You might say the day is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workday, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Daily Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past 24 hours -- all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy.
They say that three is a lucky number, but does this hold true for Samsung's Galaxy Note 3, the third iteration of its popular phablet series? The Note 3 comes complete with a 5.7-inch display, quad-core Snapdragon 800 and a whopping 3GB of RAM, but these upgrades come at a price. The company is now charging £90 more than its last Note for the unlocked version. The bottom line is that great battery life, a brilliant display and top performance make the Note 3 an excellent all around device for those wanting a bigger display. Read on for more.
This has been a big year for Amazon -- between an updated Paperwhite e-reader and a trio of new tablets. In the case of the Paperwhite, though, the update is really just incremental. From an improved front light, to a faster processor, the new e-reader represents Amazon's efforts to stay ahead of the competition in a rapidly growing market. So, at $119 is this year's model worth the price to upgrade from your original Paperwhite? We say no, although it's certainly a good buy for folks looking for their first e-reader. The new Paperwhite doesn't represent a huge change over last year's version, but even so, a few tweaks have made a great reader even better. Click up for our full review.
When Samsung first released its Series 9 laptops in 2011, they quickly rose to the top of our must-buy list. But that was a Windows 7 era, and with the growing number of touchscreen Windows 8 devices out there we had a hard time recommending the laptops. Now, though, we have the ATIV Book 9 Plus, Samsung's first truly flagship-level Ultrabook since the release of Windows 8. The new ultraportable has been updated with a 3,200 x 1,800 display and a Haswell CPU, which brings better battery life and performance. With the ATIV Book 9 Plus, Samsung can still lay claim to one of the best Ultrabooks on the market. Click through for more.
"There will be no way [for the government] to tell who you are or where you are," John McAfee told an electric crowd of engineers and artists a few days ago. McAfee, who has in recent years kept a relatively low profile, wants to design and release a pocket-sized device that will make it hard for government agencies -- like the NSA -- to snoop on your online activity. The device would create so-called floating networks, but as of now the prototype has yet to be created. Still if you can dream it, maybe, just maybe, McAfee can built it. Head on up to the link above for more details.