Nifty News: Mike Tyson loves Solana, Aoki stops show to flaunt NFT, Apple and the ‘AR Verse’

Mike Tyson is living the $DREAM

Boxing icon Mike Tyson stepped into the ring this week after he shared his enthusiasm for Solana and unveiled a partnership with mental-health-focused crypto project TheDreamChain.

In the first round, Tyson — who launched an NFT project on Ethereum via OpenSea last year — tweeted on Thursday that he was a born-again Solana proponent while sharing a screenshot of a new nonfungible token (NFT) he had snapped up from the Catalina Whale Mixer project.

The Solana-based Catalina Whale Mixer NFTs currently have a floor price of 15 SOL ($2,200) each, and Tyson’s NFT depicts a whale version of himself wearing a world championship belt along with his famous face tattoo.

In round two later that day, the 55-year-old tweeted about what appears to be either a partnership or paid celebrity promotion with TheDreamChain. The token’s unusual selling point is that it’s just as difficult and limited to trade as a stock.

“It’s the first of its kind that can only be traded during US stock market hours. Could revolutionize the space and help the mental health of the crypto community.”

According to TheDreamChain’s website, its DREAM token is only available for trade between the standard stock exchange hours of 9:30 am to 4:00 pm, with the idea being that 24/7 trading is causing a mental health crisis among crypto traders.

The project states that it will divert 0.5% of all transaction fees to its own foundation, which will donate funds to mental health charities or use the capital to sign partnerships with non-profit organizations.

Apple looking at AR, not the Metaverse

Amid a flocking of tech giants to the Metaverse, Apple won’t be rushing in with its latest gadget, according to Bloomberg’s Apple tech reporter Mark Gurman.

Gurman shared snippets from the latest Q&A section of his paid consumer tech newsletter via Twitter on Monday regarding Apple’s upcoming virtual reality headset. He noted:

“Here’s one word I’d be shocked to hear on stage when Apple announced its headset: Metaverse.”

“I’ve been told pretty directly that the idea of a completely virtual world where users can escape to — like the can in Meta Platfroms/Facebook’s vision of the future — is off-limits from Apple,” he added.

According to Gurman’s understanding, current and former Apple executives such as Jony Ive have always envisioned the firm’s VR headset to be a device used in short “bursts” for gaming, content consumption and communication, and not as part of a full-blown Metaverse experience.

Instead, Apple is said to be eyeing the augmented-reality space in which the user’s physical experience is enhanced with digital or virtual features via devices such as eye lenses, as they can be worn all day and don’t distract from the immediate environment.

Artemis launches mobile-focused NFT social media platform

Hong Kong-based blockchain firm Artemis Market launched a new social media and NFT trading platform on Thursd.

According to an announcement, the Solana-based platform has initially launched a desktop and mobile web version with limited functionality and will be rolling out a mobile app complete with full social features in the near future.

Artemis is hoping to attract new users with 0% transaction fees on trading until the end of February.

The firm stated that it was focused on building a one-stop-shop, user-friendly mobile platform that can be accessed on the go, as it highlighted that the NFT sector currently lacks a “compelling user experience” despite its booming popularity.

“We want our users to be able to conduct their whole NFT experience all in one app. From discovering and hanging out with creators, to collecting NFTs, to interacting, sharing and commenting with friends.”

Related: China aims to separate NFTs from crypto via new blockchain infrastructure

Steve Aoki stops live show to flaunt NFT acquisition

Millionaire DJ Steve Aoki abruptly stopped one of his live music events this week to flaunt a freshly acquired NFT that many of his fans could only dream to afford.

Aoki tweeted a video on Wednesday sharing his glee at snapping an NFT from the Doodles collection accompanied by a caption that read:

“Had to stop my show to celebrate my excitement on my doodle! Nfts make me feel like a kid again.”

The Doodles project consists of 10,000 NFT avatars featuring art by popular Canadian artist Burnt Toast. The NFTs currently have a floor price of 11.75 Ether (ETH), worth roughly $38,300 at the time of writing.

Aoki is a major NFT proponent, with his fingers in multiple honey pots, and his latest behavior suggests early signs of a crippling NFT addiction.

Other Nifty News

A group of editors on Wikipedia voted against classifying NFTs as a form of art on Wednesday, opting to exclude NFT art sales from the list of top art sales of living artists. They have agreed to re-open discussions at a later date, however.

United States-based music streaming platform Lüm is slated to 

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