Microsoft's Kin only survived a few weeks, but a tribute Web site has been set up to make sure that Redmond's phones are not soon forgotten.
The KinRIP.com site features pictures of the twin phones as well as places for people to leave their own testimonials and light a virtual candle to the social-media oriented phone that Microsoft discontinued earlier this week. And be sure to have the sound turned on to hear the incredibly sappy rendition of "Gone Too Soon."
"It was the Pontiac Aztec of cell phones," wrote Mark Cordova in … Read more
Microsoft's Kin isn't the only phone project from Redmond whose fate is uncertain.
The software maker announced last year a project called OneApp, which was aimed at putting applications on a variety of not-so-smart phones. The idea was to create a software layer that could run on the kind of basic phones popular in emerging markets. Developers could then write software that would run on top of OneApp and thus run on a wide range of phones.
The company tested OneApp with carrier Blue Label Telecom in South Africa last year and also conducted some evaluation programs with … Read more
Amid anemic sales, Microsoft has decided to halt work on its Kin phone less than two months after the product hit the market.
The social media-oriented phone will not make its planned European debut and Microsoft is shifting the entire Kin team to work on Windows Phone 7, the Microsoft smartphone operating system due out later this year. Andy Lees, who heads up the company's cell phone efforts announced the move to Microsoft workers earlier on Wednesday, according to a source close to the company.
Microsoft confirmed the move in a statement to CNET.
"We have made the … Read more
Adobe's Anup Murarka talks with us about mobile Flash, Android 2.2 begins rolling out to select phones, and the Kindle Android app is finally released. Plus, we review the cloud music service MSpot and share a timely tip on speeding up Flash sites on Froyo. Josh Lowensohn guest hosts.Subscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360) EPISODE 5
InterviewAnup Murarka, director of technology strategy for the flash platform.
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WASHINGTON, D.C.--If you walk around the Air & Space Museum here, as I did Sunday, you can't help be struck by how much of the most important events and aircraft in aviation history are from decades ago.
This is the museum, after all, where you can find the plane the Wright Brothers used in humanity's first-ever powered flight, in Kitty Hawk, N.C., in 1903. And the capsule from John Glenn's first American manned orbit of the Earth. And the Apollo 11 capsule. And so on.
Then again, right above you when you come in … Read more
Google has started sending out Android 2.2, aka Froyo, to those with its Nexus One phone.
"Starting today, Nexus One users will begin to receive the Android 2.2 (codenamed Froyo) over-the-air software update on their phones," according to a Monday blog post about the Froyo update. "This update will be rolled out gradually to phones--and most users will receive the notification by the end of the week."
For the 2011 model year, Mini is introducing the new Countryman crossover to its diminutive lineup (both in quantity and in stature). Not wanting to be leave any out of the party, Mini will give updates its remaining three models--Cooper, Clubman, and Cooper convertible--exteriors, engine bays, and cabin controls and technology packages.
Starting in the cabin, the Mini's center stack will retain its familiarly weird configuration. But if you look closely, you'll notice that 2011 models' volume knob is located on the face of the stereo system. (Whoa!) One of the things that has always … Read more
With Microsoft's Kin not exactly flying off store shelves, Verizon has cut the prices of the youth-oriented social-networking phone.
Despite a significant TV ad campaign, the phones have gotten comparatively scant attention since their launch. The Kin, designed to target a similar demographic as the Sidekick, has faced steep competition from the iPhone and other smartphones, which don't cost any more per month and offer the ability to run thousands of applications.
It's summertime, July 4 is right around the corner, and America's soccer team has been doing great at the World Cup. And those are just a few excuses to drink and celebrate.
The question is, how do you know when you or your friends have drunk too much to drive? I have one answer, in a simple and compact form. It's the AlcoHawk Slim Ultra.
This is a little battery-operated breathalyzer that immediately shows the alcohol level in your bloodstream. The device has just one button and a little round LCD screen. Press the button and blow … Read more