Jaxx full DAO integration sneak peek

Anthony from Kryptokit here. Many users have expressed interest in our forthcoming DAO integration for Jaxx, so we thought we’d share a preview of our integration layout. We’re working our butts off to have this completed and pushed out across all 9 platforms and devices in the Jaxx 1.0 release slated for May 26th. This is our first foray into custom tokens on Ethereum, a feature we’ve received a ton of requests for. Fingers crossed we can have this out to everyone before the crowd sale ends and the real fun begins.
 
One of our main drivers for Jaxx is that our projects are all design and user experience led. The goal of this integration is to offer a robust set of tools for voting and transferring tokens that don’t compromise Jaxx’s sense of simplicity and ease of use. If you have any thoughts on our prospective design – good or bad! – please let us know in the comments.
 

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Fig. 1: The initial DAO screen, for viewing your token balance and transferring tokens between accounts.
 
Fig. 2: The proposals screen, which displays current DAO proposals and your voting history.
 
Fig. 3: When you select a proposal, you can read its description, as well as view the current For/Against breakdown for members who have voted so far. A slider will let you select your vote and the level of token commitment you’re making.
 
The official 1.0 release of Jaxx will be out on May 26th, marking its debut on the App Store as well as the first time we will feel comfortable with you, our customers, using the wallet to hold your Bitcoin and Ether. Until then, a reminder that Jaxx is still in beta and should only be used for funds you’d be willing to lose.
 
Yesterday afternoon, we pushed out a quick Jaxx update that rectifies an issue we noticed on our end. The Cache Reset feature we installed as a way to help users fix minor syncing issues also had the unintended effect of resetting the Security PIN. We actually pushed this update yesterday, but we wanted to allow time for Jaxx to auto-update with the fix. If you have a version that doesn’t auto-update (eg the Desktop versions), please update to 0.0.23 via the Jaxx site.

 


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Inside the Jaxx HD Upgrade for Ethereum

My name is Simon Howell, I’m a technical copywriter and support specialist at Decentral.
 
This past Friday, Kryptokit released Jaxx 0.0.17, which included the first Ethereum wallet to comply with HD standards. For the uninitiated, HD stands for “hierarchical deterministic. This means that the Jaxx HD upgrade generates a new address every time funds are sent to the latest address. All previous addresses can be reused, and all addresses are derived from the master mnemonic. The HD standard was conceived as a way of minimizing the reuse of addresses – frequently reused addresses are much less private.
 
In the leadup to this release, our team (including our CTO Chris Forrester, the architect of this and other key Jaxx features) had many conversations about how best to handle the migration path for the Jaxx HD Upgrade. This upgrade was unlike all previous changes made to Jaxx, because upgrading to the new system required the generation of a new HD address that would not automatically store users’ funds, which meant they would need to be sent there.
 
This created a potential ethical issue, because transferring users’ funds from one address to another would incur the usual Ethereum transaction fee: .00105 ETH. Admittedly, that’s not a large sum, but subtracting it from users’ balances without asking just didn’t seem right, and even the considered option of refunding users wasn’t practical (especially as it would violate the Kryptokit philosophy of not collecting user info), so we had to rule out simply forcing the HD upgrade and transfer.
 
On the other hand, we considered giving users the option to decline the upgrade entirely. We decided against that as well, both because we believe there’s a clear need for Ethereum wallets to support HD standards in order to provide greater security, especially as Ethereum grows in prominence, and because making it optional might make future updates extremely complicated.

 

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The migration path we landed on was a hybrid approach: the upgrade itself was mandatory, but we left it up to users whether or not to let Jaxx make the transfer of funds. Users who declined to transfer their funds could still access their old (non-HD) address and private key via the Display Ethereum Keys screen – from there, the funds could be imported into Jaxx or any other Ethereum service that supports private key imports.
 

The Catch

We knew that no matter what migration path we chose, there was bound to be some confusion – HD is not necessarily a widely-known or understood standard within the Ethereum space, which means users might not appreciate being told that they will have a changing address all of a sudden. While there’s been some concern and a few cases of outright frustration, by and large, the response has been very positive, and most importantly of all, not one user has lost access to any funds as a result of this complex upgrade.
 
For any users experiencing issues with their balance not showing up after the transfer is made, or who are running into a “nonce too low” issue when attempting to Send, we would advise writing down your master mnemonic, uninstalling Jaxx, reinstalling the latest version, and pairing in your master mnemonic using the Restore Wallet function.
 
Today, we released version 0.0.18, which addresses the issues faced by some users as a result of the Jaxx HD upgrade. Users who declined the HD transfer should have an easier time accessing their non-HD private key, with the “one and a half minute” loading time eliminated. Users upgrading to HD for the first time (e.g. users who missed the 0.0.17 upgrade) should more reliably see their balance in the new wallet without having to do a re-install / re-pair.
 
This latest update would not have been possible without detailed feedback from our users – thanks to the whole community for trying out Jaxx and for being patient as we roll out these unprecedented features. If you are still experiencing any issues after installing this latest version, or have any general questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch at [email protected]
 

Jaxx Advanced Send Tab Smart Contract Features Released

 

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Anthony from Kryptokit here. We’re excited to announce the release of a major Ethereum-side improvement of Jaxx across all devices / platforms. Ethereum is all about smart contracts, and now with Jaxx beta version 0.0.15 users can send to Ethereum contracts.

 

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Jaxx Advanced Send Tab Smart Contract Features

 

Once a contract address has been detected in the “receiving address” tab, an advanced panel will open, a suggested gas amount will be displayed as will options to adjust gas and add custom data to the send. Alternatively, the advanced tab can be opened manually. Enter 0 in the amount field, or the amount of Ether you want to send along with the contract in the amount field in order for the send button to activate. Also, on the Ethereum side, we added gas price display in transactions. With these new features, no longer is Jaxx just about payments, we’ve entered the initial stages of smart contract integration. More to come.

With Jaxx advanced send tab smart contract features, no longer is Jaxx just about payments, we’ve entered the initial stages of smart contract integration. More to come.

 

More to come this week with Jaxx!

 

With these major features released, we still have 2 more coming this week. Shapeshift integration and Ethereum (joining its Bitcoin counterpart) with HD (Hierarchal Deterministic) functionality. Stay tuned!

On another note, other features included in the 0.0.15 release include the option to import encrypted paper wallets (Bitcoin & Ethereum), various U/I and text tweaks, and crash fixes for Android devices.

Suggestions, comments, feedback always welcome. [email protected]

Cheers!

Anthony Di Iorio

+1 416-831-9593 (Mobile)

Jaxx Shapeshift Integration Sneak Peek

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Jaxx Shapeshift Integration Sneak Peak

 

Hey all. Anthony from Kryptokit here. Super excited to show the community the Jaxx Shapeshift integration sneak peak. Rolling out on all devices / platforms a few days. Jaxx and Shapeshift together will, without doubt, be the easiest solution for buying Ether with Bitcoin (and vice versa)- and it’s done right in your Jaxx wallet!

 

About Jaxx Shapeshift

 

Shapeshift has been killing it lately with volume skyrocketing and loads of services integrating its API, allowing for crypto to crypto conversions. Erik Voorhees has been part of the Kryptokit team since 2013, so who better than him and his awesome team at Shapeshift to partner with to push out our first 3rd party integration. This will allow, for the first time ever in a Kryptokit product, users to buy Bitcoin and Ether directly inside their wallet. This is just another example of how we’re developing Jaxx with the goal to remove friction points and create awesome user experiences for Ethereum and Bitcoin.

 

Jaxx Shapeshift How it Works

 

Let’s go through the Bitcoin to Ether conversion process.To start a conversion (better known as a shift) first select your Bitcoin wallet. Open the send tab, select the Shapeshift icon (or type Shapeshift in the receiving address field), enter the Bitcoin amount you’d like to shift, then confirm the transaction. That’s it! When the transaction completes (might take some time), Ether will show up in your Ethereum wallet. It also works the other way around if you’re looking to buy Bitcoin with Ether, just start with your Ethereum wallet instead.

 

As you can see on the right, you’re also provided with the current rate and minimum / maximum deposit amounts for the shift. You’ve got everything you need right in Jaxx, all on one screen. This method is far simpler than going to the Shapeshift site as you don’t need to enter deposit or return addresses- It all gets automatically done in Jaxx using your built-in Bitcoin and Ether wallets.

 

This is one of three major features rolling out in the next few days. We’ll be announcing the other 2 shortly. In fact, we may by pushing out a new release today with one of those major ones included. shhh!

 

Feedback, feature suggestions, and comments are always welcome. We can be reached at [email protected] or you can call me directly on my mobile @ +1 416-831-9593.

 

Cheers!

Anthony Di Iorio

Decentral & Kryptokit are growing, devs wanted!

Decentral, Toronto’s decentralized technology innovation hub, is expanding and looking for developers to work on blockchain, Ethereum and Bitcoin software and apps, as well as other related projects. The ideal candidates will have at least 2 years of mobile-application development related experience and some knowledge of the blockchain space, including Bitcoin and Ethereum.
 
You’ll be reporting to our Chief Technical Officer in contributing to the development of Jaxx by Kryptokit, our fleet of cross-platform Bitcoin and Ethereum wallets. You will also be helping us to design the next generation of decentralized software solutions.

 
Requirements:
– Experience in testing and validation to ensure the quality and functionality of apps.
– Experience with git source code repositories – Github, Bitbucket, etc.
– Experience with multiple mobile platforms – iOS, Android.
– Proficiency in Javascript, Java, Objective C.
– Familiarity with HTML/CSS.
– Ability to run or perform code reviews.
– Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
– A passion for clean and friendly UX.
– Ability to work in team settings, under tight-deadlines.
 
Why join Decentral:
– Competitive salary
– You’ll be working in a thriving startup alongside young, motivated individuals at our office in downtown Toronto
– Every Friday afternoon, we have D3 – Decentral, Demos, and Drinks!
 

If you’re interested, please contact Natasha at [email protected]
Resumes useful but not required. GTA-based candidates preferable.

 

About Decentral

Located in downtown Toronto, Decentral is an innovation hub for disruptive and decentralized technologies. We offer blockchain & fintech consultancy services and software development. We also organize community-driven events bringing together communities of enthusiasts in fintech, blockchain, cryptocurrencies and decentralized technologies.
 
Our enterprise consulting clients rely on us as skilled and experienced advisors to guide them in this rapidly changing and disruptive space. We also advise smaller businesses and startups, giving them a point of access for quality insight and review.
 
At Decentral, we are spearheading a joint strategic shift to transform Toronto into a global force for innovation. We are Toronto’s first hub for Ethereum, Bitcoin and blockchain, and home to Kryptokit, a security and privacy-based software company. Decentral has hosted over 110 events, becoming a source of networking and information through meetups and our 24-hour dashboard Decentral.tv.

Ethereum Infographic: Homestead Release

The last few months have been very exciting for the Ethereum community. As more and more individuals, startups and established tech firms become acquainted with Ethereum’s potential as a platform for disruptive decentralized technology, the ecosystem continues to explode. This excitement will continue as we ramp up to the March 14th release of Homestead, the second major version release of Ethereum.

To celebrate the milestone ahead, we’ve updated our What is Ethereum infographic… Homestead style. This will serve as an excellent primer for beginners and anyone else who’s interested in getting a high-level overview of what Ethereum is all about. Enjoy!

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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

UK Blockchain Report 2016: A Summary

On January 19, the UK Government’s Department of Science released an 88-page report on blockchain technology, titled Distributed Ledger Technology: Beyond Block Chain. (They’ve also released a short video to accompany the UK blockchain report.) The report is just the latest effort by a government department to not only define blockchain technology and Bitcoin for a non-technical audience, but to lay out a plausible game-plan for potential blockchain implementation for government services and major industries. Here are the highlights of the UK blockchain report.
 

UK blockchain report: A groundbreaking technology

Since the report is designed to sell legislators on the Department of Science’s specific recommendations, the report’s writers have gone to great lengths to state their case for the revolutionary possibilities of blockchain technologies. The language is simple and accessible, and designed with its non-technical audience in mind.
 
The report begins by offering a historical context for disruptive technological innovations like Bitcoin and blockchain. For example, the UK blockchain report considers the entire history of money itself, from “cowrie shells to hammered pennies to Bitcoin,” and looks at these technologies as key stops along a continuum of innovation. This theme of evolving processes and technologies, with the role that decentralized systems could have to play in the continuation of that evolution, is a consistent motif.
 
Another major focus of the report is to explain computer code as both separate from and related to legal code, examining the ways in which the former influences the latter and vice versa. As the report explains, legal code requires external enforcement, while computer code is self-enforcing. The report suggests services that could benefit from a hybrid approach – legislation developed with with progressive coding in mind, in collaboration with experts. It also outlines the differences in practice between private rule-making (governance) and public rule-making (legislation), arguing the need for new models of governance for these systems that take into account the needs of both regulators and users. As the report points out, some important internet technologies, such as TCP/IP, were the direct result of government technology initiatives, so we know that successful collaboration is possible.
 
The report emphasizes the importance of the UK’s continuing efforts to act as leaders for technological innovation on the world stage. It argues that the UK already has some crucial initiatives in place that could be put to work on inventing tomorrow’s solutions, including the Alan Turing Institute, and warns of the dangers of being too cautious or waiting for perfect solutions to emerge before getting a strong foothold in the space.
 
The report also dives into a variety of case studies, in support of its argument that decentralized technologies are already finding compelling applications of interest to government actors. It looks at the Estonian government’s assortment of blockchain-based financial solutions, the European Commission Energy Union Framework Strategy’s investigations into modernizing the management of the Euro electrical grid with distributed ledgers, Everledger’s system for assuring the identity and source of individual diamonds to help crack down on the market for “blood diamonds,” and more, while also speculating on potential solutions that have yet to be developed, such as using distributed ledger technology to shield civil infrastructure against cyberattacks..
 

UK blockchain report: potential threats

Alongside the opportunities, the UK blockchain report also identifies key challenges and threats. It notes the security challenges that arise when permissions are used, highlighting the need for comprehensive review of the specific security needs of individual sets of users, especially in cases where sensitive information (health records, financials) are being accessed. It identifies the greatest threat to these proposed technologies as obsolescence; non-adoption by potential users, generally because the new option is too intimidating or complex, could prove fatal.
 
The report’s final sections consider the global outlook, highlighting the features of what it calls digital nations, from government awareness of emerging technologies to investment in industry and the integration of business leaders and digital engineers into positions of influence. The report argues that the UK has a lot of work to do if it’s to become a leading digital nation, and offers incentives and strategies to do so. It also examines the current state of (and potential for) data and policy interoperability in matters of identification and authentication.
 
 

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.

Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, we are the innovation hub for decentralized and blockchain technologies.