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  1. Halo-Sarah

    What is Draggin' Dragons?

    What is Draggin Dragons? Breed, battle and bet on racing Dragons. Cheer your dragon on as they triumph in a hair-raising run for the championship! https://www.blockandchain.games/draggin-dragons.html
  2. Halo-Sarah

    Dragon Bio: Qimbainod

    Qimbainod, pronounced as ‘chim-by-nod’ and whose name means ‘swift wind’, is one of the fairest and rarest of the Mythic Dragons. https://www.blockandchain.games/draggin-dragons.html
  3. Halo-Sarah

    Blockfight Character: 'Amorial'

    Amorial, also known as the ‘Dream Bender’, is a sociopath who uses his abilities to corrupt and twist the minds of others.
  4. Halo-Sarah

    Dragon Bio: Yrsyntom

    Yrsyntom, pronounced as 'ear-sin-tome', was always the fastest flyer growing up. https://www.blockandchain.games/draggin-dragons.html
  5. Halo-Sarah

    Developers Blog

    Devin Seto, Head of Games: The idea to build a racing game on the blockchain came early in the life of Block and Chain Games. We wanted to demonstrate that blockchain games don’t have to be slow-paced, turn-based and all around boring. Instead, we decided to produce a player experience that was dynamic, exciting and thoroughly engaging. Originally, we wanted to pay homage to 8-bit games of yesteryear. In fact, we still have the prototype of the original gameplay. But we realized as time went by that, if we want to make a real impact on the blockchain industry and make a game that has broad appeal, we really needed higher quality graphics and animations. We also knew we needed to produce value in other ways. Because we work in cryptocurrency, we recognized there was an opportunity to bring about value for players through virtual goods ownership, whereby owners can purchase one of our “House Dragons” and receive a portion of their dragon’s winnings. Suddenly, we didn’t just have a racing game, but a deeper social game, where players compete for dragons and have the opportunity to earn Halo! Our upcoming open beta will be fully functional and will feature our Speed Dragons. Players will be able to play with Dragon Coins (in-game coins) and Halo, which they can also use to buy dragons. So why is it “beta”? Because some of the best features are yet to come! After the open beta, we will launch Dragon Breeding and Battle Tracks, where players can breed up to 140 dragons (and many more special edition dragons down the road) and train them in special skills to compete against each other in fast, furious, and frantic battle races. All in all, Draggin’ Dragons will be our opportunity to showcase the benefits of the Halo Platform and the Block and Chain team’s passion for great games that everyone can enjoy!
  6. Halo-Sarah

    Dragon Bio: Squishy

    Meet ’Squishy’, a loner and outsider among the dragons. https://www.blockandchain.games/draggin-dragons.html
  7. Halo-Sarah

    Dragon Bio: Nozig

    As we get closer to our launch date for Draggin’ Dragons later this month, we would like to share with you the dragon bios, beginning with ‘Nozig’. https://www.blockandchain.games/draggin-dragons.html
  8. As we get closer to our launch date for Blockfight later this month, we would like to share with you the character bios, beginning with 'Prince Panilio'.
  9. Your Player Profile will show your Top Dragons, Top Track, Your Best In Show, and all the dragons you've ever owned! Keep tabs on your stats, and burn up the tracks! https://www.blockandchain.games/draggin-dragons.html
  10. Welcome to the Owner's Paddock! Here you can view the dragons you own. Own dragons to earn a cut of winnings during the races! https://www.blockandchain.games/draggin-dragons.html
  11. Quick sneak peak into our Lootlift Lane Track for our upcoming Draggin Dragons Game. https://www.blockandchain.games/draggin-dragons.html
  12. Our Block & Chain Games Team would like to wish everyone a Happy Halloween with a sneak peek into one of our spooky Draggin’ Dragons Game Tracks, ‘Menace Mire’. https://www.blockandchain.games/draggin-dragons.html
  13. Halo-Jehuti

    Draggin’ Dragons Coming Soon!

    We are extremely excited to announce that Draggin’ Dragons open Beta launches this November! https://www.blockandchain.games/draggin-dragons.html
  14. A typical industry’s lifecycle culminates in the consolidation phase - that is, market participants eventually merge with other related companies to form larger conglomerates. Although these mergers typical show signs of stability and maturity, this process also consolidates wealth and exacerbates income inequality. Left to their own devices, private enterprises would swell into monopolies that dominate the market and impact all of our lives with their political and social influence. Many fear the FAMGA tech giants – Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Amazon – are becoming monopolies, wielding all of their massive power to improperly influence our political and economic systems. Blockchain technology, however, is a counterbalance to these mighty megaliths. Economists have been cautioning against the consolidation of the tech industry for quite some time. Politicians on both sides of the aisle have questioned the effectiveness of antitrust enforcement based on the seemingly unstoppable growth of the FAMGA and similar conglomerates. In fact, these tech giants now dominate the S&P 500—a stark difference from just over ten years ago when ExxonMobile and General Electric topped the list. Now, many fear this concentration of wealth is stifling innovation. Moreover, with only a limited number of companies prospering, tech giants’ control of the tech market allows them to manipulate our behavior. This is a particularly critical concern now that the Obama-era net neutrality rules have been rescinded. Decentralized, open source blockchain-based services may prove to be the very type of market disruption that the tech industry badly needs. It can be applied to mitigate the issues that tech giants’ consolidated wealth is causing to our virtual lives. Blockchain is a groundbreaking new innovation that is often compared to the emergence of the internet. Just as no one person, government, organization, or corporation owns the internet, neither does any one entity own blockchain. So, there is a relatively lower risk that a blockchain-based tech market would consolidate into a few monopolistic companies as it has under the traditional internet. When market control is properly distributed, the system becomes safer and more private. Moreover, innovation, due to blockchain’s immutable characteristics, opens a wave a new use uses. However, the decentralized nature of blockchain is a benefit to consumers and the average citizen who has ceded control of his or her personal data to consolidated tech giants. FAMGA and other tech companies do not only store our data, but they often bundle and sell it at an enormous profit. As a result, decentralized blockchain serves to benefit the average citizen by returning privacy controls to the individual, and even opens paths for consumers to benefit from the sale of their data. Halo Platform understands that blockchain technology is not the latest widget or gadget. It’s a totally new way to interact with people and services online. As the internet continues to play an increasingly important role in each of our daily lives, we will be relying on blockchain technology more and more. In order to make sure that nobody is left out of this next digital revolution, Halo Platform is developing an all-in-one cryptocurrency platform that everyone can use. Soon, we won’t all be subject to the economic and social pressures created by the increasingly powerful FAMGA conglomerate. Join the revolution, and check out Halo Platform today. Join the Halo Platform Halo Platform Twitter Reddit Discord Telegram Medium Google+ Steemit Facebook Youtube Instagram Github
  15. Last year, the crypto markets saw thousands of coin launches. As we all now know, plenty of these turned out to be out-right scams. Fraudulent ICOs have left many investors skeptical about ICOs. After all, with little regulatory oversight, what’s to stop companies from launching a new coin and then pocketing the funds? Fortunately, rather than running off with bags of cash to countries without extradition, many ICOs are actually working hard to develop the products they got funding for. Given cryptocurrency’s recent challenges with frauds and schemes, this is a very good sign. Lots of crypto companies are actually using the capital they raised from their coins to create exciting new products for the crypto community, and this is increasing investor confidence across the market. Halo Platform was developed by a team of people who really believe in the future of blockchain technology and the important services it can provide to its community of users. We launched a very successful ICO last year, but that’s just the beginning of our story. We’ve used the resources provided to us by our community to develop some exciting new products, and today we are working with reputable ICO’s to launch their coins and tokens on the Halo Platform blockchain! Strong ICO-Funded Product Releases Make for a Bullish Crypto Market Media coverage of ICOs is shifting from a focus on exit scams and Ponzi schemes to a recognition of the new products and services being developed from this new approach to venture capital. Halo Platform is proud to be among the most productive participants of last year’s ICO wave. This is definitely good news for the cryptocurrency market as a whole, which has seen prices creeping upwards throughout this month. Based on the recent performance of the crypto markets, the HODL crowd is breathing a sigh of relief. Crypto investors are hopeful that markets will see another bull run in 2018 as more and more companies who ran ICOs launch products. Halo Platform is Powering the New Wave of the Crypto Revolution ICOs have raised hundreds of millions of dollars over the past couple of years, and this is a lot of capital to fund new ventures. It’s critical for the health of the overall markets that crypto companies make good on their promises. If not, the exciting new technology that cryptocurrency represents may be dismissed by the mainstream as just another money grab. Halo Platform believes in the crypto revolution, and we’re doing everything we can to make sure it succeeds. Our products aren’t just something that we’re doing for ourselves, they are meant to have a positive impact on the blockchain community as a whole. As Halo Platform continues to create better and more useful products, Halo Platform users can expect good things for the future. We’re working hard to create value for the community, and soon we’ll all be experiencing the benefits of a hard-won battle for the future of the blockchain. Connect with us: Twitter — https://twitter.com/Halo_Platform Reddit — https://www.reddit.com/r/HaloPlatform/ Discord — http://discord.haloplatform.tech/ Telegram — https://t.me/haloplatform Google+ — https://plus.google.com/u/0/108336112327687734137 Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/HaloPlatform.tech/ Youtube — https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZqP3U9jFO0XTV6EYNt1dqg Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/halo_platform/ LinkedIn — https://www.linkedin.com/company/haloplatform/ Github — https://github.com/haloplatform
  16. Halo-Devin

    Speed Bumps to Mobile Currency Mining

    Some of the top altcoin miners hit a bump in their road to digital coin riches this week when Google Play banned all cryptocurrency mining apps from the Play Store. This policy mirrors the ban Apple put into place back in June, which excluded software that runs digital coin mining activities on local machines. The blockchain and cryptocurrency revolution has come, and it’s changing the internet as we know it. The giant tech companies may not like it much, but Bitcoin and the top altcoins are spinning off companies that may soon pose a major market threat to the likes of Google and Apple. However, it’s possible that this type of corporate-driven regulation is a good thing for cryptocoin markets. In fact, rather quashing competition from up-and-coming blockchain and cryptocurrency companies, Google’s policy may be another example of the type of private-side regulation that has helped legitimize the growing cryptocoin markets. Mining Apps Banned from Google Play Blockchain currency has travelled a long road to mainstream acceptance. However, digital coins still face an uphill battle in before they are able to earn the respect that the blockchain and cryptocurrency deserve. The FAMGA tech giants — that being Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Amazon — have not been particularly friendly to blockchain currency since the cryptocoin market really started taking off over the past couple of years. In fact, some digital coin enthusiasts have accused FAMGA of wielding its massive collective market power to improperly influence our opinions of digital coins. After all, FAMGA basically owns the internet at this point, and blockchain and cryptocurrency poses a major threat to their increasingly powerful monopoly. Like Apple’s new policy, Google does still allow for cloud-based mining, in which digital coins are mined through offsite servers rather than people’s devices. This move is part of a larger policy that Google is working to integrate across its platform, as the company prohibited Chrome extensions that mine cryptocurrency back in April, and it banned digital coin ads in its flagship search and display advertising services. Halo Platform’s Masternode Technology Makes Mining Irrelevant Anti-cryptocurrency conspiracy theories aside, Google Play’s decision to remove mining apps was part of a larger cleanup effort. And the company may have good reason to target miners. Mining apps have gotten a bad reputationdue to the prevalence of malware and other less-than-legitimate software applications involving digital coin mining. However, with the rise of mastermode technology, the debate over mining software may soon become irrelevant. For those new to the concept, a Masternode is a computer that processes transactions on a blockchain. Masternodes are an important part of howcertain blockchain transactions operate. Masternode-powered cryptocurrencies, including some of the best altcoins like Dash and the Halo Coin, are designed to be easier to run and more efficient. That means there’s less of an incentive to use malware to hijack computing power from unwitting victims, as has been the case in digital coin mining activities. The Halo Masternode System operates much more efficiently than typical mining operations. Our masternode network is designed to operate in four tiers, distributing transactions and allocating data in a structured and efficient manner. This masternode configuration makes transactions on the Halo Platform lightning fast, and at no cost. The rise of masternodes may soon make mining a thing of the past, and if so Halo Platform will be leading the charge in the next wave of the blockchain and cryptocurrency revolution. Halo Platform Twitter Reddit Discord Telegram Medium Google+ Steemit Facebook Youtube Instagram Github Scrypto
  17. Halo-Devin

    July 6th, 2018

    Welcome to the Halo Platform bi-weekly newsletter. In today’s newsletter, we will take a look back a June 30th’s AMA with Devin Seto and provide an update from the recent release of Featherlite, version 1.0.2. June 30th was the end of quarter and we held a live AMA (ask me anything) session with Devin Seto on our Youtube channel. See the link below for the AMA video and a special sneak peek at one of the new games Block and Chain is currently developing! https://youtu.be/kuhte0-L0_0 Our next AMA will be later this month. Stay tuned in our various social media networks and community channels for more information on date and time. Featherlite — v1.0.2 Release Notes Early last week we released an update to the Featherlite wallet. Please be sure to update to the latest version of Featherlite here. Summary of Key New Features: Loading masternodes is much faster now (10 seconds to 3 minutes depending on the speed of your connection and whether or not you are using Lite or Full node). Masternode dapp: On the top action bar, there is now a loading bar and progress indicator to show the % progress in synching to the masternode system. Masternode dapp: On the top action bar, we added a Withdraw All button to withdraw your masternode rewards with a single click. Masternode dapp: On the top action bar, we added a Toggle View button to switch your masternode view between the previous card format and a summary list format. Masternode Monitoring screen: Graphs which show the total amount of active masternodes within the network, the current minting pool and current service fee pool. Masternode Marketplace: Pending Orders have been re-enabled so you can buy and sell masternode shares once again. Known Issues and Workarounds: It may take 15–20 seconds before the masternode sync begins — sometimes 2–3 mins. But it is working. The indicator (moving bar) and text will disappear if there is an error. Withdraw All Button: Only withdraws rewards for masternodes attached to current Halo Prime. Individual master nodes rewards can still be withdrawn the traditional way if they are not attached to your current Halo Prime wallet. Detailed release notes can be found here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IWVxdAwPxPLRLD_05acOT1_GKhARiEvv/view?usp=sharing The wallet and masternode dapps are undergoing constant improvement, with most new features driven by community feedback. Here is a sneak peek at some of the updates coming in the next release: Wallet dapp will let you rename your halo accounts from inside the wallet dapp and the name will persist through to Account Control as well 2. Masternode dapp will show the tier inside the pending orders section. This will allow users to see what tier of masternode they are buying shares into without using the block explorer. 3. Price per share will also be fixed on both the marketplace and the detail view for masternodes (Active sell orders). 4. Masternode dapp will now show alias in the list view on Monitoring Featherlite 2.0 The next version of Featherlite is well underway, with much of the application already converted to the new design. During this process we are cleaning up post-launch code to be more efficient and performant. Below is a sneak peek of 2 existing dapps inside the new interface. Masternode: Below is the existing Masternode dapp within the new Featherlite structure. Navigation controls have been moved into a floating drawer and account controls to the top right of the application. Wallet: Similar to the Masternode dapp, here is the Wallet dapp within the new Featherlite structure. Customize your view: Here an example of the new interface in action. Animations have been cleaned up and the new structure provides an open canvas for creating new functionality. Exchange Update HaloDEX has made great headway with our finalized UI mockups and the front end implementation well underway, whilst the smart contracts and exchange protocol are being worked with the assistance of another recent hire. HaloX also saw great headway this sprint with further hardening and testing of the back end and the front end trading dashboard. At this stage it’s tough to say whether an exchange listing or one of the above will come first, but it’s certainly an exciting time and we cannot wait to see where the road will lead in the short term. Block & Chain Games Update While the Block & Chain team has been working on several games, we revealed one of them in a sneak peak during the AMA this past weekend. Draggin’ Dragons will be more than just a racing game. With breeding, trading, training, and collecting, players can build up their “stable” of dragons and earn Halo whenever their Dragon wins a race! This is just the beginning of the Block & Chain games slate! User Information Masternode Instructions Setting up and using a masternode is simple with the Halo Platform. Featherlite walks you through the necessary steps to acquire, deploy, join, watch, and collect awards from your masternode. For detailed instructions with images, go here:https://wiki.haloplatform.tech/Masternodes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7BNkGWqJ4o Masternode Estimated Reward Payouts If you’re curious about masternode reward payouts, refer to the below spreadsheet. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ghIixsf4WSrd9RYEAEc3lzuB8pq9MX9mi27h39GJL-U/edit#gid=826076888 Block Explorer Check out our searchable block explorer to take a close look at any block or transaction on the chain. In the coming days you’ll be able to see transactions for each wallet address on chain: https://explorer.haloplatform.tech/. View our progress on our roadmap.https://www.haloplatform.tech/roadmap.html Connect with us in social media Twitter — https://twitter.com/Halo_Platform Reddit — https://www.reddit.com/r/HaloPlatform/ Discord — http://discord.haloplatform.tech/ Telegram — https://t.me/haloplatform Google+ — https://plus.google.com/u/0/108336112327687734137 Steemit — https://steemit.com/@haloplatform Medium — https://medium.com/@haloplatform Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/HaloPlatform.tech/ Youtube — https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZqP3U9jFO0XTV6EYNt1dqg Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/halo_platform/ LinkedIn — https://www.linkedin.com/company/haloplatform/ Scrypto — https://scrypto.io/u/haloplatform ONG — https://ong.social/haloplatform Where to Get Help If you run into any issues with any of our products (and you’ve tried refreshing and full node and that doesn’t fix it), there are numerous ways to reach out to us: Email: support@haloplatform.tech Discord: http://discord.haloplatform.tech/ (our moderators and support are online almost 24 hours a day. Special thanks to Moggy, Abe, Jay B., Pesh, and SeriousBasil237). Website (we have a support platform built in):https://www.haloplatform.tech/ — Thank you! ^Everyone @ Halo Platform
  18. Halo-Devin

    July, 20th 2018

    In today’s newsletter, we have some exciting details to cover on the launch of our decentralized exchange, HaloDex. HaloDex is nearly complete! With HaloDex, users will be able to trade HALO with other cryptocurrency pairs within the Featherlite wallet or dedicated web portal. There will be no need to download a 3rd party application, which is part of our vision of being the all-in-one crypto platform. Once HaloDex has launched, we will offer a project voting competition where the community can vote to have their favorite projects listed on the exchange. More details will be announced next week. Throughout next week, we will also provide regular updates to our community with information pertaining to the HaloDex launch. HaloDex — Features HaloDex will feature a brand new user interface that stands-out for its ease of use. The new UI will be fed by a fast back-end and powered by an elegant, intuitive user interface. Users will immediately experience an ultra-fast lazy loaded (loaded only when used) front-end. In addition, there will be no requirement to sign-up with an email in order to use the DEX. The only requirement will be a valid Halo address. Upon release, we will offer base trading with a handful of currencies and tokens, with new ones added regularly based on community selection. The main difference between HaloDex and most other Decentralized Exchanges is that they only allow trading of Ethereum and Ethereum ERC-20 Tokens. The HaloDex has the capacity to trade every coin, regardless of network or algorithm, USDT, DASH, EOS, XRP, XMR, with no limitations to our capacity for listing a coin. Also, running on the Halo Platform Network allows for a much greater execution speed and overall faster experience. Only pay gas or transaction fees on Deposit or Withdrawal, never on trades, which will reduce your overall cost per trade. Look for our more details on HaloDex next week. The satisfaction of most traders’ basic needs will be available, such as: buy and sell orders, price chart, price depth, transaction history, deposits/withdrawals, as well as volume data. We plan to submit community voting for other projects, so everyone can have the opportunity to weigh in on our next listed coins. Stay tuned for more information on community listing voting. Our HaloDex and HaloX logo competition is underway! Last week we had over 50 submissions enter the competition, which we have narrowed down for community selection. The winners of the HaloDex and HaloX logo competition will each receive 50 HALO. To cast your vote, add one reaction to your favorite logo in the #halodex-logo-contest channel in our Discord community. The selection ends quickly, so be sure to cast a vote for your favorite logo soon. Next week, we will also release our exchange whitepaper and HaloDex.io landing page to the community. The current trading page in HaloDex. HaloX Update Progress continues on the centralized exchange. This week the team focused on the API security implementation and we now have a very robust authentication procedure and policy in place. Focus right now is on the Peer-to-Peer margin implementation, after which we will be getting very close to feature completion and beginning work on hardening and testing. Look for the pre-registration site coming soon! Masternode System Earlier this week we released a patch for the Masternode DAPP. Please see below for a list of patch notes. To install the update, simply click the “Refresh” button while on the Masternode Monitoring page within Featherlite. Summary of Key New Features: All sorting and search text boxes should work (cannot currently sort by alias or pending sell orders) Watched masternodes (masternodes the halo prime account is not a joiner of) are now removable from card, list and detail view Added MN alias to monitoring list view Add sell orders table to monitoring list view Masternode detail view will disable all action buttons if account viewing is not a joiner/owner Monitoring card view shows number of sell orders Masternode Marketplace now has a loading bar to show sync progress Added MN tier to pending sell orders Price per share is corrected: total now correctly shows total price to two decimal places Fully Fund checkbox when joining a masternode now works correctly Masternode detail view Rewards Table now shows rewards/fees Block & Chain Games Update We are on track to release our first two games shortly after our exchange launches. While we are pending the formal announcement of these games and our team website, we are thrilled to share some teaser screenshots of our two launch titles: Draggin’ Dragons: Choose your track and race your dragon to victory! Blockfight: Coming Soon! Halo Platform Resources Masternode Instructions Setting up and using a masternode is simple with the Halo Platform. Featherlite walks you through the necessary steps to acquire, deploy, join, watch, and collect awards from your masternode. For detailed instructions with images, go here:https://wiki.haloplatform.tech/Masternodes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7BNkGWqJ4o Masternode Estimated Reward Payouts If you’re curious about masternode reward payouts, refer to the below spreadsheet. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ghIixsf4WSrd9RYEAEc3lzuB8pq9MX9mi27h39GJL-U/edit#gid=826076888 Block Explorer Check out our searchable block explorer to take a close look at any block or transaction on the chain. In the coming days you’ll be able to see transactions for each wallet address on chain: https://explorer.haloplatform.tech/. View our progress on our roadmap: https://www.haloplatform.tech/roadmap.html Connect with us in social media Twitter — https://twitter.com/Halo_Platform Reddit — https://www.reddit.com/r/HaloPlatform/ Discord — http://discord.haloplatform.tech/ Telegram — https://t.me/haloplatform Google+ — https://plus.google.com/u/0/108336112327687734137 Steemit — https://steemit.com/@haloplatform Medium — https://medium.com/@haloplatform Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/HaloPlatform.tech/ Youtube — https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZqP3U9jFO0XTV6EYNt1dqg Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/halo_platform/ LinkedIn — https://www.linkedin.com/company/haloplatform/ Where to Get Help If you run into any issues with any of our products (and you’ve tried refreshing and full node and that doesn’t fix it), there are numerous ways to reach out to us: Email: support@haloplatform.tech Discord: http://discord.haloplatform.tech/ (our moderators and support are online almost 24 hours a day. Special thanks to Moggy, Abe, Jay B., Pesh, and SeriousBasil237). Website (we have a support platform built in):https://www.haloplatform.tech/ — ^Everyone @ Halo Platform
  19. Halo-Devin

    August 3rd, 2018

    Welcome to the Halo Platform bi-weekly newsletter! Every two weeks, we provide the latest updates on our development in several departments. In this week’s newsletter, we want to focus your attention on the continued development of HaloDEX, Halo Platform’s decentralized exchange. HaloDEX Update We are pleased to announce that the public beta release of HaloDEX will begin on August 15. The first available trading pair will be HALO/ETH. After a few days of testing, BTC and other token pairs will be added and available for trade. Shortly after the launch of HaloDEX, we plan to start our Coin/Token Voting Competition. The competition will allow users to vote for their favorite projects to be listed on HaloDEX. Projects with the highest votes at the end of the competition will be reviewed and selected as the next coin/token added to HaloDEX. These votes will take place regularly, so vote early and often. If you want to see your project listed on the DEX, outside of the voting competition, you can inquire via email at listings@haloplatform.tech. The launch of HaloDEX is the next big step forward for Halo Platform. The Halo Platform team has poured everything they have into making HaloDEX a reality, and we are all very excited to see our vision unfold. But don’t think HaloDEX is all we have up our sleeves — we will have several more new cryptocurrency tools, products, and services to showcase. The Halo Platform team has been hard at work developing new platform features and blockchain-based services that will be ready for launch very soon — particularly from our Block & Chain Game Studio. Centralized Exchange (HaloX) Update The peer-to-peer margin funding system that matches trades, manages risk, and implements accounts has been completed and tested. Our team has hardened some of the matching engine core functions to improve scalability. Currently, we are focused on continuous deployment procedures that will allow modules of the exchange to be hot upgraded to minimize downtime. Masternode System The masternode system is still receiving regular updates to improve speed and usability. A big change is coming to the statistics view, which will show a user’s personal distribution of masternode ownership and how much Halo they have invested in masternodes. Masternode owners will also soon be able to request to have their masternode terminated directly from the dapp. Finally, our new API system will provide a long-term solution to performance issues caused by chain size. Look for the latest update very soon. Portfolio The Portfolio’s interface is still in the early stages of development, but we’ve finished the dashboard layout system and are now working on creating great looking charts to display multiple datasets from multiple exchanges. Pretty soon, we’re going to have many different chart types including (but not limited to) candlestick, OLHC and pie charts to show information like portfolio holdings, price history and other portfolio/exchange data. Block & Chain Games Update In the last newsletter, we teased Blockfight! — Block & Chain Game Studios’ exciting turn-based creature battle game. In this immersive dice rolling game, players battle hi-res 3D monsters for guts, glory, and valuable rewards. Beat them all and fill your trophy room! Blockfight will launch hot on the heels of HaloDEX, but to keep stoking the fire of excitement behind this and the other blockchain-enabled games under development at Block & Chain, we are pleased to share a gameplay clip from Blockfight. Stay tuned for more updates, as additional information on the game platform and our first titles will be shared in the coming days. Halo Platform Resources Masternode Instructions Setting up and using a masternode is simple with the Halo Platform. Featherlite provides a step-by-step walkthrough of everything you need to do to acquire, deploy, join, watch, and collect awards from your masternode. For detailed instructions with images, go here: https://wiki.haloplatform.tech/Masternodes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7BNkGWqJ4o Masternode Estimated Reward Payouts If you’re curious about masternode reward payouts, refer to the below community create spreadsheet. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ghIixsf4WSrd9RYEAEc3lzuB8pq9MX9mi27h39GJL-U/edit#gid=826076888 Block Explorer Check out our searchable block explorer to take a close look at any block or transaction on the chain. In the coming days you’ll be able to see transactions for each wallet address on chain: https://explorer.haloplatform.tech/. View our progress on our roadmap.https://www.haloplatform.tech/roadmap.html Connect with us in social media Twitter — https://twitter.com/Halo_Platform Reddit — https://www.reddit.com/r/HaloPlatform/ Discord — http://discord.haloplatform.tech/ Telegram — https://t.me/haloplatform Google+ — https://plus.google.com/u/0/108336112327687734137 Steemit — https://steemit.com/@haloplatform Medium — https://medium.com/@haloplatform Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/HaloPlatform.tech/ Youtube — https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZqP3U9jFO0XTV6EYNt1dqg Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/halo_platform/ LinkedIn — https://www.linkedin.com/company/haloplatform/ Where to Get Help If you run into any issues with any of our products (and you’ve tried refreshing and full node and that doesn’t fix it), there are numerous ways to reach out to us: Email: support@haloplatform.tech Discord: http://discord.haloplatform.tech/ (our moderators and support are online almost 24 hours a day. Special thanks to Moggy, Abe, Jay B., Pesh, and SeriousBasil237). Website (we have a support platform built in):https://www.haloplatform.tech/ — ^Everyone @ Halo Platform
  20. Halo-Shannon

    August 17th, 2018

    Welcome to the Halo Platform Bi-Weekly newsletter! This is where we provide updates on recent developments and announcements for upcoming news, products, and events. HaloDEX was released on testnet on August 16th. If you would like to test our new decentralized exchange, download and install the latest version of Featherlite here. We have also provided an instruction manual to help users become more familiar with the decentralized exchange and understand how HaloDEX works. You can find the instructions here. For more information, check out our FAQ. Support will be readily accessible in the #dex-testing channel on Discord or by email support@haloplatform.tech. Accessing HaloDEX on TestNet Featherlite Updates: In addition, there have been many updates on Halo Platform’s wallet Featherlite. See below for the full list.: Wallet 1.0 changelog: Transaction hex are not longer truncated Users can now create feather accounts from wallet Fixed sending validation Fixed some rounding and balance display errors Added true transaction history Fixed send all to always send all (used to leave .000000001 halo) Masternode Dapp 2.2.0 changelog: Fixed bug that sometimes caused funding address to disappear from provision form. Fixed overfund error message. Added new feature to select sell orders and buy all selected sell orders. Fixed bug that caused only the first card in monitoring card view to update when withdrawing all rewards. Updated UI for monitoring statistics and added new account-based statistics. Added new feature to request termination of masternodes. Added new feature for joining private masternodes to masternodes. Added new feature, prompts user to unlock account if they attempt an action with a locked account. Refactored masternode manage/detail view sell orders to include all sell orders for the masternode. Featherlite 1.1.0: Updated PP and ToS Block users from going forward while data.json is loading Fixed a bug where users were not blocked from blacklist accounts sometimes Added batch transactions Refactor confirmation messages to distinguish between transactions and contract interactions Added HaloDEX on testnet Configurable menu depending on network id Fix confirmation rejection not being passed down to dapps Be sure to set your calendar for August 26th at 1PM EST for our next AMA with Michael Quale, Halo Platform’s Chief Technology Officer and 25-year software development veteran. Michael has experience in software design, modeling, integration, and migration to meet highly available, scalable, and secure cloud solutions. Michael will be able to answer questions regarding security, performance, and scalability on Halo Platform. If you have questions, submit them using this form or tweet it to us at @HaloPlatform. Please use hashtag #AMA with your question. Another big date coming up is Monday, August 20th at 7–7:30 AM EST/PST. Halo Platform will be featured on AMC Networks’ NewsWatch. We are very excited to be featured on national television and get exposure on a great program like NewsWatch. Other Exchange Updates: It’s been a long, busy few weeks for the HaloDEX team, and we’ve been committing our best and brightest to launching our decentralized exchange. The amazing features available on HaloDEX, will certainly be worth the wait. This system provides a persistent websocket connection to our DEX API. What that means is that since Halo Platform’s chain is so fast, orders execute in near real-time and updates and price action movements will be almost instantaneous. We are aiming to please even the most demanding traders, so we built HaloDEX with everything active crypto traders need. Work on our centralized exchange (HaloX) continues to move forward in parallel with the current focus on back end development. With the back end functionality is complete, the codebase has undergone a major refactor to create a library of well documented and reusable functions to allow us to scale up quickly in the future. The final piece of the puzzle on HaloX is the API to connect the front and back end pieces which will be quickly followed with Unit Testing, Simulation Testing and rigorous software and hardware optimizations. Block & Chain Games Update: This sprint, we are working on wrapping up Blockfight (which we introduced to you in the last newsletter). We are also integrating it into the platform. The API’s created for HaloDEX and Featherlite will work with the game to make gameplay and currency flows as seamless as possible. In addition to cryptocurrency, Blockfight will also have a traditional soft currency, which can be purchased with Fiat and cannot be cashed out of the game. This will ensure the game has a free-to-play element, as soft currency will be given as daily rewards to loyal players. We won’t restrict players to only buy cryptocurrency in order to play our games. Rather, we want to introduce them to the Halo Platform through a system that is familiar to them. Most traditional gamers will likely use soft currency in our games and graduate to cryptocurrency as they become more familiar with it. This is a fundamental element to our growth strategy for Block & Chain games and the platform as a whole. Next week, we are going to launch our new website. That will also kick off a campaign of social media updates, videos and newsletters, much like we’re doing with the Halo Platform. We are going to reach beyond the US and establish a social media presence in numerous countries where social and crypto games are growing in popularity. Here is a sneak peek of our new home page: Halo Platform Resources: Masternode Instructions Setting up and using a masternode is simple with the Halo Platform. Featherlite walks you through the necessary steps to acquire, deploy, join, watch, and collect awards from your masternode. For detailed instructions with images, go here: https://wiki.haloplatform.tech/Masternodes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7BNkGWqJ4o Masternode Estimated Reward Payouts If you’re curious about masternode reward payouts, refer to the below spreadsheet created by the community. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ghIixsf4WSrd9RYEAEc3lzuB8pq9MX9mi27h39GJL-U/edit#gid=826076888 Please note, this spreadsheet is not an official Halo Platform document, not is it provided as a statement of expected returns. Please use it at your own discretion. Block Explorer Check out our searchable block explorer to take a close look at any block or transaction on the chain. In the coming days you’ll be able to see transactions for each wallet address on chain: https://explorer.haloplatform.tech/. View our progress on our roadmap. https://www.haloplatform.tech/roadmap.html Connect with us on social media Twitter — https://twitter.com/Halo_Platform Reddit — https://www.reddit.com/r/HaloPlatform/ Discord — http://discord.haloplatform.tech/ Telegram — https://t.me/haloplatform Google+ — https://plus.google.com/u/0/108336112327687734137 Steemit — https://steemit.com/@haloplatform Medium — https://medium.com/@haloplatform Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/HaloPlatform.tech/ Youtube — https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZqP3U9jFO0XTV6EYNt1dqg Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/halo_platform/ LinkedIn — https://www.linkedin.com/company/haloplatform/ Github — https://github.com/haloplatform Where to Get Help If you run into any issues with any of our products (and you’ve tried refreshing and full node and that doesn’t fix it), there are numerous ways to reach out to us: Email: support@haloplatform.tech Discord: http://discord.haloplatform.tech/ (our moderators and support are online almost 24 hours a day. Special thanks to Moggy, Abe, Jay B., Pesh, and SeriousBasil237). Website (we have a support platform built in): https://www.haloplatform.tech/ — ^Everyone @ Halo Platform
  21. The blockchain and cryptocurrency revolution has hit hard and fast. Digital coin entrepreneurs are offering new opportunities every day, and it can be hard to tell what makes the best crypto exchange for you. One exciting new development in the cryptocoin markets that is sure to benefit everyone in the digital coin community, however, is the rise of decentralized exchange sites. Halo Platform is building the most diverse and user-friendly cryptocurrency toolboxes on the web. The latest addition to our customizable suite of services is HaloDEX — our secure and low-cost decentralized exchange. But what sets decentralized exchanges apart, and why is it that many in the crypto community are calling decentralized exchanges the future of the cryptocoin market? Centralized and Quasi-Decentralized Exchanges Getting down to the nitty-gritty, there are two major types of cryptocurrency exchanges: centralized and decentralized. However, centralized exchanges are also broken down based on whether they are custodial or non-custodial. Custodial exchanges, including Coinbase, Bitfinex, and Gemini, manage user assets through an internal ledger that maintains the balances in users’ digital coin wallets. Custodial exchange sites are the most traditional form of centralized digital coin trading. They typically allow for quick processing time, and millions of people around the world rely on them for their daily digital coin trades. Unfortunately, however, these centralized exchanges commonly hold huge amounts of funds in centralized wallets, which are commonly targeted by cybercriminals seeking to hack in and steal exchange users’ digital coins. In comparison, non-custodial exchanges, which can be characterized as quasi-decentralized, do not directly manage users’ wallets. This hybrid approach offers some security benefits, but they do not operate in the fully trustless environment of a decentralized exchange site. It’s possible that a security breach can be prevented by more robust smart contract development, but it’s up to the developer to design it with appropriate safeguards in mind, and ultimately the consumer to do their homework to determine what security measures are in effect. Decentralization Brings a New Wave of Crypto Exchanges The third category is that of decentralized exchanges, which many believe to be the future of the cryptocoin market. Decentralization — which is characterized by a lack of centralized management — has been a hallmark of the blockchain and cryptocurrency revolution. However, there are only a few decentralized exchanges (commonly referred to as “DEX”) in existence due to the technological challenges associated with building such an advanced software application. Halo Platform’s skilled team of programmers, software architects, and cryptocurrency experts have worked night and day to develop the advanced blockchain technology that supports HaloDEX. Unlike exchanges that rely on the Ethereum blockchain and ERC-20 tokens, Halo Platform runs HaloDEX on its own blockchain that is orders of a magnitude faster than Ethereum’s blockchain. The HaloDex uses advanced technology to ensure all connected clients receive updates in realtime allowing the chain to handle what it is meant to handle, the ledger changes. That makes HaloDEX scalable to accommodate high demand in addition to being truly trustless and lightning fast. While there are a few other decentralized exchange sites out there, few can match the quality and sophistication of HaloDEX, which has the potential to become the most popular crypto exchange on the web. To find out more about HaloDEX and the other exciting offerings from Halo Platform, join our community. Twitter — https://twitter.com/Halo_Platform Reddit — https://www.reddit.com/r/HaloPlatform/ Discord — http://discord.haloplatform.tech/ Telegram — https://t.me/haloplatform Google+ — https://plus.google.com/u/0/108336112327687734137 Steemit — https://steemit.com/@haloplatform Medium — https://medium.com/@haloplatform Facebook — https://www.facebook.com/HaloPlatform.tech/ Youtube — https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZqP3U9jFO0XTV6EYNt1dqg Instagram — https://www.instagram.com/halo_platform/ LinkedIn — https://www.linkedin.com/company/haloplatform/
  22. The overwhelming gender gap in the technology and financial industries is an undeniable fact. However, every new technological development brings with it the potential for market changes. Amid the current cryptocurrency boom, many are wondering whether blockchain technology will open up new doors for women in tech, or whether its entanglement of tech and finance will only serve to further gender divides. The answer to this query is encouraging, as more and more women are founding, leading, and participating in up-and-coming blockchain companies. Without input from multiple viewpoints, we’re in danger of creating an echo chamber where innovation is all but impossible. The Halo Platform Team is working to build the cryptocurrency platform of the future, and we understand that diversity of thought and opinion will be critical to our success. As a result, Halo Platform is excited to be at the cutting-edge of the blockchain revolution, which is creating important new economic opportunities for women in tech. ICOs Open Up New Opportunities for Women in Tech Narrowing the gender divide in the technology industry requires the creation of more opportunities for entrepreneurship, hiring, and advancement for women in tech. As it turns out, the recent ICO boom may have actually boosted female participation the technology sector. ICOs provide cryptocurrency startups a means to fundraise in a manner that does an end run around traditional avenues, such as venture capitalist and investment loans. However, since ICOs are decentralized, they avoid some of the inherent discrimination and biases built in to our existing financial services industry. By working directly with the community, a talented female tech entrepreneur can avoid the “old boys’ club” that has contributed to economic gender gaps for generations. Blockchain Companies Create Increasing Demand For Women in STEM ICOs have created a more gender-equitable way of raising capital. However, this isn’t the only potential benefit the blockchain may offer to women in tech. The cryptocurrency phenomenon has resulted in an explosion in demand for blockchain developers. As more jobs are created, new opportunities at blockchain companies will open up doors for women with Science, Tech, Engineering and Math (STEM) degrees looking for their next career. New demand for developers, programmers, product managers, and many other roles will also stimulate new training programs that will help raise up the next generation of women in tech. One day soon, blockchain technology will be incorporated into all of our lives. It’s used and useful for almost everything. Current applications range from finance, real estate, healthcare, government, personal and real property ownership, and even environmental preservation. What the blockchain will ultimately make possible is anyone’s guess. However, as new opportunities for women develop in the cryptocurrency and blockchain technology markets, the blockchain revolution may give way to a more equitable society in the future. Halo Platform sees the big picture, and we’re glad to promote and practice diversity within the blockchain technology movement. We’re disrupting the biased and broken institutions that have kept too many people down for too long, and we’re doing that by offering blockchain-based services that are useful to everyone. As blockchains become an increasingly important part of the way we live and work, new opportunities for women and minorities will open up possibilities for a brighter future. Join the Halo Platform Halo Platform Twitter Reddit Discord Telegram Medium Google+ Steemit Facebook Youtube Instagram Github
  23. The concept of decentralization is pivotal to the blockchain and cryptocurrencies that run on it. The notion itself is pretty basic — a decentralized system simply operates without centralized control. But when it comes to secure exchanges for trading altcoins, is the difference between centralization and decentralization meaningful? And if so, should you look for decentralized exchange sites when selecting your next best crypto exchange? Centralized vs. Decentralized Exchanges Blockchain and cryptocurrency technology were built on the premise that secure transactions can be achieved without the need for a central authority.Unlike traditional third-party payment processors like PayPal or Mastercard, cryptocurrencies can self-verify every transaction made by the people who use them. Whether they are using digital coins to make purchases, accepting crypto as payment for goods and services, or trading altcoins, every transaction performed using a decentralized blockchain currency is performed trustlessly and securely. This avoids the time and expense of verifying transactions manually, which has been the standard for online transactions up until now. When it comes to cryptocurrency exchange websites, however, centralization remains a core concept. Just like PayPal, centralized exchanges are run by companies that manage and earn revenue from transactions on the platform. Decentralized cryptocoin markets, on the other hand, run through ablockchain relying on a peer-to-peer protocol. So, trading altcoins is done through dozens or even hundreds of independent nodes and masternodes. Transactions occur only when the nodes come to a consensus based on the exchange’s verification rules. This process typically takes more time than the near-instant transactions digital coin traders see on popular centralized exchanges, but decentralization carries with it several key benefits. Benefits of Decentralization The main benefit of decentralization is the security associated with operating on a trustless system. Since 2011, there have been at least 56 known cyberattacks on centralized cryptocurrency exchanges. Hackers have made off with hundreds of millions of dollars worth of digital coins owned by individual investors but maintained in wallets at centralized exchanges. This is possible because digital coin traders access their cryptocurrencies held on public exchanges using public-key encryption. Public-key encryption is very secure and reliable, but there’s no telling whether the centralized exchange holding the associated private key is following all of the necessary security measures. And once cybercriminals have gotten into a centralized crypto exchange, there’s little that can be done to stop them from pillaging coin wallets until there’s nothing left. Decentralized exchange users keep the private keys to their digital coin wallets. So, rather than trusting the company running the cryptocurrency exchange of your choosing to keep your funds safe, you can ensure your digital coins are protected. By simply following all of the proper best practices for private key management, you can make sure your assets are safe while you’re busy trading altcoins. What Makes for the Best Crypto Exchange? Decentralization is the newest wave in cryptocoin markets. However, that’s not to say that they trump centralized exchanges hands-down. In fact, there are benefits associated with both centralized and decentralized exchange sites. Halo Platform offers a wide array of blockchain and cryptocurrency services, including both a centralized and a decentralized exchange, which are nearing completion. Our centralized exchange, HaloX, will be the best exchange for powerful analysis tools and easy transactions, while our decentralized exchange, HaloDEX, will operate trustlessly and without a central settlement party. Of course, both HaloX and HaloDEX will afford users full access to the cryptocoin market through a secure exchange. All in all, both HaloX and HaloDEX will offer unique benefits that any member of the cryptocurrency community can take advantage of. To find out more about what option is best for you, join the Halo Platform community at any one of the social platforms listed below. Halo Platform Twitter Reddit Discord Telegram Medium Google+ Steemit Facebook Youtube Instagram Github Scrypto
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