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  • Top tech stories of 2013: Big Brother, wearables, and the struggles of aging tech giants

    Politics collided with the world of technology this year as stories about U.S. government spying stirred angst both among the country's citizens and foreign governments, and the flawed HeathCare.gov site got American health-care reform off to a rocky start. Meanwhile, the post-PC era put aging tech giants under pressure to reinvent themselves. Here in no particular order are IDG News Service's picks for the top 10 tech stories of the year.

  • Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Round: few new features, but posh design

    What different advantages can a curved screen bring to a smartphone? Well, not a whole lot. But Samsung's newest smartphone, the Galaxy Round, comes off as a posh device that may be the company's best looking handset yet.

  • Spec showdown: Apple iPad Air vs Samsung Galaxy Note vs Sony Tablet Z

    Apple CEO Tim Cook spent a bit of time dissing the competition while he was on stage at Apple's iPad Air launch event on Tuesday, but how does Apple's newest tablet stack up against the competition?

  • First look: Samsung Galaxy S4

    Here's what we like and what we don't like about the Samsung Galaxy S4 so far.

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 launch guide

    Your guide to the Samsung Galaxy S4 Australian launch.

  • Is Android in the business world to stay?

    It's official, and it's been official for a while -- Android is far and away the most popular smartphone OS in America. Ever since January 2011, when the platform surpassed RIM to take the top spot for the first time in comScore's monthly market share rankings, Google's operating system has continued to grow its user base, which accounts for 52% of the market as of this January.

  • Can Samsung innovate?

    If we're not there yet, we are quickly approaching the Samsung Era in handheld electronics.

  • 2012: The year Android truly challenged iOS

    Android 'Jelly Bean,' Samsung's Notes, and Google's Nexuses finally delivered compelling capabilities as Apple stalled

  • 2012: The year in quotes

    Some of the most memorable IT-related quotes were uttered in courtrooms this year, which involved a steady stream of legal challenges about intellectual property. In no particular order, these are some of the comments that stuck with us as 2012 winds to a close.

  • Review: Samsung's Galaxy Note II gets bigger and better

    Samsung has paid close attention to usability, while also boosting the browser and VPN

  • How to update your Galaxy S III to Jelly Bean right now

    Sick of waiting for the Jelly Bean update for your Galaxy S III? We show you how to update manually with an easy, five-step guide.

  • Review: Samsung Galaxy S III 4G

    The Samsung Galaxy S III 4G offers fast data speeds but battery life is poor.

  • A first look at the Galaxy Nexus

    The Galaxy Nexus is the first smartphone to run the latest 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" version of Google's Android operating system.

  • What smartphones will be like in 2012

    Since the advent of the first modern smartphone--arguably the original Apple iPhone in 2007--the power of these mobile computing devices that also happen to make phone calls has advanced by leaps and bounds.

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    A first look at the Samsung Galaxy Note

    Don't like your smartphones big? Then look away now. Samsung's Galaxy Note is the definition of big: it has a whopping 5.3in touchscreen that's a full inch bigger than the company's own Galaxy S II, and almost two inches bigger than the iPhone 4S.