Product Update: Q4 2017

Amidst holiday festivities and New Year’s preparations, we want to quickly revisit the assortment of great new features that made their way into the Blockchain wallet during Q4. Grab a fresh mug of hot cocoa (and maybe that sugar cookie you’ve been eyeing) and we’ll get into all the exciting Q4 product update details.

What’s new for our Q4 product update:

  • Bitcoin Cash becomes a fully supported digital currency
  • iOS and Android users can now access their ether on the go
  • European users can now buy bitcoin on an automatic recurring basis
  • Android users can now use our bitcoin <-> ether exchange integration

Bitcoin Cash integration

Pictured is the Blockchain wallet's new dashboard including Bitcoin Cash as part of our Q4 product update

Not too long after our launch of limited support for Bitcoin Cash, we announced that full support is now available as part of our latest digital currency lineup. Users can easily toggle between bitcoin, ether, and Bitcoin Cash to send and request funds, safely manage balances, and monitor market prices – all from one central dashboard.

Ether is now available on iOS and Android

An image of a man on a mobile phone announcing ether on mobile, part of our Q4 product update

Bringing ether to our wallet was the next important step towards making digital assets increasingly user-friendly and accessible. Building on our web integration, ether is now available on our mobile apps. This mobile interface offers users a consistent experience where they can easily navigate between bitcoin and ether.

Recurring Orders

Hand holding up iPhone displaying the new Recurring Orders integration included in our Q4 product update

We’ve elevated user purchasing power to the next level by giving our European users the ability to automatically buy bitcoin on a recurring basis. Acquiring small amounts consistently over time makes it easier for users to comfortably invest in a better financial future without having to spend more upfront.

Exchange BTC <-> ETH on Android

Hand holding Android device displaying the Blockchain wallet's new ShapeShift integration which is part of our Q4 product update

Android users who are interested in acquiring ether (or bitcoin) are now able to take advantage of our built-in BTC to ETH (and vice versa) exchange. Previously only available to web users, our Android users can now easily exchange both currencies and monitor the process from start to finish.

Missed an earlier product update? Check out all of our 2017 updates here.

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Major University in Belarus Debuts Crypto Diploma Course Following Legalization

Major University in Belarus Debuts Crypto Diploma Course Following Legalization

Following the legalization of cryptocurrencies and initial coin offerings (ICOs) in Belarus, a major Belarusian technical university is now offering a diploma course covering cryptocurrencies, their derivatives, and ICOs. Immediately, inquiries flooded in from people wanting to learn about this new industry.

Also read: Belarus Legalizes Cryptocurrencies and ICOs – Tax-Free for Five Years

Diploma Course at BNTU

Major University in Belarus Debuts Crypto Diploma Course Following Legalization
Lukashenko announcing the legalization of cryptocurrencies.

Belarus’ president Alexander Lukashenko has legalized cryptocurrencies, ICOs, and smart contracts. As news.Bitcoin.com reported last week, he signed the decree “On the Development of the Digital Economy” which also exempts crypto-related income from taxation for the next five years.

Following Lukashenko’s announcement, the Belarusian National Technical University (BNTU) announced a diploma course in the field of cryptocurrencies. Established in 1920, BNTU is a major technical university in Belarus. Its alumni include two former Belarusian prime ministers, Vyacheslav Kebich and Gennady Novitsky.

Major University in Belarus Debuts Crypto Diploma Course Following LegalizationAccording to the university’s website, the course covers “operations with cryptocurrencies,” “operations with cryptocurrency futures,” “the use of blockchain technology,” and “ICO as an alternative to IPO.”

This 1-year and 8-month long program, beginning on March 12 of next year, is available to “persons with higher education as well as senior students of higher education institutions.”

Lots of Interest in Crypto Courses

On its Facebook page, over 100 comments were posted in response to the university’s announcement. Users also inquired about shorter courses for quick knowledge on the subject. One user wrote, “taking into account the speed of applying cryptocurrencies and changes in the world…in 1 year and 8 months, it will really be too late…is it really impossible to fit the program in a month or two?”

Major University in Belarus Debuts Crypto Diploma Course Following LegalizationThe institute explained that the course consists of not only cryptocurrencies but also various stock market instruments such as stocks and bonds, as well as methods of attracting investments. In addition, successful graduates will receive a state diploma “on retraining at the level of higher education” which will be impossible to issue if the course is shortened.

Nonetheless, many users on Facebook insist that they prefer quick knowledge to obtaining a diploma. A BNTU alumni who is now a project manager at Mobipay Belarus commented, “Please note – no one needs diplomas for a long time, knowledge is more important. What then should I do with this diploma and to whom should I show it [to]?”

Other users were interested in finding out about the cost of the course, who the teachers are, the interview process, and application requirements. Regarding the price, the university wrote:

The cost of training is 966 US dollars at the rate of the NBRB [National Bank of the Republic of Belarus].

However, one BNTU alumni commented, “it seems to me that $1,000 for a year is very, very, very high.” In addition, there are a number of free online courses in English for those interested in obtaining knowledge of cryptocurrencies such as on Coursera, Udemy, and the Khan Academy. The University of Nicosia also offers a free introductory course on cryptocurrencies, which lists Andreas Antonopoulos as one of the two teachers.

What do you think of BNTU’s diploma course? Do you think they should offer a shorter course? Let us know in the comments section below.


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Belarus Legalises Cryptocurrencies to Lure Foreign Investment

When most people think about high-tech innovation, the former Soviet bloc is probably one of the last places on Earth that springs to mind. However, Belarus is making efforts to change that. Thanks to a progressive piece of legislation that was signed into law last Thursday, President Alexander Lukashenko is hoping that the brightest minds and most innovative companies from the fintech and blockchain space will choose to call his nation home.

The law legalises cryptocurrency transactions amongst other provisions. It’s hoped that these will drive private sector growth in a State that has been burdened with an overbearing bureaucracy that was left behind after the fall of the communist regime in the early 1990s. By liberalising the economy, it’s thought that the nation will be able to attract greater levels of foreign investment. In somewhat poetic language, Lukashenko spoke of his plans to create an environment suitable for technological innovation earlier this month:

“All smart and intelligent people know what stability and order are… They’re all trying to reach that shore. We’re prepared to arrange a dock and even a harbour.”

The presidential decree will make it legal for citizens to participate in initial coin offerings, as well as for companies planning them to run their operations from Belarus. It will also legalise all cryptocurrency transactions, as well as giving those making them a tax break for the next five years.

In addition, provision is being made to allow companies relief from the often-confusing Belarusian legal system. Instead, they will partially be governed by English law. Denis Aleinikov, a partner at a Minsk-based law firm and main author of the law, spoke to Reuters about the hurdles foreign companies encountered, prior to the change in legislation:

“We regularly faced legal problems. When a Western company buys a Belarusian company they try to structure the deal outside Belarus… Investors don’t want to deal with Belarusian legislation.”

It’s hoped that the decree will provide a haven for fintech companies who are often trying to innovate in unsure legal climates around the world. The security provided by a friendly legislative will surely prompt greater innovation. This will be mutually beneficial to the companies, their employees, the industry at large, and the government of Belarus. Anton Myakishev of Microsoft Belarus elaborated:

“It gives the industry the possibility to make a leap forward in its development and allows foreign capital the possibility to come to Belarus and work in comfortable conditions.”

 

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Chinese Tycoon ‘Mr. Chinawood’ Bets Big on Crypto Exchange

It goes without saying that this year has been epic for the cryptocurrency industry. A ‘Big Bang’ for a technology that was embryonic just six months ago. Big players are starting to take an interest now as investment opportunities are abundant in the burgeoning markets. According to the New York Post, one of China’s biggest… View Article
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Chinese Tycoon ‘Mr. Chinawood’ Bets Big on Crypto Exchange

Bitcoin Price Leaves Earth Again As Trades Head To $16k

Bitcoin price gained almost $2000 in 12 hours into Tuesday as the virtual currency’s correction gives way to gains and investors reaffirm their faith.


Bitcoin Price Optimism Returns

Volatility has briefly returned to markets post-Christmas, Bitcoin currently circling $15,200 according to Coinmarketcap’s average trading prices, up from $13,680 Monday but coming down from the day’s high of $15,700.

The move has dampened altcoins, with a mixed bag of gains and losses greeting investors today. Civic, which surprised by posting sudden huge advances from $0.70 to as high as $1.68 in the past 24 hours, has now deflated to around $0.87.

Having weathered a new round of bubble accusations last week as prices dipped below $13,000, Bitcoin holders meanwhile are now “more bullish than ever.”

Those are the words of BitGo engineer Jameson Lopp, who led various high-profile supporters voicing their trust in Bitcoin’s future and disregarding its current technical shortcomings.

“I’m more bullish on Bitcoin today than I have been in the past 5 years. The developments underway that have been made public are only the tip of the iceberg,” Lopp wrote on Twitter Christmas Day.

McAfee: Technical Issues Are ‘Trivial’

Also leading the bull charge was John McAfee, who asserted the current status quo of the Bitcoin network – a key factor behind criticism from Bitcoin Cash (BCash) proponents – was “trivial.”

“I have been a technician all of my life, so if anyone knows, it is me,” he continued. “The world is waiting on consensus for the right solution. Bitcoin is still the only guaranteed investment in the crypto world.”

McAfee added separately that by the end of 2018, Bitcoin would be “ten times” its current price, still conservative within the context of his $1 million 2020 price target.

At the same time, the security expert’s recent investment tips for altcoin assets have been roundly lambasted online after his picks “almost fully retraced,” as one commentator described.

What do you think about Bitcoin’s current price activity? Let us know in the comments below!


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Delivering world to Chinese sellers

DHgate.com integrates B2B and B2C models to link overseas buyers and SMEs, home-based businesses If Alibaba proved to be a digital bridge that connected Chinese manufacturers to corporate clients or wholesale merchants the world over, DHgate.com has gone a step further and is delivering both business and individual customers across the world – 14 million […]
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Delivering world to Chinese sellers

Delivering world to Chinese sellers

DHgate.com integrates B2B and B2C models to link overseas buyers and SMEs, home-based businesses If Alibaba proved to be a digital bridge that connected Chinese manufacturers to corporate clients or wholesale merchants the world over, DHgate.com has gone a step further and is delivering both business and individual customers across the world – 14 million […]
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Delivering world to Chinese sellers

“Show Us Evidence”: North Korea Invites US to Prove Pyongyang’s WannaCry Connection

TEHRAN (FNA)- North Korea demanded the US provide evidence to support its claims that the WannaCry ransomware attack was engineered by Pyongyang, while the attack crippled 200,000 computers in 150 countries earlier in 2017. Washington’s allegations are merely a “baseless provocation” used to generate tensions between the countries, Pak Song Il, the North Korean ambassador […]
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“Show Us Evidence”: North Korea Invites US to Prove Pyongyang’s WannaCry Connection

BitPay Backpedals on Payment Limits

Online Bitcoin payments provider BitPay announced last week that the minimum accepted payment would be $100. This was in response to escalating Bitcoin transaction fees during the big sell off. However, just two days later, the provider backpedaled to restore the previous minimum of $5. Last week saw Bitcoin’s biggest selloff this year, even bigger than the Chinese ICO ban in September. The crypto coin dumped 40% of its value in a matter of days,<br />Read More<br />The post BitPay Backpedals on Payment Limits appeared first on Bitcoinist.com.
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BitPay Backpedals on Payment Limits

Crypto Assets Bolster the Season of Giving in 2017

Crypto Assets Bolster the Season of Giving in 2017

The season of giving is here, and individuals all around the world have been giving away lots of valuable cryptocurrencies during the holidays. As the digital asset economy continues to gain value, people have been donating to charitable causes more so than ever before.

See also: Markets Update: Bitcoin Price Moves Sideways During the Holiday Lull

People Are Donating Cryptocurrencies More So Than Ever Before

Just recently news.Bitcoin.com reported on the Pineapple Fund giving away $86M worth of bitcoin away to charitable causes. The month of December people donated more funds than any other month of the year and it’s been no different with cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin core (BTC) is not the only cryptocurrency helping people in need, as other digital assets are now being used to fund many different causes. For instance, the nonprofit, Pathways to Education, from Canada, is now accepting bitcoin cash (BCH) donations, and BCH supporters have been sending fund their way.

70 Children Get Toys for Christmas — Thanks to Bitcoin Cash Donations

Crypto Assets Bolster the Season of Giving in 2017
Lisa and Nathan Freeman.

Further this week a few of the organizers of the Anarchapulco conference, Lisa and Nathan Freeman, gave 70 children from a local orphanage Christmas gifts paid for with bitcoin cash. Nathan Freeman tells news.Bitcoin.com that around seven months ago he bought a cloud mining contract for each member of his family. This week the Freeman’s cashed out the 1.1 BCH for pesos and applied it to a Mexican bank card. The next day the Freeman’s traveled to the local Walmart, and all the children purchased gifts for themselves.

“Today Nathan Freeman and I did something we never thought we would be able to do,” explains Lisa Freeman. “We were able to buy Christmas presents for 70 kids from the Marsh Home for children.

We were told it was a first for them as most of the things they have at home have been donated — The children were super excited to be able to pick out the exact thing that they personally wanted.

Crypto Assets Bolster the Season of Giving in 2017
Kids from the Marsh Home for Children get excited about their new toys.

Archive.org Receives 2X More Donations In BCH Than BTC

Earlier this month, Archive.org, the website that offers free access to archived collections of digital materials and data revealed it received 2X more donations in bitcoin cash than BTC during the holidays. According to the website, the nonprofit’s yearly donation drive got 45 BTC donations for a total sum $2,114. Then the website’s representative stated that they had received 84 BCH donations totaling $4,817. “BTC also has 14 transactions stuck in the mempool, for about $250 more,” explains Archive.org.

Crypto Assets Bolster the Season of Giving in 2017     The ‘Merry Merkle Tree’ Event Gives Enough Ether to Feed 100 kids Meals Three Times a Day for Three Months

Another example of charitable giving this year tied to cryptocurrencies took place in Toronto this week. An event called the “Merry Merkle Tree” decided to give Toronto’s Covenant House a wallet filled with ethereum (ETH). The Toronto Covenant House is a youth shelter that gives kids a home for six months to a year.

“We noticed there’s a lot of people who made a lot of money this year in this space, and a lot of people who have a real desire to give back and we thought this would be something cool that was just fun for a really good cause — Our community just wanted to try it out, and the results were really, really awesome,” explained Truebit executive Robbie Bent who helped organize the event.

Crypto Assets Bolster the Season of Giving in 2017
Robbie Bent (Santa) helped organize the event for Toronto’s Covenant House.

The Merry Merkle Tree event saw over 200 people show up to the Assembly Chef’s Hall on Richmond Street and raised 86 ETH (US$65,000) for the kids. Organizers said the funds were enough to provide nearly 100 kids meals three times a day for roughly three months. Bruce Rivers, Covenant House executive director, explained his organization is incredibly grateful for the donations, stating:

We are excited about this new opportunity to raise funds for our agency through cryptocurrency.

Many noble cryptocurrency enthusiasts are helping charitable causes, and some of them are donating more funds than they’ve ever been able to give. Further, people giving away a lot of digital asset donations has opened more nonprofits and charities up to the idea of accepting them in the future.

What do you think about people donating their valuable cryptocurrencies to charitable causes this year? Let us know in the comments below.


Images via Shutterstock, Inside Toronto, Merry Merkle Tree, and the Freeman family. 


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