DAppNode is a plug n’ play full-node solution focusing on increased privacy and user control. Currently supporting Ethereum, Bitcoin, Monero, and many other blockchains.
DAppNode published “An Infrastructure Vision for Web3”. It reiterates why it’s so important to shift the model from cloud providers to a self-sovereign, decentralized network of independent node operators. Until then, DApps aren’t actually decentralized and are basically just apps with extra steps.
Full-node incentive schemes are coming with Ethereum 2.0 and Pocket Network! This will reward those running nodes on the edge.
Pocket is a trustless API layer for blockchain applications designed to coordinate API requests across a decentralized infrastructure network of full-node operations.
Pocket upgraded its network to the newest version of Pocket Core (RC-0.2.1). It also rolled out updates to the PocketJS library, Web3 Provider, and deployment artifacts (Docker and Homebrew).
Last week, Pocket launched its incentivized testnet for node operators and application developers. This gives participants an early opportunity to earn POKT that can be used to subsidize staking related costs come mainnet, making it an even more cost-effective alternative to centralized counterparts.
Alongside the incentivized testnet, Pocket announced its first bug bounty program. Bug hunters can earn even more POKT by identifying bugs in the network.
Lightning Network is a Layer 2 solution, built on top of Bitcoin, developed to facilitate cheap and instant micropayments.
On April 2nd, Lightning Labs announced the release of Faraday. It’s a tool meant to aid node operators better manage their nodes by providing insight into node activities and identifying unproductive channels. These metrics will help node operators make data-driven decisions, like closing underutilized channels and allocating capital more efficiently.
Fortmatic is a simple authentication mechanism that lets users access Ethereum DApps from anywhere with just a phone number or email, no more browser extensions nor seed phrases.
Fortmatic launched a stand-alone product Magic for application developers to implement secure passwordless authentication. The username and password security model is broken for many reasons. This is fixed by magic links, which are essentially temporary URLs that expire after us or an interval of time. It leverages Blockchain Key Pairs and Hardware Security Modules (HSMs), which can allow for emergent features like letting users encrypt their data.
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Fleek is a platform for building fast, modern sites and applications on IPFS.
As of March 31st, Terminal has rebranded to Fleek with a new focus around IPFS! This rebrand was followed up by an update. It released Teams, Zero Config Deployments, Framework Auto-Detection, and more.
This is how easy Fleek makes it to deploy a site on IPFS 👇
Talk about dogfooding to the max. Their entire platform is on Fleek, which essentially means their entire platform is on IPFS.
Status is an open-source, secure, private messenger, non-custodial crypto wallet, and Web3 browser.
With the release of Status v1.2, it introduced Waku, a fork of the p2p messaging protocol Whisper. The initial version of Waku already improves the scalability of the network by 10x, and upcoming releases of Status will continue to push scaling further along. This means it can handle many more daily active users than Whisper.
MEW is a free, client-side interface for users to interact with the Ethereum blockchain.
Only trust information coming from their official channels.
AirGap is an open-source project developing the new crypto wallet standard with AirGap Vault, AirGap Wallet, AirGap Knox, and AirGap’s Browser Extension. Other products include tezblock and Beacon.
AirGap implemented the FA 1.2 asset standard, which refers to an ERC20-like fungible token standard (TZIP-7) for Tezos. This brings support for tzBTC, a token on the Tezos blockchain backed 1:1 by Bitcoin, in the latest release of AirGab Vault and Wallet v3.1.
Gnosis Safe is an open-source, non-custodial smart contract wallet.
Last week, Gnosis Safe Multi-Sig began supporting gasless signatures for confirmations and rejections. This means users no longer need to pay a gas fee for those transactions. Free signatures work with other wallets like Ledger, MetaMask, Portis, and Fortmatic to name a few.
On the horizon, we’ll see upcoming releases such as a desktop application and safe apps.
MyCrypto is a free, open-source interface for interacting with the Ethereum blockchain.
Users can now generate a payment QR code from any of their accounts they’ve made or imported. Also, MyCrypto released a new and improved crypto-swap functionality powered by a DEX aggregator called DEX.AG.
Opera isn’t just a browser for Web2, it’s also a crypto-wallet and portal to the decentralized web.
As of March 17th, users can use debit card or Apple Pay to purchase cryptocurrency within Opera’s built-in wallet via Wyre.
Opera recently announced a new update of Opera for Android. The newest release expands the crypto purchasing feature to more countries. It also includes native support for Web3 websites with either .crypto, .eth, or .xyz domain names using IPFS.
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