The Microsoft Kin: The Blue Collar Phone


Often those of us who live with technology get excited about how much a new product can do and forget that most folks don’t want a Swiss Army Knife product nor do they want a Porsche, they want something simple and affordable that does the few things they want to do well.

Cisco takes a walk on the Flip Slide

Cisco has introduced its Flip Slide HD video camera. The $280 device stores up to four hours of high-def digital video and up to 12 hours of content.

Intel runs Android on Atom-based CPUs

Intel has targeted ARM's dominate position in the mobile marketplace by porting Google's Android OS to run on Atom-powered smartphones.

Samsung goes mobile with Microsoft's PlayReady technology

Samsung has announced that it will deploy Microsoft's PlayReady technology in its consumer devices to facilitate the easy transfer of content between TVs, mobile phones, set-top boxes and other devices.

Apple approves Opera Mini for the iPhone

Opera has become the first browser other than Apple's own Safari to be approved for the iPhone.

Nokia launches low-cost social networking phones

Nokia has announced three new low-cost handsets with full Qwerty keyboards aimed at social networking applications.

Best Buy to sell Barnes & Noble Nook

Barnes & Noble has decided to reach beyond of its own retail empire to sell the Nook, its branded e-book reader, and will begin making the device available to Best Buy.

Microsoft targets "social generation" with new Kin phone

Microsoft has introduced a new Windows-based phone designed specifically for individuals who need help in "actively navigating" their social lives.

Desperate Apple junkies pay $2,260 for iPad

A number of desperate Apple junkies in India have apparently managed to stave off painful withdrawal symptoms by shelling out over $2,000 for a single iPad.

Report: Google prepping Android tablet for imminent launch

Google is reportedly poised to enter the crowded tablet marketplace with an Android-based e-reader that will "function like a computer."

Palm 'looking for a buyer' - HTC and Lenovo in the frame

Palm has put itself up for sale and is actively looking for bids this week, according to Bloomberg.

3,000 people have paid their Mercedes-Benz lease through iPod, iPhone

Mercedes-Benz Financial announced that it has received more than $2.5 million in lease and loan payments through its groundbreaking iPhone app, the first of its kind to let users manage their auto payments through a mobile app.

Twitter buys out maker of top mobile Tweeting app

Looking back, it was pretty inevitable. Twitter has acquired an independent developer to take full rights of its third-party Twitter client, the one that was widely regarded as the best such app on the iPhone.

"Universal search" feature comes to Google Mobile

Google's newest smart search functionality, which tries to guess what question you're asking and answers it before you even hit "search," is now available on the online giant's mobile platform as well.

Nokia buys location software company MetaCarta

Nokia has acquired MetaCarta, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based location services provider.

Apple details iPhone OS 4 specs

Apple has previewed its long-awaited iPhone OS 4 software and released a beta version to iPhone Developer Program members.

Steve Jobs says new iPhone OS will support true multitasking

Steve Jobs has assured the rapturous Apple faithful that iPhone OS 4 will offer true multitasking support for third-party applications.

Android challenges Apple's repressive ecosystem

Are developers finally tiring of Apple's repressive and controlling guidelines for third-party iPhone apps?

Report: iPad cost Apple $260 to build

An analysis conducted by ISuppli Corp has found that Apple's iPad tablet cost the Cupertino-based company approximately $259.60 to manufacture.

Electronics thieves caught thanks to iPhone GPS

A man who had prior convictions for burglary and grand theft is back behind bars after he made the mistake of stealing an iPhone that had the GPS tracking app Mobile Me installed.