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OpenSignal: The Best Android App to Keep Track of Your Carrier (So Far) (Updated)

Open SignalNetwork signal apps on Android are a dime a dozen. Most of them manage to do a pretty good job gathering information about your network, but all but a select few fall apart displaying that data. It’s easy to gather and show exact information about signal strength, but interpreting that data and presenting your interpretation in a meaningful way isn’t as easy. It doesn’t help that most of the network signal apps in the Play Store seem to be built by and for engineers with a bare minimum of design experience (here’s looking at you network signal info or network signal booster). They’re great for power users, but not so good for casual tinkerers.

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Apple Q1: $54.5B Revenue, 47.8M iPhones sold, 22.9M iPads sold

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In what may be the most anticipated earnings release in recent memory, Apple has unveiled their first quarter numbers, and they are huge. Apple posted its largest quarter ever, with $54.5B in revenue, and $13.1B in net profits, compared to revenues of $46.3 billion and a net profit of $13.1 billion year over year.

The world’s largest company sold a record 47.8M iPhones in the quarter, up 10M from 37M in the year-ago quarter, although they came up short when compared to the Streets’ expectations of 50M iPhones sold. 22.9M iPads were sold, meeting the Streets’ expectations, and up from 15.4M in the year-ago quarter.

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Google releases Q4 2012 earnings: $14.42 billion revenue, $2.89 billion income

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Google just announced their Q4 2012 earnings, posting a healthy $14.42 billion in revenue, up 36% from the same quarter last year. Motorola Mobility revenues totaled $1.51 billion for the quarter, contributing to a total $2.89 billion in revenue for Google, a slight increase from last year’s $2.71 billion Q4 revenue. As expected, the bulk of Google’s revenue came from search and advertising, which brought in $12.91 billion or 89% of consolidated revenues. International revenues also made up 54% of Google’s earnings, bringing in $6.9 billion.

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Brewster Release Major Update, Gains Position as Must-Have App

These days, there are only a few ‘must-have’ apps for your iPhone. You have your requisite social network apps, Google Maps,  a choice between Temple Run and Angry Birds, and CNN for breaking news alerts. Today we have a new entry to the list.

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Facebook invites press to “see what we’re building” on January 15th

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Amid all of the CES hubbub, Facebook has invited the press to a special event at their Menlo Park headquarters in California next Tuesday, January 15th, 2013. The invitation teases “Come and see what we’re building”, implying a major product unveil. Could this be a significant revamp or redesign of the Facebook website? The long-rumoured Facebook Phone? Or could it simply be an ad-network? Only time will tell, and CE will be reporting on the event next week, which starts at 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM EST.

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CES 2013: Kickstarter funded Pebble smartwatch starts shipping January 23rd

PebbleHeroThe Pebble smartwatch was the first big Kickstarter success story. In a little over a month, Pebble raised over $10.2 million dollars, thanks to nearly 69,000 backers. Today, Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky announced at CES that Pebble has finally entered manufacturing, and that the first devices will begin shipping out to backers on January 23rd. At full power, Pebble’s manufacturing partners will crank out 15,000 watches per week, so Migicovsky says it will take 6-8 weeks to fulfill all of their Kickstarter orders, at which point Pebble will start shipping to those who preordered through getpebble.com after the Kickstarter campaign ended.

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Netbooks Are Dead, Long Live Tablets

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If you were hoping CES 2013 might bring about a netbook resurgence you may want to brace yourself: ASUS and Acer, parents of the lilliputian notebook category, announced Sunday that they’ve stopped manufacturing netbooks.

Netbooks may have been doomed from the start, but the beginning of their five year journey shook the technology industry to its core. The tiny Atom processors that powered first generation netbooks couldn’t run Windows Vista, forcing Microsoft to finally focus on cutting crap and cruft out of Windows. They also gave Linux its first real chance to challenge the desktop market, a chance ultimately squashed by an undead Windows XP and consumer confusion (I have fond and not-so-fond memories of hours spent trying to help my school librarian fix the awful Linux installation on his EEE PC).Their low price point was the catalyst for Apple’s research into creating a lower cost computer that wasn’t crippled and compromised, an investigation that helped create the first iPad, and introduced computers to all kinds of neglected, price conscious markets.

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