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Google offers free AI-powered audiobook narration

Last night, Google sent me a message that I could have one of its virtual AI-powered voices record my audiobooks for me. I wrote an article about for MetaStellar here: Google offers free AI-powered audiobook narration. (AI-generated illustration based on image via Pixabay.) You can edit the finished file to fix pronunciation mistakes and then …

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Ukraine play returns for encore this morning on OSCC

(Image courtesy Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education.) The educational play “We Are Going to Lviv” is back for a single performance tonight on the Meta region of the OpenSim Community Conference grid. The trip was originally part of the Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education 2022 conference and is an artistic journey that spans …

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How science fiction precedes science fact and what it means for the metaverse

Some days, it feels like we’re all living in a science fiction novel, though more dystopian than utopian. Between a global pandemic, Russian saber-rattling on the Ukraine border, and climate change challenges, you’d be forgiven for despairing about the state of the world. And yet, there is more peace in the world than war, extreme …

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Register now for OpenSim community conference

OSCC 2020. (Image courtesy AvaCon.) The 2021 OpenSimulator Community Conference is next weekend, and registration is now open — and free. This year’s conference features more than 65 speakers leading presentations, workshops, panel sessions, music, and social events across the diversity of the OpenSimulator user base. See the full schedule here. Attending the conference event is …

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Facebook changes name to Meta, embraces metaverse

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg speaking at Facebook Connect. (Image courtesy Facebook.) Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook changing its name to Meta in order to focus on the metaverse. He spoke at today’s Facebook Connect, the company’s virtual reality and augmented reality conference. The stock symbol will officially change to MVRS on December 1, …

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Oculus Quest 2 setup is super easy. Getting OpenSim on it, not so much

Maria Korolov with the Oculus Quest 2 headset. I just ordered my Oculus Quest 2 headset this morning — and it already came this evening. Initial impression is that it’s the easiest-to-use headset I’ve tried so far. Very comfortable, very lightweight, and I didn’t even need to charge it up when I took it out …

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With lack of Gloebit support, grids try to fix payment problem on their own

It’s been ten days since AviTron first reported Gloebit payment problems, and more than a week since Gloebit acknowledged the issue, but Gloebit purchases are continuing to fail across the hypergrid and grid owners complain that they haven’t been able to reach Gloebit CEO Chris Colosi for help. There also haven’t been any additional updates …

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