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CNET Update: Galaxy Round smartphone rocks -- on tables

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CNET Update: Galaxy Round smartphone rocks -- on tables

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The big feature in Samsung's next phone is the ability to teeter-totter, a new Twitter button turns on the TV, and Flickr's iOS app auto uploads photos.

The next new feature in smartphones is the ability to teeter-totter on a table. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. The time has come. We finally have a curved smartphone. Samsung announced the Galaxy Round and as you can see here, it has a slight dip in the middle, along the vertical access and the left and right sides curve upward. The curve allows the phone to show off new tricks. If you put it on a table and press down on the side, it can rock back and forth on the curve and you can give it to bring commands to open different apps, depending on how you role it. So, a tap and role lets you quickly check the time, a missed call or maybe even toggle back and forth between songs. Let's break down the spec, shall we? They are pretty solid. It has a 5.7-inch 1080p high-def screen. It runs Android 4.3. It has 3 gigs of RAM and a 2.3 gigahertz quad-core processor. It's first launching in South Korea but we don't know when it's landing to other countries. If you're rolling your eyes at the rolling phone, just be aware that this isn't the only curved phone coming this year. The G Flex by LG will likely be the next phone that rocks on a table and LG said it's working on making batteries that also come with curve. We may get some new iPads this month, we've been expecting Apple to have some sort of iPad announcement in two weeks, likely on October 22nd and you can bet Apple will also use the event to show off the new Mac Pro loaded with OS X Mavericks. So far, a few leaks suggest the next full-sized iPads will have more angled edges and a thinner design, kinda like the Mini and the mini may bet a retina display screen and come in new colors to match the iPhone 5S. If you have Comcast Xfinity Cable Service, you'll soon be able to use the Twitter app to watch TV. A new feature called See It is launching in November through a Partnership between Twitter and this universal and Comcast. Some tweets will have this See It button that will command the set top box to turn the channel on. Set the DVR or play an on-demand show. See It will first only work with NBC Universal Channels but it could expand to other networks. The Flickr app on iOS is now a tool for automatically saving all your photos online. For those that upgraded to iOS 7, the new Flickr app takes all the photos in the camera roll and uploads them to a Flickr account but the photos are stored privately until the owner decides to share them. It's cool but not unique. Google Plus can also auto upload photos. That's your tech news update but you can get more details at cnet.com/update and follow along on Twitter. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.
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