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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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Xbox One privacy concerns assuaged by Microsoft in “always on” explanation

Xbox One privacy concerns assuaged by Microsoft in “always on” explanation

Microsoft wasn't terribly clear on certain aspects of the Xbox One upon its unveiling, and one area that raised concerns was a claim that the device was "always on," serving as a type of spy in your living room listening to your conversations and peeking at your activities. Microsoft made a couple attempts to clear up some of these concerns last month, but today has detailed privacy specifics that gamers can expect from their next-gen console.

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Kinect for Windows implementing hand gestures and 3D mapping

Kinect for Windows implementing hand gestures and 3D mapping

Some great things are in store for Kinect for Windows. Microsoft is very close to releasing a hand-gesture recognition feature in its Kinect software that will allow its users to manipulate their PC much more efficiently. The new development allows the Kinect to accurately detect and follow your hand movements, and will bring new functionality to developers who want to implement hand gestures in their apps or their games.

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Microsoft next-gen Kinect sensor to support 1080p, USB 3.0, and 60ms latency

Microsoft next-gen Kinect sensor to support 1080p, USB 3.0, and 60ms latency

There's a lot of talk going on about Microsoft's next-generation gaming console, but we haven't heard a whole lot about the console's next-generation Kinect sensor add-on. According to a leak, the new Kinect will feature quite a bit of upgrades from the current sensor, including full HD streaming, and a quicker latency that's cut down by a third from the current Kinect sensor.

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Kinect joins the Windows 8 fun with developer support SDK

Kinect joins the Windows 8 fun with developer support SDK

This week the folks at Microsoft have decided to add Kinect for desktop support to the Windows 8 Desktop app support collection with a full software development kit. This kit will help developers work with the Windows 8-compatible Kinect-running app universe and includes a set of features never before available with the hardware. Company officials have made it clear that developers that've requested the updated kit should start receiving it today - of course you could simply head on over to the Developer Center and grab it now as well, if you wanted.

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Kinect takes center stage in new map making gadget

Kinect takes center stage in new map making gadget

We've seen amateur and professional developers alike do some really cool things with Microsoft's Kinect since the motion control peripheral launched in 2010. Interestingly enough, many of these cool things have nothing to do with video games, but that's another story for another time. The latest in a long line of cool gadgets that put Kinect in the spotlight is a new wearable device that has the ability to make maps in real time.

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