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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A New Era of Smart Banking: Virtual Bank by Standard Chartered Building Digitally-Born Services
During Hong Kong Fintech Week 2019, Blockchain.News spoke with Deniz Güven, the CEO of the Virtual Bank by Standard Chartered, to understand the current developments and the new technology behind it. The Virtual Bank by Standard Chartered was one of the first granted a virtual banking license on March 27, 2019, from the HKMA along with two other licensees, Livi VB Limited and ZhongAn Virtual Finance Limited.

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.

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.

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

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.

Thailand Immigration Services to Implement the Idea of Virtual Visas
Travelling to Thailand may become even more accessible, thanks to blockchain technology. Thai Immigration Officials are in the process of testing out an ‘eVOA’ service for tourists entering the country. As a result, physical copies of travel documents may no longer be necessary.

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.

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).

How Dapps Will Become Superior Over Apps
Blockchain has made the creation of DApps (Decentralized Applications) a reality. The benefits rendered by DApps considerably out-weigh those presented by Apps (Applications).

Women in Blockchain: Marina Petrichenko of Salamentex
How the Women in the Blockchain Industry can help foster ideas with reality to ensure financial freedom under a protected environment, through education.

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.

Leading Asian Fintech Company WeLab Completes the Largest Ever Fintech Fundraising in China
Leading fintech company, WeLab announced on Dec. 12 that it has raised US$156 million in Series C of strategic financing, becoming the largest fintech fundraising in China so far. WeLab was one of the first virtual banks established in Hong Kong, after receiving a virtual banking license from Hong Kong’s de facto central bank, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) in April 2019.

Qatar Issues Crypto Ban, Digital Securities Still Allowed to Roam
Qatar’s regulator has blocked all crypto asset services in the nation. The Qatar Financial Centre Authority (QFC) mentioned in a statement that all “Virtual Asset Services may not be conducted in or from the QFC at this time.”

Cryptoaddiction: The Uglier Side of Digital Currencies
Addiction is an ugly word, but it's an unfortunate reality for many people. Crypto has brought about a new type of addiction. This is an introspective look at what crypto addiction looks like, and advice on where to find help.

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.