So… social media and nifty things you can do with it… I saw a friend of mine, who is an artist, starting to publishing his own cartoon series on Facebook. He had a fairly good depiction of himself in different weird or everyday situations, basically like a status update, but in image format. I thought the idea was unique and quite fun… until I saw another friend who have never shown any artistic talent before (he has other talents, but drawing is not his thing) doing the same… with the same style of drawing.
Then another one, and another, and another. I quickly realized this wasn’t my friend’s drawings, it was a new app for Facebook called Bitstrips, where you create an avatar of yourself, select a background, ad a caption, insert your avatar and write a speech bubble.
Now, the thing about this is that the first 1 or 2 friends on your list that do this seem like the cool kids. They have a new, fun idea that is realized through the aid of an app. Then most of your friends are doing it! It looses its novelty fast and ceases to be a unique, fun idea for a number of reasons. Continue reading →
Linden Lab changed the Terms Of Service (TOS) for Second Life in mid-August, 2013. At first nobody reacted, as it looked like the regular things were there. But recently there has been a controversial storm surrounding the changes.
Some call it “the big content grab” because they have added a clause stating that Linden Lab has permission to use all content made in Second Life for their own purposes without notifying the creator or sharing any eventual revenue from it.
Except as otherwise described in any Additional Terms (such as a contest’s official rules) which will govern the submission of your User Content, you hereby grant to Linden Lab, and you agree to grant to Linden Lab, the non-exclusive, unrestricted, unconditional, unlimited, worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual, and cost-free right and license to use, copy, record, distribute, reproduce, disclose, sell, re-sell, sublicense (through multiple levels), modify, display, publicly perform, transmit, publish, broadcast, translate, make derivative works of, and otherwise exploit in any manner whatsoever, all or any portion of your User Content (and derivative works thereof), for any purpose whatsoever in all formats, on or through any media, software, formula, or medium now known or hereafter developed, and with any technology or devices now known or hereafter developed, and to advertise, market, and promote the same. You agree that the license includes the right to copy, analyze and use any of your Content as Linden Lab may deem necessary or desirable for purposes of debugging, testing, or providing support or development services in connection with the Service and future improvements to the Service.
Second Life creators Linden Lab have announced a new feature available to SL Residents. Second Life Share also known as SLShare gives you the ability to share pictures, locations and updates via Facebook without having to leave the virtual world.
“SLShare is a new, 100% opt-in Viewer feature that will allow you to easily update your Facebook status, share photos, and check-in from Second Life locations to your Facebook wall. Whether you’re at a great inworld event and want to let your Facebook friends know where to join you, want to show off a photo of your avatar modeling your latest Marketplace purchase, or just share a thought inspired by your inworld explorations, SLShare makes it easy to share pieces of your Second Life experiences with your Facebook network.”
A walk through tutorial is now available on their Community Post.
So is giving you the ability to post directly to Facebook, doesn’t that make My.SecondLife.com kind of obsolete? What do you think?
Digital distribution service Desura has been acquired by Linden Lab, the creators of Second Life, Patterns, and Creatorverse. The acquisition, which took place in July of this year, is the second for the virtual world company which also acquired Blockworld, a iPad game which will soon be released. CEO of Linden Lab Rod Humble comments on Desura’s merger: Continue reading →
A new book has just hit the shelves, and its premise may sound a little familiar. ‘The First Affair: A Novel’, written by duo Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, is the story of a young woman who becomes the lucky new intern to work at the Oval office. Her luck doesn’t stop there when she is caught in a steamy affair with her new boss, the President of the United States. Published by Simon and Schuster, the book is now available in leading bookstores.
4. Slash’s Production Company Produces New Film.
The production company of former Gunz N Roses Guitarist Slash is producing its first feature film. ‘Nothing Left To Fear’ is the first title to come under Slasher films since it was first formed in Continue reading →
5) Scientists perfect the Ion Thruster
Formerly passed to the Science-Fiction realms, the Ion Thruster, a thruster driven by electricity instead of fuel, has now been developed for real. The 7-kilowatt drive will propel future probes and space crafts up to 12 times more efficient than its chemical counterpart.
Way to go, Science!
3) Crowdfunded comic shines new light on male heroes New York-based author Steve Orlando has created a comic that takes a new spin on the male hero trying to save his loved one. Virgil is about a cop in Jamaica that was left for dead when others found out he was gay. Bringing himself back from the ashes, he sets out to find his kidnapped lover.
Orlando now seeks help through the crowdfunding site Kickstarter.com to get funds for printing and publishing the comic.
2) Yoko Ono takes to the dancefloor with remixes Ten years after her dancefloor domination as her alter-ego ONO, Yoko Ono has teamed with house music legend Danny Tenagelia and Dutch heavyweight R3HAB to bring a series of remixes based on her 1981 hit Walking On Thin Ice.
Walking On Thin Ice was originally recorded during the ‘Double Fantasy’ recording session with John Lennon and was the last recording made with both John and Yoko. This new rendition will be called Walking On Ice 2013.
1) Stephanie Meyer Promises Not to Write Another Word About Twilight
Stephanie Meyers, author of the successful Twilight franchise has promised to not write another word about it. According to the Guardian, in a Variety interview the author commented that she would only return to the franchise if it meant writing that one of the characters died. Meyers also states that she is moving away from the Twilight stories.
At the start of this year we heard about a massive EVE Online fight, racking up record numbers in US Dollar losses, as EVE Online has certain components that require you to pay for with real money, making war in that game very likely to give you some monetary loss.
Samsung have released the SEK-1000 Evolution Kit, a small box that hooks up to your 2012 Samsung Smart TV and upgrades it to a 2013 version. By only adding a new CPU core kit with updated hardware and software instead of changing the whole TV, this could add years to your very expensive television set.
For now, it is only available for top-end Samsung TV’s, but unless Samsung has patents that gets in the way, this idea might spread to other manufacturers and even opens up the gate to modular Smart TV’s, where you could possibly even integrate other devices directly in the TV, no need for external machines, making it a truly smart machine.
With the price tag it has today, clocking in just over US$250, it is not for the everyday person, but with update kits like this coming every year, you can easily expand your TV’s life span for a fraction of the cost of a new TV.
As with all new technology, time will tell if this idea catches on or is trumped by other technologies or ideas. What do you think?
This week hasn’t been a good day for technology company Apple as they were found guilty for violating federal antitrust laws in an attempt to eliminate their competition.
According to a Yahoo News article, U.S. District Judge Denise Cote found compelling evidence against Apple who were accused of conspiring to undermine Amazon.com’s e-book dominance by causing some of e-book princes to rise, doubling their price from $9.99 to $12.99. Cote was quoted, saying:
“Apple chose to join forces with the publisher defendants to raise e-book prices and equipped them with the means to do so. Without Apple’s orchestration of this conspiracy, it would not have seceded as it did.”
Those who were involved in the conspiracy have chosen to settle out of court but Apple plans to appeal the judges decision. Apple’s spokes person Tom Nuemayr states:
“Apple did not conspire to fix e-books pricing. When we introduced the iBookstore in 2010, we gave customers more choice, injecting much needed innovation and competition into the market, breaking Amazon’s monopolistic grip on the publishing industry. We’ve done nothing wrong.”
Well that is what Apple thinks, but what you think?
Disclaimer: This post contains subjective opinions from the author, Morphman The Clown.
There has been some talk about the latest release of Firestorm viewer being unstable and full of bugs and debates have gone into flamewar territory. Jessica Lyon, project leader of the Firestorm project, wrote a message to the community in order to explain and hopefully calm down the users. I do not wish to take sides on this issue, but I do want to explain a bit about what goes on behind the scenes on big projects like this.
Perfection is impossible! That is something people must realize, there is no such thing as perfect, you can only get “good enough”, never better than that. When it comes to Firestorm 4.4.0, it seems like many users didn’t think it was good enough, something Lyon herself admitted, thou the blame shouldn’t be on the development team, the volunteering QA-team or even the project leader. Continue reading →