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Jaxx by Kryptokit: Your go-to Bitcoin & Ethereum wallet on all devices

 

Over the past two weeks, we’ve been launching multiple versions of Jaxx, our new fleet of wallets that unifies the Bitcoin and Ethereum experience. As of today, we’re more than halfway through our roll-out on 12+ platforms. In fact, we’re almost at the finish line.
 
So far, we have Jaxx for mobile and tablet for both Android and iOS, a Chrome Extension and a Firefox Extension (Nightly). With Jaxx’s cross-platform integration feature, you can use your wallet whenever and wherever you are.

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Portrait Mode  (Mobile, Extension, Tablet Versions)

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Landscape Mode (Tablet & Desktop Versions)

The next phase of our roll-out, scheduled for today, will be the simultaneous launch of three desktop versions: Windows, Mac, and Linux. After that, we’ll be releasing Jaxx for BlackBerry mobiles and tablets, or we may decide to push out Windows 10 app and Windows phone versions, still TBD. We’re also constantly updating existing versions of Jaxx with minor bug fixes and upgrades based on community feedback.
 

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Jaxx (Dekstop Version)

 

Why Jaxx?

We notice that while there are plenty of Bitcoin wallets out there, there is yet to be one that offers a significant number of features while keeping the interface slick and user-friendly. Our goal is to become the default wallet so that whenever a new user in the Ethereum or Bitcoin space (or a user of our Bitcoin ATM) asks “What wallet should I use?”, doesn’t matter what device they’re using, we can say Jaxx. 

Designed by Kryptokit, Jaxx is easy-to-use on your mobile, browser, and desktop.
 

Intuitive User Interface

Users can easily access the various features of Jaxx with a touch of a button. Everything is laid out in a single-screen, intuitive user interface. From the main Jaxx screen, you can send and receive bitcoin and ether, view your address in QR code and text form, and review your current balance in BTC/ETH or the fiat currency of your choice, as well as the maximum spendable amount and a list of recent transactions.

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We designed Jaxx with beginners in mind – it provides helpful information on how to use the wallet and how to send and receive funds. Additional help is always available on the Jaxx website, and our team is always happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have – shoot us an email at [email protected] or tweet at us @jaxx_io.
 

Thank you everyone for your constant support!

http://jaxx.io

Decentral to launch Bitcoin Cards at retailers nationwide

https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/decentral-launch-bitcoin-cards-retailers-130000503.html
 
Decentral, Canada’s leading hub for disruptive and decentralized technologies, is excited to announce the nationwide launch of a new product that will enable Canadians from coast to coast to purchase bitcoin from local retail stores.
 
Decentral Bitcoin Cards are the first of their kind in Canada. Available in denominations of $20, $50, and $100, they can be purchased at local retail stores – just like a phone card or gift card – and redeemed for bitcoin via the Decentral Bitcoin Card website.
 
“We’ve helped thousands of customers purchase bitcoin at our bitcoin ATM in Toronto, and our goal has always been to increase availability across Canada. Based on the knowledge we’ve gained over the years, we’ve developed a system that makes buying bitcoin as easy and convenient as possible for both customers and merchants,” says Decentral founder and CEO Anthony Di Iorio.
 
Originally trialled in 2014 and perfected last year, Decentral Bitcoin Cards simplify the bitcoin purchasing experience. “The Cards remove the hassles and technical issues associated with installing, maintaining and using terminals or ATMs,” says Di Iorio. “Our new system can be scaled quickly to new locations without the existing roadblocks and complicated logistics common to Bitcoin ATMs.”
 
Decentral Bitcoin Cards are launching in selected provinces later this month, and will be available nationwide before the summer. Decentral expects to have Bitcoin, Ethereum and other select digital currency cards available for purchase in thousands of retail locations by the end of the year.
 
 

ABOUT DECENTRAL

Located in downtown Toronto, Canada, Decentral is an innovation hub for disruptive and decentralized technologies. Offerings include blockchain and fintech consultancy services and software development, as well as a two-way Bitcoin ATM. Decentral also organizes community-driven events in the domains of fintech, blockchain, cryptocurrencies and decentralized technologies.
 

ABOUT BITCOIN

Bitcoin is a decentralized digital currency that operates independently of a central bank and uses encryption techniques to verify the transfer of funds. Since bitcoin first launched in 2009, it has become increasingly popular with tech-savvy consumers as a payment method that allows both consumers and retailers to remove the middlemen that drive up prices.
 
For information and media inquiries, please contact Anne Connelly at [email protected]
 

Decentral    |    123 Spadina Ave.    |    416-831-9593

Anthony Di Iorio talks Bitcoin on CTV News


 
“If cash is king of the real world, then in the digital universe Bitcoin is boss.” Anthony Di Iorio talks Bitcoin on CTV News in the video above. (Make sure to disable your AdBlock to view it).
 

Why Bitcoin?

You can pretty much buy anything you want online with bitcoin now. From gadget sellers to travel sites, more and more vendors are accepting the payment method, even offering discounts.
 
The digital currency has allowed people to exchange money without paying interests or fees, quickly and securely. The system doesn’t involve a third-party processor so transactions are completed almost instantly. Using bitcoins for online purchases is also considerably more secure than using credit cards because users aren’t required to give out private information.
 

Where to buy bitcoins?

In the video, Anthony is seen sliding a $5 bill into our Bitcoin machine. You too can buy or sell bitcoins using cash with our two-way Bitcoin ATM at Decentral on 123 Spadina Avenue. The ATM is open from 9am to 9pm, 365 days a year. If you are new to the Bitcoin scene, take a look at our FAQ page here.

2016 Update: Bitcoin ATM Toronto opens late all year long

 
2016 Update: Our Bitcoin ATM Toronto opens late all year long.
 
Happy new year, Decentralists! We’re starting the year with some good news we’re eager to share with you.
 
If you’re looking for a Bitcoin ATM in Toronto that’s open late all year long, look no further than Decentral at 123 Spadina Avenue.
 
If you’ve stopped by our office recently, you would have noticed the recently installed glass partition separating the Bitcoin ATM from our working space. This is to allow you access to the machine to buy or sell bitcoins outside of our regular office hours (more info here).
 

Bitcoin ATM Toronto opens late all year long

Our new extended hours will be 9 am to 9 pm every day, 365 days a year. 
 
We imagine it’s convenient especially for those who have a 9 to 5 job. You can take your time to get dinner before heading over to our Bitcoin ATM for your transaction.
 
Even though our staff Bitcoin ATM Toronto opens late all year longwon’t be available in person during these extended hours, we have added a high-tech WiFi-equipped Ring doorbell near the machine (pictured on left) that you can use to reach one of us in case you need assistance. Press the button and you will be directed to either Nancy or Anthony, who can help you with what’s on the screen. So first-timers, we’ve got you covered.

 

 

Future plans for Bitcoin ATM

Since this new system has been working out very well for the past couple of weeks, we are working on expanding our network of Bitcoin ATMs in the city. Mississauga, Scarborough and midtown Toronto, we’re looking at you for now!

Keep checking our blog and follow our Twitter @DECENTRALca, our Facebook page and LinkedIn for more “Bitcoin ATM Toronto opens late all year long” posts and other updates.

 

Holiday Meetup: Decentralists, Toronto’s Bitcoin ATM, Refreshments and More

Wrapping up 2015, Decentral celebrated with a holiday meetup party at our office last night. More than 70 people showed up to connect with fellow decentralized tech enthusiasts over snacks, wine and beer. When not networking, they were taking turns using Toronto’s Bitcoin ATM we have on site. Hayley was one of the first in line, handling that Bitcoin ATM quite well considering it’s her first time.

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Our little decentralist Hayley buying her first Bitcoin. It’s good to start early.

Among others that were present were Mat Cybula of Cryptiv, tech-entrepreneur William Mougayar, Vitalik Buterin’s father Dmitry, familiar faces from the Toronto Ethereum Meetup group and the DEC_TECH community, along with some new faces who were eager to find out what this disruptive space is all about, starting with how to use Toronto’s Bitcoin ATM.

 

We kept the event casual, so there wasn’t any ultra-technical, code-filled presentation on Ethereum or the blockchain technology. Instead, our CEO Anthony opened the night by introducing Decentral: We are an innovative hub for decentralized technologies, provider of fintech and blockchain consultancy, software developers, and home to Toronto’s first Bitcoin ATM. We are the first global hub for Ethereum, and the headquarter of Kryptokit, the security and privacy-based software company behind Rushwallet and EthereumWallet.com.
 
Shortly after Anthony opened it up to the crowd to introduce themselves and share what they do.
 
First to begin was the Decentral team. Or rather, we were put on the spot (all good though).
 

The Decentral Team

Nancy, Decentral’s administrator and Toronto’s Bitcoin ATM expert, went ahead and introduced herself to the crowd. Richard, the software developer behind our wallets was next; followed by one of our consultants JuanAsem, our quiet UI/UX designer; Anne, who just joined us last week as a marketing director; Josh, our COO who does a little bit of everything; Addison, our dapper legal counsel; Alex, our consultant and copywriter from the UK; Simon, our consultant and copywriter from Tiny, Ont. (yes, the place exists); myself, Decentral’s copy writer and social media manager (make my job easier by following us on Twitter @DECENTRALca and like-ing our Facebook page!); and finally, the man who needs no introduction, Anthony.

 

See you in 2016!

With that being said, thank you to everyone who made the time to celebrate the holidays with us. We wish you a happy holiday and see you in 2016!

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Buy Bitcoins in Toronto with Our Upgraded Bitcoin ATM

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While everyone’s waiting for 2016 to start anew, we’ve got ourselves a head start here at Decentral with our brand new Bitcoin ATM. Like the previous machine, the new one is also a two-way machine that lets you sell and buy bitcoins in Toronto. You can say this is our anniversary gift as we celebrate two years since we first introduced Toronto’s first Bitcoin ATM in January 2014.

What’s new?

If you’ve been here before, you would know that our old machine has four slots performing different functions. Customers often confuse one for another.
 
Our new Bitcoin ATM has only two slots: one for cash, and another one for receipts. Instead of bending down and looking for a slot to slide your phone in, you can now scan your QR code by holding your phone above the gleaming rectangular screen (pictured), which takes about a second or less. There’s no more need to bend down and look for a hidden scanner or worry about the lack of light when scanning a paper wallet.
 
For now, the machine is clad in a clean, white colour, but it will soon be decked out in a Decentral-themed façade.

Why buy bitcoins at Decentral and not elsewhere?

Unlike some BTMs, ours always have bitcoins. On the occasion of the machine facing technical difficulties, we will help you buy or sell bitcoins manually. If you’re buying your first bitcoin, there’s always someone to help you out. In other words, at Decentral we provide our customers with a white-glove service.
 
As always, all you need to perform a transaction are your phone that can receive texts, a Bitcoin wallet and some cash. If you need more information on how to buy bitcoins in Toronto — such as how much you can buy or sell, which wallet to use, etc. — our recently updated FAQ page would be helpful.
 
We’ll soon be unveiling some changes to better serve you (including opening our ATM after hours) so stay tuned for more updates!

Join the DEC_TECH, Decentral, and Ethereum Holiday Party!

 

It’s been an exciting year for decentralized tech. Join us to celebrate with a year-end holiday party meetup. Drop in to connect with other Bitcoin, Ethereum and decentralized tech enthusiasts, and hear about the latest activities at Decentral. Snacks and holiday refreshments will be served.
 
Time: Wednesday, December 16, 2015; 5pm – 7pm
Venue: Decentral, 123 Spadina Avenue
RSVP here: http://www.meetup.com/DEC_TECH/events/227339260/

 

My first experience with a Bitcoin ATM in Toronto

 

Bitcoin is a completely new territory to me. As someone who is not at all tech-savvy, the concept of owning a digital wallet, converting my cash to bitcoins using a Bitcoin ATM (BTM), and performing transactions with the cryptocurrency is mind-boggling.

 

Fortunately, being a part of the Decentral team makes my immersion to the Bitcoin seamless — not to mention operating the BTM we have here at our office in downtown Toronto is simple and comparable to normal ATMs.

 

It’s easy to look at the Bitcoin ATM and instantly get intimidated. But just like intimidating people, if you give the machine a chance, you’ll find out it’s quite OK. The instructions on the orange screen are pretty straightforward and easy to follow. It first prompts me to enter my phone number. A second later I get a text with a code, which I enter onto the screen. The Bitcoin ATM gives two options: Buy bitcoin or Sell bitcoin, so I choose the first one. It asks me whether I have a bitcoin wallet, and since I have downloaded BitWallet onto my iPhone, I press yes.

 

Here’s the first tricky part.

 

It asks me to scan the QR code to my wallet, but the location of the scanner is not immediately obvious. It’s a mini slot on the right side of the machine. I slide my phone in instead of holding it up in front of a red flash-emitting device like at Starbucks. Once I scan my QR code and take my phone out, the machine prompts me to insert cash.

 

Here’s the second tricky part.

 

There are three slots that look like they would accept cash but it’s actually the one closest to my left foot. I insert cash and tap “I’m Done” on the screen and voila! I have some bitcoins in my wallet and I find out the Bitcoin ATM is anything but difficult and intimidating!

 

And now off I go, booking a trip with my newly purchased Bitcoin!

 

FYI the Bitcoin ATM is located inside Decentral at 123 Spadina Ave, Toronto.

Decentral-Deloitte: Ethereum at the Greenhouse

 
Our blockchain consulting arm at Decentral has been involved with Deloitte and the Rubix team for almost a year now, providing them with blockchain expertise and teaming up to run community and blockchain and decentralized tech events. Last night on December 2nd, Deloitte and Decentral partnered to hold an Ethereum event at their Greenhouse space in downtown Toronto.
 
The Greenhouse is a place designed to help Deloitte clients experience breakthroughs through innovative means – to give them that ‘aha!’ moment when they’re stuck in one mode of thought or just going round and round in circles. Deloitte gets that innovating is not as simple as ‘going and doing it’; sometimes it’s not obvious where or how to begin.
 
Events at the Greenhouse aim to spark new ideas by disrupting ordinary ways of approaching problems. It was an ideal venue for us to introduce Ethereum to some of their clients. Deloitte invited banks including CIBC, RBC, and TD, technology firms D+H and Teranet, and the TMX group. When great minds from these sectors begin to understand Ethereum and its disruptive potential, new, brilliant ideas are bound to be generated.
 
Attendees had the chance to hear how Ethereum enables developers to build the next generation of distributed applications and what are some of the strategies they need to be adopting to prepare for the inevitable disruption.
 
The event started with Vitalik Buterin, the creator of Ethereum giving an overview of his brainchild and how its blockchain works. Vitalik joined us via a BeamPro robot-proxy, which he was remotely controlling from Switzerland!
 
This was followed by a talk from our CEO and Ethereum co-founder, Anthony Di Iorio. Anthony emphasized that decentralization is the key to understanding what is happening. Blockchains have made it possible for secure systems to exist without a central authority, giving individuals more power and increasing the system’s resilience. Decentralization can also unbundle services and products and firms need to anticipate for what is coming and prepare accordingly in order to not be rendered irrelevant and obsolete. Implementing changes might well be costly, but it would be far more costly to be idle. Anthony’s presentation highlighted some of the steps firms should be taking to begin this transformation, and also identified some of the opportunities that will open up.
 
Jeff Coleman from Ledger Labs then spoke about ‘smart blockchains’ and the advantages of developing and using the technology. Platforms like Ethereum offer far more flexibility and extensibility than more static platforms. Jeff’s talk was quite comprehensible, considering the audience was not primarily from a tech background.
 
The evening concluded with a talk from Joseph Lubin of ConsenSys – also an Ethereum co-founder. He joined us from New York by taking over the robot-proxy from Vitalik. Joseph gave a talk on dApps and gave substantial information about what ConsenSys is building on Ethereum. During the Q&A session, he gave the audience an interesting perspective on New York’s ‘Bitlicense’ and how a lot of firms – including some of his startups – are considering locating elsewhere.
 
Decentral was established to promote decentralized technologies and a large part of what we do is helping enterprises take advantage of the opportunities that these technologies generate. It was a motivating experience to see traditional financial institutions paying interest in this area, and we are looking forward to more of them actively engaging with Toronto’s thriving decentralized technologies community.

 

See the event updates on our Twitter here or by searching #EthereumAtTheGreenhouse.

 

Building decentral.tv 2.0

Hi! I’m Josh, the new COO of decentral.tv. I’m excited to be joining the team here at Decentral, and want to take a minute to tell you a little about what we have planned in the coming months.

 

First, a little about me. Before coming to Decentral I worked at a legal consultancy, and before that, I articled at a full-service law firm in downtown Toronto. My JD is from U of T, and my Bachelors’ was from McGill, in International Development Studies & Philosophy.

 

I first heard about Bitcoin during law school (from the now-infamous Gawker article about Silk Road). Like many at the time, I mostly dismissed it. The price surge of 2013 obviously caught my eye, but it wasn’t until this past December that I started to understand why so many people are passionate about it.

 

After spending 3 months consuming everything about Bitcoin and blockchain that I could get my hands on, I started hanging around meetings at Decentral, and eventually, volunteering and helping out with events. When Anthony offered me an opportunity to join the team, I jumped on it. After a whirlwind trip to the Texas Bitcoin Conference in Austin, I’m back in the office building the new decentral.tv.

 

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The goal of decentral.tv is simple: get interesting people in front of a camera and learn as much as possible from them. There are three ways I want to do this better:

 

1) Panels & debates. The Bitcoin community likes to argue. About a lot of things. Should Bitcoin companies partner with traditional financial institutions, or is the whole point of the technology to work around them? What’s the best way to increase mainstream adoption? Should we increase the block size? What role should organizations like the Bitcoin Foundation play?

These debates are important. This is a young technology, and we’re a young industry. The people building both are making difficult decisions every day, and the answers they come to on the questions above will play a part in determining the future direction of the industry. We want to play a role in that conversation.

We’re going to pick big issues the community cares about, find notable people with strong opinions about those issues, and let them have that debate on camera. The point isn’t to create conflict. The point of a debate is to get smart people to hash out the flaws in each other’s arguments, and through that process, present the best version of each side of an issue to our viewers. It’s also something I know a little about.

 

2) Interviews relevant to the news of the day. We’re a small team juggling a lot of other responsibilities, so it isn’t always easy to get content up the same day we film it. But we’re going to try and do this more often. We want you to be able to come to decentral.tv and watch people in the industry giving their views on the news of today, not news from last week.

 

3) Guests from outside the community. We want to have more people on the show from outside the Bitcoin community. A lot of the Bitcoin media is focused on a small number of people at a small number of companies. We want to broaden our reach to include more people from outside the industry who have a valuable perspective to add. Economists, policy wonks, lawyers, consultants, merchants, and activists all have valuable perspectives that aren’t always present in the (still relatively small) Bitcoin community.

We have a lot more planned, but that should give you a good idea of the direction we’re taking. More to come as our plans take shape.