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Apple's financial results for Q1 2013 are in, just how well did they do?

Apple's press release has just hit the webs. Results of $54.5 billion for the quarter makes it a record. Another record, Apple posted a net profit of $13.1 billion. Along with that, Apple announced that 47.8 million iPhones were sold, 22.9 million iPads were sold, 4.1 million Macs sold, and 12.7 iPods sold.



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Introducing the Typhoon, a new gun in Crysis 3; 7 Wonders episode 4 released

For all you Crysis fans out there, episode 4 of the 7 Wonders series has been released today. In the episode, they introduce the Typhoon, which they bill as the "culmination of 2000 years of human warfare." This very capable gun is able to fire 500 rounds per second. It fires 10 bullets in parallel 50 times per second.



When you're heading towards an enemy with this much firepower, there isn't much the enemy will be able to do to stop you. I don't know about you, but every day that Crysis 3 gets closer to release, I get happier. Crysis 3 is set to release in the US on February 19 and in Europe on February 22.

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Sprint to offer Total Equipment Protection on iPhones starting Jan. 25

Previously, Sprint customers only had one option when it came to insurance and extended warranties for Apple iPhones: Apple's very own AppleCare. However, a leaked internal screenshot shared anonymously with Engadget shows that starting January 25, Sprint customers will be able to purchase Total Equipment Protection (TEP) for iPhones.




The monthly charge is an additional $11 on top of your current bill and a large $150 or $200 deductible if or when your device needs to be replaced. This is opposed to AppleCare, which costs just $99 up front and a $50 deductible when a device is damaged.


I'd have to lean towards AppleCare being the better choice. However, if you can't afford that extra $99 up front, you will soon have another option.

Another court agrees: Galaxy Tab doesn't infringe upon iPad

Yet another court agrees that the Samsung Galaxy Tab does not infringe upon patents held by Apple regarding the iPad. It turns out that in the Netherlands, round corners are not patentable, or at least don't belong to Apple. The district court in The Hague ruled that the rounded corners of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, 8.9, and 7.7 do not infringe on the iPad.




"We continue to believe that Apple was not the first to design a tablet with a rectangular shape and rounded corners and that the origins of Apple's registered design features can be found in numerous examples," reads a Samsung statement.


The Dutch court apparently cited previous rulings made by British courts as precedent. There are still plenty of other legal battles still going on between the two tech giants, including hashing out the details of the $1.05 billion judgement that Apple got against Samsung last year.

Valve playing genius marketing game at CES 2013 for upcoming Steam Box?

CES 2013 - Valve are not letting media into their "private booth" (as they call it) at CES 2013 in Las Vegas to see the "Steam Box".




We were told by Valve staff at the booth that the company tried to book a private suite, but they were all booked out. We actually think it was a brilliant marketing scheme to create hype about the forthcoming Steam Box gaming console. The early prototype box that is on display at the Valve booth is hidden behind plexi glass with tight security. It's just a small form factor PC at this stage that isn't anything that special, probably showing off some early Linux based Steam (Box) OS software, if we can call it that. It's a good idea to grab loads of attention at the show.




If recent stories are to be believed, it would seem that Valve has not yet selected as a system design as yet, and it's in talks with its partners to see who gets the design win. That, or there will be various versions of the Steam Box hardware offered by various hardware partners. None of this can be confirmed at this stage, so treat it as speculation.


We tried to get a video for you all, but it was not to be. Enjoy the photos we took instead.

LG and Samsung found guilty of LCD price fixing

The Chinese government has found Samsung and LG both guilty of price-fixing their LCD panels. The duo were said to be part of a cartel that included AUO, Innolux, Chunga, and HannStar, who were also found guilty of price-fixing.




During roughly 53 meetings, the cartel is said to have discussed setting prices on their LCD panels in order to obtain higher profits and even out competition.


They are said to have divulged confidential information with each other that harmed the legitimate rights and interests of the domestic colour TV enterprises and consumers. This isn't the first time the "Cartel" has been found guilty of price-fixing. A similar ruling was passed down by the Korean Fair Trade Commission in 2011.

Hacker cracks into Verizon customer files steals 3 million files.

3,000,000 Verizon customer entry files are claimed to be stolen by hacker TibitXimer. As a show of proof, the hacker recently posted some 300,000 entries to a code sharing site which will remain unnamed. The data was apparently compromised back in July of this year and is said to include account passwords, names, addresses and more.




TibitXimer first revealed his hack to ZDNet, saying he has access to more than "three million customers' names, mobile serial numbers, account passwords, and other information." He went on to say that he has "no idea exactly how many records he nabbed in total," and that "the three million figure is a low estimate calculated from the size of one record and the total size of all the files."


Tibit says he first alerted Verizon of the venerability and was ignored and he posted the information to the code sharing site to hopefully grab Verizon's attention. He has not said that he will leak the rest of the files, but he will leave that possibility open.

John McAfee gets apprehended by the police

After a while on the run, the founder of anti-virus company McAfee has been caught by the police. John McAfee was wanted by police over the murder of his neighbor, and has finally been found after weeks in hiding.




McAfee set up a website,, and has had updates of his progress since the murder of his neighbor, Gregory Faull, on November 11. The McAfee founder has also tapped Twitter to promote his posts, too. His site used a title "Breaking: John Captured" on December 1, stating "we have received an unconfirmed report that John McAfee has been captured at the border of Belize and Mexico". Then teasing "more information as it is received".


McAfee actually wrote entries to the blog, where he has said he disguised himself as a beggar, a street trader and a drunken German tourist - all an elaborate plan so he could watch police as they searched his home in Belize. He also states that at one stage, he was hiding out on his compound on the island of Ambergris Caye.

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Samsung doesn't want to settle with Apple like HTC, will continue in court

News out of Korea says that Samsung is not interested in settling with Apple and would rather continue to fight them in the court systems around the world. Samsung's Shin Jong-kyun, head of Mobile and IT division at Samsung, has been quoted saying "It may be true that HTC may have agreed to pay 300 billion won (US$276 million) to Apple, but we don't intend to [negotiate] at all."




HTC recently settled with Apple with a 10-year cross licensing deal that would see them licensing patents both directions for the next ten years. They decided that they would rather focus on innovation than litigation for the customer, a noble cause, though maybe not noble enough to keep HTC from continuing to free fall.


Samsung was ordered to pay Apple $1 billion just a few months ago and Samsung now has a case against Apple regarding 4G LTE patents that the mobile giant owns. If Jong-kyun is to be believed--and if he knows what he's talking about--it's not looking like the two will settle disputes anytime soon without the help of a judge and jury.

Updated: Facebook app and iOS 6.0.1 not playing nicely on iPhone 5

It would appear that iOS 6.0.1 has broken the Facebook app. Multiple users are reporting issues with the app and iOS 6.0.1, including myself. I've found that the app will exit to the home screen when scrolling through feeds. Another one of our readers has reported that the issue is only present on their iPhone 5 and not their iPhone 4S, both running 6.0.1.




If you rely heavily on the Facebook mobile app, it's advisable to avoid upgrading to iOS 6.0.1 until Facebook releases an update for their app or Apple outs a fix for iOS that resolves the issues with kicking users out of the Facebook app. Facebook's mobile web app continues to work on iOS 6.0.1.


Have you experienced this problem? What version software and device are you running? Let us know in the comments and we'll update this story if it proves to be more pervasive than we currently think. We'll also let you know as soon as the problem is resolved.


UPDATE: All seems to be fine now. Everyone should be good to update now.

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