• Microsoft Puts One Last Bullet In The Kin, Shuts Down Kin Studio

    Accurately predicting the swift failure of a handset — as we did to a T with the Kin — is bittersweet. On one hand, being right is always nice; on the other, knowing that people worked hard on something only to have it canned due to mismanagement and a confused vision is disheartening. (Fortunately, we know for a fact that a good chunk of those people are off on bigger, better… Read More

  • Blackberry Aims For the KIN Generation, But Is It Too Late?

    Want to know why Blackberry launches are so exciting to so many? Because it means those chained to RIM because of their IT departments dependence on Blackberry mail services will get new phones. So what is this inexplicable Blackberry Torch and what does it mean for the brave folks in RIMs Canadian mountain fortress? First off, office drones, don’t expect to get the Torch with all… Read More

  • Kin of the Living Dead: Microsoft updates the Kin

    The Kin One and Kin Two are about as dead as can be. 22 days after they hit the shelves, Microsoft stopped making them, and Verizon stopped selling them. All in all, it’s said that about 10,000 of these things managed to get into people’s pockets before the axe got dropped — but if you’re one of those 10,000: Surprise! You’ve got a software update waiting for you. Read More

  • Next Of Kin: A Memorial Site Goes Up For The Deceased Microsoft Kin

    Perhaps you heard, Microsoft has killed the Kin, its mobile device that was all of six weeks old. Some people were upset by this. Now they have a place to let our their grief, and pay their respects: As the site notes, the Kin lived from 2010 to 2010 — it died at the ripe old age of 0. “She” was botn on May 13, 2010 and died on June 30, 2010. “We will… Read More

  • Verizon misses the point of the Kin, prices it out of its market

    Well, there goes that. The Microsoft Kins seemed like a good system. Online reviews are somewhat positive, at least most say the Kin shows potential. But it doesn’t matter. Kin One and Kin Two are likely going to be the only ones of their kind and will only be around for a short while. Verizon killed the platform when it decided that these feature phones need an expensive smartphone… Read More

  • Looks like Microsoft's Kins might be heading to AT&T, T-Mobile, and many more

    Looks like the Verizon/Vodafone exclusivity on the Kin 1 and Kin 2 might be short-lived — or at least, someone at Microsoft is already prepping for the day when it’s over. Days before the Kin 1 and 2 were made official, a ROM hacker known only to the internets as Conflipper published screenshots pulled from an early copy of the Kin OS. After a bit more digging, Conflipper just… Read More

  • Microsoft Germany goes live with Kin 1 and Kin 2 specs

    We got our first good look at Microsoft’s upcoming smart feature phones — the Kin 1 and Kin 2 — a week back. While the company let us man-handle the phones, Microsoft was quiet about the actual specs. But Microsoft Germany apparently thought that was silly and just released all the technical info on the two phones via its Facebook Fan Page. How nice. Read More

  • Microsoft semi-apologizes for highly offensive man-boob in Kin ad

    We found it pretty ridiculous when Consumer Reports made a big deal about a pretty tame reference to playful, romantic MMSing. Really, now. Microsoft is the last thing making kids send naughty pictures to one another. But I guess Microsoft didn’t want the drama, so they’ve apologized. They deleted the offending portion of the video, but if you’ll be so kind as to click… Read More

  • Consumer Reports calls out Microsoft for "advocating sexting" in Kin ad

    When a man loves a woman very, very much and he’s not really thinking of repercussions and the state their relationship might be in a few months down the road, he sends her pictures of his netherparts via his cell phone. This act, friends, has come into the mainstream lately with its very own buzzword: sexting. Sexting can be a pretty bad thing, primarily because it’s… Read More

  • Dev variant Kin has a cooler color scheme

    I just popped into a local pub and ran smack into into a variant of the just-announced (but long-rumored) Kin 2 being tested by a Microsoft associate of mine. It’s not really major news, but I have to say that I think it looks a lot better with this red-and-white keyboard — it helps set it apart from all the other sliders out there. I don’t know, maybe it attracts dirt… Read More

  • Kin and Zune HD are… kin, when it comes to chipset

    Here’s a little smidgen of info that escaped the announcements and hands-on today. The specs page at is a bit… non-literal, so there’s not a lot of information on what model of CPU it’s running, what amount of RAM, and so on. But we do now know that they’re Tegra-based and likely share a fair amount of hardware DNA with the Zune HD. That doesn’t… Read More

  • Hands-On with the Kin 1 and Kin 2 [Update: Video]

    After years of rumors, hearsay, and leaks, we’ve finally gotten the opportunity to play with the final product of Project Pink. These are the first real products of Microsoft’s 2008 acquisition of Danger, creators of the sidekick. So how are they? Read on for our impressions Update: Now with video of the Kin 2 in action – check it out after the jump. Read More

  • Unboxing: The Microsoft Kin 2

    Whatd’ya know! I didn’t expect to find a Kin 2 box laying around right after we did our Kin 1 unboxing, but sure enough: there it was, prepped and ready to be torn apart. Read More

  • Unboxing: the Microsoft Kin 1

    Sure, they may have just announced the Kin 1 and Kin 2 (previously known as Project Pink) — and sure, they may not have release dates or pricing for them yet. But we had the good fortune of stumbling across a Kin 1 in its crazy greeen-ish recyclable packaging, and decided to strip it apart real quick. Check out our ultra hasty gallery after the jump. Read More

  • Microsofts Project Pink phones now official, known as "Kin 1" and "Kin 2"

    We’re live in San Francisco, where Microsoft has at long last unveiled the project previously known around the Internets as “Pink”, which they’ve now given the name “Kin”. So what is Kin? Much like the rumor mill had projected, it’s two different social-network oriented phones: Kin 1, and Kin 2 (How very Seuss of them). Kin 1 is the phone previously… Read More