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Today's Tech: Google's Android smart watch, Apple pushes two-factor authentication to iCloud, and new BlackBerry 10 flagship

Reports indicating that BlackBerry 10 now boasts more than 100,000 apps are all well and good, but the erstwhile mobile giant knows it needs nifty handsets to tempt consumers back to its platform. Apparently, the Canadian firm is lining up a couple of additional smartphones for 2013, including a new flagship in time for the holidays. A mid-range device is also thought to be on the way, according to BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins, who said that the company was intent on reinvigorating the BlackBerry portfolio with product offerings across all three market tiers. Follow the link for the full scoop on BlackBerry's plans for new BB10 smartphones. (opens in new tab)

Samsung's now-confirmed Galaxy Smart Watch won't be the only competition facing Apple's expected 'iWatch' product, if today's gossip is to be believed. Google is apparently also prepping a smart watch (opens in new tab) offering and, intriguingly, the project is thought to be based out of the search giant's Android unit as opposed to the Google X Lab - the arm responsible for Google Glass and other future-facing products. The placement seems to indicate that Google feels a smart watch would immediately tempt mainstream consumers, but would you buy a Nexus smart watch? Head to the main article and let us know your thoughts in comment section.

Investigations into Wednesday's cyber attacks on South Korea took a fresh twist today, with the country's telecom regulator claiming the IP address behind the hack may not have been located in China (opens in new tab), as was initially thought. The Korea Communications Commission (KCC) yesterday declared, "Unidentified hackers used a Chinese IP address to contact servers of the six affected organisations and plant the malware which attacked their computers," but has now backtracked having collected further evidence from one of the banks struck on Wednesday. It's a story we suspected would rumble on and is sure to further unravel next week, so follow the link and keep abreast of the full cyber situation in Korea.

Amidst a series of high-profile hacks, Apple has decided to get serious about security. The Cupertino, California-based firm announced yesterday that it is enabling two-factor authentication for iCloud and Apple ID accounts (opens in new tab), making it that much harder for hackers to get a hold of your personal data. The optional feature will require users to verify their identities beyond providing their passwords when: signing in to an Apple ID to manage an account; buying something on iTunes, the App Store, or iBooks; or getting Apple ID-related support from Apple. "Turning on two-step verification reduces the possibility of someone accessing or making unauthorized changes to your account information at My Apple ID or making purchases using your account," Apple said on its support website. Read on for details about just what Apple's extra security will entail.

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