Friday , 19 January 2018

Technologies

Charlie Lee will test a new method of transaction fee estimation

More than six years have passed after initial launch of Litecoin, which is an altcoin that has long been marketed as the “silver to bitcoin’s gold”. Its creator Charlie Lee simply took the Bitcoin Core codebase, changed a few parameters (such as the block time and mining algorithm), and then posted the new creation on bitcointalk.org. This close relationship to …

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SegWit2x scheduled for December 28th

The controversial SegWit2x Bitcoin (BTC) hard fork will go ahead on Dec. 28, according to the project’s official website.It is planned at block 501451, due in around two days’ time. Originally scheduled for November, the development team cancelled the fork amidst controversy and schisms in the community. In an official statement, the team recognized that they had “not built sufficient …

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Lightning Network is almost ready

The startups behind the three most active Lightning implementations have revealed test results, including live transactions, proving their software is now interoperable. The findings, released by ACINQ, Blockstream and Lightning Labs, effectively bring Lightning (the mechanism many see as the best solution for increasing bitcoin’s capacity) closer to public launch. Firstly, the Lightning specifications, in progress since last September, have …

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‘Microraiden’ payment channels launched on Ethereum Network

Activated yesterday, the launch comes months after µRaiden – known more commonly as “microraiden” – first launched on an ethereum test net. The idea behind the project, which is a simpler take on the still-in-development Raiden network, is to provide a mechanism for micropayments similar to bitcoin’s Lightning network. Like Lightning, Raiden is envisioned as a way to scale the …

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Wallet demo presents Lightning-like network for Ethereum

  A new video demo released this week, presented by ETH Zurich researcher Arthur Gervais, shows how ethereum wallets might function with a mechanism like Lightning Network – a payments protocol originally designed to enhance bitcoin. It’s a notable step, as off-chain payments networks have long been touted as scaling solutions for blockchains such as bitcoin and ethereum. And although …

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Registration at Blockchain Conference Kyiv 2017 is already open!

The VI International Blockchain Conference Kyiv will be held on December 15, 2017 in BC “Parus”. Beginning in 2015, the top experts of Blockchain will gather at the conference, during this time the event has reached the international level and has become the most famous crypt-platform not only in Ukraine, but also far beyond its borders. This year, the organizers …

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Ethereum plans to launch first Casper testnet

During a core developer meeting today, ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin said that not only is Casper ready to be tested, but that it could provide a security boost when testing code across clients. It’s a prospect that could come as a relief to developers, particularly those working on projects that must interface with the network’s varied client offerings. This is …

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RSK will launch smart contracts sidechain in 2017

Bitcoin startup RSK is planning a live network launch later this year. Project aims to soon go live with technology that will bring smart contract functionality to bitcoin in the form of an interoperable sidechain. According to RSK co-founder and chief scientist Sergio Lerner, with the formal launch, users will be able to use ethereum-like tools on bitcoin for the …

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AMD plans to break with crypto

It has been a great year for graphics processing units as they have piggy-backed on the success of cryptocurrencies, forming an integral part of the mining effort. Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) has announced an estimated gross profit margin of 35% percent for the fourth-quarter of 2017. Although the announcement has revealed a lower profit forecast than anticipated by some analysts, …

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Intel partners with Ledger

Ledger, a France-based specialist in security solutions for cryptocurrency and blockchain applications, has partnered with Intel to bring greater protection for users of digital wallets. The tie-up sees Ledger integrating its operating system, BOLOS, into Intel’s Software Guard Extensions (SGX) secure storage product line in a bid to provide new avenues for storing cryptocurrency holdings. The announcement follows a similar …

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