Day 7: A quick update, and a recap of Week 1

 

We’ve reached the seventh day of our ongoing series of Jaxx announcements and reveals, and we wanted to give a quick update on where we’re at and give a quick recap of what we’ve announced so far as a way of congratulating our amazing team.

 

We were planning another major announcement for Day 7, however, what we had planned for today is not quite ready yet. We are disappointed in this turn of events – nothing upsets us more than not hitting our targets – and we pledge to do better in the future.
We hope, however, that the community can still appreciate that we’ve had a huge week of milestones, with more to come next week. For those of you just joining us, here’s what we’ve been up to:

 

Day 1: Brought Ethereum to iOS for the first time with the 1.0 release of Jaxx

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Day 2: Unveiled our design and rollout plan for Jaxx Coin Cards, which will facilitate the easy purchase of bitcoin, ether and eventually a host of other coins and tokens with cash all across Canada

 

Day 3: Rolled out the official 1.0 release of Jaxx across the remaining 8 platforms, marking the end of our four-month beta phase

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Day 4: Unveiled Jaxx Ice Cube, our blockchain-agnostic cold wallet hardware device

 

Day 5: Announced and previewed our DAO Proposals web solution RocketDAO, which will integrate directly with Jaxx to allow for easy browsing, creation, submission, and voting on DAO Proposals

 

Day 6: Detailed our plans for deploying publicly available Ethereum developer tools, including a fully featured API supporting a full Ethereum node, both to help power our own projects and to encourage the entire Ethereum dev community

 

Some of the biggest announcements are still to come, so join us next week as we continue to expand our efforts to make decentral tech accessible to all users and provide unified, design-led products and services. Thanks to the community for the unbelievable levels of support and encouragement we’ve encountered over the course of this rollout and beyond.

 


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Announcing New Dev Tools for the Community – 7 Days of Jaxx Extended

 

 

62981e6c77b0152e6b06455eb0169cffHi there! Exalted Materialization Sorceress (aka Decentral CTO) Chris here.
First things first: We’ve lied to you; “7 Days of Jaxx” isn’t actually 7 days. We’re going to keep the announcements and launches coming well into next week with even more reveals and projects. We’re on a roll and we’re not ready to bring it to a halt just yet, in fact, some of the most exciting stuff is still to come. Today we’re announcing a new project that will be of specific interest to the Ethereum and DAO dev community.

 

While Ethereum is one of the most exciting decentralized technology platforms to have emerged over the last few years, the Ethereum dev community has been hampered somewhat by the limited number of comprehensive, publicly accessible points of access to the Ethereum network. As part of our continuing mission to support the Ethereum and DAO ecosystems, Decentral is pleased to announce that we’re constructing an API built on a new, full Ethereum node.

 

This API is being developed in conjunction with CoinFabrik, and over the course of the following month, will become available for a selective rollout with interested partners to test load balancing and request queues. Our plan is to offer the same service to the public with a lower request threshold until our deployment architecture is fully tested and tuned. What’s more, this API will support a full DAO node structure, including the ability to query addresses for their voting history and DAO token transaction history, as well as detecting which accounts are tied up in Proposals and for how long. This API will allow for greater interoperability for Ethereum web app devs and contribute to the overall health of the ecosystem by allowing for additional redundancy. If you’re interested in participating in our trial phase, please email me at [email protected]

 

The first live deployment of our API (domain to be announced) will be within Jaxx itself, and is already helping to support our DAO integration process as well as our existing Ethereum functionality.

 

Our rollout continues tomorrow with Day 7, and will resume on Monday with Day 8.

 


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Introducing RocketDAO: Browse, Create, Submit, Vote (7 Days of Jaxx, Day 5)

 

Announcing RocketDAO

It’s Day 5 of 7 Days of Jaxx, and for today’s announcement, we’re diving back into the world of The DAO. We’re still hard at work on our full DAO integration for Jaxx, and expect to have DAO token management available in-app imminently. Today’s reveal is concerned with another aspect of The DAO: browsing, creating, submitting, and voting on Proposals.

 

RocketDAO - Main Screen

One of the reasons The DAO has inspired so much interest in the disruptive-tech community and beyond is the way it empowers users to have a direct say in the projects and direction of a large, decentralized community. All Decentral products prioritize ease of use and friendly, accessible blockchain technology experiences designed for the masses. To this end, we’ve conceived RocketDAO, a web portal for browsing, creating, submitting, and voting on Proposals – including those that have not yet been formally submitted to The DAO – that will integrate directly with our wallet, Jaxx.

RocketDAO - Submission Screen

RocketDAO will streamline the Proposal process to ensure that DAO members can craft, submit and give feedback on Proposals with as little friction as possible. Proposal submission through RocketDAO works like this:

 

Gather feedback

Getting any Proposal to even reach quorum is a daunting task given the size of The DAO’s voter base. On RocketDAO, you can easily post up an initial draft of your Proposal, then hone your message and terms according to user feedback until you’re satisfied that you’ll be able to secure the support you need going forward.

 

Get whitelisted
If your completed Proposal features a party who will be compensated for their services, you’ll need to get the Recipient address whitelisted by The DAO’s Curators. You’ll be able to apply directly from RocketDAO, and be notified when you’ve been greenlit.

RocketDAO - Payment Screen

Submit your finished proposal
Once you’re approved by the Curators, all you need to do is pay The DAO’s Proposal submission fee. RocketDAO presents you with a payment QR code that can be scanned by either the mobile/tablet or browser extension versions of Jaxx to facilitate the payment in seconds.

 

Track your progress
After you’ve completed your Proposal submission, you can track its progress and its popularity throughout the voting period.

 

RocketDAO will act as a marketplace and proving ground for all DAO token holders to browse, discuss and vote on Proposals. Voting will also work directly with Jaxx via our imminent DAO integration, which will also support voting and proposal browsing. Micropayments to The DAO will be required for leaving comments, in order to support the ecosystem and minimize trolling.

RocketDAO - Detailed Proposal

 

You can expect RocketDAO to launch shortly after our full DAO integration for Jaxx has gone live. Look for more details on that shortly as 7 Days of Jaxx continues…

 


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Why Ashton Kutcher & Akon are Tuning into Blockchain Technology

For many, especially individuals content with the status quo, it is unfathomable to predict the progress of future technology. For others, the idea of using decentralized strategies to further our technological autonomy has fueled ambition to create new and disruptive technologies.
 
For example, the blockchain is a technology that allows databases to be shared across a network of computers. Information on the blockchain exists on all computers (or nodes) on the network, and each block represents an up-to-date record of whatever information is being stored. The first and best-known application of the blockchain to date is the digital currency Bitcoin. However, the technology has many other potential uses, some that could have the capacity to reframe our social relations and power dynamics. The blockchain’s ability to facilitate transparency and disintermediate trust suggests blockchain adoption will bring on a paradigm shift in our culture.
 
So what do innovations like these mean to technophobes or people not particularly well-versed in technology? Disruptive technologies like the blockchain could mean that individuals no longer have to rely on a centralized authority to control social, economic, and even political transactions. This realization has gained the attention of the following celebrities who have been able to help close the gap between tech fanatics and mainstream populations:
 

1) Ashton Kutcher

The actor, producer, and now investor, has had his fair share of success acting in films such as No Strings Attached and The Butterfly Effect, along with TV roles in Two and a Half Men and Netflix original The Ranch. Kutcher, who co-founded his own venture capital firm in 2010, A-Grade Investments, has been a longtime fan of blockchain technology and Bitcoin. In a 2013 video, Kutcher spoke at TechCrunch Disrupt NY about the power of decentralized technology:
 

“…what can decentralized technology do? Imagine if we could decentralize [the] issue of security… the notion that we could civically monitor each other in an anonymous way actually keeps the anonymity of the Internet, we don’t have to worry about Big Brother and that same infrastructure that built out bitcoin could be used in the security industry for mass good.”

 


 
Kutcher also sees the political value of blockchains — especially with regards to proposals by two of the current US Presidential candidates for remittance policies that would obstruct migrant workers’ abilities to send money to their home lands.


 
Kutcher’s advocacy as a leader in disruptive technology could encourage a growing number of people to embrace blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies. It’s what celebrities do best — create trends and start conversations on these topics.
 

2) Akon

Recording artist and producer, Akon, has been a vocal supporter of blockchain technologies and cryptocurrency. When he is not making hits, he is busy doing philanthropic work. Most recently, he helped provide electricity to over 600 million individuals across Africa. Through his cryptocurrency advocacy, Akon has been a proactive voice for reclaiming personal autonomy through technology.
 
From promoting Bitcoin and digital currencies in his home country of Senegal, as well as across West Africa, Akon is hopeful for the future of charities and other initiatives. As he explains:
 

“Digital currency is going to be the future, and as you can see I can’t remember the last time I carried a wad of dollars in my pocket…there’s all these new innovative ideas, but one in particular, by the name of bitcoin… [it’s] going to change the world from a money transactional standpoint not just for Africa, but for everywhere.”

 
The message is clear: financial systems, as we know them, are changing. Blockchain technology has the potential to streamline access to financial services, override corporate influence and open up new markets wherever wealth disparity exists. This is not to say that this technology will immediately or permanently solve global economic inequality, but it throws a wrench into the system, empowering those who wouldn’t have had the chance to be prosperous. Celebrities like Akon are helping to make this happen.
 

3) Imogen Heap

As the only female artist to have won a Grammy award for engineering, the “Hide and Seek” singer has always been a leader in tech innovation in the music industry. For example, Heap invented and designed musical gloves to manipulate sounds with hand gestures that can be used to produce music.
 
Now, Heap has embraced Ethereum (co-founded by Decentral’s CEO Anthony Di Iorio), a decentralized blockchain platform that can execute peer-to-peer “smart” contracts. By working with coders to develop a publishing method that is provably transparent, Ethereum can automatically distribute payment for sales of all copyrighted content, essentially eliminating the need for a middleperson or centralized authority. Her Dapp (decentralized app), Mycelia by Heap, will allow individual components of songs (such as a beat or a hook) to be licensed and monetized, with the owner of the content losing less (or none) of their revenue to corporate rentiers.
 
This concept isn’t restricted to music. Since the digital age, creative industries such as books, films, and visual art have experienced a loss of control over their content. When physical properties get digitized, they can be reproduced and shared by a global audience without creators receiving revenues from it. With the blockchain, respect for artistic property is being reclaimed and Imogen Heap wants to be the leader of the revolution. Her single “Tiny Human,” which is only available for purchase with ether (the fuel that powers the Ethereum network), is solidifying Heap as a foremost innovator of music distribution using blockchain technology.
 

4) Richard Branson

Entrepreneur and billionaire Richard Branson has also been an avid promoter of Bitcoin and blockchain applications. In addition to acting as an advocate for cryptocurrencies and disruptive technologies, he has invested in cryptocurrency companies (e.g. BitPay), hosted an exclusive digital currency conference on his own private island, and onramped Bitcoin as an accepted form of payment for his space travel initiative, Virgin Galactic. In a discussion with Argentinian President, Mauricio Macri, Branson outlines how Bitcoin can offer individuals:
 

“Greater levels of control, freedom and scrutiny over what happens with our money, Bitcoin addresses these concerns and that is why so many people believe it represents the future. While many of us are excited about the possibilities Bitcoin has to offer, I’m not sure any of us would argue that it comes without problems.”

 
An extremely powerful and a high-profile celebrity, Branson can use his fame to spark overdue and meaningful conversations with decision-makers about cryptocurrencies and disruptive technology and, in turn, explore applicable use-cases.
 
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5) Mike Tyson

Boxing bad boy Mike Tyson has been an avid participant in the Bitcoin revolution. Working in partnership with Bitcoin Direct, Tyson recently unveiled two Bitcoin-related initiatives: Mike Tyson Bitcoin, a Bitcoin ATM, and a digital wallet, the Mike Tyson Digital Wallet. Underlying both products is Tyson’s interest in increasing awareness about Bitcoin and encouraging non-specialists to use the cryptocurrency. As a celebrity, Tyson is interested in using his celebrity status to promote discussions about Bitcoin and its potential to incite positive change:
 

“People don’t really understand a currency based on numerical equations. I personally still don’t … but I’m grateful to be a part of the revolution and hoping that my participation in this space will lead to more conversations and help increase knowledge and awareness.”

 

 
While Tyson’s initiatives are still in their relative infancy, such endeavours offer insights into Bitcoin and blockchain technology test-cases. By investing in products aimed at non-specialists, celebrities like Tyson make accessible what may otherwise come across as exclusive or obscure technologies.
 
Disruptive and decentralized technologies are the future and we have just begun the journey. As more and more familiar faces get on board with blockchain technology, the gap between the tech industry and mainstream culture should definitely begin to narrow. Can you imagine our current society without the influence of the Internet? Neither can we. It’s everywhere. The question is, will blockchain technology be the next Internet, and what will its capabilities and influence be? All we know is that the future is here and it’s knocking on our doors. Will you let it in?
 

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To learn more about Ethereum, check out its website here: www.ethereum.org
 
Matthew Brown is the Event and Marketing Coordinator at Decentral. He hopes to apply his studies in cyber anthropology toward blockchain technology. An avid networking enthusiast and social butterfly, you can find Matthew at all DEC_TECH meetups, the upcoming Blockchain World Expo and other events hosted by Decentral.
 
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Jaxx Ice Cube Announcement: Day 4 of 7 Days of Jaxx

It’s Day 4 of 7 Days of Jaxx, and if you’ve been paying attention to the Jaxx website, you’ll notice there’s one pesky hexagon that refuses to go orange: our hardware wallet. Users have been asking us about this over the last few months and it’s been agonizing to keep this to ourselves. As part of Day 4 of 7 Days of Jaxx, we’re very excited to unveil our cold wallet solution, the Jaxx Ice Cube.
 
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Jaxx Ice Cube is an easy-to-use cold storage device with a host of key features the community has been asking for, and the latest pillar in our mission to let you take control of your digital world.
 
A few features of the Jaxx Ice Cube:
 
– Generates your private keys on-device, and never connects to the internet
– GUI, camera and QR code functionality makes transferring funds a breeze
– Will have a fire rating and be waterproof
– Compact design ensures convenient physical storage in a safe or a safety deposit box, etc.
– One single twelve-word mnemonic backs up your bitcoin and ether, and all future coins and tokens Jaxx will be integrating.
 
The Jaxx Ice Cube is just the next step in Jaxx’s evolution into becoming the gateway for your digital world.
 
We’re in prototype mode right now; we’re expecting to begin production in late 2016/early 2017.
 

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Jaxx 1.0 makes its official debut on all platforms – Day 3 of 7 Days of Jaxx

After a four-month beta period, an intensive security audit, and over 10,000 downloads, we’re pleased to announce that Jaxx, our multi-platform blockchain wallet, is now officially out of beta for all device versions. It’s been vetted and battle-tested, and ready to become your all-in-one digital wallet solution. Jaxx 1.0 is now available for iOS, Android, PC/Mac/Linux desktops, and as a Chrome/Firefox browser extension. Jaxx 1.0 supports bitcoin and ether, and will be adding full support for The DAO later this week, with many more coins and tokens to follow.

 

Jaxx

Our Vision and Mission

Our products are built around a few key principles:

  • We never store, distribute, or even have access to customer information or funds
  • We employ common cryptographic standards to that users will be able to regain access to their funds even if we go down
  • We dislike friction points, including passwords, and do away with them whevever possible; we start with ease of use, then build in optional security features
  • Our products are design-led, with a focus on accessible, intuitive user experience and inviting graphics

These principles have informed all of our products to date, including our web wallets EthereumWallet and RushWallet and the Kryptokit Extension, and Jaxx 1.0 represents the next step in our evolution as we work to unify the blockchain experience across devices. Our goal is for Jaxx to be nothing less than the definitive wallet platform for new and experienced users of Bitcoin, Ethereum, The DAO, and ultimately a wide variety of other coins and tokens.

 

Security, Consistency, and Accessibility

All versions of Jaxx are built on the same Javascript/HTML codebase, ensuring consistency of experience and design across all device versions, while also taking advantage of each device’s unique features. This method also ensures we can rapidly deploy new updates for all device versions to add features and respond to user feedback very quickly.

 

All balances and private keys are backed up by a single 12-word mnemonic, which can also be used to pair your wallet on multiple devices. This means that whether you’re at home or on the go, you’ll have secure, quick access to all of your funds and tokens. For added security in case any of your devices is compromised, an optional security PIN protects all functions that can be used to pair your wallet or remove funds.

 

 

Robust, Responsive Support

We know that for new and even seasoned users, the crypto space can be very confusing, even hostile, turning away many potential users and hampering community growth. Our Help Center breaks down Jaxx feature by feature in plain language, and our support team works hard to respond to any and all user issues and questions efficiently, often within just a few minutes. Whether you’re having trouble spotting a particular security feature or you’re confused about how to get your first bitcoin, we’re always happy to help and advise. You can reach us via the Support widget at Jaxx.io.

 

The Future of Jaxx

As Jaxx continues to grow, our ultimate goal is to become the command center for your digital life, including all of your coins, tokens, contracts, identity, etc. Our upcoming slate of integrations will greatly enhance Jaxx’s flexibility and functionality and get us closer to that goal. We were the first to unite Bitcoin and Ethereum in a single wallet, as well as the first to bring Ethereum to iOS, and we’re looking forward to a lot more milestones to come.

You can find links to all versions of Jaxx at Jaxx.io. Expect more major announcements as 7 Days of Jaxx continues..

 


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7 Days of Jaxx: What’s in the Box?

7 Days of Jaxx

 

Welcome to 7 Days of Jaxx! We’ve challenged ourselves to present 7 major initiatives, releases and announcements over the course of 1 week that we think the whole community will be really excited about.

 

We got the ball rolling yesterday with our launch of Jaxx 1.0 on iOS (let’s consider that Day 1), and tomorrow brings the rest of the Jaxx 1.0 rollout across the remaining platforms and devices. Today we’re revealing the revised design and concept for our Coin Card program. As for the rest, you’ll just have to figure ‘em out…

 

A couple of months back, we announced that we would be launching an initia2cards (1)tive that would enable the easy purchase of Bitcoin in Canada. Now, we are excited to let Canadians know that we’ve secured a partnership with Gateway Newstands, a Canadian company that has hundreds of convenience stores across the country, to stock Jaxx Coin Cards. We’re also excited to announce that we will also be adding Ether to the mix making it the first time ever Ether will be able to be bought with cash in stores. As we add more coins to Jaxx, these should also become available for purchase using Jaxx Coin Cards. Users just purchase the cards with cash, peel off a sticker to reveal a QR code, and scan it from their Jaxx wallet to import the funds, making the purchase and importing of coins quick, easy, and convenient. 

 

Jaxx Coin Cards are currently available only to Canadian users, but we believe our Cards are a much simpler, more efficient way to get quick access to funds than ATM systems or exchanges, and hope to expand the program beyond Canada’s borders in the near future.

 

Stay tuned for more exciting announcements as 7 Days of Jaxx continues!

 


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Jaxx brings Ethereum to iOS. Official 1.0 wallet now available in the App Store

We’re excited to announce that today we’ve published the 1.0 release of Jaxx on the App Store, marking its public debut on Apple devices, as well as being the first Ethereum wallet for iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, and iPod). The 1.0 release will be available for all other Jaxx device at once, in the next couple days as we begin “Seven Days of Jaxx”. More on this later today.ios-jaxx-image

 

Due to the DDoS attacks we were hit with earlier this week – a first for us – we’ve had to readjust our plan to launch the 1.0 release simultaneously on all platforms and devices. We were forced to spend days and developer resources working through the attacks. Please note that we did not and will never pay ransoms. All sites are now running normally.

 

Props to our team for getting through the DDoS issues. It should be stressed that these attacks didn’t affect our wallets at all nor compromise any user information, save for briefly limiting access to our bitcoin web wallet, RushWallet. We have no idea if these attacks were competitor-based (as stated in the ransom email we received), but we’ve upped our sites’ security configuration to ensure there’s no recurrence, and at the end of the day, we’re stronger because of this whole ordeal.

 

The DDoS attacks had already slowed us down considerably, and then we got a call from Jon Southurst at Bitcoin.com, asking about the rumors that Apple was potentially blocking Ethereum wallets on the App Store. I told him this was the first we’d heard of it, and that we’d had a test build uploaded and approved on the App Store for over a week. We thought nothing of it until we saw the actual piece the following day mentioning the rumours.

 

We huddled, and unanimously decided to shift our priorities immediately to get the app up ASAP to test these rumors. Unfortunately for us, we had made some changes to Jaxx since our test build got approved by Apple, so we had to resubmit and hope for a reapproval – an anxious time. We had no idea if there’d been a change of policy on Apple’s end that might affect our chances. In the interim, we didn’t want to chime in on any rumors, just focus on getting the build released. Finally, we got word of the approval of the 1.0 build at 9:21pm EST last night.

 

Because of the rush to push the iOS, there are some cosmetic issues with this release some might experience, specifically on smaller screens. We’re not happy about this but it will be improved very soon. We’re also disappointed that we didn’t get to issue all versions of the 1.0 simultaneously as originally envisioned. However, we also felt that this would be a nice treat for Apple fans who’ve been patiently waiting throughout our beta phase to use Jaxx. This release will also serve as a test case for Apple’s stance on Ethereum apps down the road. We’re up, let’s see what happens next.

 

On the subject of our Jaxx integration for The DAO: this has been a priority, as we believe that accessible integration tools are key to the overall success of the project, but unfortunately these elements won’t be ready for our initial 1.0 releases. This will be ready in plenty of time for voting on the first Proposals.

 

We are, however, expecting our full-featured DAO integration to roll out during our “Seven Days of Jaxx,” which starts today. This is an initiative we’ve been planning for a while that will showcase foxes, hardware, cubes, integration plans, rockets, DAOs, proposals, and a bunch more goodies..We’re going all out, are super excited and believe the community will be as well. More to follow on this later today.

 

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About Jaxx

For those not familiar with Jaxx, it’s our multi-platform blockchain wallet, developed around a few key principles:

 

  • Our wallets are design-led, with a focus on intuitive user experience
  • Single screen use (everything you need is on one screen)
  • All security elements / keys etc. are stored client-side, and never sent to any servers
  • A shared codebase ensures a unified experience across devices
  • All wallet assets can be backed up or restored with a single, 12-word mnemonic
  • Our use of common cryptographic standards ensures that you’ll always be able to recover your funds even if Jaxx goes down
  • We’ve removed as many points of friction as possible – no login process or user information is required
  • Jaxx currently supports ether and bitcoin, with full DAO integration to come shortly and many more blockchains and coins to follow.

Jaxx is available for:

  • iOS mobile devices and tablets (Official 1.0)
    Android mobile devices and tablets (Beta)
    PC, Mac, and Linux desktops (Beta)
    Chrome and Firefox browser extensions (Beta)

All versions except for the iOS right now can be downloaded at the Jaxx website.

 


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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]
 

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