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Microsoft Connected Car plans include Kinect, WP8 and the cloud

Microsoft Connected Car plans include Kinect, WP8 and the cloud

Microsoft is looking to bury its Kinect, Windows Phone, Windows 8, Bing and other technologies into your next dashboard, with a job listing outlining the ambitions of the next-gen Connected Car Platform. The advert sketches a telematics system that can pulls together "speech, gestures, face tracking, augmented reality, vehicle networking, navigation, [and] entertainment" that turns simple cars into "intelligent assistants."

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Microsoft Surface re-introduced as a handheld tablet

Microsoft Surface re-introduced as a handheld tablet

This week Microsoft has re-introduced their own creation as a smaller version of itself: Microsoft Surface in the form of a handheld tablet. It was Steve Ballmer himself that came onstage at the start of this event, beginning his talk with a bit of a teaser with "cloud computing and entertainment" and ending up letting us know the big bang right from the start: "and in all that we've done, Windows is the heart and soul." Ballmer let the audience know that Windows in all powers 1 billion computers (and more, we must assume) across the earth, and that "Windows 8 re-imagines the product."

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Smart Tripod wins Microsoft Robotics @Home Competition

Smart Tripod wins Microsoft Robotics @Home Competition

Inventor / developer Arthur Wait of Silicon Valley took home $10,000 this week for winning Microsoft's most recent Robotics @Home Competition with his fabulous new Smart Tripod. This device takes several components such as the Eddie Robot Platform, a Kinect, and a Microsoft RDS 4, and creates a perfect companion for the at-home do it yourself aficionado. This tripod is a robot we would not mind keeping in the corner for daily use, that's for certain!

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Motion control could save Windows 8

Motion control could save Windows 8

You don't have to be a Minority Report fan to appreciate Leap Motion's new tracking sensor technology: there's something tremendously appealing about being able to wave your hands at your computer and conduct the digital world. Motion control has already proved itself more than just a gimmick in gaming, and now it has a chance to not only do that in mainstream computing, but perhaps rescue Microsoft from one of its more contentious Windows decisions. Play it right, and Leap Motion - and others with it - could kill touch in traditional computing before its even had a chance to get started.

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Microsoft releases Kinect for Windows 1.5

Microsoft releases Kinect for Windows 1.5

Kinect might be a great way to experience motion gaming on your Xbox 360, but the sensor accessory has a use on desktop PCs too, with a full blown SDK being offered by Microsoft to take advantage of the hardware. Now the company has updated the SDK to version 1.5, bringing with it some new features to let developers further utilize the motion tracking hardware in their applications.

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Rumor: Microsoft bringing Internet Explorer to Xbox 360

Rumor: Microsoft bringing Internet Explorer to Xbox 360

The Xbox has always been pretty Internet-focused, but over its lifetime the Xbox 360 has become the media and social hub that Microsoft dreamed of in the early 2000s. There's just one thing missing: a real web experience. According to unsubstantiated claims from The Verge, the company is planning on bringing the ubiquitous Internet Explorer to the Xbox 360, adding it to the apps, television, streaming movies and music, and social functions already in place.

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