DIS Weekly #3

DIS Weekly covers developments in the decentralized infrastructure solutions space.

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//INFRASTRUCTURE//

BLOCKDAEMON | @_blockdaemon

In Blockdaemon’s Summer Newsletter, they’ve announced a host of new releases and partnerships. Most recently, Blockdaemon has partnered with Splunk to ensure the best of breed monitoring for their multi-cloud blockchain infrastructure. Other updates include Blockdaemon running staking / validator nodes of Ripple and Livepeer for their investors, and much more

Oaknode | @OAKnode

Oaknode launched last week with over 100 different nodes from most of the major blockchain protocols. All it takes is one-click or one command. For example, its “$ oak run ethereum/mainnet-light” to run an Ethereum mainnet light node on your machine. It also only takes about 15 seconds to setup without needing any technical skills. Here’s a video that showcase running an Ethereum node with and without OAK. OAK distributes all software over IPFS

Ethernode | @Ethernode_io

enAPI serves as the backbone of everything they build at Ethernode. The enAPI is a JSON-RPC based API written in nodeJS employing the Pristine-typescript and adhering to the Open-RPC schema. Here’s a quick rundown on how enAPI works and what you can do with it. enAPI makes it easy to create, host, and securely manage both Ethereum Classic and Ethereum nodes. It’s also pre-installed along with enDashboard built on top of it in every enKeep.  

Pocket Network | @POKTnetwork

This week Pocket has made three major announcements. The Pocket team has integrated the AION Virtual Machine (AVM) into the Pocket Android plugin for the AION Network. In their Tezos Grant Update, they announced that Pocket has forwent their own internal Tezos SDKs to instead support and develop integrations on these existing community tools: TezosKit for Swift, TezosJ_SDK for Android, and EzTz for JavaScript. Portis has integrated Pocket-JS-Core into their Web3 Provider. This makes it quick and simple to build unstoppable dapps with a universal wallet and trustless API layer. In this interview with The Iconist, the Pocket and Figment Networks P-Rep Candidate shared how their combined efforts bring double the benefits to the ICON Network.  

QuickBlocks | @Quickblocks

QuikBlocks has recently re-written their scraper from C++ to golang to scrape all of Ethereum’s roughly ~8.3 million blocks. What would have taken 20 days only took them about a day and a half. Their scraper created an easily-searchable index sorted by address with full, detailed transaction histories. This makes subsequent queries for all transactions on a given address easy and fast, promising speeds about 75 to 100 times faster than RPC. Instead of delivering the JSON data a user wants, their API will deliver the hashes to the chunks of the index that the user needs. From there, their team is building rich applications analyzing and using the historical data. Here’s a fully decentralized blockchain explorer built on QuickBlocks demoed on the Giveth livestream #22 Decentralize Data NOW!    

Raiden Network | @Raiden _Network

The Raiden Network recently published a new piece “Dynamic Mediation Fees in Raiden Explained” in their TECH DEEP DIVE series. It dives into the flexible Raiden mediation fee framework, how users can modify them according to their needs, and the decision rationale behind the chosen design. In their Weekly Update 76, the Raiden team announced the winners of their Beyond Blockchain hackathon bounty. Christopher Purta won the bounty for the best Raiden enhancement hack by building a Golang client library to interact with the Raiden Network. Other great submissions include the Raiden Burner implementation and python client library PyRaiden.

xDAI Chain | @xdaichain

xDAI is moving to DPOS. The xDAI stable chain upgrade to POSDAO is designed to provide a decentralized, fair, and energy efficient consensus for public chains. POSDAO is a Proof of Stake (POS) algorithm implemented as a decentralized autonomous organization (DAO). The xDAI token will continue as the native stable coin, while $DPOS will be added as the multichain staking token. According to their white paper, the reward structure in POSDAO is highly configurable. 

CelerNetwork | @CelerNetwork

Co-authored by L4, Celer Network freshly published “Making Sense of State Channels Part 2: How Do You Use State Channels In a DApp?” that goes over how developers can use state channels in their DApps and how to write the state transition logic for your application smart contract. Follow this link to read “Making Sense of State Channels Part 1: What Are They Good For?”. The Celer Network team has also begun a CelerX Development Tutorial series. In Lesson 1: Solo Game developers will learn to build a decentralized eSport game in under 20 minutes using the Celer eSport Gaming SDK.  

COSMOS | @cosmos

In the Cosmos Development Update, the Tendermint development team shared an update on the work they’ve been doing since the last network upgrade and the drive towards IBC. IBC is a general purpose, chain-agnostic protocol for bidirectional communication between any blockchain. The development update also includes an outline of the major features in the Gaia 1.0 release. This most recent release of the Cosmos SDK is the first to offer a Long Term Service (LTS) guarantee. Cosmos SDK is a modular framework for building interoperable, application-specific blockchains. Their SDK makes it quick and easy to build custom blockchains in Go. For extra help, the Tendermint Team recently published this developer’s guide to programming a simple blockchain application in Go. Watch this video for a primer on Cosmos, the Internet of Blockchain.

//WALLETS//

Portis | @portis_io

If you are a fan of cool crypto-branded shirts, check out Portis’ new shirt. Not only was Portis one of the early supporters and validators of xDAI, they were also one of the first Web3 Providers to officially integrate xDAI. Portis accounts the POA Network team with helping them realize their vision of onboarding the masses.   

The Portis team has finished integrating Pocket-JS-Core into their Web3 Provider. With a quick and simple configuration, DApps using Portis can guarantee that their node infrastructure remains fully decentralized, thereby minimizing risk and node failure. Check out this live example, as well as, their demo DApp Crypto Puppers to experience decentralization.

MetaMask | @metamask_io 

Earlier this week, Metamask officially released the public beta of their new mobile wallet app for both iOS and Android. With 1-click onboarding, you’ll be able to create a MetaMask wallet and take a tour of the app in about 30 seconds. Other features include ERC-721 support and InstaPay through Connext Network. Check out MetaMask’s feature guide and walkthrough to become more familiar with their new mobile wallet. 

Pillar Project | @pillarwallet 

Pillar wallet users can now seamlessly and securely swap dozens of tokens with Shapeshift, in just about 90 seconds. It’s part of the Pillar Offers Engine, which “pulls in” offers from all sorts of DEXs. Here’s how to use ShapeShift inside a Pillar Wallet

Gnosis Safe | @gnosisSafe

A Gnosis grant was given to Austin Griffith in order to build a Burner Wallet and Gnosis Safe Integration. Here’s a quick demo of Austin deploying a Gnosis Safe from a Burner Wallet in less than 5 seconds.  Gnosis is also working with the Linkdrop team to improve the Gnosis Safe’s onboarding UX. Linkdrop, a Web3 market platform for incentivizing customer acquisition, will be developing a full meta-linkdrop implementation in order to extend linkdrop functionality to the Gnosis Safe. Linkdrop enables anyone to send Ether, ERC20, and ERC721 tokens via shareable links and QR codes. This means a new user doesn’t even need to have a wallet in advance to claim a Linkdrop

Alpha Wallet | @Alpha_Wallet

Currently, the AlphaWallet team is developing a clean key backup and helpful reminders. They’ve also developed TokenScript. It’s basically like a front-end for tokens. TokenScript allows adding rich JavaScript functions to ERC20 and ERC721 tokens. Alpha Wallet has welcomed Rosa Tsin to their team to work on UX improvement for TokenScript. Congrats, Rosa! 

AMBO | @Ambo

Acquired by MyCrypto in January. Ambo launched in April on the Apple App Store. The Ambo team integrated Wyre to make it really easy for users to onramp from FIAT to ETH. From there, it only takes seconds to buy and sell tokens. Ambo was designed with security and privacy in mind, so they offer a novel, safe way to store a users’ key. The Ambo team has hinted at maybe integrating Uniswap in this reply tweet

//DEFI//

Multis | @multisHQ

The Multis team has introduced “Reverse Swaps”. This allows organizations on the Multis application to swap their ERC20 tokens for ETH. It’s possible due to a KyberNetwork integration.  

InstaDApp | @InstaDApp

This week the InstaDApp team launched “Lend & Earn”. An end user will be able to upload their DAI, and start earning +16% APR live. They’ll see their idle DAI earn interest immediately, streaming in real time. Mekyle Naidoo shares his experience of making $0.33 cents in 24 hours with $500 on InstaDApp.   

//PODCASTS//

Epicenter | @epicenterbtc

Ameen Solemani: Moloch DAO - A Simple Yet Unforgiving DAO to Fund Ethereum Development 

Into the Ether | @ethhub_io

Matic: Scalable and Instant Ethereum Transactions

POV Crypto Podcast | @POVCryptoPod

Ether: The Triple-Point Asset, with Ryan Sean Adams

Zero Knowledge | @zeroknowledgefm

Ariel Gabizon on his work with zkSNARKs and the beauty of math

Digitally Rare | @digitallyrare

Art Thou an ArtDAO, Abraham.ai?

Base Layer | @DavidJN79

Dan Elitzer & Ian Lee of IDEO CoLab

Wizard of Dapps | @wizardofdapps

Cent.co with Cameron Hejazi

Evolvement | @EvolvementCast

Mining with Solar Power and Plouton Mining 

//DIS MOMENT//

No. 1 https://twitter.com/i/moments/1135585470832893953

No. 2 https://twitter.com/i/moments/1146098208466178048

No. 3 https://twitter.com/i/moments/1150488847819710465

No. 4 https://twitter.com/i/moments/1151488370499104769

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