Internet of Coins Update #29: November novelties

28 Nov 2017 / CodaSiren

Dear cryptocurrency enthusiast,

We thank you for your interest in our project, and all who participated in our crowdfund. You are receiving this e-mail because you have either signed up for the Internet of Coins e-mail updates, participated in the crowdfund or have previously been in touch with one of our team members. This newsletter will be sent out once every two weeks, to keep our supporters updated about our development efforts.

Asset management

The last alpha released focused on enabling the use of the Ethereum XHY token. Testing showed there were no bugs, so now we have gone full steam ahead to implement asset management. Next to that we have added support for the NXT blockchain. Wallet users can now add any Ethereum or NXT token. We have had help from the community to add all the needed recipes to support these tokens. Please take care not to store large amounts of value at this time.

User interface freshness

Our UX/UI designer has improved the design and usability of the wallet. The interface is now more responsive, and numbers are represented in a way that is more palatable to the eyes. Small screen support has also been improved.

Command line power

With this newsletter we also proudly announce the first release of our command line wallet for Internet of Coins. This wallet is most interesting for technical people who like to work with the command line on Linux. It sports all the same functionality as the web UI. If you like the console, go and check it out! You can find it here: https://github.com/internetofcoins/cli4ioc

How can we help you?

If you want to ask the team any questions, regarding the project or in general, please use one of these ways to do so:

By email: info@internetofcoins.org
Over Riot or Slack: see https://internetofcoins.org/chat
Twitter: ask your question and mention @InternetOfCoins

If you haven't received a mailing from us earlier and are new to the project, you can read up on previously published articles on our blog, join the Bitcointalk forum thread, check out our project website or watch one of the presentations we have held at various conferences.

Ways to support

We can use help integrating different blockchain systems into the Internet of Coins wallet. If you can program in JavaScript (NodeJS), and would like to help out, please let us know. You can also follow and retweet us at @internetofcoins to spread the word. Want to be added to our Slack channel? Just reply to this mail with your request and we'll send you an invite. Once added, you can invite others as well.

Thank you for taking the time to read our updates, we'll be in touch again with our next newsletter around two weeks from now.

Yours sincerely, Amadeus, George, Jelle, Joachim, Kirsten, Luca, Maria, Marjon, Pim, Robert, Sergey and Steffen

Internet of Coins Update #26: I heard it through the grapevine

12 Sep 2017 / CodaSiren

Dear cryptocurrency enthusiast,

We thank you for your interest in our project, and all who participated in our crowdfund. You are receiving this e-mail because you have either signed up for the Internet of Coins e-mail updates, participated in the crowdfund or have previously been in touch with one of our team members. This newsletter will be sent out once every two weeks, to keep our supporters updated about our development efforts.

Grapevine talk

On our chat channels there was some confusion over a message that did not come from us, and instructed people to make a wallet. Be sure only to respond to instructions that come from Internet of Coins directly. As per our terms (https://coinstorm.net/terms) we will release a public wallet to receive the tokens in the first quarter of 2018. See 'The release of the tokens' below for details. If you have any suspicions about emails claiming to be from Internet of Coins, or using the IoC name, please forward the contents to info@internetofcoins.org so we can take appropriate measures. Internet of Coins is an independent initiative and has NOT instructed any other organisation to speak on our behalf.

Alpha wallet updated

Our ALPHA wallet (only for testing purposes) was updated and now integrates many improvements. We invite people to try it out and give us feedback per email about their experience. Please keep in mind this is experimental code, so please do not store large amounts of value until the testing phase has been completed. The alpha wallet can now be reached at https://wallet.coinstorm.net We'd love to hear some feedback on your experience with the wallet.

Tell me more, tell me more...

We now have a working implementation of deterministic Ethereum functions, so the ETH blockchain can be connected to our ecosystem. We have integrated the REST API into the command line wallet for testing purposes. Processes in the code have been segregated, or split up into separate streams, for more security. Account credentials are checked at login using a validation algorithm to prevent typing mistakes. Also our connectors to other RPC (remote procedure call) interfaces have been improved.

'How we roll'

We noticed some questions about the token release cycle in our email inbox. Some supporters asked how and when they would receive their tokens. For most people, the tokens will be released in the first quarter of 2018, when our integrated and user-friendly wallet has been developed. The last requests for early holders are now being handled.

The release of the tokens

There have been questions regarding where the HYBRID tokens are 'visible' and how donators can know where their tokens are stored. We build on earlier achievements, and hence the infrastructure to carry our tokens will be developed using the (crypto)currency that our supporters donate. At the present moment, this means your registration information is your ticket for our Fundraiser. Make sure to keep a copy of the TXID of your donation, screenshots of transactions and confirmation, your PIN and/or the confirmation email. The deadline for those without any confirmation of their donation to contact us was September 1st.

Once the network infrastructure is functional, each donator will be able to create their own account on the newly developed system. This account will receive the amount of HYBRID tokens reserved according to the USD value of the donation at the time of participating, as per our terms. In the course of development, the network will be connected to different coins and token systems, also those included in the fundraiser.

How can we help you?

If you want to ask the team any questions, regarding the project or in general, please use one of these ways to do so:

Twitter: ask your question and mention @InternetOfCoins
Log on to the chatpage on our website: https://internetofcoins.org/chat
Via email: info@internetofcoins.org

If you haven't received a mailing from us earlier and are new to the project, you can read up on previously published articles on our blog, join the Bitcointalk forum thread, check out our project website or watch one of the presentations we have held at various conferences.

Ways to support

We can use help integrating different blockchain systems into the Internet of Coins wallet. If you can program in JavaScript (NodeJS), and would like to help out, please let us know. You can also follow and retweet us at @internetofcoins to spread the word. Want to be added to our Slack channel? Just reply to this mail with your request and we'll send you an invite. Once added, you can invite others as well.

Thank you for taking the time to read our updates, we'll be in touch again with our next newsletter around two weeks from now.

Yours sincerely, Amadeus, George, Jelle, Joachim, Kirsten, Luca, Maria, Marjon, Pim, Robert, Sergey and Steffen

Combining Technologies the IoC Way

23 Feb 2017 / Dotrego

The blockchain and cryptocurrency scene is hot right now. It looks like everyone wants a piece of it, and there are a plethora of new experiments and technologies popping up all over the scene. Some people have only just discovered Bitcoin, its possibilities and potential applications. Other people have gone further to explore technologies like Bitshares, CounterParty or Waves and have been playing with the various token systems and smart contracts that are available on these platforms.

There are initiatives to make blockchain technology easier to use. These take the form of online wallets and block explorers, while going deeper one finds entire contract compilation systems implemented into easy-to-use websites. Enthousiastic users of cryptocurrency are also trying out decentralized exchanges like EtherDelta, the NXT Asset Exchange, or playing around with Mosaics on the New Economy Movement platform.

However, in all the activity and clamour, users are still pining for an environment that brings all these initiatives together in an understandable and secure way. Internet of Coins (IoC) want to create this place without a for-profit motive, guaranteeing objectivity, equality and freedom of development and use of all the novel peer-to-peer financial technologies. They also want it to be an environment that people with no technological experience can use, and feel comfortable with.

Internet of Coins is geared to being such an environment, and its development has been underway for some time now. The foundations for a decentralized financial web have been set down at its core, and its mission and objective is to make sure all the different platforms, ecosystems and technologies that are out there become accessible to anyone and everyone.

To boost development of its easy-to-use hybrid asset technology, and make it available sooner, Internet of Coins is organizing a crowdfund to ensure further integration of blockchain finance technologies. As a perk to invite people to start using the environment they are giving out hybrid tokens that run on multiple blockchains simultaneously, merging their innovations and technological power.

Hybrid is a unique token, as it functions as a diversification portfolio of multiple blockchain technologies, and spreads risk of failure of any one of these systems. At the same time it facilitates decentralized trade on all the underlying platforms and has a focus on creating liquidity. This kind of experiment has not been done before in the blockchain arena, and is sure to bring about new cross-blockchain ideas and experiments.

So where is this all going? They are sailing for a new horizon, where anyone can use blockchain technology, crypto tokens and deterministic transactions, without having to explicitly think about how to do it. Using advanced distributed ledger technology should be available for everyone, whether it's you, me, your parents or grandparents. It should be as easy as sending an e-mail. And seeing the developments at Internet of Coins, that's where it looks to be going.

Reflection on Where We Are Taking Blockchain Finance

02 Feb 2017 / admin

During the inception of decentralized, blockchain driven ledgers, many developers in the early blockchain scene had a clear vision in mind. Reading through the messages in the forums back in the day it was evident collaborative developments were driven by a personal vision for freedom and change in finance. Not by greed, coercion, or lust for power. Rather, for most crypto enthousiasts, it was as if all shared an unwritten conviction, or invisible manifesto. It held a common dream to unite for a better financial world. A future in which not just money, but benevolence, brotherhood and kindness would play the headlines. 

However, as the characteristics of money and what it ethically entangles entered the play, it did not take long for those early passionate minds full of ideals to succumb to the promises, expectancies and enticements of wealth. Venture capitalist money started flowing, with projects being funded based on their face-value merits. The young cryptocurrency markets started making wild swings in which the intelligence of but a few could fleece the masses of their small stashes of blockchain-stored value.

Throughout these changes the kindred spirits were not entirely erased from the scene, but their once vibrant voices were now largely being drowned out by corporate and political sweeps for competitive power. They hammered down solid pillars in this pristine land of ideology, upon which sharp, perceptive vultures can perch to lay claim to their next spoil.

The prospect of a blade-runner style world becomes more realistic, as now also governmental organizations are closing in on the blockchain phenomena, aiming for a tight grip of regulation and control. Beyond the view of the technical developer enthousiasts, they forge the iron gears of our destination with systematic diligence.

Perhaps taking some time for reflection would be prudent. Where do we want the blockchain industry to go from here? How are we going to help out through positive action? What ideals have we given up in this theatrical game with all its loud players? Which ashes have we gained for trees, and how may we identify the ramifications of our developmental actions for the future of not only our personal finance, but also the future of other people? The growing Internet of Value scene is a place to tread boldly, yet also carefully, because what we do doesn't only concern ourselves. If we don't develop and do business with open eyes and open hearts, the world of money and value will see yet another uninspiring era full of Groundhog Days.

So where are our manifesto's and convictions now? It is my hope we may find the strength and dedication in this to work together for freedom and positive change. Collaborating with eachother instead of merely competing. Guarding ourselves against corruption. To break barriers in finance to the advantage of all, and not just a few, making our daily lives and actions more benevolent and our Internet a better place to be.



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