The DeanBeat: Can Microsoft’s Kinect gain cred from hardcore gamers?

Microsoft’s Kinect has always held out tantalizing promises. As a user interface, it brings computing devices to the edge of greatness but falls just a little short of our dreams of the Star Trek holodeck or the cool transparent, gesture-controlled computer that Tom Cruise used in the sci-fi film Minority Report. You can fantasize about being a Jedi Knight in Kinect Star Wars…until the system fails to recognize your lightsaber attack and you get pummeled instead.

Facebook Pages Manager: Now you can manage your pages from a new iPhone app

[Update: This appears to be a very soft launch. The app is available in the Canadian iTunes store, and apparently in the New Zealand and Australian iTunes stores as well, but is not accessible yet in the US. When contacted, a Facebook representative confirmed that the social network has not yet widely released Facebook Pages Manager, saying only that "this is an app that Facebook is testing that helps owners of small to medium Pages more easily manage their Facebook presence."]