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Microsoft has finally gone and offed Pioneer Studios, the operation that was behind the now dead, and still awesome, Courier tablet. The studio was the baby of J Allard, who broke up with Microsoft a year ago, and helped develop consumer electronics and experiences with products like Windows Phone 7, Xbox, Zune and the absolute flop that was the Kin.
The Microsoft Kin One and Kin Two - which were killed off six weeks after launching - are coming back to life according to a leaked Verizon roadmap. Why, God, why?
Microsoft's about to embark on a one billion dollar marketing adventure to support Kinect and Windows Phone 7. Good luck to them! Because as these past epically failed advertising efforts show, Microsoft might be about to waste a lotta money.
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Chipworks and iFixit teamed up to take a look beneath the Kin Two's black and lime exterior, finding some things that were expected, like the NVIDIA Tegra APX2600 processor, and some that were, well, not, like a Sony image sensor.
Microsoft's semi-official solution for the Kin's Mac syncing is by Mark/Space, the company behind Missing Sync. Since Kin's a Windows Phone, we're guessing this is what Windows Phone 7 Mac syncing will be like. (A cop out.)
Microsoft had told us that the Kin and Windows Phone 7 platforms would grow closer in the future, and under heat for the Kin's lack of, well, features, they've said it again. Microsoft's phone strategy is weird.
Verizon and Vodafone may've already announced exclusive deals for Kin 1 and Kin 2, but a ROM hacker by the name of Conflipper has found provisioning files which detail support for just about every carrier going.