"Mr. Satoshi" found in Google Home

Smart speaker from IT giant has built-in cryptocurrecny adviser 
14 December 2017   1486

The owners of the Google Home speaker were surprised to find that Mr. Satoshi was hiding in their devices. So, if you ask the device about the current exchange rate, then after a short pause the familiar female voice of Google Assistant "turns" into a personal consultant on digital money. This is written by Bitcoin. com.

"Mr. Satoshi" is ready to tell not only about the current bitcoin rate, but also about the prices of altcoins. However, it is not known from where the device receives the data. Many users have suggested that this is the "Easter Egg" left by the Google programmers, but there is no confirmation of this theory yet.

In turn, one of the users of Reddit, introducing himself as a former developer of Google Assistant, suggested that this is a third-party application. According to him, if the program receives an unfamiliar query, it starts searching for the corresponding application based on popularity. Therefore, it is possible that "Mr. Satoshi" is the offspring of an unknown programmer, to whom Google Home simply appeals.

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   120

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.