Samsung's predictable plastic design ends with Alpha

The Galaxy Alpha boosts Samsung's style with a metal frame, and Amazon launches a card reader to expand into the offline world.

At first glance, you may mistake the new Galaxy Alpha for an iPhone. Samsung is stepping up its style by adding a metal frame to its newest smartphone. Watch the CNET Update video below to learn more about the Galaxy Alpha, and what other metal phone may be in Samsung's future.

Today's news roundup also covers Amazon's card reader for business owners, and what apps you can use to manage payments between friends and roommates.

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Samsung's predictable plastic design ends with Alpha