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On June 14, Romania’s National Institute for Research and Development In Informatics (ICI) announced an ongoing project that’s slated to make life easier for all its citizens, web3 native or not. It’s an institutional NFT marketplace that, according to ICI Director Adrian Vevera, would “evolve the collaboration between citizens and institutions using a modern digital framework.”Say goodbye to your physical wallet
In this institutional NFT marketplace, citizens will be able to utilize existing NFT technologies to access, transfer, and store official documents safely and securely on a digital ledger — an NFT.
Reportedly, these documents will range from birth certificates and driver’s licenses to land or property deeds. Once fully rolled out, Romanian citizens will then be able to have NFT equivalents of all their important documents stored in one convenient digital location. The Romanian government is working closely with Elrond Network to make this possible.
So how will it all work?A true modernization effort
This project, dubbed Romania’s National System for Issuers and Assets (NSIDA) is set to offer citizens a secure NFT marketplace where they will be able to acquire verified government documents without physically going to a government office. On top of this, the ICI is also hoping to utilize the Elrond Network to decentralize digital communication for Romania’s critical public resources, making them more secure and accessible.
So would this change in infrastructure make physical licenses, documents, and certificates obsolete? Not quite — this move will just make engaging with the government online far easier for Romanian citizens and government employees alike.
In an interview with nft now, Elrond CEO Beniamin Mincu stated that “NFTs represent provenance of creation and ownership for digital assets, such as government documents. Being recorded on a distributed public ledger, everything is transparent and traceable, thereby the sharing of data between government institutions can be enhanced, reducing bureaucracy and improving the efficiency and effectiveness of government services.”
Not only would this new system add new layers of security to the government documents of Romanian citizens, but it would also remove much of the friction that normally comes with interacting with the government. “For citizens, the ability to prove the authenticity and ownership by just scanning a QR code or simply providing a herotag that stands as a username replacement for long string public addresses can lead to a smoother experience when interacting with the government,” Mincu said.Transforming public administration
Reportedly, this system won’t just cut back on bureaucratic inefficiencies across Romania’s public services; it may also give Romanian citizens greater access to financial services such as loans moving forward. According to Mincu, “through the open and permissionless public blockchain technology of the Elrond Network, NFTs can act as digital assets that can be globally tradeable, thus removing the friction of property ownership transfers and enabling a new internet economy that will grant easier access to financial services, such as taking loans against properties.”
Further, Vevera believes that the implementation of web3 technologies like NFTs “can transform public administration and help its institutions and processes leap forward in terms of efficiency and speed while decreasing costs, overhead and excessive bureaucratic activities.”
Currently, this planned initiative by Romania’s ICI marks the first of its kind in the entire European Union. Should it prove to be a success, governments across Europe — and maybe even the world — will have a win-win situation on their hands. Transferring a bulk of government services online will offer them a seamless method to cut down on costs, while simultaneously making life more convenient for their constituents.
Editor’s note: nft now received this news under embargo. After the embargo lifted, we were informed that the embargo date and salient information changed. This article has been republished and updated with additional information from Elrond.
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Saurik has pushed an update to Cydia Installer, bringing it to version 1.1.25. This latest version of Cydia Installer moves jailbreak content found in /Applications to the user partition from the System partition. It’s recommended that all users update as soon as possible.
Update: Cydia Installer was updated to version 1.1.26 shortly after being updated to 1.1.25. The latest version doesn’t show any release notes, but we assume it is just a minor update to the more notable 1.1.25 version.
Here’s what Saurik had to say about the update:
When Pangu and I were discussing the jailbreak release for iOS 9, there was originally a limitation of the jailbreak (due to Apple’s mitigations in iOS 9 being “actually effective”) that made it impossible to free disk soace by moving /Applications from the system partition to the user partition. After doing a bunch of testing without moving this folder, we ran into a similar issue with another folder that Cydia was still stashing. After contemplating just not stashing almost anything, we made a painful “executive decision” to make a wider sandbox carve-out than normal and allow for these folders to be moved, but that Pangu would spend time attempting to fix this somehow. It was not clear to me in which direction they would “fix” the issue, and so I’ve been concerned about pushing an update that stashes /Applications. However, as of last night, Pangu has told me that they will not be pushing a change to break this feature. Also, Apple just released iOS 9.1, so I’m pushing this Cydia update now in order to minimize the number of people who run into some problem with a “late stash” after the signing window closes, which will happen very very soon. (Meanwhile, I’ve been spending most of my time for days working on updating the Eraser feature of Cydia Impactor to support iOS 9, as Pangu is now doing something more complex that I previously was not setup to “undo”, in addition to Apple making some changes to the OTA format. I managed to get this done just in time, though I also ended up managing to do it without having to actually restore my device a eve once.)
This means that jailbreak content will be moved from the System partition, and hence, Cydia will have to perform a “Preparing Filesystem” after installing this update. This explains why “Preparing Filesystem” was so fast on the new jailbreak, because this stashing wasn’t done upfront with the version of Cydia Installer bundled with the jailbreak. It actually had nothing to do with iPhone 6s performance, as I once speculated.
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As you can see from the screenshot above, installing Cydia Installer version 1.1.25 allowed me to reclaim some of my System partition storage space. I don’t have tons of jailbreak content installed on my device, so it wasn’t a huge deal for me, but for those of you using apps that take up lots of space, this will be a positive change for you. It also means that the “Preparing Filesystem” may take significantly longer for you, depending on all you have installed.
As Saurik stated, it was a wise move to deploy this update prior to the signing window closing for iOS 9.0.2. As you know, iOS 9.1 just dropped, and it effectively kills the current Pangu jailbreak. Users who ran into stashing errors may be forced to restore, which would render their device un-jailbreakable when the signing window closed. Saurik wanted to avoid any of these potential issues, hence the release of Cydia Installer 1.1.25.
Interestingly enough, Cydia Installer is actually showing as version 1.1.26 when you open the package page in Cydia. I’m not sure if this is a typo, a mix up, or what. We’ll be sure to provide you with an update when we are able to get to the bottom of this.
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The wide diameter of the LM-5’s payload section, at over 5 meters, will be the largest for China’s space program. Such a large diameter would be useful for launching spy satellites, space station modules and interplanetary missions. Andreas Rupprecht, via China Defense Forum
The Beidou 2/Compass navigation satellites will have 35 satellites once completed, with 5 in geosynchronous orbit, and 30 in middle earth orbit. With a military accuracy of 10cm, Beidou 2 can also communicate with users.
While NASA and private corporations such as SpaceX get much of the attention in the US, China is showing off its plans to become the leading space power via recent coverage on state media. A centerpiece project, Beidou 2, began in January 2024. Eventually 35 Beidou 2 satellites will form the next generation platforms for the Compass satellite navigation system that China is rapidly deploying into geosynchronous and medium earth orbit. Beidou 2 is more accurate than its predecessor, Beidou 1, with an accuracy of up to 10 centimeters for military subscribers like the Chinese and Pakistani militaries. While its American counterpart, GPS, is a transmit only system, Beidou users can use the satellite navigation system to send limited messages. Beidou 2 would provide Chinese missiles and robots with high accuracy, as well as giving Chinese soldiers a limited but universal coverage for communications.
China is finally setting up a Space Debris Monitoring and Application Center to track space debris and issue warnings to Chinese spacecraft; there were 30 near misses in 2014 for Chinese space assets alone. China hopes to eventually take a role in cleaning up the 500,000 large pieces of space debris, and the 100 million smaller ones.
China is also taking a major step in space debris management by launching a center to track such debris. While space debris isn’t nearly as sexy as spy or navigation satellites, it’s an important part of space operations. Space debris, of which there are 500,000 pieces large enough to be tracked, can severely damage or destroy satellites and spacecraft (a 1 square cm piece of debris travelling at 17,000 kph has as much kinetic energy as a hand grenade detonation). The new Space Debris Monitoring and Application Center, part of Chinese Space National Administration (China’s NASA equivalent), will focus in the near future on tracking space debris, especially the estimated 100 million pieces 1cm2 or smaller, but CNSA Secretary General Tian Yulong hopes for capabilities one day to neutralize and reduce the space debris menace. It’s a growing Chinese priority, given that China is the world’s third largest space launcher, and Mr. Tian noted that Chinese spacecraft and satellites had over 30 near misses with space debris in 2014.
The wide diameter of the LM-5’s payload section, at over 5 meters, will be the largest for China’s space program. Such a large diameter would be useful for launching spy satellites, space station modules and interplanetary missions.
Future of Chinese Space Science
China’s space program, once it receives new technology like the LM-5 heavy rocket and electrical satellite propulsion, will aim for interplanetary missions in the 2023, including possible probes sent to Mars, Venus, asteroids, near solar observation and Jupiter.
With nearly 130 spacecraft and satellites in orbit, China has shot its way to global prominence in space, like so many terrestrial technological categories. And this is jus the start. Far off future Chinese space projects include a spate of missions to Mars and Jupiter, large space stations,130 ton payload super heavy “Moon rockets”, electrically propelled spacecraft and reusable launch systems.
Thanks to escobar at Sinodefence Forum.
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Everyone has an NFT or two that they regret holding. This is simply the nature of the NFT ecosystem. Sometimes floor prices plummet, and collectors are left with few options. Or perhaps a creator is found to be a swindler, leaving those who bought their IP in limbo. Or worse yet, maybe an unsolicited NFT was airdropped into a user’s wallet without consent.
Whatever the case, these unwanted NFTs can exist as a hindrance, a shameful reminder of the unsavory parts of the NFT space that enthusiasts often prefer to keep under wraps. But sending them to junk wallets or using marketplace features to hide them from the public is only a band-aid fix. Surely, there are better ways for collectors to rid themselves of unwanted NFTs.
Fortunately for degens, there are. And we aren’t talking about simply burning (destroying) them. No, instead, various platforms are now offering holders unique rewards for dumping their NFTs.Getting rid of NFTs for tax purposes
So you want to get rid of some NFTs. Don’t worry; we won’t ask why, but just know you aren’t alone. There’s a multitude of reasons a collector might want to make an NFT vanish, with one of the most popular undoubtedly being for tax loss harvesting purposes.
In traditional tax loss harvesting, an investor would sell an underperforming asset at a loss, then use that loss to reduce their taxable capital gains, offsetting the gains they made on other investments. This can also be done with NFTs and is a considerably popular way to reduce taxes placed on digital collectibles.
Of course, there are all sorts of considerations to be made surrounding NFTs and taxes. This includes charitable giving, which you can read about in our full guide on the topic. But for those looking to simply offload and offset, there are a few services to choose from.The NFT Loss Harvestooor
The NFT Loss Harvestooor is a free service created by the popular crypto tax software company CoinLedger. Essentially, the Harvestooor is a simple Ethereum smart contract that allows users to sell an NFT and receive a substantially small amount of ETH (0.00000001) in return. By doing so, traders can realize capital losses on NFTs and lower their taxable income.
What’s more, although the Harvestooor works well for collections that are still tradable, the makers of the service have been teasing a potential new service that would allow traders to rid themselves of even their “illiquid, worthless, rug-pulled” NFTs in the future.Unsellable NFTs
Unsellable NFTs is another solid option for traders looking to harvest NFT losses. The platform acts quite similarly to the Loss Harvestooor but comes with the added functionality of being able to claim losses on hundreds of NFTs at a time (up to 1,000). Users can expect to receive around 0.000007 ETH for each NFT, only paying transaction fees (up to 0.08 ETH max) in the process.
Considering platforms like Blur have consumed a sizeable amount of the NFT market share in recent months — exemplifying the avid NFT trader’s affinity for zero-fee and high-volume trading — it makes sense that Unsellable has become a popular service for tax loss harvesting due to their high batch sizes.Other ways to get rid of an NFT
Perhaps it isn’t saving money that you’re worried about, but rather saving face in getting rid of your terrible NFTs. Well, there are options that could be just as rewarding.The Junkyard
The Junkyard is a service somewhat parallel to tax loss harvesting that offers users the opportunity to both dump their NFTs and win NFTs that have been dumped. By “dumping” an NFT into The Junkyard, a user will earn not ETH but Junkcoin, a platform native currency. That currency can then be used to “fish” for NFTs that have been dumped by others.
To date, a wide variety of blue-chip NFTs have been routed through The Junkyard, including pieces from Clone X, Doodles, Otherside, Cool Cats, and more.
Although the ecosystem could be used for tax loss harvesting, The Junkyard is more of a gamified trading experience powered by Axelar and running cross-chain on both Ethereum and Polygon. The platform also hosts a variety of in-development secondary and tertiary functionalities, like free-mint NFT collections, membership-based experiences, token staking, and more.Liquidity Pool
Chances are, there are other collectors out there who are holding onto a piece from the same collection as you and would also like to relieve themself of their unsatisfactory NFT. So why not try a liquidity pool? With services like NFT20, a user can deposit any NFT into an available pool or create a pool themself (likely a necessity for pooling trash NFTs) and receive platform-native tokens in return.
Yes, this might be an unconventional way to “get rid” of an NFT, considering that liquidity pools are more often used to bolter trading and collector rewards. But it beats trying to hide a crap NFT for all eternity — even if it means losing out on profitability in return.Band-aid fixes
If all else fails, even after you’ve considered or even made an attempt at the options listed above, you could always resort to the tried and true aforementioned band-aid fixes.
First, you could use the “hide” feature offered by OpenSea and other NFT marketplaces. These features are usually built directly into a marketplace’s interface and often only require a user to select which NFTs they want to hide, then submit and verify a transaction to hide them.
On the other hand, you could just opt to send an unsavory NFT to the universal Ethereum burn address. Doing so is as easy as it seems. Just select a token either in your wallet or marketplace profile, initiate a transfer, and send it to the 0x address associated with burning (0x00…dEaD).
Of course, this specific burning option only works with Ethereum-based NFTs. Tezos and Solana-based NFTs must be burned through other methods.Take the shame out of discarding
So you’re holding onto a garbage NFT. So what? There are countless other collectors out there who are still in possession of Bloot or some other sort of unsavory derivatives. The fact of the matter is that you don’t have to HODL for “historical significance” or for any other excuse.
It’s okay to let go. Better yet, why not use your unwanted NFT to harvest a loss, try out a gamified experience, or even meet others in the same boat as you? Community is the most important part of the NFT space, after all, right?
When it comes to the environment, NFTs have a bad reputation — much of it undeserved. At the height of the “NFTs harm the environment” frenzy in mid-2024, wildly uncontextualized claims about single blockchain transactions consuming as much energy as a mid-sized house does in three days proliferated across the Twitter-sphere.
Two things have slowly but steadily begun to dislodge such misconceptions. The first is a growing understanding of blockchain technology and where various chains’ energy needs fit into the broader picture of human endeavors that require industry. The second is the Ethereum merge, which saw the second-largest blockchain reduce its energy consumption by an astounding 99.5 percent in September.
But this is just one side of the coin. Web3 enthusiasts aren’t just doing their best to mitigate blockchain’s negative impact on the environment; they’re actively using NFTs to benefit and better it. Here are four examples of when NFTs helped give the planet (and the animals living on it) a win.WWF drops NFT collection to fund conversation efforts
In November 2023, Germany’s World Wildlife Foundation dropped Non-Fungible Animals, its NFT collection aimed at raising money to help keep acutely endangered species from going extinct. The collection highlights ten endangered species, including the Amur tiger, giant ibis, mountain gorilla, Persian leopard, and the vaquita, the smallest whale species in the world.
Released on the Polygon blockchain, the WWF set the number of editions for each animal’s NFT at the approximate number of each species that still exist in the wild. For the vaquita, for example, that number is just 22. A different artist created each animal’s NFT, and the collection features work by Anna Rupprecht, Etienne Kiefer, Andres Ribon, Bosslogic, and more. So far, the organization has raised over €270,000 from the drop. While some of the collection’s NFTs (like the vaquita) are sold out, several have editions left to buy, so don’t miss out on the chance to help an endangered species return from the brink.Combatting land degradation in Africa
In the summer of 2023, Kaloscope metaverse platform founder Kirck Allen founded The Great NFTrees project to help fight against land degradation on the African continent. When its initial collection launches, the project will allow users to purchase tree NFTs connected to geo-tagged locations of real trees planted in Africa’s Great Green Wall. The wall is the world’s largest carbon capture project and aims to grow one trillion trees across an 8,000 km stretch of land in Africa.
Credit: The Great Green Wall
Ninety percent of revenue from The Great NFTrees drop, scheduled to go live in 2023, will go toward the Great Green Wall project. The remaining 10 percent will be directed to covering administrative costs. Kaleidoscope plans on letting collectors purchase the NFTs with a variety of cryptocurrencies.Bringing animals back from extinction
In the summer of 2023, Spix’s Macaw became the first species to go “unextinct.” After disappearing from the wild and spending 22 years in captivity being rehabilitated, a group of the iconic blue birds was released into the forests of Bahia state, Brazil, on June 11. Celebrating this significant moment in animal conservation, photographer Tim Flach collaborated with Atlas Labs and the Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots (ACTP) for his inaugural NFT project: Project Unextinct — a collection of images of Spix’s Macaw.
In support of the first reintroduction of a bird species that is extinct in the wild, I will be releasing a series of NFTs dropping on Nifty Gateway on June 11th. Spix’s Macaws will finally be coming home to Brazil. @niftygateway @atlaslabs_ @actparrots @ParrotProtect chúng tôi Tim Flach (@TimFlach) June 7, 2023
Flach and Atlas Labs dropped the collection on Nifty Gateway. Three of the six images were 1/1 NFTs that sold for over $22,000 each, with two more editions of ten selling for $300 and $450 each. One edition of 25 photography NFT remains available in the collection at $999 a piece, so if you’re looking to make a positive difference in the world through Web3, now’s a great time to do it.Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo launches NFT collection
In June 2023, the Australia Zoo partnered with green NFT startup Meadow Labs to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Steve Irwin-founded conservation organization Wildlife Warriors with an NFT drop.
Credit: The Australia Zoo
With prices starting at $50 AUD ($36.13 USD), the Australia Zoo released 2,000 Warrior Crocs tokens that resembled members of the Irwin family in some way. Speaking with nft now, Meadow Labs co-founder and CEO Martin Kelly said that the genesis for the project “came from wanting to use NFTs for good.” Highlighting this desire is the fact that the drop took place on the world’s first carbon-negative blockchain, Algorand. Meadow Labs pledged 100 percent of primary sales toward funding Wildlife Warriors and The Australia Zoo. The drop is the first of a planned five-part NFT animal collectibles series which includes koalas, echidnas, turtles, and wombats.
Places To Visit in July in India
Are you looking to explore the beauty of India in July? Then you should know that July is the perfect time to explore the beauty of India, as the weather is pleasant and inviting. With its rich cultural heritage and diverse landscapes, it’s no surprise that India is home to some truly spectacular places, which makes it difficult to choose the destination. This article will cover the best places to visit in July in India.Best 5 Places To Travel in July in India
Here is the list of the best places to visit in July in India:#1 Kerala
Kerala is one of the best places to visit in July in India. It is a unique state in southern India, known for its stunning beaches, lush green hills, and fascinating culture. With its breathtaking scenery and diverse attractions, it’s no surprise that Kerala has become one of India’s most sought-after holiday destinations! With delicious cuisine consisting of fresh seafood and local spices – What this region has to offer will not disappoint!
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(Image Credit: Pixabay)Things To Do
This area is for its diverse culture and rich history. Start your vacation in Kochi with a tour of the iconic Chinese fishing nets because it is one of Kochi’s most popular tourist attractions. Also, you must visit Fort Kochi Beach to enjoy historical monuments. Then explore the stunning hill station of Munnar. Here you can wander among lush tea plantations and stunning landscapes that will take your breath away. For a unique experience, take a cruise along the tranquil backwaters of Alleppey.#2 Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra
Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra, is a popular hill station in the Western Ghats. Located around 120 Km from Pune, this picturesque destination offers stunning views of the Sahyadri Mountains and valleys that stretch across as far as you can see. The region is for its lush green forests and crystal-clear lakes, making it an ideal spot to relax and unwind away from city life.
(Image Credit: Pixabay)Things To Do #3 Goa
Goa is a small Indian state located on the southwestern coast of India. It is well-known for its diverse culture and beautiful beaches. The place has a strong influence on Portuguese culture, as seen through the architecture of the city and the food eaten by the people here.
(Image Credit: Pixabay)Things To Do #4 Coorg, Karnataka
Karnataka, a state in southwest India, includes the district of Coorg, sometimes known as Kodagu. Coorg has long been for its coffee plantations and breathtakingly beautiful scenery and is often referred to as the ‘Scotland of India.’Things To Do
Adventurous travelers can enjoy trekking expeditions through the Western Ghats and plunge into one of the many natural pools for an unforgettable experience. If you want to witness incredible wildlife, head out on jeep safaris at Nagarhole National Park or Rajiv Gandhi National Park, located close to Madikeri. Visit Raja’s Seat or Abbey Falls for scenic views and beautiful sunsets.#5 Ooty, Tamil Nadu
Ooty is a well-known hill station and tourist destination in the Nilgiri Hills of Tamil Nadu, India. The town is for its beautiful views of rolling hills blanketed with tea plantations and vibrant flower gardens. Ooty offers plenty of activities, from horse-drawn carriage rides through the lanes to toy train rides around the lakeside.
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