Luxcore Weekly Report: March 22, 2019

MARKETING AND BUSINESS UPDATES

We just released our 2019 Roadmap!

We’ve added exciting milestones to our roadmap and are hopeful to achieve them. As you can see, we’ve had plenty of milestones hit in Q1 and will promise to keep delivering in the next quarters. We have also released a more detailed roadmap article that you can download here.

Introduction to Luxcore’s in-house Explorer.

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Introduction to Luxcore’s in-house Explorer.

Greetings dear readers! As you may know already, LUX released its brand new in-house blockchain explorer! Before we dive into our fresh out block explorer let me explain a thing or two for the new comers about what the blockchain explorer stands for.

A blockchain explorer is simply a browser for blockchain, it allows an user to track everything that happens on that blockchain. You do not need special credentials to use a blockchain explorer, it is free and available for everyone.

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A changing of the guard at Luxcore for improved productivity and quality control

It is with great enthusiasm that Luxcore announces two important additions to the development team. Luxcore has officially appointed Enkayz and Giacomo as full-time Luxcore staff. Both are full-stack developers and both are highly experienced in using blockchain as a codebase. Prior to joining Lux, they freelanced for many other notable projects, frequently solving development tasks that those projects’ own in-house staff were unable to solve.

Here is an illustration of the skill and professionalism enkayz and Giacomo bring to the Lux team: the Luxcore testing team led by Remco had compiled a bug tracker listing a couple dozen bugs in the core and wallet. This bug tracker had been open for months. When enkayz and Giacomo joined the Luxcore team, they wiped the entire tracker clean within 72 hours. Thus, these additions to our development team portend to give a huge boost to both the productivity and quality control of all Luxcore blockchain products and services.

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Luxcore Weekly Report: February 8, 2019

MARKETING AND BUSINESS UPDATES

Weekly updates are back!

Weekly updates went on hiatus over the Christmas holidays and returned for the week of January 7 to 11 only to disappear again. This was merely a function of the team focusing entirely on the 5.3.0 and subsequent 5.3.1 releases. Now that those are out, you can expect to see project updates every week from Lux once again. You will also see, from reading what may be our most robust update ever below, that the lack of updates does not reflect a lack of progress and development in Luxcore.

Luxcore v5.3.1 released

Hot on the heels of the mandatory v5.3.0 release, Luxcore has released a maintenance wallet version to address some bugs and UI issues. Although not a mandatory update, v5.3.1 is highly recommended. Get it today! See the Development Updates below to find out what has been improved in v5.3.1.

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Lux Goes Back to Its Roots at TNABC 2019

by Robert Pando

I am not usually at awe or impressed by many things these days, having been lucky to travel and see many wonderful things in my life and I am usually hesitant to get excited or star-struck by just the mere appearance of something that might be worthwhile. In this case, things were different. Regardless of the years I have spent in the blockchain space researching, mining, developing and exploring I had yet to actually be physically surrounded by some of its pioneers and influential members.

TNABC 2019 was held at the James L Knight Center in downtown Miami

One can easily forget the importance of the true nature of what blockchain and cryptocurrencies in general aim to propose in the world. We become engulfed in “when moon” and “lambo” visions and overlook what got us into this industry in the first place.

As I stepped into the doors at the North American Bitcoin Conference with a clear goal to connect with as many in the industry for the benefit of Luxcore; I introduced myself to many people in a plethora of projects and businesses. Clear and precise thoughts to avoid the speakers since the real juice worth the squeeze was in the connections and relationships one would gain outside the speaker’s room, or so I thought.

Make no doubts about it, I met many wonderful and incredible individuals that are working hard to make this industry incredible today. I would like to give a special shout-out to the Bitcoinist.com booth with CEO Norbert Radoki for the great conversation. The Atlanta Bitcoin Embassy and Nick Turner as well as Justin Cole and Marlon E. Yarde of the Barbados Stock Exchange. I would also like to say thank you to Remy Aquino of CryptoCurrencyWire for a wonderful discussion on a wide array of blockchain topics and to all the others I met that I can’t mention since there are too many.

On the first day, especially early on and for most of the conference I focused on making meaningful connections and seeing the booths of all the sponsors and crypto businesses showcasing their products. I kept hearing from attendees around me about how the conference was only a quarter the size of the previous year which eclipsed 5000 attendees. The subtle jokes about the bear market were everywhere. After a fruitful and long morning, I decided to break for lunch and go to the speaker’s room after to see if there was anything to retain. This was truly the gem of the conference for me.

Robert did not have to pay 10000 BTC for his lunch at TNABC 2019

You lose sight sometimes of what this revolution truly is about. A breath of fresh air from some of the most influential minds in crypto today, not trying to pitch you an ICO, not asking for money, not boasting new tech or some new “bitcoin.” The simple message of the people’s money versus the system.

The two presentations that stood out to me the most, filled with passion and knowledge came from Jeffrey A. Tucker and Nick Spanos. Mr. Tucker told the story of Executive Order 6102, which for the most part has been ignored for decades because it truly is a dark blotch in United States government history. It is an executive order signed on April 5, 1933, by President Franklin D. Roosevelt “forbidding the hoarding of gold coin, gold bullion and gold certificates within the continental United States.” Although this seems impossible to pass, it was made by enforcement under the authority of the Trading with the Enemy Act, 1917. The violation against this for an individual would be punishment by fine up to $10,000 (which would be close to $200,000 in 2019 dollars) or up to ten years in prison, possibly both. Government failure and corruption stretched far and wide leading up to this and I highly suggest everyone to read up on this widely forgotten piece of history.

The simple yet amazing message on this carousel history ride was that cryptocurrencies for the first time offer permission-less, borderless, immutable, censorship-resistant autonomy of the individual over their money. Passion-filled Nick Spanos gave probably the most pure and raw presentation that captivated everyone with multiple rounds of applause throughout his presentation. To summarize it, Spanos talked thoroughly about coming from the humble beginnings of a poverty-stricken youth to rising as one of crypto’s superstar pioneers and taking on Wall Street with his vision of the Bitcoin Center New York. He gave a grim warning to everyone before he left the stage. Do not let the corrupt banks and governments take control of what is our freedom through crypto; will you stand by quietly on the sidelines or will you take charge and help the space come out on top? It’s for you to decide.

Satoshi Nakamoto himself, on his fluffy, pink throne

The conference definitely brought me back to my roots as to why this is so important and why we must all continue to fight for this cause.

Luxcore Weekly Report: January 11, 2019


MARKETING AND BUSINESS UPDATES

Innovations episode with Luxcore set to air on FOX Business

The Innovations TV episode featuring Luxcore is set to air on FOX Business on Saturday, January 26 at 5:00 pm EST. The episode originally aired on the History Channel on December 12, 2018. It features Luxcore CEO John McAfee and other members of the Lux team discussing the future of blockchain, and our role in helping to shape it. The 5pm time slot on FOX Business ensures the Lux brand will be showcased on front of a nationwide audience of 2.6 Million viewers.


Luxcore.io multi-language platform ready

As part of Luxcore’s effort to expand into foreign markets, the luxcore.io multi-language platform is now ready to populate the site with various international translations. The first language into which the website has been fully translated and released was German: https://www.luxcore.io/de. We are at approximately the 80% completion mark on the next language for the website: Korean. This initiative also creates an opportunity for translation bounties. If you are interested in helping to translate luxcore.io into a foreign language, please contact us on Discord.

New products available at Luxcore Store

Luxcore rang in 2019 by adding some sexy new merchandise at https://store.luxcore.io/. New items for this season include kidswear, hats, wall art,and more!


Lux at North American Bitcoin Conference in Miami

Luxcore will be in sunny Miami from January 16 to 18 for the North American Bitcoin Conference. If you’re attending TNABC 2019, make sure to swing on by and say hello to Luxcore COO Guillaume H. (Arsonic) and Marketing Manager Robert P. (robertp).


DEVELOPMENT UPDATES

Decentralized File Storage System on PMN network:

+ Finish implementing ProcessStorageMessage
+ Finish implementing “dfsannonce” message handler
+ Implementing GetBestProposals API
+ Implementing handshake interaction
+ Implementing “Replica” function
+ Adding some test for DFS
+ Implementing RPC command to announce file via DFS
+ Implementing “send file” feature
+ Fix OpenSSL 1.1 compatibility
+ Fix race condition on “proposal agent”

QT wallet and Core development:

+ Fix PoS exploit issue
+ Fix miner fork when SC is being executed
+ Apply BTC 0.17 into Lux blockchain
+ Implemented internal QT block explorer
+ Improve wallet speed and memory usage
+ Fix block relay issue
+ Fix tinyformat exception
+ Fix wallet lag on sync
+ Fix wallet hang during request shutdown
+ Fix “Insufficient funds” issue
+ Improve locking mechanism
+ Important notice to users:

“We intend to have a fork at block 580000, which is estimated to occur on January 22. A new mandatory wallet will be released on Monday, January 14. Please update the wallet right away. Otherwise, you will have been on an incorrect chain.”

LuxGate development:

+ Integrating LuxGate code with the latest Luxcore blockchain code
+ However, it is not stable yet and we are stablizing it
+ Adding “drag and drop” feature for LuxGate QT UI.

Web wallet development:

+ Added mechanism to prevent CSRF attacks
+ Balance, staking balance and spendable balance are each now shown in the web wallet

Explorer development:

+ World map on network and masternode tab is now interactive via mouseover
+ Fix bug related to “Search” feature on Chrome

Mobile App development:

+ Improve and fix some bugs on Android app
+ iOS app is now also ready for beta testing

Luxcore Weekly Report: December 14, 2018


MARKETING AND BUSINESS UPDATES

Innovations episode featuring Luxcore airs on History Channel

Luxcore appeared in an episode of the TV program Innovations hosted by Ed Begley Jr., which aired December 12 on the History Channel. The episode featured Luxcore CEO John McAfee and other members of the Lux team discussing the future of blockchain, and our role in helping to shape it.

The episode will air again on FOX Business in the new year. Stay tuned for details. In the meantime, you can view it in its entirety on the Innovations website:

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Chance to win Ledger Nano S & Trezor package

Luxcore is hosting a holiday meme contest for a chance to win one of two locking Ledger Nano S & Trezor hardware bags. Create a holiday meme and enter on Twitter for your chance to win!


DEVELOPMENT UPDATES

LuxGate development:

+ Update style of LuxGate page
+ Update light theme style
+ Add topbar, sidebar & logo icons for light theme
+ Update style of sidebar menu

Decentralized File Storage System on PMN network:

+ Finish refactoring storage controller
+ Finish adding DFS announce message
+ Finish fixing ConstructMerklePath
+ Finish MerklePath optimization
+ Working on adding ProcessStorageMessage
+ Working on adding “dfsannounce” message handler

QT wallet and Core development:

+ Creating solidity IDE
+ Added a barrier to prevent user from attempting to upgrade to HD if wallet is encrypted
+ Working towards permanent solution to PoS exploit
+ Working on reducing CPU usage
+ Working on reducing RAM usage

Web wallet development:

+ Fix issue related to screen resolution
+ Finish adding additional layer to improve security

Mobile wallet development:

+ It is almost finished
+ Beta version for Android is being tested internally
+ Beta version for iOS pending registration of an Apple account
+ Should probably be ready for public release in 1 or 2 weeks

Sneak peek at the soon-to-be-released Lux mobile wallet for iOS and Android

Luxcore Weekly Report: December 7, 2018


MARKETING AND BUSINESS UPDATES

Watch Lux on InnovateTV this Wednesday

This is a reminder that Luxcore’s much-anticipated appearance on InnovateTV is airing next week on the History Channel.

Blockfolio Signal announcement

The airing is at 6:30 am ET on the History Channel. Check your local listings. To learn more about Luxcore’s appearance on InnovateTV, read all about it here:

https://medium.com/luxcore/luxcore-air-date-for-innovatetv-8e7505f9940


DEVELOPMENT UPDATES

LuxGate development:

+ Add show/hide action of Theme menu
+ Add mountChart on Chart component
+ Update style for some components:

+ WalletLockIcon
 + ThemeMenuIcon & ThemeMenu
 + ConsoleWindowIcon
 + WalletStakingIcon

Decentralized File Storage System on PMN network:

+ Refactor storage controller
+ Add PropsAlagent
+ Working on adding DFS announce message
+ Working on fixing ConstructMerklePath
+ Working on MerklePath optimization

QT wallet and Core development:

+ Integrate social media
+ Enable HD wallets
+ Creating Solidity IDE
+ Hide LSR button if tokens are listed
+ Update UI based on user locale
+ Fix bad_alloc issue
+ Reset UTXO fields too with clear button

Webwallet development:

+ Show block height in footer
+ Adding additional layer to improve security

Mobile wallet development:

+ It is almost finished
+ We will release a beta version soon

Luxcore Weekly Report: November 30, 2018


MARKETING AND BUSINESS UPDATES

Luxcore appoints Remco G. as testing Lead; Launches documentation hub

Remco G. — also known as Geraroz on Discord — will officially take up the role he has been unofficially performing for Lux for several months as Lead of the testing team. This move, alongside the earlier appointment of Tetyana Spronyuk as Product Quality Officer, will further help to improve our product testing and quality control processes.

Remco is also responsible for compiling and managing Luxcore’s new documentation hub at https://docs.luxcore.io/. This Knowledge Base will be a central repository for information and guides designed to help answer the most common and pertinent questions Lux users have about masternodes, mining and staking.


Winners announced in Luxcore Swagsgiving contest

Congratulations to our three Swagsgiving contest winners! @alecandro3000 @MichaelKizakian and @TudorVacarel won a draw for some sweet and swanky swag.


DEVELOPMENT UPDATES

LuxGate development:

+ UpdateTheme setting page
+ Update Topbar styles
+ Add Theme Menu Icon on Topbar
+ Add Theme Menu & Event
+ Add dropdown button on OrderEntry component
+ Add YourFill component
+ Add Chart Function, Header on OrderBook, Header on Time&Sales
+ Update Chart
+ Update OrderBook

Decentralized File Storage System on PMN network:

+ Working on storage controller
+ Working on adding DFS announce message
+ Working on fixing ConstructMerklePath
+ Working on MerklePath optimization

QT wallet and Core development:

+ Currently, when user performs a transaction, the fee will be paid by the sender
+ So, Luxcore is working towards implementing a feature allowing the fee to be paid by the receiver
+ In addition, other bug fixes and improvements include:

+ Improve lock mechanism to reduce cpu usage
 + Allow to remove a Tx from mempool for RPC command
 + Remove unusual num threads in httpserver
 + Fix wallet hang during request shutdown
 + Show Smart Contract hashes in Qt block explorer
 + Improve Qt block explorer UI
 + Fix “Insufficient funds” issue
 + Improve highlighting, search function, errors/warnings in solidity code editor
 + Fix bugs in Qt overview page

Webwallet development:

+ Routine maintenance of all servers
+ Adding a new layer of security

Mobile wallet development:

+ Continue to develop new app for iOS and Android

Luxcore Documentation Hub


November 30th, 2018 New York, New York

In a move to further improve testing and quality control, Luxcore has announced that Remco G. will be leading the testing team and managing the documentation hub.

Known as Geraroz to the community, Remco is one of Luxcore’s premier community members and has been actively testing new developments with the core developers for the better part of the past year. His crucial feedback to the team has helped to accelerate development goals.

Remco has also contributed by building the documentation hub for the team. He has been vital in developing step-by-step guides to assist masternode owners, miners and stakers alike, as well as instructing people on where and how to find solutions to issues they may be experiencing.

This collection of material will be maintained on our Knowledge Base at https://docs.luxcore.io/. It will act as a central hub for expanding knowledge of the Luxcore ecosystem, and to answer all the most common and pertinent questions the community may have.