Microsoft patent could use Kinect to price movies based upon number of viewers

Trace Hagan | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Nov 5, 2012 5:25 PM CST

People may want to stay away from the Kinect if they like watching movies on their Xbox 360. Well, at least if Microsoft decides to implement a patent that was just issued to them last week. The patent in question is titled "Content Distribution Regulation by Viewing User" and deals with adjusting prices based upon the number of viewers.

The Kinect, or equivalent, sensor could monitor the number of people in a room and adjust the pricing for movie according to how many people are there. The system could even, theoretically, detect when more people walk into the room and pause playback until more money was provided or some people left the room.

Another thought is that this could be used to control the owner of content so that the person who purchased the video must be present. This patent could also tie in with one Microsoft received last September, called "Parental Control Settings Based on Body Dimensions," which uses various body shapes and ratios to estimate a user's age.

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Belkin becomes first third-party Lightning accessory manufacturer

Daniel Perez | Peripherals | Nov 5, 2012 12:11 PM CST

Ever since I purchased my iPhone 5, the Lightning cable that came with the phone has been attached to me as much as the phone itself seeing as all of my previous charging cables are completely useless. Buying additional cables has been a challenge for me as I don't have an Apple Store in close proximity to me and buying additional cables online is nearly impossible. But my worries will soon be over as Belkin has announced it will be the first third-party company to have Lightning accessories available for purchase.

Belkin announced today it will release two accessories that support the iPhone 5 and 4th Generation iPad's Lightning connector: the Belkin Car Charger for Lightning and Belkin Charge + Sync Dock. Both accessories will retail for $29.99 and will be made available in mid-November.

The Belkin Car Charger is exactly what it sounds like: a car charger with a Lightning adapter attached to the end of it. It'll be MFI certified, will have over-voltage protection and will be made available in black.

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Apple sets new launch weekend record with 3M iPad sales

Daniel Perez | Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Nov 5, 2012 10:08 AM CST

Regardless if the majority of people were less than impressed with the new iPad mini and 4th generation iPad, the rule of thumb has always been if there's an Apple logo on it, it'll sell millions. That's exactly what happened this weekend as Apple has announced it has sold 3 million iPads this past weekend.

Friday was the official release date of both the iPad mini and 4th generation iPad around the world and marks the first time Apple has launched two new products on the same day, not counting new releases made available through the Apple Store.

As of now, Apple has yet to release sales data for individual sales of the iPad mini and 4th Generation iPad which we're sure to hear about in an upcoming Apple Event with nothing but praise coming from the company.

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Skyrim DLC 'Dragonborn' includes rideable dragons, original Dragonborn for 1600 MS Points on Dec. 4th

Daniel Perez | Gaming | Nov 5, 2012 9:27 AM CST

The next piece of DLC for Bethesda's The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has been announced today by way of the unveiling of its official trailer. Are you ready to meet the first ever Dragonborn?

"Dragonborn" will tell the tale of the first Dragonborn ever to make his way through the Elder Scrolls world who is only known now as the Dragon Priest. The Dragon Priest will be attempting to come back and rule over the land as he did in the past, and we're assuming it'll be your job as the current Dragonborn to snuff him out.

Judging by the debut trailer released today, it looks as though new weapons, armor and enemies will be made available in the Dragonborn DLC, as well as a feature many Skyrim fans have been begging for even before the game was released: rideable dragons.

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Xbox 360 version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 leaked onto torrent websites

Daniel Perez | Gaming | Nov 5, 2012 8:51 AM CST

One of 2012's most highly anticipated first-person shooters that isn't Halo 4 will soon be released next Tuesday, but seeing as gamers absolutely cannot wait for actual release dates, a pirated version of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 has been leaked through various torrent websites.

According to a number of reports, user "BAD 2 THE B0N3" published the leaked version of Black Ops 2 for Xbox 360 onto 360iso. BAD 2 THE B0N3 was also responsible for last month's Halo 4 leak.

A flood of gameplay footage has already started making their way through YouTube that cover much of the game including the game's campaign, multiplayer and zombies mode. If you're the type of person who would prefer not to run into spoilers of a game before its release, it's HIGHLY recommended you don't go looking through YouTube for the next week as Black Ops 2 can easily be ruined thanks to these videos.

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Sony has been approved to launch the PlayStation 3 in China, finally

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Nov 4, 2012 11:32 PM CST

In China, game consoles are technically illegal, which has stopped Sony's PlayStation 3 from launching in the country, until now. The company have been approved to launch their now ageing console in China.

Authorities granted the PlayStation 3 a "China Compulsory Certificate" in July, but the PS3 has yet to have launched yet. Considering the PS3 launched in Japan close to six years ago, it is definitely behind the times in China. China pushed in a console ban in 2000 to protect the nation's youth, in turn, creating a booming grey-market for game consoles, and games themselves, pushing piracy numbers up considerably.

Consoles can be sold if they're labelled as home entertainment consoles, and thanks to Sony baking in a Blu-ray player into the console along with its many online capabilities, the PS3 is considered a home entertainment system anyway. Microsoft never released the Xbox 360 in China, and Nintendo didn't bother with the Wii, either.

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More than 10% of all web browsing comes from smartphones, tablets

Anthony Garreffa | Business, Financial & Legal | Nov 4, 2012 10:41 PM CST

We all know smartphones and tablets rule our lives now, but just how much do we use them to surf the Internet? Well, according to the latest data from NetMarketShare, it looks like it's a lot.

Their data points out that smartphones and tablets accounted for 10.3% of all web browsing in October, which is the first time it has broken through the 10% barrier.

More interesting is that mobile browsing was at just 7.2% of all browsing in March, meaning that we're seen an explosion of web browsing on mobile phones in the last few months alone. iOS-based smartphones and tablets like the iPhone and iPad account for around 60% of all web browsing in october 2012. Android devices scooped up a little over 27% of mobile web browsing.

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RumorTT: Google working on new entry-level Nexus tablet

We already have a super cheap $199 slate from Google, the amazing Nexus 7 tablet, but it looks like they're about to set that price bar a fair bit lower, again.

DigiTimes is reporting that the Mountain View-based company is working on an "entry-level Nexus tablet that has not yet been announced". Nothing more from this is known, but that is quite the tease.

What could we see? A $99 tablet? $149 maybe? What could Google do to reduce the pricing? We're already getting a quad-core tablet with a 7-inch 1280x800-pixel display running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for just $199. They could knock it down to 5-inch, a dual-core processor and keep Jelly Bean, while knocking $50-$100 off the price. That would surely shake the market up, a lot.

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Ace of Spades, an 8-bit, Minecraft-like team-based FPS

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Nov 4, 2012 2:27 AM CST

There's a new team-based first-person shooter on the block called Ace of Spades, and most of you (including myself) have probably not even heard of it.

Well, the game is being made specifically with the gameplay found in Team Fortress in mind, wrapped in the 8-bit blocky Minecraft-like look, which also gives players in the game the freedom to build themselves a custom battlefield, on-the-go. Yes, while you're defending, shooting, and running away from bullets, you'll be making your own battlefield.

Ace of Spades supports up to 32 simultaneous players in a world that is completely destructible, and just like Minecraft, players are only limited by their own creativity in building their surroundings. Ace of Spades is a PC-exclusive (yay!) and has been in development since April 2011, with the beta sporting around 2.5 million players.

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32GB Nexus 7 teased 'with Android 4.2' in the UK

Android 4.2 has, until now, only been talked about for the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 devices that were announced last week - but in the UK, it seems that the 32GB Nexus 7 variant will come "with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean".

UK retailer HMV, has been advertising in newspaper ads of the tablet sporting the latest Android OS, but with Android 4.2 not yet finalized or open-sourced, it shouldn't be baked into any tablets sitting on store shelves just yet.

With the Nexus 7 being a Nexus device, Google should get Android 4.2 out to it as quick as possible, but I'm guessing we'll see the release of the latest iteration of Android closer to the release of the new Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 tablets next week on November 13.

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