[Engadget] Amazon Coins arrives for Kindle Fire owners, $5 credit thrown in to get you started~Reviews~Evaluation

Engadget post time: May 13, 2013 at 09:31PM

Amazon Coins

Forget Bitcoin: Amazon’s got a digital currency of its own, known as Coins, coming to the Kindle Fire right on schedule. The virtual money, which was originally announced back in February, is now ready to go for anyone who frequents the Amazon Appstore or uses a Kindle Fire to purchase apps and games. Bezos & Co. is willing to throw in a bit of an investment to get you started, as the online retailer will hook up existing and new users with 500 free coins — a value of $5. Need more than that? Head to the More Coverage link below to grab as many coins as fits your fancy. A 10 percent discount awaits those who purchase in bulk, which adds a tad more incentive to go all-in on the new service.

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[Engadget] Sony Xperia S39h spotted in leaked photos, looks to be a dual-SIM Xperia L~Reviews~Evaluation

Engadget post time: May 13, 2013 at 09:26PM

Sony S39h leaked photos point to a slightly tweaked Xperia L

An unannounced Sony phone with the model number S39h has been spotted by Xperia Blog. There are no specs or launch details to share, but Engadget China has it pegged as a dual-SIM phone. It’s similar to the Xperia L (S36h), albeit with some small differences like a relocated front-facing camera. Not as glamorous as a dual-SIM Galaxy S 4, perhaps, but two signal bars are always nice to see.

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[Engadget] Flipboard adds more curation, social network options with iOS update~Reviews~Evaluation

Engadget post time: May 13, 2013 at 08:59PM

Flipboard builds on curation options with sociable iOS update

When Flipboard launched version 2.0 on iOS and Android not to long ago, its self-created magazines seemed to strike a chord with users. The latest version of the app for iOS, 2.02, is capitalizing on that popularity with new features that let you check out your readership and see complete profile pages of fellow curators. You’ll also be able to see their work and share your own more easily, thanks to a new Friends category and updated share menu, which adds the option to send stories and magazines by SMS. To grab it for your iPhone or iPad, hit the source.

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[Engadget] BT hopes to launch self-branded 4G mobile service in 2014~Reviews~Evaluation

Engadget post time: May 13, 2013 at 08:26PM

BT hopes to launch ownbrand 4G mobile service in 2014

When BT purchased nearly £200 million worth of 4G spectrum, the prevailing opinion was that it would remain a behind-the-scenes player. CEO Ian Livingston, however, might have grander aspirations for his company’s 2.6GHz property. In an interview with The Telegraph, he said that it was “highly possible” that we’d see BT-branded 4G SIM cards next year, bundled along with the company’s TV and broadband services. He also spoke of upgrading existing BT WiFi hotspots to provide 4G access, which would reduce the cost of 4G compared to its premium-priced rivals.

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[Engadget] Runtastic brings a GPS watch, fitness monitors and more to the US~Reviews~Evaluation

Engadget post time: May 13, 2013 at 08:00PM

Runtastic launches a GPS watch, fitness monitors and more in the US

Most app developers have few incentives to build their own hardware, let alone the resources. With 25 million mobile users, Runtastic has both — so it only makes sense that the company is bringing a slate of complementary exercise gear to the US for the first time. The initial catalog won’t shock cyclists and runners who have ever toyed with tracking their progress, but it’s certainly complete. Along with Runtastic’s take on a GPS watch ($150), there’s also an app-friendly heart rate monitor ($70), a speed sensor ($60), an armband and a bike mount. While the peripherals only truly make sense for Runtastic loyalists, they’re available today through Amazon — and they might seal the deal for athletes who want a harmonious blend of hardware and software.

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[Engadget] Android chief says Google I/O will focus on devs, not new products~Reviews~Evaluation

Engadget post time: May 13, 2013 at 07:25PM

Google Sundar Pichai D10

Sundar Pichai, Andy Rubin’s replacement as Android chief, has been talking to Wired about his new job. He poured ice water on the idea that we’ll see a raft of new hardware at Google I/O, the company’s annual developer conference. Instead, he said that this year’s show will focus on “all of the kinds of things we’re doing for developers, so that they can write better things” for Android and Chrome OS. He also let slip that his daily driver is a Galaxy S 4, but that he’s never even used the flagship’s much-hyped eye-tracking feature — an admission which’ll surely go down well with HTC One fans.

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[Engadget] Smell-O-Vision on your smartphone: the Scentee ChatPerf (video)~Reviews~Evaluation

Engadget post time: May 13, 2013 at 07:18PM

Scentee ChartPerf lets you send odors by smartphone

The dubious ability to send odors to your pals just became a distinct possibility thanks to the Scentee app and hardware from a company called ChatPerf. Seen in Japan, it works by letting you load a liquid refill into the device, which is then mixed and dispersed into the air at the command of an included app. Myriad uses come to mind, but the company noted a few, like sending a smell to a friend who also has the device, perking up a yoga session, helping you wake up or making a shoot ’em up video game more lively with the smell of, say, gunpowder. It’s still a prototype, but the company hopes to bring it to market with a variety of different odors, and launch it for iPhone or Android devices. Meanwhile, you can sniff it out in the video after the break.

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