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  • Big Brother alert: Microsoft wants to know how many friends you've got in your living room

    11/10/2012 11:16:00 AM PST · by lowbridge · 11 replies ^ | november 9, 2012 | mic wright
    One of Microsoft’s latest patent applications is a humdinger. It proposes to turn the Kinect camera into a snitch for movie studios, reporting back just how many friends you’ve got in your living room and what they’re watching. Think that sounds alarmist? Here’s what it actually says: “The users consuming the content on a display device are monitored so that if the number of user-views licensed is exceeded, remedial action may be taken.” It’s that blatant – a system to spy on private viewing habits. If put into practice, Microsoft’s plan could mean that the film you’re watching suddenly stops...
  • Microsoft got Kinect technology since "Apple is a pain in the ass"

    11/07/2010 5:13:27 AM PST · by Erik Latranyi · 96 replies · 3+ views
    Techspot ^ | 6 November 2010 | Emil Protalinski
    Back in June 2008, PrimeSense was looking to sell the technology that would eventually be engineered into what we now know as Xbox Kinect. The first company in Silicon Valley that PrimeSense CEO, Inon Beracha tried to demonstrate the sensor that powers Kinect to was none other than Apple. The technology had been developed by engineers in the Israeli military. When asked about why he thought of Apple first, Beracha told Cult of Mac that "It was the most natural place for the technology." The negotiations didn't go so well. Beracha figured the technology was so good that he would...