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Crusader skeletons discovery sheds new light on the Crusades

April 22, 2019 |

A medieval burial pit in Lebanon is shedding new light on the Crusader era in the Middle East.
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Columbine memorial ceremony shines a light on community strength: a ‘senseless tragedy indelibly imprinted in our minds’

April 21, 2019 |

As the small suburban town of Littleton, Colo., gathered on Saturday to honor the 20 year anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting, the message community leaders shared was one of remembrance, reflection and forgiveness.
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Universal’s Harry Potter light show can vanquish dark but not stormy

April 12, 2019 |

Harry Potter’s magic is powerful enough to overcome black-hooded Death Eaters, soul-sucking Dementors and the like, although even the boy wizard has trouble operating in foul weather.

Universal Studios Hollywood debuted a nighttime light show this week that features cutting-edge projection technology,…


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Crescent Cash Becomes the Third BCH Light Client to Adopt Cash Accounts

April 2, 2019 |

Crescent Cash Becomes the Third BCH Light Client to Adopt Cash Accounts

There’s a new open source bitcoin cash (BCH) wallet called Crescent Cash which uses the Cash Accounts protocol by default. The new application was designed by the programmer Pokkst who built the wallet for simplicity by allowing BCH users to send funds to a specific username as opposed to a long alphanumeric address.

Also read: Bitcoin Cash Markets and Network Gather Strong Momentum in Q1

Crescent Cash Wallet Supports Cash Accounts by Default

On Monday, April 1, the programmer behind the recently published Bchgallery wallet released a new wallet called Crescent Cash, a light client dedicated to the Cash Accounts username system. Crescent Cash is open source and noncustodial like traditional BCH wallets and the application also supports the standard BCH address format Cashaddr. The application’s first release for Android is available on the Google Play store and Pokkst believes the wallet is simple and secure while combining the “simplicity of traditional, centralized money apps with the security of trustless Bitcoin wallets.” Pokkst explained on the Reddit forum r/btc that he spent a few sleepless nights powered by soda while he was coding up the application for release.

Crescent Cash Becomes the Third BCH Light Client to Adopt Cash Accounts

The app, which is only 6.5 megabytes in size, takes just a minute to download and roughly another minute to create a new wallet. The Crescent Cash wallet creates a Cash Accounts username after you choose the handle you desire. After deciding on a username, the application registers the new name with the Cash Accounts system. Users can immediately see that the name was broadcast into the Bitcoin Cash blockchain after the wallet has been created on Crescent Cash. While testing the application’s functionality, I registered the name ‘Jamiecrypto’ with the Crescent Cash app. While the transaction is unconfirmed it doesn’t have an associated number. Following confirmation, the registered name ‘Jamiecrypto#12871’ was filed into the BCH chain for the rest of time.

Crescent Cash Becomes the Third BCH Light Client to Adopt Cash Accounts
Pressing the info tab reveals the wallet’s private key and Pokkst plans to add a warning to this section and other improvements to Crescent Cash v1.1.0.

Crescent Cash Becomes the Third Light Client to Implement the Username System

To send BCH to another Cash Accounts user, simply type their username into the address field which also supports a standard address and QR code scanning abilities. With Crescent Cash, the wallet’s private key is stored on the device and the app’s website notes that the wallet provider has no access to recovery seeds. Because Crescent Cash is a very basic wallet with the bare minimum functions, the user has to open the settings section within the wallet in order to jot down the mnemonic seed phrase. The application also provides an xpub address that can be used for other compatible wallet applications. It’s important to write down the mnemonic seed phrase because like unlike other wallets the client does not make you verify that it is correct.

Crescent Cash Becomes the Third BCH Light Client to Adopt Cash Accounts

The Crescent Cash wallet is fairly intuitive, even for people just getting into the cryptocurrency space. The client with the predominately green and white design is very similar to Ifwallet and Yenom wallet’s simplicity. Right now the Cash Accounts protocol designed by Jonathan Silverblood is still very new and the system needs more time to catch on. However, Crescent Cash is the third wallet to implement Silverblood’s Cash Accounts protocol following Bchgallery and the Chinese BCH light client Ifwallet. Many of the new BCH-fueled ideas like the Simple Ledger Protocol and others are still nascent concepts and it will take time for them to make a lasting impression. The noncustodial Crescent Cash wallet is helping bolster the idea of more simplistic usernames within the crypto ecosystem. Pokkst has detailed that the next release, Crescent Cash v1.1.0, is already in the works with “a lot of improvements.”

What do you think about the open source Crescent Cash wallet for Android? Let us know what you think about this project in the comments section below.

Disclaimer: Bitcoin.com does not endorse this product/service. Review editorials are intended for informational purposes only. This is the first release of this particular software and early versions can often be buggy. Readers should do their own due diligence before taking any actions related to the mentioned company or any of its affiliates or services. Bitcoin.com or the author is not responsible, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on any content, goods or services mentioned in this article.


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This Photo Gallery App Is a BCH Light Wallet in Disguise

March 31, 2019 |

This Photo Gallery App Is a BCH Light Wallet in Disguise

On March 27, a developer released a different kind of Bitcoin Cash (BCH) application called Bchgallery, an Android BCH wallet that is disguised as a generic photo gallery app. The platform aims to provide added security through obscurity by acting as a decoy application.

Also read: New Crypto-Friendly Banking and Payment Services Launch in the UK and Russia

Developer Launches Decoy Wallet Called Bchgallery

Last Wednesday, BCH fans were introduced to a wallet that is concealed by pretending to be a generic photo gallery application. The developer who designed the new BCH wallet, Bchgallery, calls himself ‘Pokkst’ and has been working on a number of platforms over the last few weeks. Bchgallery is an open source Android-based BCH light client that allows users to store funds while keeping the wallet hidden behind the veil of a fake application. Essentially the wallet uses a decoy home screen and the first time the wallet launches the user must set up a PIN. To make the wallet more masked, the application’s title bar must be tapped five times in order to access the PIN screen.

This Photo Gallery App Is a BCH Light Wallet in Disguise

Bchgallery supports the BCH Cashaddr address format and also has BIP70 support so the wallet can be used to pay for things like Bitpay invoices. The wallet also features an offline mode for composing raw transaction hexes to NFC tags. Additionally, the wallet supports the Cash Accounts protocol designed by Jonathan Silverblood. The camouflaged nature of the Bchgallery wallet adds another effective privacy style wallet into the BCH ecosystem following the Electron Cash Cashshuffle release and the recent Neutrino launch. Moreover, Pokkst has been developing cryptocurrency applications for quite some time and is known for creating the BTC wallets Crescent Pay, Apollo Wallet, the Orion Client and server, and an app called Procedural Pass.

This Photo Gallery App Is a BCH Light Wallet in Disguise
Bchgallery app for Android mobile phones.

The Developers Move Over to Bitcoin Cash

Pokkst was a big BTC fan at one time and explained in a recent blog post that he “had high hopes for the Lightning Network.” However, Pokkst now considers the Lightning Network an “over-engineered mess.” First, Pokkst post details that attempting to walk someone through opening a channel and routing a large payment is a horrible experience. The developer’s post, called “Why I’m Moving to BCH,” highlights that Pokkst isn’t against the Lightning Network per se but thinks it could have been designed so much better.

This Photo Gallery App Is a BCH Light Wallet in Disguise
Pokkst was a big BTC fan at one time but recently joined the BCH community and has decided to port his apps to the BCH chain.

“The biggest issue that stands out to me is stating we need to keep blocks small to keep nodes decentralized — I agree with that, unfortunately, the 1MB block size limit has become unbearable,” Pokkst’s blog post adds. The programmer’s critique further states:

They say it’s to keep the cost of running a node down, but at the same time we’re paying $ 50+ dollars in transaction fees (in 2017) and roughly $ 1.00 in transaction fees in 2019 — That simply does not make any sense.

Pokkst concludes that he doesn’t mean any harm to his Bitcoin friends but has decided to choose a different path. Even though Pokkst is moving to BCH, in the broader sense of the Bitcoin movement he is still there fighting the corrupt governments and central banks. Following the post, Pokkst demonstrated he meant business when he ported the photo gallery wallet over to Bitcoin Cash. Moreover, the developer has been working on his other project Crescent Pay which will use handles similarly to the Hand Cash wallet which is now solely for BSV. Crescent Pay aims to offer a simplified BCH wallet without the complicated and long alphanumeric string addresses.

What do you think about the Bchgallery application? What do you think about Pokkst’s decision to port his applications over to BCH? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Disclaimer: Bitcoin.com does not endorse this product/service. Review editorials are intended for informational purposes only. Readers should do their own due diligence before taking any actions related to the mentioned company or any of its affiliates or services. Bitcoin.com or the author is not responsible, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on any content, goods or services mentioned in this article.


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In San Francisco, a fight over a homeless shelter shines a harsh light on a conflicted population

March 30, 2019 |

As of 2017, there were roughly 7,000 people living without homes in San Francisco, a number that comprises minors — a lot of them. The San Francisco Unified School District estimates that as of 2017, roughly 2,100 of the children in the school system were homeless —  a number that it said looked to be escalating, not shrinking.

While parents may not hesitate to send their offspring to these same schools, some may be uncomfortable with the idea of homeless adults and families seeking shelter in close proximity. Such appears to be the point of a GoFundMe campaign that was launched late last week called “Safe Embarcadero for All.” Its objective: to raise $ 100,000 for legal counsel to push against the creation of a shelter along the city’s eastern waterfront region.

The campaign is a reaction to an idea introduced earlier this month by San Francisco Mayor London Breed to turn a parking lot along Embarcadero that’s owned by the Port of San Francisco into a center that would provide health and housing services and round-the-clock stays for up to 200 of the city’s homeless residents.

It isn’t just theoretical. If the Port Commission agrees to the plan, Breed estimated the center could be open by summer. Thus the GoFundMe campaign, which has now raised $ 71,250 as of this writing from 180 people, some of whom presumably live in the luxury high-rise apartments nearby and others who share the  campaign organizers’ concerns that the shelter could introduce “public safety, drug use, and other problems.”

It’s a frustrating state of affairs, though some are finding inspiration in a new, rival campaign that was created yesterday in support of the center and which is fast gaining financial support.  Called a “SAFER Embarcadero for ALL,” it has already raised more than earlier GoFundMe campaign, with more than 1,021 donors  contributing more than $ 76,000 as of this writing, including Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson and Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, who has been a frequent and public supporter of Breed and a number of her initiatives.

Lawson appears to have given $ 20,000; Benioff has given at least $ 10,000 to the campaign and is using Twitter as a platform to drum up more support.

Some are heralding their involvement as proof that tech CEOs do care about San Francisco’s homeless population, which they’re often accused of exacerbating by planting themselves in the city, paying their employees high wages, and driving up the cost of everything from rent to groceries in the process.

Even GoFundMe itself has joined sides, donating $ 5,000 to the new campaign in support of the homeless center or, more specifically the Coalition on Homelessness, which has been promised the monies.

“I don’t think the tech industry is doing enough about the homeless issue,” GoFundMe CEO Rob Solomon told the San Francisco Chronicle this morning. “We wanted to do our small part, even though we’re not located in San Francisco.”

No doubt critics will argue that it’s because GoFundMe is 25 miles south of the San Francisco, in Redwood City, that the company has less at stake.

Still, proponents of the center will take support wherever they can find it.

Indeed, Jennifer Friedenbach, executive director of the Coalition on Homelessness, told the Chronicle earlier today the group is already planning to use the new funds to help with public education, to get input on the center, and to educate residents about what they misunderstand about the city’s homeless population.

TechCrunch

Bitcoin Cash Developers Launch Privacy-Preserving Light Client Neutrino

March 17, 2019 |

Bitcoin Cash Developers Launch Neutrino a Privacy-Preserving Light Client

The developers behind the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) full node Bchd have announced the beta release of the lightweight client Neutrino which is now available for Android phones. The Neutrino protocol is not only exceptionally fast, but the client is considered a privacy-preserving light wallet because it uses a concept called client-side filtering.

Also read: New Tasking Platform Lazyfox.io Rewards Users With Bitcoin Cash

Bchd Light Client Neutrino Launches Beta App for Android Users

On March 16, Chris Pacia and the Bchd full node developers announced the launch of Neutrino. The light client is now available for download in the Google Play store but the wallet is still in beta. BCH fans knew the wallet was coming, because on Feb. 29 Pacia gave his Twitter followers a sneak preview of it in action. The programmer also discussed the initial development prior to the video demo in a blog post on Nov. 19. Neutrino uses the Simplified Payment Verification (SPV) and allows users to store coins in a noncustodial fashion.

Bitcoin Cash Developers Launch Privacy-Preserving Light Client Neutrino

“Neutrino is the most technologically advanced cryptocurrency wallet to date,” reads the Neutrino description on the Google Play store. “Whereas all other wallets leak information about your transactions to third parties, Neutrino uses a new technique called client-side filtering to obfuscate your transaction downloads to better preserve your privacy.”

SPV wallets have been around for a long time (BIP0037) and not all of them are the same. Clients like BRD and Electron Cash call specific servers that validate transactions and they also allow users to connect to a custom node. BTC developers Jim Posen and Laolu “Roasbeef” Osuntokun introduced BIPs 157/158 which established the concept of client-side filtering for the Lightning Network.

Bitcoin Cash Developers Launch Privacy-Preserving Light Client Neutrino
Neutrino wallet.

‘Better Preserve Your Privacy’

The developers of the full node Bchd client written in Golang decided to utilize the client-side Neutrino wallet which is completely unrelated to Lightning. Moreover, other wallets can utilize the Neutrino protocol if they desire in order to bolster the SPV experience.

“The way [client-side filtering] works is full nodes create a filter for each block in the chain — You can think of a filter as an ultra-compact representation of all of the transactions in the block — The nodes store these filters on disk along with the block,” the Bchd developers expounded while introducing the Neutrino development.

The programmers further enumerated:

SPV wallets using Neutrino sync the full chain of headers like a normal SPV wallet, but they also download the filter for each block.

At the moment on the Google Play store, the application’s specifications state that the wallet is still in beta development and “may be unstable.” Users should probably test and experiment with Neutrino with a small fraction of funds and wait for a stable version release to use the wallet regularly. BCH supporters seem pleased with the Neutrino launch and have expressed this sentiment on social media and forums after the launch. BCH supporter “Wecx” downloaded the software and tweeted that he appreciated the client-side filtering aspects of the wallet.

“I download the bitcoin cash advanced SPV Neutrino wallet on my phone and connected it to my Bchd node — The default is advanced SPV mode — Neutrino uses a new technique called client-side filtering to obfuscate your transaction downloads to better preserve your privacy,” Wecx remarked on March 16.

What do you think about the Neutrino light client and the client-side filtering technique? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments below.

Disclaimer: Readers should do their own due diligence before taking any actions related to the mentioned companies or any of its affiliates or services. Bitcoin.com and the author are not responsible, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on any content, goods or services mentioned in this article. This editorial is for informational purposes only.


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Bud Light Super Bowl Ad Delivers Epic Surprise

February 4, 2019 |

The ads provided some much-needed entertainment during the lowest-scoring Super Bowl in history—especially a Bud Light ad that took a very dark turn. The ad, set at a medieval jousting match, was “hijacked” by HBO’s Game of Thrones to promote its final season, with the skull-crushing “Mountain” character violently…
Newser

Coroner’s Report Sheds Light on Couple’s Death Plunge

January 21, 2019 |

The sad story of a couple who plummeted 800 feet to their deaths at Yosemite National Park in California is getting a little clearer, Fox News reports. Autopsy investigations by Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department show that Meenakshi Moorthy, 30, and her husband, Vishnu Viswanath, 29, had ethyl alcohol in their…
Newser

Widow dons Santa costume, puts on massive light display to fulfill wife’s dying wish

December 5, 2018 |

A real-life Santa decked out his home in 3,000 glittering Christmas lights to fulfill his wife’s dying wish – and sends letters to all the children who write to him.
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