Microsoft Kinect

Microsoft’s Kinect is amazing

The first time you try the "crank that" Soulja Boy dance on Dance Central, or slam a ping-pong ball in Kinect Sports using only your awkward, flailing arms--those are moments of sheer futuristic glee. The Kinect, as we noted in our review, is definitely lacking in must-have games, but the potential of Kinect is way bigger than merely video games. Luckily, hackers have almost ...

Wikipedia needs money

The nonprofit group that runs Wikipedia launched its annual appeal to donors on Wednesday, seeking $6 million to cover the costs of the volunteer-created Internet encyclopedia. That figure would be a threefold increase from what the campaign raised last year. This fundraising campaign is set to last until January 15, Wikipedia's eighth anniversary. This is the first year the San Francisco-based ...

Microsoft Surface touch screen

Microsoft Surface Touch Screen

The slick touchscreens of our iPhones and Droids are visually magnificent and the epitome of tech chic, but their slick, untextured glass screens don’t resonate with humans’ tactile nature (that’s why some people just can’t kick the hardware button keyboard). Good tactile touchscreens – screens that impart a feeling of touch or texture in sync with a displayed image – have thus far eluded device makers. A new Microsoft project could change all that.