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As Varjo and MeetinVR team up, can VR provide the human touch videoconferencing lacks?

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Virtual and extended reality headset manufacturer Varjo has announced a partnership with MeetinVR, providers of virtual enterprise collaboration software, to help deliver more realistic experiences.

MeetinVR will release a dedicated version of their application which supports all Varjo’s headsets, from the VR-2, to VR-2 Pro and the XR-1 Developer Edition, as part of the partnership. New buyers of any Varjo headset will receive MeetinVR free for six months for up to five users.

The announcement was made during Varjo’s keynote at the influential AWE event, which naturally has moved online amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Varjo has previously looked to bolster enterprise usability of virtual reality through its product offerings. In October, as this publication reported, the launch of the VR-2 and VR-2 Pro aimed to ‘set a new standard in visual clarity, making it feasible for enterprise usability of VR technology.’

The company added that partnering with MeetinVR would aim to improve the user experience as many companies are adjusting to working remotely.

“Remote working is now becoming our new normal and the need to be able to virtually collaborate with colleagues, customers and partners around the world is business critical,” said Urho Konttori, co-founder and chief product officer at Varjo. “As enterprises adapt to a new work environment, we’re excited to partner with leading industry players, such as MeetinVR, to help build the future of virtual and mixed reality collaboration.”

While the coronavirus pandemic has led to evident struggle across industry and technology sectors, the VR industry has looked to take advantage of its position to bring greater innovation. IDC noted in March that, although short-term decline in hardware shipments was natural, the longer-term outlook will see greater enterprise VR interest.

One area in which Varjo and MeetinVR among others will look to capitalise is around the explosion in videoconferencing for remote meetings. While Zoom et al have done the job so far for communications, is there a greater need for face-to-face contact while the pandemic continues – and can VR supply it?

Consultancy firm Expressworks has been experimenting with conducting meetings in VR – including using MeetinVR – for this very purpose. Jonathan Berry, European practice director, said that the videoconference experience had not always been satisfactory. “We rely on more than words to communicate and many of the cues we are used to picking up on are lost through videoconferencing, as useful as it has been during this time,” he said.

The tests found that, overall, VR was not quite ready for prime time, with the primary concern for employees being motion sickness due to movement lag. Of the specific vendors trialled, AltspaceVR ‘offer[ed] an amazing experience but [not] the professional feel necessary for the corporate world’, while Rumii was ‘great for training and education but [not] versatile enough for large meetings’. MeetinVR was described as ‘the most promising’ solution, pending general availability.

Despite this, Berry was optimistic about future trials. “In our experiment there was a point in between the initial location excitement and the onset of movement lag induced nausea, at which the enormous potential for this technology was clear,” he said. “You are immersed in a virtual world which allows for almost complete concentration and focus.

“The technology isn’t there yet, but it feels close,” Berry added. “Maybe our ‘new normal’ will provide the catalyst needed to encourage the investment required to make this possibility mainstream.”

You can learn more about the Varjo and MeetinVR partnership here.

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Source: https://virtualreality-news.net/news/2020/may/28/as-varjo-and-meetinvr-team-up-can-vr-provide-the-human-touch-videoconferencing-lacks/

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A Crypto Friendly Future For Australia, Senators Propose New Regulations

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The Australian senate committee made 12 proposals to modify the current license and regulations over crypto assets, as well as the laws of taxation. The lawmakers believe Australia could take the lead in the digital economy if the laws were amicable.

The Senate Committee on Australia as a Technology and Financial Center (ATFC) states that the current regulations need to be adapted. As it was stated by the chairman: “The market is asking for regulation, and we are responding while trying to avoid trampling on innovation.”

Last year, Australian tax agents aimed to contact “as many as 350,000 individuals who have traded in cryptocurrency in the last few years.” To make a warning over meeting their tax obligations, as it was reported in News.com.au 

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The Australian law currently considers cryptocurrencies as an asset, therefore its investors are bound to pay a capital gains tax and report to the ATO if the digital asset is held for more than a year or makes any financial gain.

Back then, news.com.au interviewed H & R Block’s director of tax communications Mark Chapman, who told them that many cryptocurrencies investors “have dabbled in this thing and not realized the tax implications”.

This notice stirred crypto investors and The Select Committee recommends accommodations that bring clarity. For instance, giving an incentive of a 10% of tax discount to the miners who use renewable energy.

As the global digital asset market is projected to grow to $6 billion by 2025, the senators believe that “Given the scale of Australia’s existing industry for custody of traditional assets, there is significant scope for Australia to benefit from becoming a leader in the digital assets space.”

Australia Wants To Attract Crypto Businesses

The committee asked for the recognition of decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs), establishing a new regulatory structure. The senators’ report reads:

“DAOs do not clearly fall within any of Australia’s existing company structures. […] This regulatory uncertainty is preventing the establishment of projects of significant scale in Australia.”

Financial Review quoted the CEO of Blockchain Australia who said that “The recommendation that Australia looks to recognize DAO’s structures is a very strong signal to the world that we are ready to lead this conversation.”

Using the blockchains technology would diminish the need for intermediaries and could turn Australia into a prominent space for blockchain businesses.

The senators also asked Treasury to evaluate the possibilities for a CBDC. This idea has not been well received by the Reserve Bank of Australia before, but opinions might change as many countries are adopting their own and Australia aims to take the lead in the digital currency space.

 Related Reading | 110 Countries Are Exploring CBDC At Some Stage, Says IMF Managing Director

A survey from last September shows that 1 in every 6 Australians owns cryptocurrency and Bitcoin “remains the most popular one”.

As the tendency of Australians is to diversify their portfolio and the interest keeps growing, the proposed clarity in regulations and taxation will be beneficial for the growth of their crypto industry. Applying the measures should not wait for long to protect the customer’s and investors’ interests.

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Indicators that Bitcoin price would truly slump multiple times in the coming months

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On October 19, the first Bitcoin (BTC) exchange-traded fund (ETF) made its way to Wall Street, listing ProShares Bitcoin Strategy (BITO) which started trading on the New York Stock Exchange NYSE. The fund saw a little over $1 billion in trading volume at the end of its opening day, while Bitcoin price also rose to a new all-time high of $67,000.

Not too long after however, the spot gains reversed, and by Saturday Bitcoin price had returned to levels even below the $60,000 mark, thereby raising concerns about selloffs — those selloffs that almost routinely follow after a major crypto products launches on Wall Street.

What experts/analysts are saying with regards to Bitcoin Price correction

A renowned independent analyst, Nunya Bizniz took to Twitter in an effort to analyse the present situation based on past events. Recalling two of such major events as the launching of ProShares Bitcoin ETF: firstly, the listing of the first Bitcoin futures on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and then the time when Coinbase’s stock (COIN), debuted on the Nasdaq stock exchange.

Each of those times, Bitcoin would rally towards a new all-time high, before plunging to untenable lows.

For instance, Bitcoin first rallied to its then all-time high of $20,000 on Dec. 18, 2017, when CME launched its Bitcoin Futures product. But the launch eventually culminated into Bitcoin plunging to around $3,200 some twelve months later.

In quite a similar fashion, COIN’s debut on Wall Street in April this year, also saw Bitcoin rallying to a new all-time high around $65,000 some ten days after. However, the rise was short lived yet again, bringing BTC to as low as $28,800.

Another analyst Lark Davis has also shared his thoughts, claiming he wouldn’t be surprised if the Bitcoin price crashes following the launch of ProShares ETF based on pervious events with CME.

Now despite all of the bearishness usually linked with high-profile Wall Street crypto listings, some analysts are still of high hopes that this time will be different. The likes of Todd Rosenbluth, head of ETF and mutual fund research at CFRA, and Noelle Acheson, head of market insights at crypto trading firm Genesis, believe that Bitcoin ETF’s impressive debut of this month would result in very little downside moves in the spot BTC market.

In all of this though, one thing remains certain. While some experts expect multiple-month slumps, others expect slumps that may not be for too long. So in any case, and from all indications, a slump in price is expected

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MEXC Wins Title Of Best Exchange In Asia At The Crypto Expo Dubai Conference

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MEXC Wins Title Of Best Exchange In Asia At The Crypto Expo Dubai Conference

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MEXC Global was crowned the best cryptocurrency exchange platform in Asia at the Crypto Expo Dubai 2021. MEXC dedicates this accolade to all its loyal customers and supporters, without whom an audience for it would be non-existent.

Some of the prominent players in the blockchain industry graced the rare event, including 50 crypto-based companies, and over 60 CEOs and founders from more than 30 countries. The event hosted more than 3,000 traders, with MEXC as a gold partner.

The expo aimed to bring together investors and industry leaders to network and share ideas on how to transition the global economy into a new crypto era. Major companies in the Asian digital asset sector have a chance to exhibit their diverse products and services in addition to sharing their insights about the crypto industry.

Among the presenters of the Dubai crypto conference, was MEXC. The exchange’s team showcased the company’s cluster of crypto-focused services, in addition to explaining how it plans to penetrate the global population. Representatives also utilized the interacting experience to obtain transformational ideas from some of the leading experts in the digital asset industry. This information will be applied duly when upgrading MEXC’s marketing strategy.

Even more, the representatives physically interacted with executives from many other crypto companies and jointly defined ways to further engage more members of the crypto community.

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Notably, the award lays out MEXC’s successful globalization strategy and its market adaptable ambitions. The Singapore-based exchange currently boasts over $500 million in trading volume. It also has a growing user base in more than 200 countries, including Japan, India, Turkey, Indonesia, South Korea, Brazil, and Africa among many others.

Launched in 2018, the centralized crypto exchange has made efforts to improve coverage of its diverse crypto trading opportunities among investors globally. The company has also forged partnerships with some of the most revolutionary blockchain platforms and crypto on-ramp projects to intensify crypto products.

More recently, the global exchange collaborated with the market-leading blockchains Solana, Avalanche, and Polygon. These promising platforms benefit from MEXC’s eco funding and technical support that encourages mainstream adoption of blockchain technology and the crypto industry.

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