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Dance Central 3 gets October release date

Dance Central 3 gets October release date

Today Microsoft and Harmonix announced the release date for Dance Central 3, saying that it will arrive in North America on October 16 and will be heading to Europe later that week on October 19. The game comes with over 40 on-disc tracks that you'll be able to dance along with, as well as a very odd story mode that sees players going back in time to learn famous dance moves from decades past. The crazy-sounding story mode has already garnered a few raised eyebrows from the Dance Central fanbase, but we imagine that most don't care and are just looking for another excuse to jump in front of TV and dance their butts off.

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Indie band The Maccabees shoot a music video using hacked Kinect cameras

Indie band The Maccabees shoot a music video using hacked Kinect cameras

It's been clear for a long time that there a lot of uses for the Microsoft Kinect camera that Microsoft probably never thought of. We have seen these cameras do all sorts of things, but I can't say that I've ever seen them used to shoot a music video for a band. That's exactly what an independent band called The Maccabees is doing.

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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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Microsoft extends $99 Xbox Kinect deal to Best Buy, GameStop

Microsoft extends $99 Xbox Kinect deal to Best Buy, GameStop

Microsoft is extending its $99 Xbox and Kinect bundle to Best Buy and GameStop stores. The deal first rolled out in early May exclusively on Microsoft's online store, allowing customers to get the console and motion controller at a deep discount if they sign up for a two-year Xbox LIVE Gold Membership subscription.

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Internet Explorer heading to Xbox 360 in fall

Internet Explorer heading to Xbox 360 in fall

Microsoft has just confirmed that they will be bringing Internet Explorer to the Xbox 360 sometime this fall. The company has been full of announcements today thanks to its press event at E3 2012, where it's been revealing all sorts of new Kinect, Xbox, and Windows 8 integrations through a new SmartGlass feature.

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Motion control “Minority Report” power glove for Xbox 360 Kinect

Motion control “Minority Report” power glove for Xbox 360 Kinect

If you're a gamer, you probably are familiar with Ben Heck. Heck started out building some slick game console mods and finagled that into his own web show. The latest project Heck has been working on is a glove that works with the Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect inspired from the 2002 flick "The Minority Report."

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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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Kinect Play Fit tipped for 360 with Joule tracker

Kinect Play Fit tipped for 360 with Joule tracker

Microsoft is reportedly readying a wireless fitness monitor that, along with a "Kinect Play Fit" upgrade to the Xbox 360 dashboard, will enable cross-game health tracking. The accessory, believed to be called Joule by sources speaking to The Verge, will collate ongoing fitness performance between Xbox games, motivating users to stay in their sweetspot for pre-set weight loss, strength or cross-fitness goals.

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