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Today's Tech: Samsung to launch Galaxy Smart Watch, iPhone 5S to get "killer feature," and Chameleon botnet uncovered

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by James Laird
, 19 Mar 2013News
Today's Tech: Samsung to launch Galaxy Smart Watch, iPhone 5S to get "killer feature," and Chameleon botnet uncovered

Apparently, the Galaxy S4 is just the tip of Samsung's ambitions for 2013 - today we learned that the South Korean electronics giant is also readying a smart watch product to take the world by storm this year. Rumours of a 'Galaxy Watch' gained traction ahead of the launch of the Galaxy S4 handset, but while intriguing peripherals like the S Band fitness accessory broke cover in New York City on 14 March, a smart watch wasn't among the products unveiled. However, Samsung VP of mobile business Lee Young Hee has apparently confirmed that a Samsung Galaxy Smart Watch is coming, so follow the link to learn more about the product that could go toe-to-toe with Apple's iWatch in the emerging wearable tech market.

Fear not, jaded smartphone junkies - Apple's next iPhone will pack a "killer feature" to set the world of mobile alight again. At least, that's what Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty thinks. Speaking to CNBC, Huberty said that while Apple and its stock market performance in particular is currently stuck in a rut, she fully expects the company to rebound this year on the back of a dazzling new iPhone. Huberty was vague on whether the "killer feature" would be software or hardware based, but she seemed supremely confident that Apple's infamous "one more thing" mantra didn't go to the grave with Steve Jobs.

Google has a plethora of messaging options on deck - Google Talk, Hangout, Voice, and Messenger, among others. But the lack of unity across the platforms may be causing it to lose out to iMessage and BlackBerry Messenger. According to a new report, however, the firm is preparing to launch a seamless messaging platform, called Babble. Moving forward, the individual services will all be pushed onto a single platform, and customers will be able to use the same chat window across all of Google's products with the same features available everywhere. It's not so much releasing a new product as it is pulling together all of the existing products under a single branding. Read on to find out more about what Google plans to offer with Babble.

A powerful botnet sending swathes of fake traffic to different websites has been discovered, in a fraud campaign thought to have conned advertising companies out of nearly £4 million per month. Having been discovered earlier in the year, the Chameleon botnet was revealed by analytics firm Spider.io today. The botnet delivers huge amounts of traffic to over 200 sites owned by a small group of publishers. 14 billion ad impressions are served across these websites - of which Chameleon counts for at least 9 billion – and advertisers currently pay an average of $0.69 (46p) CPM to serve display ads to the botnet, costing them around $6.2 million every month. Follow the link for more one one of the biggest security scams of the year so far.

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