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Mobile casinos are getting the loot box treatment in court

If you’ve been paying attention to gaming’s trends, then you’ve probably spotted the current criticisms of lootboxes. The consumer complaints have spiraled into full-blown legal battles as courts across the globe scrutinize whether gaming’s lucrative industry of mystery boxes fall afoul of anti-gaming edicts. Lootboxes are getting all the attention, likely because the games in which they’re peddled are popular triple-A titles, such as Overwatch and Star Wars: Battlefront II. But there’s another kind of money-sucking gaming loot facing a legal battle against gambling laws: online casinos. Last month, an appeals court in Washington ruled on a case against game …read more

Tim Cook: ‘Watering down’ iOS and macOS by combining them is a bad idea

For years, rumors have claimed Apple is planning on merging macOS and iOS somewhere down the line. At the very least, Apple intends to integrate enough macOS features into iOS to effectively make it a replacement. But if you ask Tim Cook, that’s not happening anytime soon. When asked about the divide between macOS and iOS in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald, the Apple CEO said his company’s products were so good because of that chasm. Here’s the relevant quote: We don’t believe in sort of watering down one for the other. Both [The Mac and iPad] are… …read more

Adblocking is here to stay. It’s time for publishers to move on

Eyeo, the firm behind the popular AdBlock Plus plugin, just scored a major victory in Germany’s Supreme Court. For the past few years, the firm has been embroiled in a battle with publishing giant Axel Springer over its acceptable ads program. In 2015, a group of German media publications sued Eyeo, eager to put a stop to adblocking as a practice. They failed, but the following year, Axel Springer won a minor victory that forced Eyeo to whitelist certain adverts for free. AdBlock Plus runs an “Acceptable Ads” program, where adverts deemed to be respectful of the user experience are …read more

Blockchainpreneur: ‘I don’t know any good Ethereum developer that isn’t a millionaire’

The initial coin offering (ICO) market has grown rapidly over the past year, specifically since mid-2017. Several successful ICOs, including Bancor, EOS, and Tezos have raised billions of dollars through bitcoin and Ether (the native cryptocurrency of Ethereum). ICO tokens are particularly appealing to users of the Ethereum network because ICO tokens can be stored in Ethereum wallets which are compatible with the ERC 20 token standard. Every crypto-token available in the market has initiated an ICO or a token sale is based on Ethereum’s ERC 20 token standard. This has enabled independent projects to launch cryptocurrencies, that are also… …read more

Blockchain and VR lead a new conversation in tech

We live in a world today where the pace and scale of change is faster than ever before.And it is totally unlike anything we have ever known. Not only in the world around us rapidly shifting to a truly digital economy, but one that will become economically borderless. Existing technology plays a big role in this certainly, as eCommerce, content streaming, and other advents revolutionise our today. But ultimately it is the technology that is forthcoming. The innovation on the horizon, that will truly led this new era. At its core, this new chapter will see the rise of virtual… …read more