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Xbox One tipped for TV achievements with new Microsoft patent

Xbox One tipped for TV achievements with new Microsoft patent

The recently-announced Xbox One is coming with new ways earn achievements playing your favorite games, but TV achievements might be coming as well. Microsoft applied for a patent that details a feature that would give users achievements for watching television. Yes, according to Microsoft, sitting on the couch with a dumb look on your face while watching a TV show is considered an "achievement."

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Microsoft patent surfaces showing immersive Holodeck-style display

Microsoft patent surfaces showing immersive Holodeck-style display

Of all the technology that they had on the Enterprise, what I always wanted the most was the Holodeck. The Holodeck was a gigantic room where people in the series went for recreation and was a fully immersive holographic video game system. A newly published patent from Microsoft shows a method of combining gaming and other content on a smaller TV screen with the projection of peripheral images around the player.

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Microsoft patent program grabs Amdocs mobile billing

Microsoft patent program grabs Amdocs mobile billing

This week Microsoft has made an agreement with yet another group in their IP Collaboration system in which rather than getting sued by the giant, groups agree to pay a fee for utilizing technology Microsoft has patented. The Amdocs group is the business working with Microsoft today, they being best known for their software and services for billion and customer support for telecommunications groups such as T-Mobile, Comcast, Vodafone, DirecTV, and more. This agreement covers Amdocs' use of Linux-based servers in its data centers.

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Microsoft patent hints at scalable console

Microsoft patent hints at scalable console

The idea of a console that could be upgrade over time isn’t new, but Microsoft has filed a patent for that very concept. The company applied for the patent back in December 2010, which details a console that could “satisfy quality of service guarantees for multimedia applications such as game applications while allowing platform resources, hardware resources in particular, to scale up or down over time.”

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Microsoft patent app hints at mood sensing ads

Microsoft patent app hints at mood sensing ads

A new patent application for Microsoft has surfaced that hints at an advertising system they can sense your mood using the camera in the Xbox 360 Kinect. The idea is that the camera in the Kinect can be used to capture a person's reaction to viewing an advertisement. That reaction data could then be analyzed to help tweak ads to be more appealing to viewers.

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Microsoft patent lends weight to Xbox 720 set-top box rumors

Microsoft patent lends weight to Xbox 720 set-top box rumors

The rumors of next gen Xbox consoles from Microsoft are floating around all over the place over the last few months. Back in November, we heard that there would be two new Xbox consoles launch with one aimed at the gamer and the other packing in some set-top box tech for the gamer that wants to watch TV too. A new patent has surfaced that lends weight to the version with the set-top box capability.

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