Introducing ExpFaucet

ExpFaucet is an android mobile app that pays users in Exp coins for viewing ads and, in the very near future, for completing tasks. ExpFaucet is one of the projects funded by Expanse Grants system. The app was built by our community member @SpeedRunner using React Native on frontend and Node.js on backend.

Why does Expanse need this app?

Because ExpFaucet can bring more attention and new users into the Exp network. Every new user needs to have an Expanse address to get paid, so as more users will use this app, more new wallets will be created and more transactions will be posted. The growth of the Exp network will happen as per Metcalfe’s law. Metcalfe’s law states the effect of a telecommunications network is proportional to the square of the number of connected users of the system (n2). More transactions on Expanse = more value for Expanse coin.

Besides transactions and network, every blockchain project has an exchange where anyone can buy or sell project coins. This matters in the long run. Low trading volume and low demand has a negative effect on the coin value. ExpFaucet will buy some Exp every day/week to pay this coins to users. In this way, it creates a buy demand and on the other hand some users that received this coins, will sell it. That’s how trading volume is created along with a gradual rise in demand.  

How does ExpFaucet work?

Every 30 minutes, users can claim some XP (which is an in-app token) for viewing ad. The value of XP is attached to that of USD, not Exp. If Expanse coins lose its value (rate goes down), users will get more coins and vice versa. After user creates a withdrawal request – he essentially “freezes” his XP tokens with the current Exp value. All withdrawals are processed every 3 days which makes for reducing tx fee and increasing rewards for users. This can be changed after more testing data emerges. The app also has a leader board.

Future Plans

After finishing tasks section and fixing all bugs, the economic model of this app will be changed.

Maybe a new token will be created on the Expanse blockchain. Every 2 weeks, the app will buy required amount of tokens to pay users, so even if all users will sell their rewards (such an event is very unlikely) token price will still be stable. Some similar apps in the market are using another strategy – they mint tokens instead of buying and that is the reason why app token value always goes down. We do not subscribe to this approach. Token will be traded on the Expex exchange. It will increase number of Expanse transactions and demand of Expex.

Transparency Reports

The way in which ETH and some other blockchain projects post transparency reports every quarter. This consolidates its reputation and helps the project stay honest and true to its founding principles. Every month, we will be posting a detailed report outlining ExpFaucet earnings, spends and developments. This will also include details like how much Exp was paid to users (meaning, how much Exp was bought on the exchange by the app), server costs and app earnings.

We believe that this app can be a great way to attract a huge community around it which eventually will boost the reputation of the expanse community and generate demand for the Exp tokens.

Expanse Fork

On Feb 26, 2020, a hard fork happened at # Blocknumber: 3,050,000 on the Expanse blockchain.

Basically GEXP 1.9.10 will introduce a handful of gas changes that will allow interoperability between EXP and zcash, etc and eth, as well as allowing for more access to privacy technology.

The Nebula Hardfork update brings Expanse up to date with Ethereum. The ETH Istanbul fork included six Ethereum Improvement Proposals (EIPs), specific code changes to the ethereum protocol, including EIPs 152, 1108, 1344, 1844, 2028 and 2200. This release also includes 10 months of GETH improvements into GEXP. Making GEXP more interoperable with ETH, ETC and the Zcash chains. If you use Mist or Luna, your binaries will update on their own. The public nodes for MEW and MyCrypto are already updated. And if you are using a ledger product it means you probably use mew or mycrypto to send your exp. We are in contact with our exchanges to get updated as well. Hardfork Block 3,050,000 Binaries https://github.com/expanse-org/go-expanse/releases/tag/v1.9.10

The hardfork mostly changes gas cost on certain calls that will allow for better scalability and cheaper privacy. When a member asked whether it will make easier to switch to POS and ETH Beacon Chain Validators, Christopher Franko responded by saying that it takes us one step closer.

Gamification in Health Apps – How Does it Help?

Jitendra Rathod, contributing newsletter editor, discusses the popularity of gamification to make health apps more fun to use and to increase user compliance. 

Do you count your daily steps in your smartwatch or fitness app? Do you drink water to grow a virtual plant? If you are doing something like this, then you’re already introduced to the gamification concept in health apps. 

Gamification is nothing but the use of games and simulations to help you make a few behavioral changes so that you become more conscious of a healthy lifestyle. The use of gamification in health apps has been on a surge because of its many benefits. 

How it helps

“An estimated 50% of patients with chronic diseases do not follow the prescribed treatment,” as told to Forbes by Dr. Bertalan Meskó, medical futurist and author of The Guide to the Future of Medicine: Technology and the Human Touch. 

Gamification has thus found its way in health apps offering a positive impression. 

Introducing health apps that are fun and engaging empowers a patient to take care of his/her health, often unknowingly. 

Patients become more cooperative with their primary caregivers because they become equal partners in their healthcare. In other words, patients have better self-knowledge and they are willing to help themselves making the job of the healthcare professional easy.

On the other hand, healthcare professionals should embrace the new normal and work along with the patients towards a healthy world. 

Here are a few examples of gamification in health apps

  1. Fitbit: If you have always dreaded the gym visit, then this gamified health app is for you. It counts every move you make, helps you set your fitness goals, and then sends you nudges to keep you motivated! 
  1. EveryMove: Similar to Fitbit, it not only counts your steps but gives you a competitive push by sharing your step counts with your friends. Even when you are socially distancing from one another, you can still keep your fitness motivation high with such a gamified app.
  1. Monster Guard: Developed by the Red Cross, this is a fun gamified app specially designed for children. The app aims to teach children what to do when there is an emergency like a fire in the building or an earthquake. Children are also rewarded with virtual medals when they complete a task allotted by the app.
  1. Lap band: Another popular child-focused gamified health app that is aimed towards raising healthy kids. The app keeps track of a child’s sleep hour, movement hours, and step counts.
  1. Wellthy Therapeutics: Diabetes is one of the major lifestyle diseases. This gamified app helps type 2 diabetic patient to manage her condition better by suggesting a health plan and keeping a track of how the patient is fairing. It engages the patients effectively for a healthy outcome. It offers fun challenges, keeps a track of lifestyle changes, offers expert coaching, etc.

Gamification in health apps is bringing in new dimensions to the healthcare system. However, the complete success of it will depend on how the patients and the healthcare community embrace it. 

The Allergy Finder app developed by Expanse seeks to help individuals suffering from food allergies through a gamified app that will help them track the foods they consume and alert them to potential food allergens in their meals. The common knowledge base will further help the community in making informed diet decisions. 

Introducing Quest – The first component of the Exp.Life Multiverse

The idea of life being a game is not new to us. But if all the statistics could be represented in the same way as in a game that could be viewed by other players and be used as a verifiable overview of the person, it would be both very useful and convenient. Every experience in the form of a photograph or a video or a blog post will result in gaining points. The more points one has, the better their chances of being an expert in their particular field. The players will be able to both play the game and do what they regularly do with greater motivation and energy. And to facilitate this much more enriching way of recording and sharing of our experiences by gamifying the entire process, Exp.life comes into the picture.

Exp.life looks to make the experiences of the people verifiable and more value-adding than they already are. It aims to gamify the lives of the players and enable them to record and upload their experiences in a way that makes it both genuine and authentic, which can be relied on by other people. The experiences that they wish to upload could have a permanent record, thanks to the application of the blockchain technology. Incentivizing is an important aspect of ensuring that there is increasing and continued participation of the involved parties.

Exp.life will actually transform the ‘game of life’ as we know it into a game-like structure which can be recorded and documented and will permit authentic sharing of experiences, while also rewarding the players for the same. It is bound to make people think twice before they upload anything on the internet and undertake challenges only if they actually are capable of completing them. Exp.life will certainly make this game a little more rewarding and worth playing. 

The first piece of the Exp.Life multiverse is Quest.

Quest is meant to be a blockchain-powered storytelling and task incentivization platform. It’s the first tool in a suite of tools that we will use to build out the Exp.Life multiverse. With Quest, adventures can be created, and “players” can find and consume user-generated quests to earn achievements, badges and, of course, loot! This tool will aim to attract storytellers, travelers, gamers and developers.

The Quest platform will support developers and “quest” creators to create engaging content to attract individuals. The platform is also envisaged as a micro employment platform where quests provide employment opportunities for people looking for a quick task to earn an honest wage during an uncertain economy.

Quest – Travel, Discover, Experience!

Stay tuned as we unravel more exciting updates about this grand vision.

Launch of the Allergy Finder App

Since the past couple of months, we have been working on an app that will help millions of individuals around the world suffering from food allergies. If you all remember, we had mentioned the development of this app fleetingly in the General channel of our Discord. 

We kept the team small – Omar overlooking the development closely with Farwah Aizaz managing operations. Muhammad Sohaib is the developer and Jitendra Rathod is creating content for the app and the blog posts. The project is the brainchild of Christopher Franko and he has been passionately involved in its development from Day 1. 

The Allergy Finder app is a community-powered, subscription-based app that will help users keep a record of their meals in a food journal and alert them of potential allergens in the foods they consume. Gamification plays a major role in the app and active participants will be rewarded with points that can be redeemed for products and services.The app will be available for Android as well as iOS and will be launched within the next two months. Development is proceeding at a frantic rate to stay true to the timeframe.

GEXP Update

GEXP v1.9.13 is a scheduled maintenance release, focusing on polishes and fixes. The highlight of the release is that we’ve finally merged support for dynamic state snapshots, something we’ve been working on for some time now. For now it’s not yet enabled by default, but we’re hoping for big things to be built on top of this.

This release also switches over to GEXP (the first version in the 1.14.x family that is stable for Ethereum), resulting in about 10% block processing speedup.

A summary of the features we’ve been working on:

  • Implement dynamic state snapshots (behind –snapshot for now) 
  • Bump the propagated transaction size limit to 128KB, up from 64KB 
  • Support running the HTTP and WebSocket RPC on the same port 
  • Support keeping the ethash caches and DAG forcefully in RAM 
  • Deprecate –testnet in favor of –ropsten, but keep it for now 
  • Add a newaccount command to Clef, mostly for tutorial purposes 
  • Expose individual metrics for every RPC method call type
  • Add support for exposing/exporting metrics from geth import runs 
  • Add debug_accountRange RPC API to iterate over the accounts 
  • Write up the documentation for the checkpoint-admin command 
  • Change DNS discovery record TTLs to saner values 
  • General cleanups in the ecies crypto package used by RLPx

Expanse Lists on Accointing

Expanse has been listed on reputed exchanges like HitBTC, Graviex and Bittrex. It has now been listed by Accointing.

Accointing is an all-in-one solution that allows you to track, manage, and report your transaction from one single platform. Accointing is a multi-tool platform with and is available for desktop, Android and iOS. It is the most affordable platform in the market (on cost per transaction ratio).

Accointing allows you to add more than 300 wallets and exchanges to your portfolio dashboard and app. Accounting connects over 4500 cryptocurrencies from all exchanges and wallets with a very easy way to import your transactions. You can connect to exchanges like Bittrex, Coinbase, Ledger, etc., or import your transactions via a CSV file. You can also import from brokers and other tax tools into their platforms like Bitcoin Suisse, OSL, Cointracking, Delta.The Expanse listing is now live for tax and tracking on their apps.  

Accounting is a Switzerland-based digital assets management platform and it has now listed Expanse.

Message from our Founder, Christopher Franko

Hello Expanse Community. These are difficult and unprecedented times we are witnessing. The focus is squarely now back on human health and we have seen even the systems of developed nations crumble under the sheer pressure of a pandemic. Our strategies have been proven hollow. It is now more than ever to focus on the health of an individual to reduce the strain on a nation’s healthcare system. That brings us to our small yet important endeavor to create a health app that solves one problem. It also helps us to hedge the crypto market so that we can have lifelong USD funding. 

In another set of events we just had a hardfork a few weeks ago that makes GEXP more interoperable with eth, etc and makes zk more accessible.

I wish to reiterate that development isn’t my sole responsibility, it is the collective responsibility of the entire community. While the core team can envisage a lot of development, we cannot fight on all fronts. I invite all developers to actively participate in the development process as it incentivises all of us. 

The global pandemic has pushed the entire world into an abyss of economic depression. Thousands of businesses around the world have suffered and millions of employees have had to face the brunt by being laid off. This has created another problem for the crypto industry as well, since the potential pool of retail investors could well shy away from the industry and find safer ways to save money for basic human necessities. This necessitates us to focus on new ways to fund Expanse development. We have a few ideas and we are working on them. Hope we see those ideas coming to fruition soon. Till then, I wish for everyone to remain safe and well.

How Blockchain can Empower Women

Jitendra Rathod, newsletter contributing editor, provides insights into how blockchain can empower women. 

A short definition of blockchain would call it a ‘distributed, decentralized, public ledger’. However, as often is the case with definitions, this concise treatment fails to enumerate all the good things the technology stands for. Needless to say, it is a commonplace understanding the blockchain essentially co-exists with cryptocurrencies and the only impact it makes is economic. 

However, such a narrow outlook not only constricts our own understanding of the technology but likewise, also undermines the possible roles it can play in future development and improvements in various sectors— from eradicating world hunger to curbing corruption. One such role, the blockchain has full capacity to play is in terms of women empowerment. 

How Can Blockchain Empower Women? 

  • Generating Careers

report published in a respected Indian newspaper, The Hindu, underlines the role blockchain can play in creating jobs for women who usually find them unemployed or who forego employment if it does not get along well with their personal lives. 

In the coming future, career opportunities would be mostly technology-driven. As a result, many old skill sets would become obsolete with new ones needed to keep up with the changing times. Considering the number of careers that are being churned by the blockchain technology, women across the world (especially in a growing economy like India) can, through courses and other means, acquire the required skill sets and find economic independence. It goes undisputed that with such independence comes emancipation and liberty. 

Though the number of women employed in the blockchain industry is still very less compared to that of men, hopes are on the rise. Or to put it in the words of, Meltem Demirors of Digital Currency Group, ‘sands are shifting’. More and more women continue to invest and find careers in the blockchain technology.

  • Providing Increased Access to Finance

One commonly hailed plus point about blockchain is that it eliminates the existence of mediators or third parties. This not only reduces the cost of transaction but also makes it more efficient. However, one overlooked benefit of this characteristic of blockchain is that it could empower women. 

According to a World Bank report, only 65% of women around the world have a bank account, compared to the 75% male bank account holders. This means that there are around 980 million women in the world that do not have access to banking services. 

The gender gap which exists in the financial sector can be leveled by blockchain since the transaction fees which are necessary for banking services are non-existent in dealing with cryptocurrencies. Moreover, as mentioned previously, a peer-to-peer transaction would encourage women to participate more in payment and banking activities.

A third, and important factor which makes blockchain a tool for empowering women financially is the simple fact that initiating a crypto wallet needs no cost. This is a common hindrance for women who are held back from being a participant in banking transactions due to the costs involved with opening a bank account. 

  • Gaining Official Identification

The question of the names of women has been one of much debate since the setting of our modern world. When a woman is unmarried, she carries her father’s name and when she is married she is bound to carry her husband’s. The problems related to female identity are more common in developing and underdeveloped nations.

Due to poor infrastructure in these countries, women suffer the most as they often find it difficult to obtain official documentation for lacking other documents like a birth certificate. This has two kinds of social impacts, both of them negative— first of all, the women lose their freedom of movement and secondly, they lose their financial freedom because of failure to apply for jobs etc. Most importantly, since a number of women do not have IDs, they lose their political voices as citizens, making them second-class citizens indirectly. 

Blockchain, by its very definition, is a distributed ledger technology. The capacity of blockchain to maintain records is limitless. Such a record is impossible to break and is also cost-free. Nations can use blockchain to reach out to its female citizens. This can bring them closer to achieving political and economic freedom. 

  • Strengthening Freedom to Property

According to a report published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, less than 20% of the world’s lands are owned by women. The origins of such numbers can be traced back to the less economic and financial freedom women have. Moreover, a patriarchal society also takes away from a woman her right to property ownership. In most countries— titles and deeds involve complex procedures all of which are considered to be too daunting for a woman. 

The very complexity involved with ownership could be reduced by blockchain technology; a further consequence of which would be gender equality regarding ownership. Moreover, blockchain can eliminate the risk of fraud and forgeries related to land titles, further empowering women. 

Conclusion

When electricity was first invented, no one had thought that it would be used to carry out capital punishment. No one had also thought that it could make life in the kitchen so easy— from baking to heating. 

The invention of technology is not an end in itself but is the starting point from whence a number of other human problems can be solved. There is also always a chance of its misuse. 

The blockchain technology too, should never be considered assigned to one purpose as its fields are numberless. Nations and people should collectively use it to ends like the one highlighted in this article. Technology should not only make our lives easy but should also be used as a tool to make the world a better place. 

December 2019 – Summary

EXP TO BE LISTED ON ABRA.COM

We are pleased to announce the coming soon listing of EXP – on Abra.com. Abra.com is disrupting the disruption. Unlike traditional cryptocurrency exchanges. Abra is the “world’s first global investment app” it allows users from almost 150 countries around the world to invest in hundreds of cryptocurrencies through a single app. The app also allows users to buy, sell, hold and exchange their digital assets and also transfer them anywhere, anytime. In short, Abra is a digital wallet and cryptocurrency exchange – all in the form of one single, powerful mobile app.