Microsoft kills the Kin


“Sources close to Microsoft tell us that Andy Lees has rolled Kin into the Windows Phone 7 team and has canceled the existing product’s launch later this year in Europe on news that sales weren’t as strong as expected.”

That only took a few weeks, and was a dumb idea to begin with. More of a social media vuvuzela than a phone. Here’s an idea. Re-introduce it as “Mojave” and explain to people why they’re wrong for disliking it.

Hulu Plus

For $9.99 per month, users can stream a full season’s worth of HD TV episodes, plus the rest of Hulu’s library (ad-supported 1), to their iPhones (3GS and 4 only), iPads or Macs with the new app (free).

This is almost exactly the model I wished Apple would adopt a year ago at TUAW:

“If Apple charged me X amount of money per month and gave me unlimited access to their library of television and movies from any approved device, including Macs, iPhones, iPods and, of course, Apple TVs, I’d be a happy customer … Yes, I want to have my music files physically on my hard disk. But if the shows and movies I want to watch all lived on a server farm in Cupertino, that’d be fine with me.”

Good luck to Hulu; I’m eager to test this.

  1. I’d rather be free of ads for ten dollars, but that’s not my decision.

iPhone 4 repair manual

The folks at iFixit have compiled the insight they acquired while breaking down/re-assembling the iPhone 4 into a comprehensive (and unofficial) repair manual.

I’ve relied upon iFixit for years, and the detail in this manual is a great example of why.

White iPhone delayed until late July

From Apple:

“White models of Apple’s new iPhone 4 have proven more challenging to manufacture than expected, and as a result they will not be available until the second half of July. The availability of the more popular iPhone 4 black models is not affected.”

I knew something was up when leaked Best Buy inventory reports showed not one single white iPhone. Apple has produced white iPhones in the past, of course, but never white glass. The rear cases have always been plastic. It will be interesting to see where the manufacturing glitch is.

I’m reminded of Henry Ford: “The public can have any color it wants, as long as it’s black.”