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HTC One smartphone wins coveted gadget gong

The HTC One smartphone has edged out Apple and Samsung to win the coveted T3 magazine gadget of the year award.

The Taiwanese-made model also won the T3 design award and the phone of the year accolade at a ceremony in London tonight.

It beat the Apple iPhone 5 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 in the phone of the year category, chipping at the dominance held by both technology giants.

However Apple won computer and tablet of the year and Samsung took the brand of the year title, while Sony won digital camera and television of the year.

Stars on time for Galaxy smartwatch party

A preview party for Galaxy's new smartwatch and Note 3 drew celebrity crowds tonight.

Jonathon Ross and his son Harvey arriving for the Samsung preview party for the Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Credit: PA

The likes of Jonathan Ross, Donna Air and Iggy Azalea attended London's Radio Rooftop Bar, at Hotel Me, to take a look at the new technology.

A Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Credit: PA

The Note 3 is Samsung Galaxy's newest smartphone, while the Galaxy Gear smartwatch is designed to be "companion" technology.

TV presenter Donna Air is dating James Middleton, brother of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Credit: PA

The watch has a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED screen and built-in 1.9MP camera. Linking to Bluetooth enables it to show notifications, control media, hands-free calling and more.

Tech bloggers give their reaction to new smartwatch

Technology journalists have given their reaction to Samsung's new Galaxy Gear smartwatch - and they are not all complimentary.

Bloggers from TechCrunch, The Next Web and AllThings wrote on Twitter:


Smartwatch to work with and control other devices

Users of the Galaxy Gear will be able to use the voice control to make calls, create reminders and set alarms without touching the smartwatch.

Samsung's Pranav Mistry describes how the Galaxy Gear will work with and can control features on other Samsung devices. Credit: Reuters

The watch will also work with other Samsung devices allowing users to control the music played on them, or find any they have misplaced by making them beep, illuminate and vibrate.

Samsung Gear smartwatch available later this month

Shin Jong-kyun, President and CEO, head of IT and Mobile Communication division of Samsung presents the Galaxy Gear smart watch. Credit: Reuters

The Galaxy Gear will come in six colours and have 4GB of storage and with a1.6" screen, Samsung say they have designed the watch to last for more than a day on a single charge.

The Gear will be available in the US and Japan in October, but the rest of the world will have it later this month.

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