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Watch what's in store for Android Wear

CNET Update talks to the wrist:

In this episode of Update:

- Check out Google's Android Wear, the operating system for smartwatches and other wearable technology. Motorola will use Android Wear for its upcoming smartwatch, the Moto 360.

- Say adieu to the iPad 2. Apple killed off the iPad 2 model and is now selling the fourth-gen iPad with Retina Display instead.

- A new, less expensive iPhone 5C with half the storage went on sale overseas. But it's not worth getting a phone with only 8 GB of storage.

- Trade-in your video games for Walmart store credit, … Read more

Why an 8GB iPhone 5C just isn't a good deal

Please, please, please, don't buy the 8GB iPhone 5C.

Apple on Tuesday introduced a version of its new, brightly colored iPhone that comes with half the storage of the former cheapest model but also a smaller price tag. In the UK, for example, the 8GB iPhone 5C costs £429 ($712) versus £469 ($779) for the 16GB model. For now, the 8GB iPhone 5C is available only in the UK, France, Germany, Australia, and China. US customers will have to settle for the 16GB version or choose another iPhone model like the (non-4G) 4S.

The 8GB iPhone 5C … Read more

Apple iPhone 6 will reportedly start production in Q2

Apple could be weeks away from starting production on the iPhone 6.

That's according to a Commercial Times report, which Reuters translated.

Apple manufacturing partner Pegatron is apparently opening up new factory space and recruiting workers to build the iPhone 6, according to the report. The production would begin in the second quarter, the newspaper said, citing unnamed sources.

Apple declined CNET's request for comment.

Pegatron wouldn't be the only manufacturer of Apple's flagship phone. The Commercial Times said Hon Hai Precision Industry, also known as Foxconn, would be the primary manufacturer of the phone.

Not … Read more

Android games can play nice with iOS

CNET Update is waiting for Player 2:

In this episode of Update:

- Don't let different operating systems determine who can be your Player 2. Google gave Android game developers the power of cross-platform multiplayer support, along with other perks like Game Gifts.

- Change the Google Play Store password permissions if you worry about kids making purchases on your device.

- Download a free version of Microsoft OneNote for Mac and Windows.

- Have more choice in your Surface shopping, now that the Microsoft is selling an 4G LTE version of the Windows tablet.

- Leave a tip for your baristaRead more

AT&T celebrates nerdy engineers failing to pick up girls

You can tire of children.

And anyway, how are kids really going to persuade people that your network is wonderful -- or at least a little better than it used to be?

AT&T has therefore retired its cute kiddies who sit in a classroom and talk nonsense, in favor of the one thing that can offer you sense about your network: nerdy engineers.

To coincide with your coming temporary obsession with college basketball, the company is releasing a new campaign, featuring two (slightly) charming AT&T engineers. (Played by actors, of course.)

In one ad, we see … Read more

Apple rumored to launch 8GB iPhone 5C

Apple may aim to shake up the smartphone market with an 8GB iPhone 5C, according to several new reports.

Citing information from two German blog sites and its own tipsters, MacRumors said on Monday that the 8GB phone will reportedly hit the market this week, possibly as early as Tuesday. Available in the full gamut of 5C colors, the 8GB version would be the new entry-level iPhone model, said MacRumors. Apple currently offers the 5C in 16GB and 32GB variations.

One source throwing out this claim is German blog site Caschys Blog, which caught wind of an alleged note sent by German carrier O2 to retailers. … Read more

iPhone 5C sales stall in China, report says

Apple's iPhone 5C is in some deep trouble in China, it appears.

Unlike the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S, which have watched sales soar since their launch last year, the iPhone 5C has had trouble getting off the ground, new data from China-based analytics company Umeng shows. The iPhone 5 is actually the most popular Apple smartphone in China at the moment, accounting for about 15 percent of Umeng's network. The iPhone 5S comes in at 12 percent, while the iPhone 5C can only muster 2 percent.

According to South China Morning Post, which earlier reported on the … Read more

iPhone 6 may include sensors to detect the weather, says analyst

It's not the heat, it's the humidity. And Apple's next iPhone may feel it just like you do.

Expected to arrive this year, the iPhone 6 could come equipped with its own barometer to automatically detect the temperature, humidity, and air pressure, according to ESM-China analyst Sun Changxu. In a report covered by blog site G for Games, Chagxu cited "sources close to the matter" as responsible for this latest tidbit.

Assuming the report is true, Apple will be playing catch-up with Samsung, which added weather sensors to its Galaxy S4 a year ago. Of … Read more

Microsoft takes on the 'free' OS

Microsoft is taking baby steps toward offering its operating system for free or on the cheap -- a necessary tactic in a world dominated by Google's Android and other up-and-coming free operating systems, an analyst tells CNET.

As reported by the Times of India this week, Microsoft had been in negotiations with Indian phone companies to "produce affordable Windows Phone devices" since last year.

The agreement was "clinched" when Microsoft agreed to offer the Windows Phone OS sans the usual licensing fee, according to the Times. Microsoft said to CNET in a statement that it &… Read more

3 Spritz-like speed-reading apps for Android

When the Samsung Galaxy S5 was announced, details emerged about Spritz -- a speed-reading feature that comes built-in to some apps on the phone. Spritz uses rapid serial visual presentation, or RSVP, to display words one after another using a single focal point. The company calls this point the optimal recognition point, or ORP.

The technology isn't exactly new -- it dates back to the 1970s -- and it was even used in software for last decade's phones. In 2005 CNET covered a demo version of BuddyBuzz, mobile software that could display one word at a time on … Read more