Is Blockchain-Based Virtual Reality the Future?
For years, advocates of virtual reality have struggled to overcome several major barriers to mass adoption — centralised corporations controlled user accounts, hackers eliminated digital assets, and developers lacked incentives to create quality VR content. Now, blockchain is changing the game.

Articles of the Month - July 2019
We are proud to present the “Articles of the Month” Awards of July 2019 to 3 unique articles! This is a monthly reward and selected articles will be awarded 100 contribution points (CP).

Exclusive: Latest PropTech Roadmap Revealed From HK No.1 Property Agency
Following Part 1 of the interview, Alex Shih revealed the latest PropTech roadmap for the HK No.1 property agency! He also shared his insights on property factorization tokenization of commercial properties in Hong Kong! He further expressed his views on the role of lawyers, banks and the Estate Agent Authority in enhancing transparency of property transactions via blockchain!

TBZ Eyes Blockchain for Jewellery Validation
TBZ (Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri), a famed jewellery brand in India, is eyeing technological innovations, such as blockchain, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence (AI), to authenticate its jewellery.

China Declares Bitcoin as Virtual Property with Monetary Value
China has taken a new step with an important legal precedent regarding Bitcoin in a property dispute case in Hangzhou. Read more about how this case affirmed the legal status of Bitcoin as a virtual property with protection under Chinese law.

HKSFC Guidance on Virtual Asset Fund Managers: The 4 Key Takeaways
The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission (HKSFC) released the latest guideline “Proforma Terms and Conditions for Licensed Corporations which Manage Portfolios that Invest in Virtual Assets”, providing further guidance on fund dealing and virtual asset fund management.

Amazon Launches Virtual Clinic Called Amazon Care
Amazon, the world’s largest internet company by revenue, quietly launched a virtual health clinic for Seattle-area employees, CNBC reports.

Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission Sets New Regulations for Crypto Exchanges
The Securities and Futures Commission, Hong Kong’s financial regulatory has set out new regulations for Bitcoin and cryptocurrency exchanges on Oct. 6. Announced by Ashley Alder, Chief Executive of the Hong Kong SFC made an announcement in his speech at the Hong Kong FinTech Week 2019. Following his speech, the SFC also published a new regulatory approach to “virtual asset trading platforms,” on its website.

Why Cryptocurrency Is Not A Viable Global Reserve Currency to Replace the US Dollar
With the recent rise of cryptocurrency, there have been talks about the digital currency poised to become a global reserve currency, thus replacing the U.S dollar. Based on the virtual currency’s potential, it can become the next global hedge currency. But let us look at the facts in the financial market, especially from the dimensions of regulations, digital currency, and fiat currency. This move would help us understand whether the claims hold water.

Avo Receives First Virtual General Insurer License in Hong Kong
Hong Kong’s Insurance Authority (IA) announced on Tuesday that it has granted the first authorization for virtual general insurance under Fast Track. The license was granted to Avo, a local insurtech company providing products like health and travel insurance.

Australian Companies Signed Deal to Develop Blockchain-Driven Virtual Power Plants
Power Ledger, a Perth-based energy trading software company, and Powerclub, an Australian electricity wholesaler, have signed a deal to offer households unparalleled authority over their energy usage via a blockchain-based virtual power plant.

Indian Minister Reveals Crypto Regulatory Measures to Tame Terrorism
G. Kishan Reddy, India’s Union Minister of State (MoS) for Home Affairs disclosed that the nation would incorporate the standards of the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force (FATF) to deter terrorism by cutting off funding sources, especially cryptocurrencies.

"Denationalization of Money: The Argument Refined"
"The Denationalization of Money" - Vision Becoming a Reality

World's Largest Electronics Marketplace Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition) and electronicAsia Open in October
30 August 2019 – The 39th HKTDC Hong Kong Electronics Fair (Autumn Edition) and 23rd electronicAsia will be held concurrently at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 13-16 October 2019. The two fairs will gather around 4,300 exhibitors from across the globe, showcasing a wide variety of intelligent products, innovative start-up ideas and electronic components.

Is Blockchain’s Immutability the Holy Grail for Logistics?
The logistics industry can leverage on blockchain’s immutability in propelling order tracking, administrative efficiency, and dispute resolution.

Exclusive: Why is FinTech the Golden Opportunity for Graduates?
We are delighted to speak with Paul Pong, Chairman of the Institute of Financial Technologies of Asia (IFTA) to share with us how IFTA is building the FinTech ecosystem with the Certified Financial Technologists (CFT). Paul also highlights that FinTech is the golden opportunity for graduates!

Hong Kong Science and Technology Park: Turning Tech Startups' Visions into Reality
Blockchain.News sat down with Peter Mok, Head of Incubation and Acceleration Programmes, HKSTP to gain further insight into the incubation initiative and the custom-made programs, that have been designed to support technology startups, and specifically how they could be utilized by blockchain startups.

Blockchain-as-a-Service: Latest Battlefield for Tech Giants
Microsoft announced a set of new Azure service that span from AI, IoT, mixed reality and blockchain. The company will release further details about the hybrid cloud and edge computing at the Microsoft Build conference, according to the press release published on its website 2 May.

Weekly Market Snapshot - July 22, 2019
Here is what you need to know about the crypto market last week.

Building Decentralized Applications to Soon Become a Reality in WordPress
All decentralized applications will not be required to be built from scratch as this would greatly slow down the rate of adoption. For this reason, the Rue framework is gearing up to enable WordPress users to be able to transform their websites into platforms where they can easily build dapps.