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Nxter News – February 2018 (II): Why Is Patience So Important? Because It Makes Us Pay Attention

February (II)

Welcome again, Nxters! Welcome back to another synopsis of the crypto news from last week.

Again we have the latest news on which centralized exchanges have enabled ARDR and IGNIS trading, the Action Coin ICO is underway with an NXT Airdrop occurring last week – details below, updates on more and more Blockchain Meetups, EUR deposit/withdraw limit at Ardorgate has been increased to 10,000 EUR, and we included a polite reminder about how the Nxt blockchain is, in fact, very alive and well!

We welcome back our old readers and warmly welcome our new ones. The cryptosphere is a large, complex, and largely mysterious place for many people, and we at Nxter are changing that. We want our readers to become experts in the Nxt / Ardor / Ignis blockchain ecosystem. Lean back and take the time to learn about all the news from last week.

COMMUNITY

MEETUPS

The AE

DEVELOPMENT

NXT IN THE MEDIA

PRICE EVOLUTION

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


COMMUNITY

  • Freewallet

Last week Freewallet (third-party wallet) updated their ARDR wallet and now users have access to their ARDR. IGNIS is still not enabled but a Medium article further down from them explains the challenges they faced migrating to the dedicated Ardor blockchain; IGNIS, they wrote, is a current priority for their dev team.

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  • Exchanges… 

Meanwhile, on the AEUR blockchain

With AEUR you can trade assets, IGNIS, ARDR and any child chain token p2p against the Euro-backed child chain token.

The following updated list shows third-party exchanges that have and have NOT released their customers’ ARDR and IGNIS tokens. The IGNIS Airdrop occurred well over a month ago and we still do not have all the exchanges that announced support actually enabling full wallet and trading support for IGNIS and ARDR.

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

Lior Yaffe (Jelurida) wrote:

To those whose IGNIS tokens are still locked by exchanges, exchanges have no more excuses, the blockchain is stable since Jan 2nd and with the new release we had the full deposit/withdrawal process covered and operational. Be proactive, open support tickets and contact them on social networks to release your funds. In case exchange developers need advice we are here to help.

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  • ACTN – NXT Airdrop and Ongoing ICO

In November we presented the Action Token. It has been more than three months and the team is now ready. The community, in general, has not had proof of this project until a few days ago, when Lior Yaffe verified that the team seems legit and ANG director, Elizabeth, interviewed Nick – one of the founders. Further down we explain more about the Action Token and how 1 billion ACTN has been airdropped on NXT holders and will be accessible on the new chain in March.

Elizabeth conversed with Lior Yaffe (Riker):

Elizabeth – These guys have been largely quiet since first announcing themselves. It seems as if the project is still ongoing but it’s hard to say for sure without updates. @riker how should we view the authenticity of this?

Riker – I can confirm that we had several calls with the action coin team. As far as I can judge this is a legitimate project.

Elizabeth
I have just finished an interview with Nick Morley of ActionCoin. I wanted to give you some notice as the Pre Sale started today and the web wallet will release on March 1. You can go to actioncoin.io and follow links to acquire some.

And, oh! Did I mention this is a clone of the NXT blockchain?! Nick tells us why NXT is a great solution for his business and more down the road. You will want to watch this!

Elizabeth and Nick talk about Action Coin and the ICO, which is currently underway. Created with the Nxt Blockchain Creation Kit, 10 B Action Coins were issued. Up to 250 M tokens are available in each of the three rounds of their ICO, with the wallet launching on March 1st, 2018. Thanks to the terms of the JPL, 1 billion tokens have been airdropped to NXT users and will be accessible when the Action Coin web wallet launches, using the existing login for your NXT wallet.

REMEMBER: Your Nxt passphrase is worth all your holdings on the Nxt, Ardor, and any airdropped Nxt-based coin’s networks. Keep it safe at all times! Log in with your account ID, not your passphrase. You can use NxtBridge OFFLINE to sign transactions initiated on clone networks without ever exposing your passphrase to their network. Sign it, and then broadcast the signed transaction on to the clone’s network. More in-depth info here, and NxtBridge OFFLINE download and video tuts are found here.

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Child Chains

  • Bitswift Update

Last week Bitswift markets opened on Bittrex!

bitswiftbro wrote:

Been working hard with Bittrex today folks, the market will come online very soon. Bittrex bundler is on our chain and we are just going through some final testing. Thanks everyone for being patient.

Bitswift has a clear business model and they are moving forward with a lot of enthusiasm.

bitswiftbro
Good news everyone, Bitswift has been invited to speak at city hall in front of city council relating to a smart city IOT project coming up here in Kingston Ontario. This even will be broadcast live on local tv and we are sure to show the city what networks we have built which could help facilitate the smart city they are trying to build. Council meeting is at 7:30 EST tonight.

Thewhig.com wrote:

“Prior to hearing from Semplonius, council heard from Paul Busch from Bitswift, a technology company in Kingston. Busch said the city has alternatives to partnering with Bell and there are local companies working on networking technologies. Busch said he has been working on a decentralized networking system using blockchain technology in the city centre for four years.”

Source

You can find the video uploaded here: https://ardornxt.slack.com/archives/C67TGA37H/p1517937083000066

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  • Products for Sale in the AEUR Marketplace

Do you have something, non-perishable, that can be listed on the AEUR marketplace?

A long-time member of the Nxt community, Palheiro, has made some products from his Galician garden available. From jam to potatoes, this is a good opportunity to buy healthy, organic vegetables with 21st-century payment methods!

Palheiro wrote:

palheiro – I have put three products on sale in the AEUR marketplace. In case someone is interested, they are food and pottery, all produced by me. Soon I will put more variety. Let’s see if we are filling the market!

martis – @palheiro where are you located?

palheiro – Galiza (Spanish Kingdom)

SellerARDOR-66J7-K4T7-8C9M-66W67

I am sure the AEUR Marketplace can serve other requests as well. Remember that the jam does not expire 😉

Like Ignis, AEUR has a marketplace where items can be listed and purchased in the child chain’s own tokens. On the AEUR chain, this means that all prices are pegged to the Euro. You can see how to get on to the Euro-pegged AEUR chain in the following how-to video, created by James Malach, aka Coinerz, entitled: ‘Exchange Euros For Ardor With Ardorgate’.

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  • SCAM Message on Facebook

Almost every week we are warning our readers about false services that are trying to hustle new Nxters for coins. Although it seems ridiculous, scammers always cheat someone. Most scams are obvious but some are legit enough to fool decent people. Take care, it is impossible to warn against every scam and hustle out there as they are just so ubiquitous. That is why we urge all readers to use the information from official sources, always check with the community, and NEVER disclose your passphrase to anyone!

The scam:

Kevin –  Warning guys!!!
I just got this spam message from NXT BLockchain on facebook messenger using the NXT logo etc. be aware!

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  • New Korean Telegram Channel About Nxt/Ardor

Someone has created a new Korean chat about Nxt/Ardor on Telegram. There are already over 200 users in that chat room. This is a great tool for our Korean readers to spread knowledge and awareness of Nxt and Ardor.

Here is our (non-exhaustive) list pointing to the most popular Telegram Nxt/Ardor channels

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MEETUPS

  • Ardor Nxt Group Event Calendar

The number of events in the Nxt / Ardor ecosystems are increasing and thanks to a calendar created by Elizabeth, we have them all sorted and highlighted. Take a look at it and make a visit to the closest Meetup to meet the passionate people who make up this beautiful ecosystem, enjoy some networking, and perhaps even learn something new!

Elizabeth wrote:

Elizabeth – I created this calendar so the community is aware of events in their area and so I could indicate when members of our community will be at an event. Each event is color coded and the key is in the sidebar. So far the only attendees and known attendees have been ANG sponsored.

If you see an event in your area that you are interested in attending, let me know and we can see if we can work something out for group discounts on passes, etc.

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  • Blockchain for Business Meetup in Barcelona – The Future of Blockchain in Business on March 1

Veronica is preparing one of the most interesting Meetups of the year, taking advantage of the Mobile World Congress days, the speakers will be top-level in their fields (Blockchain experts, banking experts, executives from consumer-goods companies, investors, and lawyers). The theme will be the future of blockchain in business. Register early as many people are likely going to attend.

https://www.meetup.com/es-ES/Blockchain-for-Business-Barcelona/events/247616337/

• What we’ll do
Blockchain-based technologies are revolutionizing the world as they are applied to new and existing business models.

In the context of Mobile World Congress 2018, the most significant mobile event in the world, with Annual attendance more than 100,000, we are going to invite thought leaders to talk about the future of Blockchain in Business.

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  • Join the Meetup Group – Ardor – Nxt Madrid (Madrid, España)

Our friend, Coradan, the founder of the Meetup Blockchain for Business Madrid, has announced his new meetup group in Madrid (Spain) called Ardor – Nxt Madrid.

Source

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You can download the Meetup App for mobile or log in on the web to register for any of them:

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  • Crypto Meetup “Blockchain for Business: Ardor Platform held on February 7th

Almonte shared his experience from last week’s Meetup organized in Valencia with the community.

He wrote:

 

Almonte – Great experience, the Valencia meetup yesterday: https://www.meetup.com/es-ES/Blockchain-Valencia-Tech/events/246896335/ There were around 40 very participative attendees from Valencia’s developers and start-up community.

From both service providers and product makers it is interesting to invest on Ardor knowledge, the former will be prepared when business will need support for Ardor integration within their current processes and the latter will be able to design their blockchain based products with the first blockchain as a service out there. I enjoyed a lot the good questions this audience asked.

Thanks all the attendees, specially to Dekalabs and Flywire for hosting the event.

More information

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The AE

Remember the launch? In May 2014 #NxtAE launched. Anyone could now issue digital asset tokens on the blockchain and trade them p2p on an unregulated, decentralized, global asset blockchain market. The ICO craze is not new to us.

Being so early with the AE was wild, just like ERC20-ICO-traders experience it now. But, it also gave the core devs an early chance to start working out good solutions to the problems that inherently arise in such a market, long before any other dev team. Nxt never got hacked. It has run stable for over four years. Assets are issued with few clicks. Instantly tradeable on the AE (Asset Exchange). Encrypted messages can be exchanged. Documents can be uploaded, signed, timestamped. Dividends paid with a click, all recorded into the blockchain.

With Ardor (and this will be ported back to Nxt), asset issuers have full control over their assets; who trades their assets, like only KYC and AML approved accounts – or anyone. There is whitelist control over asset holder accounts, you can choose, for example, which asset holders should have the opportunity to vote or even to control an account by vote.

The result of a vote held on the Ignis child chain can be set to sign transactions on behalf of the company – pre-defined whitelisted accounts can sign/vote by account ID, tag, balance or asset balance.

Assets are tradable in all child chain markets. You can only issue assets on Ignis, but you can have your ICO in any child chain token, a non-pegged crypto, or for example in AEUR, which is pegged to, and backed by, Euros, withdrawable to your bank account directly in the Ardor Client GUI. More child chain cryptocurrencies will come. And more assets.

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  • Janus – Status Update

$JNS, what’s next?

They got the large Kodak building. From April 1, JNSHash will be operational.

They elaborate:

The deal has been made with the building owner of the old Kodak office for JNSHash mining operation. They agreed to provide up to 800 amps as our operation grows.

The contract goes into effect on April 1st. This is the soonest we can get machines in and hashing again, then begin expanding. Thank you for your patience in this aspect, we understand right now it is of huge importance to the community and will work very hard to bring it back ASAP.

Between now and April will be the cleanup, drywall, and electrical installation.

The building owner has stated they must perform some of this due to city code, so this is the reason for the delay. However, this is an opportunity (because I am also trying to look on the bright side here). This means we can see if the new Nvidia line of GPU comes out which is super important for future investment into the hashrate, and also the release of new asic machines.

Janus Telegram: https://t.me/thejanusproject

Janus asset ID on the ARDOR platform: 4348103880042995903

KREDS

Last week, a snapshot of all JNS (Janus) on the Ardor network was taken, at block height 48484.

Two Kreds would be credited per one JNS, to be distributed accordingly within 90 days counting from the time of the Kreds Genesis block. There will only be a 90-day claim window, so Janus holders get ready to download their wallet and grab your coins because guess what. Kreds is already live.

Here is how to claim you Kreds balance if you’re a Janus holder.

So what is Kreds?

Janus wrote:

Kreds will be a totally new blockchain with no connection to Ardor.

bjorn_bb wrote:

For gpu miners most of you will be familiar with the mining algo and pools will come very shortly. Thank you to everyone, and the rest of my team for making this utility currency a huge success. It will play a large role in our websites as incentive for [writing] great content and comments.

Everyone grab the wallet, we made sure to have all OS’s [and Android] available
https://github.com/KredsBlockchain/kreds-core/releases

$KREDS discussion in Discord app: https://discord.gg/3gmat7B

Masternode setup guide:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1m9ApgN33fHlj08kc009CCg6dRWDhl5V8/view

If you want to know more or find a list of supportive pools, read and follow Kreds’ [ANN] thread on Bitcointalk.

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  • Adel – Adel Swap Module Guide

The community of Adel is in the final stretch of the move of their ADL coin to the Ethereum network. We wish you good luck in your adventure. This week, February 15th, the swap will occur. Adel produced a guide that explains what will happen during the switch from Nxt.

C-cex users: Remember to withdraw your ADL coins to your NXT wallet before the 14th of February due to delisting.

ADL Swap Preview & Guide

How will you swap your ADL coins for ADL on Ethereum? We’ve put together a guide to help you prepare for February 15, so you’ll be ready for the switch. Check out our blog post on Steemit: https://steemit.com/cryptocurrency/@adelecosystem/adel-swap-module-guide

If you have Any questions regarding the Swap, get in contact with Adel on Slack or Telegram.

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DEVELOPMENT

  • Improving the Coin Exchange Feature

Users have been requesting a GUI-change in the Ardor Client, to improve the p2p Coin Exchange experience. Lior Yaffe, core dev for Nxt and Ardor, mentions the improvements made to the layout of the Ardor client – including more specific “Not enough funds” message explanations.

riker – We added the buy orders side to the coin exchange and improved the layout a bit, if someone wants to test http://80.211.143.216:27876/index.html – this is my mainnet node.

Also we improved the “Not enough funds” message. It now explains the problem i.e. “Not enough funds. Amount 877 fee 0.018 current balance 875.6994 you are missing 1.3185 IGNIS”

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  • Ardor.World – Ardor Coin Exchange Rates

Thanks to Sergei Chumak, we now have this amazing tool.

https://twitter.com/m4kstep/status/961686900917579776

The functionality of Ardor.World continues to grow as it now supports Ardor coin exchange rates across the child chain ecosystem.

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  • Weekly Reminder – NXT

This week’s reminder is this Infogram made by ANG.

Nxt is one of the most stable, featureful and best tested altcoins. With new chains released under the JPL giving airdrops to all NXT holders, and with the NXT public chain being maintained and developed further by Jelurida, how can Nxt be “dead”?

A new upgrade to the public chain is on its way, and launching a Nxt-based blockchain has never been easier for businesses with the release of the Blockchain Creation Kit last year. Per the terms of the Jelurida Public License (JPL) any clone of the Nxt blockchain needs to airdrop 10% of its tokens to NXT holders (- see the above section about the Action Token).

https://infogram.com/nxt-is-not-dead-1hkv2njloemn6x3

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NXT IN THE MEDIA

  • Lior Yaffe in Medium – Ardor Launch — To go Where no Jeluridian has gone Before – Update #5

Barely 40 days have passed since Ardor launched and the stability of the network is incredible. This allows developers to focus on developing the key features of the Ardor network. Everything goes like a Swiss watch –  funny because the company is Swiss. Expect a new Ardor release next week.

Lior updated:

Another productive week in cryptoland. Ardor and its child chains continue to operate perfectly. The dev team has started working on the pruning and snapshot feature (but this is still several months away). Meanwhile, next week we are planning to release minor updates to Ardor and Nxt with some usability improvements and bug fixes.

We are talking with several teams about child chain creation and Nxt based clone projects. The customer support system is now fully operational and we are making good progress with the integration of a CRM system.

Some good news from exchanges, Bittrex has opened IGNIS for trading using our zero fee transactions solution. I expect other exchanges to open trading soon. Meanwhile, our Euro zone users, can use the Ardorgate service which continues to improve and streamline the service.

Source

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  • Lior Yaffe in Medium – Why I Think the “Bitcoin Bubble” is not Going to Burst Anytime Soon

In this article, Lior pulls sincerity to announce to the public his controversial opinion about the process that the markets of cryptocurrencies are experiencing. He is no stranger to bubbles and he documents his experiences with the infamous dotcom bubble of the turn-of-the 21st century.

He wrote:

I did not live through the Dutch tulip mania of 1637 so can’t say much about it, but I was an employee of Jacada, a Nasdaq traded high flying tech startup during the happy days of the dot.com bubble during 1998-2001, and I did experience first hand the effects of the dot.com bubble burst, losing on paper hundred of thousands of dollars held in unvested stock options of the company, while seeing its stock value plummet from $37 to basically nothing over the course of a couple of years.

Therefore, as someone who bares the (financial) scars of this event, I’m always on the lookout for new bubbles.

Source

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  • Medium – Updating your Ardor / NXT node Running on a Raspberry Pi 3

Ardor and Nxt are Proof-of-Stake blockchains that are small and light enough to run very well on a Raspberry Pi.

A community member, Erick, created this easy-peasy guide about how to update your raspberry pi node running Ardor. This configuration would add a node to the network, but remember to modify the properties file to leave it at 100%.

Instructions for updating your node:

  1. If your Ardor/NXT node is currently running, stop it by pressing Ctrl + c in the terminal.
  2. Download the latest zipped release from Jelurida for either Ardor or NXT.
    -Move the downloaded zipped file to the folder containing the existing Ardor or NXT folder.
  3. Open up the Ardor or NXT folder and remove/delete the lib folder.
  4. Open the Terminal and navigate to the folder containing the Ardor or NXT folder, and unzip the zipped file…
    unzip ardor-client-2.0.13.zip
  5. When prompted, overwrite all files by pressing A
  6. When completed, cd into the ardor or nxt folder and restart the node ./run.sh
  7. After a few minutes, open the web browser and verify the update was successful.
  8. Kick back and allow your node to resync with the blockchain.

Source

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  • The Merkle – What is Ignis?

A brief introduction to Ignis. Some people confuse Ardor and its child chains – remember all Ardor does is forge transactions and provide security. All the other functionality you know from the Nxt blockchain is in Ardor’s child chains. Ignis is the first and ONLY fully-permissioned child chain. The Merkle gave a beginner’s guide to the child chain.

They wrote:

What is Ignis Exactly?

Some people may recall that Ardor wants to become a next-generation blockchain focusing on child chains. The Ardor parent chain processes transactions and offers security and scalability to “offspring” such as Ignis.

It is important to note the child chain has its own native currency, which was distributed through last year’s Ignis ICO. The main reason this project was created was to bring functionality to the Ardor ecosystem, as the parent chain will only offer very basic functionality. It has all of the NXT features built in except for the “forging” of currencies.

Source

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  • Freewallet in Medium – Freewallet – Ardor: A Long Way Home

Freewallet wrote a post in Medium about their challenges migrating to the dedicated Ardor blockchain. They highlight the unique selling points of Ardor and they announce that integrating IGNIS is a priority and that they are currently working on it.

They wrote:

Basically, any project or individual can create a dedicated child chain with the ARDR platform. They can issue a separate coin (or token) for their chain, enable and disable specific network features and get their transactions processed fast and without mixing them with information from parallel child chains.

Source

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  • CoinSpeaker – What is the Nxt Platform, and What Can It be Used For?

The author makes a brief comparison between two of the most famous consensus protocols today, Proof of Work vs Proof of Stake, before diving into the innovative features which Nxt has.

Photo: Nxt / Twitter

They wrote:

Nxt, an advanced blockchain platform and the first currency to run solely on proof-of-stake algorithm, beats basic functional features of [other] pioneering cryptocurrencies.

Some of its main features include:

Asset Exchange enabling peer-to-peer trading of shares and crypto assets;
Data Storage that can be used for purposes such as building file-sharing services, decentralized apps, and various other services;
An Alias system allowing text substitutions that will enable keywords to be used to represent other things;
A Voting System that can be used to influence future development decisions, shareholder voting, public elections, and various other community-based decisions;
Plugin support that will make it simple for external developers to add additional features and enhancements;
Multi-signature and Phased Transactions that take into consideration various factors such as the approval of multiple accounts or the passage of a specific interval of time.

Source

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  • Coindigo – Scaling to the New Heights With Ardor

This article from Coindigo is one of the few that, in addition to summarizing the characteristics of Ardor, dared to write the truth, something that all Nxters knows well: Ethereum has received more publicity than Ardor, but that does not mean it is a better product – mostly this is a function of the ridiculous sums of money they raised in their ICO – and marketing.

Coindigo wrote:

Most cryptocurrency platforms are limited by their need to rely on a single cryptocurrency for transactions. Ardor is different, and tokens within the Ardor platform can make transactions between themselves without holding any ARDR tokens.

Lastly, Ardor gives businesses the potential to customize their own child chain. This increases the potential use case for the chains, as businesses can have the chain as private as they want. Furthermore, businesses from various industries can use the technology because of the customization and it would not be limited to a single industry use.

Ardor has not received as much publicity and backing as Ethereum, even though the technology is arguably more superior. This is because the developers lack the marketing capability of Vitalik Butarin. A majority of their team is composed of legal experts and software engineers. They need a business minded individual to really market the technology to businesses.

Nevertheless, the team is very smart when it comes to their technical knowledge. Lior Yaffe is a software engineer by trade, and he is the MD for Jelurida (parent company). Petko Petkovis is another co-founder, who is the core developer. He has a vast repertoire of technical knowledge which no doubt comes in handy at Jelurida. Lastly, their lead software architect is Tomislav Gountchev who has a stellar academic resume having studied at Cambridge and UC Berkeley. He also cofounded Nabble, and worked at multiple other tech start-ups.

Source

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PRICE EVOLUTION

  • TradingView – Ardor Probability Of Reversal

Source

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  • TradingView – ARDR Found Bottom and is Going Up

Source

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  • TradingView – IGNIS Entry Level

Source

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  • TradingView – IGNIS Likely Forming the Preferred Pump Formation C&H

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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And that is all for this week, Nxters.

Follow us on Twitter for important breaking updates during the week as they happen. Stay warm, dry, and stay informed, dear Nxters. See you back here next week! We will keep you updated on the growing world of distributed ledger technology.

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Nxter News – January 2018 (II): If There Is No Struggle, There Is No Progress

January (II)

Welcome, fellow Nxters!  The last week has been frustrating for a lot of users with IGNIS and ARDR in third-party exchanges, we know the desperation many of you feel at having your assets be inaccessible or untradeable.

Jelurida works with the exchanges to try and make everything run smoothly. Ardor is a completely new blockchain concept – it is cutting edge, and it is a decentralized ledger; if users lose funds, or the exchange gets hacked, there is no way to get the tokens back and the exchange will be blamed.  Last week Poloniex opened deposits and withdrawals while being on a fork, and they are now reimbursing their users. So, patience, dear Nxters, the centralized ARDR markets will re-launch successfully, and IGNIS will be added successfully. Eventually. We do, just like you, long for an update from, for example, Bittrex.

We recommend traders to spend the waiting time to investigate the functionality of the blockchain you invested in. Ardor is a useful, disruptive, working, truly revolutionary blockchain platform, and you might realize that there is no reason to panic. Read, learn and explore the Ardor platform – use your creativity. You can log in with your account ID on ardor.nxter.org and check your balances but we do not recommend that you send your passphrase to ANY online node. Download the latest Ardor client, run it in full mode as it is fast as the blockchain was launched very recently.

Anyone who bought into the ICO or held their NXT in their own wallets (as we recommended over and over again), at the snapshot block, can enjoy using the Ignis, Bitswift and Ardor features. It seems to us that some investors have little to no idea about what they have actually invested in. Or think that Nxters control Bittrex, or (unfortunately) fall for scammers and phishing sites in their desperation to sell because they see the value of NXT dump after the airdrop of IGNIS. This is a shame. Ardor and Ignis work like a breeze. Activate your ARDR by forging, set up bundlers to earn IGNIS. Only seven items have been listed for sale on Ignis’ decentralized marketplace so far, as this is a completely new blockchain. Create a poll, shuffle your IGNIS or issue a mintable coin. On the Bitswift chain there are plenty of unclaimed aliases. Do you wonder what the AEUR chain is? Then keep reading.

We welcome back our old readers and warmly welcome our new ones. The cryptosphere is a large, complex, and largely mysterious place for many people and we at Nxter are changing that. We want our readers to become experts in the Nxt / Ardor / Ignis blockchain ecosystem. Take a deep breath, lean back and learn about all the news from last week.

 

NXT COMMUNITY

MEETUPS

The AE

DEVELOPMENT

NXT IN THE MEDIA

PRICE EVOLUTION


This week’s newsletter is put together by apenzl, rubenbc, Jose, and James.
Donations appreciated: NXT-TK9J-MEKH-MUP9-HFCH2 / ARDOR-TK9J-MEKH-MUP9-HFCH2.


NXT COMMUNITY

 

  • Upgrade to Ardor v2.0.11

Jelurida released a MANDATORY UPDATE (2.0.10) and followed up with 2.0.11, which fixes the problem with forks automatically.

It is mandatory to update from version 2.0.9. Update to the newest version, 2.0.11, which fixes the problem with forks. Bugs are frustrating but inevitable with new releases, they are even on the experienced Jelurida team’s roadmap: Q1 2018 – resolve any issues discovered post-launch and ensure stability.

Jelurida wrote about Ardor v2.0.11:

Change log:

Version 2.0.11 blacklists peers older than 2.0.10, and adds a checkpoint at height 6000.

Changed Open Coin Orders to My Coin Orders in the Coin Exchange, sort orders per chain then per rate descending, added pagination.

Always make prunable messages prunable regardless of their length, if the “message is never deleted” checkbox is not checked.

Added Mistertango withdrawal UI to the AEUR child chain, not yet functional.

Increased default number of fork confirmations to 5.

Other minor bugfixes and improvements.

This release will perform a database rescan.

Download the latest Ardor version from https://bitbucket.org/Jelurida/ardor/downloads

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  • Jelurida Update

Lior Yaffe, Managing Director of Jelurida and core developer of NXT Ardor, joined Elizabeth Mong to talk about the launch of the Ardor Platform and Ignis. He addressed questions about availability on the exchanges, the future plans of NXT and Ardor, the AEUR child chain and the responsibility Jelurida takes in entering into business relationships.

 

Source

 

  • IGNIS is now Trading on AEX.com

AEX announced that they support IGNIS trading!

Use your AEX account to exchange IGNIS into, and out of, BTC.

The pair BTC/IGNIS is available on AEX.com

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  • IGNIS Available to Trade with Rupiah

Bitcoin Indonesia announced that they support IGNIS trading.

Source

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  • Ardorgate and the AEUR

Ardorgate’s EURO-pegged Ardor child chain (AEUR) is entering its last stage of preparation. 

The AEUR coin is pegged to EUR, so you will be able to easily deposit EURO directly via Ardorgate and trade AE tokens (Ardor’s ERC20 equivalent) globally, buy and sell Marketplace items on the blockchain, and even trade other Ardor child chain coins against the EUR-peg. 

martis (Ardorgate) posted this teaser in Slack:

Withdrawals to your bank account can be made directly from the Ardor client.

When the Ardorgate service becomes available, users with a Mistertango account will be able to easily transfer and convert AEUR tokens into Euros in their Mistertango account. This means you can withdraw salary earned in AEUR, AEUR you earned from selling items on the global marketplace, or you can convert any of Ardor’s child chain tokens to AEUR and cash them out as EUR with Ardorgate. If you like fiat legacy coins better than decentralized crypto, that is.

Ardorgate wrote:

From start, Ardorgate service will be limited to Mistertango customers only.

Mistertango is a licensed/regulated bank/payment provider. All services for Mistertango individual customers are free of charge, by opening account you get your own IBAN account, free MasterCard and access to their BTC exchange. You can learn more at www.mistertango.com.

Deano – can I withdraw AEUR to MisterTango in Euros, or is it just backing the AEUR value?

martis – sure you can withdraw. You’ll send me AEUR, Ardorgate will send the corresponding amount of EUR to your mistertango IBAN account. think about Ardorgate as casino cashdesk. Just service fees will be applied.

Source

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  • Coinerz – Gamified GPS App

Triffic is a new Coinerz app being developed that is looking to gamify driving, using the Ardor Platform – Triffic Miles will be the Coinerz equivalent of Air Miles. The app is just entering alpha testing phase.

They write:

Coinerz is excited to announce that their gamified GPS app is shortly entering the alpha testing phase.

“Triffic is one of the first apps that uses the blockchain for something other than cryptocurrency.” says James Malach, the Coinerz CEO. “We are using the Ardor platform and its unique child chain technology to provide a decentralised ledger of Triffic Miles – our equivalent of Air Miles.”

Triffic has been self funded for the last 18 months and we will be issuing an ICO in the next couple of months. The actual asset is fundamental to the workings of Triffic. Holders receive dividends based on a percentage of the revenue that the app makes…

There are several revenue streams.

1. Triffic Miles – earned by filling your virtual tank with Triffic Fuel. Watching a short video message will give you 30 minutes of Triffic Fuel per message.
2. Subscriptions – paid subscribers are able to earn Triffic Miles faster than free users.
3. Hotel and Taxi bookings – it’s possible to book through the app.

Also, the business is HUGELY scalable. We can launch in pretty much every country on earth – even Antarctica!

We also have @gabriel who will be helping with localization via his company Kotoba Translation. Gabriel is also an admin on ardornxt.slack – we’re trying to keep everything ‘in the Ardor family’ so to speak!

J’adore Ardor!

Elizabeth, the soon-to-be director of the ANG (Ardor and Nxt Group), conducted an excellent interview with Coinerz CEO James Malach during Ardor Days, check it out below.

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  • FRAS COIN: Official UBER GRAB Partner

Last week Indonesian PT. Frasindo Lima Mandiri pre-announced their ICO! It is planned for February 1st.

Frasindo is an up and running company, authorized by the Indonesian government as an official partner of UBER, GRAB, and GOCAR in Indonesia. They also rent out cars. Their whitepaper is an intense, colorful 78 pages read.

FRAS writes in their whitepaper:

We at PT. Frasindo Lima Mandiri thinks someone has to begin the principle of trust and transparency in blockchain communities, in the hope of pioneering the first truly open & transparent company, as well as setting standards for all other new ICO and Crowdsale projects.

Each of PT. Frasindo Lima Mandiri’s brands and products are positioned and well-planned to have a FAILPROOF capability, not only giving advantages and fun, but also will generating lifetime income for its coin holders.

Each brand and product will be connecting to each other, and have short, medium, and long-term sources of income. This is very valuable and rare opportunities that are rarely opened to the public, and it’s often unreachable by majority small and medium supporters in the world.

The whole company is fully cooperating as a use case of blockchain tech, guided by the NXT Foundation to use the full extension of the proven NXT ARDOR IGNIS features.

It’s not that Frasindo can’t continue without an ICO. They can. But they have an ambitious goal and vision.

FRAS coin has not yet been approved and contracted for an Ardor child chain, but they are currently in talks with Jelurida.

Follow their twitter

Whitepaper: More info

Website: https://www.frasindo.com/

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  • Ardor Featured by Ironwood Research Group

An investor’s guide to Ardor was published by the Ironwood Research Group last week. The report highlights the scalability and positive outlook of Ardor.

All about NXT:

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  • MyNXT Wallet Closed on December 31st

Many MyNXT users discovered that their MyNXT wallet was closed. We announced it months in advance, but many missed the message. For the next month, ONLY, Vanbreuk will help users who did not transfer their NXT assets. PM Vanbreuk in Nxtforum.

Vanbreuk – During this month I will take care of requests from myNXT users who did not transfer their NXT/assets or download a backup from their myNXT wallet account, manually recovering their information from the database. They should PM me in Nxtforum or send me an email to vanbreuk at gmail dot com with their request, and I will reply with instructions. I’m solving the cases in order of arrival.

However, this cannot be sustained indefinitely since there are server costs and time involved. I understand that users did not see the email or did not visit the community for months, but I’m currently delaying important tasks to attend to these requests. If after the end of January there’s still any requests to recover accounts with a significant amount, I can discuss the case with the user, but at least I’d need to charge a fee to cover costs.

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  • What is SICOS?

Are you thinking about having an ICO? Worried about the legal stuff? Understandable, you should be. Then you might want to know about SICOS. Co-founded by Travin Keith, members of ANG and SICOS helped Jelurida with their Ignis ICO. They just announced last week that they are now ready to take new clients.

SICOS wrote:

SICOS, the company that helped Jelurida with their ICO, is more than open to helping ICOs launched on Nxt or Ardor. We’re still in our early stages and Jelurida was our first client, but we are progressing nicely. SICOS is also a member of ANG.

Nxter supports all community initiatives that help and grow our ecosystem. With Travin on board their clients are not only guaranteed quality legal advice but also knowledge of the Nxt and Ardor platforms and every feature built in, such as the crowdfunding feature or the asset exchange (issue ERC20 like tokens on Ardor in minutes, with few clicks), pay dividends to approved holders or/and control who can trade them on the decentralised Ardor exchange against child chain currencies, or on centralised exchanges, when they are ready to launch the markets.

Reminder: If you run a project related to the Nxt or Ardor platform and want a mention on the Nxter site and newsletters, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Source

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MEETUPS

  • Romanian Meetup Coming Soon

The first blockchain Meetup in Romania is on January 12th at the Hotel Crisana in Arad. The presentation will highlight how the blockchain can be used by businesses and will include a presentation by Ardor!

It was annouced:

The Romania´s meetup is ready: https://www.meetup.com/Meetup-de-Ardor-Platform-in-Arad/

If you are nearby, join us!

This event would not be possible without the sponsors: Hotel Crisana Arad: http://www.hotelcrisanaarad.ro part of the Gastrotur SRL conglomerate. Thanks for them and for having the vision about how the blockchain tech will improve their companies. They will provide us with one of the best conference room in town.

It will be an introduction to Blockchain technology and a presentation of the Ardor Platform: https://www.ardorplatform.org

A laptop is recommended so we can make some hands-on tests. Downloading the latest version of the Ardor platform is highly helpful: https://www.jelurida.com

Once a test account is created, you can use the following faucets to get some testnet Ardor and Ignis (thanks to the community member @sergei)
https://www.ardor.world/en/faucet_ignis/
https://www.ardor.world/en/faucet_ardor/

Developers, analysts, software architects and Blockchain enthusiasts are welcome.

At the end, we will have time for some networking.

This event is sponsored by Hotel Crisana Arad: http://www.hotelcrisanaarad.ro part of the Gastrotur SRL conglomerate. Thanks for them and for having the vision about how the blockchain tech will improve their companies.

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  • Baytown Meetup February 2nd

Elizabeth Mong, the new ANG director, announced that Baytown, Texas, will host a blockchain Meetup on February 2nd. There will be an introduction to blockchain technology. Be sure to bring your laptop as there will be time to interact with functional blockchains.

Elizabeth wrote:

We have another Meetup scheduled for February 2 in Baytown, TX hosted by @cerebralc3

• 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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  • Meetup in Central Pennsylvania

Elizabeth Mong will personally host this Meetup on February 1st. The presentation will include an introduction to blockchain technology and how it applies to businesses. Bjorn of the Janus team might attend so bonus coverage for Janus and their platform.

Elizabeth wrote:

Another Meetup scheduled in Central PA USA hosted by – well, me 🙂 https://www.meetup.com/Blockchain-for-Business-by-Central-PA-Ardor-Nxt-Boosters/events/lsgsdpyxdbcb/

• 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.

bjorn_bb
@Elizabeth I may attend this with a guest, perhaps open up some new interest in Janus tokens as well. And answer any questions if you need help. I calculated it is a 5 hour trip for me. I will speak to Alphonso, one of our team, he is in Philly. See if he can attend as well.

We can at the very least explain to new users how we use blockchain in business daily from payroll, to sites, and more.

Here is the developing ANG Calendar to keep track of events and Meetups:
https://teamup.com/ksv4ccmkufbpbqp86o

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  • Hyperledger Meetup Berlin #02

February 2nd will also see the second Meetup in Berlin. Travin Keith will host a segment.

Hyperledger

They wrote:

Dear Blockchain Enthusiasts, Entrepreneurs and Industry Executives – hope you all had a great start into the new year. We all know 2018 will be exciting for the Blockchain. Cannot wait to see where the journey takes us!

18:30 Q&A with Travin Keith

– Travin Keith is a professional involved in multiple projects in the blockchain space. He is the Managing Director of Agavon, a company that provides consulting services to help companies decide whether to use blockchain or DLT services or not, as well as to aid on which solution to use. Agavon is also a member of Hyperledger and Travin is an active contributor and collaborator in the Marketing Committee and its various Working Groups, as well as a co-author of An Introduction to Hyperledger, formerly known as the Hyperledger White Paper.

He is also a Co-Founder of SICOS, a company looking to improve the best practices in the ICO space for both utility tokens and securities.

In the past, he was the creator and former director of the Ardor and Nxt Group, though he still maintains an active role in the community through his companies. During his presentation, he will be showing a partial demo of one of his projects that will be highlighting the connection between private chains, such as those using the Hyperledger frameworks, and public chains such as Ardor.

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The AE

  • Janus – Status Update

Janus is looking into being listed on the AEX exchange. Since they already have support for Ardor and Ignis, it should not be difficult for them to add Janus. You can buy and sell Janus using IGNIS and the BITSWIFT child chain currency on Ardor’s decentralized token exchange. You will also be able to buy and sell Janus and any other asset token (Nxt and Ardor’s ERC20 equivalent) with the EUR pegged AEUR tokens as well as any other child chain token that will be launched on the Ardor Platform in the future. This is the backbone of a new decentralized interconnected blockchain economy, welcome to the Ardor platform!

One of the Janus community has submitted/is submitting an application to AEX.com for Janus listing @qiwoman can confirm this, her husband is fluent in Chinese. We are hoping since they should have both Ardor and Ignis that it would be an easy add. In the event this actually does occur, it would not be unwise to give them some volume, we have a lot to offer new users, especially this coming year. Volume would definitely help, and C-Cex right now is basically frozen.

Scrapers

We are working on some last minute user side improvements for our first media scraper site launching most likely the last week of this month. I mentioned this in the past, but our new media site will be catered towards politics, and include an action based utility token model. It will be very apparent to anyone in blockchain that uses this site.

The current workload for JNSHash is this:

  1. Get town electrical approval for minimum 400 amps service up to possibly 800 amps (if they agree).
  2. Sign the new lease, paint the cement floors for dust protection, install all the outlets and racks + rigs, get internet connection and switches programmed.
  3. Load balance all rigs/racks/equipment and install cooling fans on opposing sides of the new building.
  4. Bjorn has myself, Tj, a new veteran electrician, and several family members working on this.
  5. Begin mining and keep scaling hashpower up, begin JNSHash and scale this up as well.
  6. If everything comes together this coming week we should be starting payouts by months end, our team is in a frenzy to get this going again.

Yours in business,
– The Janus Project Team

Asset Id on ARDOR platfom: 4348103880042995903

Source

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DEVELOPMENT

  • Weekly Reminder

About Ardor Forging Fees

This week some eagle-eyed Ardor users noticed that there can be a discrepancy between the sum of column fee and the Forged Fees Total. Some blocks reward not only the actual block forger but also the forgers of previous blocks.

This is done to prevent big stakeholders from predicting when it is their turn to forge and then submit their transactions in order to get back the fee or even offer other users to forge their transactions and pay them back some of the fees.

Therefore transaction fees are split over several blocks, just like with Nxt blockchain.

Lior Yaffe:

For parent chain transactions there are no back fees. For ChildChainBlock transaction each of the last 4 forgers receives 25% of the reward. We don’t want big forgers to predict when it’s their turn to forge and then submit their transactions in order to get back the fee or even offer other users to forge their transactions and pay them back some of the fees. Therefore we split the transaction fee over several blocks. It actually works this way also on NXT for several years.

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  • Ardor Lite – Android App on Google Play

Ardor Lite has been released for main net. This is a basic 3rd party developed lite wallet for the Ardor blockchain with local signing of transactions, so your passphrase is never sent over the web. You can send/receive tokens on any of Ardor’s child chains and perform cross chain exchanges.

Features:
• Local signing
• Contact saving and naming on device
• View recent transactions and balance on any chain
• Barcode scanning for passphrase login
• Custom node to connect to
• Barcode generating and scanning to send/receive
• Ability to save passphrase on device protected by your fingerprint
• New account generation and automatic screenshot saving of the information

Developer mrv777 wrote:

Just added mainnet functionality yesterday. Have to fix the qr code today, my app is built with Ionic 3.

It still is beta since mainnet just launched with finalized code for me to update the app.

Hoping to release version 1.0 soon though. It just contains the basic functionality that people should need. That was my idea with it.

Download here

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  • Ardor.peerexplorer – A Tool to Explore the Ardor Blockchain

Ardor users have a nice new tool to explore the Ardor blockchain. The UI is nice and this is a great way to explore who is running an Ardor node across the globe. A great treat for advanced users who are looking for specific IP’s to work with.

Source

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  • Complete Guide to Forging ARDR with a Raspberry Pi Computer

One of the best things about PoS chains like Nxt and Ardor are how light-weight and easy to run a node is. For those who want to run a node and forge, with a balance over 1000, this tutorial explains how to set up a full node on a simple Raspberry Pi. Knowledge of SSH and LAN are required.

Ardorer writes:

The following is a guide to help you set up an Ardor forging server. It is being written to target some of the latest Raspberry Pi single-board computers. The objective is to start with a spare/new Raspberry Pi and set up the forging server from scratch via a “headless” install. This means that you will not need to connect a keyboard & mouse or monitor to the device. But you will need to communicate with it from another computer – this will be called the “primary computer” from now on. This communication will be done via a protocol called Secure Shell or SSH. So both the primary computer and your Raspberry Pi need to be connected to the same Local Area Network (LAN). I.e. they should both be connected via Wi-Fi and/or Ethernet to the same router.

This guide is heavily inspired by the following guide for setting up a NXT forging server on a Raspberry Pi 2 – https://www.nxter.org/how-to-set-up-a-nxt-node-on-a-raspberry-pi-2/.

Source

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NXT IN THE MEDIA

  • Lior Yaffe in Medium – Ardor Launch – Update #1

Ardor was successfully launched over a week ago now. As always with new releases, bugs were identified and fixed. Lior explained why Poloniex trading of ARDR went down and mentioned the dangers of not updating the Ardor client quickly enough.

Lior wrote:

Ardor has been in design for over 2 and half years and in development for at least 18 month, this is a long term strategic project for Jelurida which will surely disrupt the existing blockchain industry. We are taking our robust and stable NXT POS technology to the next level by solving the Blockchain Bloat problem and later in our roadmap also various other scalability limitations. This is not a Whitepaper this is a working product!

As expected with this type of complex blockchain projects, some bugs were identified and fixed, as a result we quickly released version 2.0.10 which is a mandatory upgrade. We urge forgers to upgrade but there is no practical way we can force them in such truly decentralized system.

Some nodes which did not upgrade on time were left on a fork including, unfortunately, the Poloniex node thus causing issues with deposits and withdrawals. This is unfortunate but it is their responsibility to update their node.

Source

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  • Benzinga – Blockchain As A Service Takes Shape

This article about the growing world of Blockchain-as-a-Service (BaaS) mentions that Ardor has a good chance of overtaking Ethereum as the go-to BaaS platform. This claim is based on the easy and simplicity that developers and businesses can implement and deploy on the Ardor blockchain, compared to the massive programming language that is Ethereum’s Solidity.

They wrote:

One such simplification lies in the bones of the system. Ardor allows development in Java, which means developers don’t need to go through the laboriously long route of learning Ethereum’s Solidity programming language before they can build BaaS apps that interact with various APIs. The fact that the underlying NXT platform has been operational since 2013 also serves to remove skepticism from the minds of interested businesses.

Another reason Ardor has decent chances of overtaking Ethereum as the go-to blockchain as a service platform is that it uses a parent-child architecture. Existing blockchain networks such as Bitcoin and Ethereum are suffering massive scaling challenges as more people use their networks. The endlessly growing sequence of blockchain blocks make it more data intensive to confirm transactions as the file size continues to grow.

In the parent-child architecture, all transactions are processed and secured by parent chain forgers. Even though the child chains are tightly integrated into the main chain, they can be pruned off to reduce blockchain bloat without damage to key data stored on the parent chain. Even Ethereum cofounder Vitalik Buterin and founder of the Bitcoin Lightning network Joseph Poon are exploring Plasma, a model that scales blockchain by building child chains on a parent chain in order to “reframe all blockchain computation”.

Features like child chains and java integration allow for the ability to issue and trade assets on an exchange, run public or private pools, set conditional transactions, setting up multistage security, and sending encrypted messages. Despite the continued volatility in the blockchain space, and all the questions still surrounding where this new framework fits into the current business and economic paradigm, Jelurida and Ardor are already bring the decentralized future into clearer relief.

Source

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  • Stocksgazette – Good Reasons To Keep An Eye On Ardor (ARDR)

More attention is given to Ardor and how it is the ideal business blockchain if you are a small to medium business. Highlights include the parent/child chain architecture and the following scalability of the Ardor blockchain platform.

They wrote:

  • It will solve the issue that users have of storing and processing large amounts of data that aren’t important on the blockchain. Ardor can achieve this by separating the tokens used for normal transactions from those allocated to provide blockchain security.
  • Ardor platform has a special parent-child chain architecture. This makes it possible for them to create their products and services utilizing child chains while also relying on the security provided by the parent chain.
  • The platform makes use of the Proof-of-Stake consensus algorithm that removes mining competition. Thus the nodes can use low energy and some economic

Its Child chain transactions can be eliminated from the blockchain the moment they are confirmed. This helps in keeping the actual blockchain lightweight and very efficient.

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  • Steemit – 5 High Growth Potential Altcoins for 2018: Part 1 – Ardor

Ardor is the first coin mentioned in this series on platforms that the author believes will have big growth potential in 2018.

@acelad wrote:

I’m writing a series on 5 coins (in no particular order) that I believe have big growth potential in 2018 and beyond, along with my reasoning. Part 1 is all about Ardor!

Ardor

Source

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PRICE EVOLUTION

  • Weekly NXT/ARDR/IGNIS 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:

The following graphic shows the IGNIS / Bitcoin exchange price at Aex over this past week:

 

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That is all for this week, Nxters. Make sure you stay tuned next week for more coverage of blockchain Meetups, Ardor updates, ongoing projects, and much more. For those who cannot wait a week to learn more, visit our site. We explain in much more detail about Jelurida and all things Nxt / Ardor / Ignis.

Follow us on Twitter for important breaking updates during the week as they happen. Stay warm and stay informed, dear Nxters. See you back here next week!

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Nxt news – May 2017 (III): The Only Freedom You Truly Have is in Your Mind – Use It

May 2017 (III)

 

Here’s some of the latest news about Nxt over this past week in May:

NXT COMMUNITY

NXT IN THE MEDIA

PRICE EVOLUTION

 

Here below are more details about each of these:

 

NXT COMMUNITY

  • Blockchain Event by El Pais Retina – Decentralized Voting

In this month’s first weekly newsletter, we announced that Lior Yaffe, Nxt and Ardor core developer and member of  Jelurida, was going to attend to the Retina technology forum, an event that took place on the 9th of May, 2017 at the Palacio de Congresos de Madrid (Spain), which was organized by El País, the largest circulation newspaper in Spain, and Accenture. At the forum, many different round-table discussions took place and lectures were given by acclaimed experts, including Lior himself.

This technology brings transparency in everything we do, allowing users and corporations to save time and money in a safer way, by getting rid of middle men.

For over 15 minutes Lior Yaffe and Alfonso Peña, the Communications, Media, and Technology Senior Manager at Accenture, had the chance to explain a plausible real-life voting use case based on blockchain technology, more specifically with the technology of Ardor, in a very simple, fast, effective, and completely decentralized way. The Voting System is one of the many features included in the core of Nxt and Ardor. There are many others, such as Account Control, Encrypted Messaging, Decentralized Data Cloud, Decentralized Asset Exchange, Decentralized Marketplace, and many others, which make it possible to perform a wide variety of practical use cases as Lior and Alfonso show:

Some traditional newspapers in Spain have written about this decentralized voting application, such as Cinco Dias, the second largest economics-focused newspaper in Spain.

Source and more information: http://retina.elpais.com/retina/2017/…

http://retina.elpais.com/retina/2017/05/09/tendencias/1494354926_917898.html

Cinco Días – Wednesday 10th of May, 2017/Number 1,307

https://www.jelurida.com/accenture-ardor-blockchain-voting

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  • Nxt in a Box – How to Set Up a Nxt Node on a Raspberry Pi 2

One of the multiple advantages of the 100% Proof-of-Stake algorithm used in Nxt is the possibility of taking part in the block forging (Nxt’s version of mining) process using basic equipment as a simple Raspberry Pi, thus only needing a minimum investment in terms of hardware for a node up as well as minimal energy consumption when it is operating with just a few watts per hour.

This low energy consumption was a key factor in the creation of a prototype of the self sustainable Nxt node by zuqka, a member of the Nxt community, which constitutes a complete Nxt node completely powered by solar energy.

Coretechs, also a well known member of the Nxt community who is in charge of nxtportal, has updated and added new explanations to his step-by-step tutorial to set up a Nxt node on a Raspberry Pi 2.

I updated the instructions to create a separate startup script for screen rather than modifying run.sh.  The links to the JDK and NRS downloads have been updated to the latest versions as well.

You’ll need the following materials in order to build your Nxt node this way:

  • Raspberry Pi 2 or 3 (model B)
  • 8GB+ microSDHC card (Class 6 or higher recommended)
  • Micro USB cable for power
  • Cat 5 network cable or USB wifi adapter
  • USB keyboard, monitor + HDMI cable (initial setup only)

Once you’ve set up your node, you’ll have to modify the config file as shown in this article in order to participate in Megalodon’s campaign to further reward forgers.

Source and more information: https://nxtportal.org/blog/nxt-in-a-box-rpi2.html

The Forging Bounty Lottery

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  • Jelurida – Using Nxt and Ardor Without Installing the Core Clients

Jelurida added some direct links on its website for people to try the official Nxt client (mainnet),  Ardor client (testnet), as well as a Nxt client for the testnet, without needing to download or install anything. This way, users can check out the features and functionalities of Ardor and Nxt and experience the technology in an easy and safe way, because these are open nodes managed by trustwhorthy people, that use an https connection to establish a safe connection.

However, for maximum security, we always recommend running the official client in your own computer (or your local network), and either wait for the the full blockchain to download or run the Nxt client in light mode.

Lior Yaffe, aka Riker, states:

We now implemented live blockchain access directly from the Jelurida web site  for NXT mainnet and testnet and to the Ardor testnet.The good thing is that it’s using Https on port 443 so that you can also access it from inside your corporate network for demo purposes or just when your boss in not watching.Disclaimer: the mainnet node is running on a VPS and secure by our sys-admin, however, do not treat it as a fully secure online wallet. There is always a (very small imo) risk that this node will get hacked and a malicious JavaScript injected into it to try to steal your passphrase. We take absolutely no responsibility over this.

Source and more information: https://nxtchat.slack.com/archives/C0JR4J5NF/p1494568283575599

Link to the the Nxt Client interface on mainnet by Jelurida

Link to the Nxt client interface on testnet by Jelurida

Link to the Ardor client interface on testnet by Jelurida

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  • Janus – New Projects and Q&A Session

On the 18th of May at 13:00h CEST, there will be a Questions and Answers session at the #janusproject channel on NxtChat on Slack, where a new and, according to rumors, remarkable member of the Janus team who will be introduced to the community. Travin Keith, Marketing Director and Blockchain Advisor at the Nxt Foundation, will be organizing this event and confirm the identity of this mysterious new Janus team member after they are revealed.

Bjorn states:

This individual brings with him over 20+ years of experience and contacts within various industry, primarily entertainment. He has personally met world leaders, and celebrity alike that are well known in pop culture past and present. His experience will be vital to our team and company success now and long into the future.

To avoid making extravagant claims we will have the Nxt Foundation confirm publicly his identity, followed up with LinkedIn and other factors that cannot be faked. I have also met him under circumstances that are impossible to fabricate his roles in the past.

Please mark the date and time down if you plan to attend this Q&A and thank you in advance for joining the event!

Moreover, the Janus team has also launched their new website, EtcBets.com, an online casino with the Ethereum Classic (ETC) community in mind, in order to provide a fun and safe place to play and bet, which generates an extra source of income for the owners of Janus and JanusXT assets.

I’m very proud as a Janus team member to provide this site for the Ethereum Classic community. It comes at a turning point in our careers where we will be soon shifting into mainstream industry. While we cannot predict the future I can foresee huge potential in our concepts and direction. If you haven’t researched our work, I invite you now to come take a look.”

We´re proud to announce the launch of our new website EtcBets.com, a centric Provably Fair igaming for Ethereum Classic.

Official Thread: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1907827.0

Janus holders can expect an addition to the monthly NXT profit share ( 90% of the NXT profit * from BetterBets.io),  .
an extra revenue stream to Janus and JanusXT holders from this centric ETC blockchain business:

10% to Janus holders, 10% to JanusXT holders, 10% to the Ethereum Classic development teams, and 70% to the Janus Team
* Please keep in mind, that not always the profits will be equal due to the nature of BetterBets.io and  EtcBets.com . Sometimes the house wins and sometimes it loses, although we´ve a standard house edge of 1%.

Source and more information: https://nxtchat.slack.com/archives/C302TRJAV/p1494598583299736

https://www.nxter.org/ae-janus-4348103880042995903/

#janusproject (Link to join Nxtchat on Slack)

Janus new’s compilation

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1907827.0;all

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  • Adel – Roadmap and New White Paper Published

Adel, the blockchain project incubator that uses Nxt technology as a base to build its ecosystem, has recently published its 10th Whitepaper titled ‘Designing a Blockchain Incubator‘, together with a detailed road map showing the upcoming milestones in its project development and execution.

Gabriel Dusil, co-founder & board member of Adel, states:

We are passionate about Adel, and have great plans for the ecosystem, so we will present a compelling roadmap to the participants of the ICO,

Feb 2016 Adel is founded

Jun 2016 Phase 1 Ecosystem Architecture

Dec 6th 2016 Website is launched

March 17th 2017 Adel Ecosystem Limited is registered in the Isle of Man

May 1st 2017 ICO, round 1 begins

Jun/Jul 2017 Adelphoi, ADL is listed on exchanges

Jun 2017 Community module development begins

Jun 2017 Phase 2 Legal & Investment structure development begins

Jun 2017 Idea to Project Supply Chain begins

Q3 2017 Ardor is released

Q4 2017 Adel becomes child-chain of Ardor

Q1 2018 Investment entity established

Q1 2018 Adelshare, ADS equity token is established

Q2 2018 First projects are funded & launched

Q2 2018 Phase 3 Project Execution

Whatever the result of the ICO we plan to plow forward with Adel, because the seed capital already raised is enough to establish momentum to build the second phase of our ecosystem (see WP#10).

Adel’s ICO has already collected over 200BTC. However it’s far from the minimum of 900 BTC required to be collected by the end of the ICO process. Despite this, it is possible that the the aforementioned road map, together with the translation of the website and ICO landing page to Spanish and Russian, boosts this ICO.

More information: ICO Portal

Twitter    LinkedIn    Facebook     Reddit

The Adel ICO is live

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  • 19800.com – New Market ARDR / CNY

19800, an exchange based in China, now allows users to trade ARDR straight with CNY (Chinese Yuans). The announcement of the inclusion of this new pair will hopefully include an increase in Ardor technology as it seems to have created big expectations for traders.

While other exchanges, such as HitBTC, ChangellyPoloniex, and Bittrex, allow users to trade ARDR with BTC. This inclusion makes 19800.com one of the few exchanges, together with Litebit, that allows you  to use fiat money to buy ARDR.

Source: https://www.19800.com/market/cny_ardr

https://nxtchat.slack.com/archives/C35SXSXP1/p1494730571657518

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NXT IN THE MEDIA

  • CoinTelegraph – Reviews and Articles About Adel

CoinTelegraph has recently published a string of articles analyzing and talking about Adel and its community-based ecosystem, which will rely on the features and advantages that the Nxt & Ardor platform are able to offer for administrative purposes,  whilst adopting the best business procedures to manage the projects. The articles include a lot of information about Adel and the ICO that is currently going on:

Among Adel’s features are:

  • The Board, comprised of several people, who are experts in various aspects of business. The proclaimed purpose of the Board is to direct the development of the community and provide guidance to the Blockchain-powered projects whose development will be facilitated by Adel;
  • A thoroughly developed and described process, which Adel will use to help the new Blockchain-based companies throughout their early existence, from the stage of an idea to a fully functioning use case;
  • Adelphoi, a cryptocurrency token which will be used to power the inner workings of Adel’s ecosystem. It provides an easy and transparent way to exchange value between the participants.
  • Three planned projects, whose implementation is set to begin right after the end of the three rounds of funding of Adel. Their descriptions and implementation plans are available on Adel’s home page as project 01, project 02 and project 03.

As these texts explain, Adel intends to build a community composed of enthusiast innovators who will be the base to build new business, starting from an idea and steering, funding and boosting all the process with the participation of the community.

Gabriel Dusil, co-founder & board member of Adel, states:

After researching the digital currency market, Adel chose Nxt’s Blockchain-as-a-Service (BaaS) platform due to the features it presents that Adel can employ for its community. Adel will also use Nxt’s Ardor, which has further features that Adel will use for its project portfolio.

Source and more information: Adel – ICO Due Diligence

Adel – Why Fintech Incubator Launches ICO,

Adel – How Digital Currencies Help Create Real World Solutions Explained

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PRICE EVOLUTION

  • Weekly NXT/ARDR Price Evolution

The following graphic shows the NXT / BTC exchange trends at Poloniex over this past week:The following graphic shows the ARDR / BTC exchange trends at Poloniex over this past week:

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Nxt news – February 2017 (IV): A Mind is Like a Parachute. It Doesn’t Work if it isn’t Open

NXT NxtCoin 2. generation cryptocurrency news

February 2017 (IV)

 

Here’s some of the latest news about Nxt over this past week in February:

NXT COMMUNITY
DEVELOPMENT
NXT IN THE MEDIA
PRICE EVOLUTION

 

Here below are more details about each of these:

 

NXT COMMUNITY

  • Adel – Established as an LLC

Adel’s team, the community-powered startup incubator that focuses on blockchain technology, has recently announced that it is going to create a Limited Liability Company to meet all of the legal and tax issues stemming from the Anti-Money Laundering and the Countering the Financing  of Terrorism Code (2015). As a direct consequence of setting up this complex legal structure, the start of the ICO process is going to be delayed for 2 months.

Nxter.org was one of the first media outlets to cover this piece of news in this article where Arthur Penzl gave us his opinion about this change:

To me, as potential investor, this is good news, worth a 2 months delay.
Others may disagree and can air their counter opinions in the comments field.
But, we all know it. If cryptocurrency technologies and blockchain ICO’s are to ever gain mainstream adoption, there’s no other way but to leave the grey zone behind, legally register, and comply with all regulatory and legal requirements including KYC/AML policies. I wish Adel good luck with that – many eyes will undoubtedly be on them.

Creating an LLC will further allow Adel to have the necessary legal structure to protect the brand, investors, and the whole ecosystem. The team also hopes that this step they are taking will set an example for future ICOs.

Source and more information: nxtforum.org/adel/(ann)-(adl)-adel-startup-incubator-for-blockchain-innovation/msg228060/#msg228060

bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1706282.0

www.adelphoi.io

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  • BlockShow Europe 2017 – Last Call for Tickets

There are just a few tickets left for the BlockShow Europe 2017, which will take place in Munich on the 6th of April this year. If you want to take part in one of the most important events in the blockchain ecosystem and meet some recognized members of the Nxt community, you should hurry up and buy your tickets before they are gone!

Remember that you can get a 20% off the price when buying your ticket by entering the promotional code NXTMUNICH.

There are only 6 tickets left with the 20% rebate for Nxt attendees and only 10 tickets left in total, according to CoinTelegraph, so do NOT hesitate if you want to attend this great event!

In our previous newsletterDave Pearce, board member of the Nxt Foundation, who is going to represent the Foundation at this event, asked for some community members to help create some promotional materials about Nxt and Ardor for distribution among the attendants or for display at the booth itself. So, now you know, if you have some time and energy to help the Nxt community, this is a good time for you to contribute some of your time.

Source and more information: nxter.org/only-few-blockshow-europe-tickets-left-get-yours-with-a-20-rebate/

Channel #ctblockshow on NxtChat on Slack (Link to join https://nxtchat.herokuapp.com )

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  • Roberto Capodieci – Speaker At the 5th Supply Chain Finance Summit

Roberto Capodieci, DeBuNe‘s CEO and partner of the Nxt Foundation, will be a speaker at the 5th Supply Chain Finance Summit in Singapore. This event is organized by the ICC Academy, which is part of the Paris International Chamber of Commerce, the biggest business organization in the world, which has 100 years of experience in supporting the growth of the private sector.

This event is one of the most important in its field and aims to have a variety of important audience members such as: financial institutions,  multilateral development banks & export credit agencies, government organizations, independent financiers, insurance brokers and underwriters, lawyers and consultants, Fintech companies, service providers, etc.

‘Trade Finance and Blockchain’ presented by Roberto Capodieci, CEO at OTDocs.com, and CTO at Digital Billions

It’s also worth noting that on the 14th of February, Roberto also gave a masterclass titled Open Blockchain Platform for Trade and Supply Chain at the 2nd Annual Supply Chain Finance and its Alternatives conference, which also took place in Singapore.

Source and more information: https://twitter.com/TheICCAcademy/status/835076474143023106

https://scfsingapore.icc.academy/

Interview with Roberto Capodieci

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DEVELOPMENT

  • Jupiter – New Blockchain Based on Nxt Technology

Steven Grove, aka Sigwo, founder of the Darcrus platform, has announced the future launch of the Jupiter platform, a new customized blockchain created with the support of Jelurida, the corporation that brings together the developers of both the Nxt and Ardor platforms. Jupiter is going to be the new private blockchain that will sustain Sigwo Technologies LLC, an ambitious project that will create a secure, decentralized, and effective system to store and encrypt your data.

This is what Steven says about Jupiter’s features and the reasons why they want to use a private blockchain based on Nxt:

I’ve been testing on NXT’s testnet for 2 months, validating my design of decentrally storing and encrypting syslog/authorization messages from my Linux servers. In my testing, I found increased fees were needed to be paid due to the complex nature and size of my messages. After consulting with the NXT Core Devs, Sigwo Technologies will be securing it’s own blockchain for building the future platform…

..The reason behind creating Jupiter is simple… Using any other blockchain would not be economically feasible. One example of my encrypted syslog application would create 29 million messages daily. In NXT terms and today’s prices, that would cost this particular business $1,238,300.00 per day to store messages..

Jelurida is the company building Jupiter and have a proposed delivery date of March 10th, 2017. In this time I will be starting plugins (dappsheets) to showcase the flexibility of Jupiter while I wait. I still test on the Nxt testnet for now. Jupiter will have non-tradable tokens that are included in software packages to create transactions and store the data on the blockchain. After a time period, tokens are recycled to the businesses to continue their use of Jupiter and it’s plugins. Data is always theirs, as simply having the passphrase will unlock all the data stored. The recycling period is akin to a subscription and support package.

Source and more information: https://blog.darcr.us/february-update-c32bb0946c48#.uzm8f9r4c

https://darcr.us/

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NXT IN THE MEDIA

  • Decentralized Revolution – Blockchain Applications That Are Not Bitcoin

The concept of colored coins in Bitcoin has been the catalyst for new crypto platforms that go beyond just money transfers. In this article published on Decentralized Revolution, Kareem Audi gives a short overview of three blockchain platforms that, in his view, have big advantages over Bitcoin, such as Nxt.

Nxt… packs powerful developer tools to create your own decentralized apps, it also has an internal marketplace, much like eBay… it has its own decentralized voting system, and it’s own decentralized storage with more features being rolled out constantly… ARDOR is just one

Source and more information: http://www.decentralizedrevolution.com/blockchain-applications-nxt-storj-steemit/

Nxt vs Ardor

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  • Adel – Why We Chose Nxt

Gabriel Dusil, co-founder of Adel, runs his own blog  where he publishes some of the latest news about the Adel ecosystem. One of the latest entries includes a reference to the 6th white paper published by the Adel team titled Maintaining Integrity, where some of the basic principles of this community-based ecosystem are described, and how it can use cryptocurrencies in a sustainable and profitable way to fund projects.

The State is the People & the People are the State

With this premise in mind, and after extensive research and evaluation, this white paper goes over the reasons why they chose Nxt and Ardor technology to support its infrastructure.

Adel decided to build on the Nxt platform – a blockchain with features that expand the functionality of pioneering cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. These features include Shuffling, Voting, Aliases, and Phasing. The source code for Nxt has also been publicly disclosed, optimized, and perfected using (among other techniques) the Error Propagation Method, where the investigation and awarded discovery of deliberately inserted errors serves to help audit the source code itself.

Adel will move to Ardor, the multi-chain development of Nxt, in late 2017. Like Nxt, Ardor will have features that enhance the functionality of blockchain technology, making it an ideal platform for future projects.  The Ardor child chain architecture will allow for the easy creation of a dependent blockchain that will be connected to and secured by the main Ardor blockchain. Ardor also solves scalability issues with a pruning feature so that future nodes will only download and keep transaction records on the main chain, as well as child chain transactions from the past 24 hours. However, it is still possible for child chain transactions to be kept, if so desired, with the use of an archival node that keeps all of the transaction records. This scalability is one of the ‘Holy Grails’ of cryptocurrency and blockchain development.

Nxt has already revolutionized the world of blockchain technology platforms by providing groundbreaking cryptocurrency features, as well as a powerful, modular toolset to build innovative business opportunities. All of Nxt’s functionality will be present in the Ardor platform, in addition to the advanced features (such as global scalability) that the Ardor multi-chain architecture will provide.

The Nxt platform has all the tools needed to successfully manage an asset. Moreover, Ardor lets you have your own personalized blockchain (child chain), which is secured by the Ardor decentralized network. Adel knows all these advantages, and that’s the reason why they intend to be one of the first to benefit from Ardor:

Adel will move to Ardor… Ardor will have features that enhance the functionality of blockchain technology, making it an ideal platform for future projects.  The Ardor child chain architecture will allow for the easy creation of a dependent blockchain that will be connected to and secured by the main Ardor blockchain. Ardor also solves scalability issues with a pruning feature so that future nodes will only download and keep transaction records on the main chain, as well as child chain transactions from the past 24 hours. However, it is still possible for child chain transactions to be kept, if so desired, with the use of an archival node that keeps all of the transaction records. This scalability is one of the ‘Holy Grails’ of cryptocurrency and blockchain development.

Source and more information: https://dusil.com/2017/02/17/adel-white-paper-maintaining-integrity/

www.adelphoi.io

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  • SteemIt – Exponential Data Growth Could Push Any Blockchain Into Centralization

Oaldamster, author of this article on SteemIt, strongly believes that blockchain technology will become mainstream this year. More and more events related to this technology is taking place, such as the recent blockchain hackaton organized at Groningen, where 50 teams from 11 different countries showed their projects.

Doing some mathematical calculations, the author explains that the block size problem in Bitcoin and how, in his opinion, increasing the size of the block is far from being an ideal solution. The article also talks about Nxt’s Monetary System and how easy it is to launch your own asset on this platform. The author also mentions how Ardor is going to try to solve the problem of blockchain bloat using data pruning to keep the size of the blockchain controlled.

At its current state and the exponential data growth speed it seems almost inevitable that most mainstream accepted blockchains will become more or less centralized

Ardor will be the first fully decentralized platform that will use data pruning to reduce the blockchain bloat problem, thus allowing improved scalability with the child chain infrastructure.

Source: https://steemit.com/blockchain/@oaldamster/exponential-data-growth-could-push-any-blockchain-into-centralization

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  • Crypto Compare – How To Mine Nxt

This article published at Crypto Compare goes over the resources necessary to run a Proof-of-Work blockchain system, such as: buying expensive mining equipment, extensive hardware knowledge, and hours of dedicated work and patience. The author then explains the differences with Proof-of-Stake platforms like Nxt, the first one to use this algorithm entirely.

Below, you can also find a step-by-step tutorial with images where any user can learn how to start forging Nxt by themselves.

In order to accommodate users that want to participate in the mining consensus, but don’t want to fill their house with hot and loud equipment or bet in a Cloud mining contract, we are going to show you how to mine (forge) NXT. Let’s call this a guide for miners who don’t want to get their hands dirty!

We’d also like to remind advanced users with additional skills that we also previously published a tutorial about setting up a Nxt node on a Raspberry Pi 2. In addition, Megalodon’s campaign, The Forging Bounty Lottery, is still running. So, whenever you generate a block, you won’t only receive the forging fees, but also some extra NXT coming from this campaign.

Source and more information: https://www.cryptocompare.com/mining/guides/how-to-mine-nxt/

The Forging Bounty Lottery campaign

How To: Set up a Nxt node on a Raspberry Pi 2

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  • Due – Blockchain Keeps Moving Forward as More Innovators Jump In

Miranda Marquit explains, in this blog post published at Due, some of the reasons why blockchain technology is growing in popularity and how more and more entrepreneurs are focusing their attention on blockchain projects such as Nxt.

The author goes over some of the current features of Nxt and how Ardor will add more to it to make it even easier and safer for everyone to make blockchain even more widely used:

Nxt has a… multi-step functionality built in, requiring parties to agree to certain conditions before completing transactions. That way, it’s possible to verify work before sending payment. On top of that, Ardor also allows automatic transactions, making it easier to set up recurring payments.

Source: https://due.com/blog/blockchain-keeps-moving-forward/

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PRICE EVOLUTION

  • 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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Nxt news – February 2017 (I): If You Want Something New, You Have to Stop Doing Something Old

NXT NxtCoin 2. generation cryptocurrency news
February 2017 (I)

 

Here’s some of the latest news about Nxt over this past week in February:

NXT COMMUNITY
DEVELOPMENT
NXT IN THE MEDIA
PRICE EVOLUTION

 

Below, are more details about each of them:

 

NXT COMMUNITY

  • Ardor – Advanced Users of Nxt Give a Hand in Tuning it Up

Riker, one of the Nxt and Ardor core developers, has invited users on NxtChat on Slack for some volunteers 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.

It seems that things are running smoothly and this pre-release test will help refine some minor details to make Ardor, at least, as stable as Nxt has been throughout all these years. Ardor is on its way.

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

Channel #developers at Nxtchat on Slack

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  • Nxtforum.org – 1000 New Users in January

We are to be excited! Throughout January, a thousand new members have joined Nxtforum. This is the second month in a row that this membership growth figure has been achieved. This large amount of newcomers, which is starting to become a regular occurrence, is a good sign of the interest that blockchain enthusiasts have put in Nxt and Ardor, which also seems to reflect on the price rise that Ardor has experienced during the past few weeks.

[easy-tweet tweet=”I am also a member of the Nxt community” user=”https://twitter.com/nxtcommunity” hashtags=”#Nxt #Ardor #Nxter” url=”https://nxtforum.org/”]

We’d like to encourage our readers to sign up and become a member of this growing community. Or, if you prefer, you can also join the Nxt community using the following platforms:

More information: https://nxtforum.org/index.php?action=stats

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  • Janus – First Dividend Payment from Betterbets

The Janus team has distributed the first dividend payment coming from Betterbets.io, the betting platform that belongs to Janus, among its investors. The recent successful integration of ShapeShift in this platform allows the players to buy NXT using other cryptos and place their bets straight on this platform with NXT.

Moreover, the volume of bets that were placed using NXT has been quite remarkable. Bjorn, member of the Janus team, explained:

Just to give a recap for stats sake, it’s been about 11 days since NXT on Betterbets.io went live without downtime. Total:   Bets: 965,920   Wagered: 2,255,526 NXT.
NXT stats at almost 1 million bets isn’t too bad really. Over 2 million in volume wagered, also solid. I don’t yet have the numbers for number of shapeshift.io purchases on site but will monitor this as well…

Source and more information: https://nxter.org/es/under-the-knife-1-janus-token

JanusProject at NxtChat on Slack (link to join)

https://www.mynxt.info/asset/4348103880042995903

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  • Liquidtech – Nice Dividend Payment

The LQD asset, managed by LibertyNow, has had a dividend distribution for the month of January with the equivalent of 3.4 BTC distributed among  investors, in the form of NXT and ARDR. Each investor received, in their respective Nxt accounts, 0.64 NXT plus 0.21 ARDR for every unit of LQD they own. This has been a good month for investors, with an ROI of 10.88%

It seems as if the tune up that LibertyNow performed on his bot in order to achieve the maximum profit (while reducing loses when markets don’t behave rationally) is starting to bear fruit. Liquid Technologies is well-known for its transparency. You can check, in real time, all operations of the fund at http://www.liquidtech.info/trades

LibertyNow commented:

After running a couple polls, I decided to split the dividend payment between ARDR and NXT. Everyone should see two dividend transactions in their accounts…one as a NXT payment and one as an asset transfer (the ARDR). The dividends totaled about 3.4BTC and new software updates seem to be chugging along quite nicely.

Source and more information: https://nxtforum.org/liquid/dividend-day!/msg229351/?topicseen#msg229351

https://www.mynxt.info/asset/17750387231635486778

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DEVELOPMENT

  • Ardor – Dividend Payment Teasers

This has been the forth week in a row where we get to see some previews regarding new Ardor functionalities. Damelon, of the Nxt Foundation, has shared some screenshots where we can see the new Dividend Payment feature that will be included in Ardor.

These images let us know that, when using Ardor, any business or project owner will able to perform dividend distributions to their investors with any asset or coin integrated on Ardor, or using the child chain coin.

More information: https://nxtforum.org/general-discussion/summary-of-ardor-platform-teasers/

Ardor – Details about its functionalities

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  • Ardor – Testnet Countdown

In our previous newsletter, we mentioned a list of pending tasks that Riker shared with a thread at Nxtforum. These tasks help give indication on the upcoming release of Ardor’s testnet, which will happen soon after all of them are fulfilled. The server code is almost completed and the APIs are stable, so there isn’t much left.

Riker says:

Things are looking good overall. One thing for sure, we are going to confuse you a bit with the fee structure from bundlers to forgers so be patient. Still hesitant if to open the testing to more people since currently it is much quicker to find bugs than to fix them. Whoever already has access is welcome to continue testing and if all goes well I’ll open this up for more testers in the next couple of days.

TO-DO list (updated as of February the 6th, 2017)

More work on the Coin Exchange page and tables (Needs more testing)
Prefix each MS currency name with the name of the chain to which it belongs (Needs more testing)
Ability to link from a child chain transaction to the ChildChainBlock transaction in which it was bundled (Done)
Improve the entity properties modal to support entities like orders and offers (Done)
Format amounts and links in the entity properties modal (Done)
Test and fix currency reserve/claim tables and modals (Done)
Remove child chain specific widgets from the Ardor UI (Done)
Remove Ardor specific widgets from the child chain UI (Done)
UI for the new “by holding” dividend modal (Done)
UI for the “by holding” dividend history (Done)

In addition we also need to double check the UI of the following modules for problems caused by the mode to per chain entities:
AEstill needs more testing
MSstill needs more testing
MessagesDone few open issues
DGS
– Voting
Cloud Data – Done
Aliases – Done
– Phasing
– Account Control – some problems
Leasing – Done
Account Properties – Done
Account MonitorDone, needs testing
ShufflingDone

Source and more information: https://nxtforum.org/general-discussion/ardor-testnet-countdown/

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NXT IN THE MEDIA

  • KCN – Nxt Based Messenger Aims to “Make E-Mail System Great Again”

Koles Coin News, a YouTube news channel that specializes in cryptocoins, has released a video about the powerful and secure messaging feature of Nxt:

[vsw id=”lmQrY-QDnKA” source=”youtube” width=”425″ height=”344″ autoplay=”no”]

Nxt platform strives to knock out traditional messengers by its new service. Company have decided to replace the traditional email systems with blockchain, allowing mail to be sent through a decentralized network such as CryptaMail. CryptaMail requires one NXT per message. With prices set for each message, we might have to pay for privacy in the future.

If you want to learn more about Arbitrary Messaging system of Nxt, you can visit https://nxter.org/nxt-core-arbitrary-messages/

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmQrY-QDnKA

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  • Invest It In – Adel, The Kickstarter for ICOs

A few weeks ago, we mentioned the announcement of Adel, a new cryptocurrency ecosystem that benefits from the technology of Nxt to create, develop, and implement use cases involving blockchain technology that covers a wide-range of digital and physical industries. The platform itself will have DAO-like qualities backed by a global cryptocurrency, the Adelphoi token, which will be released after the first round of the ICO.

Adel has recently been mentioned at Invest It In. Travin Keith, Marketing Manager of Adel and  Board Member of the Nxt Foundation, explains in this interview titled “The Kickstarter for ICO’s” about both of Adel’s objectives and the benefits that the Nxt platform brings, as well as the role that the community will play.

Travin explains in the interview:

Adel is trying to solve the lack of a platform for blockchain projects that doesn’t just help with launching the project with funds, but also provides support and guidance throughout the whole life of a project. Adel also aims to actively engage its community members in the projects and can also connect the projects with VCs for further funding if necessary…
Is Adel a decentralised organisation? – Yes, absolutely. While the Adel Board and staff will be providing guidance and support to the projects launched on Adel, major decisions… are decided with a vote by the community members…
…Smart Transactions… will be used for voting…
…it was deemed to be more ideal to use the Nxt blockchain… as well as the upcoming Ardor blockchain…smart transactions…phased transactions… One of the other features that Adel will utilize is the decentralized voting system for the polls that will be run for the community regarding major decisions
…The R&D team will release a few more projects before the ICO that will be proposed to the community.
…The DAO and Wings would probably be the most similar system in the crypto community… Compared with The DAO, Adel will have a more stable structure around it with guidance from the Adel Board, as well as support from the staff before projects are introduced to the community… The smart contract scenario that ruined The DAO will not be possible with Adel… unlike Wings, projects on Adel will not be limited to blockchain projects that support Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) functionality… While the Nxt and Ardor platforms will have the first right of refusal, if other blockchain solutions are needed for projects, then it will be possible to use other blockchain solutions…

Recently, as a sneak preview, Adel’s R&D team has shared their very first project to be proposed to the community, a P2P ATM which will allow users to find people nearby who are willing to exchange coins and cash on-demand.

Source and more information: http://www.investitin.com/adel-kickstarter-icos/

http://www.adelphoi.io

Join Adel’s chat on Slack

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  • Fintech Finance – Creating Value With Cryptocurrencies

The online magazine Fintech Finance has syndicated the fourth whitepaper of Adel, which has been recently published. The article called Creating Value with Cryptocurrency goes over the possibilities that blockchain 2.0 brings to both financial and administrative sectors (mobility, resilience, privacy, cryptographic proof, improved financial system, lower transaction fees…) and the advantages that the 100% decentralized and revolutionary technologies that Nxt and Ardor platforms can offer, to build up a project as big as Adel. These traits include: PoS decentralized blockchain, phased transactions, monetary system, decentralized voting, decentralized marketplace, shuffling, and a decentralized asset exchange.

The article explains that the value of Adel is in leveraging a state-of-the-art blockchain such as Nxt and Ardor, as well as the Adel ecosystem, and then combining these technologies with best-in-class business practices. Some of the advantages of the Adel ecosystem enumerated in the whitepaper are:

Project Approvals: The establishment of a Project Review Committee which not only ensures that Adel will launch profitable businesses, but also represents legitimate, legal and ethical projects… Successful projects will prove sustainable, long-term growth, as well as global monetization potential for blockchain technologies.
Decision Leadership: …utilizing expert decision makers to guide decisions in the community. Once a decision has been authorized by the leadership, it is then submitted to the community for consensus, enhancement and further decisions…
Open & Transparent: … auditable financial transactions for all projects and provides the foundation for a self-regulated community capable of making important economic decisions. The voting system establishes the opinion of the majority… Social forums allow for open and constructive communications between community members…
Integrity: … Adel’s integrity is the foundation of our success and for the sustainability of a profitable ecosystem…
Support : After a project has been launched on Adel… the project manager will be adequately supported by the Adel staff, as well as community members participating throughout the lifetime of the project… in the form of expert advisory services, finding employees, and assistance with securing external funding, such as with venture capitalists.

Source and more info: http://www.fintech.finance/01-news/creating-value-with-cryptocurrency-white-paper

https://www.adelphoi.io/#white-papers

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  • Search Engine Journal – Transforming Technology With Raspberry Pi

In this article at Search Engine Journal, Travin Keith, Board Member of the Nxt Foundation, goes over the revolution that the Raspberry Pi has caused in the tech world since its launch. The wide adoption of this small device, together with the communities that has emerged support this open-source project has allowed it.

All together, the Raspberry Pi has enabled the development of thousands of projects that rely on this inexpensive device. The article goes over some of them, but what stands out among the projects mentioned is the inclusion of the RasPi in the blockchain world, specifically with the Nxt blockchain. With Nxt being the first and most evolved PoS platform, which has showed its security and resilience by running smoothly over the past three years, it still doesn’t require a network of super computers (that consume as much energy that a nuclear power plant can generate) to run.

By setting up a Nxt node on a Raspberry Pi, you can easily participate in the Nxt ecosystem and help the block generation process in this feature-filled blockchain (called forging in Nxt), with an energy consumption of just a few watts per hour, which is probably less than the standby mode of your microwave. Such is an unimaginable achievement for PoW coins like Bitcoin. Additionally, as we mentioned in our previous newsletter, there are prototypes of solar-powered Nxt nodes built using a Raspberry Pi, such as the one made by Zuqka.

Source: https://www.searchenginejournal.com/4-cool-ways-raspberry-pi-is-transforming-technology/184601/

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PRICE EVOLUTION

  • 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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Nxt news – August 2016 (IV): The pioneer platform

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August 2016 (IV)

During the first weeks of August the Nxt network has validated over 11,000 transactions, and has distributed a total of 75,000NXT in fees, despite this being the month with least amount activity due to people going on holiday. This is a clear sign that Nxt is more alive than ever.

Remember that it’s been over a week since the new version NRS 10.0.1 was released and you have to upgrade your wallet to this version prior to reach block 1,000,000. Maybe now would be a good time to setup your node with a non-expensive Raspberri Pi, a tool that has a very low level of energy consumption, so that you are able to:

  • take part in Megalodon’s promotional campaign for NXT forgers,
  • take part in Lurker10’s Lucky Node Lottery,
  • take part in the NSC distribution campaign for hallmarked nodes, as well as
  • have your Nxt wallet available any time, with the blockchain constantly updated and ready to make transactions at any momento.

Let’s go on with the Nxt news we’ve selected for you this week!

 

Here below are more details about each of these:

 

On the 5th of December 2015, Nxter.org launched a crowdfunding campaign in order to create the first book about the Nxt cryptoplatform. After some months, the book was almost ready to be printed when JL777 and Coinomat, who were the owners of a considerable amount of the assets issued on the Nxt blockchain, decided to leave the platform and start to work on their own technologies. This forced certain changes to be made in the process of creating the book. However, on the other side, it paved the way for the introduction of new fresh content about Ardor that was recently announced at that time. So now, this book won’t only be the “Nxt 2nd anniversary book”, but also the best book in the history of Nxt!

Apenzl says:

I have a date with Shee, who is the designer of the cover and the free Nxt 2nd anniversary e-book, on Aug 23, where we will finalize the book.

All of you who are interested in purchasing the phisical book and weren’t able to take advantage of all the early bird promotions, can contact @Ludom or @Apenzl to receive more details about how to buy it.

Source: https://nxtforum.org/general-discussion/(crowdfunding)-the-first-book-about-nxt/

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  • 100 nodes have already taken part in the lucky node lottery

Breaking news!
We have just hit the 100-node milestone for the Lucky node lottery. Are you in? 😉

With these words Lurker10 announced that the node number 100 had joined the Lucky node lottery promotion. That’s a significant figure as it represents Lurker’s efforts in supporting the platform. Together with the funds generously donated by Megalodon, both are transforming Nxt into a stronger network.

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  • New video – Nxt / Ardor presentation

The forum user OutSL keeps creating videos where he shows some features of the Nxt platform as part of the campaign launched by the Nxt Foundation to develop these type of marketing materials that can easily help newcomers.

In this video, some of Nxt’s key features are shown, such as the Asset Exchange functionality, the Monetary System, as well as some others less-known features, like the Marketplace.

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Source: https://nxtforum.org/index.php?topic=11643.msg223504#msg223504

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  • NXT’s real life use cases

In this article, written by g-dubs, some real life applications that the Nxt platform can be used for are briefly described, such as:

Source: https://steemit.com/cryptocurrency/@g-dubs/the-nxt-cryptocurrency-and-real-life-use-cases

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  • Nxt, the second generation blockchain

In this article, Kathrina talks about the importance of blockchain technology. She believes that it’s absolutely necessary that the students of economics, IT, and some others, learn at least some basic concepts about this technology. She claims that this will become essential in the near future and a must-have for the best employment opportunities.

The author also emphasizes Nxt and Ardor as the highest exponents among second generation blockchains, which many business and companies have their eyes set on to explore all their possibilities.

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Source: http://thecampussocialite.com/why-college-students-should-look-into-blockchain/

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  • Some articles that echoed Megalodon’s proposal

Megalodon is also in the news for outsiders to the Nxt platform. However, it’s not usual that a user would be willing to give away the equivalent of $150,000 in prizes to those who help to strength the Nxt network. We shouldn’t forget that he also threw away the equivalent of $30,000 to the genesis account and thus taking that amount out of circulation. By doing this, made the rest a little bit richer. All these things make Megalodon an interesting user. One that is not usually present in another crypto communities, not availabe in another crypto communities as they put above the benefit of others over their own private interests.

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Source: www.econotimes.com/Ardor-blockchain-launch-to-get-a-shot-in-the-arm-with-$150000-bounty-263615 and http://allcoinsnews.com/2016/08/17/ardor-launch-promoted-with-5-million-nxt-reward/

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How To: Set up a Nxt node on a Raspberry Pi 2

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Nxt is one of the most impressive and under-appreciated peer-to-peer networks on the internet. It is an open-source decentralized blockchain platform that introduced a novel proof-of-stake consensus algorithm and it has survived in the wild for over 2 years. Today, the technology pioneered by Nxt is being used in well-funded projects like Ethereum, while Nxt itself remains under-the-radar.

But the Nxt developers have been very busy, and the latest release brings another set of bleeding-edge features. The API continues to expand, while the software requires minimal system resources to operate. A block-generating “full node” can run on a Raspberry Pi 2 and only costs about $50 in parts, and if you are reading this post you probably want to set up your own, so lets get started.

You’ll need the following:

  • Raspberry Pi 2
  • 8GB+ microSDHC card (Class 6 or higher recommended)
  • Micro USB cable for power
  • Cat 5 network cable or USB wifi adapter
  • USB keyboard, monitor + HDMI cable (initial setup only)

Installing the OS

We will be using Linux because it is reliable, secure and free. Raspbian is the most widely used flavor of Linux for Raspberry Pi devices and it is well supported and maintained. As of this writing, the latest version of Raspbian is “Jessie” (2015-11-21), which is available for download on RaspberryPi.org. This will be a dedicated node and the client will only be accessed remotely, so I recommend using Jessie Lite since we won’t need a window manager.

There are a variety of ways to write the image to your microSDHC card and the installation guide covers LinuxOS X and Windows.

“It’s easy once you’ve done it…”

OS Configuration

Once your microSDHC card is ready, you can boot your Raspberry Pi 2 for the first time. Insert the memory card, plug in your USB keyboard, ethernet cable and HDMI connection first, then power on the Raspberry Pi 2 by plugging in the micro USB cable. Many consumer routers sold today provide a USB port that should be able to power the Raspberry Pi 2, but if you are planning to use any peripherals (e.g. USB wifi) I recommend using a 1.0A+ USB A/C adapter.

After the system boots you should see the login prompt. The default username is pi and the default password is raspberry. Once you are logged in, run the following to install the latest OS updates:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Next, start the OS configuration utility by typing the following:

sudo raspi-config

The first thing to do is change the default password to something secure. Choose “2 Change User Password” and follow the prompts to set a new password.

Select “9 Advanced Options”

Since we aren’t using a window manager we can reallocate some of the GPU memory to the OS. Select “A3 Memory Split” and set the value to 16.

If you want to be able to access your node from another computer via SSH you can enable the service under “A4 SSH”. I highly recommend hardening your SSH installation once you have everything working.

Finally, select option “1 Expand Filesystem” to rewrite the partition table of your microSDHC card and use the full storage capacity.

Once complete, press ESC to exit raspi-config and reboot your system:

sudo reboot

After logging in again, check and confirm that the root filesystem mounted on / has been expanded:

df -h

The size of the root filesystem should be close to the size of your microSDHC card.

Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/root        15G  2.2G   13G  14% /

Next we are going to increase the swap space by editing the swap configuration file and restarting the service:

sudo nano /etc/dphys-swapfile

Modify the line for CONF_SWAPSIZE and set it to 512 or 1024 and save the file (CTRL-O, ENTER, CTRL-X).

# set size to absolute value, leaving empty (default) then uses computed value
#   you most likely don't want this, unless you have an special disk situation
CONF_SWAPSIZE=1024

Restart the swapfile service:

sudo service dphys-swapfile restart

Network Configuration

Since this will be a full node, you will need to allow peer-to-peer network traffic through your router firewall. Every network configuration is different so this section is going to be more of a general guideline. Assuming you are connected to a router with DHCP enabled, your Raspberry Pi 2 should already have a local IP address, otherwise you will need to configure a static IP address. To show your current network configuration:

ifconfig eth0

eth0   Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr b1:ff:4a:a4:ff:1b
       inet addr:192.168.1.10  Bcast:192.168.1.255  Mask:255.255.255.0

inet addr is your local IP, HWaddr is your MAC address. In your router configuration, find the port forwarding settings and forward TCP/UDP traffic for port 7874 to the local IP address of your Raspberry Pi 2. If you aren’t using a static IP address, you should set up a DHCP static lease (aka DHCP reservation) for the MAC address and the local IP address. This way the Raspberry Pi 2 will always get the same local IP address that you configured with the port fowarding rule.

Installing Java

Nxt requires Java 8. You can download and manually install the Oracle JRE, or you can easily install the OpenJDK JRE:

sudo apt-get install openjdk-8-jreYou love Java.

Confirm that Java is installed correctly by checking the version:

java -version

You should see an output similar to this:

openjdk version "1.8.0_40-internal"
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_40-internal-b04)
OpenJDK Zero VM (build 25.40-b08, interpreted mode)

Installing Nxt

Download the latest version of Nxt from the public repository. You can use the wget command in the console to directly download the file over HTTPS. As of this writing the current Nxt release is version is 1.7.4, but you will want to make sure you are using the latest version available.

wget https://bitbucket.org/JeanLucPicard/nxt/downloads/nxt-client-1.7.4.zip

Check the hash of the package and verify that it matches the hash in the signed release notes. You can also verify the hash in the blockchain. The Nxt account used by lead core developer Jean Luc is NXT-X4LF-9A4G-WN9Z-2R322.

sha256sum nxt-client-1.7.4.zip

baf0286983fee3f718ea755dd76f5e9bb3d6a2962560368d513ffc9517d10c9b  nxt-client-1.7.4.zip

Extract the archive to create the “nxt” directory:

unzip nxt-client-1.7.4.zip

Before configuring Nxt, you will need to find out your public IP address. You can do so with the following command:

curl ipinfo.io

Take note of your public IP address and then run the following command to create a new configuration file:

nano ~/nxt/conf/nxt.properties

The following is an example configuration file:

nxt.myAddress=12.34.56.78
nxt.apiServerHost=0.0.0.0
nxt.allowedBotHosts=*

If you were able to configure port forwarding on your router, set nxt.myAddress to your public IP address as shown in the output of the curl command, otherwise remove this line from the configuration file. For the other parameters, we’ve set the API to allow connections from everywhere. Once you have things working, you should consider restricting access to your local network or specific IP addresses. See nxt/conf/nxt-default.properties for descriptions of configuration parameters. Save the configuration file and exit the editor.

Edit the startup file and optimize the memory configuration:

nano ~/nxt/run.sh

Add the parameter -Xmx640m to increase the default the Java heap memory allocation to 640mb:

java -Xmx640m -cp classes:lib/*:conf nxt.Nxt

You are now ready to start the server. Since this is a fresh installation, your node will need to download the entire blockchain to synchronize with the Nxt network. In some cases, this can take a very long time depending on the speed of your network connection and the type of memory card you are using.

Startup & Connect

Nxt runs as a server process that provides an API and a web client interface. First, start the server:

cd ~/nxt
./run.sh

You should see the Nxt server start up and synchronize with the network. When startup is complete you will see the following:

2016-01-03 13:43:28 INFO: Nxt server 1.7.4 started successfully.
2016-01-03 13:43:28 INFO: Copyright © 2013-2016 The Nxt Core Developers.
2016-01-03 13:43:28 INFO: Distributed under GPLv2, with ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY.
2016-01-03 13:43:28 INFO: Client UI is at http://localhost:7876/index.html

Open a web browser on a PC connected to the same network navigate to the local IP of the Raspberry Pi 2 on port 7876.

Example: http://192.168.1.10:7876

For the interactive API interface, append /test to the url.

Example: http://192.168.1.10:7876/test

Congratulations, if you are able to access the login / test page your Nxt installation is successful. To stop the Nxt server, press CTRL-C at the console.

Final Steps

 

Enable SSL

Before you can safely use Nxt, you should setup SSL on your node. If you use HTTP, a attacker on your network may be able to steal your passphrase.  I highly recommend configuring a self-signed cert for your node and using HTTPS only.  I posted some “cheat sheet” instructions that are based on the instructions in the wiki. Core developer Riker has also posted a thread on setting up SSL.

Install screen

To make management of your node easier, I recommend installing screen. It will let you run programs in detachable sessions, and once you start using it you’ll wonder how you missed it for so long.

sudo apt-get install screen

To use screen on your Nxt server, edit run.sh and modify the command:

nano ~/nxt/run.sh

screen -mS nxt java -Xmx640m -cp classes:lib/*:conf nxt.Nxt

The next time you start the server using run.sh, you will be able to detach from the process by pressing CTRL-A, CTRL-D. To re-attach the session, enter the command:

screen -r nxt

Auto startup

An easy way automatically start the Nxt server at boot is with the cron task scheduler. You need to add an entry specifying @reboot and run your startup commands there:

crontab -e

@reboot sleep 30 && cd /home/pi/nxt && ./run.sh

In this example the Nxt server will startup on boot after a 30 second delay. You can use cron to schedule other tasksas well.

For questions or comments, please visit the forum thread for this blog post.

Source: https://nxtportal.org/blog/nxt-in-a-box-rpi2.html