The Kinect, originally developed by Microsoft is a pretty amazing device. Thanks to a few cameras and sensors, the Xbox add-on can accurately detect body movements in real time. Microsoft recently unveiled an SDK, which will allow developers to code their own applications for the device connected to Windows PCs, making good for more than just games. For those of you who don’t know, the term SDK, stands for “Software Development Kit,” and it is a way for companies to provide developers with information that takes advantage of a particular technology. The Kinect SDK is currently in beta form More >
Microsoft has announced a new Software Development Kit for its Kinect hardware allowing developers, enthusiasts, and researchers to make use of Microsoft Kinect motion-sensing controllers on computers running Microsoft Windows 7.
The new SDK will be available in Spring, with interested developers able to sign up now via the MS Research page.
Kinect’s Windows SDK features:
“The Kinect for Windows Beta SDK will be released later this spring, as we have said previously and in today’s MIX keynote, but it will not be released May 16.”
- The latest advances in audio processing, which include More >
Recently, Rovio and 20th Century Fox have just released a new trailer for a new Angry Birds game, titled Angry Birds Rio. According to the press release, the game will be released for smartphones and tablets worldwide, including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Angry Birds Rio is going to be released as a “crossover of Rovio’s series with the upcoming film Rio,” which, predictably, is a sort about two birds named Blu and Jewel that “have to fight animal smugglers in Rio.” The game will be featuring a plot that coincides with the film’s story. As of right now, it seems that the companies More >
As everyone expected, the Xbox Kinect has been a huge success. And of course as with any new gadget, especially with the all the potential of the Kinect, we’re seeing tons of users coming out with all types of cool innovations. The peripheral has even been used to help in surgery and help you with your work-out routine. Microsoft wasn’t too happy with the idea of people hacking their new system at first but now they seem to be quite keen on the idea, probably from all the free media coverage they’re seeing. And now Microsoft is supporting the idea, so much so that they hinted at releasing More >
With the big reveal of the $249.99 price tag, the Nintendo 3DS is finally official, now there’s only one question left, how much will the games cost? A total of 30+ titles have been announced to hit shelves coming to us all the way up to the time of E3. Even though the company has given us quite a lot of info on the games themselves, they are remaining pretty silent about which games will be “launch titles”. Hush-hush is also Nintendo’s stance on revealing the price of the titles. But it wasn’t too difficult to get a pretty good idea of a price range we’ll see.
Currently in the US, we’re More >
Microsoft is bringing back a feature it had previously taken out and though it’s a small change it’s expected to have a big effect. In this dashboard update we’re seeing the return of the “Boot-to-Disc” option which is making a come back for one reason, to stop pirating on the Xbox 360. And from the reaction of forum members it looks as though Microsoft is having success so far.
“Anti-Piracy 2.5 update” is what the update has officially become known as. With this update Xbox 360 owners who have flashed the firmware will no longer be able to load bootleg titles on to the console. And if More >
As Apple counts down to 10 billion total app downloads, they have unveiled a page within the iTunes Store that shows the top app downloads of all time. The list is split into four categories – top paid iPhone apps, top free iPhone apps, top paid iPad apps and top free iPad apps.
Check out the all time top ten paid/free apps below:
All-Time Top Paid iPhone Apps:
- Doodle Jump
- Tap Tap Revenge 3
- Pocket God
- Angry Birds
- Tap Tap Revenge 2.6
- Bejeweled 2 + Blitz
- Traffic Rush
- Tap Tap Revenge Classic
- AppBox Pro Alarm
- Flight Control
A recent report from a Japanese blog by the name of Macotakara states that according to their sources, Apple is toying with the idea of adding glass free 3D technology to the next generation of it’s iPod Touch. The iPod Touch would be a direct pocket-gaming competitor to Nintendo’s upcoming 3DS portable gaming console. This report comes after a multitude of 3D related patents that Apple has granted over the past few years. MacStories, discussing the report, wrote that Apple would be integrating the 3D technology “without any external peripheral or accessory.”
It seems that the 3D screens More >
George Hotz (aka geohot) became known for being the first person to jailbreak the iPhone and since then he’s been busy working on the PS3. The modification of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) gave George protection from Apple when he released his jailbreak for the iDevice but the DMCA might not help him with the lawsuit Sony is pursuing against him. As the DMCA sits it currently only covers mobile phones and nothing else.
When George appeared on G4′s The Loop he stated his stance on the issue is why can you jailbreak one device and not another as long as you own it. He also made More >
What’s your best score? Scores on the GameCenter no longer matter thanks to an app that allows you to submit any score you want, so now you and everyone can be #1. Game Center is a gaming network brought to us by Apple that is geared very much so towards a social environment. The network runs on iOS 4.0 and allows users to play against other gamers on Xbox LIVE and the Playstation Network while they can also invite their friends, compete in leader-boards, participate in online match-making as well as track and earn achievements.
The app titled “HackCenter” has eliminated any reason forMore >