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Final Word: Someone actually beat Apple to the punch

Sept. 4? Wow. Where did August go? If you find out, let me know.

Speaking of September, I was looking forward to Sept. 10, so I could get the new iPhone, but Samsung beat Apple to it by unveiling its Galaxy Gear Smartwatch Wednesday. It will officially launch in October and be available in six colors.

It’s got a camera and 4 gigabytes of storage, and it will work with the Galaxy S4 smartphone and tablets (nevermind that almost no one owns a Galaxy tablet).

Here’s how it works: The watch will show a notification that you have an email or a text. You pull out your smartphone and the message, whatever it is, will show up automatically.

If you want to make a call, you can hold the watch up and put it by your ear and tell it to place the call.
You should be able to hear it through the speaker, if all goes as planned.

This will take the distracted driving problem to a new level, I think, and also create a whole new population of people who make phone calls in line at the Safeway.

It won’t be any less annoying, either.

But someone finally beat Apple to the punch and came out with the watch device that Apple has been talking about for a year.


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