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Week in Tech: 10 Million iWatches and a New Phablet

Could Apple actually sell 10 million iWatches in one year? That's one prediction. Plus--another screen to keep on your radar.
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Each Monday, I cover the tech trends, gadgets, business services, and apps of note. The goal is to highlight not just consumer flash-in-the-pan ideas, but real developments that could impact your business. Post in the comments if you spot other essential headlines!

1. Samsung & Apple: Stolen Ad Concept?
Branding experts, this one is for you. Business Insider posted about the similarities between a new Samsung Galaxy Gear ad and one from Apple back in 2007. You can watch both ads at the link. Did Samsung copy too much from the Apple ad? There is a similar feel--both ads feature people saying quick phrases. What do you think? Side note: The Samsung ad is one of the best I've seen recently.

2. AirBnB Faces More Scrutiny in NYC.
New York City is demanding data from about 15,000 AirBnB users who may have started using the service to rent out apartments. (A law in the city says you can't rent out a space for fewer than 30 days.) My take: this is part and parcel of an app that actually does something new. Cities will have to deal with services like Uber and AirBnB that provide a legit service that also might shake up their industries in the process.

3. Should You Get on the iWatch Bandwagon?
If the rumors are true, Apple is about to release a truly time-shifting product called the iWatch. An analyst at Piper Jaffray is predicting the Cupertino tech behemoth could sell as many as 10 million iWatches in one year. That would beat the original iPhone by a wide margin--Apple sold about 6 million of the first-gen model in the first year (plus one quarter). The estimate is based on surveying about 800 customers.

4. Need Start-up Advice? Try Quora.
Quora is fast becoming more than just a place to ask questions about raising kids and finding a good place to buy a pizza. It's a respectable outlet for start-up advice from fellow entrepreneurs. One recent question about how to find a good business partner is chock full of concrete resources and is better than what you'll find in some MBA classes.

5. The Phablets Are Coming.
While you're considering what the coming onslaught of smartwatch screens might mean for your business, there's another screen you might want to follow: the phablet. Big phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 do have one big advantage: they are so big that the battery can hold more of a charge and last longer. (Of course, the screen size also uses up more juice.) Now, CNET is reporting that the Google Nexus 5 will also have a 5-inch screen and a amazingly fast 2.3GHz processor. An event on October 14 will reveal the next big thing we already know about.

Last updated: Oct 7, 2013

JOHN BRANDON | Columnist

John Brandon is a contributing editor at Inc. magazine covering technology. He writes the Tech Report column for Inc.com.

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