Product Update: Q1 2017

Since 2017 kicked off, we’ve released a number of key updates to our block explorer, bitcoin wallet, and developer platform. To keep you looped in, this post has the scoop on what we’ve been up to in the first quarter of the year.

Here’s a quick rundown of noteworthy updates for Q1 2017
  • We launched a new logo and look and feel on .info
  • We’ve added beginner-friendly resources to our site
  • We deployed an improved charts layout, including popular charts
  • We’ve added helpful wallet notifications
  • One form for API key requests

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Helpful Wallet Notifications & Resources

Bitcoin can seem a little (if not very) complicated and confusing, especially for first time and newer users. We do our best to answer frequently asked questions in our Support Center and here on the blog, but we’ve also integrated helpful tips directly into our wallet! In this post we’ll cover a few of those tips.

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An intro to bitcoin-focused web development: build your first web app

Careers in bitcoin development are all the rage right now, but it’s an unfortunate misconception that the chance of landing these opportunities are a hundred-to-one unless you’re on a first-name basis with industry pioneers like Nick Szabo or Adam Back. Today’s guest blogger, Kyle Honeycutt, is here to debunk these myths of exclusivity. He’ll also show you step-by-step how to create your very first bitcoin web app, and leaves you with extra resources so you can hone your new skills. Take it away, Kyle.

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3 bitcoin charts explained, plus our chart export feature

When academics and journalists need information about the bitcoin ecosystem, they turn to our interactive charts. And they’re not alone; our charts have been a trusted, helpful research tool for millions across the globe. Today we’re highlighting 3 charts and sharing details about a recent update that allows you to better export and embed our charts. But first, onto the charts.

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Customize your wallet experience with new Blockchain Wallet themes

We’ll admit we’re a little biased when it comes to the default color scheme of the Blockchain Wallet, but for users who’d like to try something different, our latest update includes 2 new themes. Check them out below and find them in your web Wallet under Settings -> Preferences.

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Completing the migration to the latest version of the Blockchain Wallet

Five months ago, we released the third major version of our flagship product, the Blockchain Wallet. The update represented a big step forward for the product. Over the last few months, we’ve been collecting your feedback and shipping new and refined versions weekly.

As of August 16th, we’ll be completing the migration to the latest version of our wallet. The vast majority of ours users are now using the new platform, but, for the remaining legacy users, the upgrade completion will involve some change.

Change is hard, but it’s a lot easier if you know what to expect. Below is our guide to what’s in store.

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The Future of the Blockchain Wallet

At Blockchain, we have been passionate about building software that makes using bitcoin easy and secure for anyone. For over four years, we have run the most popular bitcoin website, blockchain.info, and perhaps the most utilized API in the industry. Still, most people know us for our bitcoin wallet.

Our bitcoin wallet rests on a simple technical premise: it is possible to build a hybrid bitcoin wallet that delivers all the ease of use and convenience associated with a normal e-wallet while simultaneously empowering users to maintain full control over their bitcoins. This is the foundation atop which we build. We firmly believe in our slogan – Be Your Own Bank.  

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New features for your Blockchain Wallet

In this post, we’ll be introducing two new features that we hope will make it easier for you to stay in the loop on the latest updates to our wallet, plus make it easier to manage and budget your funds.

The first is our What’s New section, where you can check in to see details on the latest wallet updates. Next up is the ability to export your transaction history as a CSV or XLS/X file. Both of these features may only play supporting roles in your overall wallet experience, but keep reading to find out why we think they’re worth mentioning.

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Counting down to the 2016 Bitcoin Halving

There’s been a growing buzz about Bitcoin halving over the past few weeks, and you’ll likely hear it referenced even more often as this upcoming weekend approaches!

In this post, we’ll explain exactly what Bitcoin halving is, why it’s important to know about, and we’ll also share some cool resources to help keep you in the loop. If you need to rewind and refresh your memory on some bitcoin basics before diving into this post, feel free to check out these introductory resources in our Support Center first.

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Receive Payments API Update: Address Gap Limits

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Recently we’ve encountered interesting edge cases where Receive Payments API V2 users had long runs of unused addresses, which makes funds paid to later addresses not display within the wallet. We’re taking a proactive approach to prevent this from happening, and in this post we’ll explain these changes and their impact on our API users. Users may also have received an email version of this update.

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