November 2019 – Summary

EXPANSE HELPING IN SOUTH AMERICA

This week I (Omar) had the opportunity to travel to a re-located area of the armed conflict in Guatemala, my job was to be a translator for the US doctors who provide services in the community.

ONE YEAR OF COVERS – Y4

We are featuring a throwback of all the 16 covers Omar created during the past year. Give him a shoutout in the Discord chat. We hope he continues to do his magic on all future covers of our newsletters, and we wish him the best for many more successful years at Expanse.  

October 2019 – Summary

A MESSAGE FROM OUR FOUNDER

As you are all aware, we have been going through some changes as a team lately. One of the changes we have decided on was going to a monthly newsletter rather than a bi-weekly one. This allows us to focus more on development and less on scrambling to cram news in for the newsletter. This will lead to higher productivity as well as better newsletters overtime.

This is the first newsletter of the new series so I hope you guys enjoy. Aside from the newsletter changes we have also been restructuring our team internally. This has led to the implementation of new communication policies that will help us meet deadlines and communicate more openly. As you guys know we reduced the size of our team to cut cost but to take up part of the slack we invited some old time community members to join the conversation.

We are doing this with hopes to inspire more creativity and innovation from our team, and so far it appears to be working! We have some fresh ideas in the works that I’m sure y’all will really love. We look forward to this new direction that we are going in and can’t wait to share our progress as we grow together. 

But you have to remember, we can’t do it alone, and we need your help to grow. Stay vigilant, stay inspired, keep building the world you want to live in.

CHRISTOPHER FRANKO
FOUNDER

EXPEX UPDATE

The EXPEX development team, led by Asim Ashfaq, has achieved a lot for the EXPEX project. The team has been heavily immersed in the process and is now moving deeper into development.

They already finished the Creation of the EXPEX Smart Contract which will be holding ERC-20 Token pairs, order book and allow for trade and all The UI updates on Luna Wallet as well as adding EXPEX exchange UI within Luna Wallet. 

In our last update on EXPEX, we shared a screen sample of the User Interface. The development has proceeded at a swift pace since the past two months and we are happy to announce that it is complete. We have released EXPEX to beta testers and are in the process of doing internal QA on it right now. Bugs and tasks are updated on teamwork. 

Asim and his team have finished drafting the Terms of Service document and are currently working to update the Privacy Policy document.

September 2019 – Summary

EXPEX DESIGN UPDATE

EXPEX development is on schedule, The team has completed the specifications and the initial design. The next phase is Development, which got began last week.

BSPORTS UPDATE

In the last newsletter, we announced that  Expanse signed a partnership deal with Sports Agents 502, with the intent to migrate certain aspects of their business to the Expanse blockchain. Starting with Guatemala, then expanding to all of South America, the project is called BSports and will eventually be a global initiative.

Expanse Roadmap

August 2019 – Summary

DEVELOPER UPDATE

Our development team, managed by Asim, has been off this past week celebrating Eid al Adha. This is a Muslim holiday celebrated around the world that lasts for several days.  Asim and team will be back hard at work on Monday.

EXPEX LISTING CONTEST WINNER, ETHER-1

And we have a winner! Two weeks ago we announced that Expanse is having an EXPEX contest. The prize is that one lucky project will receive one year of listing on our decentralized exchange at no cost. That is a $10,000 USD value.  

GANDER V3 IS LIVE

Here’s a recap of the enhancements that comprise Gander v3, all of which are now live:

  • Users can use our public API to get decoded information of transactions, blocks and uncles.
  • Contract input decoding script is in place and been tested right now, so in future you can view decoded contract input so they can be understandable.
  • All new graphs so anyone can view what’s happening on the network.

GUATEMALA CITY TO HOST BLOCKCHAIN WEEK

Expanse to Sponsor Guatemala Blockchain Week Hackathon
Expanse joins other well-known blockchain companies, such as Binance, to end the week of activities by hosting a hackathon. The hackathon challenge is for entrants to build a dApp that empowers individuals using open source protocols.

EXPANSE INKS PARTNERSHIP DEAL WITH ELITE SOUTH AMERICAN SPORTS AGENCY, SPORTS AGENTS 502

Today, Expanse signed a partnership deal with Sports Agents 502, with the intent to migrate certain aspects of their business to the Expanse blockchain. Starting with Guatemala, then expanding to all of South America, the project is called BSports and will eventually be a global initiative.

July 2019 – Summary

HITBTC TO LIST EXPANSE

“The HitBTC platform has earned a reputation for fault-tolerance, flawless uptime and high availability,” said Christopher Franko, Expanse Founder. “Expanse is thrilled to partner with their top-tier team.”

EXPEX PLAN

Following is the timeline for EXPEX development and deployment. The dates on the infographic represent the various stages in the process. This plan was developed by our Project Management Office (Farwah) and blessed by Christopher and Asim. We will monitor progress closely and report back periodically.

GANDER RELEASE PROGRESS

Asim outlined the following Gander additions since the last newsletter article, all of which will be live by the end of this week:

  • User can use our public API to get decoded information of transactions, blocks and uncles.
  • Contract input decoding script is in place and been tested right now, so in future you can view decoded contract input so they can be understandable.
  • Team is doing research on Block Reorg as per the directions by Chris for the remaining task of Gander.
  • All new graphs so anyone can view what’s happening on the network.

On July 15th Asim reports that there is some work to be done on network stats and graphs. It should be complete and ready for release next week. All other enhancements are  ready!

EXPEX LISTING CONTEST

One lucky project will be selected randomly for the free year of listing. The contest ends July 30. Watch for the announcement of the winner in our August 1 newsletter. Spread the word!

June 2019 – Summary

SPECIAL TECHNOLOGY ISSUE

This Expanse Newsletter focuses on all of the technology in the Expanse ecosystem. Over the past few weeks, we have completed and delivered awesome enhancements and solidified plans touching all of our products.

EXPEX PLAN ANNOUNCED

The date for launching EXPEX, Expanse’s much anticipated decentralized exchange (DEX), is within sight. The team is projecting that trading will begin third quarter 2019, while a campaign to sign up coins to list on the exchange will begin as early as next week.

TOKENLAB V2.0 IS HERE!

The rumors are true. Tokenlab v2.0 is here. After rigorous testing, the upgraded system launched today.

Here are just a few of the new and improved 2.0 features, many of which evolved from community suggestions:

  • New Pricing. We have moved away from the two-coin payment requirement, landing on payment of only 1000 LAB to mint a coin. (There is still a 1 EXP requirement for gas―this we cannot control.) Using the system now helps to enhance the utility of LAB and incent more developers to choose the platform for their projects.
  • Token Wizard Protocols. Tokenlab now supports four network protocols: ERC20, ERC223, ERC644, and ERC621.
  • Token Deployment Methods. Token Wizard now supports three methods of token deployment, including deployment through Metamask, Automated deployment and Manual deployment. Instructions for each method appear when you make your selection.
  • Manage Token Screen. A new module provides functionality that enables  you to manage your token once deployed onto the Expanse platform. You now have the ability to transfer your token to anyone, view the balance or supply, and generate Coupon Codes.
  • Coupon Code. The system provides the ability to generate a promo code to offer discounts (or free) use of Tokenlab features. This function is accessible on the Manage Token screen.
  • Tool Tips. Tool Tips appear when you move your cursor into a data entry field. Tips define the field requirements.
  • FAQs. Frequently asked questions and answers now appear on most screens to help you navigate and to explain complex concepts.
  • UI Enhancements. Many minor system enhancements are now in place to improve the overall user experience. For example, when the token is deployed, a user can now copy the ABI and token address directly from the manage or view screens.

GANDER ENHANCEMENTS

Asim outlined the following Gander additions since the last newsletter article:

  • LAB and PEX balances are now displayed.
  • Users can view miner distribution.
  • Many other performance improvements are in place.

FRANKOMOTO UPDATE

We’ve made development progress. I know this because this week Chris tweeted:

“My devs just delivered Frankomoto V1 to me earlier today. @ExpanseOfficial development coming along great!”

Read detailed Frankomoto specifications here: https://github.com/expanse-org/XIPs/issues/4

AMA With Christopher Franko

We made an AMA with Chirstopher Franko

May 2019 – Summary

DEVELOPER UPDATES

LUNA WALLET

The v2 was released. To download the new Luna wallet and take advantage of the great new features, go to https://github.com/expanse-org/luna-wallet/releases/tag/2.0.0.

FRANKOMOTO

This completely new, never-before-used mining algorithm will be completely unique to Expanse. Planning for packaging and promotion are underway. You can read detailed specifications here: https://github.com/expanse-org/XIPs/issues/4

GANDER V3

The best laid plans. A whole slew of enhancements and new features comprise Gander v3. However, there was some urgency expressed to get it back online, so we did. The portion yet to come includes:

An API that (enables us to submit transaction to the node via the website.

  • Web sockets developers can connect to.
  • Ability to submit raw transactions.
  • Ability to track complete blocks and transactions.

TOKENLAB

This is where most of the development time was spent last week. Having made the decision to require only LAB as payment to mint coins, we have reworked the entire payment process and design. The next iteration of Tokenlab should be ready before the next newsletter. We are planning a bigger marketing push, given that our product is now very competitive and has more to offer than anything else out there. Watch for it.

EXPEX RELEASE PLAN SOLIDIFIES

Highlights about where we are headed:

  • EXPEX will be developed directly within the Luna wallet.
  • Users pay $0 (zero) trade fees. (Gas fees are paid by the user and the network implicitly.)
  • Projects will pay a reasonable annual listing fee — somewhere in the $1000 USD range. The exact amount is yet to be determined.
  • Tokens minted using Tokenlab receive EXPEX listing priority. The cost is 1000 LAB to mint the token and one EXP for gas.
  • Projects interested in listing on EXPEX can apply here

Next Steps

We will make a more formal announcement, including a timeline and other concrete information, on June 1. We plan to have an operating committee in place comprised of community volunteers, specifically EXPEX beta-testers who want to participate. Hang on to your PEX! EXPEX will be here before you know it.

April 2019 – Summary

DEVELOPER UPDATES

Gander v3

A new project has been initiated to update Gander. In addition to tracking all transactions, among the enhancements are tracking of:

  • Double-spent transactions
  • Transaction fees
  • Every block

Other new features include websockets for developers, an API with the ability to submit transactions to the node, and multiple UI enhancements.

When you visit Gander, you will see a “Down for Maintenance” sign. That’s because the release of v3 is imminent. With this new release, you will have the ability to:

  • Submit raw transactions
  • Use an API to retrieve data
  • Track complete blocks and transactions

This high-priority initiative should be ready for QA testing next week.

GEXP Update

  • GEXP is the GitHub for Expanse.You can access the latest version here:
  • https://github.com/expanse-org/go-expanse/commit/5433a50a09db510e55e8350ac539ad6323f62251
  • The Luna wallet is the GUI that interacts with GEXP. Asim’s team has been very focused on GEXP enhancements, fixing bugs, enhancing the UI and rectifying a broken chain signal issue in Luna for Windows.

Expanse Hard Fork

Christopher Franko, Lead Developer, is working on a new hard fork for Expanse that will bring Expanse to Constantinople, change our proof of work algorithm to Frankomoto, and introduce reorg protection (Chain Aegis or block lock). It is scheduled for block 1,800,000 as of now, but if that changes, it will be 1,830,000 or about 35 more days, which is respectively EPOCH 61.

Tokenlab

Given the number of enhancements and new features, Tokenlab is about to undergo a thorough QA process, followed by beta-testing. Our goal date for the new release is 4/15.

The Quality Assurance (QA) testing is complete. This means that we will kick off beta-testing for this release within the next few days. The beta-test will last only a few days, followed by the public release before month-end. Enhancements include:

  • New token management dashboard features
  • More Admin panel capabilities
  • Token creation and payment process improvements

UKYC

UKYC development was put on hold temporarily while we tackled other priorities. It has resumed this week with a vengeance. In addition to the actual development work, which is making great strides, we have embarked on the development of an investor pitch deck.

LUNA WALLET

Luna Wallet v2 was released last week with great reviews. Tokenlab is now integrated, along with a new EXP price indicator, user interface enhancements, and miscellaneous bug fixes.

FRANKOMOTO

Post the Bittrex situation, development of Frankomoto began in earnest. This completely new, never-before-used mining algorithm is completely unique to Expanse. You can read detailed specifications here: https://github.com/expanse-org/XIPs/issues/4

NEW PROJECT MANAGEMENT OFFICE

In an effort to achieve more efficiency and tighter monitoring of projects, Expanse has opened a project management offices (PMO). Farwah Aizaz will run the PMO, reporting to Chris Franko.

EXPANSE CITED AS “MOST SECURE BLOCKCHAIN IN THE SPACE”

Last month the Bittrex Exchange and its affiliated sites took Expanse offline for maintenance. Much to our dismay, we learned that Expanse was hit with a 51% reorg attack through no fault of its own.

A 51% attack is when an attacker controls 51% of the total hashrate and uses that power to rewrite recent transaction history. Note that here was no loss to Expanse-holders, and the chain was secured and back up within a few days.

March 2019 – Summary

DEVELOPER UPDATES

Luna Wallet:

A new version of Luna Wallet is in now in beta-testing. Along with fixes for bugs identified through testing and feedback, the new version of the wallet has Tokenlab integration. Beta-testers can see and download the new files from the Luna Wallet Beta-Testing Discord channel.

UKYC

We continue to make progress on the alpha version of Universal Know Your Customer (UKYC). Although we’ve made some new decisions about the programming language that has resulted in some delays, we still project its release 1st quarter.

Tokenlab

We have expanded the scope of Tokenlab 2.0 features. The result is a  delay in the new version hand-off to beta-testers. Among the new features are:

  • Additional templates/protocols – ETH is added.
  • Deployment options now include Ethereum.
  • Ability to use a coupon code for payment, defining a percentage discount amount per token distribution.
  • New token management tools through the Admin Panel that allow you to manage distribution of your tokens.
  • Beta-testing should begin this week. Testers will receive a message with instructions when it is time to get started.  

A new version of Tokenlab is now available in the Tokenlab Beta-Testing Discord channel. Testers will see improvements in ease-of-use and expanded token management features.

Exchange Listing Update

  1. The Equicex Exchange announced that they listed EXP on Twitter on that week.
  2. Bitstickers added Expanse as a payment method recently. This basically means you can buy or pay for any product or service in their system with Expanse. Read more here: https://bitstickers.net/expanse-accepted-here/
  3. Expanse has partnered with Cryptofacil, the largest cryptocurrency exchange based in Latin America. Cryptofacil launched in early March 2019 using cutting-edge trading platform technology from one of the global leaders in the Blockchain industry, Bittrex. Crytofacil currently lists over 260 digital currencies, including EXP. Read more here: https://www.einpresswire.com/article/479147576/expanse-partners-with-cryptofacil-for-exchange-listing

PRODUCT ROADMAP PUBLISHED ON MARCH

  1. Token Creation Wizard (Launched): Using smart contract technology, create utility tokens for your project. Let the wizard lead you through creating, naming and setting parameters for your token. Launch your token on the Expanse blockchain.
  2. Tokenlab 2.0: Token Manager and coupon functionality
  3. UKYC™: Use the Universal Know Your Customer (UKYC™) Identity Verification module for user identity verification wherever it is required.
  4. EXPEX: Our new decentralized exchange, EXPEX, launches inside the Luna Wallet, allowing peer-to-peer trading services.
  5. Luna Wallet, 2.0: The next generation of the Expanse Luna Wallet with rich new features.
  6. Module Marketplace: Find useful utilities (dApps) to help you manage and market your token-based business.
  7. Tokenlab Crowdfunding: The Tokenlab crowdfunding platform provides a variety of solutions for crowdfunding. License our software to run on your own servers or use the self-service portal available from our website.

INTRODUCING TTM.NEWS

Expanse is re-introducing a news aggregation concept targeting crypto enthusiasts. To The Moon News (ttm.news) is a site to access for original news submitted by our community or anyone who wants to showcase crypto-related articles, announcements, newsletters, and press releases. Check back often for new postings.

February 2019 – Summary

DEVELOPER UPDATES

Tokenlab

Tokenlab 2.0 is about to be handed off to beta-testers. This version brings many updates and new features, including:

  • Additional templates/protocols
  • New deployment methods
  • Ability to use a coupon code for payment
  • New token management tools through the Admin Panel
  • Beta-testing begins this weekend, with deployment of 2.0 happening

Exchange Listing Update

  • Expanse (EXP) and Tokenlab (LAB) are both now trading on Graviex Exchange, Graviex.net. At press time, Beaxy Exchange has communicated that Expanse will be announced as a round-three listing next week. EXP will be available for trading when the exchange first launches later this month.