Making Money from Cryptocurrency in 2020

bitcoin trading in 2020
In cryptocurrency a lot of early adopters managed to make a killing because they got involved early on. This meant they managed to get their hands on Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies when they were still cheap. When the 2017 bull run happened they became overnight millionaires. The same could be said of bitcoin miners, those who got involved early made a killing as it was easier to get involved, by this I mean the difficulty levels were lower and the rewards were bigger (that's because the bitcoin block reward halves every few years). The more people that got involved the harder it became to mine.

Making money in cryptocurrency in 2020 and beyond

Crypto Trading


As far as bitcoin trading is involved, it's a matter of skill, self discipline and a bit of luck as you gather all the information possible through technical analysis and market sentiment analysis to see which direction the markets are likely to move in and when. At the end it’s like gambling, timing is everything. After the 2017  bull run and subsequent crypto winter in 2018, there was a mini bull run in the first half of 2019 which provided an opportunity for those who bought low in 2018 to make massive profits. Trading requires discipline and rules that you set for when you sell and when you buy so that you don’t make emotional trades. Emotional trades lose you money. There will be other opportunities to make money trading crypto but not necessarily as big as december 2017.

The Alts market has diminished since 2017 and early 2018, with Bitcoin being the most dominant. The original crypto and the more established altcoins are still in play though, the smaller and newer alts have lost traction because they had no actual value or real-world application.

Crypto Mining

Bitcoin mining is not easy nor is it cheap, the cost of electricity alone would depend on where you live in the world. Being a solo miner has never been harder, but there are ways to be profitable even in bitcoin mining such as joining established mining pools (Miners pool their resources together and share their hashing power while splitting the reward equally according to the amount of shares they contributed) . Another example is investing in companies who set up mining rigs for the most profitable cryptocurrencies in location around the world where electricity is cheaper. One such company is Australia’s leading blockchain mining company NGS Crypto which has recently set up shop in South Africa. They offer bitcoin mining as an investment.

Making money from BTC is not as easy as it used to be but there are still ways to make a profit for those who want to get involved. You just need to find create ways to make a profit, and adapt to the current market.

How technology can revolutionise your learning experience at University

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With the advent of virtual reality, automation, machine learning, big data analytics, and blockchain, the fabric of technology has witnessed a rapid evolution in recent years. The impact of advancement in technology is tremendous and can revolutionise your learning experience at University.

Although, when the hands of technology touched the education system, society merely focused on the utilisation of technical tools for learning namely smart classrooms, smart boards, and highly equipped IT labs, among others.

It is vital to understand that advancements in technology at university doesn’t only correspond to being equipped with the latest technologies and gadgets. Technology is also important for your personal learning experience at university and the teaching you receive.

The Impact of Technology on Engagement



Using technology while teaching in classrooms relates to a stronger facilitation of interaction between teachers and students. In the current dynamic world, the engagement level of classroom learning is plummeting. This can also be blamed on technology as it provides distraction and can affect the attention spans of students.

However, rightful use of technology and tools can propel the degree of outcome of the efforts of the teachers and professors, and overall productivity of the students. It eases the collaborative work, reduces class time, improves peer working, and is especially important when students and instructors are not in the same location.

This is shown in the numerous online courses now available online. Students and lecturers are able to communicate, collaborate and teach effectively online through various programs, resources and video facilities. This also goes for students not taking an online course as they are able to access resources and lectures online to conduct their own learning outside of the classroom.

The Impact of Technology on Teaching



The teaching experience is also improved as professors are leveraging the advancements in technology to move on from spoon feeding the course information to engaging their time with students on complex problems. This has an indirect and positive effect on the learning curve of the students as well.

The rapid proliferation of online courses across different universities, from Ivy League to Government colleges, and the concept of blended mode of learning coupled with technological developments has created immense opportunities for educational institutions and students.

Even, the students across different countries understand the value of technology in learning trajectory. In fact, in 2011, in an attempt to introduce a free online course in Artificial Intelligence by a Stanford Professor, an overwhelming 160,000 students enrolled from around 190 countries. This is the strength of one aspect of technology for better learning experience.

Additionally, technology helps provide a more personal approach to teaching and helps professors manage their time and focus on their students more effectively. This is facilitated through emails, virtual labs, online resources and apps, therefore revolutionising the learning experience for students at university.

The Impact of Technology on Research


During university, you will find a significant amount of research needs to be conducted independently as well as in the classroom. This is also where technology can change your learning experience.

Research can be conducted in the library effectively, however it also provides limitations on up to date information and locations. Therefore, technology can be extremely useful during the research process to find various new articles, to view magazines and journals, video and film sources as well as copies of sources that may be unavailable at the library.

Textbooks can also be expensive, especially when you are hesitant to purchase them at the beginning of the academic year with doubts of ever using them. Instead they can be accessed or purchased online, usually at a cheaper price too.

Technology can also be used to help organise, format and note take during research. Often, students view and read such an array and huge amount of resources that it can be confusing to formulate ideas afterwards. Programs, note taking apps, reference formatting apps and scheduling online and on mobile devices can be very useful to manage and store the most important information.

How Technology has Revolutionised Global Learning


With the development of 5G technologies and accelerated cloud computing in the developing countries in the next few years. Universities all across the world have the opportunity to improve on their teaching experience with technology as a catalyst in the classroom.

A perfect combination of advance technology, complex teaching practices, and a human touch can transform the overall education sector across the world. It will allow easy access to potential students across the world for advance courses and the latest curriculum and improve education as a whole.
Going forward, the true essence of technology in the world of education lies in distributing the high quality of education at a very low cost. This engagement will improve the economies of scale for education which would otherwise be very difficult in a face to face labour intensive form of teaching and learning mechanism.

Therefore, to revolutionise the learning experience at Universities, development of technological infrastructure is very valuable. However, the learning experience at university is also dependent on the student themselves. They can use various technologies to improve their personal learning inside and outside the classroom and with online courses so readily available this ever more important.

Author Bio

Steve is the owner behind the website Best Essay Writing Company. He is a retired Financial adviser who now helps students find the right support and tutoring services for them. He is passionate about education and learning.

Buying a Car vs Uber vs Car Rental

uber vs buying vs hiring a car
We live in a technological age where getting access to a car no longer means buying a new or used car. We have the option to use taxi hailing services,uber and taxify as well as the option to hire a car long term. In this post we will compare the 3 options for a young adult who is still in university or just starting their career.

Scenario:

You are a young professional who lives in Durban 13km from your place of work. Below we will break down how much you would pay depending on whether you buy a car, rent a car or using taxi hailing services like uber and taxify.

How much would you pay for buying a 2019 VW Polo Vivo


If you go to cars.co.za you can find a low mileage 2019 polo vivo for about R150 000 which would be a monthly installment of R3070 over 60 months with 10% deposit at Finance rate of 13% (Prime +3%), plus lets say car insurance of approximately R1000/month and one full tank a month would cost around R650. This gives you a total monthly price of R4720, this is excluding parking costs in the city and any maintenance fees.

How much would you pay using Uber per month


I have measured the distance from my home to my work place at 13.1km and uber charges R122-R162 for this distance, things such as traffic and surge pricing may also affect pricing. If I were to use uber for both trips to and from home I would pay between R5124-R6804 per month using 21 working days just to go to and from work.

How much you would pay monthly renting a VW Polo Vivo


I had a friend who consistently rented small cars as he said it was more convenient for him and cost about the same price as paying for a car monthly without paying for insurance and maintenance. Let's look at what renting a car in Durban would cost, specifically a polo vivo hatch. The cost of a Group B car such as a polo vivo would be R6424 per month on standard damage and theft cover using Avis (I have chosen march 2020 as the time period). And you can drive a distance of 3100 km for that price.

What's the best option:


So monthly price for buying a polo vivo would be R4720, ubering would be between R5124-R6804 and renting would cost you R6424. On the surface it looks like buying is cheaper but we did not include parking costs in the city which can be as much as R1600 a month in cities such as Cape Town. Adding R1600 to the price would be R6320 which makes the price of buying a car the same as ubering or renting a car. In addition to this because VW is the most hijacked car in the country you may need to have a car tracker which would add additional costs.

Uber is expensive if you live more than 5km from your workplace but it becomes a winner for people who live too far to walk but cheap enough to Uber. I have heard stories of people selling their cars because of Uber. The disadvantage of uber is when you want to travel longer distances just outside of town. In that case you would have to use public transport or hire a car.

Renting a car essentially costs the same as buying one as far as monthly installments, instead of getting a class B car you could rent a cheaper car to decrease costs. But one could argue if we include the Cape town parking scenario than renting becomes more expensive then buying again. The benefit of renting is that you always have a newish latest model car with low mileage that is unlikely to give you problems and if it gives you problems you are not responsible for sorting that out, you just go and exchange it.

Think of renting a house vs buying one, it’s the same with cars. Uber and Taxify would be the Airbnb of cars.