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 #23: "You got change, mister?"

21 Jul 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.

Preparations for exchange underway

This week we made progress in arranging for options to trade hybrid tokens via exchanges. We are in talks with a third party exchange which is adapting their exchange to the technologically new hybrid token concept; where value is held on multiple blockchains simultaneously. We will keep you updated as these plans unfold. Next to a centralised exchange, the tokens can be traded on decentralised platforms in the course of August. We are enabling trade with the tokens so that our Internet of Coins donators can already exchange value on existing platforms, as well as to further the development of the integrated app, to be realised in the course of 2018 (see our roadmap for details).

'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. For the hardcore experts, who want to create seven addresses on seven different chains by hand and know how to manage their tokens securely, it is important to follow the instructions on our early holders page very precisely. If you make a mistake, your tokens will be sent to the wrong address and you will LOSE them! Once your tokens have been released, there is NO WAY for us to get them back and we cannot give you a refund. If you really want to receive the tokens now before everyone else, please send your request with the required addresses to us before August 1st, 2017.

Please send your request from the same email account as the one you used to sign up for our crowdfund. Do not forget to mention the correct TXID(s) of your donation. If we get all seven addresses correctly, along with the TXID (transaction hash) of your donation, the token release will be done at the end of the following week.

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 your PIN, the TXID of your donation, screenshots of transactions and confirmation, or the confirmation email. When 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. In the course of development, the network will be connected to different coins and token systems, as well as those included in the fundraiser.

Our policy against scammers

We are are grateful for the generosity, trust and support of our crowdfunders. But sometimes we have noticed individuals attempting to commit fraud. When a fraudulous claim is detected by us, we will remove the scammer's records from our crowdfund database completely without notice, since we refuse to negotiate with thieves. Of course, it is possible for mistakes to be made and if you have sent in a lawful claim, but not heard anything from it within two weeks, please communicate fully and clearly, providing us with as many relevant details and screenshots as possible. Send your appeal to distribution@internetofcoins.org along with all attachments and information regarding your donation and we will consider your case.

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 soon with our next newsletter!

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

PS: the title of this newsletter is a quote from the movie UHF

Internet of Coins Update #20: Crowdfund a resounding success!

30 Jun 2017 / CodaSiren

Dear cryptocurrency enthusiast,

We thank you for your interest in our project, and all who already 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.

Crowdfund finished: over 900,000 HYBRIDs registered

Last week, we were happy to see the fundraiser counter jump to over 900,000 HYBRIDs registered. Conservatively, we posted '700,000+' when the crowdfund ended, as we still had to verify a lot of transactions in the last days. Most of the donations have been sent in Ethereum and Bitcoin (statistics), but we saw the NEM, WAVES, NXT, Counterparty and Bitshares community participating as well. Some people donated anonymously without registering, as they simply wish to support the software project that we're building.

The release of the tokens

We were asked questions about when donators will receive their HYBRID tokens. There will be two distribution phases.

Phase 1: Starting next week, we will start distributing the tokens to all those who would like to trade them before our environment is live. Be aware that this is not for the faint-of-heart or the non-technical. Please keep in mind that this technology is experimental and under construction, like Bitcoin in its early days, and we have NO way of knowing how the decentralized markets will react to HYBRID tokens! It may take some time for liquidity to pick up, since HYBRID will be tradable on multiple decentralized exchanges. We could see erratic and/or disparate price movements on individual chains, until we fully interlink HYBRID tokens via the Internet of Coins in 2018 (see our roadmap). If you do not want to face these risks, or are not expert enough in cryptocurrency technology to set up multiple chains by yourself, we would advise you to wait until phase 2.

Knowing these risks, if you are technically skilled and wish to receive your tokens to trade at this time, please do the following (see early holders for some pointers).

  1. Create wallets for receiving your tokens on Omni, Ethereum, NEM, Bitshares, Counterparty, NXT, and Waves.
  2. Send an e-mail to distribution@internetofcoins.org, from the same address you used to register your donation, containing ONLY the following information:
    TXID: transaction ID you used for your donation
    Omni: PUBLIC KEY
    Ethereum: PUBLIC KEY
    NEM: PUBLIC KEY
    Bitshares: PUBLIC KEY
    Counterparty: PUBLIC KEY
    NXT: PUBLIC KEY
    Waves: PUBLIC KEY

Replace PUBLIC KEY with your public key for that particular cryptocurrency. Be aware that if you make a mistake here, your tokens will be sent to the wrong account and you will lose them!

We will send you your tokens on all chains (1/7th per chain). This mode of distribution ensures the equal balance of HYBRID tokens across all chains at the start of trading. Note that we cannot offer technical support at this time, due to the small size of our team.

Phase 2: On the other hand, if you are not a technical expert, you will want to wait until the first version of our wallet supporting hybrid assets goes live in 2018. From the Internet of Coins app that we are developing, handling HYBRID tokens will be much easier in a unified interface. If you choose to wait, we will make sure your tokens are safely delivered to you in a user-friendly way.

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 soon with our next newsletter!

Yours sincerely, Amadeus, George, Jelle, Joachim, Kirsten, Maria, Marjon, Matthias, 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.



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