Motorola pushes back Android 2.1 update for CLIQ, CLIQ XT

Posted on 30. Jun, 2010 by

0
We've seen this coming for at least a week or two now, but for what it's worth, Motorola has now made it official that the CLIQ and CLIQ XT won't be seeing upgrades to Android 2.1 in the second quarter of the year (which ends today) as had been previou...

Continue Reading

Facebook for iPhone / iPod touch now iOS 4 compatible

Posted on 30. Jun, 2010 by

0
We'll get right to the point: the Facebook app for your iPhone / iPod touch is now drinking the iOS 4 Kool-Aid. Fast app switching, high resolution icons (better than the one seen above, since that's pre-update), Korean / Russian localizations, and......

Continue Reading

Milestone XT720 spec changes again, this time for the worse

Posted on 30. Jun, 2010 by

0
Hey, we admit it, as far as Motorola's concerned hacks like us probably have no business browsing its Motodev pages, but we can't help but be a little peeved at the freestyle updates the company is making to its Milestone XT720 spec sheet. The process...

Continue Reading

Apple patches iOS 4 Exchange issue

Posted on 30. Jun, 2010 by

0
It hasn't gotten quite the attention of the iPhone 4's antenna problems or its proximity sensor troubles, but iOS 4 has caused some heartbreak for corporate users who connect to Exchange servers -- checking mail or syncing contact and calendars can st...

Continue Reading

What killed the Kin?

Posted on 30. Jun, 2010 by

0
While the news today that Microsoft has killed its troubled Kin line didn't come as the craziest of surprises, it's definitely left a lot of lingering questions about just what happened. Now we may have a little insight into what went wrong -- and wha...

Continue Reading

Droid X ad pokes fun at iPhone 4 antenna troubles

Posted on 30. Jun, 2010 by

0
The world of corporate cheap shots has today been enriched in its number with one supersized ad for one supersized phone. BGR reports that Motorola took out a full-page spread in the New York Times on this final day of June, which was ostensibly dedic...

Continue Reading

Microsoft Kin is dead

Posted on 30. Jun, 2010 by

0
We're learning this afternoon that Microsoft's Kin line, for all practical purposes, is riding off into the sunset just a few short weeks after its release. Sources close to Microsoft tell us that Andy Lees has rolled Kin into the Windows Phone 7 team and has canceled the existing product's launch later this year in Europe on news that sales weren't as strong as expected. Speaking of sales, Verizon's already-launched Kin One and Kin Two are soldiering on for the time being, but for how long is anyone's guess. 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 with Verizon in the U.S. to sell current KIN phones."
Interestingly, CNET is reporting that Roz Ho -- the exec who masterminded Kin under the codename "Pink" following Microsoft's acquisition of Danger -- will "oversee" her team's move over to Windows Phone 7 before taking a to-be-determined role elsewhere in the company. For what it's worth, we didn't think much of the Kin when we reviewed it -- to be fair, we're not the product's target demographic, but it certainly seems as though the phones got no love from the tweens, teens, and twentysomethings it sought to win over, either. It's hard to say how the Kin's untimely (or is it timely?) death ties into Robbie Bach and J Allard's departure, but since Lees has his hands more closely wrapped around this project than he had in the past, it stands to reason that there's a link there. After all, just how bad do sales have to be to kill a project mere weeks into its retail launch? And for NVIDIA, what does it mean that they've yet to release even a single blockbuster, wildly successful Tegra device?

Update: What killed the Kin?

Microsoft Kin is dead originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 30 Jun 2010 16:54:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

Permalink | Email this | Comments

Continue Reading

HTC HD2 caught running Android 2.1 and Ubuntu with touchscreen enabled (video)

Posted on 30. Jun, 2010 by

0
Still clinging on to your HTC HD2? Good on ya, cos this WinMo slate's about to last you a wee bit longer -- team HTC Linux has recently made a breakthrough with getting the touchscreen to talk to the HaRET Linux bootloader. In other words, us mere mor...

Continue Reading

MeeGo for handsets makes its first appearance

Posted on 30. Jun, 2010 by

0
As promised, Nokia and Intel have revealed the pre-alpha version of MeeGo for handsets today, supporting the Intel-powered Aava reference phone and the Nokia N900. What's most interesting at this early stage is the UI, which appears to have taken a bi...

Continue Reading

iPhone 4’s antenna problem looks worse than it is, but it’s still bad

Posted on 30. Jun, 2010 by

0
The iPhone 4's antenna issues have sparked off a firestorm of debate as to the root cause -- Apple says holding the phone differently or buying a case are the best answers, while other are going down a more voodoo path -- but our friends at AnandTech ...

Continue Reading

Magellan’s waterproof Toughcase wraps GPS module, extended battery around your iPhone

Posted on 30. Jun, 2010 by

0
There are iPhone cases, and then there's Magellan's waterproof Toughcase. Priced at $199.99, it's actually just as expensive as a new iPhone 4 on contract, and double the price of an iPhone 3GS (which it actually houses). So, what does two Benjamins ge...

Continue Reading