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Google buys Flutter “Kinect for OS X” motion-tracking developer

Google buys Flutter “Kinect for OS X” motion-tracking developer

Google has acquired Flutter, the gesture-recognition specialist dubbed "Kinect for OS X", with development of the hand tracking system headed in-house at the search giant. Flutter, which offers a Mac app that turns the webcam into a remote control system for navigating media players like iTunes, Spotify, and VLC, has cooked up its own machine-vision algorithms, which Google could use for future Chromebooks, Android devices, or even baked into the browser.

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Surface Pro 2 hands-on

Surface Pro 2 hands-on

Microsoft isn't giving up on Windows 8 tablets, and the Surface Pro 2 is the slate that it expects to finally crack the market. Taking the original Surface Pro and refreshing it with Intel's fourth-generation Core "Haswell" processors, the new Surface Pro 2 takes advantage of the more battery-efficient chips to deliver longer runtimes, not to mention introducing more interesting accessories along the way. Read on for some first impressions.

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Sony, Crytek, Google set gaming challenges: 2nd-screen, Map tech, more

Sony, Crytek, Google set gaming challenges: 2nd-screen, Map tech, more

Sony, Google, Crytek and others have thrown down the gauntlet to game developers, challenging them to integrate open-source map data into games, boost the usability of casual gaming, and come up with new second-screen titles as part of a new UK innovation event. The IC Tomorrow Digital Innovation contest sees five categories proposed, with Sony, Google, Crytek, Intel, and Odeon Cinemas all setting challenges that range from cutting the amount of time it takes to create virtual worlds in games, through to integrating technologies like WebRTC and NFC into online titles.

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Intel elaborates on depth camera tech: Ultrabook and tablet integration in 2014

Intel elaborates on depth camera tech: Ultrabook and tablet integration in 2014

While the details of the launch of Intel depth camera Perceptual Technologies integration with the Creative Senz3D camera haven't changed all that much since our introduction earlier this year, the company has continued to elaborate on what - exactly - will be coming. What we saw earlier this year at Computex 2013 was the first Intel introduction of the Creative Senz3D camera, there with a set of features looking to take on Microsoft's Kinect technology directly. It was also there that Intel VP of marketing Tom Kilroy let known their intentions with releasing the technology on depth-sensing notebook cameras by the end of 2014.

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Acer S7 Ultrabook reboot brings Haswell, battery life, and a new keyboard

Acer S7 Ultrabook reboot brings Haswell, battery life, and a new keyboard

In June, Acer's Aspire S7 Ultrabook reboot was unveiled, bringing with it fourth-generation Intel Core processors and some other new features. At the time, Acer stated the laptops would be shipping out in the third quarter of this year, with pricing and some additional details surfacing around the same time. Such was the case this evening, with the company announcing pricing and availability.

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Sony VAIO Red Fit 15, Pro 13, and Duo 13 slider get official (and officially bright)

Sony VAIO Red Fit 15, Pro 13, and Duo 13 slider get official (and officially bright)

Earlier this year - back on the 11th of June, to be specific - a bit of a preview of the Sony VAIO Red edition notebooks was sent out to tease the world. Today Sony makes it official with images of the Red versions of three of their top-tier portable lines. That's the Sony VAIO Fit 15 and 14, VAIO Pro 13 and 11, and VAIO Duo 13 - this last one being a lovely slider, each of these having been released in standard color tones in the past.

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Toshiba Satellite U and M notebooks go Haswell in full refresh

Toshiba Satellite U and M notebooks go Haswell in full refresh

Intel has inspired another full refresh in Toshiba's Satellite M and U laptop lines, this time bringing on touchscreen capabilities as well. Both notebook lines now work with up to 16GB RAM (2 x 8GB slots) and 39.6cm (15.6") HD displays, kicking out up to 7 hours of battery life, the whole lot of them. They're both coming with DTS Studio Sound audio enhancements across their speaker systems for loud, powerful music and media as well.

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Logitech Z600 Bluetooth speakers unveiled with multi-device connectivity

Logitech Z600 Bluetooth speakers unveiled with multi-device connectivity

Logitech has taken the wraps off its new Z600 Bluetooth speakers, which it is specifically aiming at those with ultrabooks and Mac computers with its design, though they'll work with any device with Bluetooth. The speakers support connection with multiple devices at the same time, allowing the user to toggle between those devices by pausing one audio stream and firing up another.

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