Author: Maria Korolov

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Maria Korolov is editor and publisher of Hypergrid Business. She has been a journalist for more than twenty years and has worked for the Chicago Tribune, Reuters, and Computerworld and has reported from over a dozen countries, including Russia and China.

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Kitely donates teleport attachment fix

Have you ever teleported from one grid to another and had your attachments disappear? That problem has now been fixed, thanks to code donations from the on-demand Kitely grid. Grids running the latest, cutting-edge...

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Zetamex offers $3 regions

Las Vegas-based Zetamex, one of OpenSim’s leading hosting companies, is experimenting with a $3 region offer for 15,000-prim regions on OSgrid and Metropolis. “This is an experimental service, meaning we are changing and it...

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Survey: Where do you want OpenSim to go?

The explosion of new virtual reality developments, the announcement that Linden Lab is working on a new version of Second Life, and a steady stream of updates from High Fidelity have combined to create...

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Report: Microsoft backing VR headset maker FOVE

  According to a report today in TechRadar, Microsoft has just accepted FOVE into its Microsoft Ventures program. FOVE Inc. is a company that makes the world’s first virtual reality headset with eye-tracking. The eye-tracking...

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OSgrid begins 7th birthday celebration Saturday morning

OSgrid, the oldest virtual world running on the OpenSimulator software, is turning seven years old and birthday celebrations begin 10 a.m. Pacific time on Saturday morning with DJs and live performances. These include DJ Foxx...

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Two ideas for better search for OpenSim

Everybody talks about the fact that we need better search functionality in OpenSim, but there are few solutions out there. Why today’s automated searches don’t work Keyword search is what Metaverse Ink does, created...

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The red carpet gets the virtual reality treatment

Virtual reality camera maker Jaunt VR has teamed up with entertainment industry Variety for the first-ever virtual reality coverage of a red carpet premiere. David S. Cohen of Variety and Tara McNamara of ThatWasSomething.com co-hosted the...

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Warner Bros. brings virtual tornadoes to Comic-Con

Warner Bros. will be rolling out a new virtual experience at Comic-Con this year, based on the new movie Into the Storm. Booth #4545 will feature “an intense experiential booth featuring a 4-D immersive Oculus Rift...

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ArribaSim fork offers a quick full grid

A new branch of OpenSim, ArribaSim, promises better performance than mainline OpenSim while maintaining full compatibility. And now there’s a packaged version of it, called Arriba Mini-Grid, that sets itself up with a single click....

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Oliveira now offers FrancoGrid hosting

Oliveira Virtual Lands, which rents regions and parcels on OSgrid and Metropolis, now has a presence on the French-language non-profit open grid FrancoGrid. Like the other two grids, FrancoGrid is hypergrid enabled and residents are...

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Daden releases virtual campus demo

  Daden Ltd,. a UK-based virtual reality consulting firm, has released a virtual campus demo that runs in the browser. The demo showcases some of the company’s virtual tools, including the ability to display slideshows,...

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Video Games: The Movie features Oculus Rift, Omni

The Zach Braff-produced documentary Video Games: The Movie,  now in limited release, features virtual reality technology such as the Oculus Rift and the Virtuix Omni. Watch the trailer below or buy the movie here for...

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Report: 83 million VR headsets to be sold by 2018

According to a new report by UK-based virtual worlds research firm KZero, 83 million head-mounted virtual reality display devices such as the Oculus Rift will have been sold by 2018. In addition, 18 million...

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4 tips for setting a welcome region

A grid’s welcome region is like the home page of a website. It’s where new users arrive for the first time, and where hypergrid travelers land if all they know is the grid’s loginURI....

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InWorld Review: Relay for Life and more

Mal, Maria and Tara are joined by Petlove Petshop and Cinders Vale for wide ranging discussion, including reflections on Relay for Life in Second Life, changes in the Terms of Service, the eighth closing of AviWorldz, the...

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5 surprising things about WhiteCore-Sim

Zetamex CEO Timothy Rogers has posted an interesting article about WhiteCore-Sim, a version of OpenSim that is best known for providing the metaverse with variable-sized regions. A few grids have attempted to run based...

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Why Exo-Life has just 8 hypergrid links

The biggest choice every new grid makes is whether to enable hypergrid or not. Every single grid up until now has opted for either yes, no, or sometimes. Newly-launched Exo-Life, however, has picked a different...

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Cmoar relaunches Kickstarter with cheaper headsets

Poland-based headset maker Cmoar Ltd. has relaunched its Kickstarter this week with a lower-priced headset. “After only a couple of days since the original Kickstarter campaign has been launched, and in result of an...

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CasperVend releases Second Life business stats

UK-based CasperTech Ltd, Second Life’s best-selling vendor system, has released its economy metrics. In particular, the company has released the numbers for the average merchant revenues, and sales continue to climb even after the news broke...

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5 ways you’re driving away customers

So you’ve decided to start a commercial grids, hosting company, or consulting firm. Congratulations! But customers aren’t breaking down the doors like you expected. You could blame the customers for not being smart enough...

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Linden Lab tweaks terms of service

Last summer, Linden Lab got into some deep water with content creators when it updated its Terms of Service to grab too many intellectual property rights. Today, Linden Lab announced that it updated the...

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Google Plus drops real name policy

Finally, some good news for avatars on the social network front – Google Plus, which has become a favorite platform for OpenSim communities — has dropped its real names requirement. “Today, we are taking...

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Your long-term OpenSim goals

In a recent comment thread, some readers have asked questions about OpenSim’s long-term goals and road map. I’m going to offer some suggestions now, and ask you, my readers, to contribute others in the...

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ImmersiON, VRelia partner on virtual reality system

Press release: ImmersiON announces strategic fusion with VRelia IRVINE, Calif. — Irvine-based ImmersiON has announced a partnership with Spain’s VRelia to combine ImmersiON’s head-mounted display technology with the Professional Head Mounted Display business unit of VRelia to provide the user...

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Samsung’s Gear VR design leaked

The first image of Samsung’s new virtual reality headset, the Gear VR, have been leaked online. Gear VR is basically a more comfortable and durable version of Google Cardboard, though with one significant difference....

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OSgrid second grid to hit 100,000 registrations

OSgrid became the second OpenSim grid to hit 100,000 registered users today. OSgrid is the leading testing and development grids for OpenSim, one of the oldest grids, and the second-largest grid by land area....

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OSCC begins load testing, extends proposal deadline

The OpenSimulator Community Conference has begun running scalability tests on its grid every Tuesday at noon Pacific time. The hypergrid address is cc.opensimulator.org:8002:Keynote 1. Load testing doesn’t just help the conference organizers. “All related performance improvements are...

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Control VR Kickstarter ends successfully

The Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for Control VR, a globe-based virtual reality motion control system ended successfully Saturday with $442,227 raised. The company had asked for $250,000. Delivery of the devices is scheduled to begin...

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War breaks out over WWII RP on InWorldz

InWorldz residents are circulating a petition demanding the removal of a World War II-themed role playing build from the grid. “I cannot support a grid that makes it possible for people to play a...

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Selling ads: AdSpeed vs. DFP

I’ve recently switched my advertising management platform from AdSpeed to Google’s DoubleClick for Publishers Small Business. It was a big change — I’d been using AdSpeed almost since Hypergrid Business was first launched five...

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Oculus start shipping high-res development kits

OculusVR announced this week that the first batch of the new, higher-resolution development kits, known as DK2, have left their manufacturing facility and are on their way to customers. “We expect to ship roughly...

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Oliveira enables region backups to DropBox

Oliveira Virtual Lands, an OpenSim hosting company known for its OSgrid regions, now allows its customers to save backups of their regions directly to Dropbox. “Oliveira Lands customers may make their backups at our...

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AviWorlds announces a move — to Kitely

A little more than two weeks ago, AviWorlds came back from its fifth official grid closing — not counting temporary outages due to technical issues — to announce that they will be running the...