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  • Google flexes biceps, flicks Android remote kill switch for the first time

    Google flexes biceps, flicks Android remote kill switch for the first time

    We knew Google had the power to remotely remove Android apps -- Microsoft and Apple have backdoors into their mobile operating systems, too -- but it's always a little disconcerting to see a kill switch used. Such is the case today, as we've just heard Google unleashed the hounds this week, siccing bits and bytes of remote deletion power on a pair of "practically useless" but still Terms of Service-infringing apps. Curiously enough, Google admits that most who'd downloaded these programs had deleted them already, and that this "exercise" of the remote application removal feature was a "cleanup" operation. Google says users will get a notification beamed to their phone if an app is removed, however -- so as Big Brother as that all sounds, at least the company's being nice and transparent about the whole matter, eh?

    [Thanks, Matt]

    Google flexes biceps, flicks Android remote kill switch for the first time originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 25 Jun 2010 04:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Windows Phone 7’s October release casually mentioned in Microsoft ad presentation

    Windows Phone 7’s October release casually mentioned in Microsoft ad presentation

    "I'm gonna ask rock star Kostas... to come on. And Kostas has brought with him Windows Phone 7, which we launch this October." So sayeth Microsoft VP for Marketing Mich Mathews in introducing GM of Live Labs' Kostas Mallios, who was at the Cannes Lions advertising conference to show off the advertising capabilities of the upcoming smartphone platform. Of course, last we heard, the official company line on WP7's release was "holiday 2010," so this would definitely narrow the launch window quite a bit, as well as corroborates earlier Telstra roadmap leaks. Not an official statement, but Mathews would definitely be someone in the know here. Don't expect the folks in Redmond to go ahead and confirm -- they work on their own schedule, thank you very much -- but should someone 'fess up, can we also talk about that $150 Kinect price? Video after the break.

    [Thanks to everyone who sent this in]

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    Windows Phone 7's October release casually mentioned in Microsoft ad presentation originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 24 Jun 2010 21:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Video: a fresh look at Windows Phone 7

    Video: a fresh look at Windows Phone 7

    Microsoft held a little gathering in New York City last night, where they showed off the progress being made in Windows Phone 7. The big upshot of this is that Into Mobile were there to capture a video of some demo-time with the new OS. It's the first video I've seen of the OS running on real (albeit pre-production) hardware, and it gives you a good idea of the feel that Microsoft were going for with their new UI. I've been a fan of the UI since I first saw it, and I really like the fluid feel and the gorgeous transitions (which are, to me, the highlight of the video).

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  • Microsoft taking a loss on Kinect?

    Microsoft taking a loss on Kinect?

    Inside sources close to the matter have said that the build costs of Kinect are near $150. When you add up all the time to write the software and the costs of the hardware, it gets expensive. This has many people at Microsoft concerned.

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  • Samsung Windows Phone 7 prototype hands-on

    Samsung Windows Phone 7 prototype hands-on

    It's been a bit of a unicorn since making a quick appearance at MIX, but we just got the chance to go hands-on with Samsung's Omnia i8910-based Windows Phone 7 prototype phone. Interestingly, we were told that this hardware will never be released to market -- it's just for testing purposes right now. That testing is going quite well, as far as we can see -- Microsoft's people are starting to carry WP7 devices as their personal phones now, and while the software is still quite buggy, the build we saw in action was noticeably faster than before. We were also told that the hardware in the pipeline -- particularly from Samsung -- is apparently quite spectacular, and that this particular device doesn't represent the launch set of devices. We'll have to see -- we actually thought this prototype was quite handsome in person, although it's a little thicker than you might expect. Hit up the gallery for some more pics!

    Samsung Windows Phone 7 prototype hands-on originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 22 Jun 2010 20:31:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Google setting up music store later this year, looking for search and Android synergy

    Google setting up music store later this year, looking for search and Android synergy

    Remember that chart that pointed out the differences between Google, Apple and Microsoft? Well, it's looking increasingly like Google is intent on filling any and all gaps in its portfolio. Those good old unnamed sources have been talking, originally to CNET last week and to the Wall Street Journal today, and disclosing Google's supposed intent to introduce its very own music store. This would initially encompass a web store where you can stream or download tracks, with a search tie-in that'll get your money into Google's pocket in the fastest possible way. Subsequent plans are said to include Android integration in 2011 -- something that Google rather nonchalantly demoed at its I/O conference last month. Of course, none of this is as yet confirmed, but it looks like Apple and Google will be competing across yet another front -- hold on tight.

    Google setting up music store later this year, looking for search and Android synergy originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 22 Jun 2010 08:54:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Windows Live Messenger comes to iPhone

    Windows Live Messenger comes to iPhone

    It's certainly not the first app Microsoft has crafted for the iPhone -- the Bing app has been alive and well for a while now, among others -- but you could argue that this is a pretty important one. Windows Live Messenger has just launched for iOS, and it's quite a bit more than your basic IM app with support for some manner of social service aggregation, media-rich status messages, Hotmail integration, and even built-in photo effects. Many folks will want an IM client that can span a bunch of services at once -- but if you're a Windows Live fanatic stuck in an iPhone world, this should be just what the doctor ordered. Let's hope the experience is just as good on Windows Phone 7, right?

    [Thanks to everyone who sent this in]

    Windows Live Messenger comes to iPhone originally appeared on Engadget Mobile on Tue, 22 Jun 2010 03:46:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Leaked Telstra roadmap points to October Windows Phone 7 launch, HTC Mozart device

    Leaked Telstra roadmap points to October Windows Phone 7 launch, HTC Mozart device

    Microsoft still hasn't gotten any more specific than "holiday 2010" for a Windows Phone 7 launch date, but it looks like we may now have a bit more specificity courtesy of Australian carrier Telstra. According to a leaked snippet from a purportedly authentic Telstra roadmap, the hereto unheard of Windows Phone 7-based HTC Mozart will be launching sometime in October -- presumably coinciding with the launch of Windows Phone 7 itself. As you may be able to tell, however, the phone pictured is actually a poor mockup (grey copy and paste border around the phone, Sense UI behind the WP7 UI, etc.) of an HTC Desire, but none other than Conflipper says that the Mozart is indeed a real device and, incidentally, headed to T-Mobile US as well.

    Leaked Telstra roadmap points to October Windows Phone 7 launch, HTC Mozart device originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 22 Jun 2010 03:37:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Confirmed: Kinect Bundles and a New $199 Xbox

    Confirmed: Kinect Bundles and a New $199 Xbox

    At a Microsoft internal marketing Q&A session, representative proffer a little more details regarding the new slim Xbox. Announced last week at E3, the new slim design Xbox, comes with both WiFi and a 250 GB hard drive  all for $299. Right now Microsoft has reduced their price of the elite and arcade models to $249 and $149 respectively. As far as a new lower priced slim model similar to the arcade, Microsoft simply commented, "We will offer a $199 Xbox 360 this fall."

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  • Microsoft gets around to launching a Windows Live Messenger app for iPhone

    Microsoft gets around to launching a Windows Live Messenger app for iPhone

    Two years. Thats how long the iPhone App Store has been around. That’s also how long it’s taken for Microsoft to launch their Windows Live Messenger application for the iPhone, available today. In those same two years, dozens upon dozens of all-in-one IM service aggregation apps (Some of which, like Meebo, are free while others, like [...]

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  • Find out what evil lurks inside the Xbox 360 Slim

    Find out what evil lurks inside the Xbox 360 Slim

    Wondering what's in the new Xbox Slim? No? Well tough, it's a slow news day, and I'm writing about it, so you're just going to have to read it. Microsoft has been hard at work on the the 360 Slim for a while and it's only fair that you pay attention and see what's they've done to improve the original hardware and make the new system run cooler, quieter, and more efficiently.

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  • Microsoft prepping Yahoo, AIM, and Windows Live Messenger support for Kin?

    Microsoft prepping Yahoo, AIM, and Windows Live Messenger support for Kin?

    The list of conspicuously missing features on Microsoft's Kin devices is a lengthy one, but considering the target demographic, there's at least one particularly egregious omission: instant messaging. Well-established ROM spelunker Conflipper is now reporting that Microsoft intends to add IM support in the future, though -- a belief he's presumably gleaned from looking through the latest firmware. Specifically, he mentions support for Yahoo Messenger, Windows Live Messenger, and AIM, a three-pack that would come close to covering the main services most of the Kin-owning world cares about; Google Talk would be nice, but it wouldn't be the end of the world if Microsoft went without -- especially considering that they're starting from zilch.

    Microsoft prepping Yahoo, AIM, and Windows Live Messenger support for Kin? originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 16 Jun 2010 13:02:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Microsoft luring iPhone game devs to Windows Phone 7 with cold, hard cash?

    Microsoft luring iPhone game devs to Windows Phone 7 with cold, hard cash?

    A solid third-party app ecosystem is going to be absolutely critical to Windows Phone 7's commercial success -- and Microsoft clearly knows that, having spent nearly as much (if not more) energy talking to developers since the platform's announcement than it has directly to potential end users. In particular, one area where Microsoft really wants to play ball (pardon the pun) is with a rock-sold gaming experience -- and to that end, it seems Redmond isn't being shy about putting its money where its mouth is. The rumor going around today is that Microsoft is reaching out to developers of popular iPhone games, offering cash in exchange for a Windows Phone 7 port; you might think that most of these devs would be totally down with dropping their games on a hot new platform with revenue potential, but the challenge is that WP7's development environment is different enough from the iPhone's to make porting a pretty big challenge. The dev that allegedly contacted PocketGamer.biz about the offer turned it down, saying the financial compensation was "substantial" but ultimately not enough for the amount of work he'd have to put into it -- so this might just be a question of how badly Microsoft wants to come roaring out of the gate with a great catalog of apps. They've certainly got the cash to make this happen if they decide to up the ante.

    Microsoft luring iPhone game devs to Windows Phone 7 with cold, hard cash? originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 15 Jun 2010 23:42:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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  • Watch the Nintendo E3 press conference live

    Watch the Nintendo E3 press conference live

    Just like with Microsoft’s presser yesterday, nearly everyone with a video camera is streaming the today’s Nintendo event. That means you can watch live when the festivities start at 9am PDT. How exciting. Click through for the video feed. Live video by Ustream

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  • E3 is all about Nintendo and Sony today

    E3 is all about Nintendo and Sony today

    Microsoft had their dog and pony show yesterday. Project Natal got a proper name and is now called Kinect and the Xbox 360 is now a bit smaller and quieter. In retrospect, there really wasn’t anything all that special announced. Hopefully that won’t happen today. Now it’s Nintendo’s and Sony’s turn. Nintendo is up first at [...]

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