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The Daily Roundup for 06.17.2013


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.

The Daily Roundup for 06172013

GEAK Watch packs Android, WiFi and a plethora of sensors, likely 'world's first true smartwatch'

Simply dubbed the GEAK Watch, this wearable device packs a surprising number of components, with the most notable one being the 802.11b/g/n WiFi module. All features considered, this smartwatch honestly sounds too good to be true, and it's only priced at just ¥1,999 or about $330.

Apple releases statement on customer privacy, received over 4,000 government information requests in six months

Following the likes of Microsoft and Facebook, Apple has publicly responded to the explosion of interest in the NSA's PRISM program, and has been authorized to reveal some of the data on what it's shared with the US government in the past. The company says it has "always placed a priority on protecting our customers' personal data," and its legal team evaluates each request.

Samsung CEO plans to sell the 'world's first' LTE-Advanced phone, a new Galaxy S 4 variant

Samsung's already doing a pretty good job selling its new flagship GS4, but now there's another confirmed variant. Samsung's co-chief exec, JK Shin, explained that this modified Galaxy S 4 will be the first smartphone to commercially launch on LTE-Advanced, the next step up from existing LTE. (Not forgetting that the new tech is already live in parts of Russia.)

Skype video messaging officially launches on Windows, Mac, iOS, Android -- but not Windows Phone

Out of beta and free, Skype today launched its video messaging service across all its major platforms. Previously, video missives were limited to 20 free attempts during early testing, but free on premium subscriptions. You can now send unlimited video messages to your Skype contacts on Windows 8, Windows desktop or Mac, while mobile options encompass iOS, Android and BlackBerry.

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