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More KIN information


Following on from our last post introducing the two KIN phones from Microsoft you are now able to watch a recoding of the live webcast where Microsoft showed KIN off to the world for the first time.

Just click on the following link where you can find the video or alternatively you can have a look at for a full run down of spec for the two new Windows Phones. 

REDMOND, Wash. – April 12, 2010 – Microsoft Corp. today announced KIN, a new Windows® Phone designed specifically for people who are actively navigating their social lives. Brought to life through partnerships with Verizon Wireless, Vodafone and Sharp Corporation, KIN is designed to be the ultimate social experience that blends the phone, online services and the PC with breakthrough new experiences called the Loop, Spot and Studio. KIN will be exclusively available from Verizon Wireless in the U.S. beginning in May and from Vodafone this autumn in Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.


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KIN – New Windows Phone


Today at a press conference in the United States Microsoft have unveiled a new generation of social phone.

The KIN 1 and KIN 2 (Yes I know they are great names!) are targeting an audience that have social media as their priority. KIN is taken from the term ‘Kindred Spirit’ and was termed ‘a phone to navigate your social life’.

I would imagine we will get an official press release soon and most likely some video footage of the two devices in action but in the meantime I will give you a very brief summary.

The idea of KIN is to make social networking easy. Whether its Facebook, Twitter or MySpace we all have three sorts of friends.

The first type are our proper friends that we see regularly and speak to daily.

The second group are friends that maybe you went to school with but don’t really see now.

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The low-down on Project Pink


Microsoft today unveiled its "Project Pink" phones which are aimed at the growing social networking scene. The new phones are now known as the Kin One and the Kin Two.

The new Kin phones are based on a Windows CE core, sharing similar design themes, but not the full-fledged general purpose operating system capabilities of the upcoming Windows Phone 7 smartphone operating system.

The Kin phones will also naturally integrate with the Zune Marketplace which will serve up and music and video content — music can be streamed to the Zin One and Kin Two over Wi-Fi or 3G. However, if you’re looking for Xbox Live gaming — as seen in Windows Phone 7 — you’ll need to look elsewhere. And just in case you were wondering, there’s no support for third-party apps, Silverlight, or the ubiquitous Adobe Flash.

The Kin Spot, which is invoked by a green button on the keyboard, brings up a little green dot on the screen. You can drag status updates, photos, videos, and events to the Kin Spot and instantly share it with your friends via Facebook, email, MMS, etc.

The Kin Studio allows you to see your phone on the internet using any browser. Your contacts, photos, videos, text messages, and calendar events are all web accessible using a simple user interface. It also serves as a huge online backup database for your phone — so if your phone is lost, everything is easily restored from an online backup. Microsoft also sees the web as an extension of your user storage, so the 4GB or 8G of storage on the Kin One and Kin Two respectively shouldn’t really matter all that much to the end user.

The Kin One is a tiny phone with an equally tiny QWERTY keyboard that slides out from the bottom (portrait view). The Kin One features 4GB of internal storage, a 5MP camera (with LED flash), a mono speaker, and a QVGA screen. The Kin Two is a larger phone with a more traditionally-sized smartphone screen and a landscape keyboard. It features 8GB of internal storage, an 8MP digital camera, stereo speakers, and an HVGA display.

Both the Kin One and Kin Two feature 3G radios, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth connectivity. Verizon will be the exclusive carrier for both phone in the U.S. when they launch later this May. Pricing is not yet available.

Microsoft definitely thinks that it has an audience with these phones, but we can’t help but think that these two phones will end up being snapped up mostly by tweens and teenagers who’ll be texting away in class. That being said, it seems as though young adults (as pictured in all of Microsoft’s press materials and Kin video footage) would want a more full-featured phone like a Motorola Droid, iPhone, or Windows Phone 7 smartphone to carry around with them instead of something that is just geared towards social media

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Malware – iPhone users please read!


BitDefender identifies fake “iPhone unlocking” malware mechanism

BitDefender has identified a malware-spreading mechanism targeting people wanting to unlock their iPhones.

Users receive an e-mail offering a link that promises a new version of an iPhone unlocking application to overcome vendor set network restrictions. People clicking the link are then directed to a web page which provides instructions to be followed in order to download the unlocking application.

After being urged to connect their iPhone to a computer, users are then instructed to download the “new modified” application and run it on the iPhone. However, once downloaded and run, the executable file causes a Trojan virus to be infected in the computer.

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St John Ambulance launches First Aid iPhone App

image St John Ambulance today officially launches a first aid iPhone app that could be the difference between life and death.  St John Ambulance research – also out today as part of a hard-hitting campaign to encourage more people to learn vital first aid skills – reveals that up to 150,000 people a year could be given a chance to live if more people knew first aid.

A simple application with a clear, attractive and intuitive graphic interface, St John Ambulance’s first aid app covers key major and minor emergencies and contains additional guidance on treating infants. The app provides advice on emergency situations such as choking, severe bleeding and heart attacks. It’s available for iPod Touch users too.

Press releases on the app and the research are after the break:-

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Now Blackberry users have easier access to the first ever international mobile phone travel emergency and concierge service.

With enhanced software Trafficmaster’s International Rescue is now easier to download to your GPS enabled Blackberry. The service provides round the clock personal travel assistants located in the UK and in over 40 countries, who are on hand to help you when you are trouble.

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Archos Gen 8 coming soon


By the time I get back, and effectively use my Gen 7 Archos the 8th should be out. Wasting no time to perfect it’s previous efforts, Archos is throwing another iPad special out to do battle. Here is an article from French site ArchosLounge translated by Google.

In fact 6 new Internet Tablet Android should be launched for the generation 8. The screens would begin 3 inches to 10 inches. These tablets boarded Android. Coté technical features: speaking of the ARM Cortex processor at 800MHZ 1GHZ that we know well at Archos, the 3G OpenGL (3D acceleration) and even multitouch what would be a great first for Archos!

Price 100 dollars to 350 dollars.

Let there be no doubt that the players displayed on the slide will not all be appointed in this way (a single image shrunk) and also all these players will probably not have the same amount of involvement R & D Archos.Understand then, that some players will like it became a habit of Chinese Archos players have been using the strategy of "turnkey". Finally we shall see, the presence of ARM Cortex processor may augur good things …

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The big Palm Job


There are still rumours running rampant that Palm is going to be taken over. First it was Lenovo, now its HTC. The latest rumours mention those two companies as potential suitors for Palm. According to Reuters, Palm’s stock soared earlier this week as investors covered short positions on renewed speculation that the smartphone maker might be an acquisition target.

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Project Pink to be announced today


It’s been a long long time in the pipeline but today will see Microsoft launch ‘Project Pink’ which is essentially a range of social networking phones.

We know what two of the phones will look like, thanks to Gizmodo. On the right is the ‘Turtle’ and on the left is the ‘Pure’.


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