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September 4, 2013, 2:45 PM

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Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Samsung's Galaxy Gear is a smartwatch like no other  —  On sale for $299 in the United States from early October  —  The Galaxy Gear, Samsung's latest foray into the smartwatch category, is now official and it's quite unlike anything you've seen before.  Yes, it's a smartphone accessory …
More: ReadWrite, Engadget, T3 News and App AdviceTweets: @dujkan
Zach Honig / Engadget:
Samsung unveils Galaxy Gear smartwatch with 1.63-inch AMOLED touchscreen, built-in camera, 70 apps  —  This week's Galaxy Gear prototype leak didn't leave much to the imagination.  Samsung's new wearable was expected to debut with a built-in camera, speakers and a relatively clunky design …
Samsung Mobile Press:
Samsung Introduces GALAXY Gear, a Wearable Device to Enhance the Freedom of Mobile Communications  —  Samsung GALAXY experience is now extended through GALAXY Gear  —  Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today introduced the GALAXY Gear, a perfect companion device that further integrates the Samsung GALAXY experience into everyday life.
Om Malik / GigaOM:
New version of Apple TV likely on its way for a September 10 launch  —  Apple is planning a big event on September 10, 2013, and there has been a lot of speculation on what could be on the menu.  While the exact lineup of products is subject of debate, almost everyone agrees that newer models …
Keith Stuart / Guardian:
Xbox One to launch in major markets on 22 November  —  Microsoft positions the arrival of its next-gen console between the US and European launch dates for Sony's PS4  —  This is it: the battle for the next generation console market is on.  Microsoft has finally revealed the launch date …
Taylor Soper / GeekWire:
Xbox One now in full production with improved CPU performance  —  So far, so good for the Xbox One.  —  Xbox chief marketing officer Yusef Mehdi just spoke at the Citi Global Technology Conference and said Microsoft is now in full production for the Xbox One and producing in mass with plans still on for a November 2013 launch.
Ben Woods / The Next Web:
Sony Xperia Z1: 5-inch 1080p display, 21-megapixel snapper and Android 4.3  —  Sony has officially introduced the Xperia Z1, a 5-inch smartphone that will arrive running Android 4.3 and is made out of a solid one-piece aluminium frame.  It can also survive being dropped in the sink.
Vlad Savov / The Verge:
Ina Fried / AllThingsD:
It Turns Out Qualcomm Is Making a Smartwatch, Too  —  As expected, Samsung is showing off its Galaxy Gear smartwatch at an event in Berlin.  In a surprising twist, though, it isn't the only company announcing a wrist computer today.  —  Qualcomm is showing off a wearable known as Toq.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Kim Dotcom Resigns as Mega Director to Focus on Music Venture  —  On January 20, a year after Megaupload was raided in 2012, Kim Dotcom launched his new file-storage service Mega.  —  In a matter of days the site's membership went from zero to more than a million and in the weeks that followed …
David Pierce / The Verge:
Sony's three new VAIOs find ways to make tablets out of anything, even 21-inch desktops  —  At IFA in Berlin, Sony's taken the stage to announce three new additions to its lineup of VAIO PCs.  They're three radically different devices for radically different users, but from their 1080p touchscreens …
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
HDMI 2.0 officially announced: 18Gbps bandwidth, 60fps 4K, 32 channel audio  —  Only just after it leaked out, the folks at HDMI Licensing are announcing HDMI 2.0 officially.  Arriving just in time for the wide rollout of a new generation of Ultra HDTVs, it adds a few key capabilities to the connection standard.
Paul Thurrott / SuperSite for Windows:
Surface Pro 2 Details Emerge  —  Surface Pro 2 will include an improved kickstand and internal changes  —  A Neowin post this morning details a few of the features in the next generation Surface Pro, which Microsoft will indeed call Surface Pro 2.  Here, I'd like to expand just a bit on the information Neowin provided.
Joe Miller / BBC:
Jonathon Fletcher: forgotten father of the search engine  —  Until researchers tracked him down a few years ago, Jonathon Fletcher was not aware he had built the first modern search engine  —  As Google celebrates its 15th birthday, the web giant has become a byword for information retrieval.
More: Beyond SearchTweets: @amonck and @whatthebit
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Google confirms it's working on an update to fix Google Authenticator for iOS data losses  —  Google Authenticator, an app that generates two-factor authentication codes for services that offer the additional security layer, is coming under fire from users who claim that the latest update …
Jeff John Roberts / GigaOM:
Apple's DRM on iTunes was not an illegal monopoly, court confirms  —  Apple, which has been hammered by a New York judge over its ebook pricing practices, got some good news this week when a California appeals court ruled that a music rights management system known as FairPlay did not break antitrust laws.
Matt McGee / Marketing Land:
Google Glass App Store Coming In 2014  —  Google Glass users and developers will have to wait until next year for Google to launch a dedicated app store for the device.  —  A Google spokesperson confirmed that plan for us today, after it was reported over the weekend in a lengthy first-person Glass user essay in the New York Times.
Daniel Rubino / Windows Phone Central:
Skype for Windows Phone 8 finally gets Video Messaging in latest update  —  Microsoft seems to be doubling down on Windows Phone lately as evident by recent actions.  That seems to be the case here with the Skype app for Windows Phone 8, which was bumped to version 2.10.0.251 this morning.

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