VertCoin (VTC) has hard forked at block number 347000 bringing forth a new and improved Lyra2RE algorithm. This means that in order to continue using and mining VTC you will need to update your VertCoin wallet to the latest version as well as use a miner that adds support for the new Lyra2RE algorithm introduced with the hard fork. So far we only have working forks sgminer for AMD (source) and ccminer for Nvidia (source) from DJM34 that have support for the new version of the Lyra2RE algorithm, but we expect to see support added in other miners as well. You can download compiled Windows binaries for both miners from the links below and continue mining for the Lyra2v2 algorithm that VertCoin (VTC) is now using, also do not forget to update your VTC wallet. Do note that most coins will likely continue to use the older Lyra2RE algorithm for now, so this may cause some confusion as to what version of Lyra2RE is used by different altcoins other than VTC.
Another new Windows binary release compiled from the latest Git source code of the ccMiner 1.5.59-git SP-MOD fork of the Nvidia GPU miner optimized for the latest Maxwell-based video cards by SP (source). The new version includes x11, x13 and x15 performance optimizations as well as some neoscrypt optimizations and a bit of Quark speed improvement. The SP-MOD fork of ccMiner is designed for Nvidia Maxwell GPUs such as the already available GTX 750, 750 Ti as well as the newer GTX 960, GTX 970, GTX 980 and GTX 980 Ti and GTX Titan X. The Windows binary release we have made available here is with support for Compute 5.0 and Compute 5.2 GPUs or with other words only for Maxwell-based cards compiled with CUDA 6.5 and VS2013.
Here comes a new Windows binary release compiled from the latest Git source code of the ccMiner 1.5.58-git SP-MOD fork of the Nvidia GPU miner optimized for the latest Maxwell-based video cards by SP (source). The latest version includes numerous fixes and some performance optimizations in different algorithms with a lot of work gone towards Groestl optimization that also affects other algorithms using it. The SP-MOD fork of ccMiner is designed for Nvidia Maxwell GPUs such as the already available GTX 750, 750 Ti as well as the newer GTX 960, GTX 970, GTX 980 and GTX 980 Ti and GTX Titan X. The Windows binary release we have made available here is with support for Compute 5.0 and Compute 5.2 GPUs or with other words only for Maxwell-based cards compiled with CUDA 6.5 and VS2013.
New York’s controversial BitLicense has driven away two more Bitcoin exchanges away from NY, these are Kraken and Bitfinex who are not going to be applying for the BitLicense at this time. Both exchanges will stop servicing clients living in the state of New York in order to avoid complications due to the financial regulation change. Another large Bitcoin exchange, namely BitStamp, apparently has plans for applying for a BitLicense in order to be able to continue to operate in New York. The biggest concerns that people have with the BitLicense regulations is regarding their privacy and since Bitcoin and crypto currencies are more privacy oriented it is no wonder that crypto currency businesses decide to get out of NY instead of applying for BitLicense.
The Axiom crypto coin is a new altcoin that has generated quite some attention in the last few days with one of the main reasons behind it being the fact that the Axiom algorithm has been added to NiceHash/WestHash. The coin is originally intended to be CPU mined and the latest release of the cpuminer-multi miner from tpruvot has added support for that algorithm, but there is already a more optimized fork available from NiceHash. So if you want to get the most performance of your CPU you might want to download the cpuminer-multi fork from the NiceHash repo on GitHub, there is also a simple and easy NiceHash Axiom CPU Miner Launcher available to simplify the use of the miner that also integrates your profit statistics. So if you are interested in the Axiom mining you might want to check out the optimized cpuminer-multi fork and the launcher, do note that there are mining pools available where you can directly mine Axiom and the coin is already being traded on Bittrex and C-Cex along with a few other smaller altocoin exchanges. Currently the Axiom coin looks like a nice altcoin to mine and sell or to sell your hashrate directly for BTC bringing nice profit for CPU mining, but we’ll have to see how things will work out on the long term, so you might want to be more careful if you want to stack on coins.
It has been a while since there has been an official release of the cpuminer-multi fork from tpruvot though he was working actively on the source code of the CPU miner with multiple algorithms supported. The cpuminer-multi is the most functional fork of cpuminer that comes with support for the largest number of algorithms and a lot of optimizations for them to get you the most performance out of your CPU. Do note however that some dedicated forks of cpuminer for a specific algorithm may still provide better performance, but if you want flexible solution with many algorithms supported then cpuminer-multi is the choice. The latest official binary release version 1.1 comes with many new algorithms added including GroestlCoin, Diamond and Myriad, Pluck algorithm, ZR5 algo (ZRC), Luffa algo, Skein2 algo (Double Skein for Woodcoin), Animecoin algo (Quark variant), Dropcoin pok algo, BMW-256 (MDT) algo and the Axiom algorithm. There is also a basic API remote control some other new features and fixes. Do note thta if you want to get the latest updates you should always compile from source as we are not seeing often official binary releases, though the 1.1 should be up to date for some time now.
There is a new version of the Miner Control KBomba Edition software (source) and you can download the compiled package for Windows from the link below. The latest version of the software for automatic mining pool profit switching comes with some improved support for YAAMP clones, also support for pools that are no longer available have been removed including WestHash as it is now essentially the same as NiceHash. You can now also have multiple manual entries for pools in the config file with fixed settings for the price set by you in order to get their profitability calculated. The most notable new feature however is the added visual representation of the price history in a visual chart. The official release you can download below comes with a sample configuration file, but no miners are included, so you will first need to configure it for your mining hardware and pools in order to be able to use it.
The Mining Sweden Bitcoin cloud mining service has finally made available regular mining shares, something that has been missing for quite a while as we have noted recently. The service was focusing on offering only more expensive VIP shares to users where you need to pay more for hashrate with an additional unknown profit expected sometime at a later time. The mining shares that are back now are in the form of 20 GHS packs with a 1 year contract that includes all power, maintenance and pool fees for the whole period. The 20 GHS Mining Shares package is available at a price of $13.80 USD or with other words $0.69 USD per GHS with no additional maintenance fees, so a better deal than the VIP Shares where you pay higher price for the hashrate, and while you may end up with higher profit at is still a riskier investment.
The SF100 Dual-Miner ASICs from SFARDS are expected to start arriving in mid-August 2015 to the most eager miners that have ordered some fromt he first batch of devices, or at least that is what the manufacturer is claiming on their website. The SF100 BTC and LTC Dual Miner has been listed briefly on the official SFARDS website with a price of 8000 RMB (about 1288 USD) last month and is since labeled as Out of Stock. This price however seems to be for larger quantities, some other websites have since listed single units of the SFARDS SF100 miners for pre-order and their prices are for example $1699 USD on AliExpress, ~$1700 USD on Asic Trade and $1999.99 USD on ZoomHash or with other words significantly higher than what was listed on the official website. Note that these prices are for the ASIC miner only and you need to add the shipping cost, extra import taxes and then you would also need at least good 1KW power supply for the miner, so the total price will easy go over $2000 USD. Even if these prices are higher because of the limited number of available units in the first batch they are way too expensive to consider them as a good investment with the current market conditions. Not to mention that we are yet to see if the miners will be able to perform as promised by the manufacturers in terms of performance for both mining SHA256 and Scrypt algorithms separately and at the same time. Another thing that may not be very much in favor of the late availability of the SF100 miners is the expected Litecoin Block Reward Halving from 50 to 25 coins by the end of August…
Time for a new Windows binary release compiled from the latest Git source code of the ccMiner 1.5.57-git SP-MOD fork of the Nvidia GPU miner optimized for the latest Maxwell-based video cards by SP (source). The latest version includes numerous fixes and some small performance optimizations in different algorithms. The SP-MOD fork of ccMiner is designed for Nvidia Maxwell GPUs such as the already available GTX 750, 750 Ti as well as the newer GTX 960, GTX 970, GTX 980 and GTX 980 Ti and GTX Titan X. The Windows binary release we have made available here is with support for Compute 5.0 and Compute 5.2 GPUs or with other words only for Maxwell-based cards compiled with CUDA 6.5 and VS2013.