By Ray White
We don’t know the true identity of Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoin. We don’t know if Nakamoto is a singular person or a group of people. We don’t even know if Nakamoto is alive or dead.
But if Nakamoto is a single person, they’re currently the 52nd richest person in the world when measured against Forbes’ list of billionaires. And judging by the way Bitcoin’s price has exploded, they might soon sit on top of that list, potentially as the world’s first trillionaire.
Here’s the basics: Nakamoto is estimated to hold nearly 1 million bitcoins, giving him a net worth of more than $17 billion based on bitcoin’s price as of Tuesday. That would slot Nakamoto around 52nd near German retail overlord …
Facebook is trying to close the augmented reality gap with Snapchat with the help of an army of third-party developers. Today, eight months after debuting its Augmented Reality Camera Effects platform and AR Studio tool at F8, Facebook is allowing all developers to start buidling AR experiences for its Facebook Camera. That includes “World Effects” — Facebook’s copy… Read More
By Kerry Flynn
Get ready for the next dancing hot dog.
Facebook opened up its AR studio on Tuesday to everyone and released its own “world effects,” AKA features that let users augment the world around them through their smartphones and adapt as objects move like we’ve seen in Pokémon Go and in Snapchat.
Starting Tuesday, Messenger and Facebook Camera (upper left corner button of the Facebook app) will feature effects such as balloon words, unicorns, and robots. It’s not brand new to the Facebook ecosystem, but the functionality is soon to get far more pervasive as more developers build their own effects for Facebook. …
By Chris Taylor
There has been an awakening of Star Wars reviews. Have you felt it?
At 12pm ET on Tuesday December 12, hardcore fans of the Star Wars franchise faced a choice as perilous as any Jedi. The Disney embargo for Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi dropped, and seemingly every news outlet across the planet rushed out their review at once.
But if you want, nay, need to experience every tiny surprise a new Star Wars movie has to offer, how can you read such a thing? Even if you’re not entirely spoilerphobic, reviewers often get carried away in their nerdiness; who knows what they might reveal?
The Last Jedi is especially difficult in this regard, because this is a film with so much going on. In …