Maker of Coldcard Bitcoin Wallet Rolls Out Extra-Strength ‘USB Condom’

The comedian Dennis Miller once joked about computer viruses, “When you link up to another computer, you’re linking up to every computer that that computer has ever linked up to.” If so, CoinKite, maker of the Coldcard hardware wallet, has invented an extra-strength prophylactic for bitcoin investors.  The startup just released Coldpower, which allows users to charge their hardware wallets by connecting the USB plug to a 9-volt battery, rather than, say, plugging it into a laptop. Comparing it to a popular gizmo that prevents accidental data exchange when one device…

NGRAVE Hard Wallet Hits 450% of Crowdfunding Goal Within Two Days

The NGRAVE ZERO, claimed to be the world’s most secure hardware wallet, launched its crowdfunding campaign for €25,000 ($27,850) on May 26. In the first two days it smashed this total four times over, and is now well on its way to number five. The campaign, which was launched through the IndieGogo crowdfunding platform, is set to run for another 28 days. The campaign offers a number of perks for backers who donate above certain amounts. These range from a single ZERO wallet, through bundles including the Graphene accessory, to…

Gemini First US Exchange to Integrate With Samsung’s Blockchain Wallet

Gemini has become the first U.S. crypto exchange and custodian to partner with Samsung, the companies announced Thursday.  Samsung Blockchain users in the U.S. and Canada can now connect to Gemini’s mobile app to buy, sell and trade crypto after the companies built an integration between the two applications.  With Gemini Custody, Samsung users can now also transfer their crypto into cold storage.  “Crypto is not just a technology, it is a movement,” Tyler Winklevoss, CEO of Gemini, said in a press release. “We are proud to be working with…

Gemini First US Exchange to Integrate With Samsung’s Blockchain Wallet

Gemini has become the first U.S. crypto exchange and custodian to partner with Samsung, the companies announced Thursday.  Samsung Blockchain users in the U.S. and Canada can now connect to Gemini’s mobile app to buy, sell and trade crypto after the companies built an integration between the two applications.  With Gemini Custody, Samsung users can now also transfer their crypto into cold storage.  “Crypto is not just a technology, it is a movement,” Tyler Winklevoss, CEO of Gemini, said in a press release. “We are proud to be working with…

Active Ethereum Wallet Count Has Grown 350% Since 2018; What This Indicates

Ethereum’s price action has been incredibly week in the time following its parabolic movement to highs of $290 in February. It appears that there has been a divergence between the cryptocurrency’s technical outlook and fundamental strength, however, as a key data metric suggests that ETH has built immense underlying strength over the past couple of years. This data metric shows that the number of Ethereum wallet addresses with an ETH balance has increased by 350% over the past two years – a sign that retail investors have been heavily accumulating…

Bitcoin Moved From 2009-Dated Wallet, but It May Not Be Satoshi Nakamoto

A Bitcoin wallet from 2009 made its first transfers in over 11 years, sending $400,000 worth of BTC to an exchange. While the crypto-community hailed the return of Satoshi, some points show it is unlikely to be Bitcoin’s mysterious creator.  Is Satoshi Moving BTC? A tweet by WhalePanda, a popular account that tracks crypto movements from prominent wallets, said late on May 20 that 50 BTC moved from a 2009-dated block. The coins are part of the so-called “Satoshi Generation,” meaning the earliest-ever records of mined blocks and bitcoin when Satoshi…

Lumi Wallet announces Zero-Fee Crypto Exchange

Lumi Wallet, a multi-currency crypto wallet that recently became open-source has announced in its blog, the introduction of zero-fee facility for crypto-crypto exchange through its in-wallet exchange feature.  To benefit from this offer, users will have to use the promotional code “HEYHEY” while checking out. Lumi claims that this will allow users to make their crypto trading experience smoother and more comfortable. Private wallets are known to provide greater security than exchanges, but exchange rates tend to be better in the latter. Lumi Wallet seems to address this challenge and…

Litecoin Foundation Migrates to BitGo’s Multi-Signature Wallet

The Litecoin Foundation announced that it will migrate from the multi-sig Electrum-LTC wallet to BitGo’s multi-sig wallet.  According to a May 7 post on the company’s website, the move is due to BitGo’s wallet providing “greater convenience and nearly the same level of security.” The old Electrum-LTC addresses will be available online for one month, with the new BitGo wallets addressed to be published soon. The price of Litecoin (LTC) rose 5% following the announcement, but experienced a similar downturn as Bitcoin (BTC) during the halving dump on May 9.…

Ripple’s XRP Ushers in Wallet Termination Capability

XRP users can now delete their wallets on the XRP network if they so desire — an update put in place after the community majority voted in favor of the change. “After maintaining an 80% consensus during the mandatory 15-day voting period, the XRPL Deletable Accounts Amendment became enabled on May 8, 2020 at 4:29:30 UTC, through the ledger 55,313,921,” former XRP Center manager, Arturo Portilla, said in a May 8 tweet.  Users can delete accounts on the ledger Ripple’s XRP runs on a distributed ledger. “An account in the…

Sign Into Websites Using Your Crypto Wallet Instead of a Password

What better way to celebrate World Password Day (May 7) than with a new solution from the cryptoworld to get around insecure passwords and phishing attacks?  The lnurl-auth protocol allows users to sign into various accounts by receiving a QR code with a special message. This allows them to use a public key associated with their wallets to derive a unique key that is only compatible with the domain they’re trying to access. This key would authenticate that they are the owner of the account. Podcaster Marty Bent said the…