The Ethereum (ETH) network will be undergoing a planned hard fork at block number 4.37 Million (4,370,000), which will likely occur between 12:00 UTC and 13:00 UTC on Monday, October 16, 2017. Ethereum users should update to the latest version of the Ethereum wallet/Mist if they are using it as well as any of the Ethereum clients – Geth, Parity or Harmony prior to the hard fork in order to be ready. Ethereum websites and mobile applications that allow you to store ether and/or make transactions are running their own Ethereum client infrastructure to facilitate their services and they should be doing the update as well in order to support he hard fork as well.

A hard fork is a change to the underlying Ethereum protocol, creating new rules to improve the system. The protocol changes are activated at a specific block number. All Ethereum clients need to upgrade, otherwise they will be stuck on an incompatible chain following the old rules. Metropolis is a planned Ethereum development phase that includes two hard forks: Byzantium and Constantinople. Byzantium is occurring at block number 4.37M (the hard fork happening tomorrow), while the second part – Constantinople does not currently have a release date, but is expected to happen some time in 2018.

Update: The hardfork has been successful, the new block reward is 3 ETH (down from 5), but also the effective block time and difficulty have pretty much halved, so in the end miners should still be able to get a better profit at the moment compared to before the fork.

Here is a countdown for the time remaining until the Byzantium Hard Fork of Ethereum…

There is less than 1 day left for you to join the Stage 1 sale of the Cryptum ICO project for board games development. With one of the project main goals being the development of Blockchain: The Cryptocurrency Board Game along a few more titles. A the end of the first stage of the crowdsale of tokens the project has managed to accumulate a funding in ETH and BTC in the equivalent of about $135000 USD and now with the second stage starting soon more altcoins will be supported for the purchase of Cryptum tokens. You still have the chance to get in during the first stage of the sale, though there is not much time left and as soon as it ends the tokens will be available for transfer by the users who have or will receive them, though there will still be no exchanges to trade them.

The Cryptum Stage II of the crowdsale will come with some changes and updates in the original goals and plans. The most significant being the change from 1.1 million to 150000 CRTM tokens to be sold as well as the mining project being cancelled due to not enough funding available to cover for that as well. After a professional review of Cryptum ICO project one of the recommendations was to focus on the board games development and that is what the project is indeed going to do, with some of the initially announced side projects getting cancelled. Besides the board games development, the Cryptumcoin will be developed as a miner- and trade-centric crypto currency, but more details about it are going to be released at a later time.

For more details about the changes and the Stage 2 sale of the Cryptum project…

There have been numerous attempts for making websites listing various crypto currency related events such as new coin launches, but none has been very successful for long. Reasons for the lack of success lie in many factors, but most often the dependence on a single user actively maintaining and supporting these sites is the common failure point. At some point the person maintaining the listing website loses interest, does not have the time required or has some other reasons to stop maintaining it up to date and things start spiraling down… we have seen many examples over the years. There is however a new interesting project that can finally offer an interesting alternative and be there on the long run because of the way it operates. The website in question is called CoinMarketCal and is a community driven cryptocurrency events calendar…

This new cryptocurrency events calendar is essentially being maintained by its users. The visitors are the people that can not only explore the available events, but also can add events (providing proof) and their submissions are being validated with the help of a voting system (users also validate events getting rid of fake news). There is even the option for users submitting events to also get a reward in the form of a tip sent from other visitors with Bitcoins as a BTC address can be also be left by the contributor. The last part with the rewards does not seem to be generating much, if anything at all, for the event contributors at this point, but with the growth of the project that feature might also get more attention for the good contributions.

All in all the project does seem to be promising and with more users and some further improvements, especially in the part regarding the browsing of published events, things can get interesting and even more useful. We like good projects that provide usability for people, so we definetly recommend that you check the CoinMarketCal website and give it a go, maybe even contribute some interesting crypto related events or find some interesting ones that you might have missed. We like the idea and the current implementation and with a bit more polishing and usability improvements… who knows it might turn up to be a great resource for crypto users. We are going to be keeping an eye on the project and probably so should you.

To visit the CoinMarketCal Community Driven Cryptocurrency Events Calendar…

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