Microsoft Embracing Unofficial Hackers Of Kinect?

17 Jun

Microsoft this week released the beta version of its Kinect non-commercial software development kit (SDK).

Gamespot report that “The Kinect SDK includes drivers for using the camera with Windows-based PCs, as well as source code samples, including a simple game where users interact with shapes falling from the top of the screen. Using voice commands, players can change the size, speed, color, and shape of the falling objects.”

This is a major move fromMicrosoft, will they be allowing developers to build their own Apps for publish on Xbox Live?  They previously seemed to frown on the unoffocial but often cool and funny hacks of Kinect.  Maybe they are now seeing this as a major opportunity to further embed the Xbox in peoples living rooms.

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Dictionary Pop Ups In OS X Lion

17 Jun

Lion has a neat little feature discovered by @AppleFortyTwo.  If you need a word looking up, three finger tap on your multitouch pad and hey presto, a neat dictionary pop up appears.  See picture.

9To5 Mac are also reporting that the integration of Dictionary in Lion is much more prevalent including iBooks integration and an official SDK allowing developers to integrate Dictionary with ease.  They also report seeing much more integration in iOS 5 for Apple mobile device suite.

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Sony Launch Cloud Based Music Service For Android

15 Jun

Sony have released an App for Android Phones beating the iCloud and Spotify in the US to provide their Qriocity Music Unlimited service to Android phone users.

There are two levels to subscribe to giving you access to a library of over seven million songs from all four major US labels.

Firstly for $3.99 per month, the Basic package provides ad-free  music streaming, a scan and match service for your existing music library (including iTunes) so you can then playback your music on other “Music Unlimited” devices.

For $9.99 per month, the Premium plan includes all features of the Basic package along with the ability to create playlists, universal song playback rights (listen to any song you want any time), and access additional radio channels.

Impressed?  Let us know.  Slight hitch for everyone else…no idea when this will be available outside the US.

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New iPhone Facebook App Incoming?

15 Jun

Techcrunch are reporting on a new Facebook App they believe is to be released following images and documents they have received.

Techcrunch are likely to release further details when they have finished running through the docs and images.  A new App for facebook would be kind of cool if the app handles images in a neat way.  Let us know what you would want to see.

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HTC Desire WILL Now Get Gingerbread

15 Jun

HTC have now announced via their Facebook page that they will be releasing Gingerbread to proud HTC Desire owners.  Lets see what they say tomorrow!

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UPDATE: HTC has clarified its position by saying, “to resolve the Desire’s memory issue and enable the upgrade to Gingerbread, we will cut select apps from the release”.  We are yet to find out which Apps will go.

New Apple Time Capsules & Airport Extremes On The Way

15 Jun

9To5 Mac are reporting that the latest Airport Utility update references next generation Time Capsule (4th Gen) and Airport Extreme (5th Gen).  This is on the back of reports that the hardware stock levels have been heavily depleted at retail stores which is also usually a sign of new incoming replacements.

Without many referencing the stock level numbers the references to next gen hardware alone would not necessarily be a massive thing.  Apple always anticipate future hardware releases, this is something very characteristically Apple after all, and therefore, always something that they will be planning to do at some point, perhaps not always so imminently!

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HTC Desire Will Not Be Getting Gingerbread

14 Jun

 

UPDATE – Check out our post on the quick HTC turnaround over Gingerbread which will now be coming to an HTC Desire near you!

The following statement has been posted by HTC on their website which is really disappointing for owners of an HTC Desire anxiously awaiting the update to Gingerbread Android OS.

“Our engineering teams have been working hard for the past few months to find a way to bring Gingerbread to the HTC Desire without compromising the HTC Sense experience you’ve come to expect from our phones. However, we’re sorry to announce that we’ve been forced to accept there isn’t enough memory to allow us both to bring Gingerbread and keep the HTC Sense experience on the HTC Desire. We’re sincerely sorry for the disappointment that this news may bring to some of you.”

It is a real blow after HTC had promised the update previously.

If you own or were thinking of buying an HTC Desire, let us know what your thoughts are.

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