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Coinbase CEO: ‘Please invest responsibly’

Coinbase CEO: ‘Please invest responsibly’ In a Medium post, the CEO of Coinbase, one of the most popular cryptocurrency exchanges out there, is urging users to be responsible about their investments. “We also wanted to remind customers of some of the risks associated with trading digital currency,” CEO Brian Armstrong wrote. “Digital currencies are volatile and the prices can go up and down.” The startup, which is currently valued at $1.6 billion — though undoubtedly soon to be worth a whole lot more if current trends continue — had a…

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Sony has sold over 70 million PS4 consoles, 2 million VR headsets

Sony has sold over 70 million PS4 consoles, 2 million VR headsets Sony released some new stats today detailing the progression of sales for its PS4 console and PS VR headset systems. The numbers that matter: 70.6M PS4 consoles, 617.8M PS4 titles, 2M PS VR headsets, 12.2M PS VR titles. Things appear to moving along rather well in console land, where Sony is almost certainly winning the console wars with Microsoft. Microsoft hasn’t released unit sales numbers since January of this year when it announced that 26 million Xbox One units had…

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The price of Bitcoin has doubled in two weeks, now above $16k

The price of Bitcoin has doubled in two weeks, now above k Bitcoin prices are hockey-sticking on a hockey stick. The cryptocurrency’s gains Thursday morning hit new heights striking well above $18k across widely varying exchanges, coming to rest above $16,000 while the popular Coinbase exchange briefly suffered issues due to “record high traffic.” Bitcoin was trading below $8,000 two weeks ago. This is a truly, truly volatile game at this point, the swings didn’t appear as consequential when the market cap rested in the low billions, but as institutional…

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Microsoft introduces Simplygon Cloud 3D object optimization for AR and VR

Microsoft introduces Simplygon Cloud 3D object optimization for AR and VR In January, Microsoft acquired 3D optimization service Simplygon for an undisclosed sum. Today, we’re seeing the fruits of that buy with the launch of Simplygon Cloud that will help game developers integrate the optimization tool into their workflows to make content more friendly to resource-intensive AR and VR platforms. The tool, launching on the Azure Marketplace, works in reducing polygon complexity in 3D objects so that they’re easier to render when compute resources are in high-demand. Simplygon takes the…

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3D home design startup Modsy raises $23 million in Series B funding

3D home design startup Modsy raises million in Series B funding Technology has made buying stuff for your house a whole lot easier to do on a whim, but there haven’t seemed to be quite as many advancements in terms of ensuring that what you buy actually makes your space look good. Modsy isn’t an augmented reality company as much as they are a 3D imaging startup that’s aiming to help you augment your living space’s style. Users can snap a few photos of a room in their house with…

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Facebook’s former Oculus Story Studio team isn’t done quite yet

Facebook’s former Oculus Story Studio team isn’t done quite yet Today, Sundance Film Festival announced its lineup for next month, and included yet again, were the entrants for the festival’s New Frontiers program which hosts VR content, and unlikely film title made the list this year, Wolves in the Walls. Virtual reality may not be the technology do jour in Silicon Valley as much as it was the past couple years, but there are still plenty of milestones being traversed in the cinematic VR community which continues to believe that…

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Microsoft shows off Windows PCs that run on Qualcomm chips

Microsoft shows off Windows PCs that run on Qualcomm chips Intel’s stumbles in the  mobile arena grew to become Qualcomm’s gains with its Snapdragon platform, but now it appears that Qualcomm intends to upend their dominance in entry-level PCs as well. Today, Microsoft and Qualcomm announced that Windows would begin running on systems powered by Snapdragon mobile chipsets. This isn’t entirely earth-shattering given that these are mobile chipsets running on what are still just laptop convertible 2-in-1s or tablets, but the fact that Windows 10 — albeit a more lightweight…

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As tbh popularity wanes, Facebook launches ‘Did You Know’ social questionnaire

As tbh popularity wanes, Facebook launches ‘Did You Know’ social questionnaire Facebook wants you to share a bit more about yourself on your profile, today, it’s launching a new feature to web and mobile users called “Did You Know,” where you can answer questions about yourself to clue friends into your secrets, dreams, goals and feelings. As people back away from statuses and focus more on sharing articles, videos and photos, this feature offers an opportunity for users to answer questions about themselves more directly. So many of Facebook’s recent…

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Mapbox acquires augmented reality activity tracking app Fitness AR

Mapbox acquires augmented reality activity tracking app Fitness AR Mapbox has acquired activity tracking app Fitness AR, which allows users to view runs, hikes or cycling routes from Strava superimposed on a 3D map of the terrain. The announcement was made in a Medium post by Mapbox mobile VP Paul Veugen. Mapbox will continue to deliver updates to the app, which will be dropping its $2.99 price and going free in the App Store starting today. Fitness AR was among the first ARKit-enabled apps and was featured by Apple early-on….

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Qualcomm alleges that Apple’s iPhone infringes on Palm Pre patents

Qualcomm alleges that Apple’s iPhone infringes on Palm Pre patents Shortly after the announcement of the iPhone X in September, my colleague Natasha Lomas noted the similarities between the phone and how WebOS operated on the Palm Pre. She ended her article, noting “in the iPhone X it’s clear you’re looking at a little ghost of the Pre.” It seems that Qualcomm’s legal team was taking note, they cited that line in a complaint alleging that Apple ripped off Palm’s patented interface. In the latest escalation of the nearly year-long…

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