A countdown has appeared on Channel 9 live set to finish at 1800 BST on Thursday is believed to be counting down the release of the announcement of the Kinect SDK due to be released in spring of which the end is quickly approaching. A twitter account @KinectSDKTeam has also be created with only a single tweet to its name.
The Kinect SDK is set to allow Xbox’s popular peripheral to be used with a Windows machine, it is not yet know which versions will be supported but it is understood to be able to bring full functionality to the system giving developers access to not only the IR and RGB cameras but also the voice recognition software which is currently being used by the Xbox 360. It will give developers a Skeletal track tool which will allow them to track the body without having to write their own tracking code. The assumed inclusion of official Kinect drivers will hopefully mean that the current Kinect hacks will be able to utilise one single driver over all the hacks and hopefully make them more responsive and easier for a user to set up.
Join the live event tomorrow to find out more and we will try to keep you updated.
The day every web developer has dreamed of is coming soon. Microsoft has launched a website showing the countdown of people who use Internet Explorer 6. The website talks about the history of Internet Explorer and the fact it is 10 years old now and the usage around the world at the moment. It also integrates social media sites and tells you to educate others about the new versions of Internet Explorer, with a handy link on the site to allow the visitor to download the new version.
Many websites are already warning about using older browsers on the web, due to security and attacks that can occur against you and recommend you upgrade, sites such as Facebook and CNET are among the main, though most web developers will try and add a upgrade snippet to their websites.
For more information on IE6 Countdown click here and to download the new Internet Explorer click here.
Microsoft has increased the amount of free applications that a developer can submit to the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace from 5 to 100, a newsletter from Microsoft said:
During the past months we have been working hard to improve our overall Windows Phone Marketplace experience based on the feedback we received from you and our partners. We heard from many of you that you wanted a higher limit on the maximum number of free apps you could submit for free.
We’ve heard you and are pleased to announce that we’ve increased that limit from 5 to 100.
If you’re having trouble submitting you free apps, please contact support
Interestingly the recent meetings with the team behind the ChevronWP7 application and a List Broker agent may of influenced the decision. “We can’t take total credit, but we did push that free application limit during Chevron/Microsoft talks” was tweeted by Rafael Rivera, one of the developers behind the infamous tool.
April the 6th will mark the release of Angry Birds for the Windows Phone 7 platform, a day where work productivity plummets.
Angry Birds, one of the most popular smartphone games available 2010/2011 has been available for the Android/iOS/Mac/Windows/PS3-PSP/WebOS platforms with Windows Phone 7 missing out on the fun. This release is sure to be welcome by the many Windows Phone 7 users who have eagerly been awaiting it’s official release date since it Rovio announced it was being developed.
Angry Birds for Windows Phone 7 will feature Xbox Live integration to enable Achievements, Leaderboards and more. With this new addition to the Windows Phone 7 marketplace it shows signs that Microsoft are trying to appeal to a more mainstream audience, gaming on the Windows Phone 7 is a brilliant experience and Angry Birds is a great way to show it.
So they did it, after months of waiting and people creating open source drivers for it, Microsoft have finally announced the long awaited news and release date for the Kinect SDK. A while ago it was posted on the App Hub forums, during the battle with indie developers over their position in the Xbox live market place, that a future update to XNA would incorporate many things, such as achievements, leader boards and further improvements, but the one bullet point that stood out most of all was the fact that XNA would incorporate the Kinect API, and with the release of the SDK we are one step further to this goal.
I say this because it has not been said in the official release that this will be incorporated into XNA or as a separate package, so we all eagerly await more news on this development, but thing will be sure, no matter the success Kinect has had in the past, it is about to receive a whole lot more.
A milestone for every software package, Windows 7 service pack 1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 service pack one are both available for download now. Microsoft have been hinting at the release for some time, giving access to developers and people with MSDN subscriptions first but now it is available for all.
You can download this one of two ways, you can download the stand alone installer and run it, or you can run Windows Update to download the update for you. It has been recommended by Scott Hansleman that you do the latter. So why are you still reading this go find it here:
You always know when a new update for anything comes out that there is going to be a issue for some poor group of people out there. Well if you have Windows Phone 7 and a Samsung handset then I’m sorry to tell you that it might be you. Over Twitter and Facebook people are complaining that the new update for the Windows Phone 7 is bricking some of the phones. It has been reported that the update is not completing correctly and that some users are getting a error message during the installation.
It is being reported as well that Microsoft are reporting a fix for the handsets having issues, that takes me back to the good old days of technology, simply pull out the battery and put it back in(Let’s see you do that iPhone). Failing that just perform a hard reset on the device and that should fix your issue. Samsung and Microsoft are recommending that you don’t attempt to update again until your phone reminds you, which is estimated to be around 2 days.
UPDATE: Microsoft have stopped Samsung models recieving the update at the moment, giving them time to fix the issues before releasing the update. Again this only for the Samsung models at the moment.
Recently there have been various news articles reporting how an 11 year old boy managed to spend just over £1,000 on additional content via his Xbox 360 using his Mum’s debit card.
Quite a few people take advantage of the fact that you can enter your card details on your Xbox 360 to make additional content purchases easier. Downloadable Content (DLC) is one of the most popular types of purchases made through the Xbox 360 as they tend to provide new levels, equipment and characters to individual games.
Instead of realising that she may of made a mistake in letting her son use the Xbox 360 unsupervised, she decided to attack Microsoft saying “it’s too easy to make purchases from it” and that ‘When he is in gaming mode he can’t be thinking about the money. You can’t put all that responsibility on a young boy.”. Read More »