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From: BGR - No, Microsoft isn’t spying on everything you type in Windows 10

Microsoft’s Windows 10 might’ve been good enough to make people forget about Windows 8, but it really didn’t impress when it comes to privacy protection. Thankfully, the company has taken various steps since then to ensure that users can guard all the different aspects of their Windows 10 experience and tweak privacy settings as they see fit. Of course, Microsoft can probably do an even better job to make sure nobody accuses it of privacy missteps in the future when it comes to its extensive data collection practices. But the company is probably not spying on everything you type while using your Windows 10 computer with the built-in keylogger.

Yes, there is a built-in keylogger inside Windows 10 that’s supposed to help Microsoft improve typing experiences for Windows users. “Send Microsoft info about how I write to help us improve typing and writing in the future,” the settings says. In a FAQ, Microsoft explains that it’s collecting keystrokes to improve handwriting and pronunciation recognition, not to monitor everything you do.

It appears that said setting caused some commotion over on Reddit recently. According to Myce, some users found that turning the setting off doesn’t work, as Windows 10 turns it back on. Myce has not replicated the issue, however.

That said, if you want to turn off the feature yourself, go to Start, Settings, Privacy, General, and disable the feature right there.

From: PC Perspective - Have a 3D printer? Why not set up a Kinect based 3D scanner to go with it?

You may have seen a similar project in the past, if not this might be something you should check out.  If you have seen it, the process has matured somewhat and the quality of the imaging has improved.  In addition to the Kinect and a decent PC, you will need to install the The Kinect SDK and Kinect Explorer, along with Reconstruct Me, AutoDesk 123D Catch  and Skanect.  Drop by Techware Labs to read through the setup instructions and see if this project catches your imagination, or if there are updates to the process your own Kinect scanner might benefit from.


“How many times have you sat there and thought about getting a 3D Scanner? If you are in to 3D printing then it’s probably a lot. If you go online and look for a 3D scanner you will find a lot of them with extremely high price tags. From $120 – $32,000. Seems a bit crazy on the high end but you are paying for the resolution. The idea behind a 3D scanner is that you use a laser that bounces back to a camera to tell it the contours of the model. Well what does a Kinect do? It scans a body for motion tracking using lasers and a camera. BINGO, there is a 3D scanner waiting to be used.”

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From: BGR - Every Xbox One and Xbox 360 game you can download for free in April

Microsoft might be struggling to keep up with the onslaught of exclusives that Sony has unleashed on the PlayStation 4 over the past few months, but that hasn’t stopped its Games with Gold lineup from improving immensely. In fact, the collection of games that Xbox One and Xbox 360 owners will be able to download for free in April is possibly the best selection that Microsoft has ever brought to the table.

For Xbox One owners, third-person action game (and Xbox One launch title) Ryse: Son of Rome will be free to download, as well as the second second of Telltale’s The Walking Dead adventure game. On Xbox 360, the violent, Zelda-like Darksiders will be free, alongside Assassin’s Creed Revelations.

Here are the details on the availability of the Xbox One and Xbox 360 Games with Gold for April:

You’ll be saving over $84 if you pick up all four of these games and can add up to 4250 points to your gamerscore. Also, keep in mind that each of the Xbox 360 titles are backward compatible with the Xbox One, so even if you don’t have an Xbox 360 on hand, you can still download all four games listed above.

You can check out footage of all four of April’s free Games with Gold in the video below: