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Kinect for Windows 1.5 is here, includes facial movement tracking

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Peripherals | Posted: May 22, 2012 8:17 am

Microsoft have announced that they've released version 1.5 of the Kinect for Windows runtime and SDK. They've also announced that Kinect for Windows hardware is now available in Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan.




As of next month, Kinect for Windows hardware will arrive in 15 more countries: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Finland, India, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Arab Emirates. Once this is done, Microsoft will have Kinect for Windows available in 31 countries around the world. The company have also added more capabilities to Kinect that help developers build amazing applications:


  • Kinect Studio, our new tool which allows developers to record and play back Kinect data, dramatically shortening and simplifying the development lifecycle of a Kinect application. Now a developer writing a Kinect for Windows application can record clips of users in the application's target environment and then replay those clips at a later time for testing and further development.
  • A set of Human Interface Guidelines (HIG) to guide developers on best practices for the creation of Natural User Interfaces using Kinect.
  • The Face Tracking SDK, which provides a real-time 3D mesh of facial features-tracking the head position, location of eyebrows, shape of the mouth, etc.

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Machinima nabs $35 million in funding, led by Google

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 22, 2012 7:37 am

Online video creator, Machinima has had a great funding round, where they received $35 million in funding. This was led by Google, which also included existing investors found in Redpoint Ventures, and MK Capital. If you remember, Google's YouTube were after some original programming, and have been investing heavily to do so.




At the moment, Machinima's network is the largest single page view generator for YouTube, where it enjoyed more than 1.6 billion video views in the month of April. So we can see why Google ponied up for the online video creator.


YouTube is also an invaluable partner of Machinima, as YouTube is the company's primary distribution and monetization platform. Machinima plans to spend the money on investing in content and global sales, as well as international expansion and distribution. This latest move from Google shows just how important online video will be in the future, while it's not a huge investment, Machinima by itself brings in some serious viewers.

Game Capture HD can record your game footage to PC, Macs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 22, 2012 7:08 am

Elgato, a video conversion hardware maker has announced the Game Capture HD. Game Capture HD can capture game footage from game consoles, and records it to PC and Macs. The device is not too big either, about the size of a deck of cards.




It requires no additional power, and connects to a game console thorough USB 2.0. Game Capture HD connects to the Xbox 360 through HDMI, and through the AV input of the PlayStation 3. It can capture 480i, 576p, 720p, and 1080i, and encodes video on-the-fly in H.264.


Game Capture HD comes with software for both Windows and Mac that allows you to timeshift, edit, and share videos on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or e-mail. The unit requires a Mac running OS X 10.7 or later with a 2GHz dual-core Intel-based processor, and on the PC side of things, Windows 7 with at least a dual-core processor. The Game Capture HD will be available starting June 1, at $200.

Max Payne 3 to arrive on PC with four DVDs

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 22, 2012 7:00 am

Rockstar released the Max Payne 3 requirements a month ago now, and we were teased with a 35GB install requirement. Well, it looks like the game will ship on four DVDs according to the game's Indian distributor, E-Xpress Interactive. Four DVDs seems excessive, so does a 35GB install.




I'm looking forward to seeing the game running on a high-specced PC, to see if that 35GB is worth it. Four DVDs is just ridiculous, and this is why I love digital distribution. But what about those who don't have the Internet speed, or download cap, to suck down 35GB of data?


Is this the future of gaming? With the recently announced Unreal Engine 4 and it's jaw-dropping screenshots, we are definitely looking at a huge expansion in how much data comes with a game because of textures, sounds, and everything in between. We're going to need some seriously powerful compression methods in the near future. Whatever happens, Max Payne 3 will be a day-one purchase for me. What about you?

Samsung wants to settle war with Apple

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 22, 2012 6:28 am

The war between Samsung and Apple has been epic, but isn't it about time they settled it? Samsung Electronics' mobile division chief, JK Shin said over the weekend that they are still seeking to resolve differences in its international patent war with Apple.




Shin told reporters at the Seoul airport shortly before his departure for the US:


There is still a big gap in the patent war with Apple but we still have several negotiation options including cross-licensing.


When asked about the prospects for the company's memory chip business, Shin said that the 4G chip shortage was expected to drag on until Q4 of this year.

Unreal Engine 4 screens are amazing, Epic also has a 'responsibility' to push next-gen consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: May 22, 2012 6:04 am

Here we are, folks. The beginning of next-gen gaming, hopefully. Epic have taken the curtains down from the first screenshots of the upcoming Unreal Engine 4, and boy do they look freakin' insane. Epic have also spoke of their "responsibility" to make sure next-gen consoles from both Microsoft and Sony can support the kind of eye candy that UE4 can push out.




Epic ran the Unreal Engine 4 demo on a PC, cough, with a single NVIDIA Kepler-based GEFORCE GTX 680. Epic design director Cliff "CliffyB" Bleszinski has said:


There is a huge responsibility on the shoulders of our engine team and our studio to drag this industry into the next generation. It is up to Epic ... to motivate Sony and Microsoft not to phone in what these next consoles are going to be. It needs to be a quantum leap. They need to damn near render Avatar in real time, because I want it and gamers want it--even if they don't know they want it.


We will get to see the engine in action at E3 in a couple of weeks time, with our own Trace Hagan attending in-person.

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NVELO asks users to comment on Dataplex Intrusion

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: May 22, 2012 5:46 am

NVELO has gained several design wins in 2012 with their Dataplex SSD Caching software. So far Corsair, Crucial and OCZ have paired Dataplex with all of their SSD products used to cache Hot Data on mechanical HDDs.




The software works as advertised, but all is not perfect in SSD Caching Land. Dataplex has a nasty DRM feature that will shut the software down if you change two components in your system. Many of us had to go through these hassles years ago with some video games. It was annoying then and it is just as annoying now.




Over the last month reviewers started to receive their OCZ Synapse Cache, Corsair Accelerator and Crucial Adrenaline products. Easily the number one complaint in many of these reviews had to do with the limits placed on the user by NVELO's Dataplex software.


We've already touched on the two hardware ID change limit before shutdown but if you want to remove your Dataplex software and install it and the caching drive in another system, well good luck with that. You will need to contact support for a new key or remember to jump through the Dataplex hoops of uninstalling the software after disabling the software.

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Foxconn to spend $210 million that would be used exclusively by Apple

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 22, 2012 5:25 am

Foxconn are close to getting their cheque book out and writing a fat one for Apple to the tune of $210 million for a new production line that would be used by Apple, exclusively. The new investment would pave the way for the project to start in October in Hua'an City, part of the Jiangsu province in China, reports the China Daily.




The new plant will be of a decent size, measuring 40,000 square meters, and should hire 35,800 new employees. This is great for the local economy. The annual output of the new plant is set to be between $949 million and $1.1 billion, with the import and export value sitting at around $55.8 million.


35,800 new employees might sound good, but the Foxconn Zhengzhou Technology Park that is dedicated to making iPhones employs 120,000 people, while the Shenzhen-based plant employs an insane 200,000 people.

Facebook shares tank, early investors 'dislike' this

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: May 22, 2012 4:11 am

Facebook shares went live last week, at $38 per share, but they took a sharp dive today right down to $34.03, and 11-percent drop from the $38 starting price for the record-setting IPO. Friday's issues were blamed on technical difficulties, as traders had failed or delayed transfers.




Monday on the other hand, had analysts confirmed that Facebook and its banking partners, mostly Morgan Stanley, had overvalued the stock. 48 hours before the IPO went live, companies had decided to increase the number of shares sold by close to 25-percent, up to 484 million. A number of large investors are said to have received more shares than they expected.


Was the Facebook IPO launch a quick money grab? Overvalued stock, tonnes of press, too many shares and a very quick drop of 11-percent are all signs to me. It'll be interesting to see how the social network goes over the coming days, weeks, and months.

HTC handsets stealth past US Customs, laughs at ITC ban

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 22, 2012 3:35 am

Even though there's a ban on HTC One X and EVO 4G LTE handsets entering the United States, they're still leaking through the cracks and arriving anyway. An update on HTC's corporate website has said that some handsets are passing Customs inspections, even though there's an International Trade Commission (ITC) ban on the devices entering the US.




The update arrived yesterday, and states that "each imported HTC model must be reviewed by Customers" and would then be released after the inspection had been completed. The update doesn't mention which handsets got through, or how many.


The ITC placed restrictions on importing the HTC One X and EVO 4G LTE after courts determined that HTC had violated Apple patents in relation to messaging and browser apps. Both company's have been forced into settlement talks, which will start on August 28 this year.

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