CNET Update: Google paves the way for more wearable apps
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CNET Update: Google paves the way for more wearable apps

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A version of Android for smartwatches is on the way, Apple updates iOS 7, Snowden speaks at SXSW, and a Texas company arms drones with stun guns.

Google dives deeper in smartwatches and watch out for drones with tasers. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. Google is making it easier for companies to make wearable gadgets that run Android. In the next two weeks, Google will release a software development kit to allow outside companies to create Android software that works on smaller screens like smartwatches. This version of Android would be centered around the Google Now voice assistant and search features, which is also what drives Google Glass. Google is expected to soon release its own smartwatch but it will be manufactured by LG. Apple released an update to its mobile operating system, iOS 7.1 includes car place support and improvements to Siri and iTunes Radio. Apple also says the update improves the Touch ID fingerprint sensor. HTC can't seem to keep its new smartphone a secret. It's supposed to be revealed later this month on March 25th but plenty of images have leaked online early. A video is posted a bit on YouTube and now the French tech site NowhereElse.fr posted photos of the front, back and sides with close-ups of the camera. The unique thing about this model is that there are two camera sensors on the backside. Also, Twitter gadget leaker EV Leaks posted images of the back cover of the new HTC One that can display the time and weather. And his first public speech since fleeing the country, former National Security Agency contractor, Edward Snowden, spoke to the crowd at the South by Southwest Tech Conference in Austin, Texas. And he called on developers to create more easy to use privacy and security tools and that we should push for encryption to be a basic protection for civilians. Snowden's live video chat was broadcasted using a Google Hangout that was routed through 7 proxies from Russia. At the South by Southwest Interactive Conference, developers show off their latest programming innovation and one company showed off their vision of a terrifying future, flying drones that are armed with stem guns that can zap suspects on the run with 80,000 volts of electricity. It was built by the company Chaotic Moon, which did this to provoke thought on what is possible. But Chaotic Moon also works on technology that won't leave you incapacitated. It helps Marvel Comics update its comic subscription app that some issues will play background music as you read. The first story line with a soundtrack is Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but there's no word if Captain America will be fighting off taser armed drones. That's your tech news update but you can find more details at cnet.com/update. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.

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