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Cold storage through a hardware wallet such as the Ledger Nano S is among the safest, most secure, and widely recommended way to store crypto assets. However, using a hardware wallet isn’t always straightforward: not all coins are supported, user interfaces are clunky, and users are often required to use multiple apps to interact with different blockchains.
Ledger, the company behind the best-selling Ledger Nano S hardware wallet, seeks to rectify those user experience issues with new desktop and mobile applications that unify all supported cryptocurrency tokens under one central app and dashboard. Ledger first announced the new applications, which will take the place of the existing Google Chrome apps provided by Ledger, back in February of this year.
In a Twitter post, Ledger has revealed that the “initial version” of the Ledger Wallet desktop native application will be available starting on July 9th. Ledger says that even though there is an added wait to their original launch estimate, the wait will be “worth it.” The firm says regular periodic updates will follow after launch – the first of which should be adding ERC20 support.
The mobile version of the Ledger Wallet application is still on track for an “end of Q4 2018” release.
The new Ledger Wallet app is a web-based solution (the current Ledger Manager app is Google Chrome browser-based) that will support 28 different cryptocurrency tokens, multiple ledger devices, and come with a central dashboard to manage all aspects of a user’s digital currency portfolio, including sending and receiving crypto tokens, as well as viewing account balances and transaction histories.
In future updates, Ledger expects to eventually support over 100+ cryptocurrencies, enable integration of third-party apps, and more.
Ledger is a Paris, France-based company founded in 2014 with the goal of “securing the new disruptive class of crypto assets.”
San Francisco-based Ripple has announced the University Blockchain Research Initiative – a partnership with 17 top universities from around the globe focused on supporting and accelerating “academic research, technical development and innovation in blockchain, cryptocurrency, and digital payments.”
To fund the new research initiative, Ripple has committed to investing $50 million to support various research projects. In the announcement, Team Ripple talks about the motivation behind their investment in the University Blockchain Research Initiative:
‘Interest in blockchain is soaring, with a groundswell of activity taking place on the campuses of the world’s top universities. From new business use cases — such as making cross-border payments faster, lower cost and more transparent — to uses of blockchain for good, students and faculty globally are emerging as major contributors to the creation of a more robust and valuable blockchain and payments ecosystem.’
The statement continues:
“As one of the most mature companies in the space, Ripple is uniquely suited to partner with the academic community and help lead development of this ecosystem.”
Despite Ripple funding the efforts, universities will be able to choose their own research topics. The 17 universities included in the initiative are as follows:
- Australian National University College of the Law
- CITP at Princeton
- CSAIL at MIT
- Delft University of Technology (Netherlands)
- Fundação Getulio Vargas (Brazil)
- Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley
- IIT Bombay
- International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIIT-H)
- Korea University
- McCombs School of Business, UT-Austin
- The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- The University of Pennsylvania
- UCL (University College London)
- University of Luxembourg
- University of Nicosia (Cyprus)
- University of Oregon
- University of Waterloo
Ripple hopes by combining a “broad cross-section of geographies and markets, as well as a rich blend of academic disciplines” the initiative will achieve greater breakthroughs in their research.
Ripple is no stranger to assisting educational efforts. In March on “Best School Day,” the firm donated $29 million in XRP to purchase school supplies and other materials.
The Seattle-based cryptocurrency exchange Bittrex has revealed that the firm has struck an agreement with a United States bank to allow some of its customers to trade cryptocurrencies in USD, along with making USD deposits to the exchange’s wallets.
In a move that was first teased by Bittrex CEO Bill Shihara on the podcast UnikrnRadio, Bittrex will allow corporate clients in select states buy cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin using the United States fiat dollar. Bittrex offers over 200 different cryptocurrencies in total, though only a few will have USD trading pairs.
The first trading pairs of BTC, TUSD, and USDT have been detected by Twitter user BitMartian’s “Apollo” bot that’s used to send a popular Discord group notifications on exchanges listing new coins or trading pairs.
The crypto firm is said to be working with New York-based Signature Bank to custody any funds in USD.
CEO Bill Shihara told Bloomberg in an interview, it’s been a long path,” adding:
“It’s not just about banks being able to trust Bittrex. It’s about banks being able to trust crypto in general. And I think it’s really showing that crypto is turning the corner in terms of mainstream acceptance.”
Shihara notes that part of striking the deal required potential bank partners to “look and pore through the entire business… soup to nuts”, ensuring “robust” anti-money laundering and know your customer standards are in place, among other security measures.
USD trading is available as of today to only a portion of Bittrex’s 3 million customers, specifically corporate customers in the states of Washington, California, New York, and Montana. The exchange plans to expand to include additional states and eventually all retail investors in the future.
Last month, Bittrex reopened new user registrations after shutting down signups in December 2017 due to the rapid influx of new investors during bitcoin’s media frenzy.
Crypto EXPO Asia will be held alongside with another huge event – Singapore Traders Fair & Gala Night – at the same place and time. SINGAPORE–Crypto EXPO Asia takes place on October 26, 2018. Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre will become the world of blockchain and bitcoins for the day. Another outstanding show organized by FiNEXPO is going to be a success, as Crypto world already did.
Both shows will welcome dozens of speakers and over 8,000 visitors. The Crypto EXPO Asia space will be filled with exhibitor booths, bars and seminar halls. You will broaden valuable contacts and explore the Crypto World itself in detail. The event will include a large exhibition, panels, a diversity of discussions, a Gala Night with entertaining magic shows, lucky draws, fantastic prizes, live performances and Crypto Awards – with 30 nominations for the best companies in the industry.
Meeting with top Crypto experts and leading ICO/BTC companies is a unique opportunity available for all visitors. Seminar topics will cover ICO and White Paper projects, digital AD, PR and marketing in the blockchain, ICO due diligence, global capital markets, ICO, blockchain and crypto-currency future and others.
Crypto EXPO Asia is surely one of the most attractive crypto shows. All you have to do is register at https://cryptoexpo.asia/. Get the access to the fascinating Crypto world!
We are also happy to announce our other upcoming Crypto events in Asia:
- Vietnam (24.11.2018)
- Philippines (27.04.2019)
- Malaysia (06.2019)The organizer of this show is FiNEXPO. It is the first and most influential financial event and fair organizer since 2002. FiNEXPO connected over 30,000 traders, investors and financial advisors with more than 3,000 financial companies and brokers on Stock, Option, Forex, Bond and Forward markets.