Bettergram Aims to Become the Crypto Version of Telegram

The Mac build of Bettergram, a desktop version of Telegram, was launched this week. It joins the PC build of the third-party desktop client, and will soon be accompanied by mobile editions. Designed specifically for the crypto community, Bettergram boasts several modifications to Telegram including a built-in cryptocurrency price checker.

 

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Bettergram is Telegram With Bells On

For the past year or so, Telegram has served as the crypto community’s preferred hangout. It’s the hub through which the bulk of the ICO and trading groups flow, and a pivotal part of the cryptocurrency landscape. For all its flaws – frequent downtime; inability to temporarily disable noisy groups; limited customization – Telegram is still the best platform for group conversations. While there are alternative platforms, to date these have failed to match Telegram’s all-round versatility and network effect.

Bettergram is essentially a fork of the Telegram client. It retains the functionality of the desktop client but overcomes some of the niggles users have with Telegram, which has been slow to respond to requests for new features. In particular, users have long expressed a desire to be able to pin more chats, which Telegram caps at five. With Bettergram, up to 50 chats can be pinned and there are four tabs to help filter conversations: favorites, DMs, groups, and announcements. Uploaded images are displayed in-line, rather than as a file, as is the case with Telegram for desktop.

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Bettergram Adds Built-In Cryptocurrency Prices

Perhaps the most useful feature that comes with Bettergram is the ability to view current prices for the cryptocurrency top 10. This can be accessed by clicking on the emoji button in the bottom right of a chat, which opens to reveal four tabs: prices, emoji,tickers, and GIFs. The data comes from Live Coin Watch, and while it is not customizable and is limited in scope, it’s fine for providing a quick market snapshot.

As an open source project, Bettergram’s source code can be inspected and has been independently audited. Nevertheless, users should always be careful when installing third party software, especially when storing cryptocurrency wallets and other sensitive data on the same desktop device. As a precautionary measure, some cryptocurrency holders prefer to keep their crypto on an airgapped or separate device, be it mobile or desktop, that isn’t used for social networking.

Compared to desktop software such as Chrome and Station, Bettergram’s Mac client doesn’t make excessive demands on RAM or CPU. As such, it’s a viable alternative for heavy Telegram users who desire more customization and the ability to check prices on the fly.


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Top 5 Development Tools For Ethereum

Last year’s bitcoin craze may have popularized this new technology, but the underlying structure for blockchain is solid. Today, we take a look at five of our favorite tools for developing Ethereum.



Ethereum is one of the most popular decentralized platforms to run smart contracts. Built on the blockchain, Ethereum came to widespread attention last year as part of the bitcoin boom. However, despite the bullish market, the underlying technology is solid.

Here are five tools that we like the most for developing on the Ethereum platform. These are far from the only tools available. If we missed your favorite, let us know in the comments below!

Truffle

Looking for a command line development management tool? Then Truffle might be what you’re looking for. Truffle is one of the most popular development frameworks for Ethereum. This development environment gives developers a configurable build pipeline with support for users.

Built-in smart contract compilation makes it easier for Ethereum dvelopers to link, deploy and manage binaries. Other features include automatic contract testing with Mocha and Chai, scriptable deployment and migrations framework, and an interactive console for direct contract communication. Truffle has even taken TestRPC under its wing!

More information about Truffle can be found here.

Remix IDE

Remix IDE is an open source, browser-based compiler that enables users to write Solidity contracts. Developers can use Remix in the browser as well as locally. This powerful IDE is written in JavaScript and supports testing, debugging, and deploying of smart contracts.

While the interface can be a little complicated, it does come with its own code analyzer to make sure that developers can ensure they write the best code. Remix connects to the Ethereum blockchain through Metamask.

More information about Remix can be found here.

 

 

MetaMask

MetaMask is another browser-based tool for Ethereum. As a browser extension for Chrome, Firefox, and Opera, MetaMask allows allows developers to interact the Ethereum blockchain in a simple fashion. It provides a secure user interface for developers to manage their identities and sign blockchain transactions.

MetaMask makes it easy for developers to access or create a new Ethereum address, send transfers, and sign transactions with decentralized apps. The MetaMask team hosts a number of blockchain nodes for users to utilize. All users have to do is intall the extension and it automatically connects to MetaMask’s nodes.

More information about MetaMask can be found here.

DAppBoard

DAppBpard is the analytics platform for smart contracts. Given the crazy amount of new applications and transactions made daily on the Ethereum blockchain, DAppBoard provides a visual way to keep track of everything.

Users can keep track of how often various Ethereum applications are used and by how many users.  This board helps track over daily and weekly activity.

More information about DAppBoard can be found here.

Solidity

Finally, Solidity is one of the most popular programming languages to write smart contracts on the Ethereum blockchain. Influenced by C++, Python, and JavaScript, Ethereum was designed to target the Ethereum Virtual Machine.

It is statically typed. Solidity supports libraries, inheritance, and complex types. Right now, the best way to try out Solidity is with Remix, the web-based IDE.

More information about Solidity can be found here.



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