I have a Kinect for my Xbox 360 that we have had for a while when the thing first landed at my house it didn't work well because the room we had the system in was too small to get decent accuracy with the Kinect. I guess I need to dig the thing out of the cabinet and plug it back in and give it another go in a larger room. Microsoft has now confirmed that the Kinect is more accurate today than it was when the accessory launched.
I would wager no matter your religious views that we are all familiar with the biblical story of Noah's Ark. The giant ship that god commanded Noah to build to save his family and a pair of each animal so that the world could start over after the flood. A Dutchman named Johan Huibers has constructed his second ark and this time he built the thing to the same dimensions that Noah used. The first ark was about half the size of the latest and Huibers chartered that ship charging $7 per person and raised the money to build his new ark.
Three new Roku media streamers have been spotted passing through the FCC, ahead of a retail launch as the Roku 2 HD, XD and XS. The new models - 3000X, 3050X and 3100X - shed some physical bulk and the blunt edges of their predecessors, using a new, curvy design language (but still keeping the cute fabric tag) and slotting in an updated Broadcom 2835 SoC.
Synology has outed its latest NAS, the capacious DiskStation DS2411+, offering a full twelve bays for 2.5- or 3.5-inch hard-drives. The chunky enclosure sports a dual-core 1.8GHz processor paired with 1GB of RAM (user-upgradable to 3GB), twin gigabit ethernet ports and optional WiFi. If up to 36TB of internal storage isn't enough for you (or, more likely, your small business), then you can hook up four external drives to USB 2.0 ports, or even throw in a dedicated Synology DX1211 expansion unit to double capacity to 72TB.
What's inside a Thunderbolt cable? If you answered "wires, magic, and a direct route for $49 to rush from your wallet to Apple's pockets" then you're a cynic and we love you, but it turns out you're actually getting more for your money. iFixit took their teardown tools to the official Apple Thunderbolt cable, and found chips-a-plenty lurking inside.
The Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the HTC Desire has gone into quality assurance testing this week, ahead of its eventual release to somewhat impatient owners of the smartphone. The news was shared via HTC's Facebook page, though the company still hasn't a definitive timescale for when Desire users will be able to try it out themselves.
Amazon's tablet production plans could be constrained by Apple's existing touch panel demands, and the two giants spar for component supplies. According to DigiTimes' sources, Amazon is looking for 1.5-2m touch panels for its first batch of tablets - the "Hollywood" and "Coyote" expected to offer ereading and media streaming as well as internet services - expected in September, with four million devices to ship before the year is out. However, some suppliers have expressed doubts that they could accommodate the scale of Amazon's demand.
Nokia has scythed off another part of its business, selling its operator-branded messaging service - which provides email, IM and social networking systems to carriers including Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile USA - to Synchronica, a mobile messaging specialist based in the UK. The deal will see Nokia hand over multiple contracts for the white label service, along with the Nokia Messaging source code for clients and servers.
Olympus has outed its trio of new PEN micro four thirds cameras, each using a new 12.3-megapixel Live MOS Image Sensor supporting up to ISO 12,800, and promising faster 35-point auto-focussing, shutter response and image processing than the company's own E-5 DSLR. The Olympus PEN E-P3 is the flagship, with a 3-inch OLED 614k pixel touchscreen and a built-in flash, while the PEN E-PL3 and PEN E-PM1 have a 3-inch 460k LCD display, articulated on the PL3.
We've been demanding a tablet running webOS for years now, and it's taken HP's new stewardship of the software to guide just that onto store shelves. Palm's mobile platform always seemed to good to be left solely to smartphones, and the HP TouchPad is the inevitable result. Problem is, the iPad has already made its presence well and truly known, dominating the consumer tablet market, and Android's Honeycomb drive gains OEM support by the week. Can the multitasking charms of webOS 3.0 promise the TouchPad a bright future, or is it simply a case of too late to the party? Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
There's always new developments when it comes to the ridiculously popular Angry Birds game. Rovio, the developer, has just unleashed the game for the Windows Phone platform today and recently debuted the location-based Angry Birds Magic on the Nook Color. The popularity of the game certainly isn't restricted to the West, as now there's news that the company is set on opening over 200 Angry Birds merchandise stores throughout China.