Blockchain is one of the biggest tech buzzwords in recent times, with markets including music, travel, and car-sharing slowly succumbing to blockchain’s allure. Then there are cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin and ethereum, which are now pretty much synonymous with blockchain technology. Against this backdrop, a new $100 million fund has been set up to invest in early-stage companies operating across the… (0 comment)

Last week was Facebook’s dog-and-pony show Oculus Connect 4: We got news on an upcoming $200 standalone headset, the next-gen Santa Cruz project, a lower price for the Rift VR gear (and a more intense price war with HTC), a new Minority Report-like interface, and a partnership with the studio that makes Titanfall, a blockbuster shooter video game series from… (0 comment)

Last week, I attended the first stop on Steve Case’s latest “Rise of the Rest” tour in Central Pennsylvania, which aims to highlight startup activity in traditionally under-the-radar tech communities in the U.S. The tour stopped in the cities of Harrisburg, Lancaster, and York — all towns that have traditionally relied on manufacturing to grow their economy, and… (0 comment)

The toys-to-life game Lego Dimensions launched in 2015. It uses physical objects to affect gameplay within the digital game, which is a sprawling multi-world adventure featuring characters from several different series such as J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and DC Comics’ Batman. Developer TT Games intended to add new content to it until 2018, but according to a report from… (0 comment)

GUEST: Virtual reality is pushing further into the mainstream, and we’re really excited about that at Runaway. It brings with it a lot of challenges but also, a host of possibilities for us as developers and designers. Not least of which is the constant drive to make VR experiences more seamlessly enjoyable and accessible to… (0 comment)

Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) called a report that led Rep. Tom Marino (R-PA) to withdraw as President Donald Trump’s “drug czar” nominee “complete baloney” on Wednesday. Given that Hatch himself has raked in hundreds of thousands in donations from pharmaceutical and health contributors over the years, his comments were hardly surprising. The Washington Post report detailed a… (0 comment)

GUEST: Whether it’s self-driving cars, robotic hotel concierges, or Amazon’s intelligent delivery drones, it’s easy to see why business leaders are aflutter about the promise of artificial intelligence. Here’s what most don’t realize: As exciting as AI and its potential may be, it’s only as good as the data and training methods used to fine… (0 comment)

With less than three weeks to go before Virginia voters elect a new governor, Democratic nominee Ralph Northam sent out a campaign flier this week promoting the top of the party’s ticket that omitted the name and picture of Justin Fairfax, his black running mate. The decision to remove Fairfax, the Democratic nominee for lieutenant… (0 comment)
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