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Samsung unveils smartwatch ahead of rival Apple

BERLIN — Samsung unveiled its highly anticipated digital wristwatch Wednesday, beating Apple to what could become this year’s must-have holiday gift item.

So-called smartwatches, which can perform tasks such as displaying e-mail and Twitter messages on a device worn around the wrist, have been around for several years but have failed so far to inspire great interest among ordinary consumers. But with smartphone behemoths Samsung Electronics Co. and Apple Inc. joining the fray — and Google pushing its Google Glass gadget — analysts see a chance of wearable computers breaking into the mainstream.

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