Block.one Releases Experimental Authenticators for Google Chrome, Safari

The developers at Block.one, a Cayman Islands-registered open-source software publisher focused on the ongoing development of EOS, one of the largest platforms for building and deploying decentralized applications (dApps), have released a set of Reference Authenticator apps.

The apps have been launched as “experimental reference Open Source Software”, Block.one’s development team clarified. As noted in a blog post published on May 29, 2019, by the leading blockchain-powered software developer, the Reference Authenticator apps are available for iOS users.

Key Management and Signing Protected by Biometric Authentication

The distributed ledger technology (DLT)-based software allows users to log in and approve transactions from web-based applications running on the mobile Safari browser, Block.one’s blog mentioned. Additionally, it stated users may access the Reference Authenticator from “other native iOS apps on the same device."

As explained in the software publisher’s blog, key management and signing are performed in Apple’s Secure Enclave and/or Keychain and are “protected with the device’s biometric authentication.”

Signing in and Approving Transactions via Google Chrome, Safari

In order to provide this type of security, the apps “leverage” the recently-introduced EOSIO software development kit (SDK) for Swift library and its “Vault Signature Provider.” This type of functionality allows users to authenticate and sign transactions from third-party mobile apps, Block.one’s blog explained.

The software development firm’s blog further noted that the Reference Authenticator apps are now also available as a Google Chrome Extension. This will allow users to sign in and approve their transactions directly from web-based apps that are opened using the Google Chrome browser (from both mobile and desktop computers). A secret passphrase, managed by the user, is used to secure the key management and signing process.

Tropical Stay App Demonstrates How Login and Transaction Verification Process Works

Web-based apps are also able to integrate (or are compatible) with the EOSIO Reference Authenticator apps, by using the Universal Authenticator Library and “the EOSIO Reference Authenticator plugin for UAL.”

Block.one’s latest Reference Authenticator release package also includes a newly developed Tropical Stay app, which shows how the sign in and transaction verification process works. Moreover, developers may directly use EOS Javascript (EOSJS) and an appropriate signature provider to accomplish the same tasks.

Notably, the EOSIO Reference Authenticator apps are “entirely chain agnostic” and they have been implemented in a manner that does not require communication with EOSIO nodes directly.

New Public Blockchain Hedera Hashgraph Launches with 26 Dapps

Michael LaVere
  • Hedera Hashgraph launches open access to its mainnet blockchain with 26 dApps. 
  • Network will support 10,000 transactions per second, in addition to smart contracts and file services. 

The Hedera Hashgraph team has announced the successful launch of its public blockchain mainnet on Sept. 16, which includes 26 decentralized applications. 

Hedera Launches Public Mainnet

According to the release, Hedera Hashgraph is now open to the general public after months of being in a closed beta network for select developers.

Hedera claims to be have a faster consensus algorithm than the blockchain used by Ethereum and Bitcoin, capable of supporting 10,000 transactions per second. The open-access mainnet also allows users to operate smart contract and files services, with the team planning to increase the network’s speed “methodically throughout the remainder of 2019.”

Heredera’s Hashgraph achieves this transaction throughput thanks to a unique feature called gossip, which sees nodes within its network share information – gossip - on transactions, and subsequently gossip on gossip to record each event on the network and create a hashgraph of information.

The network reportedly achieves consensus and is secure by a virtual voting process, where the hashgraph technology uses nodes to ensure Byzantine fault tolerance. Hedera further has a Consensus Service under development that will be made available to the public later in the year. 

Mance Harmon, co-founder and CEO of Hedera Hashgraph, said, 

We are thrilled that, through open access, dozens of decentralized applications are now live and running on the mainnet, along with mirror nodes and other parts of the ecosystem designed to expand Hedera’s reach and adoption.

Hedera uses “council members” to run nodes and maintain the decentralization of the blockchain. The 39 council members, which include IBM and Boeing, also govern changes to the software. 

The enterprise-focused network has earlier this week seen its cryptocurrency, HBAR, get listed on leading cryptocurrency trading platform OKEx as three new trading pairs – HBAR/BTC, HBAR/USDT, and HBAR/USDK were added.

In a press release Andy Cheung, OKEx’s Head of Operations, stated:

Hedera and OKEx share the same goal of building a trusted, safe, and fair digital future for everyone through developing a neutral, open-access infrastructure. With such a powerful, enterprise-grade ledger technology, we believe it is a big step forward in mainstream adoption of decentralization. We are excited to support the Hedera platform and continue to lead this industry forward.

To celebrate listing HBAR, the cryptocurrency exchange launched a 500,000 token giveaway that will see holders and market makers who create maker orders on OKEx have a chance to win a share of the HBAR tokens being given away.

The first 5,000 traders to trade a HBAR trading pair, OKEx’s announcement reads, are also entitled to a share of 150,000 of the half a million HBAR being given away, in proportion to the volumes they trade.

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