Microsoft's play for the 'all about me' generation -- and what's in it for adults

The Kin smartphone presents some interesting ideas, even if you're not under 25 or focused on constant personal trivia

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Another interesting concept is the Kin Studio, a Web page for each user that's essentially a personal diary of your Kin usage: the photos and videos you took, the streams of chatter, where you were, the music you listened to, and so forth. On a computer, you can revisit what you had done previously, access your media and interactions, and share them.

Forgot where the deli was? Look it up to tell your friends! Took some photos you didn't share at the moment but want to now? Find them and share them from the Web page. Want to relive a conference? Watch the videos and re-view your messaging with friends made at the concert. Oh, and since everything is stored in and accessed through the cloud, there are no SD or other storage cards or USB file transfers to worry about.

Putting aside my "kids today" age bias, I admit the Kin explores some interesting communication, diary, and sharing concepts that software developers, IT pros, and other technologists should look into to see how they might benefit users who have more on their minds than what their friends, acquaintances, and celebrities are doing. It'll also be interesting to find out how the Verizon network handles all the data from the photos and streaming media.

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