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The Past Week in Crypto News (October 13th to 20th): BTC All Time High and More

Welcome to the latest edition of “The Past Week in Crypto News,” a weekly recap of companies, institutions, organizations and individuals who are beginning to adopt crypto as a payment/work platform. With the crypto industry becoming more and more dynamic, this weekly report is meant to help you stay in the loop. The last few days saw crypto becoming more mainstream, implemented by some of the world’s most prominent organizations across different industries.

1. Bitcoin reaches all-time high on the back of first US-based BTC ETF

Bitcoin has reached a new all-time high, shooting past $66,000. The yearly gains now stand at 130% for the world’s biggest cryptocurrency. This comes days after the first US-based Bitcoin ETF, ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF, was approved and launched. 

The ETF represents a new major step for cryptocurrencies due to the fact that the United States Securities And Exchange Commission (SEC) approval signifies stability for a larger number of investors. This is being seen as the first sign of a bullish Q4.

2. Facebook is slowly rolling out its Crypto-wallet ‘Novi’ for Guatemala-USA transactions, which will use Ethereum-based USDP and Coinbase

Facebook has officially launched its ‘Novi” wallet. The coin used will be USDP, a stable coin based on Ethereum-20 tokens. Users will be able to buy USDP through Coinbase and send it through the Novi wallet. This can all be done without fees for both the person who sends the money and the one who receives it. The first pilot market for Novi is Guatemala and most of the US. This product marks another move from Facebook into crypto and decentralized finance. 

3. Coinbase reaches sponsorship deals with NBA, WNBA, G-League, NBA 2K League and USA Basketball

One of the world’s biggest cryptocurrency exchanges, Coinbase, has reached deals to be the sponsor of the National Basketball Association. The NBA is the world’s premier basketball league, watched by hundreds of millions of people around the world. The deal was announced on social media. This league-wide encompassing deal is a new level of exposure for any crypto company and sets a new standard in terms of what is possible for cryptocurrency to achieve in terms of mainstream adoption and exposure. 

4. Facebook reportedly planning to change its name as part of a re-brand focusing on the metaverse

After announcing plans to to hire more than 10,000 people to realize the brand’s metaverse ambitions, Facebook is reportedly planning to change its company name. As reported by The Verge, the company is planning to announce this at its annual conference on October 28th. The reason for this name change is the planned pivot towards becoming a metaverse company. Mark Zuckerberg has repeatedly stated his plans for Facebook to evolve into a company more focused on the metaverse. There are still very few details available around the name change and future plans, but we’re sure to learn more next week.

5. Scientific laboratories are increasingly planning to release NFTs as a form of funding

Months after UC Berkeley released the forms of Nobel-winning inventions as NFTs, it seems that more research labs are planning to do so. If you are not familiar with the UC Berkeley release, back in May 2021 UC Berkeley released a collection of NFTs.

Specifically, these were internal forms and correspondence that documented the initial research findings that led to two of the most important biomedical breakthroughs of the 21st century: CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing, for which UC Berkeley’s Jennifer Doudna shared the 2020 Nobel in Chemistry; and cancer immunotherapy, for which James Allison shared the 2018 Nobel in Physiology or Medicine. Now there is buzz on social media that more labs are planning to replicate this plan. This could potentially be very disruptive and create new revenue streams for laboratories that work on new inventions. 

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The 30 Best Marvel Graphic Novels of All Time

Spider-Man. The X-Men. Captain America. Iron Man. The Hulk. Captain Marvel. Those iconic heroes and so much more belong to the House of Marvel.

Arguably the world’s top comic book imprint and entertainment powerhouse, Marvel has gifted the world with amazing storylines, beloved characters, and a long line of top-notch blockbusters that have captured the attention of millions. Thanks to the business/creative moves made by innovators such as Martin Goodman, Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and several others, Marvel has morphed into a huge facet of American culture and can be throughout every corner of media. On the comic book side of the spectrum, Marvel has produced a wide swath of riveting tales that have been compiled into must-read graphic novels.

We’re here to provide you with the very best stories Marvel has to offer in graphic novel form. The 30 stories we’ve put here before you here perfectly capture the pomp and circumstance comic book fans have become accustomed to when it comes to Marvel.

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1. Secret Wars
Marvel Comics

Secret Wars is one of the most monumental events in not just Marvel Comics history, but comics as a whole. The presence of The Beyonder leads to an epic struggle between the entirety of the Marvel universe and results in a pretty wild plot that sees Doctor Doom end up at the center of that struggle. Secret Wars may not have gotten the most positive reception upon release but over time, it’s garnered a bit of love due to its long-lasting effect on some of Marvel’s greatest characters. Plus the action-packed panels make it an exciting read.

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2. Infinity Gauntlet
Marvel Comics

The all-powerful Thanos gets quoted by anyone and everyone these days thanks to his incredible villain role in Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame. The story arc that clearly inspired those films and brought the “Mad Titan” to the forefront is this one. Infinity Gauntlet is mandatory reading for anyone who wants to get wrapped up in the Marvel Universe – it follows the Avengers, the New Warriors, the X-Men, Silver Surfer, Adam Warlock, and more as they clash with Thanos & his universe-altering gems.

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3. Hawkeye by Matt Fraction & David Aja
Marvel Comics

Matt Fraction and David Aja’s combined efforts led to a career resurgence for Marvel’s expert bow and arrow wielder, Hawkeye. This Eisner Award-nominated run follows the hero as he comes to grips with a tumultuous life that shows more of his human side over his heroic exploits. When he eventually does get into some superhero hijinks, this series gets even more engrossing as Hawkeye clashes with mobsters and so much more alongside his understudy Kate Hudson & his loyal pup.

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4. Iron Man: Demon in a Bottle
Marvel Comics

The man behind the mask is Tony Stark. And his biggest issue comes in the form of rampant alcoholism. Iron Man: Demon in a Bottle follows Mr. Stark as he’s forced to confront his innermost problem while simultaneously contending with Justin Hammer & his formidable army of baddies. The clever writing included in Demon in a Bottle does an amazing job of handling the difficulty of alcoholism and presents Tony in a more relatable light for readers who’ve been forced to deal with it themselves.

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5. New Avengers Vol. 1: Breakout
Marvel Comics

New Avengers Vol. 1: Breakout takes place after the dissolution of the original Avengers team lineup. With such an important event taking place within the Marvel universe, a concealed evil rises under the surface to take advantage of it all. A series of harmful events leads to two of the original Avengers members reuniting and aligning themselves with a strong class of fellow superheroes. This astounding tale follows the initial formation of the New Avengers during their rebooted run as a superhero collective.

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6. Alias: Ultimate Collection, Book 1
Marvel Comics

If you got sucked into the Jessica Jones show that used to be on Netflix, then it’s definitely worth checking out the series she originated from. Alias: Ultimate Collection, Book 1 showcases a side of Marvel Comics that delivers more mature storytelling, darker humor, and intriguing detective work from the former costumed hero turned private eye. Jessica Jones gets caught up in conspiracy theories, disappearances, and even a date with a beloved superhero. And you’ll end up loving every bit of each and every plot thread.

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7. Astonishing X-Men, Vol. 1: Gifted
Marvel Comics

Marvel’s mutant contingent has been rebooted plenty of times already. One of the best fresh takes on the fan-favorite team comes from creators Joss Whedon and John Cassaday. Astonishing X-Men. Vol. 1: Gifted brings Cyclops and Emma Frost into the picture as they build a new X-Men troupe. A major event that centers around a supposed “mutant cure” goes public and a new foe named Ord comes into the picture, however. With those two obstacles put in place, this new X-Men team has their work cut out for them from the start in the most difficult ways possible.

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8. Captain America: Winter Soldier
Marvel Comics

If you’re reading this right now, then you’re probably one of the many MCU fans who hold the Captain America: The Winter Soldier film in very high regard. The original storyline lifted right from this graphic novel’s pages came to life wonderfully on the big screen, which is why you should pay tribute to those same pages with a thorough read. One of the best Captain America stories of all time features the return of Bucky Barnes, the demise of the Red Skull, and a dangerous group of Red Skull followers who are out to wreak havoc in his wake.

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9. X-Men: Days of Future Past
Marvel Comics

When the X-Men of the 1980s are made aware of their race’s ultimate demise in the future, they’re forced to spring into action to prevent that future from coming to fruition. X-Men: Days of Future Past centers around Kitty Pride as she converges with her future self to help the X-Men prevent a specific event from transpiring in order to save mutantkind from a doomed future. Alongside that monumental story, this graphic novel includes the debut of Alpha Flight and marks the return of the Wendigo. X-Men: Days of Future Past is the quintessential X-Men story from the Silver Age of Comic Books.

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10. X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills
Marvel Comics

Chris Claremont is regarded as one of the greatest comic book writers of all time. And his biggest claim to fame is his run on the X-Men from 1975 right up until 1991. When he went into graphic novel mode alongside comic book artists Brent Anderson, greatness ensued with the creation of X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills. This storyline forces Professor X’s mutants to align themselves with their mortal enemy Magnet in order to confront an overwhelming threat. The religious zealot at the heart of this grand tale raises the stakes for the X-Men and all of mutantkind.

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11. Daredevil: Born Again
Marvel Comics

Frank Miller’s legendary status is due in part to his run on the Daredevil comics during the 1980s. The biggest and best story arc from that run has always been considered to be “Born Again,” which follows the ground-level hero as he encounters one of his biggest struggles. With his identity known by the Kingpin menace and his life in more danger than ever before, Daredevil must overcome his mental anguish and fight for survival.

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12. Civil War
Marvel Comics

When Marvel’s most influential heroes work alongside each other, you can’t help but root for them in their fight for justice. It becomes a tough endeavor once those heroes enter into a major conflict that threatens to disrupt their unity, however. The “Civil War” storyline produces such a dispute between those saviors. Once the U.S. government enacts the Superhero Registration Act, lines are drawn between those who support it and those who don’t. What ensues is the most action-packed…well, disagreement in the Marvel Universe.

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13. House of X/Powers of X
Marvel Comics

2020 marked the relaunch of the X-Men as a pillar of the Marvel Universe before the start of the “Dawn of X” story arc. When Professor X makes the world aware of the mutant nation of Krakoa, a temporary partnership between mutant and humankind is put into action. But at some point, that perfect union comes apart at the seams and leads to a brand new mission statement for all of Homo superior. The X-Men mythos is impacted in the most shocking manner possible across their past, present, and future.

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14. Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe
Marvel Comics

Deadpool’s hilarious fourth-wall-breaking antics never disappoint. Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe heads off in a much darker direction by pitting an even more unhinged Wade Wilson against Marvel’s wealth of beloved heroes. The violence and gore from this one are off the charts, so prepare yourself for a Deadpool graphic novel that delves into his maniacal crusade against the superhero community.

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15. Marvel Zombies
Marvel Comics

The multiverse always gives way to crazy interpretations of everyone’s favorite heroes and presents their origins & clashes with their Rogues’ Gallery in unique ways. Marvel Zombies takes readers to a wild sector of the Marvel multiverse that’s filled with zombified versions of the greatest superheroes of all time. The Ultimate Universe’s version of the Fantastic Four’s Reed Richards aka “Mister Fantastic” ends up in their crosshairs, which leads to some of the craziest storytelling in the Marvel Comics mythology.

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16. Ultimate Comics Spider-Man Volume One: Who Is Miles Morales?
Marvel Comics

Marvel’s “Ultimate” line of comics offers a fresh spin on the long-standing legacy of its most iconic characters. Readers ended up falling in love with that spinoff universe’s version of Spider-Man, which is fulfilled by the teenage hero named Miles Morales. His origin story is contained within this graphic novel’s beautifully animated pages – you’ll end up falling in love with him too as he comes to grips with taking on the mantle of Peter Parker.

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17. Runaways Vol. 1: Pride & Joy
Marvel Comics

If the Hulu TV series based on this collection of young heroes caught your attention, then you need to spend some time with the comic book series it’s based on. The first volume of The Runaways introduces readers to the motley crew of Alex, Karolina, Gert, Chase, Molly, and Nico. Their lives are turned upside down once they learn that their parents are all super-powered baddies, which forces them to run away from home and seek out a life that differs from the one their evil parents abide by.

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18. Immortal Iron Fist Vol. 1: The Last Iron Fist Story
Marvel Comics

Shang-Chi may have taken the spotlight as Marvel’s martial arts maestro, but that title once belonged to Danny Rand aka “Iron Fist.” This graphic novel provides answers to the biggest questions surrounding Iron Fist’s origin and everything that goes into the legacy of his superpowers. Prepare yourself for eye-popping flashback sequences that delve into the past wielders of the Iron Fist moniker.

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19. Marvel 1602
Marvel Comics

When Marvel transported its superheroes to the Elizabethan Era, a breath of fresh air arrived in the form of Marvel 1602. This focused timepiece tale sees our favorite Marvel heroes reside in England and clash with a powerful stable known as The Witchbreed. Spider-Man, the X-Men, Nick Fury, and a slew of even more Marvel saviors appear as alternate versions of their familiar selves as they navigate the dark reign of the year 1602.

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20. World War Hulk
Marvel Comics

The “World War Hulk” storyline sticks out as one of those Hulk arcs that makes you feel for the big guy. After being exiled from Earth by the very same heroes he once fought side by side with, The Hulk finds himself wandering through space before taking refuge on the planet of Sakaar. Hulk soon finds himself in a struggle that places him on the side of the slaves who seek an uprising against their rulers. Hulk’s crusade alongside them eventually leads to him becoming their leader, which ultimately sets them all up for a violent return to Hulk’s home planet. For revenge, of course!

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21. Silver Surfer: Parable
Marvel Comics

Stan Lee and Jean Giraud’s masterful work together resulted in one of the best galactic tales ever told in comic book form. Silver Surfer: Parable features the space-faring champion as he fights to save Earth from two evil forces – Enslavers & Mrrungo-Mu and the all-powerful planet consumer known as Galactus. The climactic battles Silver Surfer is a part of are awe-inspiring, while the story’s themes of false prophets and human nature will keep you intrigued from start to finish.

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22. Fantastic Four: 1234
Marvel Comics

The creative duo of Grant Morrison and Jae Lee puts forth the well-known origins of Marvel’s First Family, the Fantastic Four, with a much darker tone. Fantastic Four: 1234 showcases each member of the superhero squad with their own singular stories, which all delve into some of the dysfunction at the heart of their innermost struggles and relationships. The striking art style and mature storytelling are much different than the Fantastic Four stories that came before this one.

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23. The Punisher: Welcome Back, Frank
Marvel Comics

Frank Castle’s life is redefined by the team of Garth Ennis, Steve Dillon, Jimmy Palmiotti, and Tim Bradstreet in The Punisher: Welcome Back, Frank. Frank’s return to prominence as a vicious vehicle for retribution against the worst criminals known to man has earned him the ire of two cops and the mob. Along with those opposers at his heels, Frank must contend with three individuals that try to co-opt his gameplan and have him join their group of vigilantes.

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24. Daredevil by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev
Marvel Comics

One of the most beloved runs for Daredevil came during the late 90s. And that’s all thanks to Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev. This defining series of stories follows the ground-level hero as his real identity becomes known to the world. And of course, this results in his most infamous foes doing everything in their power to make his life even more of a living hell. This comic book run also features some amazing guest appearances that make this a star-studded storyline worth checking out.

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25. The Ultimates
Marvel Comics

The Ultimates are presented as a different interpretation of “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.” The art style presented for this series grabbed everyone’s attention during its initial run and it’ll do the same for anyone that decides to check it out in this collection. You’ll definitely enjoy watching Spider-Man, the X-Men, Iron Man, and more as they combat familiar threats and confront a world overrun by varied supervillains.

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26. Spider-Man: Kraven’s Last Hunt
Marvel Comics

One of Spider-Man’s most notorious (and fan favorite) villains is Kraven the Hunter. In “Kraven’s Last Hunt,” the fearless warrior embarks upon a final feat in order to defeat his greatest adversary. After succeeding at his lofty goal, Kraven takes over Spidey’s role and ends up serving the city as a much more benevolent hero. Once Spidey escapes from Kraven’s grasp, he sets out to take back his role as the city’s savior.

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27. Captain America: Truth
Marvel Comics

One of the most intriguing parts of The Falcon and The Winter Soldier Disney+ series is the way in which it explained the earliest example of super soldiers and the horrible acts committed by the U.S. government towards one of its patriots. Captain America: Truth delves into the tragic life of Isaiah Bradley, a soldier who donned the Captain America costume before Steve Rogers but was stricken by a horrible treatment by his superiors that speaks to real-world issues.

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28. Marvels
Marvel Comics

Imagine a world in which superheroes are first introduced to the general public and, as a photojournalist, you set off to document their early days. Marvels, which comes from the combined efforts of Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross, presents that intriguing storyline in the most gorgeous fashion possible through some of the best-looking panels we’ve ever seen. This special edition of Marvels features extra content that focuses on the X-Men and even the aforementioned photojournalist that gets caught up in all the action.

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29. Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E.
Marvel Comics

Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. drops a lot of humor into Marvel’s usual array of action-packed epics. The story follows a group of anti-terrorism specialists known as the Bizarre Weapons of Mass Destruction. But once Nextwave learns that their overseers are terrorists themselves, they become a bit peeved and set out to hand out some much-needed revenge. Get ready to laugh a bunch and most definitely get ready to remain excited throughout every explosive panel of this graphic novel.

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30. Wolverine by Claremont & Miller
Marvel Comics

Chris Claremont and Frank Miller came together during the early 1980s to send Logan on an international journey that produced one of his finest acts to date. This storyline sees the highly celebrated X-Men member head off to Japan to rescue his beloved Mariko Yashida from an arranged marriage. But after facing firsthand embarrassment from Mariko’s father, Wolverine basks in his sorrows. Of course, you’ll get to follow his resurgence as a badass hero as he fights alongside a newfound assassin and clashes with the individuals trying to keep him from his true love.

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Emily Zugay Is More Than a TikTok Creator

Emily Zugay is more than a TikTok creator who went viral for redesigning iconic brand logos. The 24-year-old Wisconsin native is legit. Before she makes her appearance on Ellen, you might have heard how big brands like TikTok, McDonald’s, Tinder, and the NFL all changed their social media profiles to Emily’s new design. But did you know that she is an actual designer?

Entranced by Disney films growing up, Emily knew she always wanted to create. From 2015- 2019 she attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout and graduated with a degree in Animation & Digital Media. Before she began posting videos on TikTok, Emily was busy working on her side business Pet Portrait Outpost. What originally started off as a favor for a friend quickly turned into a small operation where she paints custom portraits of people’s pets. 

You might be thinking, “If Emily has a background in design, how did she end up making bad logos on TikTok?” Like all of us, Emily found herself downloading TikTok during quarantine as a joke. When she initially took to the app, she didn’t take the platform (or her content) that seriously. It wasn’t until February 2021 when she decided to give the platform a chance.

Having only posted 20 videos up to this point, Emily was clear to point out to me that her video “tell me you were born before 2000 without telling me” was her first TikTok to really take off.

Not only did this excite her, but it signaled to her that TikTok actually has potential.

Shortly after, Emily decided to go all-in, increasing her posting cadence to once, twice, and sometimes three times a day. If you haven’t seen any of Emily’s older videos, then you might not be aware of her love for dry humor. It is this comedic style that she has developed over the past year that has her fans hooked. Just ask her 1.7 million followers.

It was during this exploration phase that Emily started to develop a character in her videos. By putting on this facade, Emily can react and respond to comments from a fresh perspective. This perspective allows her to not only laugh at the comments but then use them to inform future content.

Creating “bad logos” is just one of the many ideas that Emily has written down in her journal, but it is one out of the many she tried that disrupted the platform. When I asked her if she plans to keep redesigning logos, she responded, “I’m definitely going to ride the wave as long as I can. I want to continue to do it in a way that is authentic. I don’t want to put out ten logo videos in a week because I think that devalues them. I want to pace my content, pace myself, and create a desire for the audience to want to watch these videos.” Clearly, she learned more than design at college.

Striking while the iron is hot, Emily decided to go on the offensive. Instead of relying on inbound messages, she decided to reach out to brands she was interested in working with. After her first video went viral, hundreds of brands reached out. To no surprise, brands were thrilled by her proposition and agreed to work with her (monetization 101). 

So now that all eyes—and brands—are on Emily, where does she go from here? Emily is currently in a place where she is known on one platform for one thing. With a following larger than Hawaii’s population, she hopes that a small subset of fans would want to know more about her. She is in the middle of figuring out what is her best course of action when it comes to posting content on YouTube.

While Emily continues to develop her brand, she’s constantly reminding herself to take it one video at a time. Right before we wrapped up our conversation, she pointed out that “just because you have a platform doesn’t mean you should stop the things you were doing before.” 

Emily plans to continue working on Pet Portraits as she explores new ways to connect with her old and now new fans. If you want to stay in the loop, make sure to follow Emily on TikTok to see all her latest videos.

We asked Emily what she thought about our logo. While she admits she is a fan, she had a few suggestions for us. We hope you like our new logo. Cheers!

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The Past Week In Crypto News: October 6th to October 13th

Welcome to the latest edition of “The Past Week in Crypto News,” a weekly recap of companies, institutions, organizations and individuals who are beginning to adopt crypto as a payment/work platform. With the crypto industry becoming increasingly dynamic, this weekly report is meant to help you stay in the loop. The last few days saw cryptocurrency becoming more mainstream, implemented by some of the world’s most prominent organizations across different industries.

1. Brazil set to regulate Bitcoin as a payment method

After El Salvador’s adoption, another country has introduced a bill to regulate Bitcoin, albeit not as legal tender. Brazil, a country with a population of 211 million people, is planning to regulate and adopt BTC. This was announced by Federal Deputy Aureo Ribeiro. This law could make it possible for residents to use the cryptocurrency to “buy houses in the market or a burger from McDonald’s,” stated Ribeiro. The law was approved by the lower-level House and has been sent for approval to the upper-level House.

2. Coinbase announces plan for NFT platform

With the constant crashes and bugs that tend to plague OpenSea, many NFT aficionados have been hungry for an option that will allow them to be less reliant on a single platform for NFT exchange. Earlier this week, Coinbase announced their intent to build a platform for minting and exchanging non-fungible tokens, much to the delight of many in the web3.0 community. Learn more about the plan here.

3. United Soccer League player Alex Crognale will be paid in Bitcoin, the first in the league’s history

Birmingham Legion’s defender Alex Crognale has announced that he will be paid in Bitcoin from now on. He stated that—by doing so—he will “protect his purchasing power and preserve his wealth.” Crognale is the first in the United Soccer League’s history to receive this form of payment and joins a growing list of athletes who are choosing to be paid by their teams in Bitcoin or some form of cryptocurrency.  He will be accepting Bitcoin by using Bitwage. This is one more case in which Bitcoin’s theoretical use case is implemented in practice. 

4. Stripe, the most valuable startup in the US and third most valuable in the world, will build crypto products

Stripe, the online payment startup valued at $95 billion, has announced plans to build crypto-based products. While all of the details are not yet known, the company co-founder and CEO, Patrick Collison, recently announced the move on social media. The move was also announced by Stripe’s head of engineering Guillaume Poncin. Multiple job openings for the Staff Engineer position are posted on the company’s website. This is a significant event for the crypto space, as Stripe is the world’s third most valuable startup, and about 19% of the online transactions are processed through Stripe.

5. Online music distributor United Masters partners with Coinbase to allow artists to receive royalties in Bitcoin

UnitedMasters, the digital music distribution startup backed by Apple and founded by music executive Steve Stoute, has announced its partnership with Coinbase. This was announced by the company on social media. UnitedMasters said that this partnership “will empower independent artists by giving them transparency, equity, and control over their earnings.” Artists will be able to choose any coin available in Coinbase. This move aligns with the company’s ethos, which is to allow independent music artists to have ownership over their music and royalties. 

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The Past Week In Crypto News: September 30th to October 6th

Welcome to the new edition of “The Past Week in Crypto News,” a weekly recap of companies, institutions, organizations, and individuals who are beginning to adopt crypto as a payment/work platform. With the crypto industry becoming more and more dynamic, this weekly report is meant to help you stay in the loop. The last few days saw crypto becoming more mainstream, implemented by some of the world’s most prominent organizations across different industries.

1. Visa announces plan to build “universal payments channel” on Ethereum

Visa has announced its plan to build a Layer 2 network that will act as a connecting bridge between stable coins and central banks. This is a continuation of the process of  Crypto/Ethereum adoption from Visa after they first made headlines for entering the NFT space. Visa plans to build the blockchain equivalent of having a bank draw funds and make it possible to pay for something with a credit/debit card when you are in a foreign country.

2. Twitter is working on a new NFT verification feature

After adding the Bitcoin Lightning Network to its “Tip” feature, Twitter is now working on a new feature. Announced by a Twitter software engineer through a video, it seems that this new feature would allow Twitter users to connect numerous wallets to their accounts. This would make it possible for “Profile Picture NFTs” to be easily verifiable and would comprise one more step towards making cryptocurrencies and NFTs mainstream.

3. TikTok enters the NFT space with its first NFT influencer collection

TikTok, the social media app with over 1 billion monthly users, has entered the NFT/Crypto space. TikTok announced the launch on its website. Some of the influencers who will launch NFTs are Lil Nas X, Grimes, Gary Vaynerchuk and more. These NFTs will be dropped weekly. With 1 billion monthly users and a young demographic, this launch is certainly going to help NFTs and web 3.0, in general, become more widely adopted. 

4. The first volcano-powered Bitcoin has been officially mined

Besides adopting Bitcoin as legal tender, El Salvador also announced its plans to mine Bitcoin using geothermal energy generated by volcanoes. This plan seems to have officially begun being executed in practice, as El Salvador’s President Nayib Bukele announced. Bukele stated that this project is still being improved as time goes by, but that it has officially started. 

5. Société Générale, one of France’s largest banks, is using its Ethereum based bonds as collateral for a DAI loan application

Société Générale (SocGen) has applied for a loan from MakerDAO, asking that its Ethereum-based tokens will be accepted as collateral. SocGen is asking for a $20 million loan. This was announced by MakerDao in its forum. This could be a historical agreement because it represents a large traditional financial institution collaborating with a large De-Fi (Decentralized Finance) institution on a significant transaction. 

Here’s a quick blurb from the forum:

Dear MakerDAO Community,

We submit to you, on behalf of European investment firm Societe Generale-Forge, this MIP6 application for discussion and approval of Security Tokens refinancing. This first experiment at the crossroads between regulated and open source initiatives, as described below, is intended to refinance a Covered Bond Token that has been issued last year on the Ethereum public blockchain. We let you take into consideration all the details, and we look forward to receiving your feedback. Thank you.

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Every Mandalorian LEGO Set, Ranked

The Mandalorian was a breath of fresh air in the Star Wars fandom, and with it came an onslaught of incredible LEGO sets. From small army builder sets to large ships and statues, there’s not a corner of the LEGO market that hasn’t been dominated by the hit Disney + show. 

Today, I’ll be ranking every LEGO Mandalorian set released as of Fall 2021. This list only includes brick-built sets (so no keychains, plushies, etc.) and only sets that are truly based off of The Mandalorian series, meaning a set like Bo-Katan’s Mandalorian Starfighter is not eligible. 

11.) The Mandalorian and the Child: BrickHeadz
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This set is from the LEGO subtheme BrickHeadz, which seems to be LEGO’s attempt to cash in on the Funko Pop demographic with stylized figures with cartoonishly large heads. These display well, but after they’re built, there’s not much to do with them. If you’re a builder with limited space and a preference for displaying instead of playing, this is a great set for you! 

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10.) Trouble on Tatooine

This set calls back to the first episode of The Mandalorian Season 2, where Din Djarin and Grogu track down the owner of Boba Fett’s armor, Cobb Vanth. Unfortunately, this set focuses on the Mandlalorian’s skirmish with the Sand People and not Cobb Vanth, leaving this set with not much exclusivity packed into it. Still, LEGO fans will remember this set as the first one to include the Mandalorian’s now-iconic Beskar armor, so it will always retain a level of nostalgic value.

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9.) 2021 LEGO Star Wars Advent Calendar
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LEGO and Star Wars have partnered to create advent calendars every year since 2011, so this year’s calendar marks the 10th anniversary of the series. Though LEGO didn’t point that out, it’s subtly honored this year with our first-ever “focused” advent calendar. Most times, the LEGO advent calendars will draw from a wide range of source material as opposed to one movie or show (see Harry Potter, Marvel, etc. for examples). 2021 gave us a LEGO Star Wars Advent calendar completely devoted to The Mandalorian, which offers a nice way for collectors to get some exclusive figures and add some weaponry, scenery, and small vehicles to their Mando collections.

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8.) AT-ST Raider
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This was the first true Mandalorian LEGO set, and included the first-ever minifigure of our helmeted hero. It came out before the series premiered, therefore nobody knew what it would be referencing in the series until the episode came out. Still, LEGO fans tend to love AT-STs, and this set was no exception. This is a very strong LEGO Star Wars set, but as time has gone by, it’s been unseated by better sets from the theme.

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7.) The Child (Grogu Statue)
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The LEGO Star Wars “Statue” sets have been popular with adult builders and kids alike. It offers a great way to get a quality set without worry of how/where you’ll display it. Case in point: The Child statue was a great way for fans to get a near-lifesized Grogu while experiencing the fun of building a large LEGO set.

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6.) Imperial Armored Marauder

Everyone loves army builder sets, which of course refers to any set jam packed with soldiers, troopers, or other figures that would help fill the ranks of your LEGO minifigure armies. This set, based off of The Mandalorian season 2, is one of the few Mandalorian sets to NOT include the titular character. Still, it offers a solid build, two exclusive minifigures, and a memorable vehicle from the series. What’s not to love? 

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5.) Imperial Light Cruiser

I suspect that readers may view the placement of this set on the list as controversial, but allow me to explain… bigger does not always mean better! Coming in at $159.99, this is the most expensive Mandalorian set to date, not to mention, one of the most expensive minifigure scale LEGO Star Wars sets of 2021. The set includes several repeat characters like The Mandalorian, Cara Dune, and Grogu, and also comes with new minifigures like Moff Gideon, a Dark Trooper, and Fennec Shand.

A big appeal of this set is its size (which is AWESOME!) and its minifigures, which I suspect won’t be exclusive for long. Rumor has it that we’re getting a Dark Trooper battle pack in 2022, and Fennec Shand will most definitely be included in a Book of Boba Fett LEGO set someday given her co-star status on the upcoming show. With that in mind, that means that nearly every minifigure in this set would be a repeated figure, which drives down the “wow” factor of the set. It’s still an awesome set (and one I highly recommend) but do be aware that it may not retain its gigantic supremacy in the long run. 

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4.) Mandalorian Battle Pack

LEGO Star Wars battle packs are sets in the $15 range that serve as army builders. Put another way, they’re small, relatively inexpensive sets that include around 4 minifigures of the same ilk, allowing you to bolster your army of Stormtroopers, Clone Troopers, or in the case of this set, Mandalorians. This is a set that I think will always be sought after, given the popularity of mandalorians and the wealth of unique pieces that come on the minifigures in this set. I can’t give investing advice, but I do have a few of these tucked away in mint condition with plans to retire on them someday.

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3.) The Armorer’s Mandalorian Forge
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Three great minifigures, two of which are exclusive, and a plethora of cool pieces and unique architecture packed into a $30 set. Does that sound like a good time or what? 

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2.) Boba Fett’s Starship

This set caused controversy as soon as it was revealed due to it being the first Star Wars product with the rebranded name of Boba Fett’s iconic ship, the Slave 1. An entire article could be written on that debacle, but the set itself has a lot of merit and offers some great play features at a somewhat reasonable price. Not counting the Slave 1 that came in the UCS Betrayal at Cloud City set, this is the smallest minifigure scale Slave 1 in recent memory. It continues the trend that started earlier this year from LEGO, where they’re offering smaller versions of iconic Star Wars ships at a somewhat cheaper price. Personally, I hope this trend dies soon because I love big, detailed builds—even if they cost more. Still, this set looks great, doesn’t take up much shelf space, and who doesn’t love the exclusive Boba Fett that comes with it?

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1.) The Razor Crest

Coming in at the #1 spot is the Mandalorian’s now-disintegrated starship, The Razor Crest. This set displays great, has a very sturdy build, and offers tons of play opportunities from the unique cockpit build to the side panels that open to reveal a detailed interior. This is one of my favorite LEGO Star Wars sets of all time, and with that, it rightfully sits supreme over the rest of the Mandalorian sets released so far. 

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This list was so fun to put together, but now it’s your turn! Hit me up on IG and let me know what you thought of the list and whether you agree or disagree. The beautiful thing about LEGO and ranked lists is that they’re both meant to be taken apart and rearranged! 

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The Past Week In Crypto Adoption News: September 23rd to 30th

Welcome to the new edition of “The Past Week in Crypto Adoption,” a weekly recap of companies, institutions, organizations, and individuals who are beginning to adopt crypto as a payment/work platform. With the crypto industry becoming more and more dynamic, this weekly report is meant to help you stay in the loop. The last few days saw crypto becoming more mainstream, implemented by some of the world’s most prominent organizations across different industries.

1. Chivo wallet reaches 2.5 million users in El Salvador

Last week, we reported about the quick adoption of the official BTC wallet of the El Salvador Government, Chivo. El Salvador’s president Nayib Bukele recently shared some statistics on Twitter, showing that Chivo has now reached 2.5 million users. This represents 1/3  of the population in El Salvador, further proving the point that the adoption of Bitcoin as legal tender has been a successful project. For comparison, it is estimated that 70% of the population in El Salvador doesn’t have bank accounts, so the rapid adoption of BTC proves the “banking the unbanked” thesis. 

2. The Brooklyn Nets will be sponsored by a crypto company

The Brooklyn Nets announced that they will be sponsored by Webull. Webull is a trading app that allows users to buy and trade stocks and cryptocurrency. The deal was announced on social media by the Brooklyn Nets. The sponsorship will be a patch sponsorship, meaning the Webull logo will be on the player’s jerseys. The deal is reportedly worth $50 million. After the Philadelphia 76ers, the Brooklyn Nets are now also sponsored by a cryptocurrency company, further helping crypto become mainstream.

3. The first-ever Canadian ETF combining Bitcoin and Ethereum has launched

Investment company Everest has announced that it has launched the first-ever multi-currency ETF. This ETF will hold both Bitcoin and Ethereum. ETF stands for Exchange Traded Funds and is comprised of a group of investments versus one single investment. This is done to minimize the investment risk. Crypto ETFs represent a big step towards major acceptance of crypto, especially in the finance world.

4. Singer 3LAU launches NFT-song; fans will own 50% of the song revenue forever

Singer 3LAU, who has been a pioneer in the NFT space, especially regarding music royalties, has once again launched a new project. He announced that he will be launching his new single “Worst Case” as the first fan-owned song ever. The first 333 fans to participate in the project will own 50% of the streaming revenue the song generates in perpetuity. 

5. Twitter launches Bitcoin tipping option through the Lightning Network

Twitter has announced that they are expanding the tipping options by integrating Lightning Network. This means that users can tip their favorite creators with Bitcoin. Twitter has become the first major social network to fully embrace this sort of feature, and with Jack Dorsey’s announced ambition to make Twitter a crypto-friendly platform, it can be expected that more similar features will be added that help introduces crypto to hundreds of millions of users around the world. 

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The Past Week In Crypto Adoption News: September 15th to 22nd

Welcome to the new edition of “The Past Week in Crypto Adoption,” a weekly recap of companies, institutions, organizations, and individuals who are beginning to adopt crypto as a payment/work platform. With the crypto industry becoming more and more dynamic, this weekly report is meant to help you stay in the loop. The last few days saw crypto becoming more mainstream, implemented by some of the world’s most prominent organizations across different industries.

1. AMC will accept Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash

Movie theater chain AMC will accept crypto as payment for tickets. This was announced by the company’s CEO, Adam Aron. The change is expected to go into effect by the end of 2021. AMC is one of the biggest movie theater chains in the world, therefore this represents another major milestone for crypto. 

2. Philadelphia 76ers will be sponsored by Crypto.com

The Philadelphia 76ers announced that they will be sponsored by crypto.com. Crypto.com is a cryptocurrency exchange that has sponsorships in Formula 1, Canadian Hockey League, Paris Saint Germain, the UFC and now in the NBA—specifically with the Philadelphia 76ers.The deal was announced on social media, and is worth a reported $10 million.

3. PayPal UK will enable customers to buy Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin and Bitcoin Cash

PayPal, one of the world’s biggest finance apps, will now allow its users who live in the United Kingdom to buy, hold and sell cryptocurrencies. This was announced by PayPal itself on social media, along with instructional videos. Users will be able to buy as little as 1 Pound worth of cryptocurrency. This move from PayPal marks a new phase of adoption from financial institutions, and is likely to increase mainstream adoption to new levels. 

4. Robinhood is debuting its crypto wallet in early 2022

Stock and crypto trading app Robinhood is debuting its crypto wallet in 2022. The company announced its new product/feature on its blog. Christine Brown, the company’s Chief Operating Officer, stated: “We’ll be giving people from the waitlist access first, and then we’ll have general availability out to 100$ by early 2022.” Robinhood is one of the biggest trading apps in the world, so a crypto wallet with its brand name will most likely be an added value for its users, but also the crypto market in general.

5. El Salvador’s Bitcoin wallet has reached 1.1 million users, 17% of the population

Chivo, El Salvador’s BTC wallet, has reached 1.1 million users. This was announced by the President of El Salvador, Nayib Bukele. This number represents 17% of the total population in the country. What makes this even more impressive is the fact that 70% of the population is unbanked, so the fact that Chivo has managed this level of success so quickly shows that there is potential for a large number of daily BTC users. 

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The Past Week in Crypto Adoption: September 8th to 15th

Welcome to the third edition of “The Past Week in Crypto Adoption,” a weekly recap of companies, institutions, organizations and individuals who are beginning tovee f adopt crypto as a payment/work platform. With the crypto industry becoming more and more dynamic, this weekly report is meant to help you stay in the loop. The last few days saw crypto becoming increasingly mainstream, being implemented by some of the world’s most prominent organizations across different industries.

1. Ukraine legalizes Bitcoin

Shortly after El Salvador officially started to use Bitcoin as legal tender, Ukraine has officially legalized Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. As part of the country’s increased efforts to place itself as a digitalized country with an advanced digital economy, Ukrainian President Zelensky will sign the almost unanimously-approved law by the Parliament. The President of Ukraine has also recently met with Silicon Valley investors and entrepreneurs in order to attract investment. Ukraine has also sent a delegation to El Salvador to explore the development of Bitcoin as legal tender there, as it seems that the plan is for Ukraine to adopt BTC as legal tender by 2023.

2. Panama prepares bill to make Bitcoin legal tender

Panama Congressman Gabriel Silva has proposed a bill that would make Bitcoin legal tender in Panama. Silva announced on Twitter that this bill has the potential to create jobs and governmental transparency. Silva also shared a link with the entire proposal documented. This is another development in what is becoming a trend among countries who want to create more stability in their fiscal policies through Bitcoin. 

3. Salvador’s legalization of Bitcoin as a tender could cost Western Union $400 Million

One of the main theoretical utilities of Bitcoin is the ability to send large amounts of money quickly, for little to no fees. Western Union for example, takes 12.5% from a 100$ transaction and takes three days. Furthermore, clients can only receive the money in cash, which poses a risk from thieves who wait in front of the Western Union locations to steal money. With remittances that reach $6Billion per year, if the Chivo Wallet (National Government’s BTC wallet) is adapted at large scale, Western Union and other money transferring companies could lose up to $400 Million. 

4. GaryVee will auction his NFT collection’s drawings at Christie’s

Entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk is set to auction 5 of his original drawings for the VeeFriends collection at the world’s premier auction house, Christie’s. 

VeeFriends is an NFT collection made of 268 characters. Each of them has a smart contract that serves a certain function. Now GaryVee has linked up with Christie’s to auction 5 of the physical drawings for 5 of the VeeFriends NFTs. This is another announcement that GaryVee has executed with the hope of raising the value of what he has referred to as his “Disney.” He has expressed his desire to continue to build this Intellectual Property as a long term project. Auctioning these drawings at Christie’s will surely help achieve that goal.

5. The UK Post Office adds the option to buy Bitcoin through their app

The UK Post Office has licensed its face verification software to Swarm Markets, a crypto exchange. In return, citizens who have IDed their identity on the Post Office app can use that ID to buy vouchers, which can be redeemed into Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency. This is another move from institutions around the world cooperating with crypto-based companies to help make cryptocurrency more mainstream. 

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Everything You Need to Know From Apple’s 2021 September Event

Content was center stage during Apple’s 2021 September Event. Drone shot after drone shot, camera improvement after camera improvement, it’s pretty clear Apple wants to keep their audience engaged during every second of the presentation. While there were a lot of medium and minor updates announced during today’s event, there are still some exciting updates that I’m pumped about. But, if you want a slightly more in-depth recap of the event with more focus on the specs, check out this Twitter thread below.

Apple TV+

Apple TV+ will continue to expand its award-winning programming as it looks to launch more original content. 

Apple original series, films, and documentaries have now been honored with more than 130 wins and over 500 nominations in less than two years. This year, Apple TV+ racked up 35 Primetime Emmy nominations, including 20 for the hit series Ted Lasso, a record for the first season of a comedy series. That’s great news for Jason Sudeikis since it’s rumored that he will make about $1 Million per episode for season 3.

iPad/iPad Mini

iPad: $329

iPad Mini: $499

Apple’s iPad business has grown by 40% over the past year and the tech giant has taken notice. Both iPads come refreshed with better processors and fancier 12MP Ultrawide cameras with Center Stage. Center Stage “uses machine learning to adjust the front-facing Ultra-Wide camera during FaceTime (and other video conferencing apps) video calls.” Allowing you to walk around freely while your camera tracks your motion, keeping you in the center of the frame. With this most recent update, the iPad Air is now the only iPad that lacks these features.

The iPad Mini is where we see the most significant redesign this year with its stunning 8.3-inch retina display and thin bezels. Built with a USB-C port, the mini looks like it might become your new daily carry. The only caveat is that the mini has a maximum refresh rate of 60 Hz while the current iPad pro can refresh up to 120 Hz (very crucial for gamers and designers), but other than the mini is looking pretty good.

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Apple Watch Series 7
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Apple Watch Series 7: $399

Keeping its same shape and slightly bigger screen, the Apple Watch Series 7 will continue to focus more on an individual’s health—more specifically, their safety. Oddly enough, most of the new features they showcased are only applicable for individuals who enjoy bike riding. WatchOS 8 will detect when people begin riding, remind you to start your workout, and automatically pause and resume if you stop temporarily. Additionally, watchOS 8 has fall detection for cycling that will sense the unique motion and impact of falls while riding a bike.

Besides software, the look and feel of the Apple Watch have been modified. The screen now curves and flows over the edges right up to the metal body, something Apple was very keen on pointing out. I’m interested to see how this looks in person as I am not sure how to feel about it yet.

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Apple Fitness+

Armed with a dense library of content, Apple TV+ aims to fill your workout needs with foundational and seasonal workouts. Whether you have 5 or 45 minutes of time, break out in a sweat with over 1200 workouts led by the Fitness+ Trainer Team. Train by yourself or join a group workout with your friends, but don’t expect any competition!

iPhone 13/iPhone 13 Mini
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iPhone 13 Mini: $699

iPhone 13: $799

The iPhone 13/iPhone 13 Mini looks a lot like the iPhone 12 lineup but has two worthy upgrades worth mentioning. The display is much brighter, and the infamous notch has decreased by 20%, leaving you with more room at the top of the screen.

The new dual 12 MP camera layout and camera features might make you think twice about buying a new DSLR. Paired with the latest cinematic mode (available on all iPhone 13 models), users will be able to “rack focus” while recording, the first for any smartphone.

iPhone 13 Pro/iPhone 13 Pro Max
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iPhone 13 Pro: $999

iPhone 13 Pro Max: $1099

Sitting at the top of the food chain, we have the iPhone 13 Pro series.

The new pro model delivers a better experience for gaming and creating with the help of ProMotion. ProMotion allows users to refresh their screen from as low as 10 Hz to as high as 120 Hz & is designed to respond dynamically to match your content (a real game-changer).

Additionally, the pro series comes with new telephoto, wide and ultra-wide lenses with the capability of taking macro photography. You can expect to capture shallower depths of field and better light in poorly lit environments, leading to better photos and videos.

Who should be excited?

Not iPhone 12 users. If you have the iPhone 12, there is no need for an upgrade. Looking and acting strikingly similar to the models in the past, this lineup of Apple products was a cute showing to keep the Apple audience engaged.

However, I am expecting to see this generation of content creators and consumers to jump all in. My best guess is that we will start to see the label “shot on iPhone” in more professional content in the future.