Unfortunately no cameras or phones were allowed inside the press’ special hands-on meeting with Microsoft HoloLens after the device’s announcement on Wednesday, so we can’t show you a single picture of the only verifiably working model of the new augmented reality headset. We do however have some first-hand accounts from the lucky few allowed into Microsoft’s Redmond, Washington… Read the full article …
Leaf on the Wind is a fundraising event that will be held to benefit Amy in hopes of helping her make a wish come true of visiting London. The creators behind Leaf on the Wind want to thank any and all of you that send Amy well wishes and words of support, and for those of you that offer to donate to this worthy cause.
Amy, also known as Scarlet Chandrayaan (owner of Alouette) in Second Life, is one tough young lady. At the young age of 26 Amy was planning the big move interstate with her boyfriend ready to start a fresh new life together when she received the news no one ever wants to hear. Cancer that she had fought off once before has returned and this time it’s worse. The doctors have given her 2 years at the most if she just continues on with life as it is at the moment and makes the most of the time she has left. There are a few options open to her, but none a sure fire cure all. No one wants to be dealt this blow, whether young or having lived a long life, but Amy is soldiering on with a smile on her face ready to battle this with whatever options she can. We’re all hoping she can fight this once more and live a long life.
As you may have seen, a company called Skrill recently announced that we’re working together to provide additional payment options for Second Life users. Our relationship with Skrill allows Linden Lab to offer Second Life Residents many more options for their payment activity (like buying L$ or paying account fees), including additional local currency options for Residents outside the US. We first soft-launched the Skrill options for payments a few weeks ago, and we’ve seen positive results so far as those interested in alternative payment methods have successfully taken advantage of the new options. If you’d like to check it out, using Skrill’s options for Second Life payments is as easy as using a credit card. All you need to do is login at SecondLife.com, click “Billing Information” under “Account,” and then select “Add a Skrill Account” to begin using Skrill for your Second Life payments. In the future, we hope to also enable credits to be processed (redemptions) to Second Life Residents’ Skrill accounts. Keep an eye on this blog for more info!
Abstract: Many individuals now meet and develop friendships while online. As a result, people must form impressions of online acquaintances based on that person’s online representation. Here, we investigate personality inferences and intentions to befriend based solely on simple avatars (i.e., customized cartoon representations of the self). Our data show that some traits are more easily inferred from avatars than others, avatars can communicate accurate and distinctive information regarding personality, and individuals with certain personality traits create avatars that are more likely to be perceived accurately. We also found that agreeable and normative individuals created avatars that elicited more desire for friendship from others, implying that the impression given by one’s digital avatars may have social consequences.
A new data replication has successfully passed its first round of testing, OSgrid grid administrator Allen Kerensky announced on Monday. However, there was still no word as to when the grid will be coming back up.
In addition, the grid still hasn’t received its recovered data drives from the company that did the recovery work, so there is no news about whether user inventories have been saved or not.
Kerensky promised another update in four to five days.
At one time or another, many of us have suffered a Viewer crash that interrupted our time in Second Life. At Linden Lab, we collect crash data to help us in our ongoing efforts to identify and fix issues in the Viewer that can cause crashes. Thanks to that information, nearly every release we make i...
"I do not see a conflict between the virtual and the natural world!" says Indie Musician Oblee.
He lives - with wife, chickens and a brandnew puppy - on a remote 7 acre piece of land in Durango Colorado, but through virtual reality he can connect to a global audience: "I can do a world tour in one day", he says about his gigs in Second Life, where he plays solo shows as well as collaborative 'multi-streams' with fellow musicians from all over the world: "I can feed my chickens during the day and play concerts at night."
Oblee owns only one synthesizer alongside an eclectic assortment of acoustic instruments: " I am actually bringing a bit of the real world into virtual reality!"
And so Oblee's debut album "Wow Bob Wow" - produced in the physical realm but financed entirely through the virtual currency Linden Dollar [Oblee's Second Life earnings from club and gallery owners who book him to play their venues] - is a perfect example of the synergetic effect of being engaged in both worlds.
"This is what I tell fellow musicians who do not understand VR or SL: that money is to be made here! When I mention that, they are interested all of a sudden. I mean, these are people, when you dangle a dollar bill in front of them, they will play Rolling Stones cover songs for an hour easily..."
The success Oblee has in Second Life has boosted his self-confidence to keep pursuing a music career outside of the digital realm as well:
"When you can do something in virtual reality, who is going to stop you from doing it in REAL reality?"
And to that, there is nothing more to add. Not in this world, or any other…..
the big news this month was that the number of active users on hypergrid-enabled grids exceeded those on closed grids for the first time since InWorldz and Avination first had their big growth spurts in early 2011.
Just about anytime I post these charts, readers say, "How come I've hardly heard of any of these? And there's a very good reason for that:
Most of these regions have remained extremely popular for years, consistently landing a top spot on these charts, suggesting they have established, dedicated communities which sustain them -- and also suggesting they are inward-facing, with little reason to advertise their activity to the broad SL userbase, let alone new users.
Your digital avatar gives away more hints about your personality than you might think, according to a study published Friday in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. And that's true even if you craft your avatar to look completely different from you.
It was yesterday, January 7, when terrorists struck in Paris France, attacking the office of Charlie Hebdo, a satirical magazine. The magazine has a history of lampooning subjects of all kinds from public figures to politics to religion. But it's poking fun at Islam made it the target of death threats
What’s the one thing Linden Lab could do that would have the biggest impact on further improving your Second Life experience? Many Second Life users have thoughts on this - from different approaches for the way things are done today, to brand new features that could dramatically improve their experi...
What do OpenSim users want for most of all? Content. According to this year’s OpenSim Hosting Survey, 58 percent of respondents most wanted an online marketplace, and 56 percent wanted a bigger selection of content.
In third place was a web-based viewer, with 39 percent of respondents putting it on their list.
The new Viewer-Managed Marketplace (VMM), now available* on Aditi, allows you to easily manage your inventory on the Second Life Marketplace using the Second Life Viewer. Items no longer need to be loaded into the Merchant Outbox or a Magic Box, and are instead sold directly from your inventory. VMM...