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Microsoft Demos Tighter Xbox Kinect And Windows Phone Integration

Microsoft Demos Tighter Xbox Kinect And Windows Phone Integration

These days it's apparent that offering a complete ecosystem of services with strong developer support that connects users and all of their devices is the key to platform success. Although lagging behind, Microsoft has been busy building up their own ecosystem of services centered around Xbox LIVE, which will be the link between Windows 8, Windows Phone Mango, and Xbox 360. Recently, the company released a demo video that shows a tighter integration between Windows Phone and Xbox Kinect---video after the cut.

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Xbox LIVE TV and NUads for Kinect could save TV advertising

Xbox LIVE TV and NUads for Kinect could save TV advertising

Microsoft's NUads system for Kinect - combining interactive content with adverts - failed to cause waves when the company announced it earlier this week, perhaps because (unless you're Apple) it's a tough sell to make advertising sexy. Intended to encourage Xbox 360 users to actually pay attention to promos rather than tuning out until the real content arrives, NUads reacts to spoken and physical commands tracked by the Kinect sensor bar, pulling up more information on products, setting scheduling reminders for upcoming shows, and tweeting out anything that has particularly caught your eye. With a little work, though, it could be the entertainment industry's salvation.

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NUads and Kinect make TV advertisements interactive

NUads and Kinect make TV advertisements interactive

I think I am like most people in saying that overall, I really loathe ads on TV. I rarely watch them thanks to my DVR. I see more ads on my computer than anywhere and especially on Hulu and Netflix where I have to watch them. One way that I will watch ads and commercials on TVs is if they grab my attention while zipping though DVR fast forward. A new type of add is being shown off that uses the Xbox Kinect device called NUads.

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Kinect for Windows SDK beta launch imminent

Kinect for Windows SDK beta launch imminent

Microsoft's Kinect for Windows SDK will be released in beta form this week, according to Microsoft Spain president María Garaña, the toolkit allowing developers to use the motion-tracking hardware with PCs rather than the Xbox 360. Among the initially supported features, WinRumors reports, will be skeletal tracking for one or two people along with use of the four-microphone array.

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SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – June 12, 2011

SlashGear Weekly Roundup Video – June 12, 2011

Last week's tech news was filled with developments from two major events---Apple's WWDC 2011 developer conference and the E3 2011 gaming conference. And so, in this week's video we're going over all the details on the Mac OS X Lion, iOS 5, and the iCloud. We also roundup all the E3 announcements from Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo. But since today is a big game day for my home team, the Dallas Mavericks, we'll just leave it at that. Go Mavs! Beat the Heat!

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Kinect support in full swing, Mass Effect 3, EA Sports and more all climb aboard

Kinect support in full swing, Mass Effect 3, EA Sports and more all climb aboard

Well while we were watching live from the Microsoft E3 2011 event we heard plenty of talk regarding the hotly popular Microsoft Kinect. It looks like it will be taking over just about every aspect of our Xbox and daily lives soon enough. We will be controlling just about everything you can imagine with our voices and body. We talked about upcoming features earlier and you can read about that here. They announced a wide array of upcoming titles and features that will all support Kinect.

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Microsoft Project Orapa IPTV on Xbox coming at E3 2011?

Microsoft Project Orapa IPTV on Xbox coming at E3 2011?

Microsoft is rumored to be readying its Project Orapa for an E3 2011 unveil next week, making official the new home entertainment system blending Mediaroom IPTV with Xbox LIVE. VP Frank Shaw has sewn the speculation seeds this week: "put simply," the exec suggests, "Xbox = entertainment and is core to our entertainment strategy" before going on to recap on the streaming content, Natural User Interface technology and multimedia baked into the Xbox platform as it stands. "We are turning up the heat on a whole new era of home entertainment" Shaw concludes.

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Xbox 360 Top Selling Console 10 out of the last 11 months

Xbox 360 Top Selling Console 10 out of the last 11 months

Xbox 360 was the number one selling video game console in April, according to NPD Group, and it also ranks as the top selling console for 10 out of the last 11 months. The Xbox 360 has had half of the top ranking games for April of this year, and consumers have spent $310 million on Xbox 360 hardware, software and accessories in April alone. Pretty impressive. See more details after the cut.

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