Beam 2020 Week #12

Covering March 16th - March 22nd 2020

Downloads: Beam Android Wallet | Beam iOS Wallet | Beam Desktop Wallet

Beam News

A great week for Beam, with the first open source pool software being shared with the community and ready for any budding pool operators to get set up and running. You can check out the in-depth guide to find out what you need to do to get your own pool operational.

The software has been a collaborative effort between Greg from Icemining, and Raskul from Beam, and is licensed under the MIT License. As you know, Beam is a purely proof of work coin, currently utilising Beam Hash II, and set to change to Beam Hash III later this year. With being proof of work, it is important that miner and pool centralisation is avoided as best it can be, having open source code for a Beam mining pool is one such step to potentially increase the decentralisation by reducing the barriers to entry for pool operators.

Raskul has been running a test pool utilising the open source code, that can be found here. He is also available in our communities to assist with getting up and running, and to help with any issues you may be facing.

Another great initiative from community member Thomas V., was to set up a Beam Team for Folding@home. The Folding@home software puts your unused computer resources to work in order to find cures for diseases like cancer, ALS, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, Influenza and many more. They have more recently been working on simulations of COVID-19 proteins to push forward with efforts to find a cure. It would be great for us Beamers to band together and join the Beam Team in these ongoing efforts. Team Name: Beam Team, Team Number: 239937.

In the current times, many of us Beamers may be faced with more than usual “time at home”. Although it may come off as frustrating, there are some great online resources that can keep us busy, increase our breadth of knowledge, and learn some new skills. Let’s take a look at a few:

There are many great ways to make use of the extra downtime you may be experiencing, offering a chance for us to grow stronger as a community.

Now let’s dive into the week of Beam…

Press

R&D Updates

Regression testing has started for the Double Doppler 4.2 

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Beam 2020 Week #11

Covering March 9th - March 15th 2020

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Beam News

A busy week for Beam, with testing well underway for the upcoming Double Doppler 4.2 release, which is expected in the not so distant future. Whilst development continues at a strong pace, the week was a little quieter on other fronts, due to the Coronavirus outbreak, and its effects being felt globally, including the financial and crypto markets. Without dwelling too much on that, I thought it would be a great chance to talk a little about the Beam team, where we are, and how we operate.

As you know, Beam has a number of talented individuals and teams working together on its holistic goals. There are a number of important aspects to Beam, with work being required on such things as Research and Development, Quality Assurance, Product, Design, Community, Marketing, and Business Development. So where does all this work get done you might ask? That’s a great question, and the best answer is everywhere.

Much like Beam’s global community, we have a very global team. Much of the Product and Design teams are based in and around Thailand, Indonesia, and Ukraine. The brunt of the R&D and QA work takes place in Belarus, Ukraine and Israel. For the non development work, team members are spread far and wide in China, England, Scotland, Nigeria, and Israel. Given the teams (and of course cryptos) decentralised nature, we are conducting much of the work online and thus most of the team is working from home. Along with the obvious GitHub, where the development is taking place, we are also using platforms for messaging and group chats, video calls and conferences, and of course for project management.


Very similarly, the Beam Foundation governing the protocol has a vast geographical diversity, with board members in Israel, Singapore, Germany, and Canada.

Press

Mining

  • Open source pool software for Beam is coming, and but one block away from release to the public. If anyone is able to help with the test pool, please check out the details from Raskul

  • More community members building rigs for mining Beam

  • For those looking to get more involved in the Beam mining communities, you can find them on Discord, and Telegram, and be sure to reach out to Raskul, the Beam Miner Community Strategy Manager

R&D Updates

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Beam 2020 Week #10

Covering March 2nd - March 8th 2020

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Beam News

Another busy week all round for Beam, with the devs hard at it and heads down testing for the upcoming Double Doppler 4.2 release. The crypto industry saw a number of interesting regulatory developments that could set the stage for increased adoption in the years to come. One of the commerce courts of France classified Bitcoin as a currency, in a recent ruling between an exchange and an asset management firm. India’s Supreme Court lifted the circular set to curb cryptocurrency dealings for banks and regulated entities. While over in Korea, they passed legislation that will legalise and regulate cryptocurrencies and exchanges.

More than enough regulatory insight for one week, so let’s take a look at the Beam happenings…

Beam designer Daria Tarakanova shed some light (see what I did there) on the Beam logo. She takes us on a journey through its evolution, from humble beginnings, to the current iteration we all know and love. Be sure to find out about the past, present, and thought process behind the Beam logo.

Speaking of design, Daria also played an integral part in revamping the Beam subreddit. We have added the all important resources and links for Beam wallets, explorers, stats, and communities. All, of course, with Beam’s easy on the eye colours. Subscribe, and get involved, as we build a bigger presence with our newly gorgeous sub.

Beam’s Telegram community also had some special attention from the famous Vsnation. He presented the community with Beam’s very own Red Envelopes (红包) via the Beam Butler tip bot. Head on over to see what they are all about.

Press

R&D Updates

Beam Tech Lead, Alex Romanov, brings us up to speed in the latest Beam Weekly Development Update.

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Beam 2020 Week #9

Covering February 24th - March 1st 2020

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Beam News

A busy week for Team Beam, with some great progress on current developments, and some exciting activities taking place in our various communities. This weeks newsletter will focus largely on the community events that took place in February, online and offline, and the impact this is having. We will make this monthly wrap up a regular, to keep all Beamers in the loop.

Before we jump into things, let’s take a look at the most recent article published by Beam Product Lead, Sasha Abramovich: UX++ for Beam mobile wallets (part 3). Sasha takes us through the mobile wallet UX, giving some great insight into the features of Beam mobile wallets, and the reasonings behind their implementation.

Some of the components that make Beam mobile wallets ever so special:

  • Easy onboarding process for those new to Beam with delayed seed verification, and easy access to the Beam community faucet

  • The all essential Dark Mode

  • Wallet data import/export functions, for moving from phone to phone

  • Ability to restore from seed on the home screen

  • Much much more

As always, we are open to feedback to help the product grow, and make the best wallets in Crypto even better. If you have feature requests, or suggested improvements, don’t hesitate to get in touch and share your invaluable insights with us.

Community Updates from February

The month of February was a busy one for Beam. There were many events for the community to get involved, spread the word on privacy, and bring in new Beamers. Team Beam represented in style at a number of great events, building a bigger, stronger community.

Beam Africa Lead at the Emerging Tech Event organised by Techcabal in Lagos, Nigeria


Some highlights from February:

  • A busy month for Beam’s Lead Ambassador in Africa. Agbona has been pushing Beam and privacy to the limelight in the continent. Check out his interview with YellowCard, a local fiat onramp exchange

  • Beam’s Romanov and Zaidelson teamed up in an AMA on r/CryptoCurrency, with some great questions and intrigue from the wider Crypto community

  • Obinna represented at the Paxful event in Kenya, sharing his insight into the importance of privacy in cryptocurrencies adoption and growth in the continent

  • Community Lead, Gus, joined as a volunteer at ETHLondon hackathon, to get the scoop on what’s happening in DeFi across the space, and how this is relevant to Beam’s future

  • The Beam Foundation presented the community with the roadmap for moving forward in 2020

  • Beam’s Discord underwent a revamp, with new roles, channels, and resources for the community

The above is just the tip of the iceberg, with much more taking place in the eventful month of Feb. We have grown in both numbers, and strength, with many new faces jumping straight in as active Beamers. We are looking forward to much more of this for the rest of 2020.

Press

R&D Updates

  • Testing and bug fixes on Double Doppler 4.2 continues

  • Web wallet with new architecture has been completed and is currently being tested

  • Work on Confidential Assets and Lelantus for Eager Electron 5.0 version - in progress

  • HW wallet integration - in progress

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Beam 2020 Week #8

Covering February 17th - February 23rd 2020

Downloads: Beam Android Wallet | Beam iOS Wallet | Beam Desktop Wallet

Beam News

A big week for Beam, especially on the community front, with a number of events taking place across various platforms. A couple of great AMAs took place throughout the week. The first with Alexander Zaidelson, Beam Business Lead, with The AMA Room, across Twitter and Telegram. The second was with Alex Romanov, Beam Tech Lead, taking place with the Huobi Nigeria community. You can read through the full AMA with Zaidelson, and also check out the AMA with Romanov.

Beam’s beloved Discord community underwent a revamp, with the addition of some new community roles, a channel for spreading the word on Privacy Matters, and a place for merchants accepting Beam to share their products and services with the community. Head on over, check it out, and get involved.

As always, development continues full steam ahead, with an upgrade to the Android wallet, Double Doppler 4.1, being released. Romanov keeps us up to date in the Weekly Development Update, with everything looking on track. Rumour has it, the Web Wallet is not far away at all!

Press

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