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One Man’s Quest to Build a Mind-Warping 4-D Videogame | WIRED

Mind Game<p>There's a row of books on a shelf in Marc ten Bosch's living room that contains a crash course in higher dimensions. Titles like <i>Flatland.</i> …

Explore Eight New Mind-Bending Worlds in Monument Valley’s ‘Forgotten Shores’ | Colossal

<p>It’s rare that we stop to consider apps and video games on Colossal, but when we do, it’s with good reason. Monument Valley (previously), a …

Microsoft's Cortana could soon control your mood lighting

​Microsoft's Cortana may be younger than counterparts such as Google Now and Apple's Siri, but the virtual assistant already stands out thanks to some unique features. One prime example is Notebook, which the service uses to learn about your habits and keep track of your preferences. Another is the …

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Microsoft wants you to help improve Kinect 2.0's voice recognition

Using the Xbox One's Kinect for voice commands is <i>still</i> pretty hit-or-miss for many, and Microsoft knows it. With the console's next update, Redmond is adding an option for speech data collection as a way to crowdsource the sensor's improvement. Writing on his blog, Xbox's Major Nelson says that the …

Letters to a Young Artist: Anna Deavere Smith on Confidence and What Self-Esteem Really Means

<i>“Character — the willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own life — is the source from which self-respect springs,”</i> Joan Didion wrote in her timeless meditation on self-respect. But how can character be cultivated in such a way as to foster that prized form of personal dignity, along with …

Microsoft's motion-sensing keyboard lets you skip the touchscreen

As convenient as touchscreens and air gesture controls can be on a PC, it's not very comfortable to keep raising your hands just to handle basic tasks. You might not have to subject your arms to that kind of strain if Microsoft's experimental Type-Hover-Swipe keyboard ever reaches shelves, though. …

Microsoft donates $1 billion to help US schools buy PCs (update: not direct funding)

Microsoft isn't just supporting White House's ConnectED education program by lowering the cost of Windows -- it's also giving schools the cash they'll need to buy Windows PCs. The company is donating $1 billion to make sure that students have the tech they'll need for both getting online and …

Skype now offers free group video calls on desktop and Xbox One

In order to compete with Google Hangouts, Skype has made group video calls free on the desktop and Xbox One consoles. Previously, the multi-pal chats were available via a premium subscription on the aforementioned platforms, but it's now accessible at no extra cost. And Microsoft's video-chatting …

The grand experiment of bringing original shows to Xbox | Ars Technica

Sci-fi, sports, stop motion, and comedy are all part of the programming plans.<p>After the Xbox One console announcement a year ago that was littered …

Windows Phone's music app now lets you start playlists using your voice

When the Windows Phone 8.1 preview rolled out, its music app was underwhelming; you couldn't use Cortana voice commands for everything, and it was fairly buggy. Both of those gripes are gone now that Microsoft has updated the music client with its latest mobile OS in mind. You can now use voice to …

Microsoft's E.T. game excavation hits paydirt

It looks like the legend might be true after all. Microsoft has uncovered intact copies of <i>E.T</i><i>.</i> for the Atari 2600 at a New Mexico landfill, supporting claims that Atari buried legions of unsold cartridges in the desert after the movie-themed game proved to be a massive failure. With that said, it's …

Microsoft is now a phone company, as Nokia deal closes | Ars Technica

Another 25,000 staff come aboard.<p>As announced earlier this week, Microsoft's purchase of Nokia's Devices and Services division has closed almost four …

21 Dishes We Loved from Seattle Restaurants

!--paging_filter--pstrongPasta Bolognese at Il Corvo /strongbrIf you could only order one thing at a …

The Best New Restaurants in Seattle 2014

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Porkchop & Co.

Porkchop & Co. is a Ballard restaurant that provides satisfying, well-crafted meals using locally sourced ingredients.

Bing's kid-friendly search is now available to every grade school in the US

Your kid's in-school web searches may soon be much safer and smarter: Microsoft has just expanded availability of its Bing school program (now Bing in the Classroom) to all K-12 institutions in the US. The move lets any school fill out a form to remove ads, get daily lesson plans and keep adult …

Microsoft offers a peek at Remote Desktop to Windows Phone 8.1 users

Microsoft promised that it would put out a Remote Desktop app for Windows Phone, and it's making good on its word -- provided you're an early adopter, anyway. The company has released a Remote Desktop Preview that requires Windows Phone 8.1 (which itself is considered a preview) just to run. If all …