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Researchers use Kinect to increase 3D scanning accuracy by 1000x

Researchers use Kinect to increase 3D scanning accuracy by 1000x

It's hard to deny the fact that the Kinect has all but failed as a gaming device. Despite their initial decisions, Microsoft stopped including the device with all Xbox One bundles, which fractured the install base. And with that, fewer and fewer developers felt the need or desire to implement its features into their games. However, the device is still being used to make breakthroughs in other, non-gaming areas.

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Continuum on phones to require Office 365 sub for editing

Continuum on phones to require Office 365 sub for editing

Excited, or at least curious, for what might be one of the winning points for Windows 10 Mobile? Better rein in that enthusiasm and read the fine print first. In a post sharing the wonderful updates to Office 365 and Office apps, Microsoft let slip a detail that hasn't been mentioned before or at least never given much attention. Continuum, which would "expand" a mobile app to desktop when an external display is connected, will require a paid Office 365 subscription to edit files starting April next year.

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Windows 10 Mobile delayed until 2016 for Windows Phone 8 users

Windows 10 Mobile delayed until 2016 for Windows Phone 8 users

Bad news for Windows Phone 8 users today: you're going to be waiting a bit longer than expected before upgrading to Windows 10 Mobile. Microsoft has said that the update to Windows 10 Mobile, originally planned to rollout starting this month for thus running select Windows 8 and 8.1 phones, has been delayed until early 2016. An exact reason for the holdup wasn't provided by Microsoft, nor was a specific date in the coming months for when over-the-air updates would begin.

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Xbox Fitness nixes Kinect requirement, adds downloads

Xbox Fitness nixes Kinect requirement, adds downloads

Microsoft has pushed out an update for Xbox Fitness that removes the Kinect requirement. The change opens Xbox Fitness to a larger number of Xbox users, but with a lesser experience in that Kinect is required to fully take advantage of what Xbox Fitness is capable of. Joining this change also comes workout downloads for offline playback, making it easier to sidestep connectivity troubles and data caps.

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Xbox One backwards compatibility adds 16 more games

Xbox One backwards compatibility adds 16 more games

Good news for Xbox One users who have been enjoying the ability to play some of their favorite Xbox 360 games via the console's new backwards compatibility feature: Microsoft today announced another 16 titles have been updated with support, bringing the total up to 120 games. Backwards compatibility debuted on the Xbox One back in mid-November, allowing users to play both disc-based Xbox 360 games and those they purchased digitally online, as well as advanced features like take screenshots, stream gameplay, and record in-game clips.

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Microsoft announces HoloLens experience showcase in NYC

Microsoft announces HoloLens experience showcase in NYC

Microsoft recently wrapped up their HoloLens Roadshow, in which they took their forthcoming VR headset out on the road. They traveled to 11 cities and allowed developers to try out the HoloLens, so they could get a good idea of just what they could do with the unit. Unfortunately, every one of their dates was booked within the first 90 minutes, according to Microsoft. So what about all of the developers that missed out? There's good news.

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The 2015 NORAD Santa Tracker is now live

The 2015 NORAD Santa Tracker is now live

Google's Santa tracker is great, but there's something special about the NORAD Santa Tracker, especially this year: it is celebrating its 60th Santa-tracking anniversary. As in the past, Microsoft has teamed back up with NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, to provide a colorful interactive website that, this time around, comes with a special perk just for Windows 10 and Edge users.

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Microsoft Philanthropies revealed to help empower others

Microsoft Philanthropies revealed to help empower others

This week Microsoft reminded the public that their mission, as stated by CEO Satya Nadella, was to "Empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more." As such, Microsoft has revealed "Microsoft Philanthropies", an organization that expands the company's commitment to their own corporate philanthropy.

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Microsoft Band 2 gets $20 charging stand

Microsoft Band 2 gets $20 charging stand

Having to take a cord and manually plug it into a device in order to charge it is the very definition of a first world problem. But just because a problem is minor, doesn't mean that you don't want to do something about it. Thankfully companies are getting on board with various cable-less charging systems. And if you have a Microsoft Band 2, you'll be happy to know that your gadget is getting the same treatment.

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Lumia 850 renders appear, mid range phone still MIA

Lumia 850 renders appear, mid range phone still MIA

Early last October, Microsoft unveiled what would be its Windows 10 Mobile flagship, not a Surface Phone, but the Lumia 950 and 950 XL. Then just last week, it announced the Lumia 550, what would become the first entry level for the shiny new Windows 10 OS. With both ends of the device spectrum set, all that's missing is a mid tier offering. Supposedly, that spot will be filed in by the Lumia 850, whose latest renders just appeared over the weekend. Sadly, the smartphone itself has yet to make an appearance.

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