Nxter News – April 2018 (III): Don’t Tell Me The Sky’s The Limit When There Are Footprints On The Moon

April (III)

Welcome, dear Nxters and other followers!

The flowers are blooming as is the blockchain space and the sky is not even close to the limit. “Mooning” is the term that is used when a token goes to an all-time high, but why shoot for the Moon when the blockchain can take us to new places, maybe even among the stars? No one can prognosticate, but smart people the world over continue to adopt blockchain technologies and communities like ours continue to grow and develop new and great things.

Last week in the Nxt / Ardor / Ignis ecosystems we learned more about a new lightweight contract concept being developed by Jelurida, news of upcoming Meetups, Triffic’s ICO, preview of a CtC app, an upcoming WooCommerce AEUR plugin, Lior Yaffe and Alexander Pfeiffer will co-present at the prestigious MIT this summer and much more.

We welcome back our old readers and warmly welcome our new ones. We want our readers to stay up-to-date with the blockchain evolution and we also want our readers to keep themselves and, their data, as safe as possible. Become experts in the Nxt / Ardor / Ignis blockchain ecosystem. So lean back and learn about all of last week’s progress.

 

COMMUNITY

MEETUPS

BUSINESSES ON ARDOR

DEVELOPMENT

IN THE MEDIA

PRICE EVOLUTION

This week’s newsletter is put together by jose, apenzl, James, and rubenbc.


COMMUNITY

  • Jelurida – Status Update

Any good software is benchmarked for performance, and Ardor will be as well. Last week Lior Yaffe, co-founder of Jelurida, announced that they will release performance benchmarks for Ardor and that there will be major changes to the Ardor client user interface (UI) – according to the Roadmap.

Lior wrote:

We will release official benchmarks for Ardor after implementing pruning.
As to updating the wiki to reflect the Ardor changes, you are right, this is in the work plans after the website.

We will publish in house results and anyone can repeat the benchmark. This is how software companies usually benchmark their product.


Client face lift is also part of the roadmap. We will try to release an updated roadmap by the end of April. The roadmap will be published on our website.

We implemented many features based on user feedback and we are always glad to accept code from contributors. We are hiring a full time UI developer. For client code we can setup more developers bounties, we did that in the past with some success.

Additionally, Riker said:

Need your feedback, what is good, what is bad, what is missing – First Draft of the “Developers Cheat Sheet”:

Ardor Cheat Sheet – Draft

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  • Exchanges

A new week brings new challenges and new crypto exchanges and we compiled a simple and easy to digest list of the latest relevant changes. Opportunities to demonstrate support for ARDR / IGNIS and even NXT are still out there:

http://bit.ly/Ignis-Ardor-Exchange-Progress

Coinbit – Giveaway as Part of Grand Opening

Coinbit had a number of pre-launch events with token give-aways.

Visit the site

Vote to list NXT / IGNIS / ARDR on more Exchanges

Readers like you can actively vote to get Nxt / Ardor / Ignis listed on more crypto exchanges.

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Let your voice be heard:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdzAZF-CnfquN4MomAOzoWb_GZEUl9PZmtLQi18Cfg4sZPJXg/viewform

Dontoshi

You can vote for NXT/ARDR/IGNIS:

https://dontoshi.featureupvote.com/suggestions/6975/nxtdecentralizing-the-future

https://dontoshi.featureupvote.com/suggestions/6945/ardor-platform-ardr

https://dontoshi.featureupvote.com/suggestions/7053/ignis-coin

CoinPulse

You can vote for NXT/ARDR/IGNIS there:

https://request.coinpulse.io/suggestions/7170/nxt-coin-decentralizing-the-future

https://request.coinpulse.io/suggestions/7171/ardor-platform-ardr

https://request.coinpulse.io/suggestions/7172/ignis-coin

Bitfineon Governance Vote – Free Listing

Bitfineon is offering a free listing on their exchange for the top 3 polled tokens.
This is a unique opportunity for our community to vote for NXT / ARDR / IGNIS!

 

 

 

Over_watchtower wrote:

Drop whatever you are doing at the moment and read this:

Bitfineon is offering a free listing on their exchange for a cryptocurrency of your choice. Please tell them which coin you want to get listed on Bitfineon most. There will be a governance vote of the top 3 coins, which they received from this form. According to the information available, you have now time until the 18th April 18:00 UTC.

Provide the name of a cryptocurrency.
Enter the name (nxt, ardor, ignis), not ticker, of a cryptocurrency, in small letters. Example: ardor

https://goo.gl/forms/bQQep8vUHU9t7kVa2

Voting more than once is allowed and very well encouraged. Endeavor to vote for all: nxt; ardor; ignis

Thank you.

NXT, IGNIS, and ARDR on Lescovex Exchange

Thanks to our great community, Lescovex announced that they now plan to list not only ARDR but also NXT and IGNIS. Great job Nxters!

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  • Lior and Alexander Pfeiffer will Present at MIT

This Summer, Lior Yaffe and Alexander Pfeiffer will be presenting at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) about how Blockchain-as-a-Service (BaaS) solutions are the future of technology and business. They were selected to present at the Connected Learning Summit at MIT.

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  • Agavon Joins Swiss Bitcoin Association

The former director of the Ardor Nxt Group and founder of Agavon (Travin Keith) announced a partnership between his blockchain consulting company and the Bitcoin Association of Switzerland, taking his company and our ecosystem into wider mainstream acceptance. Everyone knows of Bitcoin, not so much of Ardor and Nxt – but Agavon joining the Bitcoin Association goes a long way towards changing this.

They wrote:

It’s notable that Agavon is a partner of CtC, a company that is developing a unique 2- way cryptocurrency ATM that will take cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ardor, Ignis, and many more, including its own token, CTC. It’s unique in that it will not only accept bills, but will also accept coins and will be located in strategic locations around the world.

Source

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MEETUPS

  • Jelurida Blockshow Barcelona

Last week

Veronica wrote:

Dear community, there was a last-minute change on the date of the Barcelona Blockshow Meetup. Francisco Sarrias (@fsarrias) did the pitch because I had a conflict in my agenda. There were several startups pitching, and we didn’t make it to the final. Next time it will be! Thanks a lot to Francisco!

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  • Recording of the “Future of Blockchain for Business.”

This video is from Mobile World Congress. The expert panel presents their opinions on the bright and growing future of the blockchain. Lior Yaffe, as a recognized expert, is included in this small panel and provides excellent opinions.

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  • Blockchain Thursday by StartupToken, April 19th

Next week Veronica will be representing Jelurida at a Blockchain Startup Accelerator in Paris. Attend if you are going to be in Paris on Thursday of this week.

Veronica wrote:

Anyone in Paris next week?

Another event is happening next week in Paris, held by Startup Token, a Blockchain Startup accelerator based in Paris. I will be the one representing Jelurida this time, and spreading the word about our products to a bunch of entrepreneurs. Organizations like the Startup Token Accelerator are very interesting for us because they are at the center of the entrepreneurship, connecting entrepreneurs, providers, mentors and investors. A place to be for Jelurida as well.

Blockchain Thursday by StartupToken Dether Jelurida (Ardor Nxt Ignis) Eterbase

Thursday, Apr 19, 2018, 6:45 PM

Thursday Crypto-cafe
6 Rue des Bateliers Clichy, FR

45 Cryptonautes Attending

You want to discover unique and new projects? Startups come to present their latest news and connect with our community. Network with entrepreneurs, aficionados and enthusiasts. This week we have dether, coming to present their shop release and explain you how to accept crypto easily as a mean of payment and generate cashflow, Jelurida with their b…

Check out this Meetup →

19:45 Jelurida

Speaker : Veronica Torras
Head of Marketing and Business Development at Jelurida, the Blockchain software company developing Nxt, Ardor Blockchain as a Service and Ignis. Jelurida B.V. is the company created by the core Nxt developers, keeping the Intellectual Property rights over the Nxt and Ardor software in a single business entity. Its goals are to explore commercial opportunities for these blockchain platforms, and ensure their sustainable future development.

Join the Meetup

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  • New Meetup in Madrid: BLOCKCHAIN – SMART CONTRACTS, on May 7th

The second edition of Campus Madrid’s Blockchain for Business Meetups will introduce you to the concept of Smart Contracts. The Ardor testnet will be used to demonstrate. Be sure to bring your own laptop, download the client and gain hands-on experience with testIGNIS and testARDR.

AGENDA:

1.- Smart Contracts Introduction
2.- Management Demo of an ICO.
3.- Automatic Patrimonial Transmission Demo (Dead Man Switch)
4.- License Management Demo
5.- Process Traceability Demo (Writing / Reading)
6.- Questions and Answers
7.- Networking

Join the Meetup

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BUSINESSES ON ARDOR

  • Janus – Status Update

Last week the Janus team updated their community. A great Portuguese language video highlights their new KrediblePolitics platform.

Video about Kreds in Portuguese by Altcoinsclub. They highlight KREDS as a P2P token with the goal of monetizing digital participation with their new KrediblePolitics platform.

 

 

 

Follow Janus on Telegram and Twitter

Do you want more info about Kreds? Visit: https://www.kredsblockchain.com/

Janus asset ID on the ARDOR platform: 4348103880042995903

Here is how to Claim your Kreds Balance if you are a Janus Holder.

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  • Bitswift Childchain Update

The following highlight comes from the Bitswift team last week – the Bitswift Forging Pool will accept leases of Ardor forging power to their pool. With greater forging power comes a greater chance of forging a block and the payouts from the forged transaction fees will be paid out to pool members.

Paul Busch wrote:

Hey everyone, we are bringing a forging pool online. Feel free to lease your balance to our pool.
Details on bitswift.network

Join Bitswift on TelegramDiscord, and Reddit.

Learn more about the Bitswift ecosystem

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  • CTC ATM

The CtC team released a new app that has QR support for transactions. We expect this to work with their planned ATM’s and portable devices for merchants. Nxter Magazine has an in-depth interview with the founder of the CtC platform pending while awaiting his in-depth answers, which can – hopefully – be published in the very near future.

Whitepaper and More Info.

CtC has asset ID 6066975351926729052.

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  • Triffic – Status Update

News from the Triffic team! Last week they announced that the Ignis asset that is being offered in their upcoming ICO is a placeholder, much like JLRDA was the placeholder token for the Ignis ICO. They will eventually be a child chain of Ardor. There will be a 1:1 swap for placeholder tokens and final tokens after the ICO is over and the product is production ready.

More from Triffic / Coinerz:

Triffic will eventually be its own child-chain on Ardor. The Ignis Asset that is being offered in the ICO is actually a placeholder which will be swapped 1:1 as soon as the child-chain is ready.

The website is at https://Triffic.world, but it’s currently password protected until we get the nod from the lawyers that everything is compliant.

Re the ICO start date – same issue. Basically we will open up the institutional sales as soon as we get the legal go ahead and simultaneously start the marketing for the ICO proper at the same time. The ICO proper will have 2 presage weeks where tokens can be purchased at a discount.

We realized that ‘gamified GPS’ was actually just a very small aspect of what the app did as a whole, so we started talking about the concept of ‘gamify yourself’ as the app essentially gives you the ability to earn cryptocurrency for doing anything. Screenshots:

More Info

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DEVELOPMENT

  • Nxter Services – AEUR Woo Plugin Coming

Having an Euro-pegged child chain calls for action.

We have been working on something that the world might come to appreciate. A WooCommerce plugin and a shop that (for starters) will allow you to buy merchandise like our book, t-shirts, and more directly with your crypto! Initially, the WooCommerce plugin store will only accept payment in AEUR but that will change with time as support for IGNIS, and other child chain tokens, are added. As the Ardor ecosystem grows so do the benefits as the ease of doing business makes it easier to incorporate anything we want into the community – if you have the imagination to build it, please do! The entire community will develop and benefit.

Others will be able to create an online store too with the plugin we provide.

Here is an example of how such a transaction would look:

The Nxter community has characters and wildcards and we embrace them all. DarkSideJosh has long produced great dark memes, inspired plenty and ran in-yo-face campaigns on Twitter. He has now released three t-shirt designs that were made for us which will be available for purchase in the abovementioned AEUR-store. His unique style – our favorite tokens – on your body.

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  • Nxter Services – New Explorer Button

The NxterBridge Explorer has a new button available: Show Ledger. This feature makes it easy to see the transaction history from the attached account without exposing (or knowing) its passphrase.

scor2k wrote:

https://www.nxter.org/explorer/ARDOR-NYJW-6M4F-6LG2-76FR5/

new button ‘Show Ledger’ in our explorer

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  • FreeBird 2.0 – Update

The FreeBird project is going great. The following update lays out a new (faster) schedule of milestones and upcoming ICO:

goodrain wrote:

Hello everyone:
Due to the development progress is faster than expected, we will release FreeBird 2.0 in advance. Schedule is set as follows:
2018-4-20: Release FreeBird 2.0;
2018-5-15: Airdrop and finish ICO . We will remove the remaining sell orders of ICO price (0.001 IGNIS).

Source

More Info

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  • Weekly Reminder – IGNIS features

Those of you with a keen eye will note that the following list is a remarkable achievement and contains all the items on DarkSideJosh’s tour t-shirt above, plus more, good eye. They are all Nxt features that were ported to Ignis. But wait, there is more..

Jelurida continues to work very hard to ensure that the Ardor and Nxt platforms have cutting-edge features and functionality. As you scroll down this newsletter you will also notice the Lightweight Contracts development, in which Lior Yaffe documents this new feature in a series of Medium posts and on the Ardor testnet. Also, new features like Asset Control, was successfully added and implemented into Ignis on its launch.

Ardor itself only provides the security and means of forging transactions into blocks. All the sexy and interesting things happen at the child chain level – remember that Ignis has the ability to access all the functionality below, a helpful reminder. Many of the smart contract functions were first developed for Nxt and have later become standard or vision of almost every other blockchain – imitation is the most sincere form of flattery after all.

  1. Nov 22 – 2013  Birth
  2. Dec 22 – 2013  Aliases
  3. Jan 11 – 2014  Messaging
  4. May 6 – 2014  Balance Leasing
  5. May 12 – 2014  Issue assets
  6. May 12 – 2014  Asset Exchange
  7. Dec 17 – 2014  Dividend Payments
  8. Aug 1 – 2014  Marketplace
  9. Jan 10 – 2015  Crowdfunding
  10. Jan 10 – 2015  Monetary System
  11. Jan 10 – 2015  Currency Exchange
  12. June 6 – 2015  Voting
  13. June 6 – 2015  Multi-phased Transactions
    Approval by Vote
    Approval by Hash
    Approval by Transaction
  14. June 14 – 2015  File tokens
  15. Aug 14 – 2015  Offline Transaction Signing
  16. April 6 – 2015  Client Plugins
  17. Oct 31 – 2015  Peer Services
  18. Oct 31 – 2015  Account Ledger
  19. Jan 1 – 2016  Data Cloud
  20. Jan 21 – 2016  Coin Shuffling
  21. Jan 21 – 2016  Singleton Assets
  22. Jan 21 – 2016  Account Control
  23. Jan 21 – 2016  Account Properties
  24. April 8 – 2016  Add-ons
  25. April 8 – 2016  Funding Monitor
  26. Jan 1 – 2018  Release of the Ardor Platform

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IN THE MEDIA

  • Hacker Noon – What are Sidechains?

This article describes the concept of sidechains and expands on Jelurida’s take on them: child chains. The devil is in the details and while child chains are not technically sidechains, the analogy in the article serves as a great abstraction about the power and functionality of Ardor child chains.

They wrote:

A sidechain is a separate blockchain that is attached to its parent blockchain using a two-way peg. The two-way peg enables interchangeability of assets at a predetermined rate between the parent blockchain and the sidechain. The original blockchain is usually referred to as the ‘main chain’ and all additional blockchains are referred to as ‘sidechains’. The blockchain platform Ardor refers to its sidechains as ‘childchains’.

Ardor’s Blockchain as a service platform for business: Ardor uses the Proof of Stake consensus mechanism. Ardor calls its sidechains ‘childchains’, and they are tightly integrated into the main chain. Security is enhanced because all transactions are processed and secured by parent chain forgers. Most transactions are pushed down to the childchain level, as the parent mainchain retains minimal features. Global entities such as assets and currencies across chains can be accessed through childchains.

Read this great document about the difference between sidechains and childchains

Source

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  • Lior Yaffe in Medium – Lightweight Contracts – The Ardor Answer to Smart Contracts

Jelurida is exploring an approach which is more flexible and scalable than existing smart contracts. No, this is not talking about smart transactions. Instead of requiring every node to process every contract invocation, they are looking at asking the parties interested in the contract to process it and verify that they reach the same state and broadcast that across all the nodes, rather than the contract itself. Lior explains the built-in functionality of Ardor and how their lightweight contracts provide a layer of flexibility and automation which enables building much more sophisticated server-side blockchain applications.

Lior wrote:

Hacking of lightweight contracts is still an issue. For example, if someone is able to exploit a DAO style bug, and cause the contract to send funds to their account using a valid transaction, this will still work. Therefore for very sensitive high value contracts, a manual verification step can be added as account control.

Since our lightweight contracts are developed in Java they can be developed using the best, standard, development tools available (IntelliJ, Eclipse) and they can be debugged on a testnet, unit tested with JUnit, and in general use the best programming tools available. In addition, our contracts can use limitless repositories of 3rd party Java based libraries used for mathematical, economics, or physics calculations to interface with any external system using almost any technology. Of course, the more external code you rely on, the less trust you have, so it’s a trade-off that application developers will need to consider.

To summarize, building on top of dozens of development man years already invested into the Ardor built in functionality, our lightweight contracts provide a layer of flexibility and automation which enables building much more sophisticated server side blockchain applications.

Source

  • Lior Yaffe in Medium – Lightweight Contracts FAQ

The idea of Lightweight Contracts is as revolutionary as it is confusing (to many). Lior wrote a follow-up FAQ piece answering community questions about this new concept.

Highlights from the FAQ:

Q: How would account control increase the security of the contract?

A: When the contract account is under account control, a transaction submitted by a contract will trigger an automatic approval process on another node which controls the account. The other node will repeat the same calculation and compare its results with the transaction submitted by the contract. If there is a match, it will submit an approval transaction for the transaction submitted by the contract. Of course, this process can also be done manually.

Q: How can I review and validate the contract code?

A: If the source code is published, compile it and make sure you generate the exact same class file stored in the blockchain. If the source code is not published, download the class file from the blockchain and decompile it using any standard Java IDE to review the code.

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Read more Questions and Answers

 

  • Forkinvest – Криптовалюта Ardor (ARDR) прогноз на 2018 год

This Russian language piece has the title: Ardor Crypto Currency (ARDR) forecast for 2018. Regardless of what you hear in the media, there is not a second Cold War coming and the Russian crypto community is an important and continuously growing part of Nxter and the space as a whole.

Source

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  • Investopedia – DAOs, Blockchain, and the Potential of Ownerless Business

This interesting and thought-provoking article explains the concept of a Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) and how they might be the future of blockchain. Ardor is spotlighted as a DAO with promising potential for an autonomous, blockchain driven future.

They wrote:

Jelurida is another ambitious DAO project that’s a long time coming. The project began with the groundbreaking Nxt blockchain and eventually morphed into what is now known as Ardor—a Java-based platform for creating custom blockchains. It includes tokenization functionality, a marketplace connecting multiple blockchain services, a voting system, and other utilities required by a self-governing ecosystem. However, it avoids the typical blockchain bloat that plagues solutions like Ethereum by separating the ‘forging’ tokens (used for voting, block generation and more) from the transactional coins used to run smart contracts. This enables greater scalability by distancing the governance function from the transactional element.

Source

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  • Blockmedia – Finding Coins of Fate – Ardor

This Korean language article explains the birth of the platform, Ardor, with its roots in Nxt. They characterize Ardor like the Ethereum of Europe and they explain how the developers addressed the innate problems in Nxt, creating the first flexible parent – child chain system.

Source

  • Finance.townhall – Blockchain And The Rise Of The Dapps (Decentralized Applications)

This article explains, and highlights, the differences between the Nxt and Ardor platforms. It is important to note that Ardor is more than Nxt version 2.0 and that both blockchains have specific and unique use cases.

They wrote:

Infrastructure Requirements

Adopters must understand how different platforms are designed at the blockchain layer since this can dictate how it would work with their existing IT infrastructure. Perhaps a curious case in blockchain platforms are Ardor and Nxt. Since they are both developed and maintained by the Jerulida, many believe that Ardor is simply an evolution of Nxt. However, they have their respective advantages given particular use cases.

Nxt is designed as a single-chain blockchain meaning that each node keeps a record of all transactions. Using such a blockchain, enables businesses to run a full node on their own private networks which guarantees better uptime and increased privacy. However, one consequence of this is that such blockchains tend to take up large amounts of disk space in the long run. Bitcoin, for instance, is also single-chain and a full node now requires almost 170 GB of space to run.

Ardor’s blockchain, in contrast, is designed to have a parent chain with multiple child chains. This design allows users to just use a child chain and not run a full node. Child chains can also be pruned in order to reduce bloat so they don’t require that much space to use. This makes Ardor more appealing to smaller organizations who may want to use blockchain and avoid needing large amounts of computing resources to do so.

Source

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PRICE EVOLUTION

  • Steemit – ARDOR (ARDR): Triple Sequential Fractals!

Source

 

  • TradingView – ARDR Buy Opportunity by trader aristotelis.tso

Source

 

 

  • TradingView – IGNIS – Cup and Handle Breakout – BUY SIGNAL by CryptoWolfPack

Source

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  • TradingView – IGNIS/BTC a New Coin a New Opportunity by SkyRockSignals

Source

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  • 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 the past couple days:

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That is all for this week, Nxters. Follow us on Twitter or Telegram for important breaking updates during the week as they happen. The blockchain world, like the flowers, is blooming and the sky is not even close to the limit of the potential for this great technology. See you back here next week! We will keep you updated on the growing world of distributed ledger technology.

Help Nxter.org grow and help us continue to provide excellent and focused coverage on the ever-growing blockchain space by rewarding us for our hard efforts. Donation address: NXT-TK9J-MEKH-MUP9-HFCH2 / ARDOR-TK9J-MEKH-MUP9-HFCH2.

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Nxter News – April 2018 (II): You Can Cut All The Flowers But You Cannot Keep Spring From Coming

April (II)

Welcome, dear Nxters and other followers! We here at Nxter take data security very seriously and we hope you do as well. Much has been written about companies like Facebook and Cambridge Analytica harvesting and maliciously using personal data from its users. It is the responsibility of every netizen to take care of your data – we should not blindly trust these companies with our data.

Luckily, we have blockchain solutions like Nxt and Ardor to help keep user data safe. Last week we learned of many interesting developments regarding Ardor including, but not limited to, a Chinese community creating a blockchain charity for their old middle school, the marketing achievements of Jelurida so far this calendar year, an open letter from the growing Korean community, technical details involving Jelurida’s continuing development of smart add-on contract functionality, community-created Ardor apps and more.

We welcome back our old readers and warmly welcome our new ones. We want our readers to stay up-to-date with the blockchain evolution and we also want our readers to keep themselves and, their data, as safe as possible. Become experts in the Nxt / Ardor / Ignis blockchain ecosystem. So lean back and learn about all of last week’s progress.

 

COMMUNITY

MEETUPS

BUSINESSES ON ARDOR

DEVELOPMENT

IN THE MEDIA

PRICE EVOLUTION

This week’s newsletter is put together by jose, apenzl, James, and rubenbc.


COMMUNITY

 

  • Ardor 4 Charity Activities

A middle school in China created a charity that is based on Ardor. The graduating class of 2010 from Suqian Middle School wanted to give back to their school community, and with the help of the local governments they have transparently raised funds and distributed them to the families of students in need of support. This is a wonderful use case for blockchain and a powerful and human way of reaching out to help those around you.

Lege wrote:

Legel Network distribute first blockchain Love Student Fund

The angeldian love fund jointly initiated by the 19th class of the legel network and Suqian Middle School (2010), with the help of the Suqian City Bureau of Education and the Bureau of Civil Affairs, used blockchain technology to distribute the first blockchain love on the ARDOR chain. The student fund, and the student information that is funded, is registered on the Ardor chain and is always stored on the blockchain. This is the first application of the Ardor chain in the public welfare field in China. The angeldian name inspiration came from a classmate of their class. This classmate unfortunately left. In order to commemorate her, a love fund for students was set up at the Ten Year Class Reunion.

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  • Jelurida – Marketing Accomplishments: Q1 2018

You asked for it and Jelurida has responded: They have created a page that lays out their marketing accomplishments for the year thus far.

Veronica wrote:

Hello, everyone,  In Jelurida we are working hard to bring the team to a professional business-driven organization. Although sometimes, from the outside you could only see small changes, that is just the tip of the iceberg. If you look closely you can see signs that things are happening and are going to happen. Today, we are pleased to share with you the Marketing Accomplishments Report Q1 2018. Thanks for your continuous and active support!

https://www.jelurida.com/Q1-2018-marketing-accomplishments

Lior followed up:

As part of an ongoing process improvements, I’m pleased to announce that Adedayo Adebajo (@Over_watchtower) is now appointed to coordinate the Exchanges Relations at Jelurida. Adedayo, a former Poloniex employee, and our Support and Community Manager Specialist, will manage the listing process and will work to ensure that exchanges deliver on their promises. Good luck @Over_watchtower in your new role!

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  • Exchanges

A simple and easy to digest list of the latest relevant changes to exchanges. Opportunities to demonstrate support for ARDR / IGNIS and even NXT are still out there:

http://bit.ly/Ignis-Ardor-Exchange-Progress

 

Ardorgate keeps the Flat EUR Deposit/Withdrawal fee of 5 EUR

NXT, IGNIS, and ARDR on Lescovex Exchange

Thanks to the community, Lescovex has announced that they now plan to list not only ARDR but also NXT and IGNIS. Great job Nxters!

Vote to list NXT / IGNIS / ARDR on more Exchanges

Readers like you can actively vote to get Nxt / Ardor / Ignis listed on more crypto exchanges.

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Let your voice be heard:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdzAZF-CnfquN4MomAOzoWb_GZEUl9PZmtLQi18Cfg4sZPJXg/viewform

Dontoshi

You can vote for NXT/ARDR/IGNIS:

https://dontoshi.featureupvote.com/suggestions/6975/nxtdecentralizing-the-future

https://dontoshi.featureupvote.com/suggestions/6945/ardor-platform-ardr

https://dontoshi.featureupvote.com/suggestions/7053/ignis-coin

CoinPulse

You can vote for NXT/ARDR/IGNIS there:

https://request.coinpulse.io/suggestions/7170/nxt-coin-decentralizing-the-future

https://request.coinpulse.io/suggestions/7171/ardor-platform-ardr

https://request.coinpulse.io/suggestions/7172/ignis-coin

 

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  • Open Letter from the Korean Ardor Community

About a month ago Nxter introduced Ardorbaby, a Korean blogger, to our readers. He has been consistently updating the Korean crypto community about Ardor and its child chains in his blogs and educating users and speculators about the Ardor Platform features and its inbuilt value. Here he explains about his work, the Korean traders, and why some came to falsely regard Ardor as a “scam coin.”

Ardorbaby wrote:

Hello, I am Ardorbaby managing the Ardor Korean community. I would like to introduce the Korean community to you.

As you know, interest in cryptocurrency in Korea is really high.  And of course, Korea’s Ardor trading volume is the most high.

Have u ever searched “Ardr” or “Ardor Coin” in Google Trends? you’ll see how many Koreans are interested in Ardor. But Honestly speaking, the image of Ardor in Korea market …..it is really bad.

Few investors who understands blockchain well knows that Ardor’s technology is the best, but as the trading was stopped at the rising edge [while centralized exchanges implemented the new Ardor blockchain protocol] and the time when the trading was resumed was a period of price dropping, the price after the launch of the mainnet has fallen constantly. And that is the reason why most Korean Speculators treat Ardor as scam.

And I became angry. A group of people who have faith in Ardor’s technology gathered to create the Ardor Korean community.

For most Koreans who are not fluent in English, we provide Ardor-related information in Korean, and developers are studying and comparing Ardor with other coins to persuade speculators that Ardor is not a scam. There are 340 people in the Kakao Open chat room, Korea’s largest SNS platform, and 240 people on our homepage. And we are fighting with the Korean speculators.

We educate people who do not know the blockchain but only speculates (invest for short cut period profit), that “u have to invest on most undervalued, but the real value is highest – Ardor“.

UPDATE (after deadline) >

Ardorbaby, April 9th, 2:10 AM:

After a Skype call with Lior, he agreed to the needs of making a Q&A channel with the Korean. All of the Korean community are really excited about this News.

I can assure that this small thing can change the atmosphere in Korea’s market.

Now they feel they are communicating with Jelurida. Most Korean investors are not good at English, they rely on rumors that the other Korean had made.

You can visit and join the Korean community site here: https://m.cafe.naver.com/ardorer, and read the news blog here.

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  • Travin Keith NeoCash Radio Interview

Our old friend, Travin Keith, was interviewed recently by NeoCash radio. Travin talks about his interesting beginnings in the cryptocurrency space and explains and documents the projects that he has worked with. A good listen for a 15-minute break at work.

https://player.fm/series/neocash-radio-1080005/travin-keith-interview-episode-1

Neocash Radio writes:

In this special NeoCash interview I discuss crypto with Travin Keith. Travin has been a big part of many projects in the blockchain space including: Hyperledger, NXT, ARDOR, SICOS, Agavon, Byteball, Smart Cash, and more! Travin is planning a move to Zug, Switzerland a hot spot for crypto development.

Check out Travin’s website at: https://agavon.ch/

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MEETUPS

  • Elizabeth Attended the Penn Blockchain Conference On April 6th

Elizabeth said:

Penn Blockhain Conference
On April 6th, 2018, we will be hosting a high impact conference, to provide the Penn and Philadelphia communities a deeper and more direct opportunity to interact with the who’s who of the Blockchain ecosystem. Tickets will be available in February 2018. Save the date:April 6th, 2018 on your calendars.

More Information

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  • Meetup in Madrid (with English subtitles)

    A recording of almonte and coradan at the first Madrid Blockchain for Business meetup – a highly informative and recommended watch!

    Alberto kicks off the meetup by presenting the background and vision for the non-profit Madrid Blockchain for Business meetups, before using NXT to demonstrate the concept of private keys, public keys, as well as how this works on Ethereum. Blockchain basics, PoW vs PoS, consensus algorithms, security, are touched upon. Smart contracts, as popularized by Ethereum, versus the use of Smart Transactions, e.g. secure pre-programmed contracts. An approval model for an IGNIS account is set up in minutes, followed by examples of real life use cases for such a contract.

    Moving on to explain Public permissionless blockchains and decentralization versus corporate Private permissioned blockchains, this leads to a short presentation of the benefits of Blockchain-as-a-Service, and the parent- child chain architecture; the low maintenance cost for businesses, zero-fee transactions, cross-chain functionality, and child chain business models. At 49:09, using the AEUR child chain as a real-life example, Alberto shows in the blockchain history how the Madrid Meetup’s sponsor in USA exchanged IGNIS tokens to AEUR on Ardor’s p2p Coin Exchange and sent AEUR to Alberto’s account for only a small blockchain fee. The AEUR transfer took 1 minute, the conversion to real Euro in Alberto’s bank account took about 10 minutes. Ardorgate, the business that operates the child chain, did not build any blockchain infrastructure, does not have to secure or maintain its blockchain – but can charge a small fee for its gateway service, as it solves a real-life problem with banks, high cross-border transaction fees and transferral times.

    Last part of the meetup gives an introduction to blockchain scalability, followed by a 15 minutes Q&A session in Spanish (no subtitles).

     

    • Lior to be a Speaker and Panelist for the Israel Blockchain Panel, April 9th

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    • Jelurida Pitch at Blockshow Barcelona, April 11th

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    Blockchain for Business in Baytown, TX presents their first Meetup, which will be held on April 13th, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at a local Starbucks. The host will be Phillip Salaam and there will be hands-on demos with functional blockchains. 

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    • New Meetup in Madrid: BLOCKCHAIN – SMART CONTRACTS, on May 7th

    AGENDA:

    1.- Smart Contracts Introduction
    2.- Management Demo of an ICO.
    3.- Automatic Patrimonial Transmission Demo (Dead Man Switch)
    4.- License Management Demo
    5.- Process Traceability Demo (Writing / Reading)
    6.- Questions and Answers
    7.- Networking

    2nd edition of Campus Madrid’s Blockchain for Business Meetups will introduce you to the concept of Smart Contracts. Ardor testnet will be used, and you can bring your own laptop, download the client and use testIGNIS and testARDR.

    Source

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    BUSINESSES ON ARDOR

    • Janus – Status Update

    The Janus team announced that they have created a Telegram community channel where people can directly ask JNSHash questions. The KREDS token was listed on the Turkish token exchange: BitexLive.

     

     

     

    Follow Janus on Telegram and Twitter

    Do you want more info about Kreds? Visit: https://www.kredsblockchain.com/

    Janus asset ID on the ARDOR platform: 4348103880042995903

    Here is how to Claim your Kreds Balance if you are a Janus Holder.

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    • Bitswift Child Chain Update

    Last week the Bitswift team released the following updates:

    bitswiftbro wrote:

    Preview of our blockchains site: https://www.bitswift.io/ , still making some CSS adjustments

    Bitswift is at Queens U today with the 2018 Blockchain Innovation panel. We are one of the sponsors here. Spreading the word about Ardor / Bitswift/ Blockchain.

    bitswiftbro also left these two gifts in the Chinese channel of slack:

    Join Bitswift on TelegramDiscord, and Reddit.

    Learn more about the Bitswift ecosystem

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    DEVELOPMENT

     

    • Jelurida is Developing the Contracts Concept,  a Small Betting Game, and Hello World

    Jelurida continues to hone and further develop their add-on contracts concept. The random “Betting game” smart contract is back if you are feeling lucky: send a small amount of ARDR or any child chain token on the TESTNET to receive anywhere between 0-2x your submitted amount: Hooray for testcoin gambling! Also, there’s now an automated greeting to you if you send a transaction to the Hello World-contract, and an Oracle in the data cloud can calculate and return the rate of IGNIS per ARDOR from both Bittrex and the Coin Exchange to you, to help you identify arbitrage opportunities. Lior will publish a blog post on Medium describing the use of Nxt and Ardor add-ons one of the next days.

    The source code and technical instructions can be found in ArdorNxt.slack.com #developers channel, or echoed in this post:

    Ardor Contract add-on examples

     

    • Walletnxt.com – Third-Party Wallet – Update

    In our continuing coverage of this third-party wallet app – last week saw another release: v1.0.2.

    Zhang wrote:

    New version 1.0.2 released:

    1. Add address import
    2. Add Node Status Display
    3. Modify Node Operation Mode
    walletnxt.com

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    • Ardor Armory – Blockchain 2FA

    Our continuing coverage of the first crypto wallet with account control 2FA security: Ardor Armory.

    patoshi wrote:

    More updates: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ardor.armory

    Testing and feedback welcomed. Works with testnet and mainnet .. u pick which nodes u want to connect to.

    Its meant to work with the desktop ardor wallet. useful for other devs looking to build on top of ardor when creating transactions where the user doesn’t have to input their passwords into the desktop wallet.

    I have a paper wallet implementation that goes with it aswell. Polishing it up first.

    I dont think any other crypto wallet has this type of 2FA setup. ur accounts get alerted if u have 2fa enabled on ur ardor account.

    Actually no other blockchain has the “account controls” feature that ive seen. i know ethereum might be able to do it, but i’m not sure how would u do it via smart contracts.
    actually u cant… there’s no way to lock all functions of an ethereum address..

    New to offline Ardor Transaction Signing? Learn more.

    Download this app

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    IN THE MEDIA

     

    • Stocksgazette – Ardor (ARDR) Turns Out To Be Dark Horse Of 2018

    This article points out the unique selling point of Ardor – its child chain architecture. Based upon the many revolutionary features that come with Ardor, the author is very supportive of the Ardor platform and bullish on ARDR to increase in value.

    They wrote:

    The difference between child chains and sidechains is that a child chain is a blockchain on its own, complete with its own native token while a side chain isn’t.

    For instance, Ignis was the first child chain to be launched on the Ardor platform. The child chain is linked to the main chain via an interoperable model. This allows the parent chain (Ardor) to continue providing computational and security protocols.

    One advantage that Ardor (ARDR), by way of the child chain, brings to your business involves ease of use. By providing out-of-the-box features, all a developer has to do is put the set together via an easy to follow interface.

    The parent/child model is a unique feature in the cryptocurrency industry and one I believe makes Ardor (ARDR) a better investment.

    • Cryptoslate – After Facebook’s Privacy Debacle, How Blockchain Will Secure Our Digital Lives

    Citing the “vibrant developer community,” the Austrian company, A-Trust, is using the Nxt blockchain to store users data. In this digital age, people need to safeguard their data so we can minimize how companies like Facebook and Cambridge Analytica can monetize info about users lives.

    Cryptoslate wrote:

    A company in Austria that specializes in precisely this area called A-Trust is rolling out its digital signature solution to municipalities in the country with the help of blockchain technology.

    (…)

    Another thing that helped A-Trust make their decision, according to chief executive Michael Butz, was Nxt’s private blockchain and its proof-of-stake consensus mechanism, so in addition to finding Jelurida to be a trustworthy business partner, Butz said:

    “The environmental aspect of proof-of-stake algorithm, running without any interruption, is the third key factor which made us choose Nxt”.

    Source

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    • ARDR Reviewed by a Popular Blogger in Japan

    This Japanese language crypto review site talked about Ardor and ARDR last week as highlighted in Elizabeth’s tweet below.

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    • Territoriobitcoin – Ardor, Blockchain as a Service – Revisión de Producto

    This Spanish language blockchain review ranks Ardor 9.9.

    Source

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    • Bitcoinkaufenschweiz – Wie Können Sie Integrieren die Smart Verträge in Ihrem Geschäft?

    German language article about Nxt, Ardor, and Jelurida whose title in English is: “How Can You Integrate Smart Contracts In Your Business?”

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    PRICE EVOLUTION

    • Article in CryptoRecorder – Ardor (ARDR) is Making Waves to Reach $2

    Ardor (ARDR) is said to be a perfect platform for business owners and institutions that are in need of using blockchain technology for the purpose of completing their ventures. That means that Ardor is actually working with Blockchain-as-a-Service protocol, otherwise known as BaaS, which makes it perfect for the needs of different types of business and institutions.

    Ardor (ARDR)

    More importantly, Ardor (ARDR) is aiming at democratizing blockchain technology and the idea of using the decentralized platform, which is the exact thing that Nxt project was all about. So, in case you are wondering, the team standing behind ARDR currency and its platform is the same team that once worked on Nxt project, which is at the same time one of the first ICOs launched back in 2013. That is how many people like to call Ardor Nxt 2.0, considering Ardor to be an improved version of Nxt.

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    • TradingView – NXT: Perspective by History by PeacefulWarrior


    Source

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    • TradingView – AR(e)DR you Kidding Me? ARDR/BTC Accumulation is Starting by bizi

    Source

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    • TradingView – Accumulating Altcoins Part II: Ardor (ARDR/BTC) by AaronCrypto

    Source

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    • TradingView – Ardor Second Attempt to go UP by DestinationMoonCrypto

    • TradingView – ARDR/BTC by nazarovsasha

    Source

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    • TradingView – CoinLoop AI Signal: Ardor (ARDR) – BUY by Coinloop


    Source

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    • TradingView – Ardor – Waiting for Next Wave by DenisMarecky

    Source

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    • 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 these past days:

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    That is all for this week, Nxters.

    Follow us on Twitter or Telegram for important breaking updates during the week as they happen. The flowers are blooming and Spring and warm weather are coming back. See you back here next week! We will keep you updated on the growing world of distributed ledger technology.

    Help Nxter.org grow and help us continue to provide excellent and focused coverage on the ever-growing blockchain space by rewarding us for our hard efforts. Donation address: NXT-TK9J-MEKH-MUP9-HFCH2 / ARDOR-TK9J-MEKH-MUP9-HFCH2.

Nxter News – April 2018 (I): You Can’t Swim For New Horizons Until You Have Courage To Lose Sight Of The Shore

April (I)

Welcome, dear Nxters and other followers!

The cryptocurrency world had another turbulent week, token values are down and many countries are considering bans and lawsuits and the EU prepares to implement GDPR (more on this below). Yet it was not all bad news as the US and UK governments continue to look for ways to productively embrace blockchain technologies and the wonderful Nxter community continues to produce great aides to help people begin using our scalable 3.0 blockchain solutions.

Last week saw the release of great video demos for using the Ardor client, Lior Yaffe and the Jelurida team responded to community criticism, an Ardor blockchain 2FA mobile app is being developed, Japanese language Ardor guides were released, a Bitswift give-away using a contract on the Ardor blockchain to pick the lucky winner took place, and much more.

We welcome back our old readers and warmly welcome our new ones. We want our readers to stay up-to-date with the blockchain evolution as it happens and become experts in the Nxt / Ardor / Ignis blockchain ecosystem. So lean back and learn about all of last week’s progress.

 

COMMUNITY

MEETUPS

BUSINESSES ON ARDOR

DEVELOPMENT

IN THE MEDIA

PRICE EVOLUTION

This week’s newsletter is put together by jose, apenzl, James, and rubenbc.


COMMUNITY

 

  • Lior Yaffe Talking Community

Last week Lior Yaffe, co-founder of Jelurida, answered questions. The team members responded, bluntly, about the perceived lack of marketing efforts. Jelurida does not hype their products enough and the value is too low – the team members do not care about the products as much as the community… and more. Lior and others strongly responded to these silly claims.

Lior

Folks, would you come down? the whole market is down now regardless of which token is listed in which exchange. You want me to start listing all our activities since Jan 1st?

Each of the team members put 12 hours a day 6 days a week. Some of the activities are not public but many are public. We are building a long term operation and the transition from open source community to a functional business especially in the public blockchain industry is complex.

We have huge technological advantage, with the parent/child chain architecture and this brings us very interesting business opportunists.

We are building the whole operation from scratch, many of the businesses which approach us are not sure themselves what exactly they want to achieve and how much they are willing to spend. We need to educate them about what is possible now, what can be developed and what is out of the question. Closing commercial deals is much more difficult than posting on Twitter (which we regularly do now).

We now regularly appear in conventions, we have a PR company that helps us push positive articles, we push email updates, we hired a company to do translations, we prepared the Starla videos, I just came back from the first ever developer workshop, we hired an office in Lugano, we have Swiss employees, marketing manager, several sales people. We are hiring more and expanding.

The corporate culture of Jelurida is not to hype and over promise and not to go for extravagant marketing initiatives. I assume you know that already, it’s not gonna change.

veronica

I would like to add that I am very confident that the work we are doing is going to lead us to a solid and sustainable organization. Business processes are the key of efficiency in all departments. And we have bottle-necks, like every single startup at this stage. And we put efforts to solve them.

Peter2615

Nobody in this community is asking for hyping, over-promising, or extravagant marketing. If that’s how you see or translate the questions and needs from this community imo you’re understanding it wrong. Fact, in my opinion, is that after a couple of months and millions of ICO money, there’s not a lot of improvement showing (!) post ICO. On the contrary, CMC ranking (and that’s why most people are invested) has gone down. Disappointment is totally understandable when every shitcoin without proper product manages to get both price and attention up, while Jelurida fails at this. You should understand that the community does not necessarily care about Jelurida the Software Company. It’s a means to an end, either promoting a more decentralised libertarian world, or just getting ROI on invested money, or getting cool tech to use for projects. Again, pls stop saying the community demands hype and empty promises. Imo that’s not a fair argument.

nxt6666

Marketing ability is a very important index for a company to succeed.

Skylar – CryptoDemetrius

And engaging with the community in a productive way. Apple needed their major fans to make it what it is. This ship doesn’t sail without wind.

Lior

We are working with several exchanges to list our tokens and if an exchange comes with reasonable terms we will pay some listing fee to cover their listing costs and provide them with some tokens for promotion. You are right that we are not chasing and bribing exchanges to list us (which seems to be common practice these days). Would you like to see us paying 6 digits € amounts for exchange listing? Don’t we have better things to do with our precious funds?

Typical scenario is that we agree with an exchange on terms and promotion, sometimes even sign a contract, then they disappear for a couple of months not even answering our emails, finally getting back to us claiming that the token is listed, it takes 10 minutes to figure out that most basic functions doesn’t work, then they disappear again, we have a couple of these in the pipeline.

One good thing I can say about Bittrex is that they made sure everything was 100% operational before they announced support for Ardor and Ignis.

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  • Getting Started PDF

A big shout-out to the new community member, CryptoDemetrius, for compiling a comprehensive list of links for those who want to learn and use Ardor and explore the growing community of child chains like Ignis.

Download PDF

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  • Youtube Demos by CryptoDemetrius

On top of the PDF of links, CryptoDemetrius also released some excellent video demos about using the Ardor client and interacting with Ignis, the most feature-rich child chain of Ardor. Learn how to set up an account, learn about important terminology, and much more. These videos are a great way to enter into the Nxt / Ardor ecosystems and can easily get a blockchain novice using blockchain technologies!

Update + New Series Announcement (Ardor and Ignis demos!)

Blockchain Ardor: Demo of Web Wallet Account Creation and Features Overview

0:00 – Introduction 0:30 – Web Client Website and Security 1:03 – Creating a New Account 2:10 – Using an NXT Account to Access Ardor and Ignis 2:33 – Logging In 2:51 – Navigating between Child Chains in the Web Wallet 3:33 – Send a Transaction 3:47 – Checking my Receiving Address 4:01 – Checking Transaction Histories 4:27 – Contact Book 4:38 – Built-in Coin Exchange 5:44 – Summary

Blockchain Ardor: Demo of Full Wallet Download, Light Client, New Account, and Forging

0:00 – Introduction 0:12 – Why Use the Ardor Client? 1:00 – Downloading the Ardor Client 3:41 – Light Client 4:22 – Test Net 5:04 – Log in or Create a New Account 6:43 – Using NXT to Access Ardor and Ignis 6:55 – Forging

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  • Japanese Ardor Guides

Japanese language guides were released last week. They explain how to set up a Nxt wallet and how to install the Ardor client on a Mac. Thanks to our great Japanese community members for making these guides!

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  • Exchanges

A simple and easy to digest list of the latest relevant changes to exchanges:

http://bit.ly/Ignis-Ardor-Exchange-Progress

Readers like you can actively vote to get Nxt / Ardor / Ignis listed on more crypto exchanges.

Bithumb

Let your voice be heard:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdzAZF-CnfquN4MomAOzoWb_GZEUl9PZmtLQi18Cfg4sZPJXg/viewform

https://twitter.com/BithumbOfficial/status/974560572451598336

Dontoshi

You can vote for NXT/ARDR/IGNIS:

https://dontoshi.featureupvote.com/suggestions/6975/nxtdecentralizing-the-future

https://dontoshi.featureupvote.com/suggestions/6945/ardor-platform-ardr

https://dontoshi.featureupvote.com/suggestions/7053/ignis-coin

CoinPulse

You can vote for NXT/ARDR/IGNIS there:

https://request.coinpulse.io/suggestions/7170/nxt-coin-decentralizing-the-future

https://request.coinpulse.io/suggestions/7171/ardor-platform-ardr

https://request.coinpulse.io/suggestions/7172/ignis-coin

Lescovex

ARDR will be listed here, thanks to our community BUT:

We can also ask them to list NXT and IGNIS – by upvoting daily:

https://lescovex.featureupvote.com/suggestions/5716/nxt-the-blockchain-application-platform

https://lescovex.featureupvote.com/suggestions/5772/ignis-coin

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MEETUPS

  • Enlightening Minds with the Blockchain on Friday, April 13th

Blockchain for Business in Baytown, TX presents their first Meetup, which will be held on April 13th, from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at a local Starbucks. The host will be Phillip Salaam and there will be hands-on demos with functional blockchains. 

They wrote:

We started this group to meet other Blockchain enthusiasts and put together ideas, solutions, and ways to boost the blockchain sector. All skill levels are welcome. We are looking forward to meeting everybody.

Meet up at Starbucks, 4557 Garth Rd, Baytown, TX 77521, EE. UU.

• What we’ll do:
Introduction to blockchain technology and how it applies to business. Both businesses and software developers will find a place in this emerging field. We hope to facilitate the future applications from both points of view.

• What to bring:
Bring your Laptop or Android Tablets and we will download and explore a functional blockchain. Downloading the latest version of the Ardor platform is highly helpful: https://www.jelurida.com

• Important to know:
We are all here to grow and learn. So share your insights.

Source

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BUSINESSES ON ARDOR

  • Janus – Status Update

Last week the Janus team announced that the KREDS token has been added to some new exchanges.

 

 

 

Follow Janus on Telegram and Twitter

Do you want more info about Kreds? Visit: https://www.kredsblockchain.com/

Janus asset ID on the ARDOR platform: 4348103880042995903

Here is how to Claim your Kreds Balance if you are a Janus Holder.

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  • Bitswift Child Chain Update

Last week the team at Bitswift announced that they are working on a new website – and pulled off a nice real-life bitswift.shop give-away using a lottery contract on the Ardor blockchain to find the winner.

Paul Busch, BitSwift, wrote:

Just ran a contract on Ardor testnet that randomly chose a winner for our shop giveaway. Really neat stuff.

Step 1.
Created an Ardor account for each eligible person. Each person can see which account they were assigned to.

Step 2.
Set an account propety on each eligible account to “BITSWIFTWINNER”. This tags each account on the blockchain and only those accounts which are eligible. (The contract we run will only look at these accounts to determine a winner among them).

Step 3.
Run the contract which looks for every account tagged with the propety of “BITSWIFTWINNER” and returns one of those randomly as the actual winner, changing its property value field to the current block height value.

a. everyone can veirfy they were entered for a chance to win
b. everyone can verify their odds of winning were equal
c. everyone can veirfy the winner

@lleits you have 7 days to confirm or we will re-roll and pick a new winner. To everyone else, give us a few days to document the contract details and we will let you know how this all worked. Stay tuned for more giveaways from .shop.

Join Bitswift on TelegramDiscord and Reddit.

Learn more about the Bitswift ecosystem

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DEVELOPMENT

 

  • Ardor Armory – Blockchain 2FA

Nxters! Community member, Patoshi, is developing an Ardor two-factor authentication (2FA) app for Android devices and is now looking for feedback and testers. You can help him and his project to take off by downloading the Ardor Armory app, create an Ardor account with it, fund the account and start testing its features. This app lets you conduct transactions on any Ardor GUI wallet without the worry of exposing your secret Ardor passphrase, as all transactions are signed locally inside the mobile app using trusted nodes.

Features:
▪ Blockchain based 2FA (Ardor Account Controls) notification in app
▪ Sign transactions on your phone vs typing in your Ardor passphrase on the desktop.
▪ Broadcast “signed” transactions via trusted nodes or use your own custom one.
Identicon implementation. Unique visual representations of your address used for visual verification.
▪ Pin Protection

New to offline Ardor Transaction Signing? Learn more.

Download this app

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  • Direct Exchange – Buy Small Amounts of ARDR/NXT/IGNIS

Last week we mentioned a small exchange being under development by SwisAlps, a long time Nxter. Here is an update as they enter the second test phase.

SwissAlps wrote:

A few words about the current tests of the ArdorExchange… The PhaseTestOne is done and seems ok.
We start now PhaseTestTwo. You can now do the following :

  • change your BTC to get ARDR
  • change your BTC to get NXT
  • change your NXT to get ARDR
  • change your ARDR to get NXT

The amount is now variable, the minimum amount stays a 100 NXT / 100 ARDR but the maximum amount is now 2’000 ARDR.
For the moment, this is quite fun… ;D ;D ;D   (still working to automate the stuff…. ::))

Check it out

  • Weekly Reminder – Ardor vs GDPR

Companies that collect data on citizens in EU countries must comply with new rules by May 25. This is when EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect. In essence, this is about the “right to be forgotten” and how deleting and pruning data can be very difficult with most public distributed ledger technologies – but is a natural part of all Ardor child chains.

 

After four years of preparation and debate the GDPR was finally approved by the EU Parliament on 14 April 2016. Enforcement date: 25 May 2018 – at which time those organizations in non-compliance may face heavy fines.

The GDPR, an evolution of the EU’s existing data rules, the Data Protection Directive (DPD), standardizes data protection law across all 28 EU member states and imposes strict new rules on controlling and processing personally identifiable information (PII). GDPR applies to all organizations holding and processing EU resident’s personal data, regardless of geographic location. The GDPR adds requirements for documenting IT procedures, performing risk assessments under certain conditions, notifying the consumer and authorities when there is a breach, as well as strengthening rules for data minimization – and increasing fines for failures to comply.

You can read more here.

According to GDPR people must be able to demand that their personal data is rectified or deleted, but you can not just modify or delete data stored in a public decentralized blockchain, can you? Transactional data stored on a blockchain, whether in plain text, encrypted form or after having undergone a hashing process, constitutes personal data for the purposes of the GDPR, and public keys equally qualify as personal data as a matter of EU data protection law.

TL;DR: not many public blockchains are compatible with the GDPR.

End of reminder. Additional information about Ardor and child chain pruning can be found in Jelurida’s whitepaper.

 

  • Discussion – Is it Possible to Create an Ardor Child Chain that has Child Chains?

The Nxtforum fostered an interesting discussion: can Ardor clones be synchronized with Ardor? This effectively allows for a child chain to have its own fully functioning child chains. Talk about recursive! The discussion is below and possibly contains insight into what the future of Ardor and Nxt could be.

 

The discussion:

igmaca – Technically is it possible to create an Ardor child chain that has its own child chains ?? that is, create an Ardor clone whose main chain is synchronized with ardor coin. or something similar. Why does Jelurida not offer ardor clones synchronized with ardor?

Petko in slack – “In Ardor the forgers validate all child chain transactions before extending the blockchain with the newly generated block. Honest forgers will not build on top of [an] invalid blockchain. This is what secures the network. A new node joining the network processes the ARDR chain, then downloads the snapshot for some block like a day ago (which is buried below enough blocks, but not too old) and processes the child chain transactions from that block until now. This is how the node knows the child-chain balance of some account. (Snapshots are still not released, but that’s the plan).
So if the child-chain balances are used to forge another parent chain (in the ArdorClone network), how will a new node joining the network process the ArdorClone parent chain (whose balances are synchronized with an Ardor child chain)? It must process the ARDR chain, and also all transactions in the Ardor child chain. So it must process two parent chains instead of only one in the case of a normal Ardor clone, not “synchronized” with an Ardor child chain. OR we could think for some other way for the ArdorClone stakeholders to vote for the best ArdorClone parent chain at some moment in time, which voting to not require processing the history of the ArdorClone child chain in Ardor. Hm it’s not a bad idea. Maybe for Nxt 3.0 🙂

Join the discussion here

IN THE MEDIA

  • Nxter.org  – NXT/ARDOR: A SKY OF CLOUDS

This guest piece by WatchTower speaks optimistically about the future of Nxt and Ardor. His passion is as inspiring as his blockchain use cases are interesting and insightful.

NXT/ARDOR: A SKY OF CLOUDS

 

  • Nxter.org – ARDOR: A TOUR THROUGH UTOPIA (II)

A continuation of a previous article, this guest piece by WatchTower highlights the voting system functionality of Ardor with great detail. A good read to learn about the nuances of creating polls and voting on the Ardor blockchain.

ARDOR: A TOUR THROUGH UTOPIA (II)

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  • Lior Yaffe in Medium – We Need Standardization

Ever the paragon of wisdom, Lior Yaffe wrote about the importance of the blockchain community coming together and self-regulating itself by introducing standards. Standardization might cause your eyes to glaze over, but it is a non-trivial thing that leads to significant cost savings and greater rates of adoption. The blockchain community has no standard way to run a crypto exchange or anything else, leading to vast inefficiencies that cause great frustration to end users – look no further than how long it took for exchanges to enable ARDR / IGNIS trading despite announcing support weeks and months in advance.

Lior wrote:

At the moment, an accountant for a blockchain company has to have a degree in computer science. We need better tools to manage crypto accounting, which are certified by governments so that not every yearly report is a unique project.

I’m hereby calling crypto exchange managers and blockchain developers to sit together and start working on industry standardization since blockchain will never get mainstream without it.

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  • Bitcoinist – How Can You Integrate Smart Contracts In Your Business Operations?

This article explains how the Nxt and Ardor blockchains help businesses implement and deploy smart transactions into their business operations. The unique benefits of using these Jelurida technologies are explained and elaborated below.

They wrote:

Nxt

Developed from the ground up to provide businesses and independent developers with a comprehensive framework to develop open source software, NXT stands as a testament to the potential to incorporate blockchain technology for businesses worldwide.

The service has multiple “levels” depending on client needs, ranging from an open source public chain for hobbyists and smaller developers to licensed chains that can be customized in according to specific privacy and security metrics.

The introduction, open source, version is perfect for companies that feel that blockchain technology can improve their efficiency but do not want to invest too much in testing. You can easily go from a small beta to working with a private bespoke version with ease, thanks to the nature of the platform and Jelurida’s team of expert programmers.

Ardor

While the Nxt Blockchain Platform is designed for integral-usage, the Ardor Blockchain Platform is meant to be utilized by a diverse array of employees, managers, contractors, and ancillary third-party individuals that routinely interact during business hours.

It is designed to specifically address issues commonly found in traditional blockchain implementations. For instance, “child chain transactions.”

These are the smaller transactions that crop up in smart contract implement.

Jelurida

Jelurida is a blockchain development company focused on providing businesses throughout the world the opportunity to embrace blockchain technology without compromise. From being able to control what is kept in the blockchain to determining the limits of its integration in the company, Jelurida makes it easy to integrate the latest in digital communication and accountability technology without wasting time or resources.

Jelurida’s goal is to provide businesses access to technology in a manner that leaves IT professionals secure in the knowledge that the software will be maintained and improved over the long term. Thanks to the open source nature of the Nxt blockchain, even if the company completely changes direction a vibrant community will step in to make certain that installations worldwide can still operate effectively and safely.

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  • Steemit – Korean Post about Ardor, Nxt, and Jelurida

Korea is one of the biggest markets for ARDR trading. This Korean-language post informs about the unique selling points and advantages of the Ardor and Nxt blockchains, both of which are actively developed and supported by Jelurida.


Ardor

심볼 : ARDR
발행날짜 : 2016. 07.
총 발행량 : 약 9억9천9백만개
목표(특징) : 거래 및 기술 솔루션

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  • Euromoney – G20 Ministers Wrestle with Cryptocurrency Oversight

As the G20 met to discuss how best to regulate blockchain tokens, our old friend – Travin Keith – was interviewed. Read his insights about regulation and token differentiation.

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Travin Keith, Agavon, CEO of blockchain consultancy Agavon, says a more subtle approach is needed, distinguishing between different cryptocurrencies and regulating them accordingly. Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, SmartCash, Dash, Monero and Zcash have characteristics that look like currencies, he says, but Ardor, Nxt, Byteball, Ethereum, Waves, Komodo and Lisk are better defined as platforms. They provide their technology as a service, with their coins’ value deriving from a mix of utility value and speculation, he adds. The more cryptocurrencies that are launched, the more differences there are between them all, and the more outdated the idea they are all essentially variations on the bitcoin theme becomes.

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PRICE EVOLUTION

  • TradingView – ARDR/BTC – Profit Ratio may be up to 290% by zomlot

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  • 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 these past days:

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That is all for this week, Nxters.

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Ardor, A tour through Utopia (I)

One of the previous publications on Ardor addressed a germane issue in the Crypto-land. This issue is that which is concerned with investment, patience and ultimately, the need to make massive profit after strategically adopting the former concerns. The publication was inspired by a conversation among Crypto actors on the expected return from their investments in Ardor. Fortunately, they were later convinced that Ardor is no scam or fraudulent scheme, but a platform that has come to stay and also a platform, where the future of blockchain lies.

But let’s put that aside. Have you realized that Ardor has some adorable features which makes cryptocurenncy worthwhile and interesting? No? Ooopppsssss, you are definitely missing out.

MARKETPLACE:
Yes! You might probably refer to it as E-commerce in a new dimension, but it is certain that this is one feature which you will definitely enjoy. Buying and selling has been made easy with Ardor and members of the blockchain can easily trade goods win one another. Easy, right? Definitely. Here, two things come to play -members buy from and sell to others on the blockchain; and enterprising members are empowered to market their products to others on the Ardor platform.

So, Ardor allows you to have a blockchain marketplace where anyone can buy and sell physical and digital items. The Marketplace is already a part of the Ignis child chain and any other child chain to be established under Ardor shall possess this great feature. This is cryptocurrency renewed, this is adorable, this is Ardor.

The Ardor platform describes this feature thus; “The Marketplace enables direct peer-to-peer trading on the blockchain. It is an open decentralized store for all digital goods. You may sell or purchase software, music, video, ebooks or any other kind of digital good here. Simply browse the available products, place an order and the seller will send you information of how to download the good (usually a link) inside the blockchain system.”

The platform acknowledges a development which shows progress and commitment, thus “although Marketplace was designed for buying and selling digital merchandise, physical items have also been listed for sale”.

ACCOUNT CONTROL:
It is well known that security is key to the success of any business -online and offline. In the case of online businesses, like operations in the crypto-land, it is always of great need and emphasis with the aim of protecting online actors, avoiding exploitation and manipulation of various kinds. Therefore, it is for this reason that Ardor and it’s child chains possess the Account Control feature, which is a security measure that ensures that access is rightfully restricted and unapproved transactions are prohibited.

The Ardor platform explains the features further. It states thus; “Restrict access to a blockchain account or prohibit transactions without approval by multiple parties. Rules can be written for each account to limit the terms of a transaction. Features of Account Control include setting a lock on an account to prohibit any outgoing transactions and defining a set of rules for unlocking the account”.

It should be noted that above are just two among the several features of Ardor. While other features shall be discussed in subsequent publications, it is already evident that with Ardor, activities in the Crypto-land is interesting, enjoyable and adorable. If you want to journey to a far land, yet so near; with beauty beyond which words can describe; and have an interesting voyage same as the rest but with a different experience, then take a journey to Ardor. The Utopia of Crypto-land. The chains have gathered, the train is moving and the destination is nowhere but the future of blockchain.

ARDOR Implements Game-Changing Features In New TESTNET RELEASE

Do you remember, back in the day, the first time you got your mind blown? I remember fondly how that happened to me with Nxt. That blockchain bastard repeatedly blew my mind – sometimes several times a week as it implemented feature upon feature at such a frantic pace. As such, I became a part of the embracing high-level community of Nxters and eventually surmounted the steep learning curve. It was totally worth it but afterward, I became hard to impress.

Released today, a brand new Ardor testnet finally made my brain cells feel a tiny bit explosive again, and it feels great! Not just a tiny bit, actually. The client that lands today is blockchain 2.0 evolution at its finest. Let the popular experts, and all the great blockchain visionaries do their talks. Jelurida just wrote it in code. Again. Let others continue to talk about TPS, ignoring scalability and security, we covered it already. And if you don’t know about Nxt, you should read up.

Ardor 2.0.4e

The Nxt and Ardor core dev team at Jelurida presents to you: New asset control features, multiphased smart transactions, a new API for creating regulated tokens on the decentralized Asset Exchange, and a transaction type that allows asset issuers to increase the number of asset shares in existence. All of this is an addition to all the existing core features and API.

This new Ardor testnet release resets the existing testnet and publishes a new Genesis block that tests the transition of data from Nxt to Ardor, based on a snapshot made of Nxt’s mainnet at block 1558000, shortly after the last JLRDA (IGNIS) exchange offer expired.

The testnet Genesis block timestamp has been set to 00:00 (midnight) UTC time
on Monday, Nov 6th, in order to allow time for users to setup nodes check their balances, and start forging.

From the Nxt blockchain has been transferred the following:

  • Accounts (public keys)
  • Account balances
    • IGNIS balances are based on NXT balances, divided by 2, plus JLRDA asset balances. Each of those has been additionally divided by 2, in order to allocate 50% of the testnet coins to developer accounts for testing purposes. There has been a 10% BITSWIFT asset sharedrop distributed proportionately to all IGNIS shareholders.
  • Account info (name and description)
  • Account properties
  • Account control settings for account control by whitelist with no minimum balance.
  • Account aliases transferred to the IGNIS child chain.
  • Janus, JanusXT, and ComJNSXT assets have been imported.
  • Monetary system currencies have been imported to the IGNIS child chain.
    • Only currency code and name. It will be up to each currency issuer to re-issue the currency with the appropriate properties and re-distribute it to users.

Lior Yaffe kindly asks all of us to check our accounts on Ardor and make sure everything has happened correctly:

If you are only interested in checking your balances head to the Jelurida public node , login using your existing NXT Mainnet account id (no need to login using passphrase) and check your ARDR, IGNIS and BitSwift balances. In addition, check your Janus asset balances, aliases, account properties, currencies, account control and all other entities migrated from the NXT Mainnet according to the changelog.

When you check, be aware that your IGNIS and ARDR holdings have been divided by 2 in this testnet release, so 50% of the tokens can be allocated to dev accounts for testing purposes.

Read all details here.

This was to be expected. Massive work, yes, all as promised and fair for a call to shift from one platform to the N(e)XT, Ardor. Pun intended. There are API changes too, and new API, coders please (you must!) check the change-log.

What made my brain cells begin to feel explosive again then?

New features

Yes, the new features. Nxters run. Run out there and share it with the world!

The change-log for Ardor 2.0.4e presents the following new transaction types – add to them all that the Nxt blockchain’s smart transactions and Ardor’s globally scalable, energy efficient child chain platform design can do, and you will see clearly the size of this gamechanger. This is what the release implements:

Asset control

Allows an asset issuer to control her assets. That’s right. As the issuer you decide who can buy and sell them; a small group of selected people, only KYC verified accounts, perhaps. Or you could send non-transferrable assets to a board of holders and give them voting rights over the asset. How about that. Read it again and let it sink in – with this release you, the issuer, will get complete asset control.

No, it’s not the end of a free market. Ignis is free. It is a new opening that allows all new as well as old running businesses to shift their old backend to Ardor and Ignis and receive all the benefits of the blockchain as a business backend, consumer front-end, and even get it cheaply.

Example:

  • Have an ICO/crowdfunding on Ignis
    Upload contracts and legal documents to the data cloud, time-stamped, hashed, let the KYC compliant accounts of your business partners or angels digitally sign the agreements, this will be documented on the blockchain as well.
  • Issue your asset tokens
  • Decide which rights you want to give to your asset holders, and to your market.
  • Distribute assets, each with the rights attached that you assigned to them. Watch them be traded.

Selected (or all) asset holders can have voting rights. You can pay dividends in any token on the platform; IGNIS, another child chain coin, an € pegged coin, that can be withdrawn with your VISA/Mastercard or just sit in your bank account. Or in other assets, representing bonus points, tickets, whatever fits your business plan. You could even create games with this. It is here.

We welcome this Java code, the Asset Control feature, as one of the best newest addition to the already existing API.

Composite Phasing

Introduces AND, OR, and NOT to Nxt’s Phased Transactions. This, combined with the new Asset Control feature, adds whitelist control over asset holder accounts, you can choose, for example, which asset holders should have the opportunity to vote or even control an account by vote. Even control the whitelist of new accounts. Do you see the better DAO coming?

It also allows for example combining the existing by hash or by transaction approval models with by whitelist, by balance, etc, approvals, which enables doing atomic coupling of transactions (including cross-blockchain) even for multisignature accounts, or with assets subject to Asset Control.

I couldn’t say it better.

The NOT operator allows for dead-man-switch type conditions, where a transaction is executed only if some condition (e.g. revealing a secret) is NOT satisfied.

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Asset share increase

With this new smart transaction type, asset issuers can increase the number of assets in existence. Print new money?!!

The new shares are allocated to the asset issuer account, but can then be distributed to shareholders using a separate dividend payment transaction. This allows corporate actions such as capital increases or stock splits to be performed.

Be careful, like we all learned in Economics 101, increasing the supply of money will decrease the value. Take care not to dilute your asset into nothingness.

By-Property phasing

First, if you don’t know Nxt’s feature “Account Properties”, I should fill you in: Account Properties is a Nxt feature that adds the ability to permanently ‘tag’ any account on the blockchain with a small amount of data, like meta-information. Tags can also be deleted by the tagger.

Let’s see what By-Property phasing is:

 

The new by-property approval model allows the transaction execution to be made conditional on the sender account or the recipient account having a specific account property set. If this property is set, the transaction will be executed immediately, else, a second check whether the property is set is performed at the finish height defined. This allows, for example, enforcing KYC by asset issuers, who can define in their Asset Control settings that only KYC-verified accounts, labelled with a predefined account property by a trusted authority (or the asset issuer itself), to perform transactions with their assets.

So with this feature, the blockchain market is regulated.

With this, you can, for example, in the near future, issue an asset on any Ardor child chain, trade it on any child chain, but enforce/be enforced to only let KYC approved accounts trade it on the market. Or choose by country. Or any group. With Ignis, asset issuers and traders can choose whether or not to trade on the regulated market, but we all know: Regulation will be. The new By-Property phasing API makes it not just possible but also easy and cost-effective to develop as a user-friendly service, and yeah, remember, the main purpose for Nxt 2.0, Ardor, was actually to make it globally scalable.

Where does this leave us? Accounts can be tagged by 3rd party KYC service providers or, even better, by governments, may they ever choose to set official ID on accounts and begin using the benefits of the blockchain. Don’t get me started. Secure us, our medical records, money, ID – let us be secured by cryptography. Jelurida’s code does it for them. Give us voting rounds that cannot be interfered with as the result is public, and votes have already been counted by code, see the graph. It’s on blockchain, but energy efficient, secured by nodes all over the world, and while we’re at it – possible. And see, Ardor has, as another first, a solution to the blockchain bloat problem running in production. The first and most tested globally scalable PoS Platform. It’s here, get started.

Sure I am excited. I’m a Nxter. Aren’t you?

Come on, try it!

For newcomers, it may seem weird that scammers and developers collect millions and millions of dollars worth of ETH or BTC in ICO’s, selling their whitepaper only, describing smart contracts they want to invent, code, test, execute, and need us to trust, when old Nxt Cryptocurrency 2.0 already has the functionality that most of them seek. It’s weird that what most of all of these devs and their investors are trying to achieve already exists on Nxt, that now gets further ahead with the scalable and even more beneficent and featureful public Ardor Platform. Yes, it IS weird, that Nxt has been under the radar and ignored by, for example, the larger Bitcoin-paid media for so many years.

The Nxt core devs, Jelurida, has split Nxt into IGNIS, the transactional token of Ignis, the first and unrestricted full featured child chain on Ardor; the mother blockchain that forges all Ignis’ transactions and will give birth to a lot more and take care of all her children (child chains), as well as make sure they keep communicating with each other. This is Ardor. With Nxt being a blockchain 2.0 platform, should Ardor be called blockchain 3.0? Nxt 4.0? Who cares. If you’re just a little familiar with Bitcoin, blockchains and smart transactions, you will realize that you want to test this release.

For those who want to setup an Ardor full node, install the software as usual and start forging, the first block will be generated tonight at 00:00 (midnight) UTC time on Monday, Nov 6th (about 14 hours from now)

If you are installing on top of a previous Ardor release delete first the nxt_test_db folder from C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Ardor on Windows, ~/.ardor on Mac and the Ardor installation folder on Linux. If you don’t do that you’ll be left on a fork.

Follow the development closely and take part in the community. Even without the awesome potential that awaits us with this momentous release, it’s always mindblowing development.

 

Ignis ICO Report 8

BTC is on a bull run, to put it gently. Anyone watching crypto charts and price indexes these days see the value of BTC (Bitcoin) skyrocketing up up up; resulting in most altcoins declining in value when pegged against BTC. This story also applies to NXT and ARDR, yet ARDR does extremely well in terms of fiat price.

IGNIS ICO – Final Round

The first child chain of Ardor, Ignis (named JLRDA in the ICO) is still for sale. Less than two days are left in the fifth and final round and it is not too late to participate. Millions of tokens are still available.

Nxter Magazine has followed and covered the twists, turns and the evolution of this decentralized ICO taking place on the Nxt blockchain in our ICO Reports, as well as in our weekly newsletters. Now we take one last look at the state of Jelurida’s ICO.

1.45 NXT per IGNIS, last chance to buy is 04.11.2017.

Live data from the Nxt blockchain

Was the ICO a Success?

Yes, millions of Euros were raised demonstrating public interest. In the first four rounds Jelurida, the company controlling the IP behind Nxt / Ardor / Ignis sold ~260M JLRDA tokens to a very eager public. The crowdsale was very popular in the first batches and rounds, with huge whales buying most in the beginning. But JLRDA tokens are still left over from the fourth round and it looks like millions will be left over from the fifth too. Buy orders are still flowing in daily, though not in the same tempo as in the beginning.

Why?

1) The price ladder

If you do NOT look at the price of NXT, buying now would seem like a bad idea.
But the fact is that NXT is currently the reference currency for JLRDA. You cannot ignore the NXT price.

When NXT decreases in value, so too do the JLRDA tokens.

What investors invest NXT in is the transactional token of the first child chain of the Ardor platform. A featureful public chain with no restrictions, no regulation, fully decentralized, and with several new advantages added on top of the variety of smart transactions (inbuilt, tested and secure smart contracts) that Nxt already offers.

2) The IGNIS airdrop – you can have both NXT and IGNIS

At the Ardor Genesis snapshot, half of all IGNIS tokens will be distributed to investors that hold NXT – 0.5 IGNIS for free per 1 NXT they hold in their account. So, they will get to keep their NXT.

Why would anyone sit tight and hold NXT instead of exchanging it for JLRDA? If NXT is expected to get dumped massively after the snapshot of Nxt’s blockchain this Xmas, isn’t it too high a risk to take?

Well, who knows, maybe it will not get dumped. Nxt is, after all, still an awesome blockchain 2.0 platform.

Lior Yaffe, CEO of Jelurida, commented:

Why would Jelurida stop developing NXT, a stable and mature product with a huge potential? Rest assured, NXT has a bright future, it has been around for almost 4 years and will be around for a long time.

Source

We won’t be able to sell private blockchains unless we have a successful public chain. We all realize this. NXT promoted Jelurida and Jelurida will promote NXT. The challenge is to create a win/win situation and we need your support for this.

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And so, in Jelurida’s roadmap it reads:

  • Support for existing community tools and services
  • Develop Nxt as a simple and secure crowd funding solution for new ICOs
  • Nxt blockchain maintenance for at least 3 years after the IGNIS crowdsale
  • Merge features added to Ardor which do not rely on the parent/child chain architecture

JPL

It’s easy to clone Nxt. On Jelurida’s homepage, there is a tool to privately launch and test a Nxt blockchain. And in addition, a Nxt Creation Kit, which makes it a no-brainer to start a new public PoS blockchain that adheres to the JPL license. Wait, is this not open source? Yeah, it is, but as covered here, from Nxt NRS version 1.11.6 and forward, cloners must pay 10% of their new blockchain tokens to NXT holders. This is a defense against the devaluation of the NXT token.

And those that do not want to pay? Well, they can choose an earlier version, but it will not be upgraded.

The international bank, BNP Paribas, is known for using Nxt. After testing it they implemented it. And, for example, Accenture and the NSD (Russia’s National Settlement Depository) use Nxt for testing decentralized voting. And Jelurida will sell private blockchains. Will this devalue NXT? Is it bad? Imho no – it is another proof that Nxt is very, very, secure. For Nxters that use the public chain as well as for banks and the companies that will inevitably follow suit and implement a business solution based on distributed ledger technologies. As Lior said, “Nxt will be around for a long time.”

0.5 IGNIS per NXT, snapshot this Xmas season. The Genesis block is to be forged on Jan 1st, 2018.

That is Jelurida’s treat. On top of your valuable NXT, you will receive an airdrop of 0.5 IGNIS per NXT into your account for free. Like a second Xmas.

3) Ignis is just the 1st child chain.
Ardor is a child chain platform. Someone will issue IGNIS 2, 3, 4 etc.

No.

According to the roadmap, for at least the next year, all child chains will be issued through Jelurida. Yes, Jelurida, the same company that sells and holds a massive amount of IGNIS. The JLRDA tokens still in Jelurida’s account after the ICO will be kept by Jelurida and used as they see fit. And Jelurida has expressed no interest in devaluing them.

Actually, Lior Yaffe’s vision seems to be the opposite:

While the Ardor platform can have multiple child chains with similar features, only the Ignis child chain will be created with no restrictions.

Source: Page 26

Today’s blockchains are Jack of all trades, if you are interested in blockchain voting, your node will still process and store forever all the identity management, asset exchange, ico transactions, iot sensor data, social network messages and every other transaction ever submitted to the blockchain even if you don’t care about them. And this is the main problem that the industry needs to solve.

[Ardor’s] unique parent child chain architecture allows us to separate each application into it’s own child chain and only store the few transactions which are important to the POS consensus algorithm in the blockchain forever. All other transactions can be removed (pruned) and nodes will only track the recent state created by them.

Furthermore, in the future this architecture will allow nodes to focus on specific child chains. This way, we no longer have the requirement that each node process all transactions. Then like the Visa network does today, we can scale to global scale.

Source

So rather than being copied onto other child chains, Ignis will stay unique, at least for a long time. An original non-restricted blockchain with the same features as Nxt, including shuffling of coins, assets and Monetary System tokens for user privacy, a totally unregulated marketplace and Asset Exchange, where you can distribute dividends (even other child chain coins) to asset holders with one click, execute polls among your asset holders, use Phased Transaction to create a DAO, and do even more than with Nxt, as Ignis will interact with all other child chains on the Ardor network. In other words, a great live reference blockchain, and a demonstration of Jelurida’s vision, work and worth, until …

4) Confusion

Then there is Ardor.

We have three coins in play.

$NXT, $IGNIS, $ARDR – picking the right one to invest in IS complicated.

The good old proven, but still under-used NXT, a prime mover in its field: energy efficient, the first 100% PoS, featureful, a best fit for private blockchains and running in production with the international banking conglomerate BNP Paribas (money over borders), used by NSD and Accenture for blockchain based voting security. And cloned and seen on coinmarketcap under a few other names too.

Ignored by the crypto (Bitcoin) media for years, developed with no dev- or marketing-budget, Nxt is all this. And after the ICO has ended, Jelurida has collected the monies to breathe life into both marketing, further development, and new dev education. Should we trust them to do it? I think yes. Because 1) They can. And 2) They do hold a lot of NXT. 3) The more we build on Nxt’s public chain, the better a showcase for Jelurida.

Then we have IGNIS, dubbed Nxt 2.0; will it make Nxt obsolete? Buying IGNIS is buying into the evolution of the Nxt blockchain technology. Janus will move to IGNIS. Adel will. Gabriel Dusil is already doing a great job attending events and private business meetings, all documented here.

For those still asleep, Nxt is a full economical infrastructure on the blockchain. Ignis expands it and devs with just HTML, CSS and .js skills can easily build free as well as paid user-friendly decentralized applications on top of it and even access the whole Ardor ecosystem of child chains. All the inbuilt Nxt smart contracts have been tested in the wild and passed the test as unbreakable. But Ignis will be expanded further. Already when it launches on January 1st it will have lots of extra functionality. 

The forging chain

The Ardor Platform, ARDR the parent chain token. This is the token that will forge and secure all future child chains, the full Ardor ecosystem. Ardor will be able to run as a full node on phones, so the security of the network will be safe.

Bitswift will have its own child chain.

Ignis will, of course, run on Ardor and use ARDR.

Donau Universität will develop several projects on Ardor.

There has been announced BTC and fiat-pegged child chains.

CBT Nuggets is buying 50M ARDR so they can be offering it for validated learning to all of their existing customers at cbtnuggets.com and plans to give away the equivalent of 100ARDR with every download of their new client along with profile creation.

Ardor is well described in the ICO Whitepaper and here.

You can see a technical comparison between Ardor and its competitors here.

This is just the beginning. There is money to hire more world class developers and fund a far-reaching marketing campaign. Also, if someone is dissatisfied, the code is open source and can be cloned, well if the JPL license is followed. A license good for holders. On December 27 Ardor’s source code will be released under the same JPL license.

So should I buy NXT or JLRDA? Or ARDR?

That is a personal decision.

One may not be better than the other, and in some way, they are all deeply connected.

The JLRDA crowdsale ends tomorrow. It will be the last chance to support Jelurida in creating our future, as well as the future value of all coins in the core platform. Remember, regardless of whether or not you participated in the ICO, you will receive a late Xmas present at the New Year of free IGNIS tokens equal to half the balance of NXT you have in your wallet. We are not here to give investing advice, merely to highlight and showcase the many successes and use-cases of the three tokens.

Thanks for reading along. Feel free to spread the word.


 

Nxt News – July 2017 (IV): The secret of getting ahead is getting started

July 2017 (IV)

 

Welcome again, fellow Nxters! You are in the right place to expand your mind and stay knowledgeable about all things Nxt and Ardor. We aim to be accessible to new readers as well as informative to long time followers who come to learn the latest news and most relevant happenings in the blockchain space.

As always, whatever your interests and whoever you are, you are in the right place for your comprehensive analysis of all things Nxt and Ardor. Last week, as always, was action packed, with many interesting and exciting opportunities presenting themselves.

NXT COMMUNITY

NXT AE

DEVELOPMENT

NXT IN THE MEDIA

PRICE EVOLUTION

 

This week’s newsletter is put together by jagd (James), rubenbc, with final edits by Travin Keith, apenzl, jose.


NXT COMMUNITY

 

  • Jelurida Details IGNIS ICO

#IGNIS #blockchain #ICO dates and pricing have been announced at https://t.co/baCpwOraK0 #NXT #Ardor #cryptocurrency #investing pic.twitter.com/nZUtL1TriU

— NXTER Magazine (@Nxter_org) July 17, 2017

We have more details for the much anticipated IGNIS ICO. Last week the Jelurida team announced that the fine details and preparations needed for initial coin offering (ICO) are almost complete and the IGNIS ICO schedule has been released with the rates for the tokens (JLRDA) priced in NXT.

Lior Yaffe, senior developer at Jelurida, whose handle is Riker, has announced that August 5, 2017, is the beginning of the ICO, save the date! Being a controllable currency, the JLRDA tokens will not be tradable or transferable between user accounts. The purchased JLRDA currency units will only serve as a proof of ownership and initial IGNIS balance for the Ardor Genesis Snapshot. A controllable currency was chosen to prevent trades from happening while the token sale is ongoing so that purchases of JLRDA directly contribute to funding the development of the platform.

Purchasing JLRDA tokens will require NXT, however users will be able to exchange other cryptocurrencies to NXT conveniently within the Nxt wallet using the integrated ShapeShift and Changelly third party exchanges, subject to availability.

For 1 JLRDA token the participants in the ICO will receive 1 IGNIS coin at the time of the Ardor Genesis Snapshot.

Lior Yaffe (Riker):

Ideally, Jelurida will end up the ICO with 40M NXT in its account that it won’t sell so we have an incentive to continue to develop and promote NXT in the future.

Is he talking about the integrity of the Nxt Blockchain long term?

Lior Yaffe (Riker):

Consider that Jelurida will keep 20% of the raised funds up to 40M in NXT and not convert them to BTC or Fiat. Therefore Jelurida has the incentive to see NXT continue to flourish.

In a nutshell, the idea is that the more funds we raise in the ICO the more we will invest back into NXT development in addition to Ardor development.

Either way, the risk that the NXT blockchain will get completely abandoned given that the rest of the blockchain ecosystem continues to progress is minimal. Unlike the POW coins which require huge infrastructure, NXT can be kept alive by few dozens of users each paying for a 10$/Month VPS.

NXT, even in its current state, is still orders of magnitude more functional than anything else out there and given that it’s one of the only open source blockchain projects and that it is much simpler to develop for NXT than for anything else, I still expect an NXT community to form even if all existing devs walk away (which won’t happen anyway).

Exciting times await in August! The earlier you invest your NXT the more IGNIS tokens you will receive at the Ardor Genesis Snapshot. Invest your NXT tokens wisely and always do your due diligence beforehand so you can be as informed as possible. We do.

Source

More info

Article available in English, Deutsch, Chinese, and Spanish:
https://www.jelurida.com/ardor-blockchain-platform-design

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  • JELURIDA PUBLIC LICENSE

https://www.jelurida.com/jpl

Concurrently with the IGNIS ICO, the talented team at Jelurida have created a new “copyleft” license in the spirit of GNU General Public License, but tailored to the intricacies of open source cryptocurrency projects.

This “Coinleft” license is not only meant to ensure that the source code of any work based on Jelurida IP BV technologies and platforms – Nxt, Ardor, etc., remains open but also that the original community of blockchain token holders receives value from derivative projects based on their original software. The Ardor platform and the future NRS versions will be released under this license, with Ardor and Nxt clones being required to give 10% of their tokens to IGNIS or NXT holders respectively from here on out. All of this is achieved with the new Jelurida Public License (JPL).

Kristina:

Good evening, everybody
A light reading for the weekend – the full text of the Jelurida Public License is now uploaded on our website.

The Ardor platform and the future NRS [Nxt Reference Software] versions will be released under this license.

Ardor and Nxt clones will have to give 10% of their tokens to the IGNIS or NXT holders respectively from now on.

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  • The Issue of the Chinese name of Ignis – 火链

marenkar:

“Ignis” can mean “Fire Coin” which translates to 火币 aka Huobi

After long and heated discussions in the Chinese community, the issue of the Chinese name for Ignis has been amicably resolved in a closed room discussion. The issue stems from the translation of “Ignis”, which can translate as “Fire coin” to Huobi, which is one of the largest digital currency exchanges in China.

The consensus for the translation is to call “Ignis” as “Fire chain”, instead of the already taken “Fire coin”. One of the interesting nuances of the distributed ledger technology space is that we are truly global in scale, and  – much like the beloved Joss Whedon television show ‘Firefly’  – Chinese and English are the two dominant languages with China being home to a significant number of Bitcoin Exchanges, like Huobi.

The future of the internet is the so-called “Internet of Value” age and with it comes increased globalization so it behooves us all to be more culturally refined so as no matter who you are, are where you are from, we can all build something great, together.

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  • LinkedIn Post:
    Ardor is Coming Soon – Better Than Ethereum?

Ardor is Coming Soon – Better Than Ethereum?
Published on July 20, 2017

A new kind of cryptocurrency is coming on line that the company claims is easier to use than ethereum. It is brought out by Jelurida, the developers behind Nxt and will use technologies already online from Nxt cryptocurrency and blockchain.

This multi chain solution with a parent-child chain architecture is called Ardor

Despite the news that the launch of the Ardor platform will happen in Q4 and not Q3 this year, anticipation swirls. An informative piece was penned by David Murry, Founder CEO at Kainui Canoe, on LinkedIn extolling the many virtues of Ardor.

Specifically, he wrote about the claims that Ardor will be easier to use than Ethereum. Listing the many benefits of Ardor, eager anticipation within the Nxt ecosystem exists for the ability to permit and easily implement cross chain asset trading. Doing so allows child chains to easily interact and therefore increase collaboration across our great community.

The tokens were distributed in October last year, though just as placeholder assets on Nxt. ARDR as an asset on Nxt will become ARDR as a coin on its own blockchain in early Q4 this year.

Source

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  • #OpEasterEgg

We’re glad to see more and more followers of our Twitter account, glad for the blockchain messages, glad to see participants reach out and give each other a helping hand by sharing additional clues, and glad to showcase some of Nxt’s many features in a fun way and give away free stuff at the same time.

To join the Nxt Blockchain Easter egg hunt, follow the news and of course also #OpEasterEggs on Twitter.

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  • Ardor/Nxt – Original and unique art painting

The Ardor/Nxt community is rich in talent. Last week we had all those wonderful submissions for the IGNIS logo to vote on. The vein of talent runs even deeper than that –

user start the art from Bitcointalk created the NXT inspired masterpiece you see below entitled ‘NXT COIN 01’ :

Title:- NXT COIN 01-
Year:2017

Feel freee to contact me
We can arrange the price of painting,I am open to make  good deal

Source

We are happy to support the arts and we are very impressed with this piece. If you too are impressed or inspired please contact him and inquire about it.

Art is not a language through which sophisticated people congratulate themselves on their superiority – no, it is a vibrant and powerful expression of humanity through the lens of our platform. As our community continues to grow and diversify, so can we by embracing those who produce and create products outside of the blockchain space that embraces our platform.

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  • Video Tutorial with Riker – Creating your new Nxt account

The blockchain community can seem impenetrable if you are curious about how to become an active member of the Nxt community. Linked below is a very handy beginner’s guide to creating your NXT account, securing your passphrase, and some useful tips on how not to lose it.

Everyone was once new to this community. We welcome all and will continue to be accessible to all.

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  • SCAM ALERT: JRLDA is NOT JLRDA

A classic case of caveat emptor – buyer beware. Jelurida tokens will not be available until August 5th. At least five people bought into JRLDA, which is not JLRDA. Likewise, there are fake coins with names like IGNIC, ARDRX, ARDRC.

Beware when you scroll the currency pages of the NXT client. These coins are flagrant attempts to skim off the success of NXT and ARDR and now JLRDA. Pay close attention to the ID’s as much as the names of any AE asset or MS coin before you purchase in order to ensure it is the genuine asset.

Source

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  • Meetup – BigchainDB & IPDB: Token ICOs

At a meetup in Berlin, the 3rd of August, Jelurida senior developer Lior Yaffe will speak at length about the blockchain bloat problem and introduce the Ardor blockchain platform.

Solution to the blockchain bloat problem, introduction to the Ardor blockchain platform and the Ignis ICO

Speaker: Lior Yaffe

Abstract:

Lior will explain the blockchain bloat problem and introduce the Ardor blockchain platform which provides a unique and elegant solution to this problem. The talk will cover advanced topics in blockchain technology such as proof of stake, forging, child chains, bundling, pegged chains and archival nodes. Finally Lior will explain the Ignis ICO and wrap it all together.

Riker in the latest International Blockchain Hackathon organized by Intel
Riker in the latest International Blockchain Hackathon organized by Intel

Source

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NXT AE

  • Janus – Status Update

Janus has been quiet about what they have been working on of late. This week that ended when they released a detailed post about all things new and exciting with Janus.

From the Janus message boards

Active Sites and Dividends

a) As you probably know, we got involved with the ETC (Ethereum Classic) community. As an icebreaker and to prove that we’re men of our word and know what we’re doing (more on this later), we launched ETCBets.com , an upgrade of our existing codebase to use websockets as a transport layer which gives our site awesome betting speed and massively reduced server load. The site was well received and some of the site profits were distributed to both the ETC dev team(s) and Janus holders.

b) Parallel to this, BetterBets.io is still running and processing bets using both BTC and NXT. While it’s initial reception from the NXT community was quite positive, traffic has dropped quite a bit over the past 2 months. Part of this may be our fault because we’ve been focused on our future businesses and have not done a lot of promotions and marketing; another factor contributing to the drop in traffic may be that the NXT community is simply too small to sustain large betting volumes now that the initial site ‘newness’ has worn off.

c) Since betting is an unpredictable business and lady luck can’t be relied upon to always smile our way, ETCBets.com profits in May were basically wiped out by a lucky (and/or skillful) player who managed to win a large pot. The same player came back in June and repeated his performance, leading to another low dividend month for Janus holders. Our feeling on this are (of course) mixed. On the one hand, we don’t mind players winning and our investigation showed that this player’s winning were legitimate; as such we can only congratulate him on his success (on a sidepoint, the fact that this player was able to win a significant amount of ETC should serve as proof that we run an honest and fair casino). On the other hand, since we own the bankroll and could not distribute any significant dividends to Janus holders we’re a bit saddened by our loss. But such is the gambling business, you win some and you loose some.

d) Adding insult to injury, in early July a flaw in our site was discovered and an attacker managed to make off with about 490 ETC. Due to the fact that we have certain safeguards in place the attacker could not extract more than his amount from our site, but the loss, while not crippling still hurts. We put the site into maintenance and have since re-engineered the code which was responsible for the exploit. As of 2 days ago the site is live again with dice bets; Parabolic will be put live during the course of this week. To be clear: our server was not compromised and the majority of our bankroll remains unharmed and in our possession.

Future Plans

a) We have reached an agreement with a new developer who will join our team before the end of July. We hope that the addition of this developer will lighten the workload of our main dev (Lobos) and allow us to speed up development of our new sites.

b) We have always said that we will not put all our eggs in one basket. As such, we have for some time had plans for some side initiatives which at least deserve a shot to see if they can grow into viable businesses. One of these initiatives is about 50% complete and it will be the task of our new dev to take the code we have so far and bring it to completion.

c) In addition to everything else which has been going on, work on our first mainstream site – TradeMimic.com – has begun and some basic pieces of functionality are starting to come together. There is still lots of work to be done for this site and completing it will be our devs primary focus for the remainder of Q3. We will keep everybody posted on progress and hope to invite some of our Janus investors to be beta testers when the site/code is ready for that.

Yours in business,

 

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  • Adel – Become a Member

Another important member of the blockchain space is Adel and their coin, ADL. Over the last week, ADL has been on sale Their community continues to grow and we wish them continued success. Last week they were advertising membership status and the perks of said status.

In their own words:

ADL has been on sale this past week.  Now is a great opportunity to top-up to membership status.  Our community is a great opportunity to increase your knowledge and moving big ideas forward.  Top up today and be part of a community incubating great ideas.  Membership starts at 64 000 ADL.

If you are unsure on how to top-up, please let us know at adel@adelphoi.io

When we learn together, our incubator carries that knowledge to all projects.  

As an incubator for blockchain innovation we offer a unique model for startups and the blockchain industry. It will be a great opportunity to share our vision with the fast growing Prague tech community.

Do you have ideas for a blockchain project and like the idea of building it with a community of experts?

 

Membership privileges include:

▲ Access to the community modules (except for the Account module which everyone has access)

▲ Vote on projects based on your ADL balance

▲ Submit ideas and become an innovator

▲ Communicate & collaborate exclusively with other members

▲ Incubate ideas (I2) in Adel’s Collaboration module

▲ Collaborate Project Planning (P2)

▲ First choice to be employed in projects (Enterprise Execution, E2)

▲ Buy ADS tokens (Adelshares), in future projects

▲ Favorable rates in future community initiatives, purchases, etc.

 

How to Acquire ADL

You can use https://coinmarketcap.com/calculator/ to calculate how much fiat, BTC, ETH, or other altcoins are needed to acquire your ADL.

You can currently purchase ADL on 3 different exchanges:

1 – NXT Asset Exchange (Asset ID: 17477397104276156702)

2 – https://Stocks.Exchange  (trade BTC or NXT)

3 – https://CryptoDAO.com (trade BTC, LTC, ETH or DASH)

Review their Vimeo channel for videos on how to use the exchanges http://www.vimeo.com/AdelEcosystem

Remember:  Bounty programs are also available to earn ADL. If you have a skill in writing, creating video blogs, doing promotions, performing digital marketing, or even if you know someone who can help their community grow, then reply to adel@adelphoi.io for more details on their bounty program, or check out their frequently asked questions: https://adelphoi.io/faq

 

More information: www.adelphoi.io

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  • Bitswift Token Migration

As Bitswift prepares for their token migration to Ardor as a child chain, documented last week, they announced how they will be hosting the token swap. The Bitswift market will be suspended as of 6:00 PM PDT on August 11, 2017 with new tokens being credited to Bittrex. Trading will only resume when both Bittrex and BDA Inc. are satisfied with the migration.

This is great news for both the Bitswift community and us Nxters in the Nxt community as we can collaborate together and synergistically grow our platforms and build upon each other’s success.

In their own words:

Bittrex Swap Info:
To make this process easier, Bittrex will be hosting the token swap. The Bitswift market will be halted and withdrawals suspended at 6:00 pm PDT on 8/11/2017 while the new tokens are credited to Bittrex. Trading will resume only when both Bittrex and BDA Inc are satisfied with the migration, with Bitswift users now trading the new tokens. Bitswift users balances will reflect the same total that they had prior to the swap. The old Bitswift tokens will be collected by BDA Inc from Bittrex. The old Bitswift tokens will no longer be supported by Bitswift companies and will no longer be traded on Bittrex.
https://support.bittrex.com/hc/en-us/articles/115000719871

Bitswift.press      https://medium.com/@Bitswift.press/bitswift-token-migration-c2f4186c89ea

 

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DEVELOPMENT

  • Weekly Reminder – Do you want NXT on your exchange?

A new week brings us back down memory lane; or back into the classroom for the uninitiated – exchange integration. The following page contains detailed information of how to link NXT to a currency exchange platform, an important part of building any exchange.

It’s easy:
https://nxtwiki.org/wiki/Exchange_Integration 

Feel free to contact us when you have added NXT and we’ll make sure to list you on this page 

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  • Ardor Explained, by Lior Yaffe Himself

Nxt, Ardor, all these terms are thrown around a lot here. The distinction between Nxt and Ardor is vital to know as it is one of the main selling points of the Ardor Platform. Based on the Nxt Platform, Ardor migrates from the testnet and has its Genesis later this year in Q4.

This video of Jelurida’s managing directory Lior Yaffe provides an excellent summary of Ardor and explains the key selling points of the platform and explains why it will be successful and revolutionary in the blockchain space. The perfect video to send to your friends who are curious about what Ardor is.

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NXT IN THE MEDIA

  • Steemit – IGNIS ICO Date released!

Steemit announced to the world the long awaited news of the IGNIS ICO in a short post. Details of the ICO are in short:

@askaran

Start Date: August 5, 2017
End Date: October 14, 2017
Early Bird ICO price: 0.4 NXT = 1 IGNIS
Late Bird ICO price: 1.45 NXT = 1 IGNIS

Source

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  • BtCurrencies – Ardor (ARDR)

As we approach the launch of Ardor, more and more news about it is available in the media. Last week, BtCurrencies explained Ardor and and its benefits and gives details of the upcoming ability to earn blockchain fees from child chains spun off from the parent chain, detailed in the new JPL referenced earlier.

Source

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PRICE EVOLUTION

  • TradingView – NXT Double Bullish Divergence

https://www.tradingview.com/u/DLavrov/

The market gave us a strong trend reversal signal like a double bullish divergence . RSI confirmed price reversal from the support level . MACD confirms an upward movement. DMI 0.54% allows open long trades. We can buy above 0.080000 and hold these trades in long term. Stop orders must be placed below 0.053000 level. Don't forget that the markets still can drop to new lows. You should not trade big volume .
The market gave us a strong trend reversal signal like a double bullish divergence . RSI confirmed price reversal from the support level . MACD confirms an upward movement. DMI 0.54% allows open long trades. We can buy above 0.080000 and hold these trades in long term. Stop orders must be placed below 0.053000 level. Don’t forget that the markets still can drop to new lows. You should not trade big volume .

Source

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  • TradingView –  NXT Buy Opportunity

Source

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  • Weekly NXT/ARDR Price Evolution

The following graphic shows the NXT / Bitcoin exchange price at Poloniex over this past week:

The following graphic shows the ARDR / Bitcoin exchange price at Poloniex over this past week:

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That wraps up the news for the week. Upcoming we will analyze the IGNIS ICO. Stay tuned for next week as we continue to provide you with all the relevant and exciting news for Nxt, Ardor, and all things involving the accelerating growth of the blockchain space. We love our community, we would be nothing without you guys/gals!

Follow us on Twitter for important breaking updates during the week as they happen. Stay committed and stay informed fellow Nxters! See you next week.

Advanced Users of Nxt are testing Ardor

Riker, one of the Nxt and Ardor core developers, has invited users on NxtChat on Slack who have a solid knowledge of Nxt to test the new Ardor software on the testnet, in order to speed up the opening of the testnet to general users, which is expected to happen in the near future.

Lior says:

As we are wrapping up the Ardor testnet release, and before we release it publicly, we are looking for power users who know NXT 1.x well to join us in testing the platform. This would be a volunteer base work (unless some whale would like to put an NXT or Ardor bounty for this). You have to be very technical, not easily frustrated and if you have prior background in software development and testing that’s a big plus.

What you will get is:
Access to an Ardor testnet public node first, then access to a binary distribution, and the chance to work with folks like JL, myself and other core devs side by side, who knows, perhaps this would also develop into an employment opportunity in the future.

Most important is UI testing. API testing is important as well. We need someone to test processes like create a poll, vote, check the results. Create an asset, send multiple ask/bid orders and verify that the trade results are correct etc. No need for coding but if know how to place a breakpoint in JavaScript code and check some variables values that’s a big plus.

More information: https://nxtforum.org/core-development-discussion/ardor-pre-release-testing

Channel #developers at Nxtchat on Slack

Programming the Nxt Blockchain for fun and profit

Blockchains can be useful in various applications, facing global audience and supporting company internal infrastructure. A blockchain is a distributed database, a copy of the blockchain is stored on each node in a peer-to-peer network. This extreme redundancy can be duely considered inefficient, but please stay with me for a couple of minutes of blockchain theory.

As each node validates all transactions recorded into the blockchain and as past transactions cannot be rolled back or tampered with like in traditional RDBMS, this redundancy makes the blockchain *immutable*, and that is a very important value proposition of blockchains. Immutability of data is something traditional databases cannot provide. You may or may not need immutability of data and trust-free confirmation that data hasn’t been altered.

In this tutorial I assume you do need this.

One of the most versatile and flexible blockchains is the Nxt Blockchain (https://nxt.org). It has over a hundred API calls https://nxtwiki.org/wiki/The_Nxt_API.

Today you will learn basics of programming the Nxt blockchain. I will use only two API calls in this tutorial. With over a hundred API calls opportunities for programmers are limitless.

Application logic

A customer of a company or an employee in an organization uploads a file through a web form.
The file is renamed to a unique name and is saved in some location on the server.

A year later the customer / employee needs to verify, using the Nxt Blockchain, that the file hadn’t been altered. For instance, this may be required for legal purposes. It doesn’t have to be files. Internal company memos can be hashed and stored in the database, to be verified in a future audit.

Nxt allows us to send and record arbitrary messages (AM) into its blockchain.

Every transaction on the blockchain comes at a fee. If the transaction size is large, it can be expensive; fortunately Nxt has a subtype of AM called prunable messages. These are pruned after 90 days which make them cheap, they are available for retrieval from archival nodes after 90 days.

The maximum size of an arbitrary message in the Nxt blockchain is approx. 42 KB, the size of one block. A prunable message of 1 KB costs 1 NXT ($0.03). 1 KB is enough to store a hash of a file and this is our final cost to permanently record one hash in the immutable distributed Nxt blockchain.

As the customer uploads a file I create a SHA256 hash of the file and store the hash in the database in the organization’s server. For simplicity I’ve chosen SQlite, but you can use Mysql, Postgresql, Oracle. I will use PDO to access SQlite database in PHP.

When we do not use the immutable database (blockchain), the file can be modified, the new hash of the modified file saved in the database, making it hard to prove the file was like this from the beginning.

Blockchain comes to the rescue

Every prunable message can be retrieved from archival nodes. Every record in the blockchain is immutable. You can be sure the hash of the file you uploaded a year ago, when it is retrieved from the blockchain, is the same hash. All you need now is compare it with the hash in the organization’s internal RDBMS.

Pre-requisites:
PHP with curl, json and some db extension (I use sqlite3). A web server is optional, you can use php-cli. Java 8 (Oracle or OpenJDK to run Nxt). Nxt reference software: https://nxtforum.org/nrs-releases/nrs-v1-10-1/.

Install the NRS (Nxt Reference Software (depending on the context interchangeably called Nxt Client or Nxt Server)) and create an account. Fund it with a few coins. You can exchange Bitcoin to NXT at an exchange service like https://shapeshift.io or exchange with someone at https://nxtforum.org. It is also possible to “mine” some free NXT as reward for running a node; http://test.nxter.org/the-forging-bounty-lottery-campaign-will-pay-5-million-in-rewards-to-forgers-and-nxt-nodes/.

First we create a simple database table for our application, nothing fancy, you can add more column types if you must store more information. I like to use DB Browser for SQLite of http://sqlitebrowser.org.

Let’s make an empty database ‘files.db’ and save it in /home/lurker10/phptutorial/files.db

Using DB Browser for SQLite create the following table.

CREATE TABLE "files" (
`id` INTEGER PRIMARY KEY AUTOINCREMENT,
`txid` TEXT,
`hash` TEXT,
`uploadtime` TEXT,
`filename` TEXT
)

‘txid’ is the field for storing the id of a transaction we receive from Nxt when the transaction is accepted. It is unique. ‘hash’ is the sha256 hash of the file.

In this tutorial I skip the file upload part of code to keep it concise.

Let’s assume the file is already uploaded and stored on the web server. We define the file location variable in the code.

$uploadDir = "/home/lurker10/phptutorial/tmp/";
$fileName = "copy12345.tar";

By default the Nxt Server listens for API requests on port 7876. If you run it on the same machine as your php code, your code must send queries to http://127.0.0.1:7876/nxt

The other important variables are the passphrase of the Nxt account you’ve created and funded and the recipient’s account.

You can send the message to yourself, recipient can be your own account.

$host = "http://127.0.0.1:7876/nxt";
$secretPhrase = "your passphrase";
$recipientID = "NXT-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXXX";

The next part of code is the function that submits query using curl in a POST request.

To make a query we must define $payload and $payload_string variables and feed them to sendRequest(). It is possible to run the Nxt Server over HTTPS and use curl to verify the SSL certificate, but for this simple app we have disabled SSL verification in the curl connection.

Another point of interest is the $errorDescription, json-decoded from server response.

If there is a problem with the query (“Not enough funds” in your account when your balance is zero),
you must add error handling routine. I omit this too. For this app I assume the server responded properly, and return the response into the app for further processing.

function sendRequest($host, $payload, $payload_string) {
$ch = curl_init();
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, $host);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_CUSTOMREQUEST, "POST");
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYPEER, FALSE);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_SSL_VERIFYHOST, FALSE);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_CONNECTTIMEOUT_MS, 10000);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_TIMEOUT_MS, 10000);
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POST, count($payload));
curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_POSTFIELDS, $payload_string);
$output = curl_exec($ch);
$curl_error = curl_error($ch);
curl_close($ch);
$errorDescription = trim(@json_decode($output)->errorDescription);
if ($errorDescription != "") { // perform error handling; return false; }
return $output;
}

As the file is uploaded already, I create a sha256 hash of the file and timestamp.

$fileHash = hash_file("sha256", $uploadDir.$fileName);
$txTime = time();

I will use PDO to work with the database.

Open the db and insert a new record.

We don’t know the txid until we talk to the Nxt Server that can give it to us when transaction is accepted on the NXT network, so for now I’ll insert null for txid.

$pdo = new PDO('sqlite:/home/lurker10/phptutorial/files.db');
$sql = "INSERT INTO files (txid, hash, uploadtime, filename)
VALUES (null, '$fileHash', '$txTime', '$fileName')";
$result = $pdo->exec($sql);

Next we create a query to send to the NXT server.

This particular query is “sendMessage”, you can find a whole lot more queries to interact with the blockchain and their mandatory and optional parameters at https://nxtwiki.org/wiki/The_Nxt_API.

As I said earlier the fee to transact is 1 NXT. 1 NXT = 100,000,000 NQT (nanoquants).
1 NQT is the smallest unit of denomination in NXT same as 1 satoshi in Bitcoin.
The Nxt Server accepts the fee in NQT, so we pay exactly 100 million NQT ($0.03)

The “broadcast” parameter can be changed to false, in this case you will receive ‘transactionBytes’ in the response, which can be broadcast to the network later using the ‘broadcastTransaction’ request. But today I have set it to ‘true’ to broadcast the transaction instantly.

Remember to urlencode() the message. I insert the filename separated from the hash with a colon into the message.

$payload = array(
"requestType" => "sendMessage",
"recipient" => $recipientID,
"secretPhrase" => urlencode($secretPhrase),
"feeNQT" => 100000000,
"deadline" => 1440,
"broadcast" => "true",
"message" => urlencode($fileName . ":" . $fileHash),
"messageIsPrunable" => "true"
);
$payload_string = "";
foreach ($payload as $key => $value) {
$payload_string .= $key . "=" . $value . "&";
}
rtrim($payload_string, "&");

Send the query to NXT server using sendRequest() function:

$output = sendRequest($host, $payload, $payload_string);

and decode the JSON response from the server to get the transaction id:

if ($output != false) {
$txId = json_decode($output)->transaction;
}

Now that there is a positive response on the accepted transaction and its ID is known, let’s update the record in the in-house db.

$lastId = $pdo->lastInsertId();
$sql = "UPDATE files SET txid = '$txId' where id = '$lastId'";
$result = $pdo->exec($sql);

We can optionally provide these links to the customer for future reference and to prove that the hash was uploaded:

echo "NXT Transaction ID: " . $txId . ",
JSON response";
echo "

Use these links to verify Sha256 hash of your file saved in our internal database against the permanent record in the NXT blockchain:

" . $fileHash;

Optionally email the customer the $txId that they can later use to verify hash or somehow else give them basic information on retrieval of the hash from in-house db and comparing it to blockchain stored hash in the future, by timestamp or other criteria.

This app doesn’t include user authentication. Normally the customer or user of an intranet service would be able to see their files after having authenticated to the site.

This app also assumes that the verification app is out of reach of the in-house database maintainer to prevent faking verification outcome.

Now the record is saved in the company’s database. Show the db record to confirm it’s there.

$sth = $pdo->prepare("SELECT id, txid, hash, uploadtime, filename FROM files ORDER BY id DESC");
$sth->execute();
$result = $sth->fetch(PDO::FETCH_OBJ);
if ($result != false) {
var_dump($result);
}

The verification app

To use the hash verification app the customer must have the transaction ID in the NXT blockchain
passed to them when the transaction was submitted to the Nxt Blockchain.

Suppose the customer does have it, saved in the mail archive or retrieved by other means.
Here it is.

$txId = "111111111111111111";

Let us see what our in-house database has for the hash of the file. Fetch and save it in $hashInDb.

$pdo = new PDO('sqlite:/home/lurker10/phptutorial/files.db');
$sth = $pdo->prepare("SELECT hash FROM files where txid = '$txId'");
$sth->execute();
$result = $sth->fetch(PDO::FETCH_OBJ);
if ($result != false) {
$hashInDb = $result->hash;
}

Send a request to the NXT server and fetch all information stored in the NXT blockchain for transaction with the given ID.

$payload = array (
"requestType" => "getTransaction",
"transaction" => $txId
);
$payload_string = "";
foreach ($payload as $key => $value) {
$payload_string .= $key . "=" . $value . "&";
}
rtrim($payload_string, "&");

$output = sendRequest($host, $payload, $payload_string);

Decode the JSON response and extract the attachment field where the hash is stored.

In the first part of the app we recorded the filename separated from the hash with a colon.
Now we extract just the hash portion of the arbitrary message.

$attachmentPlainData = json_decode($output)->attachment->message;
$hashInBlockchain = explode(":", $attachmentPlainData)[1];

And compare what we have in the company’s database with what was recorded 1 year ago into the Nxt Blockchain.

if ($hashInDb == $hashInBlockchain)
echo "Hashes are identical";
else
echo "Hashes are not identical";

Next part of this series: Lottery on the Nxt Blockchain in Golang (and PHP)

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