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Nike's New Post-Apocalyptic Workout Should Run Up Its Sales

Nike makes a living out of encouraging more active lifestyles, and now it's hoping to cash in by making it fun. The athletic footwear giant launched NikeFuel Missions this week, a free series of games that encourage bursts of physical activity for users of its Nike products.

Why Kinect for Windows Is Cooler Than Apple's Siri

Microsoft Kinect -- the camera-based motion controller for the Xbox 360 -- is coming to a computer near you next month. How will an accessory that seems more suited to video games fit with the way you use your PC? Much better than you might guess.

Microsoft Ends Its CES Era: 2012 Keynote Will Be Its Last

For the past 14 years, Microsoft has kicked off the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas with a a keynote address that set the tone for the exposition where tech companies showcase their latest wares. But Microsoft is announcing that next month's show will be its last.

2011's Hottest Holiday Products: An Early Look

Christmas is four months away, and already the experts are weighing in on which holiday toys and gadgets will be worth the credit card debt. Online shopping comparison site PriceGrabber is one of the first to release a "top products" list of the items it predicts will be this year's hottest.

Video Game Sales Are Down: Are Apps to Blame?

A research firm that tracks video game sales reported that March hardware sales rose, but software sales plunged again. NPD claims that 23% of software sales in 2010 came from apps, but the industry isn't sure that its lagging sales figures can be entirely blamed on apps like "Angry Birds."

No, the iPad Is Not Killing Microsoft's Business

Investors are buying into the meme that Windows is dying -- and therefore Microsoft is as well. While tablets are clearly cutting into the giant's core PC business, Microsoft is also showing remarkable agility in building new franchises for the future, the Kinect for one.

Xbox Shortages May Run Through February

Microsoft sold out of its Xbox video-game console in late December thanks to strong holiday-season demand, and may have product shortages in January and February as well, as the company's Kinect motion-sensor device has boosted the popularity of the system, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported.

Microsoft Sold More than 8 Million Xbox Kinects in 60 Days

Microsoft Corp (MSFT) says it sold more than 8 million Xbox Kinect motion-sensing game system in the first 60 days since launch, easily beating the company%u2019s target of 5 million. The sales of the Kinect also top that of Sony Corp%u2019s (SNE) competing Move system, Reuters said. Sony sold 4.1 million units of Move in its first two months. That figure does not take into account the peak December holiday shopping month.

Microsoft: 1 Million Kinect Gaming Systems Already Sold

Microsoft (MSFT) sold more than 1 million of its hands-free Kinect gaming system in the first 10 days after its launch. Microsoft is hoping the Kinect, which plugs into an Xbox and lets you play games just by moving your body or speaking commands, will help boost Xbox sales and fend off competition from Nintendo (NTDOY) and Sony (SNE).

Game Over: Why the Console Business Is Doomed

Video-game console makers apparently think their business will be saved by motion-sensing technology that would let you play Madden NFL 11 by running around your living room. Sorry, guys: Smart phone, social network and cloud-based games are going to drink your milkshake.

Best Buy Earnings Disappoint Despite Gross Gains

Best Buy posted disappointing first-quarter results this morning, falling well short of analysts' expectations. Cautious customers lifted the retailer's overall U.S. sales by 5%, but lower sales of TVs, video games and movies cut into its profit margins.