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Time to Kinect

Motion electronics is always intriguing to people and Microsoft has caught on to this with their Kinect; first used with the xbox 360. Up until now that sensor bar has been exclusive to the 360 but they are now opening this technology up to PC! MS has announced the prospective release to be scheduled for sometime later this summer!

As Redmond tells it, this self-publishing will happen "later this summer." Next summer (notice a theme here?), Microsoft is adding support for one of gaming's most pervasive dev toolkits to Kinect for Windows: the Unity engine -- tools developers already know the strengths and weaknesses of, which should bolster the app selection even further. Given that the Xbox One will see Unity support this year, this could mean that cross-platform apps and games are a distinct possibility. Or, maybe we'll get a cool new bank account manager instead.”

Source: Engadget

The EU scraps roaming fees

The European Parliament has passed a bill that scraps roaming fees for mobile phones that will allow you to place a call anywhere in Europe for the same price it would cost you at home. All I can say about this is, it's about time! Hopefully North American greed providers someday soon follow suit. The BBC has the story.

The European Parliament has voted to scrap the roaming fees charged for using a mobile phone while abroad.

Under the wide-ranging telecoms reforms, the cost of making a call or downloading internet data in another EU country will be the same as at home.

The change is due to take effect from 15 December next year. It still requires approval from EU governments.

EA has to apologize for Nintendo jokes

Yesterday was April fools and EA thought that announcing Half Life 3 and other Frostbite games for the Wii U as well as declaring the Wii U "the most powerful 4th gen console" would be a funny joke. Well apparently the higher ups at EA didn't find it as funny and now have issued an apology. I guess EA finally realized that maybe they aren't in a place to be making fun of other companies and might have opened up yet another can of worms. Kotaku has the full story.

There are a lot of awful pranks and unfunny jokes out there today, but this one might be the weirdest: the official Twitter account for Frostbite—EA's proprietary video game engine—is acting like a big ol' bully.

See, EA is on the long list of publishers that no longer makes games for Nintendo's Wii U, as their powerful Frostbite 3 engine just won't support it. So the folks behind Frostbite are making jokes... about running it on Wii U.

Is the Start Menu coming back?

Microsoft was showing off some new Apps that they are going to have that will work on both Windows and Xbox and was hoping that would get people talking. Instead the thing that most got people excited was the teasing of a possible return of the Start Menu like we all know it in an upcoming Windows 8.1 update. The Start Menu that was being teased has a little bit of a twist to it with the addition of live tiles on the side which could be a great combo. Engadget has more details.

As a part of its Build 2014 announcements, Microsoft showed off an interesting twist on its classic Start Menu. Coming to Windows 8.1 in a future update, it has the look of the Start Menu Windows users have experienced for years, but adds the Live Tiles Microsoft has been pushing as a part of Windows 8 and Windows Phone.

Android App Pick - Stickman Snowboarding

We have just posted up another Android App Pick of the Week and this week we celebrate winter with Stickman Snowboarding. This is a fun app with simple controls that will keep you boarding for a long time. It's fun, simple and a bit addicting. Take a look and see why it made the cut this week!

Stickman Snowboarding



Halo Actress Jen Taylor is WinPhone Cortana

I'm not sure how many of you are excited about this, but dang it - I AM! Even though I don't have a Windows Phone, the good news today is that Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.1 will feature digital assistant "Cortana" and that will be voiced by Jen Taylor - the very same voice used for Cortana in the video game mega-series, Halo. I do hope they bring this assistant to multiple platforms, but if not, I guess I'll have to skip out as I don't see this as being the killer app to make me switch from Android to Windows Phone. Still, it's pretty cool for all you Halo game junkies.

Microsoft provided the following statement to Neowin regarding Taylor's voice being used in the digital assistant: "[The] Cortana beta synthesizes voices from more than one source, Jen Taylor being one of them. Over time, we plan to employ Jen Taylor’s voice throughout a greater portion of the experience."

Source: Neowin

Windows 8.1 Update Coming April 8

The official Windows 8.1 update is coming April 8th now and there is a few things to know and maybe even a couple to get excited about. This update seems to want to reunite keyboard and mouse users with the interface and I have nothing but good things to say about this. Another big thing is that when you are working within full-screen apps, the taskbar will still be available - again, giving mouse and keyboard users quicker access to other applications they are running in the background. Check out more changes and improvements and the link below.

In addition the the context menus, Microsoft has made it easier to access the power options too by creating a power options menu in the top right area of the modern environment. Not a huge addition by any means but there was a bit of critical feedback around the launch of Windows 8 that the power options were not easily accessible.

Source: Neowin

Amazon FireTV Launches

There have been a lot of rumors about the Amazon set-top gaming device / streaming platform and today it launched. Thankfully, it didn't launch yesterday or it may have got lost in the pile of April Fool's pranks. Still, this is a tidy little device that works with voice recognition and allows you to stream your content from your favorite provides including Netflix, HuluPlus, Amazon, Showtime, ESPN and more. Take a look at what they have to offer and make sure you check out and see what Gary Busey thinks of it.


Source: Amazon

Microsoft Giving Away Windows

Microsoft has seen the light and is trying to give phone manufacturers a little more incentive to use their OS. That's right, Windows is now free to companies making devices with screens under 9-inches. I'm not sure how much more this will encourage them to use the OS, but it certainly won't hurt and is a step in the right direction for Microsoft. With any mobile OS, the amount of apps and services that you can tie to your platform is impressive and you can make the money off of these - rather than the OS itself.

"We really want to get this platform out there. We want to remove all the friction between you and creating these devices," Terry Myerson, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Operating Systems group, said during the company’s Build conference in San Francisco. 

The move is a dramatic example of the sense of urgency Microsoft feels regarding Windows’ weak position against iOS and Android in the smartphone and tablet markets, which Apple and Google have capitalized upon in recent years.

Source: PCWorld

WTU Episode #256 - Oculus Gets $2 Billion and Angry Backers

We have just posted up Episode #256 of Weekly Tech Update. In this episode we are discussing No Minecraft for Facebook, NVIDIA launches a $3000 consumer graphics card and Twitter gets all Facebooky. We have those stories and more and the links below!

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