KIN Media Sync for Mac

Mark/Space, makers of the award winning Missing Sync application for Mac have announced today that are the company providing the Mac synchronization software for Microsoft’s KIN handsets launching today.

Sync music:
KIN Media Sync for Mac syncs whole playlists of music you’ve created in iTunes to your phone – your tunes, to take with you and listen to wherever you go. And, sync music from your phone to your Mac, easily.

Sync photos:

Pictures of friends. Photos of family. Sync albums of photos you create in iPhoto on your Mac to your phone. Snap a photo. Share a photo. Sync photos you take with your KIN phone to your Mac, too.

Sync video:

Your movies – to go. KIN Media Sync converts and transfers digital video and home movies for a great viewing experience on your KIN phone. Plus, shoot video with your phone and KIN Media Sync will bring it to your Mac.

KIN users who wish to sychronize their handst with a Mac can just head over to the KIN Media Sync for Mac page and download the application.

Video of HTC EVO 4G vs HTC HD2 and Nexus One

Here’s video shot by Pocketnow last night in NYC during the HTC EVO 4G launch event. You’ll see the EVO 4G compared to the Windows Mobile powered HTC HD2 and the Google Nexus One (running the HTC Desire Rom). The first thing you will notice is that there doesn’t seem to be a whole of difference between the HD2 and EVO 4G and unfortunately we won’t be able to check out the camera’s 720P capabilities before the first reviews show up later this month. The second thing is the contrast of the AMOLED screen of the Nexus One compared the two other handsets. One thing to keep in mind is that all three devices have exactly the same internals (same SnapDragon Chipset, Ram,etc) so the overall performance should be nearly identical. Check out the full video below:

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HTC Desire vs HTC HD2 camera comparison

I decided to do a quick comparison of the HTC Desire’s camera versus the HTC HD2 post my findings now instead of waiting until I finish my full review later this week. Looking at the pictures above you will immediately notice that the HD2 shots (left) are darker and have a purple tint compared to the Desire shots. What’s even more interesting though is that this huge difference is only noticeable in low light outdoor scenes (and cloudy) but not in sunny / well lite shots (in this situation both devices have nearly identical quality). The dual LED flash on the HD2 is also totally unnecessary. All shots were taken with the exact same camera setup (all image properties set to default and image quality to High on the Desire and Super Fine on the HD2).  Below you find a video capture in WVGA on HTC Desire:

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PowerPoint 2010 and SharePoint 2010 on Windows Phone 7 showcase


Here’s a short clip from yesterday Office 2010 keynote in NYC showcase the PowerPoint 2010 broadcasting feature on Windows Phone 7 and also the SharePoint 2010 integration in the Office Hub. You can watch the full keynote on Microsoft’s PressPass website here and also check my video walkthrough of the Office HUB here.

Source: Microsoft

No Skype for Windows Phone 7 ?

We already know that Skype decided to drop support for Skype on Windows Mobile 6.x and Android (now only offering it in partnership with mobile carriers…) a couple of weeks ago so it shouldn’t come as a surprise if the VOIP service isn’t initially available on Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 OS especially given strict software developement requirements. The only problem is that the source of the this “news” is far from being the most reliable website when it comes to Windows Mobile and Android related stuff (just check this one from Jan 09 ). Anyway here’s what they are saying:

Speaking an event in Sydney Dan Neary Asia Pacific Vice President for Skype was hesitant to explain why no development was taking place for the new Windows Mobile offering, however he did say that the VOIP communication Company was developing new offerings for the iPhone, iPad and Android based phones.

People should also note that Microsoft has its own VOIP offerings (Windows Live Call which is part of Messenger and Office Communicator) that could be part of WP7 in the future and this wouldn’t be surprised now that Redmond company is tightly integrating all of its online services into Windows Phone.

UPDATE: Here’s what Dan Neary actually said according to APC MAG:

“We try and focus not only where the need is but where the best experience is, and we feel that the best areas for us to develop are on the operating systems that we currently support – iPhone, Symbian, BlackBerry and now Android

See? Not a single mention of Windows Phone 7 (looks like he is actually talking about WM6.X here, you know… the OS that they no longer support)

And here’s what he said about Windows Phone 7:

a Skype app for Windows Phone 7 “is on the roadmap, the question is how quickly we’re going to get to it. We feel that we are best best deployed on other operating systems (for now) and we’ll see how the space evolves.”

UPDATE 2: Thansk to Dave (in the comments) here’s exactly what was said:

Hi, I was actually at the briefing yesterday and support for windows phone 7 was my question to Dan (being a HTC Touch Pro user currently).

Initially Dan was defensive and indicated there would be no support for the platform as the company was focusing on other opportunities (getting a proper iPad client out the door) however when pressed as to why Windows Phone 7 wasn’t even on the horizon for Skype, he backed down slightly and indicated (reading between the lines) that Skype would be reviewing Windows Phone 7 support after the platform launches and seeing how the market develops.

Source: Smarthouse & APC MAG

KIN to merge with Windows Phone 7: as soon as possible please

Microsoft is in small PR nightmare with the launch of the two KIN handsets this month. On one hand they are heavily promoting Windows Phone 7 as their new mobile platform while at the same time launching to feature phones that have in my opinion no place in Microsoft’s upcoming mobile catalog (once WP7 is out). Since the very beginning the company has said that KIN’s features will, in the future, found there way into Windows Phone 7 and it seems that things may be (hopefully) accelerating a tiny bit now that people are openly criticizing the KIN’s pricing plan and wondering if project will ever be a success. When asked about the possibility of seeing downloadable applications on the KIN ONE and KIN TWO, Microsoft’s Greg Sullivan had this to say:

Neither the Kin One nor the Kin Two has the ability to download applications and games — taking it out of the realm of most smartphones — but Microsoft said it plans to allow app downloads in a future version as services are merged with upcoming Windows Phone 7 devices.

“Over the longer term, we’ll be merging [Kin and Windows Phone 7] platforms and having downloadable apps,” said Greg Sullivan, senior product manager in Microsoft’s mobile communications unit.

I don’t wish failure for the KIN phones but the sooner some of the features (KIN Studio, KIN SPOT) find their way into Windows Phone 7, the better. Microsoft could still sell KIN handsets in the future but only if the price plan is lower than what is currently offered.

Source: Computerworld

HTC EVO 4G hands-on videos: It’s fast!

The boys at Engadget just posted a couple of videos of the HTC EVO 4G in actions and the conclusion is that this thing is blazing fast. The most impressive video is IMO the one comparing YouTube video playback on the EVO 4G which can stream in HQ (no word on the resolution of the video though) versus the iPhone 3GS and then hooking up the EVO to an HD TV via the HDMI connector. I must admit that this isn’t the fairest image quality comparison given that the iPhone automatically selects the lowest quality video source when streaming in 3G (and higher quality in WiFi) but just having the ability to hook up the EVO 4G to the TV while  streaming the video is pretty awesome. Now all this nice stuff is obviously the result of the WiMax connection and not some kind of awesome new CPU power (it has exactly the same internals as the HTC HD2 and Nexus One/Desire/Incredible) but that HDMI connector makes me jealous…Oh BTW HTC, where’s that DivX / 720P encoding update for the Desire you promised a little while ago? Check out the videos:

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HTC EVO 4G launching June 4 for $199

Sprint has officially announced the price and launch date of the HTC EVO 4G in NYC a few minutes ago. The EVO 4G will launch on June 4 and will be priced at $199 if you sign in for a 2 years contract. The downside though is that you will have to pay a $10 mandatory fee per month for the privilege of using the WiMax network (wtf?) and and $29.99 a month for the WiFI Hotspot tethering feature (again wtf!? this thing is FREE on all other HTC devices like the Desire, HD2, HD Mini, Legend etc…). Thankfully Sprint is allowing simultaneous voice and Data to work on the device. Check out the full press release after the break:

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HTC EVO 4G vs other 3G handsets video


Sprint has just posted a short promo video of the HTC EVO 4G compared to other 3G devices like the iPhone, Motorola Droid and even iPad (using the EVO 3G as a WiFi hotspot). Keep in mind that this is promo/pr stuff thought…

Source: YouTube