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September 4, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Samsung and Qualcomm both announced smartwatches, intensifying the war over wearable gadgets. Although Samsung and Qualcomm are now the two biggest players to enter the fray, a handful of small companies have already been battling it out in the emerging smartwatch market. And in the next few months, it promises to get even more crowded and intense, as the likes of Apple, Microsoft and Google look to chime in with their own wrist gear. For now, here are some of the smartwatches already on the market or coming soon.
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September 4, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez and Chris O'Brien
The smartwatch race is off and running. Whether consumers care remains to be seen. Samsung kicked off the competition Wednesday by unveiling the Galaxy Gear at an event in Berlin. The South Korean tech giant said its $299 smartwatch connects with the Galaxy Note III and 2014 edition of the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, both of which will debut in the next few weeks. Just a few hours later, Qualcomm jumped into the game by announcing the Qualcomm Toq. The Toq (pronounced "talk")
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September 4, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Samsung has kicked off the smartwatch race by unveiling the Galaxy Gear. The South Korean tech giant introduced the device Wednesday morning in Berlin. Users wear the Galaxy Gear on their wrists like any other watch, but this watch is capable of making voice calls, running apps, taking photos, displaying alerts and more. Here are 10 things you need to know about the Galaxy Gear. It connects with Samsung devices Samsung said the Galaxy Gear connects with the Galaxy Note III and 2014 edition of the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, both of which will come out in the next few weeks.
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September 4, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Samsung will be holding a press event at 10 a.m. PDT where it is expected to unveil the latest version of its Galaxy Note smartphone/tablet hybrid as well as a smartwatch. The South Korean tech giant will be holding the event in Berlin, ahead of the IFA annual consumer electronics show that kicks off there Friday. Samsung will be broadcasting the announcement live on YouTube, which you can watch at the top of this post. PHOTOS: Biggest tech flops of 2013 -- so far The Galaxy Note III is the third iteration of the Galaxy Note lineup, which is largely credited with kicking off the fad of smartphones with large, 5-inch screens.
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August 30, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Looks like September is going to be a busy month for tech. There is much anticipation for Apple to unveil a new iPhone model next month, but it's only one of numerous tech announcements coming in September. First up is Samsung, which will be holding a press event on Sept. 4. There, the Apple rival will unveil the Galaxy Note III -- the latest iteration of its popular tablet/smartphone hybrid. Samsung is also expected to announce a smartwatch called the Galaxy Gear alongside the Galaxy Note III. The device is believed to connect with smartphones to display items such as incoming emails and text messages.
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August 27, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The time has come for Samsung's smartwatch. According to a report Tuesday by the Korea Times , a Samsung executive confirmed that the rumored device will make its premiere next week at a trade show in Germany. Lee Young-hee, an executive vice president for Samsung, said the device, which is called the Galaxy Gear, will be unveiled Sept. 4, alongside the Galaxy Note III smartphone/tablet hybrid device. "The new device will enhance and enrich the current smart mobile experience in many ways," she said, according to the report.
BUSINESS
August 19, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
The Samsung Galaxy Mega , a gigantic high-end smartphone with a 6.3-inch screen, will soon go on sale from AT&T, Sprint and U.S. Cellular. The device packs the same hardware and software as the Galaxy S4, but on a screen that's more conducive to multitasking. Though Samsung devices have a built-in feature that makes it easy to browse the Web or watch a YouTube video while sending a text message, the multi-window feature sometimes isn't useful on the S4 because the lack of screen space forces a user to do a lot of scrolling.
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August 15, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The Samsung smartwatch will be unveiled in early September, according to a report this week. SamMobile , a website that covers Samsung news, reports that it has confirmed that the South Korean tech giant will unveil its rumored device on Sept. 4. The unveiling will take place at the IFA annual consumer electronics show in Berlin, where Samsung is also expected to announce the Galaxy Note III smartphone, the report says. PHOTOS: Six things rich tech execs splurge on The device is expected to be named the Galaxy Gear, and SamMobile reports that it will be a companion accessory that will work with Samsung Galaxy smartphones.
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August 9, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Google's next Nexus smartphone and large-sized tablet will reportedly be made by Motorola and Asus, respectively. Google is expected to release new versions of its Nexus devices later this year, just as it did in 2012, but reports this week indicate the Mountain View, Calif., company will be switching up its manufacturing partners. Nexus is the name of Google's brand of Android devices; they run on an unmodified version of the mobile operating system. PHOTOS: Google Street View from 22,000 feet Last year, Google teamed up with LG to make the Nexus 4 smartphone.
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August 9, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
A U.S. trade agency handed Apple a significant victory Friday in its ongoing patent battle against rival Samsung. The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled that Samsung violated two crucial mobile patents held by Apple and that products using the related technology should be banned from being imported into the U.S. The scope of the trade ban and exact products that it will cover has yet to be determined. Still, the ruling carries important symbolic and strategic value as Apple seeks to establish that it was the true innovator and that Samsung had merely copied its products such as the iPhone and iPad.
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