DIS Weekly #29

Bringing you weekly infra updates!

//NODE INFRASTRUCTURE//

AVADO | @Avado_DServer

Avado is a pre-configured appliance that provides Web3 access and a personal home server that earns passive income through smart mining.

On January 24th, Avado enabled its hardware node owners to run a Tornado Cash relayer. After installing the relayer package from the DappStore, Avado owners have the option to join the Tornado Cash relay pool. With the flip of a switch in the RYO-Cloud package, node runners will be able to start earning a reward on each transaction while helping grow the entropy of the relayer pool. There are currently 5 active nodes in the Tornado Cash relay pool. 

Pocket | @POKTnetwork

Pocket is a trustless API layer, providing easy access to any blockchain. 

Last week, Pocket announced they’ve gotten confirmation from ICON developers that its pull requests will be reviewed and merged for integration into the ICON official SDKs, starting with the ICON-JS SDK ahead of the Pocket-Core Testnet release on February 11th. Mobile SDKs for iOS and Android are planned to be finalized later in March. 

Pocket Co-Founder Michael O’Rourke will be speaking on a Trust-Less 2020 (Proof of Stake Validator Summit) panel called “Offering Additional Services with Validation” alongside Dan Elitzer of IDEO CoLab and Yaniv Tal of The Graph protocol this Saturday at 8 PM PST. It’s a free and virtual event, so sign up ASAP!

More recently, Pocket Network launched a brand new website. And shared what to expect from Pocket-Core Testnet phase one, which includes:

  • Pocket Core Daemon

  • Pocket CLI

  • Pocket-JS

  • Pocket-web3-Provider

  • Pocket Node Deployments

  • Pocket Faucet for Test Tokens 

//LAYER DOS//

Lightning Labs | @lightning

Lightning Network is a Layer 2 solution, built on top of Bitcoin, developed to facilitate cheap and instant micropayments.

Lightning Labs kicked off 2020 with the release of lnd v0.9-beta. It includes multi-path and spontaneous keysend payments, macaroon bakery for fine-grained permissions, circular payments for liquidity management, an SDK for mobile, and more. 

SKALE Network | @SkaleNetwork

The Skale Network is a high-throughput, low-latency, configurable byzantine fault-tolerant sidechain network for the Ethereum Blockchain. AKA the Elastic Blockchain Network. 

Skale shares its first explainer video about elastic sidechains. Check it out below:

//WEB3 TOOLBOX//

Square Crypto | @SQcrypto

Square Crypto is a small, but dedicated team working on improving and promoting Bitcoin through their own work or by supporting the work of others with the ethos of open-source in mind. 

Square Crypto introduced the Lightning Development Kit (LDK) to address the need for Lightning integrations with a different set of use cases. The LDK will include an API, language bindings, demo apps, and anything else developers may need to make integrating Lightning a breeze.

This will simplify the process of:

  • Adding lightning to existing bitcoin wallets

  • Supporting multi-device, multi-application access to a single wallet

  • Allowing wallets to make UX, Security, or Privacy tradeoffs

//WALLETS//

Dapper | @HelloDapper

Dapper is a smart contract wallet, currently available as a chrome extension and an Android app, with iOS support coming soon.  

Dapper Labs announced the public release of Dapper for Android devices! It comes with the speed, security, and features of the Dapper Chrome extension. Dapper Labs plans to add newer features soon. 

Download Dapper, try it out, and let them know what you think! 

Argent | @argentHQ

Argent is an easy-to-use, mobile, smart wallet for Ethereum apps and tokens. 

Argent integrated the DAI Savings Rate (DSR) from Maker DAO directly into its mobile, smart wallet. It’s currently available on iOS, with Android on the way. This lets users easily earn ~8% APR on their DAI with just a few clicks. 

MyEtherWallet | @myetherwallet

MEW is a free, client-side interface for users to interact with the Ethereum blockchain. 

MyEtherWallet has added support for Unstoppable Domains. MEW users can point their long alpha-numeric public address into a readable name with a .crypto ending, like MyEtherWallet.crypto. 

Status | @ethstatus

Status is an open-source, secure, private messenger, crypto wallet, and Web3 browser. 

Status gave us a peek into the upcoming v1 release of its hybrid messenger-wallet.

Alice | @HeyAliceApp

The WeChat of the Web3 World. It’s a SuperD/app that houses all your favorite applications, even non-crypto like duck duck go, as mini-dapps

If you missed their silent and secret release onto the Apple App Store, Alice recently and publicly announced that they have been live for about two weeks now.

The team has shared they are bringing NFT transfers to Alice. 

//HOT MESH//

Althea | @AltheaNetwork

Althea is a system that lets routers pay each other for bandwidth, which allows people to set up decentralized Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in their communities. 

Althea welcomes a new Altheahood Wave7 in Enfield, North Carolina. In the Althea Development Update #81, we find out that the usage history storage has been compressed for an 85% reduction in disk space and learn about the fixes related to Beta 11, such as but not limited to, a bug where nodes may run slowly and fail to validate all payments indefinitely. 

Deborah Simpier, Co-Founder of Althea, shares the dISP’s new wifi hotspot feature, which allows individuals in the within range to buy bandwidth from a mobile phone with xDAI. Also, Deborah will be presenting Althea during the Intro to PoS Protocols seminar at the Trust-Less 2020 Proof of Stake Validator Summit. 

//PODCASTS//

Chorus One Podcast | @ChorusOne

Stake Capital DAO: Revenue-Sharing and Liquid Staking with Julien Bouteloup and Leopold Joy

Wizard of DApps | @WizardOfDApps

The 'Marble Cards Controversy' with Matthew (@bread_KRumbs) + Johan Unger and Mattias Tyrberg

Software Engineering Daily | @software_daily

Amazon EC2 with Dave Brown

Zero Knowledge | @zeroknowledgefm

Latest recursive SNARKitecture with Izaak Meckler from O(1)Labs

Into the Ether | @ethub_io

Aave: Unleashing More Potential in DeFi

POV Crypto Podcast | @POVCryptoPod

Who is Udi Wertheimer? w/ Udi Wertheimer

Blockcrunch | @theBlockcrunch

A Bitcoiner's Take on Cryptocurrencies - Stephan Livera

Base Layer | @DavidJNage

Alex Gluchowski (Matter Labs)

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