On June 22, Maxthon launched Maxthon 6 beta; Maxthon 6 is the first internet browser that has implemented the Bitcoin blockchain across every website. On Maxthon 6, users have a number of blockchain-based tools that they can use to conduct Bitcoin transactions as well as create applications and services of their own.
CoinGeek had the chance to catch up with Maxthon CEO Jeff Chen to learn more about Maxthon’s blockchain features, how software engineers can use Maxthon’s API to integrate blockchain-based features into their own applications and platforms, and how Maxthon 6 brings us one step closer to the Metanet.
How does Maxthon 6 bring us one step closer to the Metanet?
Maxthon 6 has enabled every website to conduct Bitcoin transactions, thus making Metanet one step closer to all developers and all users. We believe by making it easy to use, Maxthon 6 will encourage more people to build on Bitcoin and use Metanet.
What blockchain-based features and tools does Maxthon 6 beta have?
The main tool is VBox, which is a blockchain identity manager and a simple wallet. A blockchain-based ID system like VBox can free people from centralized account systems, like Google and Microsoft, which are insecure and where users constantly worry about account deletion.
With VBox, for the first time in history, users can own their ID, created by themselves and owned by themselves. Moreover, we have set up a framework, where app developers can easily adopt this system and develop new apps that use blockchain ID.
Maxthon6 beta also comes with tx:// protocol support and nb:// protocol support.
TX protocol (visit by tx://txid) is used to offer a quick way to view any transaction details. It understands some common data protocols like b:// and d:// and can display the corresponding data in its original format.
NB protocol (visit by nb://url) is used to offer a common way to visit websites (Meta Web) built on blockchain. It will support all websites built with NBDomain. Both protocols are still in early stages and will evolve as time goes by.
On blockchain-based systems there are transaction costs and fees, what are the benefits of a pay-to-play system?
Since Bitcoin BSV makes micropayments possible, the cost of a transaction can be as little as zero.
Using micropayments could be a very good way to block bots, spams, and all related problems that we all suffer from every day.
What blockchain-based feature of Maxthon 6 are you most excited about and why?
I feel very excited about all of the features. It’s something innovative and we are eager to see how they will be used and what can evolve from them. My experience shows me that the user can always surprise you by creating something you never thought of when designing a feature. [So we have created an API that allows third-party developers to utilize VBox and our other tools.]
Where can software developers find the signing and payment API’s so that they can integrate them into their platforms and services?
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