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Xbox One to include YouTube app despite Windows Phone app woes

Xbox One to include YouTube app despite Windows Phone app woes

Microsoft today announced that the Xbox One will have access to a Microsoft-developed YouTube app come launch time this Friday (Nov. 22 at 12:01AM). Much unlike the company's official Windows Phone YouTube app, the Xbox One YouTube app will be, well, an actual app. Rather than just serving as a link to the mobile YouTube website (as the Windows Phone app does), the Xbox One YouTube app will contain features. Bonus!

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Apple reportedly buys Kinect tech-creator PrimeSense

Apple reportedly buys Kinect tech-creator PrimeSense

Apple has reportedly acquired PrimeSense, the motion-tracking company responsible for the technology in the original Xbox 360 Kinect, in a deal said to be worth around $345m. Whispers of the possible purchase, today reported by Israeli news site Calcalist, began back in July though were described as being in the early stages, and PrimeSense unofficially dismissed the speculation along with chatter rumors of a $280m price tag.

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Internet Explorer for Xbox One to include new voice, gesture controls

Internet Explorer for Xbox One to include new voice, gesture controls

Microsoft this weekend rolled out a few descriptions of how the voice and gesture controls will work in Internet Explorer for Xbox One. In a post on Exploring IE, the company explained that you will be able to say "Xbox, select" to bring up a voice command menu when the Kinect is on, followed by the command like "Browse to" or "Click on". Gesture support will also be speedier than it is for Xbox 360.

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MIT’s inFORM UI remotely manipulates physical reality via Kinect

MIT’s inFORM UI remotely manipulates physical reality via Kinect

MIT Media Lab's Tangible Media Group has invented a tangible interface that acts like a remote pinscreen. That is, it transfers gestures captured by a hacked Kinect to a platform of motorized pins, thus translating motion to physical reality. The device is called inFORM, and the researchers involved in the project want it to inform a wider push towards computer interfaces that embrace the deep human need for tactile engagement with reality.

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Xbox Kinect helps stroke patients regain freedom of movement

Xbox Kinect helps stroke patients regain freedom of movement

Physical therapy researchers at Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center are developing a home therapy program for stroke patients, and the Xbox Kinect plays a central role. It involves a home-brewed game called Canyon Adventure, in which patients paddle a canoe down a river, swat bats in a cave, snag litter out of the water, go fishing, navigate the rapids, and catch objects like medical supplies and treasure chests. The program helps patients regain motor control from the comfort of their own homes.

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Xbox One Kinect won’t amass advertisement data on users, says Microsoft

Xbox One Kinect won’t amass advertisement data on users, says Microsoft

Over the weekend, Microsoft's Vice President of Marketing and Strategy Yusuf Mehdi spoke during a conference via the Association of National Advertisers. His speech, in which he touched on the subject of the Xbox One and advertising, lead to a report in Ad Age stating that the company's gaming console is "like [a] TV that watches you," amassing data for advertisers about users and what happens on their side of the screen. Microsoft denies this.

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Kinect camera technology may find its way into Windows Phone

Kinect camera technology may find its way into Windows Phone

By now world familiar with Microsoft's Xbox Kinect camera system. Microsoft has recently hinted that Kinect camera technology is coming to the Windows Phone operating system. While the Kinect was first billed as a device to enable motion gaming on the Xbox 360, it became clear early on that the Kinect have a lot more potential than gaming alone.

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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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Microsoft’s next move: touchscreen ALL the surfaces

Microsoft’s next move: touchscreen ALL the surfaces

If you expected Microsoft to sit down and stop expanding their touchscreen-happy software environment now that it's clear Windows 8's aim at touchscreen laptops wasn't the mega-success they'd hoped it would be, you'd have been wrong. There's a group called Ubi Interactive out there this week which Microsoft has announced is taking orders on software to turn any surface (essentially any surface) into a touchscreen controller.

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Xbox One Kinect not required for gameplay

Xbox One Kinect not required for gameplay

On Friday, Microsoft's Xbox One Chief Product Officer Marc Whitten posted a long clarification on digital game sharing and Xbox Live Gold sharing on Xbox.com. He also spoke to the folks over at IGN earlier this month, partaking in a Q&A session that is being published in pieces. One of the questions concerned what a gamer would do if their Xbox One's Kinect broke, and Whitten's answer reverses Microsoft's previous statements about the device.

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