How To Spend Bitcoin in Real Life?

Bitcoin has had a pretty serious way to recognition of a wider audience in its not very long history. Everyone must have heard the story about two pizzas, which were bought on May 22, 2010 for 10000 BTC. By the way, that was the first official purchase, which was committed with Bitcoin. In these 8 years, a lot has changed. In this article we will tell you about where you can spend Bitcoin, and what can be purchased for it.

Contents:

  1. Real estate
  2. Cars
  3. Travelling
  4. Education
  5. Other goods and services
  6. Conclusion

1. Real estate

Nowadays it is possible to buy property for Bitcoin in many countries of the world.

  • A building company from the United Arab Emirates, Knox Group began accepting BTC as payment in 2017.
  • One of the largest real estate agencies in New York, Magnum Real Estate accepts Bitcoins from its customers. According to the company’s board of directors, their main goal is not to popularize cryptocurrencies, but to diversify their own assets.

It is worth noting that there are still not many companies on the real estate market that officially accept cryptocurrency as payment. It is connected with uncertain policies on the part of regulators. It is noteworthy that the opposite situation is observed among individuals – every day an increasing number of property owners are ready to sell their property for Bitcoin. Such deals attract people with their speed, reliability and minimal bureaucracy issues.

2. Cars

An increasing number of people are willing to receive payment in Bitcoins in the car industry. And we are talking not only about individuals, but also about large car dealerships. The first official car purchase with Bitcoins occurred in California in the dealer center of Lamborghini. After few weeks a similar deal happened at the Finnish auto show Auto-outlet Helsinki Oy. Elon Musk`s car brainchild also keeps up with current trends. There is an option to make an application on tesla.com, and then pay for an electric car with the help of Bitcoins without any problems.

The majority of all car dealers that accept payment for cryptocurrency are located in the Czech Republic. Of course, there are much more similar offers on the secondary car market than on the primary. And the reasons for this phenomenon here are absolutely the same as on the real estate market.

3. Travelling

Many people, who are interested in cryptocurrencies, have a question: “Where can I use Bitcoin in real life?” Travel agencies, airlines, hotels accept cryptocurrencies most often. The Lithuanian airline Air Lituanica has become a pioneer in this area. It started to accept BTC in 2014 and completely removed the commission in order to popularize such a payment method. The Latvian AirBaltic and the Polish airline LOT followed this example after a while.

Of course, most of the airlines that accept payments in BTC are located in the United States. There is an airline company GuestLogix in Canada, which offers to buy not only tickets, but also other additional services like Wi-Fi, food, drinks for BTC.

But the travelling market is not limited with transportations only; therefore, an increasing number of travel companies that offer a full range of services for BTC, began to appear in this industry.

4. Education

How to spend Bitcoins in educational field? Honestly, there are not so many educational institutions that are ready to accept BTC as a payment, but this list is constantly growing.

The first university, what began to accept cryptocurrency, was one of the largest educational institutions in Cyprus. After that two quiet large educational institutions: King’s College (USA) and University of Cumbria (Great Britain) joined to the digital economy. Just last year, one of the largest universities in Switzerland was added to this list.

5. Other goods and services

As part of this article, it is simply physically impossible to list all the goods and services that can be bought with cryptocurrency now. The matter is that retailers that accept Bitcoin exist probably in any field. Today it is possible to buy anything with Bitcoin: food, entertainment, household goods, hairdresser services etc. Certainly not all cafes or beauty salons accept Bitcoins, but this is not an obstacle. The matter is there are many intermediaries on the market, who are happy to conduct such deals. With the help of such services like gyft.com it is possible to obtain any goods from any seller for BTC, but it is worth noticing that such kind of deals are not always profitable for the buyer.

6. Conclusion

Nowadays Bitcoin is not considered a toy in the hands of a geek. With it, you can buy an apartment, a car, a smartphone, a laptop, a plane ticket, book a hotel room, pay for a dinner, a haircut, a manicure and much more. In 2018, the United States government officially began accepting Bitcoins as a tax payment (in some states).

All of this suggests that the digital economy is getting closer to widespread adoption every day.

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Bitfury Launches Open-Source Music Platform Based on Blockchain

A UK-based mining firm, The Bitfury Group, has announced that it will launch a music platform which operates on the blockchain technology. This idea is not new, as  many other tech companies also tried to do such a platform.

The platform, named SurroundTM, will become a helpful tool for every musician, as it plans to create a new environment where it is much easier to manage the musicians’ affairs. In particular, the platform will simplify the process of transfer of copyright assets, the user will be able to see his/her output. Bitfury believes that SurroundTM will implement blockchain into music industry much further than anything ever before.

The CEO of the Bitfury, Stefan Schulz, commented:

“There is a very strong momentum for an open entertainment-related blockchain where market participants themselves would be participating in the market venue, not only from a transactional point of view.”

The company has offices in Europe, yet, it plans to expand the service and  establish offices in Tokyo, LA, Moscow, and Seoul. It also seeks the possibilities of providing a digital system for both monetizing and sharing intellectual property.

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The First Ever Joint Arabic Cryptocurrency: Details of the Collaboration Between UAE and Saudi Arabia

As we mentioned before, two major islamic states, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, agreed to cooperate on a joint project, namely a digital currency that will fuel cross-border transactions between the two countries.

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The project is actively being developed. According to Emirates News Agency, the Executive Committee of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council had a meeting in Abu Dhabi to discuss the course of future work.

16 representatives from both countries took part in the meeting of the Committee.

The main point of discussion was the Strategy of Resolve which contains “seven strategic initiatives that reflect the bilateral integration in the fields of services and financial markets, tourism, aviation, entrepreneurship, customs and security, among others.”

Also, the pilot version of the joint Arabic cryptocurrency was launched during the meeting. The new token “will be strictly targeted for banks at an experimental phase with the aim of better understanding the implications of Blockchain technology and facilitating cross-border payments.”

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, January 21: Cryptocurrencies Fell into the Red Zone

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Litecoin, Cardano, Stellar, IOTA, Dash, Monero: Cryptocurrency prices

According to the online platform Coingecko, Bitcoin (BTC) lost 4.2% in the past 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $3527 per coin.

The other cryptocurrencies are also declining:

Bitcoin Cash lost 5.28% over the past 24 hours and costs $121 per coin;

Ripple dropped by 3.32% and is $0.31 in price;

EOS decreased by 4.66%, and its price is $2.36;

Litecoin fell by 7.04%, and its price is $30;

Cardano lost 5.63%, and its cost is $0.042;

Stellar decreased by 5.02% and costs $0.10;

IOTA lost 4.68%, and its cost is $0.30;

Dash dropped by 5.21%, and its price is $69;

Monero became cheaper by 4.22% and costs $44.

Over the past 24 hours, Ethereum lost 5.42%. The exchange rate of the coin is $117.

The total market capitalization rose to $118 billion. Bitcoin accounts for 52.5% of the total volume. In monetary terms, this is $62 billion.

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Malware From The Pirate Bay May Hijack Website To Steal Crypto

The movies downloaded from The Pirate Bay bring a malware to the user’s computer. That was the conclusion reached by a security researcher, with the nickname  0xffff0800 in Twitter. He told that when he downloaded a movie ‘The Girl In The Spider’s Web’ from TPB, a .LNK shortcut with CozyBear malware got to his computer.

However, the Cozy Bear malware is just a decoy, the real thing that brings damages is Powershell commands. Once the malware reaches the computer, it carries out malicious actions, like disabling Windows Defender and installing viral extensions in Firefox and Chrome browsers. Moreover, it edits the appearance of the website on the user’s computer.

The movie is an application itself which links the computer to the external malicious servers.

Source: Bleeping Computer

Moreover, the newly installed viral extensions can modify the JavaScript code and add some advertisements to the main page, like it is shown below.

Source: Bleeping Computer

What is the most dangerous is that the malware can edit the appearance of the web page and add or change the information without the user’s awareness, this ability allows the malware to steal the crypto. For example, if the user open Wikipedia page on a compromised system, he/she is likely to see the message saying “Wikipedia now accepts donations in form of bitcoin” and a ‘DONATE’ sign. All the donations will go to the hacker.

Source: Bleeping Computer

In addition, the malware is able to change crypto wallet addresses provided on the pages. Unfortunately, you will not even notice how the hacker stole your money.

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, January 18: Cryptocurrencies Are Relatively Stable

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Litecoin, Cardano, Stellar, IOTA, Dash, Monero: Cryptocurrency prices

According to the Coingecko online platform, Bitcoin (BTC) added 1% over the past 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $3611 per coin.

Cryptocurrencies are demonstrating both slight increase and decrease:

Bitcoin Cash added 0.61% over the past 24 hours and costs $129 per coin;

Ripple grew by 0.21% and costs $0.32;

EOS increased by 2.72%, and its price is $2.51;

Litecoin gained 1.1%, and its value is $31;

Cardano added 1.62%, and its cost is $0.046;

Stellar gained 2.44% and costs $0.10;

IOTA increased by 5.41%, and its cost is $0.31;

Dash grew by 2.21%, and its price $72;

Monero became more expensive by 0.35% and costs $45.

Over the past 24 hours, Ethereum added 0.66%. The rate of the coin is $123.

The total market capitalization is $122 billion. Bitcoin accounts for 52.4% of the total volume. In monetary terms, this is $64 billion.

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BitPay Transactions Surpasses $1B in 2018, B2B Payments Records 225% Increase

BitPay is a US-based bitcoin payment provider which has recently announced its financial results of the past year. The company has processed over $1 billion in transactions alone. Moreover, its B2B payments record 225% increase in compare to 2017.

The main reason of such a lift-off is that Bitpay added a lot of new clients, like Dish Networks, HackerOne, and the State of Ohio, as well as many other law firms, data center providers, and IT vendors.

The CEO of BitPay, Stephen Pair, commented on this development:

“BitPay’s B2B business continues to grow rapidly as our solution is cheaper and quicker than a bank wire from most regions of the world. To process over a $1 Billion for the second year in a row despite Bitcoin’s large price drop shows that Bitcoin is being used to solve real pain points around the world.”

BitPay mostly supports Bitcoin transactions, however, it also supports payments with Bitcoin Cash, Gemini, and Paxos. During that year a lot of companies had to lay off their employees due to the market situation, yet, Bitpay conversely increased its manpower by 78 percent in the past year.

In addition, BitPay is attractive to the investors, in 2018, it raised $40 million in Series B funding round taking the total raised capital to $70 million.

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