This week, a company founded by former MIT members issued a cash prize of $2,000 for anyone who could break into the Kinect for Xbox 360 and access the motion-sensors on the camera from another platform aside from the Xbox. The winner? A developer from the NUI Group, an open-source community of developers and programmers alike.
In a video shot by user AlexP (posted after the break), we see the ability to control the camera with a computer running Windows 7. We saw that he could move the camera up and down and he could also see the Kinect's color and infrared panels and made them show up on the desktop. It should be noted that AlexP was also able to make a program like this for the PlayStation Eye.
Microsoft, however, claims that he hasn't hacked it. We have Microsoft's response and the video after the break.
Have you seen the movie
V for Vendetta? In the film, V runs a video message on November 5th to honor the attempt by Guy Fawkes to blow up the Houses of Parliament. This year, a hacker at Washington State decided to give November 5th a new reason to be remembered.
A student hacked into the classroom presentation system for the school and broadcast a message, dressed as V, addressing the issue of campus squirrels and student apathy towards the issue. The video played every hour on screens in about 12 classrooms until the problem was righted by campus support in the early afternoon.
To find out why it took them until the afternoon to fix the problem and to see the video that played, hit the break.
It is official -
Call of Duty has outdone itself and Black Ops has taken the title of 'Biggest Entertainment Launch Ever' from Modern Warfare 2. Black Ops sold $360 million in its first 24 hours, approximately 5.6 million copies in North America and the UK. In comparison, Modern Warfare 2 sold 4.7 million copies launch day.
Treyarch was able to ride the popularity of Infinity Ward's final
Call of Duty title to become the first franchise in history to ever have two consecutive launch day records. Activision Blizzard has also pledged $1 million to the Call of Duty Endowment, a "non-profit, public benefit corporation" for veterans.
For more on the
Call of Duty powerhouse, hit the break.
As part of Nintendo's attempt to hold onto the past, they have filed to trademark the phrase "It's on like Donkey Kong." This has raised questions from the general media about why Nintendo would do this. What I am surprised about is that people are surprised.
This is the company who was unaware a few years ago that several hundred million dollars was a lot of money. Clearly, they have no rational grasp on reality. I would have been more surprised if they hadn't done this at some point.
For Nintendo's "reasoning," hit the break.
The tech industry is all aflame over the upcoming Facebook announcement at a private, invite-only event on Monday. The general consensus is that Facebook will be launching an email service to compete against Gmail and Hotmail.
Facebook has been battling with Google now for a few years for dominance of the Internet. Google has been the big player but Facebook has been gaining a lot of ground. With the
Google Buzz and Google Wave failures, Facebook now feels they have the opportunity to hurt Google by their actions instead of Google's actions.
To learn how this could affect the Internet, hit the break.
Perez Hilton fans rejoice. Myspace has finally conceded to Facebook, waving their white flag and admitting that Facebook is now the social network mafioso in charge. Myspace, instead, is changing focus to music, movies, TV, games and celebrities that the ever so graceful and respectful younger generation loves. The News Corp-acquired website formerly known as a social networking giant announced this week that it is working on a beta site that will be media-centric.
Myspace CEO Mike Jones spoke on the change.
This marks the beginning of an exciting turning point for Myspace. Our new strategy expands on Myspace's existing strengths - a deep understanding of social, a wealth of entertainment content and the ability to surface emerging cultural trends in real time through our users.
There's more to this whole change though. It seems that money could be made from this venture. Hit the break to learn more and to see a picture of the site.