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Get Ready. Renowned Bitcoin Trader Says the Currency Will Hit $15,000 in 2017.

Late last week, the price of bitcoin rose beyond $ 3,500, and it currently sits slightly above $ 4,200. While some are skeptical of this steady increase in value, according to an expert observer, it won’t be ending any time soon.

Veteran trader masterluc predicts that bitcoin will be worth $ 15,000 before the end of the year. He believe the cryptocurrency’s current bull run will then continue into 2019, at which point its price will top out somewhere between $ 40,000 and $ 110,000.

Masterluc has historically been adept at predicting bitcoin’s future value. He was able to accurately predict in March 2013 that the crypto would enter into a bear market in November 2013, and then in May 2015, he made a prediction that proved to be just slightly off point, missing the start of the crypto’s current surge by just two months.

Masterluc isn’t the only pundit expecting bitcoin to go from strength to strength. Earlier this month, Goldman Sachs analyst Sheba Jafari predicted that the currency could reach $ 4,800, having previously forecast a high of $ 3,691 as recently as July.

Bitcoin is on a roll at the moment, and predicting when this run will start to drop off is no easy task. Masterluc has a history of being right in his predictions, and many experts agree that the uptick will continue for at least a little while longer, which could have some major ramifications for traditional currency.

Disclosure: Several members of the Futurism team, including the editors of this piece, are personal investors in a number of cryptocurrency markets. Their personal investment perspectives have no impact on editorial content.

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Alexa’s CV now features over 15,000 skills

Amazon’s digital assistant Alexa has surpassed 15,000 skills – up from 10,000 in February.

For users of Alexa-enabled devices like Amazon’s own popular Echo line – which currently includes the Echo speaker and Echo Dot, and will soon include the Echo Show – the vast number of new voice-powered apps has greatly expanded the assistant’s capabilities.

The 15,000 skills figure was reported by Voicebot following an analysis of skills available in the U.S. market and the impressive milestone was surpassed on June 30th, 2017.

In around half a year, the skills available to Alexa have doubled. At the beginning of the year there were around 7,000 Alexa skills.

What provides the most impressive look at what Amazon has achieved with Alexa and their relationship with developers is comparing the number of skills across the major digital assistants.

Alexa, in terms of skills, is in another league to Google Assistant and Cortana at this point:

Most of the growth is from ‘Flash Briefings’ which provide snippets of news and information and represent one of the easiest skills to develop. Some of the most popular examples are from The Wall Street Journal, NPR, and Washington Post. There are 2,891 of these skills on the Alexa Skills store.

Shipments of Amazon’s Echo line have far surpassed those of competitors, as of writing, and the company is expected to control 70 percent of the market this year according to a new forecast from eMarketer. Part of this success is Amazon’s clout with shoppers and brand recognition from all demographics which is seen as less “geeky” than rivals like Google and Microsoft.

Apple is entering the smart speaker arena with the HomePod later this year and is often recognised as being a “cool” brand, so it will be interesting to see whether it finds market success on the level of Amazon.

Purely as a digital assistant, however, Alexa is behind rivals in its ability to answer queries.

Are you impressed with Alexa so far? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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