Amazon launches digital currency in UK, gives every Kindle Fire owner £4

Amazon Coins digital currency launched in UK, gives every Kindle Fire owner £4 - Gadgets & Tech - Life & Style - The Independent

Each coin is worth 1p and to celebrate the launch Amazon have given away 400 coins (worth ??4) to every UK Kindle Fire owner. The main advantage to using the coins rather than GBP is that you receive discounts for buying the currency in bulk. 10,000 coins worth ??100 can be purchased for ??90 on the site.

The introduction of coins might also be beneficial for parents who regularly hand over their tablets to young children. There have been many stories of adults stung by credit card bills revealing that their offspring have racked up hundreds of pounds of purchases within apps. Using coins instead of currency would help limit the amount of money younger users have access to.

Amazon launched the service in the US six months ago and have said that the digital currency has helped app developers by encouraging customers to pay more. Traditional payment methods are still available as well.

The company recently launched its new high-end HDX tablets in the UK, with the 7-inch devices priced from ??199 and designed to compete with similar high end devices such as the Nexus 7 and iPad mini.

The tablets run Amazon"s Fire OS, an operating system based on Google"s Android system but with an app store curated by the internet retailer. Amazon devices sell cheaply for the specs that they offer, but the company uses them to drive sales of their digital content.

The company has also been making inroads into the video on demand market this year, joining competitors Netflix and Hulu by commissioning its own original shows.

The Kindle Fire HDX comes in two sizes: 7-inch and 8.9-inch. It has a quad-core processor, up to 64GB of storage and a resolution of 1920 x 1200.

This LEGO Steve Jobs is just as adorable as you'd imagine

This LEGO Steve Jobs is just as adorable as you'd imagine | TUAW - The Unofficial Apple Weblog



Etsy is a great place to find odd things, and you don't need to poke around on the site very long to find something unique. Case in point: This ridiculous adorable Steve Jobs figurine crafted from LEGO blocks. From the iconic jeans and black T-shirt to the glasses crafted from transparent blocks, it's a pint-sized spitting image of the Apple co-founder.

The figure is available for a pretty reasonable US$24.86 (I know, that doesn't sound reasonable, but have you seen how much they charge for LEGO sets these days? It's absurd). Of course, if you're not into buying pre-made plastic-block creations, you could always grab your LEGO set and attempt to recreate mini Jobs all on your own.

Note: I'm not recommending you try to make anything out of those notoriously hard-to-work-with tiny blocks. Have you ever tried to peel two of those apart? Say goodbye to your fingernails!


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