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  • Blog Post: Why does Microsoft spend time making predictions?

    Microsoft researcher David Rothschild accurately predicted the winners of 21 out of 24 Oscar categories this year. Today, he’s at it again with a new set of predictions for March Madness (be sure to check them out here and learn more about his methodology from Microsoft Research ). I’ve...
  • Blog Post: Want to totally win your Oscar pool? Talk to this guy

    Who’s going to win at the Oscars this year? Microsoft’s David Rothschild thinks he knows. Rothschild is a prolific researcher and statistician whose predictions are known for their rigorous methodology and striking accuracy. Since the Awards will soon be upon us – and since I love statistics...
  • Blog Post: (xx) to all my Windows Phone friends

    Following on the heels of the first set of Windows Phone emoticons, Michael Stroh has published a second set on the Windows Phone blog . That turtle is going to come in so handy ….oh and as Michael points out, bear in mind that these character combos might call up different images (or none...
  • Blog Post: Mannequins that move with Kinect

    Here on NEXT, we never shy away from showing another innovative use of Kinect and this is the latest from Tokyo – mannequins that move. The United Arrows apparel store in Tokyo has been stopping passersby in their tracks with interactive mannequins that are modern days marionette’s. I...
  • Blog Post: Preview pane revolution

    I don’t know what I’m more amazed by – that Google didn’t already have preview pane in GMail or that it made it to the top of Techmeme this morning. I edited my retweet of the Huffington Post’s tweed accordingly. Welcome to 1996. Tweet
  • Blog Post: Xbox Companion App for Windows Phone

    You’ve got Kinect, you’ve got a Windows Phone? Then I assume you have got the Xbox Companion App for Windows Phone ? If not, grab it now. I’ve been playing with it for a month and it’s beautifully integrated. Search for content from your phone, hit play and it starts playing on...
  • Blog Post: A guide to Windows Phone emoticons

    This post by Michael Stroh from the Windows Phone Blog is far too good not to share. A ton of emoticons (aka emoji) that you can find on Windows Phone. Head to the blog next Tuesday for part 2. Tweet
  • Blog Post: Smartphones, sensors and the age of domestic drones

    In this month’s issue of Wired Magazine, editor Chris Anderson puts the spotlight on the burgeoning population of drones, but not those in the skies over Afghanistan or Iraq. The drones Chris is talking about are being built and created by hobbyists like himself, all around the world. There’s...
  • Blog Post: LEGOS: play toy or learning tool?

    Legos recently launched a new product in its Architectural line that is sure to make a great addition to most any kid’s (or adult’s) toy box. The uber cool Lego Architecture Studio is a 1200-piece set of bricks, complete with a book that gives your aspiring architects some nuggets of wisdom...
  • Blog Post: Imagine a world without cookies

    Sorry for the advertising interlude but this is too good not to share in the wake of Elmo’s cameo here on Next. Tweet
  • Blog Post: Deadmau5 wears Microsoft

    For an ambitious young person, landing a Microsoft internship is a resume-building bonanza. The experience also comes with some pretty sweet perks. Employees at Jim Henson’s Creature Shop created a special Deadmau5 mask featuring Microsoft iconography. Last week, for example, a lucky...
  • Blog Post: One More Reason to Get Off the Sofa and Shake It

    There are a variety of games for Xbox Kinect that encourage players to get off the sofa and shake their booty, but did you ever wonder how many calories you actually burn doing that? Now there’s a new dashboard for Xbox Live to track the action and monitor the burn: Kinect PlayFit . It’s...
  • Blog Post: Forza Motorsport Pt2: The art of building ribbons

    In this second post about Forza Motorsport 4 , I thought it’d be interesting to talk about how the team at Turn 10 Studios creates, and recreates, tracks for the game. I say “creates” because the tracks roster in Forza Motorsport 4 features a mixture of fictional tracks created from...
  • Blog Post: Online shopping more bizarre than bazaar

    Following this morning’s mobile commerce infographic , this one from Fifth Gear was too good to pass up on a Monday. [Via: FIFTH GEAR Fulfillment Services ] Tweet
  • Blog Post: Download Cliplets from Microsoft Research to make your own micro movies

    Microsoft Research Cliplets is an freely downloadable application that gives you the power to create "Cliplets" - a type of imagery that sits between stills and video, including imagery such as video textures and "cinemagraphs". You may have seen the recent resurgence in popularity of the animated GIF...
  • Blog Post: Define yourself via your inbox

    I spotted this new Hotmail site via Long Zheng and loved he Metro style – but also loved this infographic style display of stats. So what’s your inbox like? Sorted and ordered, happy mess or lean and light? I’m a bit of a piler myself Tweet
  • Blog Post: America’s Got Talent – Microsoft Store version

    A brief interlude from normal programming to bring you a promising young dancer – showing his moves at the Microsoft Store in Bellevue. Note: he was dancing to Disturbia on the HARD level. Props. Tweet
  • Blog Post: Kinect Star Wars app for Windows Phone

    I’m not sure how this one slipped past me last week but what’s not to like about having your tweets displayed in Star Wars opening credit style? That’s precisely what the Kinect Star Wars for Windows Phone enables. This free application from Microsoft Studios opens with the note...
  • Blog Post: Kinect Sparkler comes out to play

    Kinect Sparkler arrived in Fun Labs today so I decided to give it a shot – this is my first take on some 3D Kinect art with a cameo from my Twitter avatar in the background. It’s a good example of the finger tracking capability of Kinect and the 3D photo is pretty funky too! The only thing...
  • Blog Post: Digital artist, 97, makes masterpieces with vintage Microsoft Paint

    The new Fresh Paint app might be light years ahead of its distant ancestor, Microsoft Paint, but Hal Lasko is old school. The 97-year-old artist spends 10 hours a day using the vintage Paint to create truly incredible digital paintings, and his story is as inspiring as the work. Watch the short documentary...
  • Blog Post: Kinect Playful Learning brings the holodeck to your living room

    We introduced Kinect Playful Learning today and my daughter for one is going to be very happy. She’ll be able to jump in to Sesame Street and hang out with Elmo and Grover. Kinect will enable kids to interact using voice and gesture to literally keep Elmo on his toes. Our News Center team has more...
  • Blog Post: We come from the future

    As I wake up to a cold, damp day here in Seattle (surprised aren’t you), I thought I could lighten the load on a Friday with this fun infographic from Search Influence. It depicts some of the cultural changes and what college kids will see as “normal” in the coming years. Alongside...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's eBook Predictions From 1999

    [original ad from Flickr user catablogger ] I spotted this fun post over on The Atlantic recently and thought it was worth sharing. Back in 1999 we predicted that by 2009 eBook titles begin to outsell paper in many categories and that by 2010 eBook devices weigh half a pound, run 24 hours, and hold...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft displays its cred at Maker Faire New York

    This past weekend, hobbyists and crafters descended on Queens, New York for Maker Faire New York. If you haven’t heard of it before, Maker Faire is considered "the greatest show-and-tells on earth." It’s a celebration of creativity and invention, and a place where people who love making stuff...
  • Blog Post: Bringing Life to a Department Store Mannequin

    A pretty cool video of how a Tokyo retailer used Kinect to create a whole new kind of interactive window display, and added a little competition to the shopping experience.
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