Is the Microsoft Kinect Having Trouble With Black Faces?

About a year ago, we heard reports about the webcam on an HP Touchsmart PC failing to track a black man's face using the state of the art tracking software built into the camera. However, when his white coworker stepped into the picture, the tracking resumed as it should. HP explained the problems as follows: "The technology we use is built on standard algorithms that measure the difference in intensity of contrast between the eyes and the upper cheek and nose," Welch explains. "We believe that the camera might have difficulty 'seeing' contrast in conditions where there is insufficient foreground lighting." ...more

According to today's Seattle Times, this assertion is not ...more

The Computer Has Come To Kill Us

Laurie:  I clicked on something and suddenly the Subject category in my e-mail inbox disappeared.  I decided I wouldn’t panic even though my friends and I finally figured out you really don’t have to write an email if you are in a rush.  Just put the question/answer/concern in the subject line, and you’ll save mucho cyber space.  Now what the hell am I supposed to do?  I clicked on everything that was clickable, I moved borders and boundaries, I cursed, and I worked the Tool Bar like a slot machine on the brink of paying off.  Finally I d...more

New Search Tools Emphasize Visual Images in Online News & Information

Steaming video and pictures are taking on a new importance online. Microsoft and Google have two new visual search features to allow users sort through popular search categories by using pictures.  ...more

Building a Culture that Empowers

A business’ culture is what makes it unique. Just look at Apple and Microsoft. They both provide similar goods and services, but their cultures allow consumers to differentiate the two mega computer companies. Your culture is your competitive advantage, so be sure to create a remarkable one. ...more

Live From the Microsoft Windows Experience Lounge

Screengrab captures live footage from the Microsoft Windows Experience Lounge during the 2008 BlogHer Business Conference.  ...more

BlogHer Business Day One: Social Media Outreach Case Studies

Case Study #1: General Motors Synopsis: Last November General Motors approached podcasters The Manic Mommies about sponsoring the first-ever Manic Mommies Escape Weekend. GM’s sponsorship focused primarily on providing transportation options toattendees. ...more

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Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 & Microsoft CRM Live: ...more