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Kinect open source could usher motion computing revolution

Imagine walking into a room and booting up your PC with a "Computer on" voice command, then controlling your apps with simple hand gestures. Sound too futuristic? Microsoft wants to make that happen today with the motion-sensing Kinect peripheral for the Xbox 360.

Microsoft released a software development kit  for the Kinect that gives anyone with programming knowledge the ability...

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Microsoft to students: Buy a PC, get free Xbox 360

Ubisoft's Shaun White at E3 in Los Angeles.

(Credit: Getty Images)

Microsoft is pushing a new promotion that gives college students a free 4 GB Xbox 360 with the purchase of a new Windows 7 PC.

The laptop or desktop must cost at least $699 and students need to provide proof of their current enrollment.

Best Buy is the only brick and mortar store on Long Island participating in the promo. You just need is to show your student ID at the cash register...

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Microsoft launches cloud-based Office 365 beta

Microsoft Office 365

(Credit: Microsoft)

Microsoft has launched the beta version of Office 365, a much anticipated cloud-based productivity suite that mixes the tools of Microsoft Office with the power of social networking.

Unlike the Microsoft Office we've all used, Office 365 is web-based and stores documents in a cloud. Users from anywhere in the world with an Internet connection can collaborate seamlessly on the same project....

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Torchlight comes to Xbox Live Arcade

Torchlight for XBox available on XBox Live Arcade

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If you're like me and love MMORPGs like World of Warcraft but just don’t have the time to contribute, you are in luck. Torchlight is a similar, play-at-your-own-pace, single-player game that can be compared to WOW. Runic Games developed Torchlight for the PC, but now console gamers can get in on the action.

Right from the start you’ll see a lot of nuances that make one think this...

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