. The new RX 580 is essentially a slightly improved RX 480 and the same goes for the RX 570 which is an improved RX 470. The new GPUs are still named Polaris, but are now Polaris 20 series instead of Polaris 10 like they were named last year. AMD still relies on the GlobalFoundries’s 14nm FinFET manufacturing process, but the latest production improvements are resulting in better clock speeds for the new GPUs. As a result the new RX 580 and RX 570 based video cards have slightly higher operating frequencies for their GPUs as compared to the first generation Polaris from last year. All other specifications of the new GPUs remain the same as their predecessors RX 480/470 – 2304/2048 stream processors, 144/128 TMUs, 32/32 ROPs and 256-bit memory bus with 8GB and 4GB GDDR5 versions.

The new slightly higher operating frequencies of the Radeon RX 580 and RX 570 GPUs however are resulting in higher power usage, the TDP of the new boards is 185W for the RX 580 and 150W for the RX 570 (up with 35W and 30W from the RX 480 and RX 470). As a result of the increased power usage and higher operating frequencies and somewhat better overclocking potential of the new GPUs we are also seeing the addition of a second PCI-E power connector. This means that most of the RX 580 and some of the RX 570 will now come with one 8-pin PCI-E power and one 6-pin PCI-E power connector (especially in the case of higher-end gaming and OC models). The extra power connector may not be a problem for gamers and enthusiasts, in fact it can be considered as an advantage with better overclocking GPUs, but the increased power consumption and the extra power connector may raise some issues with the power supply for GPU miners.

The only good news is the one regarding pricing, the official recommended prices for the new RX 580 and RX 570 GPUs should be lower with $10 USD than the prices of the previous generation from last year. This means $229 USD for the RX 580 and $169 USD for the RX 570, however we are most likely going to be seeing higher initial prices instead of lower ones with no reference design boards and only custom ones from AMD’s partners. Do expect even higher prices for some Limited Edition and factory overclocked models with more serious boards and cooling solutions. So you might want to take up on your last chance to get some really sweet deals on last quantities of good RX 480 and RX 470 cards while there are still boards available on the market while they are being cleared to open room for the new model line.

The higher operating GPU clocks with the increased power usage may not be beneficial for miners, especially the ones mining crypto coins with more memory intensive algorithms such as Ethereum (Ethash) and ZEC (Equihash), though they may bring some advantage in more GPU-intensive ones. We do plan on doing some tests of the new AMD Radeon RX 5×0 series in the next couple of days, so stay tuned for more information and results…

TradingView is a community where different people from around the world that are into trading various kinds of assets get together to get usable chart and market data, share trading ideas and generally help each other to get better in the trading business. The website comes with easy to use, but very powerful tools for analyzing different markets such as Stocks, Indices, Commodities, Currencies and the most important one for you probably – Cryptocurrencies. The website encourages its users to publish trading ideas and get better at trading and investing by seeing what others are doing.

The best thing is that TradingView is available for free for everyone to use, although you can also go pro and pay a monthly fee to get access to some extra useful features. The extra trading features are more appealing to more experienced users and traders and if you are still green at crypto trading you can start just fine with all the basic free functionality you get. The powerful charts and the tools you get access to do technical analysis of many different markets can really help you improve on your trading skills and forget about the “I have a gut feeling” when trading a crypto currency. Also have in mind that the data provided by the service can independently be used along with any crypto exchange’s trading information. You can even find some interesting and useful tips on what to look for as a new crypto currency to trade or what more established coins to watch for in preparation for a price increase or drop.

Regarding crypto currencies trading, the service provides information from many popular crypto exchanges such as – Poloniex, Kraken, Coinbase, Bitfinex, Huobi, OKcoin, BTCChina and others. Do note however that TradingView is not a service for automatic trading, you cannot use it to program and execute trading bots for example that will do the trading for you. There are other services that are available and that allow you to program your own trading bots and let them roam free trading for you based on your own trading ideas or somebody else’s. One such interesting and useful service that we have covered before is CryptoTrader, though there are quite a few more out there as well, but before going into automated trading based on technical analysis and other information you would probably want to have a better understanding of the crypto markets in general.

To check out the TradingView service and see what tools it offers to traders…