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New Note 3 big on speed, features

The new $299.99 Galaxy Note 3 is a tour de force in juggernaut handset design. Not only is it big, bold, and blazingly fast, the imposing device has an incredibly sharp 5.7-inch display, and battery life to go the distance. More importantly, the Note 3 features a sleeker design than its predecessor, the Note 2, a streamlined S Pen interface, plus the same superb camera you'll find on the Galaxy S4.

The third generation of the Note, however, is the most significant upgrade yet and the first Note device, thanks to a more thoughtful S Pen interface, … Read more

Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition 'writes' some wrongs

Editors' note: This review currently reflects performance for the global model of the 2014 Note 10.1, with its 1.9GHz eight-core processor. It will be updated with results from the US quad-core version when that unit arrives.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) is the tablet you buy because you crave the stylus' unique drawing and handwriting capabilities. Remove the S Pen wand from the equation, though, and the Note's competitors start sounding like a much better deal.

Yes, the Galaxy Note 10.1 significantly upgrades the original Galaxy Note 10.1 with a fast octa-core (… Read more

Review: Take notes and keep them organized with Noted for Mac

With Noted for Mac you can create and manage notes, as well as sync and back them up to cloud services like iCloud. The app is easy to use and lives up to its promises, making it a good solution for creating and managing notes on your Mac.

Noted for Mac comes with a basic interface through which you can add new notes and view note categories, as well as search for notes. The app includes generous help resources, making it easy to grasp its functionality from the start. Creating a new note is fast and easy, as is adding … Read more

Valve Steam Machines to battle game consoles

CNET Update bundles it up:

In this episode of Update:

- Learn about Valve's upcoming Steam Machines and the Steam operating system. To play PC games from the living room TV, Valve also designed a new type of wireless controller with trackpads.

- Get ready for Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear smartwatch to hit US stores this week, with RadioShack offering trade-in deals.

- Tell Facebook if you don't like an advertisement, and Facebook will listen and adjust.

- Don't be surprised to see ads in the Gmail Android app, according to code discovered by Android Police. … Read more

AT&T makes Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Gear pricing official

AT&T officially announced its pricing plan for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone, which goes on sale this Friday at the carrier's online and brick and mortar stores, and also at RadioShack.

The carrier will sell the phablet, which also packs in high-end specs and an improved stylus for more multitasking than in previous versions, for $299 with a new two-year service agreement. If that number's a little too daunting up front, AT&T's Next program lets you pay in $35 monthly installments.

In addition to the Note 3, the $299.99 Galaxy Gear smartwatchRead more

RadioShack Galaxy Note 3 trade-in deal beckons buyers

Current Galaxy Note owners can catch a break on the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 when they purchase the extra-large smartphone through RadioShack.

Come Friday, RadioShack will sell AT&T and Sprint models of the supersize phablet for $175 less to customers who trade in a Galaxy Note 2.

If you're still hanging onto your original Note, RadioShack will slice $100 off the price -- that's $299.99 with AT&T and $349.99 with Sprint when you sign a new two-year service agreement.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 features a large 5.7-inch display, a 13-megapixel … Read more

Android 4.3 said to be on tap for Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, Note 2

Samsung's line of flagship devices will be getting Android 4.3 Jelly Bean soon enough.

According to Android Community, which obtained a copy of French carrier SFR's update cycle, the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3, and Galaxy Note 2 will be getting Android 4.3 in the coming months. The Galaxy S4 will be first up with an update in October. The Galaxy S3 and Note 2 will get the updates in November or December.

Samsung updating to Android 4.3, which debuted in July, might prove a little disappointing to those who are eagerly anticipating Android 4.4 KitKat. … Read more

How to use Evernote's new Post-it Note camera

Evernote updated its iOS app for iOS 7 and introduced a new feature by way of its partnership with 3M, maker of Post-it Notes among many, many other wide-ranging products. The Evernote iOS app features a new camera mode that lets you take a picture of a Post-it Note (or a square section of any note you may have jotted down on any variety of paper), which it will then digitize, making your handwritten notes searchable. And you can assign actions to notes jotted down on four popular and brightly colored Post-it Notes.

To snap a shot of a note … Read more

Top 10 videos of the week

This week's video roundup is packed to the brim with some of the hottest products reviewed in the last seven days. Earlier this week we got our mitts on the Microsoft Surface 2 (due out in October), the updated Apple iMac, as well as the lineup of new sizzling hot Kindle Fire tablets. Our CNET UK team also reviewed the global version of the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Did the stylish gadget live up to expectations? Plus: We'll show you how to fix some of the annoying new quirks in iOS 7, and Rumor Has It breaks down … Read more

Samsung Galaxy Gear available for preorder at Best Buy

Best Buy announced Thursday that Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch will be up for preorder on Friday. It will be one of the only retailers to carry all six colors of the device.

Samsung announced the Galaxy Gear earlier this month at the IFA show in Berlin. The device has hit some countries around the world already and will be available in the US next month. Sprint announced that it will start selling the smartwatch on October 4.

The Gear, which costs $299, features a touch screen that tells time, provides access to notifications and messages, and works with apps. … Read more