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Royal Canadian Mint aims to kickstart digital currency with MintChip developer challenge

Thursday, April 5th, 2012
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Bitcoin may not have yet grown much beyond a relatively small base of enthusiasts, but it looks like the Royal Canadian Mint is hoping that its backing will help its own new digital currency catch on in a bigger way. While less decentralized and different than BitCoin in a number of other respects, it is similarly an all-digital currency, and one that requires no personal data to be shared during transactions. Those transactions can be both large and very small (with an emphasis on the latter), and handled in a variety of ways, including over the web or directly between two devices with the necessary hardware (a MintChip-enabled microSD card is one proposed option). While a more formal unveiling is apparently coming later this month, the Mint has already kicked off a challenge where it’s inviting developers to create applications that use MintChip technology — something that, for the near future, will only be available to said developers. Complete details on it can be found at the link below.

Royal Canadian Mint aims to kickstart digital currency with MintChip developer challenge originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 05 Apr 2012 08:36:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Microsoft’s Kinect development kit now supports Windows 8

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Microsoft released its Kinect for Windows SDK Beta 2 on Friday that adds support for Windows 8, among other changes. According to ZDNET, Microsoft has two Kinect development kits. One software development kit for commercial usage will be available early next year. The second kit, released on Friday, is targeted at enthusiasts running Windows 7 or the developer build of Windows 8. “Developing Kinect enabled applications is essentially the same as developing other Windows applications, except that this SDK provides support for the features of the Kinect sensor,” Microsoft explained in a note accompanying the release. The SDK also adds support for 64-bit apps, improved accuracy and a number of enhancements to skeletal tracking.

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Beijing’s rolling out city wide ‘free’ public WiFi, just hand over your phone number

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011
Heads-up, locals: China’s Mobile, Unicom and Telecom carriers are building a city-wide public WiFi network across Beijing. Residents will enjoy free 2Mbps internet for up to three years, if they sign up to the “My Beijing” service. Like most things that are gratis, there’s a catch: you have to submit your phone number in exchange for access. Privacy enthusiasts aren’t thrilled at the idea, (you know, since it’s backed by the Government), though a representative said that the numbers would only be used for “identity authentication” — insinuating that they would only be tracing individuals whose online activity might “endanger social security.” High-minded privacy concerns aside, there’s the very real danger of phones being bombarded with spam, not to mention what happens when the three year trial period expires — users of the service could get stung with exorbitant costs to feed a public WiFi addiction.

Beijing’s rolling out city wide ‘free’ public WiFi, just hand over your phone number originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 03 Nov 2011 11:42:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Having trouble finding an iPhone 4S? Head to RadioShack, retailer says

Friday, October 14th, 2011

As we reach the end of the workday, hoards of iPhone hopefuls are likely getting ready to pack it in and head to their local retailer in an effort to score a shiny new iPhone 4S. As popular as the device has been around the country however, stock-outs are a definite possibility. After all, Sprint and AT&T have both announced record sales and the day isn’t even over. According to an email from a RadioShack spokesperson, The Shack might just be your best bet. “iPhone 4s enthusiasts who are still looking to get their device late this afternoon or over the weekend will find them at their nearby RadioShack,” the company said in the emailed statement. “RadioShack has the iPhone 4S available in 3,000 stores nationwide, and available through its ‘Direct2U’ program in all stores nationwide — customers can buy iPhone 4S at any RadioShack location and have it shipped directly to their homes. Availability of specific configurations (carrier, white vs. black, 16GB vs. 32GB) may vary somewhat across locations. It’s recommended customers call their local store for information.”

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Engadget’s smartphone buyer’s guide: fall 2011 edition

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Shopping for a new smartphone is an exciting and arduous experience. It holds the promise of something better and the fear of a two-year commitment. For gadget enthusiasts, it also involves pouring over specs and reviews, and fretting over what’s coming out in the near-term. As we publish this buyer’s guide, we face potential upheavals in the mobile space. Samsung’s Galaxy S II lineup will arrive at three major US carriers, the next iPhone perpetually looms in the distance, and a new generation of Windows Phone handsets is close upon us. You might ask, “Why would anyone buy a smartphone today, when something better is coming tomorrow?” Friends, that’s the blessing and curse of the mobile world — there’s always something better coming. You can’t wait forever, though, and if you want to purchase a smartphone today, we’re here to make the process easier and help you make an informed decision.

While our choices are sometimes contentious, they’re backed with experience that you can rely upon. If you’re looking to make a quick decision without much effort, you can rest assured that our selections won’t steer you wrong. Still, we encourage you to educate yourself before you decide on a smartphone that best fits your needs. Our Primed series is an excellent place to start, where you can learn about dual-core processors and mobile displays. As always, you’re encouraged to share your own experience in the comments, and we hope you have fun listing your own favorites, too. Just remember that we have an $80 ceiling for our budget selections. Compared to our previous buyer’s guide, Samsung has begun to lose ground, and while Android maintains dominance, it’s found some unexpected competition. Curious to see how it played out? Read on, as we round up the best smartphones of the day.

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Engadget’s smartphone buyer’s guide: fall 2011 edition originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 12 Sep 2011 12:05:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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ThinkFlood releases RedEye remote control app for Android, makes it even easier to sit around

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

Nearly two years after releasing their Red Eye app for iOS users, the convenience enthusiasts over at ThinkFlood have now brought the universal remote control to the Android community, as well. The app, which was released in beta a few months ago, allows users to remotely control their non-networked home theater, lighting and air conditioning systems from the comfort of their tablets, laptops or smartphones. Version 2.7.0 also brings plenty of customizable graphics and layouts, for those looking to add a more personal touch to their lives of leisure. Compatible with any device running Android 1.6 or later (including tablets running Honeycomb), the app features a built-in TV program guide that can be used with any display, but in order to take advantage of its other home theater controls, you’ll have to purchase networked ThinkFlood hardware products like RedEye or RedEye Pro (it’s not compatible with RedEye mini). If you’re interested in downloading the tool for free, check out the source links below, or click past the break for more details, in the full PR.

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ThinkFlood releases RedEye remote control app for Android, makes it even easier to sit around originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 18 Aug 2011 08:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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In 1959, People Played Card Games Against Mecha-Foes [Past Perfect]

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

RIM scraps 10-inch PlayBook to focus on QNX-powered superphone?

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

BlackBerry PlayBook enthusiasts will want to cuddle up with their favorite blanket and a carton of ice cream, as the 10-inch version of RIM’s tablet may have been given the axe. N4BB reports that its development was recently cancelled to focus on an upcoming QNX-based “superphone,” said to feature a 1.2GHz single-core processor (same as on the Bold Touch 9900) and a 4.3-inch HD-quality display. It’s no secret that phones powered by this platform are on the roadmap, but scrapping a PlayBook project in its behalf could indicate the company’s elevated desire to get it to market even sooner than originally planned. Anything less than two cores, however, will be an unpleasant surprise; company reps have stated that a QNX-powered handset won’t hit the market without a dual-core CPU inside. The motive behind this change of heart appears to be battery life concerns with the existing PlayBook’s chip. The report doesn’t completely rule out the possibility of an extra core getting thrown in, but we’re not holding our breath. While tragic, the scrapped product will make room for other projects — the already-announced 7-inch LTE variant is reportedly targeted for an October launch — but since this is all hearsay, let’s hold off on the eulogy for now.

RIM scraps 10-inch PlayBook to focus on QNX-powered superphone? originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 28 Jun 2011 19:28:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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New Windows 8 leak hints at SMS support, feature licensing, geo-location

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

Considering its adoption of the Windows Phone metro style, its not surprising to hear that Windows 8′s latest leaked build sports a metro-inspired virtual keyboard and traces of code that could bring SMS 3G enabled Windows 8 devices. An App store and feature licensing, however? That’s interesting. Buried in the Windows 8 code, Microsoft enthusiasts have found strings that may hint at a Windows App store, and the ability to activate or deactivate certain OS features through that store. Will this be the end of “Home,” “Pro,” and “Ultimate” editions of Microsoft’s flagship product? We wouldn’t hold our breath. Still, Windows à la Carte doesn’t sound half bad. Hit up the source link to see the code (and speculation) for yourself.

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New Windows 8 leak hints at SMS support, feature licensing, geo-location originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 20 Jun 2011 02:29:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Archos Arnova 7 hits the FCC, brings new hope to penny-pinching tablet enthusiasts

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011
Archos Arnova 7 hits the FCC, brings new hope to penny-pinching tablet enthusiasts

For those who like their Android tablets cheap, it looks like Archos is ready to unleash yet another budget-friendly addition to the Arnova family stateside. The Arnova 7 slate has just graced the FCC, accompanied by the requisite confidentiality requests, which means we won’t get any real-deal shots of the thing, nor a full list of specs, but we did get a rather nice sketch of the WiFi tablet via the good old label-placement diagram. If that outline’s got you all worked up, the Arnova 7′s already received some pricing and spec details overseas, rocking a €99 price tag, 800×480-pixel display, and Android 2.2. Now we’ll just have to wait and see how that translates when the Arnova 7 makes its way across the pond.

Archos Arnova 7 hits the FCC, brings new hope to penny-pinching tablet enthusiasts originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 15 Jun 2011 18:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab spreads wings, flies to premium seats on American Airlines

Monday, June 13th, 2011
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Move on over, Delta. The 200 iPads at your JFK terminal may entertain some folks waiting to board, but before the years out, American Airlines will start switching out 6,000 in-flight entertainment systems with Samsung 10.1-inch Galaxy Tabs. Sammy will be customizing the Honeycomb slates with flight related “features” including AA’s streaming service mentioned last month, and possibly even adding “expanded memory” for the devices — no word on how, though. Panasonic’s console has some competition it seems. It’s notable that these will only be available in “premium cabins” on a handful of long-distance routes, and unless you’re flying in a 767-200, WiFi access — a separate purchase, by the way — may not be available. We’ve embedded some PR with the details for all you jet-setting tablet enthusiasts after the break.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab spreads wings, flies to premium seats on American Airlines originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 13 Jun 2011 18:42:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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New website answers the question on all our minds: Has Sony been hacked this week?

Monday, June 13th, 2011

BGR has provided extensive coverage of an ongoing saga that has seen numerous digital properties belonging to Sony fall under attack. To date, personal information belonging to well over 100 million Sony customers has been compromised, and nearly 13 million credit card numbers have been stolen. For IT professionals or other tech enthusiasts with weak stomachs, we can understand if reading one story after another about Sony’s security woes might make you a bit queasy. As such, a new site launched recently that has you covered. Hassonybeenhackedthisweek.com answers a single question for those who simply want to cut to the chase: Has Sony been hacked this week? The answer right now, by the way, is “yes.”

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ASUS Eee PC 1015PX netbook now shipping, Atom N570 included

Monday, May 9th, 2011
Heads up, netbook enthusiasts: the ASUS Eee PC 1015PX is now available for stateside delivery. Essentially an upgrade to last year’s 1015PEM, this puppy rocks a 10.1-inch, 1024 x 600 display and houses a 1.66Ghz Intel Atom N570 dual-core CPU. It also comes equipped with a 250GB hard disk, up to 2GB of DDR3 memory, Bluetooth 3.0 capabilities, LAN and VGA ports, and a 0.3-megapixel camera. Buyers have the choice between two models: the MU17, which promises a ten hour battery life and the PU17, designed for an eleven hour run. Despite their battery-related differences, both models weigh 2.76-pounds and are available on Amazon for $320 and $390, or on Newegg for $330 and $350, respectively. Hit the source links for more details.

ASUS Eee PC 1015PX netbook now shipping, Atom N570 included originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 09 May 2011 11:27:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Chrome Canary comes to Macs for fearless browser enthusiasts

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011
Chrome CanaryUntil now, Mac users who like to live their digital lives on the edge have had to make do with Chrome’s dev channel while their Windows counterparts were flying by the seat of their pants with the Canary build. Well, be jealous so more OS X fans — you can now run your own untested, pre-developer build of Google’s web browser. The Canary release is updated at an almost alarming rate and frequently adds and drops features without warning. Sure, you could opt for the open-source Chromium, but then you’d miss out on niceties like built-in Flash and PDF support. Don’t get too freaked out though: Canary can run alongside your existing (and more stable) Chrome install. So, throw caution to the wind, embrace the crashes, report those bugs, and hit up the source link to download.

Chrome Canary comes to Macs for fearless browser enthusiasts originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 05 May 2011 01:27:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HP webOS keyboard passes FCC smell test, won’t zap you to death with radiation

Friday, April 29th, 2011

We already got some hands-on time with HP’s sleek webOS keyboard, and now it’s the FCC’s turn. The skinny peripheral — that’s Bluetooth Keyboard KT-1087 to you — popped up on the Federal Communications Commission’s site, stripped naked for the government filing enthusiasts of the world to collectively ogle. That hopefully means the rest of us will see the wireless add-on for sale in the near future, AA batteries not included — it would sure go nicely with that HP TouchPad you’ve been eyeing. Those who get a perverse thrill watching unreleased products sprawled out, alien autopsy-style are encouraged to check out the gallery below.

HP webOS keyboard passes FCC smell test, won’t zap you to death with radiation originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 29 Apr 2011 20:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Apple schedules WWDC 2011 for June 6th in San Francisco

Monday, March 28th, 2011

In a post on its official news site today, Apple announced that this year’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) will be held from June 6th through the 10th at San Francisco’s Moscone West conference center. The software-centric, annual event provides developers and enthusiasts a glimpse at what the Cupertino company’s software roadmap looks like. “At this year’s conference we are going to unveil the future of iOS and Mac OS,” said Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, Phil Schiller. “If you are an iOS or Mac OS X software developer, this is the event that you do not want to miss.” Interested parties can purchase tickets from Apple’s developer website.

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