"Today, there are variable regions up and running on OSgrid and Virtual Worlds Grid, but the implementation isn’t always easy, since this is still experimental code."
"Responding to student interest and a growing industry demand for workers with such skills, Rochester Institute of Technology is launching the nation’s first interdisciplinary minor in free and open source software and free culture."
"The Mobile World Congress, the wireless industry's most important yearly event, drew a record 85,000 attendees -- a 20% jump from the previous year. The week was filled with smartphones, tablets, wearables, apps, and technology demos galore."
"Lowe’s said on Wednesday that it has been gauging traffic at its almost 1,900 stores from space, scanning satellite images of its parking lots to find out how many shoppers it can expect at every hour of every day. It has also started syncing its parking lot observations with actual transaction counts to see how many people drove away without making a purchase."
"Just two weeks after former CEO Rod Humble left Linden Lab, parent company of Second Life®, the company has named a new CEO, Ebbe Altberg."
"Is it a coincidence that both happened on the same day, and that less than two weeks later, a former Yahoo! senior vice president is taking over as CEO of Linden Lab? This writer was surprised at how quickly Linden Lab found a new CEO. Could this have been in the works before Rod Humble's departure was announced?"
"Unite 2014, Unity Technologies' annual developer conference, will take place Aug. 20-22, 2014 at Seattle's Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, according to the event's official website."
"Unity has launched the beta version of a new sample assets package. In addition to providing new code, Unity is also changing the name “Standard Assets” to “Sample Assets” to better reflects their purpose, which is to provide a collection of examples that can be used out-of-the-box, picked apart or expanded upon."
"IBM (NYSE:IBM) today announced a definitive agreement to acquire Boston, MA-based Cloudant, Inc., a privately held database-as-a-service (DBaaS) provider that enables developers to easily and quickly create next generation mobile and web apps. "
"Starting today, LinkedIn is opening up our publishing platform to our members, giving them a powerful new way to build their professional brand. When a member publishes a post on LinkedIn, their original content becomes part of their professional profile, is shared with their trusted network and has the ability to reach the largest group of professionals ever assembled. Now members have the ability to follow other members that are not in their network and build their own group of followers. Members can continue to share their expertise by posting photos, images, videos and their original presentations on SlideShare."
"When knitters want to make tubes without seams, they sometimes use circular knitting needles, in which two points are connected by a flexible wire. A few years ago sarah-marie belcastro tied her circular knitting needles in a knot to see what would happen. She knitted along the knotted needles and ended up with a knitted trefoil knot, the simplest knot you can tie. Belcastro, a mathematician as well as a skilled knitter, was delighted. Her research interests include graph theory and knot theory, and after creating her first knitted trefoil she continued her adventures in mathematical knitting, developing a technique for knitting more complicated knots and links."
"Studies have repeatedly demonstrated that digital avatars are uniquely powerful in shaping how people think and behave. Consider the fact that digital faces are infinitely malleable. This means that we can blend the bone structure and facial features of two faces at any desired ratio. But why would we do this? Because psychological studies have shown that we like and are more easily persuaded by people who look like us."
"Source says people will "definitely be impressed" by Sony's Oculus Rift competitor; first look at it reportedly coming during GDC 2014 in March."
"Virtual reality has long been regulated to the realm of science fiction, cool in theory and on the page, but it's never crossed over to the mainstream. Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe says his company's forthcoming Oculus Rift, a consumer-grade virtual reality headset, is poised to change that, by solving what he calls the "uncomfortable valley" problem. (It’s what happens when your brain doesn’t believe your eyes: If you've ever felt sick to your stomach while playing a first-person shooter or watching an IMAX 3D movie, you've done hard time in the valley.) "
"Half a decade on, the results have been underwhelming: there are still only a few business schools on Second Life and some virtual campuses are closed or inactive. However, the experiment has stimulated interest in – and much debate about – using virtual worlds and other immersive technologies in business education."
"Second Life founder Philip Rosedale says he knows why the virtual world failed to achieve mainstream acceptance. He's got a plan to do it again, and do it right this time. "
"To help consumers easily read documents and educational materials, IBM is standardizing on EPUB as its primary packaged portable document format, making its documentation and content more accessible on any mobile device. This allows any user – including people with speech, hearing or vision challenges – to have a more personalized experience with the content."
"The past four weeks have been slow for OpenSim, with the top 40 grids gaining only 153 regions. This is the first time the growth has been under 500 regions since last April. OSgrid was the major culprit this month, losing 133 regions — as well as 318 active users — since mid-January. The grid updated its OpenSimulator software, as well as centralized “Robust” grid services, which may have resulted in connection problems for regions running older versions."
"I named my first OpenSim region Orcas after a real world island. I decided to try and see if I could get the actual Orcas Island terrain into OpenSim to see how it looked and uncover any challanges one might face in bringing RL terrain into OpenSim. This tutorial will walk you through the process I followed and and various software packages required to make this happen (done on Windows). The net, net is I succeeded, but the results were uninspiring."