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Microsoft's 'Mixed Reality' HoloLens Garners Mixed Reviews, Incredible Potential Diminished by Small Field of View - Road to Virtual Reality

Microsoft's 'Mixed Reality' HoloLens Garners Mixed Reviews, Incredible Potential Diminished by Small Field of View - Road to Virtual Reality | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
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 …

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Leaf On The Wind: real solidarity in the virtual world #SecondLife

Leaf On The Wind: real solidarity in the virtual world #SecondLife | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it

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.


ABOUT AMY:

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.


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Developing a five-stage model of learning in Second Life

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Additional Payment Options for Second Life

Additional Payment Options for Second Life | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
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!
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What Does My Avatar Say About Me? Inferring Personality From Avatars

What Does My Avatar Say About Me? Inferring Personality From Avatars | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it

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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.

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New OSgrid system passes test - Hypergrid Business

New OSgrid system passes test - Hypergrid Business | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
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.
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#SecondLife Tips for Reducing Viewer Crashes

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...
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#SecondLife The Drax Files: World Makers [Episode 25: Oblee] - YouTube

"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…..

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Freebies on the hypergrid

Freebies on the hypergrid | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it

For the past couple of months, people have been submitting their favorite freebie destinations. After removing duplicates and offline destinations, here’s the final list.

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Metropolis grid offers inventory exports to all residents - Hypergrid Business

Metropolis grid offers inventory exports to all residents - Hypergrid Business | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
Still undecided about which of the 200-plus active grids to use as your primary home base? This announcement should raise Metropolis a few notches on your list.
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More than half million using Google Cardboard - Hypergrid Business

on the plus side, this also makes virtual reality much more accessible, both to end users, and to content creators, enabling the public to ease into it relatively gently.
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Hypergrid users surpass those on closed grids - Hypergrid Business

Hypergrid users surpass those on closed grids - Hypergrid Business | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
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.
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New World Notes: Top 50 Most Active Second Life Sims, November 2014

New World Notes: Top 50 Most Active Second Life Sims, November 2014 | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it

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.

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OpenSim users pledge $900 to improve vehicles

OpenSim users pledge $900 to improve vehicles | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
Members of the OpenSim Virtual Google Plus community have pledged $900 to improve vehicle scripting by fixing bugs with the way llLookAt and llMoveTo commands are implemented in OpenSim.
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SL Marketplace: Free Rigged Mesh Strapless Bridal Corset Dress Full Perm!

SL Marketplace: Free Rigged Mesh Strapless Bridal Corset Dress Full Perm! | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
This outfit received the most "Likes" on my Facebook page for Free January Gift. Every month people who follow my Facebook page vote for the Free M...
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Virtual reality: What it is, and what it could be

Virtual reality: What it is, and what it could be | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON — You can get immersed in virtual reality in your living room now, but the question of whether VR will become mainstream can’t be answered yet.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, January 20, 9:11 AM

You mean it's not already mainstream? ;)

Valerie Hill's curator insight, January 21, 5:20 PM

When virtual reality is utilized for education, it will be like "entering" the book.

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Your Online Avatar May Reveal More About You Than You'd Think

Your Online Avatar May Reveal More About You Than You'd Think | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
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.
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Dark metaverse grew four times faster than public grids in 2014 - Hypergrid Business

Dark metaverse grew four times faster than public grids in 2014 - Hypergrid Business | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
The “dark metaverse” of private OpenSim grids gained regions at four times the rate of public grids, according to Hypergrid Business projections based on a survey of hosting providers.

Last year, private grids accounted for an estimated 60 percent of all grids, adding up to 50,070 in the “dark metaverse.”

This year, private grids were 76 percent of the total, adding up to 170,938 “dark” regions.
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Second Life Newser: Paris 1900 Reacts to Terrorist Attack in Real Life Paris

Second Life Newser: Paris 1900 Reacts to Terrorist Attack in Real Life Paris | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it


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


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A New Way to Share Your Suggestions for #SecondLife

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...
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Teddy Deer - Happy New Year Gift From Meli Imako at #SecondLife

Teddy Deer - Happy New Year Gift From Meli Imako at #SecondLife | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
A Happy New Year To You All!!!

Wishing you a very happy, successful and fun new year

This gift is not bounded with my regular Terms and Condi...
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How to buy a grid - Hypergrid Business

How to buy a grid - Hypergrid Business | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
it occurs to me that grid buyers might not know what exactly they’re getting into when they buy a grid, so here is my due diligence check list.
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Content tops user wish list - Hypergrid Business

Content tops user wish list - Hypergrid Business | Second Life and other Virtual Worlds | Scoop.it
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.
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Viewer-Managed Marketplace Available on Aditi

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...
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