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Squid Game EP via Casablanca Records for use by 360 Magazine

SQUID GAME EP

LET’S PLAY EP AVAILABLE TODAY

INSPIRED BY NETFLIX’S MOST-WATCHED SERIES

INCLUDES TOKiMONSTA “THE FLOWER BLOOMS”

ALSO FEATURES NEW MUSIC FROM ALOK, CHEAT CODES, AND MAYTREE

LISTEN HERE.

Casablanca Records releases Squid Game (Let’s Play) EP inspired by Squid Game, Netflix’s most-watched series – reaching over 142 million households globally. The brand-new EP features TOKiMONSTA’s new song entitled “The Flower Blooms.”  Squid Game (Let’s Play) EP also includes new music from ALOKCheat Codes, and MayTree.

Listen to Squid Game (Let’s Play) EP HERE via Casablanca Records. 

TOKiMONSTA comments on “The Flower Blooms” and Squid Game. “Like so many, I watched Squid Games and loved it. As a Korean American, seeing this type of representation paired with boundary breaking acceptance is important for Asian minorities living in Western societies.  That being said, after watching it I felt inspired to write something unique and tied to my Korean roots. In Korean, the “Red Light, Green Light” moment is based on a Korean game I grew up with—the words actually saying “The hibiscus flower is blooming/blossoming.”  I created a fun song, using my own voice to sing the lyric in Korean.”

The history making South Korean Netflix series, Squid Game, follows Gi-hun.  Laid off and divorced with high-interest loans and a gambling debt, Gi-hun is at his wit’s end when a strange man presents him a business card featuring a circle, triangle and square. The man invites Gi-hun to a survival game. The prize money? 45.6 billion won. Grasping at straws, Gi-hun accepts the offer and lands himself in a mysterious place with a total of 456 participants; among them is Sang-woo, Gi-hun’s former neighbor who initially seemed to be living the high life, Il-nam the terminally ill elder, Sae-byeok the North Korean defector, Deok-su the gangster, Mi-nyeo the con artist and Ali the migrant worker. The rule is simple: Everyone has to participate in a well-known, classic childhood game. The stakes? Their lives. Winner takes all.  Trust no one, not even yourself.  Here, winning is the only thing that matters.

Squid Game has also been confirmed to have a second season.

Squid Game (Let’s Play) EP Tracklisting:

1. Alok “Squid Game (Let’s Play)”

2. Cheat Codes “Way Back Then (Squid Game Remix)”

3. TOKiMONSTA “The Flower Blooms”

4. MayTree “Squid Game (acapella)”

About Netflix

Netflix is the world’s leading streaming entertainment service with 214 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries, feature films and mobile games across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

ABOUT CASABLANCA RECORDS

Casablanca Records, the legendary label of the 70’s, defined the sound of its era. During the infamous days of Studio 54, Casablanca launched the careers of artists such as Kiss, Parliament, Donna Summer and Giorgio Moroder. Founded by industry icon Neil Bogart, the label is currently helmed by Brett Alperowitz with a focus on Dance and Electronic music. Working with a global roster of both established superstars and emerging new talent, Casablanca Records is home to Dillon Francis, Felix Jaehn, Jonasu, KUNGS, Martin Solveig, Navos, Purple Disco Machine, and SG Lewis.

Rimac Technology automotive work via Rimac Technology for use by 360 MAGAZINE

RIMAC TECHNOLOGY

Ringing in the new year, the Rimac Group becomes its own entity as the Rimac Technology business.

Serving as a diverse company, Bugatti Rimac (active from November 21) falls within the clientele of the Rimac Technology business. The Rimac Group is a shareholder in Bugatti Rimac with 55% stake and Porsche with the following 45%. Rimac Group now owns the individual company of Rimac Technology. The fresh company has goals to develop its areas of expertise in the engineering, development, production and supply of differing systems that Rimac is renowned for – such as battery systems, electric drive units, electronic systems and user interface components.

A company with superior electronic expertise, Rimac Technology works closely with automotive manufacturers across Europe. These two realms collaborate in projects like the expansion of the Nevera, taking customers step by step through the process of product creation. Rimac Technology is especially known for their work with international OEMs such as Porsche, Hyundai, Kia, Automobili Pininfarina, Koenigsegg and Aston Martin, with other projects yet to be announced. With the development of Rimac Technology’s manufacturing capacities, the brand has goals to create tens of thousands of advanced systems per year by 2024.

The solely independent company works as an individual manufacturer, including sponsors into the Rimac Group business. Rimac Technology prioritizes clientele confidentiality with all projects, and that each endeavor will be completed to request of necessary cost, performance and within sufficient time.

Mate Rimac, CEO of Rimac Group, now heads both Bugatti Rimac and Rimac Technology. Although both the brands operate separately, they both work under Bugatti Rimac with shared R&B along with other roles. The potential of both Bugatti and Rimac automobiles will be corresponded to Bugatti Rimac, merging ideas and innovation in research and development, production and other areas.

Mate Rimac states, “If we go back to the very beginning of the Rimac Automobili business in 2009, the dream for me was to build my own electric hypercar. With Nevera we believe we’ve achieved that dream, creating a car that is not only the fastest accelerating in the world, but also comfortable, usable and brimming with our advanced technology. But Nevera isn’t just a standalone project, it’s a showcase of what Rimac Technology can do free from the costs or volume restraints of a large-scale manufacturer. We believe once you’ve pushed the technology as far as it can go, it makes it a lot easier to scale up to higher volume and lower cost. The e-Axles, Torque Vectoring, battery systems, connectivity, AI, and countless other electrical systems on Nevera are all our own creations, and each of them can be scaled to suit applications you might find on a range of higher volume performance vehicles.

Separating the technology business into its own entity is a natural step as the focus of the two markets, hypercars and components, are completely different. For example, the products of Rimac Technology, while being on the cutting edge of performance, also need to be extremely cost competitive and producible at huge scales, while those issues are secondary for the hypercar business. This new structure will enable each company of the Rimac Group to flourish to their full potential, while still sharing the synergies between them – for example using our own hypercars as testbeds for new technology before we offer it to other OEMs.”

Troubleshooting Smart Home Tech

While Still Working from Home

It’s been almost two years since the COVID-19 pandemic forced many businesses to shift their physical models and adapt to a remote, virtual environment. Now in 2022, the rise of Omicron variant cases has resulted in offices sending their employees back to work from home again. A recent [1]survey from Assurant shows that full time work from home activity is expected to increase by 33% as the pandemic continues, tripled from 11% when the pandemic began.

This upward trend in work from home culture also comes with an upward trend in smart home device connectivity, particularly right after the holidays when people want to work simultaneously with their new smart televisions, smart speakers, and other devices operating in the background. Renters and homeowners alike have even opted for smart home appliances and amenities included with the property, as the demand for smart home technology increased by [2]nearly 25% at the end of 2021 and is expected to accelerate throughout the next few years.

Even with new smart home technology products presented at the recent CES® 2022, troubleshooting these devices when not working properly can be stressful, especially when the company’s IT department can’t come to the home environment.

How Do I Go About Troubleshooting My Devices?

As the first instinct of many would be trying to fix the problem themselves or going directly to the device manufacturer, there are simple steps one can take, while not interrupting workflow at the same time.  To ensure smooth connectivity in every corner of the home, one should start by keeping a close eye on issues shown by the existing Wi-Fi router, such as web pages loading slowly or video playback constantly buffering.

If the router frequently displays issues with the network, the user should consider adding a Wi-Fi range extender in the home to increase the wireless bandwidth across different rooms. This would be an extreme help for company video meetings and software capabilities even when two people in the same household are both working at the same time.

When connecting a new smart device to the Wi-Fi network, one should also check the speed of the device and adjust the positioning accordingly where the internet connection is the strongest in the home. The existing service provider may even offer additional bandwidth options increase the desired connectivity as best as possible.

The Future of Support

No matter the device or the problem, troubleshooting can be time-consuming and hinder work productivity. Just imagine how a client would feel if one were struggling to join a video meeting or email a report that was due an hour ago. Support needs to be similar to an Amazon retail model in streamlining a one-stop shop to troubleshoot any smart home device without ever having to go to the manufacturer.

Whether it’s learning how to set up, connect, or get the most out of a particular device, tech support needs to be humanized to make it as convenient and comprehensive as possible for the person to understand. No one should have to still wait to get a response from an online ticket request they filled out days ago or wait on hold for hours just to speak to someone in a foreign country with a language barrier.

Consumers need to feel confident in the products they purchase, and companies need the assurance from their employees of working through these difficulties to keep their own products and services afloat.  

Even though the work from home culture with the pandemic is continuing, it doesn’t mean old tech support ways have to.

About The Author: 

Scott McKinley is AVP, Premium Technical Support for Pocket Geek Home. For more information visit www.pocketgeekhome.com.  

Sources

1, 2: https://www.assurant.com/newsroom-detail/Features/2022/January/smart-amenities-in-properties


Bugatti Electric Scooter via Extension PR for use by 360 Magazine

Bugatti × Bytech

Bugatti has partnered with industry-leading Bytech International to create a new scooter that was revealed for the first time at the CES 2022 expo held at the Las Vegas Convention Center on January 5, alongside prominent technology companies from around the world. “Bugatti is at the pinnacle of automotive excellence,” said Wiebke Stahl, Managing Director at Bugatti International. “Partnering with a company such as Bytech gives us an opportunity to expand our reach in the electric mobility space with an experienced partner and a product that can be enjoyed by consumers around the world.” 

Fabricated with the everyday consumer in mind, the electric scooter features a unique aerodynamic yet functional folding design that is available in three colors: Agile Blue, Silver, and Black. Weighing only 35lbs, the scooter is constructed with a magnesium alloy frame that allows for easy transport and has a large LED screen that displays speed, mode, battery life, and headlights. The electric scooter boasts a 700w motor capable of traversing any type of terrain with a 15° incline, 9″ run-flat tires, three speeds with cruise control, and a 36v/10ah battery with a range of approximately 22 miles, as well as over-heating, short circuit, over-current and overcharge protection. The battery is portable, easily removable, and uses a standard wall outlet to charge, only takes four hours.

Recognizing safety as a first and foremost concern, the electric scooter is equipped with cutting-edge technologies to ensure driver protection. For those purposes, this scooter features unique lighting functions. Its dual-turn signals are located on the ergonomic handle grips, as well as above the rear mudguard. Additionally, there are illuminated base lights on the sides of the deck, and a back “EB” monogram projection logo for enhanced artistry, style, and performance. The scooter also features a dual-braking system, a front left-hand brake lever, and a rear E-ABS electronic brake for added security and comfort.

“We are excited to partner with such an amazing brand that represents luxury and top quality in a growing industry yearning for enhanced design, while also incorporating the evolving needs of its customers,” said Eli Mizrahi, Executive Vice President at Bytech International. “By joining forces, we are able to expand our consumer base, which began with the debut of our new scooter at CES.”

The superior style, extra power, and performance of the scooter are designed to make it an alternative and comfortable mode of transportation for both work and play. The scooter has a weight capacity of up to 242lbs and a top speed of 18.5mph. Owners can enjoy three settings: Economy mode (9mph), City mode (12.5mph), and Sport mode (18.5mph).

Science Tech by Gabrielle Archuletta for use by 360 Magazine

What’s New at CES

By: Skyler Johnson

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, showcased some of the world’s newest technologies, everything from medical devices to self-driving cars. These technologies and the companies behind them vary in size, from startups to massive corporations. They have displayed their newest products, unveiling prototypes for devices that may become essential in just a few years down the road. Here are just a few:

Health Products

The Fasteesh Y-brush, currently a medical device, revolutionizes teeth brushing. Because of the shape, the brush can clean teeth in ten seconds and is three times more effective than a typical toothbrush. Currently, this is being implemented in care facilities and retirement homes.

Japan’s Quantum Operations exhibited the first non-invasive glucose monitor. This changes the way in which diabetes patients measure their glucose and will reduce the repeated pains garnered by needles. The device is worn like a watch, reminiscent of an Apple Watch, and can record glucose levels in the body.

Hapbee’s device, worn like a necklace, influences mood. It uses ultra-low frequency magnetic waves to help the body in both relieving stress and gaining energy. It offers the same benefits as caffeine and melatonin without the harmful effects on the body.

Convenience

If you ever dreaded your alarm clock, Loftie has you covered. Their alarms aid in the process of sleep through implementing breathwork and soundbaths while awake, and white noises and nature sounds while asleep. The two-phase alarm system is designed to both get you out of bed and not leave you irritated through professionally crafted tones.

Ottonomy.io developed robots that allow for both indoor and outdoor deliveries to our doors. A contextual navigation system allows for the robot to safely traverse environments. Because it’s all-electric, the device is more sustainable than traditional delivery methods and is especially worth considering during ongoing supply chain issues and staff shortages.

Urban Canopee fights against the effects of climate change by creating a product that transforms plant life to act as natural umbrellas. The result is cooler urban environments, increased biodiversity, and improved air quality.

Gaming

Perfect for the metaverse, Shiftall creates technology to allow for an all-body VR experience. Not only will users be able to control virtual environments using their hands, but also their feet. The gaming potential with this expansion is limitless.

With the growth of e-sports, Glytch intends to create stadiums for the new sport. The company will open 32 e-sports venues across America and Canada in the next eight years. Each venue will be 90,000 to 120,000 square feet and the home stadium of a different team.

Vehicles

A new winter sport has arrived with the development of the Moonbike. A cross between a snowmobile and a motorcycle, they provide a unique way of traversing the show. They are also fully electric, silent, and much lighter than snowmobiles, helping to keep the mountains snowy for years to come.

CES introduced many sustainable vehicles. The Jeep Wrangler 4xe will be the first hybrid Jeep to enter the market. The Bobcat T7X is the first all-electric compact track loader. There are two new companies that are planning to launch electric vehicles: EdisonFuture and Fisker. The former will release electric solar trucks and delivery vans. The latter displayed the Fisker Karma, an all-electric SUV.

There are also innovations occurring in autonomous driving. Helm develops autonomous vehicles that allow for safer and more efficient autonomous driving for both SUVs and commercial trucks. John Deere announced the release of the first autonomous tractor to help farmers increase yield.

Conclusion

Overall, many exciting new innovations were exhibited during CES. While not all these products will reach a consumer base, it’s exciting to think of the potential benefit these technologies will deliver.

STEVE AOKI × THEOS

STEVE AOKI Joins Forces with THEOS To Create New TV Show THE GATHERING Celebrating the World’s Greatest Festivals

Steve Aoki uncovers the most significant cultural celebrations in THE GATHERING. The project is a personal journey which takes Aoki from offstage and into the crowd in a way we’ve never seen before.

Executive Producer David Lingwood brings us to significant cultural festivals worldwide through the eyes of one of today’s most renowned global DJs.

A man of the people, Steve Aoki, tends to meet the locals and discovers their stories whenever he travels around the globe. It’s a desire he has to dive deeper into the social fabric of our times. This passion for telling personal stories was most famously captured when he interviewed cab drivers of Middle Eastern descent right after 9/11. With THE GATHERING, travel further to find engaging interactions and encounters with communities and why they come together to celebrate the human condition the way they do. Through Aoki’s unique storytelling, watch as he goes to England for “The Appleby Horsefair” to learn about England’s deep gypsy roots. Or “The Boryeong Mud Festival” in Korea to learn about another side of their culture. Steve fearlessly shares his contagious passion for culture and adventure and carries you to places and events that you’ve never heard of. A master at his craft, his goal is to find commonality through expression and community while highlighting music, authentic food, culture, people, and travel. Viewers will see some genuinely surprising answers. 

DAVE LINGWOOD

David has 10+ years of experience producing award-winning television for numerous networks, including MTV, FOX, Freeform, and HGTV, to name a few. With an instinctual knack for sniffing out contemporary talent and formats, he has an unparalleled eye for recognizing trending IP. As one of the co-founders of THEOS, David has developed and sold dozens of pilots and series to networks and platforms throughout his career. In addition to producing, David shares duality as talent too, which began as one of the millennial-defining MTV series The Buried Life stars. He also wrote New York Times #1 bestseller “What Do You Want To Do Before You Die.”

David Lingwood inside 360 magazine (photo provided by workhouse pr).

THEOS is a new media entertainment company of curious storytellers. We focus on creating the most innovative and stylized media for all new domestic and global platforms. Our mission is to create demographic-specific content targeting Gen-Z and Millennials. Our goal is simple: create content that destroys molds. To learn more, visit www.theos.co

Ten Cybersecurity Tips for New Businesses

The internet is full of opportunities that allow your business to operate more smoothly through computer-based resources. Whether you own a website, use email or a cloud-computing system, consider cybersecurity as part of your business plan.

Keeping your business optimally secure provides safety measures for your business and its consumers. Without it, new business owners run the risk of common daily threats. For many enterprises, cybersecurity is a growing concern. Projections show that businesses will spend an estimated $170.4 billion in cybersecurity by 2022.  

Invest in a safe culture for your business. Building a security plan will help you remain confident in your business and your consumers. 

Why Cybersecurity Matters to New Businesses

Cybercriminals will likely target new businesses through a data breach. This concern makes your company more vulnerable to several types of cyberattacks that can break your business.

Data can include sensitive information on financial documents, credit cards, intellectual property and more. Likewise, cybercriminals can also access employee and customer information such as names and addresses to steal their identities. 

Therefore, cybersecurity practices are essential for protecting all categories of data from fraudulent activities. 

Most Common Cyber Threats

It’s important to know that criminals are becoming more creative when launching new cyberattacks. Although, here are some of the most common types of cyber threats that attack new organizations each day. 

Phishing

Phishing is a cyberattack targeting a recipient by email, phone or text. Cybercriminals will pose as a legitimate company to lure businesses into providing sensitive data. This method often involves an individual clicking on a malicious attachment link that downloads ransomware and compromises security. 

As a result of phishing scams, businesses continue to reach massive losses. Ransomware attacks cost organizations an average of $233,217 and 19 days of downtime. As a new business owner, this matter at hand is a price you’ll want to avoid paying altogether. 

Watering Holes

Watering holes are legitimate websites that attackers will hijack and make them malicious without notice. The attack requires a site user to click on a link or download a file. In turn, the action installs malware on the device and obtains personal information.

Drive-by Download

Like watering holes, a drive-by download uses a malicious website to install malware on a device without permission. This typically happens when security systems are inadequate, or an operating system is outdated.

Compromised Passwords

Compromised passwords can occur when a user enters login credentials unknowingly on a fraudulent website. This issue often arises when the username and password are common, which leaves accounts vulnerable to attacks. Additionally, the reuse of passwords across multiple platforms makes your system susceptible to attackers – leaving multiple accounts at higher risk.

10 Cybersecurity Tips for New Businesses

Broadband and information technology play a significant role in businesses increasing productivity, new market reach and operational efficiency. To protect your organization and customers from cybersecurity threats, utilize these hacks to establish a well-crafted guide.

1. Update and Authenticate Passwords

Create a policy where employees create unique passwords and change them every three months. Implementing a multi-factor authentication will also require additional information upon password entry. You can also work with vendors that handle sensitive data to see if they offer multi-factor authentication for your accounts. 

2. Implement Employee Training on Best Security Practices

Creating policies around implementing security practices will guide employees in handling and protecting passwords and sensitive data.

3. Use the Latest Security Software for Protection

Updating your security software can protect operating systems and web applications from malware, viruses and internet threats. You can set up antiviral software to run a scan after each update. Additionally, as soon as you see an available update, you must install it accordingly.

4. Use Firewall Protection for Internet

Firewall security will prevent attackers from breaching your data through a private network. Enhance your operating system’s security by installing free firewall software online. Firewall systems are especially beneficial for remote employees who utilize their home network. 

5. Backup Business Data and Information

Continuously backup data regularly for all devices. This ensures that critical information such as financial details, human resources files, spreadsheets, payment accounts and other vital information is protected. Use weekly automated backups to store copies offsite or in the cloud if possible.

6. Secure Wi-fi Networks

If you use a wi-fi network, ensure it is secure, hidden and encrypted. To keep it safe, use password protection and set up your router with an SSID (Service Set Identifier) to hide the network name.

7. Process Payments Securely

Work with your banks and payment card processors to ensure anti-fraud protection and validated tools are offering security all around. There may also be agreements you can pursue with your bank or processor for added security.

You can further follow other best practices by isolating payment systems from less secure programs. Lastly, consider using a separate device to process payments and browse the web.

8. Limit Employee Access to Data and Software Installation

Avoid entrusting all data access to employees. Workers should only have access to pertinent data they need to do their job. Additionally, they should not be permitted to download any software without gaining permission.

9. Control Access and Create User Accounts for Individual Employees

Maintain limited access to business computers for unauthorized employees. Laptops are particularly vulnerable to theft. So be sure to lock these devices up before leaving them unattended.

Create individual user accounts and strong passwords for each employee. In addition, consider entrusting administrative privileges only to IT staff and management.

10. Make an Action Plan for Mobile Devices

Mobile devices can contain security vulnerabilities when they hold access to confidential information.

Consider enforcing password protection, data encryption and security apps for all users. This strategy will prevent cybercriminals from stealing information while the device is on a public network.

You should also create a reporting procedure in case equipment gets lost or stolen.

Protect Your New Business

Avoid putting your business at risk of cyberattacks. By assessing the risks and implementing strategies, you make it possible to protect your business from data breaches. The time to enhance your cybersecurity is today.

Ensure you implement these tips, and you’ll avoid falling victim to cybercriminals. 

photo at Aku World by Rowben Lantion for use by 360 Magazine

AKU WORLD DEBUTS IN MIAMI

Miami is Aku’s first introduction to the physical world and brings friends and collaborators spanning from leaders in cryptocurrency, NFT creators, art curators and collectors, fashion and streetwear icons, A-list musicians, and Hollywood execs together in one space to explore NFTs from a range of perspectives with real world conversations that bridge the gap between crypto and mainstream culture. 

Conceived by Micah Johnson in February 2021, Aku has since become the first NFT to be optioned for film and television projects and is the first NFT to travel to space. Aku is a conduit to empower the next generation of explorers and dreamers. The visually-stunning, multilayered event showcases the otherworldly dimension of Aku and allows guests to step out of reality and into the metaverse through carefully curated exhibits that blur the lines between NFT technology and IRL experiences:

  • Unique NFTs: Through a partnership with leading cryptocurrency exchange FTX US, attendees will be able to sign up for their own crypto wallet, collect NFTs throughout the space via hidden QR codes, and purchase digital artworks by legendary 3D artist, Raf Grassetti, as well as unique Aku digital works
  • FTX Minting Room: Top-tier ticket holders will have exclusive access to the Minting Room presented by FTX US, where they can create their own 4D-scanned avatar that lives within the Aku universe and mint them into NFTs, which they can later trade, sell or display in their digital wallets.
  • Aku’s Merch Room: Attendees can shop on-site via the Merch Room, which will host three days of exclusive merch collaborations with VIP guest collaborators Pusha-T, Jérôme LaMaar and Aleali May, with each day dedicated to a single limited time, limited edition collection, available for pre-order at the event and online. PORTL, the holoportation and NFT hologram showcase leader, will present the merchandise in four epic hologram units.
  • Aku’s Collection: Aku’s Collection, curated by Art Angels, will tell more of Aku’s story through an art installation for guests to explore and interact with. A special curation of young Black artists including Jade Yasmeen, Asiko, Floyd Strickland, and Solomon Omogboye will be exhibited alongside two new original paintings by Micah Johnson, as well as three screen prints by Jean-Michel Basquiat. Guests will have the opportunity to view and purchase original artworks on-site.
  • Aku’s Helmet: Conceptualized by renowned creative and experiential studio MATTE Projects, the 30,000 square foot space will house a futuristic lifesize art installation of Aku’s Helmet, where guests can experience three otherworldly dimensions of Aku.
  • Blue Room: The Blue Room will host daily panel sessions and conversations led by leaders in art, fashion, music and crypto.

AKU WORLD | DAYTIME PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

Open daily from 12-7 PM

Wynwood Arts 29 |  95 NW 29th St. Miami, FL 33127

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3rd

1:00 PM | Traditional Art and Web 3                                                                                              

Micah Johnson and experts from renowned art galleries and institutions will address the opportunities and challenges surrounding Web 3 and the art world.

Moderator: Micah Johnson (Creator of Aku)

Panelists: Ronnie K. Pirovino (Art collector, Curator and Appraiser), Sophia Cohen (Sales Associate and Artist Liaison, Gagosian)

3:00 PM | Designer Talk                                                                                    

Micah Johnson and Summer Watson will be joined by exclusive Aku World: Miami merch collaborators to talk about all things designer, creativity, streetwear, drop culture and more.

Moderators: Micah Johnson (Creator of Aku) and Summer Watson (President, Vol. 1; Exec Producer, Aku World: Miami) 

Panelists: Pusha-T (Musician), Aleali May (Style Consultant, Model and Designer), Jérôme LaMaar (Creative Director, Designer and Stylist)

4:00 PM | Music and NFTs                                                                                

Summer Watson will be joined by artists and industry execs to discuss NFTs, crypto and the music industry. 

Moderator: Summer Watson (President, Vol. 1; Exec Producer, Aku World: Miami)

Panelists: Mike Spitz (Founder & CEO, Vol. 1), Haleek Maul (Musician), Hugo Renaudin (Co-Founder and CEO of P00LS), SassyBlack (Musical Artist), Latashá Alcindor (Artist Community Lead, ZORA)

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4th

1:00 PM | Future of Media: Web 3                                                                                  

Clint Kisker will be joined by leading film and media executives to discuss the opportunities in web 3.

Moderator: Clint Kisker (Co-Founder, Madison Wells Media)

Panelists: Kiri Hart (Film Executive, Writer and Producer), Logan Coles (Writer, Producer and Director), Stephen Feder (Film and TV Producer)

3:00 PM | Fireside Chat                                                                     

One-on-one conversation between Micah Johnson (Creator of Aku) and Roham Gharegozlou (CEO, Dapper Labs)

4:00 PM | ‘The Wolf of All Streets’ Podcast                                                                                   

Scott Melker, aka the Wolf of All Streets, will speak with prolific leaders from the worlds of crypto, trading, finance, music, art, and more.

Moderator: Scott Melker (Host of The Wolf of All Streets Podcast)

Panelists: Special guests to be announced

Nightclub Gif by Reb Czukoski for use by 360 Magazine

MERGING VERSES NFT

The future of fashion is the merging of two verses, the virtual world (metaverse) and the physical world. We explore this through the unity of traditional photography and animation—where humans and AI co-exist.

The NFT world is something that is growing and still confusing for many people not directly involved in the producing and purchasing of these new age art pieces. 360 MAGAZINE was able to interview several people directly involved in the production side of NFTs, including producer and model Bee Davies and photographer Jacques Burga.

Interview with Bee Davies

  • What made you become interested in NFTs?

I became interested in NFTs when I started doing virtual production and realized that there was no marketplace for digital art. More than that, there was no fan base. We know famous photographers and people who collect their photographsbut there’s not the same kind of hype surrounding animators. An NFT marketplace not only legitimizes their work, but provides a platform that opens up the door for a whole new kind of collector.

  • How do you respond to people suggesting NFTs are overly expensive and pointless?

Couldn’t you say that about all collectibles? Digital art, like any art, is meant to be enjoyed; the NFT marketplaces and wallets allow you to do that much more easily.

  • What is your favorite NFT?

The one I produced with Jacques for 360, because it exemplifies the merging of the real world and the metaverse.

  • Was it odd to see yourself become an NFT?

Not at all. Since the dawn of social media we have all had virtual versions of ourselves, this is just an overt way of expressing it.

  • What are your biggest artistic inspirations?

I would like to create and produce a completely virtual fashion show for the industry’s top fashion houses (this means AI talent, virtual runways, and digital clothing/accessories…as well as an audience attending in VR). And of course, mint every bit of the digital experience so it can be enjoyed in the metaverse for eternity.

  • What are some upcoming projects you’re looking forward to?

I have a bunch of NFTs that will be dropping soon that I’ve collaborated on with different animatorssome of which feature the actors from the SciFi TV Pilot I created.

Interview w/ Jacques Burga

  • What made you become interested in NFTs?

It’s a whole new way of making business. I enjoy pushing boundaries when it comes to projects related to my field. It also makes me feel there’s always a next step to follow and to explore disciplines that I wasn’t precisely an expert in.

  • How do you respond to people suggesting NFTs are overly expensive and pointless?

To keep the mind open to new ways of mixing technology and creativity may be good advice.

  • What are your inspirations as a photographer?

I am inspired by People and Beauty

  • Why did you decide to blend photographic elements with virtual ones?

Our world has become very virtual. Photography gets elevated when it’s blend with other disciplines such as Art or Technology (virtuality.)

  • What is your relationship with digital artwork?

I’m working on digital projects related to Fashion and NFT. My relationship is continuously growing.

  • When did you become interested in photography?

When I left an internship at a high profile magazine in Paris and decided to become independent and nurture my desire to create fashion.

  • What, in your opinion, is your best piece of artwork/photography?

I cherish every project since it is composed of pieces that create a nice puzzle for me.

  • What projects can we expect to see from you in the future?

I will always want to explore and collaborate with new technologies and artists that share my vision of fashion and people.

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Is Tokenization the Future of Real Estate?

By Julio Gonzalez, Founder and CEO, Engineered Tax Services

In the Middle Ages, medieval alchemists dreamed of a magical object called the Philosopher’s Stone, which could change lead into gold. Well, today, we in the realm of real estate have at our disposal just as miraculous a tool—tokenization, which can transform an illiquid asset (like a real estate holding) into a liquid asset!

It’s Time for a Change: Brick & Mortar Goes Blockchain

Last year I came up with an innovative idea. Blockchain technology is disrupting capital markets through cryptocurrency—what if we harnessed blockchain technology to promote liquidity in real estate markets?  As the founder and CEO of Engineered Tax Services, the nation’s leading specialty tax advisory firm that weds modern accounting methods with sophisticated engineering studies, I have over 20 years of experience in commercial real estate, and I believe in looking ahead.

To bring my dream into reality, I partnered with tZERO, a leader in blockchain technology for capital markets, which works to tokenize and trade digitally-enhanced securities securely. Its stated goal is “democratizing access to private market investments.” I collaborated with tZERO to bring tokenization to the accounting industry and its real estate clients so I could make next-generation real estate services available to the nation, just as I’ve done with cost segregation studies, 179D energy tax deductions, and R&D tax credits for a wide variety of industries. 

Disrupting Real Estate Markets Through Digitalization

To understand how tokenization works, let’s first take a look at the traditional real estate landscape.  Real estate’s status as a relatively safe investment has remained pretty much unchallenged. There’s a famous Mark Twain quote: “Buy land, they aren’t making it anymore.”  The stock market might rise or fall, but real estate is eternal—people will always need a physical place to live and work. However, real estate transactions also tend to be some of the most complex and expensive, which makes real estate itself relatively illiquid.

In recent decades, securitization has been somewhat successful in making real-property interests easier to transact. But there’s a new method of engaging in such transactions that promises to go even further in transforming the purchase, holding, and sale of real property. It’s called tokenization.

Exactly what is tokenization? When you tokenize real estate, you create a digital securities ownership interest in the entity that holds and/or operates the underlying real estate assets. These securities use blockchain technology to make trading easier and safer for investors. (In the future, with regulatory reform, we could see an expanded role for blockchain in the lifecycle, including real time or near-real time settlement.) To make their holdings available to the public, an issuer can utilize a variety of blockchain networks, such as Ethereum or Telos. Digital securities are typically governed by a smart contract that’s programmed to be compliant with securities regulations.

Tokenization and blockchain have numerous advantages over traditional methods of dealing in real estate. Among these technological innovations are:

  • Increased liquidity and transparency;
  • Materially faster transaction settlement speeds;
  • Reduced settlement costs;
  • Enhanced security; and 
  • Simplified management.

How Does Tokenization Work?

By tokenizing real estate, you issue digital equity securities in a holding company that owns the real estate asset. You can easily structure digital securities to represent a variety of ownership and economic interests in an underlying asset.  These interests can be:

  • Equity in a company that owns the asset;
  • An interest in debt secured by the real estate;
  • A stream of income based on cash flows from the asset; or 
  • An interest in the capital growth of an off-plan project. 

You can apply tokenization to a wide variety of types of the real property, including single-family homes, multifamily structures, office buildings, warehouses, retail spaces, timeshares, and everything else imaginable.

Several models of real-estate tokenization are already being actively developed, such as:

  • Ownership of real estate through a special purpose vehicle;
  • Shares in real estate funds;
  • Investments in and loans to development projects; and
  • Tokenized REITs.

Why Tokenization Is a Good Idea: Its Benefits

Here are some of tokenization’s outstanding advantages:

  • Access to capital: Because property developers can fractionalize a property efficiently, more investors can participate, so more capital can flow into a project.
  • More accurate pricing: The price of the asset will closely match its real market value, since illiquidity discounts will be significantly decreased. In the secondary market, potential investors can easily trade many assets at low fees.
  • Real-time pricing information from the order books: Because you’ve eliminated paper-based systems that share data asymmetrically, investors can uncover better trading deals more swiftly.
  • Elevated transparency: Since the blockchain-based system is regularly updated, investors can be informed of the underlying property’s value in advance.
  • Reduced overhead expenses, faster settlement of funds: With tokenization, there’s no need for intermediaries such as brokers and agents, since you’ve converted the platform’s entire operations digitally and automated them.
  • Portfolio diversification: Market participants can invest in multiple properties internationally and enjoy higher returns.
  • Decreased opportunity for fraud: Investors can have greater confidence in the process, since no one can change a transaction recorded on the blockchain network. 
  • A collateral-backed investment: Since real estate tokens are financially supported by real-world assets (tangible property), they’re less risky than unstable cryptocurrencies or potentially questionable Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs).
  • Constant oversight: With regular checks and balances that ensure stability, the security token’s value doesn’t fall below the real estate asset’s net asset value (NAV).

tZERO’s Real-Life Examples of Real Estate Tokenization

Now I’d like to discuss why my tokenization partner, tZERO, has been so successful in introducing digital liquidity to real estate markets.

First, tZERO digitizes securities by creating a digital capitalization table can be efficiently managed with an innovative smart contract. Then it offers a regulated trading platform through its regulated broker-dealer subsidiaries, where issuers can make their assets available for trading. (These securities aren’t purchased with or quoted in Bitcoin or another exotic cryptocurrency—only in traditional cash, although tZERO is working on regulatorily-compliant mechanisms so investors can convert their crypto into cash that the broker-dealer would then accept.)

Tokenizing real estate has many advantages. One is controlling liquidity. If you don’t want a certain party to own more than 10% of your security, for example, through set contracts, you can obtain tailored liquidity. You can also create a “sandbox” where only a certain set of investors are allowed to trade your security.

If you’re a real estate owner, you can digitize your building or real estate portfolio and sell shares in it as if you were a large public REIT on the NYSE. Recently tZERO has been seeing on its platform 30 times the historically balkanized and opaque liquidity of traditional private markets.

Here’s a useful case study. Last year, tZERO was approached by a luxury ski resort in the western United States that was interested in tokenizing its real estate assets. Last summer, it took tZERO less than two months to completely digitize the capitalization table for the holding company owning the real estate asset and onboard the holding company’s securities for trading. During the pandemic, this resort continued to maintain continuous automated liquidity, with market-driven pricing that was untouched by the dislocation some other publicly traded hospitality companies suffered.

Tokenization: The Future of Real Estate

Tokenization is yet another sign of how technology is revolutionizing the real estate profession. I see it as the democratization of access to asset classes. Now anyone with substantial assets—even collectibles!—can convert those illiquid assets into liquid ones and trade them on a regulated trading platform as if they were shares of Apple or Amazon. It’s a potential game-changer for capital markets — and I think it’s a startling new development that could introduce substantial liquidity to U.S. and international real estate markets.