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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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Apple rejecting apps with Dropbox functionality

Apple rejecting apps with Dropbox functionality

Apple famously doesn’t allow apps to have links to external subscriptions or purchases, instead requiring developers to adhere to the in-app purchasing system. That way, Apple can take its 30% cut, and all would be right with the world. Is Dropbox starting to face the same problem? Developers are reporting that their apps are being rejected for including Dropbox functionality.

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Tizen 1.0 SDK and source code released

Tizen 1.0 SDK and source code released

MeeGo may have bitten the dust, but from the ashes rose Tizen, the open source OS backed by players like Intel and Samsung. News surrounding Tizen has been somewhat quiet as of late, but here’s a pretty big milestone: the OS has just hit version 1.0, codenamed Larkspur. The Tizen group will be releasing a new SDK to go with the release so that developers can get to the grips with all the new additions, as well as the source code.

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Sony releases PlayStation Suite SDK open beta

Sony releases PlayStation Suite SDK open beta

Sony has released the PlayStation Suite Developer Program open beta, as promised, enabling coders to create games for the PS Vita, PlayStation-certified phones and tablets, and more. Available for PC only, the PlayStation Suite SDK 0.98 includes the PC Suite Studio and UI Composer for creating interfaces that take advantage of physical and touchscreen controls, as well as a simulator for testing out your handiwork.

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Microsoft releases Robotics dev toolkit for Kinect droids

Microsoft releases Robotics dev toolkit for Kinect droids

Microsoft has released its Robotics Developer Studio 4 (RDS4), helping robot builders integrate Kinect into their DIY hardware, while a reference hardware platform, Eddie, has also been launched. Meanwhile, Microsoft has also announced its ten finalists of the Robotics@Home competition. The RDS4 toolkit includes simulators so that users can create virtual 'bots without any actual hardware to hand, but the real fun starts when you plug a Kinect into a laptop and some servos.

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Sony PlayStation Suite SDK open beta drops April

Sony PlayStation Suite SDK open beta drops April

Sony's PlayStation Suite SDK will be released as an open beta in April 2012, the company has confirmed, allowing developers to create games and content for the PS Vita, as well as PlayStation Certified phones and tablets. Released in closed beta back in November, though only in the US, UK and Japan, the new open beta will broaden support to a greater number of countries. The full version of the SDK, meanwhile, will follow on later in 2012, with an annual fee of $99 for distribution through the PlayStation Store.

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