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Daily Roundup: Samsung's love of plastic, Siri for Apple TV 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.

Defiantly plastic: designing the Galaxy S5

Many of you might be wondering why the Samsung Galaxy S5 is crafted from polycarbonate instead of metal. According to Senior Product Designer Dong Hun Kim, plastic is warmer, friendlier and better symbolizes the company's design concepts.

A Siri-controlled Apple TV may be on the way

A few lines of code in the iOS 7.1 software development kit suggest that you might soon be able to control your Apple TV with your voice. All thanks to Siri, of course. There's also mention of a mysterious new device, identified by a solitary "3." A new set top-box, perhaps?

Your connected home could one day save your life

Imagine that your house could notify you of a slight heart murmur or make diet suggestions based upon your sugar levels. Today's smart gadgets aren't quite there yet, but the connected house may one day play a much larger role in healthcare.

Amazon will add older HBO shows to Prime Instant Video, HBO Go to Fire TV

Today, HBO signed a deal with Amazon to bring a few of its classic shows to Prime Instant Video members for free. What's more, the Fire TV is getting its own HBO Go app. Let the marathons begin.

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