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Foundation Updates: April 2024

⏱️ April 2024: Beyond the Halving

Welcome to our April edition of Foundation Updates! This month was filled with excitement as we joined hands to celebrate a significant milestone in the Bitcoin space — the Bitcoin halving.

Now, let’s catch up and dive into what else has been happening at Foundation HQ. 🫡


This Month at Foundation

#21toHalving 🎊

As we bid farewell to April, we’re thrilled to reflect on the incredible journey we embarked on together with 20 other teams on our #21toHalving collab. A huge thanks to all 20 teams — from lightning, gaming, hardware and software wallets, to education and media outlets. Your participation showed the diversity and strength of the Bitcoin ecosystem & community.

Every day brought us together with giveaways that showcased the best of Bitcoin. We gave away numerous prizes, ranging from hardware wallets to sats, Bitcoin gaming rewards to swag.

The grand finale was our Twitter Space event where we gave away a 1.05 million sat prize. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to each and every person who joined us on this remarkable adventure. Until next time, thank you for being a part of our community!


Product Updates 🔥

Envoy v1.6.2 is here 🎊

  • Envoy now has drastically improved handling of varying display or text sizes, especially abnormally large display/text sizes.
    • As Envoy has gained more users, we’ve noticed an issue where those of you using larger display or text sizes can have issues with buttons being unable to be accessed, especially when setting up Envoy for the first time.
    • We’ve gone through Envoy with a fine-toothed comb to better handle when users have set their OS to use larger display or text sizes and respond appropriately.
  • Envoy now uses our new Foundation.xyz domain for all services. Older version of Envoy will now automatically use redirects from foundationdevices.com -> Foundation.xyz.

Read more 👉 Full Envoy Release Notes v1.6.2


The U.S. Department of Justice ramps up anti-privacy actions

In a whirlwind two weeks the U.S. DoJ has rapidly escalated their war on access to financial privacy with a cohesive campaign, all kicking off with the indictment of the two founders of the fantastic Samourai Wallet. In the wake of this indictment, Bitcoin privacy tools and Lightning service providers have felt the need to pull out of the US or shut down entirely, with Wasabi Wallet shutting down services on June 1st and Phoenix Wallet pulling their app from the U.S. app store.

We eagerly await the return of Whirlpool and Samourai once their names are cleared and charges are dismissed, and have committed to keeping the Postmix extension in Passport.

Note: are you a Samourai Wallet user looking to recovery your funds? We wrote an article on Freedom.Tech that takes you step-by-step migrating to Sparrow Wallet. Read more here.


Meet the Foundation Team 👥

Discover where our team has been making moves this April! We’ve been busy connecting with podcasts and events, sharing insights and experiences you won’t want to miss. Dive into the highlights below!

  • Our Head of Strategy and Marketing, Seth For Privacy recently joined @bitfinex to delve into the world of self-custody using our Passport device. Discover how we’re championing freedom through advanced security and easy accessibility. You can check it out here.
  • Bitcoin QnA joined in on the Ungovernable Misfit podcast.
  • Seth For Privacy and Bitcoin QnA joined the What Bitcoin Did podcast with Peter McCormack, breaking down the Samourai Wallet indictment and the repercussions already being felt throughout the space. Watch the full episode here.

Product Review and Photo of the Month 🤩

Each month, we select one of our users’ reviews and one photo from social media to feature in our newsletter. Your experiences and stories are what keeps us building, and we’re grateful for your ongoing support. Keep sharing your moments with us, and you could be the next one in our newsletter!

Photo:

Awesome pic of the passport thanks to @olvelez007 😍

Review:


What we’re working on 🛠️

  • We have multiple new wallet integrations in the works for Passport, and are close to releasing an open beta of v2.3.1 with them included!

Conclusion

That wraps up our April edition of Foundation Updates – thank you for joining us, stay tuned for more next month. In the meantime, for daily updates and insightful content you can:

🐦Follow us on Twitter

🟣 Follow us on Nostr

🌐 Subscribe to our newsletter

💬 Join our community support group on Telegram

With Love from all at Team Foundation 🧡

Envoy version 1.6.2 is now live!

We’re excited to announce that the latest version of Envoy1.6.2 – is now published on all your favorite mobile platforms! To download it, simply visit our download page or check for updates on your platform of choice.

Please note that there can be a significant lag from publishing to general availability due to Apple App Store and Google Play Store review policies and delays.

What’s changed

In Envoy v1.6.2 we’ve focused heavily on improving the user experience for those of you running larger text or display sizes, fixed a bug around transaction cancellation using RBF, and migrated to our new domain, Foundation.xyz.

For more details on each of the changes, keep reading below!

Improvements

  • Envoy now has drastically improved handling of varying display or text sizes, especially abnormally large display/text sizes.

    • As Envoy has gained more users, we’ve noticed an issue where those of you using larger display or text sizes can have issues with buttons being unable to be accessed, especially when setting up Envoy for the first time.

    • We’ve gone through Envoy with a fine-toothed comb to better handle when users have set their OS to use larger display or text sizes and respond appropriately.

  • Envoy now uses our new Foundation.xyz domain for all services.

    • Older version of Envoy will now automatically use redirects from foundationdevices.com -> Foundation.xyz.

    Bug Fixes

    • Fixed a minor text alignment issue introduced in 1.6.0.

    • Fixed a minor text issue in the onboarding flow.

    • Fixed an issue where the fee could be incorrectly calculated for Canceling transactions when sending to a Taproot address, causing some cancellation transactions to fail.

    Verifying Envoy on Android

    If you’d like to take the optional additional step of verifying Envoy binaries on Android, follow our guide: Verifying Envoy on Android

    Foundation Updates: March 2024

    🚀 Beyond the Launch: Our New Digital Home and More!

    Welcome to our March edition of Foundation Updates! This month has been a standout, marked notably by the launch of our new website. Beyond this, we have a host of exciting developments to share. So, let’s catch up and dive into what’s been happening at Foundation HQ. 🫡

    This Month at Foundation

    Say hello to: Foundation.xyz

    As we look back on the month of March, one of the most thrilling updates has been the launch of our new digital home 🏠. Moving beyond our familiar ‘Devices’ identity, we’ve stepped into a broader realm, reflecting our commitment to pioneering freedom tech. This new website isn’t just a change of address; it’s a symbol of our growth and the exciting future that lies ahead.

    During our website launch week, we took to social media with a series of exciting events, from Easter egg hunts to special giveaways. We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to our community for your active participation and valuable feedback.

    Our CEO, Zach recently gave us some insight into the website’s design journey. He talked about how the design process was carefully thought out and implemented, providing insights into the creative decisions that shaped our new online home.

    Now, let’s see how March treated us in terms of our latest releases. 👇🏻

    Product Updates 🔥

    Envoy v1.6.0

    It’s here! Envoy 1.6 officially launched early March, bringing with it a range of new features.

    • Full “replace-by-fee (RBF)” control is here!
    • When you set a custom name for your Passport, now that name will show up automatically in the Devices tab on Envoy.
    • Drastically improved address and amount display per the Bitcoin Design standards. Sexy and intuitive!
    • Improved Tor performance on iOS (and some Android vendors), especially when it comes to getting fiat exchange rates.
    • Envoy translated to Catalan thanks to our friends over at @bcnbitcoinonly! Special thanks to @insatwetrust, in particular!

    Read more 👉 Full Envoy Release Notes v1.6

     

    DID YOU KNOW? We have an exclusive beta program at Foundation, offering you the opportunity to be among the first to test and experience any new releases for Passport or Envoy. Gain access to our Telegram group and be among the first to test-drive any new releases. You’ll have the chance to provide valuable feedback and even earn sats for any bugs you may find.

    Learn more here.

    Meet the Foundation Team 👥

    Discover where our team has been making waves in the public eye this March! We’ve recently joined a few podcasts & events – take a look below!

    NOTE: Passports are now available for purchase in person at PubKey! This new option offers a convenient way for you to get your hands on a Passport directly.

    • Seth For Privacy made an appearance at the Finny Forum. Missed the live action? No worries – you can catch up with the event’s highlights by watching the live feed here.
    • Bitcoin QnA joined in on the Ungovernable Misfit podcast.
    • Seth for Privacy featured in the Expat Money Show speaking about: The role of Freedom tech in personal security. Check it out here.

    #21tohalving is here : 🎊

    Get ready for an extraordinary event on Bitcoin Twitter! We’re joining forces with 20 incredible Bitcoin teams for a countdown to the Bitcoin halving. Imagine 21 days of non-stop excitement, featuring 21 dynamic teams, each bringing a unique prize daily, all leading up to a grand prize on the halving day itself.

    A huge thank you to all the participating teams for making this possible. Good luck to everyone diving into this 21-day adventure – let the countdown begin.

    Product Review and Photo of the Month 🤩

    Each month, we select one of our users’ reviews and one photo from social media to feature in our newsletter. Your experiences and stories are what keeps us building, and we’re grateful for your ongoing support. Keep sharing your moments with us, and you could be the next one in our newsletter!

    Photo: How beautiful 😍 with thanks to AULAN

     

    Review:

    What we’re working on 🛠️

    • Envoy 1.6.1 with improvements to enlarged display and text sizes.
    • Hard at work on new products to continue expanding our freedom tech offerings! If only we were allowed to share what we’re seeing internally 👀

    Conclusion

    That wraps up our March edition of Foundation Updates – thank you for joining us, stay tuned for more next month. In the meantime, for daily updates and insightful content you can:

    🐦Follow us on Twitter

    🟣 Follow us on Nostr

    🌐 Subscribe to our Newsletter

    💬 Join our community support group on Telegram

    With love from all at team Foundation 🧡

     

    Envoy version 1.6.0 is now live!

    We’re excited to announce that the latest version of Envoy1.6.0 – is now published on all your favorite mobile platforms! To download it, simply visit our download page or check for updates on your platform of choice.

    Please note that there can be a significant lag from publishing to general availability due to Apple App Store and Google Play Store review policies and delays.

    What’s changed

    We’ve focused Envoy 1.6.0 on a vital new feature for Bitcoin’s volatile fee market — replace-by-fee (otherwise known as “RBF”). RBF allows you to easily boost the fee on a transaction you’ve sent that’s stuck surfing the mempool, or even cancel an in-flight transaction and send it back to yourself. Just tap on any transaction that is unconfirmed and quickly Boost or Cancel it in Envoy.

    We’ve also brought a complete redesign of address and amount displays to Envoy, making it drastically easier and more intuitive to view amounts (in sats or BTC, as always!) or verify addresses. A special thanks to the fantastic Bitcoin Design initiative for spearheading the concept here! Oh, and don’t sleep on custom device names for Passports paired to Envoy, and the new Catalan translation 👀

    For more details on each of the changes, keep reading below!

    New Features

    • Full “replace-by-fee (RBF)” control is here!
      • If you’ve ever sent some Bitcoin only to have them get stuck in the mempool due to a crazy fee market, this one is for you!Now you can simply tap “⏩ Boost” when viewing a pending transaction’s details to get your transaction back to the top of the queue.Sent a transaction but realized it was a mistake? You can also tap “Cancel” and send the funds back to yourself using RBF as well 😌
    • When you set a custom name for your Passport, now that name will show up automatically in the Devices tab on Envoy.
      • Have multiple Passports in the house? Now you can easily tell them apart in Envoy using custom names!
      • Any name on Passport will now automatically be synced to Envoy when pairing for the first time.
        • Note that existing Passport names won’t be updated unless they are deleted first, but we’ll be improving that in Envoy v1.7.0!
    • Envoy translated to Catalan thanks to our friends over at @bcnbitcoinonly! Special thanks to @insatwetrust, in particular!!

    Improvements

    • Improved Tor performance on iOS (and some Android vendors), especially when it comes to getting fiat exchange rates.
    • Improved testnet reliability via new testnet Fulcrum infrastructure.
    • Available balance now shows fiat value in addition to Bitcoin, if fiat is enabled.
    • Improved the way fiat is displayed in the Transaction Details screen.
    • Updated OpenSSL libraries and removed some unnecessary dependencies.
    • Updated Arti (the Rust-native Tor library) in our library to the latest version, v1.1.12.
    • Improved tap targets across the board to make it that much easier to get to what you want in Envoy.
    • Tapping on the Accounts tab when inside an account will take you back to the main Accounts view.
    • When Fiat values are loading they will now display a loading bar instead of a 0.
    • We’ve taken a fine-toothed comb to the UI in Envoy and made a number of improvements across the board. Better UI, better UX, better Bitcoin experience.
    • Improved Spanish translations.

    Bug Fixes

    • Fixed a bug where Envoy would slow down if a custom Electrum server was unreachable for a long period of time.
    • Fixed a rare bug where sometimes the change address would be displayed as the destination address.
    • Fixed a bug where in some iOS instances selecting Custom fee would result in a crash.
      • Thank you @Fredodido56 for the report!
    • Fixed a bug where the German locale could randomly show commas and dots while typing a number in.
      • Kudos to Mike from our TG community for the report!
    • Fixed an issue where iPhone 8 users wouldn’t be able to tag coins.
    • Fixed an issue with displaying a 24-word seed when manually imported.
    • Fixed some minor issues where under certain circumstances fiat values wouldn’t display correctly.
    • Fixed a visual bug where after deleting a hot wallet and the backup, the Accounts view’s title would be displayed incorrectly.
    • Fixed some text strings wrapping when they shouldn’t have.
    • Fixed a minor bug where sometimes the user would be asked twice about adding a Note to a transaction when signing with Passport.
    • Fixed a minor bug where the small coin exclusion alert was triggered when it shouldn’t have been.
    • Fixed a minor issue where under specific circumstances a user was able to add an infinitely long tag name that broke the UI.
    • Fixed an edge case where the user would be able to attempt to build a transaction with negative fees.
    • Fixed an issue where Envoy could freeze if a user attempted to export an abnormal amount of logs.
      • As always, we take your privacy seriously! Envoy does not send logs to Foundation (and has no ability to do so), so this only applies to users who manually tried to export logs to share with us for a bug report.
    • Fixed an issue where Envoy could freeze if the change amount was too big when setting a custom fee.

    Verifying Envoy on Android

    If you’d like to take the optional additional step of verifying Envoy binaries on Android, follow our guide: Verifying Envoy on Android

    Announcing our Early Access Rewards program

    One of the powerful use-cases that Bitcoin unlocked with it’s peer-to-peer nature is the ability to incentivize and reward contributions without any middlemen or hoops to jump through. This movement has come to be known as “value4value,” and has provided an immensely powerful new tool for content creators, Nostr users, and now community members. Today we’re excited to unveil a new program implementing the value4value philosophy into our existing beta testing process — Early Access Rewards.

    tl;dr — Be the first to report any reproducible issue for Passport or Envoy beta releases and get a 10k Satoshi bounty in Bitcoin per issue reported!

    Early Access Rewards Highlights

    The premise of the Early Access Rewards program is quite simple: contribute meaningful bug reports for Envoy or Passport releases while they’re in open beta, and get rewarded for each individual contribution. No middleman, no lengthy ToS, no Foundation login or account necessary.

    How to participate:

    1. Test the beta releases for Passport firmware or Envoy app.
    2. Report issues on Github.
    3. All issues (the first time they are reported) are eligible for the 10k Satoshi reward.
    4. Foundation team members will validate the issues for eligibility.
    5. Rewards sent directly to your provided Bitcoin address or Lightning invoice.

    Join Early Access Rewards today

    Want to earn sats for your important contributions to our open-source projects? Simply join our beta testers Telegram room below and keep an eye out for beta release announcements. Once a release is announced, you can submit any issues you find via Github and earn 10k sats per validated issue.

    Once you discover an issue with the beta release, submit it via Github using the following links with the “Bug Report” option. Note that this does require a Github account:

    Join the community, help us improve, and get rewarded in Bitcoin for your valuable contributions! ????

    The future of Early Access Rewards

    We’re excited to see how well this program works to incentivize important feedback and contributions from our fantastic community, but we also have plans to expand the program in the future. We’re currently considering creating a hardware Early Access program to get our newest products in the hands of invaluable community members first, and top contributors to this Early Access Rewards program will be first in line.

    We have multiple new products in the works, and we can’t wait to watch each of you help us to build and improve as we bring freedom tech to more and more people around the globe. As one of the top contributors to our Early Access Rewards program, you’ll get the chance to test our new products for free as a thank you for your contributions in exchange for feedback and bug reports.

    The (not so) fine print

    If you have more specific questions on how the program will work, you can read the detailed rules below. Have a question? Don’t hesitate to ask in the Telegram room or email us at [email protected].

    1. Eligibility for Rewards: a. The first reporter of any reproducible issue for Passport or Envoy beta releases is eligible for a 10k Satoshi bounty, paid in Bitcoin. b. Issues must be reported only once, and once made public, they are no longer eligible for additional 10k Satoshi bounties.
    2. Reporting Process: a. All issues should be reported on Github in the appropriate repository:
    3. Reproducible Issues: a. Issues must be reproducible, meaning that Foundation team members can accurately recreate and validate the issue in the Envoy app or Passport firmware.
    4. Judgement and Reward: a. Foundation reserves the right to make the final judgment on whether issues are eligible for the 10k Satoshi reward. b. Once an issue is verified and confirmed as eligible, the reward will be sent to the reporter’s provided Bitcoin address or Lightning invoice.
    5. Rewards Distribution: a. The rewards will be distributed in Bitcoin (BTC). b. The amount of the reward will be 10,000 Satoshi for each eligible issue. c. All rewards will be paid out at the end of the beta period.
    6. Confidentiality: a. While issues will be made public upon reporting, beta testers should avoid sharing sensitive or personal information in public discussions about the issues.
    7. Compliance: a. All beta testers must comply with the rules and guidelines set by Foundation Devices during the beta testing period. b. Any violation of the rules may result in disqualification from the beta testing program and forfeiture of rewards.
    8. Changes to the Rules: a. Foundation Devices reserves the right to modify the rules or terminate the beta testing program at any time without prior notice.
    9. Disclaimer: a. Beta testers participate in the program at their own risk, and Foundation Devices shall not be liable for any damages or losses incurred during beta testing.