How to Live ENTIRELY on Crypto with Dash Digital Cash – Naomi Brockwell

Now that you’ve gotten into crypto, what do you DO with your crypto? Many people are building their savings in cryptocurrencies that can’t be debased, in preparation for potential future economic upheaval. But there are some who argue that this day of upheaval is already here:

– We have a financial system where you have to ask permission to use your own money, and payments can be blocked.

– Where every time you swipe your card your purchases are tracked and monitored.

– Where any savings that you do leave in fiat in your bank account are losing value fast.

So for this reason, more and more people are choosing not to have any money in fiat at all. They convert all their savings to crypto, and then live entirely off that crypto. As part of Naomi Brockwell’s beginner’s guide to using crypto every day, Naomi spent a day with Joël Valenzuela to find out how he lives 100% on crypto:

How does he buy groceries? Pay rent? Buy from major chains that don’t accept crypto? Manage volatility?

Joel’s answers are really helpful for anyone ready to take the plunge!

Video Timestamps ⏰

03:45 – Local businesses

04:31 – BitRefill

05:02 –

06:03 – DashDirect

07:02 – Flexa

08:14 – Paying Bills with Crypto

09:08 – Paying Rent with Crypto

09:44 – How to Handle Volatility

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Dash Launches DashDirect App Surpassing Bitcoin Merchant Acceptance With 155,000 Locations

DashDirect is an instant-saving retail app that allows Dash to be spent at a variety of national chains with over 155,000 merchant in-store locations and more than 125 online retailers within the United States.

Dash is continuing to lead the cryptocurrency space in terms of retail adoption, this application is completely customer-focused, simple to use, and allows interested parties to dip their toes in this evolving industry. Dash is continuing to lead the cryptocurrency space in terms of retail adoption. DashDirect was made possible with an investment from the Dash Investment Foundation and built by CrayPay, an Arizona-based fintech company in partnership with Dash Core Group. This application is entirely customer-focused, simple to use, and allows interested parties to dip their toes in this evolving industry by allowing them to use their coins via an everyday and familiar behavior – shopping.

With DashDirect you get instant savings at the brands you love, every time. Now you have a reason to pay with crypto. Save up to 12% at a plethora of nationwide American retailers and online merchants including Best Buy, DoorDash, CVS, Lowe’s, Staples, The Home Depot, Autozone, GameStop, Chili’s, Domino’s, Chipotle, Subway, American Eagle, and many more.

Discount amounts for each retailer will evolve and increase over time as overall app usage increases. All Dash payments with DashDirect are optimized to be instant and secure. DashDirect is non-custodial; users control and manage 100% of the Dash they own with no third parties involved. The official Dash wallet is used to facilitate Dash transactions to send a payment from a user’s Dash wallet from their available balance easily with user verification to approve the use of funds. There’s no waiting and no currency exchange fees.

DashDirect merchant map with more than 155,000 retailer locations to spend Dash in the United States.

According to the merchant directory – the most extensive globally – Bitcoin is accepted (as of June 2021) at 22,883 venues worldwide. In comparison, DashDirect enables users to identify nearly seven times more locations than this global reported total at which they can spend and save instantly.

The DashDirect app has many features with a keen focus on ease of use. For instance, users may optionally include tips when paying at the many supported restaurants. The user dashboard allows users to keep track of their spending habits and saving totals. Users can even purchase digital gift cards for friends and family within the app and send them instantly via email with a custom message.

To celebrate the launch of the DashDirect app, a promotion in collaboration with Dash Core Group will reward the top 50 users on August 31st, 2021 who have the highest volume spent in-app. The winners will be rewarded with $100 app credit each, which can be spent at any merchant listed in the app. Please visit the DashDirect website to download the Android or iOS application to enter the contest.

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Dash Is Becoming a Decentralized Cloud with Dash Platform

The payments-focussed cryptocurrency Dash has published a five-part video series about the upcoming Dash Platform titled “Dash is Becoming a Cloud”. 
Dash Platform is a technology stack for building decentralized apps on the Dash network. It allows developers to easily access network resources and trustlessly store app data using Dash’s decentralized API.
The first video in the series bridges the gap from when Dash Evolution was first announced in 2015, bringing people up to speed to the present with the final installment of Evolution – Dash Platform. The remaining four videos explain the four components of Dash Platform, which together will make Dash the first peer-to-peer cryptocurrency that functions like a cloud service; Dash Drive, the Decentralized API (DAPI), Usernames via the Dash Platform Name Service (DPNS), and the Dash Platform Protocol (DPP).
Soon you will be able to transfer Dash with just a username. That means no more long, confusing, and scary cryptographic addresses. Blockchain-registered usernames and contact lists will vastly improve ease of use and accessibility for less technically-minded users. 
Dash Platform is an application development platform that leverages the Dash masternode network and blockchain by transforming Dash’s peer-to-peer network into a decentralized cloud. This means that developers can easily integrate their applications with Dash Platform by using Dash’s distributed, decentralized application programming interface (DAPI). It allows clients to send, store and retrieve application data via Dash Drive, as well as query the blockchain through a more developer-friendly interface. One key advantage of DAPI is that it provides developers with the same access and security of a full node, without the cost and maintenance overhead. The MVP release of Dash Platform will initially act as a Database as a Service (DBaaS). It will use data contracts with custom data structures defined for applications, that store application data on the Dash masternode network. This data will be notarized via Dash’s blockchain. Dash Platform creates a frictionless developer experience with SDKs (Software Development Kit) to easily develop applications.
Dash Core Group recently published a video demonstration of the username registration process via their flagship Platform wallet Dashpay (currently in testing). What makes Dash’s username identities unique is that it will be the world’s first decentralized blockchain solution that enables usernames to operate natively—no third-party companies required. This allows developers to build decentralized applications that can easily connect to the network using Dash’s forthcoming Decentralized API (“DAPI”) and storage mechanism Drive. 
Dash is cultivating a community of developers to build decentralized applications on Dash Platform. The community-run website Dash Devs is currently offering Dash rewards for various bounties on DAPP development for Dash Platform. A number of community DAPPs have already been created and are in development on Dash “EvoNet” (which serves as the public testing environment for Dash Platform).
Dash is no longer just about payments—its real-world use cases and applications are about to get a major boost. As Amanda B. Johnson states in the outro of the first video: “Stay tuned, as Dash is becoming a decentralized cloud”. 
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Dash Debuts FastPass Trading Ecosystem of Partners Leveraging Instant Transactions

Dash has debuted FastPass, a network of ecosystem partners dedicated to trading which leverage Dash’s special features of InstantSend and ChainLocks. The FastPass designation is intended to denote services where users can expect Dash transactions to be settled much faster, providing a vastly improved trading experience and opening up arbitrage opportunities.

Announced this week, Dash has debuted the FastPass designation for supporting exchanges and services which explicitly recognize InstantSend and ChainLocks, two security-improving innovations by Dash which enable transaction security to be achieved much faster than in traditional proof-of-work chains. According to Dash Core Group Business Development Manager Omar Hamwi, users and partners in the FastPass ecosystem enjoy a much improved trading experience over non-participating services:
“We’re not only bringing value to the Dash Network but to our FastPass partners and their users as well. This not only helps support our strategic partners but also raises awareness to users as to where they can experience what makes Dash best for traders. We have seen that utilizing Dash through our partners with this enhanced user experience, traders will see that Dash is scalable, easy, near-instant, secure, and highly affordable to transact and move between FastPass partner exchanges.”
The growing list of FastPass participants at time of writing includes nine exchanges, two services offering margin trading services, four offering derivatives, two investment platforms, seven OTC (over-the-counter) trading services, two trading bots, two analytics platforms, four lending platforms, two custody services, and seven staking services. These services can be expected to explicitly support one or more of Dash’s advanced features from fast deposits due to ChainLocks, even faster deposits due to InstantSend, staking rewards due to masternodes, masternode-specific services such as voting in Dash’s DAO (decentralized autonomous organization), etc.
The significant speed advantage of InstantSend- and ChainLocks-enabled services
According to Carlo P. Las Marias, Co-Founder and COO of FastPass partner Hummingbot trading bot service, Dashs’ special features provide the opportunity to significantly improve his product’s user experience:
“Hummingbot is proud to be a Dash FastPass Accredited Partner. Dash’s impressive and unrivaled speed, security and low cost transaction fees, provides us another building block to further develop and enhance the Hummingbot user and trading experience. Dash’s InstantSend and ChainLocks functionality, allowing near-instant deposits and withdrawals, will enable new automated trading strategies that take advantage of market and arbitrage opportunities across the Dash FastPass Network of partner exchanges and services.”
ChainLocks is an advanced security feature leveraging the Dash masternode network to make a block permanent, and its transactions irreversible, once a single confirmation has been received. In a network like Dash with a 2.5-minute average block time, this means transaction permanence in 2.5 minutes. For example, Coinbase considers a Dash deposit final after two confirmations (requiring an extra unneeded confirmation as an additional precautionary measure), or about five minutes, while Litecoin requires 12 confirmations, or about 30 minutes with a similar 2.5-minute block time. Bitcoin deposits require three confirmations or about 30+ minutes as well, meaning that a Dash deposit will be recognized as final a full six times faster (which could be improved to 12 times faster as Coinbase’s familiarity with the ChainLocks technology grows).
InstantSend is another technology leveraging masternodes to lock in Dash transactions in under two seconds, preventing them from being changed until they are confirmed in a block (at which point they become permanent due to ChainLocks). This level of security is considered by many services as largely sufficient to consider a transaction as permanent instantly. Dash’s full list of exchanges counts 18 exchanges and brokers recognizing InstantSend deposits at time of writing.

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Zaigar Saves Over $2,000 In Fees In June Using Dash Instead of Ethereum ERC-20 Token

On today’s Dash Talk episode Amanda b. Johnson speaks with Rodrigo Ambrissi from Dash Brasil about why the task rewards platform decided to switch from using it’s own native ERC-20 Token ZAI to using Dash as a payment method due to high transaction fees on the Ethereum network. is a marketing task and reward platform around blockchain technology, digital currencies, and tokens.
In May, Zaigar issued 5,000+ Dash transactions saving the company over $1,100 USD in network fees.

In June, Zaigar issued 10,000+ Dash transactions saving the company over $2,000 USD in network fees.

Question Timestamps:
00:00 Intro
01:04 What is Zaigar?
02:24 How many users does Zaigar have?
02:55 How is Rodrigo involved with Zaigar?
04:40 Why did Zaigar switch from using Ethereum ERC-20 token to using Dash for payments?
05:35 How much has Zaigar saved in fees by using Dash instead of ERC-20 Token?
06:48 How long has the Zaigar platform been around for?
06:56 Have fees for Ethereum ERC-20 tokens always been this high or is this a recent problem?
07:39 When do Zaigar plan to move platform 100% to Dash?
09:06 What is Dash adoption like in Brazil?
10:31 How are you helping the community in Brazil with full or shared masternode rewards?
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