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Mathematics questions pertaining to bitcoin have been included in recent high school matriculation examinations in the Netherlands. Approximately 200,000 Dutch students are estimated to have taken the OVW exam, a mandatory test for students seeking tertiary education in the Netherlands, which included five bitcoin-themed questions.
Dutch High School Examinations Feature Bitcoin-Themed Maths Questions
“Bitcoin is a digital currency that only exists online. It has existed since January 1st, 2009, and can be used as payment method in webstores and for other online services. Bitcoin is not, like standard money, made by a central bank. Instead, all bitcoin that exist are created by having computers participate in solving specific mathematical problems. This works as follows: everyone can run special software on his or her computer that participates in solving such a mathematical problem. The owner of the computer that solves the problem receives 25 (newly created) bitcoin as a reward. Because it was the case that in 2014 such a problem is solved every 10 minutes, 25 new bitcoins were created every 10 minutes. On January 1st, there were (approximately) 12.2 million bitcoin.”
Following from the preceding introduction, students were asked to solve five different mathematical problems. The questions asked that students “calculate in what year the amount of bitcoin exceeded 18 million,” “calculate from which year on the reward will be less than one bitcoin,” “determine the maximal amount of bitcoin that can be in circulation,” in addition to posing addition problems based on the formula used to employed to solve the aforementioned questions.
Netherlands Warming to Cryptocurrency
The test has been offered to students following increasing recognition of cryptocurrency on the part of Holland’s institutions.
During March, the Court of Amsterdam determined that bitcoin possesses “properties of wealth” whilst adjudicating a civil rights case between an individual seeking repayment from an unfulfilled contract pertaining to bitcoin mining. The court concluded that “bitcoin represents a value and is transferable” and “thus shows characteristics of a property right. A claim for payment in Bitcoin is, therefore, to be regarded as a claim that qualifies for verification.”
Earlier this month, the ambassador of the Dutch Blockchain Coalition, Rob van Gijzel, presented a national blockchain research agenda, which had been commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy. The ministry had created a designated committee, TopTeam ICT, tasked with analyzing the potential legal, economic, and ethical implications of distributed ledger technology in the Netherlands.
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This week the two popular Bitcoin Cash social media applications, Memo and Blockpress have rolled out a bunch of new features on each platform. Now users on both platforms can upload pictures, video, and even torrent magnets found on the Pirate Bay.
Memo and Blockpress
So far over the past couple of weeks, Bitcoin Cash (BCH) supporters have been utilizing two specific BCH-powered social media platforms — Blockpress and Memo. The Memo application arrived on the scene first during the second week of April offering BCH users the ability to write 77 character-long phrases using an on-chain method called an OP_Return transaction. Every action on Memo utilizes a transaction and an extremely small fraction of BCH and over the past few weeks; Memo has added a bunch of new features.
At the end of April news.Bitcoin.com reported on Memo adding additional features like replies, emojis, and a counter for typing. The platform was getting a lot of use seeing more than 3,000 transactions in one day when the developers added the ‘reply’ feature. Now the Memo programmers have added a ‘Topics’ section a place where people can discuss specific subjects such as adding a dislike button to Memo, Christianity, BCH price predictions, flat earth conspiracies, and any topic that’s trending on the application.
Memo Images, Video, and Pirate Bay Magnets
Moreover, on May 10, the Memo development team added image and Youtube video support to the platform. This means Memo users can upload a picture or their favorite Youtube video utilizing an on-chain BCH transaction. The very next day a user implemented a live stream video over the BCH chain using Webtorrent, Memo.cash, and Blockpress. Another added a Pirate Bay torrent magnet using Memo as well in hopes the application can be used for an “uncensorable Pirate Bay.”
Blockpress Also Adds Video and Images, and Says More Features to Come After the May 15 BCH Upgrade
Then on May 2, another on-chain BCH powered social media application was launched called Blockpress. When Blockpress launched, news.Bitcoin.com spoke with the platform’s developer who calls himself ‘Attila’ and is a big believer in the future of BCH. At launch, Blockpress offered a similar Memo-like platform but looked like a Twitter UI and had the ability to add an avatar picture, and profile cover photo. Just like Memo, the Blockpress platform enables the ability to publish 77 characters via the Bitcoin Cash network.
Then three days ago the Blockpress developer added the ability to add images to posts, a notification feed, community topics, and a sidebar of your followed profiles on Blockpress. Just like the Memo application, a bunch of people are testing out the platform’s newest features. Further, Attila says after the May 15 BCH upgrade the Blockpress platform will have the ability to upload much longer content (Tumblr style — via IPFS and also a 220-byte OP_Return update on May 15).
So far on both platforms, there’s a lot of users sharing their thoughts and content with Memo taking the lead on users since it was launched two weeks before Blockpress. Both BCH-based applications seem to be following a competitive path towards adding new features like images and videos. It will be interesting to see what kind of capabilities Memo and Blockpress get after the upgrade next week.
What do you think about the new features on Memo and Blockpress? Have you tested any of these platforms yet? Let us know in the comments below.
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This week the company BRD (formally Bread Wallet) released its anticipated ‘Augustus’ wallet release which provides BRD users with a bunch of new features. Not only will the BRD wallet offer BCH, BTC, and ETH balances, users can now store over 100 unique ERC20 tokens as well. Additionally, the BRD development team has added a secure in-wallet digital trading service for its supported assets.
BRD Launches ‘Augustus’ Wallet Release With In-Wallet Cryptocurrency Trading
The BRD platform is a well-known cryptocurrency app that’s been around the digital asset ecosystem for quite some time. This week the BRD development team has launched the Augustus wallet, a release that implements a host of new features. For now, the new features are only available for iOS, but the BRD team’s community manager Alex Eaton explains to news.Bitcoin.com that the Android release will be out soon.
The new Augustus platform comes with its standard services which allow users to hold their own private keys. However, the new BRD app now offers the ability to store, send, and receive ethereum (ETH) and over 100 ERC20 tokens that stem from the ETH network. Additionally, the Augustus version lets users choose which currencies they would like to view in the wallet’s user interface, and the app will only list the favorites chosen. Another nice addition for cryptocurrency enthusiasts is the ability to trade digital assets from within the wallet due to an integration with the Changelly API.
“The way that we do the trading within the app is with an integration with Changelly,” BRD’s community manager Alex Eaton tells news.Bitcoin.com. “Eventually we want to use a decentralized exchange (DEX) and we’ve been in talks with some development teams. Aaron Lasher, the CMO of BRD, and I were talking about it just yesterday and our team does not feel that DEX platforms are ready for integration yet. So we are still waiting for some DEX platforms to be safe enough so we can feel more comfortable with integration.”
The 4-Week BRD Airdrop
Further, the platform’s native token BRD can be stored within the wallet and during the course of the next four weeks, the company is doing an airdrop registration with a limited amount of spots available per week. During the company’s recent Augustus announcement, the firm explains that BRD tokens can be used for rewards and discounts that become available as the company grows, and they can also be traded on the open markets.
“We’ve been doing an airdrop for two weeks and we just started round three of our airdrop this morning — So we’re giving out so far 20 BRD tokens for every single person that registers,” explains Eaton to news.Bitcoin.com. “We’ve been doing the airdrop at weeks at a time, where week one we were looking for 10,000 registrants and everyone got 10 BRD tokens.”
“This week we are looking for only 4,000 registrants and if we hit that the amount, everyone regardless of which week you signed up for, will get 25 BRD tokens — Then next week when we start week four will have another registration cap,” Eaton adds.
What do you think about the BRD wallet and its latest features? Let us know your thoughts about this platform in the comments below.
Images via Telegram, BRD, and the iOS app store.
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The Washington Post reported Thursday on rumors about Google’s Gmail revamp, and TechCrunch and the Verge got their hands on supposed screenshots of the updated design and new features. Among the more intriguing-sounding innovations: a “Confidential Mode” that keeps email protected by not allowing the recipient to forward it, cut…
Just recently the web portal Karate.com owned and operated by a company called Karate Combat launched a professional combat league. The new league is meant to promote fighters from all around the world and showcase their fighting skills. One unique thing about the event, ‘Karate Combat: Inception’ is the fact there is a giant bitcoin symbol in the middle of the ring.
The New Martial Arts League Karate Combat Features a Bitcoin Symbol in the Center Ring
Martial arts (MA) and karate have become very popular sports these days, and mainstream audiences have been patronizing this activity for quite some time. One bitcoin-centric group called Bitproj.org, a nonprofit that dedicates raised funds towards increasing bitcoin awareness, decided to spread the message to MA fans. Bitproj has sponsored the league Karate Combat, and for doing so the arena features a bitcoin symbol in the middle of the fighting ring.
Karate Combat’s launch has recently been featured in Sports Illustrated online publication which also shows a good crisp image of the bitcoin symbol inside the ring. Karate Combat CEO Michael DePietro explains that Karate is very popular in the U.S. and starting the first league is a milestone.
“Approximately 50 million Americans have participated in Karate at some point in their lives with an even greater worldwide following, yet no professional league exists,” DePietro explains.
To date nobody has harnessed the beauty of this ancient sport for 21st-century fans and mass media appeal.
Bitcoin Featured in the Pre-Season Genesis Events
It seems Bitproj believes in the mass media appeal of the new Karate venture as well by providing sponsorship towards the fighting league. An innovative technological symbol may entice audiences to ask about bitcoin or talk about the subject during matches. Karate Combat’s league boasts 100 fighters from 30 different nation states, and the team will also appear in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Bitcoin proponents will be pleased to see the bright white symbol in the middle of the ring in these two videos of the pre-season event titled ‘Karate Combat: Genesis.’ Moreover, the bitcoin symbol can be seen over at the web portal Karate.com as well.
Images via Karate.com, Karate Combat, Bitproj.org, and Shutterstock.
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Mobile cybersecurity firm Sikur has unveiled “the first fully encrypted, hack-proof smartphone that can safely store cryptocurrencies.” The phone’s hardware and software were built from the ground up with a dedicated bitcoin wallet and a custom app store for high-security apps.
‘First Fully Encrypted, Hack-Proof Smartphone’
Sikur unveiled a new, security-centric smartphone this week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Designed from scratch with security as the primary goal, the company claims that this phone is “the first fully encrypted, hack-proof smartphone that can safely store cryptocurrencies,” Engadget reported.
The company has also created its own app store and an operating system called SikurOS, which is “a fork of Android,” the news outlet described. “Any third-party apps must be vetted and confirmed by the company before they’re available in an upcoming app store.” Claiming to have built “the safest platform on the market,” Sikur wrote on its website:
Keep your cryptocurrency in the digital marketplace’s safest wallet. The only wallet that protects via software and hardware.
Sikur was previously known for its high-security smartphone launched in 2015 called Granitephone.
The Sikurphone “has a 5.5-inch ‘full HD’ Gorilla Glass display, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, a 13MP rear and 5MP front camera and sports a 2800 mAh battery,” Engadget described.
The phones can now be pre-ordered on the company’s website, which states that “The pre-sale price will only be available for the first 20,000 units. Available in August / 2018.” Furthermore, “Sikurphone comes with a two-year license. With the device, you will also receive the Sikurplatform for free to use on your desktop PC.” The cost of the phone is $ 799 plus shipping.
Security and Wallet
The built-in Sikurwallet is a configurable wallet app made for the SikurOS. Customers can safeguard their funds “with one or multiple signatures,” the company explained on its website. This wallet “includes native support for the Bitcoin Testnet, perfect for testing new bitcoin applications across multiple platforms,” Sikur elaborated, adding:
With multisignature (P2SH) and multiple wallet support, Sikurwallet makes it simple for developers to test and demo Bitcoin applications without fumbling between other mobile apps.
According to Sikur COO Alexandre Vasconcelos, the company hired security researchers Hackerone to try and break into the device in November and December of last year. “Sikurphone was subjected to rigorous hacking tests for two months,” he said, declaring that “Hackers failed to gain access to any information.”
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Though there’s no indication it’ll be any more successful than the many complaints it follows, a federal lawsuit is challenging the Trump administration’s policy of banning marijuana at the federal level—and is led by a 12-year-old girl. The case brought against the Justice Department by five plaintiffs—including Alexis…
Block.one’s EOS ICO has raised approximately $ 700 million USD, despite EOS’ FAQ page clearly stating that token-holders will not be afforded any rights or functions. The token sale currently comprises the largest ICO to date, with the company anticipating a launch in June 2018.
EOS’ Year-Long ICO Raises Roughly $ 700 Million USD So Far
EOS is the brainchild of 31-year-old Hong Kong-based internet entrepreneur Brendan Blumer and programmer Dan Larimer. Mr. Larimer has garnered criticisms for working before abandoning both Bitshares and Steemit. A former colleague of Mr. Larimer, Charles Hoskinson, stated that Larimer “hasn’t finished a project yet.” The chairman of the Bitcoin Foundation, Brock Pierce, serves as an adviser to EOS and is a minority partner in the company. Block.one is registered in the Cayman Islands, and comprises roughly 50 employees. Development for the project reportedly occurs through an open-source development platform, and as such, the company does not have a central office.
At the end of October, Brock Pierce stated that EOS’s 345 day ICO had “almost” raised $ 700 million USD during a discussion at Launch Scale 2017, adding that the company is currently selling 2 million tokens daily. According to the Wall Street Journal, the figure is larger than that raised by “all but 10 of the 195 U.S. initial public offerings this year.”
The funds generated make the EOS ICO the largest ever, and coupled with accelerating bullish momentum during December, EOS has come to comprise the tenth largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization – boasting a total market cap of approximately $ 6.75 billion USD as of this writing. Mr. Pierce recently expressed his expectation that the ICO will raise “at least a couple” of billion USD before EOS’ development will occur.
Block.one Will Be Allocated 10% of the Total Token Supply
Despite the enormous sum raised, Block.one plans only to write the code for EOS before releasing such publicly. The company does not intend to develop the platform itself, which will be delegated to third parties “unrelated to Block.one.” As such, EOS tokens will not afford its possessor “any rights uses, purpose, attributes, functionalities or features, express or implied, including, without limitation, any uses, purpose, attributes, functionalities or features on the EOS platform.” Block.one also plans to use a portion of the capital raised to invest in companies seeking to operate using the EOS platform – although how investors will benefit from said investments is not presently clear.
According to The Wall Street Journal, many investors are choosing to disregard the lack of legal rights afforded by the EOS tokens, viewing such as likely to be no more than a benign necessity in order for the company to protect itself in the current climate of regulatory ambiguity surrounding the legal status of cryptocurrency startups. Matthew Roszak, an early investor in Block.one, has defended the EOS terms of service, stating: “I don’t think it’s fair reading into that language too tightly,” emphasizing his view that the “regulatory environment is as clear as mud.” Other Block.one investors have been more cautious in their assessments of the EOS ICO, with Agentic Group’s founder, Rik Willard, suggesting that the surging demand for EOS tokens is indicative of the current “frenzy” surrounding cryptocurrency technology.
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