Welcome, dear Nxters and other followers!
And a good Friday to you, sorry for the delay this week - here's finally your newsletter! Or, it really isn't a real "newsletter" is it? More like a massive attack of updates from all over, a weekly monster-post, because Ardor has winds in the sails.
A press release from Jelurida this week sprayed the name of their BaaS solutions right into the face of blockchain peoples and businesses across the red sea of crypto, globally this time, and of course, made possible by a lot of well-done work over many years. The Ardor Hackathon challenges were announced, along with a new Ardor Learning Hub, and Slack already sees many new names in the Developer Channel. Join.
Nxters are taking action creating puzzles, Google Chrome extensions, distributing ROCKS, Travin pitched an Ardor blood and organ registration blockchain at the Open Source Summit, Jelurida rubbed shoulders with XendBit at the African BlockchainNG meetup, Dominium sells DOM and expands in China, and here at Nxter Magazine we're optimizing the mag while keeping you in the loop with Ignis, Nxt and Ardor, and yes - there's more of that, read on.
Nxters, thanks again for letting us take you through another week that was;
> AR Notes
3 hackathon challenges, a new Ardor Learning Hub, a call for defining subcategories of offerings within the BaaS sector, a new email list, and child chains with REAL use cases. Now it's on!
3 Ardor Hackathon Challenges -
develop Lightweight Contracts and win up to $21.000
Lightweight Contract Challenges
Challenge 1: Currency Exchange
Think you have what it takes to automate the process of currency exchanges? This is your chance to prove your skills by creating a Lightweight Contract to exchange between Bitcoin and Ignis. More details...
Challenge 2: Cloud Storage
Decentralized data storage has gotten lots of hype, but most blockchain platforms are still figuring out how to offer this type of feature. In this challenge, you will use the existing Data Cloud on the Ardor platform's child chains to take cloud storage and streaming to the next level. More details...
Challenge 3: Identity Verification
Fake social media accounts are a major issue, with platforms like Twitter implementing their own verification process. On the Ardor platform, we think this process can be done better. Join this challenge to develop a Lightweight Contract based on reputation management and identity verification. More details...
There will be an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session in early November - Date TBD, 2018. Opening Date for Submissions: November 22nd. Deadline Date for Submissions: December 6th, 2018, 11:59 UTC. Winners Announcement: January 1st, 2019.
Ardor Learning Hub
It's time to learn again. Jelurida has launched the Ardor Learning Hub, built by their developers with the help of the community
It's an awesome collection of Getting Started guides, cheat-sheets, in-depth tutorials, FAQ's and dev resources.
It's shipped, NOW you can help.
Following up on last week's call for clarification of the Blockchain-as-a-Service buzzword by differentiating between FULL BaaS solutions like Ardor, and the CLOUD BaaS offerings from like IBM, HyperLedger, Microsoft Azure and the likes, another Press Release was pushed out globally this week, mentioning the Hackathon Challenges and the new educational Ardor Learning Hub.
LUGANO, Switzerland, October 22, 2018
After the recent announcement of the Dominium real estate project as the Ardor blockchain-as-a-service platform's official fourth "child" blockchain, Jelurida today publicly launched the Ardor Learning Hub. (...)
Read the full statement, choose your language below.
If you miss a language or can help spread the word in your local area, don't hesitate. We want as many as possible to take notice and take part. Print it, place it at universities, share it on social media, email it to dev friends in your local language, which can be selected here:
Jelurida's Email List
Yup, it happened. Jelurida got run over by the GDPR train too, but now they're ready to offer you email updates straight from the horse's mouth again. Be first to know about new Nxt and Ardor versions, official announcements, and everything Jelurida.
We had to discard the list of general subscribers we had from the past and we need to start collecting all your emails again in order to be fully compliant with the GDPR regulation. We are looking forward to seeing you back again. Have a great weekend!
Sign up: http://eepurl.com/dERmgr
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Nxter Puzzle | The Spider Web
Every week a puzzle is released for your pleasure. Inside the puzzles lie an IGNIS reward, that the first person to solve the puzzle can lay hands on. Seek Thou Must, to find the hidden passphrase, then withdraw the IGNIS in the account it opens.
Normal is an illusion...
What is normal for the spider, is chaos for the fly.
In this Nxter Puzzle, Madfox gives shots to the lost souls, ghosts and ghouls. Hell is empty - because we're all here.
The much-anticipated Ardor Rocks puzzle has been solved!
Madfox wrote on ardornxt.slack:
They solved our Ardor Rocks puzzle!!!
People are crazy
I thought it was unbreakable
It was a close race and took almost 3 weeks and a hint on Reddit for the lucky winner to get access to the prize account, which held 3000 IGNIS and 2500 $MUSIC. Congratulations to the winner, and a big round of applause to all our donators!
Unsolved puzzles are shown on nxter.org/puzzles, 2 Nxter Puzzle accounts now have 200 extra IGNIS in them. Attaaaack!
Within a minute after revealing the hint on reddit https://t.co/qtOvjiTlT8
Ardor Rocks #NxterPuzzle ( @Nxter_org @Ardor_Nxt_Group @wire_master )was solved! Congratulations ARDOR-5T97-HLEC-65V9-DUP7A - grabbed 3000 $IGNIS prize. Awesome! pic.twitter.com/c3y9j1NF3D
— madfox (@madfox1234) October 23, 2018
While our @Nxter_org October IV puzzle (loaded with $IGNIS by awesome @Ardor_Nxt_Group which is a new star here https://t.co/ezGmbnJ2Zd) rushing towards us like a steam train, 2 of our #NxterPuzzles are still unsolved. 500 $IGNIS for each from now!https://t.co/Dc74ArJBRO pic.twitter.com/iXncnXODU4
— madfox (@madfox1234) October 23, 2018
Travin @ Open Source Summit
How do blood and organs fit into a conversation about blockchain? Travin pitched an amazing prototype this week
Travin Keith, managing director of Altrean, and member of the Linux and HyperLedger Foundation pitched a European-wide organ and blood blockchain database this week at the Linux Foundation's Open Source Summit 2018. The idea is to create a secure distributed database maintained by EU member states, built on Ardor and Hyperledger Iroha, accessible for all involved parties but without EU member states signing off the control of their data or the management of the network to the European Union.
The benefits of such a setup include: hospitals and other healthcare institutions can see (permitted) exposed data, such as blood and organs available, full supply chain tracking for more accountability, and identities of blood and organ donors remain secure. Hyperledger Iroha primarily handles the identity management of each patient, and Ardor primarily handles the logistics around the transfer of blood and organs. "Part of the need for having two blockchain systems for this architecture is to further protect the privacy of each patient, as well as to allow the logistics chain to remain unaffected if ever the identity chain needs to have information completely removed".
Travin's presentation follows up on the "Bloodchain" project prototype, created for the European Commission, an integrated blood collection supply and demand management system to help address the shortage of voluntary blood and organ donations. Learn more here.
Blockchain NG in Abuja
Forge For Charity
A new forging pool wants to donate its earnings to charity. Anyone can lease their ARDR balances risk-free to this pool
Community member Cryptosolar, saw an opportunity in the Dominium ICO, and no, it wasn't anything like getting himself a Lambo. On the Dominium website, you can donate DOM tokens to charities like Oceana, Amnesty, Doctors Without Borders, CARE, Greenpeace and more - simply by "liking" them, when you are logged in to your Dashboard, you send 50 cents worth of DOM tokens to their organization. The idea is to use all ARDR the pool forges to buy DOM, and then donate it all.
Pool is live:
I will make sure the money will go to the charities or i am not Cryptosolar xD
Also see: How to lease your forging power
ROCK That s**t, Homie!
Ardor rocks - so you can get ROCKS on Ardor.
Confused? Users of the ardor.rocks social website are now getting crypto assets for participation on its community forum
On September 24th, the Wiremaster announced the ROCKS asset, a tokenization of the points that users of his ardor.rocks website get awarded for using the site. And then, on October 1st, he created it.
Please be aware that assets will not be transferred for every point you collect. It will happen at regular check cycles and when users have reached chunks of 100 points (at the moment, could change in the future). So once you have more than 100 points you’ll get your first payment (...), then you’ll get the next payment once you reach more than 200 points, and so on…
This is still very experimental, so the amount of points assigned for each task and the way the payments are done might change in the future.
So, where will it get its value from? Ideas are being discussed on the ardor.rocks forum, the Leaderboard (and the Ignis block explorer) shows the top contributors. Read along, and why not join the brainstorm - you'll even get ROCKS for it, y'know 😉
The ROCKS Asset ID is 8980081323442307, it's created by account ARDOR-RQCK-SFQ8-4PAX-FLTZX.
Let's get down to business. Not only Jelurida is doing business here; actually, why not have an ICO, support a new service provider, or maybe you're looking for a child chain to invest in?
Token News of The Week
Dominium and China Blockchain Partners (CBP) have signed an extensive partnership agreement to support Dominium’s activities within the Chinese market as a gateway to Asia. Read more.
First, it was ETH, and this week it was EUR: see here which currency to use if you want to purchase DOM tokens with a 50% discount.
Remember, the DOM token will be tradable on the decentralized Ardor Exchange immediately after its release. You can earn DOM tokens by referring. You receive 25 DOM tokens worth €5 whenever anyone signs up with your referral link. There is also a 5%-10% referral commission paid out in BTC or ETH. So sign up and start earning.
"Through the creation of a new child chain, Dominium will utilize Ardor to establish a fully transparent blockchain based real estate platform. Dominium chose Ardor over Ethereum after extensive research and evaluation of both platforms. “Having closely followed several blockchain technologies from conception, including Ethereum, we strongly feel that Ardor is the platform with the best features for our business, especially the controlled trading of assets” says Joost de Kruiff, a Dominium Blockchain Advisor. The child chain is expected to be operational in over 120 countries by the end of 2018".
Dominium will not only become a marketplace for property sales and rentals, but will also register property management activities, thus creating a fully transparent historical chain of information, serving tenants, buyers and investors alike. Dominium will also allow third party fund creators to set up property funds with standardised documentation, under an umbrella licence.
Remember that you can also read a review of Dominium's child chain project in Nxter Magazine.
The iOS app is more or less ready for testing now, however, we are waiting until the Android version reaches parity before we properly open the testing to the public. This should be 2-3 weeks.
I’ve just uploaded a video which shows the progress of the augmented reality part of the app since July. Check out https://youtu.be/PwNwZRg_nj4
Also, we just started a new thread at BitcoinTalk to discuss Triffic. If any of you have the time or the inclination, please visit https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=5048763.0 and ask us questions about the project.
"Triffic is elegant, fun & practical: a mobile gamified navigation app that rewards cryptocurrency for travel. Plus, geolocation based augmented reality scavenger hunts, pots of crypto for the taking, all running on the awesome Ardor Blockchain. Cryptoeconomics of Triffic: 50% ad revenue used to buy back, distribute & burn GPS Tokens, until ecosystem equilibrium where # of tokens removed equals number of new GPS Tokens entering market via the app".
— XendBit (@XendBit) October 23, 2018
Our RewardPortal is up and running!
To get started we've prepared a guide over on BitcoinTalk.
The C2C system wants to make it convenient to convert any paper currency and coins into many different cryptocurrencies, including the C2C currency itself, and to spread the use of C2C as currency. The technology of C2C will consist of ATMs that accept both bills and coins, as well as portable C2C devices (C2C Pocket) for merchants. They state: "With our technology, you can better make online purchases by converting your cash to crypto-currencies, as well as use our printed cryptocurrency bills for use in retail chains worldwide." C2C is an asset token issued with IGNIS on the Ardor platform.
"Our aim is to develop the EZYcount AI, an EZYcount-patented process to fully automate bookkeeping for the self-employed and small business owners. Access to this service will be granted through holding enough of our TaaL (Token-As-A-License) which will only be sold during the ICO".
EZY Taal is a token issued on the Ignis blockchain, and tradeable across the Ardor platform. What differentiates EZY Taal from other tokens is that if you have a requisite amount you will have automatic access to the EZYcount small and medium business accounting software that is being integrated with AI.
CiviliXation Digital COOP
so new site is up: civiliXation.md
still a bit more to be added
but i am bit busy with www.moldovacyberweek.md as we are event organisers and www.investgagauzia2018.md as we are also partners
You can enlighten us here if you know any better.
There is, of course, ongoing project development, and also a clone coming, which will airdrop 40% of its tokens on NXT holders. Read more here.
TOP 3 EXCHANGES BY VOLUME THIS WEEK
Veronica Torras (Jelurida), Terence Cassar, (GTG Advocates), and Alexander Pfeiffer (Center for applied game studies at Donau University Krems and Blockchain Consultant to the Malta Information Technology Agency (MITA) joins a panel discussion titled, "Blockchain as a Service: Beyond Buzzwords."
Come and join us at The Thirsty Barber in Paceville on 31st October at 7pm.
Attach encrypted or public notes to any site you visit with this Ardor Dapp. Your notes live in the cloud. It's secure: data stays in your browser or on the Blockchain. No 3rd party is ever involved
Patoshi is at it again. Remember the Blockchain Gateway Chrome Extension that resolves hidden text in short URL's which are stored on the Ignis blockchain? Here's another one -
Another Ardor dapp i made. please give it a test. i need more testers...
Take notes for web pages and access them with a single click when visiting them again. (...) Note down something about a webpage e.g. login id, frequent flyer number, membership number, tracking id etc. Something that you want to remember when you visit that page again.
Steps to Use:
- Install extension
- Click icon and enter in any user / password to generate your account (Save this. There is NO Forget Password option.)
- Go to any web page
- Click icon and create a note!
- If saving to the "Blockchain". First claim some free tokens to pay the fee, go here: https://www.ardor.world/en/faucet_ignis
- Take private or public notes and access them with a single click.
- Create public notes for everyone to see at a specific web page URL.
- Encrypt note with your main passphrase or add an additional layer of encryption. (Enabled in options)
- Option to add sitewide page notes. Sitewide notes are available for all the pages of the website.
- Sync your notes to the Ardor Blockchain Data Cloud. No data loss if your you lose your local data for some reason.
- All notes are available through a single page to make it easy to search in your private and public notes.
- Browser icon changes color if there is a 'note' available for a web page.
- Multiple computers can stay in sync using sync to the blockchain feature.
- No 3rd party to trust. Data stays with the user -- either on the browser or user's Ardor account.
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