Decentralized applications, also known as Dapps, are apps that have their backend code running on a decentralized peer-to-peer network. Contrary to common apps, where the backend code is running on centralized servers, Dapps rely on blockchain codes and ledgers that are not stored in a centralized location. Moreover, there is no single entity managing this code.
Dapps are only at the beginning but the future is bright. There are many real-word applications of this technology and the first are already available for users. For example, in a not so far away future, people across the world may access and use your computer’s free space while you’re actively using it.
In this post, we’re going to list some of the best decentralized apps and platforms that you can use directly on your Windows 10 computer. Most of these Dapps run on the Ethereum platform, so you’ll need a tool such as Meta Mask to access them.
Meta Mask is a browser extension that acts like a bridge linking the distributed web of tomorrow and your browser. With the help of this tool, you can run Ethereum Dapps on your browser without running a full Ethereum node.
Ethlance is an interesting freelance platforms where you can become a freelancer or an employer and use Ethereum to make and receive payments. The platform is similar to other freelance platforms, such as UpWork, but the major difference is the payment method used.
It is worth mentioning that unlike other services, Ethlance doesn’t take a percentage of your earned Ether. In other words, the amount that the employer pays you is actually the amount that you get.
As far as decentralization is concerned, the platorm runs on the Ethereum public blockchain and is controlled by nobody.
The Ethlance database is distributed on the Ethereum public blockchain and the source files are on IPFS. Ethlance is accessible to everyone forever, without any central authority having control over it.
Of course, in order to create a job or apply for one, you need to pay the Ethereum gas fees associated with the respective actions but that’s pretty much all you’re going to pay for using the platform.
For more information, go to Ethlance’s official website.
As the official description reads, OpenBazaar is a free online market place where there are absolutely no platform fees. You can think about it as a cryptocurrency-powered eBay.
You can sell any items you want. All you need to do is create your won store, add the items that you want to sell, reach your audience, complete the transaction and get paid in cryptocurrency. It’s that simple.
OpenBazaar is a fully decentralized platform that also comes with a dedicated Windows 10 app you can download and install on your computer. OpenBazaar is based on a peer to peer network where data is distributed across the network. There is no central database and nobody has control over the platform.
One of the main advantages of using OpenBazaar is that you can pay with more than 50 cryptocurrencies. At the same time, the seller gets to pick in which cryptocurrency to receive the payment. So, OpenBazaar acts like a small scale cryptocurrency exchange as well.
For more information, go to OpenBazaar’s official webpage.
Decentraland is another interesting blockchain platform that really got our attention. This platform successfully blends VR and blockchain technology so that you can actually own the virtual world.
All you need is a VR headset and some Ethereum. You can then explore the VR universe and change it as you like. Yes, you can create your own piece of the universe or buy existing land if you really like a particular area. Your record of ownership is then available on the blockchain and nobody can take it away from you.
There are various activities that you can engage in: you can listen to live music, go shopping, go to the seaside and more.
As its name suggests, Decentraland is fully peer-to-peer based:
A public virtual world should be ruled by open standards, shielded from the agenda of any central organization.
For more information about what this platform can offer, check out the video below and then go to the official Decentraland page.
In today’s world, businesses face many challenges and perhaps the most difficult one consists in keeping up with all the factors outside their influence such as unnecessary complex regulations.
Aragon aims to offer everyone, and business in particular, a platform where people can create value without borders or intermediaries. The main idea behind this project is to create a management tool that companies can use for their everyday activities, including accounting, bylaws, fundraising, payroll and more.
Aragon Network will be the first community governed decentralized organization whose goal is to act as a digital jurisdiction, an online decentralized court system that isn’t bound by traditional artificial barriers such as national jurisdictions or the borders of a single country
You can already try aragonOS and check if the app suits your business’ needs. For more information, check out the video below:
There are plenty of decentralized app, platforms and services that are currently being developed. The decentralization journey has only just begun but it’s clear that blockchain technology is heading to mass adoption.
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