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01/08/2016 14:44 EST | Updated 01/08/2017 00:12 EST

Samsung's smart belt tracks your fitness; its handbag charges your smartphone on the go

LAS VEGAS — The latest developments surrounding the consumer-electronics show in Las Vegas known as CES (all times local):

11:45 a.m.

Now that the holidays have passed, some people might be on for some belt-tightening. Samsung's so-called wellness belt, "Welt," could help. It keeps track of where you're notching your belt over time, counting your steps and tracking how long you remain seated. It's all motivation to move around, complete with guilt-inducing data analysis.

Another wearable from Samsung for women is a tablet-sized handbag called Solbag that charges with solar power to a micro-USB slot you could use to power up your phone on the go. It doesn't have a battery, though, so you'd need a rechargeable pack unless you plan to sit in the sun for the four hours it takes to recharge a smartphone fully.

Samsung plans to release both products in South Korea later this year, but didn't have pricing information.

— Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer, Las Vegas

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10:00 a.m.

YouTube's chief business officer is banking on virtual reality video, original programming and music videos to keep the world of digital video growing.

"Video is more important to music than ever before," Robert Kyncl told a crowd at his Thursday keynote Thursday evening at the annual CES gadget event in Las Vegas. Joining him on stage was music manager Scooter Braun, who discovered Justin Bieber from his YouTube videos and recognized a hit in "Gangnam Style" long before it became the first video to garner a billion views on the site.

Kyncl said he still expects exponential growth in digital video, particularly now that virtual reality can make the experience more immersive.

— Kimberly Pierceall, AP Writer, Las Vegas

The Associated Press

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