Kinect is also a favorite toy among hackers, who have used the motion-gaming system to control a USB rocket launcher, have a virtual light saber duel, and encase themselves in carbonite. Hacking the Kinect is so popular that Microsoft plans to release a software development kit to let developers create Kinect software for Windows 7.
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Bing, Microsoft's search engine, has been slowly increasing its market share and recently reached a new high of 30% of all U.S. searches, according to metrics firm Experian Hitwise. That's a huge jump considering Bing claimed less than 10% of all U.S. searches in early 2010. Of course, a big part of that jump can be attributed to Bing's deal with Yahoo that made Bing the white label search engine for the ailing Web portal. Nevertheless, more people are using Microsoft's search product than ever before.
Bing also inspired its rival, Google, to make some changes to its image search interface. The competitive pressure from Microsoft's search engine may also explain why Google got a little snippy at Bing in February when it accused Microsoft of copying Google's search results. Google and Bing haven't been allowed to sit together during the bus ride home ever since.