Ask an Expert: Ethereum’s Metropolis Hardfork – What is it?

Watch our resident expert, Taylor Gerring, break down Ethereum’s latest hard-fork, Metropolis. Taylor goes over the new update to the Ethereum platform and the changes it’s set to bring, including: added information on receipts, updates to the EVM protocols, and increasing the overall mining difficulty in the shift to proof-of-stake. Check back for the latest episodes of Ask an Expert to stay on top of all things Blockchain!

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Basic Attention Token (BAT): Blockchain Token – What is it?

In this series, we will cover the different types of blockchain platforms and cryptocurrencies on the market right now.  We’ll give you a quick description of each blockchain/token, its function, who is their competition and where you can learn more. Episode 12 of Blockchain Token discusses Basic Attention Token, or BAT.

Ethereum Classic: Blockchain Token – What is it?

Ethereum Classic was created as a result of the DAO Hard Fork that took place in mid-2016. When roughly $3.6 million ether was stolen from accounts in the DAO, the Ethereum community voted to commit to a hard fork, which would allow the vulnerable account funds to be transferred to a new smart contract, reinstating those funds to the owners.

Ethereum: Blockchain Token – What is it?

In this series, we will cover the different types of blockchain platforms and cryptocurrencies on the market right now. We’ll give you a quick description of each blockchain/token, its function, who is their competition and where you can learn more. Don’t forget to subscribe to our channel so you don’t miss out on any of the blockchain buzz!

In the third video of this series, we will be reviewing Ethereum. Is it a blockchain or a token? Or both?! If you are interested in reading more about Ethereum, check out our resource page, and we also have a great video explaining the differences between Ethereum and Bitcoin. We will go over:

Digital Bitbox Hardware Wallet Demo

Curious about which hardware wallet is right for you? Check out our review of the Digital BitBox. Watch Jeremy go over the features of the device, as well as a demonstration on how to use it!

Digital BitBox is a hardware wallet that supports bitcoin, Ether, Ether Classic, and ERC20 tokens, and they plan to add more in the future. You can also use your Digital Bitbox as a two-factor authentication device. You can buy a Digital Bitbox from their website, where you can also read more about their hardware device.

Jaxx Software Wallet Demo

jaxx logoBy the end of this video, you’ll know what Jaxx wallet is, its features, how to get it and how to set up your own wallet! See below for our written overview of it’s features and compatibilities that matches what is covered in our video demo.

Overview of features

What is the Jaxx Wallet?  Jaxx wallet is a multi-cryptocurrency wallet that you can use through a browser, a mobile phone, or your desktop.

What type of wallet is it? Jaxx wallet is a software wallet. It is a hot wallet, and can be used on a mobile device, desktop, or internet browser.

Where do I obtain a wallet? You can obtain a wallet directly -from https://jaxx.io/ (desktop and web wallet version- or from Google Play Store or the Apple App Store (mobile). (See below for a list of desktop devices and web wallet browsers that you can use Jaxx on)

Shapeshift exchange logo

How do I transfer currencies? With Jaxx wallet, you can transfer currencies using a digital exchange called Shapeshift. You can also use QR codes for sending/receiving tokens. (See below for a list of currencies that Jaxx is compatible with)

What are the security features? A 12 word passphrase/Nmemonic phrase

How do set up the infrastructure? Watch our video walk through demonstration, from step one download, to security setup, to launching your wallet.

How does the Jaxx Wallet work? It operates as a lite client node. (see our blockchain glossary and software wallets overview page if you do not know what this means)

What are the weak points? There are occasionally slightly delayed updates. A solution is to clear your cache as often as possible.

Why choose Jaxx Wallet over competitors? (Via Coinomi)

  • Currency Conversion
  • Compatibility
  • Displays your Private Key
  • Controlled transaction speed
  • Easy UI

Compatabilities

What devices is Jaxx compatible with?

  • Desktop & Web: Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome and Firefox extensions
  • Mobile: iOS, Android, Chrome App Extension

What are the compatible currencies?

To read more about wallets (software, hardware, or general), check out the links to those pages. If you liked the idea of Jaxx, here is there website!

We hope this review helped demonstrate the process of setting up a wallet on Jaxx and assists you in your inquisition of cryptocurrencies! Let us know what you think, or any questions you still have in the comments below our YouTube video or on Facebook or Twitter!

Check out our MyEtherWallet demo for another cryptocurrency wallet that might tickle your facny!

ICO or NO? Episode 7 KICKICO

Who has the hottest ICO? In this episode of ICO or NO, Jeremy talks about KICKICO, debuting August 29th.

Jeremy goes over how KICKICO plans to challenge the existing crowdfunding and ICO models.

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MyEtherWallet (MEW) Demo

In this video, we’ll be going over all the features offered by MyEtherWallet. MyEtherWallet (MEW) is a web interface that generates wallets for storing your cryptocurrency. It is compatible with multiple wallet types (see below), and is a web based system that allows you to create a wallet and send your crypto to it. This wallet is for Ether and ERC20 tokens (read more about ERC20 here and here).

MEW is not an online wallet/web wallet. It is an interface to create wallets… They do not store your keys, and as their site says:

“You are responsible for your security.”