MY BITCOIN STORY

Bitcoin is seen as many things to different people.  Some people see it as a currency used for value exchange, some see it a volatile digital asset that “is not backed by anything”, some see it as a brilliant use case of blockchain technology.

The bitcoin is simply a ‘crypto’currency built on the blockchain to allow person to person value transfer without restrictions from any central body.

We might have also heard the term “Decentralization” used a lot. This simply means that there is no central authority governing the bitcoin network, its governance is overseen by anyone who cares to join the governing network.

This story will start from breaking up the word cryptocurrency into two distinct parts:

  1. Crypto: Crypto comes from the word cryptography which is the art of securing communication in the presence of enemies or adversaries 
  2. Currency: Currency is simply a medium of exchange of goods and services.

Combining both definitions in layman terms we can simply say cryptocurrency is the technique of exchanging goods and services in a secure way in the presence of enemies.

Anyone can read this story but it can get quite technical at some point. At any point you are unable to understand the technical parts, please go and learn about that topic and come right back. I will try my best to add links to resources where you can learn and practice each technical concept.

I will start my journey by focusing on the Crypto part of the Cryptocurrency. A complete understanding of this part is sufficient to describe how the cryptocurrencies work and why the idea is brilliant.

CRYPTO-[CRYPTOGRAPHY]

Cryptography is not a modern technique. It is as old as man. In the ancient times, cryptography mostly focused on message confidentiality(or encryption). For example rearranging “Hello Ugo, how are you?”  to “llHeo oUg, ouy rea woh”? Was a common cryptographic technique employed in the past. See more about history of cryptography here

Cryptography is very important to the study of cryptocurrencies because it provides the following services

  1. Confidentiality – Assurance that information is only available to authorized people.
  2. Integrity – Assurance that information is only modifiable by the authorized person
  3. Authentication – Assurance about the identity of a person or the validity of the source of a message
  4. Non-Repudiation – Assurance that someone can’t deny something

Mathematics sits at the core of cryptography and I will be introducing a few mathematical concepts below. Don’t be scared I have added links to resources that will make learning these concepts fun.

We will be looking at:

  1. Prime Numbers
  2. Sets
  3. Groups(Abelian Groups)

Please make sure you study these concepts before you proceed so my story can be more exciting to you.

So because I don’t trust you. I want you to prove to me you studied the topics above by solving the questions below. Share your answer on the google form(code_name, picture of your solution and goofy picture of you holding your solution). Best goofy picture with a correct solution gets $10 worth of Bitcoin and txId will be shared on a list of My Bitcoin stories beneficiaries. Please try and provide proofs where necessary.

Prime Number Questions
  1. Question 1
  2. Question 2
Set Questions
  1. { Question 1, Question 2, Question 3, Question 4 }
Groups
  1. Pick any question online and solve it. Then share with me.

NEXT TOPICS: SYMMETRIC AND ASYMMETRIC CRYPTOGRAPHY

Partnership with Wicrypt, a service that enables users to get paid while sharing their Wifi. Wicrypt uses a proprietary peer to peer internet sharing protocol and leverages the power of the blockchain to enable Individuals(Agents) to resell data providing internet within certain areas (residential and commercial locations).

To use this service, the users can download the app from Google Playstore and Apple app store and top up their wallets via bank transfer, USSD, or cards. Users who can’t download the app can also connect to the service using a voucher.

Once a user is in a location where the Wifi is available (Enugu Wifi Zone), they will be able to connect to the wifi instantly using a router code generated from their Wicrypt mobile app or using a voucher code purchased from an Enugu Wifi Agent or from the Wifi Home page.

Enugu SME Center will be the super-agent with other agents under the Enugu SME Center. From the Dashboard, the Enugu SME Center will know what each Enugu Wifi Agent makes monthly and deducts from the source to repay the loans given to them to buy the router, the range extender, power bank and initial 100GB of data for reselling. We believe that on average each Enugu Wifi Agent can make between ₦150,000 – ₦200,000 in a month.

CB: Progress Updates and Barons Awakening Game Release.

Hello everyone. We know you’ve waited a while for some updates and we have good news. We’ve really been working hard to put things in place and get everything ready for a smooth release and we can tell you that you’ll love what we’ve cooked.

CryptoBarons was selected as one of the finalists for alto.io Cryptogame challenge and the demo version of the game has already been sent for review. Let me tell you a little secret about it… sshhh!! Don’t tell anyone yet. Its awesome; you can purchase ERC 721 cryptoassets and … Yes!!! you can fight battles   Since our last update, we have made a number of modifications in our game design, logo, gameplay etc. to bridge the gap between blockchain games and everyday games that can be downloaded on Google Playstore and Apple App Store.The game is quite interactive and soon enough, you would be able to compete with your friends when playing the game.

CRYPTOBARONS — BARONS AWAKENING

Over 3,000 years ago, there existed the era of Barons who were an unstoppable force in war and had an unbreakable bond between them.
While the Barons enjoyed their victory over the Banditians (Kingdom of thieves) in the cool of the night, Sparda poisoned their drinks and sent them into a deep sleep. While the Barons slept, Sparda harvested their souls as sacrifice to the dark lord Amheh.

This is the intro story for the mini-game which we have released as a preamble to the Main version of the game which will be released much later in October this year. In this mini-game you can buy the game assets such as Soldiers, Workers, Farm, Gold mine, Defence mechanisms, Barracks etc. You can gather food, wood and even upgrade your assets too. All these game assets you have purchased in mini-game will also be available when the Main version of the game is launched, by the power of the blockchain.

STEPS TO PLAY THE GAME

Getting Started
To set up an account, click on the Register link provided and sign up with a valid Email Address.
An Ethereum address will be generated for you and mapped to the Email provided. If you already have an account, you can login with your existing Email and Password.

Viewing Your Profile
To view your profile, chest items or transaction history, click the Profile link on the top header.

Purchasing Baron Tokens
Purchase Baron Tokens from your profile page by clicking on the “Purchase Tokens” tab. You have an option of paying with your credit/debit card (Mastercard or Visa) or with Ethers.

Acquiring Game Assets
Purchase Game Assets from the market place with your Baron Tokens, Ethers or Smart Card.
The purchased assets will be mapped to your Ether address.

Barons Awakening: Game Intro
Navigate to Barons Awakening and input your password to continue.
Every Baron is expected to gather resources from their production buildings, and upgrade available buildings in preparation of the War of Barons.

                                                           Screenshot of gameplay

Remember, we’re currently selling Baron tokens at a discounted rate. Buy tokens, buy assets, play the mini-game, upgrade your assets and have fun. The marketplace to resell assets will be released soon and players will trade cryptos for money.

Join the discussion in our community:
Twitter: https://twitter.com/crypto_barons
Telegram: https://t.me/cryptobaronsgame
Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/CryptoBarons
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cryptobaronsgame
Website: https://cryptobarons.io/#/home/index

Latest Updates, Airdrops and Meet the Team…

So far we have been testing the gameplay and we’re pleased to announce that the game will be launched very soon. And if the above screenshot doesn’t wow you yet, we’ll give you jaw-dropping sneak peak videos from the gameplay.

A short intro. Currently, crypto-games existing now are mainly collectible games that allow you purchase digital tokens which you can sell at a later time. Well… how much fun is that? Now, just take a moment, relax and breathe. Imagine yourself playing a 3D action filled game which actually runs on the blockchain. You don’t even need to know what Ethereum is or how to install Metamask. Just the pure gaming experience. And what’s more… it’ll be available on Web, Android and iOS platforms too. Let me hear you say yeah yeah!!!


MEET OUR SENIOR RESEARCH ADVISER

                                               
                                                                            Prof. Veikko Hara

Prof. Veikko Hara  has over 30 years of experience in the area of information technology. Earlier he has held other top level posts in different companies. Currently, Veikko is Research Director at Rovio Entertainment, where IT solutions and contents plays very a important role to Rovio’s key products. Veikko is the Senior Blockchain Research Advisor for Ugarsoft and has made immense contributions to the development of CryptoBarons game.

We are co-developing CryptoBarons, the first interactive simulation multi player game to run on the blockchain with the Ugarsoft Blockchain Division in Nigeria. We believe that such games like this will solve most scaling, payment and other issues traditional games face while encouraging the wild adoption of Blockchain as a technology. We hope that the game community around the world enjoy playing CryptoBarons while giving useful feedbacks that will make the game and other subsequent interactive Blockchain games better.

Have fun playing CryptoBarons, fortifying your kingdom and being a Baron like in the medieval age. Thank you!

Development Team

The team of developers working on this project are very skilled and have various strengths, from UI/UX to graphics design, Development with gaming engines, Blockchain Technology, Payment system etc. So lets introduce you to the team.

NOW THE NEWS WE’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR …

AIRDROP: Airdrop (a.k.a Free money) is when a crypto project gives out some free tokens to the community. CryptoBarons game makes use of Baron Tokens (BRN), which are used to purchase game assets. These tokens are going to be given out to our early community members, so you all can play the game for free and also purchase assets which you could also later resell when the game market is launched.

“You gotta to be kiddin’ me.”

Dropping into your wallets like this… Airdrop!

No kiddin’. That’s how excited we’re to let everyone get a feel of the gameplay. All you need to do is subscribe here and then verify your email and voila! you are ready to receive free tokens.

PRE-LAUNCH MARKET SALES: The Pre-launch market sales for the game will start on Friday 25th May, 2018. You’ll be able to purchase game assets and resources at discounted prices. The game assets include characters, marketplace, workers, armies, pills and magic potions.

CryptoBarons Marketplace Sneak Peek:

https://youtu.be/14kjKsmzRkk

These assets and resources which you purchase from the market can be used to play the game. Another interesting point to note is that you can also put up your resources for sale and convert the resources back to tokens. These tokens would also be listed on exchanges in the near future so that you can convert your earnings back to cash.

Jaw-dropping yet? Wait till you play the game on the Web, or Mobile platforms. Intense gaming experience, first of its kind on the Blockchain.

Developing CryptoBarons was a labour-intensive task. It’s a work of love of many people, and we are constantly looking to integrate as much community feedback as possible. Don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected], and we almost always have someone on the live chat on cryptobarons.io.

Join us on Telegram for live updates.

Uber President Jeff Jones is leaving the company amid turmoil

Things just seemingly keep getting worse at Uber, which now is reportedly losing its president Jeff Jones according to Recode.

The departure comes amid a series of sexual harassment allegations as well as being hit by a lawsuit from Waymo — Alphabet’s self-driving car unit — that threatens to potentially kneecap its autonomous driving efforts. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick told employees he was planning on bringing on some parental supervision at the company in the form of a chief operating officer, but that doesn’t seem to be stopping the turmoil and affecting employee morale.

Uber confirmed the departure with the following statement: “We want to thank Jeff for his six months at the company and wish him all the best.”

Recode is reporting that the departure is directly related to the controversies at the company, which continue to mount and get worse. At the beginning of the year, people viewed that Uber was taking advantage of a major protest amid Donald Trump’s immigration ban. That spawned a whole #DeleteUber campaign, which once again flared up following explosive allegations of sexual harassment — and the embedded culture within the company that spawned it.

Its self-driving efforts are also facing a ton of scrutiny following allegations from Alphabet that the company is using stolen trade secrets. Alphabet is claiming that executives at Otto, a self-driving trucking unit Uber acquired, took trade secrets with them on their way out. That’s led to an already-fiery legal battle. Waymo filed for an injunction against Uber earlier this month.

The situation also seems to be increasingly deteriorating. Jones is not the only recent departure, with SVP of engineering and former Googler Amit Singhal leaving the company at the end of February. In just the span of a month, it already seems like the top of Uber’s organizational chart will soon look very different — though whether that will have a meaningful impact on Uber’s culture, or even the perception of its culture, is still unknown.

Update: Jones sent a statement about his departure to Recode

I joined Uber because of its Mission, and the challenge to build global capabilities that would help the company mature and thrive long-term.

It is now clear, however, that the beliefs and approach to leadership that have guided my career are inconsistent with what I saw and experienced at Uber, and I can no longer continue as president of the ride sharing business.

There are thousands of amazing people at the company, and I truly wish everyone well.

Meanwhile, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick sent the following letter to Uber staff:

Team,

I wanted to let you know that Jeff Jones has decided to resign from Uber.

Jeff joined Uber in October 2016 from being CMO at retailer Target. In 6 months, he made an important impact on the company—from his focus on being driver obsessed to delivering our first brand reputation study, which will help set our course in the coming months and year.

After we announced our intention to hire a COO, Jeff came to the tough decision that he doesn’t see his future at Uber. It is unfortunate that this was announced through the press but I thought it was important to send all of you an email before providing comment publicly.

Rachel, Pierre and Mac will continue to lead the Global Ops teams, reporting to me until we have signed a COO. Troy Stevenson, who leads CommOps, and Shalin Amin who leads brand design will report to Rachel Holt. Ab Gupta will report to Andrew MacDonald.

Thanks,

Travis