AMNews: Apple Wants 15m iPhones, Automattic Updates WordPress, Toshiba 3D Qosmio Laptop

Apple has apparently placed a mammoth order of 15 million units for the iPhone 5 as the countdown to the release of the handset in September continues. According to Monica Chen from Taipei-based news outlet, Digitimes, Taiwanese ODM Pegatron Technology - an offshoot of Asus - has been tasked to build the phone which it claims is also known as the iPhone 4S.

Electronics retailer Kogan is offering free HDMI cables to its customers, in an attempt to end what it is calling the ‘UK Cable Con’. In a blog post, the Australia based retailer, who has recently opened shop in the UK, alleged that rival retailers like Curry’s and John Lewis were over charging their customers for HDMI cables.

Toshiba has showcased what it calls the world's first laptop with a 3D display that doesn't need a pair of special glasses, not unlike the LG Optimus 3D or the Nintendo 3DS. Aside from this feature, the Qosmio F750 is an otherwise fairly standard Windows-7 based laptop that will come with a rather steep recommended retail price of £1300 including VAT when it goes on sale next month in the UK.

Education minister Michael Gove has told a gathering at the Royal Society last that playing video games can have some educational value. "Computer games developed by Marcus du Sautoy are enabling children to engage with complex mathematical problems that would hitherto have been thought too advanced. When children need to solve equations in order to get more ammo to shoot the aliens, it is amazing how quickly they can learn," Gove said at the meeting.

Automattic has released an update to its popular open-source blogging platform WordPress. Announced by project lead Matt Mullenweg late last night, WordPress 3.2 'Gershwin' brings a new default theme called Twenty Eleven, an HTML5 powered version which fits in with the project's plans to introduce a new default theme every year.