May 2017 (II)
Here’s some of the latest news about Nxt over this past week in May:
- NxtChat on Slack – 1500 Registered Users!
- How to – Initialize a Nxt/Ardor Account without Issuing an Outgoing Transaction
- Crypto Awards – Nxt Nominated
- Bitcointalk.org – Nxt Official Thread Updated
NXT IN THE MEDIA
- Adel – Articles and Reviews
- Cointelegraph – Blockchain Mainstream Adoption
- Koles Coin News – Meet Travin Keith
Here below are more details about each of these:
NxtChat on Slack – 1500 Registered Users!
Nxt’s Slack is one of the places for the Nxt community to discuss and share news about Nxt. Since its inception in January 2016, it’s now reached over 1,500 users and 31 dedicated channels for various purposes. Among them, alongside the main #general channel, we can find channels for specific projects such as #adel and #janusproject, or channels for specific purposes such as #developers and #helpdesk.
Once again, the features provided by the Nxt and Ardor 100% PoS platforms are attracting more and more people both familiar with blockchain technology as well as newcomers. If you haven’t already joined the Nxt community, come and join us! We are waiting for you!
Alongside Slack, Nxt and Ardor are officially present on the following platforms:
At Nxter.org, we’ll continue spreading the word as we’ve been doing since the beginning to try to help more people learn about both Nxt and Ardor, together with the full ecosystem around it. If you’re interested in giving us a hand to achieve this objective, please visit nxter.org/get-published-get-paid-nxtp
How To – Initialize a Nxt/Ardor Account without Issuing an Outgoing Transaction
When creating a new Nxt account, first thing we must do is to choose a passphrase as strong as possible as that will be our private key. Then, the public key for the generated account is computed using the supplied secret passphrase.
There are 1077 account numbers available in Nxt, but there are a much larger number of possible passwords, so an obvious question is whether or not it’s possible for more than one password to open the same account.The answer is no – as long as you have issued one transaction from your account. Here’s why: until a transaction is sent from your account, it is not secured by a public key. Once the first transaction is issued, a 256-bit public key for your account is generated.
Once this is done, your account number is secured. In the very rare case that someone enters a passphrase that would generate the same 64-bit account number as an existing account, the software will deny the use of the passphrase and ask you to choose another one. When you issue an outgoing transaction, your 256bit public key (with the first 64 being your visible account number) is transmitted to the network and incorporated into the blockchain.
In order to make thing easier, Lior Yaffe, Nxt and Ardor core developer and member of Jelurida, has shown us a new way to fully secure our Nxt account without having to send an outgoing transaction and without needing to download the blockchain:
Crypto Awards – Nxt Nominated
The Nxt cryptoplatform has been nominated to the Crypto Awards (TCA), which intends to reward ideas and efforts of the best crypto projects in the world, based on the project’s originality, tech, functionality, usability, and ideas. These awards give a great deal of visibility to cryptocurrency projects, with experienced judges that are fair and have solid reputations in the world of crypto.
Being nominated on TCA comes with great potential benefits for participants. They receive scores and feedback from an international judging panel of experts, which even if they don’t win, could help fine-tune some projects so they can improve and become stronger.
Winners will be rewarded with official certificates and big mentions on the platform and social media channels to thousands of traders.
Annual winners of the project of the year are awarded and shipped their very own shiny coin trophy!
The Crypto world does expands rapidly, and almost daily new coins and projects launch, so it takes a lot of time for investors and traders to get a good overview of what’s happened on the market, TCA will help highlight the very best projects making it easier for them to determine risks.
Source and more information: http://www.crypto-awards.com/nominees/nxt
Bitcointalk.org – Nxt Official Thread Updated
The official Nxt thread on Bitcointalk has been updated. The new design is cleaner, elegant and simple, thus bringing visibility to the most important links while providing a general and structured vision of the platform and some of its most significant details.
Despite the fact that the members of the Nxt community have many possibilities to discuss and share information about the platform, Bitcointalk’s popularity in the cryptoworld is huge because it was one of the pioneer forums in this field. Because of this, the importance of taking care of all details so that new people put their eyes on this platform are correctly informed is important.
Get involved with Nxt today and join a growing crypto community!
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Nxt’s Alias System – Plugin for Web Browsers
Nxt’s Alias System is one of the biggest features included in Nxt’s core. In simple terms, the alias feature allows one piece of text to be substituted for another, so that keywords or key phrases can be used to represent other things – names, telephone numbers, physical addresses, websites, account numbers, email addresses, product SKU codes, and almost anything else you can think of. Aliases can be registered right on the Nxt client itself. You can search existing Aliases and acquire unused ones. Aliases can be mapped to an account, a URI or other data, and can be bought, sold, and transferred to other users. You can also change the function of an Alias once you have registered it.
The possibilities are almost endless! When you update the NRS, the client checks the downloaded file against an alias with the sha256 string. For each new release, the core developers update the alias with the new sha256 string. By the way, did you know what was the only transaction included in the block 1,000,000? Yes, it was an alias named ImReady, which was registered in that block.
One of the multiple applications that the Alias feature allows is the implementation of a decentralized DNS system, an objective that is easily achievable by means of these free plugins for your Chrome and Opera web browsers (Firefox version will be available as soon as the changes in the Firefox API are implemented) offered by Peername. With aliases, users can be pointed to the site they want to visit in a decentralized manner. If a website is hacked or taken down, the alias can be set to redirect users to the right place anyway, no matter what the new URL would be.
NXT alias redirection works via the “omnibox” feature. Once installed, you just need to type “nxt (space or tab) alias_name” in the address bar. For example “nxt (space) nxt” will redirect you to nxtforum.com. Some other Aliases already registered that you can use to try out this plugin are:
nxt > https://nxtforum.org
nxter > https://www.nxter.org
a101 > https://www.nxter.org/nxt-tutorials
assethub > https://www.nxter.org/assethub
nxternews > https://www.nxter.org/newsletters
snapshot1 > https://www.nxter.org/snapshot-nxt-unsurpassable-blockchain-solutions
Do you know other good alias shortcuts? Then please leave them in the comment section below and fill us in!
Source and more information: https://www.nxter.org/nxt-core-alias-system
NXT IN THE MEDIA
Adel – Articles and Reviews
Adel’s ICO has already begun, as we announced in our previous newsletters. Shortly after the start of the ICO of this blockchain incubator that will make use of many features provided by Nxt, there have been a few people who have shared their opinions and reviews about Adel.
Coradan is one of them. He is a member of the Nxt community who is in charge of a blog in Spanish where he presents many uses cases that make use of the Nxt platform. He has recently published his tenth edition in this series titled: Adel – Casos de Uso con Blockchain. The articles includes a brief introduction to Adel and focuses on key concepts and aspects of this ecosystem, its projects, and the ICO process going on. The author mentions the potential of such a great idea and reminds us that Adel incubator will be built on Nxt, and will move to Ardor when necessary.
TheWireMaster, also a member of the Nxt community, has published on The Wiring a small review of Adel as well. Together with a general overview about the operation of this blokchain incubator, TheWireMaster also offered his personal opinion about the most exciting details:
Ideas are not only coming from the Innovators. Ideas are also provided by the Adel R&D team… Adel is not exclusively working on blockchain projects… The project is proactive when it comes to compliance to regulations. Participants to the ICO will have to comply to the AML (Anti-Money Laundering), CTF (Counter-Terrorism Financing) and KYC (Know Your Customer)…
Adel, in my opinion, is potentially the foundation of entrepreneurship and future work models as conventional employment is heavily changing due to digital transformation….
For his part, Paul H. Madore published a detailed article at Hacked.com which analyzes the Adel platform as well. The text discusses in detail this initiative, starting with some basic concepts, then going over all the whitepapers and documents that they have made publicly available for investors, the first tentative projects, the team members, a comparison with some other incubators or centralized options, ICO details, etc.
The author also discusses some other questions about this ICO that, in his opinion, should be improved or explained better to the investor. Finally, to summarize all this vast article, Paul brings us his personal verdict with good and not such good points about this new blockchain incubator based on Nxt.
Cointelegraph – Blockchain Mainstream Adoption
This article published at Cointelegraph, titled Major Challenges to Blockchain Mainstream Adoption: Industry View, compiles many opinions from different experts about the current situation and the future challenges that blockchain technology faces in order to become mainstream.
Travin Keith, Marketing Director and Blockchain Consultant of the Nxt Foundation, was one of the experts asked by CCGroup for this article on CoinTelegraph. Travin explains why, in his view, massive adoption hasn’t come yet:
Misunderstandings of the true technical abilities of Blockchain technology, coupled with the lack of general awareness about Blockchain technology, currently forms some of the most significant barriers to mainstream adoption. Many people still don’t really understand what Blockchain is, or what it can do. Though they may have heard about Bitcoin, and even use it, they might not necessarily understand how it works, much less what else the technology is capable of doing. It’s not surprising though, as people use currencies regularly throughout their lives but are largely not exposed to backend systems, which Blockchain essentially is, though quite a revolutionary one.
However, even if more people are aware of Blockchain and its capabilities, the resistance to changing existing systems due to the costs to utilize this new technology is another one of the significant barriers to mainstream adoption. It’s even harder for larger corporations which are less agile and thus have higher costs when making such changes. The benefits of adopting Blockchain technology will thus have to greatly outweigh the costs of this shift in order to justify going through such difficulties.
Source and more opinions: https://cointelegraph.com/news/major-challenges-to-blockchain-mainstream-adoption-industry-view
Koles Coin News – Meet Travin Keith
Travin Keith, Marketing Director and Blockchain Consultant of the Nxt Foundation, is the subject of this brief biography built by Koles Coin News. In this video, an overview of some of the task developed by Travin in many different projects, such as Nxt, Ardor, the Hiperledger Project, Adel, and many more are given.
— KCN (@KolesCoinNews) May 7, 2017
Source and more information: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWN9FtDP3d-jfJu83pGARxw
Weekly NXT/ARDR Price Evolution
The following graphic shows the NXT / Bitcoin exchange price at Poloniex over this past week:
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