Nxt announces: ‘ARDOR’

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ARDOR is brought to you by the core development team from Nxt. After years of building and testing the Nxt platform, the team is going to involve the public even more. As the first Blockchain 2.0 platform, the community has continually improved Nxt and now looks forward to release Ardor for companies, organizations, and of course, users.

ar•dor(ˈɑr dər) 
n.

1. great warmth of feeling; fervor.
2. intense devotion; zeal.
3. burning heat.

Also,esp. Brit., ar′dour.

The Nxt core dev team is letting anyone get into the blockchain space with a new child chain platform, ARDOR, which will incorporate the technologies proven for years by the Nxt 1.0 cryptocurrency and blockchain. Soon, anyone will be able to create their own solutions using the blockchain technology with the Ardor child chains.

Nxt is undergoing a dramatic evolution. Research by the Nxt team has led to Ardor, a platform that uses child chains and incorporates all of Nxt’s latest blockchain innovations while being backed by the core developers of Nxt. Ardor is more than just about money: It’s about making a blockchain platform that is open to everyone, from single users all the way up to FinTech startups and governments, and one where anyone can create their own child chain and interact with the whole blockchain ecosystem. That means anyone, anywhere, will be able to utilize blockchain services with relative ease.

We can’t give away too much until the final features of Ardor are tested repeatedly.

A few of the features coming with the new Ardor release:

Blockchain as a Service

Ardor will open blockchain development to organizations and individuals across the world. The high barriers to getting started with blockchain are about to vanish.

Manageable Blockchain Size

Ardor will solve the problem of scalability by separating transactions and data that do not affect security from those that do, and moving all of those that don’t affect security onto child chains. The Ardor team will create the first child chain to house many Nxt 1.0 tools as well as future features. This small size also comes with short transaction times so processes need only a fraction of time compared to Bitcoin to execute functions.

A Decentralized Asset Exchange

Building off of the Asset Exchange on Nxt, Ardor will enable the ability to trade assets on any child chain for any of the child chain tokens. This allows child chains to interact with each other and opens up numerous opportunities for collaboration as well as allow cross chain asset trading, a long-requested feature within the Nxt ecosystem.

Decentralized Voting and Governance Systems

Ardor will be at the core of decentralized consensus in the future. Secure and anonymous voting will be an available feature on all child chains as it is on the Nxt platform.

Phased Transactions

Users can set multiple conditions before a transaction is executed, such as a minimum number of votes and a set amount of time. Like Nxt, Ardor will use Smart Transactions. With this, users will only need to submit the parameters necessary for the transaction and the ID of the functionality they want to use. The transaction process is also completely decentralized. No centralized server, service, or application, like Ethereum’s Oracle, is needed.

“Rather than providing smart contracts, NXT is focused on implementing the important use cases and functions directly into the core of both Nxt and Ardor. This approach has proven to be scalable and secure and will become more so when Ardor is released” – Riker

These are a few of the things Ardor will give you and the cryptocurrency community. As development continues and testing is finalized, you’ll get a detailed analysis of each of the new tools, as well as the core features built into Ardor. We’ll also reveal, step-by-step, a list of our partners and what they’re doing with our technology.

This is all possible because of new developments within the Nxt community. Decision-making and planning is becoming more professionalized. The community and team structure are adjusting to the new demands while the Nxt and Ardor technology remains entirely open source. Ardor is more than a cryptocurrency – it’s a blockchain platform specifically designed to let anyone build decentralized tools with the latest innovations in blockchain technology.

How to get Ardor

You’ll be able to participate in Ardor right away. As Ardor continues testing and development, Nxt 1.9 will be released. With Nxt 1.9, you’ll get your first chance to own a piece of Ardor. All those who hold an amount of NXT will also get a piece of Ardor. Snapshots will start be taken on an hourly basis, starting on July 14th to October 12th. Then, your total NXT will be averaged, and you’ll receive that amount in Ardor tokens on October 12th, which will be freely tradeable up until the Ardor system launches.

At block 1,000,000 on October 12th, 2016, snapshotting will stop, and you’ll be allowed to trade your Ardor tokens in NXT 1.9 in preparation for the launch of the Ardor blockchain.

After Ardor has launched, Nxt 1.0 will remain active and supported. Nxt 1.0 is the giant on which Ardor is built and it will remain running as a core component of the Nxt eco-system, functioning as a complete blockchain solution in its own right, as well as assisting in the development and refinement of the Ardor blockchain platform.

There’ll be a lot more news in the weeks and months to come. Ardor aims to be a powerful platform for users and businesses alike by building on the technology pioneered by Bitcoin and Nxt. If you would like to be a part of it, acquire NXT now and get your stake in ARDOR!

Source: https://nxtforum.org/core-development-announcements/(ann)-ardor-or-nxt-2-0-a-scalable-child-chain-platform/

The Sound Key – helping you stay financially sound!

Whatever method of storing and transferring monetary value you use (cash and cheques; digital fiat money or cryptocurrency) there will always be someone trying to steal from you. How to stop them succeeding is a constant battle and each technology has its particular inherent vulnerability or vulnerabilities.

In the case of cryptocurrency, or more specifically the blockchain technology on which it is based, one such vulnerability has, until now, been how the “private key” is stored.

The private (or secret) key is a sort of password that is used to digitally sign transactions that are then entered onto the blockchain. If a private key gets stolen, the thief can sign on behalf of the original owner and post irreversible transactions in the blockchain in his own favour.

No matter how securely you store your private key on your computer or smartphone, it always has to be exposed in the device’s memory when it’s used (to digitally sign something). That’s the inherent vulnerability and it just takes a virus with some malware or spyware to sniff the memory at the right moment, and the damage is done.

This is where the Sound Key comes in. It is a device, very similar to banks’ OTP devices, to store your private key outside your computer or smartphone’s memory, and to digitally sign documents or blockchain transactions offline and therefore safely.

How the Sound Key works:

  • The Sound Key connects to computers or cellphones through the headset port.
  • The transaction data, as yet unsigned, are sent to the Sound Key via the audio port on your computer or smartphone.
  • Having verified that the unsigned data in the Sound Key display is correct, type your password in the device to safely digitally sign the transaction.
  • That’s it. Your transaction is signed, sealed, and ready to be delivered.
  • The Sound Key will then transmit the signature back to your device through the audio or speaker port.
  • At no stage does your secret key ever leave its safe place inside the Sound Key.

It’s anticipated that within a few years this kind of device will become widespread and popularly regarded as a necessity.

The Sound Key is currently a prototype, and we want to bring you the best of what it can do. We are therefore working not only on the device itself, but also on the accompanying software development kit, to be backed by good customer support, so that innovators and users alike can benefit from it as much as possible.

10 Reasons to support the Sound Key:

  • It’s the first device of its kind.
  • It’s backed by private investors, so even if we don’t reach our pre-order goal, you will get your Sound Key when we start shipping.
  • You can brand it with your own logo thanks to our whitebox option (minimum order applies).
  • It comes with a development kit, to integrate its features into any app and website!
  • It can be used with any cryptocurrency and other digital signatures (more signature algorithms will be implemented with time).
  • It can encrypt and decrypt any kind of data (size limit applies based on model).
  • It keeps your private key physically out of reach of malicious programs and people, as it NEVER leaves the device (the signature and encryption/decryption take place IN the device).
  • The top model of the Sound Key can encrypt voice messages, without supplementary software, to be decrypted by a specific public key, and thanks to the audio connections, the encrypted messages can be sent via email, IM, or other apps.
  • It can be used to identify users on websites or over the phone.
  • Oh, and it talks 🙂

If you want to see this idea come to life, come and give us a hand with our crowdfunding campaign.

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Tutorial: Nxt Asset Exchange

  • What are assets?
  • The Nxt Asset Exchange
  • Browsing Assets
  • Buyer Beware!
  • Buying and Selling Assets
  • Cancelling an order
  • Order Priority
  • Viewing and Transferring Assets
  • Transaction Fees
  • Finding a Good Price
  • Due Diligence

What are assets?

Nxt assets are a convenient way to represent anything fungible and tradeable. An asset token could represent a bar of silver, a pizza redemption coupon, a share in a company, even a portion of a portfolio of other assets. By representing these things digitally on the blockchain, they can be publicly verified and easily traded.

The NXT Asset Exchange (AE) is based on the concept of the ‘colored coin‘. More specifically, the Nxt Asset Exchange is based on the ability of the blockchain to recognise and therefore trace the origin of transactions involving a coin or a set of coins which have been designated (or ‘colored’) to represent any type of asset you can imagine, whether digital (for example, stocks, bonds, smart property) or tangible (for example, cars, houses, precious metals etc).

The Nxt AE 

The Nxt Asset Exchange matches asset buyers and sellers, it works in a similar way to cryptocurrency exchanges. This tutorial will show you how to buy and sell asset tokens on the Asset Exchange.

All asset exchange operations can be accessed from the sidebar in the official core Nxt Client.

Browsing Assets

To view an asset, you’ll need to input the asset ID.

You can search for an asset via the search box in the top left corner in the client.

The search will open up a modal window, now click to view the asset in the Asset Exchange.

You can bookmark an asset by clicking the button in the top right corner.

Our ASSETHUB lists the most popular assets in a Top 50 with their unique ID.

Sites like https://mynxt.info/assets and https://nxtportal.org/assets list all available assets.

Buyer Beware!

A Nxt asset is uniquely identified by its ID number.

Asset names are not unique, this is to prevent names from being squatted on. So never rely on an asset’s name or description to identify it, always check that its ID number and the issuing Nxt account address match those announced by the asset’s issuer on e.g. their website/forum thread. There are scammers who issue assets with the same name as popular assets in order to try to trick people into paying for them.

We’ll use the Jinn asset, which represents profit shares from the Jinn project, as an example.

The Jinn asset’s ID can be found on Jinn Lab’s home page and on its announcement thread in the Nxtforum.

This is NOT the real Jinn:

Research any asset before buying into it, always. Check that the ID number is the correct one.

Where to get NXT coins

Buying and Selling Assets

First click the plus signs to open the buy and sell windows:

To buy an asset on the Nxt Asset Exchange, place a buy order indicating how many tokens you wish to buy, and how much Nxt you’re willing to pay for each token.

Selling assets is similar, but this is done on the right-hand side.

Check that you’re performing the correct action by reading the description on the button (Buying is converting NXT -> assets, selling is converting assets -> Nxt). Before you confirm your order, also check that you have the correct number of digits before and after the decimal point.

You can not bid for more than you can afford with the available NXT in your account. When you place a buy order, the total price of the order is automatically reserved from your account and cannot be moved or spent, unless you cancel the order. It will be deducted when the order is fulfilled.

You also can not sell more tokens than you have in your account, nor, of course, can you transfer tokens from your account whilst they are still up for sale.

Cancelling an order

You can see all your unfulfilled orders under ‘Asset Exchange -> Open Orders’. Unfulfilled orders can be cancelled at any time subject to payment of a transaction fee; once the cancellation of an order has been confirmed, the reserved NXT and the tokens that were for sale are released back to the account holder’s control.

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Order Priority

Buy orders are prioritized:

  • first by price (higher bids have greater priority);
  • followed by the block height when they’re added (bids in earlier blocks have greater priority);
  • followed by the transaction ID (bids with lower transaction IDs have greater priority).

Sell orders are prioritized similarly, but lower offers have greater priority.

Higher priority orders are fulfilled first.

Viewing and Transferring Assets

All assets in your account are listed under ‘Asset Exchange -> My Assets’.

Click on ‘Transfer’ at the right-hand side to send asset tokens to another account. Currently you can only send tokens of the same asset in a single transaction; you’ll need to make a separate transaction for each asset you want to send.

You can also “burn” (effectively destroy) assets by using the “Delete Shares” button.

Transaction Fees

Like most other transactions that add to the blockchain, it costs 1 NXT to place or cancel an order, or transfer an asset. The transaction fee is deducted from your account when the block containing the transaction has been confirmed.

Finding a Good Price

If your bid price for an asset is low, nobody may be interested in selling at that price, or it may be a long time before any higher priced buy orders are filled or cancelled and someone accepts your price. The order books and recent trades (below the buy and sell windows) can help you find a good price.

Such recent price information can help you execute a trade quickly, but the price you have paid may not reflect an asset’s true value longer term. Beware of placing too much reliance on short term price movements, otherwise you might end up panic buying or panic selling which is a sure way to lose money. You need to take into account all available information regarding an asset and its issuer in order to reach a properly considered decision about the asset’s worth.

Due Diligence

Before buying an asset, you should at least understand what an asset represents and clarify any doubts with the issuer. On NXTER.ORG’s ASSETHUB you can read in depth asset research and find a Top 50 list over the most popular assets on the AE. Many assets are discussed on the nxtform.org assets sub-board https://nxtforum.org/assets-board/ and the Nxt Projects sub-board https://nxtforum.org/nxt-projects/. Here you can talk to asset issuers and other investors.

You should check that the asset issuers are who they claim to be. So, for example, if someone advertises shares for profits from running a restaurant, you’d want at least to check that the restaurant exists, that they own the restaurant, and they know how to run it. And for profit shares, you’d also want to check that your expected dividends justify the cost of the shares.

A good question to ask yourself is: “How likely is it that the asset issuer might disappear with any Nxt gained from asset sales, rather than follow through with their promises?” For example, if the issuer is anonymous, stands to raise a lot of Nxt from initial asset sales, and/or their stated plan for the asset seems very unlikely to be favorable for them, then they have incentives to just run away with your Nxt. But if, on the other hand, the issuer has a reputation that they want to protect and build on, and they have a sound business plan that stands to make them a lot more Nxt than the initial asset sales, then they have good reasons to honor their promises. Weigh the risks against potential returns before deciding if, and how much, you want to spend on an asset.

Usually it’s more accurate to describe asset tokens as a promise to the asset holder by the issuer to, for example, exchange the token for a bar of silver, or pay dividends from company profits. The Nxt network cannot enforce these promises, it’s your responsibility to check that the issuers can make good on their promises, and it’s for you to decide whether or not to accept the risk that they may not do so.

Regardless of how much due diligence, or even active involvement with the asset, you undertake, things beyond your control can still happen. Even the most trustworthy and capable people can be hit by the proverbial bus. Remember the standard advice regarding any type of financial  investment: never invest more than you can afford to lose.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article does not constitute (and is not intended to constitute) any form of advice, recommendation, representation, or endorsement by the author or the web site owner and should not be relied upon when making (or refraining from making) any investment decision.