Wednesday, February 28, 2007

'Second Life' gets chatty

Second Life is going to get a lot more interesting with this new feature. Wonder what it will do to our real social lives now that users can talk in SL. See this previous posting for the downside of living online.
Linden Lab, the company behind 'Second Life,' says it is implementing voice-over-Internet software that will let the thousands of people online at any given moment talk to each other over their computers' microphones and speakers.

`Second Life' gets chatty - Yahoo! News

Online addict dies after "marathon" session

This is really sad, but the way things are going, the sedentary lives we are leading, we should all take this story as a note of caution. Don't be stuck to your computer screens, online social networks and gaming worlds. Go enjoy and participate in the real world as much as you can, it will do you good.
An obese 26-year-old man in northeastern China died after a 'marathon' online gaming session over the Lunar New Year holiday, state media said on Wednesday.
Online addict dies after "marathon" session - Yahoo! News

Build your own social sites

Pretty interesting concept.
Ning, the latest startup of Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen, is looking to get a jump ahead of MySpace and Facebook by giving consumers free tools to create and operate specialized online social networks of their own...

"Other social network sites ask you to join their world. We are about people creating their own worlds," said Ning Chief Executive Gina Bianchini, who co-founded Ning with Andreessen.

Build your own social sites

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Jyve puts users in charge of answering search queries

Here's an interesting new twist on a search engine, Jyve lets live users answer questions posted by other users. It is a unique approach because it brings in social networking aspects into the utilitarian search engine. By using the "knowledge" in people's heads, you may find some unique answers to a question that cannot be answered by Google.
"Can’t find it on Google? There are many alternatives to the world’s most popular search tool, but a newly created Web site called Jyve offers an approach that acts like an online chat room instead of a typical search engine.

Jyve users ask questions and receive answers from other users, usually within seconds. It’s like a cross between Wikipedia and Ask Jeeves (now known simply as"

Jyve puts users in charge of answering search queries - Network World

Monday, February 26, 2007

Does Your Business Need a Second Life?

A good question to ask for any business. Read on.
Why are companies like Toyota (NYSE:TM) and Dell (NASDAQ:DELL) and Starwood Hotels (NYSE:HOT) getting immersed in this pixilated fairyland? Why did IBM (NYSE:IBM) announce it was going to spend $10 million developing a presence in Second Life and other virtual worlds? One word: research...

Rob Seaver, Vivox's CEO, says he has every intention of making real money in Second Life. But mostly, he thinks Second Life lets him explore the future of the Internet and think about what that might mean for his business. "A lot of what Second Life portrays is the future," Seaver says. "This 3-D virtual realm is a significant part of the evolution of the Internet and more and more activities will be presented in the virtual world."
Does Your Business Need a Second Life?, Inc. Article

How I Did It: Philip Rosedale

Inc Magazine interview with Philip Rosedale, creator of SecondLife, CEO of Linden Labs.
"Second Life was just unfundable," says the man who dreamed up this virtual world. Funny how things change when you give people the ability to fly. Now everyone, including businesses of all sizes, wants a piece.

How I Did It: Philip Rosedale, CEO, Linden Lab

Wicked Productive Wikis

Here's an article that discusses why a Wiki may be a good way to do collaborative work. I think it's a good solution for organizations to track product development or project management. It can also be a good way to maintain a knowledge base for internal use within an organization.
Forget daily status reports. Set up a wiki to collaborate more effectively with your project teams.

Wicked Productive Wikis - Expert Help by PC Magazine

Have I Got A PowerPoint For You

In the beginning, there was MP3 sharing. Then came friend sharing (MySpace), photo sharing (Flickr), and video sharing (YouTube). Now it has come to this: PowerPoint slide sharing. offers a place to upload, view, and search for PowerPoint presentations. And since opening up its beta site in October, it has received tens of thousands of files.

Talk Show: Have I Got A PowerPoint For You

Call-in to Create a Free Podcast

Want to try podcasting on the cheap? Gcast offers the chance to try basic podcasting free, by letting you record your podcast over the phone.

Geek Chic: Gcast Podcasting Service - Personal Technology - Network Computing

"Slidy" Show

Here's a way you can be free of the M$ monopoly. Use the open source "Slidy" XHTML presentation to create accessible slide shows with ease. It works across browsers and is operated like PowerPoint.

Check it out.

Another Way to Sell

Here's an article on the trend of advertisers placing 3D ads in games and online worlds.
The line between video games and advertisements is blurring. Just as savvy marketers are bringing Batman billboards and Powerade vending machines to greater numbers of games, those at the bleeding edge continue to find new ways to get advertisers in touch with players. Their latest trick? Three-dimensional branded content.

RED HERRING | Red Herring Software Report

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Revver video clips to be on Verizon's FiOS

The deal reflects interest among traditional distributors and the technology industry to make Internet videos easier to watch on television and follows similar offerings from other companies.

Comcast Corp., the top U.S. cable operator, last November said it would make select Internet videos from available on its on-demand TV service.

Digital video recorder technology company TiVo Inc. landed a deal with online retailer to make movies and shows purchased online viewable on TVs connected to TiVo set-top boxes.
Revver video clips to be on Verizon's FiOS - Yahoo! News

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Adobe Brings Video Editing Tools Online

Adobe and Photobucket announced a partnership to integrate Adobe web-based video remix and editing technology directly into the Photobucket user experience, giving 35 million Photobucket users direct, free access to world-class digital video editing tools.
TecKMagazine - Adobe Brings Video Editing Tools Online

Monday, February 19, 2007

Web 2.0 in just under 5 minutes

Thanks to John Keese for finding this awesome video.

Why Should Businesses Blog?

Good article discussing why businesses should blog. I personally believe a thoughtful, well written blog can be an asset to the business, providing insight into the workings of the company and the vision of its founders.
A blog is a window into your business's people, culture and values. You want your customers to connect to your brand in a way that encourages community, trust, and, of course, repeat sales. In today's crowded marketplace, you should embrace any opportunity to win consumer loyalty.

On a more technical level, a blog is a form of online diary, often focused on a particular topic or theme. For your small business, your blog could cover company culture, industry trends, or even items you find interesting. A blog can also serve as a crisis communications tool, providing your customers with your opinion or defense—instantly.

One of the best ways to increase your readership is to link to other blogs. This enables you to build a community of like-minded people who could be potential customers quickly. You could, for example, use the Web site Technorati to find similar businesses or industry blogs. This site will also show you how many blogs are linking to a particular entry—another way of measuring popularity. But make sure you have something intelligent to say when commenting on other blogs. By contributing thoughtfully, you can create respect for yourself and encourage a community to form around you.
Business Blogging

Bloggers: All Typed Out?

Has the blogging phenomenon peaked or is this just the beginning of the next big wave. PC magazine discusses these issues in the following article.
The blog phenomenon is following a familiar cycle, according to Gartner: We're in the midst of the hype phase, but soon bloggers (and readers) will pass into what Sarner calls a 'trough of disillusionment, where they'll realize that blogging isn't the greatest thing since sliced bread.'

Not everyone agrees with Gartner's prediction. 'I find it hard to fathom that blogging will peak only a few years into this phenomenon, while the technology for creating and aggregating blogs is still the domain of the early adopters,' says Larry Genkin, publisher of the soon-to-be-launched Blogger & Podcaster magazine (coming in March).
Bloggers: All Typed Out?

Thursday, February 08, 2007

13 Most Beautiful Avatars

Eva and Franco Mattes have "photographed" the "13 Most Beautiful Avatars" in Second Life, then printed them on large canvases for an exhibition. According to them, they tried to capture the avatars that looked most like real people.

Check out the pictures and their interview.

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Brainy Stuff

Here's a pretty cool product for gamers. San Francisco based, Emotiv makes headset that uses a set of sensors to tune into electric signals naturally produced by the brain to detect player thoughts, feelings and expression. It connects wirelessly with all game platforms from consoles to PCs making it possible for games to be controlled and influenced by the player's mind.
In the 1980 film The Empire Strikes Back, Jedi master Yoda uses the mysterious Force to lift Luke Skywalker's star fighter from a swamp by simply thinking about it. But when it comes to playing Star Wars computer games, gamers have to use a clumsier method to move the ship: pushing buttons on a control pad.

San Francisco-based Emotiv wants to give gamers Yoda-like powers. The startup, founded in 2003, is developing a technology that monitors a user's brain activity and interprets it to manipulate a game environment, such as lifting an object and spinning it around...

Download the complete article >
Next Wave: Brainy Stuff
Red Herring Magazine : January 15 | 07
By Brad Howarth
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Monday, February 05, 2007

Tagging, no longer fun and easy

Interesting article on the issue of tagging blogs, images and websites. Why it may be creating more "noise" than clarity.
"Most people think that tagging on the Web is pretty easy and fun. Give 'em a blog or a Web page and a field named 'tags,' and they'll start stuffing in text with wild abandon in the hopes that their content will be easily found by people who are desperately searching for information and opinion on feline hairball cures or cycling in the Ozarks or whatever their particular hobby is. Alas, all these folks are doing is polluting the Web."
Tagging, no longer fun and easy - Network World