September 3, 2014

IDC’s latest forecast predicts that the new larger iPhone will help shipments of phablets surpass shipments of portable PCs by the end of the year.

IDC expects phablets, defined by the research firm as smartphones from 5.5-inches to less than 7 inches, to hit 175 million units by the end of the year compared to the 170 million portable PCs it expects will ship in 2014. It also said today that it expects phablet shipments to top 318 million units in 2015, which means the category is also on track to surpass tablet shipments by next year.

Apple is of course about to contribute to phablet sales with one of its two yet to be unveiled iPhone models expected to sport a 5.5-inch display when introduced later this month. IDC has factored Apple’s entrance into the category into its growth predictions for phablets: expand full story


There are still many unknowns surrounding the leaked celebrity nudes. While Apple appears to have ruled out a theory that a Find My iPhone vulnerability allowed easy brute-force password attacks, some commentators are suggesting that the wording was sufficiently vague that this may indeed have been one route in. (Apple might be arguing that it’s not a breach if the correct password was required.)

But one thing does now appear clear: rather than a single hacker gaining wide access to iCloud, the photos were instead amassed over time by a number of different individuals likely using several different approaches. Phishing was doubtless one of them – some of the claimed emails from Apple are reasonably convincing to a non-techy person – but another was almost certainly to exploit one of the greatest weaknesses found in just about every online service, including iCloud: security questions.

[Update: Tim Cook has confirmed these were the two methods used] 

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With Apple set to introduce its larger iPhones (and possibly its “iWatch” wearable) later this month on September 9, Samsung has just completed its IFA press conference announcing its latest flagships that will go head to head with the new iPhones this fall.

As expected, Samsung today officially unveiled its new Galaxy Note 4 with a 5.7-inch 2560×1440 Super AMOLED display, a new Galaxy Note Edge device with a wraparound display of sorts, as well as its new curved Gear S smart watch and the previously leaked VR headset powered by Oculus. The Galaxy Note Edge features the same updated internals and new metal chassis as the Galaxy Note 4, but also includes the curved, wraparound display on one edge as pictured above. In addition to announcing its partnership with Oculus for its new VR headset, Samsung also announced collaborations with Swarovski for crystal-covered cases for Note 4 and MontBlanc for new S Pen compatible styluses.

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