Just six weeks after launch, Microsoft's Kin, the social phone we wanted to love, is dead. Microsoft is ending its short life, sources close to Microsoft tell us.
There won't be a separate Kin product anymore. Effective immediately, Andy Lees is shoving the entire Kin team into the core Windows Phone 7 team, so there will just be one big group to focus on Windows Phone 7.
The major reason? Sales. Microsoft never confirmed (or denied) that only 500 Kins were sold, but it's clear that the response has been completely underwhelming. Otherwise, why kill a project that was in development for years after just a few weeks? (And cost millions.)
Adobe began testing Flash Player 10.1 on Android 2.2 in late May, and hit the beta 3 phase last week.
Today, Adobe announced that the final version of Flash Player 10.1 has been sent to mobile platform partners, and that Flash Player 10.1 will be available as a final production release on the following "Froyo" (Android 2.2) devices:
Google announced a Python-based command line utility it's calling GoogleCL. The tool brings various Google services to the command line, including Blogger, Calendar, Contacts, Picasa, Docs, and YouTube.
Once it's installed, you can then access Google's services from the command line. Access to the services is generally limited to a few commands, usually "Add/Upload," "Delete", and "List." YouTube, Picasa, and Blogger all let you add tags to your posts as well, and Picasa additionally lets you download your photos with a "get" command.
We wanted to say congratulations to gUiTaR_mIkE as being the latest member of the Lunarsoft Community to be selected as a valued Contributor. As such, his group has been upgraded to reflect this change. He has contributed excellent news on our forums about popular software. Plus, he has given sound advice and been extremely helpful to fellow members and guests.
Thanks Mike for all of your contributions. We appreciate it and we hope you enjoy this upgrade!
As announced at Tech Ed 2010 in New Orleans a little more than a week ago, Invitations for the first beta of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) have reportedly begun arriving in potential testers' mailboxes.
The beta of SP1 is expected to begin in July, with the release to market some time in the fourth quarter.
According to the invitation, the beta download will be available in English, German, Japanese, French and Spanish, but all bug reports and feedback should be sent in English.
Usage of web browser Internet Explorer 6 (IE6) in the US and Europe fell below the 5% mark for the first time in May, according to web analytics company, StatCounter. The firm's research arm StatCounter Global Stats reports that IE6 US usage has fallen to 4.7% from 11.5% 12 months ago.
"At these levels web developers now have valid justification not to support IE6 in the future," commented Aodhan Cullen, CEO, StatCounter. A number of sites including YouTube are already understood to have withdrawn support for IE6.
StatCounter Global Stats reports that IE8 US usage increased to 30.5% in May from 8.5% in the same month last year. IE7 is currently at 16.6% in the US.