A cryptocurrency is a digital or virtual currency that is secured by cryptography, which makes it nearly impossible to counterfeit or double-spend. Typically it does not exist in physical form (like paper money) and is also typically not issued by a central authority. Instead, there’s decentralized control.
Cryptocurrencies have not only had an impact on the world’s expectations surrounding money. They’ve also continued to evolve since the first Bitcoin block was mined back in 2009. Since then, thousands of unique cryptocurrencies have appeared.
Of these, Bitcoin remains the most popular. Some economists, including several Nobel laureates, have characterized it as a speculative bubble. But Bitcoin could be on the verge of adoption by professional investors which would send its price higher.
To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 4 tools that let you monitor changes in the prices of cryptocurrencies. Hopefully there will be something of interest here for anyone interested in monitoring and trading cryptocurrencies.
Here’s our recommendations. All of the software is free and open source.
Let’s explore the 4 cryptocurrency tools at hand. For each application we have written a review providing full details of each program including screenshots and our opinion.
|cointop||Monitor cryptocurrencies in the terminal|
|Cryptonose||Desktop application that keeps track of significant price movements|
|Digital Assets||Cryptocurrencies prices and statistics|
|markets||Track stock, currency, and cryptocurrency|
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