Daily Roundup: HTC 8XT for Sprint, Windows 8.1 heads to manufacturers, Galaxy Gear, and more!

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.

HTC 8XT for Sprint: what's different?

Sprint started this summer with no Windows 8 phones, and now its lineup includes two. The first to show up was the HTC 8XT, a device that's been modified for Sprint customers upgrading from old Windows Phones. So what exactly makes this particular handset sit apart from last year's flagship? As a modified version of last year's 8X, the 8XT is a decent upgrade for Sprint customers using Windows Phone 7, but it won't persuade anyone to switch carriers or change platforms. Read on for more.

Daily Roundup HTC 8XT for Sprint, Windows 81 released to manufacturers, Galaxy Gear, and more!

Dell intros new Latitude business laptops (hands-on)

When we reviewed the Dell XPS 13 last year, we called it "one of the best looking Ultrabooks" at the time. As it so turns out, that very computer is one of Dell's top-selling devices, but unfortunately -- for large corporations looking to issue it to their employees -- the XPS 13 doesn't have the necessary security measures in place. With Dell's new line of Latitude business laptops, its taken that into consideration, and produced something that's more qualified to pass muster with the IT guys. Click on up for our hands-on.

Sony's DSLR-like Alpha A3000 mirrorless camera ships next month for $399

Sony's managed to duplicate mid-range DSLR functionality in its NEX series of mirrorless cameras, but while experienced photographers recognize the value of such a device, amateurs looking to step up from a point-and-shoot often opt for a full-size DSLR. So, to suit these misinformed customers, Sony's created a mirrorless camera that looks like a DSLR, but offers the feature set -- and price tag -- of an entry-level compact ILC. Head on up, and watch our hands-on video.

Samsung exec confirms Galaxy Gear and Note III announcement on September 4th

During a chat today with the Korea Times, Samsung exec Lee Young-hee announced that we'd see both the Galaxy Gear and the Galaxy Note III announced at IFA on September 4th. The mobile VP killed rumors of a flexible display on the "wearable concept device," but wouldn't comment on the upcoming flagship phablet. Want more details? Check out the source for a full gallery of pictures purporting to be of the Galaxy Note III's front.

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