Byzantium release date updated

Ethereum's hardfork is planned to occur between 12:00 UTC and 13:00 UTC on Monday, October 16, 2017 (on the block 4,370,000)
12 October 2017   1531

Ethereum Team made an official announcement regarding the upcoming Byzantium hardfork. 

Now hardfork is planned on the to occur between 12:00 UTC and 13:00 UTC on Monday, October 16, 2017. (on the block 4,370,000)

Additionally, here's the list of official recommendation for user:

Download the latest version of your Ethereum client:

  • Latest version of Ethereum Wallet/Mist.
  • Latest geth client (v 1.7.1)
  • Latest Parity client (v 1.7.4)
  • Latest Harmony client (v 2.1.0)

Users of desktop or mobile wallets, such as Jaxx or MyEtherWallet, is necessary to clarify with their providers, whether they will upgrade infrastructure on the eve of hardfork. 

Main features of upcoming Byzantium:

  • Addition of ‘REVERT’ opcode, which permits error handling without consuming all gas 
  • Transaction receipts now include a status field to indicate success or failure 
  • Elliptic curve addition and scalar multiplication on alt_bn128 and pairing checks, permitting ZK-Snarks and other cryptographic mathemagic™
  • Support for big integer modular exponentiation, enabling RSA signature verification and other cryptographic applications
  • Support for variable length return values
  • Addition of the ‘STATICCALL’ opcode, permitting non-state-changing calls to other contracts 
  • Changes to the difficulty adjustment formula to take uncles into account 
  • Delay of the ice age / difficulty bomb by 1 year, and reduction of block reward from 5 to 3 ether

 

Prime Trust to Launch Custody Service for Crypto

CEO claimed his company will be the first to offer custody for any ERC-20 tokens
15 August 2018   174

Prime Trust announced the launch of the cryptocurrency custody service. This is reported by the Coindesk.

It became known that as early as the middle of July, the bitcoin storage service became available to customers, and next week support for Ethereum and ERC-20 tokens will be added.

In cryptographic storages, the access key to the wallet is stored either on a secure device not connected to the network or on paper in a safe.

Recently, information has appeared that several financial market mastodons, including Goldman Sachs, Northern Trust and Intercontinental Exchange, plan to provide custodian services for cryptocurrencies. However, according to Prime Trust head Scott Purcell, they were able to get ahead of the above-mentioned organizations.

They are trillion-dollar Fortune 100 entities, and they are just not going to move that fast. "We had had an engineering breakthrough which now enables us to easily cold-storage any ERC-20 token (along with BTC and ETH, of course).
 

Scott Purcell

CEO, Price Trust

Also, Scott notes that Prime Trust will be the first company to offer any ERC-20 tokens storage services.