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18Aug 2017
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ArtByte Roadmap – Second Quarter Update

ArtByte Roadmap – Year 4 

May 1, 2017 – May 1 2018

 

Highlights

  • Building the Art World community
  • User enhancements to simplify wallets/mining/trading
  • SegWit and 0.13.1 deployment
  • 3D Virtual Reality Art Gallery
  • Lightning network, payment channels
  • Smart contracts to pay various music rights holders on the ArtByte Music Store
  • Blockchain tracking intellectual property rights for artists
  • Patron system for long term artist support

 

 

1st Quarter: May, June, July

User Experience Improvements (Artists, Art Fans, Blockchain Investors)

 

  • Increase Social Media Staff by four
    • Completed – LM, DS, SA, OS

 

 

 

  • Launch weekly ArtByte Artist Showcase – weekly winner paid an award in ArtBytes plus featured throughout ArtByte social media
    • Completed/Ongoing – https://www.artbyte.me/artbyte-artist-showcase/

 

 

  • Gain additional trading liquidity, by adding crypto exchanges outside the US

Current exchanges:

  • (USA)Bittrex: https://bittrex.com/Market/Index?MarketName=BTC-ABY
  • (Europe) LiteBit.eu https://www.litebit.eu/nl/kopen/artbyte
  • (Russia) Yobit: https://yobit.net/en/trade/ABY/BTC
  • (NewZealand)Cryptopia: https://www.cryptopia.co.nz/Exchange/?market=ABY_BTC(Europe)
  • Nova Exchange: https://novaexchange.com/market/BTC_ABY/

 

 

 

Technical Improvements (Artists, Art Fans, Blockchain Investors)

Music Site Enhancements

 

 

  • Upgrade ArtByte blockchain to Bitcoin 0.13.1
    • Currently running on testnet

 

  • Test SegWit deployment
    • Currently running on testnet

 

 


2nd Quarter: Aug, Set, Oct

User Experience Improvements (Artists, Art Fans, Blockchain Investors)

  • Recode and launch streamlined Reddit tipping App
    • Non-technical users find the tipping command format difficult, this will be simplified.
    • Reduce reply text to make tips more acceptable on art related subreddits

 

  • Launch Fall Reddit tipping award event

 

  • Launch Fall Twitter tipping event

 

  • Develop new app to streamline in-wallet CPU pool mining signup and user configuration process
    • Non-technical users are having problems setting up in-wallet pool mining.
    • Create a new GUI mining app, that seamlessly includes creating a pool mining account

 

Technical Improvements (Artists, Art Fans, Blockchain Investors)

  • Rollout Bitcoin 0.13.1 to live blockchain

 

  • Deploy SegWit on live blockchain

 

  • Release “Lite” wallet solution to streamline new user wallet syncing. With over 3 years of transactions stored in our current Windows, MAC, and Linux wallets, the download takes several hours.

 

 


3rd Quarter: Nov, Dec, Jan

User Experience Improvements (Artists, Art Fans, Blockchain Investors)

  • ArtByte Music Store to accept Bitcoins, as well as ArtByte
    • There are currently no music download sites accepting Bitcoin. ArtByte Music Store is the only site currently accepting digital currency (ArtBytes) for music downloads. An API will convert Bitcoin purchases to ArtBytes, which will be deposited in the musicians ArtByte wallet.
    • The addition of BTC payments will provide an additional service to musicians as well as introducing Bitcoiners to ArtByte.

 

  • Increase trading liquidity in Asia, adding crypto exchanges in the region
    • Asia is now one of the fastest growing regions in terms of ArtByte users. Exchanges in Asia are needed to service these users.

 

Technical Improvements (Artists, Art Fans, Blockchain Investors)

  • Upgrade existing online wallet to progressive web app, which will allow the wallet to work seamlessly as an mobile APP, without requiring an app down
  • Release Android and IOS wallets as a progressive web apps, designed purely in an app format for ease of use.

 

ArtByte Gallery – Phase One – Progressive Web App

  • In phase one, the ArtByte Gallery will be web app allowing artists of all types to showcase their work, receive tips and ultimately to sell their work. For example, a painter or sculptor can show a picture of their work, a musician can upload a video or audio file, a dancer can show a video of a recent performance, an actor can post a video clip or their reel, a writer can include the cover and a few pages of their work.

 


4th Quarter: Feb, Mar, Apr

ArtByte Gallery – Phase Two – Progressive Web App

  • Integrate user and artist wallets into the ArtByte Gallery
    • Users browsing the gallery can tip or purchase work using a single click

 

 


 

Years 5 & 6

May 1, 2017 – May 1 2019

 

 

ArtByte Gallery – Phase Three – Virtual Reality

  • The ArtByte Gallery will offer a 3D Virtual Reality experience (both on the desktop and mobile)
    • Allows users to “walk” through various artist’s spaces.
    • Users can support and tip the artists they like and artists can sell their work for ArtBytes, all with the simplicity of one click.

 

User Experience Improvements (Artists, Art Fans, Blockchain Investors)

  • Upgrade ArtByte Forum to full social media network functionality
    • Add friends, sharing, chat and group functionality to the ArtByte Forum.

 

 

Technical Improvements (Artists, Art Fans, Blockchain Investors)

  • Upgrade the ArtByte Music Store to use payment channels
    • Using the ability gained when the ArtByte Blockchain enabled SegWit, deploy payment channels (smart contracts) like the Lightning Network, to pay various music rights holders (band members, song writers, agents, etc.)

 

  • Upgrade ArtByte blockchain to maintain intellectual property rights for artists
    • Utilize the immutable characteristics of the blockchain to protect the intellectual property rights and provenance of all types of artist’s works (visual artists, digital artists, musicians, writers, etc.)

 

ArtByte Gallery – Phase four

  • Add “patron” functionality to the ArtByte Gallery
    • Fans will be able to sponsor artists with monthly donations of ArtBytes (similar to Patreon accepting cash donations).
    • Fans will be able to sponsor artists any where on the globe
    • Patrons will gain access to the artists and new works before the general public has access.

 

Please join the discussions on the ArtByte Roadmap on the ArtByte Forum

Learn more about ArtByte on http://artbyte.me

 

3Aug 2017
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The road to SegWit

SEE NOVEMBER 24, 2017 9:39pm UPDATE (below)

After a long battle to gain consensus, SegWit is now locked_in on the ArtByte Blockchain!

 


SEE SEPTEMBER 26, 2017 UPDATE (below)

ArtByte v0.13 source code with SegWit enabled is released, please update your miners.

https://github.com/AppleByteMe/AppleByte

 


SEE SEPTEMBER 19, 2017 UPDATE (below)

We have mined the first block with SegWit enabled. You can see it on the ArtByte explorer. Look at the block version number, it ends in 915 which is signaling SegWit and CSV. http://explorer.artbyte.me/block/176ba6f3a48804db15f77d913f4adb61fad23bc40f2588058feeaa817e77f174

 


SEE AUGUST 15, 2017 UPDATE (below)

SegWit and CSV are now fully enabled on the ArtByte testnet! Up next is final testing on the new client and mining pool.
Then enabling SegWit on the live network.


 

As ArtByte announced on June 10th, we are implementing SegWit on the ArtByte blockchain.

Our developers have been hard at work, and now ArtByte 0.13, including SegWit is successfully running on the test net.

Upgrading ArtByte to 0.13 gives ArtByte many advantages, including:

  • Faster synchronization
  • Dynamic transaction fees  
  • Priority transactions  
  • Hierarchical Deterministic Key Generation  
  • BIP65 Enforce OP_CHECKLOCKTIMEVERIFY opcode 
  • BIP68 Enforce sequence locks for relative locktime
  • BIP112 Enforce OP_CHECKSEQUENCEVERIFY
  • BIP113 Locktime enforcement soft fork
  • BIP130 Direct headers announcement  
  • BIP152 Compact Block support

SegWit will add the following advantages to ArtByte:

  • Elimination of unwanted transaction malleability
  • Capacity increase
  • Weighting data based on how it affects node performance
  • Signature covers value
  • Linear scaling of sighash operations
  • Increased security for multisig
  • More efficient almost-full-node security
  • Script versioning
  • And more..

Detailed changelog of work accomplished below:

Features:

  • Autotools for building
  • artbyte-cli utility – Separate RPC from client
  • OP_RETURN provably unspendable outputs
  • Faster synchronization
  • Dynamic transaction fees
  • REST interface
  • Improved signing security
  • Watch-only support
  • Consensus library
  • Relaxed P2SH address rules
  • artbyte-tx utility
  • artbyte v4 blocks
  • Strict DER encoding for signatures
  • Block file pruning
  • Big endian support
  • Memory usage optimization
  • Stream isolation for Tor
  • BIP65 Enforce OP_CHECKLOCKTIMEVERIFY opcode
  • Signature validation using libsecp256k1
  • Reduce upload traffic
  • BIP130 Direct headers announcement
  • Memory pool limiting
  • Opt-in Replace-by-fee transactions
  • Random-cookie RPC authentication
  • Pushdatas in OP_RETURN outputs allowed
  • Priority transactions
  • Automatically use Tor hidden services
  • Transaction fees improvements
  • Merkle branches removed from wallet
  • BIP68 enforce sequence locks for relative locktime
  • BIP112 enforce OP_CHECKSEQUENCEVERIFY
  • BIP113 locktime enforcement soft fork
  • Segwit
    • Elimination of unwanted transaction malleability
    • Capacity increase
    • Weighting data based on how it affects node performance
    • Signature covers value
    • Linear scaling of sighash operations
    • Increased security for multisig
    • More efficient almost-full-node security
    • Script versioning
    • Database cache memory increased
    • BIP152 Compact Block support
    • Hierarchical Deterministic Key Generation
    • New bytespersigop implementation
    • Out-of-sync Modal Info Layer
  • References:

https://bitcoin.org/en/release/v0.9.0

https://bitcoin.org/en/release/v0.9.2

https://bitcoin.org/en/release/v0.9.3

https://bitcoin.org/en/release/v0.10.0

https://bitcoin.org/en/release/v0.10.1

https://bitcoin.org/en/release/v0.10.3

https://bitcoin.org/en/release/v0.11.0

https://bitcoin.org/en/release/v0.11.2

https://bitcoin.org/en/release/v0.12.0

https://bitcoin.org/en/release/v0.12.1

https://bitcoin.org/en/release/v0.13.0

https://bitcoin.org/en/release/v0.13.1

https://bitcoin.org/en/release/v0.13.2

 

UPDATE – AUGUST 15 2017

SegWit and CSV are now fully enabled on the ArtByte testnet! Up next is final testing on the new client and mining pool.
Then enabling SegWit on the live network.

 

UPDATE – SEPTEMBER 19, 2017

We have mined the first block with SegWit enabled. You can see it on the ArtByte explorer. Look at the block version number, it ends in 915 which is signaling SegWit and CSV.

Neither is active but the pool miner is voting for it to be enabled on the network, when we get to 8,064/10,080 blocks signalling support for both Version Bit forks it will be locked in, another two weeks and it will be active.

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http://explorer.artbyte.me/block/176ba6f3a48804db15f77d913f4adb61fad23bc40f2588058feeaa817e77f174

 

 

SEPTEMBER 26, 2017 UPDATE 

ArtByte v0.13 source code, with SegWit enabled is released, please update your miners.

https://github.com/AppleByteMe/AppleByte

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NOVEMBER 24, 2017 UPDATE 

25Jul 2017
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ArtByte Forum Ranks

Forum Ranks

As artists or even as fans, we all appreciate comments on our posts.

In a fun way to support both artists and fans, ArtByte has created Forum Ranks. Members are given awards of ArtByte every time they reach a new rank!

Member Levels Number of posts ArtByte Awards
Brand New 1 25
Newbie 10 100
Novice 25 250
Initiate 50 500
Apprentice 75 750
Jr. Member 100 1000
Member 150 1500
Full Member 200 2500
Sr. Member 300 3500
Patron 500 5000
Silver Patron 800 10000
Gold Patron 1200 20000
Diamond Patron 2000 50000
Legendary 3000 100000

So, for example if you become a member of the forum and make one post, you will receive 25 ArtBytes. After you make 10 posts, you will receive 100 ArtBytes, after 25 posts, 250 ArtBytes.

 

Join the conversation, see the details on the ArtByte Forum

8Jun 2017
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ArtByte Artist Showcase

Announcing the Artist Showcase

Every week, the ArtByte Foundation will showcase an artist’s work. All types of artists are eligible: painters, sculptors, musicians, writers, actors, dancers, directors, film makers, photographers, models, production team members, etc.

Winners will receive 5,000 ArtByte for the week beginning June 9, 2017.

Follow the steps below to enter:

Step #1

Create an account on the ArtByte forum (click create account on the top right of page, fill out the form and respond to your confirmation email): ArtByte Forum

Step #2

Sign up for your ArtByte wallet: Online wallet

Step #3

Login to your online wallet and copy your wallet receive address (click “Receive” at the top of the page, then copy your address): Online wallet

Step #4

Post about your work in the appropriate artist section (start a new topic about you and your work). Include a description of your work, link, and your ArtByte wallet address (pics/vids encouraged). Forum Artist Section

 

Example topic, in the photographer section: JM Cabanis – Fashion Photographer

 

 

 

Rules & Fine Print:

Weekly submissions begin on Thursday midnight GMT and end midnight the following Friday.
No purchase necessary to enter.
All steps must be completed to be eligible.
Only one entry per artist.

The amount of ArtByte awarded to the winner will vary each week and be announced at the beginning of each week.

Winners will be announced each Saturday.

 

New to ArtByte? Check out our main site: http://artbyte.me

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