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Asus shares "Touch Zone", but should it?

"Touch Zone" may not have been the best choice of words. Then again maybe it was.

What you might not know on the Apple versus Android battle

Most of you know that two new iPhones are expected to be unveiled at Apple's
announcement today at 1 p.m., but here are a few things you might not know.

From April through June, Apple sold 31 million iPhones compared to 187 million Android phones from Samsung, Motorola, HTC, LG, and others.

Apple's iOS holds 13 percent of the global market, down from 17 percent at the same time last year. Android phones have increased their share from to 79 percent over 69 percent from last year.

The iPhone 5 has generated $88 billion in revenue since launch.

Apple's shares have slid about 30 percent since peaking at $705.07 when the iPhone 5 went on sale last year.

Apple's $460 billion market value is more than any other company in the world.

What's wrong with Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch

Samsung hasn't really set the smartwatch bar very high.

It's expensive at $300. The interface lag is a drag. Battery life is "about a day" according to Samsung. It doesn't really bring anything new to the gadget game.

The most amusing criticism I've seen is from Daring Fireball's John Gruber who said, "About the best you could expect from Samsung without having anything to copy from Apple: overpriced, ugly, laggy UI, terrible battery life, dubious utility."

That seems harsh.

Samsung Mega offers more screen for less money

What is the Samsung Galaxy Mega? The 6.3-inch screen of the Mega makes the Galaxy S4 with a 5-inch display look dainty. Sure it will be too large for some. There are many that just prefer a smaller smartphone.

AT&T offers the Mega or $150 with a two-year agreement which is half of the current price of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 with a 5.5-inch display. The Mega doesn't include the stylus of the Note series.

The Mega should appeal to those interested in a small tablet more than making calls. The Mega can make calls of course, but it's form factor may challenge some.

Tech writer Anick Jesdanun didn't exactly gush over the Mega, but it is a lower-cost option that offers a lot of screen-size for the money.

Quick take: Motorola Droid Ultra from Verizon

Verizon Wireless touts the new Droid Ultra as the thinnest 4G LTE smartphone currently available, but there is more to the new Motorola smartphone than slim superlatives.

The .28-inch thick Droid Ultra shares much of its DNA with its corporate cousin, the Moto X. The slab-themed Ultra is very much a larger and flattened version of the Moto X that stretches the display size from 4.7-inches to  5.0-inches. The Ultra's 1280 by 720 resolution does not pack as many pixels as the competition's high-end devices, but its still a fine display that should be suitable for most.

That baby monitor can be hacked

Baby monitoring gadgets are popular among modern families allow parents to unobtrusively check-in on their infants. These surveillance systems provide delightful moments of slumbering cute-ness - until they get hacked.

A couple in Houston recently made ABC News headlines when a hacker hijacked the video monitor in their daughter's room. The parents reported hearing a stranger's voice over the monitor uttering profane and sexually explicit phrases.

As more and more household items get "smarter" they introduce a potential security vulnerability - some even beyond hacking. Thieves could gain valuable information over a baby monitoring system. Be it baby monitors or Bluetooth enabled toilets, manufacturers should do more to protect consumers.

How much of the Internet is Google?

What percentage of the Internet would you guess Google accounts for?

A recent Google Services outage gave experts a pretty good idea. Forbes reports that analytics firm GoSquared graphed a 40 percent drop in Internet traffic during the Google blackout and a 50 percent spike has the services were revived.

iPhone 5 gets "Magnetyze" cableless charging

BuQu Tech has added Magnetyze support for the iPhone 5. With Magnetyze you can wirelessly charge a smartphone.

Smartphone-controlled toilet vulnerable to hacker attack

The danger of owning a Bluetooth enabled toilet? It can be hacked.

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