Bitrefill to Unveil Thor Lightning Service

Thor allows people to connect to the lightning network whether they have  BTC or not
10 January 2019   227

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.

Google to Add BTC Symbol for iOs Users

Bitcoin symbol comes in Gboard when holding the dollar symbol
20 February 2019   96

oogle Inc. has added the bitcoin symbol available on the keyboard of iPhone users. Reported Decrypt.

To use it in a message, you need to switch from the standard Apple keyboard to the Google Gboard keyboard and hold down the dollar symbol. The pop-up window will display symbols of several major world currencies. Bitcoin icon is located on the left.

BTC Symbol in Gboard for iOs
BTC Symbol in Gboard for iOs

Whether the symbol will be added to the Android keyboard is still unknown.