Today Brave announced the launch of their new giveaway of $1M worth of BAT tokens giveaway to users of the Brave Browser in order for the to be able to support their favorite websites and video content creators on YouTube. Last month Brave was giving away 30 BAT tokens free to new users and now they are doing it once more, so if you have missed activating the Brave Payments option in the Brave browser you can do so now and claim your free BAT (Basic Attention Token) now. Last month Brave granted $50000 worth of BAT tokens to approximately 10000 users according to the company and all those tokens were claimed within 30 hours, so do not miss your chance now.

Each user that claims his free BAT tokens will receive approximately $5 USD in promotional BAT which must be used within 90 days, meaning that you need to send these tokens to websites or video creators that you wish to support. Publishers, websites, and YouTube channels that receive tokens from Brave users will open a new means of monetizing content amid declining ad revenues, increasing ad fraud, and arbitrary demonetization campaigns. Ultimately, publisher and user adoption should continue to drive greater utility for the BAT and that is the goal of these giveaways that Brave is doing lately, so don’t miss your chance to be a part of that…

How this works for users:
The promotion is available to all Brave desktop users using the latest Brave version (0.19.134). New users can participate by downloading the browser. Once a user accepts the grant from the promotion notification in the browser, the tokens will be displayed in their Brave Payments wallet (under the Preferences panel). Users can then support their favorite content providers automatically and anonymously.

How this works for publishers:
If you’re already a Brave-verified publisher, you can receive more BAT by announcing this promotion to your users and encouraging them to “pin” your site or channel in their Brave Payments panel. Users can also allocate a specific percentage to pinned sites. If you’d like to start receiving contributions from your audience, but are new to the BAT platform, simply verify your site or YouTube channel with us and Uphold. Publishers that set up an account with Uphold can collect these contributions 30 days after the end of the promotion, as BAT contributions are automatically converted to fiat and directly deposited into the publisher’s bank account via Uphold.

The freely distributed BAT tokens must be used within 90 days of being received to support publishers and creators, otherwise they will automatically return to the BAT User Growth Pool (UGP), a fund of 300 million tokens set up to incentivize users and publishers to join the decentralized platform. Do note that the Brave wallets are currently unidirectional, meaning that the tokens cannot be withdrawn and can only be given away to creators, so make sure to support your favorite publishers. This blog is a verified publisher supporting Brave Payments, so if you like what you read here feel free to show your support by using the Brave browser.

For more details about the Brave announcement for $1 Million Crypto-Token Giveaway…

This came as a bit of unexpected surprise, but it seems that BitMain already has a working ASIC miner for the Blake (2b) mining algorithm (and maybe even for other variants of Blake) and they have announced their plans to start shipping the Antminer A3. The Blake 2b crypto algorithm is currently being used by SiaCoin (SC) and last year there was a pre-order for an official SiaCoin ASIC miner the Obelisk SC1. BitMain’s ASIC miner however seems to be arriving much earlier with similar specifications and price, so anyone that has pre-ordered an Obelisk SC1 might not be that happy. On the other hand people that are interested in getting into mining SiaCoin and missed their chance with the pre-order might order now from BitMain and get the device shipped in 10 days after payment according to the company.

BitMain Antminer A3 Specifications:
– Product model: A3
– Hash ASIC type: BM1720
– Hashing algorithm: Blake(2b)
– Total quantity of hash chips: 180 chips
– Total quantity of hash boards: 3 boards per miner
– Total hash rate: 815 GHS ±5%
– DC voltage input: 11.60~13.00 V
– DC current input @12V DC: 98.8 A +7%
– DC Power @12V DC input: 1186 W +7%
– 220VAC Power @25℃, 93% conversion efficiency of APW3: 1275 W + 7%
– 220VAC Power efficiency @25℃,93% conversion efficiency of APW3: 1.56 mJ/MH + 7%
– Weight (without package): 4.2 kg
– Operation temperature: 0-40 ℃
– Storage temperature: -40-85 ℃
– Operation humidity: 5%RH – 95%RH, prevent condensation
– Noise: 76 dB
– Networking connection mode: Ethernet Cable
– Power connection mode: All three PCI-E ports are required to power the board. You can use one PSU to power multiple boards, but do not attempt to power one board with two PSUs. We suggest to prevent the control board to be powered up before hash boards be powered up.
– Size (Length*Width*Height, without package): 321mm*125mm*208mm

For more details about the new BitMain Antminer A3 Blake (2b) ASIC miner…

If you are a miner using Bitmain’s Antminer L3+ Scrypt ASICs for mining Litecoin (LTC) or another Scrypt-based altcoin you might be interested in checking out the Blissz modified firmware for the L3+. A while ago we have covered the Antminer D3 Blissz Modified Firmware For Improved Performance and the good news is that the L3+ modified firmware offers pretty much the same improvement and features as for the X11 ASIC. Optimized power usage and performance, extra features and various improvements are available, though in order to take full advantage of the modified firmware you will need to know what you are doing. Also note that this modified firmware does come with a 1.5% developer fee built-in, though the improvements it might being are definitely worth the dev fee and if you do not like what you get you can always get back to the stock Bitmain firmware.

For more details and to download and try the Antminer L3+ Blissz modified firmware…

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