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  • Out with the old: Tech that died in 2010

    Posted December 31, 2010 - 2:17 pm

    2010 had its share of failures and (some thankful) endings. Here we explore some of the more interesting tech fails, social network bombs and bid farewell to the world's oldest Twitter user.
  • Microsoft's biggest 2010 missteps

    Posted December 20, 2010 - 5:59 pm

    Compared to the turbulent 2009 that saw Microsoft's first widespread layoffs and its worst quarterly revenue earnings ever, 2010 was smooth sailing.
  • Leaked docs: Microsoft's Kin flop to rise from the dead

    Posted November 15, 2010 - 6:12 pm

    Two feature-challenged smartphones designed by Microsoft for younger mobile users look like they will be revived by Verizon. An internal Verizon document leaked to PPC Geeks shows the phones, the Kin ONEm and Kin TWOm, as part of the company's upcoming product lineup. Both units have touchscreens, full Qwerty keyboards, and support Zune Pass, Microsoft's music service. The ONEm has a 5-megapixel camera and 4GB of internal memory; the TWOm, an 8-megapixel camera, which records HD video, and 8GB of memory.
  • Windows XP SP2 and 7 other things Microsoft has killed this year

    Posted July 14, 2010 - 12:13 pm

    Microsoft’s bell tolls for Windows 2000/XP SP2 support, Kin smartphones, Courier tablet and more.
  • Microsoft Kin: Four Features That Windows Phone 7 Needs

    Posted July 1, 2010 - 9:03 pm

    With its Kin line of phones killed, Microsoft has announced that the people who worked on those devices will join the Windows Phone 7 team, incorporating Kin concepts and technology into Microsoft's upcoming mobile OS. Despite up-and-down reviews, Kin did have some redeeming qualities. Even though feature creep is a dangerous thing, here are four things that should make the leap from Kin to Windows Phone 7:
  • Why Microsoft's Kin Phones Were Destined To Fail

    Posted July 1, 2010 - 2:52 pm

    Microsoft has discontinued the Kin phones line, just six weeks after it launched the devices. The company blamed low sales numbers, and was shy to say how many it sold exactly. But Kin's failure comes as no surprise, with a troubled Microsoft playing catch-up in the mobile world.
  • IFixit lays bare Microsoft’s Kin smartphone

    Posted May 19, 2010 - 9:53 am

    A disassembly of Microsoft's Kin Two shows the silicon and component decisions that went into creating Microsoft’s youth-oriented, social networking smartphone.
  • Microsoft, Verizon defend Kin's monthly pricing, noting cloud backup

    Posted May 12, 2010 - 11:26 am

    Microsofts new Kin phones are not truly smartphones, but Verizon Wireless is charging users a minimum monthly $70 service fee -- $30 alone for data -- anyway, over a two-year contract.
  • Microsoft Kin Phones: The Reviews Are In

    Posted May 5, 2010 - 2:51 pm

    The first reviews of Microsoft's Kin phones are in, and while critics don't agree on whether the phones are a success, they do agree on one thing: the price of Verizon Wireless' data plans could doom the phones to obscurity.
  • The Curious Thing About Microsoft Kin

    Posted April 15, 2010 - 8:55 pm

    Call me crazy, but something about Microsoft's Kin phone just doesn't add up.
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