Cryptocurrency may have its ups and downs, but blockchain’s stock is on the rise

Lawrence Lerner, chief growth officer for RChain Holdings, talks about blockchain and bitcoin at an event organized by MIT Enterprise Forum of the Northwest. (GeekWire Photo / Alan Boyle) Even bitcoin’s boosters acknowledge that cryptocurrencies aren’t a sure thing. Just in the past month, China and South Korea signaled that they might be cracking down harder on trading in digital currencies, which caused bitcoin prices to tumble from a peak of nearly $20,000 per coin to around $12,000. “”For any of you that own cryptos, this was a rough week,” said John Utley, an IBM sales executive who focuses on blockchain and software-as-a-service verticals. But the uptick is much steadier… Read More

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LA investors smell a winner in direct-to-consumer perfumer Skylar Body

The consumer investment train keeps rolling through Los Angeles, with organic perfumer Skylar Body becoming the latest brand that investors here are banking on for a big win. The company raised $3 million late last year in a round led by Upfront Ventures with participation from serial entrepreneur-turned-investor Brian Lee and other top tier local investors. Lee, who made his name (and his… Read More …read more Source:: TechCrunch

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This motion tracking simulator makes you feel like you’re skiing indoors

This motion tracking machine can simulate downhill snowsports. It’s made by SkyTechSport. It even features courses from the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Some Olympians have even used it to train. The SkyTechSport simulator makes it feel like you are skiing indoors. It uses several engines and motion tracking to create the feeling that the user is skiing. SkyTechSport is based in Los Angeles and has sold different variations of the technology. It is useful for cardio training as well as rehabilitating skiiers after injuries. The machines start at around £60,000. Produced by Jasper Pickering Join the conversation about this story » …read more Source:: Businessinsider – Technology

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The rapid spread of a fake trailer for a non-existent ‘Friends’ movie shows that Facebook still has a fake news problem (FB)

Sorry, there isn’t a “Friends” movie coming out this year. A fan-made trailer for the non-existent film has gone viral on Facebook — and it’s tricky to tell that it isn’t real. Facebook is the perfect platform for misleading posts to go viral as it doesn’t check posts like this. Will Ferrell is lying to you. Or at least, a fake Facebook page that used his name is. There isn’t a “Friends” movie coming out in April. But that hasn’t stopped a fan-made trailer for the non-existent film going viral on Facebook. The video posted by the “William Ferrell” page on Facebook has gotten 48 million views, 669,000 shares, 546,000… Read More

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The best free software for students 2018: save cash on college essentials

College textbooks cost a fortune and university fees are eye-watering, but there’s no need to spend extra money on student software. This essential toolkit of free software will help students work smarter, stay secure and avoid procrastinating (none of us really do our best work at 3am, despite what we might tell ourselves). Whether you’re heading off to college yourself or helping your kids get ready, we’ve gathered together all the essential apps a student needs to get more work done, stay safe, protect their work and ace those exams. Office software: LibreOffice Don’t pay through the nose for office software – LibreOffice is a great free option for students,… Read More

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