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Bitcoin Price Rally Caused Huge Increase in Mining Difficulty

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Recent DataLight research shows that the Bitcoin price directly reflects the coin’s mining default. In May 2019, both of these metrics reached their highest levels in nine months as the mining industry is rising from the ashes.        

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A silver lining

After the mining industry felt the wrath of the bear market, many miners had to choice but to shut down their machines and leave the market. Subsequently, when Bitcoin reached its bottom in December, its mining difficulty started to drop substantially.

In fact, BTC recorded its second largest drop in mining difficulty on Dec. 3. At lower difficulty, miners can generate greater profits.

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It’s profitable again

The interest in cryptocurrency market rekindled after the Bitcoin price started surging on Apr. 2. As of Apr. 18, the Bitcoin mining operation breakeven for efficient mining was standing at $3,550 while the price was above the $5,200 level. Hence, mining operations in China that can take advantage of low electricity costs can generate up to $2,000 in net profits.

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China’s mining ban

 As reported by U.Today, China is mulling over imposing a ban on its mining sector while representing approximately 2/3 of the global industry. That will inevitably tank of the network’s hash rate, thus making mining more profitable for an average Joe.

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets.

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Gamblers Are Driving Force Behind dApps Growth: 2019 H1 DappReview Report         

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The recently published report by DappReview encompasses everything related to the growth of decentralized applications (dApps) in the first half of 2019. When it comes to the most popular category of dApps, gambling ones appear to be in the lead by a big margin.

Upping the ante

The “Casino” category has the biggest chunk of the pie with 606 newly created dApps. For comparison, there are only 398 gaming dApps, which occupy second spot. “High-risk” dApps are trailing behind the gaming ones with 358 newly created apps.  

DappReview explains that the main reason behind their popularity is that they are relatively cheap and easy to create, but, nonetheless, they generate great returns for their developers. 

On top of that, there doesn’t seem to be a shortage of risk-loving crypto enthusiasts. 

dApps are doing just fine

Overall, the report points out that rapid growth has become a new trend in the dApps department. More than 1,114 dApps have been already created this year. Tron boasts the biggest amount of newly created dApps while Ethereum and EOS come in second and third places respectively.

Notably, only one percent of users tried more than ten dApps, but they are responsible for the lion’s share of the total transactions on each of the aforementioned networks.

About the author

Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets.

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