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Comeback Kids: Microsoft Kin – Design is Everything
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Comeback Kids: Microsoft Kin – Design is Everything

The Microsoft Kin, incarnated in the form of the Kin One and the Kin Two, its larger sibling (next of Kin, get it?), launched in April of 2010 was originally intended to be a Social Networking smart phone, based on the fact that it was launched in a night club with neon green festoons back in April of 2009. This was effectively a tell-tale sign of its intended target demographic: Generation Y [ages 14 to 27] and Generation X [ages 28 to 45] who are into Social Networking, albeit apps already existed that made most smart phone Social Networking ready. Based on technology from smart phone maker Danger, makers of the T-Mobile SideKick, a company which Microsoft acquired for a pretty penny, the Microsoft Kin One and Kin Two Social Networking smart phones made by Korean smart phone maker Sharp ...
Microsoft Kin, Sony Dash, Chrome OS and Google Nexus One – The Comeback Kids
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Microsoft Kin, Sony Dash, Chrome OS and Google Nexus One – The Comeback Kids

In the world of Consumer electronics, most products that do not live up to their marketing and advertising hype and catch on with a massive number of customers are relegate to the scrapheap with the sign in big red letters stenciled “Fail!” Forgotten and disused, they are usually utilized by a diehard legion of fans who share, for some strange reason, a kinship with the Developers and Designers (and each other) for the product. One such product comes easily to mind in the form of the Sony Walkman, which died on Monday October 25th 2010 as the Sony Plant in Japan that made them for the past thirty one (31) years decided to call it quits, having been made obsolete by Digital MP3 players years prior. They only kept making them because their is a legion of followers of the product, which...
Xbox 360 Kinect released today
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Xbox 360 Kinect released today

Formerly known as "Project Natal", Kinect is an expansion to the Xbox 360 video game console that adds a controller free gaming and entertainment. Based around a webcam-style add-on peripheral for the Xbox 360 console, it enables users to control and interact with the Xbox 360 without the need to touch a game controller through a natural user interface using gestures, spoken commands, or presented objects and images. Kinect Sensor The Kinect sensor is a horizontal bar connected to a small base with a motorized pivot, and is designed to be positioned lengthwise below the video display. The device features an "RGB camera, depth sensor and multi-array microphone running proprietary software", which provides full-body 3D motion capture, facial recognition, and voice recognition capabiliti...
Microsoft attacks OpenOffice.org in Video
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Microsoft attacks OpenOffice.org in Video

Microsoft has released a video on the official Youtube channel of their Office product that launches a stinging attack on Open Office. It features quotes from IT professionals, business Execs and other former OpenOffice.org users who have had all kinds of usability and security trouble using the free opensource alternative to Microsoft's expensive office suite of products. OpenOffice.org, commonly known as OOo or OpenOffice, is an open-source application suite whose main components are for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, and databases. It is available for a number of different computer operating systems, is distributed as free software and is written using its own GUI toolkit. Video after the jump. (more…)
Microsoft announces new Windows Phones
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Microsoft announces new Windows Phones

Microsoft officially unveiled its Windows Phone 7 launch portfolio today along with the it's plan and outlook for the Windows Mobile 7 platform. Microsoft wants to create a unique but functional user interface, combining the Windows Mobile experience with other services such as Xbox Live while strictly controlling the hardware that Windows Mobile 7 is installed on. Nine phones from manufacturers like HTC, LG, Samsung and Dell will be available just in time for the 2010 Holiday season for the major cellular service providers in the United States, also, more than 60 mobile operators across Europe, Australia and Asia Pacific are on board to bring Windows Phones to emerging markets with the aim of increasing market share. (more…)
Microsoft Expands Xbox 360 with Kinect
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Microsoft Expands Xbox 360 with Kinect

The impressive Project Natal was revealed last year by Microsoft at the 2009 Electric Entertainment Expo. This year at E3 2010 the official name, branding and price was revealed for the first time. Kinect as it will be known is a bar that plugs into an Xbox 360 and sits atop your TV, just like the Wii’s sensor bar, and allows the player or players to interact with games using movement and speech. The price point for he device is $150. Kinectimals, Joyride, Kinect Sports, Kinect Adventures and Dance Central are some of the games announced so far for Kinect which leans heavily to a more casual crowd but Microsoft promises that many of it's third party arters are busy working on more hardcore titles for the system. (more…)
Xbox 360 gets Slimmer and Shinier
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Xbox 360 gets Slimmer and Shinier

Microsft has announced and revealed at their press conference at the 2010 Electronic Entertainment Expo a slimmer, sleeker, quieter and shinier Xbox 360 design. Boasting a long list of improvements and new features the new Xbox 360 design will be available later this week for $299. The built in Wifi and 250gb harddrive are easily the most important addition as in todays wireless world it was rather clucky to still be using a ethernet cord or pay $100 more for an external antenna. New Xbox 360 Feature List Xbox 360 250GB Hard Drive: The internal 250GB hard drive allows you to save your games and store television shows, movies, music, pictures, trailers, levels, demos, and other con­tent available from Xbox LIVE Marketplace. Built in Wi-Fi: The new Xbox 360 is the onl...
XBOX 360 to Support USB Storage in April
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XBOX 360 to Support USB Storage in April

Good news Xbox 360 users, as of April 6, you will be able to use flash drives to store data such as game saves, title updates, Xbox Live arcade games, demos, profiles and even install games directly to the flash media. Yup, you read that correctly, instead of installing the game to the hard drive you will be able to put it on the flash drive. Of course, just like installing the game regularly, the disk will need to be in the tray to authenticate it. Geez what's new. This new feature will be available through a soon to be released software update from Microsoft. The new update will allow users to create a partition of up to 16GB with the capability of connecting 2 drives simultaneously for up to 32GB of storage. The update also comes with additional memory management functions that will ...