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Lisk Partners With Microsoft Azure, Chain of Things

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Decentralized Applications platform Lisk has announced that it has been added to the Microsoft Azure Blockchain as a Service program. The project has has also entered a strategic partnership with Chain of Things to advance blockchain and Internet of Things research.

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The Future of Lisk

The platform’s developers will work with Microsoft the bring the platform to Azure. With the first step completed, officially adding the platform to the BaaS program, developers from all over the world will now be able to “develop, test, and deploy Lisk decentralized applications using Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform and infrastructure.”

In its partnership with the Chain of Things Research Lab, the decentralized applications platform “will investigate whether blockchain technology can be effective in establishing security using IoT.”

Commenting on the partnership with Chain of Things, Lisk CEO Max Kordek said:

“Alongside existing partners Ethereum and IOTA, Lisk will fulfill an important advisory role at the Chain of Things research lab. Therefore, by working in collaboration with the participating members to create an open standard for the industry, we hope that our contributions will bring great success to this shared initiative.”

About Lisk:

This platform functions as an alternative to other decentralized application platforms: due to the simplicity of the platform and its use of JavaScript, programmers will be able to develop their own dapps rapidly and easily. The platform’s team invites the crypto-currency community to test the already available features on the platform’s testnet. Free testnet tokens are available on their faucet page.

Aspiring dapp developers can start learning how to code dapps on the platform by reading the documentation section on the Lisk website. More information about the technical aspects of Lisk is available in the white paper.

Lisk started their Initial Coin Offering (ICO) on the 22nd of February 2016. In just a little over three weeks, Lisk has already raised over 4600 BTC, or more than 1.9 Million USD. The ICO will end on the 21st March, 2016.

About Microsoft Azure:

“Any developer or IT professional can be productive with Azure. The integrated tools, pre-built templates and managed services make it easier to build and manage enterprise, mobile, Web and Internet of Things (IoT) apps faster, using skills you already have and technologies you already know. Microsoft is also the only vendor positioned as a Leader across Gartner’s Magic Quadrants for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Application Platform as a Service, and Cloud Storage Services for the second consecutive year.”

For more information about the dApp platform, please go to:

To view an explanation video on YouTube please go to:

The dApp platform’s ICO will end on the 21st March 2016, for more information please visit:

To read the ICO terms and conditions please go to:

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Lisk Partners With Microsoft Azure, Chain of Things

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T-Mobile Data Sharing Creates Opportunities For Internet of Things And Bitcoin

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Mobile Internet connectivity is playing an ever-increasing role of importance to consumers all over the world. But there is one thing that could do with some fine tuning, and that is having additional ways to use a data bundle across multiple devices. T-Mobile is working on a brand new feature that will let users do exactly that, although it will require the usage of additional SIM cards.

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Spreading T-Mobile Data Plans Across Devices

For many consumers, it would make a lot more sense if they could spread their mobile data plan across all the devices they own. Based on the mobile device being used, it is already possible to set up a hotspot over 3G or 4G, with a few taps on the screen. But a more convenient solution has to be created, and T-Mobile is working on something along those lines.

By creating a new service to share data bundles across smartphones, tablets, and laptops, T-Mobile is giving consumers what they want. However, this new service is not without caveats, as users will need to obtain additional SIM cards to make use of this new tool. As a result, all of the devices will need to support SIM cards. Otherwise, the data plan will not be recognized.

Furthermore, using this new feature will be subject to a one-time fee of EUR 14,99, and depending on which subscription consumers have, additional fees might be applicable. Such a  hefty price begs the question whether or not this is more convenient compared to turning a smartphone into a mobile hotspot. Doing so removes the need for SIM card support on the other devices, as they can just connect to the newly created WiFi network.

However, there are certain types of projects that can benefit from this concept by T-Mobile. Now that the Internet of Things is gaining a lot more momentum, it becomes more important to connect as many devices to the Internet as possible. SIM Cards sharing the same data plan seems to be a great move in that regard, depending on how much data is being used in the end.

What makes this concept even more interesting for the Internet of Things and other projects, is how the SIM cards will have SMS capabilities. This will allow for real-time communication with the project owner and its users, assuming there would be a need for such a service. Whether or not many people will make use of the new T-Mobile service, remains to be seen.

Interesting News For Bitcoin Users, Sort Of

One resource the Bitcoin ecosystem has no shortage of is brilliant developers. This new feature by T-Mobile could be of use for various Bitcoin projects, such as price alerts, transaction confirmations, or other things. Using the mobile data to run a Bitcoin Node will not work, though, as those projects require a lot more bandwidth.

More devices capable of connecting to the Internet through one and the same plan could be quite beneficial to Bitcoin adoption in the long run. Many consumers are faced with excess mobile data every month, and being able to spread it across devices is a smart move by T-Mobile.

What are your thoughts on this decision by T-Mobile? Is it necessary to share mobile data with multiple SIM cards? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Tweakers

Images courtesy of Shutterstock, T-Mobile

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T-Mobile Data Sharing Creates Opportunities For Internet of Things And Bitcoin

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Microsoft SIM Project Could Bring Thousands of Full Bitcoin Nodes To The Network

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Microsoft SIM Project Could Bring Thousands of Full Bitcoin Nodes To The Network

Bringing more devices online which run the Windows operating system opens up interesting opportunities for bringing additional Bitcoin Nodes to the network. Especially when that principle is being facilitated by a major player such as Microsoft, who are apparently planning to roll out their own contract-free mobile data plan. The full extent of the Microsoft SIM plans are still shrouded in mystery right now, but it surely opens up interesting opportunities.

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The Microsoft SIM Project

Microsoft is a company known for trying out many different things, not all of which play out in a successful manner. That being said, the company is very innovative, as was recently displayed by their efforts to offer blockchain-as-a-service on their Azure platform.  But it looks like the company has major plans for another major project, in the form of offering a contract-free mobile data plan.

With the Internet of Things initiative in full effect, it becomes more important than ever to allow devices to connect to the Internet in some capacity. By focusing on the SIM market, Microsoft is leaving the door open for just about any device to do so. However, the company’s plans do mention how the SIM service will only work on select devices, excluding those used to make phone calls.

Getting online through one and the same SIM card in roughly fifty countries around the world would be a major step forward for consumers and businesses alike. No more SIM swapping needed, as users of the Microsoft card would have access to domestic and international data wherever they go.

None of this would be possible without a collaboration between Microsoft and Transatel, as the latter company acts as an international mobile virtual network operator. From what we can gather, the plan is to use this service to bring more Windows 10 devices online, which could indicate tablets would be able to use this functionality.

Even though the Microsoft SIM plans will be limited to certain types of devices – none of which are known at the time of publication – there is no reason to see that as a hindrance. It will all depend on whether or not Microsoft makes the software open source, as doing so would give developers a chance to port its functionality to other devices.

Potential Use Cases In the Bitcoin World

As far as the Bitcoin ecosystem is concerned, getting more Windows 10 devices connected to the Internet would be a positive trend. This would also allow for more full Bitcoin Nodes to be added to the network, and create near plug-and-play solutions for users with little to no technological background.

BTCC recently added hundred new Bitcoin nodes to the Bitcoin network, which is a great move. That being said, just over 5,000 nodes is not sufficient to keep the Bitcoin Network afloat once mass adoption occurs. It will all come down to his this SIM card will work, and how much data volume is included.

What are your thoughts on the Microsoft SIM cards project? Will it help bring more Bitcoin nodes to the network? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: Engadget

Images courtesy of Microsoft, Shutterstock

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