Will Next Xbox Require Always-on Kinect?

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Will the next-generation Xbox now require Kinect at all times?


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According to a report over at Kotaku, not only will the new console, aka Durango, be able to track up to six individuals at once and require game installations but will only work when the new version of the Kinect sensor array is plugged in.

The skeletons tracked with the new Kinect will be more advanced than the current sensor. It has the ability to sense individual finger movements and even facial expressions. The technology may be related to a patent documented by Microsoft a year ago for parental controls and limiting the number of viewers for content, based on Kinect tracking data.

The current Xbox may not be compatible with the new console, according to Kotaku’s report. Other applications and games that Durango is going to have sound really impressive for a console but if the required Kinect connection is true for the next Xbox console to work, buyers are likely to have an issue with that.

The alleged Xbox 720 patent filings propose Microsoft’s next console that feature two CPUs — one for gaming and another for different applications. The filings support some of the specific aspect discovered within a set of alleged leaked Xbox 720 documents from 2010. The 56-page set was removed from the web following an intercession by Microsoft’s legal team.


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It is reported that the Xbox 720 will be released during this year’s holiday season.

RHR: The Truth About Flu Shots (and What to do Instead)

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In this episode of Revolution Health Radio, integrative medical practitioner, licensed acupuncturist, and healthy skeptic Chris Kresser joins in the show with Steve Wright to talk about flu shot vaccinations for influenza prevention and its hype it brought to the public.

In the first part, Kresser talks about the food he ate for breakfast which is chicken soup. He had some sweet potatoes, celery, carrots, homemade chicken bone broth, collard greens, so extra gelatinous, and then spices.
Then getting on to their topic, Kresser explains his insights about the vaccines as protection to the young and elderly. He also gives some tips to follow on how to prevent colds and flu the natural way and the things you you should do if you ever get sick.

Chicks On Bikes – Episode: Bike Family And Emotion

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Chicks on Bikes Radio is a monthly podcast that’s hosted by April Lemly and which goal is to celebrate women and cycling. It is a show that runs on a monthly basis which highlights interviews with various people, from bike club organizers to simple bike enthusiasts and each have something to share to the rest in the biking community. Topics include bike share, bikeable cities and bike districts, and bike literature to name a few.

In this featured episode, which aired on December 6th, April starts the show with a nice laid back feature track before proceeding to her pre-recorded interview with Heather of Papergirl SF where they talk about the emotion behind the bicycle. Then on the second half of the show, April talks with Geraldine C. of The Climate Ride about bike family.

April’s podcast covers some pretty interesting but is still rough around the edges, specifically when it comes to her interviews’ execution and the quality of her audio (e.g. transitioning/blending). Hopefully she gets them polished soon so that more people would be able to enjoy listening to her topics even more.

For more information on April’s show, you can visit her website.

Click on the play button below to start listening to the episode:

Three Die While Filming New Discovery Channel Show

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Three men, who were filming a new reality TV series set to air on the Discovery Channel, were killed in a helicopter crash early Sunday morning that took place at Polsa Rosa Ranch, in northern Los Angeles County. Discovery said, “A production company was shooting a show for Discovery Channel when this tragic accident occurred. We are all cooperating fully with authorities. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families.”

The three victims of the crashed helicopter have been officially identified: pilot David Gibbs, 59 and cameraman and cinematographer Darren Rydstrom, 45, and Michael Donatelli, 45, of Indiana, Pennsylvania.

The three men were shooting footage for Untitled Military Project. They reportedly tried to escape from the Jet Ranger helicopter they were on when it crashed at 3:42 A.M.

Gibbs, Rydstrom, and Donatelli were employed by Eyeworks USA, the company renowned for The Biggest Loser series. They got the authorization to film a helicopter landing and takeoff at the site from Film L.A., which issued the permit but did not have a monitor on the set, although an advisor from the L.A. Fire Department was there on standby.

Snoop Dogg Smokes Joint on Stage

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Fans at the pre-Grammy Awards BMI’s annual How I Wrote That Song event got a big shock when rapper Snoop Dogg lit up a fat joint in front of them, right onstage.

Snoop smoked marijuana during the panel discussion, coincidentally his work on The Chronic, and passed it off to B.o.B. Busta Rhymes. Songwriters Luke Laird and Evan Bogart were also part of the panel but abstained during the 15-minute session, well at least on stage.


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The rapper, who has been candid about smoking marijuana, has had some trouble with the law regarding his love for pot. Last June, he was arrested at Norway airport for carrying marijuana. Another incident was when he was found by authorities having several cigarettes containing substance in his tour bus during 2012 in Texas.

Listen to Snoop Dogg’s work The Chronic featuring Dr. Dre.

Viral Alert: The Harlem Shake

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Ladies and gents, it seems like there’s another viral video that’s starting to spread across the interwebs, and it’s called the Harlem Shake. The original video, which I’m going to put below this article, is only about less than two weeks old and it’s already got more than 1 million views AND spawned a number of parodies.


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So what’s the viral video about? Well, it’s basically a dance video that, regardless of which version or parody of the video you’re watching, starts off with a group of people subtly dancing (ex. head bopping, pelvic thrusts, etc.) to Baauer’s instrumental techno/club track. But then as soon as the bass kicks in, that’s when everyone suddenly starts dancing like there’s no tomorrow and they don’t give s—. If I may make the comparison, it’s almost quite similar to doing the headbang as you listen to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody (c’mon, you know the part).


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Why did it go viral? Your guess is as good as anybody’s for now since it’s still picking up speed and gaining popularity, though most search results point to the track’s wicked heavy bass combined with four random guys in unitards in the original video.

If you’re thinking about making your own version of the latest dance craze, you gotta know the moves to do the Harlem Shake first. Are you ready to learn? Well, according to KnowYourMeme, all it takes is pivoting your shoulder out as you pop the other at the same time. Still don’t get it? Then I guess it’d be better if you just proceed to watch the videos then. Have fun!

And here’s one from College Humor:

The BAFTA 2013 Full List of Winners

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Last Sunday, February 10, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) honored this year’s awardees in the film industry.

The award for Best Film went to Ben Affleck’s Argo, which also earned him the Best Director Award, highlighting the fact that he has been ignored in the same category at the Academy Awards. His movie also received the top Golden Globe awards one month ago.


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Oscar favorite Daniel Day-Lewis won the Best Actor award for his presidential turn in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, while 85-year-old French actress Emmanuelle Riva pulled off a surprise to win the award for Best Leading Actress. She is the oldest ever nominee for the Academy Award for Best Leading Actress. Anne Hathaway received the award for the Best Supporting Actress in the musical Les Miserables. The award for the Best Supporting Actor went to Christoph Waltz for his role in Django Unchained.


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Dozens of big celebrities defied the wet and freezing British winter evening to sashay down the red carpet for the event. Jennifer Lawrence did her best to maintain her composure when her fairytale Dior gown got soaked.


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Complete list of 2013 BAFTAs Winners:

BEST FILM
Argo – WINNER
Les Misérables
Life Of Pi
Lincoln
Zero Dark Thirty

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
Anna Karenina
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
Les Misérables
Seven Psychopaths
Skyfall – WINNER

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER

Bart Layton (Director), Dimitri Doganis (Producer) The Imposter – WINNER
David Morris (Director), Jacqui Morris (Director/Producer) McCullin
Dexter Fletcher (Director/Writer), Danny King (Writer) Wild Bill
James Bobin (Director) The Muppets
Tina Gharavi (Director/Writer) I Am Nasrine

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Amour – WINNER
Headhunters
The Hunt
Rust And Bone
Untouchable

DOCUMENTARY
The Imposter
Marley
McCullin
Searching For Sugar Man – WINNER
West Of Memphis

ANIMATED FILM
Brave – WINNER
Frankenweenie
Paranorman

DIRECTOR
Michael Haneke – Amour
Ben Affleck – Argo – WINNER
Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained
Ang Lee – Life Of Pi
Kathryn Bigelow – Zero Dark Thirty

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Michael Haneke – Amour
Quentin Tarantino – Django Unchained – WINNER
Paul Thomas Anderson – The Master
Wes Anderson, Roman Coppola – Moonrise Kingdom
Mark Boal – Zero Dark Thirty

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Chris Terrio – Argo
Lucy Alibar, Benh Zeitlin – Beasts Of The Southern Wild
David Magee – Life Of Pi
Tony Kushner – Lincoln
David O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook – WINNER

LEADING ACTOR
Ben Affleck – Argo
Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook
Daniel Day-Lewis – Lincoln – WINNER
Hugh Jackman – Les Misérables
Joaquin Phoenix – The Master

LEADING ACTRESS
Emmanuelle Riva – Amour – WINNER
Helen Mirren – Hitchcock
Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty
Marion Cotillard – Rust and Bone

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Alan Arkin – Argo
Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained – WINNER
Javier Bardem – Skyfall
Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master
Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams – The Master
Anne Hathaway – Les Misérables – WINNER
Helen Hunt – The Sessions
Judi Dench – Skyfall
Sally Field – Lincoln

ORIGINAL MUSIC
Anna Karenina – Dario Marianelli
Argo – Alexandre Desplat
Life Of Pi – Mychael Danna
Lincoln – John Williams
Skyfall – Thomas Newman – WINNER

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Anna Karenina
Les Misérables
Life Of Pi – WINNER
Lincoln
Skyfall

EDITING
Argo – WINNER
Django Unchained
Life Of Pi
Skyfall
Zero Dark Thirty

PRODUCTION DESIGN
Anna Karenina
Les Misérables – WINNER
Life Of Pi
Lincoln
Skyfall

COSTUME DESIGN
Anna Karenina – WINNER
Great Expectations
Les Misérables
Lincoln
Snow White And The Huntsman

MAKE UP & HAIR
Anna Karenina
Hitchcock
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Misérables – WINNER
Lincoln

SOUND
Django Unchained
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Les Misérables – WINNER
Life Of Pi
Skyfall

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
The Dark Knight Rises
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Life Of Pi – WINNER
Marvel Avengers Assemble
Prometheus

SHORT ANIMATION
Here To Fall
I’m Fine Thanks
The Making Of Longbird – WINNER

SHORT FILM
The Curse
Good Night
Swimmer – WINNER
Tumult
The Voorman Problem

THE EE RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public)
Elizabeth Olsen
Andrea Riseborough
Suraj Sharma
Juno Temple – WINNER
Alicia Vikander

Watch the trailer for Ben Affleck’s award-winning movie Argo: