Leap Motion’s gesture-control module to compete with Microsoft Kinect for Windows

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A new rival is bringing some serious competition to Microsoft when it comes to bringing motion controls to desktop and laptop computers. Leap Motion has just launched a gesture-control device that may not be as powerful as Kinect for Windows, but is definitely cheaper.

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Universal translator lets you speak a foreign language in your own voice

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Research software from Microsoft synthesizes speech in a foreign language, but in a voice that sounds like yours.

Researchers at Microsoft have made software that can learn the sound of your voice, and then use it to speak a language that you don’t. The system could be used to make language tutoring software more personal, or to make tools for travelers.

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Microsoft’s Productivity Future Vision (Video)

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How will people get things done at work, at home, and on the go in 5 to 10 years? Watch how future technology will help people make better use of their time, focus their attention, and strengthen relationships while getting things done at work, home, and on the go.

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Smarter Cart – Whole Foods tries out Kinect-powered shopping carts

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Your future shopping trips to Whole Foods may include a shopping cart that can follow you around the store, based on a recent product demonstration by Microsoft. The software giant was showing off a Kinect-powered shopping cart that can identify and talk to you, follow you around the store, scan items as you shop, and even put you through an automated checkout.

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‘Legal Intercept’ – Microsoft seeks wiretapping technology patent for Skype

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Microsoft rationalized the patent as a way to answer to government requests for surveillance and wiretapping.

Microsoft is seeking a patent for technology that lets it eavesdrop on VoIP calls, weeks after Microsoft bought Skype for $8.5 billion. 

 

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World’s Largest Source of Spam Email Shut Down By Microsoft and U.S. Marshals

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The scale of the shut down is unprecedented.

The world’s most prolific source of spam emails has been shut down in a series of coordinated raids by Microsoft and US federal authorities.  The Rustock botnet, an international network of virus-infected computers, had for years generated billions of emails per day, promoting unlicensed online pharmacies and cut-price impotence pills.

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RIP Zune Player, 2006-2011

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May all your Zunes come true.

Microsoft is not planning on releasing any further Zune devices. Instead, the company plans to focus on Zune software for smartphones.

Microsoft declined to comment on the future of the Zune players, but in a statement to Bloomberg noted that it remains “committed to supporting our devices in North America.”

Zune launched in November 2006 to much fanfare and hopes that it could beat Apple’s iPod. But sales never came close to reaching the levels of Apple’s best-selling and market changing music and media player…

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Microsoft Kinect Sales Top 10 Million, Set New Guinness World Record

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Microsoft has sold more than 10 million Kinect systems for the Xbox 360 to retailers, the company announced Wednesday.

Kinect, a controller-free gaming system that competes with the Nintendo Wii and Playstation 3 Move, has been selling at animpressive rate since it launched in November.

During the first three months after its launch, this rate was fast enough to earn Kinect the title of “fastest-selling consumer device.” According to Guinness World Records, whichofficially confirmed the record today, Microsoft sold an average of 133,333 units per day between November 4 and January 3…

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Gaming Firm Hacks Microsoft Kinect Controller to Create Interactive Pornography

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The demo video shows a man controlling a floating hand to ‘interact’ with video game characters.

It really was only a matter of time.

For while Microsoft’s innovative Kinect controller was designed for family fun it has already been hacked so it can be used in a different way entirely: sex.

 

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