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It’s brewvivalonly been around for six years, but Charleston, S.C.’s Brewvival craft beer festival has quickly become a must-attend event for beer lovers and beer brewers around the country – if you can get a ticket.

With over 50 breweries and more than 200 beers on tap, it’s a gathering that has made its mark by offering a bounty of varieties you won’t find at any other festival. Brewvival’s not about simply bringing your standard kegs, you see. It’s a place where brewers typically try something different – and pull out all the stops.

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In HTC Vivethe looming battle of virtual reality technology, HTC and Valve Software are preparing to square off against Facebook’s Oculus Rift.

At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, both companies announced the Vive, a virtual reality headset that will be made available to consumers later this year.

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Businesses—BYBGadgetsboth small and large—are the testing grounds for all sorts of gadgets.

Small innovations can be big time-savers or breakthrough devices for the right company. It’s just a matter of finding the right one. In January the International CES had a panoply of devices on display, and while most were focused on the consumer, several also had uses that could benefit your business. Here are a few of the ones that stood out.

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Craft Florida Lawmakers Pass Bill That Bans State Breweries From Selling 64 Ounce Growlersbrewers aren’t just changing the beer industry, they’re having a noticeable impact on the nation’s farmers as well.

Craft breweries tend to use a lot more of the key brewing components per batch than large competitors like Budweiser and Coors. How much? A recent research report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture notes that the average craft style beer uses between three and seven times as much malt per barrel as a mass market lager.

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The VR pornadult entertainment industry has a reputation as a technology bellwether, but these days that’s largely thanks to its past accomplishments.

While porn was certainly responsible for VHS tapes besting beta and can likely lay claim to leading the charge in online streaming video, it hasn’t done a lot to push the needle in several years.

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Hollywood Pebble Timestars Levar Burton and Kristen Bell have got nothing on Pebble when it comes to crowdfunding.

The smartwatch maker on Tuesday unveiled the Pebble Time, its second generation product, and fans of the company couldn’t hand over their cash fast enough.

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The Valve VRcompetition is getting more intense for Facebook’s Oculus Rift.

Valve Software, the videogame developer and creator/operator of the industry’s largest PC game digital distribution platform, will unveil its own virtual reality hardware next week at the Game Developer’s Conference in San Francisco. The company has not yet announced whether the system will see a commercial release, but it is actively meeting with content partners at the show, generally an indicator that it does plan to do so.

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