Category Archives: Jaxx

Jaxx to Be Official Wallet of Po.et’s Token in New Partnership Announcement

TORONTO, ON, August 7, 2017 — Decentral, creators of the Jaxx blockchain wallet, today announced a new partnership with Po.et, the digital media publishing platform launching its token sale on August 8, 2017. Jaxx will be the official wallet and will integrate the Ethereum-based Po.et token into its wallet solution to allow Jaxx users to receive the token as it’s distributed and will also work towards other synergies with Po.et.

“Jaxx is an outstanding token app and expert team,” said Jeremy Kandah, chief coin officer of Po.et. “Their support is an indicator that we are designing a platform to address needs of the publishing industry and that we are poised to become leaders in shaping the direction of where digital content marketplaces are headed with greater cost efficiencies and strict licensing integrity.”

Po.et is a new protocol designed to accelerate solutions for the digital media industry utilizing blockchain technology and timestamped metadata. Jaxx will integrate the Po.et token, an ERC-20 compatible token, as part of its aim to unify the blockchain ecosystem.

“We’re equally thrilled to support Po.et as a new token,” said Jaxx founder and CEO Anthony Di Iorio. “It is mission critical to us that we are building harmony within the blockchain community and a project that we believe can be game changing to a fractured industry is one we want to stand behind in that objective.”

The Po.et token sale will begin on August 8, 2017, at 08:08 EST. Jaxx users who provide their token address for the sale will receive their Po.et tokens in the Jaxx wallet once the distribution occurs. For more information on Jaxx, please visit: https://jaxx.io. For more information on Po.et, please visit: https://www.po.et.

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Jaxx CEO Anthony Di Iorio and Po.et CCO Jeremy Kandah are available for interviews.

For media inquiries or interview requests, please contact Nick Lacroix (nick [at] decentral.ca) or call +1 (416) 260-2900.

 

ABOUT PO.ET:

Po.et (Proof of Existence 2.0) is a Bitcoin blockchain protocol that establishes an open, universal and immutable ledger for managing the unalterable ownership, attribution and licensing of creative digital assets. Po.et builds a bridge between creators, editors and publishers and enables the discovery of new content and verification, authenticity and authorization of generated content through a truly transparent and timestamped system of attribution. Po.et is based in Singapore and the United States, with offices in Los Angeles, CA. For more information about Po.et and to access the official Po.et whitepaper, please visit po.et.

 

ABOUT JAXX:

Jaxx is a multi-token blockchain wallet that provides a unified experience across eight platforms and devices including Windows, Apple and Linux desktops, Apple and Android mobile devices and tablets as well as a Google Chrome extension. The Jaxx wallet enables crypto-to-crypto buying and selling with frictionless in-wallet conversion. Users are always in control of their keys and Jaxx neither holds nor has access to customer funds.

Jaxx to Carry STOX Token in New Partnership Announcement

Toronto, ON – August 1, 2017 – Decentral, creators of the Jaxx Blockchain Wallet, today announced a new partnership with STOX, the prediction market platform that is launching its ICO on August 2, 2017. Jaxx will integrate the Ethereum-based STX token once it is ready for distribution and will also work towards other synergies with STOX.

“We are delighted to join forces with Jaxx. It’s an amazing app and a fantastic team. Their support of STOX is another signal of the potential and opportunity we have to become the world’s leading prediction marketed platform,” said Ophir Gertner, founder of STOX.

STOX is a Bancor-based platform, which allows for the creation of “smart tokens” that run on Ethereum. Jaxx will integrate STX, an ERC-20 compatible token, as part of its aim to unify the blockchain ecosystem.

Founder and CEO of Jaxx Anthony Di Iorio said, “We’re excited to support Stox as a new token. We’re always looking to build a more harmonious blockchain community and this partnership brings us closer to that vision. The project is gaining a lot of attention and we definitely want to help bring prediction markets to the next level.”

The STOX token sale will begin on August 2nd, 2017, at 14:00 UTC and will last up to two weeks. Jaxx users that provide their token address for the ICO will receive their STX token once the distribution occurs. For more information on Jaxx, please visit: https://jaxx.io. For more information on STOX, please visit: https://www.stox.com/

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STOX CEO Ophir Gertner and Jaxx CEO Anthony Di Iorio are available for interview.

For media inquiries, please contact Nick Lacroix.

About Jaxx:

Jaxx is a multi-token blockchain wallet that provides a unified experience across 8 platforms and devices including Windows, Apple and Linux desktops, Apple and Android mobile devices and tablets, as well as a Google Chrome extension. The Jaxx wallet enables crypto-to-crypto buying and selling with frictionless in-wallet conversion. Users are always in control of their keys and Jaxx neither holds nor has access to customer funds. Driven by design and user experience and built with simplicity in mind, Jaxx’s mission is to become the interface to the blockchain world.

About Stox:

STOX is an open source, Ethereum-based platform for prediction markets where people can trade the outcome of events in almost any imaginable category (i.e., finance, sports, politics and even the weather). The platform targets mainstream audiences and provides investors with the option of finding refuge from traditional financial instruments while leveraging their knowledge and participating in profit-making prediction events. STOX is launching its Token Generation Event (TGE) on August 2, 2017 in order to raise capital for the development of the Bancor-based prediction market platform, and to issue STX tokens to participants.

Jaxx Statement on Bitcoin Cash (BCH)

Background

On Tuesday August 1st, 2017, at 12:20pm UTC, Bitcoin Cash, a new digital currency which has been gaining a lot of attention recently, will come to existence. Since Bitcoin Cash (BCH*) is a fork of Bitcoin (BTC), should you own and are in control of the private keys to your Bitcoin (BTC), you will have the ability to claim the same corresponding amount of Bitcoin Cash (BCH).

In preparation for this fork, users who wish to claim their Bitcoin Cash (BCH) are advised to move their Bitcoins (BTC) off hosted wallets and exchanges to a place where they can be in control of the private keys to their Bitcoin (BTC). With a few exceptions, hosted services such as Coinbase will not be giving their users the ability to retrieve their corresponding Bitcoin Cash (BCH).

What does this mean for Jaxx users?

As a multi-platform, multi-currency blockchain wallet, over the past many days, we have been flooded with requests to support Bitcoin Cash (BCH). Yesterday, we officially made the decision to work towards full integration.

Since Jaxx users are always in control of their private keys, corresponding Bitcoin Cash (BCH) will be safe in your Jaxx wallet. However, please know that you will not be able to access/send/receive your Bitcoin Cash (BCH) until the integration takes place.

The process of downloading and indexing the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) blockchain is lengthy. We are currently downloading the blockchain and expect indexing to start shortly. The indexing of a blockchain as big as Bitcoin’s has an unknown duration and could take anywhere from a few days to 1 to 2 weeks. You will be then able to claim them once Jaxx fully integrates Bitcoin Cash (BCH) into the wallet.

Recommendations for Jaxx users

Jaxx users wishing to claim their Bitcoin Cash (BCH) can do one of the following:

  • Leave your Bitcoin (BTC) untouched in Jaxx until the full integration of Bitcoin Cash (BCH) goes live
  • Send your Bitcoins (BTC) to an exchange that will be allowing users the ability to claim their Bitcoin Cash (BCH) such as our partner Bittrex
  • Send your Bitcoins (BTC) to a wallet that will be allowing users the ability to claim their Bitcoin Cash (BCH)
  • Export your Bitcoin (BTC) keys (see below) from Jaxx or send your Bitcoin (BTC) to a wallet that will be fully supporting both Bitcoin (BTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCC) at launch

As always, please feel free to reach out to us should you have any questions. For the latest news on this matter and for the latest news on Jaxx in general, please refer to our @Jaxx_io Twitter account.

For technical questions or support, please reach out to our customer success team here.

For more information about Bitcoin Cash (BCH), you can visit the following websites:

*Please note that we and many others are now referring to Bitcoin Cash as “BCH” due to “BCC” having already been claimed by another currency

 


Disclaimer

Please know that there are a lot of unknowns that can emerge in the blockchain ecosystem especially when hard forks occur. We will do our best to keep you informed and provide guidance, however it is your responsibility to fully understand the ins and outs of cryptocurrencies. Please visit Jaxx.io and familiarize yourself with our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy before using our product.

Steps for exporting your private keys from Jaxx

  1. Menu / Tools / Display Private Keys / Display Bitcoin Keys
  2. Export any Bitcoin (BTC) keys that have balances or any other Bitcoin (BTC) keys you wish
  3. See the instructions on the service you wish to import the keys into for further information

Recent Issues with the Chrome Extension and New Fix Live

To meet the Civic token distribution window, we pushed an update to our Chrome Extension and Android users that enabled the Civic wallet in Jaxx on Sunday afternoon. Following that release, we started receiving feedback from our users regarding balance issues on a number of coins (LTC, ZEC, DOGE) where their balance was showing up as zero but the crypto to fiat exchange conversion was displaying correctly. This was just a display issue and all funds were unaffected.

Being able to replicate the issue, our development team dived into research and a potential fix and eventually decided to temporarily rollback the Civic integration so that our users could see their correct balances again. That was an all night endeavor (research, potential fix, decision to rollback) and on Monday morning, we pushed the new fix.

The Android app worked as expected but we started seeing issues with the Chrome version being completely unusable and automatically disabling itself from our users’ browsers. We did not experience this during our QA process and to this moment, we have not identified the reason as to why we are seeing this issue on Chrome. Again, during our internal testing, everything worked as expected.

This brought us to the point where everyone trying to use the Chrome extension was unable to do so due to the unknown Chrome Webstore propagation issue. Our users would see this message when checking their extensions list (by typing chrome://extensions in the address bar):

Some of our users might have tried to fix the Chrome extension by clicking the Repair button (as shown above) that their browser was offering or completely uninstalled and reinstalled the extension. Both of these processes erases Jaxx so do not click Repair in your Chrome settings. If you clicked ‘Repair’ and uninstalled your app, you will need to Pair / Restore Wallet via their 12-word Backup Phrase to regain access to their wallet.

We have issued announcements throughout our support platform and social media channels as soon as we understood that this could impact our users (even before the actual update was pushed yesterday) in order to prevent our users from being disconnected from their wallets.

We have since pushed out a temporary fix to the Chrome Webstore. Once the update is downloaded, the Jaxx Wallet should be fully functional and previous information restored.

If you are still seeing version number 1.2.20 and an error message in your chrome://extensions page you will need to force an update by enabling the Developer Mode and clicking the Update extensions now button at the top of the page:

If you uninstalled the extension and re-installed it, you will experience the same issue unless you update to v. 1.2.21. When deleting an extension, the related information is cleared as well, so the wallet needs to be restored / paired via the 12-word Backup Phrase.

If you clicked on Repair, a re-download process would have happened just as above, and Pair / Restore Wallet via the 12-word Backup Phrase is needed as well.

If you happened to only use Jaxx on the Chrome Extension and do not have a copy of your 12-word Backup Phrase please reach out to our support team here.

Jaxx Announces Massive Expansion, Partnering and Integrating With 70+ Top Blockchain Projects, Exchanges, & Platforms to Make Digital Currencies More Accessible to Masses

 

World’s Leading Multi-Asset Digital Wallet Will Become Universal Command Center for All Digital Assets, With Roadmap to Include Ripple, Monero, Tether & Dozens of Others

TORONTO May 22, 2017 Decentral today announced that its flagship product, Jaxx , the leading user-controlled, multi-asset, multi-platform digital currency wallet and exchange, has secured over 70 new partners and integrations on the way to bolster its mission to become the ultimate command centre for all things blockchain. Just as the browser unleashed the power of the Internet, Jaxx will be the tool that brings digital currencies and digital assets to the masses.

“We are bringing together all facets of the blockchain ecosystem with Jaxx to provide a universal interoperable interface so that non-technical people, like my dad, can easily use these decentralized technologies,” said Anthony Di Iorio, Founder and CEO of Decentral & Jaxx. “Simple tools and intuitive UI / UX will bring adoption to the masses and assist all projects and companies.”

The following partners will integrate with the Jaxx universal key management system and backend blockchain infrastructures to create a simple point of entry into various areas of blockchain technology–including user-controlled payments and exchange, identity, communications, value movement, privacy, smart contracts, document signing and decentralized storage:

  • RSK Labs operates RSK, a smart-contract platform with a two-way peg to the Bitcoin blockchain.
  • BitPay is the first and most experienced company in bitcoin payments, building powerful tools for spending, accepting, and building with Bitcoin.
  • Coinbase is a digital currency wallet and platform where merchants and consumers can transact with new digital currencies.
  • Purse.io allows anyone to save 15% off Amazon with Bitcoin.
  • Bittrex provides individuals and businesses a world-class experience for buying and selling digital tokens with lightning-fast trade execution, stable wallets, and industry-best security practices.
  • Blockchain Capital is the premier venture capital firm investing in blockchain tech companies and tokens.
  • BitGo empowers businesses to integrate digital currencies into their existing financial systems.
  • Civic uses a verified identity for multi-factor authentication on web and mobile apps without the

need for usernames or passwords.

  • Changelly is a multi-currency exchange service that provides solutions for the last mile problem of crypto exchanges.
  • Trezor is the original hardware wallet and supports both Bitcoin and Ethereum.
  • Ledger Wallet is a blockchain hardware wallet that provides cold storage for multiple digital currencies.
  • Opendime by Coinkite is a small USB stick that allows spending of Bitcoin like a dollar bill.
  • QTUM is a hybrid blockchain application platform aimed at building blockchains for business, with a strong foothold in China.
  • Coinfabrik helps customers define their product specifications, design user interfaces, integrate applications, and deploy products.
  • Signatura is the world’s most secure and resilient digital signature platform.
  • Wall of Coins is available in many countries and directly connects buyers and sellers of digital currencies.
  • Bitnovo allows for the simple purchase of Bitcoin and offers a refillable wallet card.

These partners and integrations will continue to power Jaxx’s mission to create a unified, cross-platform experience for all blockchain assets. Jaxx aims to become the ultimate dashboard for all things blockchain, tailored to provide newcomers and power users with a simple, intuitive experience.

“We’re excited to partner with the like-minded team at Jaxx who are making it easy for users to securely manage and transfer their blockchain assets,” said Bill Shihara, CEO of Bittrex.com.

Jaxx also today announced its future coin and token addition roadmap and will be working with teams and communities from Ripple, Monero, Tether, Stellar Lumens, PIVX, Factom, Steem, NEM, QTUM, Bytecoin, Bitshares, MaidSafeCoin, Siacoin, Waves, Lisk, Omni, Stratis, GameCredits, Ardor, SingularDTV, Round, Decred, NXT, Byteball, DigiByte, FirstBlood, IExec RLC, Emercoin, Syscoin, Etheroll, Komodo, Namecoin, Storjcoin, Chronobank, Melonport, WeTrust, Counterparty, TokenCard, Matchpool, Edgeless, Xaurum, CreditBit, MonaCoin, NovaCoin, RubyCoin, Bitcrystals, BitShares, BlackCoin, Expanse, Gulden, Namecoin, NAV Coin, NEM, Peercoin, PotCoin, Tezos and Wings among others to bring more projects into Jaxx across all platforms and devices. These new tokens and coins join Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dash, Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, Augur, Golem, Gnosis, DigixDAO, Iconomi, Zcash, Dogecoin, RSK Testnet, and Blockchain Capital to make Jaxx the most versatile, non-custodial wallet with a built-in crypto-exchange available.

“We’re glad that Jaxx has decided to attempt Monero integration again, because we believe that users need more options with respect to Monero onboarding, not less, and welcome all work being done in that space,” said Monero Core Developer Riccardo “Fluffypony” Spagni. “As a company that operates in the Monero space, we are happy to provide them with as much support as possible, and look forward to a successful release.”

Jaxx will be present in New York at Consensus May 22-24, 2017 and at Token Summit May 25, 2017. Companies and projects interested in partnering with Jaxx to bring cryptocurrency to the masses are invited to reach out to Charlie Shrem, Director of Business & Community Development at Decentral & Jaxx. ([email protected]).

About Jaxx

Jaxx is the first multi-asset wallet that syncs across all devices and provides users the ability to manage, send, receive and exchange digital currencies while users remain in full control of their keys. With Shapeshift onboard and available on 9 platforms, setting up a Jaxx wallet is frictionless and requires no onboarding, verification, usernames or password, making it a seamless experience for blockchain novices and power users alike. Jaxx will soon release its “Orange Paper” (a consumer-friendly version of a white paper) and a company roadmap outlining its long-term vision to provide software and hardware that supports the entire blockchain ecosystem and takes decentralized technologies mainstream. To learn more about Jaxx, please visit: https://jaxx.io/

Media Contact: [email protected]

Jaxx Hires Bitcoin Pioneer Charlie Shrem as Director of Business & Community Development

Bitcoin Foundation Cofounder Joins Ethereum Cofounder in Making Digital Currencies More Accessible to Masses

TORONTO, ONMay 8, 2017Decentral, creators of the leading multi-asset, multi-platform wallet, Jaxx, announced today that Bitcoin pioneer Charlie Shrem will join the company as Director of Business & Community Development. Within this role, Shrem will manage partnerships, advance the integration roadmap, and join CEO and Founder Anthony Di Iorio in promoting the Jaxx brand and vision to the community.

Shrem and Di Iorio connected as early Bitcoin investors several years ago and remained close friends as Shrem founded the Bitcoin Foundation and BitInstant, while Di Iorio founded Ethereum and KryptoKit, as well as the Bitcoin Alliance of Canada in 2013.

“I’ve always been attracted to Decentral’s mission to build the universal blockchain interface for the masses,” Shrem said. “Jaxx is helping to advance the entire ecosystem by providing users with a simple way to control their digital assets. I’m convinced this multi-platform, multi-asset command center will do for blockchain technology what the browser once did for the internet.”

With the addition of Shrem, dozens of integration partners, and support for over a dozen currencies and platforms already in place, Jaxx is positioned to become the ultimate dashboard for all things blockchain.

“Charlie is a true leader in the blockchain industry, and our vision is aligned to unite the blockchain community and provide tools that allow everyone control of their digital lives,” Di Iorio said. “We’re shifting from the information age towards the age of digital value, and Charlie and I believe that providing users with simple, secure, seamless control over their digital assets will fuel the paradigm shift towards decentralized, personal freedom-oriented technologies.”

About Jaxx
Jaxx is the first multi-coin wallet that syncs across all devices and provides users the ability to manage, send, receive and exchange digital currencies while remaining in full control of their keys. Supporting Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, Dash, Zcash, Litecoin and many other popular coins and tokens, a simple single backup phrase allows users to interact with all digital assets Jaxx will ever carry. Available on 9 platforms, setting up a Jaxx wallet requires no onboarding or verification, making it a seamless experience for blockchain novices and power users alike. Jaxx will announce several partnership announcements in the near future and also release its Orange Paper (a consumer-friendly version of a white paper) and a company roadmap outlining its long-term vision to support the entire blockchain ecosystem and take decentralized technologies mainstream. To learn more about Jaxx, please visit: https://jaxx.io/

Media Contact: [email protected]

Decentral Grand Odyssey Evening Cruise

To celebrate the 4th year of Decentral’s operations and events, we would like to cordially invite you on Wednesday, May 17 at 6pm for an evening on the water taking in the sights and sounds of the Toronto’s Harbourfront as we set sail aboard Toronto’s largest cruise boat, the Captain Matthew Flinders.

This free event will be comprised of dinner, premium open bar and numerous presentations as we enjoy scenic views of the city and recognize Toronto’s decentralized tech ecosystem and some of the top cryptocurrency projects from around the world.

Highlights of the event:
-Complimentary dinner and drinks
-Giveaways / prizes / swag
-Networking opportunities
-Presentations on:

Jaxx: The multi-token blockchain wallet that provides a unified experience across 9 platforms and devices. The Jaxx wallet enables crypto-to-crypto exchange with frictionless in-wallet conversion via ShapeShift. Users are always in control of their keys and Jaxx neither holds nor has access to customer funds. Design and user experience driven, and built with simplicity in mind, Jaxx’s mission is to become the interface to the blockchain world.

RSK: (formerly Rootstock) aims to provide faster bitcoin transactions and larger scalability, with payment confirmations occurring almost instantly. The platform combines the capabilities of Ethereum with the security and transparency of the Bitcoin network. RSK is backed by Digital Currency Group, Bitmain and several other blockchain companies.

Zcash: A popular privacy and security-oriented cryptocurrency with a market cap of $78,474,765, Zcash is an open-source and decentralized protocol backed by some of the most prominent blockchain investors, such as Digital Currency Group and Pantera Capital. Zcash payments via shielded addresses (z-addresses) are published on a public blockchain, but the sender, recipient, and amount of a transaction remain private.

Qtum: Open source value transfer protocol and decentralized application platform with an international team of developers and experts. Qtum raised over $15 million USD in its crowdsale and has support from PwC. Notable investors include Fenbushi Capital, Blockchain capital and Anthony Di Iorio.

Musicoin: Musicoin aims to revolutionize the music industry by launching the world’s first blockchain designed specifically for music licensing and consumption. It allows musicians to independently license and release their music such that each playback will trigger a payment from the listener directly to the musician.

*Agenda will be formalized in the coming weeks*

Although this is a free event, you must RSVP and arrange pick-up or delivery of your “Golden Ticket” in order to reserve your seat. Tickets are first come, first serve. Once you have RSVP’d on Meetup.com, please also email Annie ([email protected])  with the subject “Meetup Ticket” in order to coordinate delivery of your personal Golden Ticket.

Please not you can only reserve ONE ticket– if you wish to bring a guest, they must RSVP on Meetup.com and reserve their own ticket with Annie.

If you do not arrange pick-up or delivery of your ticket by May 10, 2017, your place at the event can not be guaranteed.

Decentral Grand Odyssey Blockchain Boat Cruise

Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 6:00 PM

Location details are available to members only.

69 Decentralists Attending

To celebrate the 4th year of Decentral’s operations and events, we would like to cordially invite you on Wednesday, May 17 at 6pm for an evening on the water taking in the sights and sounds of the Toronto’s Harbourfront as we set sail aboard Toronto’s largest cruise boat, the Captain Matthew Flinders.This free event will be comprised of dinner, pr…

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Zcash Announces Apple App Store Approval on Jaxx’s iOS Platform

Toronto, ON April 12, 2017 Today marks another historic day for Zcash as the privacy-oriented cryptocurrency announces its approval on the App Store via Jaxx’s iOS platform.

The team behind Zcash includes some of the leading scientists behind the advanced zero-knowledge technology used in the protocol. Together with expert engineers, they are continuously researching and developing improvements to the infrastructure and usability for users and third-party services like Jaxx.

Zooko Wilcox, CEO of the company behind Zcash development, Zerocoin Electric Coin Company, said, “Jaxx is a very simple, easy-to-use wallet and the team behind it has been a pleasure to work with. I’m delighted that thanks to them, hundreds of millions of iPhone users can, for the first time send and receive Zcash from their phones.”

Jaxx was the first wallet to integrate Zcash following its mainnet launch on October 28, 2016, and is thrilled to now have Zcash available on its iOS platform. Apple has a rigorous approval process, especially for allowing cryptocurrencies onto the App Store, and their approval is a clear indication that Zcash is a fast growing and well respected technology.

Anthony Diiorio, CEO of Jaxx, said, “The privacy aspect of their technology meshes really well with Jaxx’s philosophies. We’ve been working on a Zcash-integrated iOS version for a long time and we’re over the moon that Zcash has been approved on the App Store.”

Jaxx also confirmed today that they are in talks with Zcash on the possibility of supporting ZEC shielded addresses. Currently, Jaxx supports transparent addresses which behave similarly to Bitcoin, publishing transaction data publicly to the blockchain. While the mere use of shielded addresses by others provide greater privacy for transparent addresses compared to Bitcoin, official support for shielded addresses in Jaxx will significantly enhance capabilities for users.

“Zcash is a very well run project and it’s been an absolute pleasure to work with Zooko and team. We look forward to continuous collaboration between our two projects, especially for when we implement Zcash’s shielded addresses,” said Diiorio.

In addition to being integrated on all of Jaxx’s platforms, Zcash also announced its integration on a second wallet, SmartWallet, a Brazilian money application.

Jaxx’s iOS version with Zcash is now available for download via jaxx.io or on the Apple App Store.

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Zcash CEO Zooko Wilcox and Jaxx CEO Anthony Diiorio are available for interview.

About Zcash:

The Zcash Company is a science-driven team; a combination of academic expertise in computer science and cryptography with security software engineering talent. We are developing the next generation of secure digital currency and blockchain technology through the use of zero-knowledge proofs, to guarantee privacy and confidentiality. We aim to set a new standard for privacy. The Zcash protocol is a decentralized and open-source cryptocurrency offering total payment confidentiality. Unlike Bitcoin, Zcash transactions automatically hide the sender, recipient, and value of all transactions on the blockchain. It is based on peer-reviewed cryptographic research, and built by a world-class, security-focused engineering team. However, as with any new technology, there is risk involved. Currently the team is focused on building and maintaining an open, permissionless system that is viable, robust, and justifiably reliable and secure for users.

About Jaxx:

Jaxx is a multi-token blockchain wallet that provides a unified experience across 9 platforms and devices, including Windows, Apple and Linux desktops, Apple and Android mobile devices and tablets, as well as Google Chrome and Firefox extensions. The Jaxx wallet enables crypto-to-crypto exchange with frictionless in-wallet conversion via Shapeshift. Users are always in control of their keys and Jaxx neither holds nor has access to customer funds. Design and user experience driven, and built with simplicity in mind, Jaxx’s mission is to become the interface to the blockchain world.

To learn more, visit jaxx.io

 

Jaxx Press Contact

Annie Lee

[email protected]

 

What does a hard fork mean for Jaxx Users?

The ongoing debates surrounding consensus, scalability and governance of decentralized system have led many in the Bitcoin community to believe that there’s a possibility of an hard fork on the horizon. I want to take this opportunity to let Jaxx users know that you will never need to take any actions leading up to a hard fork. I’d like to also provide more information to our users and the community on how Jaxx handles events, such as hard forks, and how we make our business decisions regarding similar situations.

Let’s first start off by explaining what a hard fork is. Due to the governance structures of decentralized blockchains, there will always be a level of dissent between important participants of the networks. Under certain circumstances, due to dissent among these participants, a fork of the blockchain occurs resulting in two competing chains that move in different directions. Although these blockchains will share identical information up until the fork occurs, coin holders would end up with funds on both chains along with identical private and public keys.

At Jaxx, we don’t pretend to be oracles or speak on behalf of our users or entire communities. Although we attempt to predict where the space is moving and make business decisions accordingly, we’ve learned over the years that taking a “hard stance” tends to be counterproductive, especially when situations rarely end up playing out as many would expect.

Jaxx is a multi-currency wallet that supports many blockchains and technologies with plans to support many more. Think of us as a multi-platform interface (or browser) for blockchains that allows users the ability to view, control, manage, exchange, send, and receive many of the leading digital currencies available today. Given this multi-chain multi-technology approach that provide users choice and control, we believe competition to be invaluable and we will continue to support emerging blockchain technologies and projects that we believe have merit.

The most important thing to know when dealing with hard forks is that Jaxx users really need to do nothing on their end: You don’t need to move your funds before a fork, nor do you risk losing your funds after. Unlike an exchange that holds the keys to your funds, one critical feature of Jaxx is that users are in full control of their keys. Jaxx doesn’t have access to your funds (keys are created and stored client-side and never sent to our servers), nor are we custodians of your funds (blockchain holds the funds). No matter what decision we make once we’ve evaluated the results of a fork, users will always be able to export their private keys individually or altogether via a Backup Phrase, and import them into another service The difference with holding your funds on an exchange is that you are always at their mercy regarding decisions they make; you do not have control of the keys to your funds, they do.

I’ll reiterate that with Jaxx there is nothing you need to do leading up to a hard fork. Should a fork occur, know that we will monitor the situation and events following the fork. We will also provide guidance to our users and details of any actions we plan to undertake as a result of the fork. One suggestion I will make is to occasionally check our social media channels and our in-app bulletin messages (Menu -> Bulletin) for any alerts or messages that might impact our users.

Sincerely,

Anthony Diiorio

CEO & Founder, Jaxx

Jaxx – Monero Integration Update

For those of you that don’t know we at Decentral recently joined the Monero community and are working on integrating Monero to our Jaxx Wallet. Jaxx is a free multi-token, multi-platform light wallet that’s dedicated to uniting the crypto-ecosystem and providing an interface to Blockchain tech (in a similar way the browser unleashed the power of the internet to the masses). Among other things, it is the goal of Jaxx and Decentral to allow people to be in full control of their digital lives. All keys in Jaxx are held client-side and a single 12-word backup phrase allows for the derivation of the keys to all tokens we support, and will ever support. Also, all our products are design and user experience driven as we make stuff for the masses, so that people (like my non-technical Dad) can have a great experience.

One thing I’d like everyone to remember and keep in mind is that we’re still very new to the Monero community and much of the history of the project is not clear to us still. As you read the rest of my message, please keep this in mind and know that we are not trying to call anyone out or cause conflict in the Monero community. We just want to see Monero thrive.

Here we go.

Monero integration has been on a radar for over a year and over the past weeks and months we dove headfirst into XMR and have since spent more than 400 hours working on this particular integration. During this time we have gained massive knowledge on the inner workings of the Monero protocol, and of the Monero development ecosystem. Our goal is to provide a lightweight (~3 meg) solution for the Monero community that will allow them to manage, send and receive XMR on pretty much any platform or device.

As a result of working to integrate other projects, our 3 years of experience developing wallets, through my experience as a founder of Ethereum, as an early Bitcoin adopter and community builder, and via extensive research and code creation we’ve done for Monero, we believe to have determined the critical issues that are leading to problems with Monero growth and that these problems are hindering the adoption and success of the Monero ecosystem.

As such we are putting a call out for support from the Monero development community to help us break through these problems. We are confident that if these roadblocks can be bypassed, Monero has a great chance to flourish. We believe that unless solved, these issues will greatly hinder Monero’s ability to compete with projects that have similar features.

Before I get into the issues I want to explain and give some background on how our integration process usually works when we tackle a new project, then I’ll explain how things are currently working with the Monero Integration.

Our goal is to implement an XMR lightweight wallet in Jaxx that connects with a high level cryptocurrency API. In most cases (with our previous integrations) there is an existing client library to use for the particular token in question. We have a full stack blockchain development team of 9 that can go from modifying cryptocurrencies nodes to providing high level APIs. We first start any project by making feasibility analysis to check how easy or difficult is to integrate a light wallet with a cryptocurrency. When we see critical unsolved issues or roadblocks, we talk with the specific cryptocurrency team as early as possible. If they have the resources they help us to mitigate those issues. When they don’t have the resources to make the necessary changes, we take the responsibility for these tasks but they provide some guidance based on their expertise.

That’s how things normally work. Here’s how it’s working with Monero.

We researched the feasibility of providing a light wallet for Monero and found the main challenges to be:

  1. Non-existing lightweight client library support (for a project as old as Monero its peculiar no dev has done this)
  2. We would have to implement support for anonymization features.
  3. There are RPC (Remote Procedure Calls) API Limitations that would require changes in the Monero daemon

Here’s what we’ve been able to accomplish so far:

  1. Finish a Monero javascript client library
  2. Use the same approach as MyMonero re anonymization (e.g. persisting the viewkeys)
  3. Modify Monero Core to support a lightweight wallet.

Currently we are developing an API on top of monerod to provide additional web services.

Now here’s the problem.

We have realized critical issues that are difficult to solve at the RPC API level without the development community’s support. Basically we would like to get the global indexes in the transaction output via the RPC API, which are required for sending transactions, but when we call methods such as gettransactions we don’t receive this information. We also try to call the *.bin RPC methods as well but they return error code HTTP 404. Ok fine. If this method is not supported in monerod there are two alternatives: 1) either the core team can add them to make it easier for the entire community to build apps on top of Monero, or 2) we can modify the Monero node itself to add support for new RPC methods required for building applications (like the Jaxx wallet or any other wallet).

The problem with us choosing the second method is the amount of time it’s going to take us to “instrument” the code is unknown as this would be an intensive research project by people who didn’t work on developing any part of Monero. Like a needle in a haystack. Also, should we have to directly hook into the code it could become easily broken in the future as new code gets pushed by the Monero core team. If (and that’s a big if) we were to go down this route of instrumenting the code we would need a commitment from the Monero core team to accept the code push and to continue supporting it in the main branch.

Without either of these two options being completed it means that Monero as it is isn’t able to bring enough information outside of the node in order to develop a full wallet.

As mentioned in previous update posts, we’d like to thank Fluffypony for providing us with assistance with the integration. But we need more help than he’s been able or willing to provide. The issue is that his help has been limited as although he is a main contributor to Monero, he also owns MyMonero and has a profit incentive not to give away his “secret sauce” on the back-end. You see, MyMonero hooks right into the code and this coupled with him being one of the few main contributors on the Monero Github gives MyMonero an upper hand against other projects trying to create similar services.

We understand and accept Fluffypony’s motives and situation. He’s put a ton or resources and effort into Monero and into MyMonero. What we’d like to do is call on anyone else who may be able to help to break through these barriers. Please email me at anthonyATdecentral.ca if you would like to join our slack channel and see if we can crack the problem’s we’ve identified and are facing. We fear if we don’t have more assistance from core Monero devs to act as guides we (or anyone else for that matter) will not be able to bring the products and services necessary for the Monero community to flourish.

Have a great weekend all!

Anthony Diiorio

CEO & Founder

Decentral / jaxx.io