We have seen hints of Metro around Windows 8, most strongly in the start-up screen and the set up pages, but this above video of the Windows 8 Settings page is the fullest implementation so far. It does still however fall short in providing the full multi-panel look, but hopefully this is just an early stage of the development of the OS. via Compixels.com ...

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Windows 8 comes with new Metro-inspired webcam software, but so far it has not been possible to enable it. It seems however some-one has managed to, as this video of the software in action has popped on YouTube. The video by Planindickhead appears to be from the same source as the one showing the one showing the logon transitions and new pattern password. BlogsDNA speculated its from the M3 build, which is in the hands of some but has not yet been widely leaked yet. Read more at BlogsDNA here. Thanks Sandip for the tip. ...

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The latest leaked Windows 8 video shows the new Android-like pattern-based login system and also transitions to the desktop, as we posted earlier. The build, rumoured to be build build 7982, also shows the unlocked features, including the ribbon interface in Explorer and the new Advanced Task Manager. As more and more recent builds of Windows 8 makes its way to OEMs we should be much more about the rumoured Immersive Interface leaked also. Via WinRumors.com and compixels.com ...

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Raphael Riviera has spotted this sign, which clearly points the way to an SDK for Microsoft’s 3D depth-sensing Kinect sensor. It is believed Microsoft will announce a hobbyist and research SDK release tomorrow, with a commercial SDK released later this year. Microsoft has already demoed the Kinect controlling their World Wide Telescope PC stargazing package, and has set up several Kinects on the floor of their presentation stage, likely for use tomorrow. See the system in action below. ...

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We posted yesterday on the new appearance of Bing noticed by one of our readers.  It seems what Agha was in fact looking was the rather cool new HTML5 version of Bing, which features all kinds of transitions and eye candy. WinPhonia caught it on video, and reports the following changes once a search is made: The page faded into a black and then back to white, revealing the search results. The entire header has been modified; the placement of the Bing logo changed from residing on the top left to the extreme right in the current update. The search categories are now contained within a black strip that encompasses most of the header. The faded homepage background contained within the header has shifted from the middle, to the right side. The search form has been increased in size; from the dimensions of 387×27, to 765×29. When switching between categories ...

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Google’s April’s Fools Day joke was Gmail motion, a fantasy application which used body motion as Gmail shortcuts. Now the FAAST team at ICT MxR Labs have used Kinect to turn the fantasy into equally foolish reality. All of the motions, including typing text using a kind of full-body sign language works, which says volumes about the potential of Kinect, of not the reality of this particular application. Via Engadget.com ...

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