Nxt news – April 2017 (I): The Greater the Difficulty, the Greater the Glory in Surmounting It

April 2017 (I)

 

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

NXT COMMUNITY
DEVELOPMENT
NXT IN THE MEDIA
PRICE EVOLUTION

 

Here below are more details about each of these topics:

 

NXT COMMUNITY

  • Hyperledger – Vendor Members List

Hyperledger, a Linux Foundation project, intends to create an advance cross-industry blockchain technology through a collaborative effort and has been doing so since 2015. Hyperledger has recently set up a special section on its website to let the public know about Hyperledger members that offer a variety of products and services around and based on various business blockchain technologies. The Nxt Foundation is included in this section.

Travin Keith, the Marketing Director and a Blockchain Consultant of the Nxt Foundation, is the person in charge of representing the Nxt Foundation at Hyperledger, where numerous well-known players in the finance and tech industries are members of, such as: Cisco, Fujitsu, Hitachi, IBM, Intel, Red Hat, Grupo Deutsche Börse, J.P. Morgan, etc.

The Nxt Foundation is a nonprofit organization that promotes the use of Nxt and Ardor blockchain technology. Since 2014, we have been a point-of-contact for businesses and organizations interested in using this technology and have since expanded our operations to further support the broader community.

Blockchain Products/Services Offered: Businesses and organizations can consult with us regarding the use of the open source feature-filled Nxt and Ardor blockchain technologies that we support, whether on the public chain or a private one, for various blockchain-based solutions spanning a wide range of industries. Existing blockchain features include Arbitrary Messaging, Polling, Phased Transactions, Asset Creation, and an Asset Exchange, as well as a Plugin system, to name a few. The Nxt Foundation can also connect interested parties with the developers of both blockchain platforms for customization.

Headquarters: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Active Geographies: Worldwide
Industries: Any industry with blockchain technology needs.
Email Address: travin@nxtfoundation.io

Source and more information: The Nxt Foundation joins Hyperledger

https://www.hyperledger.org/about/members/vendor-member-directory

https://github.com/hyperledger/hyperledger/wiki

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  • Intel & The Floor – International Blockchain Hackaton

In some previous newsletters, we announced that Lior Yaffe, a Nxt and Ardor core developer, will be attending to the International Blockchain Hackaton in Tel Aviv on the 29th and 30th of March, 2017. Nxter.org covered this story by releasing two articles that include all the details about Lior’s participation at this event and the event itself.

 

The challenge set by the organizers was to establish a digital, one-stop-shop solution to register shares, handle corporate actions, and allow for updates of company capital structure. This could sound like a tough job, but it isn’t really a problem for Nxt, because most of the features needed are already included in the Nxt core, as Lior explained:

The “problem” is, that the functionality we provide out of the box with data cloud, phasing, messages, account ledger, encrypted file attachment, shared key is enough to implement this.
I don’t have anything real to develop.
The mentor told me “you better work on a presentation.”

And this is the result:

Click here to watch a video with Lior’s presentation.

More information: Hackaton – day 1

Hackaton – day 2

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  • Cryptomate – Buy NXT via Bank Transfer in the UK

Now you can buy NXT via instant online bank transfer in the United Kingdom thanks to Cryptomate, a service that offers an easy and fast way to purchase cryptocurrencies. It benefits from the Faster Payment Service, which lets you complete your purchase really fast (however, still very far behind the confirmation speeds in blockchain technology).

Simply choose the cryptocurrency you want to buy, enter your email address and crypto wallet details, and make your payment through online banking. Once your order has been paid you will receive your coins in your wallet.

CryptoMate puts a strong focus on security. Nothing is more important to us than keeping our customers safe and secure while using our service. Using our peer-to-peer Trusted Vendor system means that we do not store any cryptocoins or customers’ money. We use SSL for point-to-point encrypted communications, and store all customer information in a secure database.

Non-verified users have a total order limit of £250. If you verify your identity your daily limit is set to £1,000.

Source: https://cryptomate.co.uk/buy-nxt/

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DEVELOPMENT

  • NRS Update – Version 1.11.5

A new version of the Nxt Reference Software has been published. The changelog includes the addition of firstIndex and lastIndex to the getUnconfirmedTransactions and API getUnconfirmedTransactionIds, in order to support pagination. Moreover, minor performance optimizations and UI improvements have been made. H2 has also been updated to version 1.4.194 and jetty has been updated to version 9.3.17.


You can download the NRS update straight from your current Nxt client or from Bitbucket. Always make sure that the given SHA256 signature is exactly the same as the hash of the file. You can check it using your NRS wallet, online third party services, or locally-run third party software, so that you are absolutely sure that you are receiving the original file.

  • Android Wallet

The Nxt client application for the Android platform has also been updated with the latest version of Node (v7.8.0), NPM (4.4.4) and Apache Cordova 6.5.0.

Keep in mind that the mobile wallet that this version brings us works much as the Light Wallet. It connects to an aleatory public node every time you run the app while being able to use almost all the features of the full client. You can download it for your Android phone from here.

Hash 94f71ed4d3762dd2e28f28bf0f8760a5a2c3cb78ee22a257639cc39dbe0c2621

Source and more information: https://nxtforum.org/nrs-releases/nrs-v1-11-5/

https://bitbucket.org/JeanLucPicard/nxt/downloads/

https://bitbucket.org/JeanLucPicard/nxt/downloads/nxt-mobile-client-android-1.11.5.0.apk

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  • Ardor – v2.0.3e for Testnet

Jean-Luc, Nxt and Ardor lead core developer and member of Jelurida, has released the last version of the Ardor testnet – v2.0.3.e. This version brings improvements such as how unconfirmed transactions are processed and in the Coin Exchange UI. Additionally, Jetty has been updated to version 9.3.17. As with the previous versions, the source code isn’t provided.

You can download the NRS update straight from your current Nxt client or from Bitbucket. Always make sure that the given SHA256 signature is exactly the same as the hash of that file.

Source: https://nxtforum.org/nrs-releases/ardor-v2-0-3e/

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  • Ardor Public Repository Migration

Jean-Luc has announced that Jelurida, the corporation founded by the core developers of Nxt and Ardor, is changing the location of the official public Ardor repository. The new address is https://bitbucket.org/Jelurida/ardor/downloads/

The Ardor packages uploaded to the Jelurida repository will be signed with the official Jelurida software releases signing key, 0xC654D7FCFF18FD55, already used for signing the Private Blockchain Evaluation Kit packages.
The latest release 2.0.3e has already been uploaded to the new location.
In a few days, the old repository will be deleted, with a notice directing users to the new one.

Please update any hardcoded website links.

Source: https://nxtforum.org/nrs-releases/ardor-public-repository-migration/

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NXT IN THE MEDIA

  • Nxt Foundation – In the Media

The Nxt Foundation has created a new section on its website that makes it possible to see the appearances of the Nxt Foundation in the media with direct coverage, article assistance, quote contributions, interviews, or even full articles as contributors.

After many years of hard work, Nxter.org is playing a prominent role here, since it’s the informational media that provides more coverage of Nxt, Ardor, the Nxt Foundation and the whole ecosystem around it, than any other organization.

If you would like to collaborate with the Nxt Foundation, please reach out to us at info@nxtfoundation.io.

Source: https://www.nxtfoundation.io/in-the-media-nxt-foundation/

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PRICE EVOLUTION

  • TradingView – NXT Very Long!

TradingView is an advanced financial visualization platform that is easy and intuitive to use, with many users around the world making use of it. The service provides all the charting tools you need to share and view your trading strategies.

Recently, a technical analysis of the NXT price has been carried out by Altcoinanalytics. This user has given a personal impression of the path NXT’s price is going to follow.

We will see great movements “UP” on the NXT … chart in the next few weeks, be excited and don’t miss the train again!

We’d like to point out that we are just echoing the opinion of an analyst because it’s referring to NXT. However, that doesn’t mean that Nxter approves nor disapproves this opinion. Investors are always responsible for doing the proper research and analyzing the risks when investing in volatile markets such as cryptocurrencies.

Source: https://www.tradingview.com/chart/NXTBTC/2Qy6y4Rl-NXT-very-LONG/

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  • Weekly NXT/ARDR Price Evolution

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

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

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Nxt news – March 2017 (IV): There is Nothing Like a Dream to Create the Future

March 2017 (IV)

 

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

NXT COMMUNITY
DEVELOPMENT
NXT IN THE MEDIA
PRICE EVOLUTION

 

Here below are more details about each of these topics:

 

NXT COMMUNITY

  • Gartner – Blockchain: How Real is the Market?

Gartner is one of the world’s leading information technology research and advisory company oriented towards businesses. It operates in more than 90 countries and has about 9,000 associates who assist thousands of companies around the world.

Recently, Gartner hosted a special webinar by Rajesh Kandaswamy, Research Director of Gartner, which analyzes some facts and trends of blockchain technology, starting with a brief explanation about how a blockchain works, then moving on to it’s evolution, how blockchain activity can benefit most industries, and the large capatalization that this technology is achieving.

Rajesh reminds us that this technology has a lot of potential, but hasn’t matured yet. There are also many notions about blockchain that aren’t true, either because they are just plain myths or because they haven’t been developed yet. Moreover, the ecosystem is still a little blurry, with many different platforms solving different problems, as is the case with Nxt, which is included in this report which can be considered to the detriment of other blockchain platforms that the crypto market considers more appealing.

Source and more information: https://www.gartner.com/webinar/3607520/player?commId=246997&channelId=5500&srcId=1-3478922244 (registration required)

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  • Nxtchat – Now Connected to the Slack Shared Network

Last February, Coinbar launched a joint project to increase communication, awareness, and education among different crypto platforms, as well as the promotion and expansion of the user-base of each project.

That’s the reason why they decided to connect the chats of all of these projects on Slack in a single unified channel called #slack-shared-network.

Nxt and Ardor have recently joined this SSN, where other projects where already integrated, such as Aurovine/AudioCoin, Coinbar & Coinbar Plus, Synergy, SaluS, BlockPool, Project Radón, Bitswift, BlackCoin, SuperNET, LBRY, Silk Network, VertCoin, ZCoin, Intellisys, Rubies…

This way, users can now start a friendly discussion with other crypto communities and share ideas and solutions with them.

Source and more information: http://slacksharednetwork.com/

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1357996.0

Channel #slack-shared-network on Slack (link to join Nxtchat on Slack)

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  • Betterbets – Huge Amount of NXT Wagered in This Platform

Betterbets.io, launched by members of the Janus team, is one of the most popular casinos with the highest volume among provably fair and secure bitcoin gambling sites. It’s also where you can use NXT to place your bets. Stats since the integration of NXT have been recently shared with the community.

Bjorn states:

Since January 21st stats on NXT use for betting on betterbets.io Total Bets: 23,436,483   Wagered: 128,010,206 NXT
Considering it was a gamble to add NXT as it’s not usually something a business showcases for gambling these statistics are very good and higher than I’d anticipated. Very cool, I haven’t checked this for over 3 weeks it’s solid

Travin Keith, board member of the Nxt Foundation, also points down:

1/8th of the entire NXT supply wagered on Betterbets!

The Janus ICO is still going on and 90% of the profits coming from NXT betting at Betterbets will be given away to the holders of the Janus token. The team, according to the predefined strategy, will raise the price every three months, thus benefiting early investors while giving the opportunity to current doubters to join later, though at a higher price, when more news comes. You can buy your JNS assets on Nxt’s Asset Exchange. Moreover, at the beginning of every month, (though on the 28th of March this time for April) dividends are given away among owners of the JNS asset.

Source and more information: https://nxtchat.slack.com/archives/C302TRJAV/p1490456099318618

#janusproject (Link to join Nxtchat on Slack)

https://nxtforum.org/the-janus-project/janus-(jns)-blockchain-secured-global-business

https://janustoken.com

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DEVELOPMENT

  • Ardor Testnet – Live Demo

Zuqka, a member of the Nxt community and booster of the solar forging device for Nxt, has been assisted by Vanbreuk to launch the public a live demo of the Ardor Testnet. This way, anyone who wants to try out the functionalities of Ardor without having to download or needing to configure the client, as well as without having to wait to the launching of the Ardor main net, expected to happen in the third quarter of 2017.

You no longer have an excuse! You just have to type the following address on your web browser https://demo.ardorplatform.org/index.html and create a new account to start experiencing the future Ardor platform.

Click on the image to open Ardor’s Live Demo

Keep in mind that this is an experimental version that runs on testnet, so, for security reasons, you shouldn’t use your Nxt account and passphrase to try it out.

If you want to make one more step,  you can download and launch locally your own Ardor wallet for the testnet. You only need to download the latest version of Ardor for the testnet and ask for some Ardor and Ignis tokens for the testnet in this thread.

More information: https://bitbucket.org/JeanLucPicard/ardor/downloads/

https://www.ardorplatform.org

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  • Ardor – Latest Features

In addition to the already-known features that were introduced, Ardor will also bring some improvements to make it easier to set up nodes, thus strengthening the network.

Lior Yaffe, Nxt and Ardor core developer and member of Jelurida, states:

There will be no hallmarks in Ardor. Hallmark while being an innovative feature 3 years ago did not prove itself as adding protection to the network and its awkward design made it difficult to refactor the peer communication. In Ardor we are launching completely new and much more efficient peer communication network developed by ScripterRon which will render hallmarks obsolete.

In Ardor all nodes will have same trust level. Same as any other blockchain.

In nxt 1.x we do not observe significant security increase when using hallmark nodes, my understanding is that large stake holders don’t want to hallmark their nodes in order not to reveal their online identity. This defeats the purpose of hallmarking.
Node owners that do hallmark their nodes attract larger traffic which just adds to centralization not to security.

When asked whether these changes could somehow mean an increase of uncertainty for those who set up a node for the first time, Lior answered:

Hallmarks does not offer protection against this, anyone can set a hallmark. The blockchain download is always performed from several nodes in parallel so one malicious node will be identified and black listed.

Light and roaming client are in danger of connecting to a remote malicious nodes. This is not a concern with submitting transactions since they are signed and validated locally but it is a concern in a case a malicious node feeds the client with false data. To mitigate this we implemented the client status icon and hallmarks doesn’t help against this anyway.

In addition to the foregoing of hallmark nodes, Lior has also clarified what will happen to the current ARDR assets on Nxt, once the Ardor blockchain is launched:

When launching the Ardor mainnet with balances based on the NXT Ardor asset, we’ll have to make the Ardor asset disappear from NXT so that users are not confused or scammed to continue trading it as NXT asset. This would be another hard fork for NXT.

Source: https://nxtchat.slack.com/archives/C0JR86S2U/p1490426564755718

https://nxtchat.slack.com/archives/C0JR86S2U/p1490432439923612

https://nxtchat.slack.com/archives/C0JR86S2U/p1490439678136943

https://nxtchat.slack.com/archives/C0XP71MBL/p1490426352863259

Link to join Nxtchat on Slack

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NXT IN THE MEDIA

  • NxtFolks – NXT, Ardor, Wallets, Asset… Lets Clarify

TheWireMaster, an active member of the Nxt community, recently published an article on the NxtFolks platform with some comments and clarifications about Nxt and Ardor, in order to make things easier for newcomers.

As explained in the text, there currently isn’t an Ardor client for the main net – it’s just available on testnet. The only wallet that runs on the main net at the moment is the Nxt wallet.

The final launch of Ardor’s network will take place in the third quarter of this year. Until then, it will only run on test net. In the meantime, you can buy/sell the ARDR asset on the Nxt Asset Exchange, just like any other asset. When Ardor is released, you’ll be able to use the passphrase you currently use to log into your Nxt account to log to your Ardor account, where your Ardor tokens will have been credited according to the amount of ARDR assets you hold in your Nxt account.

Furthermore,the article also mentions that the ARDR token will be erased from Nxt once Ardor is launched, by means of a hardfork, as we’ve already mentioned earlier in this newsletter

TheWireMaster also launched a special promotion for those of you who may be interested in signing up at NxtFolks:

Just to remind you that if you subscribe to nxtfolks.com and add you NXT address you get 10000 Folks (MS)…

Source: https://nxtfolks.com/2017/03/25/nxt-ardor-wallets-asset-lets-clarify

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  • NewsBTC TV – NXT Blockchain Application Platform

The blockchain news platform NewsBTC, founded in October 2013, publishes useful news, interviews, and other bits of information related to the most popular cryptocurrencies.

In the second episode of NewsBTC TV, they focused on the Nxt blockchain. This time, Bas Wisselink, advisory board member of the Nxt Foundation, and Co-Founder of Blockchain Workspace, appears in an interview where he gets the opportunity to show the working space that the Foundation has at A Lab Amsterdam, Lab.208. Bas also makes a brief introduction explaining how Nxt works, its origins, its functionalities, some differences with other platforms, etc.

Source and more information: https://steemit.com/nxt/@newsbtc/nxt-blockchain-application-platform

Nxt Foundation’s working space in Amsterdam

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  • Coinidol.com – IMO As an Expert: Bas Wisselink

Coin Idol asked Bas Wisselink, advisory board member of the Nxt Foundation and member of Blockchain Workspace, for his opinion as an expert in blockchain concerning a dispute between another platform and Coinidol.

Beyond the central topic of the article, older Nxters may fell some nostalgia when remembering some landmarks in the history of Nxt, which are included in Bas’ explanation, which can help us visualize the exemplary behavior of the members and developers of the Nxt community when they faced adversities, and how they’ve managed to emerge stronger from them:

Bas Wisselink: …we were the first non-bitcoin platform that allowed people to issue Assets. So we had our shares of weird propositions that still managed to scam a lot of money out of people and we as a community were continuously forced to think about how to handle them (and whether we should do something in the first place).

We also had our mini-version of the DAO debacle, when an exchange was robbed of 5% of the complete supply of Nxt tokens. To roll back, or not to roll back? Our community decided overwhelmingly not to, and instead we helped the exchange to do negotiate a rebuy from the actual robber. The exchange, who had very vocally (and understandably!) was for a rollback, took this option and bought back what they had lost.

(Bas) represented NXT … and assisted in negotiating the return of 45 million stolen NXT’s from the BTER exchange alongside Lawyer-of-NXT, DomP, and Amadeus.

Source: https://coinidol.com/bas-wisselink-we-should-treat-razormind-like-gemcoin-scammers/

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  • LaVoieDuBitcoin.info – Snapshots and Metaphors of a Decentralized Dream

Jacques Favier, the person in charge of La Voie Du Bitcoin, is also the owner of one of the copies of the collectors edition of “SNAPSHOT – Nxt, Unsurpassable Blockchain Solutions”. Now, after reading the book, he is making his personal opinion about it public on their blog.

Jacques, known for being an articulated writer with an elaborate rhetoric, has analyzed the book, which includes the most relevant events related to this platform that have taken place over the past 3 years: the ICO process carried out by BCNext, the anonymous creator of Nxt, the disruptive features of the platform, the decentralized community, the BTER hack, the Nxt Foundation… and many other aspects, all until reaching the Ardor chapter.

Some interesting quotes that we can find in the blog (in French) are:

The book shows a kaleidoscopic version of the Nxt ecosystem…

A good portion of the book can be read as a type of political manifesto about decentralizacion….

Nxt is presented as a revolutionary tool for businesses, in a business world where the word blokchain became fashionable but was still devoid of content…

When you read the anecdotes included in this book, is surprising to see that just a few wise bankers use Nxt instead of Bitcoin…

Remember that you can buy a copy of “SNAPSHOT – Nxt, Unsurpassable Blockchain Solutions” at the Nxter.org shop. You can also choose to download the digital edition for your electronic devices, or a paper edition, thanks to the Print-On-Demand service by Lulu.

Source and more information: http://blog.lavoiedubitcoin.info/post/NXT

Buy Snapshot at Nxter.org

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PRICE EVOLUTION

  • Weekly NXT/ARDR Price Evolution

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

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Nxt News – February 2017 (III): Knowledge Speaks but Wisdom Listens

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

 

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:

 

NXT COMMUNITY

  • Nxt Foundation – Designers and Writers Wanted

As we mentioned in our previous newsletter, the Nxt Foundation will attend Blockshow Europe 2017, an event organized by CoinTelegraph that will take place in Munich in just a few weeks. It’s expected to become the most important blockchain-related event in Europe this year.

Dave Pearce, board member of the Nxt Foundation, who is going to represent the Foundation in this event, asked for some community members to help make this event a success:

I’m working on a promo item for Nxt/Ardor to go into the goody bag that each attendee will receive, but we do need a couple of banners and a flier or brochure to give away, and I’m looking for volunteers to help with creating either of these:

Banners need to be approximately 2m high by 1m wide, in a standard roll-up banner style. I’d like to have one for Nxt and one for Ardor,or maybe one for the Foundation plus one for Ardor. They need to be eye-catching and informative, but not too complex. Anyone want to help out by providing a design ? I can get the printing done in NL and take them with me to Munich, so that’s under control.
There will be a bounty for any designs that we use…

We also need a flier or brochure to give away, just to explain in very clear English exactly wtf Nxt, Ardor and the Nxt Foundation are all about. Again: eyecatching and informative, please. Any text writers who’d like to have  ago at this, get in touch. A designer would also be welcome.

So now you know, if you have some time and energy to help the Nxt community, this is the right time to do your bit.

Source and more information: https://nxtforum.org/index.php?topic=13135.msg229962#msg229962

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

Cointelegraph.com/news/as-blockshow-europe-2017-approaches-more-conference-details-are-revealed

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  • Spreading Nxt – All For One and One for All

Wolffang, an active member of the Nxt community, has made a public call asking for more help to promote the benefits of Nxt and Ardor. As you probably already know, a decentralized community like this doesn’t have a stable source of income, but rather is composed of a lot of volunteers who work tirelessly and mostly in an altruistic way not only to promote these platforms, but also to inform current users about these developments and other day-to-day matters.

Wolffang has said:

As most know Nxt and Ardor have a great community which is really helpful towards others. The Tech is also one of the best around today in crypto.
NXT and Ardor are way underrated compared to the rest of crypto projects.
Besides the great things the Nxt team is doing we can give them a help with promoting, showing and telling people about Nxt and Ardor.
It will help your own investment too.
I Hope you will help out with sharing the tweets, discuss on subjects, help people out, upvote reddit posts, maybe help in polo trollbox to let traders know the good things etcetera.
The latest news is in the #swarms channel on slack.
Twitter: @NxtCommunity @ArdorPlatform

Reddit
Reddit.com/r/nxt
Reddit.com/r/ardor
Reddit.com/r/cryptocurrency

Bitcointalk Ardor:
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1518497.0

Bitcointalk Nxt:
https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=587007.0

Trollbox:

Poloniex.com/trollbox

Also for community discussions:  nxtforum.org

At Nxter.org, we’ll continue spreading the word as we’ve been doing since the beginning, to try to make more people learn about both Nxt and Ardor platforms, together with the full ecosystem around it. If you’re interested in giving us a hand to achieve this objective, please visit https://nxter.org/get-published-get-paid-nxtp

Source: https://nxtforum.org/general-discussion/1-for-all-all-for-1

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  • Roberto Capodieci – Masterclass About Blockchain Solutions

Roberto Capodieci, CEO of Debune, among many others, offered a masterclass about “Open Blockchain Platform For Trade and Supply Chain”, this past week during the 2nd Annual Supply Chain Finance and its Alternatives in Singapore.

Roberto, who has a great knowledge of blockchain technology and the solutions it can offer, didn’t hesitate to add his personal touch and his usual sense of humour to this event, as we can see in the preview of his introductory speech that he shared with all the Nxters, before delivering it in front of his audience:

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to this blockchain workshop.
It is gonna be a great workshop. It is gonna be absolutely fantastic.
Believe me. I know all about workshops.  It is gonna be the best workshop.
Today workshop is about blockchain based platforms for trade and supply chain…

Capodieci also didn’t lose his chance to mention Nxt in this speech:

…We use Nxt for our blockchain solutions. It is huge, it is tremendous. Very important people uses Nxt. It is so… it is terrific. You could be one of them, because I know how to make tremendous Blockchain. Chose OTDocs, and it is gonna be: “Blockchain First”. Welcome to the workshop! Let’s make Blockchain great again. With OTDocs…

Source: nxtforum.org/general-discussion/price-speculation/msg229759/#msg229759

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  • Tipper on Slack – New Functionalities

Nxtswe keeps bringing new functionalities to his tipper bot, the tipping monkey of Nxtchat on Slack. With this new update, you can now tip other users just by attaching emoticons to comments of other users on Slack.

Tipper already has a good handful of functionalities built-in and more functionalities are regularly added in. To use this functionality, start a private conversation with the bot Tipper by typing “help” to know all the characteristics and get some help using it.

Source and more information: nxtchat.slack.com/archives/general/p1486850898686487

nxtwiki.org/wiki/Tipper_Service

github.com/libertyswede/NxtTipbot

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  • Nxter.org – Hall of Fame

At nxter.org, due the positive reaction from the members of the Nxt community welcoming the first printed edition of the book “Snapshot”, the first book about the Nxt platform, and also thanks to the numerous photographs with clear evidences of happiness for getting their book which many owners have published publicly to show their little treasure (which they don’t hesitate to pose with), we’ve decided to start a new section on our website called the Hall of Fame.

Write @nxter_org in your tweet and get on our Hall of Fame

The newest addition to the Nxter Hall of Fame features the Snapshot book that has traveled (Thanks Travin Keith!) to the northernmost public library in the world, in the town called Longyearbyen in the Svalbard archipelago. In the picture, we can see the happy librarian in charge of this establishment showing us their newest acquisition. Congratulations!

Svalbard’s library already has the book about Nxt

Some other members of the Nxt communty are already present in our Hall of Fame. Click here to check it out!

If you don’t have a copy of SNAPSHOT – Nxt, Unsurpassable Blockchain Solutions, we’d like to remind you that the book is already available in a digital version for your reader in many specialized online platforms, (Amazon, iBooks, GoogleBooks, etc, in addition to Nxter.org, where you can also buy it with BTC) or as a printed book under the Print On Demand service by Lulu.com

Moreover, if you buy the digital edition of the book from Nxter.org you’ll also receive a FREE BONUS of a code to redeem 100 NXTP assets, the pdf version of the Nxt 2nd Anniversary e-book, all together with the SNAPSHOT – Nxt, Unsurpassable Blockchain Solutions ebook package (.mobi, .epub and .pdf)

More information: nxter.org/snapshot-nxt-unsurpassable-blockchain-solutions/

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DEVELOPMENT

  • Ardor – The Public Testing is Going On

On the 11th of February, the tesnet version of Ardor was made available for the public to use. The Nxt community, one that keeps growing, has stepped forward to test the features of the new platform and to check all the functionalities, both new ones and the ones that were already in Nxt: child chains, assets (that you can use on all child chains), bundlers, aliases, data cloud, account control, monetary system, encripted messaging, shuffling, decentralized voting, phased transactions, plugins, decentralized purchasing and selling, and many others.

Ardor is only going to be in testnet for about 5-7 months until mainnet launches, which is expected to happen sometime in the third quarter of 2017. To participate in the Ardor testnet, you have to download the latest Ardor client here and ask for some tokens for the testnet here (ARDR, IGNIS) in order to start testing the new platform by yourself.

On the other hand, if you don’t have time or aren’t interested in helping with the test and just want to feel the experience of surfing through Ardor’s GUI, then you can use some of the open nodes that let you access this testnet, such as the one set up by Riker http://107.170.3.62:26876/index.html or any other node listed here and create a new account (for security reasons, never use your real Nxt account here) to explore everything that Ardor can offer you.

You can stay updated about the latest progress of the testnet by visiting the #developers channel on Nxtchat on Slack

More information: https://nxter.org/nxt-announces-ardor   https://nxter.org/ardor-testnet-is-launched/

https://nxter.org/ardor-blockchain   https://nxter.org/developers

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  • Ardor – v2.0.1e for Testnet

A new version of the Ardor testnet has been has been released. The changelog for this version includes some minor bug fixing and improvements to the client UI, as well as peer networking, and improved blockchain download. A Node JS module has also been added. This is an experimental release for testing only, so the source code is not provided with it.

You can download the NRS update straight from your current Nxt client or from Bitbucket. Always make sure that the given SHA256 signature is exactly the same as the hash of that file.

A Mac installer has also been included with this version. You you can download it here and start testing Ardor right away with your Mac computer!

Source and more information : nxtforum.org/nrs-releases/ardor-v2-0-1e/

https://nxter.org/ardor-v2-0-1e

  • Ardor Node JS Module

One of the great improvements that the latest testnet version of Ardor brings us is the addition of Node.jsan open-source, cross-platform JavaScript runtime environment for developing a diverse variety of server tools and applications, based on the ECMAScript language, capable of asynchronous I/O in event-driven programming and the V8 engine by Google.

This is what Riker, a core developer of Nxt, says about this new addition:

Earlier attempts to develop robust client API library for NXT and subsequently Ardor were faced with several challenges:
1. The API library had to send the passphrase directly to a remote node in order to sign transactions, this meant that the remote node had to be trusted, this severely limited the usability of the API library.
2. Some client libraries did implement local transaction signing but still were unable to validate unsigned bytes data returned from a random remote node thus still making it somewhat insecure to submit transactions to a random remote node.
3. Client API libraries were developed by 3rd party developers which sometimes couldn’t keep up with the protocol changes.

In order to address these problems, in release 2.0.1e we introduced for the first time a Node JS module which can be used for JavaScript application development using the Ardor platform APIs. This node JS module is now integral part of the core and in fact is just a thin layer of Node JS wrapper on top of the existing Ardor Wallet JavaScript code.

Being so this node module has several advantages:
1. The Node JS module is able to work securely against any random Ardor node
2. Transaction data submitted to a remote node is validated against the returned unsigned bytes
3. Transactions are signed locally so that the account passphrase is never submitted to a remote node
4. Message encrytption can be performed client side
5. API calls work at a higher level compared to the APIs provided by the existing test page, so that for example, complex numeric conversions and various formatting functions are alreayd implemented by the API library
6. Updates to this API library will follow the standard Ardor release process and will be maintained by core developers
To quickly get started using the node JS module, see instructions in the ./html/www/js/README file which is part of the 2.0.1e release.
The ./html/www/js/sample folder contains several code examples to get you started quickly and provide a reference implementation.

Source and more information: nxtforum.org/general-discussion/ardor-node-js-module/

https://nodejs.org/en

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Node.js

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  • Docker Image – Nxt 1.11.3

Chevdor has uploaded the latest NRS in a Docker open source container using version 1.11.3

Docker is a tool that can package an application and its dependencies in a virtual container that can run on any Linux server. This helps enable flexibility and portability regarding where the application can run, whether on-premises, a public cloud, a private cloud, bare metal, etc.

As we mentioned in previous newsletters, running NRS in a Docker container can be even easier than running it “the normal way”. It’s especially useful when running Nxt on a VPS: No java required, no download, no specific configuration… In addition to this, in spite of being a type of “virtual machine”, it does not decrease performance.

Source: https://nxtforum.org/general-discussion/nxt-in-a-docker-container

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Docker_(software) and https://www.docker.com

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NXT IN THE MEDIA

  • Ardor – Launched on Testnet

This week, some media outlets have covered the launch of the testnet for Ardor.

This article by Ian Allison of International Business Times and this other article published at Fintech Finance, goes over some of the new features that Ardor brings, such as:

  • A novel multiple blockchain architecture that allows users to create their own, customized subsidiary blockchains, secured by the main chain.
  • Transactions from these blockchains, known as child chains, are removed from the main transaction ledger approximately every 24 hours, though special dedicated nodes, known as archival nodes, can keep all information if so desired. This approach enables Ardor to scale up to global transaction loads.
  • Ardor solves the blockchain bloat issue with this prunable child chain infrastructure, which side chains do not solve.

Travin Keith, board member of the Nxt Foundation, has this to say about testnet:

Blockchain technology is increasingly entering the mainstream consciousness. The developers at Jelurida BV have created a platform that makes blockchain technology more accessible and delivers scalable solutions for retail and institutional participants. Its potential applications extend to a number of industries burdened with legacy issues and antiquated transaction processing systems

Antony Peyton also gives a brief overview over at Banking Technology about the launch of testnet. The text enumerates some of the new features in Ardor, which has use cases that go beyond financial transactions. The author gives emphasis in the PoS model in which both Nxt and Ardor are based on, and the benefits this model provides:

Ardor and Nxt operate on a proof-of-stake model that can handle higher transaction volumes at a fraction of the energy cost and at ten times the speed

Source: www.fintech.finance/01-news/ardor-blockchain-platform-launches-public-testing-forum/

www.ibtimes.co.uk/nxt-dev-teams-ardor-blockchain-platform-launches-public-testing-forum-1606225

www.bankingtech.com/729431/blockchain-and-bitcoin-round-up-13-february-2017/

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  • Deep Dot Web – Smart Contract Scripting (Amended)

In our previous newsletter, we talked about the research paper titled Scripting Smart Contracts for Distributed Ledger Technology which included a certain number of inaccuracies about the Nxt platform.

Fortunately, Pablo Lamela, one of the authors of the article, took the time to chat with Lior Yaffe to clarify some of these issues. Just a few days latter, Pablo announced some amendments to their research. Lior and the Nxt community were very glad and thanked the authors for their interest in clarifying all the details about Nxt.

Palas says:

We have modified the paper in https://eprint.iacr.org/2016/1156.pdf to improve the description of Nxt. Thank you @riker, for helping us solve our doubts about Nxt and Ardor. Let us know if there are any other problems with it.

Riker stated then:

Thanks Palas the paper is much more balanced now.

Source and more information: #Deep_dot_web

eprint.iacr.org/2016/1156.pdf

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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 (II): The Best Way to Predict Your Future is to Create It

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

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

  • SNAPSHOT – Digital and PoD edition of the Book Now For Sale

After the successful sale of the printed collector’s edition of “SNAPSHOT – Nxt, Unsurpassable Blockchain Solutions”, where 200 numbered units were sold in record time, Nxter.org has finally made this book available in digital and PoD (Print on Demand) editions. Now, anyone who’s interested in owning a piece of Nxt history can buy it. You can buy the book straight from Nxter.org or through many other popular distribution platforms.

The book is a collection of articles, which, after a short introduction to the concept of blockchain technology, looks into the history of Nxt, the world’s first 100% PoS blockchain 2.0 platform that’s oriented to both users and businesses. From its tumultuous launch in 2013, the pros and cons of its distribution model, and the anonymous inventor, BCNext, who handed over the source code to the community and gave them the responsibility to enhance the tech and ecosystem, the book takes the reader on a journey through ups and downs, features, use cases, business projects, and organizational adoption of the technology.

– A collection of articles, which, after a short introduction to the concept of blockchain technology, looks deep into Nxt.

The multi-million dollar fintech and blockchain industries have been advancing at a rapid pace over the past few years, so why is Nxt, an underfunded open source project, still the most advanced? In 228 pages, the articles found in this book tell the story of how a group of mostly anonymous people, investors, cryptographers, economists, and, certainly not least, software developers, as well as businesses, set out to change the world.

If you buy the digital edition of the book from NXTER.ORG you’ll also receive a FREE BONUS of a code to redeem 100 NXTP assets, the pdf version of the Nxt 2nd Anniversary e-book, all together with the “SNAPSHOT – Nxt, Unsurpassable Blockchain Solutions” ebook package (.mobi, .epub and .pdf)

Buy it from the Nxter Shop


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DEVELOPMENT

  • Ardor – Testnet Launched

After a few weeks completing the necessary work and sharing some of the images, on the 11th of February, Jean-Luc, Nxt and Ardor lead core developer, has finally announced the launch of Ardor’s testnet. After some previous testing done by some members of the Nxt community who were very knowledgeable about the platform, the Ardor testnet is finally ready

From this moment on, much more testing on the features that this platform offers is needed to be done before the launch of mainnet in the third quarter of this year. Thus, this period of time is not only meant to let people have a glimpse into the capabilities of Ardor, but will also let the developers make sure that the platform works properly and make the necessary minor adjustments.

This is an experimental release for testing only. Source code is not provided.

Come on and join us to test the new platform! You can download the software from Github and start experiencing Ardor right now!

Source: https://nxtforum.org/nrs-releases/ardor-v2-0-0e/

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  • NRS Update – Version 1.11.3

This new version of the NRS has been released just one day before the launch of Ardor’s testnet. The changelog for this version includes some minor bug fixing, small changes in the way the media files are dealt with in the Data cloud, as well as updates to the Jetty version.

You can download the NRS update straight from your current Nxt client or from Github. Always make sure that the given SHA256 signature is exactly the same as the hash of that file. You can check this using your NRS wallet or other online third party services that allow you to do so, so that you are absolutely sure that you are receiving the legitimate file.

Source and more information: https://nxtforum.org/nrs-releases/nrs-v1-11-3

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  • NSD – A Project Based on Nxt is Nominated for the Futures Options World Award

In April 2016, Russia’s National Settlement Depository announced that they have successfully developed a decentralized voting system, based on Nxt’s Voting System, that was able to process 80 votes per second. Since then, we’ve recently heard that this project was nominated for the Futures Options World Award, which took place last December. This project was announced with the following statement:

The prototype is based on the NXT distributed cryptographic platform, and uses ISO 20022 international standard for messaging. NSD has been working on the project together with DSX Technologies. The project’s open-source code is available on GitHub.

As we mentioned in a previous newsletter, the NSD has ignored the GPLv2 license conditions, and still hasn’t released the code of their new development. The repository they previously used (https://github.com/dsx-tech/e-voting/tree/master/sources/e-voting) only shows a CLOSED SOURCE “nxt.jar” file under the “libs” folder, and the client-side code, which is used to interface with that modified Nxt server code. Therefore, the NSD is clearly breaching the conditions of the license.

Below is an extract of the FAQ for the GNU GPL v2 license:

Does the GPL require that source code of modified versions be posted to the public?
…if you release the modified version to the public in some way, the GPL requires you to make the modified source code available to the program’s users, under the GPL.

We’d like to remind businesses, financial entities, governments, or any person interested in using the Nxt code, that they must respect the license agreement.

Source and more information: https://www.nsd.ru/en/press/ndcnews/index.php?id36=633046
https://nxter.org/russias-national-settlement-depository-trials-nxt-blockchain-based-e-proxy-voting-prototype

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NXT IN THE MEDIA

  • Decentralize Today – Massive Business Opportunities Hidden in the Nxt Blockchain

Websioux, admin at scriba.io, among others, and member of the Nxt community, has published an interesting article on the news platform Decentralize Today about the Nxt blockchain and the future Ardor platform. The text talks about the new usage possibilities that this technology offers to entrepreneurs and how it can be profitable for their traditional business.

The author accounts for some features included in the Nxt blockchain and explains some practical use cases for businesses, such as: open ledger, which allows you to see all the transactions from/to an account; the data cloud, which allows you to publish small files on the blockchain; private messaging, which allows you to issue contracts that can be verified by consulting the blockchain; account control, which can be used to organize governance in a transparent way, and many more.

The internet is available 24/7 for a party to sign any contract and for outsiders to verify contracts integrity!

The initiative for starting a nuclear regulatory commission using Nxt, which we mentioned in a previous newsletter as well, is one of the innovative examples that the author, already a member of that club, sets as an example of what can be achieved with Nxt.

Source and more information: medium.com/@websioux/massive-business-opportunities-hidden-in-the-nxt-blockchain-1c1ecdb10518#.dj5lyj494

Websioux – PHP Libraries for Nxt

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  • Deep Dot Web – An Overview Of Smart Contract Scripting For Cryptocurrency Blockchains

In this article by Tamer Sameeh published on Deep Dot Web, the author talks about Smart Contracts, a concept that was coined by the cryptographer Nick Szabo aiming at revolutionizing contract law and formal business practices via the innovation of electronic commerce protocols among trustless parties across the internet

The author explains the evolution that this concept has experienced, its practical applications, and how this concept is applied in different blockchains. Among these, he includes Nxt, though inadequately in our opinion, because Nxt lacks this specific feature of Smart Contracts

Riker, a Nxt and Ardor core developer, clarified some time ago this subject:

“Rather than providing smart contracts, NXT is focused on implementing important use cases and functions directly into the core of both Nxt and Ardor. This approach has proven to be scalable and secure and will become more so when Ardor is released”

However, the text is correct when mentioning that Nxt has a comprehensive API that allows users, together with the Smart Transactions that are implemented in Nxt, a great versatility when developing something close to a Smart Contract.

A portion of the article is based on the results of a research paper published here, a document that has some inaccuracies about the Nxt platform. Fortunately, Pablo Lamela, one of the authors of the article, had the opportunity to chat with Lior Yaffe, to clarify some of these questions. This is what Riker stated after that talk:

Had a good call with @palas and explained a few things about NXT (and ETH), I hope they’ll incorporate my feedback into a more accurate paper

Have a look at the Developers Section to learn about all the features that Nxt has.

Source and more information: www.deepdotweb.com/2017/01/15/overview-smart-contract-scripting-cryptocurrency-blockchains/

http://eprint.iacr.org/2016/1156.pdf

nxtwiki.org/wiki/Phasing

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  • Blockshow Europe 2017 – Bringing the Best Projects in Blockchain to a Public Forum

In our December newsletter we mentioned the announcement of Dave Pearce, board member of the Nxt Foundation, about the biggest event related to blockchain technology in Europe this year, “BlockShow Europe 2017“, which will take place on the 6th of April. The date is fast approaching and many representatives of fintech and blockchain companies are confirming their attendance

The Nxt Foundation is very proud to announce that the Nxt and Ardor community will be represented at the CoinTelegraph BlockShow Europe. We’ve got a booth/table in the main exhibition space, and will be organizing an Nxt/Ardor presence at the show.

We’d like to get as many Nxters as possible to Munich for this show, so reserve your ticket now, via Eventbrite, using our referral code NXTMUNICH

Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/as-blockshow-europe-2017-approaches-more-conference-details-are-revealed

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  • Thinkmind.org – Emergence of Distributed Autonomous Institutions

ThinkMind, a news platform, has published an article, written by Mariusz Nowostawski and Christopher K. Frantz, included  at The Sixth International Conference on Social Media Technologies, Communication, and Informatics – SOTICS 2016

The article presents a novel institutional perspective on the distributed consensus and ledger technology known as blockchain. The text talks about the tools that blockchain technology brings to push Distributed Autonomous Institutions and the benefits they would bring, such as facilitating global interactions, contracts, and value transfers, all of which are achieved without the need for the human-based third party.

The author also explains how the technology offered by Nxt/Ardor allows us, even today, to achieve this objective:

A proposed solution to this problem is the use of child chains to coordinate asset-based transactions as implemented in the new blockchain alternative Ardor… In contrast to Ethereum’s support for general-purpose code, Ardor will concentrate on specific asset-based transactions… The security model is further strengthened by supporting complex preconditions for the execution of transactions… The concept furthermore includes built-in mechanisms to manage governance and decision-making processes in a reliable and anonymous fashion.

Source: https://www.thinkmind.org/index.php?view=instance&instance=SOTICS+2016

https://www.thinkmind.org/download.php?articleid=sotics_2016_2_30_60031

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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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Advanced Users of Nxt are testing Ardor

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

Lior says:

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

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

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

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

Channel #developers at Nxtchat on Slack

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:

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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 – September 2016 (III): Slowly but surely

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September 2016 (III)

 

Slowly but surely, news about Nxt kept coming up this past week:

Here below are more details about each of these:

 

  • The First book about Nxt is finally ready to print

Here there is the first revealed image of the book – the main cover:

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The book has been done with great personal care by members of the Nxt community. Its contents include high quality chapters crafted by a wide-range of contributors: Nxt Foundation members, Core Developers, and community members. These include some well-recognized names within the community, such as: apenzl, abctc, Dave Pearce, Cassius, Lionel Jeannerat, RubénBC, Bas Wisselink, Daniel M. Ryan, Roberto Capodieci, and Robert Bold.

For those of you who are interested in buying the First Book about Nxt and weren’t able to take advantage of all the early bird promotions, please contact @Ludom or @Apenzl through nxtforum.org or Slack to receive more details.

Source: http://test.nxter.org/crowdfunding-the-first-book-about-the-nxt-cryptocurrency-platform

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

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  • More testnodes are needed to test the mobile app

Riker, NRS Core Dev, made the following call to Nxt users:

Folks, in order to test the mobile app we need more 1.10.2 testnet nodes.
Currently we have only 5 nodes out of which only 2 has open APIs and only one supports SSL.

Would be great if some of you can update their tesnet nodes to 1.10.2 then fire up their testnet nodes and set them to use open APIs with the following nxt.properties:
nxt.myAddress=<IP address>
nxt.allowedBotHosts=*
nxt.apiServerHost=<IP address>
nxt.isTestnet=true

If someone can also setup SSL for the API peer that’s even better.

The final objective of strengthening the Testnet is to be able to test the proper behaviour of the mobile phone app, which is already in an advanced stage of development and will come in really handy for a lot of users and will subsequently open up a new world of possibilities.

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Some time later after the first announcement, Riker gave us some more details about the future Nxt mobile app:

1 – The app is based on Html5, ionic (http://ionicframework.com/) and Cordova (https://cordova.apache.org/) being so, the same codebase should be able to support all the major mobile platforms with minimal customization. We will start with Android though.

2- Our aim is to create an app signed by the NXT foundation which will be deployed to the official app stores.

3- The app will use two modes: (a) “Mobile Friendly” – simplistic UI which looks good on mobile devices but with limited functionality which we will enhance gradually. (b) “Web Wallet” – which is essentially the existing browser UI with few minor modifications to make it usable on a small form factor devices. Users will be able to seamlessly switch between these two flavors.

4- The app will try to leverage mobile tech to enhance the user experience, for example by scanning QR codes using the mobile device camera instead of having to type or copy/paste data, where applicable.

If any of you need some help about setting up a testnode, the following video by our college Mrcluster87 will come in really handy for you. In spite of the fact that the NRS version in the tutorial isn’t the latest, the configuration procedure is the same:

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Source: https://nxtforum.org/general-discussion/need-more-testnet-nodes and https://nxtforum.org/general-discussion/create-android-app-base-on-nxt/40

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  • PPA – The easiest and fastest way to install the NRS in Ubuntu

Bcdev explains to us how to easily install the Nxt client in your Ubuntu-based computer. You just have to add the proper repository to your repository list on your computer, by running the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:nxtcrypto/nxt
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nxt nxt-bootstrap-blockchain

On a VPS the process took 1m45s from start to end, but that’s mainly because it has a fast internet connection.
If you’re on a different distribution, here is the blockchain bootstrap.

This way, we’ll always be able to install the latest stable version of the program and, when we search for updates for the system, Ubuntu will also have a look at that repository. If it finds a newer version, it will be automatically updated.

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Source: https://nxtforum.org/general-discussion/ppa-the-fastest-way-to-install-nxt-on-ubuntu/msg224426/?topicseen#msg224426

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  • NXT Community, Nxt on Telegram

The user JZA has announced a new group about Nxt on the Telegram platform. At the time of this writing, it already has 88 users. This new communication channel on this popular instant messaging application is an alternative to the official communication channels nxtforum.org and Slack.

Source: http://telegram.me/NxtCommunity and https://nxtchat.slack.com/archives/general/p1473738135001067

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  • Governance of blockchains and Nxt perspective

In this article, Bas Wisselink of the Nxt Foundation talks about a subject that it’s often left out when analyzing an open-source project- the project management structure. It may seem that developing an open-source project is completely anarchistic and has no structure, but previous experiences show us that that’s not true.

Bas performs a short analysis of Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Nxt, comparing among them aspects such as if the Development team follows the “Cathedral” model (less open to external contribution) or the “Bazaar” model (more open to external contribution), whether the governance system follows the “Benevolent dictator” model (less open to participatory governance) or the “Formal meritocracy” model (more open to participatory governance). These three cryptos show major differences and some similarities in these aspects.

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Short after Nxt was invented, BCNext, the original developer, handed the project to the community that, at that time, was already formed. Anybody could step in and continue the development. Many developers joined and, step-by-step, all of them soon consolidated around Jean-Luc, who since then became the lead developer of Nxt with Lior Yaffe as Project Manager.

The three cryptos share the same tripod of developers, “miners”, and entrepreneurs, in their governance system mixed together in different proportions and with different degrees of power for each agent. In the case of Nxt, a bunch of people with an entrepreneurial background established the Nxt Foundation with the aim to connect with real-world businesses with the platform. The Foundation tries to coordinate the community while carrying out marketing and sales campaigns. The Nxt Foundation does not incorporate core developers into its board, but both sides provide each other with feedback, such as about the needs and complaints of the users as well as the vision of the future of the platform. Ardor, for example, is a result of this collaboration.

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Source: http://www.revue-banque.fr/management-fonctions-supports/article/gouvernance-des-blockchains-perspective-nxt

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Alexandre Eich-Gozzi, member of the Nxt Foundation, explains in this article the complex procedures that are involved in international trade. Millions of documents and customs declarations are carried out every year where many agents with their own proprietary solutions get involved in each of them, trying to solve all the possible use cases that may come up when working with other agents and their own solutions, which are many and varied. All of this turns the process into something highly inefficient where many agents are involved: banks, business, transportation, chambers of commerce, customs departments, etc.

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The article elaborates on how blockchain technology could orchestrate this process, simplify it, reduce its cost, improve traceability and security, etc. In addition, the author goes over how a thorough operational prototype on Nxt’s blockchain was carried out to demonstrate that even today, it’s possible to address this complex issue, thus satisfying all of the agents involved.

This prototype runs on Nxt because:

  • the energy-saving level achieved with the proof of stake mechanism

  • the functionality and security given by smart contracts

  • the coding language, Java, on which it is easy to train developers

  • Security in the code of Nxt, thus ensuring the future implementation of private blockchains without any vulnerabilities

  • the support offered to developers via the help desk set up by the Nxt Foundation

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Source: http://www.revue-banque.fr/management-fonctions-supports/article/blockchain-commerce-international

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  • Weekly NXT price evolution

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

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