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Google Glass expected to arrive in 2013Google's augmented reality headpiece could go on sale by the holidays, Mobile World Congress gears up for new smartphones, and Nevada legalizes online gambling.
Get ready for smartphones season. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. If you're pondering what your next smartphone will be, listen up. The annual Mobile World Congress, which is the largest smartphone event, is kicking off in Spain. We'll have continuing coverage at CNET.com and yours truly will help you sort through what really matters in the days ahead. Although, there will be a deluge of new phones, some of the biggest models won't be making a splash. Samsung's Galaxy S4 won't be there. You could expect Galaxy S4 to have its own event in March. HTC unveiled the one just a few days ago and it's already offering bribes for you to buy it. HTC is giving out $100 for you to trade in your old phone for the one, but if you have a phone with a high trade-in value, go check somewhere else like Gazelle or eBay, because you might get more for it somewhere else than with the promotion. LG also wanted to get ahead of the phone announcement Bliss. It unveiled of Optimus F series smartphones but these are made mid-ranged phones in the Optimus line. The high end model is called Optimus G. But these apps will run Android 4.1.2 Jellybean and they could tap it to 4G LTE Speeds, but there's no price or availability details just yet. Online gambling is now legal in the state of Nevada as the state's governor Brian Sandoval signed a bill that allows internet gaming and Nevada, good partner with other states to offer internet poker. Billboard charts will now include YouTube streaming data when ranking the most popular songs. YouTube's views will be counted along with digital and physical sales, radio airplay and streaming members. Consumers will be able to purchase a Google Glass headpiece sooner than expected by the end of this year for less than the developer cost of $1500. Sources have confirmed to CNET that Google sped up the release time frame which originally was targeted for 2014. It's also being confirmed that Glass will connect via Bluetooth to both Android phones and the iPhone and if you gather data from WiFi or use the Wireless 3G or 4G feed from the connected smartphone. Today's app, spotlight goes to Songza. And if you haven't tried it yet, it's a free music streaming app that's kinda like Pandora but the station isn't built to run an artist or genre, rather, you can pick a playlist based on your mood or activity, such as walking away from explosions, taking the day off at the beach or perhaps you need songs for an afternoon energy boost 90 style. It's just another new way to discover new music and you can also set alarms and sleep timers for your favorite playlists. That's your Tech News Update, you could find links to all of these stories on the blog CNET.com/update. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.