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NSA Monitors Kinect Messages, Biometric Data, IP Addresses Via Xbox Live
Hey did you just read the article here on Gaming Blend about World of Warcraft being infiltrated by the NSA? Well, it's not just World of Warcraft. Linden Lab's Second Life is another perpetrator of getting into bed with the NSA and worse yet, it's been revealed that Xbox Live and the Kinect were prime tools used to help the NSA spy across international waters.
Xbox One Users Get Banned For Swearing Via Skype, Upload Studio
Well that didn't take long. A lot of gamers were worried about Microsoft peeping in on their game time with Hal 2000 – oops, I mean Kinect 2.0. Well, some of those worries gained veracity when bans started popping up for people swearing in videos made in the Upload Studio.
Xbox One's Kinect Privacy Statement Updated: Microsoft May Share Limited Information
Microsoft has updated their privacy statement for their Xbox services, just ahead of the launch of the Xbox One at the end of November. The entire thing is worth a read if you value your privacy and if you're foolish – oops, I mean, enticed enough to take the plunge and use the NSA spy – oops, I mean, Kinect 2.0.
Microsoft's Albert Penello Hopes They Never Use Xbox One's Kinect For Advertising
The big worry around Kinect 2.0 extends to several different facets of discussion. We have some debating about the privacy invasion regarding Kinect 2.0 and its face, voice and biometric readings, as well as those worried that stored data could be sold to marketers for ad optimization. Well, Microsoft's Albert Penello isn't really for that stuff and hopes Microsoft never goes full Dark Side with Kinect.
Microsoft Shoots Down Government Spying Claims, Fails To Mention Xbox One Or Kinect
The Guardian did a full blown report on Microsoft and the NSA, detailing how users are vulnerable to monitoring via Skype, Hotmail and Outlook. Well, Microsoft was having none of that and says that everything in the report is wrong and they would never allow the NSA to spy on you.
Xbox One Price Cut Incoming?
The Xbox One will hit stores this fall with a price tag of $499, a hundred bucks higher than the PS4's price. Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter believes, however, that Microsoft could slash the price by 2014.
Xbox One Will Still Require Kinect 2.0
Things are still not going to change regarding the current situation involving Kinect 2.0. Even though the thing has been railed on for its catering to casual gamers and shovelware, the real worry is about privacy and its requirement for operating the Xbox One. Unfortunately, this won't be changing despite Microsoft extricating DRM from the Xbox One.
Xbox One's Kinect 2.0 Could Be Affected By New Government Privacy Act
A new bill in the works from state representatives Mike Capuano (D-MA) and Walter Jones (R-NC) called the “We Are Watching You Act”, could prevent corporations from doing exactly what Microsoft is doing with Kinect 2.0, by first warning users about being watched and having their data stored by the company.
Xbox One's Kinect Can See You In The Dark, Microsoft Says Not To Worry
Two tidbits of information have emerged worth noting about the upcoming Xbox One: First, the Kinect can spot out voices from a crowd and it can identify and see you in the dark thanks to heat signature 3D camera. Secondly, Microsoft says not to worry.
Xbox One Kinect Is A Surveillance Device, Says Australia's Civil Liberty Director
While the initial reveal of the Xbox One had many people bemoaning all the TV functionality, with core gamers lamenting the lack of real games on showcase, the real issues eventually began cropping up when Microsoft executives began speaking freely about some of the more controversial aspects of the console.
Xbox One Consumer Policy And Concerns Guide
What transpired shortly after the Xbox One reveal was something slightly nefarious, and the community at large was made aware of several different policy practices that could be part of the next generation Xbox console. This article will simply lay out some of the issues you may or may not have been made fully aware of, not as a gamer, but as a consumer.
Takedown: Red Sabre Trumps Call Of Duty's Dog With A Mo-Cap Snowman
During the Xbox One reveal last week on May 21st, Activision and Microsoft had an exclusive clip from Call of Duty: Ghosts, in the clip gamers were treated to a new K9 companion who responds to Kinect 2.0 commands. The dog will be a centerpiece of the game. Well, another company is trying the same thing...except they're using a snowman.
Kinect Is Fundamental For Xbox One Success, Says Microsoft
I don't know if this fits into “inaccurate” and “incomplete” information from gaming media, but Microsoft's own executive vice president, Phil Harrison, has made it known that the key driving force behind the Xbox One will be Kinect 2.0.
Xbox One's Kinect Is Always On And Listening
Remember from a while back we ran an article about a leak regarding the functionality of Kinect 2.0? That the device would be able to tell how many people are viewing content and that it was somewhat “always-on” for copyright protection purposes? Well, Microsoft has confirmed that Kinect 2.0 always listens...and some are concerned it's always watching, too.
New Video Tests Skyrim With Oculus Rift And Kinect
Talk about a mega combination of potential awesome. A new video Hyperkin's product developer, Chris Gallizi, has appeared on YouTube showcasing the combination of the VR headset the Oculus Rift with Microsoft's Kinect, all taking place in the grand fantastic world of Skyrim.
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