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XRP Transactions via Apple’s Siri Are Now Possible Thanks to an Independent Developer

XRP continues to cement itself as a multipurpose cryptocurrency with enough merits to be the most important altcoin in the market. A few days ago, an independent developer known on Twitter as xRpTo_O managed to develop an iOS implementation that allows users to send XRP with simple voice command.

iOS jailbreak and development scene has been a bit quiet lately; however, this has not stopped some developers from joining their passion for cryptocurrencies with the creation of software to facilitate the lives of users beyond what official apps have to offer.

In a video, the user communicates with Siri through voice commands in a natural way and sends 0.5 XRP to a user that Siri found in its database.

Although the video only shows money transfer, the developer has been adding several features over time. The app establishes a communication link between Siri and XRP TipBot making the app much more functional with every new release.

Ripple, Apple, and Alexa: The Big Giants Have Not Yet Given Their Thumbs Up to Hands-Free XRP Tipping

Although neither Ripple nor Apple are directly involved in the development of this app, its creation is a sign of the growing interest of the community in this cryptocurrency. While on previous occasions some critics of Ripple’s philosophy claimed that XRP did not have the necessary properties to be considered a true crypto, the recent increase in the number of users and the software developments that are being achieved to boost the use of XRP in everyday life are a sign that Ripple is successfully finding a space within the community.

The announcement comes one month after Nixer achieved a similar implementation in which he managed to integrate such service with Alexa.

However, despite the efforts of the developer, shortly after his submission, the application was denied by Amazon:

Right now, Ripple’s token is the second cryptocurrency in terms of global market cap, with a capitalization of $12,236,145,454. The token has suffered the same bearish run of the whole crypto market but actually, the gap between XRP and ETH has been increasing almost at a daily basis

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Apple Abruptly Orders Coinbase Wallet to Remove Crypto Collectible

It seems iPhone users won’t have access to the crypto collectible craze anytime soon.

The news comes after forthcoming video game War Riders was featured on the Coinbase Wallet iOS app and then quickly withdrawn. In War Riders, players drive around an apocalyptic wasteland, building up armies of vehicles – vehicles represented by non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, on a blockchain.

According to screenshots obtained by CoinDesk, a Coinbase staffer told Cartified, the company behind the game, via Discord:

“Quick heads up – we will be removing from the iOS version as we’re not able to highlight dapps that facilitate purchase of digital goods.”

The Coinbase spokesperson explained that War Riders was the only app listed within the wallet that sells NFTs.

Notably, CryptoKitties, the famous decentralized application (dapp) for buying and breeding digital cats, isn’t even featured. Although War Riders and others remain listed on the Android version of the Coinbase Wallet app.

Stepping back, Apple has long had a complicated relationship with crypto in its app store. Coinbase was itself removed for a time early on (but that was a long time back). Plus an early game that allowed users to earn bitcoin for playing was also removed.

Viktor Radchenko, CEO of Trust Wallet, tweeted about the same problem in June.

“Experience with Apple is just terrible,” he told CoinDesk via Telegram. “No communication from their on how to work with NFT’s or even with cryptocurrencies.”

Yet, within Apple’s app store review guidelines, there’s no specific language forbidding NFTs precisely. Radchenko said Apple has indicated they are forbidden under its “In-App Purchase” rules.

Neither Apple nor Coinbase have responded to repeated requests for comment.

Featured dapps

The controversy started Monday after Coinbase enabled native hosting of the dapp’s NFTs on its app.

That was the first day War Riders got native support for its NFT on Coinbase, meaning users could not only find the game by name, but also, should they purchase an NFT, it would show up in the Coinbase Wallet, according to Vlad Kartashov, CEO of Cartified.

By late Tuesday night, Kartashov informed CoinDesk that War Riders was no longer showing up as “featured dapp” within the Coinbase Wallet at all.

While Cartified is not officially describing the gameplay yet, it’s currently selling premium vehicles, of which there are only 30,000 premium vehicles of a maximum 1,180,000 vehicles throughout the whole game.

According to Kartashov, it’s not for a lack of interest that the game got removed.

“We have a very thriving community on Discord, and people have already been forming clans even though clans have not been announced officially,” he told CoinDesk. 

Plus, the game itself seems well suited to attract fans of post-apocalyptic games, even those that are tired of the same old, same old design.

“These vehicles will also be modernized and will not be from the 70s like it is in the most post-apocalyptic games,” he said.

Another token

Beside the NFT, War Riders’ players will also use an ERC-20 token called benzene (or BZN) within the game as money. BZN will be released to players through caches that will be algorithmically generated by the game within its world.

But there’s a twist here. BZN will function as a more traditional cryptocurrency outside the game, but players that acquire the token within the game must use their vehicles to safely get the BZN back to their garage in order to use it in the real world. Other players will be able to steal it on the way.

Its premium NFTs will also come with full “tanks” of BZN, so it will be on the market in small quantities before the game goes live.

Speaking to Cartified’s mission for BZN, Kartashov said, “No BZN will ever be for sale. There’s no ICO or anything like that. We are only selling non-fungible tokens.”

Cartified is only running an NFT pre-sale right now. Buyers are not yet receiving the actual tokens.

Kartashov has not been able to get any more clarity about the specific objection from Apple to his app, but concluded:

“I’m not sure what’s exactly bad with people wanting to play games.”

Image of War Riders premium vehicle, “The Lambo,” courtesy of Cartified

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Here Is How Apple Has 20 Times More Lawsuits than Ripple, and its Stock is Still Worth $1 Trillion

To being this piece, the XRP community needs to be commended once again for bringing the above fact to light. Twitter user @Ianbins brought it to the attention of Ethereum World News when he stated the following in reply to another tweet. The initial tweet was with regards to the 3 pending lawsuits against the Ripple company. @Ianbins would comment the following:

Nice to know but Apple is in like 60 lawsuits…. it just turned a $1T it’s normal in big business.

The full twitter thread can be seen below:

@Ianbins was responding to a tweet that stated that one of the pending lawsuits against Ripple will be heard in federal court rather than in the Courts of the State of California where it was initially filed. This then means there is a possibility of the federal court ‘joining’ all three lawsuits into one to expedite the process.

60 Pending lawsuits against the Apple Co. that is worth $1 Trillion

This then brings us to the other fact that the Apple company is facing almost 60 class-action lawsuits for secretly throttling and/or slowing down old phones belonging to existing users. 60 pending lawsuits means that Apple is facing 20 times more court cases than Ripple yet it just broke the $1 Trillion market capitalization only a few days ago. The current market cap of AAPL stands at $1.01 Trillion at the moment of writing this.

Analyzing our favorite remittance coin of XRP, its market capitalization stands at $11.673 Billion at the moment of writing this. AAPL’s market cap has eclipsed that of XRP by 86 times yet it has more ‘trouble’ in the courts than the Ripple company.

Also to note is that XRP and Ripple are two completely different entities. Therefore, any lawsuits affecting Ripple, should logically not affect the value of XRP. In the case of Apple, its stock of AAPL is part and parcel of the parent company.

Therefore, it can be concluded that XRP has faced too much FUD due to the 3 pending lawsuits against the Ripple company which is a completely different entity. One explanation could be that the crypto-markets only became popular around June last year when the media started covering Bitcoin (BTC). In the case of Apple, it did its IPO back in December 12th, 1980 and at $22 per AAPL. Since then, the Apple company has more or less dominated the industry of computing and smartphones.

Disclaimer: This article is not meant to give financial advice. Any opinion herein should be taken as is. Please carry out your own research before investing in any of the numerous cryptocurrencies available.


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Swiss-Based Sirin Labs to Release Blockchain-Based Smartphone in November

Sirin Labs, a Swiss-based smartphone developer, will release a blockchain-based phone in November this year, the company told Cointelegraph on July 11.

In December 2017, Sirin Labs raised $157.8 million for the project during their Initial Coin Offering (ICO), with $110 million gathered over the first 24 hours.

Sirin Labs had also previously released a privacy-focused smartphone in 2016, with a market price of $16,000. The new blockchain-based phone, called Finney, is scheduled to go to market with an expected price of $1,000, Sirin Labs told Cointelegraph.

Based on the Android system, Finney will run on SIRIN OS and include a cold storage crypto wallet, a Token Conversion Service (TCS), and a multi-blockchain decentralized applications (DApp) store. The phone will be manufactured and developed at the Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology group, a major manufacturer of products from Apple, Google, Cisco, Huawei, and Amazon.

According to Nimrod May, the Chief Marketing Officer of Sirin Labs, Finney will be run on a multi-layer cybersecurity suite that will prevent users from “for example, [connecting] to a rogue network.”

May told Cointelegraph that the company intends to open their own shops worldwide, with locations in Japan, the US, and the UK. He also noted that Sirin Labs has plans to launch its own personal computer based on blockchain technology as well, which is “going to be even less costly than the phone.”

Cointelegraph reported in April that Sirin Labs hopes to license their technology to other phone manufacturers. According to an unconfirmed source, China’s Huawei is seeking a license for the open-source operating system SIRIN OS in order to develop their own blockchain smartphone that will support DApps.

The Opera web browser also announced this week that they are releasing a beta version of their service for Android that would include a native crypto wallet.

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Facebook Director of Engineering Moves to Same Position at Company’s Blockchain Team

Evan Cheng, Facebook’s Director of Engineering of three years, has now moved to the same position at the company’s recently established blockchain team, TechCrunch reported Friday, July 6.

The software engineer has updated his LinkedIn profile to reflect the newly acquired position, and the change has also been confirmed to TechCrunch by Facebook.

Prior to this, Cheng was heading Programming Languages and Runtimes at Facebook for about three years. Before joining the social media company, Cheng was working on back end engineering for the tech giant Apple for almost ten years.

Apart from taking the new position, Cheng is reportedly consulting a range of blockchain-related projects, including Singaporean blockchain platform Zilliqa and security-focused middleware provider ChainLink.

Facebook hit the headlines this January, when the company announced that it will ban initial coin offering (ICO) and cryptocurrency-related ads on its platform. It has subsequently relaxed its ban somewhat, re-allowing cryptocurrency projects to run advertisements.

The company’s head of messaging app David Marcus announced in May that Facebook has set up a team to explore the benefits of blockchain applications across the platform.

Last week, the Taiwanese subsidiary of multinational tech firm Microsoft announced it began working on a platform for enterprise blockchain development. In mid-June, Microsoft also revealed that it started developing a blockchain-based tracking platform in partnership with Adents, a provider of product serialization and traceability solutions.

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Vitalik Buterin Delivering Blows Against Apple: Ethereum Founder

One of the brilliant minds behind the-second in lead Ethereum (ETH) blockchain network – Vitalik Buterin, has criticized heavily the tech giant Apple for its restrictive app-store policies. Mr. Buterin tweeted on the matter on the 27th June.

The move by the much respected Vitalik Buterin came after Apple’s choice on 11 June 2018 to alter the existing App Store Review Guidelines. With the act, crypto-apps all across platforms like IOS, macOS, watchOS, would be strongly. Below you can find the restrictions that will affect the crypto-ecosystem.

  • “Wallets: Apps may facilitate virtual currency storage, provided they are offered by developers enrolled as an organization.”
  • “Mining: Apps may not mine for cryptocurrencies unless the processing is performed off device (e.g. cloud-based mining).”
  • “Exchanges: Apps may facilitate transactions or transmissions of cryptocurrency on an approved exchange, provided they are offered by the exchange itself.”
  • “Initial Coin Offerings: Apps facilitating Initial Coin Offerings (“ICOs”), cryptocurrency futures trading, and other crypto-securities or quasi-securities trading must come from established banks, securities firms, futures commission merchants (“FCM”), or other approved financial institutions and must comply with all applicable law.”
  • “Cryptocurrency apps may not offer currency for completing tasks, such as downloading other apps, encouraging other users to download, posting to social networks, etc.”

What is the biggest concern probably for the new altered restrictions is the banning of crypto-mining apps. The first time when Apple went against similar applications was four months ago in March 2018 when it took down Calendar 2 from Mac App-Store. The reason was for mining digital currency in the backstage in exchange for premium services

According to Vitalik Buterin, Apple is delivering better quality regulation than most in various areas, which is not turning true for crypto-apps. Apple does not have a monopoly on mobile or desktop devices (less than around 15% worldwide market share for the iPhone, likewise for Apple’s desktop/laptop computers). Concluding with the freedom for it to implement any rules it feels are right for the user.


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Apple’s Steve Wozniak Calls Blockchain a ‘Bubble,’ Thinks Bitcoin Is Still ‘Just Amazing’

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak believes that blockchain is a bubble similar to that of the dotcom era, but that it could have potential in the future, CNBC reported yesterday, June 26.

During the NEX technology conference in New York, Wozniak said that the dotcom era created a similar kind of hype around companies that did not end up delivering on their promises:

“It was a bubble, and I feel that way about blockchain.”

However, Wozniak did add that blockchain is “decentralized and totally trustworthy,” noting that it just may “take a while” for its potential to fully come to fruition:

“It doesn’t change in a day, a lot of the blockchain ideas that are really good by coming out early they can burn themselves out by not being prepared to be stable in the long run.”

Wozniak had expressed similar sentiments about the future potential for both blockchain and cryptocurrencies last month.

CNBC notes that Wozniak singled out Ethereum (ETH) as one cryptocurrency that could last in the long term, due to its versatility in allowing developers to build on its blockchain. In mid-May at a conference in Vienna, Wozniak had also compared Ethereum’s platform to Apple’s platform, stating that it could become just as influential as Apple in the future.

According to CNBC, Wozniak yesterday mentioned the possibility of using blockchain for a social network competitor to Facebook, which he said was currently working as a monopoly in the sector.

Wozniak, who had referred to Bitcoin (BTC) as “pure digital gold” earlier this month, noted that Bitcoin is still “just amazing” to CNBC.

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Co-founder of World’s Most Centralized Tech Company Calls Blockchain a Bubble

The co-founder of a company that makes billions of dollars by essentially centralizing technology has called decentralized blockchain a hyped bubble.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak took to the stage yesterday at the NEX technology conference in New York to talk about blockchain and Bitcoin. According to CNBC he said that the hype around the industry is similar to the dot com bubble; “It was a bubble, and I feel that way about blockchain,”

He then referred to the number of companies jumping onto the internet bandwagon in the early nineties with good intentions that went bust. This can be likened to the high percentage of failed ICO projects over the past year. Wozniak elaborated on his hyped bubble theory;

“If you look now you say all that internet stuff happened, we got it, it just took a while. It doesn’t change in a day, a lot of the blockchain ideas that are really good by coming out early they can burn themselves out by not being prepared to be stable in the long run.”

Wozniak, however, is self-admitted Bitcoin bull who sold out last year; “All of the sudden it was way down, then way up in the sky,” he said. “I got scared, and sold everything but one bitcoin.” He went on to state that Ethereum had a better ability to outlive the hype as it allows programmers to develop their own decentralized applications (dApps) to run on it.

The entire concept of a dApp goes against Apple’s core philosophy which is all about control. By locking consumers into its own ecosystem, which is governed by its own non-standard standards, the billion dollar firm can retain a tight grip of control over both its products, and those that buy them.

This is the quintessence of centralization, keeping users in a never ending loop of needless upgrades necessitated by timely and expensive product releases ensures they come back for more. Just recently the firm faced multiple lawsuits for forcing software updates that intentionally slowed down perfectly operational devices in a ploy to force users into buying the newest model. If this isn’t centralization of technology, what is?

Many have compared the current nascent blockchain and cryptocurrency industry to the dot com bubble which lasted around five years. Bubble or not, we are still in year one at the moment and there is a lot further to go, especially if consumers have the desire to move away from centralized monopolies like Apple, Google, Facebook et al.


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Blockchain Platform to Challenge App Stores With ‘Borderless Payments’

A new platform is going to allow anyone to establish their own eCommerce content store and receive payments from anywhere in the world – reducing costs for their consumers and opening the door to fast-growing emerging markets. The platform would allow service providers and other entreprises to build up applications or services on it’s blockchain.

Bezant claims that many small businesses and individuals are missing out on opportunities to thrive because they cannot accept alternative payment methods. Credit cards and bank transfers are the most commonly used and accepted means of payment worldwide, but unbanked consumers without access to these services are left isolated. This means businesses are missing out on large numbers of potential clients who have money to spend.

The company says its “dynamic” blockchain-based system will help services with significant numbers of users and subscribers – such as social networks, game developers and video streaming sites – benefit from an “end-to-end distribution and payment platform” where transaction fees are greatly reduced.

According to Bezant’s white paper, major players in the global market such as Apple’s App Store are putting small providers at a disadvantage. Its research claims 94 percent of total revenues on the platform are dominated by just one percent of content developers. Many fledgling providers are left with less than 50 percent of their net revenues once marketing fees and Apple’s commissions have been deducted – and on top of this, “unfair policies” mean it can take weeks until this payment reaches their account.

The company cites research from Statista which values the digital payments industry at $3.6 trln this year – and projected to grow at a compound rate of 13.5 percent each year until 2022. The proportion of transactions completed on smartphones is also increasing, and Bezant intends to ensure all of these payments can be “borderless.”

“Instantaneous, exchangeable, global, convenient”

Bezant’s blockchain service platform will be made available to merchants and consumers worldwide through the Jehmi Payment Network – described as a network where “hundreds of payment methods” are aggregated in one place. It believes this solution will transcend limitations found in emerging markets and empower sellers with the tools they need to maximize revenues.

As well as cash payments, bank transfers, prepaid cards and billing through SMS, Jehmi will also accept Bezant tokens, the platform’s own cryptocurrency. The company believes its blockchain will be able to accommodate up to 1,000 transactions per second – more than double the number of all paid apps sold globally in 2017. Shoppers will not be charged transfer fees when they use Bezant tokens, a gesture which the company hopes will incentivize adoption.

The company says using Jehmi “enables local payments on a global scale,” as both digital and physical goods can be purchased using the fiat currencies of emerging markets. A hard wallet feature will also ensure that Bezant tokens can be stored safely offline.

Bezant also hopes to challenge major app stores through the Jehmi Content Platform, where content providers, end users and distribution partners will enjoy a “better ecosystem” for delivering digital content.

The year ahead

Most of the company’s staff are focused on development in its studio in Seoul, South Korea – a country which is a hotbed of activity for cryptocurrencies. Recent research reported by Cointelegraph shows 21.6 percent of respondents in the country are aware of digital currencies – and almost a quarter of survey participants in their twenties are eager to invest.

Bezant’s chief cryptocurrency officer is Dae-sik Kim, the founder and former CEO of Bithumb – one of the world’s largest exchanges in terms of daily trading volume.

Bezant’s token sale is now underway. The company said that it reached its pre-sale target of $16.8 mln an hour after the token sale opened and had received $126 mln by the time it concluded. A pre-sale bonus round of $4 mln was concluded in under five minutes.

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Apple Blocks Crypto Mining Apps On Its Products

Apple has moved to put a stop to any crypto-mining apps that might be used on its mobile products.

In a recent update, the personal computing company expanded its initial guidelines on cryptocurrencies. Before, the guidelines specified apps facilitating cryptocurrency exchange and/or initial coin offerings (ICOs) must comply with all applicable state and federal laws.

Now, the guidelines specify more than that. In five bullet points, the guidelines run through Apple’s policy on wallets, mining, exchanges, ICOs, and rewards that take the form of cryptocurrency.

Most notable among them: the updated policy bars any apps used on an Apple product from mining for cryptocurrencies unless performed “off device”. The reasoning behind this change seems to be connected to Apple’s policies on hardware compatibility, where it reads:

“Design your app to use power efficiently. Apps should not rapidly drain battery, generate excessive heat, or put unnecessary strain on device resources. Apps, including any third party advertisements displayed within them, may not run unrelated background processes, such as cryptocurrency mining.”

However, as previously reported, comparisons of energy consumption as it relates to mining efficiency are evolving in light of expanding capabilities and capacities –thereby raising the concern over the precedent this ban sets for current and future mining activity.

The updates to Apple’s official policy on cryptocurrency also come in light of pre-emptive measures taken by the company in prior years to clamp down on app development facilitating cryptocurrency trade.

Back in 2014, Apple pulled an app by Blockchain that was geared towards bitcoin trading and storage on Apple devices. The year prior, another bitcoin wallet app by a cryptocurrency exchange company known as Coinbase was also de-listed. Apps for those startups have since returned to Apple’s online store.

iPhone image via Shutterstock. 

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