Bitrefill to Unveil Thor Lightning Service

Thor allows people to connect to the lightning network whether they have  BTC or not
10 January 2019   471

Start-up for mobile phone refill Bitrefill introduced a allow people to give lightning channels to someone else with no setup on the recipient’s side. Lightning was created to allow cheaper, off-chain BTC payments.

Thor allows people to connect to the lightning network whether they have bitcoin or not. All you have to do is download one of the supported wallet apps, install it, and then either you or a friend can come to Bitrefill and purchase a channel opening.
 

John Carvalho

Bitrefill

The company intends to open channels for a period of up to 30 days with a capacity of 300,000 to 16,000,000 Satoshi.

Thus, all the technical work on opening and maintaining the channel will take place on the Bitrefill side.

Note that the service can be paid for using Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum, Dogecoin, DASH or by Lightning payment.

Lightning Desktop App to be Launched in BTC Mainnet

The application, which is based on the lightweight Neutrino client, is available for the macOS, Windows and Linux, however, it's oriented fro test environment
24 April 2019   150

Lightning Labs, a leading developer of solutions for the Lightning Network, announced the launch of its desktop wallet in the main Bitcoin network. An application that was previously tested in a test network is available in the alpha version.

The application, which is based on the lightweight Neutrino client, is available for the operating systems macOS, Windows and Linux, however, as the developers emphasize, is still oriented primarily to the test environment. At the same time, more advanced users can also experiment with the wallet interface and get access to their funds.

Lightning App Desktop Version Screenshot
Lightning App Desktop Version Screenshot

The Neutrino client allows non-custodial Lightning wallets to verify Bitcoin transactions without the need to synchronize with the full version of the blockchain.

The new release includes such a function as displaying a single balance, which will allow users to see the cumulative number of coins both in the network base and in the payment channels by percentage.