Avalanche launches upgraded bridge, prepping DApps for mainstream adoption

Avalanche (AVAX) is replacing its months-old Avalanche-Ethereum Bridge, or AEB, with the aptly named Avalanche Bridge, or AB, according to a Medium post from the company. This newer bridge is allegedly fives times cheaper than the previous one and will act as a “growth engine” for the project’s future. The post notes that the AB is available to developers and users right now, and all previous assets from the AEB should carry over. This upgrade is occurring alongside the network’s wallet and explorer upgrades to bring “next-generation improvements” to all…

Synthetix turns on layer-two alpha, launches Olympics betting on options platform

Decentralized derivatives and synthetic asset trading protocol, Synthetix, has launched trading on the Optimistic Ethereum layer two scaling platform. The long-awaited launch was announced by the Synthetix protocol exchange Kwenta on July 30. It enables the exchange to offer faster transactions and lower fees using optimistic rollup technology. Initially, there will be just four synthetic assets available for trading on layer two — sUSD, sETH, sBTC and sLINK. The data collected from this alpha launch and testing phase will enable the protocol to optimize synth trading on layer two and…

Crypto unicorn Amber Group launches NFT creator studio with TR Lab

Crypto-finance unicorn Amber Group has partnered with TR Lab to launch a new initiative to help creators access the booming NFT market, highlighting once again the rapid uptake of digital collectibles in various industries.  The CreatorFi initiative was unveiled Wednesday as a new platform to help NFT creators go to market faster. This includes receiving infrastructure setup support, including minting, custody and platform penetration testing, directly from Amber Group. CreatorFi leverages is said to leverage the expertise of Amber Group and TR Labs to provide users with customizable, end-to-end services…

Dash launches retail consumer app for shopping in stores across America

Dash has announced the launch of DashDirect — a consumer app that allows users to spend the DASH cryptocurrency in stores across America. In an announcement released on Tuesday, Dash revealed that the new customer-focused app will offer up to 12% in savings on purchases by users. Detailing the rebates and discount features, Mashall Greenwald, DashDirect Founder and CEO of CrayPay told Cointelegraph: “After you enter the exact amount of your current purchase in the app, an immediate discount of up to 12% is applied,” adding: “This allows anyone to…

Rangers Protocol launches Ethereum Virtual Machine-compatible testnet

The Rangers Protocol has opened its testnet to users aiming to provide an Ethereum Virtual Machine-compatible solution that supports cross-chain contract interoperability. In a Friday announcement, the Rangers Protocol said it had successfully migrated its first Dapp to the testnet which went live on July 19. The project migrated an Ethereum-based lending protocol, BlueStone, to the testnet, a move the protocol described as “smooth and developer-friendly” given Rangers’ Ethereum Virtual Machine, or EVM, compatibility. Though there are seemingly alternative solutions utilizing blockchain technology friendly to Solidity developers, Rangers Protocol is…

Karura launches decentralized exchange on Polkadot and Kusama

Karura, the Polkadot implementation of the Acala protocol, has launched its decentralized exchange (DEX) platform, Karura Swap. According to the announcement issued on Friday, the DEX platform is now live, with KSM/KAR being the first trading pair on the exchange. Per details provided by the announcement, Karura Swap has gone live with an initial total value locked north of $3.4 million, with more than 1,000 unique liquidity providers (LP). The team revealed that the DEX launch highlighted the benefits of its “Bootstrap feature” that provides a liquidity sandbox for trading…

‘Ethereum Improvement Proposal 3675’ for the Eth2 merge launches on Github

A formal Ethereum Improvement Proposal has been created for the network’s forthcoming chain merge, bringing Ethereum one step closer to realizing its highly anticipated Proof-of-Stake (PoS) transition. On July 22, ConsenSys researcher Mikhail Kalinin created a pull-request for EIP-3675 on Github, formalizing the chain merge as an improvement proposal for the first time. The EIP has also been slated for discussion during the July 23 Ethereum Core Devs Meeting by developer Tim Beiko. Hard to overstate how valuable’s @mkalinin2‘s work on The Merge has been, and it’s finally being formalized…

Celer launches cBridge mainnet, promising multi-chain compatibility

Layer-two scaling platform Celer Network has officially launched the mainnet version of cBridge, a multi-chain network that gives users the ability to more easily swap assets across multiple blockchains.  With cBridge, users can instantly transfer tokens across Ethereum, Polygon, Binance Smart Chain and Arbitrum networks without experiencing any liquidity bottlenecks, Celer announced Thursday. The company claims that cBRidge solves many of the existing challenges preventing the full integration of layer-two scaling solutions, including an overly complex user experience and the significant resources required to move assets across multiple chains. Related:…

Green energy crypto mining ETF launches on New York Stock Exchange

An exchange-traded fund focusing on more environmentally friendly crypto mining operations and infrastructure has been launched in the United States. The new Viridi Cleaner Energy Crypto-Mining and Semiconductor ETF started trading on Tuesday, July 20, on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol ‘RIGZ’. The product is part of growing efforts to attract mainstream investors with a focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. Viridi Funds, which launched the new investment product, stated that the fund also invests in crypto mining infrastructure businesses and semiconductor companies such as…

Polygon launches blockchain gaming and NFT studio

Ethereum (ETH) infrastructure developer Polygon has spun off a new subsidiary to advance its work in blockchain gaming and nonfungible tokens, or NFTs, offering further insight into the company’s long-term growth strategy. The newly formed Polygon Studios has three core objectives: establish Polygon’s position as the leader in decentralized gaming; create a brand that attracts developers and investors to its NFT ecosystem; and position Polygon as the best venue for transitioning to Web 3.0. Through an initiative called Polygon Gaming Studio, the company aims to help developers create and market…