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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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Let’s Stop Pretending the Kinect Is A Gaming Device

Let’s Stop Pretending the Kinect Is A Gaming Device

When I look around the technology space, I can’t think of any single product that is so poorly associated with another device than Microsoft’s Kinect. The sensor, which is supposedly designed with gamers in mind, actually delivers very little value to gamers nowadays. In fact, the Kinect is designed for computers and entertainment – gaming is an afterthought.

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Microsoft Kinect used to read sign language

Microsoft Kinect used to read sign language

The Kinect has largely been a device meant for gaming on the Xbox 360, but since its release, it's been hacked and modified in so many ways. We've seen many different projects arise from the use of the Kinect, with the latest one being from Microsoft themselves, where they're experimenting with sign language detection with the Kinect sensor.

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Apple eyeing Kinect-creator PrimeSense in rumored $280m grab [Updated]

Apple eyeing Kinect-creator PrimeSense in rumored $280m grab [Updated]

Apple is reportedly in negotiations with PrimeSense, the motion-tracking specialist responsible for the original Xbox Kinect, supposedly aiming to acquire the company in a deal tipped to be worth around $280m. Apple is said to have dispatched a team of senior engineers to Israel-based PrimeSense early this month, Calcalist reports, though talks are said to be in early stages. The Cupertino company could use the 3D movement tracking technology to allow more flexible methods of interacting with future iPhones, iPads, and Macs.

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Xbox One Kinect will not be compatible with PCs, says Microsoft

Xbox One Kinect will not be compatible with PCs, says Microsoft

On May 22, Microsoft's Scott Evans said that the next-generation Kinect will be arriving for PCs, but didn't specify whether it would be possible to use the next-generation console's Kinect with a PC or if users would have to wait for the Windows-specific model. Microsoft laid the speculation to rest, saying that the Kinect shipping with the Xbox One will not work on PCs.

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Xbox One-era Kinect for Windows appears for developer pre-order

Xbox One-era Kinect for Windows appears for developer pre-order

Kinect for Windows isn't expected to arrive until 2014, however as of today developers have the opportunity to apply for early access. Microsoft has opened the application process and made it clear there is a "limited number of spots in the program." Those looking to apply should know there is some fine print and that all applications must be completed before the end of July.

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Xbox Kinect “not just an accessory” anymore

Xbox Kinect “not just an accessory” anymore

While many gamers have been focusing on the various fiascos surrounding the Xbox One's used game policy and such (for which Microsoft pulled a 180), one thing that a lot of people have overlooked is the intense focus that Microsoft is putting on its Kinect sensor with the new console. While it can be considered an accessory of sorts for the Xbox 360, the Xbox One Kinect takes things to a whole new level.

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Xbox One Kinect privacy concerns addressed by lawmakers with new bill

Xbox One Kinect privacy concerns addressed by lawmakers with new bill

Ever since Microsoft unveiled the Xbox One and the new Kinect sensor, privacy advocates have been up in arms about how the Kinect watches and listens to its users at all times in order to be at the ready when a voice command or hand gesture is initiated. Lawmakers are also joining in, proposing a new bill that wouldn't ban this kind of technology, but require an opt-in option.

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