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Samsung warns of steep profit decline, will iPhone 6 make it steeper?

Yesterday Samsung warned of a steep decline in profits for Q3 2014. Some of that is believed to be due to increased competition on the low-end from Huawai, Xiaomi, and other manufacturers. Consider this, however — prior to September 2014, Apple had 0% of the over 4-inch phone market. Now they've launched the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus and have sold into the tens of millions by now. Whatever share of the over 4-inch phone market Apple has next quarter, and next year, it will be significantly higher than zero.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to come with bonus business card holder?

While some segment of the internet is still coming down off its yearly collective iPhone launch apoplexy, another big phone looks like it might be poised to make big headlines. Turns out the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has a surprise bonus feature — it can double as a business card holder on your desk. How does that work exactly?

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Great artists steal: The difference between Apple and Samsung

Samsung is widely regarded as having copied Apple's iPhone with their original Galaxy S products in order to gain broader, faster entry into the smartphone market. From device design to icon design to accessory design, Samsung inarguably copied Apple designs to a sometimes ludicrous degree. Yet many would argue Apple copies as well, in feature set if not in design. So why is it Samsung earns the ire of the designer community while Apple typically enjoys widespread praise? Is it just bias, or is there something fundamentally different about the way each companies copy? That's the topic Dave Wiskus explores in the second episode of his new series, Better Elevation.

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Samsung tells everyone iPhone 6 Plus is here, can dump their Galaxy Notes and switch over now

Samsung continues to devote an embarrassingly large amount of their advertising not to their own products but to Apple's. In Samsung's latest ad, they pretty much admit they were the manufacturing equivalent of the stereotypical "FIRST!" message board commenter, releasing the super-sized Galaxy Note phablet before they, it, and the market were ready. They then make fun of their own product, highlighting quips like "you look like you're talking into a piece of toast", and "the note is an unwieldy beast", before diving head-first into the notion that Apple is imitating them by releasing the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus. So what's really going on here?

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Ahead of iPhone 6 and iWatch, Samsung announces yet more phablets and wearables!

Samsung has just held their annual Galaxy Note event and they used it to introduce not one but two new phablets, including one with a bendy-wendy curved display with dedicated notification and widget zones, but their 6th new smartwatch of the year (!) and an Oculus-powered VR visor as well. Our sibling site, Android Central was in both Germany and New York to catch all the action.

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It's 2014 and Samsung is still bringing tab specs to an iPad experience fight

Samsung has aired yet-another anti-Apple attack ad, this one involving a guy walking around the streets of New York City showing passersby both the iPad Air and the Samsung Galaxy Tab S. Rather than point out the glaring problems with the ad, like Samsung using a white Tab but a black iPad for a "test" in which one of the criteria is "brightness", or having the "host" leading the passersby, pre-emptively telling them which tablet is "better", I'm going to try to help Samsung out here and focus on the core of their problem — they're copying it wrong.

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Vector 55: Turtles all the way down, with Ben Thompson

Vector is a news and analysis show focusing on the biggest stories, hottest trends, and most important issues in technology and popular culture. On this week's show, Apple university and the state of management training, Microsoft's stack ranking and how it affected the company, Samsung and Xiaomi and the idea of legal vs. ethical vs. smart copying, the success and failures of innovation vs. imitation for companies and the economy, app design copying and what it means for designers, John Gruber's iPhone 6 math and the importance of touch target size, and native advertising in the context of podcast and RSS sponsorships. With Georgia Dow, Guy English, Dave Wiskus, Rene Ritchie, and special guest Ben Thompson. Subscribe and listen along!

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iPhone #ALSIceBucketChallenge proves Samsung marketing clueless. Again.

Earlier today Samsung marketing thought it would be a good idea to have the Galaxy S5 take the #ALSIceBucketChallenge — which has succeeded in generating record donations for an incredibly worthy cause — and use it not only to advertise their phone, but to try to do it at the expense of their competition, including the iPhone. The problem obvious to anyone outside Samsung marketing — aside from the stupefying perversion of charity — is that the conditions under which they performed the challenge were pretty much fine for any of the competing phones they called out, including the iPhone. To prove it, I took 15 minutes and made the video above (after taking 45 min. to shake my head first).

I donated to ALS when I made my own video last week. I'm donating again today. I only hope Samsung marketing and everyone who made their ill-considered video is, at the very least, breaking open their massive bank accounts to help out as well.

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Samsung announces 'next evolution' of smartphone design — the 2012 iPhone 5!

If I'd fabricated this story back on April 1, 2013, I'd have been called an idiot. (Hell, I probably still will today.) Yet, here we are, August of 2014 and Samsung has just announced the iPhone 5... er... the Galaxy Alpha.

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