Recently I heard about a new Android app called InWorldz Info from the Google Play store which gives out the latest news, events and grid updates which is fantastic for anyone that wants to find out the latest grid happenings.
The InWorldz Info app has been installed more than 250+ times so far which is great and hopefully the installs count will rise much higher soon. The app requires devices to be running android version 2.2+ to open up. It’s currently on version 220.127.116.11 and it’s a 10.39MB download the app.
Stay connected while on the go for news, events, grid updates and more for InWorldz Virtual World!
Now our users don’t need FB or Twitter to stay connected! Join our mailing list, get push notifications of important events, be reminded of upcoming events so you can plan your virtual life better!
When opening the app for the first time the home screen will appear with large InWorldz logo with general information underneath it with social media links. There are many tabs to touch along the bottom like Events, Forums, Support, Cafe Shop, Videos, Contact Us, Photos, Facebook, Twitter, Join List and another Events tab.
The InWorldz Info app home screen from my smart phone.
I think the InWorldz Info has great potential in the future and hopefully the app will be used more if new improvements are made on a regular basis. It’s a great start so far and it can only get better with time.
On Friday 28th February 2014 show 8 of the Drax Files radio hour went out which is always interesting and fascinating to listen to each week. Drax and Jo do an excellent job on sharing the biggest Second Life news stories from the week. Please spread the word about the drax files radio hour and Drax files monthly series. Thanks!
Radio Hour discussion topics on show #8
- Private Estates is growing
- Orientation experience
- New Zipper viewer
- Bitcoin exchange is offline
- Interview with Drax Pamela
- And lot’s more
If you have a topic of interest then please contact Drax to be part of the show.
The Drax Files
Episode 17 went out this week of The Drax Files featuring Zachh Barkley who is the king of magic as Drax puts it at the start of this episode. Watch to see the great wizard in action and to see someone who is really engaged in content creation in Second Life. The episode runs for 5 minutes full of magical footage.
See below for info on Episode 17 of The Drax Files
“The vision is in the player’s hands: it is what you see and what you bring to the world!”.
Zachh Barkley is a 21-year entrepreneur [and self-described magic fanatic] who easily could – like some of his peers – play video games all day and goof off killing virtual monsters.
Instead he opted to surround himself with capable collaborators at this young age, learn as much as he can about 3D modeling, scripting and marketing, all this with one goal in mind: to shape the digital world just as so many other global residents of Second Life before him.
That bringing virtual enjoyment to thousands of avatars all over the world from his humble apartment in Madison, Wisconsin makes him a pretty penny may seem to some like magic, but at the end of the day – it is simple ingenuity & passion at work!
Enjoy a journey into a universe full of wonder and…some loud spells!
I can’t wait for the next episode of the two shows. Great work as usual!
On Friday 28th February 2014 Linden Lab announced that they are making new changes to the Second Life JIRA system. The new changes will come into affect next week on Monday 3rd March 2014.
Full details can be found here.
New JIRA changes
- “All users will be able to see all BUG issues, all the time.”
- “You’ll also be able to comment.”
- ““New Feature Request” is back!”
This is a good step in the right direction and is welcomed I think. When the new changes come into effect next week it will allow for a “better, more transparent and more productive experience for all of us”. The recent system “wasn’t very transparent” and was not a good experience. In the long run it will help Second Life continue to improve and make submitting bug reports so much easier than in previous years.
As February 2014 ends it’s time to look forward to Second Life and OpenSim events happening in March 2014. Spring is almost here and Easter is just around the corner. Here are the event listings for the month ahead below.
Big Second Life events to look forward to during March 2014
Big OpenSim events to look forward to during March 2014
My next events post will be published in the first week of April 2014. If you know of any other big events happening either in SL or OpenSim please comment. Thanks and enjoy!
Seraph City 2014
The well-known Seraph City region in Second Life will be closing down in mid-March 2014 and the predicted date is 16th March 2014. There have been reports on Plurk and Twitter about the closure however it’s not known why its actually closing down. If the region goes offline it will be a big loss for the grid and a real shame. Seraph City is a beautiful place to visit and a great place to explore in Second Life.
The main hall
The theme of the city is based around retro-futurism called Deiselpunk and primarily art deco. Seraph City has shops, theatres, cafes, libraries, trains, old vehicles and much more. It’s a very quiet region these days and sometimes it feels like a ghost city.
Come visit the best dieselpunk city of yesterday’s future!
-Enjoy an era of Art Deco and prohibition!
-Take a stroll down our streets and find your home, land for rent parcels to build on residential and commerical dieselpunk, pulp, noir, 20s
Flying around Seraph City
As many know already Seraph City has been featured on The Blackened Mirror series during the past few years. I decided to spend a few hours exploring the city and take snapshots.
Seraph City Map
Seraph City Map
More snapshots of Seraph City can be found on my SL Flickr stream. Have you visited Seraph City before ? and what do you think about Seraph City closing down next month ?. Hopefully the region will be saved but its unclear at this stage. More updates soon!
Nikki Mathieson shared some very sad news today in the Relay For Life Volunteers group in Second Life that Brooke (Saiman) Denimore has sadly passed away. After 2 weeks of being diagnosed with stage 4 of breast cancer, she lost her battle on Saturday 15th February 2014.
Brooke was on the Pure Heart team in Second Life and relayed for Relay For Life of Second Life for a long time. She also became a DJ in Second Life over the years. Brooke will be missed deeply by the relay for life community in Second Life. She will never be forgotten.
See group notice below…
Group Notice Sent by: Nikki Mathieson
News about one of our family
Hello Relay family, I need to let you know that I got word last night that Brooke (Saiman) Denimore, 2 wks after being diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer, lost her battle on Feb 15th. Brooke relayed with us for a long time and was on the Pure Heart team, as many of you know. She loved Relay and her friends, in SL, knew to look for our group to let us know.
Our hearts go out to her partner Zach and all her friends and Relay family. We’ll remember her throughout the season and fight back even harder.
Very sad news
Good news that private estates in Second Life grew by 15 regions (net growth) during the past week. This marks the first growth of 2014 for private estates and this is the first time the grid has grown week on week since 31st March 2013 according to Tyche Shepherd.
Private Estates growth history
- +30 regions on 24th June 2012
- +13 regions on 31st March 2013
- +15 regions on 23rd February 2014
Here is the latest grid stats as of 23rd February 2014.
The grid actually grew this week by 14 regions , Private Estates had net growth of 15 while Linden Owned dropped by 1
Total number of Main Grid regions is now 26145 ( 19163 private estates & 6982 Linden owned)
60 new regions were added and 17 returned to the grid, with 63 regions removed (20 were renamed and 0 came and went since last report)
A modest growth this week , the first time the Grid has grown week on week since 31st March 2013 . The growth was distributed across a range of estates – no particular estate exhibiting a significant change in size due to new regions.
Adult rated regions were also up this week by 29 to 4526 (17.3% of the grid) while General rate also grew by 9 to 3540 (13.5%)
This is a very positive sign and shows that there is interest again for private regions in Second Life. I hope that there will be more growth in the months ahead. The latest stats can be found on the Second Life Grid Survey.