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Nintendo Just Announced Cardboard VR Virtual Reality Goggles for Its Switch Console

Nintendo Just Announced Cardboard VR Virtual Reality Goggles for Its Switch Console

If you thought Nintendo was done pairing its cardboard Labo accessories with its hybrid Switch console, you’re in for a surprise. On Wednesday night, Nintendo announced its Nintendo Labo: VR Kit, the fourth in its Labo series of DIY Switch accessories, and the first to bring what Nintendo is calling “basic VR virtual reality technology” to the platform.While rumors of a Nintendo Switch VR development software accessory have been circulating for over a year, perceived technical limitations of the Switch made it seem more pipe dream than potential product. But by pairing a seemingly less intensive VR experience with its cardboard DIY accessories, the company may have discovered a way to circumvent the hefty processing requirements associated with today’s VR-capable machines.
Google Assistant can now make vocal restaurant reservations in 43 states

Google Assistant can now make vocal restaurant reservations in 43 states

The Google Assistant feature built on Duplex tech that makes restaurant reservation calls for you is expanding. Now you’ll be able to use it in 43 US states and, in the coming weeks, it’s expanding to non-Pixel Android and iOS devices, as per a Google blog post.Sure, the feature’s current capability is more of a cute trick (and lovely for those of us who hate speaking to other humans over the phone), but it represents the first possibilities of what Google’s Duplex technology can do: interface with other humans on our behalf, whether it’s making inquiries or using Google Assistant as a more complex secretary to phone out requests.
Binance’s Crypto BNB No Longer Tracks Bitcoin – And That’s a Big Deal

Binance’s Crypto BNB No Longer Tracks Bitcoin – And That’s a Big Deal

Binance Coin (BNB), the crypto asset that can be exchanged for transaction fees on the Binance exchange, is up more than 140 percent year to date and is now deviating from bitcoin’s price trend – a feat not commonly observed in the nascent crypto markets.While the reasons that most cryptocurrencies are highly correlated to bitcoin are not definitive, studies have shown this dependency on bitcoin’s trend has only grown stronger with time. Yet, BNB is proving different.
Spotify, Google, Pandora, Amazon Go to U.S. Appeals Court to Overturn Royalty Increase

Spotify, Google, Pandora, Amazon Go to U.S. Appeals Court to Overturn Royalty Increase

Spotify, Google, Pandora, and Amazon have teamed up to appeal a controversial ruling by the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board that, if it goes through, would increase payouts to songwriters by 44%, Variety has learned.
Amazon stops ordering from many suppliers, pushing them to bear the risks instead

Amazon stops ordering from many suppliers, pushing them to bear the risks instead

Amazon.com Inc. abruptly stopped buying products over the last two weeks from many of its wholesale vendors, encouraging them to instead sell their products directly to consumers on Amazon’s marketplace. It’s the company’s latest move to boost profits at its core e-commerce business, even if that means disrupting relationships with longtime suppliers and potentially limiting customers’ choices. Thousands of vendors are affected, according to estimates from consultants who help clients sell on Amazon.
House Bill Introduced to Remove Marijuana from List of Controlled Substances

House Bill Introduced to Remove Marijuana from List of Controlled Substances

Even before it began, 2019 has been hailed as the year of marijuana, with good reason: the number of Americans who support legalization has reached record highs, and an increasing number of Democratic presidential candidates are advocating for drug reform and an end to our draconian, racist drug laws.On Thursday morning, Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) and Don Young (R-AK) introduced what they called a “landmark” piece of legislation, the Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2019, which is “the only bipartisan piece of legislation that would allow states to make independent choices about their marijuana programs,” according to Young.
Wistron's Rs 5,000-crore plan for Apple gets ministry nod

Wistron's Rs 5,000-crore plan for Apple gets ministry nod

NEW DELHI: The information technology ministry has approved contract manufacturer Wistron’s Rs 5,000-crore plan to make high-end Apple devices, a move that will give a big push to the government’s Make in India initiative. Wistron currently makes cheaper Apple phones in India. “We have just approved Wistron’s Rs 5,091-crore application and it is with the Cabinet now… Wistron will make the latest iPhone models,” IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in an interview, adding that another contract manufacturer Foxconn had submitted an application for a Rs 2,500-crore project on December 31. 
U.S. prosecutors charge leaders behind OneCoin, a multibillion-dollar crypto pyramid scheme

U.S. prosecutors charge leaders behind OneCoin, a multibillion-dollar crypto pyramid scheme

The Southern District of New York (SDNY) has charged Konstantin Ignatov, Ruja Ignatova, and Mark Scott, for wire fraud, securities fraud, and money laundering. The charges stem from the roles Ignatov, Ignatova, and Scott played in what the SDNY calls “an international pyramid scheme” which involves the marketing of cryptocurrency project OneCoin.OneCoin’s main business model is selling educational cryptocurrency trading packages to its members. Members of OneCoin receive commissions for recruiting others to purchase packages. According to the SDNY, “this multi-level marketing structure appears to have influenced rapid growth of the OneCoin member network,” with OneCoin claiming to have “more than 3 million members worldwide, including victims living and/or working within the Southern District of New York.”
Airports scramble to handle drone incidents

Airports scramble to handle drone incidents

Washington, DC (CNN)Drones have become an increasing nuisance for airports worldwide in recent months, and good solutions to keep them from interfering with flights aren't yet available.Airports in various cities -- including Newark, New Jersey; Gatwick, England; Dublin, Ireland and Dubai -- have grounded planes in the last three months following drone sightings.The incident at Gatwick in December proved especially disruptive, impacting the flights of more than 100,000 passengers. In 2017, a drone hit a commercial airplane approaching Quebec City in Canada. The plane landed safely.
Venezuela launches crypto remittance services using Bitcoin [BTC] and Litecoin [LTC]

Venezuela launches crypto remittance services using Bitcoin [BTC] and Litecoin [LTC]

The Nicolas Maduro-led Venezuelan government announced the launch of cryptocurrency remittance services recently. The remittance, which can be settled by using two crypto assets, Bitcoin [BTC] and Litecoin [LTC], was authorized by the country’s crypto asset regulator, Superintendency of Cryptoassets and Related Activities [Sunacrip] earlier this month.The service on the Remesas platform is designed to enable individuals living abroad to settle payments with recipients in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. The recipient should be of legal age and should also be registered with the Patria platform to receive payments.


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