Posts tagged with: KIN One
  • by | December 14, 2012 6:59 AM

    The world of mobile technology is one of the fiercest competitive markets ever. In the quest to stand out from the pack, some companies make bold moves and succeed brilliantly. Others are more meek and fade into the unexceptional background. Still others fill the space between, innovating once, then endlessly iterating over and over again. Then there are those that just screw it all up. Thanks to choices that are either too bold, too meek, or just plain-old absolutely insane, these are the products that fall flat on their face. They’re not to be mocked, but the lessons they teach ...

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  • by | August 5, 2010 8:07 PM

    It looks like the KIN is still kicking! If you loaded up a KIN phone recently you might have noticed some new features. There was no actual user-indication of an update being installed or downloaded, but the new features just magically appeared. First up you've got Twitter avatar images in the Loop now. I'm glad to see that since previously all you had were blank little boxes. You've also got the ability to reply to Twitter tweets! That's a very welcome addition! The KIN Loop will also show image links within the shell instead of having to load up the browser now. That should work with ...

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  • by | August 5, 2010 2:55 PM

    This is unusual. As retailers try to flush the failed Microsoft KIN out of their inventory systems, some are offering to *pay you* to buy one. You read that right. Over at Wirefly you can get a free KIN One or Two with a new contract, and then you'll get paid a $30 credit on your Verizon bill. Get them while they're hot! Or, perhaps not so hot.

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  • by | July 20, 2010 12:29 AM

    With the portrait-oriented sliding form factor, Motorola and Research in Motion with its Bold 9800 model will be entering into a territory that has proven to be both attractive--in a nostalgic sense with the HTC Blue Angel of yore and uncertainty, as the Palm Pre and Microsoft Kin One have proven to be lackluster with rumored low sales volume. With MOTOBLUR on board and Android's integration with Exchange, social networking sites, and Google services, the Droid Slider could give webOS a run for its money. It looks like Google's assault on Research in Motion, with the help of Motorola, is ...

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  • by | July 7, 2010 5:39 PM

    There's a rumor being perpetuated by Daring Fireball that Microsoft only sold 503 KIN devices. Many other sites are picking up this posting as though it were true. What I find interesting is that the KIN registers its Facebook app on Facebook, where anybody can actually see the total number of monthly active users of the application. The KIN Facebook app is only available on KIN devices and can only be used by people who have KIN devices. So how many people are actually using KIN devices that are connected to Facebook? 8,810 as of right now. If you see anyone repeating the 500-KIN-sold ...

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  • by | July 2, 2010 4:53 PM

    For those of you mourning the death of the KIN, there's a place where you can go to light a "virtual candle" to share your sentiments about the social-friendly phone called RIP KIN. Yes, someone actually made a website to mourn the KIN. As the site points out, KIN's life was a short one. It went on sale on May 13 of this year, and was killed just 48 days later, which is pretty astounding if you think about it. KIN may take the prize as the shortest lifespan of a new cell phone platform. Sales must have been truly abysmal. More seriously, I have some thoughts about the discontinuation of ...

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  • by | July 1, 2010 4:41 PM

    Now that the KIN phones are dead, Jared Newman of PC World has written an article listing 4 features he'd like to see resurected in its sequel, Windows Phone 7: The Wrath of Kin. Here's his list: - Kin Studio - Drag and Drop Media - One Big Fat Feed - Distinctive Look You can see the original article here. Is there anything else you would salvage from the KIN for Windows Phone 7?

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  • by | June 30, 2010 5:08 PM

    This is quite a surprise! According to Engadget, the KIN series of feature phones available on Verizon have been cancelled for release in Europe and the product team responsible for KIN has been merged back into the Windows Phone 7 team. Here's Microsoft's official statement: "We have made the decision to focus exclusively on Windows Phone 7 and we will not ship KIN in Europe this fall as planned. Additionally, we are integrating our KIN team with the Windows Phone 7 team, incorporating valuable ideas and technologies from KIN into future Windows Phone releases. We will continue to work ...

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  • by | June 28, 2010 11:23 AM

    Conflipper has noticed on the Microsoft Answers forum that a KIN moderator mentioned that an update is coming mid-summer which will address most of the original poster's concerns about replying and retweeting twitter tweets as well as viewing YouTube videos. The moderator's comment may not apply to all of those issues, but Conflipper seems confident that the update will add the new twitter features as well as the ability to see more than 3 Facebook photo gallery images in the loop. There's still no word on if we'll see a calendar that syncs with Facebook and/or Exchange though.

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  • by | June 20, 2010 12:16 PM

    The Bing mobile website, m.bing.com, has seen a major update recently. Unfortunately, the update does not work on Windows Mobile Classic, but it will work great on the Zune HD and KIN phones. The update brings Bing's mobile website a bit closer to the functionality and design aesthetics of the desktop version. It now shows information cards where possible instead of just a list of links as before. Switching from portrait to landscape orientations even resizes and reformats the mobile site. That means you don't have to pinch/zoom/pan everywhere to make it fit, which is a great feature. ...

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  • by | June 20, 2010 11:16 AM

    The KIN represents a pretty big bet from Microsoft on what a certain group of people (those that are socially-connected and young) want in a mobile device. With that in mind, we're curious about your perception of the KIN platform, whether you've used a KIN or not. Please vote in this poll, and drop a comment on your thoughts on KIN! What Do You Think About KIN?online survey

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  • by | June 17, 2010 10:31 AM

    Microsoft is rumored to be adding instant messaging services to its KIN Windows Phone models. The social media-centric, youth-targeted mobile phones had integration with popular social networks, but lacked IM support--a feature that was part of the Danger Sidekick experience. According to Conflipper on Engadget, Yahoo! Messenger, Live Messenger, and AOL/AIM support will be forthcoming. The news that IM integration would be coming to KIN wouldn't be too far fetched considering that the KIN team had told us that they are continuously looking at ways to improve the KIN experience and that ...

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  • by | June 6, 2010 10:27 PM

    Gizmodo has an interesting article about how the KIN phones and the KIN Studio give us a good look at the future of computing. Everyone expects all of our applications and computing power to be integrated with the cloud in the future. That is to say it will somehow be connected to the internet at all times. The KIN Studio is an excellent example of this type of integrated application, and it would seem that Microsoft would have all of the pieces necessary to produce a very pleasant future in the cloud. Take a look at the Gizmodo article for more information about what Gizmodo thinks ...

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  • by | June 1, 2010 10:43 AM

    Now that Best Buy is selling the KIN phones, they've got some more discounts. The KIN One is available for free with contract, while the KIN Two is just $50. The rate plans are still Verizon's normally high-price options, but apparently most people only look at the initial cost of the phone when deciding on a purchase. (via @fyiguy)

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  • by | May 31, 2010 4:48 PM

    One of the most impressive and unique aspects of Microsoft's new KIN phones is the KIN Studio. It's a Silverlight application that you can log into with the Windows Live ID used to set up your KIN phone. The KIN Phone syncs everything from your phone to the KIN Studio for easy access. You can set up RSS feeds to appear on your phone's Loop from here, as well as manage contacts, read text/MMS messages, view photos/videos, save content to your computer, and even share things on Facebook/MySpace/Windows Live. You can even see maps of where you were when you took your photos and videos.

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