Nxt news – April 2017 (II): The Dictionary is the Only Place Where Success Comes Before Work

April 2017 (II)

 

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

  • Cointelegraph – Blockshow Europe 2017

Blockshow Europe 2017, the blockchain event organized by Cointelegraph, is over.

560 attendees, 26 exhibitors, and 26 speakers joined together in Munich to make it the largest international Blockchain-related event ever organized in Europe. Among the conference speakers were experts, businesses, and practitioners of the global Blockchain industry.

The Nxt Foundation attended as exhibitors and represented Nxt and Ardor with a booth in the main exhibition space. Some members of Jelurida also showed up during the event:

Dave Pearce, board member of the Nxt Foundation, stated when the event was over:

BlockShow 2017 was excellent, the Nxt Foundation team networked a lot. And, as often happens, we ran into lots of serious business/crypto people who’ve been quietly following Nxt (and now Ardor) with interest over the last few years, so we got plenty of love in Munich.

Source and more information: https://cointelegraph.com/news/blockshow-europe-2017-by-cointelegraph-events-became-massive-success-hundreds-attended

https://nxtforum.org/nxt-promotion/coin-telegraph-blockshow-europe-april-6-2017-munich/

http://events.cointelegraph.com

Blockshow news at Nxter.org

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  • Moldova ICT Summit 2017 – Blockchain Innovations in Government

Lee Gibson Grant, founder of the Drachmae project and early member of the Nxt community, gave a presentation at the 2017 Moldova ICT Summit, where he talked about DT X, a new project, which seems to build on top of his earlier blockchain experiments – a cryptocurrency that pays dividends, a bunch of partnerships, and a proposed complete blockchain infrastructure to “make it possible for non-government entities, or governments themselves, to establish and run a national, parallel, paperless monetary system, Viability of Blockchain for E-Governance and Smart Cities”.

Lee states in his presentation:

Nxt is a decentralized blockchain, which has been around since 2013. It’s been very generous to me because all the projects I’ve done with it have been very successful… We struggled with many other blockchains…

The Republic of Moldova is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe, bordered by Romania to the west and Ukraine to the north, east, and south. DT X aims to outline various use cases for individuals, private associations, regional, municipal, and central government entities to achieve acceptance or disapproval of its technology and find out whether it has a role to play in solving real world problems, or if it should remain a theoretical experiment left to be debated by economists.

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  • Adel – FAQ

Adel, the upcoming blockchain incubator that will be built on top of the Nxt blockchain, has just published a comprehensive FAQ with 40 of these questions to address concerns that potential investors may have. This FAQ further explains existing information given in a set of whitepapers and projects that Adel has already shared with the community. The Adel ICO will begin on the 1st of May, 2017.

Why did Adel choose Nxt as their blockchain platform?

Adel chose Nxt because they are a better Blockchain as a Service (BaaS). For this main reason, Adel established a strategic relationship with Nxt, since they offered the best platform with a set of integrated features to achieve our goals. Our partnership with Nxt is to enable our platform for maximum success with streamlined development and the shortest time to market…

Adel Ecosystem Ltd. will utilize the Nxt blockchain for voting, accounting, and its core infrastructure. In addition, public, private, or child chains on Ardor will be utilized in projects where the benefit of this technology can be utilized

Why did Adel choose Nxt over Ethereum?

Adel chose Nxt because it was the ideal option for the needs of Adel in the use of blockchain technology. With Nxt, a lot of the features required by Adel, such asset creation (a feature used to create the ADL coin), were easily available. In addition:

– Nxt is a platform that has multiple features integrated into its core, which Adel required.
– Nxt is better for Adel because of the need for frequently repeated common transactions on the blockchain.
Adel did not need Ethereum’s customizable smart contracts for its blockchain. Ethereum is more of a platform for smart contracts that require potentially intensive development.
– Adel plans to use phased transactions is progressing efficiently and effectively in the future – one of the most valued features of the Nxt platform.
– Adel needed the ability to create assets on Nxt and utilize its asset exchange. Ethereum has freely issued tokens, but does not have a decentralized exchange at a core level.
– Adel will capitalize on Nxt’s voting to establish a community consensus on approving projects or agreeing on other important decisions.
– Adel will capitalize on Nxt’s dividends feature, built into its core for distribution of funds and project rewards.
– Adel will take advantage of Ardor, once it is deemed suitable, in order to take advantage of the marketplace feature for startup licenses and trading of the ADL currency on an Adel child chain.

Source and more information: https://www.adelphoi.io/faq

Web: http://www.adelphoi.io  Twitter: https://twitter.com/adelphoi_io  Slack: https://adelchatinvite.herokuapp.com/

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  • Janus – Changes in the Distribution Model

The Janus team has announced changes in the way the distribution of the Janus asset:

  • 800 000 Janus assets that were initially planned to be sold during this quarter in the Nxt Asset Exchange have been moved to the C-Cex exchange for sale. This way, investors will have more opportunities to buy Janus straight with BTC, without having to get rid of their NXT.
  • The current distribution, ending on the 3rd of July, will be the last token distribution Janus is going to offer. Furthermore, on 3rd of July, the total supply of Janus will decrease from 97 million to 37 million.

bjorn_bb states:

We will be moving 800,000 Janus tokens of this quarterly distribution from the asset exchange to C-Cex to allow those holding NXT for Ignis conversion more options for larger buys via BTC set at 0.00003 sats. This will be the last token distribution we do, afterwards expect the total supply of Janus to decrease from 97 million to 37 million early July. This notice gives all traders time to plan accordingly in the business sites we are delivering. Currently less than 14 million Janus are in circulation…

Those who wondered you can use BTC/NXT/etc/Ardor if you are interested in getting a token discount for the 2 mil Janus required to get access to JanusXT tier… 1 JanusXT spot remains available.

Source and more information: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=1677509.msg18509621#msg18509621

Janus News

https://janustoken.com

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

#janusproject (Link to join Nxtchat on Slack)

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DEVELOPMENT

  •  Ardor – Development Roadmap

An updated detailed Ardor roadmap has been published by Jelurida, the corporation of core developers working on Nxt and Ardor. In this roadmap, we can see how the developers have managed up to now to meet all the deadlines so far with no delays. Everything is going as planned, and Ardor’s main launch is getting closer.

  • Q1 2017 (done)

    • Testnet launch, parent chain with multiple child chains architecture fully implemented, including UI support
    • Cross-chain Coin Exchange
    • Child chain block creation (“bundling”), fees in native child chain coins
    • “By Holding” dividend payment transaction type
    • Major rewrite and optimization of the peer networking layer
  • Q2 2017 (in progress)
    • Additional Asset Exchange transaction type improvements
    • Prepare for the migration of aliases, holdings, and account settings from the Nxt blockchain to the IGNIS child chain
  • Q3 2017
    • Ardor mainnet launch
    • Migration of ARDR balances from the Nxt blockchain asset to the Ardor Genesis block
    • Spawn of the IGNIS child chain based on existing NXT balances, crowdfunding pre-sale, and development funds
    • Spawn of BTC, EUR, and USD pegged child chains backed by 3rd party business entities
  • Q4 2017
    • Pruning of child chain transactions and sharing of snapshot data between nodes on testnet
  • Q1 2018
    • Pruning and snapshotting implemented on mainnet
    • Additional child chains launched on mainnet
    • Support for child chain specific transaction types

There are also some research projects going on, such as:

  • Child chain specific subnets to improve scalability
  • Blockchain pruning of the Ardor parent chain
  • Child chain specific parameters such as block times and message size
  • Allow user issued child chains

Source: https://www.jelurida.com/ardor-roadmap

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  • Jelurida – Private Blockchain Evaluation Kit v1.11.5

Riker, Nxt and Ardor core developer and member of Jelurida, made a post on Nxtforum announcing the release of a new version of the software to evaluate the operation of private blockchains, which a modified version of Nxt 1.11.5. By using the “Private Blockchain Evaluation Kit”, users are able to rapidly prototype, develop, and test Nxt-based applications on a private, local testnet, without having to join the public testnet or the production blockchain.

Lior Yaffe says:

We expect this evaluation release to be useful for the following purposes:
1. Application developers who plan to eventually deploy their application to public Nxt blockchain.
2. Businesses evaluating the suitability of the Nxt platform for their own private blockchain use case.
3. Academic research and experimentation with proof of stake blockchain technology.
4. Users who want to learn how the Nxt blockchain works, without having to purchase NXT or ask for testnet coins.

Any company can use this to setup a private network, the limitation of this kit, is that the Genesis account with a well known passphrase can submit transactions. We believe that this by itself prevents the usage of this private blockchain for production and that whomever wants to use it for production will need to license a fully functional version from Jelurida.

Source and more information: https://nxtforum.org/nrs-releases/private-blockchain-evaluation-kit-v1-11-4/msg231042/?topicseen#msg231042

https://www.jelurida.com/evaluation

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NXT IN THE MEDIA

  • IBS Intelligence & Bitcoin Agile – Ardor Roadmap

Several online news platforms have covered the recent release of the Ardor development roadmap by Jelurida. Such is the case with Alex Hamilton, who has written an article at IBS Intelligence about it, as well as Bitcoin Agile, which has also discussed this announcement.

Both reports explain some of the functionalities that Ardor child chains will have, such as the ability for users to create their own assets and have them traded on a decentralised asset exchange. They will be able to set up their own child chain that will include pre-installed features from Nxt. Moreover, it will be possible to exchange tokens from one child chain to another. In other words, a cross-chain coin exchange.

Ardor will be designed and tested during this quarter. In the second half of 2017, we will see the launch of the Ardor mainnet. The full launch of Ardor will not mean that Nxt will lose support, because both platforms will exist and get support even once Ardor is launched.

Dave Pearce, board member of the Nxt Foundation, states:

The community is very proud of the progress that has been made since we announced the launch of the Ardor Platform… The  team of software engineers and expert coders at Jelurida are working on creating a platform that can be applied to any number of industries

Source: https://ibsintelligence.com/ibs-journal/jelurida-outlines-ardor-blockchain-platform-next-steps/

http://bitcoinagile.com/C7FED9/jelurida-sets-out-its-roadmap-for-ardor-blockchain-platform_stream

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PRICE EVOLUTION

  • CryptoWatch – NXT/USD & NXT/BTC Pairs Included

CryptoWatch is a real-time market visualization tool that allows users to customize its interface around their trades.

Some of the features included with this tool are:

– Standard OHLC candle chart
– RSI and MACD indicators
– Keltner Channel, Parabolic SAR, and EMA overlays
– Multiple dark and light background themes
– Ability to zoom in
– Live ticker navigation which shows real-time price of the coin you are viewing
– Option to convert all fiat prices into USD, EUR, CNY, or CAD
– Fullscreen mode
– Overlay of your trades on the price chart
– Calculation and comparison of your last trade vs. the current market price

Recently, this platform has added NXT/USD and NXT/BTC pairs, based on the data provided by Poloniex. From now on, all nxters can see how the price of NXT evolves using this tool. Moreover, it is possible to connect to your Poloniex account using an API key and visualize how you are doing in real time and enabling you to execute trades from within the same interface.

Source and more information: https://cryptowat.ch

https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?topic=754677.0

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  • 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 assets “Under the Knife”

To date, almost 800+ assets have been issued on the Nxt Asset Exchange (AE) since it was launched less than 3 years ago, as the first implementation of the coloured coin concept in crypto.

Some assets have gained magnificent market cap, in some periods even outperforming its reference currency, NXT. While others have been issued as experiments and some have, unfortunately, been scams.

The Nxt AE has been running secure and stable during all this time and continues to impress issuers and users with its advanced built-in features. In the Nxt Client, you can easily search for assets by their unique asset ID – but how can you find these IDs? You can trawl through asset threads on nxtforum.org or you can check an asset list on a Nxt Blockchain explorer.

That’s it. Because to this date, we have not had any service or central hub dedicated to rating, describing, or warning against fake assets.

How to find the good assets?

On the AE there’s no built-in hand holding. No regulation, no government protection, as it’s a 100% decentralised global asset market. There is no built-in KYC registration (such can be implemented on Ardor child chains), so investments and trades made on the AE are based on whether you trust the issuer / business or not.

Do your due diligence. Investigate. Ask questions to the issuer.

Experienced AE traders know this. Asset issuers should be aware of it too and go a long way to provide details and quality answers to their potential backers. But, let’s be honest, more than a few asset issuers got shocked by the community’s “guilty until proven trustworthy” approach, felt attacked, and ran off from NxtForum, after going in there full of energy and ideas, pitching their most promising project in an [ANN] thread, combined with a well-prepared business model (or not!), and possibly even a 100% working product to give ROI to their investors – if only they’ll back the startup.

While some campaigners may have only spent minutes on writing their pitch (and, thus, will be ignored), others have worked hard for months, or even years, on their business idea or software before finally seeking funds.

In both cases, the campaigners will be questioned, thoroughly, about their personal backstory as well as their business plan and product or service offering. If there are obvious holes in the issuers’ plans, it will show, and critical questions, and thus, judgement from the masses might not always come out politely in such cases. Wise asset issuers / campaigners thank the community for the free consultation and up their game and announce the necessary changes to the plan. Or, they defend their plan because it’s well thought through and fine. Campaigners would know if such a response was successful or not through the follow-up feedback from the community.

Either way, the process is tough on issuers. Some feel confident, others humiliated or trolled. Some give good answers while others can’t handle the stress and finally answer back aggressively. Unfortunately, then they lose out.

This is bad for investors. Not if the asset was a scam, of course, but unfortunately it isn’t always so.

So back to the question: how to pick the good assets – and avoid the bad?

[ANN] Nxt Assets “Under the Knife”

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In a new interview series hosted on Nxter.org, I will approach asset issuers with questions that are relevant to AE investors. I won’t be soft. Thus the title for the article series: “Under the Knife”.

Issuers will get an opportunity to read the article before it gets published. This is to give them a chance to make changes to their approach instead of having potential flaws revealed out in the open, on the oh-so-never-forgetting internet (who wants a “scam” post connected to their new great business name on Google search results?). Asset issuers can refuse to make an interview, but they can also ask for one to be made.

If an asset issuer decides to sponsor an article in the series, they won’t be guaranteed any recommendation. It can only be guaranteed that we’ll do our independent research and due diligence and publish it, which may turn out to their advantage – or their disadvantage. No asset sales are guaranteed.

Why?

Nxter.org works independently, yes, we’re a rare case. We’ve proven more than once that we can’t be bought. We exist to provide readers and investors with non-biased information. With this approach, we also give issuers a more seriously researched article, to which they can point both forum trolls and interested investors, instead of wasting time on answering the same more or less relevant questions over and over again in different chat rooms, private messages, and forums.

There are too many scam ICOs in the world of cryptocurrency but there are also too many hidden opportunities on the AE. The current situation is bad for investors and bad for crowdfunders as well, so let’s try to give both parties a helping hand. If you’re interested in helping, please contact us. In parallel with the interview series, we are building the nxter.org/assethub. More info about that will be available asap.

Who’ll get cut?

Time will tell. The first interview has been made with the Janus project. It felt natural, as they are currently hosting an ICO. Janus is a start-up business conglomerate that will be using the Nxt dividend feature to distribute BTC dividends, and may also implement their Nxt AE Janus token in some of their businesses…. or so they say. Check nxter.org tomorrow and read the first “Under the Knife” asset issuer interview.

Related posts:
Under the Knife #1: The Janustoken

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