Aries becomes next Hyperledger project graduating to active status

The Hyperledger Technical Steering Committee (TSC) has approved Hyperledger Aries as the latest of Hyperledger’s projects to graduate from incubation to active status.

Hyperledger Aries provides tool kits designed to build interopable and verifiable credentials for secure communication without a central authority. The Aries project grew out of the need for protocols and open source tools to enable verifiable credentials, such as those supported by Hyperledger...

Umbria partners with Polygon to support development of DeFi protocol

Umbria Network, a decentralised finance (DeFi) platform on the Ethereum blockchain, has announced it will be building its applications on the Polygon network.

Polygon, formerly known as Matic, provides scalable, secure, and instant Ethereum transactions using plasma side chains and a proof-of-stake (PoS) network. It is one of the most active layer-two Ethereum scaling solutions in existence today.

Its developer support program is designed to help developers overcome...

ShapeShift report cites Cosmos, Polkadot, and NEAR as key emerging smart contracts tech

Cryptocurrency exchange platform ShapeShift has released a new in-depth report on new smart contracts protocols - and has cited Cosmos, Polkadot, and NEAR with particular potential for decentralised applications (dApps).

The report, authored by Kent Barton, head of research and development at ShapeShift, is the first in a series of three reports to be published this year aimed at providing an in-depth review of the opportunity and state of evolution within the blockchain,...

Outlier Ventures blockchain trends report 2021: Ethereum still top, NFT and metaverse projects praised

Ethereum remains the most actively developed blockchain protocol, followed by Cardano and Bitcoin - while multi-chain protocols are seeing significant interest and uptick.

This is the key finding from the annual blockchain developer trends report from Outlier Ventures.

The report, which looked to perform an 'in-depth technical analysis' of the codebases of top projects in blockchain and crypto, is touted as a fully open reading. The motivating factor, the venture firm...

Alibaba offshoot Ant Financial launches SMB blockchain platform following enterprise move

Ant Financial Services, an offshoot of Alibaba, has launched a new blockchain platform for small enterprises and developers.

OpenChain aims to provide developers and organisations access to Ant Financial's proprietary consortium of blockchain technologies, enabling them to deploy smart contracts and decentralised apps with greater efficiency and lower cost.

The product 'features industry-leading blockchain technologies developed by Ant Financial to build trust in...

Forte partners with five game developers to boost operations

Forte, a California-based blockchain platform developer for games and Ripple partner, is teaming up with five game developing companies to provide best-in-class gaming experiences based on the distributed ledger technology.

The five companies are US-based Hi-Rez Studios and nWay, Canadian social games provider Magmic, and German gaming companies DECA Games and Netmarble, that will follow their previously joined collaborators Disruptor Beam, Other Ocean and...

LinkedIn ranks blockchain as the number one technology skill companies need in 2020

Plenty of column inches are allocated at the start of each year determining which key skills and technologies employees need in their arsenal for the next 12 months. Many of these can be summarily dismissed or at least given a quizzical eyebrow – but when the proclamation comes from LinkedIn, it may be worth taking a closer look.

The company has outlined its top soft and hard skills required in 2020, and has put blockchain ahead of cloud computing and analytical reasoning in the...

Oil & Gas Blockchain Consortium goes ahead with project around expense approval

The OOC Oil & Gas Blockchain Consortium has collaborated with Canadian software firm GuildOne to successfully test the industry’s first blockchain application for Authorization for Expenditure (AFE) balloting.

AFE focuses on cost and expense approval, particularly in the upstream oil and gas process whereby large expenditure is required with regards to exploration, development, and production.

Integrating blockchain to conventional AFE balloting would streamline...

TRON integrates with Samsung Blockchain Keystore

The TRON blockchain has been successfully added into the Samsung Blockchain Keystore, the companies have announced.

TRON’s integration into the updated Keystore SDK allows developers to build applications, which enables the users to directly access TRON blockchain from their devices. The users will also be able to use other best in class features that TRON offers.

On its partnership with Samsung, TRON founder and CEO, Justin Sun, said: “This is a remarkable milestone...

Ripple’s new XRP developer platform lets third parties build new products

Ripple is helping third-party coders by making it easier for them to send/receive payments via its new Xpring Developer Platform, which the company has dubbed it as the 'open developer platform for money’.

As reported by Finextra, the platform would allow the developers to build new products on the XRP Ledger by means of Interledger Protocol (ILP) as a bridge to any currency, fiat, or blockchain.

Ripple explains: “Payments today are broken. They can take days to...