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Crypto Airdrops Effective Marketing Tool And Potential ICO Replacement

Crypto Airdrops – Effective Marketing Tool, And Potential ICO Replacement

Crypto Airdrops – Effective Marketing Tool, And Potential ICO Replacement

One of the biggest challenges in the cryptocurrency space is to raise people’s awareness of your project, especially when it is time to raise capital or to boost the growth of the network. Nowadays, many projects rely on increasing their brand awareness using traditional mediums, such as paid YouTube influencers, paid-content writers, paid Twitter accounts, or simply by conducting huge marketing campaigns and questionable teasers.

The problem is that most of these marketing schemes are illegal as tokens are considered financial assets by many institutions such as the SEC, which warned influencers and celebrities that they are violating securities laws, such as the anti-touting provision of the federal securities laws, by promoting ICOs without disclosing the nature and amount of their compensation for any type of endorsement. 

For these reasons, token airdrops seem to have become the new cryptocurrency marketing craze, with many projects deciding to use this strategy to distribute their tokens to the public. For instance, NNS, Neo Name Service, decided to airdrop 1% of its total supply to NEO holders on June 27th, and a dozen projects evolving within the EOS ecosystem decided to follow the same strategy (Most EOS airdrops can be found on EOSDrops.io)

What Is An Airdrop?

An airdrop occurs when coins are deposited into someone’s wallet, without the person having paid anything, almost out of thin air. In many cases, to be the recipient of an airdrop, the only requirement is to have some coins from the hosting blockchain of the project stored in a private wallet. For instance, if the token being airdropped is an ERC-20 coin, then holding a certain amount of ETH is sufficient to be eligible for the airdrop. The same idea works from project evolving on the NEO, Stellar (XLM), or Icon (ICX) blockchains. Sometimes, and most often than not, other non-financial requirements also have to be met, such as subscribing to social media feeds or completing KYC. “Airdrops combine the best of paid referral programs with stock options. Potential users get paid for joining or using the network and have the potential upside if the network increases in value.”

Why Do Projects Airdrop Their Tokens For Free?

The reason behind airdrops is not simply to give the public free coins, but rather as part of a more elaborate corporate strategy. First and foremost, airdrops are used to increase awareness around a token, which might lead to an increase in the token value and to the creation of a network effect. This marketing strategy plays on a cognitive bias known as the endowment effect – suggesting that individuals value something higher if they own it. Moreover, like most types of advertisement, airdrops are used to plant a “seed” into users’ psyches. The aim is that the next time users see the ticker of the coin they have been airdropped, even months later, they will have the reflex to stop and be more likely to click on the ticker to know what is happening to the coin, even if only to see the current price.

Secondly, airdrops are a way to avoid regulatory scrutiny, as ICOs are currently in a grey area in some jurisdictions (the US) or completely banned (China, Korea). Therefore, projects are instead deciding to raise money from institutional investors and airdrop the rest as a way to allow users to get their hands on the token. Examples of companies using airdrops to this extent are Banyan Network and Polymath. Most companies which decided not to conduct public ICOs, are either China-based or evolve in the US financial industry (for an extensive review on this point, we suggest reading this article).

Are Airdrops Effective Marketing Tools?

OmiseGo (OMG)

OmiseGo conducted the first airdrop of this kind and amplitude on September 4th – distributing 5% of the total issuance of OMG token to every ETH address, with a minimum balance of 0.1 ETH. The purpose of requiring a minimum wallet balance was to avoid sending tokens to phantom wallets and ensure that real users received the OMG tokens.  The airdrop enabled each ETH holder, by providing them with a share of the 5%, proportional to their share of the total circulating supply of Ether.

According to the team, the aim of the airdrop was to allow the token to be distributed as widely as possible, allowing for true decentralisation of the platform, to ultimately increase its network security. However, the statistics demonstrate that the aim of the Omise team might not have been purely holistic, but might have been part of a grand marketing scheme.    

On the chart below from Google Trends, you can see that a surge in search interest related to OmiseGo occurred during the days of the airdrop, reaching a peak close to the end of 2017, and dropping to a tenth of the search interest in June 2018. Most websites such as CoinDesk, CoinTelegraph, and much of the Twittersphere spoke about the airdrop, leading to many people wondering what the project was about, and increasing OMG brand awareness.

Ontology (ONT)

In contrast with OmiseGo, Ontology did not perform a public token sale but raised its capital uniquely from private investors. Rather than conducting an ICO to provide the crypto community with the ONT tokens, the company decided to launch 3 rounds of airdropping possibilities, with the first being worth $8,000 at ONT all-time high.

The first phase involved the subscription to the Ontology Newsletter, coupled with a KYC in January 2018, with as a reward for doing so, 1,000 ONT being distributed by email address. The second was to people attending the NEO DevCon by giving them 500 ONT. Finally, Ontology being from the same mother-house than NEO, AntChain, the company decided to give 100 million ONT (10%) to the NEO council, which decided to pass on 20 million of them to its community at a ratio of 0.2 ONT for each NEO owned.

The snapshot of the third phase of the airdrop occurred on March 1st, leading to the all-time peak in Google searches for the term Ontology. As in the case of OmiseGo, the airdrop has been covered in pretty much every crypto news outlet, meaning crowd awareness was at a high. Additionally, the token having been sold at $0.20 during the pre-sale, privates investors already realised a 40x return on their investments.

Tron (TRX)

Now, let’s take a look at Tron (TRX), and its PR machine and CEO, Justin Sun. On April 27th the team decided to airdrop 30 million TRX ($1.7 million equivalent) to Ethereum users having a balance of over 1 ETH (as of April 20) in their wallet. Unlike OMG, which decided to airdrop amounts proportional to the holding of ETH, or Ontology which gave everyone the same amount of ONT, Tron decided to credit each account with a random amount of TRX between 10 and 100. 

The Tron foundation has been clear that the reason for the airdrop was to market the Tron platform which was set to launch a few days after the airdrop, as their stated motives were to increase awareness around TRX and allow people to use these TRX to vote for the supernodes. However, unlike for the two examples mentioned above, the airdrop did not result in a drastic increase in Google search interest. The cause could be simply that Tron was omnipresent in social media since January, meaning people were already aware of an incoming airdrop, or as this is the first airdrop that took place squarely in the middle of the current bear market we find ourselves in, so overall interest in cryptocurrency has led to this lack of interest in Tron’s airdrop.

PolyMath (POLY)

Lastly, let’s take a look at Polymath, which in the same way as Ontology raised funds only from private investors, and did not conduct a public ICO. In a few words, the project sold 12.9 million POLY to private investors in their presale and decided to airdrop 10 million POLY to the blockchain community instead of executing an ICO. However, unlike all the projects above, which targeted the users of a particular platform, Polymath decided to allow anyone to subscribe to the airdrop, regardless of their holdings. 

Unsurprisingly, the project being fundamentally interesting, the team received more than 40,000 applications and demanded that each airdrop applicant complete a KYC and AML screening, to ensure that the tokens were airdropped to real users, rather than bots. All the people which completed the procedure received 250 POLY, worth $165 at the time of writing and $400 at the token’s all-time high.

Similarly to the other projects, besides Tron, the marketing scheme worked, as the search interest for Polymath reached its all-time high by the 10th of January, the deadline to apply to the airdrop. The airdropping strategy from a PR perspective is extremely effective, no matter the coin, the way the company decided to raise capital (public, or private), nor the distribution mechanism.  In all examples cited above, all coins show a spike in Google search interests – demonstrating that airdropping is an effective marketing tool.

Which Impact Do Airdrops Have On Token Price?

You might expect that airdrops automatically lead to selloffs. However, things are a little bit more complicated than that. In the case of Ontology (ONT), the data clearly shows that the airdrops led to a continuous increase in the token’s value. This might be explained by the fact that as the project was not traded prior to the airdrop; therefore, no price action prior to the airdrop occurred which would have allowed a buy the rumor, sell the news type pattern. Additionally, due to the token being highly anticipated by the cryptocurrency community, the project being from the same house as NEO, many decided to keep hold of their airdrop tokens.

In the Case of OmiseGo (OMG) the story is quite different. The token was tradeable long before the airdrop, and therefore people being airdropped OMG tokens might not have been interested in receiving them, thus selling their tokens, resulting in a cascading effect. This demonstrates that from a price standpoint, it might be important to investigate whether the target audience to receive the airdrop are going to be interested in holding the coin. In our opinion, giving airdrops to people who are uninterested in a project might not be the best strategy as it might become bad publicity, leading to even true holders being exasperated.

For Tron, as for its Google search movement, it is hard to know what the impact of the airdrop was, given the fact that several other pieces of news such as the mainnet release were given in the same period. Nevertheless, since the airdrop occurred, we can see that the token price has been steadily declining, with some sporadic upswing movements, coinciding with the overall crypto market movements – leading us to believe that the airdrop had indeed no particular effect to TRX as a whole

In Conclusion

Airdrops appear to be a highly effective tool to raise awareness of a project. Additionally, many projects see airdrops as a way to create a network effect, which is highly important in the blockchain space, where network security is proportionally related to the diversification of holdings. Needless to say, for an airdrop to be successful, it needs to have an extremely strong community. A community that believes in the coin will continue to promote it over a longer period of time and won’t sell off as soon as the distribution is carried out.

We see that both tokens, ONT and POLY, completed a private sale but no ICO – meaning that airdrops might become a good strategy for VCs to invest, as well as to provide an exit option. As stressed before, regulatory frameworks surrounding ICOs are highly uncertain, leading to higher regulatory risks. Thus, VCs might be reluctant to invest in projects undertaking a public sale, and the airdrop solution enables them to bypass these. Moreover, by not conducting an ICO, investors have the possibility to opt for reduced vesting and lock-up periods – allowing them to have higher liquidity on their holdings and to sell their positions if wanted.

The problem is, given that the airdrop method seems to be increasingly used, blockchain users might find themselves with increasing numbers of coins in their wallets which they could find themselves wanting to get rid of quickly. This problem has been pinpointed by Brayton Williams of Boost VC, who told CoinDesk that issuers could do a better job at targeting a relevant audience, rather than sending tokens to all addresses of a blockchain. For instance, issuers could airdrop tokens based on geography, demographics, job, or other factors, to cultivate the best market for the future of the platform.

The author succinctly describes the different kinds of online influencers, and how airdrops could capitalise on their reach, leading to airdrops reaching the right people who might have an interest in specific tokens, as well as referring them to their friends and further audience. For instance, an energy network evolving in a certain country would have no value to users living outside the said country, while a well-targetted airdrop to people living in the area might lead to a genuine interest in the project. The author of the text mentioned above envisions AI-driven tools, which won’t scan blockchains, or ask for manual inputs in order to receive the airdrops, but will instead look for data telling us which addresses are owned by which kind of people.

We believe that airdrops are here to stay and will become a big part of companies’ user acquisition schemes, and being able to market these will be increasingly important. However, despite being highly effective right now, as more projects turn toward this strategy, the effectiveness is likely to diminish – meaning that new marketing schemes, as well as more accurate targeting will need to be used. 

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Jacek Bastin

Jacek graduated with an M.A. in Finance from the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. He lived in Europe and Asia, and always loved to dig into papers and research projects to really understand the key drivers and trends. He’s passionate about blockchain’s business application, the sharing economy, and FinTech.

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Cryptocurrency Airdrops and Bounty Campaigns Face SEC Hammer

Cryptocurrency Airdrops and Bounty Campaigns Face SEC Hammer

Cryptocurrency Airdrops and Bounty Campaigns Face SEC Hammer

The regulatory scrutiny over ICOs has led to the arrival of token “airdrops,

or free tokens in exchange for a few marketing efforts. However, a recent ruling by the SEC may end this augmenting form of generating hype for many cryptocurrency projects in the U.S.

SEC Not Impressed

A U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing, dated Aug. 14, unveiled digital asset startup Tomahawk has received a $30,000 fine and a lifetime ban for allegedly employing “fraudulent marketing techniques” to amp up its fundraising efforts. A cease-and-desist order was later made public and cryptocurrency communities were quick to note a key detail of the SEC’s order: “Free” tokens were considered securities.

Tomahawk’s token issuance was said to violate Sections 5(a) and 5(c) of the Securities Act by “selling TOM tokens in the absence of a registered statement.” The court highlighted Tomahawk’s use of bounty campaigns and other marketing activities were “designed to foster the company’s economic interests” in addition to potentially causing market manipulation for its tokens. The absence of regulations means cryptocurrency entrepreneurs have been offering airdrops and bounty campaigns immune to security laws.

However, the filing states quite the contrary:

“On July 27, 2017, in response to the Commission’s DAO Report, Tomahawk published an article online titled ‘Tomahawkcoin ICO Adjusting to the SEC, by Legally Avoiding Them.’ That article incorrectly stated that Tomahawk’s ICO would be exempt from securities regulation because the Company was abandoning its plan to be quoted on the OTC market.”

Airdrops to be Illegal Soon?

Some crypto-enthusiasts ascertain the SEC’s issue is not cryptocurrencies, but the wayward process of token distribution. In this regard, Mashable reported on blockchain-based ride-sharing application Juno in 2017, describing the company’s enterprising reward of digital “shares” to riders using the platform.

Needless to say, the SEC stepped in to change the company’s core business ideals, putting in a formal request to shift from a digital share-rewards system to a cash-based incentive process. Moving forward–now that token issuers and ICOs are viewed as taboo by the U.S. lawmakers–it is expected that airdrops and bounty campaigns face comparable legal action and certain levels of scrutiny. The airdrop case weakens when blockchain entrepreneurs themselves describe the process in a satirical manner. Matthew Roszak of

Bloq said:

“In certain ways, people are getting free lottery tickets. There will be a tsunami of airdrops this year.”

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Shaurya Malwa

Post-mining his first bitcoins in 2012, there was no looking back for Shaurya Malwa. After graduating in business from the University of Wolverhampton, Shaurya ventured straight into the world of cryptocurrency and blockchain. Using a hard-hitting approach to article writing and crypto-trading, he finds his true self in the world of decentralized ideologies. When not writing, Shaurya builds his culinary skills and trades the big three cryptocurrencies.

https://cryptoslate.com/cryptocurrency-airdrops-and-bounty-campaigns-face-sec-hammer/

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Tips for holding a successful cryptocurrency airdrop campaign from a user perspective

Tips for holding a successful cryptocurrency airdrop campaign from a user perspective

I was reading an article from Payments Journal about

“Six Tips to Make Your Airdrop a Success” and thought I would write my little piece on the subject, from a user’s perspective.

Clarification #1: I’ve never run an ICO or airdrop campaign, so I have little understanding of technical aspect such as delivery of tokens, etc.

Clarification #2: Since starting my journey into my airdrop challenge I’ve signed up for around 15 airdrops, not to mention the ones that were scams and I could not complete for whatever reason.

What’s the point of this article:
Hopefully a company that is trying to run an airdrop reads this and improves their systems. Here are my tips from experience. Keep in mind that I can be wrong, and what I’m writing is purely my own opinion.

Switch from technical to simple

It’s easy to get caught up in the technical side of things when it comes to an airdrop. After all, the ICO and cryptocurrency realm is highly technical. The only problem with this notion is, that most people that sign up for airdrops probably learned about it from a friend, a forum post or some kind of website like mine.

These people can be complete crypto noobs and might have just recently bought their first piece of Bitcoin. They can understand basic instructions, but anything too technical and you are setting yourself up for a support nightmare. Even confusing instructions, weird website setups or strange forms is not a good idea. Make your airdrop user-friendly. It’s that simple.

Be clear on the following:

  • Exactly what a user needs to do to earn/receive airdrop tokens.
  • When will a user receive their tokens?
  • How much is each token worth or will it be on launch day?
  • What is your total airdrop token value?
  • When will you receive your tokens?

Confirm that your airdrop is not a scam

I hate signing up for an airdrop only to realize that it’s probably a complete scam and that I will never see those tokens in my wallet. Not only did I just waste time, but I probably just gave away my email address or entered personal details into a form that I rather would not have done, especially now that I know it’s a scam. There should be two parts to this:

Airdrop hosting

Host your airdrop on your main website! This is so simple, yet I can’t understand why so many ICO’s and blockchain projects try to collect user data via a Google form. It’s a complete joke. If your project is worth anything you should have a developer or designer that can create a page for your airdrop that can collect a form, have a user dashboard, etc. Lately, if an airdrop is not on a project’s website, I just don’t even bother filling out the form – OR READING ABOUT THE ICO. Isn’t that what it’s all about, to gain exposure?

Make sure information about the airdrop is shared across all your social media accounts. You can also go the extra mile and create a blog post on your company blog, Medium.com, and Steemit. Also, register as a company representative or the company yourself so that it looks legit. Please stop using some Bitcoin forum as your main portal for airdrop announcements. Sure, you can use it get people to promote it and announce bounties, but it has to be on your official website or point to it.

Scam prevention

Choose an employee or higher a virtual assistant to scour the web on a regular basis for people hosting a fake airdrop for your coin. There are just so many airdrop groups on Facebook, subReddits, etc. they would have to join to find out. You could even set up Google Alerts. Once a scam airdrop for your token or ICO is discovered, do whatever you can to close it down by reporting them to the platform they are on. Also, notify your subscribers to warn them of the scam.

Utilize as many social media platforms possible

If you care about gaining exposure for your ICO or blockchain project allow users to get the word out on multiple social media platforms and award them accordingly. This should include Facebook, Twitter, Medium, Reddit, Facebook groups (multiple share options), Steemit, YouTube – just to mention a few. Also don’t be skimpy with your reward system. The more you give, the more you get which takes me to my next point.

Reward users fairly

I’m okay with signing up for an airdrop that gives me $5 worth of tokens, but anything lower than that it starts to lose my interest. Also, if the airdrop is that low ($5), let’s face it $5 isn’t much, then please don’t expect the user to like and follow all 10 of your social accounts to get it.

And don’t let me get started on rewarding users $1-$2 per referral. Sure it might sound easy drive referrals to an airdrop page, but it isn’t always as simple as it sounds. Reward them accordingly. At least make an airdrop reward around $5. This way you will probably generate much more exposure and motive affiliates. Don’t be skimpy. I would much rather sign up AND READ ABOUT AN ICO when the airdrop gives you a good amount of tokens $10+.

Use technology to your advantage

This part admittedly I lack in experience and knowledge, but really if you have a team of expert developers working for you, surely you can figure it out. Use technology to track user signups, create a dashboard for easier tracking and confirmation of tasks completed for additional tokens, make it easy for users to see their token balance, etc.

The dashboard in my honest opinion is a great option. I love being able to log into my account and check my latest referral and airdrop statistics. Why can’t every airdrop campaign have this? You can even have a page on your website that details the number of airdrop tokens distributed and enable checking of wallet addresses etc to see how many tokens they will receive. EOSdac did something similar.

Check that everything works before launching

Why would you start an airdrop campaign only to have to tell users “we’re busy fixing the bugs, please be patient.” This is entirely unprofessional and just means you did not prepare correctly or test the airdrop. The simple solution is to test that everything is working before you launch the campaign.

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http://www.thecryptocoinauthority.com/successful-airdrop-campaign-tips/

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How to Use AirDrop to Securely Share or Transfer Files

How to Use AirDrop to Securely Share or Transfer Files

There are many ways to transfer files from one Mac to another,

and a few ways to transfer files to and from iOS devices. The easiest and most practical way to do this is to use AirDrop, a feature built into iOS, since version 7, and macOS, since Lion (Mac OS X 10.7). Macs and iOS devices built since 2012 support AirDrop. In this article, I'm going to show you how to use AirDrop to quickly and securely transfer files across your devices. I'll also teach you how to configure AirDrop so you don't get potentially malicious files from people you don't know.

How AirDrop Works

AirDrop uses an interesting combination of technologies to transfer files securely. It uses Bluetooth to find devices that you can send to, and the device you send from creates a secure peer-to-peer Wi-Fi network connection with the receiving device and transfers the file(s). This transfer does not use the Internet, nor a local Wi-Fi network; you don't need to be on a Wi-Fi network to use AirDrop. This makes it practical anywhere, such as in the field, where you may want to transfer files from, say, an iPhone to a MacBook Pro.

There is no limit to file size, and files transfer as fast as their individual hardware allows. Since you're not transferring files over a network, you don't share bandwidth with anyone. As a test, I transferred a one-gigabyte file from my iMac to my MacBook Pro over AirDrop in about 50 seconds. This will be slower if the devices are further apart (they were both on my desk), and if there's interference with other devices around. Also, AirDrop only works with devices that are within about 10 meters, or 30 feet, because it uses Bluetooth to create a connection (that's the distance limit for Bluetooth connectivity), then creates the peer-to-peer Wi-Fi network.

How to Use AirDrop

AirDrop is the simplest way to transfer files from one device to another. To use AirDrop, both devices need to have Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on, and neither device should be acting as a personal hotspot. On the Mac, there are two ways to use AirDrop. The first is to go to AirDrop in the Finder by choosing Go > AirDrop, or pressing Command-Shift-R. A window shows which devices are available to received files. (All devices need to be awake to display: Macs can't be asleep, and iOS devices need to have their screen on.)

If you send a photo via AirDrop to a Mac, the receiver will have two options as to how to save it. If they click Accept, they can choose to save it to the Photos app or to the Downloads folder. On an iOS device, photos will be saved to the Photos app, and, for other file types, the receiver will see a list of apps to open the file, depending on the file type.

Another way to send files via AirDrop is to use the Sharing menu. On iOS, tap the Share button, then you'll see the AirDrop section populate with any devices in range that can accept files. On the Mac, right-click a file, then choose Share > AirDrop to bring up a dialog asking you which device you want to send a file. And you can send more than just files. You can send web pages from a browser, tweets from a Twitter client, a song from the Music app on iOS, and more. Wherever you see the share button—the small square with the upward-pointing arrow—you can share something via AirDrop.

How to Keep AirDrop Secure

As mentioned above, when sharing a file, you'll see any device within range that can accept files in AirDrop dialogs. These may be your devices—say you want to send a file from your iPhone to your Mac—and it could also be devices owned by your friends, colleagues, or even strangers. Because of this, it's important to set up AirDrop so it's secure.

To do this on the Mac, invoke AirDrop (in the Finder, Go > AirDrop), then, at the bottom of the Finder window, you'll see "Allow me to be discovered by." There are three options: No One (which turns off AirDrop access), Contacts Only (which displays your AirDrop devices only to people in your contacts and uses the Apple IDs in Contacts), and Everyone (which means, well, anyone within range).

You should most certainly not set this to Everyone. If you do, you'll run the risk of receiving unsolicited files. These may be explicit photos that people send you, or could even be malicious files. You may want to temporarily change this setting to Everyone if, for example, you're in a meeting and someone who is not in your contacts wants to send you a file, but remember to change it back later. It's worth noting that, on a Mac, AirDrop is inherently more secure than file sharing, which could allow attackers to get into your Mac. If you travel a lot, it's a good idea to turn off file sharing on your laptop, because anyone on a public Wi-Fi network could access your Mac, whereas with AirDrop, the limit of 10m/30ft makes access more difficult.

When Apple first introduced AirDrop—together with features that use similar technology, such as Handoff and Continuity—the feature was buggy and unreliable. It is now rock-solid for me, and it's the way I transfer most files from one of my Macs to another, and to and from my iPhone and iPad. It's fast, it's not finicky—no more need to mount network volumes—and it's reliable, as long as you keep it secure.

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Kirk McElhearn

Kirk McElhearn writes about Macs, iPods, iTunes, books, music and more on his blog Kirkville. He is co-host of the Intego Mac Podcast, The Next Track, and PhotoActive, and a regular contributor to The Mac Security Blog, TidBITS, and several other websites and publications. Kirk has written more than twenty books, including Take Control books about iTunes, LaunchBar, and Scrivener.

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AirDrop: The Ultimate Guide

AirDrop: The Ultimate Guide

AirDrop lets you quickly and easily transfer files between iPhones, iPads, and Macs.

It uses Bluetooth LE to broadcast, discover, and negotiate connections, and point-to-point Wi-Fi to transfer data. That makes it fast, power-efficient, and secure! When you're using AirDrop between iPhones and iPads, you can AirDrop photos, videos, contacts, Passbook passes, Voice Memos, Map locations, and any and everything else that appears on a Share sheet.

How to turn on AirDrop for iPhone or iPad

AirDrop lets you choose between enabling it for just your contacts or for everyone. "Contacts" requires more work, as you and the person you want to AirDrop with both have to be logged into iCloud and be in each other's Contacts. "Everyone" is easier but means random people you don't know can send you prank AirDrops.

Tap Contacts Only or Everyone to turn AirDrop on.

  1. Launch Control Center by swiping up from the bottom bezel of your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Make sure both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are active. If they're not, just tap on them. (You don't have to be on a Wi-Fi network, you just need Wi-Fi on to transfer).
  3. Tap AirDrop.

How to AirDrop files from your iPhone or iPad

You can AirDrop files from any iPhone or iPad app that includes the built-in Share sheet, and you can share to anyone and any of their devices that show up in the Share sheet.

Tap the person or device you want to share to.

  1. Find the file you'd like to send with AirDrop (I chose a photo).
  2. Tap the Share button on the bottom right of your screen (looks like a box with an arrow coming out of the top).

Note: If you choose Contacts Only, make sure you're logged into iCloud. Apple won't share your contacts with another device to determine if there's a match; it'll check both your iCloud accounts instead. Then, if there is a match, it'll show you your own version of the contact on your own device. That way, no data gets leaked.

If you choose Everyone, even though you are highly visible to other devices, you will always be prompted when someone is trying to share files with you through AirDrop. If you don't recognize the sender, or do not want to receive the files, you can always choose not to accept them. Files sent through AirDrop will appear in the app that typically handles those sorts of files — i.e. photos will show up in Photos.

How to block AirDrop with restrictions for iPhone and iPad

If you want to not just turn off AirDrop but block it completely, for example on your child's iPhone or iPad, you can use restrictions — also known as parental controls. Tap on Enable Restrictions at the top if you don't already have them turned on. If you do, skip down to step 6.

Switch AirDrop to Off.

  1. Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap on General.
  3. Tap on Restrictions.
  4. Enter a passcode that you'll use to enable and disable apps.

How to troubleshoot AirDrop on iPhone and iPhone

AirDrop feels miraculous when it's working, frustrating when it's not. If you're having trouble with AirDrop on your iPhone or iPad, here are some fixes:

How to turn on (or off) AirDrop for Mac

AirDrop lets you choose between enabling it for just your contacts or for everyone. "Contacts" requires more work, as you and the person you want to AirDrop with both have to be logged into iCloud and be in each other's Contacts. "Everyone" is easier but means random people you don't know can send you prank AirDrops.

  1. Launch the Finder on your Macs.
  2. Click on AirDrop in the left navigation.
  3. Select Off to disable AirDrop, Contacts Only to enable only your contacts to AirDrop you, or Everyone to let everyone AirDrop you.

How to AirDrop from your Mac using the drag and drop

If you want to grab some files and quickly throw them into AirDrop, the fastest way to do it is using drag and drop.

  1. Launch Finder on your Mac.
  2. Find the files you want to AirDrop.
  3. Drag the files over AirDrop in the sidebar.
  4. Hover there until the Finder changes to the AirDrop window.
  5. Drop the files onto the picture of the contact you want to share them with.

How to AirDrop from your Mac using the context menu

If you prefer to control/right-click on your Mac, you can access AirDrop that way as well.

  1. Launch Finder on your Mac.
  2. Find the file you want to share.
  3. Control/right click on the file and then choose Share from the menu.
  4. Choose AirDrop from the sub-menu.
  5. Click on the picture of the person you want to share with.

How to AirDrop from your Mac using the Share sheet

You can also AirDrop files using the Share sheet on macOS, including from the Finder and Safari.

  1. Click on the Share button, typically at the top right.
  2. Select AirDrop
  3. Click on the picture of the person you want to share with

How to troubleshoot AirDrop on on Mac

If contacts don't show up in the AirDrop interface, try these solutions, in order:

  • Toggle Bluetooth and/or Wi-Fi off and back on to reset the connections.
  • Turn off Instant Hotspot to free up the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections.
  • Temporarily switch to Everyone to remove any chance of contact mismatch.

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Rene Ritchie
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https://www.imore.com/airdrop

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Operation Airdrop delivers critical supplies within hours to areas flooded by Hurricane Florence

Operation Airdrop delivers critical supplies within hours to areas flooded by Hurricane Florence

Within mere minutes, volunteers from the Texas-based organization

Operation Airdrop rushed to unload a semi-truck filled with bottled water. In under a half-hour, those same bottles were airborne from Raleigh-Durham International Airport bound toward a flooded Carteret County. 

Founded a year ago in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Operation Airdrop expanded into providing service for Hurricane Florence with the help of local Triangle grassroot coordinators, pilots and partnerships with dozens of local and national disaster-relief organizations. The organization moves supplies from municipal airports to boats in the flooded regions of North Carolina, many of which are where trucks or cars cannot access safely.  Dan Benedix, a volunteer pilot, said the organization delivered 29,000 pounds of food and supplies across North Carolina on Tuesday and approximately 55,000 pounds Wednesday.

“In Lumberton they’re unloading the airplanes from the terminal onto boats, and those boats are going to peoples' houses that have been stranded without food or water for the last three or five days,” Benedix said.Although other disaster-relief organizations can take days between receiving and delivering supplies, Benedix said there’s only a few hours between Operation Airdrop's intake of product and it arriving to the destination in need.

According to Benedix, RDU’s Airport Authority gave all Operation Airdrop planes a $1 per gallon discount on gas and allowed hundreds of volunteer planes to use the TAC Air terminal. The volunteer pilots are paying their own gas — up to $600 for a round trip to the coast. “In fact, Cape Fear is offering (the pilots) fuel for free, and they’re refusing,” Benedix said. Jil Christensen, a Raleigh-based Operation Airdrop coordinator, said, as an avid sailor, her memories of earlier devastation on the N.C. coast drove her charitable work. “I wanted to make sure what happened in Hurricane Matthew did not happen during Hurricane Florence,” she said.

Christensen said her involvement in Operation Airdrop began when she joined online groups looking for her sailboat during Florence. Christensen said she was the only online group member unaffected by the hurricane and found herself in a unique position to help. “I was getting private messages, asking me to find their aunt in flooding waters, or someone was dying because they were running out of oxygen and asked me to call 911,” Christensen said. “I realized the scale of what was happening, and I realized the storm had only been going on for 14 hours.”

Christensen said the support from the community has been overwhelming, but the organization can handle even more supplies and volunteers in addition to what they are currently receiving. “We need more, and that is only because we can move 200 planes if we have enough stuff to put in 200 planes," she said. "And that means 200 planes get to destinations across the state.” The most critical supplies to donate can be found on this Amazon list, updated daily by Operation Airdrop as items go out-of-stock and as they field requests from communities and families in need.

Article Produced By
Ryan Smoot

http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2018/09/operation-airdrop-0920

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AirDrop between iPhone amp Windows PC: 2 Best Alternatives

“AirDrop” between iPhone & Windows PC: 2 Best Alternatives!

 

Apple’s AirDrop, the excellent file-transfer feature,

unfortunately only works between Apple devices. There is no “AirDrop software” for other platforms to install, which means you won’t be able to use it if you’re a Window or Linux user. But just because AirDrop is not compatible with Windows doesn’t mean you cannot transfer files wirelessly from your iPhone, iPad to a Windows PC and vice versa. In fact, AirDrop is an implementation of Wi-Fi Direct, the technology that allows two devices to establish a wireless connection and share data. So there will be some alternatives that let you achieve the same thing on other platforms as well. In this article, I will show you several alternatives to AirDrop that do a great job transferring files between iPhone, iPad and Windows PC. Keep reading and enjoy!

AirDrop Alternatives for Windows

These applications have the ability to establish a connection between devices in the same Wi-Fi network, so you can transfer data wirelessly. If there is no Wi-Fi network nearby, that’s fine. You can turn on Personal Hotspot and connect your computer to it. These applications only utilize the connection, it won’t drain your mobile data.

1. Zapya

Zapya allows you to share all types of files between your devices wirelessly using Wi-Fi tethering or hotspot feature. The developer claims that the transmission speed can be up to 10MB per second, it is even much faster than AirDrop.

Zapya is completely free to install and use. On your PC, go to Zapya’s homepage and download and install the version for Windows PC. On your iPhone/iPad, launch App Store, look for the Zapya app and install it.

How to use Zapya

First off, connect your iPhone/iPad and your Windows PC to the same Wi-Fi network or with hotspot and then launch Zapya on both devices. Now on your PC, in the Connect tab, select “Join Group”. It will scan and list out the Zapya-enabled device. Click “Connect” to start connecting two devices. Or you can connect from your iPhone by using the Radar functionality.

Once both devices are connected, you can start sending files between them. You can send photos, videos in the Photos app, transfer music, contacts. Files that are imported from other applications will be shown in the File section. Just select the files you’d like to transfer and then tap the send button, the files will immediately be transmitted. On your PC, you can find the files in the Record tab. Click on the folder icon next to each file to open them in the folder window. Of course, you can transfer files from your computer to your iPhone iPad, too. Once you’ve joined both devices, just drag and drop files onto the Zapya window, or click the Send Files button and browse to the files you want to send.

2. Xender

Xender is another transfer software that using Wi-Fi utility. Unlike Zapya, you don’t have to install any program on your computer to get it working. Xender claims that their software is even easier to use than AirDrop. But I don’t think so :)) AirDrop is very well-integrated in the system and I’ve never used anything better than that. However, Xender still can get the job done for Windows users. Below are the steps involved in the process of transferring files between two devices: iPhone and your computer.

1) Download and install Xender on your iPhone. It’s free.

2) Make sure two devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, or your laptop must join the Personal Hotspot created by your iPhone.

2) On your computer, open a web browser, and go to http://web.xender.com. The web page will then show you a QR code.

3) Open Xender on your iPhone, swipe right, tap “Connect PC” on the side menu. Then tap the Scan button, scan the QR code appearing on the computer’s screen. Now both devices should be connected to each other, and the site will reload, giving you control over the files on iPhone.

4) Now you can upload files from your computer to the iPhone, or download files from the iPhone via the web browser. To copy photos & videos from your iPhone, you can click hover the mouse over the item and click the Download button under it. Or you can bulk transfer by selecting the items you want to transfer, then click the Download button in the top corner. And that’s how you can “AirDrop” between an iOS device and a Windows PC. Hopefully, this article can help you resolve your issue while dealing with transferring files. And what way do you prefer? Do let me know in the comments below.

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Dan Norris

https://iphonebyte.com/airdrop-iphone-mac-windows/

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Apple sued over AirDrop technology

Apple sued over AirDrop technology

Patent troll Uniloc returned to form on Wednesday after a months-long hiatus from lobbing allegations against Apple, this time challenging the company's AirDrop file sharing technology with a 2006 Philips patent.

 

Filed with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas,

Uniloc's latest attempt to extract damages from the tech giant leverages a single patent first filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in 2000. Invented by Jonathan Griffiths, U.S. Patent No. 7,136,999 for a "Method and system for electronic device authentication" details techniques of creating a secure environment for transferring data between two devices. In particular, the IP covers methods of providing authentication over a variety of wireless protocols including Bluetooth.

According to the patent's first claim, an initial authentication procedure is performed over a short-range wireless link. Once authenticated, the two devices are then able to connect when out of range of the first wireless link protocol. As noted in following claims, the devices can exchange initial authentication information — a key or password — via an alternative communications link.

The USPTO issued a grant for the '999 patent in 2006.

The IP has changed hands multiple times since its filing in 2000, first from Griffiths to Philips Electronics that same year. It was assigned to patent aggregator IPG Electronics 503 Limited in 2009, then on to Pendragon Wireless in 2012 before landing in Uniloc's coffers in February 2018. Uniloc Luxembourg subsequently assigned the patent to Uniloc 2017 LLC in July. Uniloc's U.S. licensing entity, with the recently formed Uniloc 2017, is leveraging the patent-in-suit against Apple and AirDrop. Introduced alongside OS X 10.7 Lion in 2011, AirDrop is a first-party ad hoc protocol designed to simplify the process of transferring large files from one device to another.

Initially developed to connect two Macs over Wi-Fi, the service first appeared in the OS X Finder. Running AirDrop allowed two Macs to quickly create an ad hoc connection without need for passwords or complex network configuration. Simple drag-and-drop functionality made the system a more attractive alternative to direct link, cloud storage and similar file transfer solutions in use at the time. Apple later extended — and modified — AirDrop to accommodate its mobile operating system with iOS 7 in 2013. Unlike legacy AirDrop technology, the revamped version employs a dual-link structure that relied on Bluetooth for discovery and token setup, and Wi-Fi for file transfers. Again, users are presented with an easy-to-use interface in Share Sheets that features automatic device discovery and tap-to-send capabilities.

It is this second iteration of AirDrop that Uniloc is targeting in its latest lawsuit.

The non-practicing entity is alleging infringement of claims 13 and 17 of the '999 patent, which relate to establishing a secure link between two devices through exchange of authentication information over two separate communications links. Named in the suit are all devices compatible with Apple's current implementation of AirDrop, including all iPhones from iPhone 5 to iPhone XS Max, fourth- and fifth-generation iPads, all iPad mini generations, all iPad Air models, iPad Pro, MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac mini, Mac Pro, the fifth-generation iPod and fourth- through sixth-generation iPod touch models.

Uniloc in its suit seeks unspecified damages, reimbursement of legal fees and other relief deemed fit by the court.

The AirDrop case is the latest in a string of Uniloc lawsuits targeting Apple technologies. In the middle of 2017, the non-practicing entity went on a spree, filing suit against the iPhone maker almost once a month. Last April, Uniloc sued over Maps, Apple ID and remote software updates, while a second batch of filings homed in on AirPlay, autodialing, battery technology in May. Device wake-up, step tracking and Apple Watch were added to the growing pile last June, AirPlay and Home in July, the Apple TV Remote app in August and Apple Watch's GPS in October. Uniloc is one of the most active patent trolls in the U.S., leveraging reassigned patents or vaguely worded original IP against a number of tech firms including Activision Blizzard, Aspyr, Electronic Arts, McAfee, Microsoft, Rackspace, Sega, Sony, Symantec and more.

Article Produced By
Mikey Campbell

https://appleinsider.com/articles/18/10/03/apple-sued-over-airdrop-technology

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EOS Airdrop What Is It And When Will It Come?

EOS Airdrop — What Is It And When Will It Come?

Despite the fact that 2018 has been almost constantly bearish,

numerous cryptocurrencies have still managed to make some very important moves. EOS is certainly one of them, and this year will be marked forever in EOS history as the year when the crypto has launched its own MainNet.

While this was a most eagerly anticipated event, it was successfully pulled back in June. Ever since then, EOS has been working hard to make its network bigger, better, and more reliable. The same goes for its community, which has already benefitted greatly from numerous EOS airdrop events in the last few months. However, the excitement is not yet over, and EOS airdrop list still holds quite a few of events that should not be missed by coin’s supporters and holders.

What is EOS airdrop?

For those who might not know, an airdrop is an event during which a crypto project distributes its coins to its users. The events have grown to be very popular, since coins are distributed for free, and they can be obtained without paying or trading other cryptos. This is considered to be among the best marketing strategies for every crypto. The faithful users can see it as a reward for their support, while it is not unheard of for these events to attract new users which are effectively expanding the coin’s community. With an increase in awareness, EOS airdrop events can also help with driving the widespread adoption of the coin.

Airdrops are often performed by various projects that are in development on the specific coin’s network. These can include new dApps, platforms, and even decentralized exchanges. By releasing coins to coin holders, these projects are successfully spreading awareness, and are getting more supporters and users.

What EOS airdrops can be expected soon?

As mentioned, EOS airdrop events have become increasingly popular, especially in the recent months. July, August, and September have already had numerous such events, which have dropped quite large amounts of EOS tokens. This will, of course, continue in the coming months, and the EOS community is eagerly awaiting their arrival. At the time of writing, there are a few airdrops that have already been scheduled, with a lot more of them that have yet to specify the date and time of the events.

These include airdrops made by a wallet MORE, Chinese block producer candidate EOSpace, a gambling portal EOSBet, a fundraising dApp GiveyNation, and more. One event that has been scheduled months in advance is CADEOS airdrop. CADEOS is a decentralized CAD file, as well as a platform dedicated to project management. It aims to allow users to manage their projects with more efficiency and ease, as well as to share and edit CAD files on the platform directly. CADEOS airdrop is scheduled to be held on December 12 of this year.

While the number of scheduled airdrops is currently only limited to CADEOS airdrop, this should not discourage EOS holders. As mentioned previously, there are numerous others that have yet to provide an official date of the airdrop. Still, they will come sooner or later, and EOS enthusiasts should stay tuned, and keep an eye out for official announcements of these events.

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Ali Raza
A freelance journalist, with experience in web journalism and marketing. Ali holds a master degree in finance and enjoys writing about cryptocurrencies and fintech. Ali's work has been published on a number of cryptocurrency publications.

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What do you think about Bitcoin and Airdrops?

What do you think about Bitcoin and Airdrops?

Airdrops.I’ll give you a straight answer from two perspectives.

One as an experienced marketing professional with a bit over a year of active trading experience under my belt,
and another from a participant.

Marketing professionals…

Anyone reading this who may be considering launching an airdrop campaign for your coin.. understand one simple thing. Airdrops bring out the worst in cryptocurrency. Literally the worst. Don’t do them. Seriously. Just don’t.

Why? Well, ok, I’ll explain why.

  1. Bots. Soooooo many automated auto joins to the degree of insanity. You’ll gain 12,000 new members in 24 hours on your channel but you’ll have zero participation because none of them are real.
  2. You’ll gain zero actual investors. People who have money and wish to invest in your company don’t chase $1 worth of coins. There is so much work involved in doing most of these airdrops that the fact is, you could expend an equivalent amount of energy simply trading $100 worth and gaining infinitely more. Thing is, people won’t look at it like that. No one will pay attention to your coin. They’ll see you’re doing an airdrop and they’ll immediately think reason 3.
  3. Airdrops result in unrecoverable dips for weeks on end. You effectively fed the machine and now the machine will want to eat and people will sell and sell and sell, causing your coin price to dip…. low.. because that’s all the price action you’ll have, a bunch of sell orders being placed, one lower than the other, competing to sell off the coin and squeeze that quick return on investment… So, there is now a new problem.. your coin is severely undervalued and you’re looking like a shitcoin. Your telegram channel is completely a ghost town and your price is way below average.. not only that you’ve just given away the one thing you forced EVERYONE else to pay for during the ICO which adds insult to injury because now they resent you as well. To compound the issue, their investment just dropped in price by 30–40%.
  4. Now you have a ghost town for a Telegram, have expended countless hours of work managing the airdrop, expended energy promoting it and pumping it and the only thing you’ve gained is a lower price than you started with.

Need more of an explanation than that? Do I like airdrops? No. Waste of time as a marketing ploy. Completely and absolutely s*** in every capacity. For anyone else looking to participate in airdrops.. ya.. so about that.. they’re free coins.. usually like $5 here and there but every now and then you may get lucky.

If you want to run around chasing pennies then go for it.. personally, I’d rather just buy $50 of a coin and hold onto it.. it won’t be worth a retirement but it may be worth something at some point. But sure… literally free coins they send you X amount and you hold or sell. It’s used as marketing. Just be careful you aren’t trying to cash in on some shady exchange because that shady exchange may be trying to rip you off.

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John Gannon

John Gannon, Difficult to describe, easy to understand.

https://www.quora.com/What-do-you-think-about-Bitcoin-and-Airdrops

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