Finally! After so many agonizing years of waiting, Google Contacts finally supports high resolution images to be used in your contacts.

Well, I actually did not wait that very long. Maybe just a few months but I read that this issue was already brought up more than 3 years ago.

While the previous workaround was to use Google+ and sync it to one’s mobile phone, I did not want to do this because not all my Google+ contacts are people I keep in touch with all the time.

The only solution for me that time was just to wait. Imagine my surprise when I added a new contact and selected an image to find out that the user interface for uploading an image looks different. It got bigger was what I thought.

Then it came to me … could it be Google Contacts now supports high resolution? YES!

Now my contacts look good in my phone! And yes … tablets ;).

Microsoft has decided to kill off the Kin, two Microsoft-branded phones targeted at teenager users. The new touch-screen phone models link well with social network sites but ominous signs emerged for the phone’s demise after Microsoft cut the price of the Kin in half.

Formerly known as Project Pink, the Kin will be folded into the Windows Phone 7 team after abysmal sales and millions of dollars lost in R&D and marketing.

Microsoft’s official statement on the Kin (from ABC News):

“Microsoft has made the decision to focus on the Windows Phone 7 launch and will not ship KIN in Europe this fall as planned. Additionally, we are integrating our KIN team with the Windows Phone 7 team, incorporating valuable ideas and technologies from KIN into future Windows Phone releases. We will continue to work with Verizon in the U.S. to sell current KIN phones.”

While the Kin isn’t going away completely, it’s clear that the Kin has not met expectations and Microsoft is shifting resources elsewhere.

The iPhone 4’s screen may be the best mobile display yet, but its resolution does not exceed the human retina, as Steve Jobs claims.

The math just doesn’t add up, said Raymond Soneira, president of DisplayMate Technologies, who explained that the iPhone 4’s purported retina display was a misleading marketing term. From the Reuters article, read on …

“It is reasonably close to being a perfect display, but Steve pushed it a little too far,” Soneira said.

During his keynote speech, Jobs said the iPhone 4’s display had a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch. He claimed that this resolution exceeds the limit of the human retina, which Jobs said was 300 pixels per inch for a display about a foot away.

“It turns out there’s a magic number right around 300 pixels per inch, that when you hold something around to 10 to 12 inches away from your eyes, is the limit of the human retina to differentiate the pixels,” Jobs said.

Soneira said he wanted to highlight that retina display is a symptom of a larger problem of market puffery in the display industry. Basically, many manufacturers exaggerate claims about their display specifications – everything from resolution to viewing angle, and from brightness to contrast – and they have to do it because everyone is doing it.

“The marketing puffery is now in control,” Soneira said. “Everything that’s being said now is just this superamplified imaginary nonsense, and the only way to get people’s attention now is making more outlandish statements.”

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