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It costs $50 to plug an Xbox One Kinect into your PC

EngadgetHD - October 22, 2014 - 4:11pm

What's stopping you from creating the first killer Kinect 2.0 hack? Well, now that Microsoft's released the do-all sensor's SDK to the public for free you don't have many more excuses. The software development kit is available without any fees and what's more, you can now put any finished apps up for sale on the Windows Store as well. Just like that! To help developers along even further, Redmond is releasing an adapter that makes the Xbox One Kinect play nicely with a Windows 8 PC. Meaning, they won't have to use a hack to create a hack (or buy a redundant Windows Kinect). The $50 USB 3.0 dongle not only brings price parity between the two previously separate cameras, but it's another instance of Microsoft reversing a previous hardline policy to better suit its customers too. Now, get out there and get cracking -- the hardware giant already has a head start on you.

Update: Developer Ubi Interactive, known for large-screen gesture control installations, has posted a trio of brief, new videos demoing some fresh uses for the Kinect 2.0. We've embedded them below.

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Source: Official Microsoft Blog

Pandora launches artist marketing data platform in Australia

Yahoo Mixed Feed - October 22, 2014 - 2:40pm
Music streaming service Pandora has rolled out its Artist Marketing Platform in Australia and New Zealand, allowing performers with tracks on the radio service to access a range of data about their performance. The free service allows artists to see details like where their tracks are most popular, which have been liked the most and […] The post Pandora launches artist marketing data platform in ...

Morning Update: FCKH8’s F-bombs for feminism pulled from YouTube; Hendo produces working hoverboard prototype

Yahoo Mixed Feed - October 22, 2014 - 2:40pm
This is our Morning Update, rounding up international media and marketing news from while you were sleeping. Mashable: FCKH8’s F-Bombs for Feminism Ad Pulled From YouTube, Vimeo “These powerful little girls aren’t f*cking around. For the latest ad campaign from t-shirt company FCKH8, the brand enlisted five girls between the ages of 6 and 13 to […] The post Morning Update: FCKH8’s F-bombs for ...

Endemol Australia head of development Nathan Gibbs departs for Zodiak Media

Yahoo Mixed Feed - October 22, 2014 - 2:26pm
Endemol Australia head of development Nathan Gibbs will be joining London’s Zodiak Media, an independent production company overseeing 45 brands in 15 countries, as the newly-created role of group head of format acquisitions and the production and distribution group. Mumbrella reported in August of Gibbs’ imminent departure from Endemol. In a statement Gibbs said: “I’m […] The post Endemol ...

ProSiebenSat.1 plans new German TV channel

BroadbandTVNews - October 22, 2014 - 1:37pm

German commercial broadcast group ProSiebenSat.1 wants to launch a new advertising-financed free-to-to air TV channel in Germany. Read the story »

Russia launches key satellite

BroadbandTVNews - October 22, 2014 - 1:18pm

The Russian communications and broadcasting satellite Express-AM6 has been launched into orbit from Baikonur. Read the story »

Eutelsat TV Awards – Spotlight on movie channels

BroadbandTVNews - October 22, 2014 - 1:15pm

The winners of the 2014 Eutelsat TV Awards will be announced at a gala ceremony in Rome on November 28. Read the story »

Accedo and Cloudio TV announce partnership

BroadbandTVNews - October 22, 2014 - 1:08pm

Accedo and Cloudio TV have announced a joint global partnership. Read the story »

Kroes calls for end to European digital divide

BroadbandTVNews - October 22, 2014 - 1:04pm

Neelie Kroes gave a passionate plea calling for an end to a divided Europe during her final keynote speech as VP of the Digital Agenda at the European Commission. Read the story »

Austrian/ Slovenian telcos ink Macedonian deal

BroadbandTVNews - October 22, 2014 - 11:46am

Telekom Austria and Telekom Slovenije have agreed to merge their Republic of Macedonia subsidiaries Vip Operator and One. Read the story »

Chameleon camouflage to give tanks cloaking capabilities

Reuters Technology - October 22, 2014 - 9:38am
Inspired by the way a chameleon changes its colour to disguise itself; scientists in Poland want to replace traditional camouflage paint with thousands of electrochromic plates that will continuously change colour to blend with its surroundings. The first PL-01 concept tank prototype will be tested within a few years, with scientists predicting that a similar technology could even be woven into the fabric of a soldiers' clothing making them virtually invisible to the naked eye. Matthew Stock reports.

Offended by the 'Hatred' trailer? You're a hypocrite (and that's a good thing)

EngadgetHD - October 22, 2014 - 9:00am

This week, a game about a genocidal maniac was announced. There's a video trailer for the game that depicts ultraviolent bedlam: a murder spree of innocent victims, many begging for their lives. So it's basically another week in video games, then? Not quite.

Okay, okay -- let's rewind and unpack. An unknown development studio from Poland (Destructive Creations) released an announcement trailer (with extremely violent gameplay and sociopathic dialog) for its upcoming PC game, Hatred. The video's around 90 seconds long and, if you're like me, you'll likely find it difficult to sit through. Before the very, very angry main character begins his murder spree, he declares, "My genocide crusade begins here." He's a tall, muscular, white guy with long black hair -- he sort of looks like Glenn Danzig -- and he's about to kill a lot of people. But isn't that what you do in loads of other games? Yes! But also no.

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German DAF to launch Austrian window

BroadbandTVNews - October 22, 2014 - 5:20am

German business and financial news channel DAF will launch a daily programme for viewers in neighbouring Austria on October 23, 2014. Read the story »

Russian operators face revenue threat

BroadbandTVNews - October 22, 2014 - 3:33am

Russia’s Ministry of Communications may prevent cable and DTH operators from charging for public channels. Read the story »

News channel for SEE

BroadbandTVNews - October 22, 2014 - 3:15am

A regional 24-hour news channel named N1 and serving South East Europe will make its debut on October 30. Read the story »

Sky+ app update puts family snaps on screen

BroadbandTVNews - October 22, 2014 - 2:32am

An update to the Sky+ app is making it possible for subscribers to display photos from their smartphone, directly on the TV screen. Read the story »

New tax burden for Magyar Telekom

BroadbandTVNews - October 22, 2014 - 1:43am

Hungary plans to introduce a new tax next year aimed specifically at ISPs, according to Mihály Varga, the country’s National Economy Minister. Read the story »

Forthnet-Multichoice merger signals takeover moves

BroadbandTVNews - October 22, 2014 - 1:40am

Forthnet is to merge its pay-TV subsidiary Forthnet pay TV telecommunication services and holdings (FMH) and Multichoice Hellas. The move is being seen as a possible precursor to a takeover of the company. Read the story »

New executive joins Scripps

BroadbandTVNews - October 22, 2014 - 1:31am

Scripps Networks UK & EMEA has appointed Katharina Feistauer as VP, programming for Scripps Networks UK & EMEA. Read the story »

Discovery extends Bulgarian deal

BroadbandTVNews - October 22, 2014 - 1:07am

Discovery Networks CEEMEA and Bulgaria’s leading pay-TV company Bulsatcom have extended a long-term strategic partnership. Read the story »

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