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The Daily Slash: January 14, 2011

The Daily Slash: January 14, 2011

Epic war! But first lets speak for a moment about what Christina Burlini columns as the Best iOS Apps for Students. After that, let yourself dream of a cloud of music in a column by yours truly called Syncing and Streaming on Android Community. Then there's the war I promised you. The war to end all wars! Such important subject matter as to have never been trumped before or after - the people VS Samsung and T-Mobile over their Samsung Vibrant updates to Froyo -- The Class Action Lawsuit, the simpler way of protesting - The #NeverAgain Twitter Campaign, and the inevitable Samsung Response. After that, it's games, music, and more games on SlashGear - see if you can find the tags!

All this and MORE on The Daily Slash!

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: January 14 2011

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: January 14 2011

Watch out for the law, it's gonna git ya! A fellow who believes he and his brothers and sisters united in Android have been wronged by T-Mobile and Samsung - and what to Americans do when we're wronged? File a class action lawsuit of course! On a different side of the world, the Android community is getting along a little better - see Japan build a human-sized android with an Android brain - and light-up eyes! Over on SlashGear we're popping popcorn with lasers, feelin pretty healthy hosting a game of Call of Duty on a medical server, and rocking relatively hard with the amount of music-related posts we've got up - see if you can spot em! All this and MORE on SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up! OH- and Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales says App Stores are the worst!

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My Kinect Is Already Collecting Dust

My Kinect Is Already Collecting Dust

Not too long ago, I wrote on these pages that the Nintendo Wii in my house was collecting dust. I explained that Wii games aren’t as appealing to me as they might be to other gamers. I also told you that I wasn’t all that impressed by the Wii Remote itself. Suffice it to say that I’m perfectly content with a traditional controller.

So, when I purchased Microsoft’s Kinect after a few weeks of deciding whether or not it would be a sound purchase, I was a little concerned that the unique motion option would fall flat in the same way.

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SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: January 13 2011

SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up: January 13 2011

See! As a possible new Samsung GT-i9023 - a possible Nexus S with Android 2.4, Hits FCC! The furtherance of this rumor shall be unfolding today, just you wait! We've got a hunch over at Android Community. See! The Sony PSP2 power up to levels equal to the PS3 and the PS3 Hacker Case continue to unfold! What about the PlayStation Phone? Just you wait. See! As a fabulously sleek looking Mystery Verizon Phone is found in Latest HTC Sync Update! Will it have a colorful background on it when you take it out of the box? You can bet on that. All this and MORE on SlashGear Morning Wrap-Up!

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Kinect hack motion-controls Flash UIs [Video]

Kinect hack motion-controls Flash UIs [Video]

The awesome Kinect hacks continue, and BLITZ have delivered what could turn out to be one of the more interesting adaptations of Microsoft's motion-gaming peripheral. They've figured out a way to get the Kinect sensor-bar to work with Flash-based interfaces via Node.js, opening the door to Flash, Silverlight and Unity apps being directly controlled by Kinect-recognized motions.

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Avatar Kinect, Hulu Plus & Netflix Kinect Functionality Unveiled at CES 2011

Avatar Kinect, Hulu Plus & Netflix Kinect Functionality Unveiled at CES 2011

For some, Microsoft's keynote, where CEO Steve Ballmer (and others) takes the stage and talks about what's to come from the Redmond-based company is the kick-off for the Consumer Electronics Show. This year, Microsoft took some time to talk about their recently released motion-controlled peripheral, Kinect, and the features that will be added into the accessory soon. For those who believe that Kinect's usage through the Xbox 360's system isn't as in-depth as they'd like, Microsoft is happy to add functionality to two main features, along with adding an entirely new way to interact with your friends on Xbox LIVE.

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Avatar Kinect for Xbox LIVE tipped for Microsoft CES 2011 reveal

Avatar Kinect for Xbox LIVE tipped for Microsoft CES 2011 reveal

Further details about Microsoft's CES 2011 announcements have leaked, with a new Xbox 360 social communication system called Avatar Kinect expected to make its debut this week. First spotted by Glimpsedog as a leaked snapshot of Microsoft's keynote run-through, according to WinRumors Avatar Kinect uses the motion-gaming peripheral to control gamers' Xbox LIVE avatars as they interact with each other.

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Kinect UI gets usability breakdown: plenty of weaknesses

Kinect UI gets usability breakdown: plenty of weaknesses

With plenty of households now getting to grips with a new Kinect to hook up to their Xbox 360 consoles after the holidays, it's fair to say there are a lot of odd gestures going on in living rooms across the world. Just how odd is something usability expert Jakob Nielsen has been looking at; he reckons that while Kinect is "fun to play" it's also inconsistent, full of awkward dialogs and poorly-communicated warnings, and relies too greatly on gamers memorizing instructions.

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Kinect Sign-Language hack is work-in-progress [Video]

Kinect Sign-Language hack is work-in-progress [Video]

Sign language recognition support was one of the surprising potential use-cases for the Kinect beyond simple motion gaming in the run up to the peripheral's release, and a team of researchers at Georgia Tech College of Computing are hard at work making it a reality. They're looking to use Kinect in their ongoing CopyCat project, a video game intended to teach young people American Sign Language (ASL).

Video demo after the cut

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