Horizen is an interoperable blockchain system that allows businesses and developers to build customizable sidechains for their needs. The Zendoo technology makes the process fast, quick, and secure. The decentralized applications created with ZEN can be used in commercial goals for solving real-life problems.

In this article, we will see what Horizen is and why it’s one of the most secure cryptocurrencies. We will introduce you to the ZEN block explorer and explain how you can start using it for free right now.

Horizen (ZEN) ecosystem

The key elements of the Horizen ecosystem are the mainchain running on the Proof of Work algorithm…


If you run a crypto project that works with Zilliqa, you might need a fast and reliable Zilliqa block explorer. This article will explain what Zilliqa explorer is and how you access it with 20,000 requests a day for free with a response time of less than 1 second.

Zilliqa on NOWNodes

Zilliqa is a public blockchain for building decentralized applications like Ethereum or EOS. The platform leverages the combined PoW and pBFT consensus algorithm and sharding — splitting the network into several chains running in parallel. This helps Zilliqa achieve thousands of transactions per second, compared to Ethereum’s 10.

Currently, there are…


Connecting to an LTC explorer can be easier than you initially thought, as there are tools out there available for you to use and interact intuitively. All of the data connected to Litecoin transactions, such as the Hashrate, difficulty, block height, wallet addresses, transaction data, balance history tickers list, and more.

What Is a Litecoin Block Explorer?

All of the data that goes through Litecoin is recorded on a public ledger that is fully transparent and can be viewed by anyone through an LTC block explorer. This data can be processed, browsed, and read through the usage of a Litecoin block explorer.

A Litecoin block explorer…


Originally published in the NOWNodes blog.

Amrit Kumar, Jia Yaoqi, Max Kantelia, and Prateek Saxena founded Zilliqa in 2016 as the first-ever high-throughput public blockchain able to process thousands of transactions per second. To implement this feature, Zilliqa leverages the principle of sharding: the more expanced the network is, the larger the transaction rates become.

The platform is useful for implementing a lot of blockchain-based facilities including data-driven decentralized applications. Since the development of Zilliqa is based upon the sharding principle, let’s have a deeper look into what a sharded blockchain architecture is all about.

What is Sharding?

Generally, sharding is a database…


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Ethereum 2.0 is an upgrade on the Ethereum blockchain. This upgrade aims to make the existing Ethereum blockchain more scalable, secure, and sustainable. The entire upgrade is scheduled to happen over two years. It is distributed among three phases. The first phase is the launch of the Beacon chain which has already happened. The second phase is scheduled for 2021 when the shard chains will be introduced. In 2022 the upgrade will reach its completion with the merging of the mainnet with the beacon chain. …


Originally published in the NOWNodes blog.

The Komodo platform, aimed at bringing new standards in cryptocurrency security and anonymity protocols, was founded in September 2016. Headquartered in San Gwann, Malta, the Komodo platform leverages the Zcash Zero-Knowledge proofs to help its users make 100% untraceable transactions. These transactions are protected by Bitcoin’s Petahash Proof of Work mechanism.

Komodo’s Unique Blockchain Platform

The blockchain platform offered by Komodo is open and composable. These fully composable solutions, built on multi-chain designs. It proves beneficial for solo developers, growing startups, and comparatively larger enterprises alike. …


Originally published in the NOWNodes blog.

Binance smart chain became live on its mainnet on 17th September 2020. It took five months for the smart chain to go live since it was announced in April 2020. Since recently we added support to Binance Smart Chain, we will cover it in our next article.

What is Binance Smart Chain (BSC)?


Originally published in the NOWNodes blog.

According to market research estimates, blockchain technology will witness astounding growth in its market size in the next five years. Between 2020 and 2025, the global blockchain market size is expected to grow at a rate of 67.3% CAGR to reach US$39.7 billion in 2025 from US$3.0 billion in 2020.

One can reasonably presume that this growth will drive innovation and would also require scaling up of existing platforms. For both of these to happen, the most important role would be that of the developers. …


After much speculation over the past few years, Ethereum 2.0 is finally on the cusp of getting launched. The final release is expected to happen on the first day of December 2020. On 4th November, the Ethereum foundation made the first version of Eth2 specifications public. As of now, the deposit contract is live. The platform can raise the necessary amount of funds required to trigger staking. Stakers interested to participate in the process can deposit their 32 ETH deposits to the contract.

Before looking into the features and functionalities of Ethereum 2.0 …


Monero went through its latest fork on October 17th, 2020. Fork, or hard fork as it was in this case, implies a major network upgrade for the privacy coin. In Monero, these hard forks or network upgrades improve the base protocol and are non-contentious. It means that there will be no splitting and no new creation of a coin.

To be more specific, in this fork, Monero aimed to introduce some new features such as new ring signature construction CLSAG. How this feature would be helpful in the Monero community’s future is something that we will discuss in some time…

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