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Daily Roundup: Samsung's sound lab, the gadgets of 2013, HFR movies 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.

Samsung's Sound Lab

Samsung is reshaping its identity, one note at a time

Samsung treats sound as key to its identity -- a melody or a water drop is as important as the company logo. But why does the company feel that way, and what is it doing to improve its audio experience? We visited its Sound Lab to find out.

On the Gadget Table

On the Gadget Table: the products that defined 2013

The past year has been chock-full of technology launches, ranging from game systems to smart eyewear to tablets. Which ones will we still be talking about next year, however? We've brought back a classic Engadget Show segment, On the Gadget Table, to reminisce about the most memorable devices of 2013.

Peter Jackson shoots The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

The Desolation of Smaug shows Peter Jackson still hasn't perfected HFR

Peter Jackson pioneered high frame rate (HFR) movie-making techniques with the first part of his Hobbit movie trilogy, but his approach left plenty of room for improvement. The Desolation of Smaug promises to fix that with a more film-like quality. We went to the theater to learn whether Jackson has solved HFR's technical woes.

Microsoft logo

Microsoft will have a new CEO 'in the early part of 2014'

Microsoft said that it would find a replacement for Steve Ballmer by August next year, but we likely won't have to wait that long. The crew in Redmond now expects to have a new CEO in early 2014, and it's down to 20 candidates for the top spot.

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