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+ - Details on Next Gen Xbox Durango Point To Mandatory, Always-On Kinect->

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MojoKid
MojoKid writes "Last year, an enterprising fellow, with access to an Xbox Durango early development kit, got himself into trouble trying to sell it on Ebay. Now, the same mole has popped up with early data on the next-generation Xbox that confirms some rumors. According to SuperDaE, the Xbox Durango will ship with a more capable version of Kinect but what will raise eyebrows is the assertion that Kinect must be calibrated and turned on for the system to function. This is particularly disquieting given that Microsoft has already filed a patent application covering the use of a motion detection device to determine who is in the room watching content at any given time. On the plus side, reportedly the new Kinect is substantially more powerful than the old, with a 1920x1080 resolution, a wider sensor, and the ability to track up to 6 people rather than just two."
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Emulation (Games)

+ - DS Homebrew Review

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marcellizot
marcellizot writes "In the second monthly DS Homebrew round up, Pocket Gamer tackle some new hardware with the EZ-V 3-in-1 Expansion Pack, (a rumbling 3 in 1 slot 1 solution), some new software with MSN Messenger and take time to look at the new homebrew puzzle game Omalone. There is also news on the game no self respecting homebrew enabled deviece can live without: Doom, including a quick 'how to' on setting up your own Doom WiFi game server. Add to that details on the recently released WFCStatus — an application that checks where the WiFi action is at — and your month in DS homebrew should be well catered for."
Mars

+ - Move Evidence for Water on Mars

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An anonymous reader writes "An orbiting spacecraft has sent back new evidence for the presence of water on Mars. Scientists long have debated whether water flowed on the red planet, with evidence increasing in recent years. The presence of water would raise the possibility of at least primitive life forms existing there. Images from a camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter show alternating layers of dark- and light-toned rock in a giant rift valley."

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