Welcome, dear Nxters and other followers!
The Nxt community has always been known as one of the friendliest and most helpful in crypto. Now we’re growing again, with the creation of Ardor, new assets, and new child chains, new Nxters join our ecosystem from all over the world. We welcome you. Investors too.
Now, if you invested some (maybe too much?) of your time or hard earned money into a project, it’s easy – and popular – to let your frustrations spill over if you don’t see your investment “moon” instantly as planned. It’s not easy to always stay calm and judicious in a time where empty marketing promises, vaporware, and scam ICO’s seem to be popping up everywhere you look and making a win, granted. And it’s hard to know who to believe in, in a fastmoving, competitive, and very complex world.
Jealousy, fear of the competition, and FOMO can turn into anger, maybe even paranoia, and to let these feelings take control is easy too. This is where you might start bashing developers, the marketing department, sometimes even your own community, your friends – or the competition. Maybe you advised a friend to buy a token, and he lost on it? You feel like defending yourself – by punishing someone. Can war be avoided? Breath… Answer: it depends if you listen to your heart or your head. Breath… What if it’s ok you don’t know everything? What if the competition is not really an enemy but could be seen as a motivational factor? Maybe your seething hatred will vanish if you find out that Ardor – or its competition – is really inspiring, breaking new grounds in the ongoing development of blockchain technology, exploring new possibilities.
On Ardor, much progress was made last week. After much hype and anticipation, we have the ability to learn and use Lightweight Contracts and Transactional Vouchers on the latest experimental release of the Ardor testnet (v2.1.0e), the final map of the Nxter Summer Quest is here, Lior wants StackExchange to be the primary medium for discussion and FAQ’s for the new functionality added to the testnet in the latest release, the Ardor presence on Reddit is growing, with new chat rooms created last week, more documentation was created/updated about Lightweight Contracts and Transactional Vouchers, updates from various child chains and Ignis assets, the Bittrex exchange is promoting the ability to trade USD from your crypto account, and much more.
Thank you for letting us gently inform you about the blockchains we know and love through the week that was.
- Jelurida – Updates
- Ardor v2.1.0e (Testnet) + Mobile App
- LightWeight Contract + Vouchers, Ardor on StackExchange
- Ardor v2.1.0e (Testnet) + Mobile App
- Nxter Puzzle: Summer Quest Part V
- New Ardor Chat Rooms on Reddit
- Meetup Reminders (By Order)
BUSINESSES ON ARDOR
- Dominium ITO Update + SCAM Alert
- C2C Updates
- EZYcount – Private Token Sale
- Triffic Pre-ICO Update
- Bitswift Child Chain Update
- Janus Update
- Nxtwiki.org – Lightweight Contracts
- Blockchain Ardor Video #5: Transaction Vouchers
- Nxtwiki.org – Transaction Vouchers
- Weekly Reminder
- Korean Exchange Bitsonic Listed Ardor
- TOKOK Exchange Lists NXT
- Support your Tokens
- Bittrex – Want to participate in USD trading on @BittrexExchange?
- CoinPulse – You can vote for NXT/ARDR/IGNIS
- Bithumb – Let your Voice be Heard
- CryptalDash – Request for your Favorite Coin to be Listed
- Shardax – Vote for Ardor to be Listed
IN THE MEDIA
This week’s newsletter is put together by apenzl, Jose, James, and rubenbc.
Jelurida – Updates
Lightweight Contracts and Vouchers live on Testnet!
The holidays are certainly over. Last week Jelurida released Ardor version 2.1.0e along with a mobile app, an experimental release that features Ignis Lightweight Contracts and Vouchers. In order to spur adoption among devs, serious feedback is asked to be given publicly on bitcoin.stackexchange. While the communities that have been created on slack, nxtforum, et.al., are wonderful, they are flawed because they are “walled” and relatively hard to find, as opposed to the open nature of stack exchange.
Ardor v2.1.0e (Testnet)
Folks, as you can see we just released the lightweight contract feature on testnet, This feature represents over 6 man month of development work. It has many moving pieces and I’m sure you’ll all have many questions and surely you will discover issues. Remember that the key to adoption of Ardor is to attract developers. In order to attract developers we need to push public information. If all our updates remain in a walled gardens like nxtforum and our slack and telegram channels, new developers won’t be able to learn about our platform.
Therefore we ask that all questions about Ardor contracts will be posted in https://bitcoin.stackexchange.com
This will make all our answers public and will help us build knowledge base and our user reputation towards the creation of a stack exchange site dedicated to Ardor.
The reason we like stackoverflow and stackexchange is that they get great Google ranking and are known to provide quality information.
Registration cannot be simpler and we promise to follow up quickly on any question (if we somehow missed something let us know).
Lightweight contracts and transaction vouchers are now released on testnet! Ardor v2.1.0e is experimental release, mandatory upgrade for TESTNET nodes only https://t.co/yJZH6JxMlZ Testnet hardfork will happen in 24 hours. #Ardor #blockchain #crypto #ARDR pic.twitter.com/XjmO3RQk6Z
— Jelurida (@Jelurida) August 17, 2018
This is an experimental release. It is a mandatory upgrade only for testnet nodes, but can also be run on mainnet. On testnet, a hardfork to enable the lightweight contracts feature has been scheduled at height 341500.
Mobile App https://bitbucket.org/Jelurida/ardor/downloads/ardor-client-2.1.0e.apk
More information about Lightweight Contracts
Nxter Puzzle: Summer Quest Part V
This week it will rain tokens on fast and smart Nxter puzzlers. Our last city-walk is in Krems an der Donau (Krems), Austria, and the announcement of the final word in the ANG-sponsored 1000 IGNIS account challenge will occur at the Purposeful Games Hackathon in that same city this weekend.
Reveal all words of Stage V and get access to the Stage V Ignis account (remember to keep the passphrase as you will need it to take part in the final stage of the Summer Quest).
The Summer Quest Stage V map can be found here:
There is also a chance to win 1000 DOM tokens mid-week, as Dominium announces the final word in last week’s Bonus Puzzle passphrase @ 12:00 ECT on August 24th. Countdown and rules here…
Remember – if you want to try and collect the 1000 $DOM you must first solve Summer Quest Part IV, it’s needed in order to complete the passphrase to the secret account with the tokens.
We will announce the word in… https://t.co/7wUblykxSR
— Dominium (@Dominium_me) August 14, 2018
All Nxter Puzzles are listed here – and there are still more IGNIS to be claimed:
New Ardor Chat Rooms on Reddit
Last week long-time community member – patoshi – created two chat rooms on r/Ardor. Reddit is great. What is not so great is how lacking the Ardor presence is, so here’s another chance for you to engage with it – or simply migrate.
I’ve made 2 chat rooms on reddit ardor. “General” and “Developers”.
Reddit is where all the crypto heads are. This would enable any reddit user to just hop into these ardor chatrooms without the need to download slack,
hence improving adoption and growing the reddit ardor community.
Up to u guys to decide if you want to migrage to reddit chatrooms.
something to test out.
its here: … https://www.reddit.com/chat/r/ardor/channel/1451823_2d596bae6854a672974e59c7402f68f32b0d51da
Meetup Reminders (By Order)
Hackathon / Gamejam time, August 24-26th in Austria
The time for the first Austrian Purposeful Gaming Hackathon is closing in.
From August 24th – 26th 2018 the Center for Applied Game Studies at Donau University Krems is hosting its first “Blockchain Hackathon meets Game Jam Hybrid” event, where Lior Yaffe from Jelurida will also debut and showcase the Lightweight Contract functionality on the Ardor testnet!
This event is free to participate in the conference and/or the hackathon, you just have to pre-register here. The registration will be closed on August 21st.
We are excited to be a part of #Blockchain meets purposeful gaming – Conference and Hackathon in Krems, Austria – 24-26 August! Many tanks to the Center for applied game studies @donau_uni @alexpfeiffer! https://t.co/aijN9scSgd #Ardor pic.twitter.com/UDeRugKQnY
— Jelurida (@Jelurida) August 13, 2018
From the website:
The start of the event is organized as a conference to get in touch not only with blockchain technology, but to also learn more about games with a purpose and about the possibilities you have as young entrepreneur in this particular field.
The participants of the hackathon will be split into two groups with the purpose to create a collector’s game with an educative purpose. An example would be to build a collectible card-game about the “17th century Tulip-Mania” in Amsterdam. The winning team will get a bounty powered by Jelurida.
The program looks awesome! See it here.
Jelurida will Attend Finnovista Pitch Day Madrid, September 18th
Jelurida is one of the first startups to attend the Finnovista event at FPDMadrid in mid-September.
BUSINESSES ON ARDOR
Dominium ITO Update + SCAM Alert
The big day arrived: on August 14th the Dominium pre-ITO began.
Unfortunately, something else happened too: the crypto market crashed, and the overbooked $DOM pre-ITO did NOT sell out, as more than a few pre-orders were not re-ordered and confirmed. This leaves a chance for others who did not get on the list to attend and participate. We also bring to your attention a SCAM that pretends to be the people behind Dominium asking for money to be sent to a BTC / ETC address: something you will NEVER need to do to interact with the Dominium platform!
A big day for Dominium and for most of us a long day too. Many orders still need to be confirmed, but we wanted to thank you for sticking with us today.
We (like everyone else) are hoping for a speedy recovery of the crypto markets, so the pre-ITO can be filled quickly, but it does leave a great opportunity for those who missed out on the Whitelist.
The devs have managed to make the website more stable and faster. Monday we hope to be super fast and 100% stable and then we will start with the marketing campaigns again. Yes we lost a week of the pre-ITO, but better this way than putting a plaster on something and hoping for the best. Long term solutions take longer, but give less headaches after (or so we hope).
Scam alert: Somebody has written a MEDIUM article on DOMINIUM pre-ITO, pretending to be Gudo Thijssen and Abhi Kumar and posted ETH and BTC addresses. This is not us! We never ask for money outside the platform.
Medium has been contacted to take down the article. Please share.
— Dominium (@Dominium_me) August 16, 2018
Pre-ITO sale now live pic.twitter.com/RaZOKLizZl
— Dominium (@Dominium_me) August 17, 2018
Ardor isn’t a famous coin, and will its price affect DOM?
Hi nxt6666. The price of Ardor has nothing to do with Dominium. We believe in Ardor and once we have our platform live, people will see a proper use case for it. Maybe Dominium will be more famous than Ardor, or maybe Dominium will make Ardor famous. Who knows right.
@nxt6666 my understanding is that most people involved with Ardor care a lot about features, usability, scalability, and security. They believe focusing on these issues will be best for the demand for Ardor transactions and coins in the long run. Also, that approach seemed to work well in 2017 – Ardor was #3 most profitable crypto asset, beating bitcoin’s 1318% rise with a stunning 16809% rise.
A month ago IDAX announced that they added Ignis-based C2C to their crypto exchange.
Today, a trading campaign was announced which will reward the next month’s top 50 traders of C2C tokens with 560,406 C2C.
CoinMarketCap now lists C2C, the first Ignis asset listed by them.
Travin Keith wrote:
C2C is the first Ardor asset on CMC – https://coinmarketcap.com/currencies/c2c-system/#markets
The C2C system wants to make it convenient to convert any paper currency and coins into many different cryptocurrencies, including the C2C currency itself. With strategically located ATMs, travelers should no longer need to worry about leftover paper bills and coins from the remaining purchases after a business trip. In some locations, travelers who do not want to be exposed to market volatility will be able to choose the AEUR coin, a coin that is pegged 1:1 with the Euro by ArdorGate in cooperation with MisterTango. C2C is an asset token issued on the Ardor platform.
EZYcount – Private Token Sale
On August 15, Phase 2 of the EZY TaaL token sale began.
TOKEN SALE SCHEDULE:
15 AUG-14 SEP:
1CHF = 11 TOKENS
15 SEP-15 OCT:
1CHF = 10 TOKENS
EZYcount is an online accounting software developed in Switzerland for self-employed and SMB’s. The goal of the token sale is to raise funds for AI integration into the EZYcount accounting and invoicing software so that, hopefully, within two years the product will be mature enough to automatically do ALL your accounting for you by observing and learning what transactions are for what purposes (rent, bills, tax deduction etc.). EZYcount will be using a new software licensing model called Token as a License (Taal). This token will represent a lifelong and tradeable software license for EZYcount solutions.
You can purchase EZY TaaL tokens with USD, CHF, EUR, BTC, ETH, LTC, ARDR and all Ardor child chain tokens. If EZYcount does not reach their minimum target of CHF 1 million, they will refund all amounts invested.
In a recent blog post, EZYcount wrote it has also applied for an Accounting startup Accelerator program.
Triffic Pre-ICO Update
Triffic’s pre-ICO Part 2 begins September 3rd, 2018. Currently, Triffic’s GPS tokens are Ignis assets, but this will change when they migrate to a Triffic child chain. Before the ICO goes public you need to whitelist your account according to KYC / AML procedures, join the whitelist here.
#Triffic will be the best #Blockchain enabled gamified navigation app on the Market. It’s addictive, practical and ultimately irresistible. Turn Miles into Money. Take Steps and Earn. Advertise to the Right Audience, at the Right Time and Place. https://t.co/8WCvBfXBKR #ico #gps
— Triffic (@trifficworld) August 17, 2018
Public Sale Supply: 100,000,000 GPS Tokens / Total Supply: 1,000,000,000 GPS Token
Bitswift Child Chain Update
Canadian Bitswift is getting ready to release their $CASH tokens. Becoming a point of entry into the crypto world for the average Canadian person by converting Canadian dollars (CAD) into vouchers using the new Ardor Voucher System is only a part of the ambitious goal they work for.
Soon we will release #bitswift.cash product. It functions as a low friction gateway to a crypto economy, and doubles back as a model for universal basic income on the blockchian. Thank you beta testers. $CASH tokens now trading on chain. pic.twitter.com/5D6Iww7Esg
— Bitswift™ (@Bit_Swift) August 19, 2018
Bitswiftbro explains to new users what the Bitswift child chain is all about:
The goal with Bitswift blockchain is to integrate and educate new users into the new token economy. Bitswift is setting up to become a low friction gateway to crypto. This means many new users will enter / exit crypto via Bitswift. Our focus is on the general public, not on the crypto-savvy nerds.
We have been busy with the business frameworks and support and installations force to make this possible which is why you see profitible and functional tech business operating behind bitswift gearing up to promote, educate and install. Tech business already has 500 + active clients, mom and pop shops, resteraunts, hotels, motels, people that trust our brand with their tech infrastructure etc. The tech business is composed of a group of independant contractors all collectivley working together to promote Bitswift products and services. We leach off eachothers skillsets more or less to provide the best solution for our customers. Everyone is their own boss.
So we are well ahead of the game establishing trust and making business relationships. If a business allows you to recommend and install their servers, and point of sale equipment, then who’s to say they are not going to take your advice when you start recommending they deal in crypto. If it helps the business become more profitible and productive, why would we not recommend it?
I think if we can build out a fleet of people to provide a point of contact, a sense of trust, then it will be more easy for the average user to put their faith in crypto. This is part of the goal with our shop, simply to provide a mechanism to build trust among customers. When people receive their products from Bitswift, they are more opt to trust the brand. There is a bigger picture here than just some tech shop and tech company on the internet.
Our 500 customers are already dealing with us, either purchasing products, or allowing us to support their IT infrastructure, some we already have into Bitswift as they were interested in Bitcoin and so we got talking about Bitswift during business meetings etc, and some show interest in purchasing. This is part of the reason we are developing Bitswift.cash, we have had customers wanting to purchase crypto from us… enough requests that it was time to build a platform for them to purchase Bitswift tokens easily without the manual friction of dealing with me.
So the cash is being developed to integrate CAD and crypto, similar to Ardorgate but with Canadian banks?
^No to banks
but yes to CAD – > Crypto via the Ardor Voucher System.
Awesome. For the cash vouchers, do you need some type of license in Canada? If not, this would certainly be an interesting option for small shops that want to have customized rewards/gift card like system at almost no cost
No to license.
Anyone can buy these vouchers at Canada Post, Canadian Tire, convenience stores, etc.
Or you can buy them online : https://www.topmeup.ca/opv/Purchase.aspx?product=FLEXPE
Once you have a voucher code you can instantly convert it on our platform for bitswift tokens.
Learn more about the Bitswift ecosystem
Janus – Status Update
Bjorn, from the Janus Team:
The gpu farm is close to being done. Waiting on end of month delivery. We will be testing experimental mining gear. Fpga 215+ acorn rig boosting device. I am currently building large pcie lane machine to handle 5 at once. Requires threadripper cpu. If it works it means we add 20-35% more hashpower for 1/5th cost of buying more gpu.
Then Lobos needs to finish the coin exchange.
And we bring our plans full circle.
Janus Ardor asset ID: 4348103880042995903.
Are you a #developer? Interested in learning more about cutting edge #blockchain technology built for businesses? This is your chance to learn & earn! Help rewrite documentation for the 250+ #APIs that make #Ardor & its child chains the most advanced live ecosystem. #java https://t.co/vUBqqIOoQY
— Demetrius (@CryptoDemetrius) August 21, 2018
Nxtwiki.org update – Lightweight Contracts
We share Lior’s enthusiasm about the great many use cases that the Lightweight Contracts functionality provides and are happy to point you to further documentation! Lightweight Contracts are now executable on the Ardor testnet and Nxtwiki has been updated – yes, it is called nxtwiki.
Getting ready to bring blockchain technology main stream. All tests are Green. pic.twitter.com/Qymgx6qBLH
— Lior Yaffe (@lioryaffe) August 16, 2018
Introduction to Lightweight Contracts
Lightweight Contracts represent a framework to develop a layer of automation on top of the existing Ardor APIs.
Contracts are developed by implementing pre-defined interfaces. The contract code is deployed to the blockchain as cloud data transaction which stores the code itself and a contract reference transaction which provides the trigger to activate the contract and provides the setup parameters.
- 1 Introduction to Lightweight Contracts
- 2 Prerequisites
- 3 Getting Started
- 4 Setting Up the Development Environment
- 5 Contract Development
- 6 Best Practices
- 7 Contract Deployment
— Lior Yaffe (@lioryaffe) August 15, 2018
Blockchain Ardor #5: Transaction Vouchers
Demetrius released a new episode detailing the versatility of the newly released Transactional Vouchers feature on testnet.
Nxtwiki.org – Transaction Vouchers
More information has been added to the nxtwiki about these new and powerful transactional vouchers.
1 Introduction to Transaction Vouchers
See an article about transaction vouchers and their use cases.
Vouchers are useful when Alice wants Bob to pay her in a secure tamper proof way.
Assume that Alice wants Bob to pay her 100 IGNIS. Alice logs into the wallet using Bob’s address and using the normal send money dialog performs a payment from Bob to her account. She enters her passphrase and checks the voucher checkbox. As a result the wallet generates a digitally signed voucher which she sends to Bob as a json file or QR code off blockchain. Nothing is submitted to the blockchain at this stage.
Bob now uses the “Load Voucher” function from the wallet to load Alice’s voucher. He double checks all the details then signs and submits voucher to the blockchain.
The result is that Alice received her payment while Bob now has the voucher file or QR code which represents an invoice for his financial records. Alice got her tokens and Bob is sure that he really paid Alice and that Alice indeed has a passphrase to her account. This voucher is tamper proof.
We want YOU to sign up for ardor-nxt stackexchange! Kindly register and upvote in order to facilitate the StackExchange creation process for Ardor and Nxt and move it out of the staging zone. Upvote popular questions. Everyone who registers will get 5 upvotes, please use them to bring the questions asked up to 10 upvotes to help create more assets for the community!
In Over_watchtower’s words:
We are almost there. Currently we need just one more follower and 22 questions with a score of 10 votes.
Here is how it works:
Each proposal/follower will have the opportunity of upvoting 5 different questions and no more. We have enough questions already, but you are welcome to ask another and we will gladly provide an adequate response. But what we need even more to be qualified in this stage is more upvotes on questions with less than 10 scores as there are many.
Please visit: https://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/119259/ardor-nxt to register your email address(es) and fully utilize your 5 upvotes if you havent.
Remember that stackoverflow and stackexchange get great Google ranking and are known to provide quality information which is just part of what we need right now.
Registration cannot be simpler and we promise to follow up quickly on any question (if we somehow missed something let us know).
Remember, you have only five (5) votes per proposal, lets make our votes count.
Korean Exchange Bitsonic Listed ARDR
The Bitsonic exchange listed ARDR, including a little release with links to the Jelurida whitepaper and to the ANG Ardor platform website.
- 아더(Ardor)는 유효성이 증명된 Nxt 블록체인에서 진화된 BaaS(Blockchain-as-a-Service) 플랫폼입니다. 아더는 유니크한 부모-자식(parent-child) 체인 구조로, 하나의 시큐리티 체인과 다수의 트랜잭션 체인을 가지며 3가지 장점을 가지고 있습니다. 1) 블록체인 팽창 감소, 2) 다수의 거래가능한 토큰 제공, 3) 바로 사용 가능한 상호연결된 블록체인 호스팅
- 최초 발행: 2016-07-23
- 웹사이트: https://www.ardorplatform.org/
- 백서: https://www.jelurida.com/sites/default/files/JeluridaWhitepaper.pdf
TOKOK Exchange Lists NXT
For free even! Next will be ARDR.
NXT is added to the exchange today for free, and ardor will be next
Support your Tokens
As always, there are opportunities for community voting to help list Ardor / Nxt / Ignis on new crypto exchanges and even some old ones. As long as the listings are still up, there are still opportunities for you to help the community by casting your vote.
Want to participate in USD trading on @BittrexExchange? Click the link below to find out how the Seattle-based exchange offers USD trading for various accounts, assuming you meet certain KYC / AML criteria.
— Bittrex (@BittrexExchange) August 17, 2018
You can vote for NXT/ARDR/IGNIS here:
Let your voice be heard:
CryptalDash – Request for your Favorite Coin to be Listed
Shardax – Vote for Ardor to be Listed
IN THE MEDIA
Medium – Dominium Giveaway in Nxter Summer Quest
This article is literally an ad for the Nxter Summer Quest and how Dominium decided to join in on this great promotion and offer 1000 DOM tokens. If you want to know the history of the past week’s Summer Quests.
The author wrote:
The secret word from Dominium will be announced on Aug 24, 2018 12:00 CET.
Link to the countdown: https://www.timeanddate.com
For more information, please go to: https://www.nxter.org/summer-quest/
Blockchain Platforms – Ardor vs EOS
EOS has excelled at turning hype into investor funding. They raised $4 BILLION! In the below comparison it is written that the EOS blockchain can run 1000 transactions-per-second (TPS) up to unlimited. Please, ground yourself in the truth people who shill themselves out to write about EOS.
Who is writing these articles? EOS doing 1000 tps to unlimited? Really?
Both this article and the Cardano one is comparing features working in production in the case of Ardor with marketing materials in the case of EOS and Cardano.
Maybe we should start saying how in the future Ardor tps may be unlimited….just don’t specify how far into the future XD
But it is not unlimited…
The EOS tps is not unlimited as well, in fact I can promise you they won’t do 1000 tps on mainet ever and perhaps not even 100 tps.
How Jelurida plans to scale globally:
Weekly NXT/ARDR/IGNIS Price Evolution
The following graphic shows the NXT / Bitcoin exchange price at Bittrex over this past week:
The following graphic shows the ARDR / Bitcoin exchange price at Bittrex over this past week:
The following graphic shows the IGNIS / Bitcoin exchange price at Bittrex over this past week:
And that is the news of last week! There is a lot a bad information out there and we hope to provide your with only the honest truth – sans hype and blatant lies. If you value this we hope to find you here next week!
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