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New preview website
A new preview landing page is now live that shows off some of the incredible technologies users will have a chance to play with when Divi 2.0 launches. Visitors can also sign up to get early access to the applications, debit cards, and insider info about the launch! More than 1400 users have already signed up, have you?
Based off of the original Atomic Swap implementation by Decred, Divi has created a production-ready Atomic Swap implementation that is gRPC and HTTP enabled. This version allows for atomic swaps to be workable with mobile and web applications.
We will be demoing this technology internally on Monday, and hope to share our progress with the community soon after that. For now, you can view Divi's implementation here.
Desktop 2.0 first sightings
We are focusing on ensuring that Divi Desktop and Divi Mobile feel like seamless, interoperable experiences. As you can see from these new screens, Desktop is very familiar to Mobile in terms of design. This approach will give users confidence as they transition between each application to manage their digital assets.
Divi has acquired 30% of another Costa Rican entity, FEO.
Feo means ugly in Spanish. FEO is an acronym for Factura Electronica Online and is a new social movement in Costa Rica. In 2018 the Ministerio de Hacienda (tax board) decided that all companies, individuals, and anyone who sells products need to issue digital invoices in an XML format. A very technical process for a country whose individuals have not integrated very well with technology (relative to the government) so far.
This sudden change caused a movement in Costa Rica, and many companies stepped up to offer solutions to "help" solve the technical problem. But their answer is uglier than the problem, charging $1 or more per invoice.
The form in which these companies took advantage of the poor, and the "problem" created by the government, all made things worse for the poor; those who sell smaller items at low prices. In many cases, the cost of invoicing causes people to stop selling altogether or to sell "under the table." FEO is a direct attack on this "problem" and "solution" because they offer FREE services to all users.
For users who invoice customers frequently, the cost is just a few pennies per month or once per year. There is no need to charge users for a few seconds of processor time. The project can pay for the person, becoming a social project!
Then, in 2019, the tax board added a 13% tax to all services sold and now requires monthly reporting of income and expenses. The FEO system automatizes all of this.
FEO has a great future too. With more usage, and through the Ridivi and Divi applications, they will maintain live indices of product prices throughout the whole of Costa Rica. With this information, FEO can provide users with knowledge of prices of goods before they go to the store, helping them save money on everyday purchases.
Using crowdsourced, non-personal information, FEO builds a map of product offerings and prices that is always up to date in real-time with purchases.
The FEO application as it pertains to Divi and Ridivi will exist in all of the capacity outlined above as well as offering real-time tax reporting and invoicing.
Patent application filed
Patents have a bad wrap in Crypto but, as we've seen within the traditional tech world, they are necessary to protect IP and innovation. Companies like Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, and the like all register staggering numbers of patents each year on which they have no intention of following through. This behavior hinders innovation and leaves smaller players with no room to breathe.
As of today, we are filing a patent on our MOCCI 2.0 (Masternode One-Click Cloud Installer) system. This improved version of MOCCI enables node deployments at a grander scale. Because of the nature of the filing, we cannot expose more information about the technology today but expect more updates in the coming weeks.
Does this mean no one else can create one-click masternodes?
On the contrary, this patent gives us the ability to choose who can license MOCCI and for what cost. In other words, we can license this technology to other crypto projects for free, while we charge the traditional tech players (FANG et al.) an arm and a leg. Now, a technology that was proprietary can become a community effort and grow beyond our original concept into something that will help the entire Masternode niche.
Divi in the media
A substantial amount of media content went out over this week.
Last Friday, Nick spoke with the Masternodes.Pro Crypto Friday hosts about Divi. Check it out here