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At IFA, spotlight will shine on smartwatches with better looks and connectivity

Google's Android Wear will be used on all but Samsung's latest product, the Tizen-based Gear S

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Why round smartwatches mean more work for developers

Developers have to take both square and round faces into account when designing user interfaces

Mobile apps could be abused to make expensive phone calls

Mobile applications often don't warn users before a call is made, which a developer says could be abused

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Samsung to load new smart TVs with games, Skype group calls

Samsung newest TVs will come with games like "Need for Speed: Most Wanted" and "Real Football 2014"

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Google acquires Jetpac to boost image recognition know-how, killing apps

Jetpac's technology can be used to find anything on images, but Google is mum on its plans

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Samsung pins its hopes on Galaxy Alpha's metal frame

The launch of the metal-framed addition to the Galaxy lineup comes as phone shipments have dropped for Samsung.

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Windows Phone messaging powers up with revamped Facebook, Viber, and BBM apps

Microsoft is working to increase the number apps available for its OS, but device sales are shrinking

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Researcher says PayPal's two-factor authentication is easily beaten

Joshua Rogers decided to go public with the information after notifying PayPal of the problem on June 5

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Is your Dropcam live feed being watched by someone else?

Two researchers will show at Defcon how a Dropcam could turn into a Trojan horse

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iPhone gets first free app for encrypting voice calls

Signal is compatible with RedPhone, its Android sibling, and scrambles voice calls placed via the iPhone.

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Using Instagram for iOS on public Wi-Fi poses risk of an account hijack, researcher says

Instagram is moving to full https encryption but isn't there just yet

Researchers reveal 3 devious ways online trackers shatter your privacy and follow your digital footsteps

The use of such tracking tools may be unknown to most users, according to a research paper

on pcworld.com

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Rick-rolling 'Rickmote' shows no mercy when it finds someone using Chromecast

A Raspberry-Pi powered tool tricks Google Chromecast into playing Rick Astley

Samsung waves white flag on content push, closes Video Hub

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Video, music and books are still important, but partnerships are the way forward for Samsung

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Google makes way for wearables with Play Services update

New APIs make it easier it to communicate with apps running on Android-based wearables.