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HORIZEN: Wallet Update, New Cold Storage

Biweekly update 10th July — 24th July

Hello, our dear followers! We are glad to tell you about Horizen and its advancement. There is so much news we want to share with you. So, we are going to write brief information about only two of them.

First, Sphere 1.1.2 has been released. The latest release of Horizen flagship app Sphere by Horizen 1.1.2 Beta is now available for download. Must admit, It includes the latest ZEN core software (2.0.18) upgrade and bug fixes. Since this update shows us that Horizen cares for its ecosystem, we like it.

Second, we hope you know what Cold Storage is. So, the Horizen CoolWalletS is available on the store. The CoolWallet S is no ordinary hardware wallet. It’s a contemporary mobile solution that genuinely secures your crypto assets and empowers you. According to Horizen, it stays safely in your pocket, giving you discreet access to your investment, on the go, wherever you are. It is being noted that CoolWallet S connects to its app (iOS/Android) via Bluetooth only, helping you get the most out of your assets, safely. Pair with Android 6 or later, or iPhone 5 (iOS 9.1) or later. In our vision, the implementation of modern cold storage can be very beneficial for the Horizen ecosystem. It seems to be a new way to stash money which can be liked by all the users.

To end with, Horizen did an excellent job. We may observe that the development team is making the project better every day. And, of course, we are going to track the project which can change our vision of privacy. Keep up the good work!

Development

Github metrics:

Developer activity (from Coinlib.io):

The latest release of #Horizen flagship app #SpherebyHorizen 1.1.2 Beta is now available for download. It includes the latest ZEN core software (2.0.18) upgrade and bug fixes.

#SpherebyHorizen is not just a wallet. Our multi-functional app provides a secure messaging option and supports both full and lite client.

Social encounters

Laurens was featured in the June monthly live stream. He has spent countless hours improving the Horizen Academy content. His contributions have improved the user experience and the overall look and feel of the content. Be sure to check out his work on articles like What is a Blockchain?, A Protocol to Transfer Value, and more!

Tell us more about your yourself and your background

I emigrated to the USA from Guyana in the winter of 1984. After dropping out of engineering school, I eventually found work as a word processor during the day and attended CUNY’s Hunter College at night. I majored in computer science and graduated in 1995 with a BA. I worked for a couple of years as a network administrator during my junior and senior years, as I had completed Novell’s CNE certification.

I moved to Oakland, CA, in the middle of 1996, and have since lived just off Lake Merritt. I completed an MBA with a concentration in e-business at Cal State Hayward in 2007, and have worked primarily as a systems and network administrator.

I enjoy watching shows about science and history, and reading science fiction and crime thrillers. I follow the F1 and World Endurance racing series, English Premier League soccer (go Chelsea!), track and field, and Grand Slam tennis. I keep in touch with my folks and friends back east by phone and look forward to an almost-annual vacation in the Big Apple.

How did you get into writing?

I thought it would be a good change of pace after I became unable to work full time, largely because I did well in writing courses in college. Over the years, I’ve helped several friends with their college papers, had to write technical documentation for the various systems I managed, and recently collaborated with a friend on an article for the IEEE magazine.

What drew you to blockchain technology?

I was introduced to the industry in late 2017 by Michael, a former colleague of mine, who was following the field closely. He introduced me to Horizen (ZenCash, at the time) and I became interested after looking at a couple of their then-weekly presentations. We collaborated on a ZEN mining rig and managed several ZEN/Horizen secure nodes.

Why did you choose to volunteer with Horizen?

I chose to work with Horizen in large part because I expected Michael’s thoughtful and analytical approach to his work would be reflected in the cryptocurrency projects he chose to follow. After observing the inclusive and candid way the project was being run, and its overall mission, I decided to get involved for two reasons. First, it seemed like a good chance to eventually generate some (mostly) passive income. Second, the promise of frictionless business that blockchain technology holds in principle, and Horizen’s firmly global perspective of their eventual role, sold me on the project.

Which Horizen Academy article is your favorite and why?

I don’t have a favorite article at this point, perhaps because my focus isn’t on the content per se. Once I finish reviewing it all and can reread it for content, I’ll be able to answer that question. I’d guess, though, that it would be the “how it works” sections. The emergence of systems is what I find most interesting.

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Source: CoinMarketCap

Horizen CoolWallet S — Bluetooth Hardware Crypto Wallet

Horizen branded bluetooth hardware wallet for ZEN, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, XRP, Bitcoin Cash, and ERC20 Tokens

The CoolWallet S is no ordinary hardware wallet. It’s a contemporary mobile solution that truly secures your crypto assets and empowers you, the investor. It stays safely in your pocket, giving you discreet access to your investment, on the go, wherever you are.

CoolWallet S connects to its app (iOS/Android) via Bluetooth only, helping you get the most out of your assets, safely. Pair with Android 6 or later, or iPhone 5 (iOS 9.1) or later.

  • Track Your Crypto Assets — Check your portfolio at a glance.
  • Send and Receive Crypto — ZEN, BTC, XRP, ETH, LTC, BCH, BNB, ICX, stablecoins and ERC20 tokens.
  • 2+1 Factor Authentication — Biometric and physical 2FA checks ensure your assets’ safety
  • Exchange Cryptocurrencies — With integrated Binance DEX and Changelly, never miss another trading opportunity

Roadmap

Q2 2017 — Horizen launch (as ZenCash)

  • Listed on Bittrex exchange
  • Full client wallet

Q3 2017 -Expanded privacy features

Q4 2017 — Secure Nodes Live

Q1 2018 — IOHK R&D partnership

  • Team expansion
  • New website launched + soft rebrand
  • 20+ partnerships & integrations along the way!

Q2 2018 — Transition from currency to platform

Q3 2018 — Super Nodes and Brand Expansion

Q4 2018 — Super Nodes Live

  • Release flagship app (Radical Usability)
  • Begin SDK design for sidechains
  • Begin Sidechains prototype
  • Public Accounting System (Radical Transparency)

Q1 2019 — Blockchain Improvements (zk-SNARKS circuit)

  • ZEN 2.0.16 — zk-SNARKS improvements
  • Node tracker improvements
  • Full client wallets compatibility
  • Sphere by Horizen improvements
  • Zen Academy

Q2 2019 — Blockchain Improvements (Sapling & Sidechain SDK)

  • ZEN 2.1.0 — Sapling
  • Sidechain SDK Alpha
  • Reference sidechain testnet
  • Sphere by Horizen improvements

Q3 2019 — Platform (Publish Reference Blockchain)

  • ZEN 3.X.X
  • Reference sidechain beta
  • Sphere by Horizen improvements
  • Blockchain improvements
  • Mobile (iOS & Android)
  • Distributed VPN service
  • Sidechain SDK Beta

Q4 2019 — Scaling & Performance (BlockDAG)

  • ZEN 3.X.X
  • Reference sidechain
  • Treasury sidechain
  • Begin on-chain payment dev (stretch)
  • Begin DAG design (stretch)
  • Sidechain SDK

Ecosystem

Rumors

Horizen is Ranked Number One by Masternodes Count

Currently the number of Masternodes hosting Horizen Coin has reached 25K nodes running Horizen Securenode (ZEN-42) and over 3000 nodes running Horizen Supernode (ZEN-500), making it the largest Masternode coin by nodes count.

Horizen Masternodes — a screenshot taken 10 July from MasterNodes.online

There are two types of Horizen Securenodes (Masternodes), Horizen Securenode (ZEN-42) which would require locking 42 Zen coins and the other one is Horizen Supernode (ZEN-500) and it requires 500 Zen coins to be locked in order to run a Securenode. This is a solid crypto project with a talented team behind it.

Partnerships

Social media metrics

Social media activity:

Social media dynamics:

The charts above illustrate an increase in the number of Telegram and Discord followers. Furthermore, we can see the rapidly growing social activity of Horizen community.

The graph above shows the dynamics of changes in the number of Horizen Reddit subscribers, Twitter followers and Facebook likes. The information is taken from Coingecko.com.

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