US$150,000 in Prizes up for Grabs in Mixin Network’s Inaugural Developer Compet...
- Mixin Network just released its first global developer competition to offer a platform for all developers to show their talent.
- 1000 XIN, which equals to $150,000 according to current market value, will be rewarded for the winners.
- Along with Mixin Messenger, Mixin Network now supports 13 public blockchains, over 50,000 cryptocurrencies and a variety of bots.
- To build a technology ecosystem, Mixin Network will be hosting its first developer competition to provide a platform for all blockchain enthusiasts and developers to show their talent.
- The first prize will be 300 XIN, which equals $45,000 according to the current market value.
- All participants will get advice from first-tier developers with years of programming and software development experience, including Cedric Fung, CEO, and founder of Mixin Network, Li Lin, Director of Mixin Labs, and Huo Ju, CTO of PRESS.one.
- Mixin Network is dedicated to building a stable and efficient transaction ecosystem starting with Mixin Messenger and OceanONE.
The most and least trusted news anchors in the US, including a close race between Rachel Maddow and Sean Hannity
- Six of the top 10 most trusted are network anchors from NBC or ABC, and the top 10 least trusted are a mix of anchors from Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN.
- When broken down between Republicans and Democrats, the survey found that the top 13 most-loved personalities among Republicans were Fox News hosts.
- Tucker Carlson was the most adored among the Fox News hosts, with 31 percentage points.
- Democrats' tastes were more diverse, with ABC's Robin Roberts, NBC's Lester Holt, and CNN's Anderson Cooper being the top news anchors among them.
- Brian Williams left "NBC Nightly News" in 2015 to join MSNBC after being suspended for six months from the former network for false reporting.
- Despite the controversy, he still made the list of most-trusted news personalities.
- Tucker Carlson, the most-loved personality among Republicans, made the list of least-trusted among all Americans surveyed.
Google launches ‘enhanced network’ for Project Fi with VPN for all connections
- Google has announced a new “enhanced network” for its Project Fi mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) service, one that promises extra security and more reliable connectivity.
- As part of its service, Project Fi already uses a virtual private network (VPN) to connect you to three 4G LTE networks and 2 million Wi-Fi hotspots, but moving forward the new enhanced network will bring this same VPN technology to all your connections, including Wi-Fi networks that aren’t part of Project Fi. The new feature is available in beta from this week, and users can activate it from within the Project Fi mobile app.
- At the time of writing, Project Fi is still only available on a handful of Android devices, including the recently launched Pixel 3, and you will need to be running Android Pie to enable the new enhanced network.
Google adds always-on VPN to its Project Fi cellular service
- Today, Google announced a new feature for its Project Fi cellular service: an always-on VPN.
- Project Fi launched in 2015 as Google's MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator) service.
- Fi combines service from Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular into a single service.
- It combines the best features of Google Voice with great international support and sells to consumers under a flexible payment plan that works well for some usage patterns.
- The big downside is extremely limited device support: thanks to the need for multi-network support, Fi only works with a handful of Android phones.
- As always, Project Fi users will know the VPN is active when they see a key icon in the status bar.
- The "Enhanced network" feature should pop up in the settings later this week for Fi-compatible phones running Android 9 Pie. You must login or create an account to comment.
Google's Project Fi gets an improved VPN service
- Google’s Project Fi wireless service is getting a major update today that introduces an optional always-on VPN service and a smarter way to switch between Wi-Fi and cellular connections.
- “When you enable our enhanced network, all of your mobile and Wi-Fi traffic will be encrypted and securely sent through our virtual private network (VPN) on every network you connect to, so you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that others can’t see your online activity,” the team writes in today’s announcement.
- When you enable this — and both of these features are currently in beta and only available on Fi-compatible phones that run Android Pie — your phone will automatically detect when your Wi-Fi connection gets weaker and fill in those gaps with cellular data.
- One thing to keep in mind here: Google says your data usage will likely increase by about 10 percent when you use the VPN.
Top YouTube creators call out defunct Defy Media for shady practices
- YouTube creators like Shane Dawson, Ryland Adams, and Smosh co-founder Anthony Padilla have called out digital network Defy Media following its closure for a series of concerning business practices.
- Padilla, one of the most prominent YouTube creators who worked under Defy Media, shared his own experiences.
- People like Green and Dawson, who never worked with Defy Media, came to the defense of Padilla, Adams, and others on Twitter, tweeting out similar stories they heard.
- Lisa Schwartz, a YouTube creator who worked within Defy’s MCN, announced on Twitter that she had to discover Defy Media was shutting down through a Tubefilter article.
- According to Tubefilter, YouTube is trying to work with creators to ensure that their AdSense payments wind up in their personal wallets, enrolling individual creators into YouTube’s Partner Program and unlinking them from Defy Media, according to TubeFilter.
Data Center Networks are Getting Faster and Smarter
- DCK spent a part of August looking at some of the trends in data center network technology, examining in addition to speed the way some networking innovation by operators of hyperscale cloud platforms like Facebook has been seeping into the enterprise data center market.
- In another report, Branscombe highlighted the growing amount of attention enterprise operators now pay to automating network management and being able to apply the DevOps principles to their work, so they can better support the teams of developers that write software that runs on top of their infrastructure.
- Looking to take network automation even further, incumbent vendors and a handful of startups are actively working on technologies that support the concept of Intent-Based Networking, or IBN – the idea that networks could tune themselves based on policies set by the administrators, removing the need for all the manual network management processes used today.
Amex has been granted approval to operate in China
- Amex is the first US card network to have its application approved in China, following the initial acceptance of its application by the People's Bank of China in April.
- After building a payment network through its joint venture (JV) Express Technology Services, which it operates with Chinese fintech LianLian — a group it had previously partnered with on a mobile wallet — Amex will still need separate approval for a business-operating license.
- Amex's approval marks a significant step during a time when US card networks are vying to enter the market.
- Visa initially applied in July 2017 and Mastercard's application for a similar JV is also pending, but it told Reuters it plans to remain engaged with regulators during the application process.
- This marks a milestone for US card networks and can be a major boost for Amex.
Why Comparing Bitcoin with Centralized Systems Based on TPS is Wrong
- On the Bitcoin network, whether it is a transaction worth $100 or $1 million, it costs the same miner’s fee to process the payment.
- The research of Nic Carter, a Partner at Castle Island Ventures and the co-founder of Coinmetrics.io, found that comparing Bitcoin to other cryptocurrencies and centralized systems like PayPal based on transactions per second (TPS) is inaccurate.
- As shown by the chart below created by Carter, centralized systems like credit card network operators and Bitcoin target a different market.
- Multi-million dollar payments are quite frequently moved on the Bitcoin blockchain network, and on some occasions, as seen in the $194 million BTC payment processed last month, large net-worth investors settle substantially large payments that are rarely settled using credit cards.
- But, Bitcoin can process significantly large payments on the network with relative ease, which centralized systems simply cannot do due to compliance and regulatory requirements.
The Next Frontier for Cloud Networking: 400G Done Right
- Large cloud and data center customers require a flexible, reliable solution that efficiently manages, troubleshoots and analyzes their IT infrastructure.
- Cisco is ready to help large cloud and data center customers stay ahead of these demands with its newly announced, complete portfolio of Nexus 400 Gigabit Ethernet (400G) switches.
- Cisco designed the new 400G switches with customers to ensure they’re ready to perform in the most demanding environments.
- Nexus 400G switches bring more than just a new level of speed to the network; they bring flexible deployment options for different sizes and workloads so you can build large-scale 100G and 400G fabrics without sacrificing cost efficiency.
- The Nexus switches deliver choice and flexibility for web-scale customers, for ACI leaf and spine architectures, and for SP edge data center deployments.