Trending NFTs: Parallel Alpha, Yinkore, and more

// A look at what’s hot across the metaverse.

Game Disease

Game Disease is a collection of 9,999 eccentric sickos created by veterans of the crypto art game Frenetik Void, Milton Sanz, and Oxeegeno.

The reveal is scheduled for early next week, and you can get your hands on one here if you miss the mint.

Yinkore

“Weighty feelings that cannot be expressed in any way other than through art; a form of therapy.”

Yinkore‘s incredible creations sold out quickly, but there’s plenty on offer on the secondary market.

Parallel Alpha

Parallel Alpha, the self-described “sci-fi collectible card game with NFTs”, has been turning heads on OpenSea, and Twitter is excited about the drop on Saturday. You can read up on the how, what, and why right here.

tWOJ_sTARY_997

tWOJ_sTARY_997 has added new 1/1’s to his ever-freaky collection, and the listings go live on Monday at 12pm EST – don’t miss it!

Kanati

The never-ending journey of Kanati. The artist drew two Halloween-themed special-edition pieces just in time for the holiday, with the supply set at 66 for each. Track the artist on Twitter for news on the latest drops.

Elsewhere…

RTFKT just announced an avatar collaboration with Takashi Murakami (!), Jordan Harwick dropped a new collection, and Team OpenSea is gearing up for NFT.NYC – see you there?

If you have any feedback or thoughts on what we should be covering next time around, feel free to let us know on Discord. If you’re not already, follow us on Twitter and Instagram for the latest news.



Strengthening digital provenance with OpenSea and Adobe

NFTs have not only created a radical new way for digital artists and content creators to capture more value through direct interaction with their fans, but they have also made the rich history of digital works transparent and accessible to all.

The origin of an item is called provenance in the art space, and NFTs bring provenance to the non-physical realm – an exciting step towards protecting buyers, sellers, and creators in an increasingly digital world.

To make digital provenance easier to track, we partnered with Adobe to introduce Content Credentials, giving OpenSea users access to new features that add texture and additional transparency to an item’s history.

How does it work?

Content Credentials is a new tool that allows Adobe users to connect their crypto wallets and verify their creations at source, with their identity information displayed to OpenSea buyers.

This new feature means artists can attach attribution rights directly to a piece of work on Adobe Photoshop – and that information will be displayed on OpenSea when the creator mints an NFT. Buyers will be able to check the ‘Content Credentials’ section on the OpenSea item page to see that the NFT’s origin address matches the wallet address that made the work on Adobe Photoshop, and press ‘View details on Verify’ to dig deeper into the creation history. Credentials can be further verified with image uploads here: verify.contentauthenticity.org.

Creators will also be able to showcase their NFTs on their Behance page, which will include a link to OpenSea.

Our commitment to empowering users 

This partnership furthers our commitment to empowering users with more tools as we collectively rethink how we transfer digital goods on the internet. Working in tandem with market leaders like Adobe and the growing NFT community, we will keep providing features to increase trust and transparency across the metaverse.



Trending NFTs: SUN SIGNALS, Doodles, and more

// A look at what’s hot across the metaverse.

Doodles

Doodles is a 10k community-driven collectibles project featuring art by Burnt Toast. Each Doodle allows its owner to vote for experiences and activations paid for by the Doodles Community Treasury, and the Discord is, according to the team Twitter, a party.

The floor price currently stands at 0.9 ETH, and you can get involved right here on OpenSea.

SUN SIGNALS

Kevin Abosch’s latest drop – 1010 works informed by analyzing sun cycles and solar radiation on earth – kicks off this Friday at 1pm EST. Click here to get your bids in, and here for the sale details.

“The work is both a celebration of the star that powers all life processes on Earth while reminding us of the lethal spectre of climate change precipitated by industry. Sun Signals are generated “off the grid” using the artist’s solar-powered computer servers.”

mvhvma

mvhvma’s body language collection communicates anatomical expression through shadow work and movement. The series of 10 1/1 NFTs sold out just four minutes after the listings went live on Wednesday, and we can’t wait to see what the artist comes up with next.

Ones to Watch 2021

Ones to Watch is the leading annual talent search for the world’s brightest emerging photographers. For the 10th anniversary edition, Art3.io presents a curated selection of 80 works from 16 of this year’s talents, available to buy as 1/1 NFTs, with exclusive unlockable content for collectors.”

The drop is slated for Tuesday 26th, but buyers are welcome to get their offers in ahead of the public sale. Track the team behind the curation on Twitter for all the latest news.

Spectrum

Spectrum by $tonez the Organic is a 3 part series exploring light, movement, color, and sound. We recently had the privilege of hosting the collection on the homepage as 300+ works were minted and listed over the course of 48 hours or so, and the ‘Buy now’ buttons didn’t last long. That means they sold. Really fast.

If you want to pick one up for yourself, the secondary market is alive and well.

Elsewhere…

Artofsoul’s Cycloid sale is ongoing, Daniel Crossan’s TABS collectibles caught the eye, and the Alethea auctions climbed to some eye-watering prices.

If you have any feedback or thoughts on what we should be covering next time around, feel free to let us know on Discord. If you’re not already, follow us on Twitter and Instagram for the latest news.



Trending NFTs: Kohi Kintsugi, Eponym, and more

// A look at what’s hot across the metaverse.

Kohi Kintsugi

コーヒー (Kohi) is a curated collection of on-chain digital works stored on the Ethereum Blockchain. The collection is constructed entirely in Solidity and looks to prove our approach to on-chain generative art.

This excellently titled “Explain it to me like I’m 5” blog post describes the concepts in simple terms.

OG:Crystals

OG:Crystals, a collaboration between artists Michael Joo (ASomatica) and Danil Krivoruchko (Myshli), is a series of 10,301 unique collectibles that transform and grow every time they are purchased. The facets and contours of each item are generated algorithmically and are the product of each owner’s crypto wallet history.

The reveal is slated for next week, so follow the team on Twitter for all the latest.

Alethea

Over the coming days, the Alethea team will be auctioning 100 iNFTs (intelligent NFTs) known as ‘The Revenants’, and buyers will be able to bring them to life on Noah’s Ark – a new metaverse that aims to preserve and evolve the collective intelligence of the human species.

Visit the website to learn more, and get your bids in here.

Gravity Footwear by Joey Khamis

Gravity Footwear is a collection of 25 unique 3D shoe concepts, and this Twitter thread outlines how the designs were put together.

Will fashion NFTs be part of the next wave?

Eponym

Eponym is a state-of-the-art generative algorithm that produces fine, abstract art using an innovative text-to-image generator.

The team recently posted the project roadmap, and it’s full of intriguing community-focused ideas.

Elsewhere…

The new Yonat Vaks x Blxck Cherry x NFT-V Miami collab is live, Roe Ethridge is auctioning 3 1/1 NFTs, and Reese Witherspoon is the latest A-lister to wade into the world of NFTs. She’s looking to learn about female NFT creators, so feel free to add to our thread.

If you have any feedback or thoughts on what we should be covering next time around, feel free to let us know on Discord. If you’re not already, follow us on Twitter and Instagram for the latest news.



Alethea introduces The Revenants iNFTs

Guest post by Alethea AI



The Revenants is a first-of-its-kind collection, depicting historical and cultural icons reborn. From Nikola Tesla to Napoleon to Cleopatra, the world’s greatest minds and stories are now being brought to life as Intelligent NFTs. iNFTs are a powerful new medium that not only seeks to advance the utilities of NFTs but also unlock new economic, creative, and social possibilities. The First iNFT was auctioned successfully through Sotheby’s on June 10th, 2021 for nearly half a million USD.

You can find the Revenants by visiting alethea.ai and entering the Intelligent Metaverse known as Noah’s Ark. You can broadcast a custom video message that the iNFT, Robin Hood recites, or ask Snow White what the meaning of love is. On Noah’s Ark, all iNFTs have varying levels of intelligence that allow them to interact.



Beginning on October 14th, 2021 at 5pm ET, 20 Revenants will be sold at auction daily. Alethea will release 20 Revenants each following day until the auction concludes on October 18th. 

Historical Figures from Queen Elizabeth to Che Guevara are part of the Intelligent NFT Collection.

Alethea AI believes that NFTs can represent far more than static images. NFTs represent content that can be dynamic, interactive, and intelligent. Creators and communities will soon demand to do more with their NFTs, and the Alethea AI team sees the Noah’s Ark Intelligent Metaverse as the connective tissue for the various NFT projects creating meaningfully rich, free-flowing, and interactive consumer experiences built on a crypto-native stack. You can learn more about Noah’s Ark here.

“At Alethea AI, we’ve dedicated ourselves to inventing a new category for NFTs altogether,” says CEO Arif Khan. “We are committed to making NFTs that can interact, communicate, and inspire –– and believe they will be the future of the NFT medium. We can enable users, creators, and artists to find powerful, new ways to express themselves.”

As originators of the iNFT standard, Alethea AI is on the cutting edge of embedding AI animation, interaction, and generative AI capabilities into NFTs. 

Follow Alethea on Twitter and join their Discord to be a part of the community today. Visit alethea.ai to enter Noah’s Ark.



Artist spotlight: Bee Harris, Joe Bradley, & Bono Stellar

Introducing three independent creators exploring what’s possible on the blockchain.

Bee Harris

“My name is Brittany, but most people know me as Bee through my work as a digital illustrator where I use bold colors, abstracts shapes, and charismatic characters to express Black femininity with power and style. The purpose of my work is to discover the connections between art and human impact through conversation and the creation of digital and physical spaces. Some of my favorite partnerships include Disney, Adobe, and L’Oreal.”

OpenSea | Instagram | Twitter

Joe Bradley

“I am a commercial branding and creative professional with a background creating products in the science and biotech industries. I recently discovered my digital art style when working with a large online community of LowBrow artists for a project I started supporting Autism awareness. I’m inspired by abstract minimalist line art and funky, colorful pop art. Street photography and encaustic painting are two other passions I hold near and dear.

My art delves into the idea of what my Autistic, neurodiverse thoughts and ideas would look like under a microscope along with abstract self-perceptions. I have recently expanded into an array of unique characters and worlds that are becoming increasingly more fun to explore.”

OpenSea | Instagram | Twitter

Bono Stellar

“I’m Bono Stellar, an installation artist and designer from Kuala Lumpur. I experiment with materials mostly plexiglass and iridescent film and I love creating digital artworks in my free time. My first NFT was minted on OpenSea under Bonotonous collection, most of my inspirations came from music, art movements, and anything psychedelic.”

OpenSea | Instagram | Twitter

Put forward your work

If you’d like to suggest an artist or put your collection forward for consideration, don’t be afraid to let us know on Twitter and Instagram. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t made any sales yet – we’re keen to spread the word about creators minting their first NFTs too!



OpenSea collaborates with Check Point Research to improve NFT security

We recently pledged to increase transparency and community education around security matters that could impact OpenSea and its users. If you haven’t read our first blog post in the series, we encourage you to check it out. 

A vulnerability was brought to our attention that reinforces how important it is to stay informed and follow security best practices while navigating the NFT space–or anywhere online. Thanks to Check Point Research (CPR) and our own independent efforts, the vulnerability was patched and there are no known victims. 

However, this presents an opportunity for our team and our community to learn, so let’s talk about what happened.  

What was the vulnerability and how did OpenSea find out about it?  

CPR chose to look into OpenSea after users reported falling victim to attacks triggered by malicious NFTs. While these reported attacks ultimately did not leverage a vulnerability within OpenSea, the investigation led to the discovery of a security flaw in our platform that, if exploited, could have led to the users approving malicious transactions. It’s important to note had an attacker attempted to take advantage of this flaw, the end-user would have needed to approve the malicious transaction through a wallet signature.    

Here’s what a theoretical attack using the vulnerability would have looked like:

  • A hacker creates and transfers a malicious gift NFT, which includes an SVG file, to a target victim. For context, an SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) is a type of image on the web that can be interactive and run scripts.  
  • The victim right-clicks the image from the malicious NFT and opens it in a new tab or window, which triggers a pop-up from a third-party wallet provider from the OpenSea storage domain (i.e. storage.opensea.io) requesting a connection to the victim’s third-party wallet. This is an abnormal event because third-party images on OpenSea do not result in a request for a wallet connection.
  • The victim then can choose to click to connect their third-party wallet.  
  • If the victim connects their wallet, the victim will then be presented with a final pop-up (depicted further below in this blog) asking the victim to sign a transaction that will transfer items or funds to the attacker. An informed user may recognize the threat and mitigate it by rejecting the transaction, instead of signing it.
  • However, if the victim had not recognized the threat and performed the above actions, the end result is the potential theft of items in the user’s wallet.  

CPR disclosed its findings to OpenSea on Sunday, September 26, 2021, and we’re thankful for their swift and collaborative action. OpenSea fixed the vulnerability within an hour of receiving CPR’s findings. We additionally collaborated with Jay Niffley, an independent security researcher, who reported a related vulnerability to the storage.opensea.io domain.

In total, we analyzed over 73 million objects, 4.4 million SVG files, finding only 77 that were potentially related to the vulnerability and confirming they were not malicious. We shared these 77 SVG files that had characteristics of the vulnerability from our storage domain with CPR and all vulnerability vectors were confirmed closed by CPR.  

Did OpenSea fix it?  

In less than an hour of disclosure, we fixed the issue and verified the fix was effective. CPR worked closely and collaboratively with us to ensure the fix worked correctly. 

We also worked diligently to analyze relevant reports from OpenSea users who indicated they might have been exploited by a malicious NFT. However, we have yet to identify a single instance where a malicious file was leveraged. 

What can users do to protect against these types of threats? 

While signing wallet actions is required to take certain actions on OpenSea, you should always be careful when receiving requests to sign a transaction with your wallet online. Before you approve a request for your signature, you should carefully review what is being requested and consider whether or not the request is abnormal or suspicious. If you have any doubts, you should reject the request. 

For example, in the signature screen below, you can examine who the transaction is between (“USER” and “ATTACKER” would instead have wallet addresses of the relevant parties), what action will be taken, and what the cost (if applicable) of the action will be. If you do not recognize the transaction, then it is important to reject the requested transaction.  

Screenshot of a malicious NFT created by CPR prompting a user to complete a transaction

Additionally, you should check if the signature request correlates with an expected action. In this theoretical attack, the user is asked to connect their wallet and then sign the transaction after opening an image from a third party in a new tab. This is unexpected behavior on OpenSea since it is not correlated to services provided by OpenSea, such as buying an item, making an offer, or favoriting an item.

Users should note that OpenSea does not request wallet signatures for viewing or clicking third-party photos or links. Such activity is highly suspicious and users should not sign transactions that are unrelated to the specific actions on OpenSea listed above. 

What happens now? 

To help promote platform safety as we scale, OpenSea has been doubling down on community education around security best practices. This disclosure and post-mortem is the latest post in a series highlighting safety tips and developments in the NFT space. 

Whether you are new to the blockchain world and absorbing this information for the first time, or an old salt using this as a refresher course, our goal with this content is to empower the community to detect, mitigate and report attacks in the blockchain ecosystem.



New features & updates: mobile app, offer management tools, & more

We’ve been busy this last month or so. The mobile app dropped, and we introduced some key improvements to help users manage their offers on OpenSea. Let’s take a look…

The OpenSea mobile app

You can now discover NFTs by category, track the latest drops, and follow the collections you love with the new OpenSea mobile app. Visit the App Store and the Google Play store to download.

For more info, check out the full blog post.

Better offer management tools

We updated the listing flow and added some hotly-requested, email minimizing offer management features, like counter-offers and minimum offers, to make selling NFTs easier than ever.

Click here for all the details.

Account safety

In the interest of protecting users from phishing attacks and other forms of theft, we’ve rolled out a feature that allows users to disable buying and selling for NFTs in their account if they believe their wallet has been compromised.

To use it, head to Settings, then Account Support.

Profile page improvements

The updated OpenSea profile header now makes it easier (and prettier) to associate your OpenSea account with your Twitter, Instagram, and website.

Royalty info at checkout

Buyers can now more easily view the royalty percentage that goes to the original creator before purchasing an item.

Gifted items hidden by default

All NFTs transferred to you from unverified collections will now be located in the hidden tab on your profile page by default. This will not apply to items from verified collections.

This feature is live for NFTs on the Polygon and Klaytn blockchains now, and we’ll be adding it for Ethereum-based NFTs soon.

Status page

We now have a status page that displays key system metrics, past incidents, and the operational standing of the website, mobile app, and API.

If you notice an issue with OpenSea, check the status page for updates, and be sure that we’re working on it as fast as we can.

Floor price updates now real-time

The heading covers it. The floor price stat now updates in real-time, so no more waiting around.



We want to hear from you

If you have suggestions for features that will benefit the community, reach out to us on Discord or Twitter – we’re always up for hearing ideas on how we can improve the platform!

Join us

NFTs represent a new renaissance in the consumer internet, and it’s the perfect time to join the OpenSea team. If you’re interested in a role, we’re hiring across the board.

(Cover image credit: Will Nichols)



Trending NFTs: AIIV, MekaVerse, & more

// A look at what’s hot across the metaverse.

MekaVerse

The MekaVerse, the hotly-anticipated collection from Matt Braccini and Mattey, is made up of 8,888 generative Mekas inspired by the Japanese Anime universe.

Forbes has covered it, the Discord is maxed out at 250k, and there are 200k+ people following on Twitter. If you miss out, you might be able to get one here.

Singularity by AIIV

The Singularity collection is the second release by AIIV – an AI art collaboration by Ravi Vora and Phil Bosua.

“When we all inevitably experience singularity, what will it feel like? Could we all be constructing a subjective perspective of our current reality that constrains the true vision of the future?”

The series consists of 1000 AI-generated artworks, and the floor price is currently hovering around 1.25 ETH.

TYCHO : ISO50

Tycho’s new drop sold out fast, but there’s always the secondary market.

“Zabriskie Point is part of a mountain range east of Death Valley. An erosional landscape composed of ancient sediments, its convolutions and textures form angular contrasting patterns. As one of the hottest places on Earth, this extreme environment felt otherworldly with its vivid contrasts and alien landscape. I tried to treat these images in a way that captures how visually stunning and deeply moving the experience was for me.”

Jungle Freaks

Legendary Hustler mag cartoonist George Trosley will soon be launching a new series called Jungle Freaks in collaboration with his son. The collection will house 10,000 NFTs, randomly generated from 220 hand-drawn traits.

Excitement is brewing, so join the Discord if you want to stay in the loop.

Art in Motion – Curated by Mogul

The Art in Motion activation at Penn station, where 88 pieces created by 88 different independent artists will be on display for NYC commuters, is proof that NFTs are changing the way society interacts with art. Check back here on Sunday to view the works.

Elsewhere…

Efdot is auctioning 10 1/1’s from his OPEN MINDS collection, the Soul Curry Art drop is ongoing, Lindsay Lohan is never far from the NFT action, and there are so many intriguing PFP projects popping up every day that it’s almost not worth trying to keep up (we’re doing our very best, of course).

If you have any feedback or thoughts on what we should be covering next time around, feel free to let us know on Discord. If you’re not already, follow us on Twitter and Instagram for the latest news.



Hello better offer management features & new listing flow

At OpenSea, we believe selling digital goods should be a seamless and stress-free experience, so you can focus on what’s important — creating extraordinary work and finding new pieces to add to your collection. With that in mind, we’ve been working on several new improvements and fixes to make selling NFTs on OpenSea simpler than ever. The two seller’s flows that we’ve enhanced are:

1. Managing your offers easier
2. Listing your NFTs within seconds

Managing your offers just got easier

One of the common frustrations that we hear from a lot of owners and sellers is that they receive a lot of low-ball offers on their items, flooding their email inboxes.  To ease the frustration, we’ve added 3 new tools to give OpenSea sellers the control and customization they have long craved.

Start negotiating with counter offers

If you receive a bid that’s not too far off your asking price, create a counter offer to start the negotiation. This will create a new listing that is reserve for that specific offerer.

Determine your offer strength with floor prices

With all the offers coming in, sometimes it’s hard to tell what is a good offer and what isn’t. Today, we now surface the floor price and a handy floor difference indicator so you can easily determine the strength of an offer.

Set minimum offers per collection

If you want to avoid receiving low offers on your items, you can now set a minimum offer amount across different collections. You can set a minimum offer amount per collection. A handy tip: if you own more than one Cool Cat, for example, make sure your minimum offer amount is set in relation to your cheapest NFT.

We’ve also:

  • Fine-tuned the offers table on the profile page so you can easily view offers received and offers made.
  • Polished the offers table on the item’s page
  • Cleaned up the navigation on the Accounts Page


Soon, we’re planning to make it possible for users to disable offers entirely. Before then, head to the Offer Settings tab on your Account Settings page and explore all the latest updates or go ahead and place an offer on an NFT.

Listing your NFTs within seconds

Earlier this year, we made it possible for users to sell individual items on the Polygon blockchain. The tech was new, and some of the features and functions were unfamiliar compared to what we know and love on Ethereum. Now, to prepare for some exciting new features and unify the selling experience across the platform, we’ve redesigned the flow, making it simple to list your NFTs no matter what chain you’re selling on.

A high level look at some of the latest improvements:

  • We’ve unified the listing flow for Polygon and Ethereum NFTs to support more blockchains ahead
  • We’ve cleaned up the user interface to make it faster to list
  • We’ve fine-tuned our language to make the process and features clearer

While we were at it, we’ve also polished and updated a few specific UI elements.

Schedule listing easier

We polished the date picker — making your listings much easier to schedule. We’ve also added several new default ranges from 24 hours, 3 days, 1 week, and more. Keep in mind, all listings expires within 6 months and you’ll have to relist after that to keep your listing active.


Create bundle listings faster

Listing bundles is quicker and easier than ever before. Simply, set to sell as a bundle, give your bundle a name, and add more items to your bundle all on the same page.

Select your listing types and methods quickly

Quickly list your item as fixed priced or timed auction. And within timed auction, you can easily select your method where you can either sell to highest bidder (English Auction) or sell with declining price (Dutch Auction).

Soon, we’ll be adding two exciting features to further improve our gas-free marketplace:

  • Polygon auctions
  • Polygon bundles

Until then, give our new listing flow a try on OpenSea.io, and learn more about how to sell an NFT on our help center.


We’re always looking for new ideas as we improve the OpenSea experience for sellers, buyers, and creators, so join the community on Discord or track us on Twitter and Instagram if you want to put forward your suggestions.

And if you’re interested in helping us build new and innovative features to empower collectors and artists in the NFT space, we’re hiring across the board. We couldn’t be more excited about the journey ahead, and we hope you’ll join us.

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