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Report: Apple will bring text-to-speech conversion to Notes

Apple has filed for a patent for a forthcoming feature that could convert text to speech in its Notes application.

According to Patently Apple, the tech giant filed for the patent in Europe. In the filing that Patently Apple discovered, Apple said it planned a new version of its iOS Notes app that would allow users to first translate text into one of several other languages, and then convert it to speech.

"In the future, Apple's current invention will enable a user to select, from among multiple languages, a language to be used for performing text-to-speech conversion," … Read more

Galaxy Gear goes glam with smartwatch accessories

NEW YORK -- Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch is about to get a little more fashionable.

The Korean electronics giant has partnered with designer Dana Lorenz on jewelry to accompany its wearable computing device, including spiky metal charms that can attach to the watch's strap. While the line doesn't include custom bands for the Gear just yet, that could change in the future.

"I feel the sky is the limit," Lorenz told CNET.

Fashion Week may not be Samsung's typical venue, but the company looked right at home Sunday in the main white tent at … Read more

10 must-see videos of the week

This was a big week in tech, and we've got the video to prove it.

IFA 2013 in Berlin kicked off to a roaring start with tons of announcements and reveals, including the hotly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Gear, an Android-powered smartwatch that partners with your phone. We also saw a 55-inch OLED TV from LG that actually comes with a paint-style frame to mount on your wall. Can a TV really be a work of art? To get the full highlights, you'll want to check out our must-see videos from IFA.

On the other side of the world, … Read more

Brew your coffee with splash of Wi-Fi

CNET Update is dreaming of plastic doodles:

In this episode of Update:

- Prepare for your future coffee maker and slow cooker to connect to Wi-Fi.

- Get crafty with the 3Doodler, a hand-held 3D printer in the style of a hot-glue gun.

- Boost the battery life of the next Surface tablet with the rumored power keyboard cover.

- Spot the Galaxy Gear smartwatch in the states beginning in early October.

- Follow Apple's announcement live with CNET on Tuesday Sept. 10. The event begins at 10 a.m. Pacific, 1 p.m. Eastern, with CNET's pre-show … Read more

Verizon bundles Samsung Note 3 and Galaxy Gear for $599

Verizon customers can now preorder Samsung's new Note 3 phablet alone or bundled with the Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

Launched on Friday, the order page for the Note 3 lists the device selling for $299.99 with the usual two-year agreement and $699.99 on a month-to-month basis.

But consumers who also want to strap the new Galaxy Gear smartwatch on their wrist can purchase the Gear and the Note 3 as a package from Verizon for $599.98.

AT&T is also offering the Note 3 for $299.99 with a two-year contract or $35 a month via … Read more

The 404 1,336: Where we have wizards in our watches (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch clocks in at IFA.

- Sony Cyber-shot QX100, QX10 cameras play nice with your smartphone.

- This kiosk prints magazines and newspapers as they're purchased.

- Music ID apps like Shazam generate 10 percent of digital sales.… Read more

Galaxy Gear and Note 3 pre-orders at Verizon start Friday

Samsung's new Galaxy Note 3 and the just-revealed Galaxy Gear smartwatch are coming to America's biggest wireless carrier, and Verizon says you can declare your intentions for both as early as Friday.

"Pre-order the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with the Samsung Galaxy Gear on Friday, September 6th at 9AM EST," read Verizon's landing page for the Note 3 after the massive, stylus-toting phone was revealed Wednesday at IFA in Berlin and simultaneously at an event in New York.… Read more

Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch revealed

CNET Update rather own Penny's smartwatch from "Inspector Gadget":

This episode of Update has your roundup of the most talked about gadgets unveiled at the IFA tech show in Berlin, including:

- Samsung's first smartwatch, Galaxy Gear, which works with other Galaxy devices and will hit the US in October for $300. (Sony announced its SmartWatch 2 will be released this month.)

- The waterproof Xperia Z1, which packs a 20.7-megapixel camera and new features -- including unlimited online photo storage.

- Sony's Cyber-shot QX10 and QX100, new types of cameras that clip on … Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 specs versus Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Samsung's just-unveiled Galaxy Note 3 is a little bigger, a little leaner, and maybe a lot more stylish than last year's Galaxy Note 2.

For superphone nuts, this phablet is also turbo-charged across the board, with a more muscular processor, higher-resolution camera, oodles more RAM, and a (slightly) more capacious battery.

In addition to this display of hardware might, it's Samsung's ever-enhanced productivity tools that also separate this new Note from what came before. Clever additions make the stylus smarter than it's ever been.

Yet for bargain hunters hoping to scoop up a cheaper Note … Read more

Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch clocks in at IFA

NEW YORK -- Samsung on Wednesday pushed into wearable computing devices with the launch of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, amping up its war with Apple before the iPhone maker even enters the market.

Gear sports a 1.63-inch 320x320-pixel super AMOLED screen surrounded by a metal frame and includes a 1.9-megapixel camera embedded into the rubberized band. The strap itself is available in six different colors, including a beige option that features a champagne-toned metal frame rather than the standard silver. Gear is powered by an 800MHz processor and 512MB of RAM.

The device will arrive in US stores in October, the same time as the Galaxy Note. The two products will be available in other countries September 25. It will retail for $299, Samsung said.

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