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New Kinect Features Previewed in New Video

Microsoft is betting big on its next-generation version of its Kinect motion sensor. The device has been packed in with every one of its upcoming Xbox One consoles, ensuring that all Xbox gamers will have a Kinect. This has caused more than a grumble in some segments of the gaming community. Kinect games of the current generation were, in general, …

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IllumiRoom Has The Potential To Be The Next Big Thing In Gaming

One of the coolest inventions shown at CES was IllumiRoom, a projector technology from Microsoft that would expand the gaming experience beyond the TV. In other words, it would display visuals from the game on the wall around the TV to create an immersive experience. The original demo released during CES only showed IllumiRoom in action. The new demo goes …

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Microsoft Talks Machine Learning, Biological Science

David Heckerman from Microsoft research recently discussed some examples of how machine learning is affecting genomics and changing the pace of scientific breakthroughs. “Until recently, the wet lab has been a crucial component of every biologist,” Microsoft Research says. “Today’s advances in the production of massive amounts of data and the creation of machine-learning algorithms for processing that data are …

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Microsoft’s IllumiRoom Takes Gaming Beyond the Edge of the TV Screen

Microsoft Research, Microsoft’s department for experimental computer science projects, has unveiled the “IllumiRoom,” a projector system that extends the action in video games beyond the edge of the TV screen. What’s most impressive about it is that it doesn’t require a flat white background to work properly. Microsoft is currently demoing the project at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES). …

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Microsoft Social Network Socl Gets New Design, “Me Pages”

Remember Socl? It’s a social network that Microsoft Research launched in beta a while back. It was initially for students, but in May, they launched it to the public. Now it is out with a new design and something called “me pages,” which are essentially profile pages. “What began with a focus on social search for students and learning has …

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Microsoft Has Shattered The Language Barrier

The language barrier is an insurmountable wall for many people. Those of us who have spent three years in high school Spanish and came away with nothing can attest to that. That’s why so many of us have put faith into translation programs like BabelFish and Google Translate. Microsoft now takes it a step further with instant speech recognition and …

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Microsoft’s Next Kinect May Feature Finger Tracking

It was rumored that the original Xbox 360 Kinect would feature finger tracking. The feature was obviously absent from the original accessory’s launch, but there’s still hope that a future iteration of the device could provide the kind of precision that would make finger gesture-based games possible. Microsoft is already working on such a motion capture device right now, but …

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Who Falls For Nigerian Email Scams? The Gullible, of Course

We’ve all gotten them. The emails from someone purporting to have a lot of money that needs help sailing through the tricky waters of international banking. The ones that need us (me!) to do the important work of banking for a prince, or deceased magnate. Those messages from Nigeria. Those scam emails. But why do those scammers write that they …

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