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Windows 8.1 creates mouse-control problems for gamers

Windows 8.1 causes a subpar mouse performance for video games under certain circumstances.

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Microsoft uses Kinect to interpret sign language from deaf people

It can already read hand and body movements, but Microsoft's Kinect technology is incorporating sign language into its motion-sensing vocabulary, too.

3D Scan Test

Every existing smartphone and tablet can now be a 3D scanner

Microsoft research team claims it has devised a way to turn 2D images into a 3D renderings in less than two minutes.

Livescribe's latest smartpen draws heavily on iOS

The Livescribe 3 smartpen captures your notes as you jot them down, syncing them with a companion app for the iPad, iPod touch, and iPhone.

on macworld.com

Google's acquisition of Flutter may pair its tech with Glass

With its acquisition of gesture-recognition company Flutter, Google may be looking to beef up Google Glass and its Android products while also looking to win over the hearts and minds of Apple iPhone users.

on techhive.com

DoCoMo 'anything interface' glasses (1)

DoCoMo shows 'touch display' for computer glasses

The technology essentially takes any paper surface—a sheet of writing paper or the page of a book—and with the tap of a finger turns it into a display before your eyes.

on techhive.com

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Valve's Steam Controller brings mouse and keyboard precision to the gamepad

On Friday, Valve made its third and final Steam Box announcement for the week. The big reveal? A gamepad that works with all current and future Steam games, featuring dual trackpads and a touchscreen.

Xbox One controller will work on PCs, but not until next year

PC gamers who want to use the upcoming Xbox One controller will have to wait until 2014, as the architectural changes in the gaming console input device are re-written and optimized for PCs.

Intel gestures toward the future with Omek buy

Intel has snapped up Omek, a company specializing in gesture recognition. It's part of Intel's effort to popularize perceptual computing, in which we interact with PCs and other devices using hand gestures, voice commands, and facial tracking.

Douglas Engelbart, inventor of the computer mouse, has died

Douglas Engelbart, a Silicon Valley engineer who invented the computer mouse and is credited with many of the concepts that underpin modern computing and the Internet, died on Tuesday at his home in Atherton, California. He was 88.

Microsoft pushes for better touchpads on Windows laptops

Microsoft will work with Intel, as well as trackpad technology companies Elan and Synaptics, on its Precision Touchpad effort.

Notebooks with Intel's version of Kinect due in late 2014

Intel has created a $100 million perceptual computing fund to put its own Kinect-like camera in laptops. As part of the announcement, Intel said that it will add depth cameras to select devices late next year.