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  • Viber support page hacked by Syrian Electronic Army, most user info remains safe

    Viber apps

    The Syrian Electronic Army isn’t happy with VoIP app developers as of late — following an attack against Tango last week, the politically motivated hacking group has compromised Viber’s support page. The SEA claims to have downloaded database backups from Viber that include phone numbers, device IDs and push notification tokens. However, the company believes that the attack was largely harmless for regular customers; SEA’s team got access to top-level support systems, but not the all-important user databases. They’re kept in a system that can’t be reached by attacks like these, according to Viber. While that news is reassuring, we’d advise playing it safe by watching for any suspicious account activity.

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    Via: TechCrunch

    Source: AppleSpot (translated)

  • Apple reports Q3 2013 revenue of $35.3 billion: 31.2 million iPhones sold, iPad and Mac sales decline

    Apple Q3 2013 Earnings

    It hasn’t been a particularly quiet quarter for Apple, at least in the announcement department. But, as far actually shipping new products, Q3 of 2013 has been relatively uneventful. Perhaps that’s why the company’s revenues are down to $35.3 billion, from $43.6 billion in Q2. Still, while its revenues are down significantly from the last two quarters, things are pretty stable year-over-year. In fact, it’s enjoyed a small increase over the $35 billion it raked in during Q3 of 2012. Still, while revenues are up, profits are down. $6.9 billion in net income is hardly anything to snub your nose at, but it does represents a notable drop from the $8.8 billion Apple pocketed in the same quarter last year. That’s at least partially attributable to a year-over-year drop in both iPad and Mac sale, though the 31.2 million iPhones sold is a record for the June quarter — up 20 percent from last year. The decline in iPad sales is particularly notable. After selling 17 million iOS tablets in Q3 of 2012 and 19.5 million just last quarter, Apple only managed to sell 14.6 slates in the three month period ending June 30th. Mac sales were down less dramatically, from 4 million to 3.8 million, year-over-year, though those numbers are roughly flat sequentially.

    The iPod line continued its rather swift decline in Q3, with sales dropping 19 percent sequentially and 32 percent year-over-year. The impressive uptick in iPhone sales does help balance out the drop, but it appears the writing is on the wall for the product family that helped kick start the digital music revolution. All the blame for Apple’s declining profits can not be blamed on the iPod, however. Sales are down pretty much across the board, both sequentially and year-over-year, with the exception of the iPhone. All the while, Cupertino’s expenses keep increasing.

    We’ll have updates and more numbers after the break from Apple’s earnings call at 5PM ET.


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  • AT&T reports second quarter profit of $3.8 billion, adds over 2 million wireless and broadband subscribers

    AT&T reports second quarter profit of $38 billion, adds over 2 million wireless and broadband subscribers

    AT&T’s 2013 second quarter results are in, with the telco reporting $3.8 billion in net profits, a slight decrease from the $3.9 billion earned the same quarter last year. Total revenues for Q2 came in at $32.1 billion, representing a 1.6-percent increase year-over-year. AT&T’s attributing much of this gain to a 2 million-plus increase in subscribers — both on the wireless and wired broadband end — and an uptick in mobile data plans. Wireless revenue for the quarter, which includes mobile phone and tablet sales, came in at $17.3 billion and accounts for a 5.7-percent boost versus Q2 2012, while revenue for wireless service totaled $15.4 billion. On the data front, the carrier saw significant growth as its revenue jumped nearly 20 percent compared to the same period last year, settling in at $5.4 billion.

    Of its new subscriber load, 1.2 million can be attributed to AT&T’s wireless business, while its U-Verse broadband and TV service gains — which now totals 9.4 million subs overall — account for the remainder of that figure. According to AT&T’s estimates, almost three-quarters (73 percent) of its 49.5 million postpaid wireless subscribers are smartphone users, of which nearly 35 percent have active LTE plans. Coverage for that high-speed data service currently reaches over 225 million households, with the carrier targeting a total of 270 million covered by year-end. AT&T anticipates that LTE rollout will be almost entirely complete by summer 2014.

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    Source: AT&T

  • US Defense Department offers key spectrum to cellular carriers

    Soldiers using a smartphone

    The US Department of Defense values its wireless spectrum more than many government agencies, and it has been reluctant to lose those airwaves to private providers through government auctions. It just had a change of heart, however: the Pentagon tells the NTIA that it’s now willing to free up spectrum in the 1,755MHz to 1,780MHz range. The proposal would have the military shift much of its wireless use into nearby 1,780MHz to 1,850 MHz bands, while moving other tasks into frequencies between 2,025MHz and 2,110MHz. Problem solved? Not quite, unfortunately — NAB members use the 2GHz range for TV, and they’re more than a little worried about interference. The military’s suggestion should kickstart negotiations, though, and carriers are optimistic that there will eventually be a deal that gives them the bandwidth they crave.

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    Source: Wall Street Journal

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