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Apple will announce its quarterly earnings for the 2013 holiday season next Monday, but many of its partners are already doing the same, including Verizon, which sold a lot of smartphones over the past three months — but won't say how many of them were of the iPhone variety. Kind of a bummer for those who like to follow such facts and figures, but something tells us the news will be worth the wait next week. In the meantime, on with the recap show!
On Tuesday, Verizon announced overall double-digit earnings growth for the fourth quarter of 2013, with an eight percent year-over-year increase in wireless service revenue and the addition of 1.7 million net postpaid subscribers. To the surprise of no one, smartphones made up 70 percent of Verizon's postpaid accounts by year's end, with 8.8 million such devices activated during the quarter. Unfortunately, the carrier has followed AT&T's lead by not announcing how many of them were iPhones, so those hoping for an early peek at Apple's own quarterly earnings will have to wait until next week for Cupertino to unleash those numbers.
Re/code reported Tuesday that chipmaker Intel apparently no longer has its eye on web-based television, announcing a sale of its Intel Media division to Verizon. The deal, which first broke as a rumor back in October, includes all Intel Media assets and "substantially all" of its 350 employees, including general manager Erik Huggers. While Intel appears to have nailed the technology behind pay TV delivery over the web, the content deals apparently weren't so easy — a problem Verizon isn't as likely to have, given that it already provides both FiOS television and high-speed internet of the landline and wireless variety.
News reader Feedly for iOS received a big makeover last weekend, with version 18.0.5 adding a design refresh for the iPad along with a new night theme for those who prefer to keep the screen dark while reading. The app also delivers a new speed reading feature, and under-the-hood improvements aimed at making image processing faster than ever before. Last but not least, Feedly for iOS 18.0.5 brings a new card allowing users to mark everything as read when reading starts, as well as stomping out the requisite round of crashes and bugs to boot. The update is ready and waiting from the App Store.
iOS and Android users already have plenty to give each other the stink eye about, but a new app from doubleTwist is likely to raise a few eyebrows in Cupertino as well. 9to5Mac is reporting that iTunes Radio Recorder is an Android app whose sole purpose is to save songs streamed from iTunes Radio and circumvent Apple's DRM in the process. The app works in conjunction with a Mac or PC using AirPlay, essentially capturing the audio in real time as it's played back over Wi-Fi — complete with an in-app purchase option for higher-quality AAC VBR recordings. Shouldn't be long before Cupertino unleashes the hounds on this one, so Android users might want to grab it while they can.
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