Beam 2020 Week #42 - The BeamX Factor!

Covering October 12th - October 18th 2020

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Beam News

Another busy week for Beam, with progress pushing forward on the privacy and DeFi fronts, along with the latest Beam Community Call. Some exciting updates on the upcoming releases, and additions to the roadmap and Confidential DeFi platform.

Community Call

Just yesterday we jumped on the Beam Community Call to bring everyone together to discuss all things Beam. We had some incredible insights on where we are at, and the path moving forward from Beam Tech Lead, Alex Romanov. We also brought up the topic of the upcoming BeamX, which will be a raw testnet, specifically with the development of DeFi applications in mind. This iteration will be the testing ground for Confidential DeFi applications that will run on Beam, and with it will come it’s own new branding.

For this, we call on you, the community!

We want the community to not only be fans of Beam, but to have more involvement in what’s being built, and how it is taken to the world. And thus, we invite those in the community to offer their best names for the new testnet that is expected to launch in the next month or so. Confidential DeFi to be heating up!

The call was recorded, and will be uploaded to the Beam YouTube channel this week, so subscribe and stay tuned!

Beam Africa For Change Challenge

During the last week, a huge initiative was launched from the Beam Africa team in the form of the Beam Africa For Change Challenge. The challenge calls upon African innovators with disruptive ideas to join in solving some of the challenges faced in the continent, and create a product or startup in the process. With a strong focus on crypto and privacy, it is an exciting opportunity to bring about change, take home the grand prize, and get support from the Beam dev team in the development of the product and possibly further funding and promotion.


For those looking to get involved, you can read more here, and if you haven’t already, join the Beam Africa community on Telegram.

Beam Accepted Here

More merchants joining the privacy revolution and adding Beam as a means of payment. One of the latest additions to Beam Accepted Here is the great Shopping.io!

Now Beamers can make purchases on Amazon, Walmart, and eBay all with the privacy offered by Beam, and without the hassle of opening new accounts. Head on over and get your shop on!

Research and Development

The latest and greatest from Alex in Beam Pulse episode 7, giving us the latest on the upcoming Beam releases, and some special insights into the Beam Confidential DeFi platform, decentralised bridges with Ethereum, and more.

Key Developments:

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Beam 2020 Week #41 - Running Beam!

Covering October 5th - October 11th 2020

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Beam News

Another wicked week for Beam with progress pushing forward to bring better privacy, and confidential DeFi to all. As we begin to push towards the launch of the Beam DeFi platform there is some incredibly exciting stuff on the horizon. That being said, the community and your support is the backbone of Beam, so this week we will focus on you! 💙

The Beam Community

With the upcoming community call, it’s a great time to add support and numbers across all of the Beam platforms, not just your favourite. So now’s your chance to join, get amongst the convo, and show you support!

Twitter

Telegram

Discord

Youtube

Reddit

Medium

Bitcointalk

While you are at it, one of the most important follows on Twitter for all things Beam and Confidential DeFi:


Romanov is currently on fire, so give him your follows likes and retweets, and let’s take Beam to the world!

Community Call

The second community call was announced last week, and will be kicking off on the 18th. A lot has happened since the last call, so a great chance to get together, and get up to speed with where we are at, where we are going, and how we are going to get there!

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Date: 18th of October, 2020
Time: 10:00 AM EST
Location: https://zoom.us/j/3266391753

Add your questions and suggestions for the community call here!


We are looking forward to having you all join.
Save the date, and see you there!

Community Spotlight

This week in the spotlight is Coingecko! Providing a 360-degree overview of the crypto markets, Coingecko is a great place to stay up to date with the latest and greatest happenings. It’s a pleasure to have had their support for Beam since launch, so check it out and leave a thumbs up!

If you look closely, you will notice Beam is one of six currencies accepted for donations to Coingecko. Privacy is often essential for those wanting to make donations, and we encourage any and all to add Beam as a means to donate!

Research and Development

The latest and greatest from Alex in Beam Pulse episode 6, giving us an update on what’s new in the upcoming Beam Wallet 5.2 release, major wallet features for the 5.3 and 5.4 releases, and updates on the Confidential DeFi infrastructure!

Key Developments:

  • Beam Blinders (Smart contracts on Beam) - Major progress in Smart contract (aka Beam Shaders) using WebAssembly

  • Beam <> Ethereum Atomic swaps - POC complete and moving to wallet integration

  • Beam Bridges - in progress

  • Eager Electron 5.2 - development nearing completion

  • Eager Electron 5.3 - Finalizing contents, to be announced soon

Spoiler Ahead!!!

If you haven’t already checked out the video above, do so now!

Right, now that that is out of the way, time for some Beam Runner!
We are opening testing up for feedback from the community.

Slap on your sneakers, and get running!

Android:

Beam Runner https://i.diawi.com/VeobTW
Testnet Wallet https://i.diawi.com/r5YHcZ

iOS:

Beam Runner https://testflight.apple.com/join/p8sFEXsQ
Testnet Wallet https://testflight.apple.com/join/M0WBrpmD

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Beam 2020 Week #40 - From 5.1 to 5.2

Covering September 28th - October 4th 2020

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Beam News

The last week saw the massive release of Eager Electron 5.1, bringing the greatly anticipated Offline Transactions to the GUI wallets for desktop. This was a monumental moment, finally “breaking the interactivity” previously required in transactions, and enables users to benefit from the more familiar transaction experience, if they so wish. Let’s take a look at what else came with the 5.1 release, and what to expect with 5.2!

Eager Electron 5.1 :

  • Offline Transactions, using Lelantus MW

  • Significant improvements to Atomic Swaps, with SegWit usage and fee calculation

  • New and revamped settings screen

  • Numerous bug fixes

With 5.1 behind us, it is time to move towards 5.2, so let’s take a look at what to expect in the next big release!

Eager Electron 5.2 :

  • Max Privacy, ensuring a minimal anonymity set for transactions

  • Public offline Address, specifically for donation and similar use cases

  • Atomic Swaps, adding additional pairs, namely DASH, BCH, BSV, BTG

The 5.2 will be a relatively quick turnaround, with the hope being to have it released in the next month.

Community Call

We figure, after the great time we had in the last community call, it’s time for the sequel! This will offer a great chance to catch up on everything taking place since the last call, and the progress being made on the updated Roadmap.

Date: 18th of October, 2020

Time: 10:00 AM EST

Location: https://zoom.us/j/3266391753

We look forward to seeing you all there, and will make more announcements on this in the days leading up to the call.

Save the date, and see you there!

Research and Development

The latest from Alex in Beam Pulse, giving an in depth overview of 5.1, along with what’s to come in 5.2 and beyond. Tune in, subscribe, and leave your comments below.

Current focuses:

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Beam 2020 Week #39 - 5.1 is (Almost) Out!!

Covering September 20th - September 27th 2020

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Beam News

It’s been a while in the making, and with Beam’s Eager Electron 5.1 version testnet wallets having had rigorous community tests over the last week, we are proud to announce that the mainnet version of EE 5.1 is almost ready for public release! So hold onto your hats as we shoot for the stars, the final throes of testing continues today, which proffers a large portion of work done into some amazing GUI wallet features such as atomic swap improvements and offline transactions. This has been a tough development challenge, but rest assured Beam has truly matured into what we can honestly regard as a best in class, full-featured, privacy-centred cryptocurrency. An exciting week has passed since our last newsletter and much has happened within the Beam community, with the groundwork now laid for Beam's Confidential DeFi platform.

Community

New! Each week we intend to offer a free banner placement in this newsletter, for one service which accepts Beam as payment method. Today’s is the first and we welcome WikiLeaks Shop.

As you may well know Wikileaks is a non-profit organisation that has published news leaks and classified media provided by anonymous sources since 2016. The proceeds from the WikiLeaks Official Shop are used to support WikiLeaks operations. It is great to have them onboard as merchants, accepting Beam, and giving those wishing to get some merch and support the cause, the be ability to do so in the private manner we all deserve.

For a full list of all shops and services, please see here.

Another piece of the jigsaw which is important to the Beam network and ecosystem, is the collective community nodes which enable you to run your wallet, anywhere in the world. Previously, Raskul had a full range of city-specific nodes around the world, and after some research on the usage of these, has condensed a few of these to be country-specific. A full list of his nodes can be found at https://www.raskul.com/beam-nodes/ and also under the Mainnet Community Nodes section on our official download page on the beam.mw website.

Research and Development

The last week saw the team, ambassadors, and community partaking in testing of the freshly released 5.1. Romanov again gave us an excellent explainer on the two new features in Beam wallets, Offline transactions and Max Privacy transactions, in the latest episode of Beam Pulse - Use the Pool, Luke. This was followed up

With the EE 5.1 mainnet release around the corner, EE 5.2 is expected to follow shortly after, with work being well on the way to bring the Max Privacy transactions to the GUI wallet.

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Beam 2020 Week #38 - Use the pool, Luke

Covering September 14th - September 20th 2020

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Beam News

An exciting week for Beam with the Roadmap being finalised and released! Some astronomical endeavours being brought to the table, and with the execution of the Beam devs, no doubt they will be coming to fruition at a rapid speed.

The roadmap has been broken into three tracks, Wallet, Infrastructure, and DeFi. These three will come together seamlessly, adding scalability, use cases, and stellar UX, adding further value to the Beam ecosystem.

Check it out!

Beam Roadmap — the road to Confidential DeFi


As you may have noticed, there is a lot more attention being paid to DeFi applications, now that the majority of underlying infrastructure has been fine-tuned. With the upcoming proof of concepts, the applications for Beam users is set to expand!

With Eager Electron 5.1 scheduled for Testnet release tomorrow, let’s take a look and see what it’s all about!

EE 5.1 and the Pool

One of the keys to privacy, is the Pool! Lelantus MW was added to the CLI wallets after the most recent Hard Fork, and the 5.1 Testnet release will provide the first experience with it on Beam GUI wallets. This extra layer of protection builds on top of Beams already stellar base level of privacy and allows users to unlink any potential connections between their transactions. This further protects Beamers privacy against even the most resourceful attackers, and improves privacy for the network as a whole, even if you are not the one using it.

The targeted anonymity set is 64,000, and to achieve it, we need you, and we need you using the pool!

Due to the sheer magnitude of this release, we will have a couple of videos coming to us by way of Romanov. The first will focus on offline transactions, and our role as Beamers in testing the 5.1 powerhouse release. The later Beam Pulse addition will bring us up to speed on the different Lelantus modes, and how privacy is achieved.

For those with wishing to get in the mainnet pool, check out the simple step-by-step guide by Raskul to get shielded, stay anon, and get yourself unlinked!

Lelantus-MW resources:

Research and Development

The last week, Alex bought us the third episode of Beam Pulse, with a fun update on the meme competition, insights into the status of 5.1, and a great overview of how Maker Dao, and similar Algorithmic stable coins work.

One of the first applications of Beam Confidential DeFi, will be a Confidential Algorithmic Stablecoin. This is going to be a huge achievement, and something to look forward to!

Check out the latest from Alex to hear more about they work!

Current focus for Beam devs:

  • Ironing out 5.1 whilst on Testnet - Offline transactions, and improved Atomic Swaps

  • Start work on EE 5.2 - Max Privacy mode, Public Offline Address, and wallet sync

  • Beam Virtual Machine and contracts - Making great progress, with updates coming this week

  • Decentralised Bridges with Ethereum - Work continues, and is progressing nicely

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